Monday, August 30, 2010

18 In Stores This Week (with Interviews & Giveaways)

It's another exciting week for YA fans! Now that MOCKINGJAY has dropped, we're making way for book releases that have been buzzing in the blogosphere for months.

Thanks to Keri Adams and Stefan Hayden of YALit for providing weekly updates on new YA releases. You can follow them on Twitter at @yalit_com.

Scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways and read below for an interview and book summaries!

This Week's Interview

From Goodreads: Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day... a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda? Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin's Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end.

How long did you work on this book?
I don't know exactly but I can say I spent longer writing the first draft of The Twin's Daughter than any book I've ever written. I've been known to write at breakneck speed when a story is clear in my head - or maybe I should call that break-wrist speed - but The Twin's Daughter somehow demanded I slow down and take my time.

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
Again, I don't know exactly how many rejections but certainly enough to paper the walls of my office. It took me eight years, during which time I wrote seven novels, before I finally sold a book. Eight years is a fairly long time to consistently hear the word "No" and still keep moving forward. Since 2003 I've sold 23 books, however, so I like to think I've made up for it.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Read, read, read - read everything you can get your hands on because you can't be a good writer without being a good reader first. And always remember: the only person who can ever really take you out of the game is you.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
That the worst and the best of it never changes no matter where you are in your career. The worst, rejection, still comes only it comes in different forms. But the best, the joy in the actual act of writing something new, endures.

We cannot thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity.
And I thank you!

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
  • From Goodreads: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. 
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal. Normal is so overrated.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  • From Goodreads: Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  • From Goodreads: Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. His life depends on it.
TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
  • From Goodreads: Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, 'Take my hand ...' But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren't rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose - to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That's why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world...

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
  • From Goodreads: Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was. In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.
The Haunted (The Hollow #2) by Jessica Verday
  • From Goodreads: After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with by the bridge where her best friend drowned - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, determined to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into schoolwork, perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be able to help her get over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey is never going to truly be able to move on from Caspian and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side: for Caspian is a Shade and Abbey is his destiny. The two are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose true ending and dark truths they are only just beginning to guess...
Vanished (Private #12) by Kate Brian
  • From Goodreads: The latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Private.




Giveaways

And now for a contest! One lucky reader will win an ARC of PARANORMALCY courtesy of Martina. Another reader will win a copy of the newly released MOCKINGJAY courtesy of Marissa. Enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment and filling out the form below. Please indicate which book you would like to win. The contest closes on Friday, September 3rd at midnight EST and is open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be announced Saturday, September 4th.

Happy Reading!

Martina & Marissa

18 comments:

  1. Martina and Marissa,

    I always love your posts! Keep up the great work. Nice to see upcoming releases. Great idea!

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  2. Paranormalcy is coming in the mail any day now for me. And so is Mockingjay (once The Duff is released). Halo looks really good. I'll have to look out for that one. :D

    Cassandra's newest book also looks good, but I still miss Clary and Jace. I'm so glad there's going to be three more books in the series after all. :D

    Thanks, ladies, for telling about us about the new releases.

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  3. Wow- fantastic giveaway! Can't wait to read these :)

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  4. Again I will skip your AMAZING contest, mostly because I've read both! But I am very excited about these releases and I have an interview with Evie from PARANORMALCY coming up on Thursday! She's so cool. Oh and so is Kiersten..

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  5. Great interview. It's inspiring to know I'm not the only one who takes years to complete a manuscript.

    Great giveaway. I already have Mockingjay but I'd love to win another copy and donate it to my daughter's middle school library.

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  6. So awesome! So many wonderful books!

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  7. I'm amazed by the number of paranormal novels out there, all with a slight diff twist. Still, they're fun to read. Nice interview--yep, about 8-10 years of writing I've heard is the average before publication. This probably gives time for the writer to mature in his/her skills.

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  8. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I did end up tweeting about it too. I'm @lgibsonwriting. Yay!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  9. Awesome post again, M&M! Great books, great interview, great giveaways.

    I won Mockingjay in a different contest last week so all my luck is probably used up, but I entered for Paranormalcy anyway.

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  10. I'm going to go broke with all these fabulous books coming out! Good luck to everyone :)

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  11. Lovely contest! I'm entering since I have not read either and would love my chance at a free copy! I agree with Jemi, I'm going to go broke! So thanks for holding this one!

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  12. This blog is really so impressive! Great roundup of new releases! :)

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  13. Paranormalcy is AWESOME! SO refreshing.

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  14. This blog is great, and the interview was awesome! I hope i win Paranormalacy, I've been wanting to read that book for ages!

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  15. Makayla LivingstonAugust 31, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    I love this blog so much! I've already read Mockingjay, and though it wasn't what i expected, i certainly enjoyed it :) Which means i hope i win the other book.

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  16. Great giveaway, and all those new releases look great! Can't wait to read them!

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  17. I just found this blog via Elana and I'm glad I did!

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  18. "Halo" tops my list of "next reads"..I just started The Hunger Games and I'm hooked. I can't wait to read the others.

    Michelle Hudak
    shel704 at aol dot com

    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/22863213675

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