Tags: young adult

Happy Release Day to Rosemary Clement-Moore


It's not only Teaser Tuesday, it's the release day for the awesome
Texas Gothic
The goat was in the tree again

I hadn't even known goats
could climb trees.  I had been livestock-sitting for three days before I'd figured out how the darned things kept getting out of their pen.  Then one day I'd glanced out an upstairs window and seen Taco and Gordita, the ringleaders of the herd, trip-trip-tripping onto one of the low branches extending over the fence that separated their encloseure from the yard around Aunt Hyacinth's century-old farmhouse.
Let me tell you, the mystery of the incredible escape goats is a =lot= easier to solve than everything that comes next. Kirkus even gave her a starred review and said, "This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls."  The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books writes, "A deeply affectionate rendering of Texas landscapes and legends combines with an appealing cast of well-developed characters to give texture to this well-plotted mystery; truly scary moments are balanced by the humorous bumbles of the awkwardly developing romance between Amy and Ben, as well as Phin's sublime cluelessness about the way her eccentricities appear to other people.  The mystery itself is a richly imagined interpolation on documented history and lore of the area; readers who've outgrown the silliness but not the adventure of Scooby-Doo will thoroughly enjoy this." As if all that wasn't enough, check out this awesome open letter to Rosemary Clement-Moore posted by Jenny Martin on Book Binge.  

I couldn't agree more.

Other works by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series
Prom Dates from Hell
Hell Week
Highway to Hell

The Splendor Falls

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Amanda Ashby

I'm pleased to present today another great Cyber Sister, Amanda Ashby
, author of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award-nominated You Had Me at Halo and Zombie Queen of Newbury High, which was listed as a YALSA popular paperback of 2011.  She's here today to talk about her latest young adult novel, Fairy Bad Day.

Book Blurb:

It’s going to be a fairy bad day

First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse.

On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP!

But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis.


"Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy. The exciting plot, humor throughout—often provided by the little fairies—and relatively innocent romance between characters will grab readers and keep them involved. " Kirkus Reviews

"In a fun mashup of the modern and the magical, Ashby (Zombie Queen of Newbury High) creates nicely developed characters and supports them with strong plotting and zippy writing. Laced with humor, danger, and romance, this book will have readers smiling all the way to the last page." Publisher's Weekly

Interview with Amanda Ashby:

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I hate my writing process. I'm a panster who wishes she was a plotter, which means that I spend most of the time in a constant battle with myself!
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Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Jessica Brody

I'm pleased to introduce today a new Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Jessica Brody in honor of her new release MY LIFE UNDECIDED.  It sounds like a lot of fun!

Book Summary:


Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I’m gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.



"Brooklyn is a sympathetic protagonist with whom teens will identify. Her journey is fun to read, and decision-challenged readers will learn an important lesson about self-acceptance along the way."
--School Library Journal

"Brody taps into a universal human desire...An amusing coming-of-age story with many funny moments...[Brooklyn's] flustered, off-the-cuff narration should keep readers as invested in her actions as her blog followers are."
--Publisher's Weekly

Interview with Jessica Brody:

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):

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Free short story in honor of Fun Fridays!

In honor of Fun Fridays here on the blog, I'm pleased to post a totally new, totally free short story in my Vamped world.  Shout out goes to Martha and Rowan, who entered the Facebook contest and got to name characters.  I hope you enjoy!

"Fanged" by Lucienne Diver

I heard Marcy yip and leggo the dress she’d had a death-grip on, which was so unlike her that I almost flashed fang at the presumed threat.  Or maybe not almost, from the speed at which the girl eying my blouse drew back from me and found somewhere else to be.

     “Break a nail?” I asked Marcy, wadding up my prize into the smallest possible package, the better to avoid having it swiped away.  It was just my size—small—and color—fire-engine red.  I knew just by eyeballing it that it would fit like a glove.

     “N-no,” she stammered.  Surprised, I left off ogling the shoe selection still available a quarter hour into the Bombshell Boutique’s annual midnight madness sale to turn and assess her freak-out level.

     Her eyes were wide, and her arms empty.  Her heartbeat was, of course, non-existent, us being undead and all.  But I imagined that if she still had a working heart it would be pounding.  Nothing short of structural nail damage or impending doom would cause my BFF to surrender a sales item.  I knew from experience.  I’d been on the other end of that tug of war.

     “Eyes,” she continued.

     “Eyes?” I asked, baffled.

     “They flashed at me.  Glowing amber, like a caution light.”

     “You mean red?” I tried.  Very old vamps sometimes got a red and dead glow about them when crossed.  It wouldn’t be too startling to find another of the fanged and fabulous at a midnight madness sale.  After all, they seemed tailor-made for us.

     “Amber,” she insisted, “like a traffic light.”

     Yellow…amber…it probably wasn’t worth arguing the finer points of the color wheel.

     “Where?” I asked.  “Which girl?”

     Marcy grabbed my arm and started to pull me toward the shoes.  “We’re off-duty,” she reminded me.  “Come on, let’s go check out the kicks before our sizes are gone.”

     More problematic for me than for her, since my feet were a normal size seven, and she had munchkin feet, but I let her steer me in the direction I wanted to go anyway…until another girl howled.

     It was a perfectly human howl of pain and shock, but I pulled away from Marcy and spun to see a girl about our age yank back a slashed arm, blood dripping dramatically on the silver shawl she clutched.

     “Right there,” Marcy said, when it was clear I wasn’t going anywhere.  She pointed to a brown-haired girl just turning away from the commotion, her wild mane of hair bobbing above the crowd as she made her way to the door.

     “I’m going after her.  You talk to the girl who got gouged.  Something’s not right here.”

     “But…shoes!” she wailed.

     “Later,” I promised.

   “When all the good ones are gone,” she grumbled, but she let me lead the way back to the sales table we’d come from.  When she stopped, I kept going.  Already I was losing sight of the shopping slasher.  I could still see her head above the crowd as she power-walked away, the path opening magically before her.  She paused at the entrance when a suited security guy moved in front of her, but I could swear I heard a growl and suddenly he stumbled back.

     He was yelling into his radio as I got there, and I didn’t even realize that one of the cries was for me until I was past and remembered the shirt balled up in my right hand.

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Also, look for Fangtastic, forthcoming in January 2012!

Happy Book Birthday to Rosemary Clement-Moore

Wow, this week has been busy and isn't looking to get any less so!  Unfortunately, that means I'm a day late wishing Rosemary Clement-Moore a happy book birthday for the paperback release of THE SPLENDOR FALLS with it's wonderfully gothic new cover.

THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Age Range: Young Adult
ISBN-13: 9780385736916

Rave Reviews:

“Sylvie’s voice is sharp and articulate, and Clement-Moore (the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series) anchors the story in actual locations and history, offering au courant speculations about the nature of ghosts and magic. Her ear for both adolescent bitchery and sweetness remains sure, and her ability to write realistic, edgy dialogue without relying on obscenity or stereotype is a pleasure.” —Publishers Weekly

“Hard to imagine a better book.” — Genrefluent

“The Splendor Falls is a commendable book which is highly recommended for teens who like mystery, romance, and the supernatural.” — Book Trends

“This modern-day ghost story will have readers flipping through pages as fas as their eyes can take them as Sylvie discovers an existence that is far different from her familiar world of dance.  Clement-Moore, author of the popular “Girl vs. Evil” series, leaves readers wanting more.  With a strong story line, a little paranormal activity and an age-old love story, readers—particularly “Twilight” fans—will not be disappointed with this Gothic Romance.” —Florida Times-Union

Cover Copy:

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can't dance, she lost everything important to her in one missed step.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment, and shipping her to Alabama is her mother's solution for Sylvie's unhappiness. But life might not be any more simple down south.  As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can't stop thinking about.

Then Sylvie starts seeing things. A girl down by the lake. A man peering into the window. And a graveyard with an oddly placed headstone. Sylvie's lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?


In other news, the second part of Faith Hunter's serialized free read "Cat Tats" is up now on The Knight Agency website.  Click here for:
Part I
Part II

More news!


Yesterday I mentioned that N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS was a 2010 nominee for the Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy.  Did I mention that Rachel Caine's GHOST TOWN is up for Young Adult Fantasy?  There's stiff competition!  Cast your vote today.

In other news, over on my character blog, my heroine, Gina, is running the first of what will be a new feature: "How Not to be a Hot Mess."  Check it out!

First Son's Second Book Blog

For those of you who enjoyed my son’s previous book recs, here’s a new list just in time for the holidays.  For those who missed out, you can click here for his earlier advice.

First (and only) Son's Second Book Blog

I AM NUMBER FOUR (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore– It’s really awesome.  It’s about a kid who’s an alien and he comes from a planet in a different galaxy.  The first three who escaped with him have been killed and he’s next.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer – It’s really awesome (Me: “You said that about I AM NUMBER FOUR.”  Him: “Well, a lot of them are really awesome.”)  It’s about a teenage criminal genius.

THE SOCIETY OF UNRELENTING VIGILANCE (The Candleman #1) by Glenn Dakin – It was really, really, really, really, really good.  (Son: “Wait, how many reallys was that?” I read it back to him. “Add three.”  Me: “What, five wasn’t enough?”  “No, not enough.”)  It’s about this kid who can melt you by touching you with his bare skin.

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter – It’s about a bunch of cats who fight each other.  That’s just basically what it’s about.  It was okay.  I didn’t like it, but I know a lot of kids who did.

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins – An instant bestseller.  It’s really…. (Me: “Enough with the It’s really. Come up with something else to say.”)  Um, okay.  Uh.  There’s a lot of fighting.   It’s got a good storyline.   It‘s got awesome characters and it’s a really good book.  I think you should read it. (Me again. Everyone in the world should read this book.  I don't just mean kids that are ten going on twenty or just boys or.... I mean everyone.)

The Ender series by Orson Scott Card – It’s the best series I’ve never completed.  I’m on CHILDREN OF THE MIND right now.  It has a really great storyline, it’s got great characters and it’s interesting.  (Yup, me.  I have to add here a recommendation also for his Tales of Alvin the Maker, also called The Hatrack River series.  My son hasn't read these yet or I'm sure he'd plug them himself.)

NERDS by Michael Buckley – It’s about these teenage super spies that kick butt.  I recommend it.  The teenage super spies also have special powers.  One kid uses her inhalers to shoot fire.  Another kid can make metal tentacles come out of his braces.  It’s actually really cool.

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA – It’s very, really good.  It’s about this fortune-telling origami Yoda puppet.  It can read the future, depending on what you ask it.  It’s very, very funny.

(Our puppy starts indicating that he has to go out.  “My dog is barking.  How do I make it stop?” he says.  Me: “Oh, is that what you want to ask Origami Yoda?”  Him: “It’s actually from the book. It’s one of the strange cases.”)

The blog ends here because I did, in fact, have to take the puppy out.  However, my son, who’s off finishing I AM NUMBER FOUR before school rather than reading over my shoulder right now, will be getting a bunch of new books for Christmas, so I expect there will be another middle-grade/YA blog from him some time after the new year.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy and maybe even discover something great for one of the readers on your shopping list.

GCC Interview with Caridad Ferrer

by Caridad Ferrer
St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 978-0-312-65004-9, ISBN10: 0-312-65004-3,
Young Adult Fiction

I'm pleased to present the latest Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with
Caridad Ferrer about her latest YA release WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE.  Isn't this a gorgeous cover?  Want to know more?

About the Book:

A dancer driven to succeed.

A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.

The summer they share.

And the moment it all goes wrong.

Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.     

But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledad's affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.

About the Author:

Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life won the Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA. Her second novel, It’s Not About the Accent was released in 2007 with Publisher’s Weekly stating, “…this twisting book amply rewards readers.”

She has also contributed to the anthology, Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceañera Stories. Her newest young adult novel, When the Stars Go Blue, is a contemporary retelling of Bizet’s Carmen, and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books in November 2010. Booklist calls it, “Beautifully written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line.

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
A contemp. interpretation of Bizet's opera Carmen, w/a dancer,  musician, & soccer player, in a love triangle marked by passion & betrayal.

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
Roaring Forties blue cheese because it's from sweet, smooth, sharp, and strong, all at once.

What about your main character(s) and why?
Hm. Soledad would be Greek yogurt because it's substantial and strong, yet smooth and soothing; Jonathan would be a cheesecake, because it can be both strong, yet fragile, and Taz would definitely be a rich, smooth dark chocolate dusted with sea salt because it's exotic and speaks of faraway places.

Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?
I do-- if I had to summarize STARS as a theme, it would be that of dreams-- those you consciously have and those of which you're unaware until they happen to you.  Dreams without a name, I suppose.  

What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?
HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Anne Rivers Siddons which I discovered at the age of fourteen in my junior high's library.  It's a magnificent setting (1956 Alabama, just as the Civil Rights Movement is getting underway), with a wonderful lead character in Maggie, a properly bred southern belle who's nevertheless restless and knows there's something more, even though she's not consciously aware of it for much of the book.  On top of that, the language is just beautiful and evocative and I think was the book that made me really WANT to be a writer, even though I'd been writing and journaling my entire life.  

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?
On the 1st of December I'll be blogging at the new group YA blog of which I'm part, YA OUTSIDE THE LINES and I'll be giving away a signed copy of STARS and a t-shirt that's a copy of one that plays a part in the book.  (http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/)

Halloween Blog Bash with Denise Jaden

A new Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview to share with you during my Halloween Blog Bash.  Denise Jaden is here to talk about her wonderful eerie-sounding novel, LOSING FAITH.  Check out her book trailer:

About the book:

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.

Rave Reviews:

“Strong in its characterization…satisfying…a thoughtful read.”

"This book is wonderful. I stayed up way too late because I couldn't put it down. Tessa is one of my all-time favorite characters - fascinating, nuanced - she lived for me, jumped right off the page. Terrific read!"
- Janet Fox, author of Faithful (Penguin/Speak, 2010)
and Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006

"Suspense, religion, romance, teenage angst—this book has it all and it is all well done. Losing Faith was an amazing read that hooked me in the beginning and when it was done I was well-satisfied with the conclusion. Great from start-to-finish!"
- Crystal at myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com

Interview with Denise Jaden:

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
A teen finds more questions than closure while mourning the death of her

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
Ice cream. I'm all about the yummy!

What about your main character(s) and why?
Brie drinks a lot of protein shakes, mostly to stay in shape. Though she
also likes cheese quite a bit. Maybe it's in the name.

Do you think in themes?  If so, what's the theme of your new novel?

One theme I feel is strong in the book is: don't be afraid to face your

What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?

I'm probably a little different this way, but I don't wish I'd written any
other fiction than my own. My stories are very personal and reflect me, at
least in some ways. That's one part I really love about the process.

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?
I've always got contests happening on my blog. You can find the latest one

Thanks Lucienne!

Halloween Bash - GCC Interview with Linda Gerber

Continuing the Halloween blog bash, I have a Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Linda Gerber, for her chilling new novel, TRANCE.

TRANCE by Linda Gerber
Speak * A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group *
October 14, 2010
ISBN 9780142414156
Ages 12 and Up

About the Book

Almost everyone has wished that they could take a glimpse into the future—but what if such visions came unbidden, and they only foretold danger? Linda Gerber weaves this idea into a chilling and satisfying young adult novel with TRANCE (Speak; 9780142414156; October 14, 2010; Ages 12 up; $7.99). Perfect for fans of Wake, Gerber’s latest paranormal thriller is a dark but addictive tale of one girl’s curse to unwillingly foresee future tragedies, and the debilitating toll that it takes on her present life—until she realizes that her unwanted power may be more of a gift than a curse.

Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what’s to come—a trance. She’s pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she’s never been able to stop the event from actually occurring—not even when the vision was of her mother’s fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn’s life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear: it’s up to her to save Jake from a near-certain death.

Combining romance and suspense, Linda Gerber delivers a paranormal thriller that is unique in its ability to appeal to sci-fi and chick lit fans alike.

About the Author

Linda Gerber is the author of the popular Death by Bikini, Death by Latte, and Death by Denim as well as two books in the S.A.S.S. series. She lives with her family in Dublin, Ohio.

Interview with Linda Gerber


Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):

“A fast-paced, heart-wrenching paranormal thriller. Trance is addictive.” – Lisa McMann, author of the best-selling WAKE series.

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?

Graeter’s raspberry chocolate-chunk ice cream, because… well, why not?

What about your main character(s) and why?

Ashlyn -  string cheese, because she feels like her life is unraveling

Jake – cream cheese, because he’s smooth and versatile

Gina – Sour cream, because she's kind of saucy and she has a little bit of a tang to her

Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?

A person must trust to be trusted.

What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. What would I give to write like that – and be a trend starter? Plus, if I was the author, maybe I’d get to meet the model on the cover as Patch!

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?

Two more days to go in the Trance Final Countdown contest. Up for grabs, a Sony Cybershot camera, an entire basket of YA supernatural fiction, and more. For rules and prizes,
check it out here.