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Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a great week. First, so sorry there was no post on Monday. There must have been a mix up with the author and I'm hoping to reschedule the interview.


Donna Weaver's new adult romance SECOND CHANCES 101 just released. Here's a blurb: Thirty-seven-year-old Francie Davis is sure her luck has changed when she lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition. But after her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie learns that the last person you expect to fall in love with might be the one that’s the most perfect for you.

And here's some links:
 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Second-Chances-Ripple-Romance-Novella-ebook/dp/B00IIYRMW4/

 And Kitty Kilby's YA contemporary THE OYSTER'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY also released. Here's a blurb: 

Shy girls don’t yarn-bomb the school fence at dawn, and they definitely don’t skip school to hang out with Patrick Hayes—student council president, football vice-captain (and president of his own fan club). But then, best friends don’t usually resort to blackmail.
Here's a few links:

And PK Hrezo just released the cover to INDUCTION DAY, the sequel in BUTTERMAN (TIME) TRAVEL, INC. It'll release later this summer. Go congratulate PK Hrezo on her awesome cover!
Congrats to all of you!

I have a few winners to announce.

The winner of SALVAGE is PK Hrezo!

The winner of CAMINAR is Danielle H!

The winner of Tina Wexler's query critique is Sheena-kay Graham!

Congrats to the winners!

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the SCAN Blog Tour. This was written by Walter Jury (a/k/a Pouya Shahbazian, one of the producers of the Divergent movie) and Sarah Fine. It sounds like a fantastic YA sci-fi adventure story that I’m hoping I’ll be able to read before I have to give away my ARC.

Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows--like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid--may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.


Walter Jury-Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Class of 35 top
executives 35 and under, Pouya Shahbazian marks his majormotion
picture feature producerial debut with the highly anticipated “Divergent.” book-to-film adaptation of the sci-fi adventure story
He has launched some of the world’s hottest literary bestsellers
while representing more than 100 international authors as head of
the Manhattan-based New Leaf Literary & Media's film & television division. In addition, Shahbazian represents screenwriters
and playwrights as they develop and produce countless film,
television and literary projects.

After working as an attorney in Los Angeles, Shahbazian entered
the entertainment industry at Warner Brothers and later joined The
Broder-Webb-Chervin-Silbermann Agency’s motion picture
literary department. He co-founded ManDown Pictures &
Management in 2007, where he developed and produced the
Independent Film Channel (IFC)’s travel series“Young, Broke &
Beautiful”  that The New York Times described as a travel show that
takes viewers to “places that would give those Frommer’s guys the willies.”

Shahbazian’s current film projects being developed by
high-level producers and directors across the major
Hollywood studios include: New York Times bestselling
author Patrick Lee's upcoming series “Runner”
at Warner Bros with Justin Lin attached to direct and
Michael De Luca producing; internationally acclaimed
writer/director Andrea Arnold's “Mag Crews” set up at
Focus Features, inspired by a news article; Evan
Mandery’s “Q: A Novel” at Sony Pictures with Matt
Tolmach producing and David Gordon Green attached
to write and direct; young adult series “Arclight” with
Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures; Leigh
Bardugo’s New York Times best-selling “Shadow &
Bone” at Dreamworks with “Harry Potter” producer
Heyday Films; Dan Krokos’ “Planet Thieves” at
Warner Bros with Heyday Films and Benderspink
producing; and recent mega-sale “Red Queen” at Universal Pictures.
Under the pen name Walter Jury, Shahbazian debuts as an author himself with two young adult sci-fi novels – “Scan” on May 1, 2014 and its sequel “Burn” in 2015 – with Putnam Young Readers of Penguin Random House. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and young son.

Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author (as Sarah Fine) of several young adult books, and when she's not
writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now.

Here’s how you can connect with Walter and Sarah:

So I’m giving away an ARC of SCAN. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through May 26th. I’ll announce the winner on May 28th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. This is for US & Canada residents only.

Here’s what’s coming up:

On Friday I have a guest post by debut author Elizabeth May and a giveaway of THE FALCONER, her YA fantasy. I just started it and it’s gotten great reviews.
On Monday I have an interview with debut author Tracy Holczer and a giveaway of THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, her contemporary MG story, I know many of you will like and wish I had time to read.

On Tuesday Casey has a guest post by Shannon Wiersbitzky with a giveaway of WHAT FLOWERS REMEMBER.

The following Monday I have a guest post by Jacqueline West and a giveaway of one of her books (winner’s choice) in her MG fantasy THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE series. I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it.

I’ll be off the following Monday because it’s Memorial Day but I’ll be back on Wednesday that week with an interview with author and blogger friend Cherie Reich and a giveaway of REBORN, her new YA fantasy that I can’t wait to read.

And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Friday!


Denise Covey said...

Hi Natalie. So much happening in the 'sphere as usual. I see Pk has been busy as usual.

Hope all is well...


Kristin Lenz said...

That's quite a bio for Shabazian! It'd be interesting to know more about his collaborative process with Sarah. I'm always curious how authors co-write a book.
Congrats to the followers with good news. And as usual, lots of great stuff coming up - thanks Natalie and Casey!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Congrats to the authors of all of those new releases. Ahhhhh, Jury and Shabazian are one and the same. He's a busy fella.

Barbara Watson said...

Collaborative writing intrigues me. I don't know if I could do it, but on the other hand feedback from CPs and betas is so valuable that maybe having a writing partner would be awesome. SCAN sounds great!

Vivien said...

I just realized this was a collaboration!! How cool :D
GFC: Vivien

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Christine Rains said...

Congrats to the authors and to all the winners! What great books. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a fun assortment of books. Thanks so much for the shout out.

Unknown said...

How exciting to see soooo many new authors and books! It renews my hope that I'll be one someday, too.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That is a strong pedigree behind that book.

nutschell said...

So many fun books to read! (And so little time) PK always has such great book covers!

cleemckenzie said...

I'm just overwhelmed with all the books that I see coming out. There's no way I'll ever read half of them, even though they all look yummy!

David P. King said...

Wow! I totally had that title reserved for one of my books. Better come up with something else now, but that sounds like an awesome book. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Goodness, what a cool story. I have a 13 year old who would eat it up.

Rae Oestreich said...

I've been wanting to read this book SO bad. Sci-fi is fantastic, and I've been loving how many aliens readers have been able to see lately

Emma A. said...

Yay! Giveaway!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Scan sounds cool. And wow, maybe it will be a movie.

Julie Musil said...

Oooh, SCAN sounds amazing. I'm reading Divergent right now, by the way.

Emily R. King said...

Congratulations to Donna! SCAN sounds awesome.

Brenda said...

I'm so excited to see Jacqueline West will be stopping by, love The Books of Elsewhere. So many new books coming as well, so hard to keep but I'm glad you do :)

Anonymous said...

This one's definitely on my to-read list!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Scan sounds cool, though collaborative writing kind of scares me. I wonder how some writers co-write books. Congrats to the winners.

S.P. Bowers said...

Thank for all the book announcements. I've got a lot to catch up on..

Anonymous said...

Scan looks amazing.

I have Donna's book and I'd like to get the rest. Great book news.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feature...love the cover of SCAN! Looking forward to your upcoming interviews and giveaways. All books I am looking forward to!

Natasha said...

Sounds like an amazing read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

This one's definitely on my to-read list!

Sayomay said...

Im def interested in reader this! :D
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Holly Letson said...

I follow on BL as Holly Letson.
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Clever Girl said...

I've heard amazing things about Scan, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!
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