Thursday, February 4, 2016

#LoveInBooks: 7 YA Authors Sending Love

Hi all!

Today is the first day of a multi-author Valentine's Day special: #LoveInBooks. Seven of us have teamed up to share quotes from our books containing the word "love" from now through Valentine's Day. Here's the first quote for BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER:

Grand Prize Giveaway

To spread even more love, each of us is giving away a finished copy of our books and swag. You can enter the giveaway below. Entries are accepted daily through Feb. 12th. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 15. USA only.

Participating books and authors (alphabetically, by book):

  1. ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk / Follow Melissa on Twitter
  2. ASSASSIN'S HEART by Sarah Ahiers / Follow Sarah on Twitter
  3. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by ISABEL BANDEIRA / Follow Isabel on Twitter
  4. CURIO by Evangeline Denmark / Follow Evangeline on Twitter
  5. THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos / Follow Rebecca on Twitter
  6. SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan / Follow Kathy on Twitter
  7. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp / Follow Marieke on Twitter
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Booksigning and Cakestravaganza info!

One week to go!!! 

There will be cake from 3:30-4:30 (after the signing) at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, if anyone wants to make the trip. I can't wait to see you all next Saturday!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's almost 2016, DEV CHIBI, and a BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER Giveaway

This was the hardest chibi to keep under wraps, but I really wanted to wait for a special time to share it. New Years eve/day it is! Draskia proved yet again how amazingly talented she is with the latest Dev chibi, down to the dog-eared pages!!! 

(plus, there's US-only and international-only giveaway info at the bottom of this post, so don't forget to scroll all the way through)

Let's talk about Dev for a minute, shall we?

  • Hometown: Lambertfield, NJ
  • Hobbies: Acting, singing, clarinet, trying to learn how to play rugby (like half the guys at Pine Central), setting things on fire at camp
  • After-school activities: Marching band, Theatre Club
    • You know these first 2 bullet points? We had a lot of really sweet band and theatre guys in my high school. They were definitely some of my favorite people AND a few of my h.s. crushes. I mean, hello???? a guy who can SING? Yes, please.
  • Dream career: Actor (shh, don't tell his parents!)
  • New Years resolution: to read more awesome books recommended by one of the girls in class
Giveaway time!!!!

Happy 2016! Starting from now (December 31, 2015 EST) until tomorrow evening (January 1st, 2016, 10 pm EST), comment here or tweet at me (@Emberchyld) one of your (positive) New Years resolutions, and I'll randomly pick 1 each US and International for:

-US-only Giveaway: an Annotated ARC of BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER
-International-only Giveaway: A set of Bookishly Ever After Buttons, bookmark, bookplate, and postcard (please put "International" or "OUS" in your tweet or comment so I can sort you into this giveaway

(I LOVE International folks, but shipping is $$$$$ :( Buttons are a liiiiitle lighter than books!)

Happy New Year and I can't wait to see what 2016 brings!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Pre-order Thank You Giveaway

Hop on over here: Pre-order Thank You for more information on some fun swag I'm sending out as thank you to anyone who pre-orders BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by January 11th, 2016!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Meet Em from Bookishly Ever After

Here's yet another chibi I've been dying to share with you (seriously, the wait isn't easy for me!) This time, I asked the insanely talented Draskia to draw Phoebe's best friend, Em:

Isn't she adorable????? I absolutely love Em's curls! And her outfit actually will show up in Ever After book #2.

Reasons why Em is such a fun character to write, and why I absolutely love her:
  1. She's not afraid to speak her mind
  2. She is amazingly good at flirting, which is something Phoebe (and I) can't do
  3. She's an actress with an amazing singing voice, but stinks at doing a pirate accent. Argh, matey!
  4. Her love of history makes my history-nerd self so very happy
  5. She really cares about Phoebe, even though she doesn't always understand why Phoebe does things in her very booknerdish way.
  6. Em always wants the best for the people she loves and will do anything to make them happy (even if that means dragging them to where she thinks they need to be.)
I can't wait for all of you to "meet" Em in a few weeks!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bookishly Ever After First Chapter Excerpt and CHIBIS!!!!

Let's be honest, I totally did this just to be able to commission chibis from Draskia ( And I've been dying, DYING to share this one she drew of the booksigning scene because it's all levels of adorable.

BUT, since the booksigning scene was already shared during my cover reveal (and I have it up here: Booksigning Excerpt), I guess I should share another excerpt with you instead, right?

So, here's some of Chapter 1, where you get to meet Phoebe, Em, Grace, Alec, and, of course, Dev:

Chapter 1
I rocked forward, balancing my book on my knees and tried to ignore the yelling and chatter around me. The edge of the cafeteria bench dug into my legs, practically cutting off my circulation, but I barely noticed.
Em elbowed me, leaning over to hiss in my ear, “Seriously, Feebs, put that down. You look like a freak.”
“Uh-huh. Just one more page…it’s getting good.” I flipped the page. Maeve was about to be transported to the Otherland and the court.
“God, you are a freak.” Em heaved a dramatic sigh and turned to talk to the rest of our tablemates.
Yes. This was it. It was like magic jumped off of the page and into my fingers, travelling straight to the pit of my stomach. Aedan.
The words rolled over me and the cafeteria faded away.
Aedan held out his hand, waiting, his gold-flecked eyes meeting hers, making it impossible to look away. Even though Maeve was dying to reach out and wrap her fingers around his, she hesitated. The whole situation was insane.
“Trust me…”I whispered along with him and my heart skipped a beat.
“What the hell?” Em broke into my thoughts and I jolted back to the cafeteria and caught sight of a guy a few tables over trying to stuff an entire hoagie into his mouth. God, reality sucked.
It took a second to focus and I closed Golden slowly, holding it so tight that the corners of the cover dug into my palms. Even on a reread, it was perfect. “Em, I think I’m in love.”
            “Just a tip, Phoebe,” Em said as she none-too-gently pried the book from my hands and slipped it into my messenger bag, “Normal people don’t read books during lunch, unless they have a test the next period.”
            My fingers itched to pull Golden back out of the bag. My brain was still on a book high, stuck on the Hill of Tara in Ireland with an incredibly swoon-worthy guardian. The contrast between that and a South Jersey high school cafeteria was jarring. “Normalcy is overrated.”
            “Normalcy is what keeps us afloat in this sea of teenage drama,” Em said in her best authoritative voice with a dramatic toss of her short, dark curls. Without missing a beat, she managed to seamlessly pop back into her conversation with Grace and Alec.
We were like four legs on a wonky table. Em and me, the band geeks…I was the bookish one to balance her drama nerdery; Alec, the sciencelete; and Grace, our resident cheerleader. Most of us, like me, kinda flew somewhere below popular and above total nerddom. Grace, with her blown-out strawberry blonde hair and designer wardrobe, was a part of the glitterati but still deigned to sit with us nobodies. If she hadn’t been a sciencelete with Alec before making the squad, she probably wouldn’t even know our names. Instead, she was the voice of reason to balance Em’s theatrics, Alec’s geekiness, and my tendency to quote fictional characters. And Em and Alec, who had grown up next to each other, were the glue that held us all together.
I unpacked my sandwich and resigned myself to the fact that I’d gone from living in a world of ancient magic to lunchtime mundane.
 “Can someone explain to me why we even need pep bands?” Em said, breaking into Alec and Grace’s debate about football. “I’d do anything to get out of another Friday night of freezing our butts off in the stands and playing the stupid victory march over and over again.”
Grace was still wearing her red and orange uniform from the pep rally that morning, and even her color coordinated, beribboned ponytail screamed school spirit. “That’s assuming our team even manages a touchdown against Millbrook. Their offense has a spread-passing attack that dominates the field and their defense has given them five shutouts this season. I doubt you’ll be playing any victory marches tonight.” The words that came out of her mouth sounded like they made sentences, but I wasn’t really sure what they meant.
Em elbowed me. “Did you understand anything she just said?” Grace sometimes forgot that Em and I routinely failed the football module in gym every year, which was kind of impressive considering we were forced to sit through all the home games for credit in band.
 I took a bite of my sandwich, swallowed without chewing, and twisted my nose at Grace. “Total lack of athletic knowledge here, remember?”
Grace threw a carrot stick at me. “Says Miss Wannabe Olympian.”
“Because archery is so much like football. If someone starts running at me, I don’t try to jump on them. I shoot them.” I anchored my hand alongside my chin and shot her with an imaginary arrow.
“Like that girl from that new movie.” Alec said, “Perfect Zombieism. That was so awesome how she made a bow out of that tree branch and her shoelaces.”
Not that scene again. The shoelace thing I could forgive even though it was a string made out of braided fishing line in the book, but the branch part was annoying. “That’s so not possible. She’d never get enough force and distance out of the size stave they used in the movie. I read the books and they weren’t that ridiculous. Hollywood messes up everything.”
“But the movie is still really cool,” Grace said with a shrug. “Even with its total lack of respect for the laws of physics.”
“And biology,” Alec added, which earned him another shrug from Grace. “What? All good zombie movies at least pretend there’s some kind of biological reason for their zombies.”
I pressed my hands flat to the table and sat forward. “Okay, this is something that’s been bugging me for a really long time. Did you notice that the people in Zombieism all have perfect vision? Totally not realistic.”
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Em mouth, “Here we go again,” to Grace.
I continued. “Will someone please tell me why no one in dystopian or apocalyptic novels has bad vision? I’m so blind without my contacts that, if we ever have a nuclear or zombie apocalypse, I’m screwed. I won’t even be able to get contact solution, and, if my glasses break, that will totally suck. If the world was ending and people were scrambling for their lives, you know there would be some people going ‘Guys? Guys? I can’t see where you are.’”
“Well, if the world is ending, we’ll just leave you behind to fend for your half-blind self.”
“Thanks, Em. Thanks so much.”
“I’ll blindly fight off the zombies with you.” Came a voice from behind me... Continue Reading

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bookishly Ever After Launch Info!!

I'm so excited to announce that I finally have a time and place for my first "launch" signing!

(Psst: the link on the image is wrong-- the signing info is here: )

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Meet Phoebe Martins

We're a little over two months out from BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER's launch, and I'd like to start sharing some fun character intros, quotes, and excerpts with all of you!

Plus, I commissioned some character chibis from the incredibly talented Draskia ( and I've been DYING to share them with you.

So, without further ado, Phoebe:

Learn more about BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER here:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Remembering How to Write

This summer has been... a summer. And the hardest part of it has been my inability to write--some for emotional reasons, some because of logistics (travel and cat sitting and basically being the responsible big sister stuff,) and some because of exhaustion because of the logistics stuff.

And then, I was SO AFRAID I forgot how to write. It reminds me a little bit of how scared I get every time I step on the ice, before my body realizes it knows what it's doing and I remember how much I LOVE skating. Sometimes, the only thing that keeps me going back to the rink is that I have standing lessons, or that I need to practice, or just remembering that I need exercise. Thinking of writing after a long period of not feels just like that, like I'm so afraid I'm going to fall and break something.

But, then, I wrote a little yesterday morning, and it reminded me so much of the relief I felt when I wrote this post, quoting from Emily's Quest:

It Feels So Good To Write...

... after a few days where I couldn't:

"MAY 15, 19--

"This has been a lyric spring day--and a miracle has happened. It happened at dawn--when I was leaning out of my window, listening to a little, whispering, tricksy wind o' morning blowing out of Lofty John's bush. Suddenly--the flash came--again--after these long months of absence--my old, inexpressible glimpse of eternity. And all at once I knew I could write. I rushed to my desk and seized my pen. All the hours of early morning I wrote; and when I heard Cousin Jimmy going downstairs I flung down my pen and bowed my head over my desk in utter thankfulness that I could work again.

(click through to see the rest of the quote)

"But the work for which we are fitted--which we feel we are sent into the world to do--what a blessing it is and what fullness of joy it holds. I felt this to-day as the old fever burned in my finger-tips and my pen once more seemed a friend." L.M. Montgomery, Emily's Quest

It's nice to have my old friend back. So, so nice.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In Case You Missed It...

... BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER has a cover. And preorder links. And stuff.


It has a COVER!!!!!!! I ESPECIALLY love the font and the mehndi!!!
Annnnd, if you want to read an excerpt, I even shared an entire chapter (lovingly called the "Booksigning Chapter") during the cover reveal here on Mundie Moms' blog back in July.

This would have been up in July, but between family things (a sick fur-baby who ended up passing away *cries*) and work things and travelling to Portugal things, you're getting a blog update now :)