Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I'm speaking at the Oklahoma Writing Project Spring Celebration for Students and Teachers tomorrow. On Friday it's the Oklahoma Library Association Annual Conference, and on Saturday I'll be hanging out with all the fine folks at the Society for Children's Writers and Illustrators OK region conference. I have a school visit next Tuesday and a revision due to my editor around the same time.


And thus the radio silence. See you when things calm down!

P.S. I did post about great mystery reads at Book End Babes today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giveaways and rainy days

Congrats to Alisha -- her number came up in my final ARC giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I truly appreciated all the book recs.

And I wish to extend a warm welcome to all my new Twitter and blog followers. :)

Yesterday was gloomy with rain and thunder, which was perfect for revising a Gothic mystery. The sky cleared a bit that night, as you'll see . . .

This was how it looked at 8:00 pm when Steve and I took a walk. The Oklahoma sky never ceases to amaze me.

And here's our cat, waiting faithfully in the window for our return. On nights when we have the windows open, he'll hear our voices before he sees us, and he'll meow us home (just in case we've forgotten where we live).

ETA: I've been listening to The Attenbury Emeralds, the latest Peter and Harriet Wimsey book by Jill Paton Walsh, and it's so good! The hardcover has been languishing on my shelf for ages, but when I learned Edward Petherbridge read the audio, I downloaded that right away. Now I'm chomping at the bit to continue, but I don't have any long driving trips in the near future. I just adore his reading, and the mystery is suprisingly good considering that half of it is told by Peter and Bunter as the family is relaxing around the house or at a tea shop. (There's so much TEA DRINKING, you guys!) I'm getting giddy just thinking about it. (And I was very gratified to see all the starred reviews after I'd already decided I loved it.) As soon as I'm done listening I might just go back and read the book (because my mind tends to wander as I listen, particularly when I'm mooning over Peter). And then I'll start up with STRONG POISON, or perhaps even go back to the very beginning with WHOSE BODY? *joy*

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

One more ARC giveaway! NOW CLOSED

As you may have seen, Janice won the last group of YA ARCs. Hooray!

However, I still have a stack of ARCs left from my ALA Midwinter haul, and they need a good home. This collection is more varied than the last. You'll find contemporary, mystery/thriller, and fantasy titles below -- a variety pack of AWESOME!

Belles, by Jen Calonita (Poppy)

The Book of Blood and Shadow, by Robin Wasserman (Knopf)

The Girl in the Park, by Mariah Fredericks (Schwartz & Wade)

Jersey Angel, by Beth Ann Bauman (Wendy Lamb Books)

Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman (Random House)

Wanderlove, by Kristen Hubbard (Delacorte)


How to enter:
(Practically the same as before!)

ALL you have to do is comment and share the title of a 2012 YA book you're really looking forward to reading.

To gain more entries, you may do any or all of the following:

-- Tweet this giveaway (+1) You may copy and paste the following:
Win more fabulous ARCs at @soniagensler's Contemp/Fantasy/Thriller YA Giveaway! Pls RT.
-- Follow me on Twitter (+1)
-- Follow this blog (+1)

Please spell out what you've done in your comment. (If you already follow me here and at Twitter, you get credit for that!)

Deadline to enter: Sunday, March 18th, 11:59 pm (Central)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Historical YA ARCs -- the winner!

With the help of, a winner has been chosen:

Congratulations go to Janice!

Thanks to everyone for entering. I really appreciated the great YA historical recs.

And stay tuned because I'm giving away an even bigger pile of ARCs very soon -- this time, contemporary and fantasy YA.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Historical YA ARC Giveaway! NOW CLOSED

Remember when I went to ALA Midwinter a while back? And got all those ARCs? NOW I WANT TO GIVE THEM AWAY! I have two batches of books to offer up, and the first batch can be loosely categorized as historical YA (my favorite).

Here's what I have for you:

A finished copy of The Merchant's Daughter, by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)

and ARCs of:

Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls, by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion)

The Peculiars, by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (Amulet)

The Springsweet, by Saundra Mitchell (Harcourt)


How to enter:
(We're doing this old school, ya'll)

ALL you have to do is comment and tell me about one of your favorite YA historical novels.
(I'm always looking for recs!)

To gain more entries, you may do any or all of the following:

-- Tweet this giveaway (+1) For instance:
"Win fabulous ARCs at @soniagensler's Historical YA Giveway! Pls RT."
-- Follow me on Twitter (+1)
-- Follow this blog (+1)

Please let me know what you've done in your comment. (If you already followed me here and at Twitter, you get credit for that!)

[I'd also love for you to follow my Facebook Author Page, but apparently I can't give you any cookies in return because FB will sue me, or something? So this is just a heads up that I have an author page. Hee!]

Deadline to enter: Sunday, March 11th, 11:59 pm (CST)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mountain retreat

Last week I joined 10 other writers for a retreat in Black Mountain, NC. Here's a quick photo essay of the highlights:

Gorgeous scenery!

Wooded walks

Sunset views

Cozy writing corners

Dinner table chats

Indie bookstore events (photo shamelessly stolen from Malaprops' Twitter feed)

My sincere thanks go out to Natalie Parker for planning this epic retreat, to all the participating authors for sharing their wisdom, warmth, and humor, and to Malaprops for hosting a fabulous YA author event!

[Cross-posted from Livejournal]