CURRENT GIVEAWAY CONTESTS

Here are my current Giveaway Contests

Quressa Robinson Query Critique through November 11th
DARK MIGHTY THINGS through November 25th

Upcoming Agent Spotlights and Query Critique Giveaways

Elizabeth Bewley Agent Spotlight Interview on 1/10/18
Molly O'Neill Agent Spotlight Interview on 1/22/18

FAVORITES GIVEAWAY HOP

Hi Everyone! For those of you who I haven't seen since my last Giveaway Hop the end of December, Happy New Year! I hope you're having a great start to the year. This will be a challenging year for me with a layoff as my company moves toward closing and hopefully a career change. Right now I'm starting some online classes to help me when I start looking for a new job. I'm hoping this will be a year of good changes for me with a new, less stressful job. (I'm an attorney. Need I say more?)

I'm excited to be participating in this Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books. This is a fun hop because I get to share some of my favorite books with you. For the most part, I've stuck with new books coming out soon and my favorites from 2013. Click on the titles to read a blurb from Goodreads.

 


 


 


 


  


ALL OUR YESTERDAYS I really loved the dystopian/time travel aspects of this. This is one of my favorite debut books of 2013
THE BITTER KINGDOM This is a fantastic series. I loved that Elisa struggled with her weight and wasn't gorgeous looking. The progression of the story is great throughout the series and the romance is perfect.
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLD TOWN I love Holly Black and can't wait to read this in audio version when the weather warms up. I'm adding this one because it's a favorite of so many of you in my recent Giveaway Hops.
CONTROL This is another of my favorite debut books of 2013. I loved the dystopian story that focused on kids that are genetic misfits.
CRESS I love the mix of dystopian/fairytale retelling in this series. I can't wait for the library to get this in.
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT I love this series and this was a great example of how a sequel could continue in the same setting but take the story in a new direction.
ENDERS I loved the dystopian world in STARTERS, the first book in this series. It was so creepy that older people could rent teenagers' bodies. I can't wait to see where the series goes in this book.
IGNITE ME This is another fantastic dystopian series. I loved the unusual writing in this one. I'm so excited the library is getting this one.
INTO THE STILL BLUE This is another of my favorite dystopian series and it ended so great in this book. I loved how Aria and Perry grew as characters through the series and their romance was done perfectly for me.
SIEGE AND STORM This is another of my favorite fantasy series. I love the world building and innovative magic. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
SPLIT SECOND I love the dystopian world where Addie could chose her alternate future in book one. I can't wait to see how things go for her in this book. I won it in a contest and can't wait for it to come.
TAKEN This is another of my favorite debuts of 2013. I loved the fantasy/dystopian mix and that this was told from a male POV.
THE CRIMSON CROWN This is one of my all time favorite fantasy series with amazing world building and gripping characters. I've read the whole series in both print and audio versions.
THE RUNAWAY KING This is another of my all time favorite fantasy series that reminds me a lot of Meagan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series. I nominated the first book in the series, THE FALSE PRINCE, for a Cybil and was thrilled when it won.
CHAMPION This is a fantastic dystopian series and I loved how it ended. Can't wait to see what Marie Lu writes next.

So there will be one winner who gets the book of his/her choice from the choices listed above. If you're on book 1 or 2 of a series that is finishing, I'm glad to get you that book instead as long as it costs no more than the book I've chosen at Amazon for US residents and The Book Depository for International winners.

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 February 14th. I’ll announce the winner on February 17th. 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. International entries are welcome


Here’s what’s coming up:

On Monday I’m interviewing Holly Schindler and giving away a copy of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. This is a contemporary middle grade story that I know you’re going to love so I jumped at the chance to be part of Holly’s blog tour.

The following Monday I’m interviewing Ryan Graudin and giving away an ARC of ALL THAT GLOWS, her fantastic YA urban fantasy set in London.

Wednesday that week I’m participating in PK Hzero’s Blog Tour with an interview and giveaway of BUTTERMAN (TIME) TRAVEL INC., a fantastic NA time travel story that I really enjoyed.

And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Monday!

And you can find all the other blogs participating in this Giveaway Hop at Stuck in Books.



RACHEL SEARLES INTERVIEW AND THE LOST PLANET GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you're having a good start to the week. I'm hard at work these days on my online Office class in preparation for a job search later this year and I'm actually getting some writing done too. That's one good thing about the frigid weather. I just want to stay inside and work.

FOLLOWER NEWS


Bish Denham recently published a picture book, ANANSI AND COMPANY. It looks like a really sweet story and I love the cover.

Here's a blurb:


How do you escape a hungry tiger? Why do ram-goats smell? What happens if you get too greedy? In this collection of ten retold Jamaican stories, Anansi the spider tricks, sings, and dances his way into and out of trouble. 




And Donna Weaver has a new book out, HOPE'S WATCH. It sounds fantastic.
Here's a blurb:

This little offering tells the story of Elle's first days after being kidnapped during a cruise excursion and then rescued, while the Coast Guard searches for her friend Lyn, who is now lost at sea. It fits nicely between A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas (Jori's tale) which releases in April.

You can find out more at: http://weavingataleortwo.blogspot.com/2014/01/hopes-watch-release.html

And David Powers King with his co-author Michael Jensen just sold their YA fantasy WOVEN to Scholastic to be published in Spring 2015. Go HERE to congratulate David.

I also have a winner to announce. The winner of my ASK THE EXPERT Giveaway is Tina F who picked THE ENCHANTER HEIR.

Cograts! E-mail me your address so I can send you your book. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I'll have to pick another winner.

Today I’m thrilled to have debut author Rachel Searles here to share about her sci-fi MG novel THE LOST PLANET that releases tomorrow. This is a fantastic mystery and adventure story set in space. I loved learning about the planets Chase travels to and finding out with him who he really is. This is a great MG adventure story that will really appeal to boys as well as girls.

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

This is what the boy is told:

• He woke up on planet Trucon, inside a fence he shouldn't have been able to pass.
• He has an annirad blaster wound to the back of his head.
• He has no memory.
• He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.
• His name is Chase Garrety.

This is what Chase Garrety knows:

• He has a message: "Guide the star."
• Time is running out.
 
 Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for joining us.
1. Tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

I always had my nose in either a book or a notebook from the time I was in first grade, and there was never a time when becoming a writer wasn’t in my overall game plan. But in college I studied political science and German, and then I moved to Munich and put off writing to just live life for a while. I went to grad school, got a great job, got married, and generally got caught up in other things until about 2010 when I realized that if I was ever going to fulfill my author dream, I needed to buckle down and actually write something. Once I got serious, it took me over two years to write and revise (and revise, and revise) this book, which sold in late 2012.

2. That’s great you came back to it and were able to sell your first book. Where did you get the idea for your story?

When I was trying to get serious with my writing, I tried a few different ideas, but I had a hard time sticking with a story for more than thirty pages, so I decided I needed to write something that was just fantastical and fun, like the big epic action movies I love. Space popped into my head as a setting where I could go nuts creating my own worlds, and the story developed organically from there.

3. That’s cool that you drew on the movies you like to watch. And I can see your story like a move. I found the world building in THE LOST PLANET fascinating. You didn’t just create the planet Trucon, but also other planets and space ships. This is a really inter-galactic adventure. Share your world building process. Did it all come from your imagination or did you have to do research in creating your world?

A lot of it came from my overactive imagination, but I definitely read up on astronomy, physics, and space travel. Some of the cultural world building elements bled over from ideas I remembered from my political science studies, or from things I’ve seen or thought about while traveling. And my ace in the hole is my husband—an actual rocket scientist—who spent ten years designing and building rockets and launching them into orbit. So he’s been a tremendous resource for all my abstract space-faring questions.

4. Yeah, that must have been so helpful to have your husband as a resource. Your story mainly has male characters—Chase, the main character searching for his identity, Parker, the boy whose home he lands on, and Maurus, the man they meet and become involved with. Was it easy writing from a boy’s POV and focusing on mainly male characters? Did you face any challenges and how did you overcome them?

For this book, it just felt natural to write it from Chase’s perspective, and once I got the plot figured out,
I really enjoyed exploring the growing friendship bond between two boys who are bright and brave, but both struggling with lots of questions about their pasts and their place in the universe (while also getting hunted down by mercenaries, space raiders, and the evil Federal Fleet!). As for challenges, I revised so many times that I’ve probably forgotten a lot of the things I had to work on, but I do remember that in early drafts, Chase gave the occasional shriek—my critique partner pointed out to me that shrieking sounds more like something a girl might do.

5. Glad I’m not alone in having to revise a lot. What tips do you have on getting a middle grade voice right, especially a boy’s voice?

When I’m trying to get inside the head of my male characters, I think of guys I know: my older brother, guy friends, my husband, my 10-year-old nephew. I think about how they would react, or what they might say in a similar situation.

6. Your agent is Joanna Volpe. She sounds like such an awesome agent. Share how she became your agent and your road to publication.

Oh, I love this story so much! I’d been querying for about six months when I saw that Joanna was offering a full manuscript critique by random drawing to people who bought her client Leigh Bardugo’s debut, SHADOW AND BONE, from Books of Wonder. I bought the book, and then won the random drawing! Offering representation certainly wasn’t part of the contest, but a month later Joanna sent me an email asking if I was available to talk on the phone. I didn’t know what to expect, so when she told me she wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if she didn’t make me an offer, I just about died on the spot. She most certainly is an incredible agent, and I feel so lucky to be able to work with her. After I signed with her, we did two rounds of light revisions together, and my book went to auction two weeks after she sent it out on submission.

7. That is about the most amazing agent story I’ve heard. And to win in a Leigh Bardugo giveaway is beyond cool. What blogs will be participating in your blog tour? How did you chose them or did you have a blog tour service set it up for you? 

Blogs I’m scheduled to visit include The Midnight Garden, ReadingTeen.net, Read Now Sleep Later, Maria’s Mélange, Book Haven Extraordinaire, The Book Monsters, Book YA Review, Alice Marvels, YA Book Nerd, and Book Jems. I’m so fortunate in that Macmillan has been wonderfully supportive of this book, so they set up the blog tour for me, as well as a physical tour to bookstores and schools in California during my publication week.

8. That’s great your publisher set it up for you. I’ll have to check out these blogs. What’s your favorite social media that you use to build your writer’s platform? Why and how are you finding it helpful in reaching other writers and potential readers? 

For me it was difficult to get started on Twitter, but after getting the hang of things, I have found it incredibly useful to reach both readers and writers. Just about the entire kidlit community is on Twitter! And I love the brief, instantaneous, and informal nature of it as a way to connect with people.

9. Yeah, I need to get on Twitter more. What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on revisions to the second book in the Lost Planet series and plotting out the synopsis of a third book to present to my editor. I’ve got other middle grade projects simmering on the back burner, but right now that’s about all I have time for.

Thanks for sharing all your advice. You can find Rachel at at www.rachelsearles.com, twitter.com/RachelSearles, and facebook.com/RachelSearlesAuthor.

Rachel and her publisher Macmillan generously offered a ARC of THE LOST PLANET for a giveaway. 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 February 8th. I’ll announce the winner on February 10th. 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. International entries are welcome but the winner would get an e-book or $5.00 Amazon gift card.

Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays was started by Shannon Messenger. You can find all the other blogs participating this week HERE.

Here’s what’s coming up:

On Friday I’ll be participating in the Favorites Giveaway Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices that I loved or am looking forward to. My post will be posted on Friday afternoon.

Next Monday I’m interviewing Holly Schindler and giving away a copy of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. This is a contemporary middle grade story that I know you’re going to love so I jumped at the chance to be part of Holly’s blog tour.

The following Monday I’m interviewing Ryan Graudin and giving away an ARC of ALL THAT GLOWS, her fantastic YA urban fantasy set in London.

Wednesday that week I’m participating in PK Hzero’s Blog Tour with an interview and giveaway of BUTTERMAN (TIME) TRAVEL INC., a fantastic NA time travel story that I really enjoyed.

And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Friday!

Agent Spotlight: Lucy Carson

This week's Agent Spotlight features Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Status: Open to submissions.

Lucy-Carson-Jacobia-Dahm_Photography-001-199x300About: “Lucy Carson, The Friedrich Agency, graduated from The University of Michigan and promptly joined The Friedrich Agency in early 2008, where she is now a full agent as well as the Director of Sub-Rights for the company. In addition to brokering domestic publishing deals for her own clients, Lucy also oversees all foreign and film business for the agency list. During her five years with The Friedrich Agency, Lucy has worked with such authors as Sue Grafton, Lisa Scottoline, Ruth Ozeki, Terry McMillan, Jane Smiley, and Elizabeth Strout. Her list is focused on fiction and (narrative) non-fiction for both adults and teens.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“The Friedrich Agency was formed in 2007 by Molly Friedrich, and is located in New York City. We represent a small list of beloved writers, mainly in the categories of literary and commercial fiction for adults and young adults, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.” (Link)

Web Presence:

The Friedrich Agency website.

The Gentle Diva (agency blog).

Twitter @LucyACarson.

QueryTracker.

AgentQuery.

What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

"Literary & Commercial Adult Fiction, Young Adult and Middle Grade,
Narrative Non-Fiction, and Suspense fiction." (via e-mail 1/14)

From an Interview (1/2014):

“She’s always on the lookout for YA and MG fiction (though nothing younger), but is also actively build her narrative non-fiction list, as well as upmarket fiction for adults, especially upmarket suspense.” (Link)

From an Interview (2/2011):

“I’m generally a bit more wide-ranging in my taste than Molly […], so I tend to gravitate towards the more commercial fiction […]. I love literary, too! But if I grow, I should grow in a non-competitive direction, I feel. So since I’m an indiscriminate reader, I’m building in a more high-concept, commercial direction. I’d say the only subgenres I’m less interested in are speculative and erotica.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Picture books, screenplays.

Editorial Agent?

Clients have mentioned doing revisions for Ms. Carson; otherwise unknown.

Clients:

There is a list of agency clients on the website.

Ms. Carson’s clients include: Anna Banks, Robin Epstein, Lori Goldstein, Jessica Khoury, William Ritter, Josh Sundquist, John Verdon, Matthew Vincent, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes.

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a query by e-mail or snail-mail. No unsolicited manuscripts. No attachments. Query only one agent at agency.

See The Friedrich Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  

Query Tips:

“We consider synopses to be one feature of a query letter. This definition of query letter is pretty traditional—your letter should introduce you to the agent formally, providing a balance of information about your writing experience, any life experience that relates to your writing, and the project itself. Therefore, the ‘synopsis’ aspect here should be a matter of several sentences, no more than two paragraphs, as the full letter shouldn’t be much longer than a page.” (Link)

Put the title, genre, and word count info before the query synopsis.(Link)

Response Times:

Stats on the web suggestion a response range of just days to about six weeks for queries and one to three weeks for requested material.

Ms. Carson strives to respond to all queries with at least a form rejection.

What's the Buzz?

Lucy Carson is the daughter of agency founder Molly Friedrich. Since joining The Friedrich Agency in 2008, Ms. Carson has become a full agent as well as the Director of Subrights. She has a strong list of sales and her clients seem quite happy with her representation.

I recommend following her on Twitter @LucyACarson where she tweets regularly and occasionally participates in events like #litchat and #pitmad.

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

Agents Like Us - Lucy Carson at Valerie Cole Reads (01/2014).

Literary Agent Lucy Carson Reports from Bouchercon 2013 at Book Country (09/2013).

LitChat: Lucy Carson, Literary Agent at Storify (06/2013).

PitchFest Interview & Feedback – Lucy Carson with The Friedrich Agency at Pitch University (06/2011).

Literary Agent Interview: Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency at Guide to Literary Agents (02/2011).

Around the Web:

See the News & Links page on the agency website for contests and happenings.

The Friedrich Agency at P&E.

The Friedrich Agency thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Lucy Carson and The Friedrich Agency in the 2014 Writer’s Market.

Ms. Carson’s agent profile at Poets & Writers.

Client William Ritter’s agent story at his blog (12/2013).

Client Lori Goldstein’s agent story at her blog (09/2013).

Client Jessica Khoury’s query at AQ Connect (2011-12).

Client Anna Banks agent story at her blog (02/2011).

Client Anna Banks on the Submission Process at Pants on Fire (08/2011).

Contact:

Please see The Friedrich Agency website for additional contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 1/23/14.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 1/23/14.

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Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying. The information found herein is subject to change.

STINA LINDENBLATT INTERVIEW AND TELL ME WHEN GIVEAWAY

Today I’m beyond thrilled to have debut author, friend, and longtime follower Stina Lindenblatt here to share about her contemporary NA book, TELL ME WHEN, that released on Monday. As many of you know, contemporary romance is not my favorite genre. But I loved Stina’s book because I really connected with her characters, Amber and Marcus. Their back stories are complex and filled with pain and I really enjoyed seeing how they worked through the tragedies in their lives that have been crippling them. That’s what makes this book great. And the romance is sweet. This is a real page turner that will pull at your heart.

Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

Hi Stina. I’m so excited to have you here with us. Happy Debut!

Thank you, Natalie, for having me. *waves at everyone*

1. Tell us about yourself, how you became a writer, and how you came to write in the NA genre.

I’ve wanted to write books since I was nine year old, but it wasn’t until I left my job as a pharmaceutical sales rep to stay home with my kids that I finally went for it. Originally I read and wrote pretty much only YA. I’d heard of New Adult, but I also knew agents and editors weren’t looking for it. It wasn’t until a friend introduced me to EASY by Tammara Weber that I gave the category a chance. I fell in love with the book and knew NA contemporary romance was something I could write. I was already writing edgy YA stories with romance, and my characters were always seventeen years old. It wasn’t a stretch to have an eighteen-year-old heroine. Nor was it a stretch to have a twenty-year-old hero.

2. Awesome that there wasn’t much of a leap for your from writing YA to NA. TELL ME WHEN includes some very sensitive issues, like stalking. What are some of the challenges about writing about these types of issues without being too graphic?

The biggest challenge was being authentic to what these characters would have gone through and knowing exactly how they would react to a given situation based on their pasts. Everything, including when they kissed, was impacted by what had happened to them.

The second challenge was letting the reader in on what Amber and Marcus had gone through, but without making the reader uncomfortable. I used nightmares, which were abstract, and flashbacks to give the reader the general idea.

3. Yes, it’s true that something traumatic like that would impact everything in the person’s life. And I think you did a good job weaving in what happened to Amber and Marcus throughout the story.

TELL ME WHEN is written from both Amber’s and Marcus’ points of view. Did your story
start out with both points of view? Who was the most challenging POV character and why?

I knew when I started planning the book that I wanted it to be dual POV. It seemed to be the best way to tell the story for these two characters, and it added to the emotional impact for when you first learn about Marcus’s past. It was easier writing in his point of view, but that’s because I could relate to him. I used sex in university to deal with emotional pain, much like Marcus. Amber was trickier because I’ve never been through what she had endured when she was kidnapped. Her actions were based on how I would have responded in the same situation—had I survived.

4. I can see why you thought the dual POV would work best, especially since both of them have stories to tell. You live in Canada, but your story is set in Chicago. I found that interesting. Why did you choose Chicago as a setting?

All my stories take place in the US, though usually they’re in a made-up town in Minnesota. I can’t remember why I picked Chicago. It just seemed like the right place for the story.

5. That’s so interesting that you always pick a US setting and that they’re usually in Minnesota. What do you think is different in writing NA versus YA? What tips can you share for someone considering writing a NA novel?

The most important advice I can give is to read a lot of stories in the category. Also, don’t fall for the belief that NA is really sexed-up YA. It isn’t. There can be sex in the story, but it’s not essential for it to be considered NA. What is essential is that the story is authentic to that age range (18-25 years old).

6. I’m glad it’s not the sex that makes a story NA. And I’m also happy to see new NA books in other genres being published. Since we’re friends, I got to see a lot of your road to publication as it was happening. And I really appreciate that you shared it all with me. Tell us how Marisa Corvisiero became your agent. What advice do you have for others seeking an agent at a similar stage in their writing like you did?

I had queried another agent in the agency and updated her on the situation when I had gained publisher interest in the book. That agent was no longer agenting, but the intern passed my email to Marisa. She immediately contacted me and asked for the synopsis and full. Two hours later she emailed and told me what she had read so far was awesome. I had talked to another agent about the book, but it was Marisa’s enthusiasm that sold me on her being my agent. My advice is don’t give up, but also don’t see agents as your only way of getting published. I know a number of authors who landed a contract with a small press and used it to help them sign on with an agent. If you do this, make sure the agent is interested in representing your career and not just the one book.

7. That’s great advice to not limit yourself to finding an agent. And starting with a small press can be a good option. You had extensively edited your book before signing your contract with Carina Press. What surprised you about the editing process in working with your editor?

The very tight deadlines. Because Carina bumped my book’s release date to January, and I signed the contract in July, I had only two months to get EVERYTHING finished. I received my developmental edits while on vacation and only had two weeks to complete them. Fortunately I have a very understanding family. I only had one week for line edits and two days for copyedits.

The great thing about working with my editor was that she got my story and loved it. She wasn’t trying to change it to fit her vision of the book. We already shared the same vision. This wasn’t the case with all my beta readers. They each had their own ideas as to how things should go. Alissa challenged me to develop the story in ways that no one else had addressed (e.g. certain characters needed to be rounded out more).

8. Those tight deadlines scare me. I worry if I can meet them with everything else going on in life. How are you planning to market your book? Do you think your approach is different because your book is a NA story versus a YA story? Why?

The best marketing is word of mouth, but to get there, you need readers to know your book exists. I hired several different blog tour companies to help me, since I knew they would have a greater reach than I would. One was responsible for the cover reveal. One for the pre-release “celebration” in December. And one organized my blog tour and release day blitz. My agency also set up reviews and interviews with a number of blogs. I couldn’t have done it without all of their help.

Several authors who had read TELL ME WHEN and loved it helped by tweeting about the book and talking about it on their Facebook pages. And I can’t forget all my friends who helped by talking about it on the various social media sites. A week before my release date, I had a blog hop. The goal was to bring awareness to the issue of stalking, which is a huge problem for college and high school students. In addition to that, I tweeted and posted on my Facebook page stalking prevention tips.

I think there are still a lot of similarities when it comes to marketing NA and YA. YA is trickier because ultimately you have to reach your teen market and they don’t necessarily follow blogs and Facebook author pages. With YA, you can arrange to talk at schools. With NA, the books tend to be for audiences seventeen years and older, so while school talks are possible, you’re stepping a thin line if you go there, especially if your topics or sexual content would upset parents.

9. I do agree that most teens don’t follow blogs or author Facebook pages. And that’s a great idea to hire different blog tour companies for different milestones in a book release. What are you working on now?

In addition to the second book with Carina, I’m currently working another NA contemporary romance. This one is partially inspired from when I was an exchange student in Finland.

Thanks for sharing all your advice, Stina. You can find Stina on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


Thanks for all the advice, Stina. So, so excited for you!

Stina generously is offering an e-book of TELL ME WHEN for a giveaway. 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 February 1st. I’ll announce the winner on February 3rd. 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. International entries are welcome.

Here’s what’s coming up:

On Monday I’m interviewing MG debut author Rachel Searles and giving away a ARC of THE LOST PLANET. I loved the plot of this one. Chase wakes up on an unknown planet not knowing who he is and goes on an action packed space adventure to discover who he really is.

Next Friday I’ll be participating in the Favorites Giveaway Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices that I loved or am looking forward to. My post will be posted on Friday afternoon.

The following Monday I’m interviewing Holly Schindler and giving away a copy of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. This is a contemporary middle grade story that I know you’re going to love so I jumped at the chance to be part of Holly’s blog tour.

The Monday after that I’m interviewing debut author Ryan Graudin and giving away a ARC of ALL THAT GLOWS, her fantastic YA urban fantasy set in London. I’ve been waiting for this one for ages and loved Ryan’s book.

And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Monday!

ROSAMUND HODGE INTERVIEW AND CRUEL BEAUTY GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday Everyone! I’m happy because we get the day off work to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. Even though I had a long break at the holidays, I’m ready for another day off. I guess I always will be ready for one of those days.

And Literary Rambles made The Write Life Presents 100 Best Websites for Writers list. Go HERE to see the complete list. Congrats to all the winners. I read a number of the blogs that won and they're fantastic.

Follower News

Cherie Reich just revealed her new cover!

To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, by Cherie Reich will be released on May 23, 2014. For more information about Cherie Reich and her work, please visit her website or blog. The cover art is created by Laura Sava. To add on Goodreads, click here. If you’d like to be notified when Reborn releases, please sign up for her newsletter here.

Don't you love it? Congrats, Cherie!
And Carrie Butler revealed her new cover last Monday for her NA Urban Fantasy. Isn't it awesome? Go HERE to congratulate her.

And Medeia Shariff sold SECRETEST BOYFRIEND EVER, the sequel to BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER to be published later this year. Here's a short blurb: 

When Almira’s family is always making plans for her, she has to sneak around to see her secret boyfriend, Peter. And he’s secret because her strict Muslim family forbids her to date. When her time with Peter is compromised, Almira hatches a crazy plan to spend more time with him.

Go HERE to congratulate her.

Next I’ve got a winner to announce.

The winner of DEFY is Gayle Krause!

Congrats! E-mail me your address so I can send you your book. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I’ll have to pick another winner.

Today I’m excited to have debut author Rosamund Hodge here to share about CRUEL BEAUTY, which releases on January 28, 2014. I love fairy tale retellings and I really enjoyed Rosamund’s new take on Beauty and the Beast, especially because it also mixes this tale with Greek mythology. And Nyx is a fascinating character filled with all of the emotions—good and bad—that we all have.

Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Hi Rosamund. Thanks so much for joining us.
1. Tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

I have been telling stories ever since I can remember—when I was a little girl, I told my mother endless installments of epic stories as I dried the dishes every night. But I didn’t get the idea of becoming a writer until I was eight, and my thirteen-year-old brother told me I was too young to join his writing club. Of course I swore that I would become a writer and make him SORRY.

He’s still not sorry. But at least I get to publish a novel!

2. That’s so funny how you started writing in part because of your brother. What inspired you to write this story?

I had never felt any real desire to write a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling; I liked the story, but it felt http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/index.html] a story where (for the sake of her family) a girl marries a polar bear. He stays a bear during the day, but at night he comes to her in the form of a man. Only she's forbidden to light a candle and look at him — and when she goes home to visit her family, her mother goads her into looking anyway, which triggers a curse that forces them apart. Cue epic quest to get him back. It is very, very clearly another form of “Beauty and the Beast.” It is also very clearly another form of “Cupid and Psyche” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupid_and_Psyche]—a Greco-Roman myth about a girl who thinks she’s beings sacrificed to a monster but is actually marrying the god of love, and who is forbidden to see his face.
finished and complete to me. What was there to add? But then I read “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” [

Suddenly “Beauty and the Beast” wasn’t just one static little separate story to me; it was part of a whole tapestry of stories about brave young women travel to strange places and marry monsters who are really men (or men who are really monsters, which is how some “Bluebeard” [http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/bluebeard/index.html] elements ended up in the novel.) And it was in the intersection of those stories that I found the tale I wanted to tell.

3. Awesome that you got the idea from reading a book. I love learning from the books I read and it’s true books, TV, and movies can inspire our ideas. Nyx knows from a young age that her family picked her instead of her sister to marry and kill Ignifex, the evil lord ruling her land. And she has a lot of feeling about this, including a lot of anger, which is understandable, but could also lead to Nyx not being sympathetic. And you show us this from the beginning of the story. Share how you balanced her negative feelings with her other qualities to make her remain a sympathetic character.

That’s kind of a funny question to me, because when I was writing CRUEL BEAUTY, I actually tried very hard not to make Nyx a nice person, and I ended up breaking my original outline to do it! But I did still want her to be sympathetic, and I guess the main thing I did was try to make her aware of when she was being unjust and unkind. I ended up drawing a lot on my own teenage years to write about that. Now, I had a very happy childhood and my parents hardly ever sold me to demon princes. But I did have a bad temper, so I knew very well the horrible feeling of being furious while knowing you had no right be furious. And I’d always loved heroines who struggled with genuinely ugly feelings. So I tried to do that with Nyx.

4. You did a good job with that. And it’s true we all have hidden ugly feelings. I read that you read a lot of fairy tales. Where do you find all the fairy tales and the different versions of them? Do you have any tips for writing a fairy tale retelling?

It’s hard to say where I find fairy tales, because my entire life has been saturated with them. My mom read aloud Grimm’s fairy tales to me and my brothers when we were children. We had a great pile of fairy tale picture books—which varied widely in how close they were to their original sources—as well as the Andrew Lang fairy books. And then I kept reading at the library, too.

Nowadays, two places I often look for inspiration are the Sur La Lune [http://www.surlalunefairytales.com] website (which focuses on a small set of fairy tales, but annotates them and provides a lot of information on different versions and related stories) and D. L. Ashman’s Folklore and Mythology site [http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html] which provides a vast number of fairy tales organized by type.

As for tips: don’t just read a lot of fairy tales, read a lot of different versions. Most of us grow up knowing fairytales in two forms: the Disney version, and the Standard Picture Book version, which is usually a Grimm/Perault hybrid with the ickiest bits removed. But every story comes with a million different versions—or ancestors, or siblings. It’s in the places where stories overlap and intersect and contradict that I find my inspiration, and I think that learning about that complexity can help you create something that isn’t just Disney-with-a-twist.

5. Thanks for the links. I’ll have to check them out. You wrote this during NaNo. What was your revision process like and what challenges did you have to overcome?

Well, to be perfectly accurate: CRUEL BEAUTY was not a NaNoWriMo novel. I started it in September and finished it in mid-November, while also trying to hit the word-count goals for my actual NaNoWriMo project. (It was a crazy month.) So it wasn’t a NaNoWriMo novel exactly . . . but it was written pretty quickly, and so a lot of the revisions involved expanding it, and getting the stuff that had been in my head onto the paper.

6. What have you learned craft-wise from working with your editor?

I have learned that if, when you hand people your novel, you keep having to tell them, “This is set in a world where X and Y and Z, and also sometimes Q, except when P”—at that point, you should probably just put X, Y, Z, P, and Q into the actual text of your novel.
Also K. It’s really important to have K, and by “K” I mean “kissing scenes,” which I’ve had to expand in every draft I’ve sent to my editor.

7. Your agent is Hannah Bowman. Share how she became your agent and your road to publication.

It’s not a terribly exciting story. I queried agents. And I queried agents. And I queried some more agents, and a few of them did ask to see the full manuscript, but they would always return it with one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” rejection letters. Finally—after about nine months and 65 agents—I queried Hannah. She didn’t take me on right away; she wanted to see if I could make some revisions. I revised, she liked it, and she took me on. (Then we did even more revisions.)

Submitting the novel to editors was much easier and faster. Sara Sargent at Balzer + Bray made an offer within a couple of weeks, and that was that!

8. Even if your story to getting an agent isn’t exciting, it shows the importance of not giving up. Your book has been selected as an Epic Read. How did it get selected and what does that mean for you in terms of publicizing your book?

I have no idea how my book was selected as an Epic Read. The oracle commanded it? The stars aligned? I presume it was something to do with the Marketing and Publicity departments, which for all I know consult oracles. What it means for me, so far, is that it’s been featured on the Epic Reads blog. Perhaps at some point they will also give me a tiara?

9. You’re a member of OneFour Kidlit, a group of MG and YA debut authors. How did you find out about this group and how has it helped you? When do you recommend a debut author seek out such a group and how does she/he find out about these type of groups?

I’m afraid the story of how I found OneFour KidLit is not too universally helpful—my agent heard about it on Twitter and passed the news on to me. Obviously that won’t happen to everyone! But I would guess Twitter and general networking is a good place to start. Alternately, you could probably contact the last year’s debut group(s)—they’re probably setting up interviews with next year’s. (OneFour KidLit did a bunch of interviews with people who debuted in 2013.) As for when: I joined in September 2012 (about when OneFour started), and that’s probably a good time to start looking.

How has OneFour helped me? Well, they’ve helped with publicity, though of course with that sort of thing, it’s really hard to gauge how much any one effort has helped. I think the main benefit is that it’s given me a community of writers who are going through the same things I am. And it’s how I ended up involved in The Hanging Garden [http://hanginggardenstories.tumblr.com], a blog of short fiction inspired by GIFs.

10. It’s good to know that we can find out about these groups through our agent or word of mouth. What are you working on now?

I’m working on my second novel for Balzer + Bray. It’s . . . how shall I put this? It’s kind of like “Little Red Riding Hood” meets (gender-swapped) “Girl With No Hands.” [link: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/armlessmaiden/index.html]. There’s a bit of Norse mythology in there too, because everything is better with Norse mythology.

Thanks for sharing all your advice, Rosamund. You can find Rosamund at:

http://www.rosamundhodge.net
https://www.facebook.com/rosamundhodgenovels
https://twitter.com/rosamundhodge
http://hanginggardenstories.tumblr.com

Rosamund and her publisher Harper Collins generously offered an ARC of CRUEL BEAUTY for a giveaway. 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 February 1st. I’ll announce the winner on February 3rd. 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. International entries are welcome but the winner would get an e-book or $5.00 Amazon gift card.

Here’s what’s coming up:

On Wednesday I’m interviewing follower and debut author Stina Lindenblatt and giving away a copy of TELL ME WHEN, her contemporary NA story. Her characters are rich, complex people that I grew to love and even though I don’t read much contemporary stories, I read her book in two days. And it's always exciting when one of our followers becomes a published author. Yay!

Next Monday I’m interviewing MG debut author Rachel Searles and giving away a ARC of THE LOST PLANET. I loved the plot of this one. Chase wakes up on an unknown planet not knowing who he is and goes on an action packed space adventure to discover who he really is.

Next Friday I’ll be participating in the Favorites Giveaway Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices that I loved or am looking forward to. My post will be posted on Friday afternoon.

The following Monday I’m interviewing Holly Schindler and giving away a copy of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. This is a contemporary middle grade story that I know you’re going to love so I jumped at the chance to be part of Holly’s blog tour.

And don’t forget Casey’s Tip Tuesdays and Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

TELL ME WHEN BLOG HOP



Today I’m thrilled to be a part of Stina Lindenblatt’s TELL ME WHEN Blog Hop. Stina is a fantastic follower and become a good friend. So I’m beyond thrilled to help celebrate her book debut. You can stop by Stina’s blog HERE to see her post and all the other blogs participating in this blog hop.

Because her book deals with a college freshman struggling with being stalked and kidnapped in her senior year of high school, Stina is asking us to discuss something about stalking. And she’s donating $1.00 for each blog participant to a woman’s emergency shelter. She’s doing this because a common form of stalking comes from an abusive relationship whether the woman is still in the relationship or after it’s ended.

Thankfully I don’t have a personal experience of stalking to share. But I do know the fear of it. I had to work to help put myself through college and then I worked to totally pay for law school on my own. I was a waitress because I could make good money working evenings at an upscale restaurant. I couldn’t afford a car, so I walked home 3-5 nights a week between 11:30 to 12:30 at night. I was petrified of someone stalking me or just seeing me out there alone and sexually assaulting me.

Now I have a daughter who’s a junior in high school and will be going away to college soon. And I have that same fear for her of walking alone at night and being the victim of some attacker. Or having a guy stalk her at a bar or party and spike her drink. All I can do is to teach her to be smart (she is). And encourage her not to walk alone at night and have a buddy at any parties or at a bar. I also now make a point not to let her walk alone in the dark. Many of the girls walk to the bus in the dark in the morning. I could let her do it too. But I don’t because I’m her buddy for now. And I hope she’ll remember that I did not let her walk alone in the dark when she’s out on her own.

It’s so sad we have to worry about stalking and other crimes against women. I guess we all just have to do our part to try not to be victims of this, to create a world where these things don’t happen, and to support any girls, women, or guys (because I think guys can be victims too) who we know that are victims of these terrible crimes.

Here’s a blurb of TELL ME WHEN from Goodreads:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of
becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

What about you? Do you have any experiences about stalking to share?

Here's what's coming up:

On Monday when I interview debut author Rosamund Hodge with a ARC giveaway of CRUEL BEAUTY, her YA dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

And next Wednesday I interview Stina and give away a copy of TELL ME WHEN. I loved Amber and Marcus, the two main characters. They really made the book fantastic for me. And Stina has a awesome road to agent and book deal story you won’t want to miss.


And don’t forget Casey’s Tip Tuesday and Agent Spotlights!

Hope to see you on Monday1


INTO THE STILL BLUE/THE ENCHANTER HEIR/FROZEN GIVEAWAY AND ASK THE EXPERT INTERVIEW

Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you all survived the bitter cold and snow last week. Our company actually closed the office on Monday and told us about it the night before. We’ve never closed for snow in the 25 + years I worked there. It was fantastic!

I’ve got a lot to share with you today.

FOLLOWER NEWS

Nutshell Windsor and her co-editor Alana Garraigues are on a blog tour for their anthology, STORY SPROUTS: CBW-LA WRITING DAY ANTHOLOGY & EXERCISES. It sounds like a great book. Congrats, Nutshell & Alana!

Here’s a blurb:

What happens when linguistic lovers and tale tellers workshop together? Inspiration. Wonder. Discovery. Growth. Magic.
Brave and talented, the writers featured in this anthology took on the challenge of dedicating one day to the raw and creative process of writing.
A rare view into the building blocks of composition, Story Sprouts is made up of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose from 19 published and aspiring children's book authors.
This compilation includes all of the anthology writing exercises and prompts, along with tips, techniques and free online writing resources to help writers improve their craft.

KINDLE & PRINT COPIES AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Sprouts-CBW--Exercises-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00G2X3E52/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388179768&sr=8-1&keywords=story+sprouts

LINKS:
Learn more about Story Sprouts at http://www.storysproutsanthology.com/
Join the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles at www.cbw-la.org

Today I’m excited to have Eleanor here for an ASK THE EXPERT interview. Eleanor is a 10h grader who reads a lot and you’ll see what else she’s up to book-wise too. I interviewed her sister, Magnolia, in December. Her mom was my critique partner until she sadly moved.

Hi Eleanor. Thanks so much for joining us.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, your school, and what you like to read. Does your mom influence what you read?

Hi, my name is Eleanor. I'm fifteen years old (sophomore), and I go to Herron High School, which is really artsy and encourages lots of reading and drawing stuff. I like to read YA novels of many different kinds (I'm a sucker for romance) and two of my favorite authors are Libba Bray and Rainbow Rowell. My mom is one of the primary sources for what I read, because she's even more up to date on what's going on the YA writing community than I am, so it's kind of like having a guide to the good books.

2. Sounds like a great school for you. And I know how well your mom keeps up with YA books. How do you find out about the books you read? What about new books coming out?

I learn a lot about good and/or popular books from my mom (I didn't even know about Twilight or the Hunger Games until she told me about them) but I also get a lot of good info from the Internet. Fan websites like Tumblr or fanfiction.net can sort of introduce you to other teenagers who like the same books as you do, and therefore can give good recommendations. I'm more likely to pick up a book or series if someone who has read something else I like recommends it online.

3. That’s so awesome you check out books on the Internet. I find out about many of mine from book review bloggers. What are you reading now? What books are you waiting to be released?

I'm reading a few different things right now. I'm on the third book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and on the side I'm working on Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk (which is super funny and quirky and awesome). I'm waiting on the conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which should be coming out in March.

4. I just read ALLEGIANT. Not sure why, but I never started reading Cassandra Clare’s books. Do you buy most of your book or get them at the library? How often do go to a bookstore? 

I buy the majority of my books. I don't go to the library often, but when I go on shopping sprees, they're for books, not clothes. My mom takes me to Half-Price books to browse. We even have a monthly budget just for book-shopping.

5. Wow! That’s so cool you pick book shopping over clothes shopping. And a better choice. Do you read any teen book blogs, author blogs, or author or publisher websites? Become a fan of an author on Facebook? Why?

I occasionally visit LJ Smith and Cassandra Clare's blogs, as well the blogs of Daniel Waters (who wrote Generation Dead), Libba Bray, and Julie Halpern; sometimes even John Green's Tumblr blog. I like to keep track of what they're writing so I can watch for new books coming out, and I like to know more about the authors.

6. I’ve heard John Green has a great rapport with his fans. I really want to read one of his books this year. Has your teacher recommended any blogs or websites to your class or to you?

None of my teachers really recommend any blogs to me, and I think it's because not a lot of teachers at my school are very Internet savvy, but my English teacher will recommend books to ready anytime. He's a huge fan of classic literature.

7. Too bad your language arts teacher isn’t more Internet savvy and into the new YA books. It really helps get kids excited to keep reading like you do. Are there things your favorite authors could do that would make you more likely to visit their website, their blog, or become a fan on Facebook?

Mostly I just go to blogs to check for updates. So if an author keeps me posted on when new books are coming out, or if they plan on writing something new, or continuing a series, I'll be likely to go back often and check for status reports. I also like when I can purchase merchandise from the website (T-shirts or mouse pads or whatever). And I like it when authors post fanart or fan letters for the readers to see.

8. Checking the author’s website is a great way to keep up with what they’re writing. Have any authors visited your school? Who? Is there anything you’d recommend that an author do to make their presentation more interesting to you and other kids at your school?

I don't think I've ever really had an author visit my school or anything -- I wish one would. Something I'd recommend to an author would be to let students ask questions. That way, you can be sure that nobody's bored, because kids are receiving answers they care about. It also involves the audience, which the audience likes.

Thanks for all the advice, Eleanor. I hope you get an author visit at your school one of these days.

Now, onto my giveaways. I’m going to be doing things a little differently this year. I’m getting less print ARCs and more e-ARCs. I want to promote these ARCs too so my giveaways of the e-ARCs will be e-book giveaways to keep my blog costs down. I hope you understand. And I’ll be offering multiple books with one winner winning the book of their choice so I can share more of the books I’m reading without blogging more.

So the blog posts don’t get too long, I’ll just be doing very short reviews telling you a bit about what I liked about these books. And I’ll provide a link to the Goodreads blurb rather than posting it.

The first two books are print books and open to US/Canada for a print book and e-book for International winner. I was so excited when I got THE ENCHANTER’S HEIR because Cinda Williams Chima is one of my favorite authors. Thanks to Disney for sending me this book.

You can read the blurb from Goodreads HERE, This is the fourth book in The Heir Chronicles, but is a total stand alone book. The story line takes a completely different turn with new characters.

I loved that this is an urban fantasy set in the industrial part of Cleveland. And the world building is fantastic with modern day wizards, sorcerers, enchanters, warriors, and sevants, magically damaged people who are the focus of this story and mistreated by the other groups. I always am drawn to underdog stories.

Jonah and Emma are both great characters, damaged and from completely different backgrounds. But they must work together to solve a mystery about a massacre that occurred years ago that could happen again. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Next I have a print ARC of FROZEN. Thanks to Penguin for this. You can read a blurb from Goodreads

HERE.

This was co-written by Melissa and her husband Michael. I really enjoyed the mix of dystopian and magic. Nat basically hires Ryan to take on her on a quest and we get to see different parts of this pretty barren, frozen world. Funny that I read it right before it go so cold. Nat and Ryan are complex characters whose pasts we discover through the story. I found this to be fast paced and am looking forward to book 2 in the series.

Finally, I’m offering an e-book of INTO THE STILL BLUE, the third book in Veronica Rossi’s fantastic series. Or if you are behind in the series, you can win an e-book of wherever you are in the series. Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for proving me with an e-ARC. You can read the blurb from Goodreads HERE.

OMG, I love this series and this is a fantastic end to the series. Aria and Perry continue to come into their own as leaders. They face plenty of challenges and their worst enemy. It was fascinating watching Aria’s and Perry’s people, who had hated each other, forced to work together. I loved the love relationship between Aria and Perry and that they were a team. I really don’t like couples becoming mad at each other and estranged, in the last book in a serious. This was a total, total page turner that I loved, loved, loved. I can’t wait to read Veronica’s new series.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment about Eleanor’s interview and tell me what book you want through January 25th. If you’re from outside the US/Canada, please let me know this too. I’ll announce the winner on January 27th. 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.

Here’s what’s coming up:
On Wednesday I’m participating in debut author and friend Stina Lindenblatt’s blog hop to raise awareness about stalking in celebration of the release of her NA contemporary story, TELL ME WHEN. I hope you’ll stop by to read a more personal post than I usually write.

Next Monday, I’m interviewing Rosamund Hodge and giving away an ARC of CRUEL BEAUTY, her fantastic YA fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

And Wednesday next week I’m interviewing Stina Lindenblatt and giving away a copy of TELL ME WHEN, her contemporary NA story. Her characters are rich, complex people that I grew to love and even though I don’t read much contemporary stories, I read her book in two days.

The following Monday I’m interviewing MG debut author Rachel Searles and giving away an THE LOST PLANET. I loved the plot of this one. Chase wakes up on an unknown planet not knowing who he is and goes on an action packed space adventure to discover who he really is.

And don’t forget Casey’s Tip Tuesdays and Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!