Saturday, August 31, 2013

23 YA Fiction Pick and Mix 8/31/13 Edition with Giveaway of TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan


Wasn't that wonderful news from Clara Kensie last week about her book deal with the new digital imprint of Harlequin Teen? I'm so happy she can finally announce it and start getting you all excited about her book. I don't know about you, but I'm fascinated by the idea that it will be released as a serial in three parts a week apart. I think back to the great books that started as serials and the cliffhangers that came out of the format. The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Christo are among my favorite books of all time, and I adore Sherlock Holmes. There's also Uncle Tom's Cabin, Madame Bovary, and Anna Kerenina. Having read Clara's book, I know it was a thriller to start with. I can't wait to see what happens in the editorial process.

What do you think of serials coming back? Is your opinion different as a reader than as a writer?

I'm in the editing cave for a few weeks, so the pick and mix is going to be shortened this week. I'm posting Clara's winners below this week's AMAZING new release from David Levithan, and I'll see you again next weekend with the regular format.

The good news is that things are happening with my book! The team at Simon Pulse has picked a cover designer, who is already working on a concept I'm thrilled about. I'm hoping to get the go ahead soon to share some of the designer's other work with you. They've also got a new title, which may change, so I'm not going to share yet. Most importantly, my editor has blown my mind with her insight into the story and into Barrie, Eight, Cassie, and the other characters. She's picked up on nuances and history that aren't even in the book. And her line edits are brilliant. In fact, looking at the pattern in her line edits, I came up with this week's writing tip. It's at the end of the post. :)

Have a wonderful week!

This Week's Giveaway


Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan
Hardcover Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 8/27/2013

New York Times' bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record--all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites--all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David's trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David's YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013.

Purchase Two Boys Kissing at Amazon
Purchase Two Boys Kissing at IndieBound
View Two Boys Kissing on Goodreads


Clara's Special Giveaway Winners




PRIZE PACK #1:

TIGER’S CURSE by Colleen Houck
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan
BURNED, IMPULSE, and IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins

Winner: Heather Cranmer


PRIZE PACK #2:

VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FROSTBITE (VA#2), and SHADOW KISS (VA#3) by Richelle Mead
COLD KISS by Amy Garvey (ARC)
THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong
Winner: The Magic Violinist


PRIZE PACK #3:

THE SUMMER OF SKINNY DIPPING by Amanda Howells
THE SWEET, TERRIBLE, GLORIOUS YEAR… by Lisa Shanahan
THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen
HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH by Mindy Flask
SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD by Kim Culbertson
Winner: Erica Haglund


Reader of the Week: Natalie Aguirre


Natalie is a gift to the online writing community. As a reader, she does fantastic reviews and giveaways of great young adult and middle grade books over at Literary Rambles

She is also a tireless friend to so many in the blogosphere. I don't know how she does what she does, but she's fantastic. Thank you, Natalie, for all you do, and for stopping by here so faithfully and supporting us!


Blogger/Writer of the Week: Carol Baldwin

Carol has been both a reader and a journal writer for more than 30 years. Her book, "Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8" (Maupin House, 2007) reflects these twin passions of reading and writing. "If you want to write, read!"

Carol is writing her first young adult novel, and she teaches and speaks as well. Hop on over to her blog to find posts like the following:


Writing Tip of the Week

Do a global search for the word "it" in your manuscript. Replace almost every instance with specific details. Readers use detail to keep them grounded in the story, and the more unique the details are, the better. Replacing that one little word lets me build in additional detail and insights into character. Each generic "it" is a lost opportunity!

Thought for the Week


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Something Fun Things to Watch





23 comments:

  1. I love the Stephen King writing tips!

    Another book that was initially in serial form is Dickens' Great Expectations. :)

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  2. Thank you for hosting my RUN TO YOU Announcement Celebration Giveaway, Martina! Congratulations to the winners, and if you didn't win, don't worry: Adventures in YA Publishing has giveaways every week, and I plan on having lots of my own over at clarakensie.com.

    Martina was one of the very first people to read RUN TO YOU, in its first (mortifying) draft and again in a (much improved, but still not query-able) draft. I am excited for her, and all of you, to read the published version when it comes out in February 2014! RUN TO YOU and its June sequel are Harlequin TEEN's very first serials. Novels in serial form are making an exciting comeback and I'm thrilled to be at the forefront of it.

    Thanks for celebrating with me, everyone! Wheeeee!

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  3. Wow, I won?!?! :D I can't believe it! I want to read The Summoning sooooo badly.

    I love those tips by Stephen King. :) I often forget to read since I write so much more!

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  4. I am very excited about the new book by Levithan. He has done so much to bring gay plots to the mainstream! And I love the graphic on Stephen King. If anyone should have good tips, he would be the one!

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  5. I've read so many great reviews for David Levithan's book, most recently in Entertainment Weekly, I'm looking forward to it. And Stephen King's tips are so useful, his book On Writing is one of the best.

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  6. Looks like another great giveaway. Congrats to the folks who won.

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  7. I'm getting into more LGBT literature lately (like ASK THE PASSENGERS), so Levithan's new book will be an interesting next red.

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  8. Three cheers for Clara's news. It will be interesting to see it turn out, which will be great I'm sure :-)

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  9. Congrats to the winners!! I'm really eager to read Two Boys Kissing. I have a feeling it'll be a must read.

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  10. Thanks for doing this giveaway! I CANNOT WAIT to read this book!

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  11. Martina-
    It's exciting to see how your book process is coming along and the tip of the week is fantastic. But boy, was I surprised when I saw my face looking out at me from the sidebar of your blog. Thanks for honoring me as your blogger of the week!

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  12. Stpehen King's writing tips are so useful! They really can apply to anything you do.

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  13. Those Stephen King writing tips are timely and much appreciated! I've heard great things about TWO BOYS KISSING... I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

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  14. Congrats on "almost there," Martina. Great news. Also congrats to the winners and to Carol Baldwin for being chosen as Blogger of the Week. I always read her blog. It's full of wonderful stuff.

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  15. Been looking forward to TWO BOYS KISSING. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  16. I know both Natalie and Carol, and they're both awesome, so it was great to see both of them featured in the same post.

    And glad to see that things are proceeding so well with your book!

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  17. Stephen King made excellent tips!

    Looking forward to Two Boys Kissing. Thank you for the giveaway

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  18. Thanks so much for making me Reader of the Week. That's so sweet. And sorry I missed it. I was taking off my first weekend since the end of June last weekend and being lazy. Shock! I enjoyed it though. Thanks again.

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  19. Yay for Clara! And yay for you and cover ideas! I can't wait to see what they cook up for you. And I LOVE that writing tip. I'm writing "it" on my list of slash and burn words.

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  20. I hear the "it" advice a lot, and it's so true. Doing a search for "it" in my ms is truly terrifying XD

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