Monthly Archives: February 2011

You Are Amazing

This week has been a milestone for The Goddess Test. With a little under two months to go before it hits shelves, not only did Goddess Test pass 1,000 adds on Goodreads, but it also hit the top ten list of most requested galleys on NetGalley.com.

Adds have almost doubled. I gained over a hundred new Twitter followers. Fabulous reviews are coming out.  Things are happening.

And it’s because of you. The book bloggers. The early reviewers. The people who take time out of their busy schedules to read books and put their thoughts into words. The readers who hear about a book and tell their friends. Who tweet and link and add. You.

In late December, thirty people had added Goddess Test on Goodreads. And then a blogger tweeted a picture of the ARC.

Now, two months later, nearly twelve hundred people have added it, and the book doesn’t even come out until April 19th.

I want to gush. I want to hug each and every one of you. Your enthusiasm, your tweets, your blog entries and emails and everything you’ve done – it’s magical what the YA blogging and reading community does for authors. It really, truly is.

If you decide to pick up or request Goddess Test, whether you enjoy it or not, thank you for giving it a chance. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read it. I won’t pretend it doesn’t hurt like hell to get a negative review, but it would hurt even more if no one read it at all. But because of you, readers know it’s out there, and with a little luck, they’ll give it a chance.

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you times infinity. And if anyone ever makes you feel like you don’t make a difference, send them my way and I’ll set them straight.

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Face to the Name

I feel odd posting this before THE GODDESS TEST has even been released, but Melissa Anelli asked about my dream cast for the book. And even though we have two months to go before the release, I figured it might be fun to give you a preview of some of the characters – faces only, of course. No spoilers here.

Let’s start with Henry. Dark, tortured, and mesmerizing, or so the back of the book describes. Who better than…

Ben Barnes?

Just in case you’re not completely convinced…

Really. He’s perfect. And age-appropriate, since Henry is supposed to look like he’s in his twenties.

Next we have James, who’s described as blond, tall, and elephant-eared (and a cute, geeky nerd). He’s hard to figure a face for, but if we’re going mostly literally (minus the ears)…

Mitch Hewer. (Thank you, UK Skins!)

He’s not a perfect fit though, and if we nixed the physical description and went with personality alone…

Darren Criss. A+. If anyone could pull off James, he could.

Now, onto the girls! Kate Winters is the protagonist, and she’s the one I can never picture. She has brown hair, and…yes. Let’s just go with that.

How about…

Troian Bellisario? Or…

Mandy Moore, circa A Walk To Remember?

Ah, well. Picture whomever you’d like! Let’s move on to Ava, who’s blond, beautiful, and has had a mental face from before I started writing the book. Who’s that?

Elisabeth Harnois. I can’t believe she’s almost thirty-two.

I would go on – there are plenty of other characters in the book – but I’ll leave it at this for now! Once the book’s out, we can talk about some of the other characters, but for now, these four are plenty.

Thanks for playing!