ALTERED and CORRUPTED new covers alert!

We’re really excited to reveal all new covers for ALTERED and CORRUPTED! Here they are… feast yer eyes on these beauties!



We love them; they really capture the tone and feel of the books. We hope you like them too! If you want to find out more, check out the details below!



ALTERED: Buy For Kindle US

ALTERED: Buy For Kindle UK

ALTERED: Buy For nook

ALTERED: Buy Paperback

ALTERED: Buy For Kobo




ALTERED is book one of the YA sci-fi series ALTERED SEQUENCE.

Reese has a plan: keep his grades up, work hard on the basketball court, apply to his favorite Ivy League college, and don’t get arrested.

There’s just one problem: Reese knows things no one should know. He always thought he just had good instincts, but he’s noticed that it’s been getting worse. Lately it seems like something else.

Something more than instinct.

And he’s not the only one that has noticed.

They’ve been waiting.


And now it’s time.

With his life in danger, Reese needs a new plan:





CORRUPTED: Buy For Kindle US

CORRUPTED: Buy For Kindle UK

CORRUPTED: Buy For nook

CORRUPTED: Buy Paperback





CORRUPTED is book two of the YA sci-fi series ALTERED SEQUENCE.

Reese and Erika are on the run in the shadows of Detroit.

They need to find Reese’s father, because hard as it is to admit, Reese has never needed him more.

But his father’s past might be the biggest threat of all.

They thought Wilcox was the real danger, but others are hunting them too. And Reese and Erika have no idea just how lethal those hunters can be.

As they try to keep each other and those they care about alive, one word keeps coming back to haunt them: Equinox.

New YA Sci-Fi Alert! Altered Sequence Book Two Now Available!

Hey everyone. CORRUPTED, book two of our YA sci-fi series ALTERED SEQUENCE, is now available! It picks up right where ALTERED left off… And just in time for the holidays, right now ALTERED is $0.99, and CORRUPTED is $2.99. Details below!

Surrounded by threats, Reese wants to hide.

Erika wants to fight.

On the run, searching for safety in Detroit, Reese has never needed his father’s help more.

But his father’s past might be the biggest threat of all.

And as danger closes in, one word keeps coming back to haunt them:


CORRUPTED is available for Kindle at Amazon US and nook at Barnes & Noble.

Also: Buy For Kindle UK

Get CORRUPTED in paperback!

Altered Sequence Book One: ALTERED

ALTERED is available for Kindle at Amazon and nook at Barnes & Noble.

Also: Buy For Kindle UK

Get ALTERED in paperback!

On working: Short story published, movie script written, novel almost done!

It’s been a busy ol’ 6-8 months here in writerland. At the end of last year, we were humbled and honored when one of our YA short stories, The Place That Will Keep Us, was published in the 2013 Momaya Annual Review. Not only that, they were lovely enough to give us the third place prize! Most of the time you feel like you’re writing in the dark, not knowing AT ALL what anyone thinks of what you’re doing, whether anyone will like it or respond to it. So getting published in Momaya was a wonderful feeling. When you’re a writer, these kinds of moments form the string of lights that help you through the darkness.

The story is set in the southwestern U.S., and focuses on the son and daughter of a guitar player who are forced to go on the run and fend for themselves as they travel up into the midwest. So naturally, when we decided to adapt it into a movie script, we set it on an alien planet. With aliens. What else were we gonna do?! 🙂 We finished the script a couple of months ago, giving it the full YA sci-fi polish, and we’ve been sending it around. Fingers crossed!

Fear not, we’ve also been working on the sequel to ALTERED. Which, as of right now, is *this close* to being finished! It’s going through final edits now while we get the cover design finalized. This is always an exciting time — editing is when a book truly comes to life.

Once you’ve gotten into the actual editing, that is. Staring at the completed manuscript for the first time can be a bit nerve-wracking. In fact, the moment between the end of the first draft and starting editing is totally that bit in Empire on Dagobah where Luke faces his deepest fears and sees Darth Vader.

Facing your unedited manuscript. Scary, it is.

Facing your unedited manuscript. Scary, it is.

However, fortunately, then comes the actual process of refining, honing, cutting, adding, excavating, elevating, and many other “ings”, the end result of which is a book that you feel hopeful and excited about (as much as your writerly neuroses will let you, anyway).

So it’s all systems go right now; because, of course, book three is already calling!

Still time! YA sci-fi giveaway!

In the mood for some free YA sci-fi? Craving a fast-paced, gritty tale of genetically modified superpowers? Enjoyed Chronicle, Arrow and The Amazing Spider-Man, and feel like something kinda similar? Then head on over to Reading Lark, because those lovely peeps are giving away THREE copies of ALTERED!

Guest post alert!

Hello everyone! Just a quick heads up that the kind and wonderful Kelly over at Belle Of The Literati gave us the chance to write a guest post! We love geeking out about our favorite things, so you know we jumped at that chance: we talk about ALTERED, where the inspiration came from, how it was written… we also get into TV, YA, sci-fi, and some other cool things. Check it out right here!

ALTERED: a 2012 Honorable Mention, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hello all! Hope your holiday seasons have been going wonderfully! We’ve been hard at work in the bunker, creating playlists of remixed Christmas songs and working on our sequel to ALTERED (our super-clever working title: ALTERED…2). But we wanted to step outside for a moment (even though it’s about 32 degrees with howling winds and light snow where we are right now), because ALTERED was just given an honorable mention in a Top Ten list for 2012, courtesy of the lovely Libby Blog, one our fave book blogs! Thank you Ange and Rachel for giving us a mention! That brings us some Christmas cheer!

Speaking of which, since it’s the season and all, we’re offering an ALTERED giveaway! That’s right, free copies of ALTERED waiting for you to win them. Because nothing says Christmas like YA sci-fi (it’s true, we checked). All you need to do is head over to our Goodreads giveaway page and click to sign up for a chance to win a free copy of ALTERED!

Happy Holidays!

Getting Altered: Genetic Experimentation and Freaky Science in YA

Inspired by a recent tweet of Jessica Khoury’s, which posed the question why does there seem to be a rise in the number of ‘freaky science’ YA novels, we got to thinking… Firstly, that Freaky Science is a brilliant category title which should immediately be a section in all bookstores and added to Amazon’s list of categories. Secondly, that’s a really great question.

Here’s our take:

The possibilities of genetic experimentation have always been flowing through popular culture (The Fly, Jurassic Park), and they’ve particularly been in the air since 1999, when scientists first mapped the human genome. But recently, as observed in the great post that Khoury was referencing, it seems to be exploding in YA.

So why now?

Because YA hasn’t fully gone there yet. It’s still relatively unexplored, fertile territory. It’s a new planet, ready for our Curiosity rovers. And no one loves new planets like a YA writer.

Fiction is a beautifully insatiable hungry beast, always looking for the new. And YA is like fiction on steroids. And probably a couple of Red Bulls. That’s why YA is so damn great: it searches out the new and finds endless ways to use it, expand upon it, and mash it up with something else. It dives into the wonderful depths between genres and returns to the surface with tales of wonder. YA writers are, at their core, pioneers.

Genetic engineering and experimentation is basically a fantastic metaphor for YA. There are those in the industry who can get stuffy about genre/category boundaries. But as Donald Maass said last year, genre is dead. YA writers laugh in the face of boundaries. YA writing loves to combine the DNA of multiple genres to create beautiful, unique creatures. And let’s face it, if we “behaved” and didn’t break the genre rules, there would be no Buffy, no Firefly, no Doctor Who. Species survive by evolving, by changing their DNA. Literature is no different; and YA is the thrilling, defining example of that.

So bring on the genetic experimentation YA — it’s not just a metaphor for everything we do as writers, it’s also an extraordinarily rich source of creative potential. Just like life itself, there are endless possibilities.

We can’t wait to read all of them, starting with Khoury’s own Origin!

ALTERED gets its first Goodreads review!

Well, we’re quite shy and retiring normally, but we just wanted to share some good news with you… ALTERED got its first review posted on Goodreads, with a full five stars! It’s always lovely to hear nice things about your writing — you spend so much time in isolation as a writer, so making this kind of connection means a huge amount — and we’re very grateful to this reviewer.

Here’s an excerpt:

Sci-fi is not my usual genre of choice but, this novel is so compelling I was totally engrossed from page one. It has characters you care about, an interesting plot that never goes beyond the understanding of the reader and as that last page turns, you want to yell, “When is the next edition to the series?!”

Awww thank you!! (BTW you can find ALTERED and that review on Goodreads here)

As it happens, the next edition of the series is on its way! We’ve got the flip charts, colored pens, index cards… lots of names and scenes and arrows all over the place connecting them… The first few chapters are IN, and we’re having a BLAST writing them!

So, better get back to it!

ALTERED publication day!

We’ve surfaced after months in the lab. All those strange clanking sounds and flashing lights late at night? Yeah, that was us building our very own flux capacitor. And we’ve finally unleashed it onto Amazon and Barnes & Noble! ALTERED, book one of ALTERED SEQUENCE, is now available for Kindle at Amazon US and nook at Barnes & Noble. Also, Kindle at Amazon UK.

Writing is almost always a solitary act (a double act in our case, but still) — days, weeks, months spent secluded, huddled over the laptop, lost in our imaginary world, following our characters. On the rare occasions when we do surface and, you know, actually interact with actual people who are actually not our characters… well, that’s when we realize we are utterly incapable of normal speech! Because all that matters is the writing, those worlds we want to build. They draw us in, consume us. That’s why we do it.

But. When all that’s done. When we’ve edited and edited and edited and revised and rewritten and then done all that another twenty or thirty times. When all the decisions have finally been made (what angle should the lens flare be? How many pixels should the left side of this banner be?). When the album is mixed. The picture is locked. And we put it out there into the world, all on its own, where it has to fend for itself…

It’s scary and terrifying. But also thrilling and exhilarating.

We’re going to have some fun putting the word out there about it. And then we’ll be back in the lab, because book two is already under way, and there’s several thousand new decisions to make!

In the meantime, lovely readers: we hope you enjoy ALTERED!