Happy 14th Day: February

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! And Happy 14th Day, too! We’ve got heaps of news, and I know you’ll be impressed!

I am going to introduce the news by author, rather than by topic, this time. (With the exception of the book covers, which I’ll save for the end.)

MARIA ANDREU’s The Secret Side of Empty, out on March 11th, 2014, has just been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

REBECCA BEHRENS’s When Audrey Met Alice got a review from the New York Times!

JAYE ROBIN BROWN has a cover reveal TODAY and is hosting a giveaway with the YAValentines (click here to enter).

SKILA BROWN’s Caminar was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

ERICA CAMERON is hosting a contest to honor Sing Sweet Nightingale‘s release March 4!! (click here to enter) She will also be appearing at the NoVaTEEN Book Festival in Arlington, Virginia.

EDITH COHN’s Spirit’s Key has a cover! (See below)

SARAH COMBS’s Breakfast Served Anytime has a great review from Kirkus.

ELLE COSIMANO’s Nearly Gone received a starred review from School Library Journal, and the German rights to Nearly Gone have been sold to Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger for publication in Spring 2015.

MARY CROCKETT’s cover for Dream Boy is out–see below!

CORINNE DUYVIS’s Otherbound has gotten some great blurbs, with Margo Lanagan calling it an “action-packed tale of passion, possession and hair-raising leaps from world to world,” Karen Healey calling the book “assured, powerful” and “a deeply moving exploration of how circumstance and choice shape who we are.” Sarah Beth Durst “loved every second of this fascinating, fantastic novel!” and Laura Lam says, “A wonderful debut.” (Read more hereOtherbound was also chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

CHRISTINA FARLEY’s Gilded has a sequel–Silvern–which will be released September 23, 2014. (Here for more details.)

LAURA MARX FITZGERALD’s Under the Egg is one of 50 books in the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List—“Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers”!

ROBIN HERRERA’s Hope is a Ferris Wheel has a trailer! (Watch it  here)

CLARA KENSIE’s series is on the run! The first two parts of her Harlequin Teen serial RUN TO YOU is out already (Part One: First Sight on February 1 andPart Two: Second Glance on February 8), and Part Three: Third Charm — the conclusion to Book 1 — is coming out tomorrow, February 15.

LORI M. LEE has a new website and her book is available for pre-order.

R.C. LEWIS’s cover reveal giveaway (ARC, apple pendant necklace, and circuit-board bookmark) is ongoing at YABC.

MATT LONDON’s The 8th Continent received a blurb from Kim Stanley Robinson– “This is a delightful start to the adventures of the Lane family, with their flying tree and their mechanical bird tutor. Evie and Rick and their brilliant if eccentric parents are wonderfully vivid, and the villains who try to impede them in their quest to save the Earth, equally memorable. It’s all in the great tradition of adventure fiction for young readers, running back through Akiko and Freddy the Pig all the way to Tom Sawyer.”

AMBER LOUGH’s The Fire Wish cover reveal giveaway (ARC, signed copy of Tamora Pierce’s Battle Magic) is ongoing at YABC. Dutch rights to The Fire Wish have been sold to Luitingh-Sijthoff.

JESSICA LOVE’s Push Girl has a new, updated cover, and it includes a blurb from Jennifer Brown. “A tender, inspirational, and, most of all, important story.” – Jennifer Brown, Award-Winning Author of Hate List. (Cover below)

KELSEY MACKE’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED now has a cover! The team over at act.MTV.com hosted the exclusive cover reveal for her debut, along with the artwork for the book’s companion album of original music, IMOGEN UNLOCKED. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Kelsey’s favorite charity, NoStigmas.org!

LISA MAXWELL had her cover reveal for Sweet Unrest on Icey Books. She is also hosing a giveaway (including The Winner’s Curse, The Prisoner of the Night and Fog, The Murder Complex, and Unforgotten) on her new blog. (Enter here)

JULIE MURPHY’s Side Effects May Vary received a great Kirkus review! It was also chosen as one of Teen Vogue‘s most exciting titles of 2014, and Seventeen Magazine included it in their winter entertainment guide! Woohoo!

NATALIE C. PARKER’s Beware the Wild has a cover! Check it out at YABC and enter the contest to win more books! It’s also Available for pre-order via Amazon. Last but not least, check out these blurbs! “Unique, haunting, and filled with characters who steal your heart, you’ll be just as intrigued by the rural, small-town world that Parker builds as you will by the magic she weaves in the dark of the wild.” — International Bestselling Author Josephine Angelini
“Brimming with mystery, passion, and dark enchantments, BEWARE THE WILD is Southern Gothic at its most beguiling.” — Sonia Gensler, author of The Revenant and The Dark Between
“This book, much like its dark and enticing swamp, seeps into your soul. And that is a very, very good thing.” — Tara Hudson, author of the HEREAFTER series
“Natalie Parker speaks Southern Gothic fluently, from the haunting rhythm of her language to the easy cadence of her dialogue. I dare you to turn the page: the Louisiana swamp will eat you alive.” — Myra McEntire, author of the HOURGLASS series
“Creepily delicious swamp magic. I loved BEWARE THE WILD something wicked.” — International Bestselling Author, Amy Plum


GAYLE ROSENGREN’s What the Moon Said releases on February 20th! Congratulations, Gayle!

PATRICK SAMPHIRE, author of Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, has a new website and blog. (See it here!)

HEIDI SHULZ’s Hook’s Revenge is now available for pre-order. (AmazonPowell’sIndieBoundBarnes and Noble)

ADRIANNE STRICKLAND will be signing ARCs of her YA sci-fi/fantasy, Wordless, at PLA 2014 in Indianapolis. She’ll be at the Llewellyn Worldwide/Flux Books booth (#1953) at 3pm on Thursday, March 13th! Everyone–librarians, especially–should stop by and say hi!

RACHEL M. WILSON’s cover is out at Icey Books, The Compulsive ReaderMe, My Shelf & I, and I Read Banned Books, and on her site, with a spotlight post today from Mundie Moms. Her book, Don’t Touch, also got its first blurb: “Wilson writes from the rapidly beating heart of a girl living on the edge of everything, ‘eager and terrified.’ The book is fiercely compelling, darkly funny, and hums like a high tension wire.” — Tim Wynne-Jones, author of BLINK & CAUTION

Covers! (I apologize for the different sizes. I tried to get them all the same.)

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Amber Lough lives with her husband, their two kids, and their cat, Popcorn, in Syracuse, NY. She spent much of her childhood in Japan and Bahrain. Later, she returned to the Middle East as an Air Force intelligence officer to spend eight months in Baghdad, where the ancient sands still echo the voices lost to wind and time. Her Middle Eastern fantasy, THE FIRE WISH, is due from Random House Children’s in July 2014.

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