Cover Reveal: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore + Giveaway (US Only)

  Happy Cover Reveal Day, YABCers! Today we're celebrating the cover of JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore, available June 22, 2014 from Walker Books for Young Readers. As always, before we get to the goods, here's a message from the author:   Hi YABC readers! I’m really excited to share the cover of my forthcoming book, JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, with the world today, and I’m even more excited about giving away a copy of the ARC, along with a copy of my first YA novel, TASTE TEST, and some super-fun goodies!   ~ KF     Ready to see it? Scroll! ...       ...       ...         ...         ...         ...         ...         Here it is! *** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Kelly's giveaway. Thank you! *** JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore Release date: June 22, 2014 Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers     About the Book Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.  Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.  While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques? Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.   About the Author Kelly Fiore has a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005 and 2009. Kelly’s poetry has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Samzidada, Mid Atlantic Review, Connotation Press, and the Grolier Annual Review. Her first young adult novel, Taste Test, was released in August 2013 from Bloomsbury USA. Forthcoming books include Just Like the Movies, again from Bloomsbury, and The People Vs. Cecelia Price from HarperTeen. Kelly teaches college composition in Maryland, where she lives with her husband and son.   Website: http://kellyfiorewrites.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KellyFioreYaAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyannfiore Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5156226.Kelly_Fiore Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive a signed copy of TASTE TEST 1 winner will receive a signed ARC of JUST LIKE THE MOVIES (when they become available) 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card 1 winner will have a character named after them in a future book.  Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.  During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think about the cover? a Rafflecopter giveaway    

Posted by on 12 November 2013 | 8:08 am

YA Authors as YAs: The Chris Howard Edition + Giveaway (US/Canada)

  Welcome to the third week in a new interview series I’m running in conjunction with our YABC Senior Editor MG Buehrlen called YA Authors as YAs. Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Chris Howard, author of ROOTLESS can convince you with tales from his teen years. Find out his guilty pleasure music, what he and his buddies did for fun in the UK, and check out his teen wish we made come true! (Oh yeah, and enter to win a copy of ROOTLESS!)   Click here to read our interview with Chris and enter to win a copy of ROOTLESS!   GIVEAWAY DETAILS 1 winner will receive a copy of ROOTLESS with bookmarks. This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only.    ROOTLESS by Chris Howard ISBN-10: 0545387892  ISBN-13: 978-0545387897 Publisher: Scholastic Press Release Date: 11/1/2012   ABOUT ROOTLESS: 17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using salvaged scrap metal, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan’s never seen a real tree—they were destroyed more than a century ago—his missing father used to tell him stories about the Old World. Everything changes when Banyan meets a mysterious woman with a strange tattoo, a map to the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can’t escape the locusts … the locusts that now feed on human flesh. But Banyan isn’t the only one looking for the trees, and he’s running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he’s forced to make an alliance with Alpha, an alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.   ABOUT CHRIS: Chris Howard was born not far from London but currently lives in Denver, CO. Before he wrote stories, he wrote songs, studied natural resources management, worked for the National Park Service, and spent eight years leading wilderness adventure trips for teenagers. He was awarded a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” in Fall 2012, following the release of his debut novel, ROOTLESS (Scholastic Press), and Chris is currently working on the next books in this fantastical sci-fi series. Visit him online for exclusive ROOTLESS content and lots more athttp://www.chrishowardbooks.com    

Posted by on 6 November 2013 | 11:21 am

Giveaway: Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (US only)

INFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire Release Date: August 2013 Publisher: Egmont USA     About the Book The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.  The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members -- many of them teenagers -have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.  With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.   But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?   About the Author Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories. She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best.   She is the author of the Hourglass trilogy which has been nominated for two RITAs and a YALSA Teen Top Ten and was chosen as a SIBA Okra Pick.   Website ~ Twitter ~ Tumblr ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads      Giveaway Details Three winners will receive a copy of the book (signed and personalized, if you choose!) Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.  During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:   Who’s your favorite couple in the HOURGLASS series? a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Posted by on 5 November 2013 | 2:22 pm

Cover Reveal: The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston + Giveaway

  Happy Cover Reveal Day, YABCers! Today we're celebrating the cover of THE RULES FOR BREAKING by Ashely Elston, available May 20 2014 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the goods, here's a message from Ashley:   Hi YABC! Welcome to the cover reveal for THE RULES FOR BREAKING!   I totally loved my cover for THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING so expectations were high for my second book. And Disney Hyperion did not disappoint! I just love everything about it – the colors, the creepy dilapidated room, the flying papers…it’s the perfect cover for this book.   And I’m so excited to share it with you! I hope you love it, too.    ~ Ashley     Ready to see it? Scroll! ...       ...       ...         ...         ...         ...         ...         Here it is!   *** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Ashley's giveaway. Thank you! *** THE RULES FOR BREAKING by Ashley Elston Release date: May 20, 2014 Publisher: Disney Hyperion ISBN (if available): 9781423168980     About the Book Who do you trust when no one is what they seem? The gripping sequel to contemporary, romantic YA thriller, The Rules for Disappearing.    Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.    But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.    The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.    Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.   Our Thoughts This is such a cool cover. What a great companion to THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING! I think Disney/Hyperion covers are some of my favorites. Whatever the artists are doing over there, keep it up!   About the Author Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, is out now. Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive a hardback of THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING and an ARC of THE RULES FOR BREAKING Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.  During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think about the cover? a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Posted by on 5 November 2013 | 8:26 am

Giveaway: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (US only)

  NEVER FADE By Alexandra Bracken On Sale October 15, 2013   About the Book The gripping and highly anticipated second installment in a dark YA trilogy about teens with dangerous powers on the run from the government. Ruby never asked for the ab ilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America's children-and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts-has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future-and who now wouldn't recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam-and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart-she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?       Book Site: http://www.thedarkestminds.com/   Giveaway Details Show that your quest for truth and justice will NEVER FADE. Three (3) winners receive: ·         Custom Never Fade t-shirt and a copy of Never Fade (Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only. Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Book Group.) Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.    During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:   What do you think of this series so far? Have you read the first book?  a Rafflecopter giveaway      

Posted by on 31 October 2013 | 2:24 pm

Giveaway: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (US/Canada)

CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry Release Date: December 2013     About the Book High school junior Rachel Young works hard to be the “good girl” she thinks her wealthy family expects her to be. Nobody knows about the uncontrollable panic attacks that are taking a toll on her health. Her one outlet: driving her white Mustang GT on backcountry roads under the cover of night. But when she stumbles upon the tantalizing world of illegal street racing, Rachel meets seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker, a foster kid and self-proclaimed “street rat” who knows all there is to know about cars and sees her for who she really is—and her world changes. Now Rachel and Isaiah must find a way to repay a debt to a dangerous street hustler who has Rachel in his sights…all while convincing themselves and each other that a love like theirs will last forever.     Giveaway Details 5 US/Canada winners will receive a finished copy of CRASH INTO YOU.   Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.    During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:   What is the title of Katie McGarry’s first novel? (Need help? Look around here: www.harlequinteen.com)    a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Posted by on 31 October 2013 | 2:12 pm

Giveaway: Pawn by Aimee Carter

PAWN by Aimée Carter Release Date: December 2013     About the Book You can be a VII, if you give up everything. In a not so distant future, America has become a meritocracy. Upon your seventeenth birthday you take a test and are branded with a number signifying your status. For Kitty Doe, her dyslexia leaves her a “III”—part of the working class—and assigned far from her home and boyfriend. She’s ready to become an outlaw, until a chance encounter leads to an amazing opportunity. The niece of the prime minister—America’s leadership is now inherited and members of the ruling family are ranked “VII”—has been killed, and Kitty is asked to impersonate her. Now nestled in the ruling Harte family, Kitty begins to see the truth behind the pretense of equality and options for all.     Giveaway Details 5 US/Canada winners will receive a finished copy of PAWN.   Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.    During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:   What is the ranking that Kitty Doe is first branded with? (Need help? Take a look at the book summary!) a Rafflecopter giveaway    

Posted by on 31 October 2013 | 1:54 pm

Halloween Giveaway: Between the Spark and the Burn by April Tucholke

  Boo! Today we're celebrating the beautiful cover of BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN by April Tucholke, available August 2014 from Dail/Penguin, with a CREEPTASTIC Halloween giveaway! The cover is so creepy and pretty, I can't wait to show it to you. But before we get to the goods, here's a message from April:   Why hello there, YABC. Here is the cover for Between the Spark and the Burn, sequel to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. This cover has a cool font, like Devil, and feels very old school Stephen King to me. But maybe that’s because I see the world through Shining-colored glasses…   ~ April     Ready to see what April has in store for you?  Scroll! ...       ...       ...         ...         ...         ...         ...         Look at this epicness!   *** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter April's giveaway. Thank you! *** BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN by April Genevieve Tucholke Release date: Aug. 14, 2014 Publisher: Dial/Penguin     About the Book The conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood. Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world. But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry. The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me. The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . . Between the Spark and the Burn is the heart-pounding conclusion to the “lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling [Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.]”—Melissa Marr   Our Thoughts I absolutely loved Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and I loved spending time in Violet's old, ruined mansion. But I must admit, the idea of traveling around with Violet and Neely is irresistible to me. I need this book now. And the cover is so striking. It feels cold and adventurous, yet also quite a bit scary. When the Redding brothers are around, you can't help but feel that cold chill up your spine mixed with a bit of heat... Perfect.   About the Author April Genevieve Tucholke digs coffee, redheaded heroes, attics, and discussing poison at the breakfast table. She lives in Oregon. Website ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads   Epic Spooky Halloween Giveaway From April: One winner will receive an ARC (when it becomes available), possibly signed in BLOOD (muwahahahahaha). And, until then, a Between the Spark and the Burn starter kit. Items in the starter kit may or may not include:  Locally roasted coffee beans, a pint of pig’s blood, a lock of my hair, a lock of someone else’s hair, a pomegranate, a striped winter scarf, a bottle of poison, matches, a hand crank radio, a gothic poem I wrote in college, a yellow cardigan, a tent, a sleeping bag, old fishing nets, a boy with a scar, a boy with red hair, sea salt, a dead raven, three things from my attic, two things from my childhood, a hanged man’s skull, maple syrup, snow.    Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.  During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think about the cover? a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Posted by on 29 October 2013 | 7:57 pm

YA Authors as YAs: The Alison Cherry Edition

  Today is the second week into our new interview series we're running in conjunction with young adult author (and our Senior Editor) M.G. Buehrlen called YA Authors as YAs. Our goal? To prove to you that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Alison Cherry, author of RED can convince you…  ...with her 8th grade graduation picture and a snippet from her teen diary!  Click here to read the full interview with Alison and enter to win a copy of her debut novel, RED!   RED by Alison Cherry ISBN: 978-0385742931 Publisher: Delacorte Release Date: October 8, 2013   ABOUT RED: Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair. Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note: I know your secret. Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school. Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?   “Cherry’s writing sparkles with wit.” —Publishers Weekly “A really strong commentary on superficiality and social standing.” —School Library Journal “This may challenge readers to reconsider how they define beauty—and perhaps give them the confidence to question a pecking order or two.” —Booklist  “As thought-provoking as it is enchanting.” —Rae Carson, author of the FIRE AND THORNS trilogy    “Smart, funny, and full of awesome, RED is everything I look for in a book.” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall series “Clever, wickedly funny and with so much heart.” —Melina Marchetta, author of the Printz-award winning Jellicoe Road   ABOUT ALISON: Alison Cherry is a professional photographer and worked for many years as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions. She’s originally from Evanston, IL, but now she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two adorable, enormous cats. RED is her first book. Though the title and contents of this novel have caused rampant speculation on the subject, Alison is indeed a natural redhead and Cherry is her real last name. Visit her online atwww.alisoncherrybooks.com or on Twitter @alison_cherry.     Our next YA Authors as YAs post is coming up next week. Stay tuned for a look at Chris Howard’s teen years!         

Posted by on 29 October 2013 | 6:28 pm

Cover Reveal: The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer + Giveaway (US only)

    Yo, YABCers! Today we're revealing Tracy Holczer's The Secret Hum of a Daisy, available May 2014 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. But before we get to the goods, here's a message from Tracy:   I’m so excited to share the cover of my debut, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY! After three tries at the cover we finally got it just right and I need to shout out to Annie Ericsson at Penguin for her lovely work (and for putting up with me). HUM has been a long time coming, from the first spark of idea in short story form about twelve years ago, to the wild and bumpy adventure that is bringing a novel into the world. We’ve been through a lot together, my little book and me, and now it’s time to let it go to readers. So here’s the first step in that direction!   ~ Tracy     Ready to see the cover?  Scroll! ...       ...       ...         ...         ...         ...         ...         Here it is!  *** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Tracy's giveaway. Thank you! *** THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer Release date: May 1, 2014 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN: 978-0399163937     About the Book Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.   After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.   “Tracy Holczer’s story is a lyric about love and loss and not being able to find your future until you’ve uncovered your past.” — Richard Peck, author of Newbery winning A Year Down Yonder     Our Thoughts Wow, I love how the origami cranes turn into real birds, which seems to reflect Grace finding her way toward a *real* home in the end. Nice touch!   About the Author Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California with her husband, three daughters, and two rather fluffy dogs named Buster and Molly. She has a deep love for the mountains where she grew up, the lakes and rivers that criss-crossed her childhood, so she writes them into her stories. The Secret Hum of a Daisy was written in praise of both nature and family, and all that can be found there if you’re willing to hunt for treasure. Website ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads   Giveaway Details One US winner will receive an ARC when they are available!  Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.  During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think about the cover? a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Posted by on 29 October 2013 | 9:47 am