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

 

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

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

On to the book haul!

 

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

 

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

 

Some more Simon Teen pretties and two from Merit Press!

 

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

 

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

 

Gorgeous hardbacks from Harper Teen!

 

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

 

Still not satisfied? *hands you MOAR HARPER TEEN*

 

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

 

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Ooooh and finally, Candlewick in the house!

 

 

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Pretties from Candlewick, Scholastic, and Simon Kids.

 

Cuties from Scholastic and Simon Kids. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Giveaway Time!

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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THE RIFT

by Chris Howard
Release date: April 25, 2014
 

About the Book

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

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

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Giveaway Details

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

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

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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TIGER'S PROMISE

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

 

About the Book

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

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

 

 

Giveaway Details

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

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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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THE UNTIMELY DEATHS OF ALEX WAYFARE

Sequel to THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE

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

 

 

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



Connect with MG:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mgbuehrlen


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


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


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


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


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

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

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

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

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What do you think about the title?

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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ZEROBOXER

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

 

About the Book

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

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

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Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive the ZEROBOXER PRIZE PACK, which includes: a signed copy of ZEROBOXER (when available), a DVD of Rocky, a DVD of Gattaca, and some mystery swag
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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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6. YA Authors as YAs: The Christian Schoon Edition + Giveaway (International)

 

Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview!

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

Don’t believe me? 

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

 

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

 

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UNDER NAMELESS STARS – A ZENN SCARLETT NOVEL

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

ISBN-10: 1908844876

ISBN-13: 978-1908844873

Release date: April, 2014



About UNDER NAMELESS STARS

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

ABOUT Christian:

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

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

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

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

 

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

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

 
 

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

Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview!

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

Don’t believe me? 

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

 

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

 

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THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

ISBN: 0738740276

Publisher: Flux

Release Date: May 2014



About THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

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

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

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


 

ABOUT Helene:

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

Website: www.helenedunbar.com

Twitter: @Helene_dunbar

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenedunbarwrites

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

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

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

 

 

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

 

 

 


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

 

OBSIDIAN EYES

by A.W. Exley

Release Date: March 24th

 
 

About the Book

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

About the Author

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

 
 

Giveaway Details

 

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

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

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:

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

 

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH

by Mo Willems

In stores April 1, 2014
 
 
 

About the Book

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

 

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Follow @The_Pigeon on Twitter
 

 

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

 

Get to know Pigeon!

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

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

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

What is your favorite Mo Willems book?

 
 

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10. Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone (International)

 

 

COMPULSION

by Martina Boone

Release Date: 10/28/14

 

About the Book

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

 

About the Author

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

Giveaway Details

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

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

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

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

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11. Skip a Starbucks Donation Giveaway

 

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

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

 

<< Just look at this adorable lady.

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

 

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

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

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12. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh + Giveaway (International)

 

Welcome to this week's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for GYPSY by Trisha Leigh releasing May 13, 2014. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Trisha:

 

Hi again, YABC readers! I’m thrilled to be revealing the cover to my latest YA science fiction, Gypsy! It’s the first in a new series titled The Cavy Files, which is about what happens when a group of teenagers with special abilities leave the secret home where they were raised and enter normal society. It’s a little bit X-MEN, a little bit AVENGERS, a smidge of ALIAS, and a lot influenced by the copious amounts of contemporary YA I read in my spare time.
 
It’s been over a year since the completion of my The Last Year series, and starting something new with all of you is so exciting! I hope you like the cover—designed by the talented (slightly evil) genius Nathalia Suellen—as much as I do!
 
~ Trisha Leigh (GYPSY)
 

 

 

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GYPSY

by Trisha Leigh
Release date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Self-published
 

 

About the Book

Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant
 
In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.
 
The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.
 
When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
 
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.
 
When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
 

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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s. 
 
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way. 
 
Trisha is the author of The Last Year series and the Whitman University books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • $25 bookstore giftcard (winner's choice)
  • 2 signed print ARCs of GYPSY
  • 5 e-ARCs of GYPSY
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13. YA Authors as YAs: The M.G. Buehrlen Edition + Giveaway (International)

 

 

Hello YABC! It's C.J. Redwine, and I've staged a coup. I've mutinied. I've TAKEN OVER THE SITE! 

Okay, not really. I've only taken over the blog, but all bids for world domination have to start somewhere, right? Today, I get to interview the fabulous M.G. Buehrlen, author of the recently released 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, which is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. You should read it too. No really, you should. You don't want me coming over to your house and staging another coup, do you?
 
I didn't think so.
 
M.G. was kind enough to answer some nosy questions and give me some blackmail fodder... er ... I mean pictures of herself as a teen. Let's dive right in!
 
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Okay, seriously? That is unfair. You look exactly the same as you do today!
 
Except now I live in Michigan instead of the Land of Sun down south. I'm so white I'm positively vampiric.
 
I know we all remember my Bang of Doom from the pic I shared in my interview. How is it that you don't have a single embarrassing ... wait a minute.  Wait. 
 
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What are those pants? Is that seersucker? A re-purposed picnic tablecloth? Pirate casual? What are those?
 
Those would be polyester pants I scrounged from my grandma's closet. They are a 70's classic! I'm also wearing one of my dad's old t-shirts for his band SANDSTONE. :)
 
I feel marginally better about my Bang of Doom. Marginally. 

 
OK, let's get to the interview. When you were a teen, which books were you reading?

After my strict, scare-myself-silly Stephen King phase, I expanded to literary classics. At first it was because I felt oh-so-smart when I read them, but then I found a connection to books like A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. The writing was transfixing. In between those, I'd cleanse my reading palate with fantasies like The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny or The Cosmic Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. 

 

You may be the only person I know who cleansed her reading palate with super smart books like The Cosmic Trilogy. I cleansed my palate with Sweet Valley High, but whatever.

I never got into Elizabeth's and Jessica's high school years, but I was a major fan/collector in middle school. I hear I missed out on some heavy stuff, though. :)
 

What music were you listening to?

So. Many. Different. Things. The 90's alternative station in St. Louis was well-worn on my FM dial. They mixed Nirvana, The Offspring, and Pearl Jam with a deft hand. At one point I went through a serious Oldies phase. I still love Tommy James and the Shondells like WHOA. Then, moving further along the spectrum, I listened to a lot of bluegrass, country, and southern rock, too. I ran lights and performed in my dad's country band all over mid-Missouri in bars and honky-tonks. I could pull off a pretty mean Shania Twain or Dixie Chicks cover in my day. (You know you'd pay to see that.)

 

I would TOTALLY pay to see that. I think all of YABC would. Dare you to sing a cover of Man! I Feel Like a Woman! and vlog it on YABC. Triple dog dare, which, as you know, is a binding contract in 36 of the 50 states. 

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Ha! I may have to take you up on that...
 

Which movies did you watch over and over?

Oh gosh, I think I remember going to see Independence Day in the theater with my friends about a dozen times. I loved old Disney films and Robin Hood was my "prince" of choice. I had The Princess Bride completely memorized. (Still do.) I also loved Kevin Bacon and I must have watched each of his movies (even the obscure ones) a million and a half times. The first film I saw him in was The River Wild. Pretty much have that one memorized too. 

 

Inconceivable! I do not think that word means what you think it means. He's only mostly dead. As you wish--what? Oh, I'm still interviewing you. Right. I should stop with the Princess Bride quotes now. HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA. YOU KILLED MY--ouch! Okay, fine! I'll keep interviewing. No need to grab the Bang of Doom and twist like that.

I know something you don't know, Bang of Doom. I am not left handed!

 

What did you want to be “when you grew up?”

An author. Always an author. But I was a practical child, and I didn't think that would ever happen, so I thought I might become an exotic animal trainer. My dream was to train a tiger for film or TV. That's way more practical, right? 

 

That is totally more practical. The only thing MORE practical would be to plan a career of raising and selling unicorns. (I bet you considered that as an option too. Don't lie to me. That was my third career choice, right behind writer and ninja princess, and we're too alike for me to have been alone in my unicorn farmer dreams.)

When we retire from writing about magical worlds, we shall join together in this unicorn farming endeavor, CJ. The first unicorn shall be named Shania. 

 

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What did you and your friends do for fun?

We lived out in the middle of nowhere and there wasn't much to do, so we just drove around listening to music, laughing far too loudly, flirting with boys, and trying to get lost. We also made a point of dressing in outlandish outfits to see how people reacted. (Ha! The seersucker re-purposed tablecloth pirate casual pants are explained!) This was a small farming community, so the reactions were pretty entertaining. We were often followed by security or asked to leave establishments, not because we were rowdy or causing a scene, but because we were wearing loud, crazy clothes. That was an interesting social experiment, now that I think back on it.

Example: Here we have grandpa slacks, a Boy Scout shirt, and various accessories complete with a bat ring. Just look how pensive I am. Why, oh why didn't I persue that modeling career?

Lol. I see after I gave you grief on the pirate casual pants, you decided to up your game with ... a boy scout uniform and pants you reclaimed from your grandpa? Well played! My Bang of Doom is looking more fashionable by the moment. It's still highly unfair that beyond your questionable wardrobe choices, your hair and skin look amazing, but I'll get over it. :)

We'd also dress our guy friends in drag and try to pass them off as girls. (So not kidding.) And, just in case you needed more proof that we were VERY BORED TEENS, we'd do this thing where we'd drive slowly through a run-down part of town, windows down, blaring classical music and waving at the people who lived there. 

Like I said, there wasn't much to do... 

 

You ... you cruised the farming ghetto while blaring classical music? *blinks* Did none of you know Bohemian Rhapsody? Because THAT is a song made for cruising. *sighs*

Oh, we cruised to that one too, but that was reserved for highway driving, not through the ghetto. Now that I think about it, we were highly insensitive kids. 
 

I cannot throw stones here M.G. I used to cruise a grocery store parking lot in my teen years. All of my friends did. Small town solidarity, sister. *fist bumps*

Did you have a strange quirk, obsession, or hobby? Was there something you LOVED but were too embarrassed to admit to your peers?

I loved to walk my dad's farm, thinking up story ideas and acting them out where no one could see. (Complete with epic sword fight scenes.) I'd have lengthy, dramatic conversations with the cows in the pastures or the kittens in the barn. I also wrote those stories down, scribbling every day and night since the time I could put pencil to paper. I call it strange only because I didn't tell too many people about my writing obsession. It was such a huge part of my everyday life, but very few people knew it existed. As you may have guessed, cows and kittens are pretty good secret-keepers.  

 

I bet you, like me, had a pile of spiral notebooks filled with stories. Do you still have yours? It would be interesting to pull them out and see where you started as a writer and how far you've come.

I did indeed! But interesting tidbit, I trashed them all -- ALL OF THEM -- when I went to college. I went through this phase of wanting to start fresh. And I also have this phobia of my writing laying around where anyone can read it. I guess I need to get over that now that my book is in stores all across the US and UK. :)

 

Did you ever get in BIG trouble?

Not really. I got sassy on the bus once and the bus driver had me suspended from riding it for a month or so. Another time I stayed out way too late and worried my parents sick. I still feel bad about that because it was SO not worth it. Other than that, I was a good kid, fueled by the world's largest guilty conscience. Thanks for that, Mom. 

 

You don't fool me. When you say you "got sassy," you mean you "wore the pirate casual pants." What was the best thing that happened to you?

Finding my close group of friends. We're still friends today, and I love those four girls more than anything (the very same girls who aren't afraid to pose with me while wearing the pirate pants). Also, the surprise party they threw for my 16th birthday was pretty damn epic. 

 

Ooh, a surprise sweet 16 party! What was your dessert of choice? Regular cake? Cupcakes? PIE? (Clearly I have a small bias toward pie ...)

Gosh, I don't remember the dessert! It was too damn epic, I guess. 

 

Did you have a major crush on anyone?

Major, major crush on one boy in particular. We dated for a while, and it was sweet and wonderful and lovely, but we were young, and we were stupid (or at least I was) and it didn't last. I still feel bad about how I treated him. I didn't know what the hell I was doing or what I wanted at the time. But we're still friends, and I *think* I've apologized enough for penance. Maybe. : ) 

 

Aww. We're all young and kind of stupid about relationships when we first start dating. Making mistakes is how we learn. 

What were you writing at the time? Fiction? Journal entries? Poetry? Can you share anything with us?

I wrote a lot of sweeping epic fantasies about castles and horses and girls who didn't like wearing dresses. I wrote ghost stories and Nancy Drew-type mysteries. I wrote really bad songs and really bad poetry. I wrote plays and tried my hand at keeping a journal, but I'm no good at it. I wrote a bit of fan fiction before I knew what fan fiction was. I also wrote parody newspaper articles, sort of like those you find in The Onion. But mostly I wrote heated, angsty dialogue between teens whose lives were full of DRAMA.

Alas, I don't have anything because of that whole Trashing It All Thing. I'm sure it was really terrible, though. Way too much telling and not enough showing. ;-)

 

Nancy Drew! She was my go-to girl back in the day. I think along with your Shania Twain cover vlog, you should treat us to a reading of a scene from one of your Nancy Drew-type mysteries. You could be cruising while playing classical music as well ... pirate casual pants are optional.

Maybe I'll write a new mystery book JUST FOR YOU. 

 

What is one bit of advice you'd give your teen self?

To teenage Mandy: Good Lord, girl, stop worrying about what others think. Those who judge you aren't the ones who will matter in the long run. YOU matter. So take care of YOU and stop tip-toeing around everyone else so you don't rock the boat. Rock it.  

ROCK IT.

 

Fabulous advice! Thank you for chatting with us today, M.G.! 

 

 

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THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE

by M.G. Buehrlen
 

Release dates:

March 4, 2014 (US)

6 March, 2014 (UK)
 

Publisher: Strange Chemistry (distributed by Random House)
 

ISBN: 9781908844934


 

Official summary:

One girl. Fifty-seven lives. Endless ways to die.

 

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
 

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.


It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

 

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
 

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.


 

About M.G.
 

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


 

Connect with M.G.:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mgbuehrlen
 

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

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


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


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


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

 

Preorder links:

Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Amazon | Indiebound | The Book Depository | Waterstones

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

-  1 winner will receive a signed copy of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE plus a bookmark and Talk Nerdy To Me stickers.
 
This giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be notified by email.
 
To enter, fill out the form below. Good luck!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 



 


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14. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Essence by Lisa Ann O'Kane + Giveaway (US only)

 

We have a new cover reveal for you today, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O'Kane releasing June 3, 2014 from Strange Chemistry. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Lisa:

 

Hi YABC, and thank you so much for hosting the cover reveal for my debut YA near-future thriller, ESSENCE! This novel was inspired by the summer I spent living and working in Yosemite National Park, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the sense of place my finished artwork conveys.
 
When I first signed my contract with Strange Chemistry, Amanda Rutter and her team graciously asked me what I would like to see on ESSENCE’s cover. I started throwing out random ideas, never dreaming anyone was actually listening. My fabulous cover artist, Rebecca Lown, surprised me by fulfilling—and improving—every single request. To say this is the cover of my dreams would be a huge understatement, so MANY thanks to my team for making this happen. I hope you guys like the cover as much as I do!
 
~ Lisa Ann O'Kane (ESSENCE, Strange Chemistry)
 

 

 

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ESSENCE

by Lisa Ann O'Kane
Release date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
ISBN-13: 9781783450114 (US Paperback), 9781783450107 (UK Paperback), 9781783450121 (E-Book)

 

About the Book

Neutrality is the key to longevity.
 
This motto has governed 17-year-old Autumn’s life in the mid-21st-century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death.
 
But Autumn’s younger brother’s death casts her faith into question. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. She agrees to join his Community, a utopia of adrenaline junkies living in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park.
 
Autumn learns about sex, drugs, and living life to the fullest. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes that this illusion of paradise could be shattered…
 

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Lisa Ann O’Kane is a wildlife educator and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE.

She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.
 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of ESSENCE (when available), a handmade Yosemite National Park vintage map pendant (circa 1942), and a commemorative Yosemite button

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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15. YABC Mailbox - February 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

 

Hello YABCers. Happy March! I have some bad news and some good news for you. 

The Good News: I am now a published author! My debut The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare releases this week on March 4th from Strange Chemistry. Woo hoo! 

The Bad News: Now that I have a book out, that means I have deadlines and Book 2 drafting and promo responsibilites and guest posts to write and and and and and.... There's so much to do that I can't seem to find time to film my monthly YABC Mailbox videos. *sad face* 

I have truly enjoyed chair dancing and being truly gooftastic for you all over the past three years. These videos have been a highlight of mine, and I will really miss doing them.

However, this doesn't mean I won't be sharing the YABC Mailbox with you each month. I'll just be doing it in a different (less time-consuming) format.

I'll be showcasing the new titles we received for review right here on the blog! And don't worry, I will still offer a giveaway at the end as well. So you'll still have a chance to get your hands on a book from the Prize Shelf.

Ready to see what Santa brought us the past few weeks? 

Let's get to the books!

 

You'll be happy to know I didn't get one paper cut while opening these happy packages.

That's a first for me!

 

 

 

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Lookie at my book up there on the top right of the last pic! This is a dream come true, folks. Always wanted to add my own book to the YABCmailbox haul. *flails*

 

 

 

 

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16. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Hellhole by Gina Damico + Giveaway (US only)

 

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

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for HELLHOLE by Gina Damico releasing January 6, 2015 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Gina:

 

Hello, YABC! I'm wickedly thrilled to show you the cover of my upcoming novel, Hellhole. The designers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have once again done a magnificent job of capturing exactly what this book is about--a hole that opens up in the ground, and yep, out pops a devil. But what I love even more is how it also conveys the dark sense of humor that pervades the story, and also highlights the mischievous attitude of Burg, the devil in question. As a big fan of minimalism in covers, I really dig how perfectly the colors pop against the black background--and of course, I'm psyched about the font as well. Because I am the type of person who gets psyched about fonts.

 
~ Gina Damico (HELLHOLE, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 

 

 

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HELLHOLE

by Gina Damico
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-13: 9780544307100

 

About the Book

Meet the houseguest from hell!
 
Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.
 
With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?
 

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Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close. 

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

 

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of Hellhole (when available) + 3 signed bookmarks + 3 magnets

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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17. Q&A with Michelle Madow + Giveaway (US only)

 

Hi YABCers!

Today I'm chatting with Michelle Madow, author of the upcoming THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS, another new series from our friends at Harlequin TEEN.  It's being billed as, Gossip Girl meets Las Vegas.

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1) How did you come up with the idea for your story?
I’ve gone to Las Vegas every year since I was fifteen years old, and it’s always a fun place to visit because of all the beautiful hotels and energy in the glittering city. One day I was walking through my favorite hotel, The Wynn, and thought, “What would it be like to live here?” From there, the idea for The Secret Diamond Sisters began!


2) If your main character had a theme song, what would it be and why?
There are four main characters in my book — Savannah, Courtney, Peyton, and Madison. Whenever I hear the song “Waking Up in Vegas” by Katie Perry I think of them, because the song is all about new experiences in Las Vegas!


3) Which character was the most fun to write?
Either Savannah, because she is so optimistic but still has a lot to learn, or Madison, because she creates so much conflict (and conflict is the most fun to write!)


4) If you could spend twenty-four hours as one of your characters, who would you choose and why?
Savannah, because she has a fantastic singing voice. I love singing, but have always just been a “decent” singer. I would love to sing a song and sound amazing!


5) What is your writing style, are you a plotter or a panster?
I am a 100% plotter! I create a detailed outline for each book before writing it — my outlines are often 10+ pages single spaced. I like to know the story and work out the kinks first, so while I’m drafting, I can focus on the actual writing instead of plot issues.


6) What's the last book you read and loved?
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I absolutely LOVE time travel!


7) Best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
A combination of two people’s advice: Barry Lyga, who said, “You have to write one million bad words before you write something worth reading,” and Julie Kagawa, who said, “The people who make it are the ones who never give up.” Writing takes a lot of patience, and improving your craft takes time. It’s highly likely that the first book you write won’t be your break out success. But the more you keep at it, the more your chances improve. Also, Beth Revis, the author of Across the Universe, didn’t get published until her tenth book, and her perseverance was a major inspiration to me.

 

Thanks Michelle!!

 

 

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Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters

Author: Michelle Madow

Release: Tuesday, February 25

ISBN: 978-0-373-21109-8

http://blog.michellemadow.com

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

 

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18. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Welcome to another amazing cover reveal!

Today we're celebrating the cover for THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME by Heather Marie releasing August 25, 2014 from Curiosity Quills. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Heather:

 

Hello, YABC!

If we haven’t met before, I’m Heather Marie. Yes, Marie is my middle name ‘cause that’s how I roll. I can’t even believe I’m writing this because I never thought I’d get the chance to be on this amazing blog. I’ve dreamed of having my cover revealed on YABC and now that I’m here, I don’t even know what to do with myself. THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME was my sixth manuscript, and I’m thankful for all the manuscripts that are now filed away for getting me where I am now. When I described to my cover designer, Ricky Gunawan, what I pictured for GATEWAY, I knew he would turn my crazy idea into something phenomenal. And he so did. His raw talent for detail is just unbelievable, and when I first saw the cover, my heart fluttered and my eyes teared up. It’s beyond words how I felt/feel. It’s perfect and beautiful and I can’t wait to share THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME with you. I hope you all love the cover as much as I do.

 
~ Heather Marie (THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME, Curiosity Quills)
 

 

 

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THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME

by Heather Marie
Release date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
ISBN-10: 9781620074

 

About the Book

To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.

With the threat of the Dark Priest's resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest's curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.

 

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Heather Marie is a YA author of supernatural and dark contemporary. When she’s not writing, she’s curled up on the couch reading through her hoard of library books. And she may or may not be obsessed with Twitter. Heather lives in Northern California with her husband, their slightly-round cat, and a box turtle named Delilah.

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Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive a signed paperback of THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME (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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19. YA Authors as YAs: The Whitney A. Miller Edition + Giveaway (US/Canada/EU)

 

Welcome to the 8th installment in a new interview series I’m running in conjunction with YABooksCentral.com called YA Authors as YAs.

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 Whitney A. Miller, author of THE VIOLET HOUR, coming March 8th, 2014 from Llewellyn / Flux can convince you with tales from her teen years. 

 

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THE VIOLET HOUR

ISBN: 978-0738737218

Publisher:  Llewellyn / Flux

Release Date: March 8, 2014



About THE VIOLET HOUR

Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life. As the adopted daughter of VisionCrest’s patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. To other Ministry teens, she must be seen as a paragon of integrity. To the world, she must be seen as a future leader.

Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow has managed to keep a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control …

The Violet Hour takes readers on a dark, delicious thrill ride across modern Asia and deep inside the dangerous secrets of an international cult. This gripping debut establishes Whitney Miller as an author to watch.” – Gwenda Bond, Author of Blackwood and The Woken Gods

“Miller presents an interesting, if gruesome, premise and leaves readers with a nifty ending…[The Violet Hour] should please horror fans.” – Kirkus Reviews


 

ABOUT Whitney:

Whitney A. Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant.

She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice. However, her best international adventures take place on the page. 

Website: http://www.whitneyamiller.com

Twitter: @whitneymiller

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18085695-the-violet-hour

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/whitneymillerwr/the-violet-hour/

 

 

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20. Q&A with Jennifer L. Armentrout + Giveaway (US only)

 

Hello YABCers!

Another exciting series coming from the fine folks over at Harlequin TEEN is The Dark Element Series by #1 New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout.  WHITE HOT KISS is Book 1 and is a fresh take on paranormal romance that features gargoyles, demons and kissing, all set in the real world.  I had the chance to talk to Jennifer recently and here's what she said.
 

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1) If your main character had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Layla's theme song would probably be Korn's “Freak on a Leash.”

2) Which character was the most fun to write?
Definitely Roth. He has a lot of interesting aspects about him, especially his tattoos, and he's just a fun, witty, and sexy character.

3) If you could spend twenty-four hours as one of your characters, who would you choose and why?
Probably Zayne. He likes to eat ice cream, so I'd probably get to do that. Spending time with Roth would probably end in jail time.

4) What is your writing style, are you a plotter or a panster?
Fly by the seat of my pants.

5) What's the last book you read and loved?
Rome by Jay Crownover. It's a New Adult book.

6) Best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
To write every day, even if it's a few words.

 

Thanks Jennifer!

 

Title: White Hot Kiss
Imprint: Harlequin TEEN

Release date: Tuesday, February 25

ISBN: 978-0-373-2110-4

http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

 

 

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21. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh + Giveaway (US only)

 

We have another cover reveal for you this week, YABCers!

Today we're celebrating the cover for LARK RISING by Sandra Waugh releasing September 23, 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sandra:

 

Hello YABC!

Once upon a time a hawk lit upon my porch railing. We eyed one another for awhile, and LARK RISING was born. So it is thrilling to finally reveal this cover -- such a hauntingly beautiful capturing of the journey from imagination to writing to book. Lush... rich... oh yay, hooray and WOW! My most heartfelt thanks to the wonderful digital artist, Marcela Bolivar (so far away in Cali, Colombia!) for her work and to the team at Random House for this inspired choice of artist! I keep getting lost in the visual details until I just have to dive in for the story.  I hope you all do, too!

 
 Sandra Waugh (LARK RISING, Random House Books for Young Readers)
 

 

 

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LARK RISING

by Sandra Waugh
Release date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0449817483

 

About the Book

Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes, and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that troll-like Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

 

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Sandra Waugh grew up in an old house full of crowded bookshelves, in walking distance of an old library that allowed her to drag home a sack of six books at a time. It goes without saying, then, that she fell in love with an old house in Litchfield County, Connecticut, because of its many bookshelves, and she lives there now with her husband, two sons, and a dog who snores. Loudly. Lark Rising is her first novel. For more information, reveries, and an author blog, visit sandrawaugh.com.

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Giveaway Details

  • Two winners, each receiving a signed hardcover copy of LARK RISING

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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22. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Invaded by Melissa Landers + Giveaway (International)

 

Welcome to a new cover reveal on YABC!

Today we're celebrating the cover for INVADED by Melissa Landers releasing February 3, 2015 from Disney Hyperion, the sequel to ALIENATED. Before we get to the cover, here's a message from Melissa:

 

Hey, YABC readers!
 
It’s hard to believe, but even though ALIENATED released two short weeks ago, the time has come to share the cover for the next book in the series, which is called INVADED. In the sequel, Cara travels to L’eihr while Aelyx returns to Earth to mend the alliance, and I think the cover designer did a great job of showing their role reversals. You’ll also notice this image has a slightly darker feel to it, which reflects the challenges that lie ahead for our star-crossed lovers.
 
Can’t wait to hear what you think, so give me your honest opinions! 
 
 Melissa Landers (INVADED, Disney Hyperion)
 

 

 

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INVADED

by Melissa Landers
Release date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
ISBN-13: 978-1423169499

 

About the Book

**Author’s note: This back-cover content contains spoilers for ALIENATED, the first book in the series. If you don’t want to be spoiled, keep scrolling!**
 
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
 
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
 
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
 
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
 

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit melissa-landers.com.

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • One signed ARC of INVADED (when available). Open internationally. If you're a resident of planet Earth, you can enter to win. :) 

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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23. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Deliverance by C. J. Redwine + Giveaway (International)

 

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

Today we're celebrating the cover for DELIVERANCE by C. J. Redwine releasing August 26, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. Before we get to the cover, here's a message from C. J.:

 

Hello YABC! I can't believe it's been two years since I revealed the cover for DEFIANCE here. It seems almost impossible that I'm already showing you the cover for the final book in the trilogy! This has been an amazing journey, and I'm thrilled to have met so many incredible readers along the way. Once again, the team at Balzer + Bray have outdone themselves on my cover. I love everything about it! I hope you love it too, and that you enjoy reading the final installment of Rachel's and Logan's adventure. Thanks for being the best part of these past few years.
 
C. J. Redwine (DELIVERANCE, Balzer + Bray)
 

 

 

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DELIVERANCE

by C. J. Redwine
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 0062117238

 

About the Book

Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

 

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C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com

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Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive a signed set of all three books in the series (US/Canada). 
  • Two winners will receive a signed copy of Deliverance or a signed copy of Defiance, if winner hasn't read the series yet (International).

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24. It's live!! Cover and Trailer Reveal: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little + Giveaway (US Only)

 

We have another cover reveal for you this week, YABCers!

Today we're celebrating the cover for Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little, releasing November 4, 2014 from HarperCollins, as well as revealing the beautiful trailer! Before we get to the cover and trailer, here's a message from Kimberley:

 

Hello Fellow Book Lovers at YABC!
 
Welcome to the cover reveal for FORBIDDEN! I’m practically dying of shock (as well as giddy with glee) that this book is finally going to hit bookshelves in a few months. FORBIDDEN has been in the making for YEARS – don’t ask how many—I don’t want anyone fainting out there! 
 
I’ve been wondering/speculating/daydreaming about what Harpercollins would do for the cover since it’s been crazy difficult for my editor and I to come up with the best jacket copy. The story is about the roots of belly dance in the ancient world of women, goddess temples, tribal warfare, betrothals, murder, blackmail . . . but the fantastic team at Harper came up with a gorgeous cover that hints at the danger and romance with a splash of an exotic feel. The model is beautiful and I adore all the red and gold!
 
Kimberley Griffiths Little (FORBIDDEN, HarperCollins)
 

 

 

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And here's the trailer! 

 

FORBIDDEN

by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Release date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0062194978

 

About the Book

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
 
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying. 
 
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
 
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
 

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I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my chaotic, messy family. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil—I mean ergonomic keyboard. I make way too many cookies when I'm revising - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe - for reals! Check them out on my website or Youtube. I’ve stayed in a haunted castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, ridden a camel in Petra, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. 
 
P.S. I also write award-winning middle-grade novels with Scholastic. :-)
 

 

 

Giveaway Details

  • 1 Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

    - signed ARC of FORBIDDEN (when available)

    - signed set of GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers

    - belly dance veil and earrings

    PLUS 10 additional winners will receive a set of FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards
     

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25. It's live!! Cover Reveal: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

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

Today we're celebrating the cover for IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by Mindy McGinnis releasing September 23, 2014 from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a message from Mindy:

 

Hello YABC readers! Welcome to the official cover reveal for IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, which is a companion novel to my debut NOT A DROP TO DRINK. The amazingly talented Erin Fitzsimmons at HarperCollins was once again my cover artist, and she came up with something that I think illustrates this book's relationship to DRINK very well. You'll notice that it coordinates nicely, but the colors at work here are wildly different. I think that's a great approach for a book that serves as a companion novel rather than a sequel. Hats off to Erin and all of her talent!
 
Mindy McGinnis (IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)
 

 

 

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IN A HANDFUL OF DUST

by Mindy McGinnis
Release date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0062198501

 

About the Book

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.
 
Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.
 
When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.
 
In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
 

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Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.

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Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive a signed ARC of IN A HANDFUL OF DUST

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