Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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More fun with Top Ten Tuesday, via The Broke and the Bookish! Because I blog for Barnes & Noble, my TBR tends to shift around even more frequently than my “Top Five,” but as of now, here are the top ten books I’m planning to read for the first time this winter – and yes, I physically own them all already:

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I’ve been sitting on an ARC of this book forever, thanks to the lovely Becky Albertalli, and I’m so excited to finally get to read it. I’ve heard it’s totally gorgeous and a fantastic depiction of depression, and I’m really looking forward to it.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. I mean…it’s Trish Doller. It’s only because of strict blogging deadlines that I didn’t devour this the second I got it.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. Another ARC I’ve had for a while and can’t wait to read. I loved Open Road Summer and I’ve heard her follow-up is wonderful too!

Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins. It somehow completely slipped my mind that I had an eARC for this m/m NA, but now that I remember, it’ll be my next commute read for sure. ICYMI, M/M NA THANKS.

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills. I got this ARC from Bloomsbury and didn’t know a thing about it, but it sounds right up my alley, and Bloomsbury’s done fabulously by me this past year, between Open Road Summer, Wish You Were Italian, and The Chapel Wars, so I’ll try pretty much anything they send my way!

No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace. This one’s gotten mixed reviews for sure, but given they were very positive from my #1 f/f aficionado, I bought this one last week and look forward to checking it out!

Gated by Amy Christine Parker. This one’s been on my TBR – and my bookshelf – forever, and I’m getting impatient to get to read it! I love cult books, and have heard super great things about this one.

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown. This is one of the last 2014 releases I’m really excited about, and given it’s not out until December 9, it’ll definitely be a winter read!

The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez. I’ve really enjoyed all of Jessica Martinez’s other books, and this is the last one I have to go, so I’m hoping I really enjoy it too! I get a weird thrill out of finishing an author’s entire catalog. I’m a dork; so sue me.

Dare Me by Megan Abbott. Blogging has also meant I read approximately zero adult books a year, but this one’s been on my TBR – and my bookshelf – forever, and I really hate that I’ve only read one adult in 2014, so!

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

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I had such a great reading year in 2014, as soon as I saw this topic on The Broke and The Bookish, I knew I had to get on that. So, without further ado!

Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones. Illusive was one of my favorite reads of 2014, so it stands to reason I’d be dying for the sequel!

French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton. I adored the first two books in this NA trilogy, and I’m counting this one even though it’s really a companion, and not a sequel as the last one was. WHATEVER. I WANT IT.

Make It Last by Megan Erickson. Also a companion. Also do not care. Also want it bad. These books are some of my fave light NA.

The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman. I’m not usually a MG fan, but All Four Stars was a major exception for me, and I’d definitely follow wherever Gladys goes next. True foodie books transcend age!

Charmed by Michelle Krys. Definitely down for some more time with witchy Indigo Blackwood!

Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer. Likewise, I am supremely down for more Julep. And more Dani ;)

Skandal by Lindsay Smith. In fairness, I already read this during edits, and it was fanfreakingtastic, but I need my own hard copy in my hands!

Whatever the Second Book in Melissa Grey’s Trilogy is. Okay, yes, this is super cheating, but I loved The Girl at Midnight, and though I assume the second book isn’t out until 2016, I need it the second it’s in ARUnderTheLightsDahliaAdlerCover-1C form. (This is also super true for whatever the second book in Maggie Hall’s trilogy is, since The Conspiracy of Us is freaking fabulous, but given she’s my CP and I’ll probably have it in my hands soon, that seemed like too much cheating, even for me.)

Behind the Seams by Elizabeth Briggs. I have a weird thing for reality show books; though I tend not to watch them in real life, I’ve enjoyed so many of the ones I’ve read. Excited to read one centered on fashion design!

Haha I’m a jerk and putting my own sequel, Under the Lights, for number ten, but I’M EXCITED AND DO NOT CARE. (Also, I primarily read contemp YA standalones, so yeah, I’m out.) For what it’s worth, I am legit excited about it, so, yay!

Cuddlebuggery Getting-to-Know-You Bloghop+Giveaway!

Hey hey, Cuddlebuggery bloghoppers, and welcome to The Daily Dahlia! I’m Dahlia Adler, and I do both the Author and Blogger thing. My debut, a Contemporary YA Hollywood Romance called Behind the Scenes, released from Spencer Hill in June, and the follow-up, Under the Lights, releases this coming June. In between, I’m self-publishing my first NA, Last Will and Testament, and after all of that, a year from now, I’ll be releasing a standalone Contemp YA, My Name is Everett, also with Spencer Hill. So, all that’s fun!

On the blogging side, I blog here, obviously, but also at YA Misfits and for the Barnes & Noble book blog. Probably the coolest part about blogging is getting to interview some awesome authors, and it’s cool to see how far I’ve come, personally, since I was absolutely terrified to contact one of my all-time favorites. (Not at all far, by the way. It still scares the crap out of me.)

I was going to share 5 things from my bucket list, because I feel like those are good ways to get to know people, but a cool thing that’s happened at some point in life is realizing that I’ve actually done a lot of the big things on that list. So instead, here are 5 things I’ve done from my bucket list!

1) See my book in a bookstore

2) Go to Istanbul (went on my honeymoon)

3) Get paid to blog (see above)

4) Meet my CPs in person

5) Live somewhere other than NY or Israel (I lived in Philly for 3 years)

And now, my giveaways!

In honor of Author Me, I’m doing the very obvious thing of giving away my book of your choice. The winner can choose between:

  • a signed paperback of Behind the Scenes (US)
  • a signed paperback of Last Will and Testament (US)
  • ebooks of both (US/INT)
  • a paperback preorder of Under the Lights (US)

AND

another super important part of Author Me is my seriously intense love for my critique partners and accountabilibuddy, so to that end, I’m doing a second giveaway. The winner (INT, assuming they’re all on The Book Depository) can choose between:

In the spirit of Blogger me, I’m giving away two books that bookend (see what I did there?) that experience for me. My very first “holy crap holy crap I can’t believe I’m interviewing her holy crap” post was with the utterly fabulous Courtney Summers, so I’m giving away What Goes Around, which contains both of my favorite books of hers. My last one, for B&N, was with A.S. King, on Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, so I’m giving away that ARC.

As usual (now you’re really getting to know me!), I’m actually typing this post on a deadline and have to run before Jewish Sabbath starts (yes, that’s how much you’re getting to know me), so, no time to do the Rafflecopter thing. Just leave a comment telling me something you’ve achieved on your bucket list, and which prize you’re entering for. You can leave multiple bucket list items to enter multiple giveaways, so up to 4!

Looking forward to getting to know more of you soon!

 

It’s Not Just You

Confession: probably my biggest pet peeve on the planet is when people start a question with “Am I the only one who…?”

No. You’re not. You’re not the only one who writes that way, reads that way, likes that food, likes that band, thinks Benedict Cumberbatch sounds like a Game of Thrones character or looks like someone squeezed Spongebob and stuck googly eyes on him…you’re just not.

But.

There’s a different kind of “Is it just me?” feeling, and that’s the stress of when you’re drowning in something and nobody’s talking about it and you feel like everyone’s got it together but you, and so you don’t wanna say a thing, and it all snowballs until you basically wanna curl up and die. I know that feeling. It’s why I wrote this post after splitting with my first agent. So in case you are wondering any of these things, I am going to categorically tell you, it’s not just you:

  • It is not just you who feels left behind when your friends get agents or book deals. We have all moved at different paces and all had people skyrocket past us. We’ve also been the people moving past others. Pardon me if you’ve heard this before, but it’s so, so not a race. I got a book deal before other friends got agented, and now they have more book deals and with bigger houses than I do. Things don’t always move at the same pace, and that’s okay. Just be supportive for your friends, and let yourself be supported too.
  • It is not just you who finds writing your first book under contract from start to finish complete and total hell. You are not the only one who thinks it is the crappiest thing you have ever seen. My CPs can tell you what an abomination I thought UtL was when I first drafted it, and I wasn’t wrong – I will definitely be blogging closer to its release about how much it was overhauled to become the book I now love – but that’s okay. You just have to get the words down. Everything else can come later.
  • It is not just you who shuts down when you know too much about friends’ successes, whether or not it’s about envy. The hardest part for me of being in this wonderful community was being exposed to more transparency than I was ready for – about other people’s sales, advances, awards…everything. Not because I’m jealous, but because it made it feel like we’re not even in the same industry. I still feel that way, a lot. It sucks. But I know I’m not the only one.
  • It is not just you who feels like your agent, or editor, or publicist isn’t paying attention to you, or doesn’t value you. Sometimes it’s hard to process that you’re not their only client; sometimes it really is a result of bad communication. But you are not the ugly stepchild. This happens to every mid-list author at some point. It just does.
  • It is not just you who can’t do NaNoWriMo. Fast drafting is a particular skill, and it’s not one any author is required to possess, especially if you don’t write full-time. It doesn’t mean you aren’t a real writer, or a capable one, or that you’ll never finish another book.
  • It is not just you who feels like you have no idea what’s going on, what you’re supposed to be doing, how best to promote your book, how to write a perfect query, how to form relationships…any of it. It is not even just you who randomly cries about things for no reason. It is not just you who’s curled up under a table with a bottle of whiskey and rocked back and forth like a toddler.
  • It is not just you who feels like a fraud, or isn’t sure if you’re a “real” writer, or doesn’t know what a “real” writer even means.
  • It is not just you hearing “this book is too quiet” or “this genre is dead” or “I can’t sell this.”
  • It is not just you who is terrified of asking for blurbs, or who’s asked and been rejected. It is not just you who’s been rejected at any stage, ever, in fact.
  • It is not just you who’s done an event and had no one come.
  • It is not just you who’s so burned out, you haven’t been able to write another word for months.
  • It is not just you who’s fallen into such deep depression and/or anxiety that you don’t want to get out of bed. Or that you can’t.
  • It is not just you thinking about entering therapy, or actually doing it. Not even close.
  • It is not just you who worries about letting down their publisher, or readers, or family. It is not just you who fears they won’t earn out (whether or not doing so is actually necessary), and it is not just you who fears this will be the last book deal you ever get.
  • It is not just you who is embarrassed by your sales numbers.
  • It is not just you who feels like no one has ever heard of you.
  • It is not just you seeing other books on “Best of” lists or “Waiting on Wednesdays” but not yours, never yours.
  • It is not just you who might need a hug right now, or in an hour, or every hour on the hour, or more.
  • It is not just you who needs a social media break; take it. You won’t be sorry.

It is not just you. It is never just you. And if you ever really and truly think it is, talk about it with someone; do not let fear or shame hold you back. For all you know, you might be talking about it with someone who thought it was just them, too.

Fun Things on the Internet Today

Hello there! Don’t be fooled into thinking I have suddenly come up with some fabulous and original content for this blog today; I’m just here to lure you elsewhere to distract you from the fact that I do not. (Though I’ve been working on Top Ten Tuesday posts, for, like, the next three months of Tuesdays. Man, I love that meme.) So, here are some fun things on the internet today!

  • Of course, because it’s #TeaserTuesday, there’s another excerpt of Last Will and Testament out in the world! You can find this one on either Kissed by Ink or In Love With Handmade.
  • My group blog, YA Misfits, introduced two new members, and is having an epic celebration of giveaways in their honor! (An eBook of BtS is among the prizes in one pack, and one of my fave reads of the year, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, is in another, just FYI.) There’s also a fun argyle contest involved (I LOVE ARGYLE, IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW), and the ultimate winner gets a Misfit book of his/her/their choice, which includes a preorder of Under the Lights, just FYI…
  • My amazing CP Gina Ciocca, author of your future favorite Contemp YA Romance, Last Year’s Mistake, is sending out postcards as part of an ARC giveaway. I LOVE THIS BOOK. (INT)
  • My fab friend Katie Cotugno, author of one of my hands-down favorites of 2013, How to Love, is hosting an ARC giveaway for one of my hands-down most anticipated reads of 2015, 99 Days. (US only)
  • My incomparable accountabilibuddy, Lindsay Smith, is hosting a giveaway of a signed hardcover of her debut, Sekret, and an ARC of her upcoming sequel, Skandal. I have read and LOVED both of these books, so I hiiiiighly recommend entering. (US/CAN only, though she’ll be doing an international one soon, so stay tuned!)
  • One of my absolute favorite book blogs, run by some of my absolute favorite people, is hosting a Getting to Know You giveaway bloghop. I’m signed up; swing by Cuddlebuggery and sign up too!
  • And finally, a couple of friends have books out today! Happy book birthday to Seth Z. Herman and Guardian Lineage, and Nikki Urang and The Hit List!

What’s happening in your neck of the internet today?

Teaser Tuesday: Excerpt from LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

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LastWillandTestamentCoverHighResHey! I’m publishing a NA novel called Last Will and Testament soon, and here’s an excerpt from it, because I am terrible at making those pretty photo teasers:

When class ends, I make my way up to the front of the room, to where Connor is gathering up his things. It takes him a moment to see me, and when he does, he greets me with a brief, tight smile I’m not sure how to take.

I take a deep breath. “Hey, so, I’m really sorry, but I can’t make it to your office on Friday. I have to go to a parent-teacher conference at Max’s school. Is there any chance we can reschedule?”

“Sure,” he says with a shrug. “When did you have in mind?”

“Whenever. Not like I have loads of plans lately. Unless you count making mac ’n cheese with bacon bits for dinner tonight. According to my brothers, those are pretty much the most important plans in the universe.”

“Totally understandable. That was always one of my favorites too.” His fond grin makes his eyes crinkle in the corners, and I really, really hate that I ever noticed what a beautiful blue they were, because now I can’t stop seeing it. “Man, it’s been a while.”

“Do you wanna come?” I offer, a second before I realize how weird that invitation is. Ugh, hanging around Connor has made me fucking awkward. Of course he doesn’t want to come to dinner with me and my little brothers. Even Cait wouldn’t want to come to dinner with me and my little brothers.

“You sure your brothers wouldn’t mind sharing?”

“Huh?” It takes me a few seconds to process that he actually said yes, and then another couple to realize I’m way too excited about that fact. “I mean, no, of course not. I make a ton, and I owe you something for all your efforts.” This all, at least, is true.

He smiles again, and I do not appreciate the way my body reacts to it at all. Clearly, the sexual deprivation of the past few weeks is getting to me. “You don’t,” he says with an un-Connor-like dose of warmth, “but I’ll take you up on it anyway, if it’s a real invitation. Haven’t had home-cooked food in a while.”

That makes me strangely sad, even though I rarely did either, before my brothers moved in with me. I mean, I had it at home, when my mom was making it, but obviously, those days are over. “It’s a real invitation,” I assure him, hoping my face doesn’t look as hot as it feels. Because it sorta feels like I just asked my very proper TA on a date. With my brothers. Because I am insane. And now I need to make an awkward joke, because it’s all that will keep me from sinking into the floor. “Wear a suit. My brothers and I are very formal.”

“Then I can’t wait to see what you’ll be wearing,” he jokes back, which only makes my face burn hotter. At least this time, his flames too. “I…did not mean that the way it sounded.”

I can’t help laughing. At least I’m not the only ragingly awkward one. “I should hope not. That’s a pretty terrible pick-up line.” Only, maybe it isn’t, because suddenly what I’ll be wearing is all I can think about. Which is crazy, because this is not a date. And this is Connor Lawson. He’s probably saving his virginity for the third rise of Constantinople.

Not that I’m thinking about sleeping with him, obviously. That would be certifiable.

Am I certifiable?

“Lizzie, are you okay?”

Crap. “Sorry,” I mumble. “Just got a little distracted thinking about salad. You know, want to make sure everyone’s getting their vegetables.”

You, Lizzie Brandt, are a fucking idiot.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT releases on December 9, 2014. If you’ve got a Kindle, you can pre-order it now and I will love you forever!

End of Month Recap of ALL THE THINGS

It’s been a busy month! Just in case I haven’t been the be-all and end-all of your October, here’s what you may have missed:

I’m self-pubbing my first NA novel, called Last Will and Testament! It releases on December 9, 2014, and you can:

  • Read about it here!
  • See the cover reveal with an excerpt here!
  • Add it on Goodreads here!
  • Preorder it for Kindle here!
  • Sign up to help promote it and/or review it here!

I now have a newsletter! You can sign up for it here!

Behind the Scenes got a new cover! It’s e-only for now, and I really wish I could tell you when it’ll actually be on e-tailers, but for now, isn’t it pretty to look at?

Under the Lights is available for preorder! (Paperbacks on Amazon only right now, but it’ll be available at all the same e-tailers, in all the same formats, as Behind the Scenes. Honest.)

I did a lot of blogging for B&N these past two months. Check out:

I also moved; read a crap-ton of books; celebrated a bajillion Jewish holidays; and finally saw/met/hung out with a whole bunch of amazing writers, including Kody Keplinger, Robyn Schneider, Miranda Kenneally, Caroline Richmond, Andrea Colt, Lindsay Smith (right, because I was at her gorgeous wedding), Melissa Grey, and Anna-Marie McLemore. BUY THEIR BOOKS – THEY ARE AMAZING.

I, for one, am ready to relax!

Hahahahahaha just kidding; I’m doing NaNo. But hey, I’ll sleep when this life kills me, right?

2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, featuring Kelly Oram’s CINDER & ELLA!

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I’m excited to be participating in this year’s 2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the lovely BookBelles, and to have Kelly Oram on the blog! Check out this interview, a little more about her book CINDER & ELLA, and then enter the giveaway!

First off, here’s CINDER & ELLA!

22724488It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

And now the interview!

Describe Cinder & Ella in 10 words or less.

A heartfelt contemporary retelling of Cinderella with a Hollywood twist.

Cinder & Ella is a fairytale retelling- what are some of your favorite fairytales/retellings?

My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, but I also love Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, and The 12 Dancing Princesses. A couple of my favorites would be Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer and My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison.

What themes do you hope for readers to take away from your novels?

Well, a recurring theme in my books tends to be figuring out who you are and being true to yourself. Self esteem/self worth is one of the hardest things for a teenage girl (or the rest of us) to have. Everyone is beautiful and strong and brilliant in their own right. The trick is believing that and letting others see that in you.

Out of all of your novels, which one’s been the most fun for you to write?

I’d have to say Serial Hottie. I had so much fun with it for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it’s a quirky, silly book. It’s meant to be a bit ridiculous, so I really got to let my off-key sense of humor fly.

When did you know you wanted to be an author and what or who inspired you to become one?

I wrote for many years before I realized I was a writer at heart. I used to write a lot of fan fiction and it was all the people I met in that world encouraging me to try to write a novel for real that inspired me to finally go for it. (I owe them all a huge thank you!)

What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not reading or writing? :)

Read!! I read a ton! I also love golfing, singing, watching sports, hanging with my kids (there’s a million of them. Okay4 but it feels like a million), and all things outdoors.

Quick Questions:

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Spring or Fall? Fall
Comedy or Drama? (movie) Comedy
Coffee or Tea? Neither. Diet Coke!

And finally, check out Kelly’s Giveaway!!! <—

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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

Cover reveal for LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT!

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Man, I sure have been revealing a lot of covers lately, but I think they’ve all worked out pretty well, don’t you? Aaaand I think we all know the reason for that is the fabulously talented Maggie Hall. But of course, as gorgeous as BEHIND THE SCENES and UNDER THE LIGHTS are, for LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, we needed something completely different – it’s a completely different book, in a different category, with a different tone, and it needed a cover that would wholly reflect that.

Before you see the cover, here’s a little refresher on the book itself:

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

Aaaaand…. here’s the cover!

LastWillandTestamentCoverHighResSO MUCH LOVE to Maggie Hall for delivering for me yet again, with something completely different. I love that it totally says, “This is NA” (which it so very much is) without saying, “Here are two white people getting it on.” (Well, Lizzie is half-Filipina, so this was never actually an option for this book anyway, but…yeah.)

I also love that it’s Lizzie by herself. Yes, this is a Romance, but a lot of the book isn’t Lizzie and Connor – it’s Lizzie and her best friends, Cait and Frankie; it’s Lizzie and her little brothers, Max and Tyler; and, most importantly, it’s Lizzie on her own, learning how to balance that with learning how not to be.

Plus, she would so totally wear a sweatshirt and nothing else.

In honor of Lizzie’s solo cover, here’s a little snippet from the first scene in Last Will and Testament in which Lizzie is completely alone, hiding out from the crowds at her parents’ house on the day of their funeral:

I excuse myself to my dad’s old study. It smells like rich leather and musty books. He loved that smell, almost as much as he loved the smell of cigars. I close my eyes and inhale deeply, remembering the way I used to play with the globe in the corner while he would read in his chair and randomly announce facts, like, “Did you know the male seahorse carries the baby?” I can still hear ice cubes clanging in his highball, and when I open my eyes, they’re burning with tears, and I need to taste that scotch ASAP.

I don’t even bother filling a highball, just chug straight from the bottle. It burns like hell on the way down, but it feels purifying, like liquid fire. After a while, tears spring to my eyes and my stomach turns and finally I have no choice but to pull the bottle away from my lips. I’m not even sure how much I drink before I finally put it down, but my first thought when I see that the level has conspicuously lowered is Shit, Dad’s gonna kill me.

And then the laughter starts. Loud, hysterical laughter that brings footsteps running toward the study. I’ve locked the door, but someone knocks anyway, and says, “Honey, you all right in there?”

I have no idea who’s talking, only that it isn’t Nancy, Tyler, or Max, so I say, “Just peachy!” until I hear a deep sigh and then footsteps retreating.

I never was a favorite of the neighbors.

I take the bottle and wedge myself into the big leather seat. I expect it to be warm and somehow feel like a hug from my dad, but it doesn’t even mold to my body; it just kind of sticks. It’s so depressing, I take another drink. And another.

By the time Nancy comes to shake me awake, the house is empty.

I swear, the book isn’t that bleak the whole way through ;) Wanna see for yourself? Last Will and Testament is available for pre-order on Amazon!

BEHIND THE SCENES has a brand-new cover!

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So, remember that time I partially unveiled the cover for Under the Lights, and said that I’d share the beautiful new cover my brilliant designer Maggie Hall made for Behind the Scenes once UtL went up for preorder?

Guess what.

Oh, come on, seriously, be a better guesser than that. That’s pathetic.

No, that guess is just filthy. I mean, not entirely inaccurate, but still. Be appropriate. This is a book for children.

Getting warmer.

Warmer…

Hahaha okay this is the most annoying blog post I’ve ever written, and that’s saying a lot. But anyway, the point is:

which means you now get to see…

BtSLighterSunsetSo, yeah, it’s a liiiiittle different from the original, and I think it’s the perfect change and love the way it ties in to the cover for Under the Lights. Yes, they now share fonts and the “a Daylight Falls novel” series line, and BtS has the same LA skyline on the front cover that UtL has on the back, but most of all, I love the way light is a theme in both. Behind the Scenes is all about a couple who has to sneak around in the shadows, while Under the Lights is about a couple that refuses to. I love how everything about the way the covers contrast reflects that difference.

(For reference, and also because it remains my favorite thing ever:

UnderTheLightsDahliaAdlerCover-1So, there you have my lovely Daylight Falls duology, in all it’s Maggie-Hall-is-amazing-covered glory! If you haven’t yet bought the e-version of Behind the Scenes, this cover will be up for it soon! And of course, stay tuned for some brand-new swag, because really, isn’t that the whole point of new covers?

Don’t answer that.

*throws out one last reminder that Under the Lights is available for pre-order and then runs off into the wind*

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