WAX cover reveal!

I mentioned way back in October that my next book would be titled WAX and that it would be about a creepy candle factory, but since then I have been skimpy with the details. ALL OF THAT CHANGES TODAY.

WAX will be released on August 2, 2016.

You can pre-order the Kindle version here (hardcover not on sale yet, but you can request to be emailed when it is).

Here is the synopsis:

Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.

With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?

And here is the cover!


Once again, the geniuses over at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have captured that squishy blend of humor and creepy in a simple pop of a design. I friggin’ love it. Special thanks to the designer, Lisa Vega, and the artist, Steve Gardner, who sculpted the wax so well I think he might have secretly been a character in the book who came to life and HOLY CRAP MY SUPERPOWERS ARE REAL.

A cover reveal is also being hosted by the good folks over at YA Books Central, where a giveaway is happening – enter there for a chance to win a signed advanced copy (as soon as it becomes available).

So that’s it for now. I know, a year is a long way away. We will probably all be living in spaceships by then. But what better way to pass the light-years than with a good book about evil candle people?

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