Pre-Pub Adventure: April 2017

It’s that time again where we check in with our authors and see what they’re doing on their publishing adventure!

Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wondered how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Today we have a new author joining us on her publishing adventure! Please welcome S.F. Henson.

S.F. Henson

 1. Welcome S.F. Henson! Please tell us a little about yourself? 

I was born and raised in the deep south. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which I put to great use by attending law school. My law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving me the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects. I live beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with my husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake my house.

2. Tell us about your book? How did you come up with Devils Within? 

Devils Within tells the story of Nate, a boy who grew up at The Fort, a white supremacist compound, and whose only means of escape is to kill his father (the leader of the group) in self-defense. No matter how far he runs, he can’t escape his past or the horrible things he did while with the group. It’s a story about hate, acceptance, owning up to your mistakes, and learning to forgive yourself. You can read the full description here: http://www.sfhenson.com/books.html

The idea came to me after reading an article about a boy just like Nate. He, too, killed his white supremacist father, except it wasn’t in self defense, and the real boy was ten. It stuck with me. I kept wondering what he’d experienced to reach a point where murder was his only way out at such a young age. That’s when Nate came to me. I did a lot of research on hate groups, especially how they recruit, how they operate, and how they handle the media. The Fort is based on a real compound here in Alabama. Every hate incident in the book was inspired by something that happened in real life. This is a story I was terrified to tell, but one that wouldn’t let me go. While I was writing this story, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Eric Garner was killed in New York, conversations and debates were happening across the country. This book is part of that conversation. Through it, I hope readers see how easy it is to let fear and misinformation navigate your decisions.

Follow S.F. Henson: Twitter * Goodread *Facebook


Today we also celebrate Rosalyn Eves release of Blood Rose Rebellion!

Rosalyn Eves

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1. Your book Blood Rose Rebellion has released! Yay! How does it feel?

Being a debut has been such a wild mix of emotions I’m not sure I’ve untangled them all yet. There are some really wonderful parts–seeing so many friends and family come out to support me and my book, seeing my book in the wild for the first time (actually, that hasn’t gotten old yet). Finding my book in unexpected places, like an airport bookstore or Target. But I’m a pretty strong introvert, and so it’s also been a little exhausting and I’m still catching up on my life. Some days it doesn’t quite seem real. 🙂

2. How has the book tour been? What’s it like?

Book tours are probably different for everyone–some authors get sent with other authors. In my case, I was sent by myself, but other, more established authors hosted each event, which was really helpful since I was never sure what to expect (or if anyone would show up!) I always tend to expect the worst, so I’ve been relieved to have people show up to all the events and they’ve been uniformly gracious, interested, and welcoming. I wound up spending quite a bit of time by myself between events, and even for someone who *likes* being alone, I was definitely glad to be around people when the events came around. (Hmm. Maybe that was part of my publicist’s plan!) Ultimately, I loved getting to visit new places and meet new people, but I’m also happy to be home with my husband and kids too.

3. What is next for you? 

I have one more bookstore event, in Boston, at Trident books, on April 27th. Then I’m helping with a writing conference in May and I need to finish writing book three, which, to be honest, is terrifying me right now. I have some great ideas, but the story feels bigger than my skill set and I’m going to have to work hard to pull it off. I’m taking comfort from something Neil Gaiman said in the introduction to American Gods, which is that he only ever knows how to write the book he just finished–each new project is a new challenge.

Follow Rosalyn: Twitter * Tumblr * Pinterest * Facebook

Thank you for joining our Pre-Pub Adventure Rosalyn! We look forward to your next adventure. 

Nic Stone

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1. You were featured in NY Times! How do you feel about that?

Oh man. Honestly, I’m still in total disbelief. It was a literal dream come true, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen so SOON, you know? I’m still six months out from publication! When I got the email saying a reporter from the New York Times wanted to interview me, I was stunned. And then to hear MY little book mentioned on The Book Review podcast? Amazing.

2.  Dear Martin is being published in Brazil! Congrats! How did that come about?

Beyond my wonderful fairy god-agent submitting it to publishers there and one of them liking it, I have no idea, lol! Like the New York Times feature, the Brazil sale also caught me totally off guard. Definitely excited about holding DEAR MARTIN in Portuguese though!

3. You recently went to MADCAP Retreat. I”ve always wanted to go and learn from authors like you! What was it like?

Oh my gosh. I would seriously go to every single last Madcap Retreat ever if I could. It was magic. Being in the company of so many incredible writers, all of whom are in pursuit of becoming even better, was really encouraging, especially since writing can be such a solitary endeavor. You just meet and connect and spend time and forge legitimate bonds with so many amazing people. I highly recommend!

Follow Nic: Twitter * Instagram * YouTube


Katie Bayerl

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1. Your book A Psalm for lost Girls released! Yay! How does it feel?

Oh, my gosh. It’s surreal and delightful and strange. I’m behaving a bit like a mom who can’t stop checking up on her kid at college—Are you hanging in there, book? How are the shelves treating you? And the Internet? Need me to send you more snacks?

2. How has the book tour been? What’s it like?

I really spread out my so-called tour—a few events here, a few events there. So far my favorite ones have been the events with kids. Last week, I got to do a workshop with students from the high school where I first trained as a teacher. The next day, I stood in front of an auditorium full of middle schoolers and got them to laugh. I’ve always loved talking with young writers about their stories, so in some ways this isn’t new territory for me, but as a “guest author” I’m able to interact with students in a new way that is so, so satisfying.

3. What is next for you? 

At some point I’m going to stop sending my book so many metaphorical snacks and let her be out there in the world on her own. I may need an intervention or a stiff drink to get there, but I think it will be good for both of us once I do. I’m looking forward to having more time and headspace to work on my next book!

Follow Katie: Twitter * Facebook

Thank you for joining our Pre-Pub Adventure Katie! We look forward to your next adventure. 


1. You have less than a month until When Planets Fall releases! Yay! How are you preparing for that?

I’m probably the only author who will ever say this . . . but I actually have been preparing by doing . . . less. I got a lecture from my doctor saying I’m pushing myself too hard. So I’ve had to majorly back off doing marketing. Or, really, everything. Not the news you want to hear before a book launch, but one I needed to hear.

In lieu of marketing I’ve been trying to focus on Book 2. I was working on a novella for the series but was able to finally figure out how to fold that into Book 2. Now my first draft is even closer to being finished! Best feeling ever!

2. There is a blog tour going on now, which I had the pleasure of interviewing you for, how has that been?

 The blog tour has been really fun! (and thanks so much for interviewing me!!). I loved answering all the questions and it’s been really fun reading some reviews. I don’t think I’ll keep reading reviews once the book releases, just to keep my head clear. But it’s really fun to be seeing people enjoy the book. Totally makes my day 🙂

3. What have you been doing to lay low before your publishing date next month?

 I’ve been doing a lot of reading but I’ve also been painting again! I haven’t been able to paint much lately, so it’s felt r-e-a-l-l-y good to be back in my loft. It’s my happy place 🙂 I’ve finished a couple pieces and hope to re-sharpen my watercolor skills. Watercolor is one of those mediums where you have to be constantly dong it to stay sharp. At least, I do. I have to know my paper and brushes and colors. The longer they sit, the more I have to figure out their temperament again before we can work together.  I’m excited to dive back in!

Follow Rosalyn: Twitter * Tumblr * Pinterest * Facebook


Amanda Foody

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1. So excited for your next book Ace of Shades, which you said was Six of Crows meets Spirited Away. You had me at Spirited away! How did you come up with the idea?

 

Honestly, I’ve been working on ACE for so long, that I’m not entirely sure where the idea originated, as it is one of many attempts of mine to write a book that mixes magic and money. I also had a very unique publishing journey with it, as it was considered “dead” for over two years before my publisher made it an offer. Actually, my revisions on the book right now are the first time I’ve gotten to dig my hands into it in over there years. I feel like I’m rekindling my old teenage romance, without the clearest memory of how it began, only that my love for the story and the characters never really faded. ACE has always felt like the most defining book I’d ever write. It was scribbled into the margins of my high school notebooks and plotted out against the giant whiteboard I bought myself after graduation and still keep with me now.

However, the core of the idea is an amalgamation of a lot of different concepts. The novel follows two characters and their two different plotlines: Enne Salta, a lady-to-be, who has left her entire life behind to find her missing mother in the “City of Sin;” and Levi Glaisyer, the card dealer with crime lord aspirations, whose unraveling Ponzi Scheme could end his life before it truly begins. Additionally, it is set in a world where the source of currency is directly derived from magic, a magic created by a select group of bloodlines.

The plot of the story and the characters definitely came from Spirited Away, one of my all-time favorite movies. Enne is Chihiro, Levi is Haku, and Vianca–the vicious owner of one of the city’s most famous casinos–is Yubaba. Although the novel has some major Six of Crows vibes, its influencers were several years older, like the street gangs in THE DEMON KING, the relationship of Day and June in LEGEND, and the cons of WHITE CAT. As for the Ponzi Scheme, I’ve held a long-time interest in them ever since my dad told me the story of how a company he worked for collapsed due to a Ponzi Scheme run up top. Seems appropriate, now that I’m getting my masters in accountancy. My accounting nerdiness really comes through in the story.

 

2. Your cover reveal happened last month for Daughter of the Burning City and it’s gorgeous! Did you have any input for it?

I was able to offer some feedback on the overall stylistic choices for the cover, like the colors and such. I think the artist did a great job selecting a very eye-catching, unique backdrop that does a great job in suiting the feel of the Gomorrah Festival, the circus city where DOTBC takes place. The smoke, the size, the bright colors–it’s very Gomorrah.

Follow Amanda: Twitter * Tumblr * Pinterest * Instagram


Kayla Olson

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1. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m revising my second book, which will be out in Fall 2018 from HarperTeen! I’m on a tight deadline, but am so excited to make the book even stronger.

 

2.  I love your writer life posts on Instagram! They are very inspirational. How did you come up with the idea?

Thank you! I’ve had such a blast doing those posts. On New Year’s Eve, I saw someone post a month’s worth of prompts for January, so I jumped in—and found I really enjoyed the structure of having prompts, especially in this busy season where I’m putting so much energy into writing/revising (which means I naturally have less time/energy for social media). The challenges have been so much fun, because everyone puts their own unique spin on each day’s prompt. I did another one in February, but when I couldn’t find one for March, I decided to just…create one! That’s how #writereadrepeat was born. So many people participated, which was great, because I met a ton of new writer friends. This month’s challenge is #writelifeapril, created by Gina Denny (@ginad129) and Darci Cole (@darcicole)—I’ve missed a few days this month, but it’s always fun to jump in when I can!

3. Tell us something silly you recently did!

Oh, man, with a five year old in the house, I feel like I’m constantly doing silly things to make him laugh! The latest thing is that I’m always giving our cat new names…the most recent name being “Wobbegongical Reaction” (“Dubber” for short), which evolved from the previous silly name I gave him (“Wobbegong”)(a type of Australian carpet shark)(because our cat is constantly eating our carpet). Our cat’s *actual* name is Remy, named after the rat in Ratatouille.

Follow Kayla: Twitter * Instagram * Tumblr * Blog


Until next month!

Love Tawney

Writer’s Atelier: My Sanctuary in Florida.

So it seemed like I just moved to Florida.

What a great adventure I had here. Now I’m not saying that it was all hunky dory. I couldn’t stand the humidity and in reality I just couldn’t get settled here. It didn’t feel like home. But what made it bearable were the friends I made and the one place that was a sanctuary for writing… the writing center Writer’s Atelier.

Racquel is the owner of this writing center and since I moved here she has helped me connect with other writers, write almost 4 manuscripts (editing them is my kryptonite), kept me connected with book events and had tons and tons of write-ins! Because writing isn’t easy.

When you have a cheerleader in your corner you get this energy that envelops you and yes maybe you fell like maybe you can do it! You are going to write. Racquel has been a great cheerleader even when I don’t want to edit and I want to move onto a sparkling new idea. Most the time I gave in to that idea.

Shout out to Tara who is my other cheerleader and constantly on me to write too. Does writing a blog count? 😉

If you are in Florida or ever find yourself moving here I highly recommend connecting with Racquel and the wonderful writers that come to Writer’s Atelier. She has write-ins once a month that are potluck!! Fooooooood! She does NanoWrimo every November and writing retreats!! She let’s everyone know about author events and book events and even has writing classes at the center. Oh and there is writing yoga! WRITING YOGA! This girl is on it!

Here are some upcoming events for Writer’s Atelier!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Over the Noise, Under the Neon: Writing Your Best Poetry with Heather Lang & Letisia CruzApril 3, 2017 at 10:00 am – April 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Yoga + Writing with Ashley Inguanta April 8, 2017 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Foreshadowing with Valerie Willis April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Intro to Flash Fiction with J. Bradley June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

So if you are a writer or a newbie in the writing world (welcome!) I highly recommend looking in your area to see if there are writing centers or writers who get together to write. Connect with them! The meet ups and connection help so much with writing. You are not alone! I just hope Seattle offers something comparable to Racquel and Writer’s Atelier…though she is irreplaceable.

Love Tawney

When Planets Fall Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway

Today we are excited to be part of the When Planets Fall blog tour with an interview of the author Abby J Reed and a giveaway!


  • WHEN PLANETS FALL, Blog Tour Digital Assets
  • Title: WHEN PLANETS FALL (Stars Fall Circle #1)
  • Author: Abby J. Reed
  • Pub. Date: April 12, 2017
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
  • Pages: 420
  • Formats: Paperback, eBook
  • Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
  • On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit..”In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.” –Kirkus Reviews

Interview with Abby J Reed

1. How did you come up with When Planets Fall?

It came from a short story I wrote in college! I didn’t get a very good grade on it (none of my stories got very good grades and I almost always got the worst critiques). However, at the end my prof wrote “Keep working on this. There’s more here.” I think she meant you’re missing the deeper story and not blow it up into a novel! But hey! Whatever works, right?

2. If you could choose a planet in our solar system to live on what would it be and why?

Saturn. Hands down. I really like the swoop of the rings. How amazing would it be to wake up and see planetary rings in your sky?? I mean, rings are basically floating chunks of ice and rock just hanging there, but they are so beautiful. And they are in your sky!!

3. What do you like to do when not writing?

Painting! I discovered after college I had a knack for it. I started with watercolor, then moved to acrylic. I do mostly mixed media now. But I love how it’s unpredictable (especially watercolor) and the vibrant colors and how it taps into my subconscious. Plus, I can finish a painting in a day. Really nice when a book can take two years to finish. My studio is easily my happy place.

My dogs would also say—snuggling and spending time with us. But I don’t want to admit how much I am a pushover when it comes to my puppies.

4. What is your writing process like?

Kind of sporadic. I’m not one of those authors who does a little bit of work everyday. Since I have Chronic Migraine, I never know how I’m going to be feeling. One week I might do a little each day. Other weeks I can’t do anything at all. I guess you could call me a binge writer? And I don’t have a specific time of day I work either. I work whenever I feel good enough. Sometimes this means 8am. Sometimes this means 8pm. Sometimes this means holidays or weekends. I never know.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself?

I lived overseas for a couple years while I was a little. My parents taught English in Inner Mongolia. I remember going to school and learning Chinese characters and making the strokes over and over and over. When I took Spanish in high school, I still knew some Mandarin, so I kept mixing up the languages whenever I spoke. I’d speak in half Chinese/half Spanish. Eventually I learned enough Spanish to push out all the Mandarin. Now, I can barely remember any Spanish. Makes me sad because they are both really cool languages.


About Abby: 

Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed paperback of WHEN PLANETS FALL, & Swag, US Only.

Enter Here!

 

Follow the tour!

Week One:

4/3/2017- Twinning for Books- Interview

4/3/2017- Everything Marie- Review

4/4/2017- Jennifer Mary G.- Guest Post

4/4/2017- What the Cat Read- Review

4/5/2017- The Not So Public Library- Excerpt

4/5/2017- YA and Wine- Review

4/6/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview

4/6/2017- A Trail of Books Left Behind- Review

4/7/2017- Smada’s Book Smack- Guest Post

4/7/2017- Kayl’s Krazy Obsession- Review

Week Two:

4/10/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

4/10/2017- The Broke Book bank- Review

4/11/2017- Read Day and Night- Review

4/11/2017- Wishful Endings- Review

4/12/2017- Books,Dreams,Life- Excerpt

4/12/2017- Book-Keeping- Review

4/13/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview

4/13/2017- Reese’s Reviews- Review

4/14/2017- YA Book Madness- Guest Post

4/14/2017- Taking It One Book at a Time- Review

 

Nemesis (Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs Review

You had me at Orphan Black.

   

Today’s book was a mind bending trippy adventure that I couldn’t put down. Let’s take a look at Nemesis by Brendan Reichs!


Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. 

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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 Review:  This book was like a wild ride that never stopped. I couldn’t put Nemesis down until I figured out what happened…which I never did.

An astroid is about to hit Earth. Everyone is panicking except Min. She has her own problems, like the guy in the black suite who keeps killing her every 2 years on her birthday.

Of course the questions start rising. Why does he kill her? What’s going on? And what’s worst is no one seems to believe her that this is happening. When she’s thrust into something bigger than the impending astroid the wild ride begins. Brendan does a wonderful job at keeping the pace fast and the mystery intriguing. Not only is Min a great heroine but the supporting character like Tack add depth to the story.

As the story unfolds you want Min to succeed. The world Brendan creates of impending doom is realistic and the ending leaves you breathless.

Should you read it? Yes! A great thriller with a mind bending mystery that leaves the readers wanting more.

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About the Author:

After three long years working as a litigation attorney, I abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series (ViralsSeizureCodeExposureTerminal, and Trace Evidence). We’ve completed the fifth and final book in the Virals series, Terminal. I really hope you like it. A Virals short story collection, Trace Evidence, released on February 2, 2016, with a brand new story, SPIKE, set after the events of Terminal. Answers await!

I’m also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFEST and YALLWEST young adult literary festivals. These are a good time. Please join us in either sunny Charleston in November or even sunnier Santa Monica in April.

I plan to keep on writing novels until they drag me kicking and screaming from my desk.

Connect with Brendan: Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

The Princess and the Page

Welcome to a world where magic spills from the tip of a pen. THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE is Christina Farley’s first middle grade, releasing from Scholastic Press and we are excited to be part of the blog tour!

Make sure you enter the $25 gift card giveaway at the end of this post!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 28, 2017)

A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That’s why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the Girls’ World fairy-tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. Inspired by the life and times of Gabrielle d’Estrées, a real French princess who lived during the 1500s, The Princess and the Page follows the mystical journey of a modern-day “royal” who goes from aving a pen in her hand to wishing for the world at her fingertips .

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Scholastic * Amazon * Barnes and Noble * BAM! * Bookmark It * IndieBound * Powell’s * Add it to Goodreads


 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

 

 


 

MY REVIEW: This book was enjoyable and perfect for middler graders!

This story is about word weavers, those who can bring words to life and they can even enter that world. But there’s one catch and that is the character can hurt the word weavers.

There were many fun characters and magical creatures in Christina’s book. I think middle graders will enjoy it. Kiera was a great heroine to follow on her adventure because every girl can connect to her. Kiera wants to write but there are no pens and paper allowed in the house.

Kiera does find a magical pen that brings things to life thus begins a great adventure with mystery and magical elements. Christina does a wonderful job and bring the reader into Kiera’s adventure and the magical world

Should you read it! Yes! Perfect for any middle graders or adults that wants to be taken away on and adventure with humor and mystery.


 

CONTINUE THE BOOK TOUR

Mar. 23th – Ana Loves Books

Mar. 24th – YA Book Madness

March 25th – Literary Rambles

March 27th – Twinning for Books

March 28th – Mundie Kids

Mar. 29th – All Things Christine

Mar. 30th – YA Book Divas

Mar. 31st– Miranda’s Book Reviews

Mar. 31st – Word Spelunking

Apr. 3rd– Mine of Books

Apr. 4th – The AP Book Club

Apr. 5th – Middle Grade Ninja

 

 

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One (1) lucky winner will receive:  $25 gift card to their favorite book vendor. Giveaway open internationally. Enter below or HERE.

 

 

A Psalm For Lost Girls Review

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Amazon * BN * Book Depository 

I’ll Give You the Sun meets True Detective in this brilliant YA debut about saints, sisters, and learning to let go.

Tess da Costa is a saint—a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes aw
ay, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Tess’s mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted—overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. It’s the final straw for Callie. With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie’s determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie’s investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for—a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana’s kidnapping. Told in alternating perspectives, A Psalm for Lost Girls is at once funny, creepy and soulful—an impressive debut from a rising literary star.


Tawney’s Review: A Psalm For Lost Girls was beautifully written. The cover is gorgeous and I was immersed from the start.

This book had everything in it. Kidnapping to sainthood to mental illness. But most of all this is about sisterhood. Tess is seen as a saint but when she dies her sister Callie is left in the wake of unanswered questions. When a campaign is started to make Tess a Saint Callie seeks out the truth in frustration and anger.

A girl named Ana, who was kidnapped, is found alive and the passion for Tess’s Sainthood grows. So Callie sets out to prove them all wrong, that Tess was just a normal girl. I loved the story of Tess and Callie. Sisterhood is a bond, just like my twin sister and I. I connected with Callie and her truth to find the answers about Tess.

Katie writes beautifully and the pace grows with each page with anticipation of the outcome. I found myself suspended in Katie’s world with this complicated sisterhood and the grief that comes with the loss of it.

 Should you read it? Yes! A wonderful book that delves into sisterhood with a compelling mystery.

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About the author Katie Bayerl:
 

 

I do a lot of things: writingteachingconsulting. You may be wondering: Does this Katie person have a life?

Well, first of all, I love the work I do—and it’s a very big part of my life—but, yes, I have other interests too. Thanks for asking!

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Pre-Pub Adventure: March 2017

Today on Pre-Pub Adventure we are celebrating a book release!

Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wonder how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

This week one of our authors had a book release. We celebrate the release of Katie Bayerl release of A Psalm for Lost Girls!

Katie Bayerl

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1. Your book has just released! How do you feel?

I’ve had the best week! I was all nerves and flutter on Monday, but the outpouring of love this week washed all of that away. I am now filled up with love for all of the folks who’ve been part of this journey—my wonderful agent, Erin Harris, the incredible team at Penguin Teen, my ridiculously large and enthusiastic biological family, and my writer family who came out in full force to celebrate with me. I had my first Skype visit with students this week too, and it was so much fun!

2. What are you doing for your release? 

I celebrated with a blizzard, literally! Mother Nature threw quite the party on Tuesday. I spent most of the day responding to a corresponding blizzard of messages on social media and then tromped out in the snow to have tacos and bubbly with a group of neighborhood friends. The official launch party isn’t until Saturday. That’s when I’ll be celebrating with a larger group at one of my favorite bookstores, Porter Square Books, and then–best part—enjoying some saint-themed cocktails at a nearby restaurant.

3.  Any advice for newbie writers? 

I think the best advice has been well covered by others. It isn’t very sexy, but it’s true:

1. Read a lot, read it all, soak in great stories and art through your pores.

2. Write a lot. This seems obvious, but you have to put lots of words on the page to have material to work with.

3. Keep going. Writing—and publishing—a book takes far longer than any of us ever imagine when we get started. You don’t have to worry about the longer timeline, though. Just look at the next step ahead of you—whether it’s finishing today’s chapter, working through a revision, or sending out a few more queries. Lift up your chin and get. it. done.

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Nic Stone

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1. What have you been up to this month?

**Boring Alert** I got my first round of edits on my Fall 2018 release! Which is… odd? Working on the thing that comes after the first thing even though the first thing is still seven months from being on a shelf? Lesson: publishing is WEIRD.

A little less boring: my book was chosen for the BookExpo Buzz program! (Google it. It’s pretty cool.) So I’ve been vacillating between shock-and-awe and wild-celebratory-dancing. And lastly, I’m actually writing this while sitting in a session at a Madcap Retreat (again Goooooooogle!). It’s basically the best thing ever and every writer should do one.

2. Any advice for newbie writers?

I won’t give the cliche, though very excellent: READ AND WRITE A LOT (except I just did, muahahaha #subterfuge), but also 1. Be okay with sucking. We all suck in the beginning. Practice makes better. (And even with YEARS of practice, your first draft will ALWAYS suck. It’s cool. NBD. I promise.) And 2. Try really hard to keep your sense of self and worth OUT of your pages. What I mean by that: you are not your work. Your work is your work. If someone doesn’t like your work, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed or you’re not good enough or you’re worthless or they don’t like YOU. It just means they don’t like your work.

  3. Any book recommendations?

      

Out now: Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE (duh), Tiffany Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY (this one is deeeeeep), Sarah Lemon’s DONE DIRT CHEAP (swoon!), and Jeff Zentner’s GOODBYE DAYS.

Coming soon(ish): Sonia Belasco’s SPEAK OF ME AS I AM, Laura Ruby’s YORK (y’all, this book.), and Jason Reynolds’ MILES MORALES (Hullo, black Spiderman!).

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Kayla Olson

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1. 3 months until The Sandcastle Empire is out! How do you feel? 

THREE MONTHS. WHAT. I feel like I’m at the top of a roller coaster, equal parts exhilarated and slightly overwhelmed (in the best way); part of me wants to stop time so I can enjoy the view, while the other part is pure adrenaline, anticipating the rush of excitement to come. (!!!)

2. How are you prepping for the release? 

This month, I’m taking things day by day, trying to do as much as I can ahead of time so I’m not overcommitted close to my release date: answering interview questions for posts I’ve committed to; planning another giveaway or two in the lead-up to release; nailing down event logistics; things like that. Most importantly, I’m trying to enjoy the experience and be grateful for every little thing—I think the only way to avoid getting swept away by this busy season is gratitude, along with making rest a priority.

3. What fun things did you do this month? 

Ooh, fun question! First fun thing of note: I attended the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving a couple of weeks ago, and was able to catch up with (and meet) so many lovely writer friends! I also did an ARC giveaway for The Sandcastle Empire while at NTTBF—the winner was someone I’ve connected with on Twitter over the past several months, and it was so lovely to finally meet her in person. The next fun thing: I finally finished drafting my Fall 2018 book, which was SO exciting! (It’s a standalone, not at all related to The Sandcastle Empire—details to come!) I love the project, and am very much looking forward to making it even stronger in revision.

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 Abby Reed

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1. What have you been up to this month?

I work slower than most, so I’ve been plodding along on Book 2 and a novella for the series. That was my priority, but I also started prepping for blog tours so I don’t have to cram last minute and prepped for some classes I’m teaching this year. Due to my illness, I had to take a step back from marketing (now is normally the time you step it up) and take some me-time. I’ve been sleeping in, going to yoga classes, catching up on reading. I’ve easily read 20 books in the last month.

I also got my Kirkus Review! It was really positive and I totally cried. I hadn’t cried like this since I got the you’re-going-to-be-pubished email. You can read the review here!

In short it said: “In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away…A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.”

I’m still crying.

2. You have 2 months until When Planets Fall comes out! How are you dealing with that?

2. It doesn’t feel real. I’ve done so much preparing for being published, it honestly feels like I’m already published. Except, I’m not. Once I hold WHEN PLANETS FALL in my hands, I’m sure the reality will hit me. But I’ve got two more months before that happens 🙂 Honestly, I’m so happy about my Kirkus Review I already feel like I conquered the world. Anything else at this point will just be frosting.

I’ll be excited once the pub date passes because then I can really hone in on working on the next book without extra distractions. I think that’s where some of the weird-reality feeling stems from. Even though I’m being published, I still have to keep chugging on the next book. It almost feels like I’m starting completely over, though technically I’m not.

3.  Any advice for newbie writer’s who are just coming into the writing world?

My dad stopped by this week for lunch. He brought me a gluten-free cupcake and we talked about publishing and cultural pressures to achieve and succeed and accomplish. I complained about how much I want to do x, y, z but I can’t because of being sick, and how much I hate having to decide what’s best for me and doing it.

He said, there’s a deeper integrity that comes with doing what works best for you. You put aside what everyone else tells you you need. Instead, you live more true to yourself and to what you need. For me, this meant less marketing and more me-time because that’s what my body needs to survive. It means working more slow, at the pace I need. Not trying to push-push-push myself into goals I think I should have.

I really, really like this approach to integrity. When I hear integrity, I think “don’t lie and don’t be fake.” I’ve never thought of integrity in this way–of being true to what I need and pushing aside other pressures.

So, that’s my advice because it’s the advice I need right now: Live with integrity and do what’s best for you.

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Amanda Foody

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What have you been working on this month?


I’m still deep into the revisions of my second project, Ace of Shades. I’ve also been plotting and organizing a new WIP so that I can begin drafting once I finish these revisions, though that probably won’t be for a few more months.

What advice can you give writer’s with writer’s block?

Outlining books beforehand usually prevents you from getting stuck mid-draft. As for getting ideas, consume as much media as possible! Books, movies, video games, anything!

Do you have a playlist for your book?

 

Yep! You can find my Spotify playlists here: https://open.spotify.com/user/akfoody

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Rosalyn Eves

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1. Your release is just weeks away! How are you feeling?

 

A little like I’m on a thrill ride, honestly! Sometimes elated, sometimes terrified, sometimes confused . . . I’ve got a lot of little things to take care of that I don’t normally do, so I’m constantly a little distracted. But it’s starting to feel real: I got an author copy of the finished book and it was so beautiful that I teared up. Of course, then I tried to show my kids so that someone could share my excitement, and they were all basically like, “So?”

2.  What are you working on now?

I’m currently plotting through some problem areas in book 3 and reworking the opening chapters again. I’m expecting copy edits for book two about the same time Blood Rose Rebellion comes out, so I’ll switch back to book two then.

3. Any book recommendations?

   

I just read Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE, which was incredible. Powerful, so well-crafted, and such an important topic. I wish everyone would read it. True, parts of it were uncomfortable to read, but they were supposed to be, and I still find myself thinking about the book all the time. Also, Katie Bayerl’s A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS comes out this week, and it’s a gorgeous book. A lovely sister story, a mystery, a meditation on unknowable things, wrapped in exquisite prose.


Until the next adventure friends!
Love Tawney