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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

 

A sequel to Tara Dairman’s ALL FOUR STARS! 

A sequel to Tara Dairman’s middle-grade debut, ALL FOUR STARS, is coming in summer 2015, and Tara will be revealing its title and cover in October!

Subscribers to her e-mail list will get an exclusive first peek at the new book; you can sign up to be notified here! 

 

Rachel M. Wilson releases eBook with HarperTeen Impulse!

Rachel M. Wilson’s story “The Game of Boys and Monsters” will release October 7th as a stand-alone eBook with HarperTeen Impulse.

Says Harper, “From Rachel M. Wilson, author of Don’t Touch, comes an eerie and utterly compelling short story about best friends Leslie and Evy, whose friendship changes when the enigmatic Marsh brothers move to town.”

Pre-order for $0.99, or add it on Goodreads!

 

Cover Reveals and Giveaways!!!

 

Helene Dunbar and WHAT REMAINS

 

Helene’s next stand-alone, WHAT REMAINS releases from Flux in May 2015. There is a cover reveal and giveaway on YABC!!  Add it on Goodreads!!

 

Emily Lloyd-Jones and DECEPTIVE

 

The sequel to ILLUSIVE, called DECEPTIVE, has a cover! And a giveaway for a galley over on Icey Books! (ends September 30th!!)  Add it on Goodreads!!

 

Can’t wait to see what October brings!!

 

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.
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Emily Lloyd-Jones: ADVERSE EFFECTS

We have a lot of fantastic authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. One author, four questions. Today we’re talking to Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of ADVERSE EFFECTS.  Here we go!

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

Emily on a benchThis story is pretty typical. I was a very introverted child who got her hands on a copy of Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles. It was the first time I’d truly been immersed in a fantasy world. I remember looking at the tattered cover and thinking, This is what I want to create.

I began writing. Some of it was original fiction, some of it not. Most of it really sucked. I continued writing. Years passed. My writing slowly became less sucky. In fact, if you squinted and were sort of tipsy, it began to look like passable fiction.

Fast forward to July 2011 and I was watching far too many superhero movies when I should’ve been working on my master’s thesis. (See? Procrastination isn’t all bad.) While I enjoyed the movies, there was this nagging voice in the back of my mind. It kept whispering, “These are all unrealistic. Come on. What would really happen if humans suddenly ended up with superpowers?” I was unable to stop thinking about it. What followed was four months of frantic writing followed by four more months of revision.

In February 2012, I entered the querying trenches. I got rejections. Quite a few of them. I fretted and drank a lot of coffee.

In the end, I signed with a fantastic agent: Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary. My book was picked up by Little, Brown – something I will never stop being giddy about.

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

Well, it’s my interpretation of what would realistically occur if a small percentage of the population ended up with superpowers. The short answer: bad things happen. The long answer: people with powers are seen as the new atom bomb. They are the ultimate weapon – and the government knows that. Citizens who end up with superpowers (called “adverse effects”) face the choice of either joining up with the feds or trying to make a life outside of the system.

As for cool details… well, all of the superpowers in the book are based off of stage magic. When I was world-building, I wanted my characters to have somewhat realistic abilities. (No bullet-proof skin for my heroes.) I did some research into the several branches of stage magic and channeled each one into an adverse effect.

What inspires you to write?

To quote Gandalf: “Questions. Questions that need answering.”

I’m very much a what-if kind of writer. I get mentally hit upside the head by possibilities: what if superheroes did exist? What if we suddenly found out that magical creatures were real? What if giant genetically engineered woodchucks rose up and conquered humanity? What would really happen? How would people react? What would change?

If a question lodges itself in my brain – to the point where I’m thinking about it even when I’m supposed to be doing other things – then I know it’s worth pursuing.

What cool facts might readers not know about you?

  • When I jot down my characters’ basic info, I include what Hogwarts house they’d belong to.
  • I’m sort of a music fanatic. Nearly all of my computer is dominated by my music collection and a lot is really obscure.
  • I was an anime nut in my teen years. I count Gundam SEED, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sailor Moon, and Orphen among my influences.
Emily Lloyd-Jones lives on the western edge of California, where she works in a bookstore by day and writes YA novels by night. She’s addicted to coffee, the internet, and snarky humor. When not writing, she’s usually online or playing with her neurotic cat. She wastes a lot of time on Twitter. Her debut, ADVERSE EFFECTS, will be released by Little, Brown in the spring of 2014.