The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books on “White Lines”

This print-only review from BCCB just made it’s digital way to me this morning. Couldn’t be more proud of the Francesca Lia Block comparison!

Her mother hits her, her father has left her, but the little white lines of cocaine and the thrumming beat of house music never fail to make seventeen-year-old Cat feel alive and loved. Starting with her first visit to an underground club in New York, she has been part of the ’80s club scene, hosting themed parties, working the red ropes, deciding who’s in and who’s out. The only problem is that after night comes morning, when she has to go to school and face her daylight self. Ever since social services stepped in and determined that she couldn’t stay with her mother, she’s been living alone in a downtown apartment (paid for by her distant father), the envy of her few friends, but she’s desperately lost and lonely. Her one true friend, Sara, is worried about Cat’s drug use and her inability to stop longing for the mother she wants rather than the mother she has, while Cat is too wrapped up in her own sorrow to see the needs of her other friend, Giovanni, who has become homeless and suicidal. Banash captures the pulsing atmospherics of the ’80s club scene in minute and perfect detail, juxtaposing her descriptions of the outlandish fashions and stylized personalities against evocative, lyrical metaphors of Cat’s brittle inner life. The effect is emotionally lashing; readers can’t miss the note of desperation, sadness, and insecurity that threads through and in fact drives the relentless party scene for all the players, or that Cat’s only moments of happiness come when she’s high. The steadying presences of Sara and a new boy bring Cat back from the edge to end her story with a note of hope; give this to fans of Francesca Lia Block to see what Weetzie might have looked like on the East Coast. KC


White Lines: The Trailer


Yesterday, In Bed With Books debuted the awesome book trailer my friend Matt Lawrence made for White Lines. If you comment on the video post over there, you have a shot of winning two signed hardcover copies of the book.

Giveaways aside, if you’re in need of a bit of New Order today–or have never heard The Flaming Lips amazing Borderline cover, you should really check it out. And there are plenty of great photos of 1980s New York in the video, including photos of a few of the real-life Club Kids that inspired characters in the book. Can you guess who is who?


White Lines at B&N!

The lovely Vivien posted this photo to Twitter of White Lines on the shelf at B&N!!!!

This is my first hardcover, even though it’s my fourth YA novel I’ve written, and I’m just so totally proud of it. Doesn’t it look gorgeous on the shelf?

And Vivien, you’ve won a signed hardcover! Email me your addy and I’ll get it right out to you!



Sigining at the LA Times Festival of Books!

If you’re in the LA area, come down to the Festival of Books tomorrow, Sunday, May 21st, from 11-12 pm and get your copy of WHITE LINES signed by me IN PERSON!  Exciting!  I’ll be in booth #720 signing with Maureen Johnson and DC Pierson! Can’t wait to meet you! Added bonus: you can meet my 5-week-old baby girl, Story, in the flesh, and she’s all kind of adorable 🙂

Hope to see you there! xx


Your Book Came Out Today??? Say Whaaaaaaat?

"Wow, Momma!  You mean it's in stores TODAY?  That's crazy!"

“Wow, Momma! You mean it’s in stores TODAY? That’s crazy!”

Well, it felt like this day would never arrive since it’s been over three years since I finished the first draft of WHITE LINES, but it has finally arrived!  WHITE LINES hits shelves today, and I couldn’t be prouder or more excited. Anyone who has read my previous novels knows that WL is a real departure for me, in more ways than one, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to tell the kinds of stories I had in mind all along. As you can see from the above pic, even Story is beyond excited!  And she can’t even read yet!

In honor of the book’s release today into the wide, scary world, I’m giving away two MORE signed hardcovers of WHITE LINES because THAT’S JUST HOW I ROLL!  The first two readers who snap a pic of the book on a bookstore shelf win! Please post your pics after the post. And if there are more than two posts, maybe I’ll just unload some of those remaining ARCS that are cluttering up my bookshelf, taking up valuable book buying space. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT CRAZINESS I MIGHT GET UP TO!  Sure, you have to actually LEAVE YOUR HOUSE and go to the bookstore nearest you to win these copies, but really, is going to a bookstore and looking at all of the lovely books there such a hardship? I THINK NOT 🙂

BLOGGERS:  I would love to do interviews, guest posts, giveaways–you name it. Please contact me if you’re interested in featuring the book on your site!  I have a three-week-old baby now, so I don’t have time to reach out as much as I’d like, but TRUST ME, I WANT to be featured on your site–there’s nothing I’d love MORE, as a matter of fact. So email me at if you’re down to have a sleep deprived lady covered in spit up featured on your blog. Sounds enticing, no? 🙂


Apple Chooses WHITE LINES as a Book of the Month!

Exciting news!  WHITE LINES has been chosen by Apple as one of their YA books of the month!  There’s a cool banner on the iTunes homepage and everything! WOOT!!!!

whitelinesitunesI’ve also recently gotten some love from bloggers–specifically Jenna over at Making the Grade, and Marie at Ramblings of a Daydreamer, and Beckie at Bittersweet Enchantment, who all gave WHITE LINES glowing reviews!  Thank you, ladies for your unabashed support. It means everything to me! If you’ve written a review of WHITE LINES recently, please send it on to me!  With a 2-week-old baby at home, I’m not as on top of things as I would like, and I love to know what people are saying!

And don’t forget to comment on the below post to win one of TWO hardcover copies of WHITE LINES–I’ll even sign them, if you like 🙂


WHITE LINES is Almost Here and BABY!

So there are only three days left before WHITE LINES will be unleashed on the world, and a lot has happened since I’ve written last. FYI, pregnancy is NOT the time to start new projects, although I did manage to get a draft finished of SILENT ALARM, my next book–but not without a lot of falling asleep at my computer and general tired-crankyness.

The big news is that on March 12th, 2013, a whole week early, Story Celestina Furey Blackmore made her way into the world after a three-day labor (Yes, it truly sucked if you’re wondering), at 6 lbs 12 oz. She’s a gorgeous little muffin with bright blue eyes, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her here! So my days are pretty glamorous now as I drift from room to room covered in spit up, frantically trying to, oh, let’s see, take a SHOWER or change my CLOTHES before she wakes up again! So lots of spare time abounds 🙂 And wouldn’t you know it, this is my release week! It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for April 4th to finally arrive, and now it’s almost HERE!  Two babies in the past six weeks!  I am a lucky, lucky girl . . .

So, in honor of the release date looming, let’s give away some books, OK?  Good!  To win one of TWO hardcover copies of WHITE LINES (yes, the pretty finished books!), comment on this post and let me know which 80’s fashion trend you hope NEVER rears it’s ugly head again, OR which 80’s fashion trend you PRAY will make a comeback! For an EXTRA chance to win, include a photo! US ONLY.

And speaking of photos, here’s one of my own:  my gorgeous new baby, Story.


A Little Something I’ve Been Working On . . .

Oh, hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!

It’s been, like, forever, hasn’t it? Well, at least it felt that way to me. I know that I haven’t exactly been keeping up with this blog, and that Flashback Fridays went out the proverbial window for almost 6 weeks (gulp), but I have a really good reason!

I’m having a baby!  And it’s a girl!  WOOT!  Due March, 18th!  I bet you guys thought I was going to say that I’d finally finished SILENT ALARM, my new novel, but no such luck on that front, still pecking away . . . Hoping to be finished in the next 6 weeks or so, but I’ve been a little distracted with first, what may have been the worst case of morning sickness of all time (I kid you not–I lived on ice pops and crackers for 3.5 months), and now with general exhaustion and baby-tiredness.

I know I’ve flaked on Flashback Fridays for a while now, and I want to make it up to you!  This MONDAY, October 15th, I will give away TWO copies of WHITE LINES to the commenters who come up with the best baby girl names for my unborn sprout!  Just leave your comment on this thread!  Enter as many times as you like, and I WILL ship internationally too!  WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE??????? Two people will win hard-to-get ARCS of WHITE LINES–will one of them be you?