1) I can't stop listening to Courteeners tunes.
2) I just sent off my contract with Random House for two more young adult novels. One Lonely Degree will be out in May 2009 and The Lighter Side of Life and Death is scheduled for May 2010.
• One Lonely Degree: Fifteen-year-old Finn Kavanagh is a social outcast in a world of pack animals. In that way tenth grade isn't any different than the ninth but sometimes she doesn't feel like the same person anymore. A violent sexual encounter with "high school superstar" Adam Porter has left her wondering if she'll ever be right. Best friend Audrey does everything she can to help her through the ordeal but now Finn has other problems - like her parents' marriage unraveling and complicated feelings for Jersy, the new guy in art class who Audrey also has a thing for.
• The Lighter Side of Life and Death: Sixteen-year-old Mason Rice is "buzzing like a madman." He's just delivered a stelllar performance in the school play, basked in celebratory afterglow vibes at the party of the year and lost his virginity to one of his best friends - the gorgeous but previously unobtainable Kat Medina. The future looks golden. Unfortunately, Kat doesn't see it quite the same way and it soon becomes clear their friendship's shot. Meanwhile Mason's step mom in waiting, Nina, moves into the house with her two kids, crowding him when he's least able to cope. Then an attractive twenty-four year old friend of Nina's takes a personal interest in Mason and things really get dicey.
I'll post more info on both books here when I can. I'm already in the middle of revising One Lonely Degree and I have to say it's been nice spending time with those characters again.
Okay, now time for more Courteeners. I'm starting to go into withdrawal.
And don't forget to listen to An Ex Is An Ex For A Reason which might be my favourite...maybe...it's so hard to say.