Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Third Twin!

After lots of secret-keeping time, I'm so happy that I can finally talk about my new book The Third Twin! This is the announcement that appeared in Publisher's Weekly Bookshelf this afternoon:

Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has bought a YA novel called The Third Twin by Dirty Little Secrets author C.J. Omololu. In the story, identical twins invent a third sister as a cover to date and dump hot but temporary boys, only to find themselves stalked and impersonated by the sister who doesn't exist, while their ex-dates turn up dead. Publication is scheduled for 2015; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights. 

 To elaborate just a little, here is the pitch that my agent sent out (because it's better than anything I can come up with):
 We have three basic rules for being Alicia-always wear the diamond pendant, never sleep with any of the guys, and after five dates, they're history, no matter how hot they are. At this moment, I'm especially glad for rule number three because this particular guy seems determined to break rule number two.

Identical twins Lexi and Ava have always been close, despite being very different. Lexi relentlessly pursues academic perfection and an Ivy League future. Ava is a party girl, with an extraordinary ability to reel in the guys.  But there's a third member of the tripod - Alicia, the triplet sister they invented as kids and never quite abandoned. Alicia is Ava's cover for dating hot but temporary boys. Boys whom Lexi - in the guise of Alicia - gets the unenviable task of dumping once Ava's finished with them.
 Lexi can't stand being Alicia. She knows it's time to pension her off; they're grown up now and Alicia should be consigned to history. And yet Ava persuades Lexi to give Alicia one final outing . . .
 When Casey, Alicia's last date, turns up brutally murdered, all evidence starts pointing to her - a girl who doesn't even exist. A persona whom Lexi simply took on for one traumatic evening. But now Lexi realizes she's being shadowed by someone who seems to know her every move. A car in the wrong place. A red jacket she never bought. An appointment she never made . . . . The ultimate case of identity theft? A nightmare stalker? Whatever, Lexi is going to take the fall for murder.
 Only one person can help Lexi clear her name and discover the truth - Zane, her oldest and dearest guy friend. But so often, people are not quite what they seem. Even, perhaps, her twin sister Ava . . .

I'm so excited to work with Wendy and be part of the amazing authors at Delacorte. I really love this story and I'm thrilled it found such a wonderful home. More to come as things develop!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"The best part about being Akhet is that you remember everything. The worst part is that you forget nothing." 

With every new vision from her past lives, Cole understands more about who she is in this life…and her love for Griffon grows as quickly as her unique Akhet abilities. Able to sense people’s innermost emotions, Cole is a much needed asset to the Akhet’s worldwide plan. Then she meets a young millionaire named Drew who reveals a startling connection to Cole’s life in Elizabethan England. His intense desire to restore their past confuses and excites Cole but his affections complicate her plans with both Griffon and the Akhet. When her best friend Rayne is endangered by Cole’s carelessness, Cole must find a way to save Rayne and prevent the Akhet’s plans from falling into the hands of people out to destroy the world. Only by trusting in herself and her newfound abilities can Cole fight for her friend, her love, and her rightful destiny.

 I'm so thrilled that INTUITION is out in the world today! It's been getting some great reviews - you can read what I Heart Y.A. Fiction had to say and the review from  Into the Hall of Books to see what some other people have had to say. One of my favorite things is how great the two books look together on the shelf - you can almost see Cole's story developing on the spines:

As always, I love supporting my local indies, but if you don't have a bookstore close by, you can always get it at Barnes and Noble, Indiebound or Amazon. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy reading Cole's story as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Today I'm celebrating the release of Daisy Whitney's new contemporary YA novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE. I was lucky enough to get to read this in its very early incarnation and loved it then - it's absolutely amazing now!

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.
Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

While I think you should all run out run now and grab a copy, I'm going to give away one shiny hardcover copy to a lucky person. Just enter the rafflecopter contest by this Friday, June 7th at midnight EST- good luck! 

(Because several of the lucky winners of my last contest were international, I'm now broke. Unfortunately, this contest is open to domestic entries only.)