Wrapping up this crazy November, and dishing about my next book.

99c sale is over

First up, the 99c sale on Unteachable is OVER. All retailers except Amazon are back to full price. Amazon changes it when Amazon feels like changing it, so you may have a couple hours left to grab UT at the sale price before it switches back. I won’t be doing another 99c sale for a good long time.

(For future buying decisions: my books will always debut at full price, and will not go on sale until long after release. If you’re worrying about waiting for a random 99c price drop—don’t.)

Goodreads Choice Awards + USA Today Bestseller

Sadly, UT didn’t make it into the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author, but hey—even getting into the semifinals was amazing. As was hitting the USA Today Bestseller List. The love you guys have shown for this unknown indie author is endlessly humbling. Thank you so much for reading, voting, and joining me on this crazy rollercoaster ride.

Next book

Laney

I hinted at my next book in this excellent interview about Bad Girls, Slut-Shaming, and Sexual Empowerment in YA + NA (which includes a giveaway for a signed paperback). Now I’m going to do a little more than hint.

My next book (codenamed NACR2—because I’M CREATIVE) is a New Adult contemporary romance/suspense novel. Our main character, Laney, has a secret she’s been keeping from everyone—one that drives her to do things she never thought she’d be capable of. Things like causing pain.

And ending it.

Armin

In Laney’s freshman year of college, she meets two people who change her life forever: Armin, a boy who becomes the light in her darkness (not a sexual euphemism, swear)—and Blythe, a girl with her own secrets, who is willing to cross any line for those she loves. The three of them become inseparable…until a crime one of them has committed threatens to tear their trio apart.

Blythe

I’m doing a few things very differently in this book compared to most New Adult fiction, and I’m a little nervous about how it’ll be received. But I took risks with Unteachable, too, so apparently I’m setting myself up to be That Author. The one who pushes boundaries and makes you uncomfortable. This novel is much darker than UT, but in some ways I think it will, ironically, be less disturbing, because there’s no huge age gap. Will the other elements squick some people out? I can only hope.

If you’re curious, I’ve got a Pinterest inspiration board for this novel that contains some delicious mancandy. And girlcandy, too, if you’re into that.

By the way, for fans of Unteachable: this is not a sequel or spinoff to UT, but you will definitely recognize a certain minor character. ;)

I’m hard at work on this WIP right now, and I’ll share more details with you guys in the near future. As always, thanks for reading.

Bad Girls, Slut-Shaming, and Sexual Empowerment in YA + NA.

End Slut Shaming

Heather at the Flyleaf Review interviewed me on the topics of Bad Girls, Slut-Shaming, and Sexual Empowerment in YA & NA.

This is, IMHO, my best interview so far, and definitely the one I’m most proud of. These topics are important to me as both a writer and a reader who’s sick of seeing the same sexist, stereotypical treatment of sexuality and romance in fiction for young adults.

One of my favorite snippets from the interview:

Heather:

I love that Unteachable looks at the taboo subject of forbidden romance between a teacher and a student in a new way. It’s not a new subject, but I think you made it fresh in that neither Maise or Evan try to justify their affair. … I thought this exploration of the darker side of their relationship was very compelling. What have you found most readers opinions to be on this, positive or negative? Did it surprise you?

Leah:

… Some of the most fascinating reviews I’ve gotten have been 4- or 5-stars that say they loved the book but did NOT love the romance between Maise and Evan. However, it made them think and examine their own values and beliefs, or they empathized and rooted so strongly for Maise that the relationship was almost tangential. That amazes me, because this is obviously a romance–but the fact that so many people are responding positively solely because of the heroine and what *she* goes through and overcomes? Awesome. I am so happy that Maise is the star, not Evan. When readers say, “I fell in love with the heroine, not the hero,” I get this huge grin. Go Maise.

Read the full interview and add your voice to the discussion. There’s also a giveaway attached, and some hints about my next book.

Unteachable is up for Best Debut in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Goodreads Choice Award 2013

Holy stuffed ponies, people. My little ol’ romance novel Unteachable is up for the humbling honor of Best Debut in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

And you guys wrote me in to get this book into the Semifinals. You are seriously the best readers ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you are a person who votes on things, and also a person who enjoyed Unteachable, you may enjoy clicking on things. It’s cool if you don’t vote for UT—there’s a disgusting amount of deserving literature up there.

Best of luck to the other nominees. It is pretty damn surreal to see my book listed beside titans like Gail McHugh.

Unteachable 99c sale, iPad Mini giveaway, and a Taboo Prize Pack.

99 cents sale

Unteachable is on sale for 99c from November 4 — November 15. Go grab it while it’s cheap!

 

Taboo Prize Pack giveaway

In gratitude for the love you guys have shown me, I’m doing two massive giveaways. The first is a Taboo Prize Pack containing signed paperbacks of my favorite teacher/student romance novels. Unteachable is in there, too. ;)

This contest is open internationally.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

iPad Mini Giveaway at Aestas Book Blog

You like shinies, right? Well, I’m giving away a very shiny iPad Mini at Aestas Book Blog. Plus more signed Unteachable paperbacks, because apparently I just hand those out like Halloween candy. Go click and enter, and read Aestas’s excellent review.

This contest is also open internationally.

Thank you

Finally, a massive thank you to all the book bloggers, reviewers, readers, and fellow authors out there who’ve read and talked about Unteachable. Thank you for the thousands of reviews, hilarious GIFs, shares, tweets, likes, and passion you’ve poured into responding to my book. You made this unknown author’s dream come true. This has been one crazy fucking rollercoaster ride, and I wouldn’t trade it—or all of you—for the world.

With all my ♥,
Leah