Monday, February 28, 2011

The Liar Society

Today is dedicated to Lisa and Laura Roecker whose first YA novel, The Liar Society, will be published tomorrow!

Why I love Lisa and Laura
Mostly because they write one of the best author blogs out there. It's the only one I read every day. They offer the perfect blend of professional and personal, and are always funny, lovable and real. Not to mention fantastic writers. And they do a particularly fantastic and selfless job of celebrating YA books and writers. My only problem is that they only post once a day, I would seriously go back for more if they updated continuously. But I guess that's what twitter is for.

Why you should buy their book
Here was my official take:
"Who doesn't think their high school is conspiring against them? Toss in an unsolved murder, unstoppable heroine, ancient puzzles and a hot guy and you've got one killer novel."

My unofficial take:
I simply loved it! Kate is a fantastic, clever and cool character that's easy to relate to, Liam is the ultimate love interest, funny, smart and sexy. The mystery is unique and impossible to figure out and I loved the private school setting Lisa and Laura created. It felt like a fresh take on prep school and the details were unusual and sometimes a bit creepy. Don't miss this one. A contemporary YA novel that has the wild, mysterious ride of a paranormal.

And if you don't trust me, because admittedly I'm biased, I adore these authors. Here's what Kirkus said: "The authors create lively and memorable characters and keep the action moving in their lengthy whodunit; Kate’s interest in Latin adds an educational element. Clearly, the Roeckers had fun writing their story. Young mystery lovers may enjoy it just as much."


When you're done reading Lisa and Laura's blog and buying their book, stop in here for details about the first Betrayal contest and your chance to win a $25 iTunes gift certificate!

Monday, February 21, 2011


I have lots of news, but most important is ... 

• I've got a book trailer! This is my first book video and I'm so excited to be sharing it. I cannot thank Hypertext Media enough. They did a spectacular job of conveying the whole Haunting Emma ambiance. Hope you love it as much as I do. And follow Hypertext on twitter for more great book info.

• Deception is now available in paperback from Scholastic. It's on the cover of their February Tab newsletter. If you haven't read it yet, they're offering it at the amazing price of $6. And, of course, it's still available from Bloomsbury in hardcover and soft, everywhere books are sold.

• Bloomsbury has also gifted me with extra copies of Deception, which I'm passing onto you. I'm giving away five copies on Goodreads. Contest ends March 1st. 

Betrayal comes out March 1st! I'm thrilled to be sharing the second installment of Haunting Emma.

And to celebrate its release we're giving away four, yes count them, 4 iTunes gift certificates for $25 each. I'll be running one contest a week all through the month of March. If you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, now is the time, so you can be in on these contests. Or like Bloomsbury Teens on Facebook.

Bet sure to let me know what you think about the book trailer!

XO Lee

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Betrayal Review

So excited! My editor just sent me the first review of Betrayal. Such a relief to get a nice review. Only three more weeks until it's officially out.

“This fast-paced sequel reintroduces teen Emma Vaile, who is the most powerful ghostkeeper to be born in centuries, much to the amazement of her counterparts in the Knell, a secret society that keeps order in the ghost world. Unlike other ghostkeepers, Emma can conjure, communicate with and compel ghosts, which provides hope that she will be able to defeat Neos, a menacing wraith master who is drawn to Emma and will stop at nothing to increase his evil powers. Unfortunately, Emma’s supernatural powers also present major responsibilities and downsides, including preventing her from getting too close to Bennett, her long-time crush and fellow ghostkeeper. Picking up where series opener Deception (2010) left off, Emma continues to hone her skills in preparation for confronting Neos and joins forces with three other ghostkeepers. However, Emma quickly learns that someone has infiltrated her inner circle of friends and finds herself faced with deadly betrayal. This balances against Emma's very ordinary life as a high-school student. A solid balance of fantasy and mystery together with a well-developed subplot of forbidden love prevent this text from becoming hokey and will keep readers riveted.” - Kirkus

Monday, February 7, 2011

And the Winner is ...

Readitandeat aka Dawn has won the copy of Betrayal. Dawn has a very fetching egg as an avatar, a twitter ID I can relate to, and was randomly chosen as the winner. Please email me your address, Dawn, LeeXNichols at gmail or DM me on twitter.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


BETRAYAL doesn't come out until March 1st, but one lucky person will get to read it early. I'm giving away a signed hardcover of the second HAUNTING EMMA book.

How to enter: This is a Twitter only contest. All you have to do is this and you are officially entered:

Hi @LeeXNichols. #BETRAYAL

Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 4th! Good tweeting!