Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Shout Out

by Kim Van Sickler

Debut author Christina Lee
I first met Christina Lee about four years ago when a group of us in the Northern Ohio SCBWI got together to form an MG/YA critique group. I showed up for our first meeting with stitches in my chin, road rash, and my right arm in a cast from a bicycle accident. Unlike another writer in the group, she didn't take one look at me and run away. She wrote the most original YA stories I'd seen from my writing friends thus far. Electronically savvy, with an awesome blog, she is the person most responsible for encouraging me to venture out into the world of blogging and Twitter.

She's so pulled together, I knew it was only a matter of time until her labors of love found a home.

And now she's celebrating! Penguin NAL (New American Library) just bought world English rights to two of her books! Turns out six publishers wanted them, but Penguin pre-empted them.

"In this powerfully emotional debut New Adult novel, Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He's irresistible. Tatooed. And a virgin." Penguin official blurb for All of You, book one.

All of You is scheduled for a September 2013 release date. It will be available in e-format, with a print option.

Congratulations Christina! May your star burn long and bright!



  1. Congratulations, Christine! That is simply fantastic!

  2. So excited for Christine! And awesome you know her too. I can't wait to spotlight her on my blog.

  3. Awww,Kim, this is so awesome--thank you for your very kind words! I'd forgotten you were all banged up that first day we met!! I remember thinking how much YOUR writing SHINED next to mine. XOXO

  4. Having good, encouraging, and supportive writer friends is so important, and how lovely that you can thank her today with this lovely tribute. Congratulations Christine!

  5. Congrats! Nothing like a good writing buddy!

  6. How nice to have a supportive friend and how exciting her book will be coming out soon :)

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality