publications

a starred review and a great deal

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I am delighted to report that The Memory Trees has received a second starred review, this one in the September 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. They say:

"There is a lot to unpack here, from the tenderness and toxicity that can simultaneously exist in families, to the rippling effect of mental illness, to history’s ability to bring guilt to a faultless generation, and to the search for a solid identity among all those jagged pieces. The orchard’s role in uncovering the truth behind her sister’s death adds a hint of magical realism and mystique, as do the interspersed chapters narrated by Sorrow’s ancestors that allude to but never confirm the orchard’s magical properties."


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As of September 5, 2017, Shallow Graves is now available in paperback:

Find buy options here

And the ebook version is currently on sale for $1.99:

Kindle | Nook

 

A starred review from Kirkus!

The early reviews for The Memory Trees are starting to come in, and I am absolutely delighted to learn that it has received a starred review from Kirkus! They say: "An absorbing, lyrically drawn mystery, examination of grief, and cautionary tale."

You can read the full review here, and find preorder links for The Memory Trees here.

The Memory Trees cover reveal!

I am absolutely delighted to reveal the cover of my second novel, The Memory Trees, posted first by the fantastic folks at YA Books Central. Check out that post for my thoughts on the cover and a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Shallow Graves.

The Memory Trees

coming October 10, 2017

Sorrow Lovegood's life has been shaped by the stories of her ancestors: brave, resilient women who have lived for generations on a capricious apple orchard in Vermont. Sorrow and her family take pride in their land and its strange history. Their offbeat way of living may be ridiculed by the townspeople--especially their neighbors, the Abrams family--but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow's whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow's sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow's memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister's death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

The Memory Trees is a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.

upcoming new short story

I have a short story in the December 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. It's called "The Cold Side of the Island" and it's about getting older, losing people, childhood friends growing into different people, and most of all it's about finding a dead thing in the woods. 

The full list of my short stories is here.

Lacie missed the funeral. She overslept and didn't get out of Providence until after ten, and any chance she had of making up the time vanished when the storm turned I-95 north of Portsmouth into a skating rink. A pile-up slammed traffic to a crawl for the better part of the afternoon. Snow whipped across the road in horizontal streaks, scouring the windshield like sand, rocking the car with sudden gusts.

New short story in The Dark!

My short story "Caroline at Dusk" is in the May 2016 issue of The Dark!

"The gun was still on the table when Caroline returned from her walk.
She stopped short in the doorway. A gust of wind shoved at her back, whipped a spray of rain around her. She fumbled until she found the handle and pulled the door closed behind her.
The gun was still on the table."

A full bibliography of my published short stories is here.

Shallow Graves in the UK!

I am delighted to announce that Shallow Graves is being released in the United Kingdom today! 

It is available in hardback, ebook, and audio formats. Here are some places you can buy it online:

 HarperCollins UK

Amazon UK 

 Foyles

Waterstones

And, of course, no matter where you are in the world, you can get free delivery from Book Depository.

today is book day

My first novel Shallow Graves is out in the world today! You can find it anywhere books are sold, including the following places:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 Indiebound

I love my little book and I hope you love it too. 

I will be having a launch party at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego this Saturday, January 30, at 4 p.m. 

new book deal! and where it came from

I am delighted to announce that I have sold another novel! My middle grade fantasy novel CITY OF ISLANDS has been picked up by fantastic editor Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen books. 

Here is the announcement from Publishers' Marketplace:

Author of the forthcoming SHALLOW GRAVES Kali Wallace's CITY OF ISLANDS, a fantasy set in an archipelago of peculiar islands where a diving girl discovers bones on the ocean floor from creatures—and magic—that shouldn't exist, to Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen Books, in an exclusive submission, by Adriann Ranta at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).

Here is a fun fact, appropriate for an early December announcement: CITY OF ISLANDS was a NaNoWriMo novel.

But don't get too excited, people who just finished NaNoWriMo and have a shiny new manuscript in hand. CITY OF ISLANDS was in fact it was a NaNoWriMo novel twice, from two different Novembers three years apart, the most recent of which was 2013. This novel has been a work-in-progress for a long time.