Sneak Peek at Chapter One!

Hey gang,

Happy summer! Since my new young adult novel OVER MY HEAD starts off on the very last day of school at Central Bucks West High in Doylestown, and that very last day is TOMORROW, I’ve decided for a limited time to give you all a sneak peek at chapter one.This is especially for all of you who are just finishing school and turning your minds, finally, toward summer. Congrats!

OVER MY HEAD will be published in the next week or so, and I’ll definitely announce that here.  It’ll be a $12.99 paperback and a $2.99 e-book.

In the meantime…For your glimpse at chapter one, click here.

And enjoy!

New Cover Revealed!

This is it!!!! The cover for my new novel Over My Head.  I’m so excited, I’m a little nuttier than usual. (Happy dance…) Designed by Cheryl Perez, this cover exactly captures the summery fun and romance and intrigue I was looking for. Thanks so much, Cheryl!

Over My Head is a summertime novel that starts on the last day of Sang Jumnal’s junior year in high school.  It’s been 2 years since What I Meant… wrapped up, and Sang is a little bit older, a little bit wiser, but nothing prepares her for what’s coming.  Dalton and Gary are on the scene, but when Sang meets 20-year-old lifeguard Cameron Cerulli at the Doylestown pool, she finds herself falling big time.  Cameron is either the guy of her dreams or a player out to stomp on her heart.

Sang is teetering on the brink of true love. Will she sink or swim?

Look for this novel to come out VERY SOON on kindle and nook and smashwords, and in print.  You’ll get the news first right here!

Let me know what you think of the cover.  Love to hear from you guys…

Psst! Secrets…Pass it on!

It's a secret...so tell everyone!

Hey gang, just wanted to let you in on a few secrets…

First of all, I’ll soon be revealing the cover for my new young adult novel OVER MY HEAD.   Look for this, and for the book to be coming out in June!  Very excited.

This novel picks up two years after WHAT I MEANT… finishes, and you’ll get to hang out with Sang, Megan, Dalton, Gary, Doodles and some new characters the summer before senior year as Sang falls big time for the one guy everybody thinks is wrong for her.

And for the many of you who have read WHAT I MEANT… and have asked me, “What happened to Gina? Why did she act like that?”…well, I’m putting the finishing touches right now on a short story that will soon appear in an anthology including stories written by the wonderful authors of The Liars Club.  I can tell you the anthology will be called LIAR, LIAR!  I can tell you that Gina is running from something, and hasn’t been entirely honest with Sang. And I can tell you the story will be called, “What I Did…”  And I can tell you that I can’t tell you much more just yet.  But I will. Soon. Honest.

Look for details, including when and how to purchase LIAR, LIAR! as well as OVER MY HEAD on this site. Soon. Cross my heart.

In the meantime, like all good secrets…Shhh! (And be sure to pass it on.)

Red Hot News: OVER MY HEAD Comes Out Summer 2011!

Here’s some news I’ve been keeping under wraps for a while. But now I can finally spill…

Ever wonder what happened to Sang and her friends after WHAT I MEANT… finished?  Well, soon you’ll get your chance to find out.  The sequel, Over My Head, is scheduled to come out in a few months — just in time for summer!

I’m thrilled to say this book is already generating some praise, including this:

“Marie Lamba brings a fresh, new, and very authentic voice to this fabulous young adult novel. Coming of age has never been done so well!” — L.A. Banks, New York Times Best-selling author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series

Exciting things are happening every day, so check back often for updates, cover art, and special extras for this new summery novel! I promise to post stuff here as quickly as I can.

And here are some juicy details about Over My Head:

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“I wish I could recreate myself – become somebody more exciting. Heroic. In love.”

Be careful what you wish for.

Sang Jumnal jumps into the summer before her senior year with big plans, and she really does get everything she wishes for…but not at all in the ways she’d planned.

She didn’t plan on facing her fear of swimming through a series of humiliating kiddy lessons, followed by a malicious push into the deep end.

Or falling hard for 20-year-old lifeguard Cameron Cerulli, who is either the guy of her dreams, or a player out to stomp on her heart.

Or fighting with her dad, who hates her every independent thought and who bans her from seeing Cameron.

Or discovering a huge secret her parents have been keeping—a secret about disappearing money and a rare disease that threatens someone very important to Sang.

Suddenly Sang’s summer is overflowing with excitement. There’s hysterical laughter, lots of family drama, heart-pounding passion, even a catfight. And she’s teetering on the dangerous brink of true love.

Will she sink or swim?

Over My Head is a steamy summertime novel filled with sticky situations and a twist that will melt your heart…

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So that’s the big news for now. Can’t wait until the start of summer to start reading this novel?  In the meantime, you can check out an excerpt from the book by clicking here.

I’m so excited to finally share this work with everyone. Over My Head will be a perfect read for those lazy sultry summer nights. Details about where and when to buy it will be posted here soon.

This summer is going to sizzle!

Book Review: It’s not Summer without You by Jenny Han

***UPDATE: If you like The Summer I Turned Pretty and other titles by Jenny Han, and novels by Sarah Dessen, then you’ll love my new novel Over My Head, with its summertime vibe and realistic, heartfelt conflicts. You can find out more about Over My Head by clicking here!***

REVIEW: First of all, I’m a definite Jenny Han fan.  I adored her novel Shug, and you can read my review of that here. And I also really loved her book The Summer I Turned Pretty, which I highly recommend.  Best of all, Jenny is a nice person.  I got to meet and hang out with her a bit last year when Aaron’s Books in Lititz, PA held its first children’s lit festival and Jenny and I were both featured authors.

It’s not Summer without You (Simon & Schuster, 2010) is the sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty.  It definitely stands on its own.  Han does a brilliant job of portraying the confusing sorrow of loss and what it does to relationships.  Her clear prose captures the sweetness of childhood gone by and of regrets in the making.  Warning: bring your tissue box.  You will be crying a bit.

In the hands of another author, the events in this book – a loss of a mother to cancer, plus the lost dream of really loving the boy you have wanted most of your life – would be maudlin, depressing, bleak.  But Han creates a book filled with sunshine summer moments, and hope and the promise of the future.

So pick it up, pick up your tissue, and experience this novel.  The characters end up with no regrets, and neither will you!

Over My Head: A synopsis of my new YA novel

Just sitting here wondering about my second novel titled Over My Head.  Yeah, the title does come from that great Fray song. In fact, I played a lot of the Fray while I was writing it, and their tone inspired some really important scenes: fights with friends, the anguish of love, the out-of-control drama we all go through.

Right now the Over My Head manuscript is making the rounds at various publishers, trying to find its home. This is the first time I have an agent doing this, and that is a great thing. But being removed from the process doesn’t make a writer any less obsessive about what is going on. Who has it at this moment? Are they feeling connected to the characters? Are they falling in love? 

For the curious, I thought I’d put the synopsis of Over My Head here. I’ve definitely written this book for readers who enjoyed my first novel What I Meant…(Random House 2007). If you like the synopsis, please send out those good mojos into the universe for its success! And I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from the great world of publishing.

SYNOPSIS FOR Over My Head, a new young adult novel by Marie Lamba:

High school senior Ani Bahadur vows she’ll say ‘I love you’ to the guy of her dreams by the end of the summer. But things quickly get complicated as she discovers her guy is crazy for someone else, and another guy (who is sweet but not her type) suddenly thinks she’s his girl. And things really heat up when Ani falls big-time for 20-year-old lifeguard Cameron Cerulli, the one guy EVERYBODY agrees is completely wrong for her. To further complicate her life, something is going on at home – something huge involving mysterious calls from India, vast sums of money, and the fate of her very favorite uncle. When her Indian cousin Raina suddenly arrives for a stay, the mystery and worries compound. Can Ani survive all the drama? Save her family from destruction? Perhaps even find true love?

Over My Head is a steamy summertime tale filled with sticky situations, hilarious awkward moments, and a twist that will melt your heart.