A hodgepodge of news

2014-09-27 10.04.26

  • Best news first: Will and I picked up a sweet new board game at a flea market: TRUMP, THE GAME. Note the awesome tagline (“It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win!”) and the delightfully ironic $3 price tag.
  • Second-best news second: I’m writing more books! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has picked up two more, the first of which will be out Spring 2016. It will feature a creepy candle factory, a boy made out of wax, and plenty of embarrassing musical theater hijinks. Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

From the author of the CROAK series Gina Damico’s WAX, about a teenage girl who stumbles into a secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory where she discovers a collection of wax sculptures that seem just a little too lifelike – a suspicion that is later confirmed when one jumps naked and screaming into her life, to Julie Tibbott at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2016, by Tina Wexler at ICM (NA).

  • HELLHOLE has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews! Here’s a highlight:

Damico, who explored the lives of teenage grim reapers in her Croak trilogy, writes with wry wit and constant dark humor. She mixes in a bit of possible romance…also to great comic effect.

Hilarious—all the way through.

Neat, huh? Here’s the link to the full review. Maybe this is the shot in the arm that you need to pre-order HELLHOLE and get some sweet free prizes, hmmm?

  • From now until October 29, you can also enter to win one of 25 copies that HMH is giving away on Goodreads.
  • HELLHOLE is also going to be published in Germany by Blanvalet/Random House Germany. To any future German readers out there: Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung! Which, according to the internet, means “speed limit”.
  • Coming up October 27 – November 1, I will be participating in the first-ever Halloween Book Trail! It’s a blog hop with over thirty YA and MG authors with opportunities for a bunch of giveaways and prizes (including a signed copy of HELLHOLE). You will also see photos of me in ridiculous Halloween costumes, so there’s that too.
  • I’m on Instagram now. I post photos of all the weird things I encounter, my pets making stupid faces, and cheese. Follow me.
  • Have you heard of Little Free Libraries? They’re mini versions of libraries that anyone can set up and build, with a “take a book, leave a book” kind of model. Check out their website and see if there are any near you, and I DARE you not to mutter “adorbs” at some point.



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