Trilogy unlocked: Horizon is here!

Today is the official release day of Horizon, the third and final book in the Above World trilogy. I’d like to follow tradition and share with you the book’s dedication and acknowledgements. (I’d also like to tell you why this book is special to me and why it means so much to me to have a trilogy, but that will have to wait until I’m done traveling this month.) The Dedication Here it is in regular text: For everyone who’s come on this adventure with me so far. — And... Read The Rest →

Upcoming Events in California

It’s almost time to celebrate the release of Horizon, the last book in my first trilogy. After the launch party in Los Angeles on Sunday, I’m heading up to the Bay Area where I’ll be on tour with author Pete Hautman for the rest of the week. Two of our events are open to the public: Book Launch Party for HORIZON (Los Angeles) April 6th, 2:00 – 3:00pm Once Upon A Time: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020 Event Page Please join me to celebrate the release of HORIZON, the... Read The Rest →

Stuff I Love: The Kat, Incorrigible Trilogy

One of my favorite middle-grade series of all time is Stephanie Burgis‘s Kat, Incorrigible trilogy, and the third book, Stolen Magic, is now out in paperback! Book 1: Kat, Incorrigible — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book 2: Renegade Magic — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book 3: Stolen Magic — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble I’m not trying to make you jealous, I swear, but I got to read every chapter of this trilogy as soon as Stephanie wrote it. I remember waking... Read The Rest →

Martial Arts Magic

On Saturday, I attended “Carrie Ogawa-Wong Day” at the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. Master Carrie has been my sifu since I started training at White Lotus Kung Fu, and I couldn’t imagine a better teacher. I’ve studied kung fu, Tai Chi, and weapons with her for years. She’s an incredible martial artist — her forms are perfection, her fighting technique is terrifying, her fitness and flexibility are astounding, and she’s amazing at actually explaining everything. More than that, though, she cares about her students. When I’ve been absent... Read The Rest →

Kirkus Reviews Horizon

Kirkus has liked both books in the Above World trilogy so far, calling Above World “…a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting.” and Mirage “…a powerful sequel with sustained themes of friendship and honor.” Here’s what Kirkus has to say about the final book, Horizon: A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. Aluna remains a compelling warrior, and Hoku, Dash and Calli come into their own as the fast-paced action ricochets back and forth, culminating in a colossal confrontation... Read The Rest →

Mirage Now in Paperback!

The world needs us, and we need each other. We must not hide forever. —Ali’ikai of the Coral Kampii, Born Sarah Jennings Today is a the “book birthday” of the Mirage paperback! I’ve got one in my grubby hands as I type this. This book contains so many things that I love: Four heroes from Above World: Aluna, Hoku, Calli, and Dash Three of my favorite new characters: Rollin, Tal, and Nathif An homage to the Olympics called the Thunder Trials A desperate race against death through the desert Calli... Read The Rest →

Graphic Novel: Cairo

I’ve read so many great books so far this year, and the most recent is one of my favorites: the graphic novel Cairo written by G. Willow Wilson and art by M.K. Perker (Vertigo, 2008). Cairo interweaves the stories of six people (well, five people and a jinn) in a tale of magic, adventure, and romance. I found all the main characters likable almost immediately, a pretty amazing feat considering how little dialogue and time on the page each one gets. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop.... Read The Rest →

New Short Stories Online

Last year, right before I went in for surgery, I wrote two new flash stories as a gift to myself. (Flash stories are usually very short, often 500 words or so, but less than 1500.) I didn’t think I’d be able to write much while I was recovering, but I thought I could at least stay on top of submitting these flash pieces and therefore make myself feel like a writer anyway. Happily, they both sold and the second one is now online. Note: Both these stories are intended for... Read The Rest →

Launch Party, ARCs, and More

First things first: Book Launch Party for HORIZON April 6th, 2014 Once Upon A Time, Montrose, CA 2pm – 3pm Please join me to celebrate the release of HORIZON, the last book in the Above World trilogy. (Facebook event announcement) The launch party is happening two days before the official release of the book. If you’re local and planning to buy a copy, please consider supporting this wonderful indie bookstore — Once Upon A Time is the oldest children’s bookstore in America. ARCs In other news, I’ve received my first... Read The Rest →

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