Pre-Pub Adventure: February Part 2

It’s time for Part 2 of our publishing adventure for February.

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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.

Today we have a new author part of the publishing adventure! Say hi to Saadia Farugi!

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Saadia Faruqi

        

 

1. Introduce yourself!

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I’m a Pakistani American author and activist living in Houston, TX. I write a lot… essays, grant proposals, marketing copy, and also fiction. I wrote a short story collection for adults a few years ago called Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. More recently, I’ve been trying my hand at children’s books: my debut early reader series Meet Yasmin is forthcoming from Capstone on August 1, 2018. Besides writing, my passion is interfaith and intercultural dialogue: I was featured in O Magazine in 2017 for my cultural sensitivity trainings in Houston.

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

Meet Yasmin is a set of 4 individual stories about a second grade Pakistani American girl named Yasmin. They are early reader chapter books geared for children in K-2 which is a time when kids are forming their identities and first learning about the world around them. It was very important to me to offer books about a South Asian family for younger children, so that they learn to grow up without prejudice and fear. The series features Yasmin as well as her parents and grandparents, and it will appeal to all sorts of children regardless of their own background.

3. What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. Having seen illness and death in my own family I think it’s so critical for kids to understand how to deal with sad and scary real-life events. Probably adults can learn something from this book too!

Follow Saadia: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog

 


 

Erin Callahan

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LOL — I have a full-time job and a three-year-old so writing almost never takes up my whole day. I will admit I occasionally skip hair washing. On a serious note, if anyone out there thinks they can’t write a novel because they have kids and/or can’t afford to write full-time, many, many writers and I are proof that that is not the case. You just have to learn to take advantage of every spare moment instead of waiting for a big chunk of writing time. For example, you can take the minutes you save by not washing your hair, and use them to bang out two or three paragraphs on your phone. *hee hee*

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Laurie Morrison

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1. What have you been working on this month?

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My co-author Cordelia and I have been busy scheduling events for Every Shiny Thing and revising a new co-written project we really love. I’m also very slowly making some progress on a new solo middle grade novel that I’m both excited about and intimidated by.

2. What are you currently reading? 

I’m part of two book clubs–one online and one in person–and I’ve been reading the February selections for both. For my in-person book club, I’m reading Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War I Finally Won. It’s the follow-up to her Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life, and so far it’s just as powerful and fascinating as that one, which is saying a lot. I’m also part of the Middle Grade at Heart team, so I’ve been re-reading this month’s fabulous pick, See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, to get ready for our newsletter, which will go out on February 26, and our Twitter chat on March 6. It’s just as charming and poignant on the second read, and I can’t wait to chat about it with other writers, readers, teachers, and librarians.

3. Sometimes writing can take up your whole day so be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

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I’m pretty consistent with hair washing, mostly because I don’t feel totally awake without a morning shower. But I definitely let other things go when I’m especially busy with writing. I haven’t been very good about exercise lately. Or downtime generally, really! It’s a bit of a strange goal, but I’m actually hoping to de-prioritize reading and watch a little more TV next month.

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Melanie Sumrow

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1.Your cover for The Prophet Calls was just revealed on @Pop_Reader and it’s gorgeous! Did you get to have any input for it?

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Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!

My editor contacted me from the start to see if I had any ideas about how I wanted the cover to look. At that point, I gave more of a general suggestion of how I wanted the cover to “feel” versus specific direction. The illustrator, Colleen Tighe, then provided several sketches and I also received input from the cover’s designer, David DeWitt. Immediately, my editor and I were drawn to a pencil sketch that showed only the backs of three girls, my main character and two of her sisters.

Once we had it narrowed down to that sketch, I provided very specific requests: how their hair should look, how they should stand, their hair color and their dresses, which had to be in pastels because the ladies in the community I based it on primarily wear pastel colors.

And here was a challenge: how do you have pastel colors on a cover and yet project an ominous feel? That’s where the brilliant work of the illustrator and the cover designer really shined. From the muted pastels to the dark background to the title font, they achieved the overall feel I wanted from the very beginning.

I feel so fortunate that they included me in the process, because I think the end result is truly beautiful!

What are you currently reading?

One of the best parts of being in the Electric Eighteens is the ARC tour. I have been able to read so many good books that are coming out this year.

Right now, I’m reading EVERY SHINY THING by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison. It is a middle-grade novel told in alternating verse and prose. I don’t want to spoil it, but it deals with some very tough topics (addiction, foster care, autism, family struggles) in a very real way, while still remaining appropriate for the intended reader. I’m not finished yet, but this book exemplifies exactly what I love about middle-grade fiction today.

Sometimes writing can take up your whole day so be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

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Ha! Yes, writing is time-consuming (by my own choice), especially since this is my only job now. I worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, and many of those habits remain. I still get up every day and get ready for work, even though that simply means walking into my home office and opening the laptop. I know other writers work in their pajamas, and I think it’s great to do what works for you. But, for me, it’s like a signal to my brain: I have to get ready in order to be ready to write.

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Until the next publishing adventure!
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People Like Us Blog Tour: Review

Today we’re excited to be part of the People Like Us Blog Tour!

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Let’s take a look at this exciting new thriller!


 

BOOK DESCRIPTION 
A sharp psychological thriller that’s just right for fans of One of Us is Lying and Thirteen Reasons Why–this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
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 Review:
I love murder books!

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 Right at the beginning in chapter one I was immersed in the book when Jessica Lane’s body was found. The suspense started right off the bat and the thrills continued until the very end.

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Kay is a strong athlete who keeps her head in the game when the dead girl sends her on a scavenging hunt. The whirlwind plot kept me guessing. All the characters were interesting but what I loved the most was the LGBT representation. It didn’t overpower the book and it wasn’t the main focal point. It felt fresh and real. You can easily picture the everyday lives of these normal boarding school girls…or as normal as can be when a murder happens.

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Dana did a wonderful job at immersing the reader in the boarding school. The plot flowed easily with each turn of the page. There was plenty of backstabbing, guessing on who was the murderer and secrets, especially those of Kay’s.

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 Should you read it? Yes, if you like thrillers with a great cast of characters and the constant guessing on who’s the murderer this book is for you.

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AUTHOR BIO:  
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.
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Follow the People Like Us Blog Tour!

WEEK ONE
February 19 – Lindseyybooks – Review
February 20 – Bibliobakes – Review
February 21Bookish Bug – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
February 22Twinning for Books – Review
February 23The Bookish Crypt – Review
 
WEEK TWO
 
February 26Brooke Reports – Review
February 27Bookish Delights – Review
February 28Here’s to Happy Endings – Review + Styleboard
March 1Never Too Many To Read – Character/Suspect Profile
March 2Dauntless Books and Penguins – Review
 
 
WEEK THREE
 
March 6Touch My Spine Book Reviews – Review
March 7The Night Owl Book Blog – Review
March 8A Simple Taste of Reading – Review
March 9Books.Tea.Quotes – Review + Instagram Picture

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Pre-Pub Adventure: February Par 1

It’s time to go on a publishing 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.

Today we celebrate A.M. Rose book release of Road to Eugenica!

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A.M. Rose

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1. Congrats! Your book Road to Eugenica just came out today! How does that feel? 

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It has been a crazy world wind of a day. So many people coming out to wish me a happy book birthday. I even got some special cupcakes to celebrate with my family. It feels so amazing and scary at the same time. Drea’s story is out there for people to judge and all I can do is hope that they love her as much as I do.

2. What are your book launching plans?

My publisher has had me writing a bunch of blog posts and for someone who isn’t a blogger I found it pretty challenging. (Seriously, all you bloggers out there are rock stars.) My launch party is set for this coming up weekend and I’m excited that Road to Eugenica will also be featured by Storygram tours on Instagram.

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Wow this is a super tough question. I think I would have to say I’d want to hang out for the day at Hogwarts with Luna Lovegood. I think she would be the perfect person to give me a tour. And who wouldn’t want to hang out at Hogwarts for the day.

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Don Zolidis

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1. What have you been up to this month?

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 I have been fighting sickness and writing my second book! I finally managed to work my way to the end of my first draft, and am now through about page 220 of the second draft. As soon as I stagger to the end of this, off it goes to my agent and an independent editor to get advice on all the terrible problems I put into the book!

2. What’s harder to write, a play or a novel?

It is soooo much easier to write a play! Part of that is because I have written so many plays they are second nature at this point. (I’ve published about 100 plays, so I can write a play in my sleep.) Simply put, though, a play is about 50,000 words less than a novel. There’s a lot less actual writing to do. Plus, you don’t have to worry about what anyone looks like, or if anyone is blinking at a given time, or what the weather is doing!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Hmm…. Gandalf? It seems like he has really cool friends – like a giant squad of eagles that help him out from time to time. I guess I always wanted to know why he didn’t crack out his magical powers all that often. If I was an amazing wizard, you would bet I’d be casting spells and showing off. Gandalf never did any of that. So I guess I would want to know why he didn’t help that much. I’m sure he could’ve used spells to fry some orcs here and there and help out the Fellowship.

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1. What have you been up to?

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Well, I had been engaged in some much-needed life maintenance, but then last week I was struck down by the New York City plague. I was very lucky to be excellently taken care of by my lovely husband, but until this morning, I didn’t have the energy to do much more than lie on my couch and watch The End of the F***ing World. But, as of this morning, I am alive again and excited to go to ALA this weekend!

2. Your book The Accidental Bad Girl is part of the Thrills and Chills 18 Book Box, how does that feel?

I am so excited about the Thrills and Chills 2018 Book Box Series! The other authors in the giveaway — Dana Mele, Jessica Bayliss, Amelia Brunskill, Amelinda Berube, Amber McLelland, Kit Frick, and Demetra Brodsky — are all fabulous, witty, brilliant women and it’s so cool to be able to help introduce their writing to the world!

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3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Miss Jane Marple. A long tea that leads to several glasses of sherry and gossip. I don’t care that I don’t know anyone in Saint Mary Meade. I WANT IT.

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Kelly deVos

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1. Your book Fat Girl On A Plane has been sold to Spain! Wahoo! How does that feel? 

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I am SO excited. One of the locations in my book is in Salta, Argentina and now it’s possible my actual book might be on sale there. My dream is that they desperately need me to do a signing. And I AM available. 🙂

2. You’re doing a 4k giveaway, tell us a little about it?

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Over on Twitter, I’m giving away an advanced copy of one of my favorite books so far of 2018, THE DIMINISHED, by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. I also wanted to give away a couple of items that play on parts the book. In THE DIMINISHED, almost everyone is born a twin. So my prize includes a super cute set of Twin Pins that show high fiving cats. I’ve also got a pair of crystal moon earrings as a nod of the fact that the action in the book takes place 500 years after the world’s moons have broken apart. I hope everyone enters because this is an incredible book!

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3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Ahhh! I don’t know that I could narrow it down to one. Can I have a slumber party with some of today’s YA characters? I’m thinking I’d have Jane Sinner from NICE TRY, JANE SINNER, Mei from AMERICAN PANDA, Vi from THE DIMINISHED, Camellia from THE BELLES, Grace from NOTHING BUT SKY, Mattie from THE ART OF ESCAPING and Serendipity from GUNSLINGER GIRL. We’d have adventures and teacup animals and dancing and dry, witty banter. And snacks. We must have snacks!

 

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Dana Mele

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1. Your book People Like Us comes out in 3 weeks! How does that feel?

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Scary and exciting. Everyone says there’s a huge emotional crash after the book releases, and I’m nervous about that. But it will be exciting to have it out in the world. I’m really looking forward to my launch party on February 28 at McNally Jackson. I was there yesterday for the launch of Down and Across (which I just started reading and is wonderful) and it was so much fun.

But I’m fairly anxious, too. There’s so much riding on the success of a first book and so many amazing books out there. I really have zero idea what to expect. I need to find a new show to binge watch. Taking suggestions!

2. What are you plans once the book launches?

To read more and write more! I need to conquer the book two monster and my TBR pile is growing out of control. I’ll be doing some events, too. I’ll be at the NoVa Teen Book Festival, the Rochester Teen Book Festival, and the NYC Teen Author Festival, and I may be adding a couple of other appearances to my events schedule. I update the calendar my website frequently! Danamele.com

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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That is a hard question. Off the top of my head I would say Jo March from Little Women. We’d spend the day writing and picnicking and I’d grill her on what really went down with Laurie and why she picked the professor, and doesn’t she secretly think Amy is kind of entitled and who’s her favorite idealized old guy: father, Mr. Lawrence, or the prof.

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Mae Respicio

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Yay! Thank you! It’s a contemporary middle grade about a girl named Kaia whose family has been through a tragedy—what she wants more than anything is for their lives to finally get back to normal. She’s obsessed with “mermaid makeup” and Filipino folklore, and uses her passions to come up with a unique plan to help her family. (I’m aiming for equal parts #joy and #getyourtissuesready with this one!)

2. Was it much harder to write the second book than the first?

Yes and no. Yes in that it’s hard to write any book… there will always be moments of self-doubt (I haven’t met any writer who feels otherwise). No in that my debut experience has turned out to be an amazing master class. The chance to work with a revered editor like Wendy Lamb has helped me strengthen my craft for sure, which somehow balances those hard writing days.

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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The middle grade reader in me would meet Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables in a magical spot on Prince Edward Island. We’d become fast friends, drinking raspberry cordials and musing about life and love.

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Jessica Pennington

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 1. Your almost finished with book 2’s first draft, how long did it take to write?

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Because I have a job that is seasonal (and a toddler I stay home with), my book 2 drafting was a bit sporadic. It started around this time last year. I wrote for a few months, and then had to put it aside for most of the summer while I put on my wedding planner hat, and then I jumped back into it this fall! I wrote Love Songs in 2014, before I was a mom, mostly between the hours of 10pm and 5am. I sat down to write anytime and anywhere, when inspiration struck. Book 2 I had to be much more structured, and in a lot of ways, I felt like I was re-learning how to write! I’m extremely excited to move into the revision phase, as it’s my favorite part of the process. And I’m going to be SO excited when I conquer book 2. What everyone says is true…it’s much harder than book 1!

2. You have a street team for Love Songs & Other Lies, tell us a little about what you hope your street team accomplishes?

I am SO excited about my street team, it’s a really fantastic group of bookish people! Promoting a book is funny, because you want to get people excited about your book, but also no one has READ your book! So my biggest hole from the street team is just that it’s a really fun place for fans of the book to commiserate, and for us all to have fun promoting the book in an authentic way. So far it’s been a ton of fun, I can’t say enough nice things about the group of people aboard “the tour bus” with me!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Oh man. I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t really have an all-time fave book, I’m always obsessed with what I’ve read pretty recently. But if I did meet someone fictional I’d want it to be a really epic experience so I think I’ll say Jace from The Mortal Instruments, and we’d ride the  motorcycle. I’ve never ridden a real motorcycle, so one that flies seems like the obvious place to start, right?

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Adrienne Young

1. What have you been up to since last we checked in?

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I’ve been working like crazy on my second book, a companion novel to Sky in the Deep coming in 2019! Things are speeding up with promo and marketing and I’m learning a lot along the way which has been overwhelming and awesome at the same time.

2. There have been many early great reviews for Sky In The Deep, how does that feel?

It feels amazing that people are “getting” the book. As an author, you really don’t know how people will receive your work or if they will understand what you were trying to do. I’m so happy that this book is clicking with people and that people are excited. I can’t wait for it to come out!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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I would want to meet Jo March from Little Women. She was the only girl in a book I related to when I was young. She was so strong, with her own mind, and she was incredibly aware of how different she was from the people around her. if I met her in real life, I would honestly just give her a huge hug. And then I would probably weep uncontrollably. Haha.

 

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 See you next time for Part 2 of our publishing adventure on Pre-Pub Adventure!

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The Unicorn Quest Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Today we’re part of The Unicorn Quest Blog Tour!

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On this stop of the tour we have a special guest post of the author Kamilla Benko. But first let’s take a look at the book The Unicorn Quest!


 

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Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor… until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.  There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have gone, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

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Now to Kamilla’s Guest Post!

 

5 Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them (in Books)

I’ve been talking a lot about unicorns the last couple of weeks. And it makes sense, as there is a big, beautiful unicorn on my cover, and of course, in the title of my debut: THE UNICORN QUEST. But there are more than just unicorns in my book—there are also wraiths, chimeras, wyverns and more that populate the magical world of Arden.

When I was a kid, I longed for a magical creature. A daemon from His Dark Materials, Buckbeak the hippogriff from Harry Potter, even one of the centaurs from Ella Enchanted—really, any one would do. Now, as an adult, I have a perfect plump cat, (who I am sometimes convinced is actually an Animagus), but I still dream of the magical creatures I grew up with. That’s why today I wanted to share my five favorite fantastical creatures, each paired with one of my favorite magical books.

 

1. Dragons

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When you hear dragon, you might first think of the fire-breathing, winged kind, that fly and possibly fought against St. George. But dragons don’t exist just in England—they can be found all over the world, taking many forms and shapes, from the water dragons of Asia to the strange human-bodied beasts with multiple lizard-heads of Hungarian folktales. Though different versions of the creatures greatly very, we share a cross-cultural understanding that they are all the same mythical beast. And that is truly magic.

Favorite Dragon Book: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.  When a headstrong princess runs away to work for the dragon king, adventure and hilarity ensue. This book is such a delightful romp starring a nontraditional princess and some very nontraditional, traditional dragons who enjoy cherries jubilee and keep very unorganized treasure troves.

 

2. Fairies

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Like dragons, fairies also come in many varieties. There’s the silliness of the fairies in Harry Potter, the terrifying Celtic-inspired faeries of Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince, and, possibly the most famous example, Tinker Belle from Peter Pan. With Celtic fairies, we live in terror switching out our family members for changelings, while in Peter Pan we clap for Tinkerbelle to be resurrected, chanting over and over “We do believe in fairies! We do!” That moment in the play—with the entire audience earnestly declaring their belief in childhood magic—is a reminder that there is a little bit of magic remaining the world, we just have to be willing to see it.

Favorite Fairy Book: Two Princess of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. In this tale of sisterly love, a mysterious plague overcomes the kingdom of Bamarre. Addie, a young princess, must set out on a quest to find the fairies’ invisible mountain in order to find the cure that will save her dying sister. Gail Carson Levine’s fairies are an original take on the classic creatures, both brave and daring, but also tricky and distant.

 

3. Mermaids

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At the word, “mermaid” a certain red-headed one might come to mind, but mermaids are more than just Ariel. They are representations of strong, powerful women who can use their voices to accomplish great (and sometimes terrible) things. From the Sirens of The Odyssey to the Merrows of Irish folklore (similar to selkies, but with capes instead of seal skins), they show stories of women taking control of their own lives.

Favorite Mermaid Book: Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. We see so many Eurocentric mermaids in popular culture, but these books show mermaids (or jumbies) in a magical Caribbean world filled with West African mythology and fairy tales. When local children start to go missing, Corinne LaMer must venture into the depths of the sea and meet with these powerful, magical creatures. Baptiste breaths life into these mysterious, powerful women, making them just the right amount of scary.

 

 4. Rakkhosh (also known as Rakshasa or Rakshas)

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These are a recent addition to my favorite magical creatures after reading The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta. I admit I knew little about them before reading her book, but once I finished her wonderful book, I’ve been trying to learn more! Rakkhosh are ravenous creatures that can be found both in Hindi and Buddhist stories, and they are always, always hungry and ready to eat you! But they are not necessarily bad. While many are villains, some came to be heroes. They often have the power to create illusions and shape-change.

 

Favorite Rakkhosh Book: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (of course!). On Kiranmala’s twelfth birthday she is suddenly swept into a world of danger and magic (as we all hoped would happen to us a twelve), when her parents disappear and a rakkhosh demon appears in her kitchen, determined to gobble her up (and there’s nothing worse than an evil creature trying to eat you while spitting up all over you at the same time. This story is filled with magic, winged horses, enchanted maps, slaying demons, and most terrifying of all…a few cute boys.

 

5. Unicorns

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And of course, I have to include unicorns! Unicorns are one of the most recognizable symbols of magical mythology, and show up in written history as early as 400 B.C. but the first image appears even earlier than that, in some seals dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization which lasted from c. 3300 – c. 1300 BC.  They are elusive creatures, always just out of reach They’ve historically been associated with femininity, and though some depictions are of fragile, delicate creatures, unicorns can also symbolize the magic of women as fierce, powerful, and wild. Just take a look at the famous Unicorn Tapestries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The creatures in this series are untamable beings, and their magic seems to shine through these tapestries, beckoning for you to join their magical world.

Favorite Unicorn Book: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I initially read this book as a child because J.K. Rowling said it was her favorite book. The Little White Horse begins with a young orphaned girl moving into a mysterious old manor in the countryside. As Maria settles into her new home, she comes to discover that this place is might more enchanted than she’d thought, and that it might even be home to…a unicorn!


 

Thank you Kamilla for joining us today!

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About the author:

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Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.

 


Giveaway Time!

 

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Win a finished copy of The Unicorn Quest!

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Just comment below on your favorite fantastical beast!

I love dragons!

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Pinnacle Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

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It’s Kristen and today we’re part of the blog tour Pinnacle spotlighting the book!

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Not only are we spotlighting the book but there is also a giveaway!

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Let’s take a look at Pinnacle.


 

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PINNACLE Blog Tour Assets

About The Book:

Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)

Author: Lynn Veevers

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads

Pages: 298

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

 

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.


 

About Lynn: Lynn

Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she’s never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now!

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice, International.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Enter here!


Follow the rest of the Pinnacle Blog Tour!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- Books at Dawn– Deleted Scene

1/29/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Spotlight

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/30/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

1/31/2018- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

1/31/2018- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Deleted Scene

2/1/2018- Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories– Review

2/1/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

2/2/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

2/2/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Captivated Reading– Excerpt

2/5/2018- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

2/6/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Excerpt

2/6/2018- Arkham Reviews– Review

2/7/2018- The Desert Bibliophie– Review

2/7/2018- The Cover Contessa– Deleted Scene

2/8/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

2/8/2018- Daily Waffle– Excerpt

2/9/2018- CINDY’S LOVE OF BOOKS– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Pub Adventure: January Part 2

It’s the second part to 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.

Today we’re celebrating the release of Lyndsay Ely’s Gunslinger Girl!

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1. Your book Gunslinger Girl is out in the world! How does that feel?

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I’m still processing all the feelings, but pretty neat! I definitely expect that, for the foreseeable future, I’ll be popping into every bookstore I pass, just to see if it’s on the shelves.
 

2. You’re on tour now for Gunslinger Girl, what’s that like?

It was a lot of excitement, which led to a lot of exhaustion, because I was generally too wound up to properly rest. I really loved getting to visit a bunch of stores whose names I’ve heard for years, and talking with the booksellers there. Now all I want to do is plan a long road trip to visit indie bookstores all around the country!
 

3. What’s next for you?

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Pretty much same as always: write the next book! (Whatever that book may be…)

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Nisha Sharma

 

1. What have you been up to since last we checked in?

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Moving! I packed up my house with my fiancé, my cat Lizzie Bennett, and my chihuahua Nancey Drew. We moved back to New Jersey to be closer to work and friends. Although we had to downsize a little bit, the whole process has been a really good one.

I’ve unfortunately been neglecting some writing through the whole moving situation, mostly because I’ve had no time to do anything but put things in boxes and then take them out again. Now that I’m starting to settle in, I’m falling back into my routine.

2. Your book My So-Called Bollywood Life is featured in Paste Magazine’s top 10 most anticipated books of 2018, Bookriot’s Hey YA! Podcast, Publisher’s Lunch Spring/Summer YA Buzz Books and in B&N Teen 11 new and forthcoming YAs from the South Asian diaspora. Congrats! How does that feel?

Thank you! And it feels wonderful. I’m so excited about the early buzz my book is getting. I feel like some days there is serious momentum and I’m flying high for hours while on other days, it’s just a waiting game until my release date in May.

I have to keep reminding myself that although lists are great, they aren’t the sole predictor of a book’s success. Some novels that hit all the lists end up falling short with readers, while others that don’t make a single list are huge successes. My job is to continue writing and build relationships with my audience.

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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I’m re-reading an adult urban fantasy romance series by Nalini Singh right now, and I’d love to meet one of the characters in her book. The alpha of the Snow Dancer wolf pack sounds ridiculously gorgeous and who doesn’t want to meet a gorgeous man? If we were to meet in person, I wouldn’t be able to do anything because I’d probably pass out from experiencing his hotness. That’s usually how my luck works, even in my dreams.

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Erin Callahan

1. What have you been working on for The Art of Escaping?

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 I just ordered bookmarks for THE ART OF ESCAPING because…*drum roll*…I will be promoting it at the ALA Midwinter Meeting! I plan to hand out bookmarks and signed ARCs to all the lovely librarians and other bookish folks who attend.

2.  The Art of Escaping is getting some great reviews, how does that feel?

Good reviews are always so validating and remind me why I’m still writing. That said, I also appreciate mixed reviews that include thoughtful critique. Honesty helps writers write better!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Oh jeez, this is a tough one! But I’ll give it a shot. A few months ago a read an ARC by a fellow 2018 debut — Maxine Kaplan’s THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL. There’s a nerdy and complex love interest named Gilly that I would love to hang out with while we watch some old-school film noir.
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Kamilla Benko

    

1. Your book The Unicorn Quest comes out in two weeks! How does that feel?

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It’s actually even sooner now! At the last minute, my pub date was moved up a week early to accommodate a bookstore’s request–which is a good thing! As I’ve navigated the publication process, I’ve learned it’s best not to sweat the small stuff, if you pardon the cliche. As an author, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of marketing and lists and reviews, when in reality, the only thing you can control are the words on the page.
As for my feelings…eep! It’s actually happening!!! It feels so surreal that this book that I’ve been working on for almost four years is about to be released into the wild!

2. Tell us a little about your pre-order incentives when readers pre-order The Unicorn Quest? It’s magical UNICORN SWAG!

I’ve lived many places and have friends from all over the world with whom I would love to share my pub day with, but since that’s not possible, I wanted to come up with something they could participate in as a  thank for their support over the last several years of writing…and then I realized it was something I wanted to share with everyone who took a chance and bought a debut novel.

So, anyone who fills out the form on my website will receive a Unicorn Quest sticker and bookmark, as well as an autographed bookplate so that they, too, can have a signed copy.

Ten people will also receive a poster of my GORGEOUS UK Cover!

And finally–because it’s fun to procrastinate and I like to google unicorn-themed items–I put together a Unicorn Grand Prize which contains a unicorn necklace, a unicorn journal, and a unicorn mug. Because as everyone knows, if you can’t be a unicorn, you should have as much unicorn decor as possible!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Why would you give me such a difficult question? There are so many characters I want to meet! After a lot of thought, I would want to meet Albus Dumbledore. He’s the most approachable wise person I’ve ever read, and I would love any personal advice from him, even if it’s just to avoid Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans.
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Laurie Morrison

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1. With a few months to go until Every Shiny Thing releasing, how are you preparing?

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I’ve been working on an educators’ guide for Every Shiny Thing, which has been a lot of fun. I taught middle school English for ten years, so I’ve been enjoying using my teacher brain and thinking about the questions I’d ask and activities I’d assign if I were reading the book with students. My co-author Cordelia and I have also been planning some events. We’ve got a few school visits and bookstore events on the calendar so far, so that’s both surreal and exciting!

2.  Every Shiny Thing has been getting great reviews, how does that feel?

Thank you! It’s been especially incredible to see the response the book is getting from teachers and librarians who are excited about sharing it with kids and teens. When I taught 6th-8th grade language arts, I spent a lot of time looking for upper middle grade novels that would resonate with my students and spark conversations about the big questions I saw them grappling with. I’ve hoped that Every Shiny Thing would be the kind of book that could do these things for 5th-8th graders, so I’m so honored and thrilled when I hear from educators who believe it’s a valuable book to give middle school readers!

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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I’d love to have a picnic with Anne Shirley at some especially scenic spot on Prince Edward Island. I cherished Anne of Green Gables as a kid and was delighted to re-read it as an adult and adore Anne just as much now. I’d just love to sit and chat with her…but I’d know to be careful if she offered me any raspberry cordial!
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1. What have you been up to since last we checked in?

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Since we last checked in, we have been finalizing the cover for THE PROPHET CALLS, and I’m absolutely in LOVE with it! The artist has done an amazing job, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

I have also been editing a YA manuscript and have been in the process of researching for my next secret MG project, which I’m very excited about!

2. There seems to be a great connection with all the 2018 debut authors, part of @Class2K18Books , what’s that like?

I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Electric 18s. I have had the opportunity to interact with people I might not have otherwise met, and it’s such a supportive group of YA/MG authors. Since I have a November release date, I have been lucky to learn from my fellow Electrics who are publishing before me. They have great insight about the details of the business none of us knew before becoming a debut and have been so generous in sharing what they’ve learned.

3. If you had to pick any character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

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Oooo, that’s a tough one, but the first one who comes to mind is Snape. He’s such a misunderstood character for so much of the HARRY POTTER series, and I’d just love to sit with him in The Three Broomsticks over a butter beer and ask him questions about his past.

 

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 Until the next adventure!
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Fat Girl On A Plane Review

It’s not often that you get to read your friend’s book.

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I’m so proud of my friend Kelly deVos. All those hours we spent writing together, Kelly worked hard and was determined to publish. Well now she has a book coming out in June! I’m so excited and it’s a must read! Let’s take a look at Fat Girl On A Plane!


 

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Pre-Order the book:  BN Amazon

 

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track.

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day.

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?


 

Review:  There comes a time when you read a book and know…this was what the world needs. That’s just what I thought when reading Fat Girl On A Plane. The world NEEDS this book. Girls, young and old, need this book.

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This book takes a sensitive matter of peer perception and adds humor and empowerment to body positivity. It’s something in this day and age, especially in the fashion industry, that girls need to see.

Cookie is a fantastic character. Intelligent, witty and strong. She’s a teen fashionista who wants to make fashion for ALL body types. You can’t help but root for her all the way. You feel for Cookie, whether it’s the airplane scene or the interactions with her model mother. Kelly brings the emotions. You will rage for Cookie. You will cry with her and you will go “hell ya” at her accomplishments. Cookie is a relatable character that enters your heart and pulls at your soul.

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Kelly does a wonderful job at the different times lines, the Cookie in the past as overweight and the Cookie in the present as thinner. I never got lost in the timeline switches and it added more depth to the story. The description was wonderful and immersed you in the setting. I saw every color of fabric and pictured every outfits. Kelly seems to have a true nature for fashion as it shows in her work with Cookie.

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The wit and charm of Cookie just added to the strength of the story about family drama, dating, peer perception, friendship and body image. It was a wonderful read of one girl’s determination to go after her dream but to also be true with herself. Fat Girl On A Plane is a read for everyone. Cookie takes you on an emotional journey that leaves you rooting for her until the very end, which is satisfying. Once I closed the book I was left thinking about certain scenes and wondering what society would be like if we all could be just like Cookie.

Should you read it?  YES! Fat Girl On A Plane is a must read that speaks truth about societies perception of body image with a strong female heroine who breaks boundaries for body positivity. You won’t want to put this book down until the very end.

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About the Author:

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I am a Young Adult writer living in Gilbert, Arizona, represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I have a degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and am a contributor to Adventures in YA Publishing. My debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, will be published in 2018 by Harlequin Teen.

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