Thursday, March 23, 2017

0 Red Light/Green Light: Pitches

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful Red Light/Green Light entrants! If you missed the opening paragraphs of our pool of entries, they can be read here. They all show real promise and I know it was difficult for our judging agent to choose between them.

Here are the pitches for the ten entries which progressed from our last round.

My Span of Forever
YA Contemporary
Laura McFadden

Gillian imagines she lives in a sterile bubble. Armed with her two best friends, bleach wipes and antibacterial gel, Gillian can't be hurt. She has everything under control. After all, she only sterilizes surfaces in public spaces and showers in a specific pattern designed to eradicate all germs. But that's just being smart, especially during flu season.

Then she meets Dave, school genius, in her math class. He's not turned off by her quirks and obsessive cleaning. With him, her constant soundtrack of contamination becomes muffled. When they touch, she doesn't visualize germs sneaking into her pores.

In what should have been the perfect start to the New Year, Dave tells Gillian he loves her. But accepting his love and expressing her feelings would shatter the safe, sanitary bubble she's created. She must find a way to let in love with all its messiness, or end up sanitizing tables for the rest of her life--alone.

The Sundown Society
YA Paranormal
Chris Wuchte

Is a secret a secret when the only person in town who doesn’t know the secret is you?

Rhiannon Smith is a vampire. Or, at least what passes for a vampire these days. She drinks blood, or “tomato juice”, as her mother’s been telling her all these years, so technically, yes, she is a vampire, though she feels more like a strange girl who rarely goes out much than anything else.

But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that being a vampire would actually have been a plus in her hometown of Chillimark, which is filled with vampires, werewolves, mummies (Egyptian and Aztec), fairies - pretty much any creature that can reasonably blend in with society. Those who can’t live in the Hinterlands, a forest on the outskirts of town. So why was she kept in the dark all these years about something everyone else knew?

When circumstances force Rhiannon to go to school for the first time, she learns of the mysterious Sundown Society, a group that did something years ago that caused the citizens of Chillimark to be wary of all children who share Rhiannon’s birth year. With the aid of her new friends, including a Will o’ the Wisp who doesn’t know how to glow and a werewolf with asthma., Rhiannon finds herself on an adventure that will change her life.

The Devils' Keys
MG Steampunk Fantasy
Sussu Leclerc

In the desert of Morocco where the devils run free and no drop of water parches your throat, twelve-year-old Anise, a young magician-apprentice faces his final graduation challenge: kill dust devils that plague his village and find the key to unlocking the hearts.

Demons have the keys that lock people's hearts and whisper in people’s ears so that they can lock their hearts. They use the keys against the inhabitants of DarBeidah, Anise's village.
There is one kind of key that has the potential to re-open their hearts to goodness.

When the good keys are put away, the village is falling under a plague of bad deeds, causing the black knight, a bandit, and some air pirates to rat people out.
Anise sets out to find the lair of the demons and steal the good keys to restore hope to his village. Only a child with a pure heart can do this, but since he needs to lie to gain entry and steal them, that's a problem.

The Lost Coast
YA Paranormal
Erika Daggett

Seventeen-year-old empath, Guin Mannon, is looking for a new start. Determined to suppress her empathic gift and turn the corner on “normal,” she heads for her aunt’s dusty gift shop in the California redwoods. The Sasquatch’s Paw Souvenir Emporium seems like the perfect place to spend a few quiet months, avoiding people and the temptation to use her abilities.

But Guin’s plans for an uneventful summer don’t include Ben, the shop's prickly new employee. As Guin is drawn closer to Ben, she discovers that he’s hiding vital secrets of his own: Ben is a shape-shifting forest guardian and a sworn enemy of human-kind. He’s enduring the difficult transformation from sasquatch to human, because it’s the only way to find his missing family. Ben is convinced that someone close to Guin betrayed his family’s secrets, causing an attack that ended in the capture of his mother and sister. He suspects her beloved Aunt Lyndie. 

Torn between loyalty to her aunt and the bonds she’s forging with Ben, Guin races to unravel the threads of mystery surrounding the attack, even though finding the truth may mean embracing the fearsome price of her abilities.

Rafter's Rats
YA Sci Fi
Samuel Chapman

Yesterday, fourteen-year-old Rafter Loosestrife was another dirty orphan. Today, he’s on the run as pirates and police comb the streets of Pale Spaceport. His crime: premeditated bombing of the flagship of the galaxy’s most famous pirate, Jackameer Sangham.

As for whether he’s guilty, even Rafter isn’t sure.

He’s always had the power to recharge any battery with one touch. It was how he survived. Trade cash for a charge, then run, before some lord decided to lock him in a cellar to charge batteries for the rest of his life.

But then a boiler Rafter’s supposed to be resurrecting explodes and takes half Sangham’s ship with it. Rafter knows boiler batteries don’t have that kind of power. The only thing in the room that could have done it was the strange magic in his hands.

Pirate money owns Pale Spaceport, setting the port authority against Rafter along with Sangham’s vengeful crew. If he ever wants to escape being a fugitive, he has to prove his once-harmless power isn’t the first stirring of a weapon strong enough to dominate the galaxy--the very thing the police fear and Captain Sangham wants.

Gates on the Way to the Great Upstairs
YA Contemporary
Laura Levin

Fourteen-year-old Evan Tauber believes he’s responsible for the death of his father. Now, after keeping the painful details of their argument a secret for almost a year, Evan has a premonition during a near-death experience in a swimming pool: he will die on the anniversary of his father’s death and meet his dad in the afterlife to apologize.
 
Evan doesn’t know how it will happen exactly – that worries him a little. Or maybe even a lot. So he focuses instead on the upside of dying, namely a chance to redeem himself with his father. He also does what he can to prepare, which means accomplishing a few goals before the anniversary: he has to make sure his best friend will take care of his little brother, a challenge because Skeet and Jeffrey hate each other; he needs to figure out a way to make his mom unspeakably angry so she won’t miss him quite as much if he dies; and he has to tell the new girl, Meg, he’s in love with her, even though he’s never even said hello to her. The goals are in place, and Evan has less than two weeks to meet them. But when he’s left unexpectedly with a choice whether to live or die, Evan will soon find out where the road to redemption really leads.

The Witch and the Demon
YA Fantasy
Katherine Toran

Fleeing a witch-hunt and fatally injured, eighteen-year-old Ebba wants her death to mean more than her life did. When she stumbles upon Kryptos, a demon whose heart has been ripped out, pity prompts her to sacrifice her heart as a replacement.

Ebba awakes to discover that Kryptos has saved her by replacing her blood with fire, but also bound her life to his will. He conscripts her into a death match with eleven other champions of Hell. She’s less than enthused about the tournament’s prize—leadership of an upcoming invasion of her world. Determined to right her mistake, she resolves to sabotage the demons…even at the cost of her life.

Before Ebba can backstab Kryptos, she needs his training to survive battles against a shadow-wielding knight, a witch who sees the future, and a God-King. She gets entirely too close to Kryptos when she accidentally initiates a courtship. How was she supposed to know throwing a severed head at him would be taken as a proposal of marriage? Kryptos turns out to be charming, handsome, a bit awkward—and utterly dedicated to world domination.

As Ebba’s heartless condition erodes her conscience, Kryptos becomes increasingly tempting. Without any remaining ties to humanity, it becomes harder and harder to betray her only friend—who possesses her heart in more ways than one.

Land of Sand and Stars
YA Historical Fantasy
Sara-Marissa Patel

A rebellion is rising. Her religion outlawed. As the Persians revolt against their Median overlords, seventeen-year-old Āmitis’s father betroths her to the ruthless High King of Media—Astyages—and offers her beloved desert province as a second capital. With the power to take or give life with the touch of her hand, Āmitis has the ability and desire to save herself and her people, even if it means usurping rule from her tyrannical father and putting herself on the throne as the governing ruler to align herself with the rebellion.

Before she has the opportunity to publicly side with the Persian rebellion leader who happens to be the grandson of the High king of Media—Cyrus—, everything is jeopardized. Astyages’ arrival and his demand of marriage or war leaves her with one choice, to use her powers to take the High King’s life. But it fails.

As Astyages and Cyrus prepare for war, Āmitis and her people are caught in the middle. To stop the war from starting within her city, Āmitis pledges allegiance to Astyages in a dangerous, bloody plan of deception to either kill, or deliver, Astyages into Cyrus’s hands. Diving into war when summoned into the empire beyond and proving her loyalty while keeping her true intentions secret could costs the lives of those around her. Her growing feelings for Cyrus complicate her plan. If she doesn’t succeed, looming ahead may be not only her and Cyrus’s death, but the destruction of two empires ravaged by war.

When I Wake
YA Fantasy
Beth Wertz

Raya has moved back to the town she left after her father's death at the age of three, and is only concerned with making it through the first day without getting stepped on due to her sleeping disorder. When she finds herself in her forest-filled dreams in the first week of school after passing out on the cold linoleum floor, her only concern is to make it all stop again. That is, until she meets a girl in the woods who claims to want to help her fight a war Raya knows nothing about. And until she meets Julian, who claims to be her dad's best friend, and who wants her to reclaim her powers and stay safe from the magical world's leaders, who want her head on a stick. And until she accepts that she has never had any disorder, and instead was born with the power of astral projection, and must face the world into which her powers bring her head-on.

Fascinated by her new world and her new powers, Raya finds it difficult to strike a balance between her life in Pennsylvania and her duties in Pirondea. Not to mention, the longer she stays in the magical world, the easier it will be for its leaders to find her and kill her. After learning of her father's legacy, The Vitality Stones, she makes it her mission to find them and use them to protect herself, until Julian gets kidnapped and her priorities change.

Raya must figure out how to find the only father figure she has left while battling school- and magic-related problems before it's too late for her and for Julian.

Ghost
YA Fantasy
Nicole Surrusco

Serena d’Hanna was six years old when her father took her to see the ghost horse and told her about the magic of stories. Nearly a decade later, most tall tales center around his absence, but the ghost horse continues to run wild in the hills near Serena’s home.

The horse is a comforting presence—something she needs as her coming-of-age looms and her family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. So when a stranger arrives in Nairne intent on capturing the horse, she befriends him in an attempt to change his mind. Soon, she finds herself drawn to his campfire for other reasons, enchanted by Doran’s stories of kings and a legendary warhorse named Chanteron. 

But their friendship is a dangerous game. Doran is from Lassar, the country that stole her father away and will steal her sister, too, if they discover Gisele is growing into magic instead of out of it as she should. In the capital, Gisele would be required to live and serve where whispers of war hint that Lassar isn’t done fighting for its magic yet. After Doran admits he was the first person to lay eyes on the ghost horse on the night Gisele was born, Serena realizes they are all part of a much larger story—and that if she doesn’t face the truth of Doran’s and the horse’s identity, she’ll have to give up more than a horse before the end. 


Monday, March 20, 2017

8 New Releases this week 03/20-03/26 plus 3 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week, we have multiple copies (!!) of NEMESIS and SHADOW RUN up for grabs, as well as a copy of THE HIDDEN MEMORY OF OBJECTS. Don't forget to check out all the other new releases too and enter to win below.
Happy Reading,

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


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


Nemesis
by Brendan Reichs
Signed Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
U.S. Only

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books
Released 3/21/2017

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Nemesis?

My favorite thing about NEMESIS is getting to play with my characters in ways you’re not supposed to be able to. Min Wilder and Noah Livingston are each murdered five times by the same dark-suited man before the story even begins. That is, quite frankly, impossible—and it gets crazier from there. Exploring the idea that death might not be final—not in a ghost story way, or a zombie way, but in a honest-to-god-it-just-didn’t-happen sort of way—is what drew me to the story. Adding a planet-threatening asteroid and a sinister conspiracy to the mix was icing on the cake. I love twists and turns and surprises, and NEMESIS is packed with them. You can’t trust anything, or anyone. It’s everything I love about writing a thriller.

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Shadow Run
by Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland
Hardcover Giveaway (2 Copies)
Delacorte Press
Released 3/21/2017

"Firefly" meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Shadow Run?

AdriAnne: Swords in space!

Michael: You stole mine! In all seriousness, I think it’s that Qole has a super solid moral compass in a really difficult situation.

A: Well, both Qole and Nev deal with difficult situations and don't crumble. They carry on, moving toward their goals; they do the work.

M: Yes! Teenagers are tough as nails, and we see this in Alaska all the time. So, in conclusion, our favorite thing about SHADOW RUN is that swords in space are best wielded by teenagers.

A: That… maybe makes sense?


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The Hidden Memory of Objects
by Danielle Mages Amato
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Balzer + Bray
Released 3/21/2017

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother's charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hidden Memory of Objects?

I think my favorite thing about the book is one of its characters: my main character Megan's good friend, Eric Bowling. He's a foil, a contrasting character for Megan in a lot of ways. While she's uncertain about her identity and fearful about taking risks, he's got a fearless self-acceptance that inspires me. He's offbeat and funny, and when he finds himself in a new or unusual situation, he responds by jumping in with both feet. He's got a lot of the qualities I'd like to have myself, and he made writing every scene he's in exceptionally fun.

I'd actually written an early draft of THE HIDDEN MEMORY OF OBJECTS when a former student of mine passed away in his early twenties -- he'd been an undergraduate when I was in graduate school. And it occurred to me that my character shared a lot of qualities with that young man. So I reached out to his family to see if it was okay to name my character in the real Eric Bowling's honor. I was delighted when they said yes. So while there's nothing in my character's life that's based on the real Eric that I knew, I hope some of his fearless, indomitable spirit lives on in my book. And since the real Eric was working on a master's degree in children's literature when he passed away, I hope he'd consider it a fitting tribute.


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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Echoes of Memory by A.R. Kahler: Jen P.
The Shadows We Know by Heart by Jennifer Park: Rosi H.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Pyromantic
by Lish McBride
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 3/21/2017

Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since she’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks.

Then she gets sent to handle two local thugs with were-hare Sid. But when they arrive, the thugs are dead and a necromancer has raised them as mindless, aggressive zombies. Ava is faced with an epidemic—something is turning normal creatures into killing machines. Unfortunately, this means she has to work with Lock and his new girl. Worse than that, she has to work with her ex, Ryan. Compared to facing such emotional turmoil, she’d rather take on an entire herd of flesh-eating kelpies . . . or she could just do both. Isn’t she just the lucky gal?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pyromantic?

Probably the killer ponies.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Blood Family
by Anne Fine
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 3/21/2017

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this dark and gripping novel tells the tragic story of a smart, sweet child poisoned by circumstance as he struggles to escape the horrors of his childhood.

Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbor spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven.

Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kind foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a smart and curious teenager it’s still clear to his new family and schoolmates there’s something odd about him.

Then in a science museum, Edward sees an image that shocks him to the core and robs him of his hard won sense of safety. Can anyone’s past truly be left behind? And could it be that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out?

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Redux
by A.L. Davroe
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 3/21/2017

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

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Ten Miles One Way
by Patrick Downes
Hardcover
Philomel Books
Released 3/21/2017

The powerful story of a mind at the edge of unraveling, held together by love and acceptance.

Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past . . . and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind and causes her to lose herself. Q knows only that his love for Nest runs deeper than the demon that plagues her thoughts, that he loves her in spite of—or perhaps because of—the personal battle she fights every day.

A beautifully-written, haunting story.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

0 YA Sunday Morning News: This Week for Writers 3/19/17

Welcome to your Sunday morning YA news! This week, I have more author interviews for you, a bunch of articles on social media marketing for authors, and updates on YA movie casting.

Happy reading!


Writing for Publication: Before the Sale:

Writing for Publication: Book Marketing and Social Media:


Author Interviews:

Adventures in YA Publishing Author Interviews:

Literary Agent News and Interviews:

Writing Craft:


Writing Inspiration:

Publishing News & Trends:

New YA E-Book Deals:

New YA Book Giveaways:

YA New Book Deals and Releases:

Just for Fun:

If there’s a news story or blog post you found particularly interesting, please share it in the comments!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

0 Katherine Webber, author of THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES, on racking up an impressive number of query rejections

We are excited to sit down with Katherine Webber to learn more about her debut novel THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES.

Katherine, what was your inspiration for writing THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES?

The idea of writing about a girl runner had been bouncing around in my brain for years. I ran track and cross country in high school and while I loved parts of it, I also found it very difficult! I used to fantasize about being a naturally talented runner, and it just coming effortlessly. So when I finally sat down to start what would become WING JONES, I had all these questions about this girl runner character. Who was she? Why was she special? Why was she running? Why didn’t she know she was a talented runner? Wing’s brother Marcus came next, and then her grandmothers, and the whole story went out from there.

Wing’s character came to me very clearly, very early on. Once I knew who she was, and what was important to her, her voice came very easily. Of course I had to make some changes and further develop her character during the editorial process, but I always felt like I knew who Wing was. Same with her grandmothers and her brother. Aaron, her brother’s best friend, actually needed the most work. I knew why Wing had a crush on him, but it wasn’t coming across on the page as clearly. I hope it does now!

I also worked with some brilliant sensitivity readers who helped me develop specific cultural aspects of Wing’s home life. They also caught any issues around word choice or character descriptions that didn’t feel authentic or appropriate.

0 Jennifer Park, author of THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART, on twitter stalking her agent

We are so thankful to Jennifer Park for pulling us out of the shadows and sharing more about her debut novel THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART.

Jennifer, what was your inspiration for writing THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART?

Probably my Mom. I’d gotten her hooked on the Finding Bigfoot show several years back, and she suddenly asked me one day if I’d considered writing a Bigfoot love story. You can imagine my reaction to that. But she kept bringing it up, and I finally started to toss the idea around. Setting it up as a Tarzan retelling really helped me find the heart of the story.

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?

It was when Leah finds reconciliation with her parents. I had wanted her to remain unforgiving and angry at them because of the lies they had all cultivated over the past ten years, because I was angry, but, as my wise editor insisted, we had to find some absolution for them. I really had to step out of Leah’s head to get it right, and look at the situation from her parents’ point of view. So while that one took the most work, it’s not the one I love. That honor goes to the campground scene, where you really get to see Bee as more of a person than an animal. There were so many fun moments to write, and I even tossed in a nod to Harry and the Hendersons.

1 Melissa Landers, author of STARFALL, on giving her characters the endings they deserve

We are so happy to chat with Melissa Landers about STARFALL, the second book in the Starflight series.

Melissa, what is your favorite thing about STARFALL?

I think my favorite part of writing Starfall was giving Cassia and Kane the character arcs and the endings that they deserve. During Starfall, both of them grow into the people they were meant to be, and there’s nothing more rewarding than that…at least for an author. ☺

What was your inspiration for writing STARFALL?

I drew a great deal of inspiration from American history when writing this series. In book one, I modeled the premise after the events of Westward Expansion, and book two was largely inspired by the rise of Las Vegas, particularly the mafia’s nefarious means of getting—and keeping—employees.

0 Jen Wilde, author of QUEENS OF GEEK, on struggling with her own anxieties

We are so thrilled to have the chance to sit down with Jen Wilde and talk about her latest novel QUEENS OF GEEK.

Jen, 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?

It was hard to write about Taylor’s anxiety, in particular her meltdown, because that has always been a part of myself I struggled with and was ashamed of. I worried that no one would be able to relate to her, but in fact her experience of anxiety has been one of the things that readers have related to the most, which is amazing. That makes me incredibly proud.

I also love the ending with Charlie and Alyssa. No spoilers but let’s just say it still makes me grin like a big dork.

0 Meghan Rogers, author of ENEMY EXPOSURE, on trusting herself, her work, and the people around her

We are delighted to have Meghan Rogers, author of ENEMY EXPOSURE, share intel with us about the second book in The Raven Files.

Meghan, what was your inspiration for writing ENEMY EXPOSURE?

I got a lot inspiration for this book from watching Orphan Black (which is a show about clones, in case you haven’t seen it). One of my favorite aspects of the show is the relationship between the clones. They’re all connected because of this thing that happened to them. I loved the character dynamics that came with that. I was rewatching the show when I realized I have Jocelyn in a very similar situation. She was kidnapped by KATO, but she wasn’t the only they’d taken. So what would happen if she could get to other girls who were taken like she had been? They would be connected by this extreme shared experience, but they would all be very different. What advantages and problems would that create? Will it be helpful to her, or detrimental? These are the questions I set out to explore.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

0 Red Light/Green Light: First Paragraphs

Given that in this spring's Red Light/Green Light, we have a smaller pool of contestants, we'll be sharing each entry's first paragraph right away. This means each entrant has a greater chance of wowing our judging agent and walking away with a full request! There are some very intriguing entries here, and I can't wait to share them with our readers.

Without further ado, here are our Red Light/Green Light contestants.

My Span of Forever
YA Contemporary
Laura McFadden

Underwater, we hear with our bones. It's true. Sounds waves pass directly through the water into our skull. Our head becomes one big ear.

I'm Disappointed
YA Contemporary
Rachel Lachmansingh

Honestly, the last thing any teenager wants to hear from their parent is I'm disappointed in you.
I'm disappointed you forgot to water the lawn. Disappointed you failed your math exam. 

Fear No Evil
YA Sci Fi
Rachel Hanville

A drop of zombie blood in a wound was enough to infect someone with the virus, but my sister Kyla didn't notice that the bottom left of her shirt was stained with blood. Or maybe she didn't care. Her shirt wasn't soaked in blood, but it was still hard to miss. It stood out against her blue shirt. I chewed on my lip, wondering if I should tell her. The blood was dry, so it was probably safe, but I still cringed. Some survivors might be used to this kind of thing, but I wasn't. I couldn't help but shiver, and not because of the cold autumn air, even though the wind was blowing hard enough to shake the few remaining leaves from nearby trees. 

The Sundown  Society
YA Paranormal
Chris Wuchte

The sun was rising, and it was time to go to bed. A little girl sat on the front porch steps of her house in her tee shirt and pajama pants, her bare feet playing with the dew-misted grass that grew from the cracks in the sidewalk. Her name is Rhiannon Smith, and she isn't waiting for the sunrise. She always made sure to be in bed before this occurred every morning. She was waiting for the daily newspaper delivery. Not the paper itself, since her mother didn't subscribe to the Chillimark Sentinel or any other newspaper. 

The Devils' Keys
MG Steampunk Fantasy
Sussu Leclerc

The dust devils pushed past Anise, slipping into his babouches with the energy of puppies, whisking away the slippers into the air and drumming them on the door of the library. 

Bloodlines: The Descendant
YA Romantic Fantasy
Wiscidra Jackson

How do you stop a haunting when it's not a ghost that's lingering, but your own broken heart? I asked myself that question every day, and it appeared today would be no exception. Memories flooded my mind as I navigated my car off the highway and onto the private road leading to our family home. My twin sister, Brianna, sat beside me with her seat reclined, her belt fastened, and her iPod on full blast. Although her eyes were closed, I felt the tension they held. Like me, she dreaded coming back to Crestor Falls. Our older brothers Chase and Marcus were not thrilled either but we all made Mother a promise to come back and none of us dared to break a promise to Mother, even in death. 

TOSOM: Freshman
YA Paranormal Romance
Kelley M Likes

I'm not a bald freak, Amarea thought. 
The boy searched the crowd. He found her eyes and stared at her. 

The Lost Coast
YA Paranormal
Erika Daggett

Twisted fruit grew from the kernel of doubt in my heart. When willpower failed, I ate it. Like Eve's fateful bite, each mouthful came with the curse of knowledge. My impulse eating didn't cause humanity's downfall; it only triggered my own. I had a chance, but I was screwing it up. Again. What good was sensing emotions in others, when my feelings were a constant mystery? 

Rafter's Rats
YA Sci Fi
Samuel Chapman

In the ninetieth summer of Pale, the year of the Green Fever, two women in veils came to put the mark on my door. 

Gates on the Way to the Great Upstairs
YA Contemporary
Laura Levin

My story really isn't all that complicated. Dad died almost a year ago, and I killed him. I didn't use a gun. I wasn't even there when it happened. It's just that I'm responsible, so this is a secret I'll carry with me until my last day. 

The Witch and the Demon
YA Fantasy
Katherine Toran

Ebba ran into the moonless night. Her soaked dress clung to her skin, wind and wetness competing to freeze her into a corpse. Tree roots banged her feet and fatigue crept up from her shaking limbs to numb her brain. If she fell, she might not be able to get up again. Keep moving. Get as far away from the witchfinder as possible, may he be reincarnated as a constipated drunk's chamber pot

Land of Sand and Stars
YA Historical Fantasy
Sara-Marissa Patel

Pain shot across Amiti's bruised thigh and she bit back a yelp. She scowled at the curved, wooden blade in her instructor's hand. The desert sun beat down behind him. His long shadow stretched out and swallowed her whole. It was like a scorpion fighting a camel; although it had a poisonous sting, it would do little to a large animal. 

When I Wake
YA Fantasy
Beth Wertz

The only thing I'd wanted on my first day at a new school was to not pass out on the floor and start dreaming. The thought alone scared me enough to skip class for the first time. I wasn't exactly a model student, but I wasn't a bad kid either. Still, my mother was not going to be happy when she found out what happened at school that day. Which was how I found myself at the cute little coffee shop down the street from my new house after school. I needed an extra jolt of caffeine before listening to a lecture when my mom got home from work. I dropped my backpack off at the table before going to the counter and ordering a simple vanilla latte. 

Ghost
YA Fantasy
Nicole Surrusco

All of his stories end like this. 
The Lassarian banner, blue and silver in a restless wind. 
The young king, with his Imagi behind him.

The Taro Wish
YA Contemporary Fantasy
Amanda Miah

Coconut, coconut in my tree. How many knocks until you fall free? My fingers tap the familiar rhythm, as the world's most annoying rhyme replays in my head. At least it passes the time, childish as it is. With the stench of sun-softened ahi around me, melding into every breath I take, I need the minutes to pass quicker. Glamorous, right? It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to plant myself next to the fishmonger's stall, but this is the densest area of the street market and ergo the best outpost. To my great misfortune.

Universe
YA Sci Fi
EL Cruz

Today was Gray's seventeenth birthday and this year it fell on the same day as the Electary. Some said it meant the stars had aligned for her, yet Gray couldn't help but be nervous about this day and how it would shape her future. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

14 Finding Release When You're Too Emotionally Drained to Write PLUS a Mystery Box Book Giveaway

We writers are creative people. Empathy is our stock in trade, our greatest gift and our greatest challenge. Statistically, scientifically, that sensitivity makes us prone to all sorts of emotional and mental challenges from depression to anxiety and everything in between. That's just a fact. We're easily riled, and the times in which we live would make Mother Theresa raise her voice.

Social media, where we express our hurt and anger to each other, turns the voices in our own heads into an echo chamber. Some of us are able to channel that into creative fuel, but I've heard from a lot of authors who have been completely debilitated by all the frustration and emotion recently. Speaking for myself, the whole past year social media was draining my concentration and my ability to feel joy in the words I was putting on the page.

I feel a little ashamed to write that. With all that's going on in the world, is it selfish to aspire to joy in the creative process? For months, I dreaded reading the news or pulling up Twitter or Facebook, and when I did it, I would sit down at my computer and stare at the keyboard with my fingers shaking.

At the beginning of October, I basically cut myself off, cold turkey. I posted a bit about the launch of Illusion, but since then I mostly go on and check mentions--fewer and fewer, obviously--scroll through my home feed a bit, and log back off again. I hate that I'm doing this because I feel like I'm missing so much, but it's keeping me sane. And gradually, I'm coming to realize that it is also fueling a resurgence in my creativity. I've been more productive in the past five months than I have been in years.

For a while, even that made me feel a little guilty, because wasn't I escaping into my work when other people didn't have any means of escape?

But then I realized that we all escape in our own ways. Many readers read to escape, to release the pressure. So how can they do that if we don't give them something to escape into, to lose themselves within? How can they find joy in what I create for them to read if I don't find joy in the writing?

Amid all the stuff that's been going on, I needed to write something completely different, so I wrote a sweet romance for adult readers set in Scotland. With men in kilts. It's been such a pleasure, and it's made me able to step back and put the rest of the world in perspective.

What about you? How are you coping with what's going on in the news and on social media? With how the world and publishing is changing?

Are you writing more? Less? Have you found a coping strategy?

I'd love to do a post of tips in the next few weeks, so leave comments below. And meanwhile, here's a mystery box giveaway of ten YA books (U.S. only, sorry) because I haven't done one in a while.

Happy writing everyone! Hope the weather is warm wherever you are!

Martina

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About the Author

Martina Boone is the author of Compulsion,  Persuasion, and Illusion in the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse, and the new upcoming romance for adult readers, Lake of Destinya magical exploration of destiny, family, healing, and the often twisted path to love set in the Highlands of Scotland--with men in kilts : ).



Monday, March 13, 2017

4 New Releases this week 03/13-03/19 plus 2 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week, we have THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART and ECHOES OF MEMORY up for grabs. Don't forget to check out all the other new releases too and enter to win below.

Happy Reading,

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


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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The Shadows We Know by Heart
by Jennifer Park
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 3/14/2017

In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl’s complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.

Leah Roberts’s life hasn’t been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won’t stop drinking, her father can’t let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she’s told no one: Sasquatches are real, and she’s been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years.

Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the sasquatches lives a teenager. This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can’t shake his magnetic pull. Gradually, Leah’s life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed.

But when Leah’s two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Shadows We Know by Heart?

I think it’s that I took an idea that most people don’t take seriously or believe, and made it into something serious and authentic, with so much more going on than what appears on the surface.

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Echoes of Memory
by A.R. Kahler
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 3/14/2017

After witnessing a terrible event that left Kaira changed in unimaginable ways, Chris knows he has to find a way to defy his destiny in this second novel in the suspenseful Ravenborn trilogy.

In the aftermath of the deaths plaguing Islington’s campus, a terrible pall has fallen over the students. Kaira is passed-out sick, and Chris—the only witness to the night Kaira invoked something otherworldly—is questioning his sanity. Everyone is willing to believe the deaths were normal, and without Kaira backing him up, his claims that there was something supernatural at work are getting harder and harder to believe. Even to himself.

Especially because now, the voices he’s locked away are getting louder. Stronger. Violent.

When the god plaguing his mind starts promising Chris a future of bloodshed, Chris knows he isn’t safe. He can’t be trusted. Especially not around Kaira, whom this god swears Chris will kill.

Chris only wants to keep his friends safe. Even at the cost of his own life.

But when the gods of the Underworld are involved, not even death is an escape. It’s just the start of another, darker, journey.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain: Kira B.
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Roy: Anne C.
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin: Tiffany E.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: Jen S.
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon: Brandi H.
Ultimatum by K.M. Walton: Rachel M.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Enemy Exposure
by Meghan Rogers
Hardcover
Philomel Books
Released 3/14/2017

A spy and action thriller featuring a teenage girl who kicks butt and outsmarts with the best of them. To accomplish her mission, though, she'll need to team up with those she trusts the least in this latest Raven File case.

Jocelyn Steely (code name: Raven) may have escaped the clutches of KATO and won the trust of the IDA, but she isn’t out of danger yet. Her cover is blown and KATO agents are after her, but that won’t stop Jocelyn. After all, her goal was never merely to escape KATO. She wants revenge.

Dead set on rescuing the one girl that she—and the IDA—failed to save, Jocelyn is forced to recruit other KATO agents to her side. She must hand over just enough intelligence to gain their trust, while still preventing her plans from getting back to her former tormentors. Is she out of her league in this battle? Or does she have what it takes to derail KATO once and for all?

This high-stakes spy thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final mind-blowing revelation.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Enemy Exposure?

My favorite thing about ENEMY EXPOSURE is the layer it adds to the Raven Files universe. In CROSSING THE LINE, the first book in the series, my main character, Jocelyn, is determined to escape KATO, which is the North Korean spy agency that kidnapped her as a child and turned her into a deadly spy. This book continues her journey. In it, we learn that Jocelyn wasn’t the only girl KATO kidnapped and forced to spy for them. It puts Jocelyn in an interesting situation. Are these girls people who might turn on KATO like she had? Or are they too entrenched in KATO’s mentality to be trusted? It was a lot of fun to add another level to KATO and see how it impacted Jocelyn and the rest of the characters!

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Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
Paperback
Swoon Reads
Released 3/14/2017

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Queens of Geek?

Great question! I love all the fandom and geeky references, and of course all the kissing scenes. Writing about SupaCon was so much fun, and I got to inject all my favorite parts about going to cons while also creating new world within worlds to go with it.

But my absolute favorite thing is the friendship between Charlie, Taylor and Jamie. I love their constant support of one another and their unbreakable bond. Plus, they’d be so much fun to hang out with!


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The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
by Katherine Webber
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 3/14/2017

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, strength, and hope.

Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.

Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus’s mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers’ grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can’t afford Marcus’s mounting medical bills.

Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her a spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Heartbeats of Wing Jones?

My favorite thing about THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES would have to be the relationship Wing has with her family. She is very close with her grandmothers, her Granny Dee and LaoLao, her brother Marcus, and her mother. I loved writing the scenes with Granny Dee and LaoLao, who clearly love and respect each other but also bicker like an old married couple. I also enjoyed exploring what it's like when you are a teenager and your family has always seen you a certain way, and you are starting to push against those perceptions. Wing loves her family very much, but sometimes they frustrate her, and often she feels like they don’t fully understand her. I think this is something a lot of teens can relate to, and I hope lots of readers relate to Wing.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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A Psalm for Lost Girls
by Katie Bayerl
Hardcover
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Released 3/14/2017

Tess da Costa is a saint — a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that's what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess's sainthood official. Tess's mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted - overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess's sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who's been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess's shrines. It's the final straw for Callie.

With the help of Tess's secret boyfriend Danny, Callie's determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie's investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for: a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana's kidnapping.

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Bad Blood
by Demitria Lunetta
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 3/14/2017

A girl discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that could both save her and put her in mortal danger in this suspenseful novel that’s perfect for fans of Katie Alender and Natasha Preston.

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

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Freya
by Matthew Laurence
Hardcover
Imprint
Released 3/14/2017

Freya is the myth. Freya is the legend. And she’s about to make one hell of a comeback.

There's far more to Sara Vanadi than meets the eye. In her prime, she was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death - though that past hardly seems to matter now. For an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers - and the strength they bring - are painfully hard to find. But when a new, rising power threatens to remake the world by bending the divine to its will, Sara realizes her days of hiding have ended, and a chance to claw her way out of the history books has arrived. She'll just need new clothes and a manicure before she gets started.

Blending elements of fantasy and sci-fi in a modern-world setting, the first novel in this new young adult series is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

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Hunted
by MeaganSpooner
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/14/2017

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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The End of Oz
by Danielle Paige
Hardcover
HarperCollins
Released 3/14/2017

In this high-octane fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to save Kansas and make Oz a free land once more.

At the end of Yellow Brick War, Amy had finally defeated Dorothy. Just when she and the rest of the surviving members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, they realized they’ve been betrayed—by one of their own. And Dorothy might not have been so easily defeated after all.

In the fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, the magical Road of Yellow Brick has come to the rescue, and whisked Amy away—but to where? Does the Road itself know where she needs to go to find the help that she needs?

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.

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The White Road of the Moon
by Rachel Neumeier
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/14/2017

Leigh Bardugo meets The Sixth Sense in this story of one girl’s perilous journey to restore a lost order.

Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts—and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned.

Now imagine…the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy, who seem to need you desperately—though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.

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These Ruthless Deeds
by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Paperback
Swoon Reads
Released 3/14/2017

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears...

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