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NO PLACE to FALL has made it onto the stage!

It’s hard to believe that launch day is finally here. I finished this novel in the summer of 2012. It sold in late September of the same year. Now a full two and a half years from when I closed the document on my revised manuscript draft, it’s landing on bookstore shelves. The only way to describe this moment is amazing and surreal. I wrote a book, y’all. Thank you for following my journey, having my back, and just being the best group of authors, readers, and friends a writer could ever have. Now I’m off to lurk at my local bookstores for a few hours!

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Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

**Early Praise for No Place To Fall**

“Lyrically written with a deep sense of place and music, Brown’s story allows the heroine to stumble, falter, and suffer consequences without forcing a tidy, happy ending. There is so much joy within the pages that the sorrow hits hard and emotions rise and fall and rise again like a vocalist running scales.” – Booklist

“Debut author Brown makes a small town in North Carolina—where everyone knows everyone, and the outside world comes in via Appalachian Trail hikers—feel real, but the heart of the story is Amber, as she tries to find herself, love, and her voice (she’s a talented singer, but is afraid of singing in front of crowds).” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Southern charm oozes off the page.” – Kirkus Reviews

“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.” – School Library Journal Review

“The writing shines when Amber describes the feelings that singing awakens in her, with ‘songs swirling inside me like butterflies.’ One could wish for an accompanying soundtrack to fill out the fragments of lyrics that appear throughout.” – VOYA

“I was completely smitten.” – Robin Constantine, author of The Promise of Amazing.

“Hits a chord with the dreamer in all of us.” – Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter series

**Where you can find Jaye Robin Brown**

My launch party is TONIGHT at Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville. It starts at 7pm and the lovely teen singer/songwriter, Indigo Blue DeSouza, will be playing a couple of songs from the book and some of her own music as well. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

I’m doing a mini-book tour with a few other folks, here are the stops I know so far:

Sat. Dec 27 3-5 pm – Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC with Alison Kemper

Sun. Dec. 28 2-3 pm – TallTales Book Shop in Atlanta, GA with Alison Kemper

Mon. Dec. 29 5-7 pm – The Little Professor in Homewood, AL with Stephen Duncan

Saturday, January 10th, Robin Constantine and I will be doing an author’s cafe at the Burke County Public Library in Morganton, NC.

And in April, I’ll be at the Southern Kentucky Bookfest along with a bunch of other OneFours!!

 

 

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.

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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.