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July 31, 2015

Girls of Geek 12


Here’s another fun, awesome interview with the fabulously cool GIRLS OF GEEK 12 at Denver Comic Con 2015!!


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Published on July 31, 2015 09:08

I had the chance to talk to the awesome lads at REEL NERDS at the Denver Comic Con about books and writing! Click on the pic to listen!



 

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Published on July 31, 2015 07:19

April 2, 2015

YASH INFOWelcome to the insane book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this tri-annual event was first organized by the fabulous Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!


So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the Amazon best-seller BLOODSPELL; The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen - WATERFELLOCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTERTHE ALMOST GIRL from Angry Robot Books; and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press.


If you came here looking for my bonus material, ALPHA GODDESS – THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY, you’ll have to keep hunting!


At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours — until noon PST on Sunday April 5th!


http://www.dreamstime.com/-image16294099Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there are also BLUE, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, & PINK teams (each with 20 authors) for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE


Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in RED somewhere. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.


Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.


Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


ARE YOU GUYS READY?!?!


Shonna-Slayton1I am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely SHONNA SLAYTON for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!


About ShonnaSHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella’s Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella’s Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.


Shonna’s featured book on this hunt is called CINDERELLA’S DRESS! Are you guys ready to see the gorgeous cover and read the summary? Drumroll please …


cinderellas-dress-cover-685x1024Being a teen-ager during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dress is even tougher.


Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort.


But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dress, life gets complicated.


Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.


After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.


Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out Shonna’s website!


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


The Hidden Easter Eggs in Cinderella’s Dress


I’ve never publicly talked about the Easter eggs hidden in my novel. Given that this is Easter weekend, I thought now would be a good time.


Easter eggs are secret references that authors sneak into the story. They can be something general for anyone to notice–like in my genre, a nod to other fairy-tale retellings–or something specific that only one person might pick up on.


I left unique Easter eggs behind for my first writer’s group to discover. These are the folks who read rough draft after rough draft, and yet still encouraged me to keep writing.


One of those Easter eggs is so delicious, you might want to make it yourself. My good friend Kitty Bucholtz, who writes light urban fantasy (aka funny super hero books), is famous for her brownies. She freely admits that she is not a cook, but she makes a killer brownie. *Zowie!*


Cinderella’s Dress is set in the 1940’s and my main character’s brother and boyfriend are both off at bootcamp and begging for care packages. Kate saves up her rations and sends them brownies. What make them so good are the chocolate chips and the almond flavoring:


Kitty’s Brownies


1 c margarine or butter


Brownies2 c sugar


3 eggs


1 tsp vanilla


½-1 tsp almond, mix with:


¾ c cocoa


1 c chocolate chips


2 c flour


Mix ingredients one at a time. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min. *Try not to consume in one sitting.*


FOR THE RECORD, MY MOUTH IS WATERING!!! Curse you, Shonna! Now I must make these STAT. Be sure to click on the links to Shonna’s website to find out how you can get your hands on your very own copy of CINDERELLA’S DRESS. Anyway, I now want to stuff my face with THIRTEEN of these brownies.


Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Shonna Slayton and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up a bit – it’s in red and it’s about how many luscious brownies I want to consume). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize! Also keep in mind that most of the authors are doing their own giveaways so there are many chances to win cool stuff.


While you’re here with me, be sure to enter the personal contest I’m hosting below for signed hardcover of my Spring Indie Next Pick, ALPHA GODDESS, as well as a signed set of my Aquarathi series, WATERFELL & OCEANBORN (including necklace, charm, bracelet, and tattoo). Contest is international.


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CONTINUE THE HUNT


If you’re ready to move on, click HERE to head over to the next author in the hunt – RIN CHUPECO! Good luck!!

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February 27, 2015

10940586_352012244986763_2084101749892274190_nSolid book promotion is critical in any author’s success, whether you’re getting in-house publicity or sourcing an external company or doing it on your own. In today’s publishing world, authors are expected to do more to get their names out there, grow exposure, and most of all, sell books. I have had my share of publicists over the years—from traditional in-house publicists to an external publicity firm to manage my brand across my different publishers to “buzz” publicists for specific projects. This was definitely something that I budgeted for because hiring a publicist requires an investment and a long-term strategy.


I have invited Samantha Lien, the lovely new owner of ROGER CHARLIE, here today to answer a few questions about publicity and provide some insight into what kind of services her company can provide. Be sure to check out all the information links at the end of this post!


First off, a little about Samantha (Sami):


1931309_112609075330_8787_nSamantha Lien is owner of Roger Charlie, a company that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals – particularly authors, musicians and small businesses. Through her years of experience in marketing and management for a variety of industries, she has curated an abundant network of contacts in the music and literary world, and loves working to support those who value a more personal approach through communications so that they can stay focused on their craft.


She also loves to travel, escape to her neighborhood bookstore, practice yoga at her favorite local studio, and connect with friends – old and new – especially over music.  Her love of working with creative minds also extends into her personal endeavors.  In 2013, she and her husband established “Songs For Jake,” a music collaboration channel designed with the simple mission of getting great songs to one really big music lover.  This year, Samantha is working to expand this into a non-profit in hopes of bringing music to other individuals like her brother Jake who could benefit from accessibility to the project.


And now, on to THE INTERVIEW, where all your burning questions will be answered!


AH: Tell us a little Roger Charlie. I love the name! Is there a story behind it?


SL: Haha – yes! My grandpa’s name is actually Chuck, and it was kind of an homage to his days in the military.  “Roger that, Charlie! We’ll get things done!”


AH: Give me the 30-second pitch. Who are you and why should I hire you?


SL: I specialize in publicity and management for creative professionals – particularly musicians, small businesses and authors. I really value a distinctly personal approach in promotion, and love working with those who feel the same way! I love working with those who are passionate about what they do and truly believe that success abounds when everyone involved has a positive attitude and is willing to think outside of the box to promote their book.


AH: I’ve worked with you in the past while you were a publicist elsewhere. What made you want to strike out on your own and what makes Roger Charlie different from other options out there?


SL: I was with my prior firm for almost four years, and they are wonderful! I still recommend them to authors, because they really are cream of the crop and can offer more full-scale campaigns for those looking for a really broad, expansive campaign that covers all the bases.


For me, it really came down to wanting to branch out on my own so I could further expand from working in the literary world to also offering publicity for two really big passions of mine – music and small business. I’ve gained so much experience in a variety of promotions to know what works, what doesn’t, and where time is best spent to really streamline efforts and make the most of publicity dollars.  I’m also not afraid to go after something new if I think it will really benefit my client.  I want to make sure I can be of best service (and offer an affordable price) to those who need and want to promote their talents.


AH: Roger Charlie manages different avenues of publicity—musicians, small business, and authors. Let’s talk book publicity. What exactly does a book publicist do and why should I hire one? Can’t I do publicity on my own?


SL: Just as an author’s time is spent pouring their creative ideas and stories onto blank pages to deliver a great read for all of us book-lovers, a book publicist makes it their full time job to craft quality pitches and relevant angles to appeal to an audience best-suited for an author’s hard work and creation.  This also includes developing and managing relationships with influential media, bloggers, bookstores and other organizations who help share the story, and constantly evolving with the changing industry to make sure you are seen!


While some authors are really a natural at marketing themselves (you included, Amalie!), I’ve spoken with several others who say it’s so easy to promote someone else’s content, but they have an extremely difficult time doing that for themselves.  I think the old adage is true that “it takes a village” and I hate to see someone with creative talents get burnt out on doing all of the marketing on their own when they can hire someone like me so they can stay focused on what they really love.


AH: Thanks! I’ve had varying degrees of success with book publicists in the past. What kind of authors should use your services? Do you take on both traditional and self-published clients?


SL:  I invite authors in all genres to be in touch! I’ve worked with both types of clients, and have services that would benefit both traditional and self-published authors. To get an idea, please visit my website for endorsements of current and previously clients with whom I’ve worked at my last firm.


AH: What should someone look for in a publicity firm? Does size matter?


SL: I think it’s so important to shop around and find someone that’s a best fit for you and your promotional goals. Publicity is really a team effort, and you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with whomever you choose to work.  There are a lot of things you should consider when hiring, but I think the four most crucial points would be:



How quickly does the firm get back to you over email/phone? Chances are, it’s a good indication of the attention they will give to you in your working relationship.
Are they honest and straight-forward about managing your goals/expectations? This one is important, because if someone is promising impossibly huge things on the front without the credentials to back it up, be wary. I can’t stress enough that publicity is never a guarantee. While we all have great contacts and relationships, it’s never 100% given something will come through, though we will always try our best!
Does the publicist want to read your book/review your music? Chances are you want to work with someone who actually knows and supports your product.
Are they flexible? Creative industries are constantly changing, and you want someone that will move and change with them. If you’re not happy with results from a particular project, it may be time to shift in another direction. While it’s important to trust the expert, I’ll also stress again that this is a team effort, and one of the end goals is to make sure both parties are happy with results at the end of the campaign.

AH: So for those who are traditionally published, will your efforts complement the publicity efforts of the publishing houses? How does that work?


SL: Yes, that’s all a conversation to be had at the beginning of your time together. Generally, if an author is traditionally published, it’s as simple as being put in touch with their in-house team so that you can collaborate and communicate regularly to be sure you’re not duplicating efforts and working together efficiently. It’s important to stay organized and make sure you’re not over-harassing contacts that will ultimately be the ones to share your story! ;)


AH: Do you take your author’s ideas on board? How much involvement do you expect from your clients to maximize the partnership?


SL: I definitely do – and love when someone brings direction and fresh ideas to the table! Dream big, right? The worst answer you can get is a ‘no’. That being said,  I also think it’s important to manage expectations up front so there aren’t any misguided assumptions about the campaign.


As far as involvement – make sure your publicist has the materials and information they need to effectively promote their book. If they e-mail or call you with a question to help form a pitch, definitely jump in! In the end, you’re going to know your book best, and I always want to make sure I’m incorporating your thoughts into communicating your story.


AH: How far in advance of publication do you recommend starting PR efforts, and when is the best time to start working with a book publicist?


SL: Generally, 3-4 months lead time to launch date is best. It gives a publicist time to do the legwork to create pitch lists, contact those people and follow-up several times so that coverage and events roll-out right around your launch date.  Of course, this is different if you already have a book published (within the last year) and you are releasing the title, pushing it out again because of a national story that ties nicely into the story, or you have a business where your book would be a good selling point. In that case, any time to start is just fine!


AH: Who are some of your clients?


SL: I’m just getting started right now, but currently I am working with two bands out of Denver, a booking agency for music, a social media management company that specializes in content creation for authors and three authors in a variety of genres, including mystery, sci-fi / urban fantasy and romance.


AH: If I’m on a tight budget, can I still work with you?


SL: I think it’s always worth the conversation! I have a variety of different promotions that are beneficial on their own or in tandem with other offerings. Just get in touch and we can chat – I believe my pricing is very reasonable in the realm of publicity & management and if Roger Charlie isn’t the best fit for you, I work with other wonderful partners in the industry that I can recommend you to if you’re looking for something more large or small scale.


Thank you for your time! Please check out Roger Charlie’s website and feel free to contact Sami directly if you have any questions at Sam@RogerCharlie.com.


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Published on February 27, 2015 08:42 • 28 views

February 9, 2015

Hello, all my awesome readers! Hope everyone has had a fantastic start to the new year!


I will be attending APOLLYCON at the end of this month, and I’m super excited to be part of the lovely and talented Jennifer Armentrout’s launch for her new novel, The Return. There are going to be some really cool authors in attendance, and it’s going to be the mother of launch parties. Check out the Facebook Events page for more information and to see the featured author list!


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SOOOOO, I decided that it was time for a giveaway!  And this one is going to be epic!


For those of you who cannot make it to this amazing event (sadface), I will get TWO signed books of YOUR choice (depending on availability) from ANY featured author in attendance, and ship them directly to you (HAPPYFACE)! I will also send you a signed set of my Aquarathi series (Waterfell and Oceanborn).


Here’s the best part: this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. Yes, I will ship these four books to the winner anywhere in the world, provided of course the United States Postal Service can get there, because I love you and because I am awesome (but mostly that first part).


This giveaway will end when I leave for Philadelphia so be sure you fill out the Rafflecopter and indicate your top choices in the comments! Please feel free to share this giveaway!


GOOD LUCK!


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Published on February 09, 2015 10:18 • 54 views

January 16, 2015

Check out my feature as a “Ladies We Love” and interview with Ravishly!


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To celebrate, TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!


Tell me about an awesome  diverse fiction book that you’ve read recently or one you’re excited about reading in the comments below. I’ll pick a random winner for two of my books!


Good luck and HAPPY READING!

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Published on January 16, 2015 09:40 • 30 views

November 25, 2014

So by now, I’m sure many of you have heard that Angry Robot Books have gotten rid of their young adult imprint, Strange Chemistry, in an effort to sell their company. Sadly, there were many casualties of that, including my sequel to The Almost Girl, scheduled for publication this very month – November of 2014. Cancelled sequels/trilogies happen frequently in publishing for a variety of reasons, including mergers, acquisitions, or sales such as this one. Needless to say, I was distraught. The Fallen Prince would not have a home. What would become of it?


The Almost Girl

The Almost Girl



My agent and I considered many different avenues, including staying with Angry Robot, but only that would only be for The Almost Girl. The Fallen Prince would disappear into the oblivion of lost and abandoned books. We could get the rights back for The Almost Girl, but we both knew that selling a sequel on its own would be a long shot.


The truth is, I didn’t want to give up on The Fallen Prince, or all my awesome readers who were patiently waiting for the sequel. In the end, we decided to pitch the series to one of my other publishers and hope for a miracle.


And the most amazing thing happened …


They said yes.


I am so thrilled (and lucky, and grateful, and honored, and completely delirious) to announce that Sky Pony Press have acquired the rights to The Fallen Prince and will be publishing it as part of their 2016 list!


*FIRES CONFETTI CANNON!*


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Here’s the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace:-


Children’s: Young Adult

Indie Next selection author Amalie Howard’s THE FALLEN PRINCE, the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL, about a girl with Cyborg DNA from a parallel universe who fights to save the fate of her world from a tyrant prince, moving to Julie Matysik at Sky Pony Press, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency (World).


I couldn’t be happier that this series will have a wonderful new home!! Stay tuned for release dates and amazing (I kid you not — the concept for The Fallen Prince is unbelievably awesome) cover reveals!


And thank you, as always, for your amazing support! I couldn’t do this without you, my super wonderful readers!

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Published on November 25, 2014 16:18 • 31 views

October 22, 2014

So thrilled to share the recent VOYA review for my novel ALPHA GODDESS!! After the Spring Kids’ Indie NEXT pick earlier this spring, this is fantastic news!


Alpha Goddess

Alpha Goddess



This book holds such a special place in my heart. I mean, all my books do, but this one is a little different. It’s the only novel where I chose to write using source material from my childhood — specifically Hindu mythology. I grew up in a Hindu household. My father is a Hindu priest (a pundit) as was his father before him along with generations of Gosine (my maiden name) males. I’m of East Indian descent on my father’s side and Middle Eastern/East Indian/French descent on my mother’s. How’s that for a diverse ethnic mix? I grew up in a multicultural, multi-religious, multilingual home.


When I wrote Alpha Goddess, I knew it was going to be a different kind of story that heavily leveraged my Indian background. I wanted to bring something fresh to the table—something that hadn’t been written about, but would appeal to YA readers. As a child, I was lucky to grow up with a different kind of mythology, one steeped in East Indian culture. Inspired by another tale of star-crossed love—the epic tale of Rama and Sita—I decided to focus on that mythology as the foundation for my story. Known as the Ramayana, it is a timeless Indian love story in which prince Rama and his wife Sita were tricked from the throne and sent into exile, where Sita was stolen away by a ten-headed demon, Ravana, who tried to convince her to marry him. However, her love Rama came to save her, battling the demon to the death with the help of the monkey-king, Hanuman. My retelling begins with a fictional account of how Rama and Sita find each other in another future lifetime—this time within the world of Alpha Goddess in a contemporary setting. I wanted to remain true to several key elements of the Hindu mythology, but I also wanted to use my creative license to really make this story my own, which is why you will also see many different ethnic and religious elements from other cultures incorporated into the story. It is a work of fiction, after all.


[Partial excerpts above taken from my article for the blog Diversity in YA: The Diversity Dilemma]. Click to read more.


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Howard, Amalie. Alpha Goddess. Sky Pony, 2014. 384p. $16.95. 978-1-6263-6208-6.

Just like any other teenager, Sera wants her parents off her back. She knows that her best friend, Kyle, drives them crazy with his tattoos and mohawk, but he is the only person willing to be friends with the freak that everyone else thinks she is. Sera has no idea that her parents are protecting her from a big secret: she is a Hindu goddess reincarnated. Sera’s very existence is a threat to the balance of good and evil, and her parents (not exactly human themselves) are just trying to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her to fulfill their own greed.


Although the plot is nothing new (“Surprise! You’re a [insert supernatural being here]!”), the depth of Howard’s description of the Hindu deities is a refreshing change. The book addresses some of the feelings that Indian Americans must experience while growing up in towns with little diversity and also touches on some subtle racism. Howard is Indian American herself and is thus able to give a voice to a growing teen population. Alpha Goddess is a touching depiction of the strength of family and the importance of love and loyalty. Fans of books blending the modern with the mythical will enjoy Sera’s story and the love triangle involving her best friend and her immortal love.—Kate Conklin.


 

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Published on October 22, 2014 08:11 • 64 views

October 12, 2014

BooksHi everyone! So it’s my birthday today (a big one) and to celebrate, I thought I’d do a BIG giveaway of a signed set of ALL my books!


Here’s what I want you to do: randomly do something nice for someone (out of the blue) and tell me about it in the comments below! It doesn’t have to be huge (it can be as small as a hug or as big as you want it to be), just anything kind and unexpected.


I’ll choose a random winner later this week. TEN additional winners will receive e-copies of my Aquarathi prequel novella, SEAMONSTER.


If you are on Facebook, this giveaway is also on my Facebook Author Page–be sure to share, follow, like, and tag some friends there for more chances to win.


Good luck! Thanks for sharing the love and celebrating with me!


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Published on October 12, 2014 10:50 • 82 views

October 2, 2014

Welcome to the insane book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this tri-annual event was first organized by the fabulous Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!


So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the Amazon best-seller BLOODSPELL; The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen - WATERFELLOCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTERTHE ALMOST GIRL from Angry Robot Books; and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press.


If you came here looking for my bonus material, Nerissa Marin’s (aka the Aquarathi Queen’s) BUCKET LIST from my latest release, OCEANBORN, you’ll have to keep hunting!


At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours — until noon PST on Sunday October 5th!


http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-business-men-green-team-word-image23111392Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM–but there are also RED, BLUE, GOLD, ORANGE, & INDIE teams for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE


Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in GREEN somewhere. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.


Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.


Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


ARE YOU GUYS READY?!?!


jennadolI am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely and talented JEN NADOL for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!


About Jen: Jen Nadol grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and graduated from American University with a BA in literature. She’s lived in Washington DC, Boston, NYC and now, an old farmhouse north of the city with her husband and three sons. When she’s not writing, she’s probably tending to the farmhouse or the sons, reading, cooking, skiing, or sleeping.


Jen’s featured book on this hunt is called THIS IS HOW IT ENDS. Isn’t that a cool title?! Makes me want to read it already! Are you guys ready to see the cover and read the summary? Drumroll please …


THISISHOWENDS (530x800)Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?


In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true…including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?


Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out Jen’s website!


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And now for the moment you all have been waiting for … Jen’s exclusive content!


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This scene wound up on the cutting room floor during revisions. In it, Riley has reluctantly agreed to go back to the cave with Sarah, his long-time crush and best friend Trip’s girlfriend, to find the binoculars.


We walked single-file up the path, light already fading from the overcast sky. Each time I looked back, Sarah was just behind, stepping nimbly over the stones and ruts that littered the path. It wasn’t steep and we walked quickly, stopping only when we reached the clearing. Sarah paused just beside me. Her breath came short and fast and her cheeks were pink with the exhilaration of the climb and the cold.


She looked utterly, totally beautiful.


For a crazy moment, I thought of telling her that. And everything else. About how I’d meant to ask her out first and how I still thought about kissing her in sixth grade and about what I saw in the binoculars and how I’d imagined being with her so many times before, never quite getting the feel of it right or real. Not like it was in the vision that first night.


Sarah saved me from completely embarrassing myself.


“People have been here,” she said.


I looked around the clearing, seeing an empty candy wrapper. Stones overturned. My chest squeezed tight. Had they found the binoculars?  “Where did you leave them?” I asked.


Sarah didn’t answer, striding around the remains of someone else’s fire to the mouth of the cave. “Coming?”


 I hurried over, stopping by her side, but she didn’t move.


“What?” I asked.


“Nothing.” She gave me a funny smile. “I’m just…you know, I’m not sure…”


“That you want to go in there.”


“Or touch them.”


I felt a cold trickle of fear along my spine. We’d come up here powered on her will alone. I didn’t want to look. And if she was having second thoughts… “Maybe we shouldn’t.”


“No,” Sarah said. “I have to.” Still, she didn’t move.


“Let’s do it together?”


She nodded. And then, innocent as a child, Sarah slipped her hand in mine. The warmth and softness of it stopped my breath. She’s scared, I thought. That’s all. I gave a gentle squeeze and she smiled faintly then together we walked into the cool, dim cave.


Sarah’s arm brushed stiffly against mine, braced for the unknown, but there was only that damp, living smell and a dull echo, as if  the thick stone walls whispered back an endless loop of all the things overheard there.


“I didn’t put it far,” Sarah said, sweeping the ground with her foot. “I didn’t think anyone else would—“ She broke off as her sneaker connected with the box. “Got it.” Relief and tension mixed in her voice.


We squatted, her hand dropping mine. I was aware of her closeness, her thigh against me, our shoulders touching as she cleared leaves away. She hesitated, hand hovering by the latch. “Could you…?” Sarah glanced at me.


I wanted to say no, but of course I couldn’t. I’d already come this far. So, I took a quick breath and reached for it. The metal was cold, but with a thrumming that must have been imagined or maybe just the tremble of my nervous fingers. I flipped the lid open, revealing the tarnished brass of the binoculars inside.


Sarah drew in breath, sharp enough for me to hear. “You okay?” I asked.


She nodded.


Holding them, after so many days thinking about the strange things we’d seen, I was weirdly tempted – compelled even – to take them out. To look.


 “Riley?”


When I didn’t answer, she leaned closer, touched my arm. I could feel her hand, warm on my bicep and shivered a little. Sarah noticed, her eyes locking on mine and I had that feeling again, that she could see right into my thoughts.  She was so close, our bodies inches apart. My heart was pounding and neither of us looked away, her eyes searching mine, filled with something other than the determination to look in the binoculars. This time, I knew I wasn’t imagining it. She saw the way I was looking at her and still, she didn’t move. I could hear Trip in my head, in his get a clue, Riley voice: a girl doesn’t act like that unless she wants you. But I didn’t do anything, didn’t touch her. It took everything in me not to.


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