Love Stinks! And you can get a copy now!

Ambush Books’ great YA anthology, Love Stinks!, is available NOW at Amazon, Smashwords and Apple’s iBookstore. Order it today and it will be there for you when you’re ready, unlike the teen boys in most of the stories.

Love Stinks! description: Love is magical. Love is amazing. But every once in a while love stinks! We’ve all been there. Heartbreak spawning crafty ideas of revenge. The “It’s not you, it’s me,” syndrome. Well, this book celebrates all those love-bumps along the great highway of life. Fourteen YA authors have come together to reveal the truth about the dark side of love that few people talk about. But with a lot of humor and a bit of mystery, you might not mind too much that LOVE STINKS!

LOVE STINKS! features stories by Vivi Barnes (Olivia Twisted), Marni Bates (Awkward), Eldritch Black (Book of Kindly Deaths), Karice Bolton (the Witch Avenue and Watchers series), Naomi Canale, Cecily Chase (aka Cecily White…Prophecy Girl), Rachel Clarke, Shanyn Day, Tara Gonzalez, Laurie McLean, Doug Rees (Vampire High), Lynda K. Scott (Great Escapes B&B), Linda Wisdom (A Demon Does It Better) and Carol Wolf, (Summoning), LOVE STINKS! will take you on a roller coaster of red hot goodness that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.

Order today and you’ll have something to be thankful for on the 28th! :-)


Best News in A While

We decided to push the debut of Ambush’s next anthology, Love Stinks, down to late spring, a more traditional date for new titles. I’ve been sharing editing duties, and I have to say that if you do not already think love stinks before you start reading, such authors as Marni Bates, Eldritch Black and myself should be able top convince you that it does.


Magical Mayhem is Here!

Magical Mayhem, the first YA anthology from Ambush Books, is here just in time for Halloween and the Hallowdays (okay, it’s really the Holidays, but I was feeling creative!)

Magical Mayhem was compiled from a wide assortment of emerging YA talent plus award-winning veteran authors. This anthology truly has something for everyone featuring short tales that will twist your brain and wrap around your soul. From the creepy jumble of Eldritch Black’s “Three Curses for Trixie Moon” to the gorgeous magical realism of Anna-Marie McLemore’s “Lovesick”, Magical Mayhem is the perfect bedtime companion for a cold autumn’s night.

Authors in the anthology include: Douglas Rees (Vampire High), Kait Nolan (Red), Linda Wisdom (50 Ways to Hex Your Lover), Marni Bates (Awkward), Mark London Williams (Danger Boy), Alex Kahler (Martyr), Eldritch Black (The Book of Kindly Deaths), Carol Wolf (Summoning), Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Cecily White (Angel Academy), Rhonda Helms (Untouched), Laurie McLean (Knight Moves), H. Scott Beazley (Nowhere, Except In Between), Anna-Marie McLemore, Lynda K. Scott, and Catherine Haines.


So pick up an eBook or print edition at Amazon and lots of other online locations. You can also special order it at any neighborhood bookstore.

Learn more here and here.

New books available in the Kindle Store!

Howdy Partners! We have two new books available for your Kindle as of today. Other devices are coming shortly so hang on to your bloomers!

Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery
Back cover copy: Thomas Weston has newspaper ink in this veins. He also has funny headlines running through his head 24/7. If he can convince the principal at Fairview Middle School he has what it takes, maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to make his dream of a school newspaper come true. But first he has to figure out why all the cats in Fairview are disappearing!
True Lies: A Newspaper Mystery
Thomas is in hot water with the principal again. He has one more chance to make it right, to put out the best issue of the school paper, ever. Or else. While trying his hardest to do just that, with those funny headlines flying through his head, Thomas and his friends end up in the middle of one of the biggest jewel heists in Montana!

So head on over to Amazon and buy Fairview Felines and True Lies today!

Book Expo America

BEA books (not really)

Just returned from the annual pilgrimage to New York for Book Expo America, or BEA as it’s known to those in the publishing industry. There booksellers, librarians, publishers, editors, agents and authors meet to network, chat, get free books and learn the latest developments in publishing around the globe.

I sent more than 60 pounds of books and ARCs (advanced reader copies) back to my house! I love to read but I can’t imagine having the time to read every single book I just had to have when faced with a pile of free copies in my favorite publishers’ booths. And this is even after my husband built me three new bookshelves for my birthday.

Yet read I will, because one thing everyone in publishing has in common is a love of books. It’s at the core of why each of us is in the book business. So I plan on reading a few previews of what’s to come this fall as well as some books that have just hit the store shelves.

What are you excited about reading this summer?

Another Op’nin, Another Show

Well, dang, it finally happened. The 9th Annual Pear Slices opened at the Pear Theatre with my little epic, TOPPERS, leading off the evening. It was rather awesome to see five pages of verbosity transformed by Fred Pitts and Kelly Rinehart into something living at last. I’d sat in on a couple fo rehearsals and knew it was going to be good, but, hey, this was the preview — sets, costumes, lights, the works. And wok they did.
I am in awe of Kely Rinehart and Kimberly Gelbwasser, who transformed themselves from figures on wedding cakes to reanimated corpses to Bronze Age Scandinavian babes to maenads with nasal Californian accents, etc, all night long and every 5 to fifteen minutes or less.
If you’re in the Bay Area through early June, there are still tickets — or wer two nights ago. When word gets around about this production, I don’t think they’ll last long. IMHO, the two best plays of the evening are those by Peter Ross Nelson and Beverly Altschuler. But draw your own conclusions.

Children’s Book Week

It’s Children’s Book Week (May 7-13) and things kicked off with a bang last night at a gala in New York that awarded Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid-author) and Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck-illustrator) the top honors. Children across the country cast nearly one million votes for their favorite books, author and artist at bookstores, libraries and classrooms and at This was more votes than the past five years combined.

Does that mean more children are reading books? Or does it mean that the internet is allowing more children to vote for their favorites? Or something else? What do you think is happening in children’s literature?