Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Resolutions

2011 is only a few days away and it's time for New Year's resolutions.

Here are mine:


  • Read the 21 books I listed for the Debut Author Challenge 2011.

  • Read more books than in 2010 (more than 45). This resolution might interfere with the two following resolutions...


  • Write the sequel to THE OTHER LIFE

  • Write secret novel. Let's call it ALOMF. (I'm soooo excited about that one)


  • Clean the house more often (yeah, as if that will happen...)

  • Use my Wii fit plus to get fit. My current fitness age is 43. 43!!! FYI, I'm 25. I REALLY need to work out more often. Though, that will have to wait for a while because I slipped on the wet floor and now have a bruise the size of an orange on my upper thigh. It hurts like hell.

So what are your resolutions for 2011?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'll take the next few days off from the blogospere and the internet in general to enjoy time with the family and eat as much as humanly possible. I hope you have wonderful holidays!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Big Announcement!

My book found a US home! Marshall Cavendish bought North American rights of THE OTHER LIFE!! YAY!!! I'm soo happy!

Here's the PM announcement:

Susanne Winnacker's THE OTHER LIFE, in which a girl leaves a sealed
bunker after years in hiding, only to find Los Angeles devastated and
haunted by humans infected with a mutated rabies virus; struggling to
save her family, she falls for a boy-hunter who is both their saviour
and greatest danger when his desire for vengeance threatens them all,
to Robin Benjamin at Marshall Cavendish, for publication in Fall 2012,
by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).

Usborne will publish THE OTHER LIFE in Spring 2012 in the UK and Marshall Cavendish will publish it in Fall 2012 in North America!

I'm so excited!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


My first contest!! And of course I'm giving away books.

2010 was a good year for me.

I wrote The Other Life. I found amazing writer friends on Absolute Write. I signed with my fabulous agent Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary Agency. I got a book deal! I found two wonderful crit partners (Thanks Shari and Tracy!). So many good things happened and that's why I want to give 2010 the farewell that it deserves.

And there's no better way to do that than a contest!

There'll be two winners. Each winner can choose one of the following books. (in case a winner has them all, then I'm sure we'll find another book for you!)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Matched by Ally Condie

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The contest is open internationally. Contest ends December 31st. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2011.

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Clarity ARC giveaway

Author Kim Harrington is giving away an ARC of her book CLARITY. It comes out March 1st, so if you don't want to wait 3 months you should enter her contest!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beth Revis' Epic contest of Epic

Beth Revis (author of Across the Universe, but you knew that, didn't you?) is hosting a mind-blowing contest: The Epic contest of Epic.
There are 100 prizes!
Signed ARCs of Across the Universe, watches, pin-buttons, bookmarks and so much more.
A giveaway you don't want to miss!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vacation, snow and books

Hubby and I spent the last few days in Bavaria. I needed some relaxation before starting my revisions on The Other Life. It was beautiful. And relaxing. The pic shows the view from the roof terrace of our hotel room.
Another pic showing the view. If it hadn't been so cold, I would have sat on the roof terrace with my laptop to write. At home I don't have such a gorgeous view.

That's the view after heavy snowfall.

That's a pic of Berchtesgaden (a small town near the Alps). Hubby and I were enjoying the small but cozy Christmas Market there. We also enjoyed the Christmas Markets in Munich, Salzburg and Nuremberg, that's why I gained about four pounds during our vacation. *sigh*

No good vacation without books, right? Right. Sadly, I forgot to pack books into my suitcase. *gasp*
Of course, there was only one solution: I had to buy new books.
I was relieved when I found a little English bookstore in Munich with a nice selection of young adult books. After I read the first two chapters of Matched by Ally Condie and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly I knew I had to have those books. Now I just need to find the time to finish them... (even my bunnies love books as you can see on the pic. Well, they love them a bit too much, especially the taste...)

Last but not least: My doggie Balu in our garden enjoying the snow! Isn't he cute?