I am really thrilled to announce that The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, my young adult gothic, has been bought by Tor Books. I really love this story and I'm so glad it will be published in hard cover, as well as paperback.
Here's a description:
Jane Williams has suffered personal tragedy and learned to survive by hiding in the shadows of life. She thinks she will never escape the misery of her foster home when she's offered a full-scholarship at an elite academy. The school even offers Jane a place of her own to live, the old groundskeeper's cottage in a dense grove of birch trees.
The very pale and very elegant headmistress, Mrs. Monroe, is especially kind and suggests that Jane earn spending money by tutoring her son, gorgeous Lucky. A popular group of girls take Jane into their circle, and the challenging classes are all she could have hoped for.
It seems too good to be true. It is.
I received a tremendous amount of support for this book from many of you. Some read the free online manuscript and sent me comments, and others offered suggestions. Many mentioned the book on their blogs, or Tweeted, or said something on Facebook. A few terrific people passed along the book to their teenagers, whose opinions were especially appreciated.
A very special shout-out goes to Amanda at LoveVampires who read and loved the book, then created a cover design for it. Amanda, you're all kinds of wonderful! Those who reviewed the book helped -- from established and respected reviewers like Patricia Altner to enthusiastic newbies, because the reviews were shared with my editor.
I also had a correspondent who helped me fix many typos in my free online read at Scribd (where it became the #1 Young Adult novel). It was amazing to me that anyone would take the time to carefully read the manuscript and note the errors. I didn't get around to fixing all of them, but thank you for your time and effort.
I feel very lucky to have help from all of you. You kept me hopeful!
In other news, I watched a bit of Moonlight last night. I had tried to watch the first episode of the now cancelled show when it premiered. I could not get into it. Anyway, last night's show seemed much better. The cast was at their ease, especially doing their American accents, and seemed more confident, flirty, sexy, dangerous. I'll definitely start watching it.
E! Online says:
So why is the CW airing Moonlight now? I'm told that the decision was made in part to keep [Alex] O'Loughlin's fan base chugging along, in the hopes they'll follow him to the new Five-O this fall. (The CW and CBS are all one family, you know.) Plus, maybe you've heard, people kinda like vampires these days? So the ratings shouldn't be too shabby either, and will keep the TV audience busy.
Please save us from this. The SyFy Channel (stuupid renaming of the Sci-Fi Channel) is remaking BBC's terrific and ongoing serie Being Human, about a werewolf, vampire, and ghost who are roommates. Why, why, why? The show is already seen here in the US. It's already in English. It's already got an amazing cast. It's already way better than anything the SyFy Channel is going to do.
As proof, they've hired the least menacing bad guy in the history of menacing bad guys, the "Let's got to Ikea and then we'll have a Frappuccino while you admire my Dockers" yuppieish actor Mark Pellegrino. I have nothing personally against this actor, although I wish he'd either shave or grow a beard, make a frickin decision. My theory is that he's a really great, responsible, and nice actor and everyone loves to work with him, so he gets cast as an unconvincing Lucifer in Supernatural and an unconvincing eternal menace Jacob in Lost.
I think that Pellegrino should play the earnest, but occasionally misguided hunky boyfriend in some show. I could see him as that. I could see him as a really great, devoted teacher or a father of triplets (hilarity ensues!). You should watch the original, smart, scary, funny, sexy, thrilling BBC version of Being Human. Rent the DVDs because BBC America chops out huge sections to shove in commercials. (Yes, I've written to them about it.) You can find out more about it at the show's website.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
The original show and the one I like.
I'm kinda loving this song.
Annie, the ghost, is one of my favorite characters. I think she's lovely and heartbreaking.
Have a great weekend!