Laurie Elizabeth Flynn visits Jack London’s writing cabin

…and find writing inspiration on the road.

If you’re not following @laurieelizabethflynn on Instagram, you should be. She
recently completed a two week trip around Canada’s Northwest Territories and the
Yukon, as well as Alaska.

Laurie E Flynn Travels IHere she is at the famous Yukon writer Jack London’s cabin in Dawson City. Jack London came to the Yukon to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, and the struggles he faced in the harsh terrain lent inspiration to some of his most
well-known stories. Laurie was a huge fan of Jack London’s books growing up (she obsessively read THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG under the covers when she was supposed to be asleep).

She recently found out that he was a Macmillan author, too! Several of his books were published by Macmillan starting as far back as 1902. This trip (and the advice on daily word count) is a dream for any writer!

Laurie E Flynn Travels II

!Giveaway! TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest Book on BeachSummer Book Giveaway: TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers

The lazy, sunny days of summer mean one thing: time for good books.

And what better way to get a good book in your hands than through an amazing giveaway? We are so excited to have an ARC of Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers up for grabs in our *FIRST MONTHLY* Sixteen to Read giveaways.

That’s right! We’ll have a giveaway EVERY MONTH so be sure to follow the blog!

This month’s giveaway is perfect timing since this stunning debut takes place over the course of a summer. You can practically smell the sunblock and bonfire smoke coming off the pages!

Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever. Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.

Yep. This book has all the feels! It’s deep and smart and sweet and swoony! (We love the swoon here at Sixteen to Read). Plus it is full of summer goodness.

“Is there anything better than summer as a teenager? For me, it meant camp,  bonfires, adventures with my friends, and tremendous amounts of freedom. I grew up in a small rural town just like Westlin Beck, the main character of Truest, and I remember the summers of my youth with such fondness: the way the sun made everything better, the way I could focus on what I loved most, the things that made me come alive. As for West, she says, ‘My summer had been boiled down to the bones, and those bones were the Hart twins.’ My hope is that readers enjoy summer in Green Lake with West, Silas, and Laurel as much as I did!” –Jackie Lea Sommers, author of Truest

TRUEST will be out September 1, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books but you can get an ARC copy before that!


1 – Follow Sixteen to Read on Twitter
2 – Tweet about the giveaway (be sure you tag @SixteentoRead)
3 – Leave a comment on this blog post about what summer means to you.

Each option earns one entry for our giveway. We will choose a winner on August 8th and announce on Twitter. Contest closes at midnight (EST) on August 7th.

Good luck and Happy Summering!










Sixteen to Read author Erin L. Schneider reveals her amazing cover for her YA debut, SUMMER OF SLOANE today over at Pop! Goes the Reader. Hop on over to see the full reveal and giveaway.

SUMMER OF SLOANE: Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Erin’s book will be available in May, 2016 but you can add SUMMER OF SLOANE on Goodreads now!

Jennifer Bardsley (The YA Gal) Hits 11k Followers on Facebook!

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Jennifer Bardsley is Sixteen to Read’s Den Mother Extraordinaire and recently hit 11,000 followers on Facebook. That’s right. Eleven. THOUSAND. Jennifer is the one-woman YA Gal and she’s also our very own Sixteen to Read author.

Her debut YA book BLANK SLATE comes out from Month9Books in 2016. She’s also on Instagram as the_ya_gal. Check out her thoughts on YA books, and her photos of cool stuff around the reading and writing community!





Sixteen to Read author Ashley Herring Blake received her ARCs  and they are beyond gorgeous–everything we would expect for this beautifully written YA!

SUFFER LOVE: Seventeen-year old Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them shouting the ugly truth about her father: Jason St. Clair is fucking my mother. Now, Hadley just wants her father to leave her alone. In fact, she wants everyone to stop expecting her to slip back into her old life, where a father is someone she can trust and romance is something that happens to real people, not just to characters in fairy tales. She knows how to handle herself–trust no one and feel nothing. She falls into a steady routine of ignoring her parents and messing around with nameless boys who help her forget.

Then she meets Sam, the new boy with a broken family and a little sister who adores him. Despite her efforts to shut him out, something in Sam feels familiar and even exciting. She might be willing to take a risk for a guy like him. Sam wants Hadley just as much as she wants him, even though he knows he shouldn’t. Because Sam has a secret that could ruin everything; a secret he’s been keeping since the day somebody taped dozens of papers to the St. Clair’s front door.

SUFFER LOVE is available for pre-order wherever books are sold. It will officially be in the world on May 3, 2016 but you  can add SUFFER LOVE to your Goodreads TBR pile now. This is one you don’t want to miss!

Janet B. Taylor at the DFW Writers Conference

Janet Taylor

Sixteen to Read author Janet B. Taylor is headed to the DFW Writers Conference in Dallas, Texas this weekend (July 24th-26th). Woot! Woot!

It’s her very first time on the panel side of a conference and we know she’s gonna rock the crowds with her unending charm, wit and witty charm. Not to mention that gorgeous sense of humor she has—-the one that draws people in and makes them feel more welcomer than a fuzzy warm welcome mat!

If you’re lucky enough to be in Dallas, stop by and see Janet:
Saturday, July 25.2015
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Query Letters workshop  Janet B. Tayor, Jenny Martin, Julie Murphy, Rosemary Clement-Moore

2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
So Close and Yet So Far workshop: For writers who’ve accumulated a stack of rejection letters and aren’t sure what to do next.
Janet B. Taylor, agents Michelle Johnson & Christopher Rhodes, and editor April Osborn.

Sunday, July 26.2015 
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Secrets of Success panel
Janet B. Taylor, Benjamin Hedin, Melissa Lenhardt, Steven James, A. Lee Martinez and Lindsay Cummings.

1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
So Here’s My Problem workshop
Janet B. Taylor, editor Laura Maisano and agents Uwe Stender and Shannon Hassan.

2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Crowdslashing: Cutting Your Manuscript Down to Size workshop
Janet B. Taylor and Lindsay Cummings
For more info on the conference visit their Conference Page. We hope you are one of the lucky attendees who get to witness Janet’s genius and her infectious smile!

FIRSTS Cover Reveal


In case you missed it, Sixteen to Read author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn debuted her celebrated cover for FIRSTS with help from YA Highway on June 16th.

You want this daring and so-real YA. You do. Why? Because “seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.”

Hell yeah, it’s about time we had ourselves this kind of unapologetically bold heroine! See why the ladies of Sixteen to Read are all ugly crying for FIRSTS? The good news is that we won’t have to wait past January 5, 2016. FIRSTS is the first release from Sixteen to Read authors and we couldn’t be more excited!! Pre-order it to arrive in a few months and add FIRSTS to your gimme-gimme-gimme shelves on Goodreads now.

Twitter #FAC16 chat with 2016 Contemporary, Mystery and Thriller Authors

Join 2016 Debut authors in the Fledging Author Twitter Chat #FAC16 and International Giveaway!

The #FAC16 Twitter fun continues at 3:00EST today and is made possible by the blogging wonderment of:
Kristen from My Friends are Fiction
Rachel over at A Perfection Called Books
Nicola from Pandemonium Books

Seven of our Sixteen to Read authors will be participating today to talk all things YA Contemporary as part of the #FAC16. Pop on to twitter and follow the hastag to ‘meet’ these Sixteen to Read authors and their books:

My Senior Year of Awesome by Jennifer DiGiovanni @jendwrites
How It Ends by Catherine Lo @CatherineELo
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani @michelle_etc
The Girl Who Fell  by Shannon M Parker @shannonmparker
Firsts by Laurie E Flynn @laurellizabeth
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblake
Flower by Shea Olsen @SheaOlsenBooks
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt @youngadultish
Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee @sonyamukherjee
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider @erinlschneider1
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers @meghanrogers

Sixteen to Read authors are so proud (and humbled) to be joining the company of these amazing 2016 debut authors!
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman @nicolecastroman
The Bride of Dusk and Glass by Roshani Chokshi @NotRashKnee
Liars and Losers Like Us  by Ami Allen-Vath @amilouiseallen
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig @heidiheilig
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin @thatEmilyMartin
Beyond the Red by Ava Jae @Ava_Jae
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill @erinsummerill
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie @KathrynPurdie
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer @_JennyMoyer
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro @skippingstones
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter @kkletter
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers @SarahAhiers
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie @skrutskie
The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry @EmilyHenryWrite
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin @jeffgarvinbooks
Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshbaugh @JulieEshbaugh
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp @mariekeyn
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor @lygiaday
Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods @woodswrite
Consider by Kristy Acevedo @kristyace
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw @annabreslaw
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner @jeffzentner

We hope to see you in the Twittersphere!

UNDERWATER is a Top Pick!

The very phenomenal Jen–a book blogger at Pop! Goes The Reader!–keeps spreading the Sixteen to Read love. This week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” post (a wonderful book feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), highlighted the top ten books Jen has recently acquired. Her lovely list of ARCs would make any book lover drool. Just look at all the awesome she’s got her hands on!

underwater cover hi-resOur very own Marisa Reichardt received a special shout out from Jen: “Of the ten books listed thus far, I have only read one—Underwater by Marisa Reichardt—and if you haven’t already done so, add it to your 2016 to-be-read list. Add it right now. I have absolutely no doubt Underwater will prove one of the best standalone contemporary releases next year and I can’t wait for everyone else to fall head over heels in love with it just like I did.”

ADD IT RIGHT NOW!” We agree, Jen! Because a couple of us Sixteen to Read girls have read this crazy good book and we know you’ll love it as well. Happy Reading!


THE GIRL WHO FELL receives cover love!

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The very lovely book blogger Jen, over at Pop!Goes the Reader has a regular feature called “Do Judge a Book By Its Cover”, and this week’s post focused on contemporary book covers. Our very own Sixteen to Read author Shannon M. Parker‘s THE GIRL WHO FELL was featured. Yay! So exciting! You need to take a look. It’s just too pretty!

We couldn’t be more thrilled because the covers that Pop! Goes the Reader features are always beyond fabulous and this post was no exception. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself.

Jen writes: “Over the last couple of months there have been a positively astounding number of cover reveals for forthcoming 2015 and 2016 releases. Even more exciting, the majority of these have been for novels in my preferred genre, contemporary and realistic fiction, a few of which I’ll be highlighting in today’s post. Some of my favourite covers this week include The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker, Cracked by Clare Strahan, Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo, Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche, For The Forest Of A Bird by Sue Saliba, The Distance From Me To You by Marina Gessner and Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf.”

Thanks for all your support of authors, Jen! And for bringing so many gorgeous books to our attention!