The Polish Video Trailer!

A couple of screen grabs from the new STARTERS trailer from Poland (because it publishes there today).

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.59.31 PMI have a page on this site with some of the Starters trailers from my various publishers. To see the new live-action one by my newish publisher, Albatros Media, go here to see the trailer.

It’s the second one in the list.

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STARTERS pubs in Poland!

Stills from the video shoot for the trailer made by my Polish publisher, Albatros Media corp, the biggest publisher there.

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 Calllie in the makeover mode – beautiful. 

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Callie pre-makeover

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Got to be Tinnenbaum! I love the look of this actor – he’s wonderful.

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Can’t wait to see the finished trailer. If you’ve never seen the official Random House trailer, this page here has links to some of the trailers from my various publishers.  

starter3dNotice something different?  Since Starters doesn’t translate easily to Polish, they wanted to use the English but in a way that their readers would understand. Hence, this is the only country that went with: STARTER. I think it’s fun to have one title that’s a twist on the familiar Starters.

fbcover-starciła rodzicow copySTARTER publishes in Poland on April 8! My publisher informed me they also publish Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Joe Hill and Kazuo Ishiguro – some of my favorites!

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Vote for STARTERS to be a Film Now

Starters fans, I need your help. I’ve been in the writing cave, working on a new YA project that I’m very excited about. It is not finished yet because writing good books takes time my friends, but I wanted to post to say that if you haven’t clicked “SUPPORT” for a STARTERS film or TV series, this is the time to do so. Wheels are spinning in Hollywood right now and your help is welcome.

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Click the blue box that says “Support”


You can also leave an “endorsement” on that page, a few short words. If you do that and email me your full name and mailing address via the form on the “email Lissa” page here, we’ll send you a signed bookmark. And one lucky winner will get a surprise bonus. We rarely do this internationally, but this one will be – but not forever – so hurry to get your bookmark and maybe the bonus.

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Short endorsements

To recap:

1) What we need most is a click of “Support” which only means you’d like to see Starters become a film, nothing more. You not not obligated.

2) a few words of “endorsement” (if you loved the book, etc.).

If you want to have fun and suggest actors, directors, have at it. But it is not required. What helps us the most right now are one and two above. This IfList page was created by a fan and because it is Beta, people are not aware of it – so we’re spreading the word. Thank you so much!

CLICK HERE to say you’d like to see STARTERS on the screen! 

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Winner of the Massive Giveaway!

The winner of the giveaway of tons of Starters books is Sarah Kershaw of MI. Congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, for participating.


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Pre-order the Paperback of Enders to Win


The new paperback of Enders publishes this January 6! If you pre-order it, you could win a HUGE collection of Starters around the world — that includes a first-printing, first edition of the beautiful hardcover as well as the US paperback and tons of foreign copies. It’s not every copy published, as I only have one copy left from some counties.

But, it’s a LOT of books.

You could be the only person besides me to own this collection. It will include the UK cover that plays the video book trailer when you hold a smartphone to it; the Korean cover with the hidden drawing, the red-haired Portuguese versions and much, much more. The shipping will be crazy, so I have to limit it to US only. I will sign all copies and personalize any that you request. Otherwise, I can just sign them all.

If you don’t have the space to keep all of them, you can do whatever you like — give some away, donate to your favorite libraries, yes even sell or trade  – your choice.

AND, as a BONUS, a beautifully presented, first-edition hardcover of Neil Gaiman’s charming illustrated book, Fortunately, the milk!

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To win, just pre-order the paperback of Enders from your favorite bookseller, physical store or online seller, and then send proof of your pre-order to A winner will be chosen on Jan 6.

Extra bonus: If you pre-order from Once Upon A Time, you could also win a book of your choice up to $20.  I will also personalize their books as they are my official bookstore (be sure to make that clear in your comment if you order on their site). And all pre-orders from them will come signed.

Please spread the word!

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The Case of Cumberbatch

About three weeks ago, I was at the West Coast premiere of The Imitation Game, the film about Turing breaking the Enigma code. Benedict flew in quickly to do the red carpet but had to leave quickly to fly away because he is shooting Richard III for the BBC.

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KeiraKiera Knightley, so beautiful and versatile.

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Keynote at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference 2014

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View from my room, early morning. This was the first year at the Hyatt, and they couldn’t have been nicer. Love getting a welcome tray of wine, water, fruit and trail mix when I arrive. Service was outstanding.


Writer Kimberly Unger, a long-time conference attendee, now blossoming into a wonderful writer, is here being my tech assistant for the two-hour query workshop. She does this for me every year and she’s grossly over-qualified for this as she’s a computer whiz by day. I look forward to seeing her every year because she has a great sense of humor.


In this two-hour workshop, every student learns how to write a query. Volunteers are invited to project theirs so all can chime in. Sometimes the fix is as simple as cutting an awkward attempt at a joke. Other times, we can show the writer how his concept is hidden or confusing. I love seeing them walk out with a much better written query, but it’s also satisfying when a student says they discovered what they need to do to make their manuscript better.

I taught two other classes there, and in each one I was impressed with how serious and motivated the students were.


My keynote address — my first one ever to adults — was made easier by the attentive audience. Thank you to each person who came up to me during the weekend to say it was inspiring.

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Author Andrew Peterson was interviewed by Jared Kuritz one night. Fascinating to hear his stories about his writing and publishing process for his thrillers. I found out he never lets a table of servicemen and women pay for their bill if he sees them in a restaurant.

ljwcfacultyOur last night together, some of the wild and wacky faculty members!

Inspired by something I heard over the weekend, I decided on the spur of the moment to mentor one of the students for a year. My first year there was also his first. He was in my group read and critique class where he bravely read his work for the first time ever. He came to my classes again this year and I was impressed with his dedication. Other faculty members later told me he was an extremely nice guy, so my instincts did not fail me.

There’s a moral to this story and it’s that being kind and nice really does pay off. I believe that. Go be nice to someone, don’t expect anything, just let it float.

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La Jolla Writer’s Conference

Hyatt-Regency-La-Jolla-at-Aventine-Michaels-Patio1-916x423-150x87Night-Time-Large-916x423-150x87Sporting-Club-and-Pool-Large-916x423-150x87slider081-150x87-3This weekend I will be at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference again. I’ll give the Friday night keynote address and also teach one class. Saturday, I’ll do the query workshop and also talk about fatal mistakes that beginning writers make and how to avoid them.

It’s going to be a beautiful, 85 degree day tomorrow, in this lovely village by the ocean. You can do a one-day registration, or come for the weekend. There will be agents, publicists, authors at this intimate conference with a nice low faculty-to-student ratio.

Click here to read the interview of me by Ann Stampler, the author of Afterparty saying more about the conference. Interview

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35th Manilla Book Festival


My last full day in Manila started with a blogger event in one of the PowerBooks Bookstores. What a gorgeous group! (If this is the first post you’re reading of the Philippines book tour, please start here – there are three posts total, counting this one).

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Starters nails!

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Note that’s not the book, but a cool purse she had made for me!


This blogger had a first-printing, first-edition! But we had to leave this fun and head for the 35th annual Manila International Book Festival.


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This is one of the largest international book conferences. We heard the fans had started lining up since three in the morning to get their tickets and our signing was in the afternoon. We all decided we’d extend the tickets for signing from 200 to 300. But it meant we had to get through all 300 in two hours, our allotted time.


Someone from the team walked part of the 300-person line to photograph some of it. I just love these faces.


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These guys might have waited the longest — they’re sitting.

Bookstore signing line

When we were brought in for the signing, we went right to it. We were told to only personalize one book (“to x”), and then sign the rest. So we couldn’t do the little messages that we typically like to do, but it was our choice so that all 300 people could get their books signed. I apologize for how rushed that must have seemed, but at least everyone got to have their photo taken.

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These wonderful fans are standing to my right, just saying hi. I saw them the previous day at either the blogger event or at the Manila mall. The cute girl on the right in the blue jacket is Eriele. She and Charles (not pictured) are @StartersPH on twitter. If you’re in the PH, follow them.

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IMG_3950 We had a basket on the floor beside us for the wonderful gifts the fans gave us. Thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness and the beautiful letters. I’m truly touched. I couldn’t include photos of all the wonderful gifts but know that I love each one and every note. I hope I will see you again when I return someday.

rotated pen To the two ladies who gave me the lovely Lamy pen, thank you so much. It is on my desk as my “good luck” pen, meant to sign important contracts!


A memorable last meal – Chinese – with the team.

 Salamat, Sir Miguel at sa lahat. Mahal kita NBS! Thank you all so much for making this tour absolutely perfect.  Until we meet again.


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Cebu and Manila Mall Events


So as we were in the regional airport leaving Manila, we saw thunderstorms and lightning outside. The tropical storm Mario had left Cebu and was arriving in Manila. We didn’t see this paper until much later so we didn’t know until the next day what a disaster it was in Manila. But fans started tweeting, wondering if the signings would be cancelled.

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This was the view I woke up to in the morning in Cebu, with a soundtrack of tropical birds.  The sunrise had turned the water a deep coral. Best sunrise of my life.


Our team gave us most of the day off to enjoy the beach. I jumped at the chance to go snorkeling. But when I saw the line of yellow floaters there, I thought they wouldn’t let you go in the water. Turns out that was just the kiddie line. Their skinny jellyfish were around but with my skin suit, they never touched me.

Saw two blue starfish, first time ever. And these huge, round tables of coral. I swam out to that lifeguard boat you see at the top left.


After a couple of hours in the water, the wind kicked up and it got pretty rough. Time to go in and have lunch.


Never get tired of dim sum.


This is the same view later in the afternoon from my balcony. This was the Shangri-la Resort, a perfect location with the private beach.


Jenn and I had some media interviews in another hotel.  I asked for apple juice and they gave me fresh-squeezed, green apple juice. So refreshing.


The Cebu mall event was my first experience walking onto a stage to screaming fans. Intoxicating.


Even with the flooding in many parts of the country, people made it to our event.

With the beachy, resort feeling of Cebu, Jen and I both went for flip flops!

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The fans had made signs about our books. This blue one on the left…


… said “Monkey Face.” I thought – that sounds familiar.


Close to the end, after the signing, I asked if I could go to the restroom. They brought out these four handsome guards and one walked in front, one in back and one on each side of me to escort me to the restroom. A woman also came so she could come in and make sure it was empty.  Oh, man, I felt like Julia Roberts.

Now I want guards all the time. When I need to find a restroom.


My team said to take a group selfie. Because of the major flooding, many fans said their friends couldn’t make it. So imagine even more people in this photo.

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Then the signing began. This cutie wearing the black sweater is part of the team and she helped organize the long line. This signing went on for three hours.

This adorable fan dressed to look like Callie in the video trailer! Look at the trailer and see.


Everyone handed their camera to one of the bookstore people and got their photo taken.


Thank you, Cebu fans, you were lovely and I appreciate each sweet, thoughtful gift. The food was shared with friends and I enjoyed the treasures in my office as a reminder of my time with you all.

I will return someday.


The next morning we were all in the Cebu airport getting ready to head back to Manila. Breakfast/lunch was our first taste of this pork sandwich — which was delicious. I think they had a quote from Anthony Bourdain there.


Back in Manila. After two hard days and nights of rain, it had finally stopped. Fans twitted us they were afraid our signings would be cancelled. They said it was like our Katrina, that was how bad it was, with water up to their necks. We said come h*ll or high water, we’ll be there (now I know where that expression comes from).


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Many fans told us their friends couldn’t come, due to the clean up. Many houses had their first floors completely flooded. The mall cancelled all the events this Saturday — except  ours. Our team said they knew that the fans would turn out.

And they did.

Mall crowd view

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The gracious Xandra Ramos-Padilla was our lovely moderator at both mall events. It was always so good coming on stage and seeing her warm, easy smile. We knew we were in good hands.

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10679812_10152378032891914_5626384913587015396_o Time for a few questions.

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Our group pseudo-selfie (although it’s so strange turning your back on the audience). That amber bracelet is a souvenir I found when Meg took me shopping earlier that morning.


My selfie with them being funny!


Another 3 hour signing followed. These fans had also waited in line overnight.

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A group shot of us and some of the team. So grateful to them and the others and to the fans who made it to the signing against all odds of nature.

Next and last Philippines tour post will cover the 35th Manila Book Festival signing! That is the capper, don’t miss it. 


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