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26. Giveaway: Twyning by Terence Blacker (US & Canada Only)

Twyning

Author’s Name: Terence Blacker

Book’s Release Date: 9/9/14

 

 

About the Book

In a harsh and dangerous world, a rat and a boy must each choose their way as their fates become inextricably linked.

Efren is a young rat, unnoticed and timid among the kingdom of rats living in the London sewers. When the king dies, leaving the kingdom in upheaval, only Efren dares to journey into the human world, where he discovers a human doctor’s plan to destroy London’s entire rat population. Meanwhile, Peter, otherwise known as Dogboy, does odd jobs for both the scheming doctor and the town ratcatcher. But his gift for understanding animals — even rats — forces him to decide where his allegiances truly lie. Dogboy and Efren, along with the waifish girl Caz and her pet rat, Malaika, set out to test the strengths of friendship and loyalty against the gut-wrenching cruelties of the world.

Find the book on Goodreads.

 


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Terence Blacker is the author of numerous books for children and adults and is a columnist for the Independent. This is his first book with Candlewick Press. He lives in the English countryside in a house that he converted from a goose hatchery.


Follow Candlewick Press on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

 

 


Giveaway Details

FIVE winners will each receive a hardcover copy of the book.

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:

As a child Terence Blacker wanted to grow up to do what profession? 

 

 

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27. Giveaway: Monstrous Affections - An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (US & Canada Only)

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Author’s Name: Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (editors)
Book’s Release Date: 9/9/14

 

About the Book

Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume.

Predatory kraken that sing with — and for — their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.

Check out the book on Goodreads.


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Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly Link is the author of three acclaimed short story collections, and her award-winning stories have appeared in many anthologies. Gavin J. Grant has published numerous articles and short stories. They live in Northampton, Massachusetts, with their daughter, Ursula.

Follow Candlewick Press on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

 

 

 


Giveaway Details

FIVE winners will each receive a hardcover copy of the book. 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:

Authors Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant edited another similar collection of YA fantasy short stories. What was the title? 

 

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28. Giveaway: Storm Siren by Mary Weber (US Only)

Book’s Title: Storm Siren

Author’s Name: Mary Weber

Book’s Release Date: August 19, 2014
 

About the Book

In a world at war, a slave girl's lethal curse could become one kingdom's weapon of salvation. If the curse - and the girl - can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn't merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth - meaning, she shouldn't even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she's being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn't want to be the weapon they've all been waiting for?

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About the Author

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives.                                                                                   

In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.  

Check out Mary's website.

Follow Mary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Giveaway Details

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One winner will win a prize pack consisting of a limited edition necklace and copy of Storm Siren. 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:

Would you want to have a super ability like Nym? What would be yours?

 

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29. Giveaway: Let's Get Lost by Ali Alsaid (US & Canada Only)

Book’s Title: Let’s Get Lost

Author’s Name: Adi Alsaid
Book’s Release Date: July 29, 2014

 

About the Book

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Check out the book on Goodreads.


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Adi Alsaid is the author of Let’s Get Lost, coming from Harlequin Teen and Alloy Entertainment in August 2014. He was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it’s no surprise that after graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer.

Adi is now back in his hometown, Mexico City, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list.

Check out Ali's blog.

Follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram.


Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive a signed copy of the book. 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:

Have you ever been on a road trip? Share your experience below!

 

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30. Giveaway: The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan (US Only)

Book’s Title: The Fog of Forgetting

Author’s Name: G.A. Morgan

Book’s Release Date: July 17, 2014

 

About the Book

Move over, Narnia. The journey to Ayda has begun.

The journey to Ayda begins when five children sneak out for a quick boat ride on a summer day. Engulfed in a curtain of dense, powerful fog, they are transported from the rocky Maine coast to the mysterious island of Ayda.
 
Rescued by Seaborne, a machete-toting wayfarer of few words, the children suddenly find themselves at the center of a centuries-old battle between Dankar, the ruler of Exor, and three siblings that rule the other realms of Ayda.
 
At stake are the four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone that connects them all.
When 9-year-old Frankie is kidnapped by Dankar, her older sister Evelyn and the three Thompson brothers must learn to harness the powers of the daylights, ancient forces of earth, fire, water, and air, in order to navigate their way through the realms of Ayda, save her, and find a way home.

Find the book on Goodreads.

 

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Genevieve (G.A.) Morgan is a writer and editor living in Portland. Maine. She was born in Manhattan and attended the Spence School, a private school on the Upper East Side, where she was her senior class’s valedictorian. She graduated with a BA in English from Bowdoin College, Magna Cum Laude, and won the acting chair award for her class.

After moving to California to pursue a career as an actor, she found more steady work as a copy editor at SF Magazine. She moved away from acting to become the managing editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where among other things, she helped to launch their award-winning Giftworks division. After five years learning the trade, she left to co-found a book-packaging company that produced a variety of work, including Saints: A Visual Almanac of the Virtuous, Pure, Praiseworthy and Good and its (more dastardly) follow-up: The Devil.

She has written books for Smith & Hawken, Williams-Sonoma, Starbucks, The Nature Company, Harper Collins, Borders Books, and Hay House publishers, and was the wellness editor for Maine magazine. Her work on health topics has appeared in The Bangor Daily News, as well as Body and Soul and Insight magazines. She co-created, produced and was the weekly co-host of “The Dr. Lisa Radio Hour,” a Maine Media Company production, during its inaugural year. As a volunteer, she worked for many years with kids and teens as the president of the board of The Telling Room. In addition to Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School (Zest Publications; April 2014), she is the author of a YA fantasy-adventure trilogy called The Five Stones. The first volume, The Fog of Forgetting (Islandport Press), will be released in July 2014, followed by Chantarelle, releasing July 2015, and Kinfolk, releasing  July 2016.

Morgan is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Association (MWPA), and the advisory board for The Telling Room. She chairs the advisory board of the Thompson Family Foundation and was the recipient of a Hewn Oaks Artistic Residency Fellowship in 2013. In a happy twist of fate, after Islandport Press acquired The Fog of Forgetting, they acquired Genevieve for the position of senior editor for adult trade and gift divisions there!

She is also the host for a new weekly TV segment on writers and artists for Your Magazine, an entertainment digest broadcast by Time Warner Cable, watched by over 350,000 households in New England.

When she is not writing or reading, Genevieve does a lot of yoga, walks her dog in the countryside, and practices bass guitar with her neighbor (someday they will have a band). Though she has not officially acted in years, she enjoys reading in different character’s voices and pretending to speak obscure foreign languages to her dog. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Portland, Maine.

Check out her website.

 

Giveaway Details

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One grand prize winner will win a full set of one-of-a-kind stone necklaces from The Fog of Forgetting collection. They will also receive a signed copy of the book. 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:
 

What war is going on at the start of The Fog of Forgetting? Find out the answer here by reading an excerpt on YABC!

 

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31. Giveaway: Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou (US Only)

HOMEROOM DIARIES

by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou
In stores July 21, 2014

 

About the Book

In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Happiness Project". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling...until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.


BUY LINKS

Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Powells | Amazon

 

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In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its co ver and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing." Time magazine named him "The Man Who Can't Miss," and he is a two-time Children's Choice Book Award "Author of the Year" nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. And, he has won a Children's Choice Book Council's Children's Choice Awards "Author of the Year" award (2010).

One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007.

*photo credit David Burnett*

 

OFFICIAL LINKS

·  Visit the Official Site

·  Follow Homeroom Diaries on Instagram

·  Follow James Patterson on Twitter and Facebook

 

Giveaway Details

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THE HAPPINESS PROJECT prize pack – 3 winners!

Let great reads make you smile! Enter for your chance to win a James Patterson collection including copies of Homeroom Diaries, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Conf essions of a Murder Suspect, and First Love.

Prizing & samples courtesy of Little, Brown.

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 the name of the Patterson's "top-selling detective series" called?

 

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32. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Welcome to another great cover reveal, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for EARTH & SKY by Megan Crewe, releasing October 28, 2014 from Razorbill Canada/Amazon Skyscape. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:

 

Hello YABC! I'm thrilled that I get to share the cover of the first book in my new trilogy, EARTH & SKY, with you today.
 
I've been waiting a long time for this moment, seeing different versions as the cover moved closer and closer to the one you see today. I was excited by what I saw the first time around, and it was amazing watching it get even more lovely with each iteration! I'm so pleased with the way the team at Skyscape has captured the dizzying disorientation Skylar faces as she discovers her planet and her past are being controlled by outside forces and gets caught up in a race through time to free the world. The beautiful colors, the shadowy city… Okay, there's nothing about this cover I don't like. I hope you love it and the story inside just as much as I do!
 
~ Megan Crewe (EARTH & SKY, Razorbill Canada/Amazon Skyscape)
 

 

 

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*** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Megan's giveaway. Thank you! ***

 

 


EARTH & SKY

by Megan Crewe
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill Canada/Amazon Skyscape US
ISBN-13: 9780670068128 (Razorbill Canada), 9781477847848 (Amazon Skyscape US)
 
 
About the Book
Seventeen year old Skylar has always been haunted by the fleeting yet powerful feelings that something around her has gone wrong. Those impressions have never seemed to reflect anything real, and have only earned her stares and whispers behind her back. But after she meets a mysterious boy named Win, she learns an unsettling truth: We are not alone on Earth. In fact, visitors from beyond the stars are manipulating our planet and the essential fabric of our world; life as we know it is starting to unravel. And Skylar - and her heightened awareness - just may be the key to our salvation.
 

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Megan Crewe is the highly acclaimed author of several YA novels, including GIVE UP THE GHOST, which was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. THE WAY WE FALL, the first instalment in Crewe’s Fallen World trilogy, was shortlisted for the OLA White Pine Award; THE LIVES WE LOST and THE WORLDS WE MAKE came out in 2013 and 2014, respectively. She lives in Toronto with her family.

 
 
 

 

 

Giveaway Details

Twenty winners (10 from Canada, 10 from the US) will win a finished copy of EARTH & SKY.

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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33. #ReadISLA: Team ANNA, LOLA, or ISLA?

 

 

Hello YABCers, today we're picking teams!

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If that isn't reason enough to choose TEAM ANNA, here are a few more...

 

"I'm a little distracted by this English French American boy masterpiece."

Me too, Anna. Me. Too.

 

 

 "Girl Scouts didn't teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys."

Just don't offer him any cookies and you'll be good. 

 

 

 "I'm saying I'm in love with you! I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!"

 

Could you say that in French now?

 

 

 "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."

BRB, swooning!

 

 

"Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?"

Yes, especially if that person is an English French American Boy Masterpiece with cool hair!

 

 

 

 

Now it's your turn, YABCers, what TEAM would you pick and why?

 

Here's a little ISLA teaser while you're deciding. 

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Don't forget to pre-order your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER HERE.

 

 

 


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34. #ReadISLA Flashback: Lola And The Boy Next Door

 

Hey guys, today we're hanging out with Lola and Cricket!

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

 

*Review originally posted in October 2011* 

Lololololo-la! Sorry, can't help but hear the Kinks song in my head each time I hear the name, see the title...you get the picture. I thoroughly enjoyed ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and was really looking forward to LOLA and I was not disappointed!

Once again author, Stephanie Perkins has created unique characters full of heart, passion and who are just plain fun to read! LOLA has all the love and heart pounding romance that ANNA did but with a couple of interesting twists thrown in. There's also a few unexpected guests who had me squealing with delight and I DO NOT squeal. (Really, I don't) Plus, Lola has not one, not two, but three cute boys... T-H-R-E-E! Let's take a peak at them shall we?

If you could take a rainbow, a few rays of sunshine, some shooting stars (for their sparkle factor), and maybe even a snowflake or two, mixed them all together and shook them out, Lola is what would you get. She's bright, colorful, full of life and has a sparkle that's all her own. 

Max is our resident rocker bad-boy. What makes him bad? Well, for starters, he's a "few" years older than Lola. Her two Dads aren't too thrilled with the idea of him but then again they're dads. He's cute, he sings and writes music, has multiple tattoos and engages in less desirable behavior (according to dear old "Dads) which, of course, makes him a total chick magnet.

Cricket is Lola's neighbor and childhood friend. He's not only cute, nice and super intelligent (he invents cool stuff like Barbie elevators) but he's tall - really, really tall. He's also the twin brother of Calliope Bell (aka figure skater extraordinaire/mean girl). Lola's parents like Cricket and there's a bit of history between he and Lola which isn't all happy, happy sunshine but no biggie, because he's the very definition of "Tall drink of water". Thirsty much? Yes.I.Am!

Whose the third cute guy? Well, now, that would just spoil the fun so you'll have to read it for yourself. *wink* *wink*

Lola struggles with making the right choices sometimes as a way to protect herself or those around her from getting hurt. This is familiar territory for her considering she's had her fair share of pain either from her mother's behavior or for being ostracized for her appearance. What she learns is that in order to be true to yourself, you have to "be" yourself, regardless of what others think...you have to live fully and without fear. (You wanna wear a pink wig, a sparkly tutu and combat boots? You go, girl!) 

She also discovers that some things are worth the risk if you're willing to give it a chance. Even if it's a second, or a third chance and she finds that when it comes to love, sometimes you have to go back to the start in order to cross the finish line.

 

LOLA chapter sample

 

 

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3 winners will win one of these ANNA, LOLA, ISLA button packs.

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35. YA Authors as YAs: The Megan Whitmer Edition + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

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 Megan Whitmer, author of BETWEEN, coming your way from Spencer Hill Press on July 29, 2014, can convince you with tales from her teen years. 

You must check out her teen HAIR, people. Oh, the fluffy goodness. It burns!

 

>> Click here to read our full interview with Megan

and enter to win a signed ARC of BETWEEN! <<

 

 

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BETWEEN

ISBN: (print): 978-1-939392-15-2 (ebook): 978-1-939392-16-9

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Release Date: July 29, 2014



About BETWEEN

When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot; that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement.

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.

 

About MEGAN:

Megan Whitmer loves all things Southern, and has a soft spot for football, kissing scenes, and things that sparkle. She lives in Kentucky with her family. When she’s not writing, Megan spends her time drinking absurd amounts of coffee and dancing in her kitchen. Between is her debut novel. You can find her on twitter (@meganwhitmer), Facebook (www.facebook.com/authormeganwhitmer), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/whitmermegan), or visit her web site at www.meganwhitmerwrites.com

 

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One US/Canada winner will receive an autographed ARC and a signed bookmark. Click here to read the interview and enter the giveaway!

 

 

Stay tuned for our next YA Authors as YAs, coming soon!

 

 

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36. Check out the trailer for PADDINGTON!

 

PADDINGTON
 
We're so happy to bring you the trailer for PADDINGTON, based on the beloved children's book by Michael Bond, arriving this Christmas!

 

You know you need a good dose of *bathroom* humor this morning, right? Enjoy! And keep your eyes peeled for PADDINGTON this winter.
 

 

About the Film
 

This Christmas, a small bear will make a big splash.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he  begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Director: Paul King

Written by: Paul King

Screenplay by: Henry Paul King

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman

#PaddingtonMovie
 
 
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37. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Charmed by Michelle Krys + Giveaway (International)

 

Welcome to this week's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CHARMED by Michelle Krys, releasing May 26, 2015 from Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Michelle:

 

Hello, lovely YABC-ers!
 
If it seems as though HEXED only just released, that’s because it did. But believe it or not, it’s already time to reveal the cover and jacket copy for CHARMED, the sequel and final book in the Witch Hunter series! 
 
Simply put, I love this cover. CHARMED is about Indie giving in to the dark parts of herself and finally seizing control of her witchly powers, and everything from the lightening in the background, to Indie’s dynamic stance, to the wind in her hair perfectly reflects that. The people in the design department at Delacorte Press really nailed it with this cover, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you guys. I hope you love it as much as I do!
 
~ Michelle Krys (CHARMED, Delacorte Press)
 

 

 

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CHARMED

by Michelle Krys
Release date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books in the United States, Doubleday Canada in Canada, and Random House UK in the UK
ISBN-13: 9780385743396

 
About the Book
**Author’s Warning: The jacket copy contains spoilers for HEXED, the first book in the Witch Hunter series, so skip ahead if you haven’t read it yet!***
 
Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She's tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she's going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it's her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever-especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn't even on Earth. She's trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out.
 
Fueled by terror and loyalty, Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. She'll worry about getting out later. But facing the dark world's most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush-and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer.
 
Sometimes a witch must keep secrets from the people she cares about most. And sometimes she isn't the only one with secrets....
 

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Michelle Krys is the author of HEXED. She lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. She works part-time as a NICU nurse and spends her free time writing books for teens. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and "levitated" people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate.

 
 

 

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of CHARMED.

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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. #ReadISLA

 

Hello YABC!

I had a BLAST hanging out with Isla and Josh this weekend!

See? They said to say, Bonjour!

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My initial thoughts? ISLA is intense, heart-wrenching romantic perfection!

Have you checked out the ISLA chapter sample?

If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

If you have, be sure to share the link with EVERYONE you know, using the #ReadISLA hashtag. Let's see if we can get Isla and Josh trending on Twitter!

Come back next week for a chance to win some swag!

 

 

 


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39. It's live! Cover Reveal: Soulprint by Megan Miranda (US only)

 

Happy Almost 4th of July, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for SOULPRINT by Megan Miranda releasing February 3, 2015 from Bloomsbury. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:
 

Hi there, YABC readers!

I’m so excited to share the cover for SOULPRINT with everyone today. I’ve loved all the covers Bloomsbury has designed for my previous books, and this is no exception! It’s a bit different from my other covers, and I think it’s perfect for the book—it really gets to the heart of the story. The fingerprint, Alina’s face—the way one doesn’t exist without the other. As if she is the print, or contained by it, even…..
I hope you all love it as much as I do!
 
~ Megan Miranda (Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint)
 
 

 

 

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SOULPRINT

 

by Megan Miranda
Release date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-0802737748
 

About the Book

Seventeen year old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Hers is a world where reincarnation not only exists, but can be tracked. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.
 
Aided by three teens with their own agendas and ulterior motives, Alina manages the impossible: escape. Although she’s not sure she can completely trust them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic—and alluring—of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, long-buried secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited . . . or if she’s fated to repeat the past.
 
This stunning, “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering just how far they would go to escape the past.
 

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Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture, Hysteria, and Vengeance. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the "why" and "how" of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the "what-ifs." Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. 

 



 

 

Giveaway Details

Two US winners will each receive a signed ARC of SOULPRINT.
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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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40. Giveaway: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare Prize Pack Giveaway (International)

 

Today we have a guest post giveaway by M.G. Buehrlen, author of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. Go forth and enter and win!


Hey YABCers! Today feels like a pretty fine day to have a giveaway. And who better to give awesome things away to than the awesome reviewers who help spread the word about little books like mine? 

Reviewers are SO important. Every review you leave helps spread the word and keep your favorite authors going. Especially the little guys with little publishers and little $$ for hype-driven ad campaigns (like ALEX!)

So this giveaway is for YOU, reviewer, with all my love and admiration and appreciation and all the other sappy things I can think of.

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Here's how it works:

If you’ve already left a review for THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE somewhere on the Interwebs, you get entries. If you haven’t left a review yet, you can do so now, before the giveaway ends, and get entries. There are tons of ways to earn entries in the Rafflecopter below, so power up folks! There are prize packs to be won. 

OFFICIAL DEETS:

1) Read THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE.

2) Write a review for THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. Positive or negative doesn’t matter to me, but the review should be at least three or four sentences long. 

3) Post that review EVERYWHERE you can think of. Goodreads, YABooksCentral.com, Amazon, B&N, your blog, Tumblr, Facebook, the list goes on. Provide a star rating if it’s an option.

4) Keep track of the links to your reviews. If you’ve already left reviews, track them down and gather those links to enter into the form.

5) Enter the Rafflecopter form below. There are entry options for all the book review sites I could think of, but if I left one out, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it onto the form so you can grab that entry too. There is only one mandatory option to enter, which is filling out your contact details. However, you must leave at least one link to one review to be eligible to enter. I’m all about you grabbing as many entries as possible, but please no duplicate links or entries. I got my eye on you. 

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6) Open internationally, so feel free to leave reviews on international websites as well. 

7) This giveaway will run for 30 days. If you haven’t read the book yet, now’s the time to do it! 


PRIZES!

Three of you will win one of the prize packs below:

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Prize Pack #1 includes a signed copy of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, Talk Nerdy to Me wall art (pictured above), a signed bookmark, Talk Nerdy to Me stickers, two engraved Polygon stones, a pair of Alex’s nerd glasses, and Nerds candy. 

Prize Pack #2 includes a signed copy of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, a signed bookmark, Talk Nerdy to Me stickers, two engraved Polygon stones, a pair of Alex’s nerd glasses, and Nerds candy. 

Prize Pack #3 includes a signed copy of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, a signed bookmark, Talk Nerdy to Me stickers, two engraved Polygon stones, and Nerds candy. 

 

I’m so freaking excited to give this stuff to you!
 

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41. Excerpt Reveal: Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan

 

Hey YABCers! Today we bring you a special treat – a chapter excerpt from THE FOG OF FORGETTING by G.A. Morgan! So grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage, sit back, and enjoy a few pages of 100% totally free fantasy reading. 

Before we get to the excerpt, here's a bit about the book:

 

The Fog of Forgetting

by G.A. Morgan

Published by Islandport Press

Release Date: July 17, 2014

 

Move over, Narnia. The journey to Ayda has begun.
 
The journey to Ayda begins when five children sneak out for a quick boat ride on a summer day. Engulfed in a curtain of dense, powerful fog, they are transported from the rocky Maine coast to the mysterious island of Ayda. 
 
Rescued by Seaborne, a machete-toting wayfarer of few words, the children suddenly find themselves at the center of a centuries-old battle between Dankar, the ruler of Exor, and three siblings that rule the other realms of Ayda. 
 
At stake are the four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone that connects them all. When 9-year-old Frankie is kidnapped by Dankar, her older sister Evelyn and the three Thompson brothers must learn to harness the powers of the daylights, ancient forces of earth, fire, water, and air, in order to navigate their way through the realms of Ayda, save her, and find a way home. 
 
Asked why she thinks THE FOG OF FORGETTING has been getting such great advance buzz, Melissa Kim, Children’s Book Editor at Islandport Press, says: 
 
“The Fog of Forgetting stands apart from other YA adventure fantasy because it has —as well as a page-turning plot, reluctant hero, and quest for justice—an inner adventure not often seen in this genre. Morgan has drawn on past civilizations, global cultures, and forces from within, to dig deep into the very core of what makes us human and what connects people to each other across time and space. Even readers who don't normally turn to fantasy will find much here. It's a story you will remember years after you have read it.” 
 
 
Doesn't that sound awesome?! Let's get to that excerpt, shall we?
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About the Author

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cosby_GAmorgan-highres-6-of-17.jpgGenevieve (G.A.) Morgan is a writer and editor living in Portland. Maine. She was born in Manhattan and attended the Spence School, a private school on the Upper East Side, where she was her senior class’s valedictorian. She graduated with a BA in English from Bowdoin College, Magna Cum Laude, and won the acting chair award for her class. 

After moving to California to pursue a career as an actor, she found more steady work as a copy editor at SF Magazine. She moved away from acting to become the managing editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where among other things, she helped to launch their award-winning Giftworks division. After five years learning the trade, she left to co-found a book-packaging company that produced a variety of work, including Saints: A Visual Almanac of the Virtuous, Pure, Praiseworthy and Good and its (more dastardly) follow-up: The Devil.
 
She has written books for Smith & Hawken, Williams-Sonoma, Starbucks, The Nature Company, Harper Collins, Borders Books, and Hay House publishers, and was the wellness editor for Maine magazine. Her work on health topics has appeared in The Bangor Daily News, as well as Body and Soul and Insight magazines. She co-created, produced and was the weekly co-host of “The Dr. Lisa Radio Hour,” a Maine Media Company production, during its inaugural year. As a volunteer, she worked for many years with kids and teens as the president of the board of The Telling Room. In addition to Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School (Zest Publications; April 2014), she is the author of a YA fantasy-adventure trilogy called The Five Stones. The first volume, The Fog of Forgetting (Islandport Press), will be released in July 2014, followed by Chantarelle, releasing July 2015, and Kinfolk, releasing  July 2016. 
 
Morgan is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Association (MWPA), and the advisory board for The Telling Room. She chairs the advisory board of the Thompson Family Foundation and was the recipient of a Hewn Oaks Artistic Residency Fellowship in 2013. In a happy twist of fate, after Islandport Press acquired The Fog of Forgetting, they acquired Genevieve for the position of senior editor for adult trade and gift divisions there!
 
She is also the host for a new weekly TV segment on writers and artists for Your Magazine, an entertainment digest broadcast by Time Warner Cable, watched by over 350,000 households in New England. 
 
When she is not writing or reading, Genevieve does a lot of yoga, walks her dog in the countryside, and practices bass guitar with her neighbor (someday they will have a band). Though she has not officially acted in years, she enjoys reading in different character’s voices and pretending to speak obscure foreign languages to her dog. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Portland, Maine.
 
For more about G.A. Morgan visit http://www.GA-Morgan.com.com
 
 
Stay tuned for a chance to win a copy of this book later this week!
In the meantime, tell us what you think of the excerpt in the dooblydoo below.
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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42. #ReadISLA Campaign

Hello Fellow YABCers!

I am BEYOND excited that YABC was asked to participate in the #ReadISLA campaign as we eagerly await, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, the third companion novel in Stephanie Perkins' ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS series!

 

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From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 

 

Help spread the word:

~ Announce your participation in the campaign by using the #ReadISLA hashtag and tweeting like an all-expense paid trip to Paris depends on it! (It doesn't, but let's pretend, okay? Okay.) And don't forget to tag @naturallysteph and @penguinteen in all your !!!!! excitement!

~  Pre-order your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER from one of the 55 independent bookstores and you could get a signed first edition + swag and tell everyone you know to do the same!

~ While you're waiting for the August 14, 2014 release, check out the ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER sampler.

 

 

 


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43. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Color Song by Victoria Strauss + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Happy July, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for COLOR SONG by Victoria Strauss, releasing September 16, 2014 from Skyscape. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Victoria:

 

Hello, YABC! I’m thrilled to be sharing the cover for my latest novel, COLOR SONG—a historical tale of art, intrigue, and romance, with a touch of fantasy, set in Renaissance Italy. It’s a followup to my previous novel, PASSION BLUE, though it can be read as a standalone.
 
I had the chance to see and give input on this cover all the way through the creation process, which was pretty exciting. We wanted something that would suggest the mystery and romance of 15th century Venice, where much of the book takes place, without being too literal. Getting the exact right shade of luminous blue was important too, since the secret formula for a mysterious blue paint plays a major part in the plot. I love the result—the saturated colors, the gorgeous title lettering, the dreamy images. Thanks to everyone at Skyscape for this beautiful cover!
 
~ Victoria Strauss (COLOR SONG, Skyscape)
 

 

 

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COLOR SONG

 

by Victoria Strauss
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
ISBN-13: 978-1477847787
 

About the Book

From the author of the acclaimed PASSION BLUE, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 and "a rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion," comes a fascinating companion novel.
 
Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed—or cursed—with a spirit’s gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the paints she creates in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilitá. It’s here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness and rekindled her passion to become a painter—an impossible dream for any woman in 15th century Italy. 
 
But when a dying Humilitá bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession—the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue—Giulia realizes she’s in danger from those who have long coveted the famous color for themselves. Faced with the prospect of a life in the convent barred from painting as punishment for keeping Humilitá’s secret, Giulia is struck by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an artist’s apprentice?
 
Along with the truth of who she is, Giulia carries more dangerous secrets: the exquisite voices of her paint colors and the formula for Humilitá’s Passion blue. And Venice, with its graceful gondolas and twisting canals, its gilded palazzi and masked balls, has secrets of its own. Trapped in her false identity in this dream-like place where reality and reflection are easily confused, where art and ambition, love and deception hover like dense fog, can Giulia find her way?
 
This compelling novel explores timeless themes of love and illusion, gender and identity as it asks the question: what does it mean to risk everything to pursue your passion?
 

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Victoria Strauss is the author of nine novels for adults and young adults, including the Stone duology (THE ARM OF THE STONE and THE GARDEN OF THE STONE), and PASSION BLUE, a companion novel to COLOR SONG that was chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2012. She is also the co-founder of Writer Beware, a unique anti-scam resource that warns writers about literary fraud. She maintains the popular Writer Beware website (http://www.writerbeware.com) and blog (http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com), for which she was a 2012 winner of an Independent Book Blogger Award. Victoria lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband (who doesn't understand her need to write but fully supports it) and two rambunctious cats. Visit her at http://www.victoriastrauss.com. 

 
 

 

Giveaway Details

One grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite, signed hardcovers of PASSION BLUE and COLOR SONG (when available), and assorted swag.

  • Two additional winners will receive signed hardcovers of PASSION BLUE and COLOR SONG (when available) plus assorted swag. 
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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

 

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44. 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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45. 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.

 

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_madelyn.jpgThese days, I continue to work on stories for children and adults, as well as essays, articles and newsletters. We still need insulation and a new liner for the chimney. Which is all a long way of answering the question: Why do you write? I write because it’s pretty much the only thing I can do. I play the guitar badly, I cannot clean, and I’m no good at math. I write because it keeps me sane. I write because I love telling other people’s stories as well as my own. And I write… I write for heat.
 

 

Check out their websites: Mary and Madelyn

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Giveaway Details

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

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What was a recent dream that you had?

 

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46. 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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47. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Hey, everyone! Welcome to another cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for MONSTROUS by MarcyKate Connolly releasing February 10, 2015 from HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from MarcyKate:

 

Greetings YABC readers! I’m delighted to finally reveal the cover for my debut upper middle grade fantasy novel, MONSTROUS. HarperCollins has created some of my all-time favorite covers, so I was on pins and needles to see what they came up with. To say the least, they did not disappoint! The cover artist (the extraordinary Skottie Young) captured my main character perfectly, along with the spirit and mood of the whole book, right down to the wonderfully whimsical hand lettering of the title. The team at Harper clearly put a lot of love into this cover, and I haven’t been able to stop staring at it since it hit my inbox. I hope you love it too!
 
~ MarcyKate Connolly (MONSTROUS, HarperCollins)
 

 

 

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MONSTROUS

by MarcyKate Connolly
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0062272713

About the Book

The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.
 
Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.
 
Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre. 
 
And what he knows will change Kym’s life. 
 
Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.
 

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MarcyKate Connolly is a writer and nonprofit administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs. She’s a coffee addict and voracious reader. You can visit her online at www.marcykate.com

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive a signed ARC of MONSTROUS and a pressed rose bookmark (the main character, Kymera, presses roses between the pages of her favorite book!)
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48. It's live!! Cover Reveal: All That Burns by Ryan Graudin + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ALL THAT BURNS by Ryan Graudin releasing February 10, 2015 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ryan:

 

Greetings YABC readers! And many welcomes to the exclusive cover reveal for ALL THAT BURNS.
 
While it’s not as pink-o-licious as its predecessor, I think the design team over at HarperTeen did an amazing job capturing the book’s mood. The typography is drool-worthy (I wish I could draw letters like that. Mine only look like bubble letters from a bake sale sign!) and the models are stunning—they portray Emrys and Richard perfectly! The darkness closing in around them is the perfect foreshadowing of impending doom... What impending doom you might ask? Spoilers, I say. But if you want an early peek, be sure to enter the ARC + special tea contest! Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
~ Ryan Graudin (ALL THAT BURNS, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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ALL THAT BURNS

 

by Ryan Graudin
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN-13: 9780062187437
 

About the Book

In this thrilling sequel to ALL THAT GLOWS, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames. When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys’s king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.
 
Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
 

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Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of ALL THAT GLOWS (HarperTeen), ALL THAT BURNS (HarperTeen) and THE WALLED CITY (Little, Brown). You can visit her online at ryangraudin.com

 
 

 

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  • Two winners will each receive a signed ARC of ALL THAT BURNS and ten packets of custom-blended ALL THAT BURNS tea (black tea with a ginger plum flavor). 
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49. Giveaway: One Death, Nine Stories by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith Jr. (US & Canada Only)

One Death, Nine Stories

by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith Jr. (editors)
Release Date: 8/26/14

 

About the Book

How could one teenage boy’s life elicit other kids’ first experiences — even after he dies? Nine interconnected stories from nine top YA writers.

Kev’s the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he’s dead, he’s not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job — at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin’s sister as she collects his surprising effects — and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn’t know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts — first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It’s an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

 

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About the Authors

Marc Aronson is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies, and Pick-Up Game, which he co-edited with Charles R. Smith Jr. He lives in New Jersey.

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the photographer of My People, winner of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and the author of Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, as well as co-editor, contributor, and photographer for Pick-Up Game. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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FIVE winners will each receive a hardcover copy of One Death, Nine Stories. US/Canada only.

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Who are the nine authors of the short stories in this collection?

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50. Giveaway: Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan (US & Canada Only)

Book’s Title: Into the Grey

Author’s Name: Celine Kiernan
Book’s Release Date: 8/26/14

 

About the Book

In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. It’s there that the ghost appears — a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not-Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die — while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see what’s happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long-ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next — within the Grey. With white-knuckle pacing and a deft portrayal of family relationships, Celine Kiernan offers a taut psychological thriller that is sure to haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

 

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Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1967, Celine Kiernan has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Trained at the Sullivan Bluth Studios, her career as a classical feature character animator spanned over seventeen years. She spent most of her time working between Germany, Ireland and the USA. Her books have been included in the White Raven's Collection, and short listed for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories (best newcomer and best children's book) as well as long-listed for the 2010 Australian Inkys Award. They have variously won the Reading Association of Ireland Children's Book Award 2009, the CBI Book of the year (formerly Bisto) Award 2012 and the CBI Children's Choice 2012. Between them they have been translated into many different languages worldwide.

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FIVE winners will each receive a hardcover copy of Into the Grey. US/Canada only.

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Author Celine Kiernan is of what critically-acclaimed trilogy?

 

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