Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Reading Giveaway!!

I've teamed up with 6 other YA authors who have new books releasing this summer for an awesome Summer Reading Giveaway.

Check it out!

Yep, one LUCKY winner will win 7 Advanced Review Copies as follows:

Book #1 - VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman (HMH BFYR 9/1/15)
Book #2 - MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell (Clarion Books, 8/25/15)
Book #3 - LOCK & MORI by Heather Petty (S&S BFYR 9/15/15)
Book #4 - HELLO, GOODBYE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E. Smith (Poppy, 9/1/15)
Book #5 - YOU AND ME AND HIM by Kris Dinnison (HMH BFYR 7/7/15)
Book #6 - DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray 9/15/15)
Book #7 - ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder (Scholastic 7/28/15)

Some of the books will be signed by the authors!

Ready to enter? Of course you are! Rafflecopter is below (sorry, to keep costs down, contest is open to US only)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bookmark and Bookplate giveaway!

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW comes out in just a little over a month. I can't believe it!

It was featured in the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE recently - that's exciting!

Anyway, I've ordered a bunch of bookmarks and I would love to send you a couple - one for you to keep and one for you to pass on to a friend.

I also have some plain bookplates that I can personalize and sign if you have pre-ordered ALL WE HAVE IS NOW or plan to buy it when the book comes out. The bookplate goes on the title page, and is a way for me to sign your book without me actually being there to sign it. I mean, I wish I could travel around and individually sign every book that is sold. Go out for cupcakes with you. Chat about the best books we've read recently. Wouldn't that be fun? Since that's not really possible, this is the next best thing.

If you want some goodies mailed to you, please send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope with a note that tells me what you'd like me to send to you. (Bookmarks, a sticker and/or a bookplate - please note this novel is appropriate for ages 12 and up). I can only send ONE bookplate for this specific book. If you're not planning on buying this book, please do not request a bookplate. Here's where you send me your envelope and note:

Lisa Schroeder
17675 SW Farmington Rd., PMB #420
Aloha, OR 97007

I'm sorry, I will not be able to send anything if there is not an envelope with a stamp inside - it just gets too expensive for me to send stuff on my own dime. Hopefully you understand. And please, address the envelope for me with YOUR address.

Thanks for all of your support and wanting to read the new book - it means more than I can say!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Almost to the end

It's a quiet Sunday morning. I just came back from walking the dog, which I love doing in the mornings during summer, when it's light and bright but not too hot yet. So lovely.

Today I hope to finish a book. I have a chapter or two to go, I'm not quite sure yet, but I hope to finish soon! It's a first draft, so I need to read back through it and do some revisions before I send it on to my editor, but YAY! Another book! I can't share details quite yet, but I don't think it will be too long before I can.

I'm probably procrastinating for a moment here because the emotional climax of the story is about to happen. It's the point the story has been moving toward, the part the character(s) have been working for, and on the one hand, it's fun to write, because finally, FINALLY you've made it to this point. But on the other hand, it is also where you have to dig deep and find the crucial emotional truth and convey it in the best way possible for the story. It is not easy!

But it's time. And I know it will be so good to have this book finished so I can play with other stories, get in more reading-in-the-sun time, and just...breathe a little easier.

So, here I go...

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June is here!

Wow. June!

Oregon berries have arrived, which to me has always felt like Nature's reward for making it through the long, cold winter and the usual gray, rainy spring. This year, we had a mild winter and a pretty nice spring, but I still felt myself let out a big, happy sigh when I bit into the first sweet berry. Summer is my favorite. And it's basically here.

Next week, my youngest son graduates from high school. It doesn't take much to cause the water works to start these days, let me tell you. I try to not let him see it. After all, he's thrilled to be done. He's worked hard, and there is much to celebrate, and much to look forward to. But for me, it's the end of an era. And it's hard to say good-bye to something I've loved so very much. Okay, well, I haven't loved all of the homework and projects and testing stress and all of that, but being his mom for the past 18 years? Yeah. I've really, really loved that. And I know that won't change - I'll always be his mom. But it feels like things are changing. Shifting. As they should, I suppose. But it doesn't mean it's easy.

Tomorrow, he and his dad will be jumping out of an airplane to celebrate the fact that he's 18 now, and on to college next year.

I'll be curled up in my comfy chair, telling myself it will be okay, that they'll come home for dinner, and the four of us will sit down and eat together, and the other son and I can hear all about it.

June is here. Unlike most years, I have mixed feelings about that. But like every June, I'll eat the sweet berries and try to savor every moment of summer. Every moment with the boy who will be off to college next year.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

I think I'm in love - COVER!!

You guys, my first fantasy novel has a cover and oh my gosh, I love it so much.

As I type this, a box of Advanced Review Copies are making their way to my house and I can't wait to see the book in all of its glory. Beautiful black and white sketches by Nicoletta Ceccoli grace the interior pages and they just make the book so special.

This book (for ages 8+) has been in the works for a long, long time, but it's happening - it's finally happening!

Coming March, 2016!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cavalcade of Authors West

It's been a week and a half since I've been back from this fabulous event, but I have so much going on in May, I haven't posted about it yet. Shame on me! So here's a quick rundown.

First of all, Cavalcade of Authors has been an annual event in the Tri-cities, Washington for a while now. I went a few years ago, and had a really great time, and met SUCH wonderful people, I was ready to move there. I kid you not. But my husband has a pretty good job here and my kids don't want to move, so you know, we didn't do that. But I loved my time there!

When a group of librarians and parents decided to bring a similar event to the west side of Washington this year, they asked if I might like to participate as an author and of course I said YES!

Junior and senior high kids sign up to attend three workshops put on by authors in the morning. Doesn't that sound amazing? I mean, honestly, I kind of want to go next year and be a student and go to three of the sessions!

The authors also took turns doing panels where we answered questions from the audience. Here I am with my panel: Marissa Meyer (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES),  Richelle Mead, (VAMPIRE ACADEMY) and Terry Trueman (STUCK IN NEUTRAL). Can you believe that? I was like looking around me going, dang, is this really my life???

I didn't take many pictures - but here's another one with my good bud Kim Derting (THE BODY FINDER, THE TAKING, etc.)

After lunch, the kids are able to buy books and t-shirts and get them signed by the authors.

If you ever get a chance to go one of these Cavalcade of Author events, you should totally go! It's a great, great time!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reading a book, over and over again

I get a lot of notes from kids and teens that go something like, "I love this book so much, I've read it XX times."

And I'm always like, wow. That's a LOT. I mean, to me, anything over three times is a lot. I rarely re-read books, so I'm easily impressed, I think.

For the middle grade set, they often say this about IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES.

For the Young Adult crowd, the book that gets that kind of comment the most is CHASING BROOKLYN.

I'll usually respond with a thank you note, and say how glad I am that she's enjoyed the book. And I go on to tell her I do have other books, if she might be interested?

But it's kind of a strange thing - sometimes I don't think she really is interested. Because there will never be another book like THIS book. And I realize, of course she is right. A favorite book is a special thing. They probably do read other things, but for whatever reason, they return to their favorite books again and again.

We never know what might happen with a book when we're in the middle of creating it. Some end up being semi-hits, some are misses, and very rarely, they are hits far and wide. Once we release it, we hope the book finds someone (maybe a lot of someones) who likes and appreciates it. Every time I get a note from a reader telling me a book is a favorite, that she has chosen to spend countless hours emerged in the pages, I smile. No matter what else I do in my life, I am honored to have done that.

Sometimes I think about these books and what it is about them that makes readers feel this way about them. I think it's probably not one thing, but a lot of things rolled up together. It would be great if we could find the magic formula. But each book is unique and different and you just never know... With every book we read, we begin anew, to decide where this particular book falls on the list of favorites. Or least favorites, as the case may be.

After all, what fun would it be, really, if it was all predetermined, and we didn't have to do that? It's the beauty of reading - beginning each book and letting it take you on an unknown journey. The possibilities are endless - and I love that!