Saturday, July 22, 2017

0 Katie Kennedy, author of WHAT GOES UP, on writing books that she wanted to see

We are ready to join NASA ourselves after talking with Katie Kennedy about her latest novel, WHAT GOES UP.

Katie, what was your inspiration for writing WHAT GOES UP?

I was sitting in my car in my driveway, thinking about what I like in books—what brings the fun. And one thing I really enjoy is tests or trials, so I thought I’d write a book that started that way.

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 wrote a character, Rosa, into a corner. She’s a small girl who is required to fight a large guy. I love all the badass girls in YA who twirl swords and throw daggers and take down a dozen adult men without breaking a sweat. Those are great books! But real life isn’t like that for small girls who get jostled in high school halls. I wanted to write something for them—I wanted to let them win a fight. But I had no idea how to do it. I just wrote up until the decisive moment and told Rosa that she was going to have to figure it out because I had no clue what she should do. And she did it.

I’m also pretty proud of my knock knock jokes, although I really shouldn’t be.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

No, I still have no idea how to write a novel, but I had an Aha! moment for this book. It was when I realized that the inspiration for my guy MC, Eddie, was Scipio Africanus, Rome’s general in the Second Punic War. Then a whole lot of things fell into place. So basically I made Scipio a seventeen-year-old from Indiana and gave him a spaceship.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I work at home because the dog gets lonely if I’m gone. It can’t be too quiet for me, but Ernie gets bored with no stimulation so I’ve started playing classical music when he’s restless. Sometimes I sing to him, too.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing another sciency YA, revising a MG, and I have a secret project that’s really fun.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What Goes Up
by Katie Kennedy
Hardcover
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 7/18/2017

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.

Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.

There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie KennedyKatie Kennedy is a college history instructor who lives in Iowa. She and her husband have a daughter, son, cat, and dog. She has a cornfield in her backyard, and hopes that someday Rosa and Eddie will land in it.

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Have you had a chance to read WHAT GOES UP yet? Do you get caught up in trying to write what you think is "in demand"? Have your characters gotten themselves out of situations you had no clue how to help them with? Have you been writing and realized your character was a "reincarnation" of someone else? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

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

0 J.M. Lee, author of SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, on thinking about your pitch

We are thrilled to be joined today by J.M. Lee, as he tells us more about SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, the second book in The Dark Crystal series.

J.M., what was your inspiration for writing SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL?

Aside from the original film (THE DARK CRYSTAL, 1982) for which the book is a prequel, I took a lot of inspiration from current events. Song of the Dark Crystal, and the Dark Crystal book series in general, is my love letter to our living planet and the young heroes who populate it. I also wanted to show that not every hero has to be a cool fighter -- words are some of the most powerful magic.

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

Since Kylan, the main character, is basically a bard, I wanted to write a few songs for him to tell -- but I'm not really a song writer. So there was definitely a lot of extra time and effort put into those sections. I hope it paid off!

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

In tone, Song has been compared to fantasies like The Golden Compass and Jaleigh Johnson's The Mark of the Dragonfly. If you're hungering for more Dark Crystal stuff, a comic book series called Power of the Dark Crystal just came out in 2016, and of course there's always the Creation Myth graphic novels from BOOM!/Archaia.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

If publication is one of your goals and priorities, it's important to think about your pitch -- before, during, and after you write the book. Knowing how you can sell someone else on the idea of your book in 15 seconds or less will really help you distill what's unique and important about your book, which will also help you drive those aspects home when you're writing.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Song of the Dark Crystal
by J.M. Lee
Hardcover
Grosset & Dunlap
Released 7/18/2017

The second original companion novel to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal follows Naia and Kylan as they seek help from the Gelfling clans to prevent the Skeksis from implementing the next stage of their sinister plan.

Kylan of Sami Thicket is a skilled song teller, but singing the tales of long-gone heroes won't help his friends as they journey into dangerous, unknown lands. After uncovering the betrayal of the Skeksis Lords, he and his friend Naia are on the run, pursued by the Skeksis's underlings and outcast even among their fellow Gelfling. But Kylan knows the truth must be told, no matter how difficult the telling. Maybe there's use for a song teller after all . . .

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is one of the most beloved and enduring fantasy stories of the past thirty years. This series of young adult novels will both please the diehard fans and bring new fans in to the world of The Dark Crystal.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Photo of J. M. LeeJ. M. (Joseph) Lee is a novelist, writing mentor, illustrator, and graphic designer with a background in linguistics and film. As a writer, he finds the most rewarding stories in fusion genre, from nostalgic historical fantasies to gritty sci-fi westerns. On the side, he enjoys dabbling in experimental short fiction and drinking a lot of coffee. He is represented by Erzsi Deak/Hen&ink Literary Studio.

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Have you had a chance to read SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL yet? Have you had to work extra hard on a detail so that your character could stay true to who they are and the talents they possess while writing? Have you considered your pitch, and do you keep your pitch in mind at all times? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

0 The Semi-No-Fail Way to Fast Drafting for People Who Hate Drafting By Candace Ganger

Author Candace Ganger joins us today to share not one, but two! great methods of conquering that first draft. She's got one for both you pantsers and you plotters. Be sure to check out her upcoming release, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash, below the post! (And I'm adopting her last sentence as my motto for life!)

The Semi-No-Fail Way to Fast Drafting for People Who Hate Drafting

By Candace Ganger



The first draft is the actual worst. For real.

There’s no way around it. When writing something longer than a soup can label (and even then), it’s going to require revisions. Even though my YA debut, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH, is out July 25th, I’ve been writing professionally for over a decade so I know a thing or two about drafts (thus, why I loathe them so much).

In writing for others for so long (particularly of the book-length kind), I managed to figure out shortcuts to the drafting process. It’s not because I’m lazy, but I don’t enjoy the beginning of every book journey. There’s too many unknowns, and that wreaks havoc on my anxiety. I’ll spend SIX CENTURIES on a single word choice if I don’t spit it out and move on (even then, I’ll lie awake at night and obsess over my decision).

For BIRDIE & BASH (for brevity), my drafting process was slightly unique. I’d had a vague initial concept floating around for many years — two teens fall in love, not knowing of each other’s connection to a local tragedy — because that tragedy was inspired by true events that happened to my extended family. However, the rest, was a blur until one day, the characters popped into my head almost fully formed. They were rough around the edges, but for the most part, I had a concept and two MCs. I scribbled some notes for an outline (more on that below), started writing, and suddenly, I had a (really rough) draft. Within 30 days. Gross, right? Ugh, I know.

With BIRDIE & BASH, I tinkered here and there, but before the sale, I only did one major rewrite (still gross; I know). Post-sale, some things changed, but nothing painstaking. While this book was unique for me in every way, each book is different, with a new feel and flow. I’ve learned it’s best to let the book tell me what will be the best approach.

In terms of productivity, there’s two ways to go about the dreaded first draft:
  • Get everything out on the paper and worry about it later (which can be time consuming in the after), or,
  • Edit as you go (which is time consuming in the present).

I’ve done both. For BIRDIE & BASH, I edited as I went because at the time, it felt right for this book and I was right to do it that way, as it saved time later on.

To go the other route (which I did for my forthcoming book after B&B and a lot of other projects in the past), I get all my thoughts into a notebook by hand, then transfer to Post-Its for a rough outline. Writing every detail by hand has a whole other energy to it and somehow helps me clear any blockages. The caveat is scribbling too much information (which I’ve also done!) and don’t know where to go from any of it. That’s fun (not).

Most books get at least half of a spiral notebook’s worth of thoughts before they get the Post-It treatment and a Word document. At most, I’d say this pre-phase takes about a week. This is because I’m detailed to a fault, and usually fall into an information spiral on the internet where I can’t make a decision and instead, adopt another cat (because that’s my anxiety calming thing).

But I digress.

Regardless of which method you think may work for your project, to get a fast draft done, you only have to commit to one scene at a time. Or one chapter. Or one page, if it all feels too big. But you have to commit, even when you’re spewing garbage (which I do, often!). My word count everyday tends to ride somewhere between 500-1,000/weekday, but on weekends, I do more if I’m able. I also have two children and a staff writing job. And it’s summer. So, basically, I’ve had to cut myself some major slack for getting next-to-nothing accomplished (except petting my fluffy cat) (and that’s OK).

Once you’ve committed to what you’ll do each day, and chosen your preferred method, you’re ready to go. Here’s the shortcuts to getting a fast draft done with each, whether you feel like it or not. Because usually for me, it’s not.

1) Method #1: Get everything on the paper and worry about it later
  • Grab your notebooks with all your weird, confusing thoughts
  • Transfer them to Post-It notes, then rearrange them into an order that makes the most sense for now
  • Choose a starting point (you can change it later) that happens in the action
  • Write whatever you committed to write, even if it’s the worst thing ever written
  • BUT, stop your scene or chapter (or whatever), in the middle of something that excites you. Whether it’s a hilarious incident of an awkward girl running into a tree branch, tripping up a curb (true story), or the electric first kiss between two cool characters (BIRDIE & BASH!), stop yourself from writing the whole scene. CUT IT OFF. You heard me. This way, you’re excited to get right back to where you left off the next day. This trick hasn’t failed me yet.
  • Continue this pattern every day until you have a semi-coherent finished draft of ramblings you can go back to, and revise later. You may be surprised at some of the whacked-out things you’ve managed to write, but there may also be some pretty great things. Promise.
  • For later: Save time editing by cutting and pasting all the “bad” pieces into a new document. They may come in handy at places you didn’t realize until your draft is done.

2) Method #2: Edit as you go (outline required)
  • No matter what your word count goal is, it’s important to remember that this route will take longer in the moment, but you’ll have less to “fix” later also. I’d advise having less of a word count goal with this method. That way you can be sure each piece flows the way you want it to. Once you get into “the zone,” it’ll go faster than it sounds.
  • Take the same notebook full of rambles and transfer to Post-Its. This time, create a solid outline to work from with a new scene on each Post-It. The more detailed, the better. Though, it’s OK if your characters want to take you in other directions, so be flexible. Move the Post-Its around until you’re comfortable with the sequence and pacing.
  • As you work each day, pay attention to word choice, checking all the boxes as far as character motivation, conflict, pacing, story arc, character growth, etc. You’ll be able to see if these things are included by your Post-Its (if you took the time to invest).
  • Again, this method takes more time in the moment, but if all is solid with your outline, and you have a firm grasp on how you want the characters and story to evolve, go for it. The worst that happens is, you revise = more time. Big whoop.
  • If your draft ends up like BIRDIE & BASH, you may need to cut some major things later — BUT — all the good writing in other places will stay in-tact.

There you have it! Those are my two go-to methods for fast-drafting. There’s pros and cons to both, so do what works for you. In over 10 years, each has helped me meet deadlines with less stress than other drafting techniques I’ve tried. However, you can’t revise a story that hasn’t been written yet, so most of the time, I go for the first method just to get the basics down as fast as possible (while editing things I think of in the days after, as I think of them). Good luck and may all the fluffy cats be with you!

About the Book:


https://www.amazon.com/Inevitable-Collision-Birdie-Bash-Novel/dp/1250116228/
Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

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About the Author:


CANDACE GANGER is a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

0 WoW: Writing Guilt with Rebecca Phillips

Guilt is an emotion that most of us have to deal with to some extent but that can be difficult for us as writers to capture on the page. It takes particular finesse to show a young character experiencing and overcoming various degrees of guilt. Today, we're thrilled to have Rebecca Phillips discussing the process of writing THESE THINGS I'VE DONE, coming August 1st from Harper Teen, and how her main character deals with guilt throughout the novel. Here's Rebecca!

Creating Characters Dealing With Guilt
By Rebecca Phillips
We’ve all experienced guilt and regret to some extent in our lives. But there’s a huge difference between feeling some regret over, say, not choosing the right career choice, and debilitating, overwhelming guilt over something horrible we’ve done by accident.

Dara, the main character in my book These Things I’ve Done, is dealing with the second type of regret. After accidentally causing the death of her best friend, she’s mired in guilt that impacts every facet of her life. There’s guilt stemming from the affect her actions had on her friend Aubrey’s family and friends. There’s guilt over what she’s done to her own family, who has to watch her suffer with these feelings. And then there’s survivor guilt, which makes Dara wonder why she couldn’t have been the one to die instead.

Being in Dara’s head was very challenging. I had to put myself in her place. How would I feel if I inadvertently caused someone’s death? Especially the death of someone I loved? Contemplating this scenario was disturbing and uncomfortable, but writers are well-known for their active imaginations, so I could picture the scene all too clearly. But I had a hard time imagining how I’d go on and work toward a place where I could live a normal life. Is it even possible? Being a teenager is hard enough; living with this magnitude of guilt on top of all the normal teen problems seems insurmountable.

In the present chapters of the book, which take place about a year after the accident, Dara is basically just surviving. She’s still wracked with remorse and grief. She goes to therapy. She tries to get back to some semblance of normalcy, even though she knows her life will never be the same again. She has to see Ethan, Aubrey’s brother, every day, which adds more weight to an already heavy burden (for both of them). All Dara wants to do is atone for her mistake, not just for her own sake but for everyone else’s sake too.

Along with her incredible guilt, she also has to contend with the what ifs. What if things had happened differently? What if she and Aubrey had never gone to the place where the accident occurred? This line of thinking can take a real toll on a person’s mental health, but it’s almost impossible not to wonder. If only we could go back and do one thing differently, avoiding the moment that set everything in motion.

Living with something so huge hanging over your head, eating at you every day, is beyond intense. Accomplishing this with Dara’s voice required balance. In the past chapters, she’s an innocent, happy kid, secure in her belief that nothing bad can ever happen to her or anyone she loves. In the present chapters, after having witnessed one of the worst tragedies imaginable, she knows that nothing in life is secure, and happiness can be snatched away in an instant. The chapters alternate, which meant I had to change voice and tone depending on which chapter I was writing. This was by far the most challenging part.


Another challenge was injecting a feeling of hope into those present chapters, even as Dara struggles with her role in her best friend’s death. I wanted to show that life does—and will—go on. All the things that existed before the accident—family, friendship, interests, love—are still there, waiting to be rediscovered. The pain will never disappear, but it will eventually start to fade as the days pass, until finally, you realize you’ve grown strong enough to let go.


ABOUT REBECCA PHILLIPS
Rebecca Phillips has been writing YA since she was a YA herself. She's the author of:

The JUST YOU series
OUT OF NOWHERE
FAKING PERFECT (Kensington)
ANY OTHER GIRL (Kensington)
THESE THINGS I'VE DONE (HarperTeen, August 1, 2017)

Rebecca lives in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. None of them say "eh" or "aboot."

Visit Rebecca on her website www.rebeccawritesya.com and on Twitter @RebeccaWritesYA


ABOUT THESE THINGS I'VE DONE
A contemporary YA perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Jessi Kirby, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who accidentally caused her best friend’s death and, a year later, is still grappling with the consequences.

Before:
Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After:
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

7 New Releases this week 7/17-7/23 plus 4 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week we're featuring a few giveaways, like WHAT GOES UP and THE LAST MAGICIAN. Make sure to enter to win a copy below and check out all the other awesome books being released this week!

Happy Reading,

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


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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What Goes Up
by Katie Kennedy
Hardcover plus Swag Giveaway
U.S. Only

Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 7/18/2017

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.

Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.

There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about What Goes Up?

I especially enjoyed a couple of things—one is the trials at the beginning, because they were so much fun to write.

The other is that this book surprised me. There’s a plot twist near the end that I didn’t know would happen even as I was typing it—it wasn’t on my outline. I read the line as I wrote it, wondering what it was going to say. Then I gasped and put my hand over my mouth and stared at the screen for a long minute.

And I wasn’t supposed to write the book at all. I talked to my agent about my next project and we agreed on a different one. The next morning I ran out of the shower to jot down dialogue I was hearing for this book. When it happened again the next day, I decided to start the book that was talking to me, just to see how far it would go. I wound up writing the whole thing and didn’t have time to do the book my agent thought I was working on. So I sent her WHAT GOES UP with an email that said, “Heh heh, guess what I did?” Fortunately, she’s an exceptionally good sport.

One more surprise: most of WHAT GOES UP is set in Iowa. I wrote the book when I lived in another state and had no plans to relocate. But then we moved to Iowa—very close to where I put the imaginary NASA facility. When we realized we were moving to where I’d set the book, my husband said, “You couldn’t have put it in Paris?


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Song of the Dark Crystal
by J.M. Lee
1 signed copy of book & 5 promotional posters Giveaway
U.S. Only

Grosset & Dunlap
Released 7/18/2017

The second original companion novel to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal follows Naia and Kylan as they seek help from the Gelfling clans to prevent the Skeksis from implementing the next stage of their sinister plan.

Kylan of Sami Thicket is a skilled song teller, but singing the tales of long-gone heroes won't help his friends as they journey into dangerous, unknown lands. After uncovering the betrayal of the Skeksis Lords, he and his friend Naia are on the run, pursued by the Skeksis's underlings and outcast even among their fellow Gelfling. But Kylan knows the truth must be told, no matter how difficult the telling. Maybe there's use for a song teller after all . . .

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is one of the most beloved and enduring fantasy stories of the past thirty years. This series of young adult novels will both please the diehard fans and bring new fans in to the world of The Dark Crystal.

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The Last Magician
by Lisa Maxwell
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 7/18/2017

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Last Magician?

My favorite part about THE LAST MAGICIAN? Probably that it has ALL of my favorite things in it. It’s a great big, sweeping epic of a book with tons of twists and turns. There’s a larger, diverse ensemble cast, and many of those secondary characters stole my heart—I can’t wait to bring some of them more to the forefront in the sequel. I mean time travel, old New York, magical gangs, dangerous secret societies, boys with suspenders and historically accurate guy liner, real historical figures brushing up against my fictional characters, and enough twists and turns to keep everyone guessing—it’s kind of hard to pick just one thing.

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Fragile Like Us
by Sara Barnard
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 7/18/2017

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne. Now the twosome has become a triangle with constantly shifting alliances.

Caddy’s ready to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen. Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different, someone free. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS



Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine: Tammy V.


MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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The Ends of the World
by Maggie Hall
Hardcover
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Released 7/18/2017

The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Ends of the World?

My favorite thing about this book is that I got to finish the story for these characters, and got to give them the ending I hoped to. I've put Avery and the gang through a lot in the CONSPIRACY series, and it was really nice for me (and I hope it'll be nice for readers!) to see how everything ended up for them--who lives and who dies, who ends up together, how they all relate to each other and to the Circle at the end... The characters and their relationships have always been my favorite part of the books, and I'm so excited for readers to finish their story!

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Amid Stars and Darkness
by Chani Lynn Feener
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 7/18/2017

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

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Flight Risk
by Jennifer Fenn
Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Released 7/18/2017

A debut novel inspired by true events, about a teenage boy who has stolen―and crashed―not one, but three airplanes. And each time he’s walked away unscathed.

Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane.

Told as an investigation into Robert’s psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. Ultimately, Flight Risk is a thrilling story about one teenager who is determined to find a moment of transcendence after everyone else has written him off as lost.

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No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 7/18/2017

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

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The Library of Fates
by Aditi Khorana
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 7/18/2017

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

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Witchtown
by Cory Putman Oakes
Hardcover
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 7/18/2017

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

0 YA Sunday Morning News: This Week for Writers 7/16/17

Welcome to mid-summer, writers! While this week was light on YA news, it was big on query tips, agent updates, and author interviews.

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