Elle Cosimano

News & Launch Updates

WOW! Lots of news to share!

Danke, Germany! German rights to NEARLY GONE have sold to Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger for publication in Spring 2015!

Trade reviews have been coming in and I couldn’t be happier to share this one from School Library Journal:

“A tour de force that is unputdownable. Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller.” – School Library Journal, starred review

Or this one from VOYA:

“NEARLY GONE, the author’s debut novel, is a suspenseful page-turner that will leave teens on the edge of their seats. Cosimano’s character development makes almost everyone a suspect, and action and mystery readers will enjoy this whodunit until the very end.”  –  VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates 

Publisher’s Weekly had this to say:

“In an impressive debut… a good choice for fans of “savant” procedurals and dramas like Bones, Elementary, or Numbers.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, featured review 

And Kirkus calls NEARLY GONE:

“Tense and engaging… well worth the effort of suspending one’s disbelief.”  –  Kirkus Reviews


Meanwhile, I’ve been gearing up for the release of NEARLY GONE, and we’ve got some amazing indie booksellers lined up to help us launch the book in style!

I’ll be signing pre-release copies of NEARLY GONE at the NoVA Teen Book Festival (sponsored by One More Page Books) in Arlington, VA on March 8th, and speaking on a panel chat about bad boys and why we love them. Come check out the panel discussions, break-away sessions, and an impressive list of YA authors who will be speaking on a range of topics.

The following week, I’ll be touring the DC/NoVA area and visiting some of your favorite indie bookstores!

I’ll be at Politics & Prose (DC) at 7pm on March 13th.

You can find me at Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD) at 7pm on March 14th.

And I’ll be wrapping up my launch week at the extraordinary Hooray For Books (Alexandria, VA) on the afternoon of March 15th.

Please spread the word! And do let me know if you plan to attend any of the week’s events so we have enough books and cupcakes for everyone. I hope to see all of you there!

Check out the events page for details.

Buzz from ALA 2014 Teen Session #bfya #alamw14



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WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Word On The Street Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the Word On The Street Giveaway!

#1 Kim Derting Prize Pack:  Stacie M.

#2 Megan Miranda Prize Pack:  Lindsey R.

#3 Kim Harrington Prize Pack:  Lena M.

#4 Megan Shepherd Prize Pack:  Robin B.

#5 Jill Hathaway Prize Pack:  Larissa M. H.

If your name appears on this list, be on the lookout for an email from me today, and be ready to select your book!

If you didn’t win this time, stay tuned! I’ll be hosting another contest this winter, to celebrate the roll-out of the new NEARLY GONE website. And remember, even if you didn’t win, you can request a signed bookplate and swag here.



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Word On The Street Giveaway!

Advance Reader Copies are in, which means people (other than my editors and my mother) are reading NEARLY GONE!

And some of them are saying really amazing things!

“A thrilling debut! Clever and captivating, Elle Cosimano’s NEARLY GONE is a sinister game of cat-and-mouse. Nearly Boswell is definitely the girl you want on your side if you’re ever framed for murder!”  —  Kimberly Derting, author of THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE

“Smart, scary, and beautifully written. With a heart-pounding romance and a heart-stopping plot, NEARLY GONE is a thrill-ride of a book. An amazing debut that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page!”  — Megan Miranda, author of FRACTURE and HYSTERIA

“NEARLY GONE is fast-paced, smart, and keeps you guessing till the end. Start this book with a clear schedule because you won’t be able to put it down!” — Kim Harrington, author of THE DEAD AND BURIED and FORGET ME

“NEARLY GONE is a smart, gripping thriller about a clever girl from the trailer park, a boy from the wrong side of the law, and a killer who kept me guessing. This chilling murder mystery left me racing to the finish and biting my nails every step of the way.” –Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER

“NEARLY GONE is a hell of a ride. Her twisted characters and breakneck pacing had me tearing through the pages to discover the killer. Just be prepared to stay up past your bedtime!” –Jill Hathaway, author of SLIDE and IMPOSTOR

To celebrate, I’m giving away five of your favorite books from these thrilling YA authors, plus a few NEARLY GONE swag bags!

WINNER #1: The Kimberly Derting Prize Package: Your choice of one of Kimberly Derting’s books plus a NEARLY GONE swag bag!

WINNER #2: The Megan Miranda Prize Package: Your choice of one of Megan Miranda’s books plus a NEARLY GONE swag bag!

WINNER #3: The Kim Harrington Prize Package: Your choice of one of Kim Harrington’s books plus a NEARLY GONE swag bag!

WINNER #4: The Megan Shepherd Prize Package: Your choice of one of Megan Shepherd’s books plus a NEARLY GONE swag bag!

WINNER #5: The Jill Hathaway Prize Package: Your choice of one of Jill Hathaway’s books plus a NEARLY GONE swag bag!

Feeling lucky? Enter the drawing between September 25th and October 16th! Then follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, add NEARLY GONE to your Goodreads shelf, and subscribe to my blog for more information. I’ll be announcing the winners here on October 18th!  GOOD LUCK!!!

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The Big Reveal

Have you seen it? Less than 24 hours after YA Books Central revealed the cover of NEARLY GONE, we had almost 1,000 unique hits, and approximately 1,450 entries into the giveaway for a signed Advance Reader Copy (ARC). We registered almost 70 tweets, and over 100 likes from the giveaway. And this doesn’t count all the RTs and shouts that came as a result of the reveal announcement!

What was all the fuss about?

Here’s the official summary of the book:

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

And here’s what people are saying about NEARLY GONE:

“Smart, scary, and beautifully written. With a heart-pounding romance and a heart-stopping plot, NEARLY GONE is a thrill-ride of a book. An amazing debut that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page!”  — Megan Miranda, author of FRACTURE and HYSTERIA.

“NEARLY GONE is fast-paced, smart, and keeps you guessing till the end. Start this book with a clear schedule because you won’t be able to put it down!” — Kim Harrington, author of THE DEAD AND BURIED and FORGET ME.

“NEARLY GONE is a smart, gripping thriller about a clever girl from the trailer park, a boy from the wrong side of the law, and a killer who kept me guessing. This chilling murder mystery left me racing to the finish and biting my nails every step of the way.” –Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER


And here is the chilling and perfect cover, designed by Greg Stadnyk and the team at Kathy Dawson Books (an imprint of Penguin):



What can you do to help us promote NEARLY GONE? Easy!

Step 1: Pre-order the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or inquire about it at your favorite independent bookseller. A healthy number of early pre-orders will encourage retailers to stock more of the book, libraries and schools to order it for their shelves, and the publisher to enthusiastically promote it at book fairs and industry events.

Step 2: Add NEARLY GONE to your Goodreads shelf. Goodreads is a social networking site for readers, and a great way for people to discover new books. While you’re there, we’ve been nominated to some debut lists, so please take a moment to vote for NEARLY GONE. A small handful of votes will increase exposure and help new readers find us!

Step 3: Share the link to the cover reveal, and encourage your reader-friends to enter the prize giveaway for a signed Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of NEARLY GONE.

Step 4: Tell any high school teachers, librarians, or independent book sellers you know about NEARLY GONE. I’ll be offering school and library visits (both in person and via Skype), book signings, book club discussions, and Common Core Standards-compliant discussion materials for teachers. I look forward to getting out into the community and meeting with readers!

My thanks to everyone who shared, tweeted, and pre-ordered yesterday! You made it a special and memorable milestone, and I’m thrilled for what’s ahead.





Where I’ve Been Wednesday

Nevada SCBWI Mentor Retreat
Virginia City, NV
October 12-14, 2012

This might be the worst picture ever taken of me, but it’s the only photo I have of me with Holly Freaking Black!!! Therefore, it is the Best. Pic. EVER! (Left to right: Tessa Elwood – my amazing crit partner/web designer extraordinaire, Kathleen Duey, Holly Black, and yours truly in front of the St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center.)

Working with Ellen Hopkins and Holly was a transformative experience. Ellen really made me think more deeply into my characters, and helped me to realize the impact of POV and tense choices when telling their stories. And Holly is the plot whisperer. Seriously. Her technique for plot mapping has completely changed the way I think about structuring a story. The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Retreat for Agented/Published Authors was the educational highlight of my career so far, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!


Charleston, SC
November 12, 2012

What is it?  44 authors, a full day of panels, and thousands of books! Best excuse ever for a road trip to meet up with two of my Greenhouse sisters.  (Left to right: Megan Miranda, me, and Ashley Elston.) I have the best crit partners EVER! It’s been three months and my face STILL hurts from laughing!

If you’re ever in Charleston, SC with a group of creepy thriller writers, then you should totally tour a haunted jail. And then get pie. Lots of pie. (Left to right: me, Megan Miranda, SR Johannes, Kimberly Derting, and Ashley Elston.)


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
November, 2012

I promised my kids that if I ever sold my book, I would take them to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. This is me, making good. And these are my colors.


In The Blogosphere

Catch my recent post at Ink & Angst about learning styles and finding your inner Yoda.

Check out my interview at OneFour KidLit, a blog for YA and MG authors debuting in 2014.

We’re spilling fresh blood at Sleuths, Spies and Alibis, and guess who’s the newest Sleuth! My first post goes live on January 22. Drop by to find out why I write mysteries and thrillers.


The Convict Who Came To Dinner

I’m not a religious woman. I appreciate the symbolism of my culture – the nuance and metaphor – over the literal translations of the traditions we pass from generation to generation. One of my favorite traditions happens during Passover, when we open our doors for the prophet Elijah.

During the sedar, a meal commemorating freedom and redemption, a place setting is left vacant at the table, and a glass of wine poured for Elijah. A child is asked to open the door for his spirit, so that he may enter the hearts of those who celebrate, fill us with assurances of freedom, instill us with hope, and inspire us to build a better world.

There are many literal interpretations of this ritual found in the writings of the Talmud. But for me, the symbolic gesture – opening the door and leaving it ajar throughout the Passover meal – is an expression of trust. We are safe. We are free to dine and worship without fear. The seat remains empty each year, and the wine remains in that symbolic cup until the end of the night when someone always drinks it. Silly to let it go to waste. After all, it’s a celebration. A night when we luxuriate in the pleasures of free men.

I think of Elijah during Thanksgiving, when two seemingly non-related meals collide in one foggy childhood memory.

The night James came to Thanksgiving dinner.

My father brought James home from work and introduced him to our extended family. James was a quiet man with a warm smile. Like my father, he was a decorated war veteran, except James walked with the aid of a cane. And though I was only eight years old at the time, I recall his polite and genuine appreciation for the meal, and for my family’s hospitality. Sad, I thought, that he didn’t have his own family close by. Generous, I thought, of my family to share a seat at our table with this lonely man.

As polite conversation turned toward James, my Uncle asked him, “So you work together?” We kept eating, shoveling in rounded forkfuls of turkey and stuffing. Chasing it with sweet potato casserole and wine. My father was a prison warden. Surely, James was a fellow administrator, a counselor, or a guard. None of us looked up when my Uncle asked, “What exactly do you do at the prison, James?”

A quiet beat passed while James wiped the corner of his mouth with a fine cloth napkin. “Twenty to life,” he said over the clinking of silver on china. “For Murder One.”

Knives poised over plates and forks fell silent while we all waited for a punch line that never came.

When I looked up from my plate, James didn’t look any different. He was still a gracious guest with a gentle face. He still limped from wounds suffered in defense of our country. He was a good man who’d made an angry choice that had cost him twenty years of his life, and taken another.

It’s been more than thirty years since James came to dinner. But I never forgot that Thanksgiving. Or his grateful smile when James thanked my mother, and my father drove him back to prison. How in the blink of five courses, he made me think differently about people. About good and bad. And about what hope, freedom and redemption really mean.


Note: this is a re-post of an original post which can be found here at Ink & Angst. James’s name has been changed in this story.


19, 2012 |

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Where I’ve Been Wednesday

I’ve decided to dedicate Wednesdays to where I’ve been, and where my book is going.  Here’s the latest…

Last week, I had the awesome pleasure of attending the Writers Police Academy (more photos here). This one-of-a-kind annual event is hosted by GTCC/Public Safety and High Point Public Library in North Carolina, instructed by a broad range of law enforcement professionals, coordinated by author and veteran police investigator, Lee Lofland, and sponsored by the organization, Sisters In Crime. Check the link above for info about the program, and stay tuned for my guest blog about the event on Sleuths, Spies, & Alibis later this month!

In other exciting news, my debut thriller NEARLY GONE (formerly DEAD BLUE) will be included among an inaugural list of books set to publish under a new Penguin imprint!  My powerhouse editor is launching her own imprint, Kathy Dawson Books, and NEARLY GONE will be among the first books released in early 2014.  I am deeply honored to be listed alongside authors I’ve long admired in this article by School Library Journal

Somewhere in the middle of this, I managed a Guest Blog at Ink & Angst – Tech Yourself series. You can read my review of the iPad app, CloudOn.  It IS possible to use Word WITH track changes on your Pad!  If you are mobile and your editor requires you to use track changes, this article is for you.

Next month, I’m heading to Virginia City, Nevada for my final mentorship weekend with Ellen Hopkins and the NV SCBWI. Meanwhile, you can read some of my notes from the May panel session at Ink & Angst.  Ink & Angst – Interview series.

Until next week…


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Lucky 13s Giveaway: Books That Inspire

This week, The Lucky 13s are giving away an impressive collection of our favorite books. More specifically, the books that have most inspired and shaped us as writers. My contribution to this list is The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.

This book made me think — about a lot of things for a very long time. But not just about the story. It also made me think about writing.

Here are a few of those thoughts that still linger — the lessons I took from my journey to Marbury with Jack (and later, my cross-country roadtrip with Stick McClellan.)

I don’t need a lot of words. Just the right ones. And the words I keep matter. I shouldn’t be afraid of my own voice. I shouldn’t be afraid of what other people think, or of going frightening places, or of choosing the wrong words, because at the end of the day, the words that matter to me — and how I hear them — are what should matter most.

If you haven’t read anything by Andrew Smith, here’s your chance. Drop by The Lucky 13s blog between July 1st and July 7th for a chance to win a one way ticket to Marbury. Once you put on the glasses, nothing will ever look the same again.

Where I've Been

I’m shaking the dust off my blog and realizing it’s been a while since I’ve been here. Too long.

Truth is, I’m in the process of re-designing. My talented friend, Tessa Elwood at Pop Color Web Design (oh, did I  mention she’s also a brilliant writer and photographer?) is working up an amazing custom site and I can’t wait to unveil it. Meanwhile, I’ve been guest blogging, interviewing, and visiting some great places. In case you missed them, here’s where I’ve been and a sneak peek at some of the exciting places I’m going.

Recently, I was a guest blogger at the YA Muses where I talk about writing The End.

blogged at Ink & Angst about Artist Statements and my acceptance into the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. I’ll be spending three days in Lake Tahoe this May with NYT Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins, working on my WIP. It still feels strange and wonderful to say this out loud.

My book recently appeared in RT Book Reviews Book Buzz. Find it under “Young Adult” in the section called Piquing Curiosity.

Here is my Author Interview at Greenhouse Literary Agency. Yep, I’m official!

I’ve become a member of The Lucky 13s, an amazing group of children’s and YA authors debuting in 2013.

Here’s my SAT Interview at Writer, Writer Pants On Fire. LOVE the name of this blog!

I recently appearared in the Big Sur Writing Workshop Blog and the Henry Miller Memorial Library Blog.

My book recently appeared in Bookshelves of Doom: Upcoming YA Titles and Daisy Chain Book Reviews.

My book has been added at Goodreads and Library Thing.

I’ve joined the International Thriller Writers Association.

I’ve registered to attend The Writer’s Police Academy in September.

I’m donating a query critique for Crits for Water in June.

Finally, this Monday, April 9th, you’ll find me guest blogging with the fine romance authors at Chicklets In The Kitchen where I’m sharing my favorite Passover memories and a recipe for Matzo Brei.


That’s it. Why are you still here? Go read something.


05, 2012 |

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