Monday, April 21, 2014

2 FIVE Giveaways plus New YALit Releases 4/22 - 4/28

YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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The Hunt
by Stacey Kade
Hardcover Giveaway
plus Paperback Giveaway of The Rules
Disney-Hyperion
Released 4/22/2014


Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently.

To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hunt?

Oh, gosh, I had so much fun writing this book, it's hard to choose! It was a blast getting Ariane and Zane out of their normal (school) environment, and I loved seeing Ariane use her skills and training as alien/human "weapon."

But my favorite has to be the scene between Ariane and Zane in the van, known on Twitter as "the sex and elbows" conversation. We all worry about someone wanting us, about someone caring enough that we can risk being vulnerable, and I love that they talked about it. In a very awkward, sweet and funny way!


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Meridian
by Josin L McQuein
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books
Released 4/22/2014

Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans' enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth.

But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they'd never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Meridian?

My favorite thing about writing Meridian was breaking the boundaries the characters used to define their world. The defining feature of the Arclight and what lies beyond is that there are strictly defined barriers, and strict assumptions about what lies beyond them. In Meridian, those beliefs are challenged when the characters learn that not only are they possibly not the last humans, but there are scarier things out there than the creatures they call the Fade. Leaving the relative safety of the Arclight facility itself, and traveling into what's always been a forbidden place gives the characters an idea of the true scope of the disaster that led to humanity's fall. They've seen the houses used by the Fade, and they've got books to show them the world-that-was, but it's far less academic an experience when they're standing at the base of crumbling buildings that used to be cities, and walking through the accidental shrine of abandoned cars left behind when people tried to flee for their lives. For these teens, it's their first real taste of how big the world used to be compared to what it's become, and that's a humbling thing in the context of realizing just how little is left to them.

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The Last Best Kiss
by Claire LeZebnik
Paperback Giveaway
HarperTeen
Released 4/22/2014

Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.

Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.

All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.

Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too....

With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.

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

My favorite thing about The Last Best Kiss is that even though it’s a lighthearted romantic novel—a quick read for a lazy afternoon--there’s an undercurrent of something more serious under the surface. Deep down, it’s really about trust, redemption and forgiveness. I feel like there's something wistful and thoughtful about it that I hope will linger with the reader long after she puts it down.

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Deception's Princess
by Esther Friesner
Hardcover Giveaway
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 4/22/2014

Some lies lead to true adventure. . . .
Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it's her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father's favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle--it's easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she's determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court's deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father's friends and enemies close--but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine's fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard's tale. Hand Deception's Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.

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Victories (Shadow Grail)
by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Hardcover Giveaway
Tor Teen
Released 4/22/2014

The fourth and final book in the Shadow Grail series by the "New York Times "and "USA Today "bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Spirit White and her friends Burke, Loch, and Addie have escaped from Oakhurst Academy. But their freedom has come at a terrible cost--a dear friend sacrificed her own life to save theirs. In the wake of Muirin's death, they are also forced to deal with the terrifying truth behind the facade of Oakhurst Academy: all of the legends are true.

Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table really had existed. With the magic of Merlin, they were able to imprison their greatest foe, Mordred, before he could plunge the world back into the Dark Ages. But Mordred is now free, in charge of Oakhurst Academy, and determined to finish what he started so long ago.

Pursued by Shadow Knights, the reincarnated remnants of Mordred's original army, Spirit's small band undertakes a quest to recover the Four Hallows, objects of immeasurable power. Memories of a past life have begun to surface, one in which Spirit wields a legendary sword. She comes to realize that these memories are the true key to Mordred's defeat. Can Spirit and her friends manage to recapture the magic of Camelot in time to save their fellow students and prevent the end of the world?

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


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Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
Hardcover
Walker Childrens
Released 4/15/2014

Winner - Tammy George

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Open Road Summer?

My favorite thing about OPEN ROAD SUMMER is the experience of writing a (hopefully) uplifting story while exploring heavy topics that matter to me.

Okay, that's a wordy sentence :) What I mean is: I really wanted to write a fun, summer book because that's where my mind needed to live for a while. But I also wanted to open up conversations about issues that matter to me: the cyclical nature of body and slut-shaming, what it means to be a "strong" as a girl, the iron-heartedness it takes to live out someone's last days with them, the reality of committed (not necessarily always convenient or easy) friendship, issues of privacy and the invasion of it, the many forms that grief takes, domestic violence and how long it might take to process/react to the experience, what is fair to expect of parental figures, personal evolution while staying true to who you are, and a lot of others. It's a weird dichotomy: read my sunny summer book! It's about grief and redemption and trust and setting who you are against who you want to be! But that's my favorite part: that I got to have fun writing it *while* digging into issues I think deserve to be talked about.


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There Will Come A Time
by Carrie Arcos
Paperback
Simon Pulse
Released 4/15/2014

Winner - Samantha Weldon

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about There Will Come A Time?

I love how real Mark, the main character, feels. He's raw and honest and in obvious pain. When you experience that kind of pain for the first time, the pain of losing someone you love, it overwhelms everything. You can't possibly see any way through it. But those of us who have lived through a death or a huge loss know the only way is through. It's ugly and beyond hard, but there's beauty to be found again. There's hope, and I think it's important for those struggling with grief to know, with love there always hope.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH INTERVIEWS


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Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 4/22/2014

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.


Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Prisoner of Night and Fog?

I love that PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG is a mash-up. It's historical fiction, of course, but it's also a murder mystery, romance, and coming of age story.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Don't Call Me Baby
by Gwendolyn Heasley
Paperback
HarperTeen
Released 4/22/2014

All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

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Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 4/22/2014

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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She Is Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick
Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Released 4/22/2014

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

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Summer State of Mind
by Jenny Calonita
Paperback
Poppy
Released 4/22/2014

Fifteen-year-old Harper McAllister thinks her summer plans are ruined when her parents receive her latest heart-stopping credit card bill and ship her off to camp at Whispering Pines. Suddenly Harper is at the bottom of a social ladder she can't climb while wearing wedge sandals and expensive clothes. Slowly but surely, she starts to find her place, though, even winning over supercute camp "lifer" Ethan. But when she ruins the camp's chance to have a pop star film a music video on campus, Harper becomes an outcast once again. With the help of a few good friends, she tries to make things right-and manages to find a whole new summer state of mind along the way.

A fresh and funny summer-camp companion novel to Jen Calonita's hit Sleepaway Girls.

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Talker 25
by Joshua McCune
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 4/22/2014

Debut author Joshua McCune's gritty and heart-pounding novel is a masterful reimagining of popular dragon fantasy lore, set in a militant future reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker and Ann Aguirre's Outpost.

It's a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune's debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

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The Chance You Won't Return
by Annie Cardi
Hardcover
Candlewick
Released 4/22/2014

When your mom thinks she's Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

Driver's ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school - and she is. But what's really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad's baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it's easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia's flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight - the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom's delusions, and how far will they take her?

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The Inventor's Secret
by Andrea Cremer
Hardcover
Philomel
Released 4/22/2014

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, ScottWesterfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Instruments.


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To All the Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 4/22/2014

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

16 Question of the Week: Have You Ever Quit Writing?


May there be many books,  much hope, and all the chocolate you need in your day today!

Martina, Jan, Alyssa, Lisa, and Clara
The ladies of AYAP


Hey everyone! Clara Kensie here. Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as books and writing is talking about books and writing. So each week at Adventures in YA Publishing, we’ll post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

Question of the Week
April 20, 2014
Have you ever given up writing? Why? What brought you back?



Jan Lewis: Yes! I gave up on writing when I was pregnant with my youngest. Between the exhaustion and the morning sickness that lasted the entire pregnancy, I just didn't have the energy for it. And of course while I wasn't writing, the doubts crept in. "Am I really a writer if I haven't written for a year? Maybe I don't have what it takes." What brought me back? Martina did.

Martina Boone: This is one of the biggest regrets of my life. I am horrible about trusting myself. I started writing seriously when my son was a baby, and I wrote a few picture books that came close to publication. I snagged a wonderful agent, a superstar agent, who intimidated the crap out of me. And then I decided to write an adult novel. My first adult novel. Without a clue what the heck I was doing. Seat of the pants stuff.

Needless to say, my superstar agent dropped me after reading it, without saying why or providing any feedback. I was devastated and figured I wasn’t meant to be a writer. We were short on money then too, so I started a business and worked about 18 hours a day for a while on top of having two little kids. I told myself that I was too busy to write. I made all kinds of excuses. Then my daughter started reading young adult books, and I fell in love with the genre and started to dip a toe back in. I started Adventures in YA Publishing to learn how to write an actual novel, and I’m still learning from our wonderful guest authors and from Clara, Lisa, and Jan. Not to mention all the wonderful bloggers and authors online. If you want to be a writer, if you want to write a book, if you want to reach people because you have something to say, then here’s my advice. DON’T give up. Don’t diminish your dreams. Write and you’re a writer, even if you’re only managing to write 50 words a day.

Lisa Gail Green: We've all had those feelings that surface when we reach the bottom of the roller coaster where we feel like throwing in the towel. But if you do that then you can NEVER achieve your dreams, so why not try? I am, have always been, and will always be a proponent of encouraging others to work hard and keep trying. I've had points in my life where I put writing on hold, but I hadn't truly committed yet. Since I started doing it seriously? No. I have come close as anyone, but have not quit. I've kept moving forward, sometimes at a slower pace than others, like when I had my third child, but I've never given up and I have no plans to!

Clara Kensie: I met with some author friends recently, and we discussed this topic. The takeaway from that discussion was a quote from author R.A. Salvatore: “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, then you are a writer.” That quote really resonated with me. Yes, there have been times I’ve wanted to quit. Times when I wonder why I got myself into this. Times when I wonder if the struggle is worth it. Last February, my agent (the amazing Laura Bradford) was the unfortunate recipient of an email in which I poured my heart out after a particularly discouraging month. Her frank response got me back on track, and it still keeps me afloat: “Would you stop writing (because of this)? Of course not. You are going to keep writing no matter what.” Yes, I am going to keep writing. No matter what. I can’t quit, even if I tried.

YOUR TURN: Have you ever quit writing? Why? What brought you back?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 We're a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site Again! THANK YOU!



I got an email from Writer's Digest on Thursday letting us know we'd been honored as one of their 101 Best Websites for Writers for the second year in a row. And I honestly can't begin to tell you how grateful I am--how grateful we all are! We are in phenomenal company, which is even more astonishing.

One of the most wonderful things about this award is that it truly recognizes the team effort that goes into creating a blog like this. It would be an impossible, and far less rewarding, task for any one person to undertake. But the recognition is far broader than our core team of myself, Alyssa, Clara, Lisa, and Jan. It truly goes to the authors and publishers who contribute posts and interviews and books to us to share with you guys each week. Bringing their words to you is what this site is all about.

Writing is a lonely endeavor so much of the time. Being able to share it with other writers makes it easier. Being able to learn from authors generous enough to give their insight, wisdom, expertise, and most of all from their fiction is beyond price.

We want this site to be an intersection between readers and writers, a place where readers and authors connect about the love of the journey and celebrate each other.

Ordinarily, we would post a giveaway in honor of a hallmark like this, but the news came just a day after I posted a the huge giveaway to celebrate reaching two million page views, so I think that's celebration enough. : ) The giveaway for that post is here, and to make a long story short, you'll find twenty prize packs in there, including thirty-eight different books or series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Holly Black, Anne Blankman, Libba Bray, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rae Carson, Kresley Cole, Leah Cypess, Kimberly Derting, Lisa Gail Green, S.E. Green, Wendy Higgins, Rosamund Hodge, Clara Kensie, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Marie Rutkoski, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Kat Zhang and more.




That should take care of the reading portion of our celebration.

To showcase the writing portion, I've asked Alyssa and Jan to go through and pull together a list of popular or helpful posts on writing craft and getting published. Here's the list they came up with.


There are a LOT more posts. Check the labels and browse around.

We hope you'll find something helpful on this list and on the site in general, something that will inspire you, get you past a hurdle, and push you a little further along the publishing path.

I can honestly say that everything that you'll find on this site is material that I've experimented with and applied to my own writing in the past four years. This site is how I learned to write.

I can't say often enough that I know luck plays a huge part in getting a book published and into the hands of readers. I feel beyond blessed every single day that Compulsion was picked up and that I have the opportunity to work with the incredible team at Simon and Schuster and Simon Pulse. (And I have news I can't even share yet about how wonderful they are!)

That said, though, luck isn't all that goes into it. We have to be brutally critical of our own work. As writers, we have to be ready for luck to strike. It's no surprise that so many of the writers I've met online or at writers workshops have been published or are in the process of being published. We can't control which manuscripts get picked up by agents or ultimately sell, but we can get our manuscripts to publishable level. And to do that, we have to learn everything we can about craft. The writers I've seen succeeding are those who write all the time, read all the time, and question and eagerly pursue learning as part of the process.

I've been lucky to learn from most of the websites mentioned in this year's issue, as well as many who aren't on the list.  Writers Helping WritersJanice Hardy, and Jami Gold are three sites you don't want to miss, and Mystery Writing Is Murder, Victoria Mixon, Anne R. Allen, Jane Friedman, The Plot Whisperer, Writer Unboxed, YA Highway, The SCBWI, Querytracker, Adventures in Agentland, Rachelle Gardner, Nathan Bransford and so many others have been my go to sites for years. I can't believe we're on a list with Mashable, Absolute Write, and Goodreads, for Pete's sake. How awesome is that? Mind. Blown. But I truly wish the list was longer. So many people and great sites deserve it.

Thank you all!  Thank you to Writer's Digest. Thank you to the amazing authors and publishers who make this happen. Most of all, thank you to Alyssa, Clara, Lisa, and Jan, without whom this site simply would not exist!

Happy writing, everyone,

Martina





Friday, April 18, 2014

3 Craft of Writing: Why I Read Reviews... Even the Soul-Crushing Ones by Gwendolyn Heasley

There are two genres of young adult fiction that I absolutely devour, and contemporary is one of them. Gwendolyn Heasley has written one of my absolute favourite books in that genre, WHERE I BELONG, and with the upcoming release of DON'T CALL ME BABY, i'm sure i'm going to have another favourite! Her new book arrives on shelves April 22nd and is supposed to be an amazing look at the relationship between mothers and daughters. I can't wait!

Why I Read Reviews…Even the Soul-Crushing Ones by Gwendolyn Heasley


Recently, someone wrote a review for my upcoming novel. Actually, the word review doesn’t describe it quite adequately as all it said was, “I’ve never wanted to punch a book in the face so much.” And that was it. Part of me wanted to laugh and the other part of me wanted to sob. Like many other authors, my books are my babies and no one wants someone to punch their baby. (And if someone punched my real-life baby, they would have another thing coming.) Even more puzzling, the reviewer then gave book two stars. If you want to punch a book, does it even deserve one star?

But here’s the thing…I love reading reviews, even the ones that don’t heart my books. In fact, I would have LOVED to know why that reviewer wanted to punch my book and I would’ve taken his or her reasoning very seriously. While I know many authors avoid review sites like GoodReads, I flock to them…and not in that I –want-to-rubber neck-and-see-my-own-car crash sensation. Rather, I read reviews because my readers are my customers and reviews can contain very valuable information.

(Of course, I’ll admit the reviews and fan letters that say my books changed their life are my favorites. I even save those in a secret file for when I’m feeling down and need an emotional writing boost.)

But the reviews that I learn the most from are the ones that specifically state what they didn’t like about my books in terms of craft. For instance, in my first novel, Where I Belong, the characters don’t use contractions when they speak. It was a simple choice I made that apparently drove readers bonkers. I respectfully read their opinions and contemplated my choice not to use them…and I realized I was in the wrong. It does make it harder to read when contractions are not used…and in my future books, I do use contractions. It’s a small thing, but it can make a big difference.

As an author, I spend a lot of time alone writing and being in my own head. It can be lonely. Reviews are a wonderful way to connect with readers because I don’t write just for myself. I write for teens (and those who are teens at heart), and it’s important for me to read and absorb what they think…even if it doesn’t change how I write or what I think. As in all aspects of life, I find it to be important to engage with people who’s opinions differ from your own and I think that applies to writing too.

But while I think it’s important to read general reviews, I think it’s even more important to find a group of beta readers. I recently graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts where I earned my MFA. The entire experience was incredible but the best part is the community I gained during my time there. I know now that I have over dozen people whose opinions I trust completely. I respect and admire their writing and I know that they’ll give me honest and helpful feedback on mine. Since the line that “everyone is a critic” is definitely true (especially in the day and age of social media), it’s important to establish and foster relationships with other writers, ones whose opinions you value. While I read everyone’s reviews, the notes I get from my beta readers is what’s most important to me.

If you are an inspiring writer, try to open yourself up to feedback and critique. It can be hard, but it’s something that you’ll have to deal with throughout your writing life so it’s good to star early. And truthfully, you can learn so much from what others see in your writing. (And it’s also great to find out what people love about your writing too.) Also, once you get a book deal and have a editor, you’ll be getting a lot of feedback from him/her. If you are already open to critique and suggestions, you’ll be a step ahead. Of course, it’s always your story, so stick your ground on the parts that matter most to you… but also remember to listen to what others have to say too :)

So to all the writers out there, don’t be afraid of critiques and reviews. They can be crushing but they can also be inspiring and illuminating. Personally, I find readers’ ability to contact and connect with authors to be one of the most magical aspects of being an author in the 21st century.

So if you have opinions on my work, please share...And to whoever it is who wants to punch my book in the face, please let me know why. Also, if you want to hug my book, I’d love to hear about that too.

About The Author


Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. She lives in New York City, teaches college and eats entirely too much mac and cheese for an adult.

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About The Book


All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

12 Rock the Drop and What Do You Want to See Us Do Next?



Have you Rocked the Drop? I'm heading out in a bit to do just that with a box of books I'm buying and passing on. Find out more and go spread the reading love in honor of Support Teen Literature Day!

In addition, one of the ways that we can support Teen Lit day is to recommend some books. Well, here's my recommendation. : )



And the best part? You can win them. Enter here by May 15th.


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Time to take stock guys! Here's your chance to say what features you like and what features you'd like to see us do more or less often. Unless we're absolutely perfect, would you let us know where you'd like to see us go? We are always trying to keep the site exciting and fresh for you guys, full of the most up to date information and best advice we can wrangle but we need your input!

We tried to put in a poll, but it didn't seem to be working, and unfortunately we're all crazed this week with deadlines and work and school--who isn't crazed these days?!!

Still, no matter how busy you are, we hope you'll take the time to put a note in the comments and let us know what you'd like more of or less of.


  • Do you love our giveaways? 
  • Agent contests? 
  • Writing craft posts? 
  • Author features like the Wish I'd Written? 
  • Our Inspired Openings posts written by authors?
  • Do you want more author interviews?
What can we do to help you better? And what can we do to make the content we're providing more engaging? 

And when you put in your answers, would you do us a favor and let us know whether you're mainly here as a reader, a writer, or both?

Thanks for all the support, you guys! Whether you're a new member of the AYAP community or someone who's been here through the whole journey, you're the reason we're here. Thank you so, so much!

Love and thanks from the AYAP Team!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4 WOW Wednesday: Rocking The Boat by Stacey Kade

Stacey Kade is the author of the absolutely wonderful THE GHOST AND THE GOTH series which I absolutely LOVE! The second book in her PROJECT PAPER DOLLS series comes out April 22nd and is called THE HUNT. Don't forget to add this one to your shelves as the riveting sequel to THE RULES.

Rocking The Boat by Stacey Kade


To share with you the most recent lesson I've learned as a writer, I have to first share some advice someone else gave me and a certain amount of embarrassing naiveté on my part. :) So, bear with me.

When I first started writing, years before I was published, someone told me to choose very carefully what genre/type of book I wanted to write as I'd likely be writing that a long time, if I were fortunate enough to be published. Publishers want you to build an audience of loyal readers and develop a reputation as a specific kind of writer. Romance, mystery, spine-tingling horror, what have you. Because of that, you need to pick a single genre/area that you're passionate about and focus on that. DON'T worry about what's popular now; don't attempt to write to the market. Oh, and make sure you have plenty of story ideas in your chosen genre; you can't be bouncing from mystery to contemporary romance to science fiction, from book to book.

This sounded like good advice (and it was...to an extent), so I did as instructed. I've always loved all things paranormal/sci-fi/strange. It was an easy decision. The paranormal umbrella gave me access to all sorts of stories: time travel, ghosts, sentient cell phones. You know, the usual. ;)

My first book was contracted in 2008, and I was over the moon. It hit shelves in 2010, followed by sequels in 2011 and 2012 and the start of a whole new series in 2013. Awesome.

I did everything to be the best author I could be. I did NOT want to rock this amazing boat that I'd finally gotten into. I'd worked so hard to get to this point. I was thrilled to be doing the job I loved and writing the types of stories that had always fascinated me as a kid.

This takes us up to the last year or so. I'd finished writing a draft of the last book in my second series, and I wanted to get started on something new. I had what I thought was a fun take on familiar idea that easily fit under the paranormal umbrella, although in an area that hadn't been explored much.

I knew the market was changing. Paranormal continued to sell well in the stores, but publishers weren’t gobbling it up as they had been. They were now leaning more toward contemporary realistic fiction. But I knew there was no way paranormal would disappear completely, so I continued, stubbornly, foolishly, to follow that advice that I'd been given years ago.

Yeah. I know. It all seems very clear now, but at the time, I thought I was doing the right thing.

No one wanted my fun new take on this paranormal element...unless I could take the paranormal element out of it. (Which I couldn't without it falling apart.) They loved my writing, the characters, but not that thing that made it what it was.

I was devastated. I'd done all the right things. I'd picked my genre and stuck within it. I'd done my best to not rock the boat. And yet, here I was, suddenly taking on water.

After a few days (okay, weeks) of fretting, I took a step back and re-evaluated the situation. It was scary—terrifying, actually—but it was also an opportunity. Change is always an opportunity. 

I had other story ideas, of course. I'd written them down in my journal, taking notes on everything I knew about the characters and the story, just to get them out of my head and onto paper. Several of those ideas would fit within the contemporary realistic fiction category.

So, I went back through my journals and found those ideas that I was most passionate about, the ones that repeatedly crept into my thoughts even once I'd written down the basics. I'd tried hard to banish those ideas, thinking I'd never get the chance to write them.

But now, here was my chance. So, I started developing a couple of them. 

I was absolutely scared to death because it felt like re-inventing myself and what if I couldn't do it? I hadn't rewritten this kind of fiction since college. I didn't know what do without ghosts or aliens popping into the storyline. Plus, these stories were so dark, much darker than what I’d written before. They delved into emotional territory that frightened me.
But I made myself keep going. Eventually, just like always, the love for the characters and the story grew stronger than my fear. (The fear didn't go away. It never does. But that's a separate blog post.)

And I realized then: I'm a writer. Not a paranormal writer, not a contemporary writer, not a "things-blow-up-and-we-chase-the-bad-guys" writer. Just a writer. I'd gotten so hung up on that initial advice and identifying myself as a certain kind of writer that I almost missed the chance to tell these other stories that mean so much to me, stories that have been hanging around my brain for literally years. All because I'd gotten stubbornly fixed on being ONE thing. And because I was scared to try something new.

The market changes; publishing folks change; you, as a writer, will change. And change is important to keep growing as a writer. 

It sounds very logical and basic, even. But I wish someone had told me that two years ago! So, that's why I'm telling you now: be open to change, be ready to rock the boat when the time is right...otherwise, someone or something else will rock it for you.

About The Author


As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT).

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About The Book


Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

114 Two MILLION Views Celebration and EPIC Pay-It-Forward Giveaway

There Is So Much To Celebrate

Seriously, this past year has been unbelievable. AYAP just celebrated one million visits last June, and in the past year, we've also been named a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers blog.

We've also added some incredible new team members.

First and foremost, Alyssa Hamilton has joined us to herd authors (yes, that's a little like herding cats)--and she has done a fabulous job. She's quickly become the backbone of the site. Jan, of course, continues to keep us organized with her spreadsheets extraordinaire, and Lisa Gail Green has joined us full-time to wrangle agents. Clara Kensie is helping us track down authors and keeps us thinking about various writerly tasks with her bi-monthly Question of the Week posts.

There have been many personal changes, too. Jan has started her own business as an author's assistant  at AuthorSidekick.com. Alyssa recently made it into her long-dreamed-of college to study publishing. Watch out New York--she's headed your way shortly! Lisa published her beautiful THE BINDING STONE with Kezbaum Publishing. Clara's serialized RUN TO YOU came out in three parts from Harlequin Teen, and my COMPULSION is due out in October with Simon Pulse.

My Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) just went out, and we are getting trickles of reviews and book blurbs, and I am so, so grateful and overwhelmed. I had promised to share one or two of those each Tuesday as part of my Pick and Mix. Since one of the reviews mentioned a couple of series I love, I had decided to do a lovely giveaway of both series.

But.

When I went to write up that up, I realized the blog had gone over TWO MILLION visits. So, I decided to add to it by giving away some favorite books and asking some of my favorite authors and people for their favorite books so that I could give those away, too.

By the time all was said and done, the giveaway had grown to epic proportions. And that's fine. You GUYS! You're all so wonderful, I want to throw books at you. But only the best, best books.

So here we go. Are you ready? You'll catch on to how this works. And if you like the idea, I hope you'll pay-it-forward too by asking your friends for some book recommendations and spreading the love!

Here's the review that started it all yesterday:


"Martina Boone's Compulsion is a southern gothic romance, a captivating thriller with the perfect dash of charm. Barrie's story is one of transitions: west to east, present to past, realism to supernatural. Readers of Sarah Reese Brennan's The Lynburn Legacy and Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle, will appreciate the ambiguity -- real? or not real? -- until suddenly the not real feels very very real." ~ Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookstore

 
In honor of that review, here are the first couple giveaways, and the pay-it forward momentum flows from there as I honor my blog partners and some of my favorite authors and people.

Enjoy!

Martina


PRIZE PACK ONE - THE RAVEN CYCLE:

You know how much I love this series, right? And for Compulsion to be mentioned in the same sentence? There simply are no words! (Except THANK YOU!!!)


The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover Giveaway
Scholastic Press


“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover Giveaway
Scholastic Press


Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. 

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. 

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...



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PRIZE PACK TWO - THE LYNBURN LEGACY

I love the way the almost magical realism feeling of Unspoken turns to supernatural, and so many, many things about this delicious gothic series.  It's beyond lovely to hear it mentioned with Compulsion, too!


Unspoken
by Sarah Rees Brennan
Hardcover Giveaway
Ember; Reprint edition


Kami Glass loves someone she's never met . . . a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She didn't spend her childhood silent about her imaginary friend, and is thus a bit of an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, she has a best friend, runs the popular school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return. . . .


Purchase Unspoken at Amazon
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Untold
by Sarah Rees Brennan
Hardcover Giveaway
Random House Books for Young Readers; The Lynburn Legacy Book 2 edition



It's time to choose sides....


On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

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PRIZE PACK THREE - SARAH REES BRENNAN'S PICK:



Changeover

by Margaret Mahy

Paperback Giveaway
Puffin





When her little brother seems to become possessed by an evil spirit, fourteen-year-old Laura seeks the help of the strangely compelling older boy at school who she is convinced has supernatural powers.




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PRIZE PACK FOUR - ALYSSA HAMILTON'S PICK:

Alyssa has great taste. I love this series. So much. I once practically drooled on Rae Carson while I was sitting next to her on an airplane--I was so busy being a fangirl that I was practically incoherent talking to her. And then I realized I was sitting next to RAE CARSON on a plane and editing Compulsion. Which made me geek out even more. I think that not drooling over authors may become the hardest part of this author gig!



The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books


Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young.

Most of the chosen do.


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The Crown of Embers
by Rae Carson
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books




She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.




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The Bitter Kingdom
by Rae Carson
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition


The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.



PRIZE PACK FIVE - JAN LEWIS' PICKS:

As you may or may not know, Jan is the author's assistant for YASeriesInsiders.com -- and we couldn't resist throwing in some of the absolutely fabulous YASI books coming out soon. I really, really can't recommend these books enough!




Killer Instinct
by S.E Green
Hardcover Giveaway
Simon Pulse
Released 5/6/2014

MB: This is so, so, good! Think Dexter as a teenage girl! 

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...


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Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 4/22/2014

MB: This is the picture for the UK cover, because I had to share it. But this is my giveaway, so I want to buy and give away a finished copy. Anne is generously offering this collectors item ARC with the UK cover here next Tuesday though! : )

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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Forbidden
by Kimberley Griffiths Little
ARC Giveaway
HarperCollins
Released 11/4/2014

MB: Unfortunately, I can't give away a finished copy of this yet, so do me a favor and go pre-order it, okay? : ) Trust me. You'll want it!

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.




PRIZE PACK SIX - LISA GAIL GREEN'S BOOK:


Isn't this the most gorgeous cover from Lisa Amowitz?! And what's inside the book is one of the most original, eye-opening spins on mythology you've ever read.


The Binding Stone (The Djinn Series Book 1)
by Lisa Gail Green
Paperback Giveaway
Fuzzbom Publishing


Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.

Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.

Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?





PRIZE PACK SEVEN - LISA GAIL GREEN'S PICK:

I can't say enough about the brilliance of this book. Only the inimitable Libba Bray could make Mad Cow Disease something I WANT to read about. Multiple times. She's fabulous!





Going Bovine
by Libba Bray

Paperback Giveaway
Ember; Reissue edition


Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.



From the Hardcover edition.

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PRIZE PACK EIGHT - CLARA KENSIE'S SERIAL:

Clara's series is alternately heart-pounding and swooningly romantic. Such an original premise! It will grab you by the throat from the very first page.

Run to You: First Sight
by Clara Kensie
Digital Giveaway
Harlequin Teen


Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Run to You: First Sight?

Besides the romance, my favorite thing about RUN TO YOU is seeing people's reactions to the huge plot twists.

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Run to You: Second Glance
by Clara Kensie
Digital Giveaway
Harlequin Teen


Part Two in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa Carson has unlocked her heart and her secrets to Tristan Walker—but Tristan has secrets of his own, and his might just mean the end of Tessa’s family. Unaware, Tessa embraces falling in love and being herself for the first time since she was attacked when she was only eight years old. But secrets can’t be run from forever, and sometimes love is too good to be true…

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Run to You: Third Charm
by Clara Kensie
Digital Giveaway
Harlequin Teen


Part Three in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Betrayed, heartbroken, and determined to save her family, Tessa Carson refuses to give in to Tristan Walker’s pleas for forgiveness. But her own awakening psychic gift won’t let her rest until she uncovers the truth about her family and her past. And Tristan is the only one who can help her sift through the secrets to find the truth hidden in all the lies…

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PRIZE PACK NINE - CLARA KENSIE'S PICKS:

I'm so happy that Clara picked this series. I can't say enough good things about these books. It's a good comp for Run to You, but The Body Finder is also the 9th book I ever added to GoodReads -- the 9th modern YA book I ever read and loved. I was thrilled when my publisher put Compulsion up on Amazon as Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finer. How fabulous is that?




The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting
Paperback Giveaway
HarperCollins; Reprint edition


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.



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Desires of the Dead
by Kimberly Derting
Paperback Giveaway
HarperCollins; Reprint edition


The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered--and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay, is the only one outside of her family who knows of her morbid ability. But when Violet discovers the body of a missing boy, she draws the attention of the FBI.

As Violet dodges their questions, she is pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret. For without even meaning to, Violet has stumbled upon a dark truth--and a desperate killer.



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Dead Silence
by Kimberly Derting
Paperback Giveaway
HarperCollins


Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.




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The Last Echo
by Kimberly Derting
Paperback Giveaway
HarperCollins; Reprint edition


In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....



PRIZE PACK TEN - MORE YUMMINESS FROM KIMBERLY DERTING:

This is coming out April 29th, and I couldn't resist giving it away too. You NEED this book. (Are you seeing a theme here? My evil plan with PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, KILLER INSTINCT, and this wonderful book? Bwahaha. 




The Taking
by Kimberly Derting
Hardcover Giveaway
HarperTeen
Released 4/29/2014

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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PRIZE PACK ELEVEN - KIMBERLEY DERTING'S PICK

Oh, I love, love, love this series! Kimberly was torn between this and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. If this giveaway wasn't already out of control, I would give the whole series away and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown too.

White Cat
by Holly Black
Paperback Giveaway
Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition
Released 4/15/2014

Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

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PRIZE PACK TWELVE - SWEET, UNPUTDOWNABLE EVIL FROM WENDY HIGGINS:

The third and final book in Wendy's wildly popular Sweet Trilogy is also coming out April 29th from HarperTeen. And Wendy is wonderful, and secret reasons . . . and did I mention you need to read these books? Because they are swoon-inducing and heartaching  So I'm throwing them at you too. Like confetti.


Sweet Evil
by Wendy Higgins
Paperback Giveaway
Harper Teen


Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

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Sweet Peril
by Wendy Higgins
Paperback Giveaway
HarperTeen


Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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Sweet Reckoning
by Wendy Higgins
Paperback Giveaway
HarperTeen
Released 4/29/2014

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

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PRIZE PACK THIRTEEN - WENDY HIGGINS'S PICKS:

I've heard such great things about this series. REALLY need to pick this up!

Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole
Paperback Giveaway
Simon and Schuster

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.


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PRIZE PACK FOURTEEN - ANGEL'S AND DEVIL'S IN TWISTED WAYS:

You KNEW I was going to do this, right? I mean, really. How could I not? And if you haven't read this series? Don't wait for this giveaway to end. Go. Now. Run. If you win, you'll just have an extra Precious to fondle on a daily basis. The third book just came out last week, and it's better than sex and chocolate and champagne and an episode of Game of Thrones.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Hardcover Giveaway
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor
Hardcover Giveaway
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition


Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. 
This is not that world. 
Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor
Hardcover Giveaway
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 4/8/2014

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?





PRIZE PACK FIFTEEN - DIVERGENT WITH SOUL:

These are just so beautifully written and thought-provoking, and if you loved DIVERGENT, seriously, THIS. So, so, this! Such a gorgeously-imagined world and well-spun, fast-paced, heart-pounding story!


What's Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
Hardcover Giveaway
HarperCollins


I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.


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Once We Were
by Kat Zhang
Hardcover Giveaway
HarperCollins


"I'm lucky just to be alive."

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.




PRIZE PACK SIXTEEN - KAT ZHANG'S PICK:


Just read this, and I was blown away!

The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
Hardcover Giveaway
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.




PRIZE PACK SEVENTEEN - TWO FANTASTIC FANTASIES

Mistwood was among the very first modern YA fantasies I read, and it blew me away with the beauty and sophistication of the language and the gorgeous pacing, mystery, characterization and world building.  I got chills when I saw Leah's blurb for Compulsion, which I'm unveiling here on the bottom of this post. I still can't get over how surreal it is to know that authors I've fangirled over for YEARS, whose books I treasure and recommend all the time, have actually held a book I've written. And not only that, have read it. Read. My book. Swoon.


Mistwood
by Leah Cypress
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books


The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod.

But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.


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This is Leah's new book. And man, oh, man, this woman can WRITE. Mad skills. Like Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor mad skills. Her books are beautifully intricate and haunting. 


Death Sworn
by Leah Cypress
Hardcover Giveaway
Greenwillow Books


When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.



PRIZE PACK EIGHTEEN - LEAH CYPESS' PICK:

I love that Leah picked this. It was another recent read that kept me up late reading.  It's truly excellent and it's also edited by my lovely editor Sara Sargent! 




Cruel Beauty
by Rosamund Hodge
Hardcover Giveaway
Balzer + Bray


Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.




PRIZE PACK NINETEEN - JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT'S BOOKS:

No one does heat and romantic tension like Jen. No one. And her sizzling White Hot Kiss came out earlier this year and raced straight to the New York Times Bestseller list. Which of course, is a list that she graces with increasing frequency.

White Hot Kiss
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Paperback Giveaway
Harlequin Teen
Released 4/15/2014

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.




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So here's Jen's newest book--which comes out today. Today.  Carson. Wow. Did I mention romantic tension? And a every other kind of tension an author can pack into a book. This is another book you really, really want!

DON'T LOOK BACK
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hardcover Giveaway
Disney-Hyperion
Released 4/15/2014


Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?




PRIZE PACK TWENTY - COMPULSION




Compulsion
by Martina Boone
ARC Giveaway
Simon Pulse
Released 10/28/2014

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.


“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout



“A shivery, delicious Southern Gothic with feuding families, dark spirits, ancient curses… and caught up in the middle, a young girl learning to live and love for the first time. Atmospheric and suspenseful, Compulsion will draw you in and hold you until the very last page.”
— Leah Cypess, Author of DEATH SWORN





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