- 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.
- 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.