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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.