“Frighteningly real… riveting.” – New York Times Book Review.

Was this written about my debut novel – or my personality?

YOU BE THE JUDGE.

 

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Fierce Reads Tour Was A Hit!

images-1I had such a wonderful time with authors Leigh Bardugo, Ava Dellaira and Jennifer Matthieu on tour. We travelled from San Diego, CA to Petoskey, MI, meeting readers all across the country. One of my favorite things that happened was that we made a group Spotify list of songs we wanted to share with each other on the penultimate day. We hooked into the sound system in our (super-chic) Town and Country minivan and for three hours, we each selected songs for the others to hear. And you can hear them too – right here!

Evening of Post-Apocalyptic Humor?

Laybourne_Stein Event in NYC 8-7-14Friends! If you’re in New York, come see me and my good friend Johanna Stein at Books Of Wonder. We did comedy together back in the early oughts. We’re going to discuss our books and even do some comedy SONGS. Sure to be a very fun and unique book event! Do come, won’t you?
August 7th • 6 PM • Books Of Wonder (18 W 18 street, NYC)
Readings! Signings! Prizes! Comedy songs!

Rats! We Messed Up!

SavageDrift_ENDS_TravelMap_RevWhat can I say? There’s an error in SAVAGE DRIFT. Have you found it? We sure have – the art department accidentally placed Monument, CO in Wyoming. Please rest assured they’ve fixed the map and in the next printing, all will be well.
In the meantime, hold on to your “flawed” editions. They’ll probably be worth millions some day. Especially if you come and get them signed at one of the Fierce Reads tour stops. (Not really.)
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Fourteen kids from Monument, Colorado are trapped in a superstore while civilization collapses outside the gates.

Outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, sterile, filled with bloodlust or dead.

The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they’ll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they’ve created inside from self-destructing too?

Read Chapter 1 here

Check out the cover art

 

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Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a vicious killer, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids.

Meanwhile, Alex heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a barely-repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is much worse than they expected. . . .

Read Chapter 1 here

Check out the cover art

 

Monument 14 companion short stories

I’ve written a companion story for each of my novels. They run on Tor.com and feature covers by American painter Greg Manchess.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • August 31, 2014

    Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 8:00 pm, August 31, 2014

  • September 27, 2014

    Morristown Festival of Books, Morristown, NJ

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, September 28, 2014

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Josie, left behind on the group’s perilous route to the Denver International Airport, has been detained in a containment camp for O type murderers.

Niko leaves the safety of his refugee camp to try to rescue her. Dean and Astrid, fearing for Astrid’s safety, join Niko to flee the camp. They have survived against terrible odds in the Four Corners Disaster – but can they survive the aftermath?

 

Read Chapter 1 here

Check out the cover art

 

 

 

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SWEET

A celebrity cruise to launch the trendy new diet sweetener Solu sounds like the vacation of a lifetime. But Tom isn’t here to have fun or lose weight. He’s here to work. A former child star who’s tired of being known as “Baby Tom-Tom,” he hopes that hosting this cruise will show the world that he’s finally grown up. His publicist has even set up a romance with a sexy reality star! But despite all his best efforts, Tom finds himself gravitating toward a different girl.

Laurel’s starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. Sure the cruise is luxurious and all-inclusive, but she’s already totally embarrassed herself and her seasickness isn’t helping. Worse, Viv seems obsessed with Solu. The diet drug is working a little too well, and as the pounds fall off, Viv starts acting strange, as does everyone else on the ship …

Something is really wrong with Solu, and this dream trip is about to become a nightmare.

Check out the original Monument 14 book trailer.