Next Book News!

We’ve debuted and we’re…wait, we’ve really all debuted!!!  I feel like I should be saying something more profound, since this will be the last NBN post.  It’s been a wild and wonderful year but this will not be the last you hear from the awesome authors who debuted in 2014.  This is only the beginning!!  So now onto the SUPER DELUXE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER HOLIDAY FAREWELL EDITION of NEXT BOOK NEWS!!!

THE GILDED SERIES will be a trilogy!

THE GILDED SERIES by Christina Farley will be a trilogy! Announcing book three: BRAZEN to be released on Sept. 29, 2015.  All the details can be found on Christina’s blog!

Australian Rights for DUMPLIN’!

Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, sold Australian rights for DUMPLIN’ to Penguin Teen Australia for publication in Australia and New Zealand!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK release date!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK, the sequel to Livia Blackburne’s MIDNIGHT THIEF, will be released August 4th, 2015!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS release date!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS, the second installment of Danielle L. Jensen’s THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY, will be released June 2, 2015 by Angry Robot Books!

REBELLION available on Netgalley!

REBELLION, the sequel to EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz, is now available for request on Netgalley!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION available on Edelweiss!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION, a companion novel to THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine, is now available for request on Edelweiss!

A GIRL UNDONE release date and optioned for television!

A GIRL UNDONE, the sequel to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka, will be released June 23, 2015. Both have been optioned by Universal Cable Productions!

THE FORGETTING is a Junior Library Guild selection!

Nicole Maggi’s February 2015 release THE FORGETTING is the Junior Library Guild selection for that month! THE FORGETTING is about a girl who receives a heart transplant and starts to remember the life of her donor. For every memory she gains she loses one of her own. A race against time to solve the mystery of her donor’s death leads her into an underbelly of society that she never knew existed. THE FORGETTING will be released on February 3rd from Sourcebooks Fire and received a stellar review from Kirkus!  “[T]his book is a powerful call to action…a story worth reading.”  Read the full review here!




Jen Malone


YOU’RE INVITED by Jen Malone has a new cover design and will publish on May 19, 2015!

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Amber Lough 

THE BLIND WISH, a sequel to THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough, will be released in 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  Available for Pre-Order!


AdriAnne Strickland

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest for Gray Ironbark

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest For Gray Ironbark, a new middle grade by AdriAnne Strickland will be released February 2, 2015!

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Thank you for following us through this amazing debut year!!  I, for one, feel beyond privileged to have been a part of such a talented and awesome group of creative individuals and I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for their future endeavors!  So it’s not really goodbye – it’s more like Catch Ya Later!!   Keep Reading!!


Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.

Amber Lough: THE FIRE WISH

Here’s another of our debut authors. One author, Four questions. Here we go!


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

I took one of the longer roads. I started off writing a tween historical fiction set in New Zealand. The good news was that I was runner-up in the 2007 SCBWI WIP Grant (first-place was Ruta Sepetys) and I found out via an email from Arthur Levine, which caused me to jump up and down like a caffeinated toddler. The bad news was that I rushed to finish the book. I didn’t understand then what it meant to truly revise. Eventually, I queried agents and signed with my agent, Laura Rennert, at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. We shopped it around, but every editor said nearly the same thing: it wasn’t marketable enough–could you send us her next book? I had to put it aside and write something else. I also had my second baby then, so it took a while.

Three years later, I had written an ok-draft of THE FIRE WISH, so I went to the Big Sur Writing Retreat hoping to get some feedback from editors. I met my agent for the first time then (after having her for three years!) and was put in a group with an editor from Random House. She was so encouraging, and requested that we send it to her when I was done revising. We did, and then a month or so later, I got the call.

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

THE FIRE WISH is about two girls, both from different sides in a war between humans and jinni, and how the choices they make affect everyone around them. It’s set in the golden age of Baghdad, back when the Arabs were naming the stars and figuring out algebra. It’s also when the The One Thousand and One Nights are said to have first been told. And there’s this wish, you see…

I tried to remember as much as I could of my time in Bahrain and Iraq while writing it. I wanted to be as culturally authentic as possible. I even tried to teach myself Arabic (“tried” is the key word here). It’s amazing how much is out there to learn! Eventually, I had to put it all aside and actually write the story, but having some frankincense on hand and a real Persian rug I bought at a bazaar in Baghdad has got to have been helpful, right?

One cool detail in my book that I can’t wait for readers to discover is the land of the jinni. They live in a cavern, but it’s not just any old damp cavern…

Do you have any writing quirks–places you need to write or things you need to have with you?

I don’t need any particular place to write, as long as it’s not at home. Otherwise, procrastination gets the better of me and I end up cleaning or napping. I wrote THE FIRE WISH sitting in the cafe at Barnes and Noble, but now I have an office that I rent in an old Victorian house. As long as I have my laptop and some coffee, I’m good to go. Oh, and that frankincense? I burn that sometimes. It sets the mood, although I’m not sure the other writers in the house like it so much. 😉 I guess one quirk is that my critique partner, Emma Kress, is my novel’s lifeline. Without her, I’d have dried up long ago.

My crit partner saves my butt all the time.

My crit partner saves my butt all the time.

What cool facts might readers not know about you?

Not exactly how “cool” these are, but here’s something:

1. I went to a Japanese elementary school solely because Indiana Jones was my idol and it’s what he would have done.
2. I got “lost” in a pyramid in Egypt because I didn’t want to follow the tour guide. I also happened to be wearing an Indiana Jones-type leather hat I picked up in Sydney. (See? I told you he was my idol. I was a total geek.) I ended up in a false burial chamber, which was rather anti-climactic. But still…it was awesome for those ten seconds I thought I was onto something.
3. I decided to major in Russian because I read CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and fell in love with the culture of Russia. Also, I wanted to learn something other than Japanese, and at the time, I was applying for an AFROTC scholarship. The choices for the scholarship, besides foreign languages, were all engineering-based. I knew that wouldn’t end well. Also, in Japan, I could never blend in, but in Russia…everyone just thought I was Swedish. (I was too tall to be Russian.)
4. I was deployed to Baghdad for eight months, during which I learned as much as possible about the region and its politics. (It was my job, and it was pretty cool.) It was during this deployment that I made the decision to quit the military and go for my life-long dream of writing novels. Not because I didn’t like my job, but because life is too short to spend it doing something other than what your heart wants most.

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 Air Force Intelligence to write stories in which no one speaks English or “common.” Her Middle Eastern fantasy, THE FIRE WISH, is due from Random House Children’s in Fall 2014.