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26. It's live!! Cover Reveal: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd + Giveaway (US Only)

 

Hi everyone! It's been a while, but we're back with a new cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releasing January 27, 2015 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:

 

Hello YABC! I am thrilled to share the cover of A COLD LEGACY, the final book in the Madman’s Daughter series, with you all. It’s hard to believe we’re already at the conclusion. To all the loyal YABC readers who have embraced this series, thank you. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing my books are finding their way in readers’ hands. I hope you love this cover as much as I do. It has a real feeling of finality to it, which I love, because this is the book where all of Juliet’s struggles come to a head, and she has to face her ultimate darkness. Writing this book was scary, and joyful, and satisfying, and this tense, romantic, beautiful cover reflects that.
 
~ Megan Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter series, Balzer+Bray)
 

 

 

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A COLD LEGACY

by Megan Shepherd
Release date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
 

About the Book

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.
 
Then she uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
 
With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
 

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Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog. She is also the author of The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity. Visit her online at www.meganshepherd.com.

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • One winner will win signed copies of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, HER DARK CURIOSITY, and an ARC of A COLD LEGACY (when available) as well as book-themed tea and bookmarks.
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Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

 

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27. Ten Reasons To Go To Book Expo Of America

Ten Reasons To Go To Book Expo of America

 

1. The People. These are your people, your tribe, your clan, your sparkly unicorns, WHATEVER you call them. They are yours and you get to spend three days bonding with them!

 

2. The Authors. There is an entire section of the Javitz dedicated to the Autographing Area. Sure, you have to get in line REALLY early and be herded around like cattle, but who cares? You get to meet some of your favorite authors, snap a picture and get a book signed. It's like speed dating for book nerds.

 

3. The Books. Books, books, and more books. Every where you look, there are books! It's like Heaven on earth. But it can be overwhelming too, so only take what you know you'll read. This is easier said than done when someone is dangling a book under your nose and giving you the Puss 'N Boots eyes. 

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4. Tote Bags. These are actually harder to resist than the books. Trust me. I've seen people stampede for a big red bag that's chocked full of---air.

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5. The Location. For the past few years, BEA has been in New York City, the hub of publishing and one of the coolest places to visit. It really is the city that never sleeps and you never lack for something to do, see, or eat. 

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6. The Parties. If you're fortunate enough to snag an invite to one of the publisher's parties, don't blow it off. (You may not get another invite back if you do.) We're all tired and we all want nothing more than to go back to our hotels and face plant the pile of books we've lugged around all day. The parties are a chance to network with other bloggers, publicists and editors. It's also the publisher's way of saying, "We appreciate you for all you do to help promote our authors and their books."

 

 

7. The Technology. For all of you techies out there, BEA isn't just about the book side of the business. There's an entire day (Wednesday) devoted to behind the scenes stuff like social media outreach, online publishing and other topics that are like a foreign language to me spoken by people way smarter than I'll ever be. 

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8. The Lines. This is where the magic really happens. Where you get to meet and bond with other book lovers like yourself. A lot of the online friends I have are a result of the conversations I've had while waiting in line. This is where I work my book pushing magic as well. 

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9. The Celebrities. Where else can you see an 80s Rock Idol (Billy Idol), a Hollywood legend (Angelica Houston) and a disgruntled feline in person all under the same roof? 

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10. BookCon. This is not a reason to go to BEA. Ever. 

But these are. 

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28. Giveaway: Dreamboy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg (US & Canada Only)

Dream Boy

by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Release date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

About the Book

If dreams can come true…then so can nightmares
 
One night Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy: tall and handsome with impossible blue eyes. Then, just as suddenly as he appeared, he’s gone…until he walks into her science class the next day. Perfect and REAL. The boy of her dreams. And when he brushes past her, he whispers “Annabelle.” Suddenly, Annabelle’s got the perfect boyfriend and a date to homecoming. Her life is like a dream come true...until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin.

 

About the Authors

b2ap3_thumbnail_mary.jpgA native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she's an award-winning poet, professional eavesdropper, and the person who wipes runny noses.

 

 

 

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Check out their websites: Mary and Madelyn

Follow them on Twitter: Mary and Madelyn

Check out their Facebook: Mary and Madelyn

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a paperback copy of DREAM BOY + Dream-catcher bracelet. US/Canada only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What was a recent dream that you had?

 

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29. Giveaway: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (US Only)

Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis
Release Date: June 17, 2014

 

 

About the Book

Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

 

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A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing speculative young adult and middle grade novels. She enjoys brutal martial arts and gets her geek on whenever possible. Otherbound, her young adult fantasy debut, will release from Amulet Books/ABRAMS on June 17, 2014. It's a Junior Library Guild selection and has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Follow Corinne on Twitter and Tumblr.

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC and bookmarks. US only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.
 
During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

Based on the description, which character are you most intrigued by or sympathetic to? Amara or Nolan?

 

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30. Giveaway: Minnie in Paris Picture Book (US Only)

MINNIE IN PARIS

by Sheila Sweeny Higginson, Illustrated by Mike Wall
In stores May 13, 2014

 

ABOUT THE BOOK


Fashion is Minnie's passion! And, as a result, she's been invited to show
her bows on the runways of Paris!

At the airport, Minnie is so busy taking care of her nieces, Millie and
Melody, that she accidentally switches suitcases with Penguini the
magician--and finds that his suitcase is full of bunnies instead of bows!
Minnie must round up the mischievous little bunnies, find Penguini, and make
her bows in time for the show. Will she make it?

Readers are treated to a stunning tour of famous Parisian locations, from
the Louvre to Tuilleries Gardens to the Eiffel tower, to a classic Parisian
bistro-all in search of Penguini's bunnies.

This charming hardcover picture book comes with a code to access the Minnie
in Paris eBook.

 

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Visit the Minnie in Paris Website.

Follow Disney Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Giveaway Details

One (1) winner receives:

· Minnie in Paris

· Minnie's Bow-Toons: Trouble Times Two

· Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Follow That Sound

· Sofia the First: The Royal Slumber Party

· Sofia the First: The Enchanted Forest

 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 
 
 

 


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31. Giveaway: The Fault in Our Stars

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

In theaters June 6, 2014

 

 

About the Movie

 

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey

Directed by Josh Boone

Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, based on the book by John Green

Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

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Giveaway Details

Three (3) winners will receive:

·         Copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover)

·         The Fault in our Stars Tote Bag

·         Headphone Splitter w/ Phone Stand


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32. Giveaway: The Fault in Our Stars (US only)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
In theaters June 6, 2014

 

 

About the Movie

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey

Directed by Josh Boone

Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, based on the book by John Green

Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

 

 

Visit these official #TFIOS websites: 

Visit the official website

Like TFIOS on Facebook

Follow @TheFaultMovie on Twitter

Follow on Google+ & Instagram

 

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Giveaway Details

Three (3) winners will receive:

·         Copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover)

·         The Fault in our Stars Tote Bag

·         Headphone Splitter w/ Phone Stand

 
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 
 
During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:
 
If you've read the book, what is your favorite TFIOS moment you can't wait to see on screen?
 
 
 
 
 

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33. Giveaway: The Vast & Brutal Sea by Zoraida Cordova (US & Canada)

Book’s Title: The Savage Blue (book 2) and The Vast & Brutal Sea (book 3)

Author’s Name: Zoraida Córdova 

Book’s Release Date: July 1st

 

About the Book

 
In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King's throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it's not enough. He'll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king's powerful scepter. It's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.
 

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night.
 
Like Zoraida on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter.
Check out her Tumblr and Goodreads.
 

 

Giveaway Details

 
One winner will receive a paperback of The Save Blue and an arc of The Vast & Brutal Sea, plus book marks.
 
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 
 
During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:
 
If you were a mermaid (or merdude) what would your weapon of choice be? Mine would the Scepter of Earth on the cover of book 3! I’d have to kill Tristan for it though… Tough life choices. 

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34. Giveaway: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (US & Canada)

Book’s Title: FAN ART

Author’s Name: Sarah Tregay

Book’s Release Date: June 17, 2014

 

About the Book

 
When the picture tells the story…
 
Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.
 
As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?
 
Fan Art is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. 
 

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Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she isn’t not jotting down poems at stoplights, Sarah can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

 
 
Like Sarah on Facebook.
Follow Sarah on Pinterest.
 

Giveaway Details

2 Winners will each receive a SIGNED hardcover copy of Fan Art.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 
 

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

Have you read any good YA books with LGBT characters? If so, please share your recs.


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35. YABC Mailbox Book Haul - May 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

 

Hey guys! Ready for another book haul? I know I am! 

It's been an interesting month at YABC. Lots of travel for many of our editors means a slow posting month for you, our readers. We promise to step up the posts and giveaways soon! Hopefully this month's book haul will whet your appetite. 

Let's get to the YA books!

 

 

 

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We already have a few editor reviews up for some of these titles, and so far so good!
Looking forward to hearing what you guys think of these too. 

 

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Ooooo some New Adult titles up in here!

 

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Got our first mailing of Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing) ARCs.
Don't be fooled by the plain jackets -- I bet these books are as AWESOME as the other titles
coming out from Skyscape.

 

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A few lovely hardbacks in the mailbox! *pets the pretty*

 

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More lovely hardbacks. I bet you see ONE here you'd love to get your hands on... 

 

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DELIVERANCE!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!!

 

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OK, these are some PRETTYPRETTY covers right here.

 

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A few very eclectic covers in this batch. Me likey.

 

 

 

and kids books!

 

 

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I am so excited for THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES you guys have no idea!

 

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Also, when I saw the 50th anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I may have screamed a bit.

 

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Anoter 3D keepsake cityscape from Candlewick! I love these things!

 

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Giveaway Time!

Which books from our latest book haul are you most excited about?
Fill out the rafflecopter form below and leave your picks in the comments.
I'll pick one of you to choose a book from the current Prize Shelf

Good luck!

 

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36. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff + Giveaway (International)

 

Hello, YABCers! I know what you're thinking...it's not a Tuesday or Thursday, so how is there a cover reveal on the blog?! Well, we're doing something a little different today, so read on to find out more!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ENDSINGER by Jay Kristoff releasing September 23, 2014 from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jay:

 

Hello all, and welcome to the cover reveal for ENDSINGER, the final installment of the LOTUS WAR. My illustrators and designers had their work cut out for them after the awesome covers they did for STORMDANCER and KINSLAYER, but they totally knocked it out of the park and delivered the best cover yet! I'm giving away a bunch of signed books over on my blog, so after you've checked out the cover, make sure you head over to enter the giveaways.
 
~ Jay Kristoff (ENDSINGER, St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne)
 

 

 

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ENDSINGER

by Jay Kristoff
Release date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books
 

About the Book

A TREMBLING EARTH
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.
 
There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.

Nothing.
 

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Jay Kristoff is the author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press & Tor UK. Part 3, ENDSINGER, will be released in September 2014. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015. Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13520 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings. You can stalk Jay on these sites:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Web | Pre-order Amazon
 
 

 

Giveaway Details

  • Here's where we're mixing it up this week. Jay has two different giveaway opportunities. 
     

1) Task: Just spread the word about the reveal on Twitter or Facebook (and make sure you tag Jay)
    Prize: A signed & annotated copy of Endsinger

2) Task: Visit the 8 blogs participating in the ENDSINGER cover reveal, and send the answers to each quiz question to stormdancergiveaway@gmail.com.

    Prize: Signed copies of STORMDANCER, KINSLAYER and ENDSINGER, plus a bunch of other LOTUS WAR stuff.


YABC's uber giveaway quiz question is:

  • Name Yukiko’s winged best friend and companion.
     

Links to the other blogs participating in the cover reveal and additional giveaway details are on Jay's blog here: http://misterkristoff.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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37. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee + Giveaway (International)

 

Hello, YABCers! We're back with another cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee releasing August 5, 2014 from Skyscape. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Lori:

 

Hi YABC! I’m beyond thrilled to be here to reveal the cover to GATES OF THREAD AND STONE. When I was first asked for cover ideas, I wrote an entire novella of things I wanted and didn’t want. Which is to say I don’t think I knew what I wanted at all! Thankfully, the team at Skyscape knew what they were doing, because when I first saw the cover comps, I wanted to creepily pet the shininess. Still do, to be honest. I hope you feel the same :)
 
~ Lori M. Lee (GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, Skyscape)
 

 

 

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GATES OF THREAD AND STONE

by Lori M. Lee
Release date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
ISBN-13: 978-1477847640

 

About the Book

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-
year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time.
When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
 
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
 

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Lori is the author of young adult fantasy GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, coming August 5, 2014 from Skyscape. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

 
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Giveaway Details

  • Two winners will each receive a signed hardcover copy of GATES OF THREAD AND STONE.
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Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

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38. Giveaway: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay (US & CANADA)

 

 

LOVE AND LEFTOVERS

Author’s Name:  Sarah Tregay

Paperback release date: May 14, 2014

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.

(If only it were that easy.)

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer—from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She’s left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “summer vacation” has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you’ve lost it?

Love & Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.
 

 

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About the Author
 

Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she isn’t not jotting down poems at stoplights, Sarah can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

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Giveaway Details

 

 

2 winners will each receive a Paperback book and necklace with a guitar pick and charm. Giveaway is open to US & Canada.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

Have you read a good novel in verse? If so, please share your favorite.

 

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39. Giveaway: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (US only)

DEEP BLUE

by Jennifer Donnelly

In stores May 6, 2014
 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera's mother.

Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

 


Visit the DEEP BLUE websites or follow #DeepBlue on Twitter!

- Visit the Waterfire Saga website

- Visit Jennifer Donnelly at her official website
- Follow Hyperion Teen on Twitter and Tumblr  

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea RoseThe Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

 

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

“Pretty Principessa” Prize Pack

Five (5) winners each receive: custom Deep Blue nail polish and copy of the book.

Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Publishing
Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 
 

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What is your favorite mermaid story? (I happen to love the mermaids in Peter Pan.) Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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40. YABC Mailbox Book Haul - April 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

 

Hey guys! Ready to see what we got in the YABC Mailbox this past month?
First, here's the mess I made unboxing it all:

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I bet you already spy some goodies in there, don't you? 

On to the book haul!

 

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Some great titles from Random House Kids! And look, a diverse YA heroine! Woot!

 

I'm just a *tad* excited to have LET THE STORM BREAK in my hands. 
Great haul from Simon Teen and Random House Kids!

 

Some more Simon Teen pretties and two from Merit Press!

 

Here we have beauties from HarlequinTeen, Orbit, and Sourcebooks. 

 

Titles from Scholastic, St. Martins, Disney/Hyperion, Macmillan, and Entangled Teen!

 

Gorgeous hardbacks from Harper Teen!

 

You want more Harper Teen titles? *hands you some*

 

Still not satisfied? *hands you MOAR HARPER TEEN*

 

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What? Still not enough? You guys are hard to please. 

 

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Ooooh and finally, Candlewick in the house!

 

 

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Pretties from Candlewick, Scholastic, and Simon Kids.

 

Cuties from Scholastic and Simon Kids. 

 

Adams Media, Candlewick, Random House Kids, and Peachtree.
How much does everyone need the Fairies book? Cuz I *needs* it.

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has Middle Grade Mania with these spring titles!

 

Moar Candlewick, Peachtree, and Random House Kids. I absolutely adore the Alice-Miranda books!

 

Some incredible hardback cover art from Candlewick and Random House Kids.

 

 

 

 

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I love these little 3D pocket guides from Candlewick. I have a dozen of them and still need more!

 

Mother's Day picture books! Nothing more adorable.
These are from Random House Kids and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

 

A few for the older kiddos from Candlewick. Gimme the Lizzy Bennet's Diary, please!

 

Beautiful full color picture books from Disney/Hyperion, Candlewick, and Peachtree.

 

 

Giveaway Time!

Which books are you most excited about? Fill out the rafflecopter form below and leave your picks in the comments. I'll pick two of you to choose a book from the current Prize Shelf (shown below). 

 

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41. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Rift by Chris Howard + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Hello, YABCers! We have another great cover reveal this week!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for THE RIFT (ROOTLESS #2) by Chris Howard releasing on Arbor Day, April 25, 2014. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Chris:

 

Hi there!
 
YABC hosted the cover reveal for my debut novel, ROOTLESS, and now that the second book in the trilogy, THE RIFT, is almost available, we’ve decided to keep this tradition alive! I’m thrilled the book will soon be in the hands of readers, I’m thrilled about this cover, and I’m thrilled to be sharing it for the first time, right here…
 
~ Chris Howard (THE RIFT)
 

 

 

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THE RIFT

by Chris Howard
Release date: April 25, 2014
 

About the Book

“There's a brilliant madness to this deadly post­apocalyptic world, filled with complex characters, shifting loyalties, and layers of mystery... a nonstop adventure” ­ Publishers Weekly, starred review of ROOTLESS
 
Banyan was once a tree builder, creating scrap­metal forests for rich clients in a barren burned­out world. Now he's traded his scaffolds for lookouts, his tools for guns. On a stolen boat, surrounded by a mutinous crew, Banyan has escaped from Promise Island with the last living trees on earth, and he's desperate to smuggle them to safety.
 
But powerful enemies are in pursuit, seeking to claim the trees for themselves. To reach a safe haven, Banyan will need the help of the pirate girl he loves, Alpha, his broken friend, Crow, and his troubled sister, Zee. Only together can they cross the mysterious molten wasteland of THE RIFT. And when Banyan discovers a new threat to Alpha's life, he fears he'll lose not only the trees they sacrificed so much to find, but the girl who inspires him and gives him hope.
 
Howard's "gift for the phantasmagoric" (Kirkus) is on full display in this thrilling second book of the Rootless trilogy.
 

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Before he wrote stories, Chris Howard wrote songs, studied natural resources management, worked for the National Park Service, and spent eight years leading wilderness adventure trips for high school students. He was born and raised in the UK, but now lives in Denver, CO, with his wife. He is the author of ROOTLESS.

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Web | Tumblr | Pinterest | YouTube
 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • Three winners will receive a signed copy of ROOTLESS (ROOTLESS #1) or THE RIFT (ROOTLESS #2), winner's choice, plus some ROOTLESS bookmarks.
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Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

 

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42. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck + Giveaway (International)

 

Hello, YABCers! We have a very exciting cover reveal for you today!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for TIGER'S PROMISE by Colleen Houck releasing June 1, 2014. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Colleen:

 

Dear YABC Readers,
 
I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my new novella, TIGER'S PROMISE. Yesubai's story has been one that I've been longing to delve into for quite a long time. She is a fascinating character and a much more sympathetic and stronger person than even I gave her credit for. The more I learned about her father, the villain Lokesh, as I wrote the other books in the tiger series, the more thought I gave to her and it wasn't long before I realized just how important and influential she was in the lives of all my characters. Her quiet voice has been whispering through the centuries and at long last, her story is told. I have grown to love her and I hope you will too!
 
~ Colleen Houck (TIGER'S PROMISE)
 

 

 

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TIGER'S PROMISE

by Colleen Houck
Release date: June 1, 2014
Publisher: Self-published
ISBN-13: 9781475604085 
 

 

About the Book

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history. 
 
Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.
 

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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Her first four novels, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny were New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • Three winners will receive a copy of TIGER'S PROMISE and a copy of TIGER'S CURSE
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Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

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43. Title Reveal: Book 2 in the Alex Wayfare Series by MG Buehrlen + Giveaway (International)

 

We have a special treat for you today, YABCers! A title reveal!

Today we're honored to reveal the title for Book #2 in the Alex Wayfare Series by MG Buehrlen releasing Spring 2015 from Strange Chemistry. Before we get to the title, here's a note from MG:

 

I was certain there would be months of agonizing title trials as we searched for the perfect title for the sequel to THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. Mainly because I'm horrible at coming up with titles and place names and character names. The pressure! It's just too intense, and I get bogged down by silly details. But luckily, the very first suggestion I tossed on the table was the one my publisher loved. I sent it around to my critique partners and beta readers asking their opinion, and it got the green light. So it's a go! I think it's the perfect addition to the series. And HINT: it has to do with a pretty major reveal in Book 2, one that only a rare few of you may have already picked up on in Book 1. Oh, the suspense! 
 
~ MG Buehrlen (THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, Strange Chemistry)
 

 

 

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THE UNTIMELY DEATHS OF ALEX WAYFARE

Sequel to THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE

by MG Buehrlen
Release date: Spring, 2015
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
 

 

 

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When she’s not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director. She’s the current web ninja lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.



Connect with MG:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mgbuehrlen


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mgbuehrlenbooks


Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17878473-the-fifty-seven-lives-of-alex-wayfare


Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mgbuehrlen/alex-wayfare-series/


Tumblr: http://mgbuehrlen-the-hermit.tumblr.com/


Web: http://www.mgbuehrlen.com/

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

Ten winners will receive a copy of the first book in the series, THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. International addresses welcome!

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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44. Skip a Starbucks Donation Giveaway

 

Our very good friend CJ Redwine is hosting Skip a Starbucks Day today! 

For the super teensy cost of your morning cup of joe, you can help bring CJ's daughter, Isabella Grace, home from her orphanage in China. So far today, we've already raised over 60% of the adoption and travel fees! You guys are amazing!

 

<< Just look at this adorable lady.

If you'd like to help out, click this link to read Isabella's story and find the donate button

 

When you donate, you'll be entered into a drawing for some INCREDIBLE prizes. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:

*1 signed GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS trilogy by Rae Carson
 
*1 signed ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy by Beth Revis plus swag
 
*1 diamond and tanzanite necklace and earring set
 
*1 signed set of BLOOD OF EDEN trilogy by Julie Kagawa plus dragon figurine
 
...and for all you aspiring authors out there, check this one out! 
 
*1 full manuscript critique from literary agent Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg (There is a question on the entry form to indicate if you are interested in this prize. She has a two month turn around for the critique.)
 
 

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45. Giveaway: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems (US only)

 

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH

by Mo Willems

In stores April 1, 2014
 
 
 

About the Book

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.
 
First in the series, Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus celebrates its 10th birthday this year! Over the last  decade, The Pigeon books have sold millions of copies and enchanted young readers. The books have received numerous starred reviews, have appeared on many "best of" lists, and have even been inducted into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame.
 

 

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Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family.
 
photo credit: ©Marty Umans
 
 
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Giveaway Details

 

Get to know Pigeon!

Three (3) winners each receive:
·         The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and “It’s a Busload of Pigeon Books!” collection
 
Prizing courtesy of Disney Publishing. 
Giveaway open to US addresses only

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What is your favorite Mo Willems book?

 
 

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46. Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone (International)

 

 

COMPULSION

by Martina Boone

Release Date: 10/28/14

 

About the Book

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
 
When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?
 
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout 
 
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
 
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

 

About the Author

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the "wh" sound right, so she set out to master "all the words”—she's still working on that! In the meantime, she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.
 
 
 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a Compulsion prize pack, including a personalized ARC of Compulsion, a key necklace, a signed paperback of Lauren Oliver's DELIRIUM, a signed paperback PANDEMONIUM, and a signed hardcover REQUIEM.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this page and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What kind of shoes does Barrie confess she is wearing as Eight is on his way to pick her up? Find the answer in the excerpt here.

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47. YA Authors as YAs: The Christian Schoon Edition + Giveaway (International)

 

Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview!

Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.)

Don’t believe me? 

Maybe Christian Schoon, author of Under Nameless Stars – A  Zenn Scarlett Novel, April 2014, can convince you with tales from his teen years (and his rock 'n roll hair). 

 

***Click here to read our interview and enter to win a copy!***

 

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UNDER NAMELESS STARS – A ZENN SCARLETT NOVEL

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

ISBN-10: 1908844876

ISBN-13: 978-1908844873

Release date: April, 2014



About UNDER NAMELESS STARS

Under Nameless Stars, due out in April, 2014, is the sequel to Zenn Scarlett, and chronicles the continuing adventures of a novice exoveterinarian student specializing in the care and treatment of very large, often dangerous, profoundly fascinating alien life forms. 

As the story opens, Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister exovet school on Mars isn’t exactly going to plan…

After facing a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the cloister get worse? Yes, they could: her absent father has been kidnapped. Desperate to find him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra. With her is Liam Tucker, a Martian boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her father, Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy. 

Braving a gauntlet of lethal environments and unearthly life forms, her courage, resourcefulness and budding exovet skills will be tested as never before. With the fate of entire worlds in the balance, Zenn Scarlett is racing headlong into trouble... again.

 

Here’s what some nice humans had to say about Zenn Scarlett:
 

"Zenn's moxie and determination make this a debut to remember. Highly recommended!"
-Phoebe North, author of Starglass
 
"... delightful, bizarre and occasionally terrifying." 
-Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall
 
“All future veterinarians will want to read Zenn Scarlett and her adventures with veterinary medicine on alien animals.” 
-Temple Grandin, author of  Animals in Translation

"Mars, monsters, and mysteries: Zenn Scarlett is a thoughtful and thrilling science fiction adventure that's perfect for readers who think they've seen it all! It's refreshing to encounter an original young adult story that defies expectations, and the breathtaking conclusion will leave you desperate for more."
-E.C. Myers, author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin 

"Utterly imaginative, Zenn Scarlett is sci-fi at its best. Fantastic worldbuilding. Deep characters. I couldn’t put it down!"
-Melissa West, author of Gravity and Hover

 

ABOUT Christian:

Following a stint as an in-house writer with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, Christian became a freelance writer for the entertainment industry and scriptwriter for live-action and animated TV programming for companies including Warner Bros., NBC, Hallmark, FoxKids, Saban and Hanna-Barbera. Currently, he writes from his 160-year-old farmstead near Iowa City, which he shares with a fluctuating number of rescued horses (generally less than a dozen, currently at 18 head), numerous cats, two dogs, two ferrets, one lab mouse saved from being fed to a friend’s snake and… a surprisingly tolerant wife. Christian’s volunteer work with various animal welfare groups has exposed him to the awesome talents of a number of local veterinarians who treat both domestic and exotic critters like bears, cougars, pythons, alligators and other large reptiles. This experience has fed into and extensively informed his Zenn Scarlett novels. 
      

Author blog:  http://www.christianschoon.com          
Author Twitter: @cjschoon              

Zenn Scarlett on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zenn-Scarlett/329723773792797?ref=hlv                                                         

Zenn on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Zenn-Scarlett-Christian-Schoon/dp/1908844558

 

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Christian will give away three shiny new copies of Under Nameless Stars, print or eBook; available internationally in April, 2014

 
 

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48. YA Authors as YAs: The Helene Dunbar Edition + Giveaway (International)

Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview!

Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.)

Don’t believe me? 

Maybe Helene Dunbar, author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS published by Flux, May 2014, can convince you with tales from her teen years. 

 

***Click here to read our interview and enter to win a copy!***

 

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THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

ISBN: 0738740276

Publisher: Flux

Release Date: May 2014



About THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

What do you do in the wake of a life-altering tragedy? Survive.

After a horrible family tragedy, Gordie moves in with his half-brother Kevin’s family. It is an ideal arrangement, because Kevin is his safe haven and the only person who can deal with Gordie’s post-traumatic stress disorder.

But just as the fifteen-year-old’s life is becoming normal—star goalie of the high school hockey team, interest from an attractive girl—Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s no hiding from the grief and guilt, nothing to stop him from falling into a horrible tailspin. The only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.


 

ABOUT Helene:

Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She’s amazed that she has a day job that pays her to spend time on Facebook and Twitter, and that, on a good day, gives her time to let the voices in her head out into the world to tell a story. If she had to put money on it, she’d bet that if music didn’t exist, she wouldn’t be able to write. She’s lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.

Website: www.helenedunbar.com

Twitter: @Helene_dunbar

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenedunbarwrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/helene_dunbar

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One international winner will receive a copy of the book when they are available. 

 

 

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49. Giveaway: Obsidian Eyes by A.W. Exley (US/Canada)

 

OBSIDIAN EYES

by A.W. Exley

Release Date: March 24th

 
 

About the Book

1836, a world of light and dark, noble and guild. The two spheres intersect when seventeen-year-old Allie Donovan is placed at the aristocratic St Matthews Academy. More at ease with a blade than a needle, she finds herself ostracised by the girls and stalked by a Scottish lord intent on learning why she is among them.
 
She begins to suspect the underlying reasons when soldiers arrive to see her friend, Zeb, a mechanical genius. On the hunt for answers she breaks into his underground laboratory. There, Allie discovers he is not just constructing sentient mechanical creatures, he is building a devastating new weapon for the military.
 
The guilds want the weapon and Allie is trapped by ties of blood. She must obey the overlord of the guild and deliver up her friend, unless she can rely on bonds of friendship, to save both their lives.
 
 

About the Author

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. Today, Anita writes best selling hit steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens. 

 
 

Giveaway Details

 

One winner will receive a copy of Obsidian Eyes, Nefertiti’s Heart, and a steampunk barrette 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this page and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 

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What do you think about the synopsis of the book?

 

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50. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Hello, YABCers! Are you ready for another cover reveal?

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee releasing April 8, 2015 from Flux/Llewellyn. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Fonda:

 

When my editor and I first started talking about ideas for the cover of ZEROBOXER, we bounced around a few exciting concepts. Should we try to reflect the action in the story with a futuristic fight image? Should we try for a classic sci­fi feel, with the main character, Carr, on a lunar landscape with the ubiquitous bright light shining down from space? Finally, we decided no, we wanted something DIFFERENT...something clean, dramatic, emblematic. The talented folks at Flux got to work, and I retreated into my author cave to bite my nails. When I saw the final cover, I may have let out a loud animal squeal from total eyeball orgasm. They nailed it, and I couldn’t be more psyched to share it with you.
 
~ Fonda Lee (ZEROBOXER, Flux/Llewellyn)
 

 

 

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ZEROBOXER

by Fonda Lee
Release date: April 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux/Llewellyn
ISBN-13: 9780738743387 
 

 

About the Book

Carr “the Raptor” Luka is an athletic phenom, a rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing. Training and competing aboard the lunar orbiting city­station of Valtego (where It’s More Fun on the Dark SideTM), all he’s ever wanted is to win the championship title.
 
His talent and marketability don’t go unnoticed by the top brass of the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. They assign him a brandhelm; after all, anyone who wants to be anyone needs a dedicated personal marketing strategist. Beautiful and ambitious, Risha is one of the genetically engineered Martian colonists that Earth dwellers view with resentment and suspicion. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity, and stolen his heart along the way.
 
But success could be the worst thing that happens to them. As his fame grows, Carr must come to terms with the fact that he’s become an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-­great planet now angry at falling into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. When Carr learns of a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating personal secret. Not only will his choices place into jeopardy everything he holds dear, they may spill the violence from the sports arena out into the solar system.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Fonda-Lee-author-photo.jpgAbout the Author

Fonda Lee is an science fiction and fantasy author and recovering corporate strategist who was born and raised in Calgary, Canada (land of hockey, rodeo, and oil reserves) and now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon (land of rain, hipsters, and Powell’s Books). When she is not writing she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts.

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Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive the ZEROBOXER PRIZE PACK, which includes: a signed copy of ZEROBOXER (when available), a DVD of Rocky, a DVD of Gattaca, and some mystery swag
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