Tuesday, October 17, 2017

0 Nikki Katz, author of THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, on taking a journey of self-discovery

We're thrilled to have Nikki Katz stop by to talk about her newest book, THE MIDNIGHT DANCE.

Nikki, what was your inspiration for writing THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

I was actually halfway through writing another novel when I suddenly was struck by the concept of Pinocchio and live puppets. I envisioned a group of girls being mind controlled and what that would look like ... the terror in wondering who you were and your history and trying to find yourself. I immediately started writing and finished a draft in less than two months.

How long did you work on THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

I wrote the first draft over five years ago. I then revised several times to get my agent (including changing from first to third person and an entire rewrite of 2/3 of the book!) I then had to revise again once SwoonReads purchased the novel.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

This novel in its first draft was very much a journey of self-discovery for me. Even as an adult I struggle with finding myself and my path. Much of the original story was stripped away in revisions but I still hope this journey resonates with readers.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I wrote 5.5 novels before THE MIDNIGHT DANCE. None of them have been published although I want to go back to two of them!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I actually have to work in complete solitude with no noise. I can't even have the possibility of interruptions - which means all three of my children have to be out of the house!

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the first 50 pages of my option novel with SwoonReads. It's a little bit more high fantasy than THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, but with some interesting magical elements and more mind control!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Midnight Dance
by Nikki Katz
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 10/17/2017

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikki is a professional author, editor and freelance writer. THE MIDNIGHT DANCE comes out this month and THE KING’s QUESTIONER is set to be published Fall, 2018 (both novels Swoon Reads | Macmillan).

Nikki is the Managing Editor for SocialMoms.com and a Scribe for Book in a Box. She has written and published articles on a variety of topics: celebrities, entertainment, parenting, pregnancy, women’s issues, commerce, finance, games, puzzles, and more. Some of her work has appeared on Storia, About.com, iVillage, and b5media.com. She is also the author of four books in the puzzle and games genre.Previously, Nikki was a project manager, a management consultant, and her degree is in aerospace engineering. Yes, it is rocket science!

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Have you have a chance to read THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, yet?

Like, Nikki, I prefer to write in silence. What about you?
Writing can often turn up bits of ourselves we might not otherwise see -- what surprising things have turned up in your own manuscripts?

Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Erin, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

Monday, October 16, 2017

5 New Releases this week 10/16-10/22 plus 4 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week we have a few new releases up for grabs. Make sure to enter to win below, and check out all the other awesome books being released this week!

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann



YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Enhanced
by Carrie Jones
3 signed books/A goofy short writing video Giveaway
U.S. Only

Tor Teen
Released 10/17/2017

Seventeen-year-old Mana has found and rescued her mother, but her work isn't done yet. Her mother may be out of alien hands, but she's in a coma, unable to tell anyone what she knows.

Mana is ready to take action. The only problem? Nobody will let her. Lyle, her best friend and almost-boyfriend (for a minute there, anyway), seems to want nothing to do with hunting aliens, despite his love of Doctor Who. Bestie Seppie is so desperate to stay out of it, she's actually leaving town. And her mom's hot but arrogant alien-hunting partner, China, is ignoring Mana's texts, cutting her out of the mission entirely.

They all know the alien threat won't stay quiet for long. It's up to Mana to fight her way back in.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Enhanced?

So, in the real life of Carrie Jones, I am constantly needing help with things. This is because I am super inept at:

1. All things mechanical.
2. All things requiring upper body strength.
3. All things that require emotional wherewithal

As much as I’d like to pretend that I’m awesome at everything and capable of superhero-like feats of strength and abilities, my own level of awesome is pretty subpar.

What am I even saying, you’re probably wondering. What I’m saying is that I really rely a lot of my friends to help me out in so many ways. We meet up as a massive group once a week and some of us pretend to play poker while others stand in the kitchen eating food everyone has brought, which makes us sound like hooligans, but whenever anyone needs something? We’re right there for each other. It’s like this community that we’ve created all by ourselves, or a family for those of us whose real families suck or live far away.

And that’s my favorite thing about ENHANCED. It’s a bizarre, quirky, science fiction story full of weirdness and adventure, but the best part of it is the friendships. In the beginning, Mana feels like her friends have betrayed her and that’s such a huge deal for her inside because she really relies on them, but it all comes right in the end.


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Last Chance
by Gregg Hurwitz
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Tor Teen
Released 10/17/2017

The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X returns to Creek's Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Last Chance?

As readers of THE RAINS know, I ended the first book on a cliffhanger. That gave me an opportunity to do something in LAST CHANCE I've never been able to do before - jump right into the story midstream with a fast-paced, high stakes action sequence. It's one of the longest I've ever written and it was a blast. I was so excited to get back to battle with Chance, Patrick, and Alexandra (and the dogs). They're my favorite crew to spend time with.

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The Innocence Treatment
by Ari Goelman
Hardcover Giveaway
Roaring Brook Press
Released 10/17/2017

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her--and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Innocence Treatment?

I'm really happy with the moment in THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT when Lauren, who has previously led a very restricted, protected life, realizes she's on her own. More, she realizes she likes being on her own. When I think back to my time as a young adult in high school and university, so much of my mental energy was spent trying not to be on my own. Trying to deny the essential human fact that we're all alone. I really love the moment when Lauren steps up to that knowledge and embraces it.

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Strange Lies
by Maggie Thrash
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/17/2017

Only at Winship Academy would an evening science expo turn into a criminal fiasco. First, there’s the anonymous boy in the girls’ bathroom handing out drugs to anyone with the secret password. Then the student body president is maimed in a horrifying and tragic accident—but was it an accident or an attack?

Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds are right at the center of it all. And so is the headmaster’s son, Calvin Harker, an oddball poet whose interest in Virginia sets off alarm bells for Benny. As the case bleeds from Winship Academy to the surrounding city, the deep fault lines of racial tension in Atlanta’s history reveal explosive hatred still simmering under the city’s surface.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski: Kathryn F.
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster: Danielle G.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: Melanie N.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis: Kate F.

MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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A Line in the Dark
by Malinda Lo
Hardcover
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Released 10/17/2017

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

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Dear Martin
by Nic Stone
Hardcover
Crown Books for Young Readers
Released 10/17/2017

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 10/17/2017

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Like Water
by Rebecca Podos
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/17/2017

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

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Monster
by Michael Grant
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 10/17/2017

In the stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series, Michael Grant continues the story of the teens who morph into superheroes—and supermonsters—when they ingest an alien virus.

Four years after the events of the FAYZ, new meteorites are hitting Earth, and the whole world is exposed to a strange alien virus that gives humans unique superpowers.

As some teens become heroes and others become dangerously out of control with their new powers, the world will become more terrifying than the FAYZ—and only a monstrous battle between good and evil can save them.

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Sun Warrior
by P. C. Cast
Hardcover
Wednesday Books
Released 10/17/2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed.

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only one way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.

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The Midnight Dance
by Nikki Katz
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 10/17/2017

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

0 Heather Kaczynski, author of DARE MIGHTY THINGS, on following your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem

We're delighted to have Heather Kaczynski join us to chat about her debut novel, DARE MIGHTY THINGS.

Heather, 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 scene where everyone is trapped in a simulated lunar habitat that I had to rewrite many times to get just right - it was originally a lot more violent and also convoluted, plot-wise. I'm not the most proud of that scene though; I still see flaws in it, maybe because I wrote and rewrote it so many times. I still particularly love the first scenes when Cassie arrives at Johnson Space Center for training; her orientation, meeting the people that would become her friends, and the first competition of a long and grueling test of endurance. Those scenes flowed so easily when writing them and were hardly changed throughout all the rounds of revisions.

0 Tracey Neithercott, author of GRAY WOLF ISLAND, on still waiting for that aha moment

We're happy to have Tracey Neithercott stop by to share more about her debut novel, GRAY WOLF ISLAND.

Tracey, what was your inspiration for writing GRAY WOLF ISLAND?

It started with Stand by Me. I was watching it (again) one night, and just as Chris was pouring his heart out to Gordie, I realized how much I wanted to write a YA friendship story. I didn’t have anything as fancy as a plot, but the idea wouldn’t let go. And then it hit me: I wanted to send a group of characters on a treasure hunt that would forge intense, lifetime friendships. A couple weeks later, my husband began watching The Curse of Oak Island on the History channel. It follows the real-life treasure hunt on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia, where an endless pit is said to hold a massive treasure. It was so perfect I swear I heard a “click” when the two ideas slid into place.

0 Caitlin Sangster, author of LAST STAR BURNING, on keeping your chin up

We're pleased to have Caitlin Sangster here to tell us more about her latest novel, LAST STAR BURNING.

Caitlin, what's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

My writing ritual is mostly composed of snagging moments between children asking me to tie their shoes...at least it is right now while school is out. That's not actually all the way true. I usually do my drafting at the library. No music, no internet, and no loud people to distract me.

0 Mindy McGinnis, author of THIS DARKNESS MINE, on rejection existing at every level

We are thrilled to have Mindy McGinnis with us to talk about her latest novel, THIS DARKNESS MINE.

Mindy, what was your inspiration for writing THIS DARKNESS MINE?

I went down the rabbit hole of the internet one night and learned about mirror therapy, where inverted images are used to treat itching, pain and discomfort in missing limbs. I began thinking about the issue in a less physical way, as in, what if someone believed they had they wrong heart inside of them? This idea grew and turned into a short story called "Phantom Heart" which is in the anthology titled "Among the Shadows." My fellow editors on that project, Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta, convinced me that there was a novel-length story there.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

0 Hillary Monahan, author of THE HOLLOW GIRL, on realizing dark days happen but hope springs eternal

We are thrilled to have Hillary Monahan stop by to chat about her latest novel, THE HOLLOW GIRL.

Hillary, what was your inspiration for writing THE HOLLOW GIRL?

I talk about this in the forward of the book, but about ten years ago I was sitting in my grandmother's apartment talking to her. She was a writer herself—wrote with Charles Shulz of Peanuts fame for a while, started the Maxine card line for Hallmark as their primary writer. She was noodling writing a book about two Welsh Romani girls, sisters, one girl who stays with the caravan to study under her sorceress grandmother, one who falls in love with a gadjo (a non-Rom) and leaves the caravan to join the outside world. It sounded excellent, she was really excited about it, but unfortunately she passed away before she could pen it herself.

When I followed in my grandmother's footsteps as a pro writer, I wanted to write something to honor her, and I knew this was ripe fodder, but there were concerns. For one, despite my lineage, I never experienced any of the heartache of diaspora. I never had to live with societal pressure to assimilate or wither. That is a story I think that's far better told by a Rom who's lived those things—my conjecture would be inferior to their perspective. The second sister, though, the sorceress, I could do. In theory. The problem was the "gypsy" (don't say that word—it's a racial slur) fortune teller trope. I was aware of the gadjo stereotype, but that said, some Romani people did believe in magic (my grandmother's family) and dukkering was a time honored way to make money. My challenge, then, was to pen the book as a dark fantasy, showcasing Romani custom, entwining magical elements, all the while taking the thing that's been used against the Rom for eons and making it a point of empowerment.

Hopefully I succeeded.

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 scenes before and after Bethan's sexual assault were murderous for me. I'm an SA survivor, and while I didn't put the act of rape on the page, the lead ups, the feelings of hopelessness and emptiness afterward were call backs I'd have rather never articulated, but the book is better for them. It's important for readers to see the fallout. Too often SA is a thing we put in fiction to show how bad a bad guy is, but the victim is rarely properly represented—the way that this act can and does change a person. I wanted that there, even if it hurt to write. It's raw and awful but also necessary to talk about if we want to change a culture that sees a quarter of our cis female population victimized with numbers that slant much higher for trans and nonbinary folks.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE HOLLOW GIRL?

I'm hoping they realize that dark days happen but hope really does spring eternal. I'm hoping they know a little more about Romani culture. I'm hoping they stop using "the g word" so loosely. I'm hoping they understand the impact of SA on victims and prioritize those feelings over the futures of the attackers. I'm hoping they look to the strong elderly influences in their lives—particularly the females that are oft reduced to hug-bots in fiction—and understand the wisdom they have to offer often comes from lived experience. Brittle bones does not brittle constitution make.

I hope for a lot of things, honestly.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Hollow Girl
by Hillary Monahan
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 10/10/2017

Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hillary Monahan's YA debut MARY: The Summoning, a YA Horror retelling of the Bloody Mary myth, sold at auction to Hyperion and hit number two on the New York Times e-book bestseller list. MARY: Unleashed is out as of fall 2015. She's also published THE AWESOME with Ravenstone under the name Eva Darrows, which received starred reviews in both Kirkus and PW.

Her next three publications are an adult horror novel in the GODS & MONSTERS series for Solaris, due out in December of 2016. Spring of 2017 will see the YA contemporary DEAD LITTLE MEAN GIRL under the name Eva Darrows published through Harlequin Teen. Fall of 2017 sees the YA horror THE WAGON WITCH'S APPRENTICE under Hillary Monahan through Delacorte/Random House.

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Have you had a chance to read THE HOLLOW GIRL, yet?
Listening to friends or family member's stories can springboard an idea or a character for your own writing. How do you like to take that idea and make it yours?
What's your secret for penning those gut wrenching emotional scenes?

Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Erin, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

0 Sarah Moon, author of SPARROW, on letting go of getting it perfect

We're happy to have Sarah Moon stop by to talk about her debut novel, SPARROW.

Sarah, what scene in SPARROW was really hard for you to write and why?

I really, really struggled to write the scene with Dr. Katz, Sparrow and her mom. It felt like an important scene, and one that I really wanted to get right. So in the first (several) attempts, it was all wrong because I was trying so hard to get it all perfect. When I let go of getting it perfect, it finally came together. It was also hard to write the scene when Sparrow goes to Leticia when Mrs. Wexler dies, because I kept crying (not like, oh, I am so moved by my own words, but because it reminded me of losses I experienced as a teenager).

What do you hope readers will take away from SPARROW?

I hope they take away whatever it is they need in that particular moment -- if that's just a good book recommendation or a new band, or if it's the courage to speak up even when everything in you wants to be silent, all of that is okay by me.

What did SPARROW teach you about writing or about yourself?

I'd never written fiction in my life before Sparrow, so it taught me a lot. I learned that I don't have to account for every single minute of her day, I can take Sparrow from therapy to home to a flashback to the next week without providing the real-time account of everything she did in between. I learned that not every sentence is followed by "she said" or "she thought".

What was your road to publication? How long did you work on SPARROW?

I started Sparrow in 2010. So, the road has been long and very winding. Because it's my first piece of fiction, I had a steep learning curve. At first I thought Sparrow was going to be a prose-poem, then I thought half the story was going to be told by Dr. Katz. There was a lot to figure out! Many, many thanks to Arthur Levine who patiently read through every single version.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

My writing ritual is whenever I can, however I can (even more so now that I have a new baby!). I write at home, almost always. Because I'm a teacher, I write during summer break and school vacations. My wife is a music supervisor, so I tell her about what I'm working on and ask her to make me a playlist for that. The playlist she made for Sparrow was basically the only thing I listened to for months. It's still one of my favorite playlists, even now that Sparrow has flown the nest.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a book about two teenaged sisters who try to make it on their own while their mom is in rehab. Hijinx ensue.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sparrow
by Sarah Moon
Hardcover
Arthur A. Levine Books
Released 10/10/2017

Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Jasmine, and their dog, Otis. She is the coeditor of The Letter Q, a young adult anthology. Sparrow is her first young adult novel.

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Have you had a chance to read SPARROW yet?
Sarah points out that part of her learning curve was to stop accounting for Sparrow's whereabouts. What's your go-to method to eliminate the minutiae?
Like Sarah, emotional scenes are the toughest for me, too. What's the most difficult scene for you to write?

Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Erin, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

Monday, October 9, 2017

14 New Releases this week 10/09-10/15 plus 4 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week we have a few new releases up for grabs. Make sure to enter to win below, and check out all the other awesome books being released this week!

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Dare Mighty Things
by Heather Kaczynski
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

HarperTeen
Released 10/10/2017

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Dare Mighty Things?

Probably the friendships Cassie makes, almost against her will, with the other competitors. I like that they genuinely bond over shared interests despite competing against each other, which is a bit of the reverse that you usually see in competition stories. And, of course, Cassie's love of space.

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This Darkness Mine
by Mindy McGinnis
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Katherine Tegen Books
Released 10/10/2017

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about This Darkness Mine?

Even though I've written a girl who is almost feral, and a vigilante justice killer, I think this was my first experience writing a truly unlikable main character. I had a great time writing Sasha - the girl you love to hate. It was fun and freeing in a lot of ways to write someone who is so brutally out for herself.

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The Nowhere Girls
by Amy Reed
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/10/2017

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Nowhere Girls?

I may have a different answer tomorrow, but right now I'd say my favorite thing is the hope and empowerment in THE NOWHERE GIRLS. Like so many, I find myself overwhelmed with the constant bad news these days, and it is easy to slip into the downward spiral of hopelessness and powerlessness. The brave girls in this book remind me that there is so much strength in our solidarity, that our voices and stories are powerful agents of change. I know there are already so many young women around the country like the Nowhere Girls, who are speaking out and educating themselves about social justice, who are standing up for themselves and supporting each other and their communities. It inspires me to keep standing up for what I believe in, and I hope it does the same for you.

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Last Star Burning
by Caitlin Sangster
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/10/2017

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: Jessica S.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Gray Wolf Island
by Tracey Neithercott
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 10/10/2017

Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Gray Wolf Island?

This book is a collection of my favorite things: the bond between sisters, secrets and lies, romance, magic, adventure, twists, an exploration of morality. But if I had to pick a single favorite, it would be the friendships. This book started with the smallest idea: an intense and life-altering friendship. My main character is a bit antisocial, so to terrorize her I created a group of people intent befriending her. It was so much fun to write her resistance and then slow realization that perhaps she’d been waiting for these friends all along. And, well, I’m going to cheat and mention a second favorite: My second POV character. He has fewer pages than Ruby, the primary protagonist, but Cooper’s chapters were so much fun to write. I hope readers connect with and love him as much as I do.

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Sparrow
by Sarah Moon
Hardcover
Arthur A. Levine Books
Released 10/10/2017

Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music...

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Sparrow?

This is such a hard question to answer! Because I wrote Sparrow for someone I love, there's a lot that I love about it. Thinking about this question it occurs to me that what I love are her moments of discovery and connection. I love her time in the library with Mrs. Wexler and the Frequent Flyers, I love the first moment that she thinks that Dr. Katz might not be a total idiot, I love when she discovers new music that makes her feel less alone, I love the moment when the band comes together, and when she finally lets herself talk to Ty, and then to Tanasia, Spike and Lara. And, of course, I love it when she plays the bass.

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The Hollow Girl
by Hillary Monahan
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 10/10/2017

Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hollow Girl?

My favorite thing about THE HOLLOW GIRL is knowing that this is something, albeit in a roundabout way, that I share with my grandmother. She's passed away, but this is ours. Gram helped raise me--my bio dad wasn't in the picture, and my grandmother was as much a part of my parentage as my mother in many ways. It was three generations of strong personalities, living and loving and growing together as people. Ten years ago, I sat in Gram's basement listening to her talk about the book she wanted to write (she was a professional word slinger, too) about two Romani girls, one displaced from her caravan, one who stayed with the caravan and studied under her sorceress grandmother. I didn't feel equipped, privileged as I am, to write the first story of diaspora and living in a gadje world, but the second I felt I could handle. Incorporating some of our traditions, filling the rest out with dark fantasy? I could do that. I had to be careful because of the gadje trope of the fortune teller, so I decided to confront it head on and embrace it, turning something that's been used to pigeonhole the culture into a mark of strength.

Hopefully the readers find it as compelling to read as I found it to write.


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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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All the Crooked Saints
by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover
Scholastic Press
Released 10/10/2017

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.

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Berserker
by Emmy Laybourne
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
Released 10/10/2017

Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
by Julie C. Dao
Hardcover
Philomel Books
Released 10/10/2017

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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I Capture the Castle: Young Adult Edition
by Dodie Smith
Hardcover
Wednesday Books
Released 10/10/2017

A Wednesday Books reissue of one of the century's most beloved novels, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Jenny Han.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle” –and the heart of the reader- in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.

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Into the Bright Unknown
by Rae Carson
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 10/10/2017

The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

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The Breathless
by Tara Goedjen
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 10/10/2017

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

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The Knowing
by Sharon Cameron
Hardcover
Scholastic Press
Released 10/10/2017

Samara doesn't forget. And she isn't the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city's forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs -- and truths -- collide?

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The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co
Released 10/10/2017

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

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The Memory Trees
by Kali Wallace
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 10/10/2017

The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

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Tool of War
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 10/10/2017

This third book in a major series by a bestselling science fiction author, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award finalist is the gripping story of the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.

Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret: Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters... The time is coming when Tool will embark on an all-out war against those who have enslaved him. From one of science fiction's undisputed masters comes a riveting page-turner that pulls no punches.

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Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
Hardcover
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Released 10/10/2017

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

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Vanilla
by Billy Merrell
Hardcover
Push
Released 10/10/2017

Vanilla and Hunter have been dating since seventh grade.
They came out together,
navigated middle school together,
and became that couple in high school
that everyone always sees as a couple.

There are complications and confusions, for sure.
But most of all,
they love each other.

As high school goes, though,
and as their relationship deepens,
some cracks begin to show.

Hunter thinks they should be having sex.
Vanilla isn't so sure.

Hunter doesn't mind hanging out with loud, obnoxious friends.
Vanilla would rather avoid them.

If they're becoming different people,
can they be the same couple?

Falling in love is hard.
Staying in love is harder.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

2 Free 1st 5 Pages Workshop is Now Open!

Our October workshop is now open! In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Amy Dominy as our author mentor and Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency as our agent mentor! (See below for Kaitlyn's background and query preferences.)

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!

So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!
Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at least two traditionally-published published or agented authors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works

Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, 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. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman, @MelissWritesNow, @charlotteclg ), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

October Guest Literary Agent Mentor : Kaitlyn Johnson

After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. Centering her life around everything literary, she started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial, as soon as her diploma arrived in the mail.

Kaitlyn is proud to be an apprentice agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency, as well as the Muse and the Marketplace Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. Check Twitter, @kaitylynne13, for #mswl listings and writerly life thoughts.

​- YA, NA, and A are her main interests. She mostly drools for fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (with erotic elements is OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII.
- Contemporary can grab her attention only if the concept is unique enough and executed well. Overplayed tropes/characters make her cringe. Same goes for upper MG.
- LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above.

When querying, please follow submission guidelines.

October Guest Literary Author Mentor: Amy Dominy 



Amy Dominy is an advertising copywriter turned playwright turned novelist. Her books for teens and tweens include DIE FOR YOUA MATTER OF HEART; AUDITION & SUBTRACTION; and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book.

Amy's first picture book, COOKIESAURUS REX, co-written by Nate Evans, is coming from Disney on September 26th. It's going to be sweet! :)

Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her hubby and two children who come home for school breaks and free meals.





About DIE FOR YOU: 


Theirs was the perfect love story. After Emma Lorde’s parents’ divorce forces her to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one.

Then she meets Dillon Hobbs, and something just clicks.

Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past, and the security of a commitment that he promises will last forever. And because circumstances of her messy life forced Emma to put aside her dream of pursuing archaeology, Dillon creates a blueprint for a future together.

He saves her, over and over, by loving her more than she thought anyone ever would.

But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.

Now Dillon is the one who needs saving.

But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if saving Dillon means losing herself?

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0 Gwen C. Katz, author of AMONG THE RED STARS, on venturing outside of your chosen genre

We're delighted to have Gwen Katz here today to tell us about her novel, AMONG THE RED STARS.

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

I know everyone wants to compare their book to CODE NAME VERITY, but if you liked that blend of history, adventure, and girl friendship, there's a lot here you will like. FLYGIRL by Sherri Smith and the works of Ruta Sepetys are some others that have a lot in common with AMONG THE RED STARS. For upcoming releases, there's NOTHING BUT SKY by Amy Trueblood.