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1. Exclusive Excerpt & 10 Chances to Win! // AWAKE by Natasha Preston

Today we are celebrating Natasha Preston's newest YA Thriller, AWAKE, which will be releasing August 4th.  Natasha has graciously provided us with an exclusive excerpt from the book, and make sure you check out the awesome giveaway at the end of this post! Excerpt from AWAKE by Natasha Preston “Come here,” I said, holding my hands out. Usually she would curl into my side but

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2. If You Were Me and Lived in … China, by Carole P. Roman | Book Giveaway

Prizes and samples provided by Carole P. Roman The Children’s Book Review | July 29, 2015 Enter to win a complete autographed set of the If You Were Me series, written by award-winning author Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga; including If You Were Me and Lived in … China: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World! […]

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3. Coloring Page Tuesday - Piano Playing Tiger

     Did you know I used to play piano? Yup - ten years of lessons. But it's been about 15 years since I've had the chance to play. Here at Hollins, President Gray was kind enough to loan me a book of music - Clementi's Sonatinas, which I grew up playing. It was hard to find a window, but I finally did and I played Clementi for about a half hour. The truth is, I was horrible. But the good news is I didn't forget everything and enjoyed myself immensely. I wonder if I'll have access to pianos in Edinburgh?
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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4. What Pet Should I Get?, by Dr. Seuss | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of What Pet Should I Get?, by Dr. Seuss! Giveaway begins July 28, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 27, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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5. Giveaway: Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred (US Only)

FOREVER FOR A YEAR

by B.T. Gottfred

In stores July 7th

 

About the Book


When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can't happen twice.
 
Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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B.T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and director. Some stuff he has done to feign sanity includes writing, directing & producing feature film The Movie Hero; writing the Off-Broadway play Mary, F**ck, or Kill and web series “Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World”, and writing & directing the play Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes, which has played over four years in Los Angeles and Chicago and is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere this year. Forever for a Year is his first novel. Sort of.



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SUMMER LOVE prize pack


Enjoy a romantic summer read this summer! One (1) winner receives:
·         A copy of Forever for a Year

·         plus a beach tote and sunglasses

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.

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6. More details on Doctor Who Comics Day: new website and variant covers

We’re less than a month away from the second annual Doctor Who Comics Day on August 15th, and if our SDCC exclusive details on Paul Cornell‘s four Doctor series (not to mention the book’s first six pages) aren’t enough to get you vworping with excitement, check out the recent updates to the tumblr Titan has set up for the occasion. There you’ll find a trailer for the five-part crossover arc (which kicks-off in connection with the Doctor Who Comics Day celebration) featuring Doctor’s Ten through Twelve, their companions, and The War Doctor.

The four Doctor series is illustrated by Neil Edwards (Assassin’s Creed) and officially debuts on August 12th, but you’ll only get the chance to meet Doctor Who comic creators and artists if you drop by a participating store the following Saturday for Doctor Who Comics Day. The tumblr has a list of of the talent you can catch at in-store signings, as well as a peak at the local cosplayers scheduled to appear. Not enough? Most stores will also feature Doctor Who themed giveaways, contests and games.

My favorite two variants so far:

Bohemian Rhapsody inspired Forbidden Planet exclusive cover from Joshua Cassara And Luis Guerrero:

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This lovely nod to the season five episode “Vincent and the Doctor” from David Carr for Twilight Comics:

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7. Coloring Page Tuesday - X-Ray Tetra

     Back to the alphabet images, I thought I'd get one of the hardest letters out of the way this week - X!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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8. Trollhunters Giveaway

FTC Disclosure: samples & prizing are provided by Disney-Hyperion.

If you know anything about me, you know I love love love scary things. I grew up watching horror movies with my uncles on Friday nights and scaring the bejeezus out of myself with every episode of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I also like my horror with a side of humor/whimsy, so Guillermo del Toro is definitely high up on my top ten list of favorite directors. I don't re-watch horror movies very often, but when I do, The Orphanage is usually first in the rotation, followed closely by Pan's Labyrinth. My husband and I are huge fans of Pacific Rim, and he also recommends The Strain book series del Toro wrote with author Chuck Hogan. Now del Toro has teamed up with YA author Daniel Kraus for a fantastical horror novel illustrated by Gateway artist and creator Sean Murray. Read on for more about the book and a chance to win a horror fan starter pack!

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Illustrated by Sean Murray

Released July 7, 2015 

About the book

"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino—one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

From the minds of horror geniuses Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus comes a new illustrated novel about the fears that move in unseen places.

About the Authors

Guillermo del Toro is best known for his critically acclaimed feature films, such as Pan's LabyrinthHelllboy, and Pacific Rim, as well as his best-selling Strain Trilogy.

Daniel Kraus is the award-winning author of Scowler and Rotters, and is the director of six feature films. He lives with his wife in Chicago. 

From Pan's Labyrinth to Hellboy to his best-selling novel The Strain, del Toro has captured the imagination through his works. His co-author Daniel Kraus is another award-winning author and filmmaker with a penchant for horror stories. Kraus' debut novel, The Monster Variations, was selected for New York Public Library's "100 Best Stuff for Teens." Fangoria called Rotters, his Bram Stoker-finalist and Odyssey Award-winning second novel, "a new horror classic." Kraus' 2013 title, Scowler, also won an Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. 

About the Illustrator

Sean Murray is an illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher known for his work on video games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, as well as the creator of The World of Gateway, which includes his fantasy guidebook Gateway: The Book of Wizards and the upcoming card game Gateway Uprising.

Take a peek inside!

Can something be dark and luminous at the same time? I think the illustrator does a great job at capturing the spirit of adventure.
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Praise for Trollhunters

“Guillermo del Toro’s name on the cover of a children’s book—be sure the adventure is not for the timid hearted! He knows the young want stories that do not lie about the shadows under beds and bridges—and in human hearts. Trollhunters teaches us about both kinds. About true friendship, grim and slimy heroes, the strength of outsiders—and the courage it takes to face everyday life.”
— Cornelia Funke, bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy
“Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus have deftly forged a thrilling, nightmare-inducing monstrous world filled with terrifying trolls, lost boys and mysterious artifacts. The gruesome text, paired with ghoulish illustrations, makes for a fantastic adventure in an underground kingdom that’s just a dangerous as the trials and tribulations of middle school. I’m never looking under my bed again.”
— Tony DiTerlizzi, Bestselling author and co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles

Find the Book

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Learn more

Go to Un-RequiredReading.com / Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter & Tumblr / Check out the #Trollhunters hashtag

Giveaway Time!

THE HORROR FAN STARTER PACK

Get introduced to the genre!

One (1) winner will receive a Disney-Hyperion collection of Young Adult Horror Books including:

·         Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

·         The Enemy by Charlie Higson

·         Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

·         plus branded Trollhunters pins!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

  • Open to US only, ends 7/27/2015.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter a giveaway. Void where prohibited.
  • We and the publisher are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • One set of entries per household please.
  • If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to email us at readnowsleeplater@gmail.com
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9. LGBT Pride Books | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a prize pack filled with excellent LGBT books from Candlewick Press. Giveaway begins July 18, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 17, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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10. Giveaway: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (US & Canada Only)

The Heartbreakers

by Ali Novak
 
Release Date: 8/4/2015

 

About the Book

When Stella’s sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. With Cara’s birthday approaching, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift—an autographed poster of her sister’s favorite (and Stella’s least favorite) band, The Heartbreakers. But when she meets Oliver Perry, the band’s lead singer, she can’t get him out of her head.
 
If she gives him a chance, will she resent him for taking her attention away from her sister—or will he help her find the courage to live her own life?


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.


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Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and recent creative writing graduate from UW-Madison. She started writing at fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 75 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys watching Food Network shows even though she can’t cook.

Learn more Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Heartbreakers Landing Page
 

 

 


Giveaway Details


15 winners will receive a signed copy of The Heartbreakers. 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: Which Heartbreaker is your book boyfriend?  Take the quiz here to find out.

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11. Giveaway: While You Were Gone by Amy K. Nichols (US only)

While You Were Gone

By Amy K. Nichols

Release Date: August 4, 2015

 

About the Book

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue, and together they learn to stand up for what's right in the gripping conclusion to the half sci-fi half romance Duplexity duology. Told with alternating perspectives, WHILE YOU WERE GONE explores the chaos theory, time travel, and their philosophical implications, and is a riveting read for both teens and adults.

 
Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor's daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition--years in the making--her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She's struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny.
 
Raised in a foster home, Danny's life has always been full of hurt and hardship--until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he's never seen with the parents he's never known. It's like he's a new Danny--but this alternate self has secrets--ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee he's even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work. As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that's bigger than both of them. Together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it's too late.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author

AMY K. NICHOLS lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE is her first novel and WHILE YOU WERE GONE is her second. Visit her online at www.amyknichols.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKNichols.

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Giveaway Details


Two winners, each receive one copy of both books. 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.

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12. Giveaway: Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud (US Only)

PRETENDING TO BE ERICA

by Michelle Painchaud

Release Date: July 21, 2015

 

 

About the Book


Erica Silverman was abducted at the age of four. She was snatched outside of her kindergarten and never seen again. Violet was adopted by her con artist father for a single purpose: to become the long-lost heiress of the mythical Silverman painting. Violet has only ever been groomed for this moment. But what Violet doesn’t count on is how much she comes to care about the Silvermans, as well as the friends she’s made under false pretense. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Michelle Painchaud was born in Seattle, but grew up gate-crashing parties in sugar cane fields in Hawaii. Cats and anime take up what little part of her brain isn't harassed by stories of teenagers kicking ass. This is her first novel. She lives in San Diego, CA..

Learn more Twitter | Goodreads | Tumblr
 

 

 


Giveaway Details

3 winners will each win a finished copy of PRETENDING TO BE ERICA. 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.

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13. {Friday Reveal} NAMELESS by Jennifer Jenkins // Chapter Excerpt and Giveaway!

I've been really intrigued by this book since the first time I heard about it. If you're a regular here, you know I'm kind of a freak about fantasy, so of course it peaked my interest. Then I saw the cover, and woah!! That's INTENSE! I can't wait to dive into it! Today we get to help reveal chapter one to you, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! And leave a comment and let

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14. Giveaway of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

SIX OF CROWS*Six of Crows #1by Leigh BardugoAge Range: 12 - 18 yearsSeries: Six of CrowsHardcover: 480 pagesPublisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 29, 2015)Goodreads | Amazon Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that

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15. Giveaway: Map to the Stars by Jen Malone

 

Here at YABC, we're thrilled to be revealing a giveaway  of Jen Malone's standalone, Map to the Stars!

 

 

Meet Jen Malone.

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Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. She is a former Hollywood marketing exec who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about Jen and her titles HERE

 

 

Now meet Jen's book.

 

 

Jen Malone draws on her real­life experience as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood style.

Seventeen­year­old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small­time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.

But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb. 

 

 

 

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Map to the Stars

  1. by: Katie M. Stout

  2. Release Date: July 14, 2015 

 

 

 

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Three winners will receive the ebook for Map to the Stars. Giveaway is international.

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16. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman + Giveaway (International)

 

Darkthaw

by Kate A. Boorman

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt, here's a note from Kate:

 
Hi YABC! I'm thrilled to share with you an excerpt from my newest book, out in October. DARKTHAW, the sequel to WINTERKILL, continues the story of Emmeline, her new friends, and their changing world. There will be creepy stuff. There will be trees. There will be kissing. Maybe it's a bit darker than the first book. Maybe it's a bit less hopeful. Maybe I threw in a wise-cracking, sapient squirrel for comic relief. You won't know until you win an ARC (or, okay-- you can probably guess about that last one). I hope you win!
 
~ Kate A. Boorman (DARKTHAW, Abrams/Amulet)

About the Book

Council has fallen. The Thaw has arrived. The world outside Emmeline’s fortification awaits. Urged on by her dreams, Emmeline sets out with new friend Matisa and her beloved Kane, venturing into exhilarating wilderness, into freedom, into the unknown.

Into danger.

The secret that has secured Matisa’s people’s peace for generations has been compromised. Newcomers are arriving, laying claim to the land and bringing unimagined horrors. Emmeline vows to help Matisa warn her people, but with new perils at every turn and the enemy closing in, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice:

Forsake the friend who saved her life, or abandon the boy she loves.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

 
DARKTHAW
 
By Kate A Boorman
 
I head to the river to wash. The willows along the bank are coated with dew and the morning sun glimmers over the far bank, chasing the fog on the river away slow. As I look for a good spot, I notice the wide mouth of water drops and disappears from sight about fifty strides downriver. The banks are high, cutting away sharp. And the water just disappears.
 
A flicker of excitement lights in my belly. On a hunch, I double back to our camp and press south into the woods, cutting parallel to the river. Straight away the pitch gets steep. The ground here is soft; thin trees that haven’t kept their grip are lying in jumbled messes beneath the moss. I trip over them, grabbing at branches to steady my diagonal trek across the hill.
 
When I get to the bottom, I can hear the river again clear. It sounds like les trembles moving in a big wind, but louder. More urgent. I claw through the brush, pushing toward it. The air grows heavy, clinging to my skin and hair like a giant spiderweb.
 
I part the bramble and stumble out onto a rocky shore.
 
The river tumbles down the rock face above me, a great cascade of white water falling from the heavens, rushing to meet the churning water below. The clouds of mist drifting onto the shore settle on my face, coat my eyelashes like dew.
 
Been wanting to see a waterfall my whole life.
 
Saw a drawing in one of Soeur Manon’s storybooks, once. The river used to flow real fast at spring breakup, and I’d picture it careening over the side of a rocky ledge somewhere, picture myself falling with it. But this—this is so much more powerful than I figured. It’s pounding in my ears, in my chest.
 
I want to take my clothes off right now. Wade in, duck under that silky water, and listen to the pounding from beneath the surface. I shouldn’t. The river’s moving too fast. It would be dangerous. But mayhap just my feet . . .
 
I bend and unlace the moccasin on my bad foot. I set it on the rocks and do the second. My heart thumps loud as I shuck out of my leggings, untie my ceinture . I’m about to pull my tunic over my head when movement flashes in the corner of my eye.
 
I freeze.
 
I’m not alone.
 
Kane stands on the rocks downshore. Barefoot. Bare-chested.
 
He has a kerchief in his hands that drips water. There’s a stick of something in the corner of his mouth—wild mint, judging by the way he sucks it. His mouth stops when he sees me.
 
That ice in my chest returns. For months, I wanted to be out here in these woods with him—only him. But now . . .
 
He holds my gaze, his eyes unsure. 
 
Chapter 2
 
A stranger. Ruddy skin, light eyes. At least a week’s worth of beard frames cheeks that have seen too much sun. His brown hair is plastered to his forehead, and one chapped hand worries a dingy, brimmed hat. In the other hand he holds the lead rope of a stocky chestnut horse laden with saddle-packs. His clothes are strange: boots with soles so thick they rise halfway up his feet and, buttoned to his neck, a heavy coat with three bright stripes along the hem. He has a pack on his back. 
 
The bell has long gone quiet—the boy who rang it stands up on the wall above us, looking on with wide eyes. A Watcher stands a stride away from the stranger, rifle in his right hand ready, but not trained on the stranger. 
 
The man stares at us, at the walls of the fortification behind us, and at us again. “You folks been here a while?” he asks, his eyes wide. His accent is strange. 
 
I can’t tear my gaze from this man, can feel everyone around me staring the same. 
 
“As in, a few . . . decades?” 
 
Silence. 
 
His brow furrows. “Do you speak English?” 
 
Someone in the crowd clears their throat. “Yes.” 
 
His face relaxes. “That’s a relief,” he says. “Wasn’t too sure . . .” he looks at the Watcher beside him, at the rifle in the man’s hands. He clears his throat. “Well then, introductions first.” He turns back to us and gestures to himself, speaking in a long-drawn-out kind of way. “Henderson. Robert Henderson. Pleased to make your acquaintance.” He inclines his head formal-like. “If you don’t mind, I won’t ask for everyone’s name.” He glances up, tapping the side of his head with his hat. “I’ll never remember. Never forget a face, but names are a horse of a different color, you know? I’m more a details, man, if you catch my meaning. Comes in handy in my line of work.” 
 
He looks at us like he expects something. 
 
More silence. 
 
“Not a real talkative bunch,” he remarks. He throws a quick look at the Watcher again. “But that’s never stopped me. Especially when it comes to imposing. Speaking of, I don’t suppose you’d let me shelter the night? My mare could use a rest and I’d be grateful for a real bed.” He tries a smile. “Pine boughs are only comfortable three weeks running. The fourth week, it starts to wear a little thin.” 
 
At this, people pull their eyes away to look ’round at one another.
 
The Watcher speaks, gesturing to the man with his rifle. “Je l’ai vu dans les bois.” He saw him in the woods. 
 
A tall south-quarter man with a fish-gut-stained apron steps forward. “Where did you come from?” he demands. 
 
The man’s eyebrows rise, the humor fleeing his face. He points with his hat to the southeast. 
 
A low buzz starts in the crowd. 
 
A north-quarter woman points to the man’s pack. “C’est quoi ça?” she asks.
 
“This?” The man asks, reaching behind and touching the leather, protective-like.
 
“My parchments, a compass, a sextant—my effects.” 
 
Compass . . . sextant . . . 
 
“Robert P. Henderson, cartographer,” he says, like it explains everything. His brow creases at our wide-eyed stares. “I’m a mapmaker,” he says, “contracted by the Dominion to map the way west.”

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Kate A. Boorman is a writer from Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Nepal and grew up on the Canadian prairies where the winters are long and the spring thaw  a highly anticipated event. She spends her free time sitting under starry skies with her friends and scheming up travel to faraway lands.

 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of DARKTHAW (WINTERKILL #2). 

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17. Coloring Page Tuesday - Cowabunga!

     Surf into reading. Cowabunga! Grab your favorite book and get surfing this summer! A good book can take you on a great ride!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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18. Boosting Your Subscriber List – Spice Up the Giveaway

Marketing, including email marketing, is all about research and testing . . . and the offer. Through research and experience, I’ve realized, and I’m sure lots of other marketers have also, that it’s getting more difficult to increase your mailing list. Thousands of marketers, if not more, are vying for the same prospect you are. So, you need an edge. You need something that will make that

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19. Giveaway: 5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed by Mick O'Shea (US & Canada Only)

5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed

by Mick O’Shea

Release Date: 10/07/2015

 

About the Book


They've toured with One Direction and scored international super-hits in more than 50 countries across the globe but 5 Seconds of Summer are more than just another boy band. Like the guitar gods they worship, Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton play all their own instruments. Having rocketed into our hearts with the infectious pop-punk anthem,'She Looks So Perfect', this cheeky Aussie foursome seems set for a summer that never ends. Filled with more than 50 full-colour photos, this book traces the boys' incredible journey so far from schooldays back in Sydney, Australia, to the release of their all-conquering debut album (5 Seconds of Summer has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies already) and beyond.

With a fun profile devoted to each bandmate, it tells you all you need to know about 5SOS’s unstoppable rise to the top. With details of the first cover songs they ever posted on YouTube and all the gossip from their epic 2013/14 tour with One Direction (the Brit boys have been their friends and mentors from the beginning; naturally 5SOS opened for them on sold-out dates throughout the US and the UK), this is essential reading for all true 5SOSers


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author

Based in London, Mick O'Shea is also the author of Amy Winehouse: A Losing Game, Beyond District 12: The Stars of the Hunger Games and One Direction: No Limits.

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Giveaway Details


3 winners will each receive a copy of the book. US & Canada only.

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20. Giveaway: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch (US & Canada Only)

DAMAGE DONE

by Amanda Panitch

Release Date: 7/21/2015

 

 

About the Book


Family can be a real killer. DAMAGE DONE is a gripping YA debut about a girl trying to escape the past. In this deliciously disturbing, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller, the truth hurts.

Before the incident, Julia Vann had a twin brother. After, she has a new identity in a new town and a memory of that terrible day that refuses to come into focus.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to start again. And she’s stumbled onto the radar of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. Lucy’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. But when someone from her past starts asking questions and threatening to tell all, she’s forced to confront the terrors—and the dark secrets—she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author

AMANDA PANITCH grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. She now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. Visit Amanda online at amandapanitch.com and follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch.

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Giveaway Details


Two winners will each receive a copy of Damage Done. US & Canada only.

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21. Andye's Favorite Things to do in D.C. {The Fixer Blog Tour & Giveaway}

We recently read and LOVED The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, so we jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour, and spread the love a little more! Since The Fixer is set in Washington D.C., and I happen to live in the D.C. area, I was asked to talk about my favorite things to do in D.C. Make sure you enter the Giveaway at the end of the post! Seeing all the sites: The way that I most

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22. Coloring Page Tuesday - Night Reader

     This week's coloring page idea was submitted by librarian Jenna who said:
     "I'm a librarian who is super-fan of your coloring pages. For YEARS you've always seemed to have the perfect page to go along with my storytimes. I'm planning ahead and striking out this time though. The theme is Fears (and defeating them). Most of the stories are about the dark. So suggestion for a future coloring page: animal or kid hiding under the covers reading perhaps?"
     Here you go Jenna!
     If you have coloring page requests, I'd love to hear them! (Remember I tend to draw just one or two characters in a simple scene or no scene for my free giveaways.) EMAIL ME!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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23. I Spy A Giveaway--T.A. Maclagan's New YA Spy Thriller

 

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Books can show us visions. Have you ever found your mind beginning to imagine the characters you meet within the pages? Have you experienced a film projector of scenes in your head as you read about the girl who travels to the fifth dimension, or the boy who’s trying to graduate from being a wallflower? When you read, your mind naturally creates images, almost like watching a movie. No wonder so many books are made into films!

Full Fathom Five Digital, is hosting a contest to celebrate the release of my first book, They Call Me Alexandra Gastone.

 

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When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. 

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

Praise for They Call Me Alexandra Gastone: “A solid debut that has both heart and smarts. Clever, solidly paced, and power-packed with a killer voice. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a blast to read. A perfect balance of mystery, romance, and betrayal. Bring on the sequel!” — Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex

 

So let the summary inspire your very own movie poster! (Hint: I also have a book trailer. )

One winner with the best movie poster design will win a $100 Amazon Giftcard AND a FREE book from Full Fathom Five's list of authors. Hey, if the book does become a movie one day you’ll also have some awesome bragging rights. Oh, and your entry will be featured on FFF’s website and ALL entries will be featured on mine!

Movie posters will be judged on the following criteria: Appeal, Creativity, Relevance to Book, and Style.

Contest Rules: Artist may use any medium. All designs must be original. 

Contest Period: July 7- August 15

How To Submit: Send your image to contest@fullfathomfive.net. Make sure to proudly post your designs on Facebook, Twitter, and Insta using #Gastone and @FFFDigital!

 


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24. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein + Giveaway (US Only)

Becoming Jinn

by Lori Goldstein

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt, here's a note from Lori:

 
Hello YABC readers! I’m thrilled to be here as part of the Summer of Jinn Blog Tour. The beach is my happy place, and reading at the beach is my definition of the perfect day. My love of the sand and the ocean makes this my favorite time of year, and that’s the main reason why I set Becoming Jinn in a New England seaside town during the summer.  To celebrate my love of all things beachy, I’m taking Azra and the rest of the crew on a Summer of Jinn Blog Tour, sharing my (and her) favorite beach reads, answering fun Q&As, and sharing exclusive excerpts, like the one here. As a special bonus for YABC readers, I’m giving away one signed copy of Becoming Jinn right here! (US only). I’m also running a special promotion for readers who buy Becoming Jinn by July 30. For more on the promotion and for links to the full blog tour, visit: http://www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com/2015/06/30/beach-read/
 
~ Lori Goldstein (BECOMING JINN, Feiwel and Friends/MacMillan)
 

Summer of Jinn Blog Tour

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July 2: B&N Teen Blog: My Favorite 2015 Debut Beach Reads

July 6: Fangirlish: Exclusive Chapter Reveal

July 7: Dark Faerie Tales: Q&A, Special Announcement, and Exclusive Giveaway

July 8Adventures in YA Publishing: A BECOMING JINN Debut Lesson: The Trouble with Measuring Success

July 9: Patchwork Press: Write All Year Pep Talk: Breaking the Rules

July 10: YA Books Central: Exclusive BECOMING JINN excerpt with a signed book giveaway!

July 10: Fangirlish: 2 for 1 Friday

July 13: Comfort Books: Q&A

July 14: Bewitched Bookworms: Azra and Henry's Favorite Beach Reads

July 15: Freshman Fifteens: The 15ers share their favorite beach reads

July 16: Children's Book Review: All-Time Favorite Beach Reads

July 17Katie’s Book Blog: Guest Writing Post

Be sure to check out each post and enter to win the grand prize blog tour giveaway for bookstore gift cards so you can pick out your very own beach read! (Open internationally.)

About the Book

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 

To the humans she lives among, she's just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she's learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 

Mentored by her mother and her Zar "sisters," Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. 
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

 
Excerpt from Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
 
Since this is the Summer of Jinn Blog Tour, this excerpt takes place at the beach. After being cooped up inside learning how to use her new magical powers, Azra is finally allowed to go to her favorite place. This is from the start of Chapter 11.
 
A damp, gray mist clung to the shoreline for my entire first week behind the snack bar. Yesterday’s flip of the calendar ushered in July and, with it, the sun. Just in time. As my white shorts make painfully clear, my legs need a tan. 
 
I leave myself ample time to bike to the beach and arrive early. The weathered wood shack that serves as the concession stand creaks as I prop my new bicycle against it. The overly complicated twenty-four-speed contraption is a birthday present from my mother’s Zar sisters. The irony of giving me an external method of transport now that I have my own internal one isn’t lost on me.
 
With time before my shift begins, I follow the arched wooden path over the dunes. I sweep my fingertips along the tall grass that rustles on either side, feeling the air crisp with each step. When I arrive at the last plank, I kick off my sneakers. It’s low tide. The beach spreads out before me, empty, quiet, calm. This is my favorite time of day in my favorite place.
 
If it were up to me, we’d open our front door to this. But the location of our home, like so much else, is not up to me. My mother says a flashy house at the beach would raise more questions than it’s worth. Draw too much attention—the worst thing for a Jinn. Funny, I gather the attention my mother garners by being drop-dead gorgeous has yet to cause a problem. 
 
I walk the wide expanse of open beach down to the water. The frigid Massachusetts waves reach for my toes.
 
I can’t resist. I inch forward and let the icy ripples surround my feet. 
 
Standing at the edge of the ocean, everything seems possible. The endlessness of the sea makes me believe in beginnings.
 
Mere seconds pass before I cry out, unable to withstand the torture any longer. My toes sting as I race toward a patch of sun and bury my feet. The cool sand lurking underneath does little to alleviate my chill, but still . . . it was worth it.
 
Returning down the same wooden path, I run into the clique of beautiful bods—the lifeguards. A morning beach run is a requirement of their job. Of the three female lifeguards, only Chelsea does the run in a two-piece bathing suit. Emblazoned with “guard” across the chest in capital letters, the red, sporty bikini is even more intimidating than her orange-and-black cheerleading uniform. And that has a tiger paw plastered across the front.
 
A couple of the guys nod slightly as they pass me. Though we all recognize one another, the rules in play in the halls of the high school extend to the dunes of the beach. If you wave to me during homeroom, you wave to me here. If you nod to me during the change of classes, you nod to me here. If you ignore me during gym, like Chelsea does, you ignore me here.
 
If you make me unable to speak in the cafeteria, you make me unable to speak here. Like Nate. Nathan Reese, the cute lifeguard, star lacrosse player, soon-to-be senior. He’s heading straight for the path I’m hurrying down. I reach the end and duck through the side door of the concession shack.
 
I shouldn’t really worry about running into him and being rendered mute. So far, “hi,” “here you go,” and “thanks” form the core of our conversations. Nate does his part to save the world by bringing his own reusable water bottle to work, and I’ve spent the past week being his water girl, refilling the stainless steel bottle from the sink in my little shack two, sometimes three, times a day. Yesterday, when he tilted the bottle toward me and winked before returning to his perch on the lifeguard stand, I was especially grateful the transactions don’t require much verbalization.

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Lori Goldstein, author of BECOMING JINN, was raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston. She has a BA in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

 

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One winner will receive a signed hardcover of BECOMING JINN + swag (bookmark, magnet, wristband). 

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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25. The Princess and the Pony, by Kate Beaton | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Princess and the Pony, Kate Beaton! Giveaway begins July 13, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends June 12, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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