Saturday, December 21, 2013

12 RUN TO YOU Cover Reveal and Signed THE TESTING Giveaway

Note from Martina:

Guys! No regular Saturday pick and mix today, but I have an announcement instead. Our own Clara Kensie's book has a cover! Three covers actually, because Harlequin Teen is running it as their very first serial on their digital imprint. How fun is that? I'm not sure if you've seen that this is starting to become a trend. Melissa de la Cruz and other authors are leading the charge, and I personally am very excited about it. Some of my favorite writers of all time did serial fiction: Alexandre Dumas with THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, Harriet Beecher Stowe with UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, Leo Tolstoy with ANNA KARENINA, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Stephen King with THE PLANT, Orson Scott Card with HOT SLEEP… Fabulous, right?

Now, since Clara is my critique partner, I happen to have read RUN TO YOU several times. And I'm telling you, it's great for the serial format. The action starts rolling and keeps building through these lovely, romantic valleys and then builds again to a cliffhanger, then more of that wonderful hero, and another cliffhanger, and just when you are on the edge of your seat and you think it can't make you any more tense, BAM. Another cliffhanger. Holy page turner.

Okay, I'm calm again. Enjoy! And congrats, Clara!!! I'm so, so excited about this book!

And Clara says:

Thank you so much, Martina! Being a trail-blazer (well, a modern-day trail-blazer) for YA serials is scary! But it's also exciting. Serialized novels are like your favorite weekly television series: you get a full episode in one bite, but then you have more to look forward to. I'm honored that Harlequin Teen chose RUN TO YOU for their first serial.

Divided into three satisfying novella-length episodes, RUN TO YOU Book One (Parts 1, 2, and 3) is releasing weekly, starting on February 1, 2014. The adventure continues with the sequel (Parts 4, 5, and 6), with weekly releases beginning June 1, 2014. It will be a fun couple of months for readers of the RUN TO YOU series!

One of the best things about writing a serial? I get a different cover for each part! We recently revealed the three covers for Book One in the RUN TO YOU series, and I’m thrilled to share them with all of you, the readers of Adventures in YA Publishing! To celebrate the gorgeousness of the covers, I'm doing a giveaway of one of my favorite books. Read on for details! But first, let's take this opportunity to ooh and ahh over the RUN TO YOU covers:

Clara Kensie - RUN TO YOU Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Gorgeous covers!

Oooh! Ahhh!

Part 1: First Sight
RUN TO YOU PART ONE: FIRST SIGHT (available February 1, 2014)
Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Part 2: Second Glance
RUN TO YOU PART TWO: SECOND GLANCE (available February 8, 2014)
Part Two in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa Carson has unlocked her heart and her secrets to Tristan Walker—but Tristan has secrets of his own, and his might just mean the end of Tessa’s family. Unaware, Tessa embraces falling in love and being herself for the first time since she was attacked when she was only eight years old. But secrets can’t be run from forever, and sometimes love is too good to be true…

Part 3: Third Charm
RUN TO YOU PART THREE: THIRD CHARM (available February 15, 2014)Part Three in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Betrayed, heartbroken, and determined to save her family, Tessa Carson refuses to give in to Tristan Walker’s pleas for forgiveness. But her own awakening psychic gift won’t let her rest until she uncovers the truth about her family and her past. And Tristan is the only one who can help her sift through the secrets to find the truth hidden in all the lies…

Add RUN TO YOU to your Goodreads Want To Read shelf,

and pre-order from your favorite e-tailer:
Amazon   B&N    Google Play    BAM    Harlequin

Now, on to the giveaway! To celebrate the RUN TO YOU covers, I'm giving away a signed, hardcover copy of one of my favorite books, THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. THE TESTING is currently #12 on the NYT Bestseller list for YA!

It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Want to win it? It's signed by the author!! Enter here:


  1. I absolutely loved The Testing! It was an amazing book, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I highly recommend the book to any dystopian, Hunger Games, and Divergent lovers.

  2. Oh, The Testing is at the top of my reading list. It sounds great. And run to You sounds like a fun read too. Thanks!

  3. The Testing looks so cool! I've been meaning to read it.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  5. I've been wanting to read The Testing!

  6. Ohhh, The Testing! Run to You looks exciting!

  7. I guess everything that is old is new again. Serials are back. I like it. The covers are great. Thanks for telling me about this.

  8. I can't wait to read the Testing! I've been waiting to read it since I saw it at B&N a few months ago! Also, beautiful covers for the Run To You series. :)

  9. These all sound REALLY good, and Congrats to Clara!! I haven't heard of the digital series set-up either. Sounds interesting. :)

  10. You have the gift of writing compelling novels. Keep on writing the kinds of books that readers want to hold, savor and page through.


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