Pre-Order Giveaway for Daughter of Deep Silence!

It’s so hard for me to believe that Daughter of Deep Silence is coming out in only three days. THREE DAYS!!! *Flails* As I’m sure many of you know, the first week of sales for a book can be important, so as a thank you to everyone who pre-orders my book or buys it in the first week, I want to send a free gift.

What kind of free stuff will you get? A limited edition print, a signed bookplate, bookmark, and postcard. And y’all, I’m pretty excited about this print. I got the idea from browsing around Etsy — there are some fantastic prints on old dictionary pages. I decided, why not try the same thing, but with pages from Daughter of Deep Silence?

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So that’s what I’m giving away — I deconstructed the very first copy of the hardcover I received hot off the press, and am using those pages to create a double sided print. On one side is the silhouette of Frances from the cover, and on the other side is a crashing wave. Each one will be numbered and signed.


I hope y’all are excited about this giveaway as I am! And if you’re interested in Daughter of Deep Silence, I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

In order to enter, simply pre-order or buy Daughter of Deep Silence before May 31, 2015 and fill out the form at www.DaughterofDeepSilence.com. That’s it! Unfortunately, it’s limited to US addresses only. But I promise I’m working on a special giveaway for my international readers — so stay tuned! If you have an international address and would still like the swag, you can order the book through my local indie, Park Road Books — they’ll be shipping all the pre-ordered copies with the print, bookplate, postcard, and bookmark!

May 23rd, 2015|

Today’s Daughter of Deep Silence quote

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“I can feel Frances letting go inside me. Slipping under. Letting the weight of memories fill her lungs.”

On shelves May 26th!

Only three more days until Daughter of Deep Silence hits shelves! Don’t forget to enter the pre-order giveaway at www.DaughterofDeepSilence.com if you buy a copy of the book before May 31, 2015!

May 23rd, 2015|

City of Thirst named a Galley to Grab at BEA!

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Publishers Weekly just came out with the list of Kids Galleys to Grab at BEA and City of Thirst, the second book in the Map to Everywhere series, is on the list! You can find the whole list here.

Even better, I’ll be at BEA this year and may or may not have a special treat for those who are looking to snag an ARC of City of Thirst. Keep an eye on my twitter feed on Thursday and Friday of BEA week to find out more!

May 15th, 2015|

New Cover for Divide and Conquer!

This summer Scholastic will be releasing Divide and Conquer, the second book in the multi-author, multi-platform Infinity Ring series, in paperback! As part of the new release, they’ve updated the cover and I think it’s amazing!

Look for Divide and Conquer on shelves July 28, 2015!

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May 2nd, 2015|

Daughter of Deep Silence is an RT Book Review Top Pick!

In a Top Pick, 4.5 star review, RT Book Reviews calls Daughter of Deep Silence “a perilous thriller, taut and brilliantly paced.”

Read the whole review here.

April 30th, 2015|

Kirkus Star

The Map to Everywhere received a starred review from Kirkus!

March 3rd, 2015|

Map is chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection!

Good news everyone! There’s news!

March 3rd, 2015|

Behind the Scenes of The Map to Everywhere: origins

I’m so excited that it’s finally release week for The Map to Everywhere, the first in a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series I’m co-writing with my husband, John Parke Davis! YAY! In honor of the release, I wanted to share a bit about the origins behind the series because this entire journey really has felt like a dream come true.

From an early age I knew I wanted to be an author even though I wasn’t really sure how one became such a thing. During my final semester in college I realized that if I wanted to write for a living, I’d better get started actually writing something I could sell. So I picked up a romance novel I’d begun drafting years before. I finished that book in 2000 and shopped it to agents, and while I got a few positive responses, nothing much came of it. I then wrote a second romance but by that time had come to the realization that perhaps I needed to look into a more stable career.

So I went to law school. Classes had only just begun when I found myself sitting at the apartment complex pool one day reading my torts textbook. A fellow first year law student named JP said hello and we got to talking. It didn’t take long for us to realize we had a lot in common — we’d both been born and raised in South Carolina, we both enjoyed the outdoors, and we both loved to write.

A year later, JP and I began dating. Upon graduation we moved to Charlotte together to start careers in law. It didn’t take long for me to realize, however, that while I’d loved the study of law, the practice wasn’t as exciting. And so I asked myself: if I could do anything with my life, what would it be?

The answer: I’d be an author. But I hadn’t been doing much in the way of fiction writing over the previous years. At the same time, JP also realized that he wasn’t writing as much as he wanted. So together we decided to change that.

I committed to writing a book a year for ten years in the hope that by the end of a decade I’d have sold one and started a career as an author. JP committed to a project with his brother called The Story Game. The premise was simple: every week one of them would throw out a pitch and they’d have a week to write a two page story centered around that pitch.

This project spawned some amazing stories — some of which JP later sold, one of which inspired my first published novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and several that I thought would make amazing novels.

But one story had always stood out to me. It was about a wizard and a ship’s captain sailing a river of pure magic called the Pirate Stream. It was the kind of story that reminded me of what made me fall in love with reading as a kid, and my first thought was that it would make an amazing middle grade book.

I really, really wanted this book to exist and I really, really wanted to be a part of it. It had so completely taken hold of my imagination that I proposed we co-write it. And for years, all we did was talk about it. During long walks we’d discuss character or plot, we’d share bits of stories we’d loved growing up, and we’d talk about how one day we’d really have to sit down and start writing.

I’m not sure that I ever expected that day to come, but in early 2012 I was looking for a new project to focus on and I said, “Let’s do it. Let’s write the Pirate Stream book.” JP readily agreed but even so, it still felt like a bit of a lark. Besides, who knew if we’d even be able to write together — sure we’d been integral parts of each other’s writing process as first readers and editors, but it’s another thing altogether to be co-writers *and* spouses.

And then we started writing and it worked. Like, it *really* worked. We built off each other and the story grew in really amazing and unexpected ways. We were able to assert our ideas without overwhelming one another and compromising came much easier than expected. Plus, it was fun!

By the end of the year, we’d sold it in a four book deal and this week, that first book — The Map to Everywhere — hit shelves. Often I think back to that moment in 2006 when we both sat down with the goal of being able to make a living writing in ten years. I’m not sure either of us would have expected our paths to lead us here, and certainly not as co-authors of a middle grade series.

Truly it has been a collaborative effort in every sense of the word. When one of us felt that our goal may not be within reach, the other was there to keep the faith. And at the heart of it all is our mutual love of story and of each other.

This post originally appeared on Magical Words.

November 6th, 2014|

Daughter of Deep Silence

So let me take a break from all the middle grade, The Map to Everywhere news for some other exciting news: I have a new young adult novel coming out this summer!  And I finally get to share more information about it!

First, the title: Daughter of Deep Silence

Next, the pitch: A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth


The release date: June 2, 2015

And finally, the description:

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.

I feel like I want to add in an ominous, “dun dun dun!” (if you’d like an actual sound effect, try this).
As of right now, there aren’t any pre-order links available, but they should be live shortly (and I’ll update this post when they are).  But since the announcement was going live today, I wanted to scoop the info here first 🙂  In the meantime, you can find more information on the Penguin website here.
Some additional answers to questions you may or may not be asking:
– This is one of the books I sold to Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton last year — back then it was titled Turnabout (the original announcement is here).
– It’s a young adult romantic thriller — nary a zombie or paranormal creature in sight!
– It’s also a stand-alone.  
– I’ve seen the cover mock-up and it’s gorgeous!
– Erm… am I forgetting anything? If so, let me know if the comments!
Yay for being able to share such fun news!! I’m excited!! 
September 25th, 2014|

Banning Books = Fear

Growing up, I went to a religious school.  At graduation, the priest giving the commencement address said that we should always question our faith.  Because if we do so and it causes us to lose our faith, then our faith wasn’t strong enough to begin with.  And if we do so and we do not lose our faith, then it only makes our faith that much stronger.

At the time, this idea blew my mind.  It’s not that I’d always been told to blindly accept various things in life, but it’s the first time I remember someone in such an official capacity not just telling us that it’s okay to question and doubt, but that it’s a good thing.

Since then, this fundamental idea has formed a core part of my identity.  You do not convince people to your position on a matter by withholding the possibility of other options.  You do so by facing challenges against your position head on.  You need to lay out all the arguments — both the good and the bad — and explain why the bad shouldn’t matter.

Knowledge is power.  Information is power.  And the easiest way to control a population is to limit its access to information.  To take away their ability to form any opinion other than the one you want them to.  Which is why book banning is so problematic.

Books are how we create communities.  They are how we step outside of our own identities and into those of others — they’re how we learn empathy.  The only reason to ban a book is fear.  Fear that once a book opens someone’s eyes, you will not be able to force them closed again.

September 23rd, 2014|