Monday, December 13, 2010

24 In Stores This Week (with Interviews & Giveaways)

Can you handle what we're about to serve up? We're not even sure we can, but here goes. The lovely folks at Bloomsbury USA have offered the full Need series. That's right- NEED, CAPTIVATE, and ENTICE will go to one lucky winner. We're so excited, we decided to tell you before we get to the awesome author interviews and books that release tomorrow. Read on for the books YALit.com helps us find, and be sure to enter the giveaway all the way at the bottom of the post!

This week's interviews


Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones
  • From Goodreads: Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned. She's Astley's queen.

How long did you work on this book?
From start to finish (which means from the very first word until it got on the shelves) it took a year.

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
This isn't my first book. My first book in this series is called NEED. It was looked at by one house, which almost took it and then passed because the executive editor didn't think she could put enough money in to promote it. Then it went to my dream editor. She looked at it, asked for a revision. I revised it. She turned it down. We sent it to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury who took it right away. Right after Michelle took it my dream editor emailed my agent and said that she was wrong and she'd like it. She also said that she had never done that before, which was kind of cool.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
To treat writing like any other art. It's an adventure. You never know what might spring out of you if you're open to experimenting. And just like sculpting or playing oboe, you get better at it the more that you do it. So don't be too hard on yourself if you aren't an instant literary genius.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
It's pretty cool to get fan mail, actually. I never imagined I'd grow up and have strangers tell me that I'm awesome, just because of what I wrote. That's pretty humbling. And weird. And humbling. And I wish they could all make my brother believe this too, because he is still hounding me over my geeky love for Snoopy sneakers.


Tutored by Allison Whittenberg

  • From Goodreads: Wendy Anderson and Hakiam Powell are at opposite ends of the spectrum—the social spectrum, the financial spectrum, the opportunity spectrum, you name it. Wendy lives in an all-white suburb of Philadelphia, where she’s always felt like the only chip in the cookie. Her dad, who fought his way out of the ghetto, doesn’t want her mingling with “those people.” In fact, all Wendy’s life, her father has told her how terrible “those people” are. He even objects to Wendy’s plan to attend a historically black college. But Wendy feels that her race is more than just the color of her skin, and she takes a job tutoring at an inner-city community center to get a more diverse perspective on life. Hakiam has never lived in one place for more than a couple of years. When he aged out of foster care in Ohio, he hopped a bus to Philly to start over, but now he’s broke, stuck taking care of his cousin’s premature baby for no pay, and finding it harder than ever to stay out of trouble. When he meets Wendy at the tutoring center, he thinks she’s an uppity snob—she can’t possibly understand his life. But as he gets to know her better, he sees a softer side. And eventually—much to the chagrin of Wendy’s father and Hakiam’s cousin—they begin a rocky, but ultimately enlightening, romance.

How long did you work on this book?
I have a full time job, so I'm a weekend and late nite/ early morning writer. I worked on TUTORED for the better part of a year. It is an revision of an earlier play (called I DON'T DANCE) that I wrote seven years ago.

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
In the war to be published, rejection slips are like battle scars. I have many. I have a book of poetry (called EAT THE INDIANS FIRST) that may never see the light of day. I've submitted it to over one hundred publishers. I've had more luck with my novels. Knock on wood, LIFE IS FINE, HOLLYWOOD AND MAINE and TUTORED all were accepted shortly after I finished them.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Believe in yourself and try to think of a new way to say what you want to say and write every day and develop thick skin. Most of all, don't quit.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
That it actually happened. I had no connections and false promises abounded. I'm so happy to have a few books out there and that people actually read them. I love to read and constantly buy and borrow books, so I can see it from both sides.

Additional Releases

 Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin

  • From Goodreads: Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they? Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . . Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .
Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Carrie Jones and Bloomsbury USA, someone's going to get their hands on the full NEED series! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and fill out the form below to be entered to win. Contest runs through Wednesday night and is open to US residents. Go!

Happy reading,
Martina & Marissa


24 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I'd so love to win the NEED series. Great interviews.

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  2. I love Carrie's answers, her personal story. NEED to have Entice...

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  3. How exciting! These sound like great books.

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  4. The first two books in the NEED series are SOOO good! I've been anxiously waiting for the third one to come out.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I haven't read this series but it's on my wish list!

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  6. That's awesome. I love hearing about writers' different experiences with getting published.

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  7. I have been wanting to read this series forever!

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  8. Holy cow. You guys are like Santa's #1 helpers!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  9. These look great! I must say, I am very curious about EAT THE INDIANS FIRST, lol! Congrats, authors!

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  10. I still need to read these. What a fabulous opportunity. Thanks!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  11. All of these books sound great! Thanks for letting us know about them!

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  12. All of these look fantastic, but how different they all are from one another. Excellent interviews! Loved Allison's comparison of rejections to battle scars.

    I'm particularly interested in the Need series, although I struggle to enter giveaways now. I won so many this past year, that I feel like a jerk entering any more...

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  13. Yippee for giveaways! These all sound like fab reads...

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  14. I would love to win this series. Great job with the interview. Best wishes to all the entrants.

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  15. Thanks Allison Whttenberg for sharing your experiences with writing and publishing. Writers like me, who are beginning to actively query agents, need to hear words such as yours. "Rejection slips are like battle scars. Write every day, develop a thick skin, and don't give up."

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  16. I own NEED, but I still haven't read it yet. Soon, especially book three is available. :D

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  17. I've been dying to read the Need series. Such a cool contest! :)

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  18. Oh, I love meeting new inspirational authors!!!! Thanks so much for interviewing Allison and Carrie!

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  19. This book be great for a Christmas gift! Thanks for another GREAT giveaway!

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  20. You guys always manage to find new books I haven't heard about! Tutored sounds great. I already own the Need trilogy :)

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  21. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity - Happy Holidays!

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  22. Would love, love, love to win these wonderful books!

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  23. Wow! These new books sound fun...more to add to the To Be Read pile. So excited about the opportunity to win the NEED series. Thanks for the contest!

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