About Me

Hi! I'm Becca Fitzpatrick, the author of the internationally bestselling HUSH, HUSH saga. When not writing, I'm most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes (stilettos, please!), or enjoying one of life's many little indulgences: Ice cream, Veronica Mars, losing myself in a book, painting my toenails, or simply daydreaming. I do my best to update this blog as frequently as possible with news on upcoming events, tips for writers, and all things pertaining to my books.

28 December 2011

Live Chat 1/10/12

Hey there!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I went skiing with my family in Alta, Wyoming. The weather was gorgeous (once we got past Rock Springs, ahem), with bright blue skies and stunning views. And people say Wyoming isn't beautiful!

I'm back home in Colorado now, gearing up for New Year's Eve! Speaking of the new year, I'm doing a live video chat, hosted by Goodreads, on January 10 at 7PM EST. Moira Young will be joining me, and I can't tell you how excited I am to be doing this with her. As you may recall, Moira and I toured the US together back in October, and I simply adore her. She's smart, witty, and utterly loveable. She's also the author of BLOOD RED ROAD, a book I highly recommend. Here's a link to her book trailer.

So, yeah! Please join Moira and me for a live video chat on January 10th. Everyone is invited. If you have a burning question you've been dying to ask about my books, Moira's books, or about writing in general, this is your chance!

Countdown to the Goodreads video chat right here!


07 December 2011

Would You Like to Attend a Private Chat with Becca?

Hey!  It's Becca's Assistant Jenn here.   Becca is currently touring in Australia, but I've got a treat for those of us who aren't lucky enough to be there with her.

FallenArchangel is hosting a private chat with Becca and 12 lucky fans and I have 2 spots to give away!  Would you like to be one of the Lucky Dozen??

Here are the two ways to enter...

1.   Leave a Comment here on the blog today (Wednesday, December 7) by midnight EST telling me what question you would most like to ask Becca if you were in the private chat - One winner will be selected for a spot in the chat.  Be sure to include an email address where I can contact you if you are picked as the winner.  


2.    Tweet "I wish I could ask Becca ___________________ @PatchsOtherGirl " Fill in the blank with what you would want to ask and be sure to include my twitter name @PatchsOtherGirl so I can track your entry. Tweet by midnight EST tonight (Wednesday, December 7).  One winner will be picked from the tweets I receive by midnight for the second spot in the chat.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me assistant.jenn@beccafitzpatrick.com and GOOD LUCK!! 

01 December 2011

Full Australian Tour Schedule

Hey guys!

Simon & Schuster Australia have added a few more events to my tour schedule. I'm posting the full list below, and my fingers are trembling with excitement! I still can't believe I get to visit Australia and meet many of you. I've purchased my dress for the Black Hand Ball, and yes it is BLACK! Speaking of the Black Hand Ball, if you need information on tickets, locations, or dates, please visit ilovepatch.com. See you soon!

Tuesday, December 6

Big W Campbelltown 3.00pm

Online chat with the Reading Room 7.00pm EST

Wednesday, December 7

Dymocks Penrith 12.30pm

Facebook chat with Dymocks 3.00pm EST http://www.facebook.com/#!/dymocksbooks

Thursday, December 8

Big W Fountain Gate 3.00pm

Friday, December 9

Big W Eastlands 3.00pm

Saturday, December 10

Big W Chermside 12.00pm

21 November 2011

The Black Hand Ball

Hi guys!

It's almost time for my trip to Australia! I'm so excited for my first ever visit Down Under, and especially to meet all of you at my events - Simon & Schuster Australia have gone all out, and The Black Hand Ball (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) is going to be spectacular, I have no doubt!

A night of dancing, enjoying canapes and mocktails served by fallen angels, and amazing goodie bags...it's going to be HUGE!

Tickets are $45 and available through Ticketek.

See you soon!!

19 November 2011


This weekend my Italian publisher, Piemme, held auditions to cast the perfect Patch and Nora for the upcoming Italian book trailer for SILENCE. What a cool idea, right? I followed the auditions live on the Piemme Facebook page, as the event happened in Milan, and I'll post the link here, should you like to see how the auditions went down. In the end, both the director and I thought that Giovanni and Rossella were excellent picks to play Patch and Nora. I'll be sure to post the book trailer once it goes live!

Piemme Facebook Page

14 November 2011


I'm a little slow on the draw, but I made myself vow not to watch The Trailer until I finished work for the day. (And speaking of that, Book 4 is up to 350 pages - heading into the climax tomorrow!!) But this. THE HUNGER GAMES. I remember the first time I read the book - I picked it up at my local independent bookstore, where it was displayed on a table of new releases. I hadn't heard of the book, but a salesman assured me it was an incredible read. So I picked it up. The rest, as they say, is history.


07 November 2011

Black Hand Ball

The Black Hand Ball with author Becca Fitzpatrick

Hello Aussie fans -

In just one month, I'm flying to Australia for my first ever Australian book tour! My passport is jumping with joy! And so is my heart! Even better - it's summer Down Under! So not only will I get to meet many of you, but I'll also get a reprieve from Colorado's harsh winters. I <3 the beach!

Simon & Schuster Australia and Dolly will be hosting Black Hand Ball events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and they are going to be wicked fun. You'll get to meet me, get your books signed, enjoy scrumptious canapes and drink mocktails, hang out with the editor of Dolly magazine, and dance the night away with fellow Hush, Hush fans and gorgeous fallen angels. Plus, you'll leave with a goodie bag jam packed full of treats. The party of the year, and you're invited!

Establishment Ballroom
Wednesday 7th December

State Library Vic
Friday 9th December

State Library QLD
Saturday 10th December

An all ages event. For more information visit www.ilovepatch.com

To buy tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Becca again. If you're in the area, I hope you'll come see me! Simon & Schuster Australia are going all out, and this truly will be a night to remember. Spread the word, and I'll see you in December!


06 November 2011

Vegas Recap

Back from the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Had a GREAT time, as you can see below. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event!

Flanked by vampire slayers a.k.a Lisa Schroeder and Suzanne Young at the Paranormal Ball

Vampish author posing at the Paranormal Ball

With Bree Despain, Lindsey Leavitt, and Emily Wing Smith

The Electric Slide! (If you look closely, you can see James Dashner dressed in all black. He swears he didn't wear a costume, and I swear he came as Patch.)

Dark angels Emily Wing Smith and Brodi Ashton

I even had a magic wand!

Blue Man Group!

The Bellagio water show - ALWAYS a favorite of mine

02 November 2011

2011 Goodreads Choice Awards!


Opening round of voting takes place October 31 – November 13, 2011. To help get Silence into the semifinals, please VOTE! Then get your friends to vote! Get your dog, cat, hamster, pet boa, and grandpa to vote too!

To vote for Silence in the Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction category, go HERE.

To vote for me (eep!) in the Best Goodreads Author category, go HERE.

Thank you! And thank your dog, cat, hamster, boa, and g-pa for me too.

Vegas Valley Book Festival!

After the BIG BAD SNOWSTORM we had here in Colorado last night, I am very excited to be heading to the Vegas Valley Book Festival this weekend. No boots, no gloves, and no flannel pj's in this girl's suitcase!

My Vegas schedule:

Saturday November 5, Big Top Festival Tent at YA Festival Plaza

"What's Hot for Teens in Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction" panel. I'll be chatting with several authors I love and adore, including Rachel Caine, Bree Despain, Sophie Jordan, James Dashner, Veronica Wolff, Tera Lynn Childs, and my favorite Southern Lady Friend, Rachel Hawkins.

Saturday November 5, Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium
The Paranormal Ball! Music, dancing, and costumes! Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

If you're in the area, I hope you'll come see me and get your books signed!

For more information on the book festival, call (702) 229-5431.


31 October 2011

Kids Need to Read

Hi all! I'm back home from the SILENCE tour and slowly acclimating to normal life. My internal clock seems to be still living in London, so I was very proud of myself for staying up until 9:30 last night, ha! We'll see if I can do at least that late with trick-or-treating tonight...

 So! On to Kids Need to Read. I'm very excited to be participating in a character-naming auction that will benefit Kids Need to Read, a national nonprofit foundation run by Nathan Fillion. By bidding, you're not only promoting childhood literacy, but YOU just might end up in my next book!

To bid on my auction, please go HERE. Please consider bidding and supporting Kids Need to Read. Because guess what? Kids DO need to read!


29 September 2011

SILENCE Excerpt and Trailer

Hey everyone!

Thrilled to make this announcement: There will be a fourth book in the HUSH, HUSH saga! The book (untitled) will be out Fall 2012. Why the change in plans, you ask? First, I felt compelled to write a book set during Cheshvan, since it plays such a huge role in the HUSH, HUSH series. Second, fans and readers have been asking for a fourth book, and I wanted to deliver! I've spent the past couple months writing book 4, and I know how the story is going to end. The fourth book will be the final installment.

To read more about the fourth book, as well as Chapter 1 of SILENCE (10/4) visit USA Today for the scoop!

Also, MTV.com revealed the SILENCE trailer today. Watch it here!


25 September 2011

While You Wait For SILENCE...

Only 10 days left until SILENCE makes its way into the world, Becca's publisher has given us a new great way to pass the time while we wait!  

Get a sneak peek at SILENCE and put yourself into the HUSH, HUSH Saga here  Once you make your story, you can get a look at a scene from SILENCE!  Eeek so exciting!!  (please do NOT repost the scene anywhere else, instead send your friends to Becca's site to read it.)  This is so much fun!  We ended up with some quotes like...

I wrinkled my nose, trying to figure out what he smelled like.  Not cigarettes. Something richer, fouler.  Old potatoes.

Doesn’t he smell amazing? What is it? ice cream?  An exotic spice? or maybe.. mint?

Also don't forget about these:

Cozy up next to your favorite fallen angel PATCH here in the Patch and You Facebook App.  Check out Becca & Patch...

Countdown the last few days to SILENCE with a Countdown Widget here for US, here for UK, here for Australia and here for Canada.

23 September 2011

Countdown to SILENCE!


Ten days! That's all that's left! On October 4th, SILENCE will be in your hot little hands. You'll finally know what happens to Patch and Nora. I can't wait!

To celebrate these final days, I'm giving away ten signed, limited edition SILENCE locker posters. That's one poster every day from now until October 4th.

To enter to win a poster:

1. Tweet "I have a date with Patch on October 4th! #Silence #becfitzpatrick"
2. You MUST use the "Silence" and "becfitzpatrick" hashtags (so I can easily trace entries)
3. I will draw one winner each day
4. U.S. entries only, please. This was a tough call, as I try to keep my contests open internationally, but since one of my friends will be mailing the posters while I'm on tour, I want to keep work on her end to a minimum. Customs forms take a while to fill out!

Thanks for celebrating SILENCE's release with me!


22 September 2011

HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel News

The upcoming HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel has been getting some great attention lately!   Check out  these new interviews...
CBR (Comic Book Resources) includes some new sketches / previews of pages  here.
FanBoy Comics here.
GIRL Magazine (an Australian publication)  here.

AND  How about this super cool HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel wallpaper courtesy of Sea Lion Books?  Help yourself to it and feel free to share it with your friends! (right click to save or click on the image to be directed to the hi-resolution image on photobucket.)  I've got it as my desktop right now ;-)  

HUSH HUSH GN Wallpaper

Lots of people have been asking about when the Graphic Novel will be released. It is advertised as November  8, 2011.  If we hear anything different we'll be sure to post it here on the blog.

Finally, Don't forget about the awesome Graphic Novel contest sponsored by the graphic novel publisher, Sea Lion Books,  here.  

19 September 2011

Ultimate Hush, Hush Fan Contest!

A contest announcement for my Canadian readers:

Simon & Schuster Canada are hosting an incredible sweepstakes now through October 16. Enter to win a signed set of the Hush, Hush series, Garage Clothing gift certificates, and much, much more!

Check it out, and good luck!


16 September 2011

Short Note on My Upcoming Events

Hey guys!

Silence is out in just over two weeks, and that means my brain is starting to kick into Tour Mode. I wake up in the middle of the night, panicking over things that still have to be done before I leave. Fill the pantry with enough snacks to last a month. Schedule housekeeper to fill in while I'm away. Find store that sells travel-size mousse.

Last night's middle-of-the-night epiphany was that I should let my readers know what to expect at a bookstore event. Especially those readers who've never been to an author signing before. When I went to my first author signing, I had NO idea what it would be like, and I was really nervous! But you shouldn't be. I'm giving you a cheat-sheet!

Some tips:

1. Call the bookstore ahead OR check their website for details. Once, in St. Louis, I had the wrong address for an event posted on my website. Two girls literally drove all over the city trying to find me, eventually finding the correct location minutes before the event ended. I felt awful! I do my best to make sure the information on my website is correct, but it never hurts to double-check. Also, several of my events this year are ticketed, or require an RSVP. I'd hate for readers to show up at an event only to learn they needed to pick up a ticket prior to the event. I know for certain that my event at the Provo City Library on October 11th requires a ticket, and my event at the Wellesley Free Library on October 16th requires an RSVP.

One last word on this topic. Every bookstore has a different policy when it comes to bringing in outside books. Some allow you to bring as many books from home as you want. Some require you to purchase at least one book from their store if you plan on bringing previously purchased books for me to sign. And some absolutely do not allow outside books. A quick call to the bookstore will end any confusion.

2. Keep it spoiler free. At almost every event, I allow 10 - 15 minutes at the end of my "talk" for questions. Inevitably, there will be one reader who asks a very spoilery question in front of the whole audience. Like, "Why did Vee die at the end of Crescendo?" (Okay, Vee didn't really die. That was just an example.) Please, please, please try to keep group questions spoiler free. Not everyone in the audience has read all of my books, and I don't want to spoil the fun for them. The best time to ask spoilery questions is when I'm signing your book. It's just you and me during that minute or two, so go ahead and hit me with every burning question you've got!

3. Pictures. I absolutely allow them. Bring your cameras :)

4. Have fun! I think most authors would agree that the best part of touring is meeting you guys! It makes the horrendously early flights, inevitable weight gain, and hectic scheduling so worth it. I love seeing your smiles, hearing your reactions to my books, and feeling that instant spark that happens when two booklovers meet. You might come to an event to see me, but I come to see you.

One final note here. Yes, you're allowed to dress up! But by no means is it required. Bring your halo, your wings, or even your black skinny jeans. I will probably be wearing a wrinkle-free dress or jeans :)

I think that's everything. I can't wait to meet many of you. October or bust!


With Kiersten White and Lisa McMann on my first Hush, Hush tour!

15 September 2011

Graphic Novel Contest

The HUSH HUSH Graphic Novel will be coming out soon and the publisher, Sea Lion Books, has another really great contest going on now!!  Check it out!

Did you miss out on the signed graphic novel and 2011 books that bite purse?  Well don’t be sad for we are doing it AGAIN and this time it’s BIGGGGGGEEERRRRRR and BEEETTTTTTTEEERRRR.  In celebration of the upcoming release!  We thought a graphic novel this epic deserved something extra special!!! 
On our store tab ( http://store.sealionbookstore.com ) you can purchase the limited edition Hush Hush graphic novel prologue for $10.00.  WE WILL ONLY BE RELEASING 1,000 COPIES AND IT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB STORE.  So not only is this an important piece to the contest puzzle but you will be one of a thousand people to own this piece of Becca Fitzpatrick’s history!!!  Keep in mind since there are only 1,000 copies of the prologue being made we need to limit the number of copies you can purchase.  It is limited to 2 copies per person. 
Now here is the fun part!  Once you receive the book, take a picture of yourself with it and email the picture to us along with a paragraph as to why you should be the next to make a cameo in the next volume of Hush Hush!  In this cameo you will even interact with Patch and Nora.  NOW REMEMBER I SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO BE ENVIOUS OF THE NEXT WINNER!!!  WELL HERE IS WHY!  The winner will not only get to interact with Patch and Nora in the next Hush Hush Graphic Novel, BUT the illustrator for the graphic novel will also IMMORTALIZE you from head to toe in Patch’s arms!  Your image will be held lovingly safe in his arms!  How awesome is that!!!
1.    1,000 limited edition prologues will be available for sale on www.SeaLionBooks.com.  Limit 2 please!
2.    Once you receive the Hush Hush prologues you must take a picture of yourself   with it and post the picture on our FB page with a paragraph in the comments under the picture as to why they should be the next to make a cameo in the next volume of Hush Hush!
3.    The winner gets an interacting cameo with Patch and Nora in Hush Hush volume 2, and they get a unique one-of-a-kind poster with Patch holding the winner in his arms. 
4.    The limited edition prologues will ship the first week of October.

11 September 2011

Win SILENCE and a SILENCE Poster

EEEEP! Just twenty-two (22!!) days until SILENCE comes out! It's starting to feel very, very real, and with that comes a jumble of emotions, with excitement and anxiety at the top of the list. My editor and agent both believe it's the best book in the series, and I so hope you feel the same way!

Since we're getting down to the final days before release, the ladies at FallenArchangel.com have put together a couple of great contests for you to win SILENCE, as well as a limited edition SILENCE poster.

The first involves re-reading HUSH, HUSH and CRESCENDO to celebrate and get ready for SILENCE.

The second involves sharing your favorite quotes from HUSH, HUSH and CRESCENDO.

To get you thinking, here are a few of my favorite lines:

"Patch wasn't the kind of guy mothers smiled on. He was the kind of guy they changed the house locks for." - HUSH, HUSH

"I think I'm more of a guardian angel girl." - HUSH, HUSH

"'The guy I've got my eye on happens to be hot. Off-the-charts hot. Hotter-than-Patch hot.' She paused. 'Well maybe not that hot. Nobody's that hot.'" - CRESCENDO

"They said the moment I fell in love with you was the moment you'd leave." - CRESCENDO

Have fun, and GOOD LUCK!


ReRead Button

07 September 2011

What Happens in SILENCE? Not This!

Hey everyone!

I made this video for Hastings, but thought you might enjoy it too. My list of the top five things that aren't going to happen in SILENCE!

26 August 2011

Australian Events

Happy Friday, guys!

Now that you've had a chance to watch the UK book trailer for SILENCE, let me throw some more exciting news at you.

Yesterday on their Facebook page, Simon & Schuster Australia announced my December tour events. They've gone all-out to create some truly spectacular and fun events, and I can say with confidence it's going to be GOOD TIMES. Here's what they had to say on their page:

Dear Sydney-ites. Your brilliant Becca bash will take place at the Ballroom of Establishment on December 7. Come meet Becca, beautiful-winged boys serving mocktails and canapes and dancing the night away... with a special appearance from Patch. Tickets $40 available through Ticketek on September 30.

And for our marvelous Melbourne fans, join us on December 9 at the State Library of Victoria for an evening of Becca, beautiful-winged boys serving mocktails and canapes and dancing the night away... with a special appearance from Patch. Tickets $40 available through Ticketek on September 30.

Alrighty Brisbane Becca fans! Join us on the terrace of the State Library of Queensland on December 10 for an evening of Becca, beautiful-winged boys serving mocktails and canapes and dancing the night away... with a special appearance from Patch. Tickets $40 available through Ticketek on September 30.

Becca again. "Beautiful-winged boys serving mocktails and canapes and dancing the night away...with a special appearance from Patch." FUN! I have a feeling this is going to feel a lot more like a giant party than your typical book signing, HA-HA!

I can't wait to meet you guys, chat about the books and just enjoy a night of fun together!


SILENCE - Official UK Trailer

Ready for a little excitement??  Simon & Schuster UK has released their official SILENCE trailer today!! Check it out and let us know what you think!

15 August 2011

Teens' Top Ten!


Some truly incredible news reached my ears today. CRESCENDO has been nominated for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten! This is a teens' choice list, and I'm massively flattered to be included. In fact, I can't think of a single list I'd rather be on than this one--teens and teens alone choose their favorite books of the previous year and that makes it very, very cool in my book.

If you're a teen, and you want to see CRESCENDO make the top ten, vote for it now through September 15 RIGHT HERE.

Being nominated for this list means a lot--definitely one of the high points of writing for teens--and I appreciate the support and enthusiasm my books have received to make it this far. So this is for you guys: THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


04 August 2011


Whew! Lots of tour info this week. But that's a good thing--it means SILENCE's release date is getting oh so close!

One quick disclaimer. The list below includes all of my public events, except for a couple in Boston, MA. Those are still being fine-tuned, and will fall at the very end of the US tour, before I fly to London to begin my tour of the UK. In short, Boston info is yet to come!

SILENCE Fall 2011 Tour:

October 4 at 7:00PM
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111
-- with Moira Young and Elizabeth Miles

October 5 at 7:00PM
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
-- with Moira Young and Elizabeth Miles

October 6 at 7:00PM
2207 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA 91020
-- with Moira Young and Elizabeth Miles

October 7 at 5:00PM

1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750
-- with Moira Young and Elizabeth Miles

October 8 at 6:00PM
6050 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 94530

October 9 at 3:00PM

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
-- with Michelle Hodkin

October 10 at 7:00PM

601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
-- with Michelle Hodkin and Moira Young

October 11 at 7:00PM

550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601
-- with Michelle Hodkin, Moira Young and Elana Johnson

October 12 at 7:30PM
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077

October 13 at 7:30PM
680 North Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

October 14 at 7:00PM
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

October 15 at 2:00PM
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

October 16
Boston, MA
Events TBA

November 5
Vegas Valley Book Festival
Las Vegas, NV
Events TBA

03 August 2011

My UK Tour in all its Glory!

Here it is, guys! My UK tour schedule. I'm thrilled to be heading over to the UK again this year to meet many of you, talk about SILENCE, and answer your questions. I am happy to sign all your books - so bring as many copies as you'd like - but please, please, please check with individual stores about policy. And, yes, this time I WILL try fish and chips before leaving England. Consider it done!

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30PM

Talk & Signing at Foyles Bookshop

The Gallery space


Charing Cross Road



FREE. Reserve a place online at www.foyles.co.uk or phone the store on 020 7437 5660

Wednesday, October 19, 7PM

Talk & Signing with Waterstones Boston

Blackfriars Theatre

Spain Lane


PE21 6HP

Entry by ticket only. Tickets £3, available in-store or tel: 01205 360002


Thursday, October 20, 6PM

Talk & Signing: Eason

40 Lower O’Connell Street

Dublin, Ireland

To reserve a place tel: 00 353 (0) 1 858 3800

Saturday, October 22, 9AM - 12PM

Signing at Eternal Twilight 6

Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC

Full details and tickets available from http://massiveevents.co.uk/eternaltwilight6/

Saturday, October 22, 2PM

Signing at Waterstones Birmingham

24-26 High Street


B4 7SL

To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on 0843 290 8149

Sunday, October 23, 9AM - 12PM

Signing at Eternal Twilight 6

Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC

Full details and tickets available from http://massiveevents.co.uk/eternaltwilight6/

Monday, October 24, 11AM

Talk & signing at Waterstones Windsor

Windsor Library

Memorial Hall

Straight Road

Old Windsor


Entry by tick. Tickets available from Waterstones, 20-21 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DU, tel: 01753 856456

Monday, October 24, 3PM

Signing at Waterstones Bromley

100 The Glades



To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on 020 8460 6037

Monday, October 24, 6:30PM

Talk & signing with Waterstones Crawley

Crawley Library

Southgate Avenue


RH10 6HG

Entry by ticket only. Tickets £3 available from the library tel: 01293 651751, or in-store at Waterstones, 83-84 County Mall, RH10 1FD, tel: 01293 533471

Tuesday, October 25, 1PM

Signing at Waterstones Bluewater

West Village




To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on 0843 290 8159


25 July 2011

Triathlon Recap

I'm back from Idaho! And happy to say not only did I finish my second sprint triathlon, but I beat my time by, wait for it, ONE whole minute! I came in at 1:28:06 - third in my age division. Yes, I am relieved. Yes, I am a delirious mix of happy and exhausted. And, yes, I am very, very sore.

A recap:

The race started with a 5k run, but I don't have any pictures of the run (thank goodness!) because my mom and I didn't realize that our wave started at 7:00 a.m. and not 7:30, so we'd inadvertently told our cheerleaders and photographer, a.k.a. family members, to show up a half hour late.

My mom and I arrived at the race with about ten minutes to check in, set up our transition areas, make a quick bathroom break, and dash for the starting line. In fact, I could hear the announcer yelling, "Thirty seconds to wave one," as I sprinted out of the restrooms. I was screaming at my mom to go to the starting line, and she was yelling at me to grab the energy bars. By the time we made it to the starting line, the gun had gone off and we were already out of breath. From sprinting, and from laughing. I can't imagine how frantic we must have looked.

Here I am leaving the transition area to head into the 20k cycling portion. I was so exhausted I could barely get my leg over the seat. I think I'm going to make this my profile pic on Facebook. What do you think?

I told my sister NOT to take any pictures of my backside. Clearly she is a good listener.

With my sister after the swim portion. That explains why my hair is a total mess. But I am smiling - I'm finished!!

This was my mom's fifth sprint triathlon in five years!

Last but not least, a few pics of my mom and me with our cheerleaders!

23 July 2011

HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel Cover & Contest

The folks at SeaLion (the publisher of the HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel) have released the cover and are hosting a cool contest!

First the awesome cover - So cool! What do you think?

And now some contest details!

The HUSH, HUSH Graphic Novel Contest Winner will receive a signed copy of the Hush Hush Graphic Novel and a hand crafted purse  created by 2011 Books with Bites!  To see examples of her creations visit http://www.bookpurses.blogspot.com/

Here's How To Enter: 
POST a comment on their page/profile about how much you want PATCH to be your guardian angel.  If you've already liked/friended them then just let them know how much you want PATCH to be your guardian angel.   Then send your friends!!!!  If you lead your friends to LIKE/FRIEND Sea Lion  make sure you tell them to say they were referred by you!  The more friends you refer the more chances you get to win!!!

The contest will run until the end of August 15th or until they reach 1,500 Facebook fans.  Winner will be chosen using random.org. Winner will be notified either on Facebook or Goodreads depending on how they entered and will have 48 hours to respond or the price will be given to the second runner up.

Also, don't forget about this contest, posted here a few days ago!  GOOD LUCK with both!! 

20 July 2011


I can't believe it's here! I've been training for this sprint triathlon for eight weeks, and I'm suddenly wishing I had about five more. Last-minute jitters for sure! Tomorrow morning I fly to Salt Lake City, followed by a drive up to Pocatello, Idaho, where the triathlon will be held. (My mom lives in Pocatello and will be doing the triathlon with me. Yes, my mom is hardcore.)

I competed in this triathlon three years ago, and while I didn't train for it then, I was in a lot better shape than I am now. That was pre-Hush, Hush--back before writing took over my life. In a good way, of course. But still. Writing has become a huge part of my life and takes up a substantial amount of time. I've spent the past year working hard to balance my writing life with my family, and this summer I felt a big desire to get back in shape by making my physical health more of a priority. Maybe next year I'll tackle regaining a social life, ha!

Here are my 2008 times for the Pocatello Sprint Triathlon:

5k run - 21:02
20k bike - 48:17 (This isn't as abysmal as it looks; I was on a mountain bike.)
500 meter swim - 19:51 (This, however, is pathetic!)
Overall time - 1:29:10

The plan this year is to start slower and gradually build through the race. I want to shave a few minutes off the bike portion, and I really, really want to have the energy at the end to nail the swim. I've been a runner for years; now I want to prove to myself that I can bike and swim.

Part of me hopes I do really well, especially since I've trained so hard. Another part of me hopes this is a huge wake-up call and makes me realize I really do need to leave my desk a few times a week to work out. We'll see what happens!

In the meantime, I am packed, pumped, and ready to go!

GU energy gel packs? CHECK
Goggles? CHECK
Cute but functional triathlon tankini from Athleta? CHECK
Running shoes? CHECK
Box of See's Candies to celebrate with, post-race? CHECK

Wish me luck!!