Tuesday, October 31, 2017

0 Julia Keller, author of THE DARK INTERCEPT, on your ideas being your best friend

Happy Halloween! On this spooky day, we're thrilled to have Julia Keller with us to share more about her novel, THE DARK INTERCEPT.

Julia, what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?


What a great question! I love the idea that books are for the people who write them as much as they're for the people who read them. It's really, really true. When you write a book, you make a new best friend: Your ideas. THE DARK INTERCEPT let me take some of my favorite ideas out for a spin.

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've been lucky in my writing life. I won a Pulitzer Prize for my work at the Chicago Tribune, and that made people interested in my stories. The hard part was having them understand that, while I was journalist and wrote about real things, I wanted to write fiction. Once I'd written THE DARK INTERCEPT, I was fortunate to be paired up with a great editor -- Ali Fisher at Tor. She helped me re-think the shape of my story. And like all writers, or at least the ones I know, I have several unpublished manuscripts hanging out in my desk drawer. Someday, they may see the light of day . . .

What are you working on now?

Book Three in the THE DARK INTERCEPT trilogy, which I call MUSIC FROM A BROKEN STAR. I just finished Book Two, A SCREAMING IN THE MIND, which will be published in 2018. I hope readers are so engaged with the characters in Book One that they just can't wait to read the rest of the story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Dark Intercept
by Julia Keller
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 10/31/2017

The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion.

But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University, then later earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton and Ohio State Universities, and the University of Notre Dame. She is a guest essayist on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and has been a contributor on CNN and NBC Nightly News. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Julia lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

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Have you had a chance to read THE DARK INTERCEPT yet? Do you think books are both for the people who read them and for those who write them? Do you have unpublished manuscripts hanging out in a desk drawer? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

4 New Releases this Week 10/30-11/05 plus Giveaway of BAD GIRL WITH PERFECT FACES

Happy Monday! This week we have a giveaway of BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES in addition to spotlighting all of the other awesome new releases. 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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Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
by Lynn Weingarten
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 10/31/2017

Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


Meant to Be by Julie Halpern: Michelle H.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Alone
by Cyn Balog
Hardcover
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 11/1/2017

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city…or Seda's friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Alone?

After so many years of trying in vain to please everyone, I finally decided that I was going to write the kind of books I wanted to read. I grew up watching slasher horror films-- they're not too heavy, not to be taken too seriously and are a fun way to pass a few hours. ALONE is just one of those books I would've loved to get my hands on when I was a teen. I combined a bunch of things that interest me: horror movies, an isolated creepy mansion, celebrities with interesting deaths, a murder hunt game, and a main character that may or may not be psychotic. Then I added in some jaw-dropping twists, and well ... the result was ALONE.

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The Dark Intercept
by Julia Keller
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 10/31/2017

The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion.

But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Dark Intercept?

Just one? Okay, for starters, it's about feelings -- those pesky little bugaboos that bring you sadness and despair and embarrassment and fear AND joy and exhilaration and magic and hope.. My book is set in the year 2294, when the Earth has been divided into New Earth and Old Earth -- and both worlds bow to a technology called the Intercept. It captures your emotions, stores them, and then re-deploys them when the government wants to control your behavior. I've always been slightly obsessed with the idea of feelings. Why are they so powerful? Are they good or bad? Helpful or hurtful? In THE DARK INTERCEPT, I get to follow the thread of my curiosity about emotions and whip up a tale of love and science and lust. Wait -- did I say lust? Yes, I did.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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A Very, Very Bad Thing
by Jeffery Self
Hardcover
Push
Released 10/31/2017

Marley doesn't just want to be labeled The Gay Kid, but he doesn't have much else going on. He doesn't have any hobbies. Or interests. He's the only kid he knows without a passion . . . until Christopher comes to town. He's smart, cute, gay, and . . . the son of the country's most famous, most bigoted television evangelist.

Marley and Christopher immediately spark -- and become inseparable. For a month, it's heaven. Then Christopher's parents send him to a Pray Away the Gay program, which leads to even worse things. Hurt and outraged, Marley tells a very big lie -- and then has to navigate its repercussions.

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Beasts Made of Night
by Tochi Onyebuchi
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 10/31/2017

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.

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Girl in a Bad Place
by Kaitlin Ward
Hardcover
Point
Released 10/31/2017

Mailee and Cara take care of each other. Mailee is the star of the high school plays; Cara is the stage manager. Mailee can't keep her life together; Cara has enough organizational skills for the both of them.

So when the girls are invited to visit the Haven, a commune in the mountains near their suburban Montana homes, it seems like an adventure. Until Cara starts spending every waking minute there ... and Mailee thinks it's creepy, almost like a cult. When Cara decides she's going to move to the Haven permanently, Mailee knows it's a bad idea. But how far will she go to save her best friend ... from herself?

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Going Viral
by Amy Alward
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 10/31/2017

There’s trouble in Nova and the citizens of the kingdom must once again put their faith in Samantha Kemi to save the day in the final novel of the “charming and humorous” (Kirkus Reviews) Potion Diaries series.

After the royal tour, Samantha Kemi thought she could take a break from saving the day. Her grandfather Ostanes is healthy, she’s about to be named a Master Alchemist, and Princess Evelyn is happily married to Prince Stefan.

Except—Sam has no proof that Evelyn is happily married because she hasn’t seen the princess in days…Prince Stefan is now the public face of the Royal family.

Princess Evelyn has gone MIA just when Nova (and Sam) needs her most. A surge of magic is spreading across the country—like a virus—and every Talented person is suddenly more powerful. With the Talenteds getting stronger, Ordinary people begin to worry about an imbalance in the magic streams—and in society. When a group of Talented kids—Sam’s sister Molly Among them—are attacked with a powerful sleeping potion, Prince Stefan is convinced that the Ordinary people are taking a radical stand against Talenteds and reinstates the old ban on traditional alchemy.

Now Sam’s hands are tied. Does she trust Nova’s scientists to find a synthetic cure to this curse, or does she break Stefan’s royal decree and use her skills to save her little sister—and possibly all of Nova—from a forever sleep?

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Kid Alone: A Garvie Smith Mystery
by Simon Mason
Hardcover
David Fickling Books
Released 10/31/2017

Meet Garvie Smith. Good-for-nothing scoundrel, genius, and sometime detective. Right in the middle of exams hell--until now.

A boy from Marsh Academy has been shot, with no clear motive and no clues. Disgraced police detective Raminder Singh is on the case, and he's determined to keep Garvie away.

But Garvie knows he's the only one who has any idea where to look for the answers. Starting with his best friend's girlfriend. And it's going to take more than pointless studying or flunking his tests to stop him getting involved.

Exams. What exams?

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My New Crush Gave to Me
by Shani Petroff
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 10/31/2017

Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school's star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine. Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper's Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz, Teo's cousin and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He's easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he's willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she's stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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Otherworld
by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 10/31/2017

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

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Piper
by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 10/31/2017

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.

The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare...

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The Empress
by S.J. Kincaid
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 10/31/2017

The thrilling sequel to S.J. Kincaid’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Diabolic that TeenVogue.com called “the perfect kind of high-pressure adventure.”

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne.

But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

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The Wicker King
by K. Ancrum
Hardcover
Imprint
Released 10/31/2017

The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

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Tortall: A Spy's Guide
by Tamora Pierce
Hardcover
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 10/31/2017

The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .

As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness.

This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

0 Free #1st5pages Workshop Opens November 4th!

Our November workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, November 4th at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Robin Constantine as our author mentor and Alec Shane of Writer's House  as our agent mentor! (See below for Alec'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!

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.

November  Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Alec Shane

Alex began his career at Writers House as an intern, and then as assistant to Jodi Reamer. He's now actively building his own list and currently represent a fairly eclectic mix of Children's and Adult fiction and nonfiction. He's eagerly looking for both.

On the fiction side, he love mysteries, thrillers, bad-ass protagonists with a chip on their shoulders, beautifully told historical fiction, well-researched adventure stories, and great horror. In terms of children's books, getting boys to read again is especially important to him, and thus he's particularly on the lookout for a fun middle-grade adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers.

Click here for submission information!





November Guest Author Mentor: Robin Constantine

Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing, The Secrets of Attraction and The Season of You & Me. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.

Find her on Twitter @RConstantine14
Find her on Facebook at: Robin Constantine












About THE SEASON OF YOU & ME 


Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.






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Saturday, October 28, 2017

0 Julie Halpern, author of MEANT TO BE, on not looking back

We are thrilled to have Julie Halpern pop in to talk about her latest book, MEANT TO BE.

Julie, what was your inspiration for writing MEANT TO BE?

I was looking for something a little different than the usual contemporary humor I write. As a fangirl of many scifi and fantasy fandoms, I went through a period where I was reading a lot of fanfiction and spending time on tumblr. I loved the "Imagines," where people would post a picture from a show along with a fantastical thought of what it would be like if XYZ happened with a character from a TV show. The "soulmate" imagine popped up quite a bit, the idea that soulmates were predetermined in some way and the reader's soulmate ended up being their favorite character from their favorite TV show. I originally thought I might try writing a piece of fanfiction with this idea, but it was just too huge an idea to contain. I didn't want to be tied to characters already in existence, and the pieces of it that I found most intriguing were: what if you didn't like your soulmate? What if you didn't want a soulmate? What would this world be like? That's where MEANT TO BE came from.

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?

This book has a lot of sex scenes. It was what came out as I wrote, and I write what my character dictates. But I knew I was writing a young adult novel, so I felt like I had to revise the sex scenes over and over and over again so as not to make myself feel like a creepy old lady. I think the scenes are all pretty funny, though. Or at least I hope they are! I try to keep things as real as possible. As far as scenes I really love, I am quite fond of the final chapter.

What do you hope readers will take away from MEANT TO BE?

I always want my readers to laugh. And I hope it inspires people to take charge of their lives and find something worth traveling the world for.

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

Years ago my husband (children's book author and illustrator Matthew Cordell) and I used the book "Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market," published each year, to help us create a proposal for a picture book we wanted to make together. We sent the proposal out to nineteen different publishers, received eighteen rejections, and were lucky enough to receive a single "maybe." One year after we sent out the proposals, the "maybe" turned into a "yes." We were very lucky to be pulled from the slush pile. That was "Toby and the Snowflakes" (Houghton Mifflin). From there, Matthew started his career in illustration. As a middle school librarian and surrounded by young adult novels, I wanted to try my hand at writing one of my own based on my experiences in a mental hospital in high school. I wrote it during my long commute on a train. I entered a contest for a first novelist, didn't win, and then sent the manuscript to an editor my husband had been working with. She had just moved to a new imprint and was looking for new work. It was the right person, the right book, at the right time. I was very lucky (I keep using that word, but I think luck and timing have a lot to do with getting published). I have since worked with Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends on all of my novels.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

No. I have slowly become aware that I am a good writer, in the sense that pacing and story and character and plot all come together well and naturally for me. Not that every moment of every novel is easy to write, but I do feel that I know what I'm doing. Could I explain or teach it? I'm not so sure.

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

I usually reserve a small study room at my public library for two hours a day. I can't have noise, so I bring a white noise machine and ear plugs. I hand write my books, so I have notebooks, pens, and Post-its, plus tons of gum. I chew a piece for a bit until it gets hard, then I spit it out and pop in another. I try to write in chapters, meaning I don't like to have to stop in the middle of a chapter. I almost always have some sort of date book to help me organize events in my story, and I always have to keep a list of the characters' names because I am terrible with remembering names.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Don't look back. Looking back and revising as you go is an easy way to never get it done. Write your book until you finish a first draft. That's a huge accomplishment. Then you can go back and rip it to shreds.

What are you working on now?

I'm just starting a young adult novel that I'm co-writing with Len Vlahos about a boy and a girl who go through a break-up. We have never worked together, and it's so interesting to send these back and forth emails during the brainstorming stage. I'm excited to start writing the book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Meant to Be
by Julie Halpern
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
Released 10/24/2017

In a world where the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appear on the body at age eighteen, a girl must decide whether to believe the phenomenon or follow her heart.

It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha's best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn't so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB (who has a common name, no less) she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?

With her trademark wit and irreverence, acclaimed author Julie Halpern explores an age-old question: Who are we meant to be with? Readers won't be able to resist knowing the answer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JULIE HALPERN is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. Maternity Leave is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.

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Have you had a chance to read MEANT TO BE yet?

Julie uses notebooks, post-its, and a date book to organize her project. How do you organize yours?

Blocking a two hour period at the library is a great way to ensure productivity. Do you have any tricks to keep your butt in the chair?

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

0 Thank You to the Participants and Mentors of the 1st 5 Pages Workshop!

Congratulations to all of the participants who worked so hard during our October 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop! And a big thanks to our wonderful guest mentors, Amy Dominy as our author mentor and Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency as our agent mentor! And as always, thank you to our talented and fabulous permanent mentors, who read, comment, and cheer on our participants every month!

Our November workshop will open for entries on Saturday, November 4th at noon, EST. 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!

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 with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors and a guest author mentor, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

Remember, we take December off, and will re-open in January. So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!

Happy Writing (and revising!)

Erin

About the Author:

Erin Cashman is AYAP's 1st 5 Pages Workshop coordinator, and a permanent mentor. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three kids, and an energetic rescue dog. She writes YA fantasy. UNCHARTED is coming fall of 2018, and THE EXCEPTIONALS, a Bank Street College of Education best book of the year, is available now. For up to date information about the workshop, you can follow Erin on twitter here

Monday, October 23, 2017

4 New Releases this week 10/23-10/29 plus Giveaway of MEANT TO BE

Happy Monday! This week we have a giveaway of MEANT TO BE in addition to our spotlighting all of the other awesome new releases. 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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Meant to Be
by Julie Halpern
Hardcover plus Swag Giveaway
U.S. Only

Feiwel & Friends
Released 10/24/2017

In a world where the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appear on the body at age eighteen, a girl must decide whether to believe the phenomenon or follow her heart.

It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha's best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn't so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB (who has a common name, no less) she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?

With her trademark wit and irreverence, acclaimed author Julie Halpern explores an age-old question: Who are we meant to be with? Readers won't be able to resist knowing the answer.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Meant to Be?

One of my favorite things (because after you spend months and months with characters and story, it's hard to choose just one) is the amusement park, Haunted Hollow, I created for the book. It was so much fun thinking of the different rides, name them, choose foods, workers, decor, and the man who runs the place, Sam Hain. I really wish I could spend some time there! If it were real, that is. I had buttons printed up for the fake rides, and I'm so in love with them.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Enhanced by Carrie Jones: Samantha M.
Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz: Courtney W.
Strange Lies by Maggie Thrash: Michelle M.
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman: John S.

MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Calling My Name
by Liara Tamani
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 10/24/2017

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

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Expelled
by Emily Raymond and James Patterson
Hardcover
jimmy patterson
Released 10/24/2017

Will Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?

To uncover the truth, Will gets close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the bad girl, the class clown, the vice principal, and...his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding, and even worse--what do they know about each other? The terrible truth will haunt them forever.

New York Times bestselling author James Patterson brings us another fast-moving tale of suspense, with danger, romance, and twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very last page.

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Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
Hardcover
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Released 10/24/2017

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun.
He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck--who, Will finds out, is the one that gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing.

The only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator?

Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 10/24/2017

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
by Philip Pullman
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 10/24/2017

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

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The Glass Spare
by Lauren DeStefano
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/24/2017

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure. But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

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Us Kids Know
by JJ Strong
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 10/24/2017

A risky, heartbreaking debut in the vein of The Outsiders, following a group of unmoored teens in suburban New Jersey as they blaze destructive paths and wrestle with burgeoning adolescence, ultimately committing one disastrous error that changes their lives forever.

We all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Brielle and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid, Ray wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Brielle—whose “popular” status feels tenuous at best—knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Brielle and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of small-time crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Brielle quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

But as Brielle and Ray find themselves more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, the once-thrilling experiences begin to feel increasingly dangerous, culminating in a life-changing event that shakes the teens to their core.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

0 Ari Goelman, author of THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, on thinking he'd figured out how to write a novel

We're delighted to have Ari Goelman join us to chat about his latest novel, THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT.

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

While I was writing THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, I thought quite a bit about FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON -- it's an old science fiction story (turned novel) published well before I was born, which tells the story of a person with a cognitive disability who is treated and turns into a super genius. While it is a very different kind of novel than THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, Lauren's journey obviously resonates with the journey of the hero at the center of the novel.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

0 Carrie Jones, author of ENHANCED, on realizing that she really wants to be a hero

ENHANCED is the second book in the Flying series, and we're excited to have Carrie Jones join us to share more about it.

Carrie, hat was your inspiration for writing ENHANCED?

I wanted to write a story about teenagers put in impossible situations, where the only way that they can deal is relying on each other and their own heroic traits. But I also think that teenagers are brilliant and engaged and capable of handling big themes even when those themes are presented in quirky ways. So, the whole FLYING series is about meshing those concepts – presenting themes of “othering,” friendship, and distrust in the government within a story that flows quickly and is full of adventure.

In a weird way, ENHANCED was influenced by the friendship of Captain America and Bucky/the Winter Soldier. My friend and I were watching a ton of Marvel movies and we were like, “Um… why are there never any awesome woman superhero friendships like that?” So, in a weird way ENHANCED is a homage to that and to female friendship.

And finally, the third inspiration was an event I witnessed as a volunteer firefighter when a restaurant burnt down in our small town. There’s about 5,000 people in our town. It’s super small. When I was looking at the flames, I thought I saw something hovering above the restaurant, something unidentified. Obviously, I was probably pretty hot and dehydrated at the time so I was probably hallucinating. But if you read ENHANCED, you’ll totally recognize this in one of the scenes.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

I realized that I really want to be a hero and I’m so super frustrated that I’m not. I would, honestly, be the worst hero ever. I have no super skills. I trip over things a lot. I break my toe once a year. But when I was writing this novel, I had this mini-epiphany that so many of my characters want to save other people and this is so obviously because I want to save other people. I had this series, NEED, where the main character, Zara, witnesses her bonus-dad die of a heart attack and then she gets all involved with Amnesty International (a human rights organization) and really wants to make a big difference in saving the world. It’s seven years after I started that series and I finally realized this was a complete self-insertion. My bonus dad died when I was going into sixth grade, also of a heart attack. I also tried to save him (and I did once, but he died again). I also was a big volunteer for Amnesty International in high school. Sadly, though, I never turned into a human-sized, kick-butt pixie.

It took me writing Mana as she struggles with her new role as someone who can save rather than be saved, for me to realize that this is such an issue about me. I spend so much of my time volunteering (passing out wheelchairs, creating playgrounds, kids book festivals, literacy projects, working to end polio, working to end human trafficking) and it’s all because I couldn’t save my dad when he had a heart attack.

One of my superhero skills is definitely not self awareness.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on three books. I do this because I get terrified that I’ll have writers block and not be able to write at all, but just stare blankly at the computer screen forever. I’m also terrified that I won’t always be lucky enough to be a writer as a living. This way if I get writers block on one story, I can move to the next and not hyperventilate and freak out. This is how I deal with my fear. Obviously, I am all about the fear.

The three books I’m working on right now are:
  1. A necromancer who has to bring her high school friend back from the dead to find out who is killing people in cemeteries. Spoiler: It’s something super evil. 
  2. A murder mystery where someone is killing the gifted and talented seniors. A girl called DUDE has to figure it out before more people die. 
  3. A story about this girl whose family is just a total mess and she starts having visions of her dead mom imploring her to tell the stories of the dead people in their family. 
Cough. That’s a lot of death, isn’t it?

ABOUT THE BOOK

Enhanced
by Carrie Jones
Hardcover
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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.

The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Obviously, something didn’t work.

Carrie has a large, skinny white dog and a fat cat. Both like fudgicles. Only the cat likes potatoes. This may be a reason for the kitty’s weight problem (Shh… don’t tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy hats but has never owned one. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.

Here’s the lowdown about Carrie…

1. Carrie can not drink coffee. It makes her insane. Do not give her caffeine.
2. Carrie is very responsive to loving strokes on the hair, kind of like a puppy. However, do not do this without asking first unless you are a ridiculously handsome man or an editor who is about to offer her a trillion dollars for the first draft of her novel.
3. Carrie is secretly really, really shy even though she’s pathetically outgoing in person. She has a very hard time calling people. So, if you want to talk to her, make the first move. And, if you’re her in-Maine female best friend, Jennifer, do NOT get mad at her because she is so bad at returning emails.
4. Carrie sometimes wears mismatched socks, if you do not think this is cool, do not tell her. You will hurt her feelings.
5. Carrie really, really wants you to like her books. Please like her books. PLEEEAASSSEEEE. She’ll be your best friend forever. That is, if you want a friend who is shy about calling and emailing and who wears mismatched socks and can’t drink caffeine and likes being pet on the head. Hhmmm….
6. Carrie is not above begging.
7. Carrie, like Belle in TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND drinks Postum. It’s for the same reason, too.
8. Carrie loves Great Pyrenees dogs. They are huge and white, and furry and it looks like they have white eyeliner and mascara on, which is way too cute. Do you have one? Send a picture!
9. Carrie lives in Maine. She has a hard time with this in the winter. It is bleak in Maine in the winter. Imagine everything shades of gray and brown and no green anywhere except for in people’s noses. This is Maine in Winter. Maine in summer is the best place in the world, so it’s a trade-off. Feel free to invite Carrie to your house in the winter, but not if it’s in Greenland, Canada, or anywhere north of Florida.
10. Forget that. She’d still probably come.

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Have you had a chance to read ENHANCED, yet?

What kind of impossible situations do you like to put your characters in?

And can you stand to let them struggle to get out of them mess you created?

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 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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