The Romantics is coming out SO SOON!

theromanticsfinal Between getting married and honeymooning, I've been admittedly a little not focused on work these days. But apparently, just like in show business, publishing must go on! And that means that my new novel, The Romantics, is coming out one week from tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1st! Ahhhhh.

As part of the celebration, I'm kicking off a weeklong series where Love (the narrator in the book, and yes, that's supposed to be the actual entity) shares different romantic personality types straight from the book. Starting TOMORROW, I'll share a new personality each day, plus a quiz at the end, so you can find out which one you are. Stay tuned for exclusive book content each day, plus a giveaway to wrap it up on launch day.

Happy reading (and loving)!

xo, Leah

P.S. The primary reason for this post is a chance to share this awesome GIF. Thanks, Abrams/Amulet, for giving me this adorable image!


Friday Writing Inspiration: Writing Fast, Writing Lots. Plus, Win The After Girls and Get the Ebook for $1.99!

ray-bradbury-writing-quoteI'm approaching about 60,000 words on my current WIP, and let's just say that the writing is not necessarily Tolstoy-esque. I'm willing to bet it's in pretty rough shape, actually. It is in need of several good edits and rewrites, and lot of it needs to be just plain deleted or at least reigned in. That said, there is something there, which is pushing me along. There is a story, and--all craft and beautiful language aside--I really feel it is coming together in this draft.

I wanted to share two awesome quotes today as inspiration for those of us who love to pound out shitty first drafts.

Above, a writing quote from Ray Bradbury, on writing a lot.


And here, a writing quote from Raymond Chandler, on writing fast.

Hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me!

P.S. More news on this next week, but as part of YALSA's Teen Reads week, which is sponsored by my publisher, Merit Press, not only will YALSA be giving away a suite of Merit titles, but during that week, you can get all their titles on ebook, including The After Girls, for just $1.99. Yay! More to come next week.