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1. The Wizard of Oz Blog Tour

Read on for more about the Classic Edition of The Wizard of Oz illustrated by Charles Santore, my Oz memories, and a giveaway!

From Goodreads:

“With stunning illustrations from celebrated artist Charles Santore and a child-friendly, abridged retelling that remains faithful to Frank L. Baum’s original text, this Classic Edition of The Wizard of Oz is a must-have for every family’s library.

”Readers of all ages will follow the Yellow Brick Road on an unforgettable journey that takes them from Dorothy’s gray Kansas home into the blue Munchkin land; the sparkling bejeweled Emerald City; the dark, foreboding forest; and the ruby-red throne room of Glinda the Good Witch in this gorgeously illustrated, classic edition of The Wizard of Oz.”


Like most children of many ages, my first exposure to The Wizard of Oz was the 1939 film/musical version starring Judy Garland. I've never read the novels, but now that I've read the classic edition, I really want to! I'm normally very wary of retellings and abridgments, but the classic edition of The Wizard of Oz does its best to capture the spirit and retain as much as possible of Baum's original text. Coupled with the gorgeous and imaginative watercolors of Charles Santore, this edition is essential for any child's library.

Santore plays with color, from the gray stormy overcast of Kansas, to the vibrant red poppy field, to the rich, almost-monochromatic-but-not-quite Emerald City. The golden hue of the Yellow Brick Road ties it all together. A lithe art-nouveau Glinda contrasts in style with a stumpy Great Oz and grotesque Wicked Witch. And if you're familiar with the Saturday Evening Post, you'll recognize the Americana touches to the illustrations. I get the impression that Santore's imagination caught fire upon reading the book, which he did so reluctantly, then repeatedly. There are so many spreads in this book that I would love to frame, particularly the pages with red poppies and the Queen of All the Field Mice. 

The Wizard of Oz was one of those movies that I had to watch and listen to ad nauseam when I was younger and my little sister was addicted to this film. There was a time I could perform the entire movie with dialogue and song entirely from memory. It's interesting reading the novel, even in abridged format, and encountering so many differences between the classic edition and the film. I will have to dig out my husband's copies of the series from when he was a child, and discover the differences for myself.

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One lucky winner will get a copy of The Wizard of Oz: Classic EditionUS addresses only, ends May 31, 2015

  • Open to US only, ends 5/31/2015.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter a giveaway. Void where prohibited.
  • We and the publisher are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
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  • Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
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2. We're Bringing BEA to YOU! #YAparty Giveaways!

IN HONOR OF BEA 2015 WELCOME TO THE #YAPARTY on Twitter!!!!   LIZA, HANNAH & ANDYE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE #YAPARTY WHERE: Your couch, BEA, the mall, your bed ... anywhere you can access Twitter means you're at the party! WHEN: May 28, 2015, 8-11 PM EST Please tweet during those hours! But . . . If you won't be around during that time, we recommend scheduling

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3. Bride of Slug Man Blog Tour

I read a super-fun middle grade novel this week--check out the hilarious Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man by Julie Mata! Check out my review, a Q&A with the author, watch the trailer, and enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter widget below.

About the book:

After her huge success with her first feature-length movie, seventh-grader Kate Walden is eager to start on her next film, a sci-fi romance called Bride of Slug Man. When a new kid comes to town from New York City, Kate thinks she might have a new found film buddy-someone to share her interest with. And it doesn't hurt that he's pretty cute. But it turns out that Tristan is making his own movie, and now the classmates Kate thought were eager to join her cast and crew are divided.

With rumors spreading in school and between sets, Kate finds herself juggling more than just call times and rewrites. And judging from the whispers Kate hears about Tristan Kingsley,she suspects that he isn't interested in having a fellow film-buff friend; he just wants to prove himself as the best filmmaker in school by winning the Big Picture Film Festival. Kate vows to enter too, and tries to focus on just making the best movie she can.

But between the cutthroat popularity contest, a bully situation that goes from bad to worse, and several on-set mishaps, Kate is going to need all the movie magic she can get to make sure Bride of Slug Man hits the big-screen.

Alethea's Review:

Kate Walden is a girl after my own heart, studying filmmaking books and taking steps to make her dreams into reality--er, well, real films about weird and fictional things. (I can relate--at her age I was trying to adapt The Hobbit into a two-hour stage play.) Her friends help her out--er, well, they put their own unique spin on things with their skills and foibles. Her family, including her sometimes annoying little brother Derek, is supportive, if occasionally preoccupied with their own creative endeavors. 

Of course, what middle grade novel on school and friendship is complete without some cute boys to crush on? Things get complicated when the new kid turns out to be a rival in the world of filmmaking, and some bullies get in on the act. As if things weren't SO complicated already.

I really enjoy funny middle grade novels with a little seriousness lying under the skin, so I found Bride of Slug Man really entertaining. The characters are warm and varied. Kate can't just get what she wants--she has to think hard and muddle through confusing feelings to solve her problems. Her mix of enthusiasm and immaturity comes across as authentic tween exuberance, even if the situations are still somewhat cartoonish. 

I'd definitely recommend this to young readers with a creative bent and an interest in realistic school fiction about friendships, family, and of course, filmmaking. 

4 STARS - STAY UP LATE Julie Mata (photo credit: Tony Mata)

Julie Mata (photo credit: Tony Mata)

About the author:

Julie Mata grew up outside Chicago and currently lives in Wisconsin, where she owns a video production business with her husband.. She loves movies and once wrote and directed her own short film. She also loves traveling, gardening, and reading a really good book. Her first book was Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens. For more information, including a downloadable curriculum guide and a filmmaking tip of the month, visit her website: juliemata.com.

Twitter: @juliehmata

Q&A with Julie Mata

RNSL: Kate Walden is my kind of geek. What inspired her character?

Julie Mata: My daughters were a big inspiration. They didn't dream of making it in Hollywood when they were Kate's age, but they did enjoy making movies. I think a lot of kids can relate to that. Kate loves filmmaking, but she also loves spending time with her friends, and making movies together is a great way to do that. Kate may be a bit of a geek, but she's also very smart and sharp, and she's not afraid to pursue a big dream.

RNSL: Kate is looking for a collaborator, but finds a competitor instead. I've been in her shoes before! What gave you the idea for this plot setup?

JM: I thought giving Kate a rival would add some fun conflict, especially if the rival is a cute boy who also likes to make movies. Giving Kate a competitor causes her problems but it also causes her to change and grow throughout the story, as she tries to figure out the new boy's motives. Kids sometimes tend to make snap decisions about people, and Kate does too. She thinks she has the new boy pegged but finds out the hard way that it's dangerous to make assumptions. 

RNSL: What's your favorite kid-appropriate Bride of Slug Man-type movie? Non-kid-appropriate?

JM: Plan 9 from Outer Space is the perfect kid-appropriate sci-fi flick It's a black and white movie from 1959 directed by Ed Wood. Wood thought audiences were only interested in the big picture and wouldn't notice little details like terrible special effects, bizarre leaps in logic, and props falling over. The result is a movie that's hilariously bad and great fun to watch. For non-kid-appropriate movies, I would have to go with the original Alien. Now that's a nasty, slimy slug creature. It doesn't get much scarier than that. 

RNSL: If you could have a dream cast for a film or TV adaptation of your books, who would you get? 

JM: I think that either Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes would have been perfect as Kate Walden back when they were child actors.They were both extremely talented and funny. They grew up, of course, and their lives got complicated, but if I could commandeer a time machine, I'd go back and cast one of them as Kate and the other one as popular girl Lydia.

RNSL: If you could take any book you love and produce the film version, which would it be?

JM: I would have picked A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, but it sounds like Frozen director Jennifer Lee beat me to it and is currently working on a new adaptation. Can't wait to see it! So I'm going with a real dark horse candidate--Precious Bane, written by Mary Webb and published in 1924. I loved it when I was young, and often wished someone would make it into a movie. The main character, Prue Sarn, has a harelip and suffers widespread scorn and distrust, but encounters a man who sees past her defect and recognizes her inner beauty. I found the characters, the stark setting, and the tragic tale so haunting and compelling that I read it many times and still have a copy of it.

Follow along on the blog tour!

Monday, May 18 - GreenBeanTeenQueen

Wed. May 20 - Once Upon a Story

Thurs, May 21 - Read Now, Sleep Later

Fri, May 22 - Curling Up with a Good Book

Tues, May 27 - The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Wed, May 28 - BookHounds YA

Thurs, May 29 - The Brain Lair

Fri, May 30 - Kid Lit Frenzy

Giveaway time!

One lucky winner will get both of Julie Mata's Kate Walden Directs books. US addresses only, ends May 31, 2015

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  • 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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4. Butterfly Park, by Elly MacKay | Image Reveal & Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Butterfly Park, written and illustrated by Elly MacKay. Giveaway begins May 19, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends June 18, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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5. Giveaway: If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski (US Only)

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For

By Jamie Tworkowski
Release Date: May 26, 2015

 

About the Book


In 2006 Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a non-profit organization of the same name. Nine years later, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an internationally-recognized leader in suicide prevention and a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide.

Jamie’s words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online. They’ve shown up on T-shirts and posters and even tattoos. Now, for the first time, Jamie’s writing is available in the form of a book. If You Feel Too Much is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. From personal stories of struggling on days most people celebrate to offering words of strength and encouragement in moments of loss, the essays in this book invite readers to believe that it’s okay to admit to pain and it’s okay to ask for help. If You Feel Too Much is an important book from one of this generation’s most important voices.


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


b2ap3_thumbnail_Jamie-Tworkowski-credit-Jonathan-Frazier.jpgAbout the Author


Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. TWLOHA has one of the largest online audiences of any non-profit, and Jamie has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, CBS's Sunday Morning, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others. He is the only nonmusician to win an MTVU Woodie Award. Jamie speaks frequently, telling the TWLOHA story and encouraging audiences at universities, concerts, and music festivals. A proud uncle, Jamie lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida, and loves surfing, music, and basketball.

Learn more Jamie's Twitter | TWLOHA Twitter | Tarcher Books Twitter | Goodreads
 


Giveaway Details


5 winners will each receive a copy of the book and an IYFTM t-shirt from TWLOHA. US Only.

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

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What was the name of the book Jamie wrote in 2006?

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6. Giveaway: Nova by Margaret Fortune (US Only)

Nova

by Margaret Fortune
 
Release Date: June 2nd

 

About the Book


*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.


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

About the Author


Margaret Fortune wrote her first story at the age of six, and has been writing ever since. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Nth Zine, Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Space and Time. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota - Morris. NOVA is her first novel.

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 2 winners will each receive a hardcover copy of NOVA. US only.

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

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

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7. Giveaway: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (US Only)

EVERY LAST WORD

By Tamara Ireland Stone
In stores June 26th

 

About the Book


If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
 
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand:  Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.
 
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
 
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


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


About the Author


Tamara Ireland Stone (www.TamaraIrelandStone.com) is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a "beautifully written, unique love story," and has been published in over twenty countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara  enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.
 

Learn more Website | Disney Twitter | Disney Tumblr | Tamara Twitter | Tamara Tumblr
 

 

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CELEBRATE YOUR UNIQUE SELVES Prize Pack (US Only)
One (1) winner receives:
·         2 copies of Every Last Word, one for you and one for a friend;

·         plus a $50 Visa gift card to enjoy a day out celebrating your friendship.


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 does Caroline introduce Sam to?

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8. Coloring Page Tuesday - 8th Anniversary Pie!

Coloring Page Tuesday is 8-years-old! Can you believe it? I used to doodle funny little ditties all the time. One day it occurred to me to share them with YOU, and so began my coloring pages.
     Since then I have posted a free coloring page to my blog every Tuesday. I've never missed - not once! My images have always been for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy with their children. But they've also been enjoyed by creative souls for quilts, wall hangings, cake decorations, cards, etc. I love that! All I've ever asked in return is that folks check out (ha!) my books to see if they might be a good fit for the young readers in their lives. CLICK HERE to see the entire collection. And CLICK HERE if you'd like to receive my images via my weekly "e's news."
     Over the years I've received so many kind emails from you - fans and followers of my coloring pages. They've become one of my favorite parts of this crazy career of mine. So, will you help me celebrate? Please leave a comment below - let me know what Coloring Page Tuesday has meant to you!

     And as always, CLICK HERE for more coloring pages!
     Sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and... Please check out my books! Especially...
my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of nine literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     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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9. New Leaf Giveaway to Celebrate Spring!

Hello Pub Crawlers!

The New Leaf Literary team is really excited that the weather has finally warmed up. It’s perfect for reading in Central Park, lunches in Bryant Park, walks along the river, and more—and so we wanted to celebrate.

A bundle of books is up for grabs to the person who can come up with a fantastic summer themed six word story (yes, you heard correctly—only six words!), judged by the team at New Leaf.

Here are the books you could win:

  • SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch
  • STRANGE & EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard
  • SANCTUM by Sarah Fine
  • SHUT OUT by Kody Keplinger
  • a movie tie-in edition of INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

This exercise, for those of you who don’t know, comes from Ernest Hemingway, who knew how difficult something like this would be to achieve. If you need an idea of a few famous examples, see the below:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. —Ernest Hemingway

Longed for him. Got him. Shit. —Margaret Atwood

Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please. —Steven Meretzky

We only have three rules.

  1. It must be exactly six words (and your own words only).
  2. It must celebrate/focus on the theme of summer.
  3. Be as creative as you want!

Please post your stories in the comments section. We’re looking forward to reading them!

♥ – the New Leaf team

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10. Ladybug Girl Series | Book Giveaway

Enter to win copies of Ladybug Girl, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, and Ladybug Girl at the Beach, by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Giveaway begins May 12, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends June 11, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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11. JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally {Excerpt, Giveaway & More!}

In celebration of Miranda Kenneally’s new book, Sourcebooks Fire has put together a pre-order promotion for Jesse’s Girl, which goes on-sale July 7! Below you will find a giveaway for Breathe, Annie, Breathe, an Excerpt from Jesse's Girl, and an awesome Preorder Promotion! Check it out and let me know what you think! I'm super excited for this book!! Goodreads | Amazon EXCERPT FROM

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12. The Girl at Midnight, by Melissa Grey | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Girl at Midnight, written by Melissa Grey. Giveaway begins May 11, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends June 10, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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13. An Interview with Jenny Martin, author of Tracked

Note from Erin: I’m thrilled to have YA author Jenny Martin on Pub Crawl today. Her debut novel, Tracked, (which just came out on Tuesday!) puts a futuristic twist on street racing (think: The Fast and the Furious in a galaxy far, far away). In fact, I loved Tracked so much, I blurbed it! But more on that later. Let’s get to the interview first…

Welcome, Jenny, and thanks for stopping by! Tracked is your debut novel, and like many authors, your publication journey wasn’t all smooth sailing. Can you tell us about your road to publication? (Was this the book that got you your agent? Were there any roadblocks you hit that made you want to give up? etc…)

Jenny Martin author photoHi, Erin! Thanks for having me on Pub Crawl, one of my favorite sites!

Let me preface my answer by saying…this is for all the struggling writers out there—those who are facing rejection and are almost ready to give up. I hope my story encourages you, and give you hope. I want you to know you’re not alone.

I started writing novels in 2009. In 2010, things seemed to be going pretty well. I’d already snagged my first agent, the good old-fashioned way, through a cold query. But truthfully, I wasn’t ready. My project had the tiniest glimmer of spark, but I didn’t know how to revise it or level up as a writer. I floundered so badly. But lucky for me, shortly after parting ways with my first agent, I signed with Sara Crowe. And that made all the difference on my path to publication.

You see, Sara is the perfect agent for strugglers like me. She doesn’t give up. If she believes in you, she’ll stick with you, even when you’re knocked to the mat, a time or two. When our first project didn’t sell, we tried another round. When it still didn’t sell, we tried another book. When even that didn’t sell, she remained tenacious and steadfast, encouraging me to start a new project. So I did. I wrote Tracked in 2011, and it sold in 2012, after quite a bit of editorial revision.

But the wait didn’t end there. Tracked was bumped, and then bumped a second time, and then nearly bumped again. (It’s nobody’s fault. It just business, and it happens more often than you might guess.) But now, nearly three years later, that book—the one that almost wasn’t—is here, and I couldn’t be more excited and thankful! It’s such a sweet victory to see it out in the world at last; I’m so proud of Tracked, and how far it’s come, thanks to everyone who believed in it and helped me nail down that final draft.

So the moral of the story is to just…keep…writing. Always be writing the next book. Always, always, always!

Such great advice. And thanks for your honesty. The internet can turn into a highlights reel where people only share good news. It’s easy to forget that every writer has their ups and downs.

Tracked is the first in a series, correct? Are you working on the sequels now? Something else?

tracked by jenny martinI am working on the sequel. Final edits are almost here, and I’m so happy about this book. I’ve come so far, and so has Phee, the protagonist. I can’t wait for readers to see what happens next. This next chapter in her journey…It’s going to be so satisfying and bittersweet, I promise.

I’m also working on a new project, a dark, twisty, heartbreaking horror-slash-love story. I love this main character so much, and I can’t get him out of my head. I hope to share his story with readers someday soon.

You had me at horror-slash-love story! I can’t wait to read it! So what’s a typical writing day for you? Do you have any writing rituals?

Ha! I wish I could say I had a typical writing day, but between full-time work in the library and a full-time family, I just write whenever I can, wherever I can, especially on nights and weekends. And while I can write anytime, anywhere, I do tend to favor 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. drafting sessions in my big, comfy, red chair. 😉

You’ve already shared so much great advice, but do you have anything else to share with aspiring writers?

I have two favorite bits of advice, and the first comes from my dear friend and fellow author, A. Lee Martinez. He says that artists only need two out of three things to succeed: Luck, Talent, and Persistence. So even if you’re luckless, if you keep honing your craft, and you never give up, something good is bound to happen.

The second piece of advice comes from my heart: No matter how many times you’re knocked down, always get back up. Get back up, and keep writing.

So true! You can’t succeed if you don’t keep writing! Now for a few quick Pub-themed questions… There’s a creeper at the pub! What are you reading to avoid him?

Why, Fine Cuisine for First Dates by Hannibal Lecter, of course.

Bahaha! And uh-oh. PUB BRAWL! What weapon are you wielding and why?

Unless I’m allowed to borrow Thor’s Hammer, I’d think I’d have to go with my dog-eared copy of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publishers, Editors and Agents, 2010 edition. It’s pretty thick; one good hit to the head would probably do the trick, actually.

Thanks so much for asking me to visit, Erin. It was a pleasure, and it’s an honor to have your name on Tracked’s jacket!

And I was so honored to provide it! 

To our Pub Crawl readers: Trust me, you do not want to miss this book. Here’s what I had to say about Tracked:

Deeply inventive, Tracked is an action-packed sci-fi with heart. Martin has crafted a world that feels familiar yet fresh, and her spitfire heroine shines as the galaxy’s newest street racing star. Sequel, please!
—Erin Bowman, author of the Taken trilogy

If that still isn’t enough to convince you to pick up a copy, check out the official synopsis:

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

To celebrate Tracked‘s release, I’m giving away a copy to ONE lucky reader.

If the winner has a US mailing address, he/she can chose to receive a hardcover copy OR an ebook. For international addresses, this giveaway is for an e-copy only. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter!

Happy belated release day, Jenny! I’m so happy Tracked is finally in the world and that readers can fall in love with Phee just as I did. Can’t wait for book #2!

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Jenny Martin is an author and Texas school librarian. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and son, where she is an active member of the YA publishing community. Tracked is is her debut book. You can visit her online at readjennymartin.com.

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14. Writing Critiques, Signed Books, ARCs, & More Up for Grabs!

Julie here! Today, Melody Simpson is stopping by to talk about YA Runs A 5K, which this year is supporting We Need Diverse Books.  Read the post to learn how you can win books, critiques, and other great prizes while supporting an important cause!

melody simpsonHi, everyone! I’m Melody Simpson, blogger at Hollywood the Write Way and co-creator of YA Runs A 5K which promotes diverse reading and healthy living. With the success of YA Runs A 5K last year, I have decided to host the event once more!

This year, YA Runs A 5K is raising money for We Need Diverse Books while also running/walking the super hero themed 5k, The Super Run in Philly.

There are writing critiques, (signed) books, and more up for grabs for anyone who donates $30 or more. I am so excited to have Publishing Crawl contributors participating again this year! You can win a writing critique from Julie Eshbaugh or a signed book from Adam Silvera! Thank you, Julie and Adam!

Also up for grabs, signed Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom, signed Relish by Daphne Oz (The Chew), signed books from TV writer and author Attica Locke (Fox’s Empire) as well as a writing critique from TV writer and author, Kira Snyder (The CW’s The 100) among others. Speaking of The 100, we’re giving away signed books from author, Kass Morgan!YA5K_Twitter

Plus, I will be attending Book Expo America and I will be giving away the majority of the ARCs that I receive to those who donate as well. I will be sharing photos of the books on Twitter as I receive them during the expo, so feel free to follow.

See the entire list of books, critiques, etc… here. The physical items are U.S. only and the writing critiques are open to everyone. After donating, be sure to fill out this form to select the writing critique, book, or other item that you want!

Also, anyone who donates $1-$29 will be entered into the raffle where one person will receive a $100 Kindle gift card + an Epic Reads book bundle! After donating, be sure to fill out this form to enter the raffle!

To donate to We Need Diverse Books, visit the YA Runs A 5K GoFundMe page.

The Super Run 5k will take place in Philadelphia on 6/6/15. If you do run/walk with us in Philly and have YA books you’d like to donate to a local library, please bring your books to the run so that YA Runs A 5K can donate them after the run! Also, since the 5k is superhero themed, you are more than welcome to cosplay! The 5k is cosplay friendly and family friendly.

We’re also hosting a virtual 5K! Anyone who donates at least $15 and pledges to run/walk their own 5K will get YA Runs A 5K bookmarks! Let us know if you plan to join the Virtual YA Runs a 5K.

For more information, visit YA Runs A 5K and please help us spread the word using the #YARunsA5K hashtag!

Thank you to Publishing Crawl contributors, Susan Dennard and Kat Zhang for offering writing critiques (which have already been claimed!) and Erin Bowman for the logo.

Huge thank you to everyone donating critiques, books, and more as well as those who donate and run with us!

Melody Simpson was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a YA writer, literary intern, and blogger at Hollywood the Write Way where she blogs about TV, movies, music (mainly Broadway), and books. You can find her on Twitter and Goodreads.

 

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15. Coloring Page Tuesday - Dancing Cactus for Cinco de Mayo!

     It's Cinco de Mayo! And I had to draw another dancing cactus - I just love these guys!
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16. {Excerpt & Giveaway} TRACKED by Jenny Martin

Today we have the privilege of being the next stop on the TRACKED blog tour. This book is a lot of fun, and is one of the most anticipated books of the season. Below we have an excerpt, to give you a taste of what's to come, and don't miss the awesome giveaway at the end of the post! Enjoy! ~Andye TRACKED  Author: Jenny Martin Pub. Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Dial Books Pages: 400

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17. Giveaway: The Originals - Resurrection by Julie Plec (US & Canada Only)

The Originals: The Resurrection

by Julie Plec

Release Date: Tuesday, May 26

 

About the Book

The Originals: The Rise: Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy, especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?


The Originals: The Loss: After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power.
But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.


The Originals: The Resurrection: Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure.
In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can't have love, then he'll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious witch. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality.
As the battles rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.


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

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JULIE PLEC skillfully juggles work in film and television as both a producer and a writer.  She is the co-creator and executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” and the creator of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals,” which tells the story of history’s first vampire family.
 Plec got her start as a television writer on the ABC Family series “Kyle XY,” which she also produced for its three-year run.  She also collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer on the CW drama, “The Tomorrow People,” the story of a small group of people gifted with extraordinary paranormal abilities.
 Her screenplay adaptation “The Tiger’s Curse” is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature “@emma” with Darko Entertainment.  Past feature production credits include “Scream 2” and “Scream 3,” Greg Berlanti’s “Broken Hearts Club,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed” and “The Breed.”


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5 winners receive the complete Originals trilogy (3 books). 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: In book #3, The Originals: The Resurrection, what is it that the vampire siblings myst come together and fight for? (Answer in the synopsis)

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18. Giveaway: Overtaken by Mark Kruger (US Only)

Overtaken

by Mark H. Kruger

Release Date: May 5th

 

 

About the Book


Nica struggles to decipher the nefarious forces ruling her small town in this electrifying sequel to Overpowered, which VOYA says “offers all the conspiracy and intrigue of the best dystopian fiction.”

After the mysterious pulses changed Nica Ashley’s life forever, she was sure things could only get worse when Dana Fox returned. Her reappearance after having gone missing for months surely means not only that Nica will lose her friendship with Jackson, but also that something more ominous is simmering under the surface of quiet Barrington.

When another pulse occurs, Nica discovers that she can be invisible at any time. She tries to talk to her friends about how bizarre things have become, but they all seem to have no idea what she is talking about. Nica soon realizes that Dana has a strange control over the whole town, including her undercover, government-agent father.

Now on her own, Nica must stop BarTech from using her and her friends as weapons. But can she figure out their ultimate plan before it is too late?


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


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Mark H. Kruger is a screen and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and supernatural suspense. He has contributed to many television series and movies but is best known for having written and produced for The 4400, Necessary Roughness and the upcoming horror series Damien, and for working with filmmakers Clive Barker, Wes Craven and Bill Condon. Mark lives in Los Angeles and is the author of Overpowered and Overtaken.

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1 winner will receive the paperback copy of Overpowered (book 1) and the hardcover edition of book 2, Overtaken. 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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19. Giveaway: Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian (International)

TUNNEL VISION
by Susan Adrian
Release Date: January 20, 2015

 

 

About the Book

Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.

When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.

Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.

Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.
 

 

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About the Author

Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, traveling, and writing more books.

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2 winners will each receive a signed book, postcard, bookmark, and tattoo. International.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30-60 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question tyou'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What is one of Jake's favorite video games? Find the answer here by reading the first chapter excerpt!

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20. Giveaway: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (US Only)

CHALLENGER DEEP

by NEAL SHUSTERMAN

Release Date: 4/21/15

 

About the Book


New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman has a devoted and passionate following of young fans worldwide because his novels and stories get to the heart of young people’s experiences.  He regularly tackles such universal issues as isolation and loneliness, fear of failure, bullying, as well as the complications inherent in friendship and family. Now, he takes on his most deeply personal and heartrending topic to date, with an imaginative exploration of mental illness in CHALLENGER DEEP (HarperTeen: Hardcover: $17.99; Pub date: April 21, 2015, Ages 14 and up).  

Although a work of fiction, the novel is deeply rooted in Neal’s own experience with his son Brendan, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 16 years old.  For several years after diagnosis, Neal and his family worked to pull Brendan from the depths of the disease.
Happily, Brendan is now 26 years old and is doing well; while he will never be fully cured, he has his condition under control and is living a normal life.  Paralleling Brendan’s journey, CHALLENGER DEEP is a book Neal felt compelled to write to honor his son and to show readers that there is hope and healing on the other side of mental illness.

“With CHALLENGER DEEP, I wanted to offer a fresh, unflinching perspective, to help people understand, and to submerge readers in the strange surreal depths of mental illness, seeing it from the inside out,” explains Shusterman.  “The character of Caden Bosch is not my son – but many of the situations are taken from real life – including the events leading up to and during his hospitalization.”


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


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Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and was on twelve state lists; The Schwa Was Here; and the UnWind series, among many other books. He lives in California with his four children. You can visit him online at www.storyman.com.

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5 winners will each receive one hardcover of CHALLENGER DEEP. 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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21. Giveaway: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash (International)

Three Day Summer

by Sarvenaz Tash

Release Date: 5/19/2015

 

 

About the Book


Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...


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


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Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. She currently lives in her favorite borough of her favorite city.

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One winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Three Day Summer + swag (temporary tattoos, bookmarks). International.

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

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: If you could create a line-up for an epic music festival, which three artists (dead or alive) would you choose?

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22. Giveaway: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (US & Canada Only)

The Girl At Midnight

by Melissa Grey

Release Date: 4/28/2015

 

 

About the Book



Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All humans but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known. When a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, Echo must help the people who have aided and cared for her.


Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.



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


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MELISSA GREY was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.

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2 winners will each receive a copy of Girl at Midnight. 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.

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23. Giveaway: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners (US Only)

GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES

by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners
In stores May 12th

 

About the Book


Case File: The First Unsittable
 
Summary: The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task...until now.
 
After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet Flarknartia. The timing for associate 4118-25125A is less than ideal. It's a school day on Planet Earth, Gabby's audition for the solo part in the band is tonight, and this tiny alien is a bit more than meets the eye.
 
Can Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, First Sitter to the Unsittables, keep her otherworldly charge safe in the unpredictable halls of middle-school and keep A.L.I.E.N hidden?


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

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Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times best-selling author Elise Allen made a name for herself with her acclaimed young adult novel Populazzi (Harcourt), and the Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters chapter books (Bloomsbury).  In television, she has written for talent ranging from Bill Cosby to Kermit the Frog, and is currently writing for the new Disney Junior show The Lion Guard. Her dog may or may not secretly be from another planet.
 
Daryle Conners is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and video game designer. She writes joke and riddle books and has designed many game titles for the PC and iPhone/iPad including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scene It? Harry Potter, Hot Wheels Slot Car Racers, and Scene It? Twilight Saga. Her non-fiction books include Lunchtime LOLZ, Nintendo DS Hot Tips, ROFLs,Video Game Secrets and Monster High Jokes, all for Scholastic. Daryle lives in Seattle, where she still babysits from time to time.

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1 winner receives a copy of Gabby Duran and the Unsittables plus a branded tumbler and UFO light-up flyer. Prizes provided by Disney Publishing. 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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24. Giveaway: Tracked by Jenny Martin (US Only)

TRACKED

by Jenny Martin

Release Date: May 5, 2015

 

About the Book

 

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?


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



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Jenny Martin is a Texas school librarian. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and son, where she is an active member of the YA publishing community. This is her debut book.

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3 winners each will win a finished copy of TRACKED, a tote and keychain. 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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25. Giveaway: Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (US & Canada Only)

Zeroboxer  

by Fonda Lee

Release Date: April 8, 2015

 

About the Book


A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices put everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Praise:
“A superior sci-fi outing.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Lee’s debut novel is an intense, smart, and action-packed read.”—VOYA
"This gripping sci-fi novel will have teens screaming for a sequel."
—School Library Journal
"This is a strong debut from Lee, combining brutal, visceral athrletic scenes with science fiction action, all woven around a complex moral dilemma."
—Publishers Weekly
"A thought-provoking read."Booklist


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Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is an avid martial artist with black belts in karate and kung fu, and goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception and Minority Report). Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. Zeroboxer is her debut. You can find her at www.fondalee.com.

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Giveaway Details


5 winners will receive a copy of Zeroboxer and another Flux title along with some swag!

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

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What is Carr’s zeroboxing coach’s name? Find it here!

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