Monday, May 16, 2011

37 In Stores This Week (with Interviews & Giveaways)

This week has a handful of releases, but make no mistake- there are some awesome books in store. If you're a fan of Catherine Fisher's INCARCERON, you'll be delighted to know that the first book in her new series debuts this week. The latest installments in Lisi Harrison's ALPHAS series and Ellen Schreiber's VAMPIRE KISSES series release, as well. Not to mention, there are some other great reads in the mix. Read on to see if something tickles your reading fancy and be sure to scroll all the way down to enter to win some of these books!
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
  • From Goodreads: Mercy has lost herself. She can’t count how many times she’s “woken up” in a new body, and assumed a new life, only to move on again and again. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by him. Mercy’s heart would know him anywhere. But her memory refuses to cooperate. But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen year old reeling from the loss of his twin sister who was kidnapped two years ago. Everyone else has given up hope, but Ryan believes his sister is still alive. Using a power she doesn’t fully comprehend, Mercy realizes that Ryan is right. His sister is alive and together they can find her. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose; she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the dark mystery of his sister’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind. Will Mercy be able to harness her true self and extraordinary power in time?
How long did you work on this book?
From start to finish? Probably a couple of years of actual thinking and writing time, but one of the publishers that was looking at Mercy kind of thought it over for a year, so it’s seemed way, way longer than that …

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
It’s one of those weird things, but you can’t seem to get published unless you’ve been published before, or have a really pushy agent.

For a long time, I tried to combine writing fiction with a commerciallaw practice and found my creative brain and legal brain just pulling in different directions. So I finally took time off work to try and make a serious go of writing, and was lucky enough to have a four book series of humorous detective stories for middle readers picked up by an Australian publisher. And that was the start of it.

Rejections, I’ve had a few, to paraphrase a certain legendary singer. But you have to pick yourself up off the floor and just keep going.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Be yourself. Write as differently as you can. And read as widely as you can, without fear or favour. Don’t just read the fancy, prizewinning things or refuse ever to stray out of your comfort zone. You do your best reading, and best writing, if you’re open minded. I read somewhere that a writer is really only a reader with a pen in their hand, itching to respond, and I think that’s so true.

Be prepared for criticism. Be prepared to yield a little and never, ever sweat the small stuff. Your editor and publisher are not the enemy. They really are there to help you.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
One of the great miracles of our age is that writers can interact directly with their readership. It’s like some of those contestants on American Idol who refuse to believe that they are absolutely tone deaf – a writer needs to get an outside perspective on their writing or they will never improve. But some readers tend to forget that writers are also just people, first and foremost. While all writers should and must expect criticism – because the act of reading is such a personal thing – the worst thing a reader can do is savage a book because it doesn’t accord exactly with their world view / politics / religious beliefs / prejudices.

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • From Goodreads: Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn't been in a classroom since the second grade. He's always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It's said that the two boys speak with one voice--and that voice is Sam's. Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell's home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it's too good to last.
Top of the Feud Chain (Alphas) by Lisi Harrison
  • From Goodreads: Alpha Academy: Where the betas get booted.

    Skye Hamilton
    For Skye, breaking boys' hearts is easier than one-two-plie. But if she hurts emo-freak Sydney, Shira will send her packing. Skye's only choice? Make him dump her first! But how can she convince robo-Romeo she's not his Juliet?

    Charlie Deery
    Charlie's brilliant brain designed almost everything on Alpha Island, but her broken heart could never get over Darwin Brazille. Now she has a chance to get him back. But to say hello to true love, she may have to say buh-bye to her friendship with Allie A...

    Allie A. Abbot
    After being exposed as an Allie J. imposter, Allie A. is as worthless as a five time markdown on the clearance shoe rack. But the real stain on her suede bootie? She still hasn't found her talent. And with girls leaving faster than you can say "Beta", will Allie A. be the next to go?

    If at first you don't succeed, you're not an Alpha.
The Dark City #1 (Relic Master) by Catherine Fisher
  • From Amazon: Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.
Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
  • From Goodreads: The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger's plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike? And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?
Giveaway

If you'd like to get your hands on a copy of MERCY, I'LL BE THERE, or TOP OF THE FEUD CHAIN, simply leave a comment on this post and fill out the form below. The contest is open to US residents and we'll announce our winners on Thursday!

Happy reading,
The Ladies of ACP

37 comments:

  1. Great selection of books. I've got Mercy, but I'll be adding the others to my TBR list :)

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  2. Great list of books. I can't wait to read The Dark City. I love Catherine Fisher.

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  3. As always, great list!! I really want Mercy. :)

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  4. I knew I shouldn't have looked. Do you hear that sound? It's my bookshelf groaning in agony. Good thing I love reading ebooks off my iPod Touch. :D

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  5. Wow. I didn't know about The Relic Master. I will definitely have to check that one out.

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  6. These books look amazing. So many good books to read, so little time!

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  7. Ooh, those all sound great. Especially excited about Mercy!

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  8. Relic Master sounds epic. Love those types of books.

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  9. Relic Master and Mercy sound really good! :)

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  10. I love the Alpha series by Lisa Harrison! I am awaiting reading Top of the Feud Chain.

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  11. Mercy! Oh I have been waiting to read this one. There are a lot of great releases! thank you for reminding me of them all.

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  12. These books sound like a ton of fun.

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  13. Would love to be considered. These books look great!

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  14. Delicious reads to add to my list.

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  15. Mercy looks intriguing! Love the cover.

    THANKS again for the giveaway.

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  16. I've been waiting for Mercy to come out. Plus I did enjoy Incarceron, so I also can't wait to devour Relic Master.

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  17. There are some books I haven't heard of on this list, will have to add them to my TBR!

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  18. I'll Be There is one I definitely want to read.

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  19. I have already read I'll Be There and I loved it! I really want to read Mercy. Thanks for this chance!

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  20. Mercy me, some great books here girlfriends.

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  21. More books to add to my constant growing wish list! I'll definitely be picking up copies of Mercy and I'll Be There, they both look really good. Thank you for the chance to win one!

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  22. I would love to read I'll Be There. It sounds like my kind of book.

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  23. I haven't really heard of any of these, but I love the copy of Mercy!

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  24. Thanks for the great giveaway. Lots of good books to read. Tore923@aol.com

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  25. Mercy is in my pile of books that must be read and I've been anxiously awaiting the release of I'll Be There! As always, thanks for the giveaways.

    Rebecca's little interview seems so heartfelt. I can only imagine how difficult it is for authors to see negative reviews for their books. Constructive criticism is one thing, but there are plenty of people out there who will rip a book apart and seemingly attack an author's viewpoint. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca :)

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  26. Oooh, can't wait to read Mercy and Relic Master! thanks for always letting us know about these awesome upcoming books!

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  27. Ooo. Cryptic Cravings looks gooood.

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  28. Mercy looks really good, love the title.

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  29. Thanks for letting us know about all the wonderful books to read! I think Mercy looks really good! I love the cover too!

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  30. This weeks crop look really interesting...thx for info :)

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  31. I can't wait to read Mercy! I'll Be There sounds good, too.

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  32. This post is the first I'm hearig of MERCY, but now it sounds so good now I have to add it to my shopping list the next time I head to my bookstore.

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  33. YA fiction has so many twists and turns. Sign me up for the drawing. : ) Beth

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  34. Wow!Those all sound like amazing reads (my TBR cringes everytime I see all the lovely titles y'all post). :)

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