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LIFEL1K3 pre-order offerrr!

Map and marks

Hello droogs!

The LIFEL1K# pre-order is now live for folks in the US! To get your sticky booky hands on a full color map of the Yousay by the amazing Virginia Allyn and four brill LIFEL1K3 bookmarks with illustrations by the incredibly talented Mona May, all you need to is:

1. Pre order LIFEL1K3 (Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository/ it doesn’t matter from where, just get a receipt)

2. Head to and search for “Lifel1k3”. Or better yet, just click HERE.

3. Enter your details and upload your receipt.

4. Profit.

A quick FAQ:

Is this only for US residents?
Yep, sorry. Australian residents will be able to pick up this loot by coming along to one of Jay’s tour stops in May!

Does it matter where I pre-order?
Nope. Local indie, big chain, wherever you like. Just get a receipt.

What if I pre-order the audiobook or e-book?
That works too. Thanks!

What the flaming hells is this book about?
Check the blurb here.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Dave Grohl?

So that’s three books you’re bringing out this year? Do you ever sleep?
Jay actually sleeps all day. In reality, his books are written by Jays stolen from an alternate reality. “Real” Jay keeps us locked in his basement, somebody please call the police . . . oh god, HE’S COMING DOWN THE STAIRS, HEL—




LIFEL1K3 cover reveal!

Mobile phones off, please.


This is the day, this is the hour! Finally, I get to reveal the US cover for LIFEL1K3, my new YA Fury Road/X-Men/Romeo & Juliet/Bladerunner . . .  thing. LOOK, IT’S A WEIRD YET AWESOME BOOK, OKAY?

As always, I’ll be giving away some shiny loots, but first!

The jacket copy:

On an island junkyard beneath a cigarette sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for secrets; she’s already too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building is a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive was the handful of credits she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can destroy machines with nothing more than her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of a beautiful android boy named Ezekiel buried in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world is turned upside down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones Eve loves . . . and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Second, the loot!

This contest is open internationally. It will run until January 31.

You can win a signed ARC of LIFEL1K3, plus signed audiobooks of NEVERNIGHT,  ILLUMINAE and GEMINA, just by tweeting, insta’ing or FBing something close to the following –  just include the #lifel1k3 hashtag and link, so I can see you doing it:

The cover from  is live! Win signed loot and make with the clickies:

Third, Jay loves pre-orders!

If you’re super keen and/or wish to pledge your undying fealty to me, you can pre-order LIFEL1K3 from the following awesome outlets:


Barnes and Noble


Book Depository


Finally, the cover!

Click the link below and behold the awesome. Huge thanks to the USA Today HEA crew for hosting the reveal!



New Book Deal


Note: holy shit, I just figured out I can put animated gifs in here. THIS BLOG WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

Hello Droogs! Be warned – there will be many exclamation marks in this post!

Exciting news today! As some of you might know, I’ve been teasing bits and pieces about a new sekrit YA project I’ve been working on, and today we get to spill the bag of Awesomebeans™

Behold! (I warned you about the exclamation marks) From today’s Publishers Weekly.


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So! Melanie Nolan is my amazing editor on THE ILLUMINAE FILES, and I’m super chuffed to be working with her and the incredible team at Random House Kids on this series. LIFEL1K3 is a book I’ve been playing with in one form or another for almost 6 years, and the thought of it finally becoming a Thing is an incredible one. Seriously, our shields can’t repel air guitar of this magnitude.

A quick FAQ:

That blurb doesn’t say much. Can you tell us a little more about the book?

Indeed. In the wake of an uprising in a post-apocalyptic USA, the robotic populace have been reduced to slaves, and androids (robots who look like humans) have been outlawed. LIFEL1K3 is about a girl named Eve and her best friend Lemon, who find a ruined android in a scrap heap – an almost-boy named Ezekiel, who knows the truth behind the robotic revolt. Shenanigans ensue.

It features (in no particular order) Giant Mechanical War Machines. Sexah Androids. Mutant Powers. Doomed Romance. Warring Corporations. Cybernetic Bounty Hunters. Sassy Robot Sidekicks. Rebellions. Chases. Escapes. Betrayals. Lies Upon Lies. Splosions.

My elevator pitch was “Romeo and Juliet meets Bladerunner, while Fury Road plays a guitar solo in the background.”

Is this the project you’ve been teasing on Instagram lately?

Yes. All those Mad Max and empty Red Bull can pics suddenly make sense, right?

Have you finished writing it yet?

Almost. We sold it on a 7 chapter sample and a synopsis of the rest of the series. I’ve got about 20,000 words to go. I want first draft finished before we head off to YALLWEST in May.

Fucking hell, do you sleep?

Sleep is for the weak.

You can add LIFEL1K3 to your Goodreads TBR here.




So, wow.

A couple more full requests based off partials have rolled in the past two days (one went from partial to full in 24 hours). That brings the total up to SEVEN fulls (and 1 partial) out there in the big scary. That’s more than twice the number I ever got from COLD. That’s 8 current positives out of a total of 30 replies from agents so far, or a success rate of over 25%. Hot damn.

It’s all noise until someone bites of course, but I can’t help but feel chuffed about those numbers.

In other news, I’ve flip-flopped on my new MS, and have instead drifted back into steampunk romance, based in WW1 era Europe. Alternate history involving robotic technology. Still trying to get the story sorted in my head, but this one feels like it has more legs. Alternate history always seems a fave amongst agents too, and it’s fun to write.

A colleague sent me info about this today. It’s heartbreaking, and sickening, and infuriating. Stormdancer has an environmental ‘message’ but I’m the first to acknowledge that I’m no saint when it comes to animal rights – buying free range eggs and chicken is about as far as my liberal white-bread ass currently goes. But seriously, fuck these people. Fuck them, their bullshit culture, and their mindless, barbaric traditions. I cannot fathom the kind of mind that perpetrates this kind of monstrous brutality on helpless, living, breathing, feeling creatures. I refuse to acknowledge that I share common ancestry with these bastards.

Mother, please, flush them all away.


Well, heard back on one of the fulls on COLD, and it wasn’t good news, but it was about the best kind of kick in the guts one could ask for. Such is life, the criticisms were valid, nothing to really argue. Good news is the gent was extraordinarily complimentary about my writing, and asked for a full of Storm right away. So that’s 5 fulls out in the big wide world now, which is kinda neat. Plus I got the partial call from the agent mentioned below, which I’m still quite chuffed and feeling vindicated about.

Have started the next project – YA Cyberpunk Dystopian Romance. Blame the Fear Factory/Dresden Dolls I’ve been listening to lately, I guess. But I think I’ve got a slick story shaping up in my head, and my protag is kick-ass without being superhero-slick. Plus I get to play with arc-glaives and methane powered chainsaws. 🙂

.yademos gnis ll’uoy, srekcufrehtom uoY