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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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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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!

Follow Katie: Twitter * Facebook

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.

Follow Katie: Twitter * Facebook


 

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

A Good Idea Review

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
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Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Finley and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her lo
ved ones—and herself—at risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?


 

Tawney’s Review: It’s been a while since I’ve done a review!

I love thrillers so I was very excited to receive this book to review. A huge thank you to Penguin Teen! This was a dark tale of a girl trying to solve her best friend’s murder or what truly happened to her because they never found her body. The cover was so creepy I thought it might be a horror story but it was a thriller set with a good mystery.

Fin with the help of others sets off to solve the mystery. Throughout the book we have flashbacks that can be a little bit confusing. I also found myself liking Betty the most of all the characters. I was rather surprised with the language, sex and drugs.

But overall the description of the setting was vivid and real. I felt like I was in Maine with Fin. It was well written and had thrills. The ending was great because you didn’t know who did it until the end.

Would you recommend it? Yes but this book is dark and may not be easy to read for some.


About the Author:

Photo credit: Craig LaCourtCristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research.

She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain

Pre-Pub Adventure: February

It’s that time of month where we check in with our authors to see where they our on their publishing adventure!

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Every 3rd Wed of the 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.

Let’s check on our authors to see what they have been up too!


Nic Stone

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 1. Dear Martin’s cover had just recently been revealed and it’s gorgeous! Did you have any say on what the cover would look like?

Eek! Thanks! I had quite a bit of say: the image of the boy was taken by my husband in our living room! The concept wasn’t mine (though I loved it), and the designer went through a couple of iterations before deciding to put an actual human on the cover, but once that decision was made, I chose the model, and my photographer husband took the images. I even got to pick the exact photo they used. (This is a DREAM scenario, by the way.)

2 . Dear Martin is receiving fabulous reviews! How does it feel that readers are loving your book?

I’ll be honest: I haven’t read literally any reviews. I’m… not ready. Lol! Lovely to hear people are loving it though!

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3. What are you currently reading?

Lots of Middle Grade! Right now it’s The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill (this year’s Newberry winner) and Bloomability by Sharon Creech. I’m in edits on my 2018 release, so I have to read stuff that isn’t YA contemporary.

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Kayla Olson

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The Sandcastle Empire is almost 4 months away from being published, what are you doing to get ready for it?

It’s *less* than 4 months away, at this point—how is that even possible?! Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the events I want to do when the book comes out—my launch party, for example, in addition to some details-still-to-be-determined events at a handful of bookstores around Texas, at the very least! I also just placed an order for a limited batch of special TSE-related items, since I have some fun giveaways coming up over the next few months. (Watch my Twitter/Instagram for info about those!) Speaking of Instagram, I’ve been really loving it lately—I did the #igauthorlifejan challenge last month, and for February, I’m participating in #authorlifemonth; it’s been really fun to post on a daily basis, and to get to know other authors through those hashtags. I’m @authorkaylaolson there, if we’re not already connected!

Eden has only 3 possessions to her name, what would you have if you were stranded on an island? 

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Oh, man. Great (but difficult!) question! The practical side of me wants to say obvious survival-y things like a knife, some flint for starting fire, and a water bottle like Eden has in the book (it has a special desalinating/sanitizing filter built right in)! I’d also wish for my family, but if I’m stranded there, I’m guessing that means I’d have to be alone? Let’s see. For now, I’ll go the comforts-I’d-miss-terribly route: the hair products that keep my curls from freaking out; a giant stockpile of dark chocolate (chocolate that is also somehow melt-proof, since it might be hot and sunny on said island); and…a crate loaded up with my French press/lots of coffee/a pot to boil water in/my favorite mug, a glass one with gold sparkles on it. (How tragic would it be to have all the stuff to make coffee, but not a mug to drink it in, now that I’m thinking about it? I’d have to, like, repurpose a giant shell, or something. I would not be above that.)

What are you reading? 

I’m reading Carlie Sorosiak’s next book, which won’t be out until next year—it’s fantastic so far, though, which is utterly unsurprising. Carlie’s debut IF BIRDS FLY BACK comes out in June, a few weeks after mine, and is still one of my favorites out of all the 2017 debuts I’ve read so far!

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Abby Reed

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1. What have you been working on?

The last week and a half, I’ve been working on edits on a novella for the series. I got comments back from a beta reader and am fixing things. I’m hoping to send it to another beta reader by the end of the week. I’ve also been dealing with real life–I got to visit two of my best friends for a long weekend. And one of my puppies sprained her leg. Which means I have to constantly monitor her to make sure she’s not making it worse. It’s harder and more time consuming than you’d think!

Since I don’t have a deadline on my back right now, I’ve also been trying to prioritize taking care of my body by sleeping more when I need it, taking baths, going to yoga classes, not aggravating migraines. Trying to let myself heal and recover from December’s whirlwind 🙂

When Planets Fall comes out in April, that’s almost here! What have you been doing to prepare for the release? 

 

Here’s the bad news: I found out the print release got pushed back until May. *enter the saddest emoji possible* Which is a huge bummer but also part of publishing you can’t control.
On the positive side–having a later release date gives me more time to market. So it works out 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve been marketing, marketing, and more marketing. I’ve made bookmarks, postcards, ordered tea and other sundries, put together giveaway packs, pre-order prizes, and been organizing a tea tour! I found out I might be speaking at two other events this year. I’ve been coordinating and brainstorming for that.

3. What are you currently reading?

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I’ve been researching a little for this novella by turning to some of my favorite YA sci-fi reads. But I’ve also been on an epic fantasy kick. I read 4 Robin Hobb novels in the last month as well as 2-3 of Brandon Sanderson’s. I’ve read Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs and Glitter and An Abundance of Katherines. I also finally buckled down to read Ursula’s Le Guin’s book on writing and The Story Genius.

 

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Amanda Foody

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1. Daughter of the Burning City has a new release date of July 25th! How does that feel to have it being released sooner?

 

It feels pretty good! I was pleasantly surprised when my publisher emailed me, as the date is now extremely close to my birthday. I’ll get to celebrate an extra lot in one week! Plus, the date is weirdly close to the exact time frame when Daughter takes place–high and late summer.

 

2. Are you doing anything special to prepare for it?
Yes! The past few weeks have been full of talk about the cover reveal, giveaways, advanced reader copies, events, the launch party, a tour, and more. Nothing is set yet. For all I know, the ARCs could arrive or the cover could launch before this post is published! It’s a whirlwind, really. All I have for certain on my calendar is Children’s Institute in early April and BEA at the end of May.

 

3. What are you currently reading?

 

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I’m currently in the midst of editing my second YA fantasy novel, Ace of Shades, as well as working on its sequel and several other projects, so I haven’t had much time for reading his month! However, I am treating myself to The Little Book of Hygge, which is all about tips on achieving Danish-style happiness, like investing in good lighting and creating cozy, positive spaces. I read a little before bed each night and feel empowered the next day to browse Pinterest for inspiration on candles and lighting fixtures.

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Rosalyn Eves

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1. You have 1 more month until Blood Rose Rebellion releases! How are you preparing for it?

 I’m currently scheduling launch parties (yes, plural!) for the week my book comes out, sending out pre-order giveaways (http://www.rosalyneves.com/blood-rose-rebellion-preorders/), working on edits for book 2 and trying not to panic too much.

2. What are you currently reading?

 I’m currently reading Stacey Lee’s THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE, which is a lovely contemporary departure from her previous historical fiction. I just finished Jared Reck’s A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, which comes out this fall from Knopf, and made me cry and laugh–a rare combination.

3. You’re a #Pitchwars mentor, any advice for newbie writers out there?
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Oh, this is a good question! I think persistence is a big one (in writing and in life). Writing can be hard, and often we have little control over things that matter a lot to us–whether or not an agent likes our work, whether a publisher loves it enough to pick it up, whether the book finds readers, etc. But we can control the time we invest in the stories we tell. Success, however we define it, may not happen on our timeline, but it definitely will not happen if we don’t persist. Also, write because you love it! Because so much is out of your control, if you write for any other reason, you’ll find yourself disappointed. So write because you can’t not write, and savor the chance to put words on the page.

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Katie Bayerl

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1. You have 1 more month until A Psalm For Lost Girls comes out! How have you been preparing? 

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I’m keeping cool (mostly). I had a long wait to my pub date—the book sold back in April 2015—so got a lot of things out of the way early. (Have you heard of precrastinators? Those are the weirdos who get things done early because deadlines freak us out. I am one!)

These past couple of weeks, I’ve been able to focus on the fun stuff: pairing up with author/visual artist Dana Walrath to create a saint card with an original psalm (by me, of course). Everyone who preorders from my local indie will get a gorgeous limited-edition print. I’ll be announcing a giveaway soon too, so watch for details in Twitter and Instagram!

Also in the works: a whole bunch of readings, festivals, and writing workshops for teens. I’m excited to be teaming up with authors I adore (including Marianna BaerJulie Berry, and Jandy Nelson) for a couple of events… and to be leading teen workshops in communities close to my heart, including the mall where I had my first job and my old high school! It’s turning into quite the tour. (Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll be announcing the full list soon.)

2. How do you feel that it is so close for your book to be in readers hands?

Can I confess something really strange? It wasn’t until this past summer that it occurred to me that people other than my editor would be reading my book. I mean, I’ve been pursuing publication for a while. Getting a book deal with Putnam Books for Young Readers was groovy and all that, but…I somehow hadn’t made the leap to that fact that total strangers—and people I know!—would be meeting these characters I’d lived with so long. And that they’d get to read Psalm whenever they felt like it, without my permission. I basically had a melt down when that realization hit.

And then… I started to get love notes from members of my debut group, and sweet little tweets from bloggers and booksellers I’ve never met, and really nice reviews, including a star in Publishers Weekly! My dad cried when he read the final book. (My sister has the photo evidence.) Each of these moments chipped away at my fear. I started to realize that Callie and Tess had qualities—and struggles—other people could genuinely appreciate. And now? I’m feeling excited to send Psalm out into the world so that more readers can get to know the sweet, salty girls I love so much. They don’t even have to ask my permission!

3. What have you been currently reading?

I just finished two amazing debuts: American Street by Ibi Zoboi and Maud by Melanie Fishbane. The first is set in contemporary Detroit from the point of view of a newly arrived Haitian immigrant teen; the second is an historical novel based on the life of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who came of age in Canada in the 1890s. Both of these books felt like home to me—I contain multitudes, ok?—and both are brilliantly written.

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See you for the next adventure!

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead Blog Tour Review

Today I’m excited to be part of Denton Little’s Still Not Dead blog tour! This was a hilarious sequel to Denton Little’s Deathdate.

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Denton Little lives in a wdentonorld exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. The good news: Denton has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought. . . .

Lance Rubin’s debut novel, Denton Little’s Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life. How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she’s really into you instead? What if she’s wearing bacon lip gloss?


Tawney’s Review:  This book was over the top funny which made me laugh and read until I finished the last page. All the characters are back from the first book especially Dento and Paolo! Their bromance and antics together just makes sense and add realism to this humorous book.

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Denton had grown from the first book…he isn’t dead either! In the first book everyone knows when they are going to die. So Denton knew that he was going to die. We were left at a cliffhanger in the first book and the second book picks everything back up. Denton learning about death date, trying to save his friends and so on.

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The topics are somewhat heavy dealing with death but with the humor this book handles it well. It’s a great Sci-Fi series that really isn’t Sci-Fi if that makes sense? This book is action packed with humor and wacky plot lines. The book ends wonderfully that left me satisfied.

Should you read it? Yes! With entertaining characters and humor you won’t want to put this down until you finish it.

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