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Happy 14th Day: DECEMBER!

Hello, dears. The year is nearly snuffed, but we have bright, bright news!

First, the One Four Audies…. Livia Blackburne‘s Midnight Thief is now available on Audible, and the audio edition of Meredith McCardle‘s The Eighth Guardian has received a starred review in School Library Journal. Way to go!!!!

At long last, the final OneFourKidLit book WINTER FALLS by Nicole Maggi will be released on December 22nd!
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Praise for WINTER FALLS:

“Maggi’s pacing is quick, and her imaginative prose (with its ear for dialogue) supports a cast of characters…All elements combine to create a nicely textured real world where a surreal battle’s set to take place.”
—Kirkus Review

“Reminiscent of Twilight and Harry Potter, Winter Falls is … full of mystery and adventure. Alessia’s character is fully realized as she struggles with her grief over the death of her father and navigates the ups and downs of friendships, high school, home life, and her newfound role as member of the Benandanti.” – VOYA

“Drawing on Italian lore, debut novelist Maggi weaves an intriguing…urban fantasy in which rival clans war for control of magical hot spots, including a waterfall near the tiny Maine town of Twin Willows.”
—Publishers Weekly

Dana Alison Levy‘s THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER has been popping up on several Best of 2014 lists, including NPR and The Boston Globe! The audiobook is also one of Audiofile Magazine’s Best Books of 2014. Hooray for the Fletchers!

AND ALSO:

YALSA’s list of nominations for Best Books for Young Adults includes 9 books by OneFours!!!

CAMINAR by Skila Brown
BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME by Sarah Combs
FAKE I.D. by Lamar Giles
THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
ILLUSIVE by Emily Lloyd-Jones
THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu
BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker
SEKRET by Lindsay Smith
LIV, FOREVER by Amy Talkington

See the full list here:  www.ala.org/yalsa/bfya-nominations

Super congratulations!!!! This is my last “14th Day” blog post—thank you so much for the past 1 1/2 years of reading!

Amber Lough lives with her husband and two kids in Germany. 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, debuted this July 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers.
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Happy 14th Day: November!

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s November. I’m waffling between “it should be October” and “isn’t it December already?” We’ve had a long year with a lot of cover reveals, positive reviews, interviews, lists, and–naturally–book launches. But we aren’t done yet.

Here’s the news for this month:

First, NO SURRENDER SOLDIER by Christine Kohler is nominated for ALA’s YALSA Quick Pick list! It was also awarded a bronze medal by the Military Writers Society of America in the YA category. Congratulations, Christine!

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Second, WINTER FALLS by Nicole Maggi got a glowing Kirkus review! Woohoo, Nicole!

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And third, THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough was selected for the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Lone Star Reading List. (I can personally attest that the author was ecstatic and honored at the news.)

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I’ll let one of my favorite princesses bid you adieu:

Best. Princess. Of. All. Time.

Amber Lough lives with her husband and two kids in Germany. 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, debuted this July 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers.
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Happy 14th Day: October!

Happy October! For those of you who celebrate Halloween, or the changing of seasons, or Pumpkin Spice in everything, it’s a good month.

 

Now, our news:

Jaye Robin Brown‘s book, No Place to Fall, was recently reviewed by some big-hitters.

School Library Journal had this to say about Jaye Robin Brown’s No Place to Fall:
“Debut author Brown is off to a wonderful start with authentic characters who speak in true voices. Amber could be the best friend you had in high school—she’s funny and moody and truthful and absolutely the real deal, and readers will clamor for another well-paced story featuring her and her friends.”

And from Publisher’s Weekly:
“Debut author Brown makes a small town in North Carolina —where everyone knows everyone, and the outside world comes in via the Appalachian Trail hikers – fee real, but the heart of the story is Amber, as tries to find herself, love, and her voice.”

And Kirkus Reviews:
“Southern charm oozes off the page….the read is an enjoyable ride.”

(I have to check out this book for several reasons, not the least of which is because the main character and I have the same name.)

NextOtherbound by Corinne Duyvis, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, and The Chance you Won’t Return by Annie Cardi were included in this list of “11 Great Debut Novels” by Kirkus Reviews!

And finally, Dahlia Adler’s debut, Behind the Scenes, got a makeover cover, and it’s awesome:

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This month’s news is short but sweet! Enjoy the rest of October. Watch out for large pumpkins.

 

 

Amber Lough lives with her husband and two kids in Germany. 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, debuted this July 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers.
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Mid-September News!

Perhaps you’ve noticed I didn’t say “Happy 14th Day.” That’s because I’m late.*

Booklist says of Maria E. Andreu’s THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, “With immigration reform a hot button issue across the country, this book couldn’t be timelier. Written with the compassion and raw emotions of one who has lived in the shadows herself, Andreu’s debut offering is a winner.”

Martina Boone’s COMPULSION was included in the School Library Journal’s list of What’s Hot in YA. Check out the trailer:

Tara Dairman’s ALL FOUR STARS has been licensed by Bookspan’s Children’s Book of the Month Club, which calls it “an irresistible adventure.”

The cover for Helene Dunbar’s 2015 release, WHAT REMAINS, was revealed at www.yabookscentral.com// Come check it out!

Tracy Holczer’s THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is a 2014 SCIBA Book Award Finalist! (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association) …and is an American Bookseller Association ABC Best Book of 2014. It was also an ALAN pick for September. ALAN says “Holczer’s beautiful words and insights resonated with each page. The Secret Hum of a Daisy not only takes you on Grace’s journey, but on your own journey through childhood, friendships, and the meaning of home.”

School Library Journal included Jessica Love & Chelsie Hill’s PUSH GIRL on their What’s Hot in YA list, and said, “The writing duo’s personal experiences informed the realistic dialogue and fully developed main character. Kara’s accepting her fate and the ups and downs of her relationships with family and friends will keep the attention of teens. This tearjerker is sure to be popular with readers.”

Catherine Linka’s A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE, optioned to Universal Cable Productions for development as a television series, with Pete Donaldson of Donaldson Media & Consulting, Amy Baer of Gidden Media, and R.D. Robb and Brad Luff of Station Three executive-producing, by Pete Donaldson, on behalf of Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Lauren Magaziner’s THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES received a great review from The Bulletin Center for Children’s Books: “the kids’ slowly forming friendship has real grace and authenticity… In addition, Eva Ibbotson fans will appreciate the quirky humor.” THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES also received a wonderful review from Booklist: “this debut novel is madcap and fantastical. It’s the perfect thing for kids not quite ready for Diane Duane or Madeleine L’Engle.” And BIG NEWS: Lauren’s book has been selected for the Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Kirkus Reviews says of Mary Elizabeth Summer’s TRUST ME, I’M LYING, “A memorable debut; here’s hoping for a lot more from Summer.”

School Library Journal says about Elissa Sussman’s STRAY “This fun tale will appeal to reluctant female readers. Sussman explores some unique themes, including a LGBTQ relationship and even a yummy recipe in this fantasy with supernatural and romantic elements.”

Kirkus calls Rachel M. Wilson’s DON’T TOUCH “An insightful look at anxiety disorders and letting go of fear.” DON’T TOUCH also showed up on School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA” roundup as “a good look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.” And VOYA says, “The well-written, first-person narrative vividly portrays Caddie’s struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Teens will care about Caddie and salute her friends’ supportiveness.” Check out the trailer:

* My good news: we moved! I’m reporting from Lower Saxony, Germany, where we arrived a week ago.

Amber Lough lives with her husband and two kids in Germany. 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, debuted this July 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers.
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Happy 14th Day: AUGUST

Greetings, readers. Having a good summer (or winter, if you’re down south)?

Now, for our yummy (mostly review-centered) news:

Catherine Linka’s A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS is a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Young Adult Book Award.

Booklist praised AdriAnne Strickland’s August debut sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, for its “impressive mythology and fast-paced adventure!”

Kirkus called Lisa Maxwell’s SWEET UNREST “A tale of magic, murder and romance in the steamy South” and said “debut author Maxwell tackles slavery, segregation and racial tensions admirably and offers a time-transcending romance.”

Mary Elizabeth Summer’s TRUST ME, I’M LYING has been selected for the Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List. Also, Random House Australia has acquired the Australian rights to her debut. Woohoo!

Kosmos Verlag has acquired the German Rights to Trisha Leaver’s THE SECRETS WE KEEP. Also, Brilliance Audio has acquired the North American Audio rights to Trisha’s debut.

Booklist says of Christina Farley’s GILDED: “Energy, adventure, and ancient Korean legends whisk the reader away to lands real and spirit bound.”

Kirkus said of Elissa Sussman’s STRAY: “Fairy-tale tropes are turned on their heads in this exploration of class and ideology.”

VOYA magazine says of Jessica Love’s PUSH GIRL: “Kara’s voice is so clear and so realistic that it pulls the reader in.”

VOYA writes that Joshua David Bellin’s SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is “filled with interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and gripping action,” and School Library Journal adds that “[Bellin’s debut] will appeal to sci-fi fans who will anxiously await the planned sequel.”

And…

Just one more thing…

School Library Journal gave Heidi Schulz’s HOOK’S REVENGE a starred review, saying “Schulz’s debut novel is a rollicking page-turner that’s more than just an action-packed adventure. “

 

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, debuted this July from Random House BFYR.

 

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Happy 14th Day: July!

It’s JULY! YAY! If you know me, you’ll know why that’s super exciting*.

Anyway, on to our news for the month.

First up:

GILDED, by Christina Farley, sold to Scholastic Book Fairs.

Next:

ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for July!

And last, but totally not least:

Natalie C. Parker will be appearing on the “What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction” panel at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday the 28th from 1-2pm in room 25ABC. The panel will be moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and will feature Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Kami Garcia (Unbreakable), Tessa Gratton (United States of Asgard series), Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), CJ Redwine (The Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), Margaret Stohl (The Icons series), and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds).

Oh, darlin’, I am SO excited!

That’s it for July!** I hope y’all are having a great summer (or winter, if you’ve been at the World Cup games). Come back next month for more!

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* My book is out in one week. ONE WEEK OMG.

**This post brought to you by the happiest bits of Disney, apparently.

 

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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Happy (Belated) 14th Day!

 

I was completely distracted last week because I was headed to my first ever book fest as an author. There were over 3K people in attendance, and I was maybe slightly nervous and definitely unable to think straight. (For amazing photos and embarrassing shots of authors you know, click here.)

Now, to the NEWS!!!!!

Dahlia Adler‘s “Behind the Scenes is sweet, sexy, and satisfying. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop!”

~Trish Doller, author of Where the Stars Still Shine

“Behind the Scenes keeps the promise of its title, ushering readers backstage in a Hollywood romance they won’t want to leave. I loved this book every bit as much as I expected.”

~Jennifer Echols, author of Biggest Flirts and Dirty Little Secret

Dahlia’s book is also now available on Edelweiss.

Maria Andreu‘s The Secret Side of Empty received a great review from Booklist: “With immigration reform a hot button issue across the country, this book couldn’t be timelier. Written with the compassion and raw emotions of one who has lived in the shadows herself, Andreu’s debut offering is a winner.”

Kate Boorman received a few amazing reviews for her novel, Winterkill.

“An engrossing romance, set against a chillingly vivid repressive society. Winterkill will haunt you.”

– Julie Berry, author of Carnegie shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me

“I ripped through WINTERKILL’s pages, desperate to know the secrets behind this captivating world. Equal parts creepy, thrilling, and touching, it’s a must-read, and Emmeline is a character I won’t soon forget.”

—James Dashner, NYT Bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER Series

And the cover!

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Also, Winterkill sold to Host in the Czech Republic.

Edith Cohn’s Spirit’s Key received a few wonderful blurbs!

“As compelling as it is inventive, Edith Cohn’s SPIRIT’S KEY dangles magical charms before the reading mind. Surely a new classic.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Author of One Crazy Summer

“Psychics, ghost dogs and mystery galore. Cohn has told a story like no other.”—Barbara O’Connor, Author of How to Steal a Dog

Mary Crockett received two new blurbs for Dream Boy:

“Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams–and your nightmares.” —Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light

“Dream Boy explores the mysterious world of dreams, where we access our deepest desires…the authors expertly weave fantasy and the real world in a perfect blend.” –Erica Orloff, author In Dreams

Tara Dairman‘s All Four Stars got its first trade reviews!

School Library Journal says “The [restaurant-reviewing] plan goes disastrously and hilariously awry, but Gladys and fine food ultimately triumph. The characters are well drawn…Give this one to your young foodies.”

Publishers Weekly calls ALL FOUR STARS “A tasty read.”

Helene Dunbar‘s These Gentle Wounds was chosen as a May book club pick by Just Jared Jr.

Corinne Duyvis’s Otherbound is making shock-waves with trade reviews.

In a starred review, Kirkus called OTHERBOUND: “Original and compelling; a stunning debut.” Publishers Weekly–also in a starred review, albeit a very spoilery one, so click with caution–said: “Duyvis makes ingenious use of a fascinating premise.” According to The Horn Book Magazine, “Duyvis creates a humdinger of an adventure that contains the agony of loyalty, the allure of magic, and, most gratifyingly, the element of surprise.” Finally, Booklist says that “readers who want to be left thinking after a story is done will appreciate this stand-alone title.”

Kate Hannigan has signed on for Books 2 and 3 in the CUPCAKE COUSINS series with Disney-Hyperion. They are slated to publish in Spring 2015 and Fall 2016.

Tracy Holczer also received a starred review for The Secret Hum of a Daisy. School Library Journal calls The Secret Hum of a Daisy “An essential purchase for middle grade collections.”

Dana Alison Levy‘s The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a Junior Library Guild selection and is available on Netgalley!

Emily Lloyd-Jones has received two outstanding reviews for her novel, Illusive.

“Illusive starts off at a sprint, and the pace never falters. With razor-sharp prose, and richly drawn characters, I was captivated beginning to end.”—Jennifer Rush, author of the Altered series

Also, there’s a starred Booklist review. “An impressive debut guaranteed to disappear from the shelves before your very eyes.” – Booklist

Jessica Love received a great review! Kirkus calls PUSH GIRL by Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill, “a light, ultimately upbeat look at life after spinal cord injury.”

Lori M. Lee‘s Gates of Thread and Stone sold in Germany to Blanvalet!

“A fast-paced, heart-wrenching whirl of a story full of magic, immortals, and a romance that will leave readers gasping for more.” –Mindee Arnett, THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR series and AVALON series

“The kind of book you want to read both fast and slow: fast to find out what happens next and slow to savor the journey. I couldn’t put it down.” –Sarah Beth Durst

“A captivating fantasy that will thread its way into your heart.” –Christina Farley, GILDED

“Inventive, romantic, and gripping.” –Amy Tintera, REBOOT and REBEL

“Lori M. Lee excels in building a world of intrigue, oppression, and magic amidst a Labyrinth setting as twisted and winding as the secrets hidden inside her characters’ hearts. Fans of strong heroines who don’t need a boy to hold their hands, action-packed fighting scenes, and whispers of steampunk and mythology, will find themselves wishing they, too, could manipulate the threads of time, if only to stay inside the story a little longer.” –A.G. Howard, the SPLINTERED series

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Julie Murphy‘s Side Effects May Vary sold Turkish rights to Pegasus. Mutlu okuma!

Tess Sharpe‘s Far From You sold in Italy, Brazil and France. It also received a starred review from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books which called it “A lacerating picture of grief and regret,” which Tess adores because she keeps imagining a picture frame made out of knives.

AdriAnne Strickland‘s Wordless has “[J]ust the right amount of pizzazz in the form of cinematic action and naked, sexy fun… with a nonetheless intriguing, original science-fantasy setting sure to attract fans,” says Kirkus.

 

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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Happy 14th Day: April!

Wheeee it’s Spring!

 

Some of you know I live in Syracuse, New York. We got 131.7″ of snow this winter, and it’s supposed to snow again on Wednesday. BUT TODAY IT IS SUNNY AND HOT! People are in SHORTS! (It’s an amazing 73 degrees!)

The OneFours have some great news to share this month.

First, several OneFour books were chosen for the Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices list! Here’s the link, but basically these books should be picked up and read:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy

The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu

Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne

Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley

Falling Into Place, by Amy Zhang

Salt & Storm, by Kendall Kulper

 

OneFourKidLit is so awesome!

 

Edith Cohn‘s Sprit’s Key has it’s first blurb and is available for preorder at Amazon, B&N, and Book Depository.

Spirit’s Key will sweep you away to an island of wonder and mystery. A beautifully imagined debut that enchants, surprises, and tugs hard at your heart, this is a magical story of overcoming loss and believing in the gifts of both the past and the future.” ~ Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17&Gone.

Jen Swann Downey’s The Ninja Librarians received praise from both Booklist and School Library Journal!

“Delightfully funny from the first page, this middle- grade time-travel adventure is surprisingly full of fun and action. Downey’s hilarious debut is perfect for any library-loving reader and those who never considered librarians to be cool.” – Booklist

“The melding of fantasy, adventure, and history is enlightening…Readers who miss the collegial, magical setting of Hogwarts will enjoy exploring Petrarch’s Library.” – School Library Journal

Tracy Holczer’s The Secret Hum of a Daisy got a great Kirkus review:

“In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation.”–Kirkus Reviews

Jessie Humphries’ Killing Ruby Rose was chosen as a Kindle First Pick! (Which means the kindle version is available now.)

Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is not only going into a second printing (already!) but it will be published in Italian by DeAgostini! Brava, Julie!

That’s all, folks!

 

 

 

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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Happy 14th Day!

Hello, everyone. Soon, it’ll be Spring! (We have other news, too.)

Dahlia Adler‘s Behind the Scenes is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository.

Veronica BartlesTwelve Steps is available for preorder at Amazon and iTunes.

Skila Brown‘s Caminar has received two starred reviews! One from the Horn Book and one from School Library Journal.

Annie Cardi‘s The Chance You Won’t Return got a starred review in Kirkus!

Rin Chupeco‘s The Girl from the Well is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, and Indiebound. You can also read the first three chapters on Sourcebooks!

Jen Swann Downey‘s The Ninja Librarians got a starred review in Kirkus!

Corinne DuyvisOtherbound is having a give-away on Goodreads! It’s also up on NetGalley.

Laura Marx Fitzgerald‘s Under the Egg was picked for both Amazon’s favorite spring children’s book and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List. If you can’t wait for the March 18 launch, get started on the first 60 pages here.

Ryan Gebhart‘s There Will Be Bears has a starred review from PW! Also, German rights have been sold to Aladin, for publication in 2015.

Tracy Holczer‘s The Secret Hum of a Daisy got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly!

Nicole Maggi‘s Winter Falls is having a giveaway and cover reveal at IceyBooks!

Jen Malone‘s At Your Service is now available for preorder at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Edelweiss.

Heidi Schulz‘s Hook’s Revenge has a cover reveal and giveaway at The Midnight Garden YA.
Preorder Hook’s Revenge: Powell’s
| IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Add Hook’s Revenge to your Goodread’s shelves.

Tess Sharpe‘s Far From You got a starred review in Kirkus!

Philip Siegel’s The Break-Up Artist is having a mega-givaway on Goodreads, going on now! It is also available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.

Lindsay Smith‘s Sekret got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly!

Elissa Sussman‘s Stray has a release date: October 7, 2014.

Robin Talley‘s Lies We Tell Ourselves will be featured at the BEA YA Editors’ Buzz Panel! Make sure you stop by!

Covers:

Winter Falls, by Nicole Maggi

Crazy, by Linda Phillips

Stray, by Elissa Sussman

Is it just me, or does this time of year make you think of the Ides of March, too? Tomorrow, my dears….

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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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.