Showing posts with label Novel Gossip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Novel Gossip. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Little Bits of Goodness

So I was doing my daily blog stroll yesterday and stumbled upon Holly Cupala's cover reveal for her next book DON'T BREATHE A WORD, coming October 2011.

Here's a little about the book:

Joy Delamere is suffocating.

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.

Joy can take his words—tender words, cruel words—until the night they go too far.

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe…if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.

Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.

Holly had some fun with the cover release and shared pieces of her cover on specific YA blogs. It was like leaving little bits of goodness all over the web for readers to follow!

I haven't asked permission to share her cover, but run over to Holly's blog and follow the links to her full cover. It's really BREATHTAKING. *wink*

Congrats, Holly! Looking forward to reading it!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yeah, so did you hear about Carrie Jones's Mom?

Yeah, Carrie Jones, the author. The one who wrote Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend, and Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape), Girl, Hero, and her cool pixie series??

Okay, so you know who I'm talking about. You see Carrie recently hit the New York Times Bestseller's List. Yeah, THAT LIST. Because her books Need and Captivate are just too cool not to read, you know? In fact just to show you how cool the series is I'm going to share the blurb of her latest novel Captivate:

Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Cool, right?

Anyway, well making the THE LIST and having a fresh release are not the biggest news. The BIG NEWS is what happened to Carrie Jones's Mom. In fact it's so big, I got a little teary as I read it. Because how sweet and cute is her mom?

Here is a little excerpt from Carrie's blog. You'll just have to go and read the entire post because Carrie Jones's Mom is just the sweetest.
"And when she called me after hearing the news about the whole New York Times thing she screamed into the phone, "Oh my gosh. Ohmygosh. Oh God, Carrie. I'm hyper. I'm hyperventilating. I'm hyperventilating I'm so excited. Oh my gosh, I'm hyperventilating. I am so proud of you. Oh I am so very very proud of you."

I'm talking teary stuff. Go and read.

And of course, you can congratulate Carrie for making THE LIST too...just don't forget about Carrie Jones's mom while you're at it.

Just saying.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Miley Cyrus Writing Her Memoirs

In case you haven't heard, Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana has signed a deal with Disney Books (Hyperion) to write about her life and her career so far:

The book will focus on the 15-year-old's road to fame, from growing up in Tennessee to navigating the spotlight as an international star, and how her family – especially mother Leticia – helps keep her grounded. According to Disney, the book will feature never-before-seen photos, family stories and a look at the star's inner circle.

"I am so excited to let fans in on how important my relationship with my family is to me," Cyrus said. "I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together, and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams."

Publication is scheduled in spring 2009, to coincide with the premiere of the Hannah Montana feature movie.
Good for Miley and the message she will send with this book to all her fans!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Exciting News! (Although, I'm still in state of shock. haha!)

GRAFFITI GIRL is a DOUBLE FINALIST in the Romance Writers of America RITA awards in the Young Adult category and Best First Book.

("RITA awards are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for the best in published romance fiction.")

I'm thrilled and honored, as well as being in such great company in the Young adult category with the following young adult authors:

2008 RITA for Young Adult Romance

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
HarperCollins Publishers, HarperTeen - (978-0-06-054144-6)

Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Simon & Schuster, MTV Books/Pocket - (141653461X)
Jennifer Heddle, editor

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Llewellyn Worldwide, Flux - (978-0-7387-1018-1)
Andrew Karre, editor

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
HarperCollins Publishers, HarperTeen - (978-0-06-121465-3)
Anne Hoppe and Nick Lake, editors

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Little surprises can make you smile...Teen Mag

Yesterday was like any other Monday, so I thought. Until I saw a quick congrats post on the MTV blog by Jennifer Echols regarding Teen magazine. In "The Last Word" Column V.I.T (Very Important Teens) were asked to list books they couldn't put down--minus Harry Potter and Gossip Girl!

I was shocked and very happily surprised to read that Graffiti Girl, along with my friend, Jenny O'Connell's Plan B had made the list. I took off to the store and got my Winter 2008 copy to see with my own eyes.

Yep, Graffiti Girl is listed by Hannah in CA. (Hannah, big hugs!)

Teen read it!There are two really great aspects that just thrill me to pieces about this column. This is my first mention of Graffiti Girl in a print magazine. And second, this was chosen by a teen reader who took the time to name my book because she thought GG was worthy of a mention.

Here's the full list. It's a honor to be listed with such awesome talent!

I Am David by Anne Holm
Sula by Toni Morrison
Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
TTFN by Lauren Myracle
Plan B by Jenny O'Connell
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Native Son by Richard Wright
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

How To Hook A Hottie Is Out!

That's right, Folks! Tina's latest novel How To Hook A Hottie is now on bookshelves and ready to ship on-line. Woo-hoo!

Here's a little about the book:

At 17, Kate Delvecchio has one goal in life: to become a millionaire before the age of 20. And as far as she’s concerned, college will only slow her down. Unfortunately for Kate, the one thing her parents do agree on is that they totally disagree with her strategy. And so the deal is born. If Kate can raise five thousand big ones by graduation day, her parents will hand over the balance of her college account to invest as she pleases. No college, no degree, and no way she’ll ever be able to pull it off. But when Kate accidentally agrees to go to the sports banquet with the hottest guy at school, she stumbles upon a possible cash cow. The rest of the junior class is amazed that no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one they approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn’t know anything about getting guys, but for $100 a pop, she’s more than willing to invent a six-step plan for How to Hook a Hottie. And how could that possibly backfire?

Read an excerpt on Tina's website here. And order on-line here.

Don't forget to stay tuned for next week at YA Fresh, and help us celebrate the release of How To Hook A Hottie all week! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

Actually, my birthday was last week, but I know I mentioned that I was spending it signing books with 400-some other authors at the Romance Writer’s of America Literacy Signing in Dallas. And believe me, it ended up being more fun than an adult should be allowed!

Not only did I get to meet scores of readers and authors, but my friends at the Buzz Girls blog ( presented me a pink birthday boa, which I alternately wore and used to decorate my little station.

AND, I got to sit next to the fun and mega-talented Caridad Ferrer! When we both realized that our publishers had not sent our books (wah!), we decided to declare ourselves “sold out”, because come on, our books are just that popular and in demand, huh?

Here’s a picture of me with Caridad (and her two Rita flags):

A few nights later, one of Caridad’s flags converted into a Rita statue. Her book, ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE, a rave-getting Young Adult novel, won for Best Contemporary Single Title! During her elegant speech, fans and YA’ers alike stomped and hooted (and even teared up with happiness for her). It was a great moment.

But back to birthdays, I’d love to hear if any of you has spent one in an unusual or fabulous way? Or if are making plans to do something special this year?

Monday, April 16, 2007

So did you hear?

"Harry Potter" pre-orders break bookseller record.

Barnes & Noble Inc. on Thursday said advance orders for author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" have topped 500,000 copies, breaking the bookseller chain's record for the most advance requests in its history.

Imagine that. 500,000 copies on advance order before the book hits shelves on July 21st. Yowzers. Think of all the pre-orders before then as well as other booksellers, including the sales of buyers who will pick it up from all this buzz alone.

Because there are readers--like myself!--who haven't read the Harry Potter series. One of these days I will. I have watched the movies. haha!

Let me know if you're a faithful Harry Potter fan. :) :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007


While Kelly and I are hearing of sightings of my book all over the country, she and I can personally attest that TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS hit the shelves in at least two stores in California!

What struck me about the following two pictures--aside from an attack of giggles that this is all really happening--is that it shows both sides of Kelly's and my partnership. The fun and the work.

I'm guessing from our previous posts (and the activities in the pictures) you can figure out who is who here. Nope, no contest or giveaways on this one. But keep posting those prom dresses and sending me entry e-mails! We're loving this prom dress contest!

And we'll be back tomorrow morning with the winner!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I'm Having Too Much Fun!

Okay...six days until my book comes out, and I’m having more fun than a grown-up should be allowed. So why not share?

First off, the display is up in the window of the bookstore where I’m holding my March 17 book signing. Take a peak:

Isn’t that dress in the window to die for? (And the black bags beside it aren't trash. They're my shopping bags...and I couldn't get our crop function to work...)

Next, the day my books arrived, my cat (named Rascal after the guy who dumps Nicolette before the prom), decided to investigate.

We captioned this, “Finally, I can find out what she wrote about me”.

Finally, here’s a super-fun quiz called “What is Your Perfect Prom Dress?” you can take from Random House Teens:

Please report back to us what that perfect prom dress for you would be!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Something Fun!

I accepted a foreign rights offer this week to release TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS in Indonesia! I am delighted that the book will be available in foreign markets, and can’t wait to see my words translated.

So that made me think about the country of Indonesia, and the TOP FIVE things I know about it (mostly courtesy of Wikipedia, that is):

--It is made up of 17,508 islands.

--Jakarta is the capital.

--The official language is Indonesian.

--It is the 4th most populous country in the world.

--At least one publishing house there has very good taste in teen fiction! :)

I hope something fun happens in your life this week, too.

Friday, February 23, 2007

My New Book Cover!

I am so excited to share the cover of my Spring ’08 release! As you can see, it’s called HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE. I owe the cover concept--the girl swinging on a huge fish hook--to my editor, the amazing Krista Marino.

She is also the one to credit for writing up the back page blurb. Here is an excerpt of the blurb that I think sums up the book really well:

When Kate DelVecchio agrees to go to a sports banquet with a hotshot baseball player, she stumbles upon a possible cash cow. The rest of the school is amazed that the no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn't know anything about getting guys, but for $100.00 a pop, she's more than willing to try, including inventing a 6-step-plan on How to Hook a Hottie. And how could that possibly backfire?

So yea for my fabulous cover, and my fabulous editor! Next up, getting a release date and starting the countdown...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Free Cyber Graffiti Fun!

Just three more months until the release of Graffiti Girl! Each month that goes by is exciting and surreal at the same time. It's like a giant mental clock that tick-tocks until release day.

Oh boy, oh boy. *wink*

So I wanted to share that from March until May I will be having contest giveaways each month on my website. Free goodies, hooray!! haha.

In honor of my free goodies announcement, I thought it would be fun to check out the free graffiti fun on the web!

Graffiti Wall Sign Generator

Myspace Graffiti Generator

Graffiti Board

POQbum's Flash Graffiti Message

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Traveling Pants & Tears

I was reading the Not Your Mother's Book Club blog regarding Ann Brashares's recent book signing. Yes, I'm a fan of The Sister Hood of the Traveling Pants series. In fact, my YA Fresh team blogger, Tina, is the one who told me about the books a year ago, and when I first read about Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena, I was hooked.

I sped through the first 3 books like nobody's business and reading the final book now, Forever Blue. Even kinda bummed knowing the series is ending.

But enough about me, read what happened at the end of Ann Brashare's signing:

I think the best moment came at the very end. The crowd was gone and she had gathered up her things and was heading out the door. A woman came up, holding the new book, and said (approximately):

"I'm sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for writing these books. My three best friends and I loved them in high school - we all live far away and haven't been able to see each other for years, but we all got together tonight in San Francisco to see you - so thank you, thank you so much!"

She then burst into tears, which made everyone else cry, too. Yes, yes, including me. Please, I'm not made of stone, people!

Oh gees, that had to be wonderful and sad all at the same time! I would have been crying like a baby. :)

Friday, February 02, 2007

Yea for Justine Magazine!

My good buddy, Stephanie Hale (Revenge of the Homecoming Queen, Berkley Jam, July, 2007) made a terrific discovery last weekend. Not only does the February/March issue of Justine Magazine include Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress in their round-up of great reads, but one of the prizes you can win through their website Giveaways Galore is a free copy of my book! Check it out for yourself:

Go ahead and enter. I hope you win! (See my previous post on my love of the free book.)

And I also need to gush about a pair of Prom ‘07 rhinestone sandals featured in the magazine that you can purchase through this website:

Maybe I’ll buy a pair and wear them to my book signings?

In any case, Justine is an up-and-comer among teen magazines. Their editorial content is geared to being at once entertaining, stylish and wholesome, and their pages are bright and lively, filled with beauty and fashion tips, fun celeb profiles, and tons of photos of really cool clothes.

And hey, the editors like my book, so they are definitely YA Fresh!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Friendship and Volleyball and all the good stuff in between...

I was cruising the movie rentals this past weekend, not sure what I was looking for. Just strolling along...when--bam--MTV films printed on a DVD cover caught my eye, with high school girls wearing athletic uniforms. And looking very tough, I might add. :)
The movie?

All You've Got

About two rival high school volleyball teams who have to join together as one team after tragic circumstances. This movie has really interesting themes, cultural and social differences, friendship and guys, and the dilemmas of father/daughter relationships. I kept wondering if this film had been a novel. It struck me as an intense YA drama.

And since it was an MTV film it had an outstanding soundtrack with live performances by top hip-hop artists, as well as starring the talented artist, Ciara.

Gabby, is a petite, fiesty Latina and Lauren, a wealthy, naive blond. Two girls so culturally and socially different, with two things in common: Volleyball and winning an athletic scholarship to their top college. The viewer watches an unlikely friendship form, especially with the added complication of a cute guy thrown into the mix.

Then today as I skimmed some recent YA sales, I find this:
Author of the YA novel and MTV film ALL YOU'VE GOT Karol Ann Hoeffner's SURF ED, in which a girl, irritated that she's forced to move from Texas to California after her parents' divorce, tackles high school romance and the surfing world, to Bethany Buck at Simon Pulse...

This movie was first a novel by Karol Ann Hoeffner! You know what this means?

I'm going to have order the book now. ;)

Check out the movie if you're looking for a good teen flick!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Graffiti Girl Sharefest

I hope those of you who celebrated Christmas had a great holiday! Okay, this is a total sharefest post on Graffiti Girl. Right before the holiday I received my book blurb from my editor and my illustration ads I had designed by Urban Envy. I am so jazzed!

Graffiti Girl
She's ready to make her mark.

Graffiti art. It's bold. It's thrilling. And it can get a girl into serious trouble...

Raised by her single mom (who's always dating the wrong kind of man) in a struggling California neighborhood, Angel Rodriguez is a headstrong, independent young woman who channels her hopes and dreams for the future into her painting. But when her entry for a community mural doesn't rate, she’s heartbroken. Even with winning artist Nathan Ramos--a senior track star and Angel's secret crush--taking a sudden interest in Angel and her art, she's angry and hurt. She's determined to find her own place in the art world, her own way.

That's when Miguel Badalin--from the notorious graffiti crew Reyes Del Norte--opens her eyes to an underground world of graf tags and turf wars. She's blown away by this bad boy's fantastic work and finds herself drawn to his dangerous charm. Soon she's running with Miguel's crew, pushing her skills to the limit and beginning to emerge as the artist she always dreamed she could be. But Nathan and Miguel are bitter enemies with a shared past, and choosing between them and their wildly different approaches to life and art means that Angel must decide what matters most before the artist inside of her can truly break free.

And stay tuned for some YA Fresh news!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Top Ten Uses For an Unworn Prom Dress

In case you don't know, my cool friend Tina Ferraro's debut novel, Top Ten Uses For an Unworn Prom Dress, is coming March, 2007 to a book store near you.

I mean, just look at the cover? Totally cute, right? Of course, I read this fab book and here's my quote...

"Tina Ferraro spins a story filled with laughter and tears as we follow the lengths one teen will go to keep her life from falling apart. Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress is any girl's guide to best friends, hot guys, and one fabulous prom dress." Kelly Parra, author of Graffiti Girl.

And because Tina doesn't have a personal blog and I'm so excited for her, I just had to share her first print ad in American Cheerleader. Click the pic for a larger copy to read or check out the latest issue for yourself! :)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Take Ten...

Hey guys,

Come check out a new bi-monthly column with my critique partner, Tina Ferraro (Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress 3/07) and myself titled, Take Ten with Tina and Kelly. You want to know the dish behind the books or even something weird about us? haha! Read the column, or maybe you'd like us to answer a question about writing--just email me and we'll do our best to answer in the next column.

Here's a little excerpt from our first installment...

Tell of a moment from your books that jumps to your mind, and why. Answer for both Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress and Graffiti Girl.

Tina: From my book, it was in the first chapter, when Rascal--the guy who left Nicolette with the unworn prom dress--is chatting her up. My intention was for Nic to feel nervous and coy around the uber-popular senior. But she surprised me and dished it back to him as good as he gave it. I remember my heart suddenly pounding hard during the sparring, knowing these characters had come "alive".

In Graffiti Girl, my mind goes to Angel sitting in art class, waiting to present her work. After just seeing her super-confident, at times defiant behavior in the hallway, suddenly I got a glimpse inside her insecurities as she silently admits how desperately she wants to score well in this competition, and ultimately find her place in the art world. I see in her what I know is in myself, the showing one set of emotions while hiding another. And I knew this was a girl I wanted to follow, support and root for.

Kelly: A scene that pops out at me from Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress is when Nic is meeting with her father after a lengthy separation. I admired her courage, since she was doing this in order to help her mom, even though Nic wanted to be anywhere but there! It was so emotional for her, she..s near tears when she leaves. My heart went out to her and Jared, who doesn..t really understand, but nonetheless tries to sweetly console her.

For Graffiti Girl, I think the moment that stays in my head most is when Angel performs her first graffiti tag in order to join Miguel..s crew. The scenario is sprung on her so quickly, and at the time she is balancing on a fine line between the beauty of art and the darker side of graffiti. With Miguel pushing her one way, she finally gives in to her secret desire to become a graffiti writer.

The other questions for this month involve: the stupidest thing we've ever done, big dreams, and how the idea for the books came about. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Frank Portman, author of KING DORK, is officially cool.

He's probably been a pretty cool guy for a long time, but I've never met him. The only contact I had with him was months ago when I found him on myspace and I was friending a bunch of YA authors.

Frank Portman commented on my page: "Yo, Kelly! Ain't it crazy how we're all married. Happy writing and stuff/F"

The comment made me laugh. So I started reading his blog.

Now, onto why Frank Portman is cool. He founded the band the Mr. T Experience.

When he does guest appearances for his novel, he also plays his guitar and sings to the audience.

The movie rights to his book were bought by Will Ferrell's film company.

And now he's been written about in TIME magazine. You can't get any cooler than that.

Go, Frank Portman!