Monday, October 31, 2016

9 New Releases 10/31-11/06 plus Two Giveaways

Happy Halloween! Our last Monday of October falls on Halloween which means this week is full of November releases. I personally can't believe it's November already! Don't forget to check out all the other new releases and enter to win below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, Anisaa, and Kristin


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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We Are Still Tornadoes
by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 11/1/2016

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it's the 80's after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they've graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath's letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that's clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

This funny yet deeply moving book--set to an awesome 80's soundtrack--captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood...and first love.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about We Are Still Tornadoes?

There is much about the book that I really enjoy and am proud of, particularly some of the humor and some of the songs one of the characters writes. And I have to say that I really like the title and how it comes into play. But, honestly, my favorite thing about "Tornadoes" is seeing my co-author's name on the cover. Susan was a classmate of mine in law school, I always thought she'd make a great writer, and seeing her name on a book after all these years means a lot to me.

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You in Five Acts
by Una LaMarche
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Razorbill
Released 11/1/2016

In the high-pressure months leading up to the performance that will determine their futures, a group of friends at a performing arts school look back on when an unexpected event upended everything. The moment that changed their relationships, their friendships, and their lives forever.

At a prestigious New York City performing arts school, five friends connect over one dream of stardom. But for Joy, Diego, Liv, Ethan and Dave, that dream falters under the pressure of second-semester, Senior year. Ambitions shift and change, new emotions rush to the surface, and a sense of urgency pulses between them: Their time together is running out.

Diego hopes to get out of the friend zone. Liv wants to escape, losing herself in fantasies of the new guy. Ethan conspires to turn his muse into his girlfriend. Dave pines for the drama queen. And if Joy doesn’t open her eyes, she could lose the love that’s been in front of her all along.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about You in Five Acts?

Even though it was also the hardest thing about writing You In Five Acts, my favorite thing about the book is that it’s told through five narrators with completely different takes on what’s going on. I find that inhabiting multiple narrators and giving them distinct voices is always so challenging but so rewarding as well. And I loved all of these characters, even—and possibly especially—when they couldn’t see how flawed their perspectives were.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


Bionic by Suzanne Weyn: Molly M, Alisha S, Clarisa R, Alicia G, Anne C
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis: Tammy V.
If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson: Kira B.
Illusion by Martina Boone: Jennifer L.
It's Not Me, It's You by Stephanie Kate Strohm: Traci T.
Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter: Rachel M
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby: Susan T.
Empire Decayed by Daniel Kraus: Jaysa Y.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Blood for Blood
by Ryan Graudin
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 11/1/2016

The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin's Wolf by Wolf.

There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Blood for Blood?

My favorite thing about BLOOD FOR BLOOD is the fact that it’s finished. Truly. When my publisher bought the WOLF BY WOLF duology, the first book was but a fifty page partial and the second book was a three paragraph plot. At the time, I knew the series was ambitious—researching WW2 history well enough to craft an alternate version of events is no small feat. It wasn’t until I finished drafting WOLF BY WOLF that I realized how much harder and intricate the sequel would be. While the first book focuses on a single POV, BLOOD FOR BLOOD needed to show the unfolding of events in a much wider scope. Juggling more points of view, while reimagining a war and all of its political/geographical implications, was a huge challenge. Writing sequels also comes with its own set of stress. As a writer, you always want the second book in a series to live up to the first, and hopefully, exceed it.

To date, BLOOD FOR BLOOD stands as the hardest book I’ve ever had to write. Every novel comes with its unique set of challenges, but this one stretched me more than most. In craft, content, and deadlines. It is done now, and I’m very proud of what I was able to accomplish with it.


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Hellfighters
by Alexander Gordon Smith
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 11/1/2016

Thrown into a relentless war against the forces of darkness, fifteen-year-old Marlow Green and his squad of secret soldiers must fight for control of the Devil’s Engines―ancient, infernal machines that can make any wish come true, as long as you are willing to put your life on the line. But after a monstrous betrayal, Marlow, Pan and the other Hellraisers find themselves on the run from an enemy with horrific powers and limitless resources―an enemy that wants them dead at all costs. Failure doesn’t just mean a fate worse than death for Marlow, it means the total annihilation of the world. And when all looks lost and the stakes couldn’t be higher, just how far is he willing to go?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Hellfighters?

I always wanted to write a story that takes its characters to hell and back—literally—and this is it!! One of the reasons I love horror so much is that it's really the only genre where anything can happen. It gives you unlimited freedom to drive the story wherever you want, the only limit is your imagination. Hellfighters allowed me to create some of the most terrifying worlds I could think of, the most gruesome monsters, the most twisted action scenes, the most complex and entertaining characters. Nothing beats that freedom, when you're a writer, and this book was proof that writing horror seriously is the best job in the world.

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Infinity
by Jus Accardo
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 11/1/2016

Jump dimensions. Find the bad guy. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That's taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that's when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori's dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Infinity?

I won't lie. I was absolutely crazy over the premise of the TV show Sliders, so that was a big inspiration. I was also crazy about Fringe, which also deals with alternate realities. I love the idea. SOOO many possibilities!

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Seriously Shifted
by Tina Connolly
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 11/1/2016

A sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked.

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Seriously Shifted?

I have really loved working on all the Seriously books. My favorite kind of story is one that mixes drama and comedy. The Seriously books are tilted way towards the comedic side, but they still have serious underpinnings to them, as my heroine Cam struggles with things like how to do good with her witch powers.

Cam is one for making lists, and in SERIOUSLY SHIFTED she starts a “Good Witch Ethics List” that allows her to think through the morality of things like love potions, for example. She deals with the everyday questions we all wrestle with, but in a fantastical setting. For one, she’s trying to be a vegetarian witch, and that determines what ingredients she can and can’t use in spells. But where do you draw the line? And then with love potions, or casting other spells on people—when is it okay to use spells that affect another person? Does your intention matter? What if you’re only trying to help? What if helping causes harm?

I really enjoy watching Cam work through genuinely difficult questions in a setting that’s full of things like flaming newt eyeballs and invisible eels.


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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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A Million Worlds with You
by Claudia Gray
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 11/1/2016

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

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Bad Blood
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hardcover
Disney-Hyperion
Released 11/1/2016

When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI's Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother's murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far.

As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.

New victims. New betrayals. New secrets.

When the bodies begin piling up, it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren't just hunting serial killers.

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Forget Me Always
by Sara Wolf
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 11/1/2016

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can't quite remember. She's stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.

But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.

Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis's purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it's time to freeze back up. Boys like him don't deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.

Previously published as Savage Delight, this fully revised and updated edition is full of hilarity, drama, and heartbreak.

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Saving Hamlet
by Molly Booth
Hardcover
Disney-Hyperion
Released 11/1/2016

Emma Allen couldn't be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club's production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she's rocking a new haircut that's sure to get his attention. But soon after school starts, everything goes haywire. Emma's promoted to stage manager with zero experience, her best friend Lulu stops talking to her, and Josh--the adorable soccer boy who's cast as the lead--turns out to be a disaster. It's up to Emma to fix it all, but she has no clue where to start.

One night after rehearsal, Emma stays behind to think through her life's latest crises and distractedly falls through the stage's trap door . . . landing in the basement of the Globe Theater.

It's London, 1601, and with her awesome new pixie cut, everyone thinks Emma's a boy--even Will Shakespeare himself. With no clue how to get home, Emma gamely plays her role as backstage assistant to the original production of Hamlet, learning a thing or two about the theater, and meeting an incredibly hot actor named Alex who finds Emma as intriguing as she finds him. But once Emma starts traveling back and forth through time, things get really confusing. Which boy is the one for her? In which reality does she belong? Will Lulu ever forgive her? And can she possibly save two disastrous productions of Hamlet before time runs out?

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The Amateurs
by Sarah Shepard
Hardcover
Freeform
Released 11/1/2016

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

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The Best Possible Answer
by E. Katherine Kottaras
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 11/1/2016

A contemporary YA novel about growing up and learning that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect.

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

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The Diabolic
by S.J. Kincaid
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 11/1/2016

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 11/1/2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

0 Stephanie Kate Strohm, author of IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU, on ensuring each character has a very distinct voice

We're excited to have Stephanie Kate Strohm here to chat about her latest novel IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU?

Stephanie, what was your inspiration for writing IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU?

My brilliant editor at Scholastic, Matt Ringler, came up with the idea to write a YA love story told as an oral history, and he provided the jumping off point of someone interviewing her ex-boyfriends. Then Avery emerged into my brain fully formed as a character, and took over from there. She’s very bossy.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

I really love the scenes with Hutch (Avery’s lab partner) and his Dungeons & Dragons friends. I haven’t written a lot of male friendships before, so it was a bit of a challenge but also something I’m proud of.

0 Cylin Busby, author of THE STRANGER GAME, on avoiding distractions while writing

We're delighted to have Cylin Busby join us to share more about her latest novel THE STRANGER GAME.

Cylin, what was your inspiration for writing THE STRANGER GAME?

I was inspired by the mysterious true crime case of Nicholas Barclay, a Texas boy who disappeared in 1995 and then returned to his family a few years later, greatly changed. Though my book is fiction, I studied the case of Nic Barclay and how he came back to his family after his disappearance and used those real events to inform the story of Nico and her sister, Sarah.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

This novel, THE STRANGER GAME, has been compared to WE WERE LIARS and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN—and I can see why. It’s a thriller that focuses on female relationships, and features an unreliable narrator. Some readers have complained that my book kept them up late, so if you’re not a reader who likes mystery, thrillers, or books with a lot of plot twists, this is not for you! One reader said she had to skip to the end to find out what happens because she couldn’t stand not knowing, and that ruined the read for her—my advice: No spoilers!

0 Suzanne Weyn, author of BIONIC, on practice making improvement

We're thrilled to have Suzanne Weyn stop by to tell us more about her latest novel BIONIC.


Suzanne, what was your inspiration for writing BIONIC?

There were several inspirations. One of them came when I wrote the novel Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters. I became very interested in the science being done at the time Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein. There were so many fundamental questions being asked. Is a person more than the sum of his or her parts? If human parts are replaced, is a completely new entity created? And by extension, if those parts are prosthetic, at what point does the original person still exist?

I also became intrigued with the increasingly blurred line between human and cyborg. Cyborg’s are becoming more human, with the capacity for artificial intelligence extending into the realm of emotional intelligence, while at the same time, science advances at a rapid pace to replace human limbs, internal organs, and even implant chips to enhance brain function. DNA manipulation offers the chance to eliminate disease and even enhance human ability. What is the emotional consequence to these enhanced human beings? And where is the line between cyborg and human?

And then there is the “Ship of Theseus” paradox which asks how much of something can be changed until that which is changed is no longer itself. How much of my protagonist, Mira, can be replaced until she is no longer Mira, but someone/something else entirely?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

0 C.C. Hunter, author of MIDNIGHT HOUR, on climbing into your characters’ skin

We're pleased to have C.C. Hunter stop by to tell us more about MIDNIGHT HOUR, the final novel in the A Shadow Falls series.

C.C., what scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

The hardest was the graduation scene right at the end—the very end of the entire Shadow Falls journey. Yes, Kylie, Della and Miranda all graduate. As in real life, this brings about some big changes. I wanted to get it perfect. I wanted it to be nostalgic of all they have been through, to evoke emotions and remind the readers of the whole Shadow Falls journey. I cried so hard when I finished writing that scene. I hope that means I got it right.

I think the scene I particularly loved was when Miranda was trying to convince Della and Kylie to teach her to be a badass and to fight. Poor Miranda she has such a soft heart, but soft heart aside, this dyslexic witch found her mojo and kicked butt.

0 Daniel Kraus, author of EMPIRE DECAYED, on research being wrapped up in a story's guts

EMPIRE DECAYED is volume 2 of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, and we're excited to have Daniel Kraus here to chat about it.

Daniel, what was your inspiration for writing EMPIRE DECAYED?

Obviously, it's the second half of the story began in AT THE EDGE OF EMPIRE. In a way, the first book was the "rise" of Zebulon Finch (and America) and the second book is the "fall" of both. What excited me most was to take the self-centered, vain Zebulon so far into darkness that he finally has to come to terms with what he is as a walking dead man. This meant taking on some of the biggest things you can take on as an author -- God, the meaning of life, the purpose of death, the extent of evil, the limits of true good.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

The book covers 1942 to the present. In the WW2 section, I deal with Nazism and the Holocaust, and you don't go into that lightly. I did as much research, and watched as much horrible documentary footage, as I could. It seemed like the right thing to do. I didn't want to soft-peddle anything. So that was hard, though it's all relative. The section I'm proudest of is the one that takes place during the 1950s in suburban Kansas. I think that required a delicate touch -- balancing the squeaky-clean exterior of the nuclear family with the national wounds still oozing from WW2 and Korea.

1 Martina Boone, author of ILLUSION, on not letting doubt bury you

We're especially delighted to have Martina Boone with us today, since she's the lovely founder and blog manager of Adventures in YA Publishing. Check out what she has to say about about ILLUSION, the final book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.

Martina, what was your inspiration for writing ILLUSION?

In ILLUSION, I finally get to bring in what was at the heart of my inspiration for the entire trilogy, the character of Eliza Watson Beaufort. She’s based on the real-life Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who at the age of seventeen at the turn of the eighteenth century ran three plantations for her absent father and founded the American indigo industry, which became the third largest economic export from the Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. Did I mention she was a girl? Where was THAT in the history classes that I took in high school or college? I would have paid more attention.

Coming to the United States as I did from a communist country, I was always aware of how history changes according to what the people in charge want you to know. But it honestly hadn’t occurred to me how much had been erased in U.S. history until I began to research Eliza and discovered how little we knew about the roles of the women, Native Americans, and African Americans who shaped this nation. It was the commonalities between their struggles and their erasure that helped me create the curses and the magic of Watson Island, and helped me plant the threads of all the secrets and mysteries that carried from Eliza’s time through until the present day when Barrie is living (and trying to survive) through their dangerous aftermath.

0 Abigail Johnson, author of IF I FIX YOU, on writing through the problem

We're thrilled to have Abigail Johnson join us to share more about her debut novel IF I FIX YOU.


Abigail, what book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I love the comparison authors that my publisher included in the book description: Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson. I was also thrilled when both Kasie West and Huntley Fitzpatrick blurbed IF I FIX YOU, because I love them both so much and hope readers who enjoy their books will find something to like in mine too.

How long did you work on IF I FIX YOU?

A loooonnngggg time. I think I started writing it five years ago. I had no idea what it would become, and I took lots and lots of time off between working on it. I also had no idea how to write a book when I started, so I made every mistake possible. Twice. When I got serious about writing and committed to completing IF I FIX YOU, it probably took me about a year to finish a readable draft. The book I wrote after IF I FIX YOU took around eight months, and the one after that took less than five, so I'm starting to get the hang of it finally.

0 Free 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop Opens in 1 Week!

Our November workshop will open for entries on Saturday, November 5 at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Nancy Ohlin as our author mentor, and Tracy Marchini as our agent mentor.

We will be taking a hiatus for December, opening again in January, 2017! So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!

November Guest Mentor: Nancy Ohlin

Nancy was born in Tokyo and divided her childhood between there and Ohio. She received a BA in English from the University of Chicago. She is the author of the YA novels CONSENT, BEAUTY, and ALWAYS, FOREVER (Simon Pulse).  As a ghostwriter/collaborator, her credits include several New York Times-bestselling novels as well as nearly a hundred other books for children and teens. She lives in Ithaca, NY. 

CONSENT

In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.
He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel.

Get a copy!
Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository IndieBound

November Guest Agent Mentor: Tracy Marchini

After four years as a Literary Agents Assistant at Curtis Brown, Tracy Marchini left to pursue her own editorial business and to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. Her editorial clients have gone on to secure representation, sell books to traditional publishers, win awards and become bestsellers in the UK. She’s looking forward to being able to work with her BookEnds clients throughout their careers and to (hopefully!) see them grow as authors in the same way.

Tracy is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, and non-fiction. She is not a good fit for YA horror, true crime, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy. At this time, she is not looking for board books or early chapter books.

You can contact Tracy at TMsubmissions@bookendsliterary.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TracyMarchini.







Friday, October 28, 2016

4 Starting the YALLFest adventure

Y’all!!

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming!









*ahem* 

November in Charleston is my favorite time of year. Not because the weather is the perfect kind of cool where you don't sweat but don't need a jacket. Not because the mosquitoes are finally returning to the hell from whence they came. But because it’s time for YALLFest!

YALLFest started six years ago, bringing a smorgasbord of amazing young adult authors to Charleston, SC, and since it’s just down the road from me, I’ve attended every year bouncing around like a kid in a candy store.


And it’s always amazing! The authors are both hilarious and entertaining, and seeing the sheer volume of YA fans geeking out over their favorite books is inspiring.


This year YALLFest is November 11-12th, so there’s still time to plan a trip to the beautiful Lowcountry. But if getting your Charleston on isn’t in the cards …


… don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I’m covering YALLFest for AYAP, and I’ll be interviewing some of the YALLFest authors about their Adventures in YA Publishing and sharing what I discover.


Susan Sipal, our Craft guest post editor, has kindly allowed me to hijack her Friday slot for a while, so stayed tuned for all the YALLFest fun and excitement you can stand.
 


Are you attending YALLFest this year? Which authors are you most excited to see? Any particular questions you want me to ask? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn

0 Free 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop opens November 5!

Our November workshop will open for entries on Saturday, November 5 at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Nancy Ohlin as our author mentor, and Tracy Marchini as our agent mentor.

We will be taking a hiatus for December, opening again in January, 2017! So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!

November Guest Mentor: Nancy Ohlin

Nancy was born in Tokyo and divided her childhood between there and Ohio. She received a BA in English from the University of Chicago. She is the author of the YA novels CONSENT, BEAUTY, and ALWAYS, FOREVER (Simon Pulse).  As a ghostwriter/collaborator, her credits include several New York Times-bestselling novels as well as nearly a hundred other books for children and teens. She lives in Ithaca, NY. 

CONSENT

In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.
He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel.

Get a copy!
Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository IndieBound

November Guest Agent Mentor: Tracy Marchini

After four years as a Literary Agents Assistant at Curtis Brown, Tracy Marchini left to pursue her own editorial business and to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. Her editorial clients have gone on to secure representation, sell books to traditional publishers, win awards and become bestsellers in the UK. She’s looking forward to being able to work with her BookEnds clients throughout their careers and to (hopefully!) see them grow as authors in the same way.

Tracy is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, and non-fiction. She is not a good fit for YA horror, true crime, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy. At this time, she is not looking for board books or early chapter books.

You can contact Tracy at TMsubmissions@bookendsliterary.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TracyMarchini.







Thursday, October 27, 2016

0 Red Light/Green Light Round One Entries Announced!

Today's the day! I have the great pleasure of introducing our first round Red Light/Green Light contestants. This round, as we have a smaller pool of participants, you'll all start out being judged on your first and second lines. Marisa Corvisiero, our judging agent, will choose ten participants from this group to proceed to the following round, at which point you'll be judged on your three paragraph pitches. Thanks so much for sharing your words with us, and GOOD LUCK!

THE LAST GASP OF LILLYINE
Alexander Gartner

"I saw you die, Lady Shaola."

His wiry frame rose to meet her, his  bony fingers probing for her straw-colored hair.

THROUGH THE DARK
Kristi McManus

All I could feel was pain. No other senses were noticeable.

WHEN LILIES BLOOM
Audra McElyea

I envied her luscious, perfectly styled blonde hair as I watched her browse the store. I was regrettably having a bad hair day myself.

THE CROW QUEEN
Kalyn Josephson

Sometimes all I could think about was fire.

I'd see it in the reflection of the sun on the gray castle walls, or in a flash of red hair flickering in the wind.

ASHMORE UNBROKEN
Christian Smith

I never believed in ghosts until the day I died.

The darkness, the screaming, the fires--I could replay it all as if it had happened just five minutes ago.

WISHES OF FIRE
Sarah Aspen

My fingertips brush along well worn spines until coming to a book squeezed between Bipolar Teens and Cognitive Therapies of Schizophrenia. This is the one I'm looking for.

MOMENTS OF IMPACT
Robin Hall

The first time I met Jeremy Davies he didn't break my heart, but he broke my ribs, and that was close enough. Since that day in fifth grade, my ribs seem to always know when Jeremy is close by.

ENCOURAGER
Taylor Rew

Sloan Pepper was losing her footing. She eyed the ground, estimated about sixty feet between herself and death, and dug her nails into the cliff.

TRAVELERS
Carla Reighard

Until she was six years old, Triana's life had been delightfully normal for a mermaid. Her parents, Tymon and Anastasia, had surrounded her with security, laughter, and love, but that had ended abruptly when they had tragically died.

WHEN I WAKE
Beth Wertz

The only thing Raya Steadwell could think as she stood next to her brand new locker was how much she hoped no one would have the opportunity to step on her that day. She hadn't had an episode in years, but, as her mother kept reminding her since they'd moved, her disease tended to resurface in stressful situations, and moving to a new town for her freshman year of high school probably qualified as stressful.

THE RAVEN IN THE FLAMES
Jessica Ryno

She made her way down the dark tunnel, simultaneously trying to ignore and name the irritating weight in her gut. Nervousness?

AN OMINOUS BOOK
Nancy Foster

"I am totally against it. The idea of taking in two children I never have met before isn't my responsibility."

MIRROR'S EDGE
Tara Lehmann

Three hours. Three impossible hours, and the only sound to be heard in the entire house was the deafening shriek of the dying.

THE LUCK EXCHANGE
Karen Bynum

Earthworms of anxiety knotted in Madelece's belly. She'd barely slept the night before.

THE STORYTELLER
Amanda Malamut

The first thing that Joan could remember was a crippling bright light. The next was that she felt absolutely exhausted.

MOLFAR
Lana Kondryuk

When your mom is a walking lie detector, you master the art of withholding the truth.

Sitting under a shady oak, I grab the closest sack full of flowers and tie it tightly with a twine.

THE PENDRAGON'S SON
Kelly Barina

As I hurried down the castle's vast stone corridor to meet my half-brother for the first time, his name echoed around me, whispered like a curse: Mordred.

The vaulted doorway of the Great Hall loomed ahead, hewn from stone older than the ages.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1 Finding Your Tribe

This week we are happy to welcome Ilima Todd, author of REMAKE, to our blog as she discusses the importance of finding your tribe!

"There are thousands of writers out there who are going through the same thing you are... You don’t have to go this route alone. So get out there and find your tribe!"

After starting my writing journey several years ago, I’m currently writing my twelfth novel. I’ve written everything from short stories to novels with six-digit word counts, middle grade adventures to young adult sci-fi and adult romance. I’m with my third literary agent, have been published by a small press and a Big 5 publisher, and have shelved several books which will probably never see anyone’s eyes but my own. Through all of the ups and downs of writing and publication, I’ve learned the importance of having a support group to help me through the inevitable bumps along the road. So today I’d like to talk about finding your tribe.


Tribe (trīb/) noun: a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect.



I can’t think of a better definition for the people who decide to join this crazy adventure of writing. We are a unique community linked by our love of stories. We have our own language, behaviors, and motivations. United by the medium we use for creating art, it’s no wonder that we can find both solace and support from others within this writing community.


When I first decided to write a book, I searched “how to write a novel” on the internet. With a love of reading but no experience writing at all, I stumbled upon a plotting method called the Snowflake Method. The process helped me go from a small, one sentence idea and expand outward slowly until I had a well-outlined story. Over the next six months, I wrote my first book in longhand in a spiral notebook. I enjoyed the writing process so much it made me giddy at times, and I grew to love my “writing time” each day.


The first time I shared my words was when I handed that book out to family and friends to read. Though I realize now that book was terrible, they said they loved it and enjoyed it, giving me the confidence to start another story. It was around this time that I first had thoughts about pursuing publishing. I only knew two writers at the time (neither published yet), and one of them told me about a local writing conference, so I signed up and took my first novel to workshop. Not only did I learn that I had a very long road of learning to write in front of me, it was the first time I was ever around other writers. 

"One of the ugly truths about writing is that it’s hard, it takes an emotional toll sometimes, and you will want to quit—probably more than once."


This was a different sort of tribe than my friends and family. These people would have long conversations about imaginary friends, authors they admired, and how to choose points of view. They’d brainstorm ways to fast draft, discuss the best plotting tools, and ask who would be doing NaNoWriMo that year. I’d never experienced anything like it before, and I felt like these people got it. They got me.


The best thing that came out of that first conference was finding my critique group. We were all a bit starry-eyed newbies with dreams of publication, and I love that we’ve experienced all our writer “firsts” together through the years as we’ve stretched and grown. Though we live all over the country, we’ve managed to stay together with daily emails, crit-group retreats, and attending more writing conferences together. I’ve come to depend on them not only for beta reads and revision feedback, but also for the cheerleading and support that carries me through the latest I-Want-To-Quit episode. They understand my struggles as a writer, and they’ve become close enough friends whom I can depend on through other life obstacles.


One of the ugly truths about writing is that it’s hard, it takes an emotional toll sometimes, and you will want to quit—probably more than once. I know that if I didn’t have a support system in place, I would have stopped writing years ago. And the times where I had to go without sleep for days to meet a deadline would have been a lot more miserable if I didn’t have the prayers and cheers of those supporters helping me.


Your tribe doesn’t have to be people you see everyday, as I can attest by my critique group. And it doesn’t have to be friends or family—especially if you’re surrounded by people who aren’t as thrilled about your writing pursuits as you are. Sometimes your tribe can be devoted readers who tweet support, or the stack of fan mail you have in a special file to read and buoy yourself on a hard day. I have several writer friends I’ve never met in real life, yet I’ve come to depend on their advice and counseling through social media writing groups or online comments. I attend and teach at several writing conferences each year and look forward to the special magic that forms wherever artists gather. I’ve even turned to books and blogposts by people I admire that keep me going when I just want to give up.

"Through all of the ups and downs of writing and publication, I’ve learned the importance of having a support group to help me through the inevitable bumps along the road."

The most important thing to remember, I think, is that you’re not alone. Sometimes writing feels like a solitary pursuit…just you and your computer in an isolated room. But there are thousands of writers out there who are going through the same thing you are. Who struggle with their current plot or character or lack of motivation to write. There are so many resources available—whether it’s for writing craft or emotional health. You don’t have to go this route alone. So get out there and find your tribe!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Remake
by Ilima Todd
Paperback
Simon Pulse
Released 7/5/2016

When seventeen-year-old Nine realizes that the promised freedom of Remake Day is a lie, her courage, heart, and beliefs are put to the test as she fights to regain control of her future.

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She is worried about her upcoming Remake Day. That’s the day when she and the others in her batch will leave Freedom Province and fly to the Remake facility. There they can choose who—and what—they want to be. Everything from hair color to name to occupation to gender is theirs to select. Sounds perfect…but is it?

When something goes terribly wrong, Nine discovers that everything she thought she knew to be true about life outside of the Freedom Providence is actually a lie. Things that she’d been told were bad can be good, and decisions that she thought were hers to make have already been made for her.

Pulled between two worlds and two lives, Nine will have to decide what’s most important for her and her future. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?





Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and dives for octopus with her dad every time she visits—otherwise she’s diving into books in the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her husband and four children.

She graduated from BYU with a degree in physics and eats copious amounts of raw fish and avocados without regret. But mostly she loves being a wife and mama and wouldn’t trade that job for anything in the world.



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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

8 ILLUSION Is On Shelves Now! + A Celebration Teal Cover Giveaway!!!!

It's HERE! It's HERE!

The final book of the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy is here, and I'm so excited to finally get to unveil the full magic and mystery and share the resolution to Barrie and Eight's story and all the tangled relationships.

If you want a signed or personalized copy, with swag, for any of the books, here's your last chance to get your order in through tonight at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. And if you're in the DC area, join us for a beach party Watson Island style!



Order Signed Books Here


— What folks are saying about Illusion —

This book was such an incredible ending to an amazing, complex, and beautiful series. I love this series, I love these characters, and I love the way this book made me think about the world and all the issues we face every day. Brilliant.
Andye Eppes, Reading Teen
The conclusion to this gothic trilogy of love and folklore goes above and beyond its predecessors to bring the reader even more magic, more family history, and — hard to believe if you’ve read the first two — more edge-of-your-seat action. Every character has more depth accompanying growth, and Boone masterfully explores family history while propelling the story forward at a healthy clip. Authors take note: when bringing a series to a powerful close, Illusion shows how it’s done.
Maureen Stinger, Bookseller
A fabulous crescendo for the Heirs of Watson Island series! Martina Boone delivers a rich, satisfying, thoughtful conclusion to the story of Barrie, Eight, Pru, and all the other characters we’ve come to love throughout this beautifully crafted Southern Gothic trilogy. I loved how she tied together all the complex aspects of history and mythology to create a story that makes you really think about the nature of perspective in history and the voices whose stories have been silenced over the years.
Lelia Nebeker, Bookseller
Wow! A beautifully written finale and the perfect ending to an amazing series! I loved every page and dreaded them at the same time since I didn’t want this book to end. And of course it made me hungry for Southern food just like the other 2 books did! I’m really going to miss this world and Barrie & Eight. Bravo Martina on a brilliant finale!
Jaime Arnold, Two Chicks on Books
Compulsion hooked me, Persuasion swept me off my feet, and Illusion reminded me of why I fell in love with this captivating series. Reading the Heirs of Watson Island series is like reading a story that has been passed down for generations. It hooks you with its Southern Gothic charm and intoxicating romance. Enchants you with its magic, history, legend and mystery. Makes you fall in love with its characters and Boone’s beautiful writing. Most importantly, it will make you ponder the history, the magic, and the real possibility of it all. The past and present collide perfectly to give readers a beautiful ending to a fantastic series!
Katie Bartow, Mundie Moms Blog
A great ending and a swoony Eight is my favorite kind of Eight… You guys – have you started reading The Heirs of Watson Island series? If you haven’t…you need to fix that immediately.
Erin Arkin, Fiction Fare Blog
Eight and Barrie continue to have that push and pull romance that I have come to adore with this series. It’s not over the top love at first sight but more of a longing and need and pull to be together because there is just no way they can be apart. Boone does a nice job of wrapping up all the story lines in this series. I wasn’t left worrying about anyone and what was happening to them. The mysteries of the island come to a head and the explanation of the Fire Carrier and the bindings is revealed. A perfect finale for this series!
Brooke DelVecchio, The Cover Contessa


ABOUT THE BOOKS


compulsion
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 18732883

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

Three hundred years ago, an ancient spirit cursed one of the founding families of Watson Island and gave the other two magical gifts that became compulsions. Arriving for the first time at her aunt’s plantation home, Barrie Watson finds herself haunted by the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she can’t see. With the help of Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what she wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

RT Book Reviews Top Pick & Editor’s Best ~ USA TODAY Must-Read Paranormal ~ Goodreads Best Books of the Month & YA Best Books of the Month


persuasion
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 148141125X

As reporters chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold descend on Watson Island, Barrie Watson discovers more is buried at Colesworth Place than treasure. A mysterious, magical man claims the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion, and Barrie has no option but to help him find it. While she and Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie must decide not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With the fate of the founding families at stake, she has to choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.



illusion
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1481411306

Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.




TEAL COVER GIVEAWAY:




Celebrate with me! 


Win a finished set of the three books of the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy, including ILLUSION plus an ARC of Wendy Higgin's delicious GREAT PURSUIT, plus an ARC of Erika Lewis' exciting GAME OF SHADOWS, plus a finished copy of Melissa de La Cruz's SOMETHING IN BETWEEN.  

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Monday, October 24, 2016

13 New Releases this week 10/24-10/30 plus Eight Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week is another week of great new releases including ILLUSION, the conclusion to Martina Boone's Watson Island trilogy! For those of you that don't know, Martina is the lovely founder of this awesome site and creates a lot of the amazing content for us and we're all super thrilled to be able to celebrate her trilogy. Don't forget to check out all the other new releases and enter to win below!

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, Anisaa, and Kristin


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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The Stranger Game
by Cylin Busby
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
International

Balzer + Bray
Released 10/25/2016

The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When Nico Walker's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . .

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Stranger Game?

I love the cover image that the design team at HarperCollins chose for this book—the girl, floating in the water, with that dark sepia tone. It’s absolutely perfect for the story!

Purchase The Stranger Game at Amazon
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Bionic
by Suzanne Weyn
Hardcover Giveaway (5 Copies)
U.S. Only

Scholastic Press
Released 10/25/2016

Mira has always almost had it all... until it all crashes and burns. She's hurt in a horrible car accident, and the only way the doctors can help is to try experimental prosthetics and chips that are implanted directly into her brain. It's a huge risk, but after months of testing and therapy, Mira is back, and better than ever.

But soon her friends turn against her as their parents call her on unfair advantages and get her cut from lacrosse and the scholarships she was depending on for college. And with her enhanced hearing, she knows how many people in her school and her town are calling her a robot, a cyborg.

Is that true? Is Mira human, or is she somehow something other? How can she overcome the ways people see her and just be herself... especially if she's not really sure who that is anymore?

Suzanne Weyn is always at the cutting edge when it comes to new tech and the questions it raises about the world we live in.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Bionic?

One of my favorite things about BIONIC is that it isn’t theoretical. I focused on one girl, Mira, and tell her individual story. Another character might have reacted to her challenges in a very different way. When I wrote THE BAR CODE TATTOO, I learned that the only way I can handle big, world-changing topics is to explore what broad societal and scientific changes might feel like to the individual on a very personal level. I wanted to contrast Mira’s increasingly bionic existent with what it means to Mira to remain human.

Purchase Bionic at Amazon
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If I Fix You
by Abigail Johnson
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Harlequin Teen
Released 10/25/2016

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about If I Fix You?

I loved getting to explore Jill's relationship with her dad. We don't see a ton of close father daughter relationships in YA, but I've always been a fan of them. When I was little, it was Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pa, then I fell in love with Veronica and Keith Mars, and now I get to add Jill and her dad to that list (in my mind, anyway). There are a lot of complex relationships in IF I FIX YOU, and most of them are messy, but Jill's relationship with her dad gets to be this constant source of good, comfort, and love, even when everything else is falling apart.

Purchase If I Fix You at Amazon
Purchase If I Fix You at IndieBound
View If I Fix You on Goodreads

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Illusion
by Martina Boone
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/25/2016

Barrie must rescue her beloved and her family from evil spirits in the masterful conclusion to the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.

Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Illusion?

All the relationships coming together and the secrets unraveling to help Barrie uncover the true magic and meaning of Watson Island. The fantasy elements are front and center in ILLUSION, and I love that, but more than any of the other books in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy, ILLUSION is a love story, not just about the romance between Barrie and Eight, but also about the love between Barrie and her Aunt Pru, about Barrie’s love of Watson Island and the responsibility she feels to take care of the small spirits that inhabit it. It’s about finding herself and loving herself, about releasing her guilt and sorrow and selfishness enough to finally trust the people who are trying so hard to care for her. About finding her voice and strength.

Purchase Illusion at Amazon
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It's Not Me, It's You
by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Point
Released 10/25/2016

One high school girl's comedic examination of her dating past as told by the friends, family, and boys who were involved!

Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she's been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. She runs the prom committee, how could she not show up with somebody?

Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. How come none of those relationships ever worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery decides to investigate. In history class she's learning about this method of record-keeping called "oral history" and she has a report due. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. Avery tracks down all of the guys she's ever dated, and uses that information, along with thoughts from her friends, family, and teachers, to compile a total account of her dating history.

Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she's spent time with -- just in time for prom night!

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about It's Not Me, It's You?

My favorite thing about IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU is that it’s about prom! I love prom and I’d always wanted to write a book about it. It was so much fun!

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Midnight Hour
by C.C. Hunter
Paperback Giveaway
U.S. Only

St. Martin's Griffin
Released 10/25/2016

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C.C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Midnight Hour?

My favorite thing? There was so much about MIDNIGHT HOUR I loved. Because this is the very last Shadow Falls book, I put a lot heart and soul in there. But I guess one thing I really liked was how MIDNIGHT HOUR wasn’t just Miranda Kane’s journey, my dyslexic witch, who is finally learning to believe in herself. It delves into the life of Perry Gomez, the funny and sexy shapeshifter who is vying for Miranda’s heart, and who is searching for truths from his parents who abandoned him as a child. It also shows Shawn Hanson, the young and oh-so-hot warlock, who carries his own torch for Miranda and is trying to figure out his own way into adulthood. While I wouldn’t even call what’s going on a love triangle, it is about investigating one’s heart and distinguishing different kinds of emotional attachments we carry for those who have touched our lives.

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Empire Decayed
by Daniel Kraus
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 10/25/2016

A murdered teen is resurrected to walk the earth for more than a century in the second and final book in the sweeping epic that Entertainment Weekly called “utterly riveting.”

Zebulon Finch has faced more violence, lust, and heartbreak than any other seventeen-year-old in history. But nothing can prepare him for what is coming next.

Half a century has passed since Zebulon Finch was gunned down and then inexplicably resurrected to experience a second life. Picking up his tale where he left off, Zebulon heads to Nazi Germany on a top-secret mission. From there he escapes to the shiny new world of the suburbs—a tidy neighborhood hiding dark secrets. He will exchange the pains of this world for what he believes will be peace among the stars. He will march for social change all the way to Woodstock, go raving mad in the desert, and finally exit from humanity the only way he knows how. We first met Zebulon sealed in a tomb beneath the World Trade Center—might he yet crawl from the rubble to discover a different America?

Enthralling and gut-wrenching, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed is the conclusion to the epic saga of one young man’s journey down the long road to redemption.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Empire Decayed?

My favorite thing, quite frankly, is that it's finished. For at least four years, I did nothing but work on the two-volume Zebulon Finch project. It took over my life like an illness -- an illness that provided me with periods of intense euphoria. I'm only beginning to understand how underwater I was for that period. I was deep, deep into it, buried under the roughly 200 research books, trapped in the 1,500 manuscript pages, sifting through my 15-foot timeline and 200-part outline. I feel like I survived something.

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Boy Robot
by Simon Curtis
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/25/2016

Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.

In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.

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A Darkly Beating Heart
by Lindsay Smith
Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Released 10/25/2016

A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

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Blood Red Snow White
by Marcus Sedgwick
Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Released 10/25/2016

Russia wakes from a long sleep and marches to St Petersburg to claim her birthright. Her awakening will mark the end for the Romanovs, and the dawn of a new era that changed the world. Arthur Ransome, a journalist and writer, was part of it all. He left his family in England and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman. This is his story.

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Glitter
by Aprilynne Pike
Hardcover
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 10/25/2016

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
by Tara Eglington
Hardcover
A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Released 10/25/2016

Sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom.

But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else... and that’s what makes him so infuriating.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

From talented debut YA author Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a page-turning, funny and delicious romp of a book.

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Pushing Perfect
by Michelle Falkoff
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 10/25/2016

A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.

But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.

This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.

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The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet
by Natasha Farrant
Hardcover
Chicken House
Released 10/25/2016

A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister to life.

Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet girls. She's stubborn, never listens, and can't seem to keep her mouth shut -- not that she would want to anyway. She wishes her older sisters would pay her attention, or that something would happen in her boring country life.

Luckily, that something is right around the corner, and it's the handsome Wickham, who arrives at Longbourn to sweep her off her feet. Lydia's not going to let him know THAT, of course, especially since he only seems to be interested in friendship. But when they both decide to summer in the fashionable seaside town of Brighton, their paths inevitably become entangled again.

At the seaside, Lydia also finds exciting new ways of life and a pair of friends who offer her a future she would have never dreamed possible. Lydia finally understands what she really wants. But can she get it?

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