Friday, April 25, 2014

IN THE SHADOWS - story sampler video

Here is the next video I've done for my collaborative novel with masterful wordsmith Kiersten White entitled IN THE SHADOWS, out on April 29th from Scholastic.  In general terms, it's a supernatural mystery that is told part in wordless full-color art chapters (like a silent movie) and part in lush, lyrical text chapters. Each part follows characters through their storylines that later coalesce as revelations occur.  More deeply, it's the story of five teens who meet at major turning points in their lives.  They are all experiencing loss of varying sorts and dealing with it the best they can.  But then, they are all confronted by true evil that has come to town, and have to decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves and their new friends.  One boy in particular chooses to seek and exact revenge at all costs, but while he confronts and hunts evil, evil, in turn, hunts back!

Hope you enjoy the video here, but if there's trouble viewing it, go to this link:


Thursday, April 24, 2014

More IN THE SHADOWS interior art!

With only FIVE days remaining until my collaborative supernatural mystery YA novel with Kiersten White comes out (!!) we decided to celebrate by showing another grouping of interior art from the book.  Once again though, I should say this book isn't only about the (222 pages of full-color, fully-painted!) art chapters, it also has AMAZING, character-driven, lyrical, gothic, creepy and haunting text chapters by Kiersten. Fans of hers will be blown away as she's flexing different muscles in this book, and newbies to her crazy-awesome writing will be won over. Truly, she blew me away with what she's created!

Also, we'll be at Powell's Books in Cedar Hills this Sunday (April 27th) at 4pm for an early-release event and signing. PLUS, if you attend, you could win this original-art-ified copy of the book!

But even if you don't win that copy, we'll be giving out bookmarks, I'll be doing quick doodles in everyone's copy of the book, and we'll even be giving out small art prints to anyone buying it.  
Hope to see you there!

And, as always, you can buy a copy of IN THE SHADOWS here, here, here, here, OR at your local bookstore.  Thank you!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

TLA, book teaser video, and event-schwag!

In promotion -- and pre-release celebration! -- of our collaborative book IN THE SHADOWS (published by Scholastic), Kiersten White and I will be attending the Texas Library Association conference this Thursday (April 10th) for the "Young Adult Round Table: Other Worlds, Exciting Reads" panel from 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. followed later by a signing from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  We're both very excited to be guests at the conference and look forward to the opportunity to talk about our book, meet readers!, bloggers!, other creators and industry folks, and of course, meet all of the awesome librarians (!!!) that will be there.  I truly cannot wait!

For those attending TLA, we'll be bringing along some nifty bookmarks of/for our book.  Here's a look at that (and just to be clear, there aren't two versions, it's two-sided):

You may notice that there are a couple of reviews listed on the bookmark...and you also may notice that one of them is a STARRED review! We are over the moon about that and feel humbled and honored to have a major review site (and a major reviewer!) enjoy our book so much. 
Thank you Booklist! :)
Oh!  Whoops!  What are these?  Huh?!  That's weird! I'll have to find out what those are and get back to you (heh heh)...

Lastly, we're excited to premiere our first (of several!) videos about our book!  Here's the first, which is kind of a "teaser-trailer" of sorts showing a tiny taste of what readers are in for.  If you like it, feel free to share, embed, Tweet, blog, sky-write, etc this video as much as you like!

(no video showing? Click here to see it)

Again, our book is out on April 29th, but Kiersten and I will be doing a pre-release event and book-signing at Powell's Cedar Hills on Sunday, April 27th at 4pm.  Hope to see you there & thanks so much!