This is Not a Test ARC giveaway!

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Two signed ARCs of my zombie novel, THIS IS NOT A TEST, are up for grabs on my Facebook page! The giveaway is open internationally. Go here to find out what you have to do. (Spoiler: it is as easy as commenting on this status!). Contest ends February 24th. Spreading the word is greatly appreciated! This post is zombie approved: … Read More

all the rage (with a side of zombies)

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So here is some news that I have! My fifth book is going to be published! You can read about the deal in Publishers Weekly and also–thanks to the magic of copying and pasting–right here! Summers Goes High School Noir Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s Press took world English rights to a new YA thriller from her current author, Courtney … Read More

wanna read this is not a test?

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THIS IS NOT A TEST is available on Netgalley! Right here! This means if you’re a professional reader (which Netgalley defines as book reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers and bloggers), you can request it and maybe you’ll get approved to read it six months before its official publication date in exchange for a review! So you should request it! I … Read More

raise your glass

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2011 was weird and painful. There is not a whole lot I want to say about it right now. Today first pass pages for THIS IS NOT A TEST arrived at my door. I went through and made my corrections, which is the last part of the process for me as an author. Next come ARCs, publication…. For my last … Read More

scary movies for your halloweens


It is time for my annual horror movie recs post! I usually like to get these out sooner so you have time to adequately prepare yourself for the holiday, but given everything that has been going on, it was just not possible. I would once again like to extend my thanks to all those who have sent such lovely and … Read More

about my dad, by my mom


I am hijacking Courtney’s blog today to pay a small tribute to the love of my life, David Summers, who was taken from us a week ago today. Courtney’s tribute to her father captured him quite perfectly with no room for improvement. But during a time of endings I would like to share a beginning… My father-in-law gets the credit … Read More

thank you


Yesterday, people gathered at my grandmother’s house to celebrate my dad’s life. My dad would have been so touched to see the faces that came out to pay their respects. His brothers. Friends he lost contact with but always thought the world of. Friends and faculty from school, who were such a large part of his world these last two … Read More

david summers, 1955 – 2011


My dad died today. When he was 54, he decided to go back to school to be an environmental technician. It must have been hard going back to college, learning alongside young(er) students at an age in life when people probably assume you’ve got one eye toward retirement, but he did it. He wanted to be an environmental technician, so … Read More

This is Not a Test… the cover!

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First, I’m so thrilled about the positive response THIS IS NOT A TEST has gotten since I announced it. Thank you, everyone! That was so nice. It was nervewracking revealing that it is a zombie book considering I am such a loud mouth about zombies. Anyways, in the announcement I said I was going to blog about why zombies and … Read More

Courtney, what is This is Not a Test about?

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It has been a long time since I blogged! It’s probably a bad thing I begin every blog entry with variations of this sentence. I once read that it’s terrible form to call attention to the fact you’re a bad blogger, which means I CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT! But I thought I’d type something up because I’ve been making a … Read More