Tuesday, September 23, 2014

27 A Sad Farewell, a Happy Introduction, and a Giveaway of AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld

Saying Goodbye to Clara Kensie

Today is a sad day for me. I have to announce that Clara Kensie is leaving the blog, at least temporarily, for personal reasons. As many of you know, Clara has been doing the Question of the Week for us for the past year and a half or so. You may also remember that even before that, she used to help out with the This Week for Writers Round-up segments. All in all, she's been involved with the blog off and on since almost the beginning.

I first met Clara on the blog. She was working on the query letter for a book that sounded so good, I eventually asked to read it. We became critique partners, both inside the fantastic online group she introduced me to, and on our own. I was thrilled when her book landed her an agent, the awesome Laura Bradford, and then again when the book sold to the brand new digital imprint of Harlequin Teen. I knew she and the book both deserved every bit of success.

Harlequin decided to make RUN TO YOU their flagship serial release, which meant they split it into three pieces and released each piece separately. Clara's book is perfect for that, because each of the three parts has the kind of surprise twists we should all have at major turing points. And the girl knows how to write suspense, great romance, and dreamy guys.

Haven't read it yet? WHAT are you waiting for?

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

A second volume in the series is also available, so feel free to start a fabulous binge!

I want to thank Clara for all her contributions to the blog, but mostly for the friendship and all her support and kindness over the years. It's an honor to follow in her path and to get the chance to share experiences together. We've got one last Question of the Week from Clara that will be posting soon, but in the meantime, please say your good-byes and thank her for her contribution!

And now for some happier news.

A Warm Welcome to Becca Fowler

We've been wanting to do something fun for readers for some time now--but still with a slant toward things that writers want to know. And whether writers realize it or not, what we need is to have some idea of what readers are thinking and talking about.


We've been super lucky to snag the awesome Becca Fowler from Pivot Book Reviews to come in and help us out with some book blogger round-ups every month. She'll be asking some questions that bloggers can answer, and she'll also be doing a blogger check in so you can scan it and quickly catch up with the most interesting stuff going on around the blogosphere. Look for some fantastic bloggers to be joining us on a regular basis, but we'll also be opening it up to new bloggers as guests so that we can help create some exposure for up and coming bloggers.

Now, a little bit about our newest indomitable AYAPer:

My name is Rebecca, but I think that sounds like an old lady name, so I go by Becca :)

I am 22 going on 23
(that doesn't have quite the ring to it as it does on The Sound of Music)

I live in the great state of Oklahoma
(where the wind REALLY does come sweeping down the plain)

I live with who I've dubbed The Parentals
(who are, not-so-secretly, the BEST)

I have one older sister who is married, and has two girls
(which means I get to play the Coolest Aunt Ever)

I am convinced I will be the old cat lady
(minus the cats, because I heart dogs)

Speaking of dogs, I have two!
An Aussie named Dixie, and a Sheltie named Gentry!

I work for my family's business. We rent out inflatables, aka Bouncy Houses, and MORE!

I aspire to be a Young Adult author! It is my dream!!

My favorite hobbies include:
Reading (duh)

Rebecca blogs at Pivot Book Reviews and appears regularly on the Reading Teen blog. Please give her a lovely welcome.

This Week's Giveaway

by Scott Westerfield
Hardcover Giveaway
Simon Pulse
Released 9/23/2014

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Afterworlds?

Afterworlds is two interleaved books, really. The odd-numbered chapters tell the story of Darcy Patel, a young writer moving away from home; the even chapters are the entirety of Darcy's first novel, which she's rewriting throughout that same year. The most exciting part of writing a dual novel was linking the two narratives, having things spill over from Darcy's day-today reality into her fiction. All writers steal from reality, so what Darcy experiences in her life always bubbles up in her novel, whether it's a setting, a realization about true love, or just a new word.

Collectively, the two books are my really long answer to the question that all writers dread, "Where do you get your ideas?"

Purchase Afterworlds at Amazon
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View Afterworlds on Goodreads

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  1. Wish the awesome Clara a wonderful publishing path!

    LOVE Becca's posts and blog :)

    thank you :)

  2. Best wishes to Clara and congrats on the upcoming release!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Erin-- actually, both books in the Run to You series have already been released. Book One released in February 2014 in three installments: First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. The sequel released in July 2014, also in three installments: Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense. :-)

  3. Thanks, Clara, for all the work you did. Best wishes to you. This book sounds incredible. Thanks for a chance to win.

    1. Thanks, Rosi! I always enjoyed your answers to the Question of the Week. xoxo

  4. Ciara has been an awesome contributor and I wish her the best in all her endeavors.

    Welcome, Becca!!

  5. So excited to read Afterworlds! I read the first few chapters included in one of the Uglies books and it's awesome!

  6. Sad to see you go, Clara. I always loved your QOTWs!

    Welcome, Becca! :) (And by the way, I absolutely adore that name. Much prefer it to Rebecca.)

    1. Thank you, TMV! You always had great answers to the QotWs! xoxo

  7. So sorry to hear you're leaving, Clara!! I wish you luck on everything!! Welcome, Rebecca!!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Uglies seris by Scott Westerfeld so I'm hoping to love Afterworlds too :)

  9. YAY Becca!! I cannot wait to read your posts girl!! Congrats on being part of Adventures in YA Publishing now!!

  10. Loved the Run to you books, and excited about Afterworlds

  11. I've been hearing so many good things about Afterworlds, I'm eager to get this book a read. :)


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