I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Review

 

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1524700487

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
 
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Review:  Once I finished this book I knew it would go down as one of my 2017 favorite books.

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Julia, 15,  loses her sister Olga in a tragic accident. Olga was the model of a Mexican daughter, working and going to college. Julia was the opposite. After Olga’s death her family falls apart. Julia’s mother is now over protective and controlling of her. Her father works long hours and retreats into silence after Olga’s death.

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Julia suffers from depression after Olga’s death and I love how the books shows that and the road to recovery, especially with a quest to discover who Olga really was. The characters were relatable and felt realistic. Sanchez does a wonderful job at making the other supporting characters stand out like Amá and Apá. You want to root for them all.

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This is a wonderful book about Mexican culture, trying to hold onto tradition while exploring new changes, and learning truths about a person you thought you knew. I truly enjoy the diversity of the characters and cultures in this book. It was a refreshing read that was engaging and fast pace.

Should you read it?  Yes! A great book full of diverse characters and a spotlight on a wonderful culture. A refreshing read!

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About the author:

Erika L. Sánchez  Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist, and fiction writer, she is the author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), which was recently longlisted for the National Book Award, and the poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, ESPN.com, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and elsewhere. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.


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The Suffering Tree Review

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 13, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484726596

 

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family-it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori’s shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events-including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin-that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth-and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel-she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried at any cost.

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Review:  This book was a surprise treat. A dark story with a dark ghost mystery.

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Tori and her family inherit a house and the secrets that come with it. One night Nathaniel emerges from a grave under a tree thrusting Tori into an adventure of dark secrets and revealing truths. One peculiar thing to note is that Nathaniel is bound to the tree and must seek revenge!

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This book was a great read with mystery and magic delving into slavery and witchcraft. There was a connection between Tori and Nathaniel that was fun to read. You rooted for them all way and even after the story ends. It does jump from 3 different POV in different time periods and a dreamscape, that kind of confused me but you get use to it. It doesn’t hinder the book but I did like Nathaniel’s POV the best.

Should you read this? Depends on the reader.  It was a great mystery but there was graphic descriptive scenes of self-harm, cutting, in the book that’s not for the faint of heart. This surprised me because I didn’t expect it and there was no warning on the description of the book. So, if that thing bothers you I recommend skipping the book. If not it is an enjoyable read.

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Little Monsters Review

 

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 25, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0553521497

 

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

   Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Review:

Kacey is the new girl to Broken falls. With a new family and friends, Bailey and Jade, this is her time to start over. But when everyone becomes distant and Bailey disappears things aren’t starting to look good for Kacey.

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The story captured my interest from the first page with a chilling plot. The mystery of Bailey’s disappearance drives the reader to want to know what happened to her and who was the villain.

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Thomas does a wonderful job at keeping the pace flowing and the speculating on who did it constant. I liked that Kacey was the main POV but Thomas threw in excerpts from Bailey’s diary, which helped shed the conflict and deepen the mystery.

I felt immersed in Kacey’s life and that of the other teenage girls.  There was a lot of cussing that slowed the reading down a bit. Now I’m not prude but it just seemed like too much for a YA book.

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Should you read it? Yes, a great mystery that with each turn of the page needs to be solved.

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About the Author:

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Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.

Pre-Pub Adventure: November Part 2

It’s the second part of our monthly blog series Pre-Pub Adventure!

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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? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Let’s take a look at our new authors on their publishing adventure!


 Nisha Sharma

 

1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Nisha, and I’m the author of ‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’, a rom-com set to release May 15, 2018 with Crown Books for Young Readers. I started writing the book in 2013 as part of my MFA thesis with Wilkes University, and I sold it to Crown a few months after I presented the book at my MFA capstone reading.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

The book is about a Jersey girl, a Bollywood film geek, who’s torn between the guy who everyone thinks she belongs with, and the guy she’s starting to like. Her future at film school is also at stake, as well as all the work she invested in the high school film festival.

The concept of the book came from two revelations. The first was that so many people had the tendency to misuse the word Bollywood, and I wanted to really explore what Bollywood movies were and how much influence they have in the South Asian community. The second revelation was that there weren’t too many books about positive relationships between protagonists and their parents. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a supportive and loving family. I felt like that story needed to be told.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

So it’s November which means National Novel Writing Month. I started this month with good intentions. I wanted to participate in NaNo, finish my second book during the month, and be super productive. Well…life happened. My book cover release was featured by BN Teen Blog, my boyfriend proposed less than a week later, and a few hours after the proposal, our offer on a house got accepted. It’s amazing, and thrilling and I feel so blessed to have these opportunities AND to write. But everything does take a little more time.

So, I’m behind with my word count, but I’m following the same advice author Jonathan Mayberry told me almost a decade ago. Life happens, and there is no stopping it. But if you really want to be a writer, you have to sit in that chair and put words on paper. It doesn’t matter how few you’re able to produce, just write SOMETHING. So every day for the last week and a half, I’ve been pulling out my cell phone at four in the morning, and typing in the Google Keep app a few paragraphs before I get up and have to accomplish the next craziness thrown my way.

Despite my low word count, I have to say, I’ve been pretty productive for a pre-pubbed author. I have my SWAG bookmarks, postcards, pins and bookplates ready to go. ARCs just went out to some very lovely people, and I’m about to announce a giveaway in my newsletter! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Jessica Pennington

1. Introduce yourself!

I’m a young adult author and professional romantic. When I’m not writing kissing books, you can find me planning swoon-worthy events as a professional wedding planner and floral designer. My debut novel, LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES, will be published April 24, 2018 by Tor Teen/Macmillan. I live in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in my novel, where I spend more time on my laptop than on the beach!

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be? 

LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES is a funny, sexy, and bittersweet contemporary romance. It’s dual timeline, alternating between the couple’s first love story, and their turbulent reunion two years after breaking up. Layered over the love story, there’s a passion for music tying the characters together, a reality show competition adding its own complications, and a huge surprise twist at the end. It’s part first love on the beach, part second chance rock ‘n roll romance. I wrote Love Songs in 2014, when I was struggling to balance life with my 90 hour workweeks as a wedding planner, and decided I needed a creative outlet. So I joined a Novel In A Year group, and one day I was listening to the radio, and the lyrics to “Say Something” by A Great Big World (with Christina Aguilera) really stuck with me. It evoked this really vivid image of a breakup scene between two people who desperately wanted to be together, but clearly weren’t. So I wrote that breakup scene, and then I started at the beginning and figured out how they got there. Love Songs is the product of two of my favorite things: music (lyrics especially), and love stories.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

Yes, I’m hoping to finish the first draft of my second book during NaNoWriMo! The best advice I can give to anyone doing NaNo–especially if it’s for the first time–is to not read back what you wrote. Drafting this quickly is a special kind of beast, and the truth is that a lot of what you write isn’t going to be great. So reading it back again can make you feel like you’re just writing words for the sake of words (and sometimes you are!). BUT, once you pile up those 50,000 words, there will actually be a lot of great sections within it. So write it all, and then go back to pick it apart. And yes, I am absolutely looking in the mirror when I say this, because I’m notorious for editing as I write, and it’s a habit I hope to break some day!

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Lyndsay Ely

 

1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Lyndsay Ely and I am the author of GUNSLINGER GIRL a genre-bent YA Western set in the near future. In the daylight hours, I also work as a creative professional at a publishing company, which was an entirely unintentional thing that happened. Outside of publishing, I have many geeky pursuits, and can often be found at one of the many local conventions in Boston. I also might have a slight antiquing problem.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

To be honest, I thought my debut would be a fantasy. But I’ve always had a love for Western-themed media as well, so when the first novel I queried (a fantasy) flopped, I began toying around with the idea of a teenaged gunslinger. I didn’t want to write the traditional Western revenge story (though who doesn’t love a good revenge tale?), so instead I brainstormed around the idea of a performer in a twisted Wild West show–a sort of gritty Annie Oakley. Voi—Serendipity Jones, the Theatre Vespertine, and the lawless city of Cessation were born.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I am…that is to say, I was. As determined as I was to complete NaNoWriMo this year, I did about 15k words and realized that the push to keep up (along with ever-present annoyance that is adulting) was stressing me beyond the point of generating anything useable. So my advice would be: determination is good, but don’t be afraid to acknowledge when something like NaNo is becoming more detrimental than beneficial . And if you are sticking with NaNo until the bitter end, consider ditch contractions and giving all of your characters names like “Bobby Sue” to up your word count. 😉

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Adrienne Young

1. Introduce yourself!

Hi! My name is Adrienne Young and I am a YA fantasy author in California. My debut novel, SKY IN THE DEEP, comes out April 24, 2018 from Wednesday Books.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

SKY IN THE DEEP was birthed out of my deep love of history. I’ve long been inspired by Viking culture and find that there’s a lot to explore within it. I really wanted to write something raw and intense, and passion-filled and I felt like a world inspired by the Viking-age was a great fit for that. I got the idea suddenly one day while I was driving and I pulled over to the side of the road in the pouring rain and scribble the notes of chapter one on an old envelope. I finished the book in the next 6 weeks and had an agent a few months later. Not even a month after that, it had sold. It was definitely a whirlwind! But I had written a couple of book before that and neither of them had landed me an agent. It was a long road and once things started to happen, they happened quickly.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not participating this year! I would have loved to, but my deadlines and other book-related commitments wouldn’t really allow for it. If you are doing NaNoWriMo, the best advice I can give is to remember self-care. Anyone who knows me knows that this is not my forte, and when I’m in the throws of a story, I tend to neglect taking care of myself. I’m all about the hardcore writing, but if you don’t remember to stop and breathe and eat and hydrate, whatever comes out on that page is going to be crap. Remember to come up for air and it will help keep your story on track!

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Laura Steven

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1. Introduce yourself!

Hi world! I’m Laura Steven, and I’m a twenty-something author and journalist from the northernmost town in England. I have a BA in Journalism and an MA in Creative Writing, and I mentor aspiring writers through schemes like PitchWars and Writing in the Margins. I like dogs, swearing, lipstick, coffee, donuts, chess, elephants and Harry Potter.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

The Exact Opposite of Okay is my YA debut, set to be published by Egmont on International Women’s Day 2018. It’s about a teenage girl called Izzy, who never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website showcasing her sexploits – while keeping her sanity intact.

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It’s inspired by a few different things that have happened to me since graduating – namely a friend-zoned guy who turned aggressive, and a former boss who sexually harassed me in the workplace. I wanted to explore some of the issues facing teenage girls – slut-shaming, friend-zoning, body image, victim-blaming – but also do it with humor and sass. There’s a lot of me in Izzy, so it’s terrifying that the world will meet her soon – but also kind of exhilarating.

3) Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I think this is the first year for a while that I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo! I’m going on a writing residency in the Faroe Islands, where I’ll be producing an audiovisual project with other writers and artists from across Scandinavia. So I won’t have time to draft a novel, which is unfortunate, because I’m having serious FOMO right now.

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Laurie Morrison

 

1. Introduce yourself!

Hi! I’m Laurie Morrison. I taught middle school English for ten years, and I write contemporary middle grade novels, sometimes on my own and sometimes in collaboration with my friend Cordelia Jensen. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and I live in Philadelphia with my family. I love just-of-the-oven pastries, coffee, the ocean, and spending time outside, even when it’s cold or rainy. And books, of course!

2.) Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

EVERY SHINY THING is a dual point-of-view middle grade novel that comes out from Abrams/Amulet Books on April 17, 2018. It’s written half in prose and half in verse, and it tells the story of two seventh graders–Lauren, who comes from a wealthy family, and her new neighbor Sierra, who is in foster care–who team up to enact a Robin Hood scheme to right some societal wrongs, and learn lessons about family, friendship, and justice in the process. I co-wrote it with my friend Cordelia, who was my classmate at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In June of 2015, Cordelia offhandedly (or so I thought) said we should write a book together, and then within a couple of hours of me saying, “Sure, that would be fun,” she had an idea for her character: a girl who was used to taking care of her alcoholic mother, who would resist bonding with her very kind foster mother but become friends with her new neighbor and eventually fall into similar enabling, caretaking behaviors with her new friend. “Maybe her friend might shoplift,” Cordelia said. At first, I couldn’t imagine writing a character who would steal! I…am not exactly a troublemaker. I have a major fear of getting in trouble in any way. But I started thinking about the middle school students I’d taught who were horrified by the injustices they saw and determined to do something to make the world a fairer place. I thought, “Well, what if something has happened to completely shake up my character’s world, and it’s opened her eyes to her family’s privilege and to how unequal things are. What if she’s a bit desperate to feel like she’s doing something to help make things right? What if she thinks that could somehow restore balance in her own disrupted life?” And that’s how Lauren’s character was born.

It was a complete joy working with Cordelia on the novel, and I’m very proud of the book we created together. Before EVERY SHINY THING, I wrote three other books that came close to selling but never sold, which was very discouraging at the time, but now I feel very grateful that this book is my debut.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not doing NaNo, but I have lots of admiration for those who are! I’ve never officially participated, but I’ve set ambitious word count goals to push forward with a project a couple of times and then had the novel completely go off the rails, leaving me with pages and pages I had to scrap. So I’ve decided super fast drafting isn’t for me personally. My advice based on my not-so-successful fast drafting experiences is to listen to your gut if it tells you the plot you planned out ahead of time isn’t quite right. Better to pause and reassess than just keep going, in my opinion, even if your word count dips a bit. Also, one thing that works well for me for moderately fast drafting is to either free write or list what will happen in a scene right before I begin. That eases me into writing and boosts my productivity.

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Melanie Sumrow

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1. Introduce yourself!

Hi, everyone. Thank you so much to Tawney for having me! My name is Melanie Sumrow and my debut middle-grade novel, THE PROPHET CALLS, is set in a polygamous community inspired by the fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church. I received my undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and have maintained a long-term interest in studying world religions. Before becoming a full-time writer, I worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, with many of my cases involving children and teens.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

THE PROPHET CALLS is an upper middle-grade contemporary novel set to release from Bonnier Publishing USA in November 2018. It follows the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who was born into a polygamous community confined by a wall that keeps the rest of the world outside. She and the other members must follow the rules the Prophet imposes from prison, but she soon begins to question the Prophet’s teachings and his revelations, especially when his latest orders put her family in danger.

I had previously written a YA manuscript set in a religious cult. Although I was getting a lot of positive responses from publishers on that book, it just wasn’t the right time for it. Fast-forward a few months when my agent received an email from my current editor. She told my agent she was fascinated by polygamous communities and wondered if he happened to know anyone who could write such a book for middle-grade. As it so happened, I had just finished teaching a class on religious radicalism, which included a section on the polygamous community known as the FLDS. I had never written for the middle-grade audience, but I was excited about the possibility. So I prepared a synopsis and the first three chapters of THE PROPHET CALLS. My editor was excited about what I had written, bought my book, and I completed the novel. As an aside, I absolutely love writing for middle-grade and hope to do it again soon!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I am not participating since I just completed a YA manuscript and am using the next few months for research. But I look forward to getting back to the drafting stage!

My advice for those participating is to keep going. If NaNoWriMo is what motivates you, do it! Even if you don’t complete your goal, keep going! As we all know, writing a book doesn’t happen all at once. It’s bit-by-bit, day-by-day.

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Erin Callahan

 

1. Introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Erin and I wrote THE ART OF ESCAPING. I grew up in New Hampshire and couldn’t wait to get out of my small town when I was a teen. But I eventually found my way back to the Granite State, probably because I’m a New Englander to the core. That means I like cold winters, cider donuts, and not making direct eye-contact with strangers on the street. 🙂 When I’m not writing I’m usually hanging out with my husband and our two-year-old, working at my day job, reading all of the things, or watching TV (because there is so much amazing TV right now!).

2.Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

I didn’t start writing until I was in my late-20s, when a friend talked me into collaborating with him on a paranormal YA series. This, of course, was back when sparkly vampires were all the rage and the dystopian craze was just starting to gain some traction. My friend and I had no idea what we were doing, but we gradually got better as writers and, about six years ago, I toyed with the idea of starting a contemporary YA novel about a teen girl who trains to become an escape artist. I’ve been fascinated by escape artists since the age of five, when I saw Princess Tenko perform a water tank escape on a show called That’s Incredible! At the same time, I had an idea for a story that kinda turned the nerdy girl meets popular boy trope on its ear. So I smooshed those two idea together and started writing. I found an agent a few years later and that project eventually became THE ART OF ESCAPING. One of my characters is actually inspired by Princess Tenko.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not doing NaNo this year but I’ve done it in the past and I’m an awful NaNo cheater. I’m almost always in the middle of a project I don’t want to put down when November rolls around, so I’ve been known to use NaNo as an excuse to write a big chunk of words for that project instead of starting a brand new novel. This is why I should really stick to Camp NaNo, since that allows you to set your own goal and work on whatever you want. I think the best advice I can give is to go easy on yourself. Even if you don’t “win,” getting a good start on a novel (or finishing one like I did), is a win all by itself. Not everyone writes at lightning speed, and not churning out 50k words in a month is not a sign that you shouldn’t be a writer.

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Until the next Pre-Pub Adventure check in!

 


Six Little Secrets Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway!

 

 

Today I’m excited to be part of the Six Little Secrets Blog Tour.

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On my stop of the blog tour I interview author Katlyn Duncan. Check out my interview below and enter to win some prizes!


 

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About The Book:

Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS

Author: Katlyn Duncan

Pub. Date: November 24, 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pages: 150

Formats:  eBook

Find it: Amazon,  B&NiBooks,  Goodreads

 

 Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.


 

About Katlyn: Katlyn

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

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Interview with Katlyn Duncan  

  1. How did you come up with Six Little Secrets?

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I can’t tell you the exact moment the story came to me, but the tagline, “’The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’”, popped into my head one day. I loved the idea that teens who were together for eight hours a day for years could know so little about each other. I knew I wanted to write a thriller and having the mysterious element of someone targeting these teens planted the seed for what was to become of the novella.

 

2. Do you have any strange writing habits? (Like writing with fluffy slippers or always sitting in a certain chair?)

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I don’t have any peculiar habits per say, but I do have to listen to music while writing. I find scores of movies and television shows that give me the particular feeling of the piece I’m writing. It helps block out the world and inspires me to write.

 

3. If you are stranded on an island what literary characters would you want to be stranded with you?

Wow, how can I choose?

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I suppose I’d want someone like Gale (The Hunger Games) with me to help get food. As much as I love Katniss, Gale is quite nice to look at. J

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) would be next. With her ability in magic, she could bring along her beaded handbag packed with everything we might need. And books.

A character that always sticks with me is Clay (Women of the Otherworld). He’s very attractive, and the fact that he can change into a wolf makes for some fun entertainment.

 

4. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

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Get the book written. Period. End of story. That advice was given to me at a signing for an author that I admire. And guess what, I did, and I’ve published eight books now. You can’t publish a blank page. Get your butt in the chair and write. (I say this with the biggest smile on my face, I believe in you!)

Another piece of advice I would give is to form a group of other writers or avid readers to read and critique your work. The writing partners I’ve found over the years have helped me grow so much in my career, and their critiques and advice have changed my books for the better.


On to the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.

5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.

Enter Giveaway Here!


 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review

11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview

11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review

11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview

11/21/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

11/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post

11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review

11/23/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review

11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

Pre-Pub Adventure: November Part 1

I’m so excited to be introducing you to our new authors joining Pre-Pub Adventure!

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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? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Let’s meet our new authors and follow their publishing adventure!


Kelly deVos

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1. Introduce yourself!

Hi! My name is Kelly deVos. I wrote FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, a book that follows a teen fashion student who believes she must lose weight to be the next great designer, coming 6/5/18 from Harlequin Teen. When not reading or writing, I collect stickers and knit. I’m addicted to coffee and Netflix.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

This book was initially inspired by a couple of real experiences. First, like my main character, I was forced to purchase two seats on an airplane. I also worked as a graphic designer for an Italian-based eyewear company that dealt with many luxury fashion brands. I noticed, over time, that some of these brands were fairly hostile to plus-size girls and women and I wanted to discuss that issue.

3. Are you participating in Nano and what advice can you give?

I’m giving Nano another try this year, despite the fact that I’ve tried a couple of times and not “won.” In our family, November is loaded up with birthdays so it tends to be a pretty busy time. So, I’m giving myself permission to just do the best I can. I’m mainly looking to use NanoWriMo to jumpstart my WIP. My advice is practice self-care. Do what you can do and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Follow Kelly: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog


Amy Trueblood

 

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1. Introduce yourself!

Hi! I’m Amy Trueblood. Over the years I’ve worked in entertainment, advertising, and marketing, but writing has always been my passion. I’m the youngest of five and have always loved all types of stories. In fact, I used to hide in my closet as a kid and listen to those Disney records with the read along books for hours. I tend to write stories about fierce, mouthy girls who are interested in breaking barriers and pushing beyond expectations.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

My debut, NOTHING BUT SKY, is a YA Historical set in 1922. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old wing walker, Grace Lafferty and her team the Soaring Eagles as they battle to get to a big aviation contest in Chicago and earn a coveted Hollywood contract. The story came about in 2013 when I visited the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. They had a biplane hanging from the ceiling and beneath it was a placard with the name Ethel Dare who was a wing walker. I was intrigued, and when I returned to my hotel room later that night I started researching early twentieth century aviation and wing walking and the story unfolded from there.

3. Are you participating in Nano and what advice can you give?

I am not doing Nano this year. It always seems around this time I’m either just finishing up a book or into major revisions so I just don’t have time. One of these years though I am definitely going to do it!

Follow Amy: Facebook * Instagram * Twitter *Blog


A.M. Rose

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1. Introduce yourself!

I’m A.M. Rose, but my friends call me Ann. Believe it or not, people can never seem to get my name right, so I thought this would make it easier. (So far the jury’s out.)

My debut; Road To Eugenica (Entangled Teen) releases February 2018! While my debut is a contemporary sci-fi I write young adult novels of all genres as long as they have a hint of romance. I’m the drinker of too much coffee (with way too much coconut creamer), and lover of all carbohydrates.

Currently, I live in Houston, TX with my three boys (yes, my husband is in that count) and three cats. When I’m not writing about swoony guys or ways for my MC to get into trouble, I’m an avid reader, Snap Chatter, critiquer (is that even a word?), and trampoline enthusiast.

I’m a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.)

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

Road to Eugenica is an action packed story about a girl who is created in another dimension on Earth—Eugencia. She is desperately trying to uncover the origin of her super-human abilities while being hunted for those very traits. Luckily, her best friend (and secret crush) Dylan is there to help. Or at least that’s the super-basic gist.

I know a lot of writers who have always had some kind of inkling early in life that this is something they were meant to do. I, however, am not one of them.

It kind of all started when my niece asked me to read books with her. She’s a vivacious reader, and her friends aren’t, but she wanted someone to talk books with her. So she would tell me what to buy, and we’d have our own little book club. It was a really great way for us to bond, but it was also opened my eyes to the world of YA. I found out how much I really loved these books. How real and raw they could be.

After she finished reading one of her favorite series that ended in a way she was NOT happy with, I promised her I’d write her a book. And that’s what I did. Road to Eugenica is her story.

While my niece doesn’t have super-human abilities and isn’t from another dimension on Earth like the MC, Drea, the two do have similarities. A part of Drea’s character arc is her coming to realize she is so much stronger than she gives herself credit for.

In Road to Eugenica, I explore this idea of what a “perfect society” could be, which is where Eugenica comes from. What would the world be like if we made more of an effort to preserve what the Earth has given us? If conserving nature was more important than destroying it. A lot of times, I don’t think people realize the repercussions of their actions. How a single pebble thrown into a pond still creates a ripple.

While it’s not available for order yet, you can mark it as “What to Read” on GoodReads here, if it sounds like it might interest you.

3. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

Yes, I’m doing Nano this year and I think the best advice I can give is to not self-edit during this time. Allow yourself a really messy rough draft, and once the words are on the page, don’t go back and change them. Use this as an opportunity to tell yourself the story. There is time to make it “perfect” in editing, but you can’t edit a blank page. So if you’re stuck, just leave yourself a note, skip it and move on.

No first draft is ever perfect, so don’t except yours to be. Just allow yourself to go with it and see where the story takes you!

Follow A.M. Rose: Twitter, Facebook, Blog


Maxine Kaplan

 

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 1.   Introduce yourself!

Hi everyone! Thanks very much to Tawney for having me. My name is Maxine Kaplan and I’m the author of THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL, coming from Abrams / Amulet in May 2018. I was born in Washington, DC, about thirty minutes after my twin sister (sorry Mom!). Both of my parents are journalists, so we moved around a lot when I was little–all the way to Moscow, Russia. When I was ten, we moved to Brooklyn, NY, where I am delighted to still live, now with my husband (he’s a chef–ladies and gents, heed my advice and marry someone who cooks) and a cat with what appears to be a very complex internal life. I have a full-time day job as a private investigator, which is, I’m sorry to say, not nearly as glamorous as it sounds. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is the first novel I’ve ever completed. Very happy to be here 🙂

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is feminist revisionist take on the classic film noir trope of the femme fatale. It follows Kendall who, after getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, starts senior year ostracized. She’s determined to keep her head down and just get out of high school unscathed, but this plan is derailed when her online identity is hacked and she’s framed for stealing from a dealer. In order to repair her tattered reputation and salvage her future, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. But, the longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation…Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall. The original germ of the idea had actually been kicking around my head for the better part of a decade, because I’ve always loved noir, from the goofy to the morose—from Bond to Hitchcock to Raymond Chandler. And I especially loved femme fatales. They were like superheroes of deviousness and yet they always seemed pretty improbable. How did one turn into an unstoppable badass with a gun, a heart, and a plan? How did those relationships with the “real” villains work? It was never clear if the femme fatales were employees, girlfriends, blackmail victims, or a little of all three. I became fascinated with the archetype, with the stories that weren’t being told. I wanted a Pussy Galore origin story damn it, and if no one else was going to write it, then I would have to.

 When I finally buckled down to write a real novel, one that I refused to give up on, I wasn’t sure which idea to pursue. I don’t have trouble coming up with stories, but, historically (hopefully), I had problems on the follow-through. I happened to re-watch North by Northwest, the Hitchcock film, around then and it clicked—I re-oriented the plotting concept of North by Northwest to focus on the femme fatale and wound up with BAD GIRL.

 It started out fairly simplistic, but it very quickly became thematically linked to slut-shaming. That was a natural fit for the femme fatale archetype’s origin, obviously. I struggle with how much to share about this part of my inspiration, but have ultimately come to the conclusion that sunlight is more important than shade. At the beginning of the drafting process, I was sexually assaulted. I went to the police and spoke to a (female!) cop who was about as unsupportive as I could imagine. Around the same time, seventh grade girls were getting suspended for wearing leggings all over the country and Slut Walks were building steam. I discovered I had something to say about rape culture and my femme fatale MC, my Kendall, was the best person to say it.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I am not doing NaNoWriMo. I am constitutionally incapable of doing NaNoWriMo. Here’s why and it doubles as the only writing advice I have to give:

For me, the key to actually completing a novel was to set extremely low, but daily goals. When I’m drafting, I write at least 500 words a day, every day; I give my self one “f*ck-it” night a week. It’s such a low number, that it’s very hard for anyone with even a smidge of a guilt complex to blow off–and I have quite a big smidge 🙂 I have to keep my goalposts low but consistent. NaNoWriMo throws that whole balance off for me. My way is slower, but I know I’ll finish. And getting to the end is the most important thing. Plus, for what it’s worth: I drafted my second book using this same method and somehow cut the drafting time in half from my debut, despite this second book being a good 20K words longer! I  don’t know HOW exactly that worked out, except to invoke Moore’s law of computer programming, which (to paraphrase Bruce Coville–seriously, I know this is a digression but go look up The AI Gang series; criminally underrated) means the smarter you get, the faster you get smart. The longer you do something, the better you get at it. Writing’s not going to ever get easy and there’s no silver bullet, but practice does help.

Follow Maxine: Blog * Twitter


 

Kamilla Benko

          

1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Kamilla Benko, but at various stages of my life, I’ve also answered to KBanks, Kamillapede, and Ka-wawa (that last one was what my little brother called me for the first three years of his life.) I grew up in Indiana, and once I graduated from college, I moved to New York to pursue my dream of becoming a children’s book editor.
 After a lot of work and even more luck, I now edit for many of the Big 5 Houses through my job at Glasstown Entertainment, a literary packaging company. (What is literary packaging? Read here!) A couple of years ago, I wondered what it would be like to be on the other side of the publishing process, and began to work on my debut novel, THE UNICORN QUEST, which will publish by Bloomsbury, February 6, 2018.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

As an editor, I have the wonderful privilege of being surrounded by authors. I saw first hand how much work they poured into their manuscripts and I would think, “I can never do that.”

Fast forward a few years, to a trip to the MET’S Cloisters, where I saw for the first time The Unicorn Tapestries, a series of seven woven panels that depict a unicorn hunt. Standing there, I began to wonder why anyone would want to kill a unicorn, and I continued to wonder even after weeks had gone by. And slowly, as I began to answer my own question, the world of Arden began to unfurl. I realized I had to be brave like my authors, and so I began to write about an eleven-year-old girl named Claire.

Claire isn’t the brave one, that’s her older sister Sophie. So when the girls discover a ladder in the fireplace of their great aunt’s mansion, it’s Sophie who leads the way up…and up…and up…and into a fantastical land where art is magic and strange creatures roam. But this world, Arden, is in trouble. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Terrified, the girls return home, but it’s not long before Sophie goes missing.  It will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, save her sister, and bring them both home safely. But first, she will have to discover the secret of the unicorns…

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not participating this year, as my revision of Book 2 is due mid November (so I guess I’m doing a half-NaNoRevMo) and when I’m done I’m going to take a short break before digging into Book 3! But I have participated in years past! My advice is this: just because you missed the November 1 start date doesn’t mean you can’t start your book today, be it November 15 or November 30. November 1 is just a day, and all days can be writing days if you want them to be.

Follow Kamilla: Twitter * Instagram * Blog


Rachel Lynn Solomon

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1. Introduce yourself!

I write contemporary YA, and my debut, YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE, will be out from Simon Pulse in just under two months on January 2, 2018! In my non-writer life, I work in education, live in Seattle, and own the best dog. I collect red lipstick, tap dance, and occasionally play the piano.

2.  Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

YMMWIG is a Jewish #ownvoices book about twins who receive opposite results from a genetic test for Huntington’s disease. It’s essentially a collection of things I love to read in YA and things I felt I wasn’t seeing enough of in YA. It’s dual POV, and from the beginning, I knew I wanted to write two fiercely ambitious girls. Most twin books I’d read had a slacker twin and an overachiever twin. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to explore a different sibling dynamic. I am also an advocate of sex positivity in YA, especially when it comes to female sexuality, so that’s a huge part of the book as well. Lastly, though this was my fifth completed manuscript, it was the first I wrote with Jewish characters. Growing up, the only books I read with Jewish characters were Holocaust narratives, so for the longest time, I assumed that was the only story we had to tell. (Not true!) There’s a real lack of contemporary stories featuring practicing Jewish protagonists, and I’m so excited for Jewish readers to (hopefully) see a piece of themselves in my book.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not — I just turned in a big revision for my 2019 book on November 1, actually, haha, so I’m forcing myself to take a bit of a break. Which is hard soooo I’ll probably start poking at my WIP soon. In terms of advice, though, what helps me most during a quick early draft is accepting that it’s going to be garbage. Awkward sentences, no blocking, inconsistent characters, plot lines that vanish. Very, very few people produce beautiful first drafts. But all you need from NaNo is a book-shaped thing to play with — you can make it beautiful later!

Follow Rachel: Twitter * Instagram * Snapchat * Blog 


Dana Mele

    

1.  Introduce yourself!

My name is Dana Mele and I’m a full time writer. I live in a tiny little mountaintop village in the Catskills and I spend most of my time writing, making things with my three year old, and thinking about writing and things I can make with my three year old. I majored in theater in college and also have a masters in education and a J.D. in law. I’m a really big everything geek, so I get super into everything from musical theater to philosophy of the mind; from Westworld to multiverse theory. I adore fandoms- I’m basically an enthusiasm enthusiast. It probably goes without saying that I’m a Ravenclaw. 

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

People Like Us is a YA psychological thriller about a popular star athlete with a dark past at an elite New England prep school. The main character, Kay, has worked hard to cultivate a perfect persona for herself at school, and that’s threatened when she finds the dead body of a fellow classmate and receives an email from that student blackmailing her into taking her friends down one by one. It’s been compared to Pretty Little Liars, Thirteen Reasons Why, and We Were Liars.

The book was inspired by two things, one conscious and one subconscious. I was receiving a lot of rejections at the time, and really dreading opening my email. And I was struck with the idea of a story centered on emails and fear and that brought me to the idea of this elaborate revenge from beyond the grave, continually escalating and entwined with Kay’s own dark secret- and Kay having to figure out whether the sender was who she said she was, or it was a setup, with a killer ready to strike again.

I didn’t remember the subconscious inspiration until after I finished writing it, but it’s too coincidental not to have been in the back of my mind as I wrote. The story starts when Kay and her friends, dressed in costume, find a body in a lake on Halloween night. When I was Kay’s age at the women’s college that served in part as the setting inspiration for Kay’s all-girl’s school, there was a murder on Halloween. The body was discovered at the edge of a pond by campus. My friends and I had been out in costume. It’s just too big of a coincidence to ignore. And a many of the campus buildings, landscapes, and traditions made their way into the story.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I just finished a manuscript on Halloween (another thriller!) so I’m taking it easy this month. But I did camp NaNoWriMo this summer and love taking part. My tips are to really make use of the tools provided and to stick to your daily goals. I love using an app called Habitica to help me hit my short and long term writing goals year round. It’s useful and fun! And if you fall off track with NaNo, it’s nice to have a backup app that you can adjust to keep you motivated. Plus you level up and win dragons and potions and go on quests. It’s the most fun ever. Happy writing everyone!

Follow Dana: Twitter * Facebook * Blog


Don Zolidis

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1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Don Zolidis, and my first novel, THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF CRAIG AND AMY (A LOVE STORY) will be published by Disney-Hyperion on October 16. It’s a hilarious YA book about a first love, in which the couple breaks up seven times in the course of the year. It’s told out of chronological order, and it’s set in the weird, pre-cellphone days of small town Wisconsin in 1994.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

This is my first novel, (although not the first one I’ve written), but I’m actually a professional playwright. I’ve written a disturbing amount of plays (I just had my 100th published), and they’ve been performed at high schools and middle schools all over the world, including exotic places like Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Canada. Usually there are about 2,000 schools a year doing my plays, and I love traveling to see them and talking to kids all over the country.

This book came from a play, actually. I was commissioned to write a play for a school in South Carolina, who were going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They wanted something funny and real, and I couldn’t get this story out of my head. (Well, probably because this story essentially happened to me, but this is fictionalized I promise!) While I was watching the play version in Scotland, I decided it would work better as a book, since there was so much more to be told than could be put on stage. So I wrote half the book in a cafe in Edinburgh over a few days, and then spent the next few months finishing it in the States. From there, it was about a year revising and then the book sold last fall. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

Yes, I am doing Nanowrimo this year because I am in the middle of writing my second book, SPEECHGEEK, about a girl who tries to destroy the best high school speech team in the country from the inside out. I’ve got about 50,000 words to go, so I figured Nanwrimo would be perfect for me. I’m almost on target so far. I love Nano, and I think it’s so wonderful to have all the support of other writers. Doing sprints with other writers is a fantastic way to knock those words out. Oh, and the most important thing with a first draft is to let go of self-judgment (easier said than done). But being worried about the quality of your work on the first pass is a surefire way to destroy your productivity.

Follow Don: Twitter * Facebook * Blog


 

Be on the lookout for Pre-Pub Adventure: November Part 2!

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1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Kamilla Benko, but at various stages of my life, I’ve also answered to KBanks, Kamillapede, and Ka-wawa (that last one was what my little brother called me for the first three years of his life.) I grew up in Indiana, and once I graduated from college, I moved to New York to pursue my dream of becoming a children’s book editor.
 After a lot of work and even more luck, I now edit for many of the Big 5 Houses through my job at Glasstown Entertainment, a literary packaging company. (What is literary packaging? Read here!) A couple of years ago, I wondered what it would be like to be on the other side of the publishing process, and began to work on my debut novel, THE UNICORN QUEST, which will publish by Bloomsbury, February 6, 2018.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

As an editor, I have the wonderful privilege of being surrounded by authors. I saw first hand how much work they poured into their manuscripts and I would think, “I can never do that.”

Fast forward a few years, to a trip to the MET’S Cloisters, where I saw for the first time The Unicorn Tapestries, a series of seven woven panels that depict a unicorn hunt. Standing there, I began to wonder why anyone would want to kill a unicorn, and I continued to wonder even after weeks had gone by. And slowly, as I began to answer my own question, the world of Arden began to unfurl. I realized I had to be brave like my authors, and so I began to write about an eleven-year-old girl named Claire.

Claire isn’t the brave one, that’s her older sister Sophie. So when the girls discover a ladder in the fireplace of their great aunt’s mansion, it’s Sophie who leads the way up…and up…and up…and into a fantastical land where art is magic and strange creatures roam. But this world, Arden, is in trouble. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Terrified, the girls return home, but it’s not long before Sophie goes missing.  It will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, save her sister, and bring them both home safely. But first, she will have to discover the secret of the unicorns…

3. Are you participating in NaNaWriMo this month and what advice can you give?

I’m not participating this year, as my revision of Book 2 is due mid November (so I guess I’m doing a half-NaNoRevMo) and when I’m done I’m going to take a short break before digging into Book 3! But I have participated in years past! My advice is this: just because you missed the November 1 start date doesn’t mean you can’t start your book today, be it November 15 or November 30. November 1 is just a day, and all days can be writing days if you want them to be.

And Then There Were Four Review and Giveaway

Today on Halloween I reviewed a thriller!

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Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!


 

And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.

 


Tawney’s Review:

Right off the start you know that someone wants these teens dead. Is it truly their parents?

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The surviving teens come together to figure out the why and how to survive. There are 2 points of view, Saralinda and Caleb. The only thing I had a problem with was Saralinda’s POV was in first person and Caleb’s was in second. It ruined the flow for me at the beginning but not the story.

The story is fast paced and definitely unique. I was so intrigued as to why the parents wanted to kill their kids…so much drama! And the end left a little surprise.

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Should your read this book? Yes, if you’re looking for a thriller you can’t put down then this book is for you.

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Giveaway!

Enter the Sweepstakes here!

 

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