Tuesday, March 28, 2017

0 Free 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop Opens on April 1!

Our April workshop will open on Saturday, April 1st at noon EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Jennifer Longo as our author mentor and Justin Wells as our agent mentor! (See below for Justin's background and query preferences!)

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!

Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?
  • You are mentored by at least two traditionally-published published or agented authors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales. 
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants. 
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right! 
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy. 
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works
Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

April Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Justin Wells
Justin loves every aspect of the agent lifestyle. Be it searching for that next amazing manuscript and client, helping current clients, or doing regular tasks throughout the agency. He loves all of it, and looks forward waking up everyday and wondering what new adventure could be awaiting him in his query box.

When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye. Please follow the submission guidelines and send to query@corvisieroagency.com with the subject title: "Query - ATTN: Justin Wells, [name of manuscript]"


April Guest Author Mentor: Jennifer Longo

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting from San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing For Theatre from Humboldt State University. After years of acting, playwriting, working as a literary assistant at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, then as an elementary school librarian, Jennifer told the occasional story at San Francisco's Porch Light Storytelling Series and decided at last to face her fear of prose and actually write some. Her debut novel, SIX FEET OVER IT (Random House Books) received starred reviews from Kirkus and The Bulletin, was selected as a Washington State Book Award finalist, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and an Indies Introduce New Voices title.

Jen's second novel, UP TO THIS POINTE (Random House Books) published January 2016, was selected as an Indies Next title, shortlisted for the YALSA 2017 Best Fiction Young Adult list and received starred reviews from The Bulletin and Shelf Awareness. A California native, Jennifer now lives with her husband and daughter on an island near Seattle, Washington. Her every hour is consumed by writing, running, walking her dogs, taking her kid to ballet class eleven thousand times each week and reading her way down her insanely long holds list at the library. Find photos of Jen's dogs and other incredibly inspiring nonsense @jenlialongo

UP TO THIS POINTE:
Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.

Where To Get a A Copy:
Barnes & Noble Amazon Indie Bound
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Monday, March 27, 2017

7 New Releases this week 03/27-04/02 plus 4 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week, we're featuring so many exciting new releases and I can't wait to read so many of these new books, like A CROWN OF WISHES and WORTHY (which we have up in the giveaway)! Don't forget to check out all the other new releases too and enter to win below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Hearts & Other Body Parts
by Ira Bloom
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Scholastic Press
Released 3/28/2017

A novel of love and monsters.

Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely -- almost romantically -- drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart.

The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely.

Hearts & Other Body Parts is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Hearts & Other Body Parts?

My favorite thing about HEARTS & OTHER BODY PARTS would have to be the characters. They are my brain-children, come crashing out of my head like Athena in full body armor from Zeus’s bifurcated skull. Okay, not quite that messy. There are five POV characters who make up the central storyline, a love pentangle between three witch sisters, a Frankenstein-type monster, and a vampire. Esme, the oldest sister, is the brains, the responsible geek. Katy, the middle sister, is the talent, at witchcraft or at anything artsy. Veronica is the youngest sister, the beauty with tenacity. Norman is the dismorphic giant composed of mismatched body parts, with brains to equal Esme’s and a heart of gold. Zack is the gorgeous, charming vampire who mesmerizes the sisters, fighting the will of his master with the last vestiges of his humanity.

There’s one more character I adore, Kasha the Japanese corpse-eating demon cat. He snuck into the story and took over, somehow; he steals every scene he’s in. Demons will do that. I won’t say anything more about him at this juncture. He’s the disturbing booby prize in the cracker-jack box. Personally, I wouldn’t trust a word that comes out of his mouth. “Well we do lie quite a bit,” Kasha admits. “Like a little white lie. Only huge, and black.”


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Worthy
by Donna Cooner
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Point
Released 3/28/2017

Once again, Donna Cooner (Skinny, Can't Look Away) taps into the zeitgeist to bring us a searing story about online bullying and superficiality.

An addictive new app is all the rage at Linden Wilson's high school. Worthy ranks couples, determining via votes and user comments if one person is "worthy" of the other. Linden is happily dating Alex Garcia, and can't imagine the app will affect them. Until Alex is labeled "worthy," and Linden "unworthy." Suddenly, everything changes. Linden must struggle under this newfound scrutiny as her relationships -- with Alex, with her friends -- are put to the ultimate test.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Worthy?

I loved creating the friendship between Linden and Nikki. They are both so different, yet their friendship for each other endures judgement and misunderstanding. I also love that Nikki is confident in her size. As someone who has struggled with body image my whole life, I admire those who embrace and celebrate their body type. Creating Nikki’s character provided me the opportunity to experience what my teen years might have been like if I’d been more self-confident. Reimagining my teen years is part of what I love about writing for young adults.

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Blood Rose Rebellion
by Rosalyn Eves
Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
U.S. Only

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/28/2017

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about BLOOD ROSE REBELLION?

My favorite thing about BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is probably the setting. While I love my characters, I fell in love with Hungary long before I started writing this book, when I lived there for nearly a year and a half. Getting to write this book meant revisiting the history and culture of a place I loved—and the first thing I did to celebrate selling the book was plan a trip back with my husband, a trip that helped me flesh out some of the details of the setting.

(My other favorite thing is probably Mátyás, but don’t tell Anna that.)


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Finding What's Real
by Emma Harrison
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 3/28/2017

Cecelia Montgomery returns after running away to deal with the downside of her newfound fame—and her mother’s Presidential campaign—in the sequel to Escaping Perfect.

Now that Cecilia Montgomery has been found after two weeks on the run, she’s stuck in the middle of a media firestorm. When Cecilia threatens to leave again, her mom drops the bomb. She plans to run for President. She’s going to announce in a few days. And if she bails again, well, they do still have Jasper in custody on bogus “kidnapping” charges...

Suddenly Cecilia is trapped yet again, forced into a public persona she had no part in creating. But her friends from Sweetbriar still have her back and help smuggle Cecelia back into town. Just when Cecelia thinks she’s finally escaped, her mother arrives and officially announces she is running for President—and she plans to stay in Sweetbriar for the duration of her candidacy.

Meanwhile, Fiona becomes a bit obsessed with the fame she achieves from being Cecilia Montgomery’s best friend, and even Jasper gets caught up in the benefits of dating her. Soon Cecilia starts to wonder if they want to hang out with her, or if they want to benefit from hanging out with her. All she wanted was a small, anonymous life, but now things seem to be spiraling out of control.

Can Cecelia ever find her perfect ending, or will her escape prove to be more of a trap than she ever thought possible?

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs: Amanda M, Erika C, Katelyn H.
Shadow Run by Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland: Yasmine S, Denise D.
The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato: Jenny M.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS



A Crown of Wishes
by Roshani Chokshi
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 3/28/2017

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Author Question: What is one thing you hope readers will get out of A CROWN OF WISHES?

I hope they close the book grinning. And maybe that night, they’ll dream about stories. And maybe the next day, they’ll see a bird dart from a tree and wonder if it came from Kubera’s court.

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Honestly Ben
by Bill Konigsberg
Hardcover
Arthur A. Levine Books
Released 3/28/2017

In the companion to Openly Straight, Ben confronts pressure at school, repression at home, and his passion for two very different people in figuring out what it takes to be Honestly Ben.

Ben Carver is back to normal. He's working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.

Except . . .

There's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There's his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there's Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else . . . and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Honestly Ben?

I love Ben. He is a very different protagonist than I've written before, and it took me a lot of work to channel his voice, because it is really not that much like my own voice. But I must admit that as hard as it was to do, he is a character I truly love. I love his self-effacing sense of humor, and how he's a big guy trying to be small, and that he is a repressed guy trying to break out of the jail he's created for himself. I based Ben on my husband, or I should say on a teen version of my husband, so it is really easy for me to feel a lot of love for Ben. If I never write another book in this world, I'll really miss him!

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Just Another Girl
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Hardcover
Point
Released 3/28/2017

You resent her. You can't stand her. You might even hate her.

But you don't know her at all.

Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.

Parker doesn't feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they'd never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn't making it any easier. . . .

In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls -- and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.

You think you have an enemy. But she's just another girl.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Just Another Girl?

My favorite thing is that it will test what readers think they know about a character. I've always like writing (and reading) stories with different points of view. Two people rarely see the same event in the same way. When writing this book, I thought about how often girls are each other's biggest critics, especially if a guy is involved. So I took the "girlfriend" character in a love triangle, who is often seen as a Mean Girl, and made her just another girl. Problem is, readers are first introduced to the girlfriend (Parker) through Hope's point of view. Hope is the girl pining after Parker's boyfriend so of course she HATES Parker. We only see Hope's side for awhile, and then the reader is introduced to Parker's point of view and everything flips around. I hope readers enjoy it...and reflect on how maybe that person they hate has something going on in their life that you don't know about.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK



100 Hours
by Rachel Vincent
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/28/2017

A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

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Dream Forever
by Kit Alloway
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 3/28/2017

As the veil to the Dream becomes dangerously thin, Josh must stop it from tearing to save the world, in the conclusion to The Dream Walker Trilogy.

Trying to control her powers as the True Dream Walker is hard enough with Feodor as her instructor. But trying to learn her strengths with a broken heart makes it nearly impossible for Josh. When mysterious tears in the veil separating the Dream from the waking world begin to appear, and with Peregrine still on the run and Haley trapped in Death, Josh finds herself truly in over her head. With the World threatening to crumble around her, Josh must figure out who she really is and what she wants in time to save it, herself, and everyone she loves.

You won’t be disappointed in this exciting conclusion to Kit Alloway’s The Dream Walker Trilogy.

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Just a Girl
by Carrie Mesrobian
Hardcover
HarperCollins
Released 3/28/2017

Taking a hard look at the societal conventions that constrain teenage girls, William C. Morris Award finalist Carrie Mesrobian tells one girl’s story with bracing honesty and refreshing authenticity.

By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the fun there is to have in small town Wereford, Minnesota. Volleyball season is winding down, the parties all feel tired, and now that she’s in a serious relationship with reformed player Luke Pinsky, her wild streak has ended. Not that she ever did anything more than the guys her age did...but she knows what everyone thinks of her.

Including her parents. Divorced but now inexplicably living together again, Rianne wonders why they’re so quick to point out every bad choice she’s making when they can’t even act like adults. With an uncomfortable home life and her once-solid group of friends now dissolving, the reasons for sticking around after high school are few. So why is Rianne in lockstep when it comes to figuring out her future?

That’s not the only question Rianne can’t answer. Lately she’s been wondering why, when she has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend, she wants anything but. Or how it is that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian, understands her better than anyone who’s known her all her life? And why has Rianne gotten stuck with an “easy girl” reputation for doing the same exact things guys do without any judgment? Carrie Mesrobian, acclaimed author of Sex & Violence and Cut Both Ways, sets fire to the unfair stereotypes and contradictions that persist even in the twenty-first century.

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Night Witches
by Kathryn Lasky
Hardcover
Scholastic Press
Released 3/28/2017

From bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler's army . . . and won.

Fifteen-year-old Valya knows what it feels like to fly. She's a pilot who's always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. But since the Germans surrounded Stalingrad, Valya's been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble.

When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous and feared Night Witches -- a brigade of young female pilots.

Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockade and find the Night Witches' base . . . and that's when the REAL danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they'll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they'll face death . . . or even worse horrors.

Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the war's unsung heroes -- daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country -- in an action-packed thrill ride that'll leave you electrified and breathless.

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Overturned
by Lamar Giles
Hardcover
Scholastic Press
Released 3/28/2017

Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.

Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him—and why.

As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

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Radio Silence
by Alice Oseman
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/28/2017

From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.

You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.

They don’t. They make a podcast.

In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?

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The Body Market
by Donna Freitas
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/28/2017

Skylar Cruz has been betrayed by everyone she trusted. Perhaps worst of all, she and her friends have failed to stop her sister, and now the Body Market is open for business.

Skylar is through being a pawn in everyone else’s game. She may be the only one who can stop what her family started. And she must do it before everyone in the App World runs out of time.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, The Body Market is the next thrilling installment in this gripping and timely sci-fi series for teens.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

0 YA Sunday Morning News: This Week for Writers 3/26/17

Spring is officially here! Along with it, I have some great agent interviews, a bunch of articles on what's happening in the publishing industry, and more.

Happy reading!

Writing for Publication—Before the Sale:

Writing for Publication—Book Marketing and Social Media:


Author Interviews:

Literary Agent News and Interviews:

Writing and Pitch Contests:

Writing Craft:

Writing Inspiration:

Publishing News & Trends:

New YA E-Book Deals:

New YA Book Giveaways:

YA New Book Deals and Releases:

Just for Fun:

If there’s a news story or blog post you found particularly interesting, please share it in the comments!



Saturday, March 25, 2017

0 Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY, on writing her book during Hurricane Sandy

We are thrilled to have Tiffany D. Jackson here to give us a closer look into her debut novel ALLEGEDLY.

Tiffany, what is your favorite thing about ALLEGEDLY?

What a great question! I think my favorite thing about ALLEGEDLY is the backstory, as told by mixing form, including article/book excerpts, interviews, and case files. It really creates an experience with the story that hopefully resonates with kids.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

One scene that I particularly love, is a scene during a huge storm in which the main character, Mary, comes to the realization that she needs to get out of the group home. There’s so much tension throughout, you can’t help but to feel like you’re sitting on pins.

0 Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland, authors of SHADOW RUN, on the scene they still don't know if they got right

We are excited to be able to chat with Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland about their first collaboration together, SHADOW RUN, the first book in the Kaitan Chronicles.

Michael and AdriAnne, what was your inspiration for writing SHADOW RUN?

Michael: AdriAnne and I both love space operas—fantastical high adventure in space. We also happen to both spend a lot of time in the fringes of what could be considered civilization, AdriAnne as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, and myself as that one weird kid who grew up in the woods without electricity and hauling firewood on a dog team. We wanted to see if we could find a way to combine our loves: fun, high adventure in space, and the intersection between remote life and civilization.

AdriAnne: What he said! Also, that found-family feeling that you get both from Firefly and living in Alaska and meeting isolated, tight-knit groups of people—that was a huge inspiration for me, going into this.

0 Lish McBride, author of PYROMANTIC, on almost becoming a goat farmer

We are so glad Lish McBride had the chance to stop by and tell us more about her latest novel PYROMANTIC.

Lish, what was your inspiration for writing PYROMANTIC?

I don't think there was one set thing, but a lot of it came from an article I read about bats and white-nose syndrome. Nothing is weirder and creepier than nature.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

I don't think any particular scene was hard to write. I think I most enjoyed the quiet scenes where Ava really grows as a character. They aren't as flashy, but they're important.

0 Brendan Reichs, author of NEMESIS, on preferring to write in a tomb

We are delighted to have Brendan Reichs stop by to share more about his shocking thriller NEMESIS.

Brendan, what was your inspiration for writing NEMESIS?

I wanted to explore the shock effect of a person dying not once, but many times, but having those deaths basically have no effect. And it’s not magical, or the afterlife, or anything like that. Min and Noah are honestly, truly murdered each time they die on their birthdays. But they simply reset, waking in the woods a mile away from their homes in a remote Idaho vacation town, without a scratch on them. I’ve also always loved conspiracy books, and thrillers, where the reader never knows what to expect next and the antagonists are nuanced and plentiful. That’s what I try to do in Nemesis. I think that, by the end, everything folds in together and the underlying theme of what it means to be alive really comes through. I hope so, anyway!

Friday, March 24, 2017

0 5 Steps to Building an Outline for Writing a Novel by author Casey Griffin


We have a wonderful Craft of Writing post for you today about the benefits of outlining and how to do it. Casey Griffin, who is celebrating a new release, is here to show us how. Check out her SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS below!


5 Steps to Building an Outline – By Casey Griffin

The most important tool that I’ve learned to use as a writer is the outline. The more organized you are while writing the story, the less time you waste rearranging chapters and writing scenes that will ultimately not make the final cut. Or if you prefer to just let the words flow and edit afterward, then an outline will make the editing process a lot smoother. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a pantser or a diehard outliner, at some point in the process of writing a novel, you’ll need to use this tool.

Whether you use an outline before you write your first draft or after, it will save you time and prevent you from pulling out your hair. If you want to be a full-time novelist, the more efficient you are, the more novels you produce, which will keep your name out there more regularly, selling more books, gaining new fans, etc, etc. So how do create an outline (and keep those luxurious locks)?

1. Make a List:

You’re not going to know exactly what your novel looks like at first, so jot down anything at this point to get those ideas flowing.
  • Start by listing the events you want to take place in your novel
  • Keep the ideas general, mostly descriptions of relatively major events
  • They don’t necessarily have to be in order at this stage
  • Use as few words as possible to convey the idea (it’s very basic at this point)

0 Thank You to the Mentors and Participants of the 1st 5 Pages Workshop!

Congratulations to all of the participants who worked so hard during our March 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop! And a big thanks to our wonderful guest mentors, Catrina Burgess as our author mentor and Wendi Gu as our agent mentor, both of whom provided wonderful critiques and advice. As always, thank you to our talented and fabulous permanent mentors, who read, comment, and cheer on our participants every month!

Our next workshop opens on Saturday, April 1st, so get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!


Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?
  • You are mentored by at least two traditionally-published published or agented authors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales. 
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants. 
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right! 
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy. 
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works
Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

0 Red Light/Green Light: Pitches

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful Red Light/Green Light entrants! If you missed the opening paragraphs of our pool of entries, they can be read here. They all show real promise and I know it was difficult for our judging agent to choose between them.

Here are the pitches for the ten entries which progressed from our last round.

My Span of Forever
YA Contemporary
Laura McFadden

Gillian imagines she lives in a sterile bubble. Armed with her two best friends, bleach wipes and antibacterial gel, Gillian can't be hurt. She has everything under control. After all, she only sterilizes surfaces in public spaces and showers in a specific pattern designed to eradicate all germs. But that's just being smart, especially during flu season.

Then she meets Dave, school genius, in her math class. He's not turned off by her quirks and obsessive cleaning. With him, her constant soundtrack of contamination becomes muffled. When they touch, she doesn't visualize germs sneaking into her pores.

In what should have been the perfect start to the New Year, Dave tells Gillian he loves her. But accepting his love and expressing her feelings would shatter the safe, sanitary bubble she's created. She must find a way to let in love with all its messiness, or end up sanitizing tables for the rest of her life--alone.

The Sundown Society
YA Paranormal
Chris Wuchte

Is a secret a secret when the only person in town who doesn’t know the secret is you?

Rhiannon Smith is a vampire. Or, at least what passes for a vampire these days. She drinks blood, or “tomato juice”, as her mother’s been telling her all these years, so technically, yes, she is a vampire, though she feels more like a strange girl who rarely goes out much than anything else.

But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that being a vampire would actually have been a plus in her hometown of Chillimark, which is filled with vampires, werewolves, mummies (Egyptian and Aztec), fairies - pretty much any creature that can reasonably blend in with society. Those who can’t live in the Hinterlands, a forest on the outskirts of town. So why was she kept in the dark all these years about something everyone else knew?

When circumstances force Rhiannon to go to school for the first time, she learns of the mysterious Sundown Society, a group that did something years ago that caused the citizens of Chillimark to be wary of all children who share Rhiannon’s birth year. With the aid of her new friends, including a Will o’ the Wisp who doesn’t know how to glow and a werewolf with asthma., Rhiannon finds herself on an adventure that will change her life.

The Devils' Keys
MG Steampunk Fantasy
Sussu Leclerc

In the desert of Morocco where the devils run free and no drop of water parches your throat, twelve-year-old Anise, a young magician-apprentice faces his final graduation challenge: kill dust devils that plague his village and find the key to unlocking the hearts.

Demons have the keys that lock people's hearts and whisper in people’s ears so that they can lock their hearts. They use the keys against the inhabitants of DarBeidah, Anise's village.
There is one kind of key that has the potential to re-open their hearts to goodness.

When the good keys are put away, the village is falling under a plague of bad deeds, causing the black knight, a bandit, and some air pirates to rat people out.
Anise sets out to find the lair of the demons and steal the good keys to restore hope to his village. Only a child with a pure heart can do this, but since he needs to lie to gain entry and steal them, that's a problem.

The Lost Coast
YA Paranormal
Erika Daggett

Seventeen-year-old empath, Guin Mannon, is looking for a new start. Determined to suppress her empathic gift and turn the corner on “normal,” she heads for her aunt’s dusty gift shop in the California redwoods. The Sasquatch’s Paw Souvenir Emporium seems like the perfect place to spend a few quiet months, avoiding people and the temptation to use her abilities.

But Guin’s plans for an uneventful summer don’t include Ben, the shop's prickly new employee. As Guin is drawn closer to Ben, she discovers that he’s hiding vital secrets of his own: Ben is a shape-shifting forest guardian and a sworn enemy of human-kind. He’s enduring the difficult transformation from sasquatch to human, because it’s the only way to find his missing family. Ben is convinced that someone close to Guin betrayed his family’s secrets, causing an attack that ended in the capture of his mother and sister. He suspects her beloved Aunt Lyndie. 

Torn between loyalty to her aunt and the bonds she’s forging with Ben, Guin races to unravel the threads of mystery surrounding the attack, even though finding the truth may mean embracing the fearsome price of her abilities.

Rafter's Rats
YA Sci Fi
Samuel Chapman

Yesterday, fourteen-year-old Rafter Loosestrife was another dirty orphan. Today, he’s on the run as pirates and police comb the streets of Pale Spaceport. His crime: premeditated bombing of the flagship of the galaxy’s most famous pirate, Jackameer Sangham.

As for whether he’s guilty, even Rafter isn’t sure.

He’s always had the power to recharge any battery with one touch. It was how he survived. Trade cash for a charge, then run, before some lord decided to lock him in a cellar to charge batteries for the rest of his life.

But then a boiler Rafter’s supposed to be resurrecting explodes and takes half Sangham’s ship with it. Rafter knows boiler batteries don’t have that kind of power. The only thing in the room that could have done it was the strange magic in his hands.

Pirate money owns Pale Spaceport, setting the port authority against Rafter along with Sangham’s vengeful crew. If he ever wants to escape being a fugitive, he has to prove his once-harmless power isn’t the first stirring of a weapon strong enough to dominate the galaxy--the very thing the police fear and Captain Sangham wants.

Gates on the Way to the Great Upstairs
YA Contemporary
Laura Levin

Fourteen-year-old Evan Tauber believes he’s responsible for the death of his father. Now, after keeping the painful details of their argument a secret for almost a year, Evan has a premonition during a near-death experience in a swimming pool: he will die on the anniversary of his father’s death and meet his dad in the afterlife to apologize.
 
Evan doesn’t know how it will happen exactly – that worries him a little. Or maybe even a lot. So he focuses instead on the upside of dying, namely a chance to redeem himself with his father. He also does what he can to prepare, which means accomplishing a few goals before the anniversary: he has to make sure his best friend will take care of his little brother, a challenge because Skeet and Jeffrey hate each other; he needs to figure out a way to make his mom unspeakably angry so she won’t miss him quite as much if he dies; and he has to tell the new girl, Meg, he’s in love with her, even though he’s never even said hello to her. The goals are in place, and Evan has less than two weeks to meet them. But when he’s left unexpectedly with a choice whether to live or die, Evan will soon find out where the road to redemption really leads.

The Witch and the Demon
YA Fantasy
Katherine Toran

Fleeing a witch-hunt and fatally injured, eighteen-year-old Ebba wants her death to mean more than her life did. When she stumbles upon Kryptos, a demon whose heart has been ripped out, pity prompts her to sacrifice her heart as a replacement.

Ebba awakes to discover that Kryptos has saved her by replacing her blood with fire, but also bound her life to his will. He conscripts her into a death match with eleven other champions of Hell. She’s less than enthused about the tournament’s prize—leadership of an upcoming invasion of her world. Determined to right her mistake, she resolves to sabotage the demons…even at the cost of her life.

Before Ebba can backstab Kryptos, she needs his training to survive battles against a shadow-wielding knight, a witch who sees the future, and a God-King. She gets entirely too close to Kryptos when she accidentally initiates a courtship. How was she supposed to know throwing a severed head at him would be taken as a proposal of marriage? Kryptos turns out to be charming, handsome, a bit awkward—and utterly dedicated to world domination.

As Ebba’s heartless condition erodes her conscience, Kryptos becomes increasingly tempting. Without any remaining ties to humanity, it becomes harder and harder to betray her only friend—who possesses her heart in more ways than one.

Land of Sand and Stars
YA Historical Fantasy
Sara-Marissa Patel

A rebellion is rising. Her religion outlawed. As the Persians revolt against their Median overlords, seventeen-year-old Āmitis’s father betroths her to the ruthless High King of Media—Astyages—and offers her beloved desert province as a second capital. With the power to take or give life with the touch of her hand, Āmitis has the ability and desire to save herself and her people, even if it means usurping rule from her tyrannical father and putting herself on the throne as the governing ruler to align herself with the rebellion.

Before she has the opportunity to publicly side with the Persian rebellion leader who happens to be the grandson of the High king of Media—Cyrus—, everything is jeopardized. Astyages’ arrival and his demand of marriage or war leaves her with one choice, to use her powers to take the High King’s life. But it fails.

As Astyages and Cyrus prepare for war, Āmitis and her people are caught in the middle. To stop the war from starting within her city, Āmitis pledges allegiance to Astyages in a dangerous, bloody plan of deception to either kill, or deliver, Astyages into Cyrus’s hands. Diving into war when summoned into the empire beyond and proving her loyalty while keeping her true intentions secret could costs the lives of those around her. Her growing feelings for Cyrus complicate her plan. If she doesn’t succeed, looming ahead may be not only her and Cyrus’s death, but the destruction of two empires ravaged by war.

When I Wake
YA Fantasy
Beth Wertz

Raya has moved back to the town she left after her father's death at the age of three, and is only concerned with making it through the first day without getting stepped on due to her sleeping disorder. When she finds herself in her forest-filled dreams in the first week of school after passing out on the cold linoleum floor, her only concern is to make it all stop again. That is, until she meets a girl in the woods who claims to want to help her fight a war Raya knows nothing about. And until she meets Julian, who claims to be her dad's best friend, and who wants her to reclaim her powers and stay safe from the magical world's leaders, who want her head on a stick. And until she accepts that she has never had any disorder, and instead was born with the power of astral projection, and must face the world into which her powers bring her head-on.

Fascinated by her new world and her new powers, Raya finds it difficult to strike a balance between her life in Pennsylvania and her duties in Pirondea. Not to mention, the longer she stays in the magical world, the easier it will be for its leaders to find her and kill her. After learning of her father's legacy, The Vitality Stones, she makes it her mission to find them and use them to protect herself, until Julian gets kidnapped and her priorities change.

Raya must figure out how to find the only father figure she has left while battling school- and magic-related problems before it's too late for her and for Julian.

Ghost
YA Fantasy
Nicole Surrusco

Serena d’Hanna was six years old when her father took her to see the ghost horse and told her about the magic of stories. Nearly a decade later, most tall tales center around his absence, but the ghost horse continues to run wild in the hills near Serena’s home.

The horse is a comforting presence—something she needs as her coming-of-age looms and her family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. So when a stranger arrives in Nairne intent on capturing the horse, she befriends him in an attempt to change his mind. Soon, she finds herself drawn to his campfire for other reasons, enchanted by Doran’s stories of kings and a legendary warhorse named Chanteron. 

But their friendship is a dangerous game. Doran is from Lassar, the country that stole her father away and will steal her sister, too, if they discover Gisele is growing into magic instead of out of it as she should. In the capital, Gisele would be required to live and serve where whispers of war hint that Lassar isn’t done fighting for its magic yet. After Doran admits he was the first person to lay eyes on the ghost horse on the night Gisele was born, Serena realizes they are all part of a much larger story—and that if she doesn’t face the truth of Doran’s and the horse’s identity, she’ll have to give up more than a horse before the end. 


Monday, March 20, 2017

8 New Releases this week 03/20-03/26 plus 3 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week, we have multiple copies (!!) of NEMESIS and SHADOW RUN up for grabs, as well as a copy of THE HIDDEN MEMORY OF OBJECTS. Don't forget to check out all the other new releases too and enter to win below.
Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


Nemesis
by Brendan Reichs
Signed Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
U.S. Only

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books
Released 3/21/2017

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Nemesis?

My favorite thing about NEMESIS is getting to play with my characters in ways you’re not supposed to be able to. Min Wilder and Noah Livingston are each murdered five times by the same dark-suited man before the story even begins. That is, quite frankly, impossible—and it gets crazier from there. Exploring the idea that death might not be final—not in a ghost story way, or a zombie way, but in a honest-to-god-it-just-didn’t-happen sort of way—is what drew me to the story. Adding a planet-threatening asteroid and a sinister conspiracy to the mix was icing on the cake. I love twists and turns and surprises, and NEMESIS is packed with them. You can’t trust anything, or anyone. It’s everything I love about writing a thriller.

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Shadow Run
by Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland
Hardcover Giveaway (2 Copies)
Delacorte Press
Released 3/21/2017

"Firefly" meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Shadow Run?

AdriAnne: Swords in space!

Michael: You stole mine! In all seriousness, I think it’s that Qole has a super solid moral compass in a really difficult situation.

A: Well, both Qole and Nev deal with difficult situations and don't crumble. They carry on, moving toward their goals; they do the work.

M: Yes! Teenagers are tough as nails, and we see this in Alaska all the time. So, in conclusion, our favorite thing about SHADOW RUN is that swords in space are best wielded by teenagers.

A: That… maybe makes sense?


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The Hidden Memory of Objects
by Danielle Mages Amato
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Balzer + Bray
Released 3/21/2017

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother's charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hidden Memory of Objects?

I think my favorite thing about the book is one of its characters: my main character Megan's good friend, Eric Bowling. He's a foil, a contrasting character for Megan in a lot of ways. While she's uncertain about her identity and fearful about taking risks, he's got a fearless self-acceptance that inspires me. He's offbeat and funny, and when he finds himself in a new or unusual situation, he responds by jumping in with both feet. He's got a lot of the qualities I'd like to have myself, and he made writing every scene he's in exceptionally fun.

I'd actually written an early draft of THE HIDDEN MEMORY OF OBJECTS when a former student of mine passed away in his early twenties -- he'd been an undergraduate when I was in graduate school. And it occurred to me that my character shared a lot of qualities with that young man. So I reached out to his family to see if it was okay to name my character in the real Eric Bowling's honor. I was delighted when they said yes. So while there's nothing in my character's life that's based on the real Eric that I knew, I hope some of his fearless, indomitable spirit lives on in my book. And since the real Eric was working on a master's degree in children's literature when he passed away, I hope he'd consider it a fitting tribute.


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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Echoes of Memory by A.R. Kahler: Jen P.
The Shadows We Know by Heart by Jennifer Park: Rosi H.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Pyromantic
by Lish McBride
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 3/21/2017

Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since she’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks.

Then she gets sent to handle two local thugs with were-hare Sid. But when they arrive, the thugs are dead and a necromancer has raised them as mindless, aggressive zombies. Ava is faced with an epidemic—something is turning normal creatures into killing machines. Unfortunately, this means she has to work with Lock and his new girl. Worse than that, she has to work with her ex, Ryan. Compared to facing such emotional turmoil, she’d rather take on an entire herd of flesh-eating kelpies . . . or she could just do both. Isn’t she just the lucky gal?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pyromantic?

Probably the killer ponies.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Blood Family
by Anne Fine
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 3/21/2017

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this dark and gripping novel tells the tragic story of a smart, sweet child poisoned by circumstance as he struggles to escape the horrors of his childhood.

Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbor spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven.

Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kind foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a smart and curious teenager it’s still clear to his new family and schoolmates there’s something odd about him.

Then in a science museum, Edward sees an image that shocks him to the core and robs him of his hard won sense of safety. Can anyone’s past truly be left behind? And could it be that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out?

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Redux
by A.L. Davroe
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 3/21/2017

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

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Ten Miles One Way
by Patrick Downes
Hardcover
Philomel Books
Released 3/21/2017

The powerful story of a mind at the edge of unraveling, held together by love and acceptance.

Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past . . . and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind and causes her to lose herself. Q knows only that his love for Nest runs deeper than the demon that plagues her thoughts, that he loves her in spite of—or perhaps because of—the personal battle she fights every day.

A beautifully-written, haunting story.

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