Thursday, December 27, 2012
Many of our readers known I'm a Facebook Scrabble fan. Okay, maybe addict! So how thrilled was I to get a Scrabble mug from my daughter for the holidays? I have used it every morning since, and maybe best of all, when the cocoa/coffee/tea is finished, the empty mug reveals a triple word score!
When clean, it now joins our assortment of other "signature mugs," like the ones that have pictures of our kids, our favorite college emblems, or apt little sayings.
I thought I'd shout it out to our YA Fresh readers! Do you have any favorite mugs in your home, that represent your personality, friends/family, likes and dislikes? If so, please share!
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 12/27/2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 12/23/2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thanks to all who commented on The Starter Boyfriend giveaway, naming characteristics that are important in a boyfriend--starter or otherwise. We got some terrific feedback, including honesty, humor, loyalty, kindness, understanding...
Now time to shout out two winners!
GIRL FOR CHRIST
JILL THE OWL.
If you two would contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will get paperback copies in the mail to you!
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 12/17/2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 12/11/2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.
With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose...
Hi Eileen, great to have you back on YA Fresh! Please share with our readers what your YA novel is about.
Eileen: THE ALMOST TRUTH is about Sadie, a teen-age con artist. When she discovers she looks like the age enhanced photo on a missing child poster she decides to pull the ultimate con until she begins to suspect she might be the missing child.
What was the main inspiration for this book?
Eileen: Most often book ideas come to me as a collection of unrelated things. A bit of an idea here, another piece there, until it sticks together as one idea. This process can take months or years. This is one of the few books where I can remember the exact second I had the idea. I was on the ferry and saw a missing child poster. At the bottom there was an age-enhanced photo so you could see what the person might look like now. I had the thought "How weird would it be if I looked like the age enhanced photo?" In that instant the idea of the book dropped into my head. I ran back to my seat and wrote it down as fast as I could. I spent another week thinking over some different details, but I started writing almost right away.
What are you working on for us next?
Eileen: I am working on a new YA which is currently being called LOST TO BE FOUND, but stay tuned the title may change. It’s about a girl named Avery who decides to search for her birth mom as part of her senior project, but ends up finding out more about herself.
Please share your perfect writing day.
Eileen: The perfect writing day would mean writing in a house near the ocean. There’s something about water that I love. I’d write during the day without a single beating my head on the desk moment, and spend the evening reading by the fire.
Thanks again for sharing, Eileen, good luck with your writing! Let's close with what popular writing advice do you never follow?
Eileen: Write what you know. For me part of the fun is learning something I don’t already know.Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sounds great! Now, please share your typical writing day schedule.
Tell us about another project in the works.
Sure does! In closing could you please share a writing tip?
Friday, November 23, 2012
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 11/23/2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
It's nearly Thanksgiving in the US, and I can admit the fall and winter holidays are my favorite time of the year. The holidays brings up memories of family get-togethers, lots of good food, and tasty treats as a child.
Families change and grow in different ways. As of a couple of years ago, Thanksgiving has fallen upon me to host!
It does add a little pressure to make everything just right since I'm still pretty fresh in the hosting department! However, I've learned to take that extra breath when things get stressful and believing everything will turn out just fine. Maybe not perfect, but being together with your family, and enjoying the special day, and truly being thankful for all that you have are what matters most.
I hope for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving that you have someone to share it with and are able to express what you are thankful for on Thursday's special day. And a special shout out to the families on the East Coast who are struggling with their loss of homes and more due to Sandy, YA Fresh is sending our best to you and your families.
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 11/19/2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The best she’s got is a blue-eyed surfer boy who seems to save his
When the mannequin gets stolen in a senior prank,
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 11/06/2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Details of the devastation are still emerging, but
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 10/30/2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Since publishing has began to change with digital books, not only have publishers, agents, and readers had to adjust, so have authors.
It was a little bit easier when you always had a physically book in your hand to offer to a reader or be able to sign a book. A couple of years ago I had my first ebook only release and I was sort of at a loss on how to share and promote!
One thing I hope to grow and continue is chatting with friends and readers on-line. So I just wanted to please invite our YA Fresh friends (who haven't already) to join our other on-line social sites. We'd love to connect with you in other ways as well as on the blog.
So feel free to check out our pages and say hello so we can chat!
Thanks and hope to "see you" around cyberspace!
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 10/24/2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Delia can see the future…but can she change it?
All Delia wants is to be popular. She has the perfect plan: join the cheerleading squad with her best friend, Ava, and rule the school from the coolest table in the cafeteria. But everything changes the day she watches a boy die—before it actually happens.
After dreaming about a classmate’s demise, she’s shocked when she witnesses his last breath—just like she dreamt it. Ava insists Delia stop acting so strange, but Delia worries her abilities are beyond her control.
Torn between who she is and who she wants to be, Delia wishes she could simply disappear. She doesn’t get her wish, but when someone close to her vanishes, Delia must use her gift to solve the mystery, before it’s too late.
Hello Elena, thanks so much for sharing with YA Fresh! Please tell us about your novel The Art of Disappearing.
Elena: The Art of Disappearing tells the story of Delia Dark, a teenager whose plan to be the second most popular girl in school is derailed by a seemingly psychic event. As Delia struggles to understand whether or not she's psychic or just plain crazy, her relationships with her friends and family unravel. So, much of the story is about Delia rebuilding her life and figuring out who she wants to be. And the tension is heightened by a mysterious dream that suggests another terrible something is going to happen.
I was inspired by those real-life moments when you feel like you might have had a psychic experience but, of course, logic assures you otherwise so you tuck the moment away. I wanted to explore what happens when you absolutely can't tuck that moment away, and specifically for a teen who was already faced with the normal-but-overbearing challenges of finding herself. The result is a coming of age story with paranormal themes, mystery and lots of wonderful angst.
Launched this summer with Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants), The Art of Disappearing is currently available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook. It's my debut novel and the entire process has been so much fun.
Sounds terrific! Readers and writers often like to get a behind the scenes peek of an author's writing routine. It would be great if you could please share your typical writing day schedule.
Elena: I write best in the wee hours of the morning, because I'm one of those morning people you're heard about and because it's literally "found" time; when I'm up at 5:30am, the world (even the internet) is relatively quiet and it's easier for me to get into the zone. I do most of my writing on weekends because I also work full-time. Saturdays typically start out at my desk in my Lower East Side (NY) apartment, but eventually I stick my laptop in a bag and find other places to write - a local cafe, a park, another cafe, the library, another park. When I smash into a creative wall or find myself too easily distracted by my browser, a walk and a change of scenery usually gets me back on track.
What's up next for you, Elena? Do you have another project in the works? If so, please tell us about it.
Elena: Yes, there are projects in the works. Right now I'm focused on another young adult novel, this time with a slightly older protagonist. It's far too early for me to say very much, but I will share that it's delightfully creepy and will appeal to those who connected with the tone of The Art of Disappearing. I can't wait to tell you more.
Thanks again for visiting, Elena! Would you like to close with a writing tip?
Elena: Thank you for inviting me to YA Fresh! I'll close with the writing tip I give myself every time I hit the keyboard: Just.Keep.Writing. That's the fundamental difference between being a writer and not being a writer. Especially when your just starting a new project, it's imperative to get words down on paper (er, well, on screen). You can delete the weak stuff later, and you probably will, but if you're not putting words down then there's nothing to improve upon next time.
Elena Perez is the author of The Art of Disappearing, the eerily exciting debut novel about a teen whose life is turned upside down by a seemingly psychic event. Born and raised in New Jersey, Elena majored in English as an undergrad and was then awarded a graduate fellowship in Creative Writing from Temple University. Elena lives in NYC’s Lower East Side with her boyfriend and dog. She is currently at work on her next novel and welcomes distractions at @elenabooks. Learn more about Elena and find links to purchase The Art of Disappearing at www.elenaperezbooks.com.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 10/07/2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, which involve their school's most eligible bachelor, T. J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly, people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
Hello, Gretchen, welcome to YA Fresh! Please give us one sentence describing your novel TEN:
Gretchen: TEN is an easy pitch: Ten teens trapped on an island with a serial killer.
What inspired you to write this book?
Gretchen: My publisher wanted another horror/suspense novel from me after POSSESS and I wanted to do a throwback to the old Christopher Pike and Agatha Christie novels I loved as a teen. Voila!
What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
Gretchen: Christopher Pike read, loved and blurbed TEN, then called me on the phone the day TEN released. Yeah, it doesn't get any better than that!
Wow, awesome! What are you working on next?
Gretchen: My next book is called 3:59 and comes out Fall 2013. It's sci-fi horror about two girls who are the same girl in different dimensions, who discover that their worlds connect every twelve hours – at 3:59 – for one minute. When they decide to switch places for a day, all hell breaks loose. Literally.
After that I just sold a two book series, also to Balzer + Bray, for 2014 and 2015. GET EVEN and GET DIRTY are books one and two in the Don't Get Mad series about four very different girls who have formed a secret revenge society, getting back at bullies and mean girls who have terrorized their classmates, which all goes well until one of their targets turns up dead and the society is implicated in the death.
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us, Gretchen. Best of luck with your writing career!
Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59, sci fi doppelganger horror is scheduled for Fall 2013. Gretchen's new YA contemporary series Don't Get Mad (Revenge meets The Breakfast Club) begins Fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in 2015, also with Bazler + Bray. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday." Visit her website, www.gretchenmcneil.com.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Hey YA Freshers, just a heads up I'm giving away two YA anthologies on my blog! Head on over and post a comment to be entered to win PROM DATES TO DIE FOR and SOMETHING WICKED. Contest closes October 12th!!
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 10/03/2012
Monday, October 01, 2012
Hey YA Freshers! It's October 1st and it's time to get into gear for creepy, wicked short stories for Halloween! I'm excited to share with you a young adult paranormal anthology that is perfect to get you into a spooky mood.
"Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night." - Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE
Sometimes, they aren't costumes. They’re baaaack.
More nightmares brought to you by the authors of Prom Dates to Die For...
Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown.Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.Paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!
So let me tell you about all the good stuff you can enter to win! Buzz Books is offering up the ultimate SOMETHING WICKED PARTY PACK from 10/1 - 10/7. Here's what you have to do:
Purchase Something Wicked in paperback or ebook on Amazon, the Buzz store or B&N and send us the receipt and you’ll be registered to win a cool party pack that includes a Monster High Laguna Blue doll (two of our SW stories have to do with the water), BOOgo (it’s themed Bingo), pin the nose on the pumpkin, and more. And then you get EXTRA entries by commenting on our author blogs. Find out more about the contest on our official contest page.
Also the authors are rocking the Trick or Treat Blog Tour from 10/1 to 10/6. This is where the authors get to share a Trick or a Treat. Be sure to follow and find out what's in store for readers.
Here’s the schedule:
But that's not all... Buzz Books will be continuing with the contests all month. Just keep tabs on the BB website.
Thanks and happy reading!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Just a quick post to share an interesting YALITCHAT thread on twitter last night. The chat was on MEN/BOYS of Young adult and Middle Grade lit. The men who write the books, the boys who are in the books, and who are our fave male POV writers.
If you missed it you can search the hashtag #yalitchat and read the great conversation.
I had a great interest in it as my son is a middle grader and what I call a reluctant reader. I was looking for books he may be interested in and this thread was a great help.
Check it out when you have some free time!
Freshly Posted by Kelly (Lynn) Parra @ 9/20/2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Josh Berk, author of Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator:
Freshly Posted by TinaFerraro @ 9/10/2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I started writing when I was eleven and I wrote all through high school and college. When I had to drop out of graduate school, I knew that I had to make a decision about what I really wanted to do with my life. The answer was: more than anything else in the world, I wanted to be an author. Easier said than done, of course. I wrote novel after novel that almost sold but didn’t. The years went by and still nothing. I kept writing, submitting, getting rejected, rinse and repeat, over and over again.
Then, the Harry Potter series came out. I had written a manuscript that was basically a medieval version of Harry Potter. My agent had tried to market it as a fantasy, but since the protagonist was only 15, it didn’t sell. All of a sudden, everybody wanted teenage wizard stories. So, I sent it to Flux.
Again, nothing happened for six months. Then, I talked to a friend who had recently become an agent. I asked her if she knew anybody at Flux and if she could make a phone call or two to find out what had happened to my submission. She found out that Flux had a new acquisitions editor that loved the premise and wanted it ASAP. Two months later I signed the contract for The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice.
I’ve learned to write in small one-hour sessions. If all of a sudden I have a couple of hours to kill before a meeting or review session, I take out my latest novel and work on it for awhile. Sometimes, I’ll write in the evening or I’ll take a Saturday afternoon and go to Starbucks for a couple of hours. Maybe one day I’ll actually be able to afford to write full time, but that day hasn’t happened yet. So, this method works for the time being.
Michael doesn’t want to stay at the monastery until he discovers that the abbot is actually a notorious sorcerer known as Seratois and that the five monks that inhabit the monastery are all alchemists, herbalists, astrologers and seers. Michael eventually takes his vows as a Benedictine novice, becomes the abbot’s apprentice and learns the abbot’s secret method of conjuring angels. The monks make a wine using the alchemical process of distillation and mix in certain secret herbs that cures what ails you and cause angels to sing. It becomes very popular among the local nobility. But soon, the Grand Inquisitor comes to call. He has discovered the abbot’s real identity and drags him from the monastery in chains. Only Michael knows the abbot’s magical techniques. But has he learned enough to save his mentor from being burned at the stake?
This is a classic sorcerer’s apprentice story, but with a twist. I’ve set it in an actual time and place with a couple of historical characters (like the French king) thrown in for good measure. All of the magic that the abbot and the other monks perform is historically accurate and documented. In many cases, it’s the same magic that Rowling uses in her books. I just put it back into the cultural context in which it was originally practiced.
Your perseverance is inspiring, Ann, and your book sounds terrific! Thanks for visiting with us!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Hey YA Freshers!
Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the cover for a YA anthology coming up in October...six authors are sharing six creepy, spooky young adult short stories in Buzz Books's SOMETHING WICKED!
Cool cover, huh? I'm excited to have one of my stories included. So if you're a book reviewer, interested in book club party, or just love wicked stories, keep tabs on the Something Wicked page at BB or the facebook page for news and fun prizes!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I know it's not prudent to own up to an extended vacation on the internet, but since we're among friends here--and my house will be anything BUT empty and vulnerable--I feel free to admit it: my husband and I are off to Europe for three weeks next month!
I hope to post pictures, maybe during the trip, but certainly after.
At this stage of planning, my mind is running to--what else?--young adult novels, and all the quality reading time I'll have for them. I am bringing mostly e-reads for weight convenience, but have some paperbacks, too, targeted for electronically banned airplane moments and time on the Adriatic shore.
Here's the YA paperback in my stash, a lovely book I've had for ages and always meant to read:
And these three are sitting, ready-and-waiting on my Kindle:
I'm excited about all of them, and love to add one or two more to my e-reader. Please call out any favorites you think I would enjoy!