Celebrating Our New Look!

We are super excited about our website’s new shiny look created by the talented Patrick Samphire and Grant Gaither. In fact, we are so excited that we’re throwing a party with awesome reader and writer prize packs donated by us!

We’ve made it simple to enter. Click on the Rafflecopter link here or at the bottom of this post. Earn extra entries by following us on our various social media sites and helping us spread the word. Contest is open until May 31st midnight EST.


READER PACK 1 (worldwide)

1. Copy of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR by Mindee Arnett donated by Lori M. Lee (GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, Spring 2014)

2. Copy of REBOOT by Amy Tintera (worldwide) donated by Michelle Krys (HEXED, March 11, 2014)

3. Dragon charm and sticker + PROPHECY by Ellen Oh donated by Christina Farley (GILDED, Mar. 11, 2014)

4. $10 Itunes card donated by Jaye Robin Brown (No Place To Fall, Fall 2014)

READER PACK 2 (worldwide)

1. Copy of THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour donated by Dahlia Adler (BEHIND THE SCENES, 2014)

2. ARC of I HEART BAND (worldwide) donated by Michelle Schusterman (I HEART BAND, Jan. 9, 2014)

3. Copy of SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo donated by Rachel Searles (THE LOST PLANET, January 28, 2014)

4. Copy of THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey donated by Meredith McCardle (THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, Feb. 25, 2014)


1. ARC of DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry donated Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME, Fall 2014)

2. Copy of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE donated by Kelsey Macke (DAMSEL DISTRESSED, October 2014)

3. ARC of QUANTUM COIN by E.C. Myers donated by Elle Cosimano (NEARLY GONE, March 25, 2014)

4. ARC of IN TOO DEEP by Coert Voorhees + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)


1. Signed ARC of SOLSTICE by PJ Hoover + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)

2-4. TWINMAKER by Sean Williams, ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund, and CONTROL by Lydia Kang all donated by Emily Lloyd-Jones (Illusive, Spring 2014)

5. Signed paperback copy of GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)


1. Finished, autographed copy of Tessa Gratton’s THE LOST SUN (US only) donated by Natalie C. Parker (BEWARE THE WILD, Fall 2014)

2. ARC of IN TOO DEEP by Coert Voorhees + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)

3. Signed ARCs of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)

4. ARC of INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau + SEMV bookmarks donated by Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, March 2014)


1. One free entry to Critique Camp, http://nataliecparker.com/critique/ donated by Natalie C. Parker (BEWARE THE WILD, Fall 2014)

2. 5-page critique donated by Corinne Duyvis (OTHERBOUND, spring 2014)

3. Critique of first chapter donated by Patrick Samphire (SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB, Fall 2014)
4. First chapter critique donated by Kate Kelly (RED ROCK, September 12th 2013)


1. First chapter critique donated by Robin Constantine (The Promise of Amazing, Winter 2014)

2. First chapter critique donated by Rebecca Behrens (WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, February 4, 2014)

3. Query and first chapter critique donated by Stefanie Gaither (FALLS THE SHADOW, September 2014)

4. Query critique 1st page critique donated by Stephanie Diaz (EXTRACTION, Spring 2014)


1. Query and first 5 pages critique donated by Lauren Magaziner (THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES, Summer 2014)

2. Vintage daisy necklace AND one chapter critique of a middle grade donated by Tracy Holczer (THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, May 2014)

3. Three chapter or 30 page critique donated by Erica Cameron (SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE, March 2014)

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Kate Kelly: RED ROCK

We have a lot of fantastic authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. Today we’re talking to Kate Kelly, author of RED ROCK coming from Curious Fox/Capstone Young Readers in 2013. One author, four questions. Here we go!

Hey, you’re getting published! How’d that happen?

I have been writing ever since I could hold a crayon but a few years ago I started to take things a bit more seriously. I started out, like many SF authors do, with short stories and had some success with placing them in various magazines and anthologies.

But I had always felt I wanted to write for kids. And so Red Rock was born.

I met my agent at a 1-2-1 meet an agent session at a small literary festival not far from where I live. I went along hoping for some useful feedback, but I ended up signing with her and about a year later Red Rock sold.

When she called I was jolting down a rutted track on my mountain bike. I took her call sitting in the sunshine on a grassy bank beside a farm, swallows flitting overhead. It was a magical moment.

What’s your debut book about? Can you share any cool details with us?

Red Rock is a thriller, set in a not too distant future. The climate is changing and the Greenland ice cap has all but melted away. But as the ice retreats something is revealed….

What do you do in your daily life outside of writing?

In my day job I work as a Marine Scientist. I used to spend a lot of time at sea on survey ships (before having kids) and was fortunate enough to visit the Arctic – this was part of my inspiration for Red
Rock. I’m also keen on hillwalking and I’m fascinated by local history and archaeology.

What are you most excited about in the debut process?

The thought of people reading my book and, hopefully, enjoying it. Holding it in my hand and stroking its cover and thinking ‘I wrote this’.

By day Kate Kelly works as a Marine Scientist, by night she writes SF thrillers for kids. Kate has written all her life and has had a number of science fiction short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, RED ROCK, a SF thriller for the 10+ age group, will be published in 2013 by Curious Fox.


We have a lot of fantastic authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. Today, we’re talking to Lori M. Lee, author of GATES OF THREAD AND STONE. One author, four questions. Here we go!

Hey, you’re getting published! How’d that happen?

I’m totally a cliché in that I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I wrote so much as a kid that I had a monstrously deformed middle finger on my right hand due to a ginormous writing callus. I started my first novel in elementary school. It was a terrible romance with unicorns and faeries and magical princes and demons. I even drew a cover:

(I was ten. No judging.

Just kidding, judge away lol.)

Isn’t it fab? 😛 I even began writing the sequel, but I fortunately never finished it.

Fast forward to 2009 when I wrote my first ms-with-intent-to-query for NaNoWriMo. It was a mess. After a year and a half of editing, I queried it in 2011 and wrote a second book. That second one turned out to be the lucky ms because a year later, in 2012, it sold to Skyscape.

What’s your debut book about? Can you share any cool details with us?

From the PW announcement, the book is about a girl who must keep her ability to manipulate the threads of time a secret. But when her brother goes missing, she risks getting caught up in a revolution in order to save him.

It actually began as a hybrid of science fiction and fantasy, but I ended up overhauling it to be 100% fantasy.

What are you most excited about in the debut process?

Everything. I’m sure that’s cheating, but seriously, I’m excited for all the stages of editing, for the cover, for ARCs, for getting to know my fellow debuts, for promoting, for blog tours and potential book signings, for readers (!!!). And for reviews, good or bad, because it’ll mean people are reading my book holy cows is this real.

What cool facts might readers not know about you?

I’m going to take “cool” to mean “dorky, random, and/or embarrassing.”

♥ I dressed up and went trick-or-treating for Halloween all the way up until high school. FREE CANDY, OKAY? *cough*

♥ Junior year of high school, I got my entire Spanish class in trouble for falling asleep during a film after the teacher specifically said we’d be punished if anyone fell asleep. It was first period. I had been up until 5 am reading. I was mortified.

♥ I’m totally inept at flirting. I can’t even tell when someone’s flirting with me. I think I ran off several guys in college because I just couldn’t get a clue. (I was married most of my time in college, so this is probably a good thing.)

♥ As a teenager, I thought crushing on pop stars was lame (says the girl who hung up pictures of unicorns instead).

♥ I crushed on anime characters though. (I know, it doesn’t make any sense.) I wanted to be Sailor Moon if for no other reason than because I was in love with Tuxedo Mask.

♥ My first kiss was a total cliché. My friends locked me in a closet with my sort-of boyfriend and wouldn’t let us out until we kissed. It was lame. I dumped him a week later.

♥ I don’t like coffee or tea. Hot chocolate all the way.

Lori M. Lee is an avid writer, reader, and artist. She also has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and writes young adult fiction. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won’t). Her debut GATES OF THREAD AND STONE will release Spring of 2014 from Skyscape (Amazon Children’s Publishing).

GETTIN’ LUCKY: An Interview with Polly Holyoke, Author of THE NEPTUNE PROJECT

Neptunecover_FINALToday’s Lucky13 interview is with Polly Holyoke, author of the middle-grade deep-sea adventure THE NEPTUNE PROJECT. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

THE NEPTUNE PROJECT is set in a future where the seas are rising and global warming is out of control. Nere Hanson and her teen companions are shocked to learn that they have been genetically altered by their desperate parents to live in the sea. Protected by her loyal dolphins, shy Nere leads the rest on a perilous journey to her father’s new colony. Fighting off government divers, sharks and giant squid, can Nere and her companions learn to trust each other before their dangerous new world destroys them?

Judging by your website, I’m fairly convinced you live underwater, so the inspiration for your book isn’t hard to find. But was there a particular event or moment that sparked the idea for the story?

Well, there was this moment when a huge, ugly moray eel sunk his teeth into my dive flipper… just kidding! Actually, I have to give you an honest and not very exciting answer. The premise of The Neptune Project grew in my mind over time. I’ve always cared about the environment, and at the rate we are polluting and overpopulating the land of our planet, it just makes sense to me that we may have to colonize the oceans someday. I’m also fascinated by genetic engineering, and we are drawing closer to being able to “engineer” kids who can breathe seawater.

You’ve mentioned being both claustrophobic (like your heroine, Nere) and being a “chicken about heights.” Do you foresee the latter (or other phobias!) making an appearance in future novels?

That’s a great idea! I’ve considered writing a story about a girl who gets bitten by a rattlesnake in the desert just like I was a few years ago, but I think that storyline could get melodramatic in a hurry. I do like the idea of having a serious teen climber survive a bad fall which will impact her ability make challenging ascents. I feel a new story brewing – thanks so much for the nudge!

In Neptune 2, I do follow up on Nere’s claustrophobia and have her imprisoned in a small, dark cell with Tobin (we authors can be so cruel to our characters), and he helps her through the worst of her terror.

You’ve done a lot of scuba diving, but what challenges (if any) did you find in writing an underwater setting?

There were so many sensory details I wanted to convey and get right. It’s quiet and muffled under the waves compared to the surface world, but the sea has its own music. I love the whisper of sand shifting with currents, and the whistles and squeaks of dolphins. The light becomes green or blue depending on where you dive, and it vanishes quickly the deeper you swim.

In the publishing process, what did you feel most and least prepared for?

I was prepared to spend a great deal of time revising a manuscript until it was perfect, and my editor Lisa Yoskowitz was wonderful about helping to make The Neptune Project a better book. I didn’t realize, though, how much time I’d have to spend mastering social media and using it. I now enjoy twitter (like many authors, I perhaps enjoy it too much) but it was a little scary learning how to use it at the start.

Now that your debut’s out in the wild, what’s up next?

I’ve finished Neptune 2, which Puffin UK has already bought. I’m hoping Disney Hyperion buys it as well and agrees to publish the third and final book in the Neptune series.

As this community is All for One and OneFour KidLit, we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid.

BTW, that is one clever name for a debut author group! My father and grandmother used to read Johann David Wyss’ THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON to me by the hour, and I liked to imagine I was a member of that family shipwrecked on a desert island. I also loved MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George about a boy who goes off and tries to survive on his own in the wild. Those books were so vivid, and the characters in them had to be incredibly brave and resourceful to survive. You’ll see those themes in The Neptune Project. My shy heroine Nere eventually learns that she is capable, brave and resourceful.

Thanks for stopping by, Polly, and best luck with THE NEPTUNE PROJECT!


Polly Holyoke has been imagining stories since she was in fifth grade. When she isn’t writing, Polly loves reading, camping, skiing, scuba diving and hiking in the desert (where she quite stupidly got herself bitten by a rattlesnake). She lives with three rescue dogs, two spoiled cats and a nice husband who is tolerant about the piles of books all over their house. Her debut middlegrade novel, THE NEPTUNE PROJECT, is the story of a young girl leading a group of genetically altered teens fighting to survive in the sea. She is thrilled that this novel will be published by Disney/Hyperion and Puffin Books UK summer, 2013. She thinks the best part about being an author is going to work in her sweatpants and getting paid for daydreaming!


Here’s where you can buy THE NEPTUNE PROJECT:

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Books-A-Million     Indigo Books     Powell’s Books     IndieBound

R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—and resists defining herself further since that definition remains in flux. Coincidentally, she enjoys reading about quantum physics. Her debut novel, STITCHING SNOW (Disney-Hyperion, Summer ’14), takes Snow White into space.

YouTube: Music by Jaye Robin Brown

This month’s YouTube topic is Music, and Jaye Robin Brown, author of No Place To Fall is here to talk to you about the music that inspires her protagonist, Amber Vaughn.

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, Fall ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.

YouTube: Music by Christina Farley

This month’s YouTube topic is MUSIC, and Christina Farley, author of GILDED, is at Disney’s Music resort today talking about the song that inspired GILDED’s first chapter, the emotions of her main character and the songs that would make a great fit for GILDED’s soundtrack.

You can also visit her website extra page to listen to the full playlist.

After teaching and traveling internationally, Christina Farley started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write GILDED, a YA about a Korean-American girl with a black belt and deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows to be published by Amazon Children’s spring 2014. Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, hanging out with her two Jedi warriors, and eating dark chocolate.

May News!

I think those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are pretty happy right now. Winter is receding (slowly, here where I live), the flowers are in bloom, and everything is fresh. As fresh as our news! (Sorry, Southern Hemisphere folks. We’ll say “it’s all fresh” for you, come November.)

And now, for our glad tidings:

Rosamund Hodge’s book is now officially titled CRUEL BEAUTY, Emily Lloyd-Jone’s book is now called ILLUSIVE, and Jaye Robin Brown’s book is now NO PLACE TO FALL.

Yay for fresh, official titles! (Everyone clap now.)

Elle Cosimano’s NEARLY GONE has a release date of March 25, 2014.

Michelle Krys sold UK rights of HEXED to Random House UK. Her first foreign rights sale!

Corinne Duyvis is in an anthology that is already out! (Her story it titled “The Applause of Others.”) (Link to anthology.)

And we have a few covers to reveal! They’ve been revealed elsewhere, but just in case you haven’t seen the awesomeness yet, here they are:

The Lost Planet

That’s Rachel Searles’ THE LOST PLANET, folks!

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And that is Christine Kohler’s NO SURRENDER SOLDIER!

Amber Lough lives in Syracuse, NY with an astrophysicist and their two kids, Future CEO and Future Comedian. She spent half her childhood in Japan and the Middle East, but majored in Russian because she likes a challenge. She quit her job in the Air Force to write books. Her Middle Eastern fantasy, THE FIRE WISH, is due from Random House Children’s in Fall 2014.