Friday, September 6, 2013

22 YA Fiction Pick and Mix 9/7 Edition Plus THE DREAM THIEVES Giveaway

Okay, I lied! I did more line edits this week, and so I am even more behind on edits, and I have the workshop coming up CRAZY fast. The good news? My lovely editor is making sure this book is going to be so much better than I could ever have made it on my own.

So. A very quick post today, but a FABULOUS giveaway of an ARC of Maggie Stiefvater's THE DREAM THIEVES, the second book in The Raven Cycle.

First, a couple of pieces of business.


This month's workshop opens at noon today (Saturday, September 7th). The workshop will feature guest mentor Leila Rasheed, author of CINDERS AND SAPPHIRES and the forthcoming DIAMONDS AND DECEIT. We will take the first five entries submitted at noon..

Read the rules and get your pages ready!


  1. Be comfortable handling emails.
  2. Ability to enter data into a spreadsheet on Google Drive.
  3. Experience with blogging. Blogger platform preferred.
  4. Basic HTML knowledge is a plus.
  5. Love of YA books.

Here are the tasks you will be handling:
  1. Finding upcoming YA releases and entering them into a spreadsheet. This includes: release date, author name, book title, ISBN number, and author contact information. We will tell you where you can find all of this information.
  2. Handling emails from authors and publicists. This includes providing requested information from our website; thanking them for providing interview responses, guest posts, and/or giveaways; sending reminders to authors who have upcoming guest posts; and scheduling guest posts.
  3. Sending giveaway winners' information to the author or publicist providing the giveaway.
  4. Responding to select comments on the blog to answer questions and provide information.
  5. Entering guest posts on Blogger and scheduling them to post.
  6. Assisting Jan with coordinating contests.

What you will receive in return:
  1. Access to our NetGalley and Edelweiss accounts, where you will be able to request ARCs.
  2. Access to the ARCs we receive from publishers.
  3. A chance to get some great experience working with people in the publishing industry.

If you're interested in applying to be our intern, please send an email to 4kidlit [at] gmail [dot] com with the following:
  1. A little bit about yourself.
  2. Why you want to intern with us.
  3. Which of our qualifications you meet.
  4. Links to any blogs you have worked on in the past, including your personal blog if you have one.
  5. Your three favorite YA books.
  6. Why we should choose you.

Thought for the Week

Young Adult Novel Giveaway This Week 

An ARC of 
The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
Releases 9/17/13
Add to Goodreads Shelf | Preorder on Amazon
The gorgeousness of this book and my love for these characters knows NO limits! It's so gorgeous that last weekend, a bunch of writers (we will remain nameless) got together to gush chat about where the characters and where the plot is going. You are going to have to pry this out of my hands. BUT, I am going to share, because it would be a sin not to share it. 

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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...

Last Week's Young Adult Giveaway Winner

Sara Hayet

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

Young Adult Reader of the Week:

Wilhemenia Von Drake

Wilhelmina is a homeschooling teen who loves to read and talk about YA book. She works at a library where she puts her shelving OCD to good use, and takes home almost as much as she puts away. She love to bake and write her own vegan recipes, and she writes poetry.

She loves Hayao Miyazaki's films, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink, but only for Duckie. Also, natch, she loves Harry Potter, The Infernal Devices, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Shatter Me, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Wildwood Dancing, Entwined, and many other books.

You can find her on her book blog, I Bleed Ink.

* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Young Adult Writer/Blogger of the Week: 

Jocelyn Rish

Jocelyn has always loved to read and watch television and movies, so it was inevitable that she’d eventually create her own stories. She writes YA novels, short stories, and screenplays, and she has made two short films. She's also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, she's one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays.

Check out Jocelyn's blog! 

* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? To be honest, this is pretty much the only way I have time to discover new blogs, so it's a great way to get into my twitter feed and into these round-up posts if you have great content to share. Leave a comment. I'll pick from among the bloggers who leave comments here on the blog today through Wednesday.

Writing Tip of the Week

Another Writing Tip

"Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me." — C.S. Lewis

Writing Brain Fuel     


  1. Huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. Still think about Scorpio Races All. The. Time. :P

  2. Glad the edits are going well. I'd apply for your internship if I weren't so busy on my own blog. From the duties list, I can see you can use some help. Don't know how you manage it all.

    Yay for Jocelyn! She's awesome and I really like her blog.

  3. Ooh, THE DREAM THIEVES! I'm a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater's writing... Can't wait to see where THE RAVEN CYCLE goes next. Also, I'm loving that Story Coaster graphic. Very cool!

    Glad your edits are going well. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. I too am a huge Stiefvater fan. And I love that story coaster!

  5. OMG would I love to win this book. The Raven Boys is one my most favorite books of the last few years, along with The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  6. This seems like such an amazing book! I really wanna read it so i can be up to date when the dream thieves comes out!:D

  7. Loved the story coaster, so brilliant.

  8. Aaah The dream Thieves is on my Wish-list, To Be read list aaaand preorder list! Love the story coaster :P
    Glad Edits are going well and hope you get a great intern!

  9. That intern thing sounds like exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do. Unfortunately, I already have a job, so I'll have to let it go to someone less qualified :)

  10. I just applied! :D What an amazing opportunity! :)

  11. Man, if I hadn't just accepted an internship for a literary agency, I'd totally apply to this. Sounds like a great opportunity. I'll tweet it instead and hope you find someone soon :)

  12. I LOVED The Raven Boys and have been absolutely dying for this book! Fingers crossed :)

  13. Ditto--loved THE RAVEN BOYS and would love to read the sequel! Good luck on the intern hunt!

  14. Ha! That is totally surreal to see my face staring back at me from this blog post! Thank you so much for picking me as the blogger of the weak!

    Glad to hear the edits are going well! And great writing quotes in this post.

    1. Ack! Super embarrassing error - week not weak! I'd blame it on autocorrect if I could, but I'll just have to chalk it up to not paying attention.

  15. I love Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver is one of my favorite books by her. I have read The Raven Boys and it's pretty good.

  16. This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Thank you for hosting the giveaway <3

  18. That story coaster was great! So much fun. Great giveaway - I LOVED The Raven Boys.

  19. Good luck with searching for an intern. I can't imagine anyone NOT wanting to work with you guys! I'd apply, but I can barely feed myself XD Also, LOVE Maggie Stiefvater (and I spelled her name right on the first try! haha)


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