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1. It's live!! Cover Reveal: What Remains by Helene Dunbar + Giveaway (International)

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Hello, YABCers! Ready for another cover reveal?

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar, releasing May 15, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Helene:

 

Hi YABC! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS!
 
Had you asked me what I wanted on my cover for this book, I would have given you a list of things I didn't want. Not so helpful, right? I knew I didn't want certain aspects of the plot spoiled, and I didn't want the main character's love interest on it, because really, at its core, this book is a love story between three friends and that's what I wanted to come through. While my editor, Brian Farrey-Latz and I agreed on those points, we couldn't really reach a consensus about what SHOULD ultimately represent this book. So I have to say that I was a little nervous when I was sent a draft. But I shouldn't have been because the Flux art team just nailed this cover. I couldn't love it more than I do and I'm so very thrilled to share it with you and grateful to YABookCentral for hosting this reveal.
 
~ Helene Dunbar (WHAT REMAINS, Flux)
 

 

 

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WHAT REMAINS

by Helene Dunbar
Release date: May 15, 2015
Publisher: Flux
 
 
About the Book
 
Everything can change in a heartbeat.
 
In less than a second...
... two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about—a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends—are gone forever.
 
In the hours that follow...
...Cal's damaged heart is replaced.
Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.
 
But Lizzie is gone and all that remains is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault.
And a voice in his head that just...won’t...stop.
 
Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.
 
And that might take a lifetime to accept...
 
 

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Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she's worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of reader's tears.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive a signed copy of WHAT REMAINS (when available).

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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2. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! We even have an excerpt from the novel!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILENCE OF SIX by E.C. Myers, releasing November 5, 2014 from Adaptive Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from E.C.:

 

Hi, YABCers!
 
O's yu vrkgykj zu mobk eua znk bkxe loxyz ruuq gz se tkc tubkr, ZNK YORKTIK UL YOD! Uuvy, yuxxe — luxik ul nghoz.
 
Hold on a second... Okay, that’s better. Did you understand that? The text above says “I'm so pleased to give you the very first look at my new novel, THE SILENCE OF SIX! Oops, sorry — force of habit.”
 
Ever since I read Alvin’s Secret Code by Clifford Hicks when I was a kid, I have been fascinated with ciphers. This one is pretty easy to crack, but I got to play with some more challenging puzzles in THE SILENCE OF SIX. Designing a book cover is a little like cryptography: You try several different approaches and when you hit on the right one, it just fits. That’s how it was with this cover! As soon as I saw what the brilliant creative team at Adaptive Books had come up with, I knew it was the perfect image to convey the intrigue, technology, and darkness at the core of the story — without giving away too much.
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Share the cover and excerpt by linking back here! Enter the giveaway! Tell your friends!
 
This message will self destruct.
 
(Just kidding.)
 
~ E.C. Myers (THE SILENCE OF SIX, Adaptive Books)
 

 

 

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THE SILENCE OF SIX

by E.C. Myers
Release date: November 5, 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-9960666-2-4
 
 
About the Book
 
"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?"
 
These are the last words uttered by 17-year old Max Stein’s genius best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential Debate at their high school.
 
Haunted by the unforgettable image of his best friend’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max is on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
 
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities – all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
 

Excerpt from the Book

The ninety minutes flew by. In no time, Avery said, “Our last video question comes from Samir Gupta in Bakersfield, California.”

Pixels danced in the video box onscreen.

“I’m sorry. We’re having some technical—” Avery had one finger pressed to the earpiece in his left ear. Then the distorted pattern of blocks resolved into a face. “Oh, here we are.”

But the face wasn’t human: It was a sinister mask.

A bright light gave its bone-white surface a ghostly glow and plunged the background into shadows. It had a grotesque expression, with demonic eyes, a furrowed brow, and a horrible grimace.

Kids around Max gasped and murmured. Several students said the words that were also running through Max’s head: Dramatis Personai. The mask was reminiscent of the ones worn by members of the well-known hacker group when they addressed the public.

Avery turned to the technicians working in the wings. “That’s the wrong video,” he hissed off-mike.

“Hello?” the figure said. The voice was as unsettling as the mask, digitally altered to be flat and low-pitched.

The figure turned to the right and stared into the darkness for a moment. It wore a red-hooded sweatshirt, the hood drawn over the head.

Max’s heart beat faster and his palms prickled with anxiety.

The figure turned back to face the camera and took a deep breath. “My name is STOP.”

What? No.

STOP was Evan’s online handle.

STOP leaned closer to the camera and Max instinctively leaned closer too, trying to get a better look at him. There were twin glints behind the large, dark eyeholes of the mask, like light reflecting off lenses. Evan was practically blind without glasses.

It couldn’t be.

“What’s going on?” Avery asked in an exasperated voice.

“Do you really want to know?” STOP asked.

Evan, what are you doing?

“He answered me! Is this video live?” Avery looked at the screen with his hand cupped over his mike. “What do you mean, you don’t know where it’s coming from?”

“Just listen,” STOP said. Even through the audio filter, there was no mistaking the urgency and desperation in his voice. “Please listen.”

Three loud tones punctuated the audio. Max and his classmates flinched.

“I have a question.” STOP took a deep breath and looked straight into the camera. Max shivered. From where he was sitting, it was as if STOP was looking straight at him.

“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” STOP pushed his hood back. Evan’s usually wispy brown hair was greasy and dull, matted against his head.

He reached off screen with his right hand and used his left to slowly lift his mask enough to reveal his nose and mouth.

He had a few days’ growth of stubble and his pale skin glistened with sweat.

Max gripped the armrests of his seat. What the hell was he doing?

In his own undisguised voice, Evan mumbled. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. . . ”

Something dark flashed in the light from the desk lamp. It took Max a moment longer to figure out what Evan was holding in his right hand.

It didn’t register immediately because it didn’t belong there. It didn’t belong in Evan’s mouth.

S**t, that’s a gun, Max thought.

The sharp pop of a gunshot tore through the quiet. The video jumped as Evan’s body jerked and fell backward into the shadows with a sickening, wet thud. Blood speckled the camera lens and the light turned red.

The audience gasped then fell quiet.

 

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E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult novel Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, as well as numerous short stories. He currently lives with his wife, two doofy cats, and a mild-mannered dog in Pennsylvania. You can find traces of him all over the internet, but especially at http://ecmyers.net and on Twitter: @ecmyers.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive an ARC of SILENCE OF SIX.

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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3. YA Authors as YAs: The Bethany Neal Edition + Giveaway (US only)

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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 Bethany Neal, author of MY LAST KISS, out now from FSG Books for Young Readers, can convince you with tales from her teen years. 
 

>> Click here to read the hilarious interview and enter to win a copy of the book! <<

 

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MY LAST KISS

ISBN: 0374351287 (ISBN13: 9780374351281)

Publisher: FSG Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 10, 2014



About MY LAST KISS

What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? 

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. 

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.

"A thrilling story of love and betrayal where a teenage girl must not only face her actions in her former life but discover which of her friends was her killer. A bittersweet contemporary romance that had me in tears in the final pages." – Amy Plum, author of Die For Me trilogy

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About BETHANY:

Bethany Neal write YA novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, dream analysis, memorizing song lyrics, pickles, dessert, predestined love, not growing up, sour gummy candies, music videos, Halloween, and fictional boys who play guitar.

You can find her locked in her writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! Connect with her on Twitter @BethDazzled and Facebook.

 

 

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4. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Hi, YABCers, and welcome to another cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca, releasing Summer 2015 from Simon Pulse. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Gina:

 

Hi, YABC-ers! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the cover for LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE today. I’m pretty sure my neighbors could hear the shrieks of glee coming from my kitchen when I saw it for the first time. It’s completely surreal to see a scene plucked from your novel and brought to life in all its sexy glory, almost exactly the way you see it in your head – and that’s what the designers at Simon Pulse did with this cover. I hope you love it as much as I do!
 
~ Gina Ciocca (LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE, Simon Pulse)
 

 

 

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LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE

by Gina Ciocca
Release date: Summer 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
 
 
About the Book
Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...
 
After:
Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
 
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.
 

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Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. Gina is a member of the writing and blogging group YA Misfits, and you can find her at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com. LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is her debut novel.

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Web | Pinterest

 
 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE (when available) and a box of saltwater taffy (in honor of one of the author's favorite scenes in 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:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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5. Giveaway: Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear (US/CAN/Intl)

Book’s Title: FRAGILE DESTINY (Aether Chronicles #3)

Author’s Name: Suzanne Lazear

Book’s Release Date: 8/8/14

 

About the Book

 

Broken into pieces and hidden in the mortal realm long ago, the Staff of Eris bestows vast powers on whoever possesses it. King Brogan, V’s treacherous uncle, is trying to rebuild the staff. If he succeeds, the consequences for the Otherworld will be dire.


In a desperate effort to keep the Otherworld safe, Noli and V plot the daring theft of a jewel that is needed to complete the staff. But Brogan is not so easily defeated. When he and Noli finally come face to face, the balance of power shifts, and Noli must consider joining forces with an u nlikely ally in order to save the Otherworld.

 

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Suzanne Lazear is the author of the YA fairytale steampunk series The Aether Chronicles. INNOCENT DARKNESS and CHARMED VENGEANCE are out now. The next installment, FRAGILE DESTINY, releases 8-8-14. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter and the hubby where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. She’s also part of the Steampunk group blog Steamed http://wwww.ageofsteam.wordpress.com Learn more about the Aether Chronicles at http://www.aetherchronicles.com.

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Giveaway Details

 

THREE winners.

- One US/CAN WINNER  will receive the Grand Prize - a Fragile Destiny Prize Pack (signed copy of fragile destiny, plus top hats, treats, and swag for 6).

- One US/CAN WINNER will receive a signed copy of all three books in the series.

- One INTERNATIONAL WINNER will receive a swag pack.

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 new character's POV is included in FRAGILE DESTINY?  (If you don't know you can use the peek inside feature at Amazon to read the prologue and find out.)

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6. Giveaway: Silvern by Christina Farley (International)

 

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by Christina Farley
Release date: Sept. 23, 2014

 

About the Book

Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until Kud, god of darkness, sends an assassin to kill her.
 
Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins forces with a legendary organization, the Guardians of Shinshi, to find the orb before Kud can steal it and discover what it’s capable of. Jae knows she’ll need her friends for this fight, but they have problems of their own: her best friend Michelle doesn’t yet fully understand the dangers of the Spirit World; boyfriend Marc is spending more and more time away from her, training to become a Guardian of Shinshi; and Marc hates the fellow trainee assigned to help them: the oddly riveting— and absurdly handsome—Kang-dae. They set out together on a harrowing journey that will take Jae into the darkest corners of the Spirit World and the real world.

But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

 


 

A Message from the Author

"In just a few short weeks, SILVERN, the sequel to GILDED will be released! I am so excited about this new adventure that Jae Hwa takes as she embarks into the deepest, darkest corners of Korea. In this book, you’ll see many of the same characters from Gilded, as well as meet new ones. You’ll also be introduced to new Korean myths as mythological creatures. I can’t wait to share this next book with YABC readers, which is why I’m thrilled to share that my publisher will be giving away 20 advanced Kindle copies of Silvern!"

 

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About the Author

It all began when I was nine, curled under my covers, listening to my father read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. That’s where the beauty and power of storytelling came to life for me. I was so inspired that I started a writing group in 4th grade. All my friends came over and we’d write stories and share them. When I was ten, I submitted my first short story to a magazine. It was rejected. I thought I was a terrible writer. I put writing aside and decided to become a teacher.

It was after teaching and traveling internationally for ten years that I decided to tackle my bucket list. ‘Write a book’ happened to be on it. I wrote that book. It was awful, just as I suspected it’d be. But a very strange thing happened. I realized I liked writing. Finally I’d found that outlet to share all the crazy, wild stories floating in my head.

I was hooked. I wrote and wrote. Finally, I snagged a fabulous agent, Jeff Ourvan. He submited GILDED to publishers and found a home for it with my wonderful editor, Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape/Amazon Children’s.

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Giveaway Details

TWENTY winners will receive a kindle copy of Silvern. International.

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 of the cover and synopsis? Have you read the other book in this series?

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7. Giveaway: The Maze Runner (US Only)

THE MAZE RUNNER 
in theaters September 19

 

About the film

When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.
 
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen
 

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Giveaway Details

One (1) winner receives:
·         $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
·         Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
·         Money Maze

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 is the name of the "mysterious organization"?

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8. Casting Call: We're looking for the new YABC Intern!

 

We are currently looking for a motivated, professional, self-starter to claim the title of YABC Intern!

Do you want to work in the publishing industry? Do you need some stellar experience on your resume? Would you like to earn course credit and get free books sent to your door each month?

The YABC Internship might be just the thing for you. YABC is one of the top online book review sites on the Web. Our previous intern earned enough credit through his YABC internship to gradutate college a semester early, and the experience he received was invaluable in the publishing and PR world. We were very sad to see him go, but we're certain the next YABC Intern will be just as professional and amazing. 

 

Here are some of the YABC Intern duties:

- adding new and upcoming releases to our database so site visitors can learn about them and post reviews
 
- featuring new releases and ramping up excitement about these wonderful books and authors
 
- interact with YABC readers through our Twitter and Facebook accounts
 
- assist in orchestrating author and publisher promotion like cover reveals and giveaways (working directly with top publishers and best-selling authors!)
 
- work directly with the head of YABC via text and email, keeping the YABC email inboxes organized so her brain doesn't leak out of her ears (this one is very important) 
 

 

Here are the characteristics we're looking for in a YABC Intern:

 
A passionate YA lover. Someone who devours YA (and kids) books on a regular basis and has a decent knowledge of the current YA market (what's out there right now). 
 
A book pusher. Someone who can't seem to help themselves when it comes to gushing about all things YA books. Someone who never tires of talking books!
 
A social media butterfly. Someone who enjoys interacting via social media. Someone who is GOOD at it. Do you have a lot of followers already? Do you enjoy figuring out how to compose a tweet or status in order to receive the highest interaction? Then this might be the geeky job you've been looking for.
 
A writer. Someone who can write clearly and concisely, free of spelling and grammar errors. Someone who can self-proof their work. Perfectionists welcome! :)
 
A blog wizard. Someone who is already familiar with posting blog articles using both HTML and Compose functions. Someone who understands how to navigate HTML for light coding purposes, and who can edit images by resizing, cropping, and justifying correctly on a page. Someone who has "an eye" for online article design. We want our blog posts to be appealing to our readers. We want them to be PRETTEH. That means each post needs consistency and style. 
 
A respectful and professional communicator. Someone who can represent YABC positively across social media platforms and to our author and publisher partners via email correspondence. Someone who makes YABC look GOOD.
 
A self-starter. Someone who can keep track of time-sensitive promotion and keep a personal work schedule. In the world of online PR, there isn't much hand-holding. A lot of the time you're on your own! We need someone who can be in charge of their own schedule without falling behind or letting YABC events slip through the cracks. The YABC intern must have impeccable scheduling and prioritizing skills. If you live and die by your daily planner, you might be perfect for this job!
 
An email organizer. Someone who can't stand a messy inbox, who knows how to filter and create folders, and reply to new emails in a timely fashion. 
 
A dedicated team member. Someone who can commit to a few hours a month. Someone YABC (and the readers and authors and publishers) can count on. 
 
 

Here's what you get out of it:

In addition to the invaluable experience gained working behind the scenes with a top book blog and review site, the YABC Intern will receive two (2) free books a month chosen from the YABC Prize Shelf. Applicants must have a valid US mailing address.
 
There is a definite opportunity for course credit, but it all depends on your degree and what your college accepts as a valid internship. Credit must be organized by you with your advisor or professor. Although we cannot organize the credit for you, we are happy to provide any paperwork or correspondence you need to make this happen. If you are unsure about credit, talk to your advisor right away to see if the YABC Internship is acceptable. 
 
 
 
If the YABC Internship sound up your alley, let us know. Fill out the form below. We will contact you if you are chosen to be considered for the internship. 
 
 
 
 

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9. Giveaway: Summerfall by Claire Legrand (International)

 

Summerfall

Author’s Name: Claire Legrand

Novella’s Release Date: 8/26/14

 

 

About the Book

Summerfall:
 

Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.

Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.

Their love could save the kingdom of Cane . . . or shatter it forever.

In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love that sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen and the journey of a human girl named Clara . . .

Find the prequel novella on Goodreads and check out a special teaser below!

 

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Winterspell:
 
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted--by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
 
Find the book on Goodreads.
 
 
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a full-time writer, Claire is the author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, a New York Public Library Best Book for Children in 2012, The Year of ShadowsWinterspell, and its prequel novella, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit her at claire-legrand.com and enterthecabinet.com.
 
Follow Claire on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

 

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a Winterspell prize pack (1 signed bookmark, 1 signed bookplate, and 4 signed character postcards).

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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10. Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Compulsion
by Martina Boone
Coming October 28th
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

 

About the Book

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had 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.

"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

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” -- Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" -- Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen

 

 

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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.


From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

Check out her website.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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To enter, head over to Martina's website for the full details. Go unlock that prize vault, YABCers!

 

Compulsion Is Available Everywhere:

IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

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11. YA Authors as YAs: The AdriAnne Strickland Edition + Giveaway (US only)



 

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 AdriAnne Strickland, author of WORDLESS, newly released from Flux on August 8th, 2014, can convince you with tales from her teen years and a giveaway of WORDLESS!

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One US winner will receive a finished copy of the book (once it is available). 

The winner will be notified by email within 30 days after the giveaway is over.

 

 

>> Click here to read my interview with AdriAnne and enter to win the giveaway! <<

 

 

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WORDLESS

Publisher: Flux (August 8, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0738739669
ISBN-13: 978-0738739663



About WORDLESS

"The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation ..."

In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words ... much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn't sure if it's the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin's help.

By aiding Khaya's escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City's elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.

 

About ADRIANNE:

AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, is coming 2014 from Flux Books.

 

Connect with ADRIANNE:

 

 

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12. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Chaos by Sarah Fine + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

This week's cover reveal is here!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CHAOS by Sarah Fine, releasing October 7, 2014 from Skyscape/Amazon Children's Publishing. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sarah:

 

Hey there, everyone! I am beyond excited to be sharing the cover and jacket copy of Chaos, the third and final book in my Guards of the Shadowlands series. I've loved the covers for Sanctum and Fractured, but Chaos takes it to a new level, one that matches the intensity of the story. My cover designer, Tony Sahara, has been incredibly attentive to both the tone and content of the novel. Lela looks both desperate and fierce as she embarks on her final mission, and the bottom image is pulled straight from the pages of the book (and yes, I realize that's a little scary). The colors, the title treatment, all of it is perfect. I hope you think so, too!
 
~ Sarah Fine (CHAOS, Skyscape/Amazon Children's Publishing)
 

 

 

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CHAOS

by Sarah Fine
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape/Amazon Children's Publishing
 
 
About the Book
The conclusion to the Guards of the Shadowlands series
 
*warning: spoilers for Fractured below. If you haven't read it, pleeeeeease skip ahead*
 
With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands—the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin.
 
The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help—and love—of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn’t the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?  
 

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Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. She is the author of the young adult novels SANCTUM, FRACTURED, Of METAL AND WISHES, and SCAN. Her first adult fantasy novel, MARKED, releases in January 2015 from 47North.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a Kindle prize pack: a Kindle Paperwhite, a custom CHAOS cover, and the entire series (SANCTUM, FRACTURED, and CHAOS) preloaded onto the Kindle.

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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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?

Check out the book on Goodreads.


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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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16. 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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17. 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.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cosby_GAmorgan-highres-6-of-17.jpgAbout the Author

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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18. 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.


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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

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·  Follow James Patterson on Twitter and Facebook

 

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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.

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19. #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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20. 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.

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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

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21. 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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22. 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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23. #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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24. #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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25. 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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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.

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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

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