I haven’t fallen off the planet. (I swear!) Thought this needed a little clarification because recently people have asked where I’ve gone. O.o

The short answer: I’M STILL HERE!

The longer answer: I’ve been working on a secret project–so basically writing, researching, and editing my fanny off! Which has meant I’ve had to take a gigantic step back from social media and other events this year. It was either that, or lose the one precious marble I have left. And you best believe, I’m guarding my singular marble like The One Ring.

Sadly I can’t tell you much about this gestating, high-concept YA contemporary. But I’d liken the process of writing it to mining my soul with a diamond-encrusted pickaxe. That said, it’s so worth it because I am IN LOVE with this twisty, emotional, and deeply personal tale! So (loophole!) since I’m not “telling” you, I’m going to “show” you a little novel aesthetic I’ve made to keep my muse inspired. ūüėČ

Do you find these novel aesthetics as fun as I do??? I’m such a sucker visuals…


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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Darcy Woods, author of the double RITA¬ģ nominated YA contemporary, Summer of Supernovas, and your vintage dress-wearing hostess for this leg of the hunt. Keep your eyes peeled for my inspiration board (with fun¬†teasers) of Summer of Supernovas¬†as you continue the Pink Team¬†hunt!

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This bi-annual event was first organized by author¬†Colleen Houck¬†as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive¬†one book from each author on the hunt in my team!¬†But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the¬†YA Scavenger Hunt¬†page to find out all about the hunt.¬†There are FIVE ¬†contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I’m a part of the PINK¬†TEAM! But there is also a red team, a gold team, a blue¬†team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!Team Pink

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and
see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.



Directions:¬†Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my¬†favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Pink Team, and then add them up (this isn’t a math test so feel free to whip out those calculators!).

Entry Form:¬†Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize! Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules:¬†Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by¬†October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


coubra-044Today, I’m terrifically¬†excited¬†to be hosting Courtney Brandt! Ms. Brandt lives in Dubai and writes about marching band and a fictional Queen of England. She also publishes under a pen name, Ann Benjamin, and talks about food as A to Za’atar.

Find out more¬†by checking out Courtney’s website!






About the book:

A story of growing up and leading a nation.Set in an alternate universe of London, after the untimely death of Queen Victoria in 1840, recently crowned Juliette faces a mysterious organization. The New World Order threatens her country and claims responsibility for the dirigible accident which killed off much of the aristocracy. Add in distracting romantic entanglements, a gifted unicorn, and tracking down the legendary Excalibur and this teenage Queen has an uphill battle leading to her coronation at Westminster. Will her reign be over before it has a chance to begin?Fans of Gail Carriger, Shanna Swendson, and Gaslamp fantasy won’t want to miss out on this lighthearted YA steampunk adventure.The Queen of England: Coronation is the first book in a trilogy by author Courtney Brandt.


Did someone say UNICORNS and YA steampunk adventure? I’m intrigued! Read on for an exclusive peek at a deleted scene!


I dressed carefully for my audience in a severe, form-fitting black gown (cut to reveal more of my bosom than I preferred), which I paired not with one of my delicate tiaras or circlets, but with one of the more powerful crowns in the collection. The diamonds demanded respect and attention, and the emeralds sparkled fiercely. I drew the line at wearing a cape (even though Askew had wanted me to ‚Äúfor dramatic effect‚ÄĚ), but Pippa found a glorious pelisse of deep purple to complete my ensemble. Although in no way fashionable, I decided to attach Excalibur to my side, and wore the sword proudly.

The journey to the Palace of Westminster, currently under construction as the devastating fire from a few years ago had rendered many parts of the building unusable, was not far and did nothing to calm my nerves.

Inside the temporary quarters, I was one of the youngest people in the room, but there were a few peers closer to my age than the elder statesmen. There was limited applause, but no cheering. After all, unlike the popularity of Victoria, no one knew quite what to do with me.
‚ÄúGentlemen, Lords, and stewards of this fine nation, please be seated.‚ÄĚ I waited as the group settled and raised my voice even further. ‚ÄúThank you for allowing me an audience today. I know these are trying times for all of us, especially as we face the danger of the New World Order.‚ÄĚ

At these words, there was much hissing and jeering. I was glad for their response‚ÄĒit meant our public relations campaign had been working. While the article about the New World Order was still quite recent, newspapers had pounced on the opportunity. There were all sorts of investigative articles and calls to rid them from our society.

Once the group calmed again, I continued, ‚ÄúYes, there is a cancer in our society. For those who have wanted to deny their existence, we can no longer afford to do so. For those who wish to do away with the monarchy, I say I am here to stay. I know some of you think I am just a young woman, with no place in politics, that I was never intended to have the crown. Yes, I may be young. Yes, I never believed I would be Queen, but I believe we must honor our forefathers and protect the monarchy. And that is why I‚Äôve come with a request. There are whispers. There are traitors among us. There are those who would sell out Britain for the promise of money and power in the future. And who am I? One woman. But I ask you to stand up to these traitors.‚ÄĚ

There were cheers.

‚ÄúShould you want a private word with me, you may contact my staff to set up an appointment. The palace is open to you and to any who want to protect this country.‚ÄĚ
Curtseying deeply, I nodded to the group. Turning to walk out, the train of my dress drifted behind me. Let the gauntlet be thrown. This was my country and I wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. If the pestilence was part of Parliament, someone had to know of it. We needed a name, a trial, some form of justice for those who had perished.

Hungry for more after that literary snack? You can buy it here!

Connect with Courtney on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!


To enter, you should know¬†how much I love the number¬†33.¬†Why?¬†Because in elementary school I correctly guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar and won all¬†33¬†beans! It’s the only time I ever won anything, so¬†33¬†will forever be a favorite.¬†Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Pink¬†team and you‚Äôll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Pink team, the¬†marvelous Sarah Vance-Tompkins!

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Today is the start of an incredible giveaway hosted by the 2017 ‘Best First Book’ RITA Nominated Authors! We are giving away 2 prize packs! The grand prize winner will receive a paperback copy of each of the 6 nominated books. A second winner will receive an ebook copy of each of the titles. Be sure to sign up below and check out all the authors who are participating and their incredible novels!


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ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott

Book Blurb:
If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.


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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French‚ÄĒwell, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.

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Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it‚Äôs also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love‚ÄĒuntil a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate‚Äôs life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school‚Äôs golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor‚Äôs guilt after his brother‚Äôs suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again‚ÄĒbut connecting with Cate, his sister‚Äôs longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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Book Blurb:

The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn’t prepared them for falling in love.

Rule #1: Military and matrimony don’t mix.

But if there’s one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it’s Bree–his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he’s trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he’ll do whatever he can to help her.

Wish #1: A little bit of normal.

Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren’t constantly treating her like she’s sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached– the man who broke her heart ten years before.

The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she’s ready to stand on her own two feet, she’ll walk away and he’ll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don’t always go according to plan…


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CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac

Book Blurb:

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together‚ÄĒand fall in love‚ÄĒon a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in ‚Äúhappily ever after‚ÄĚ ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can‚Äôt face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him‚ÄĒfor his biggest business competitor‚ÄĒand took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he‚Äôll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can‚Äôt stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?


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Book Blurb:

Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won‚Äôt repeat for a decade, she‚Äôs forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House‚ÄĒrelationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster.

If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . .


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Happy Friday, ladies & gents!

And welcome to my newly “refreshed” website!

Sometimes a girl just needs a little change. So when I came up with a cool¬†idea for a new website logo, font, & color scheme, well, I knew EXACTLY who to call to turn my imaginings into reality–Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs! I’ve had the great fortune of working with Hafsah several times over the years and just adore¬†collaborating with her.‚ô• Once again, she’s knocked it out of the park!

From the vintage typewriter, to the tiny hummingbirds, this site is 100% me. I just love it and hope you do, too!logo

Also,¬†did you see the cutesy little “Subscribe” envelop at the top of the page? That’s right, folks, hell has officially frozen over. Which means I now have a NEWSLETTER! Or more accurately, I will eventually have a newsletter! So if you’d like¬†to be in the circle of know for¬†giveaways, book announcements, and future appearances, please sign up today! And I pinkie swear not to spam you. In fact, I’ll be amazed if I send out more than three a year . . . BUT THINK OF ALL THE KITTY¬†PICS YOU COULD MISS IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP!!!




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It’s finally here! The softer, squishier, more beach bag-friendly paperback edition is out!

Below you’ll see pics of the many wild gesticulations of Darcy Woods. (But seriously, my hands WERE flying everywhere.) AKA: Tuesday night’s SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS paperback party at¬†Schuler Books! And if you’d like a signed copy, there’s still a few left!


Me with my wonderful aunt (left) and sparkly mom (right)!


These cookies were fated for my belly. Zodiac signs taste real good.

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My deepest thanks and love to all my old friends, new friends, family, and the Schuler Books team (extra eyes on YOU, Whitney!) who came out to show their support once more. I count my lucky stars to have you in my life. 

Special mentions to Carole Menovske–our resident astrology expert & Star Queen for the¬†eve–adore you to the moon, Carole! And¬†Asia Chapman, for the outta this galaxy cookies you see below. You light my every day, Asia!

It was such a magical night of celebration, stellar cookies, & astrological charts. Hope you all had as much fun as I did! I especially loved sharing those 5 fun facts about SOS you didn’t know. Psst–tell know one. It’ll be our secret and everyone can wonder…¬†

¬†n’ stars,

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