Saturday, September 14, 2013

20 Young Adult Pick and Mix 9-14-13 Edition with BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA Giveaway

Woo hoo! My edits went in at 3:00 am Thursday/Friday, and I am trying very hard to believe that because it is a spooky(ish) book, turning it in on Friday 13th is actually lucky. Thanks Facebook friends who have been helping me in the convincing department! :)

Want to hear a secret? Okay, three secrets.

1) I'm superstitious. I don't know why. But oddly, only for things that are bad luck, jinxes, and so forth. The superstitions that bring good luck? Those I have a harder time believing.

2) I love this book. Am I allowed to say that? I know, dorky, right? But I am so lucky to be getting to do a series because it means I get to spend time with my characters, and I do love all of them. Even the villains. (Okay, most of the villains.)

3) And best for last, my cover is coming along, and the more I hear, the more I LOVE. I got to actually chat with my cover designer a bit and she read the whole book. How wonderful is that? Again, I may be dorky, but I didn't know cover designers actually did that. Not only did she read it, she was kind enough to say she loved it, and to tell me what she loved. Her enthusiasm and her portfolio make me want to hug her and my editor for picking her. And rereading my edit letter as I sent off the notes for it this morning also makes me want to hug my editor.

Okay, enough about that.

We have three, count them THREE, new interns! Which is FANTASTIC.

Please welcome Kate, Talynn, and Alyssa. I will be posting their official bios and titles and all sorts of goodies about them next week. And I can't wait for them to get started, because they are going to let us do even more wonderful things here on the blog!
Have a great week, everyone! And please be sure to read my blogger of the week note. It's important! :) Happy reading and writing, Martina

Thought for the Week

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Young Adult Novel Giveaway This Week

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch

Young Adult Novel Giveaway Last  Week 

Winner: Ellie Moreton

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...

Something to Watch

Books, Books, Books

Ohmygosh, have you seen all the BOOK NEWS THIS WEEK? I am so thrilled!

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are writing a new spin off series from Beautiful Creatures featuring Link and Ridley! It will be called DANGEROUS CREATURES. How wonderful and perfect a title is that?

Maggie Stiefvater is writing a spin off from her Shiver series.  And stay tuned. THE DREAM THIEVES is out in stores next week, and I am going to sneak out of the workshop Friday night to hear her speak and to buy some signed books to give away. :)

Many of you have heard me rave about the generous, lovely, and wonderful Lorin Oberweger, who runs the Free-Expressions workshops like the BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKSHOP that I am attending this coming week. Well, she is also an editor and a brilliant writer in her own right,  and she and lovely Veronica Rossi, NYT Bestselling Author of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY SERIES (and BREAKOUT NOVEL graduate) have gotten together to form a story development company. They also have a new book deal.  WOOT!

Laini Taylor has a new cover and it's GORGEOUS!

Tumblr is opening a reblog bookclub.

Lauren Kate has a new book trailer.

 Simone Elkeles has two new webisodes based on her WILD CARDS series!


 There's also a preview about the series on HOLLYWOOD CRUSH here.


Young Adult Reader of the Week:


InterestsI absolutely love reading all genres of books. Plus some video games get me hooked :) Especially Resident Evil.

* 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: 

I want to do something a little different this week, and take time to acknowledge Jan and tell you how amazing she is and how lucky I feel to have her here on the blog! Would you raise some bubbly for her with me? She is starting on a fantastic path toward becoming an author's assistant, and she's already doing so well that she just put in her two weeks notice to go the virtual assistant route full time on her own. In addition, she is starting an amazing opportunity as an intern to an assistant who handles several NTY Bestselling authors. Even better? Hopefully this will give her even more opportunity to focus on her own writing, because she has a fantastic idea of a high concept novel.

I ADORE Jan, and I know you all do too. But you may not know that she really is the drivng force behind all the contest we host here and that she keeps tabs on the guest posts and coordinates the giveaways. She'll be handing off a lot of this to our new interns, which will give her more time to do more contests and let us provide even more help to aspiring writers and provide more promotion opportunities for the fabulous books that are published every week.

Ready? Raise your glasses and . . . Here's to JAN! WOOT!

Jan Lewis, our scheduler and contest coordinator extraordinaire, writes young adult fantasy of the contemporary and traditional varieties. She lives in Oklahoma with a husband, two kids, two cats, a dog, and a mother. Instead of unpublished, she prefers to call herself pre-published. While she enjoys drafting, her heart is truly in rewriting and editing. Recently, Martina called her “better than aspirin”, so her new goal is to become better than valium. She loves ladybugs, fairies, blue roses, cats, musical theater, and pretty much all things geek. You can find Jan on twitter at

* 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

Move your writing beyond the five senses. When you describe what your character sees, smells, hears, tastes, and touches, connect that description to a current emotion, a memory, or a decision. Use the description to advance both character and story while putting your reader in the room.

Another Writing Tip

“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is ... curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don't think the talent makes much difference, whether you've got that or not.

[Press conference, University of Virginia, May 20, 1957]

William Faulkner

Writing Brain Fuel     

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  1. Congrats on your edits and your cover. Can't wait to see it.

    And the book news is awesome. Can't wait to read Kami's and Maggie's new books.

    So glad to learn more about Jan. And glad you will be getting more help, though I'm not sure how you can make your blog more awesome than it already is.

  2. Awesome giveaway!!

    -Alexandra Pash

  3. Congratulations on your edits! That totally makes sense on reading a book to get the feel for the cover. Can't wait to read it.

    Between the Devil and the Deep blue sea sounds like a good read.

  4. Oh yay for completing edits! I can't wait to be done with mine. And I LOVE Laini Taylor's new cover!!! I'm very excited for that book as well The Dream Thieves.

  5. Yes, it is totally okay and not dorky to say how much you love your book. And hurray for having such an awesome cover artist!

  6. This post made me so happy between the playing in puddles quote and the writing brain fuel.

  7. Hey, if you don't love your book and your characters, probably no one else will. Of course it's fine to love them. Congrats on finishing your edits and having a cover designer who really gets the process. Thanks for an interesting post and the chance to win a cool book.

  8. Thanks for the gigantic post this week. That's a great thought for the week, I'll definitely have to try to remember that one. Looking forward to BtDatDBS, thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Eep! Thanks for the spotlight :D I am hopefully going to a signing with Maggie on Tuesday. I just LOVE the cover for Dreams of Gods & Monsters. LOVE Laini and am SO eager to read it!!!

  10. You are completely on point to love your book. Very, berry glad things are moving along. It will be so exciting to see your cover when you're able to make it available :-)

  11. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  12. Congrats to Talynn and Alyssa! :D I hope to get to know both of you throughout this whole internship!

    And congrats on your edits! Editing is the hardest part of writing for me. I can't wait to see your cover!

    Okay, now I REALLY need to finish the Beautiful Creatures series. I love Ridley! :)

    Did you know that J.K. Rowling is writing the script for the movie based off of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? I wonder if they'll do anything with Quidditch Through the Ages.

    I think that's awesome that you picked Jan for Blogger of the Week! :)

  13. Congrats on your edits and thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

  14. It's always fun to finish edits and move forward! yay! Thanks for this chance!

  15. Great to see of so many positive things happening! BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has been on my TBR list for a bit now; this giveaway has me excited! And I love the puddles quote too.

    1. It was an AMAZING week for YA announcements, right? And FWIW, I really enjoyed BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. A delicious bit of gothic and a fantastic setting. :)

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  16. Lovely tips as always, and I am soooo excited for the new Laini Taylor book (that cover!).

  17. Whoooo! congrats on edits! And 3am is supposedly the witching hour right? Or is is 6? I forget.... But either way,sounds like luck for a spooky book! :)
    I just got my The Dream Thieves and omg. I love Maggie's words. I want to live in her books! And I've heard SO many great things about The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea!


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