Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Up Wednesday?

What's up Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk.  This awesome blog hop is a fun way to keep up with what your writer and reader buds are doing.  If you wish to participate you can find the link near the bottom of Jaime and Erin's blog posts.  LOVE this idea!!!


I am giggling my way through Lauren Morrill's MEANT TO BE.   This book is so much fun.  "Wooooooo!"


Well...not much at the moment but I'm thinking a lot.  I know this sounds a lot like procrastination, but truthfully the thinking/dreaming part of my process is just as important as any other. Although I do get really impatient with it - especially when I go on Twitter and see the amazing word counts some of my writer pals have been clocking.  I have to remind myself that I'll be there soon.  I will.   I just came off of two months in the revision trenches and always find the transition from revising to drafting a little challenging.  I also have to remind myself to have fun with the first draft.  Play.  I will tell you this.  It's YA.  And told from the POV of a character I adore and a new character I'm falling in love with and I'm really looking forward to it!!


Being in New Jersey.  The night-time sky.  The chance to see the Atlantic Ocean up close and personal again.  Oh, and pizza.


My small, all-girl, private high school is closing its doors after 88 years.  In order to raise funds to settle some still outstanding bills, the alumni association had a multi-year class reunion.  Class reunions are not my thing.  I'm still besties with a handful of girls from my school so there hasn't been any reason to go back.  It's amazing though how all those old insecurities appear when the word 'reunion' pops up but the timing was right, so we decided to go for it.   I am soooooooo glad I did this!!  The reunion was held at the school and walking those halls, as an adult (with a glass of wine in hand) was oddly dream-like.  And so much FUN.

Here's me at my senior year locker:

And a photo of the hallway - I swear I still have nightmares, err, I mean, dreams where I forget my schedule and I don't know what class I"m heading to, but suddenly remember I'm not in high school anymore so I don't have to worry about detention...

I've also been to the Jersey shore doing my bit to boost the economy after Superstorm Sandy...

And putting my toes in the sand....

What have you been up to??

<3 Robin

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Shortly before my wedding, my best friend’s mom pulled me aside and gave me some advice.  She told me that every so often I needed to stop and take in the moment, like really take it in, live it, breathe it, and create a mental snapshot because my wedding day would go by so quickly. It’s advice that I love and use frequently, because there are some moments in life that need to be savored.

This is how I feel about these months before my debut.  There are so many non-glamorous moments in writing, heck, most of writing is fairly non-glamorous — hours spent clicking away at the keyboard, personal hygiene taking a backseat to edits, yoga pants — that when a glamorous moment pops up, well you want to grab it and hold on for dear life.

This is one of those moments.  The one I’m going to grab and hold onto.

My COVER!!! 

And jacket flap:

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet good girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s: star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, and on the fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term-paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night, their paths cross at Wren’s family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

The cover designer is Erin Fitzsimmons and I know I’m biased but I could look at this cover all…day…long. 

So happy I can finally share it with you!!!    

In honor of my cover reveal I’m giving away two advanced reader copies to two lucky winners! (US only, sorry!!) There are also iTunes gift cards and The Promise of Amazing bookmarks!!  The contest runs through next week!  So make sure you enter with the link below!!   ARCs will be sent out as soon as they become available.  Thank you for stopping by!!

<3 Robin

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