Monday, November 1, 2010

In Stores This Week (with Interviews & Giveaways)

We don't know about you, but we can't keep up with all of the amazing books that are debuting every week. This week features something for just about everyone. Thank you, for making these books easy to find. Read on for interviews, book descriptions, and scroll all the way down for a chance to win some of the books featured here!

This week's interviews

The Truth of the Matter (The Homelanders) by Andrew Klavan
  • From Goodreads:  Charlie is certain that if he could just regain his memory, the chaos around him would make sense. But the truth of the matter is even more incredible than he could imagine. Charlie West was an ordinary high school kid who went to bed one night and woke up in the clutches of terrorists and wanted by the police for murder. He also woke up with no memory of the events of the past year. Now Charlie has found the one person who knows what happened . . . and who can help him remember. But remembering is painful--as well as dangerous--and figuring out what to do with this new knowledge may be Charlie's toughest challenge yet.

How long did you work on this book?
Well, The Truth of the Matter is part of a four book series, The Homelanders and I guess when I put it all together, I’ve been working on the whole thing close to three years. The work is almost over now and I’ll miss the hero, Charlie West. It’s been good to go through his adventures with him.

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
The Homelanders books were purchased by Thomas Nelson before they were written. But back when I was first starting out, getting published was murder. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had no one to advise me. I stumbled along through more rejections than I could count before I finally got stuff published. I had to teach myself to write and then teach myself the business. It was a long road.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Take your time. Learn your craft. Read the masters and learn from them. Don’t be in a hurry to get your book into print. Make it great first—then start thinking about publication. Writing is a slow process. I know good writers are ambitious and ambition can make you impatient, but go for quality first, success afterwards.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
I’ve been making my living as an author for a long time and the funny thing is: it always felt natural to me. I knew it was what I was supposed to do. When I first started to see my name in print, I wanted to think, “Wow!” But in fact I was thinking, more calmly, “Yes, that’s as it should be.” It wasn’t arrogance. It was just a sense of calling. I have it to this day.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  • From Goodreads: Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds. Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers. In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

How long did you work on this book?
I wrote a “showable” version of the novel in about five months, then we submitted to publishers and then I spent another month or so revising it after Little Brown bought the book. It went through many, many drafts along the way though!

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
I wrote three chick lit novels that were repped but never sold and between them accumulated at least 100 rejections between agents and editors. When I switched to writing for teens, I finally broke through and landed a book deal! But it was a long road paved with many thanks but no thanks and I have the stack of rejection letters and 300,000-plus unpublished words to prove it.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Write every day and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it because with hard work and talent dreams have a funny way of coming true.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
You still have to do the laundry, change the litter and make the bed. Oh, but seriously, what has surprised me most is how much attention and care and LOVE a publishing house puts into a book. It’s not surprising in a way but it is lovely to see how much the people in the book business love what they do.

Additional Releases

Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  • From Goodreads: Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication. But it’s different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
  • From Goodreads: Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders. Law Walker knew Katie Mullens before she was crazy. Before her mother died. Law knows Katie’s crazy now, but she’s always been talented. And she keeps filling sketch pads even though her drawings have gone a little crazy as well—dark, bloody. What Law doesn’t know is that these drawings are real. Or were real. Katie draws what she sees—and Katie sees dead people. People who have died—recently, and not so recently—in accidents, from suicide, even a boy who was trapped in a house that burned down more than 100 years ago. And it’s this boy who makes Law want to get to know Katie all over again. So what if his dad doesn’t want him dating a white girl? So what if people think Katie is dangerous? The ghost boy is hiding a secret that Law needs to know—and it’s much bigger, much more shocking than anyone ever expected.

Virals by Cathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
  • From Goodreads: Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever. As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent. Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
  • From Goodreads: Bartimaeus, everyone’s favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He’ll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and runs into just a “spot” of trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring….

The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
  • From Goodreads: The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough. When New York City fourteen-year-old Carina impulsively reveals incriminating information about her multi-billionaire father, he replaces her unlimited funds with an antiquated cell phone, a Metrocard, and a twenty-dollar weekly allowance.

You know what to do. Leave a comment on this post and fill out the form below. What's up for grabs? Andrew Klavan has generously offered all 3 books in his Homelanders series, including THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER!!! Contest runs through midnight on Wednesday, November 3rd and is open to US residents. So what are you waiting for? Go!

Happy reading,
Martina & Marissa


  1. More great selections. Don't know how you manage it, but thanks a ton!

  2. I look forward to this every Monday. Thanks so much girlfriends:)

  3. Great interviews and new books to read. The Mockingbirds sounds great. I've heard good things about it already. Too bad we'll still have to do the laundry when we're published though. I thought we'd get a magic wand. Ha!

  4. Not only is The Mockingbirds on my TBR pile, it's been bumped to the top (just as soon as I get it!).

  5. It's always fascinating to see what kinds of books are being published--a lot with strange new twists, usually paranormal/magical.

  6. So exciting--I've read the Mockingbirds, and I can tell you, it's a fantastic read! Great advice and inspiration.

  7. Wow terrific choices for reading. What a great giveaway. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  8. I'm amazed at all the great books that keep getting published! Then added to my TBR pile.

  9. Several of these are already on my wish list! You're right about this being a big week. Wow. :-)

  10. whew! another great bunch of books. I'm so excited about seeing what Bartimaeus is up to since I last saw him.

  11. Sound like some great books. Thanks for passing them on.

  12. It is amazing to me how many good books come out each week. I can't keep up!

  13. I'm not sure how you manage to come up with so many books every week, either, but I'm certainly glad you do!

    -- Tom


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