Congratulations to Erica M. from Hawaii for winning this month’s giveaway of RED QUEEN! We’re also thrilled to send her a super cool pair of silver earrings that match Victoria Aveyard’s awesome debut cover.
And serendipity abounds because Erica happens to be from the same town in Hawaii as the very swoon-worthy book boyfriend Evan. Oh, readers! Just wait until you meet new-to-town surfer boy Evan from Marisa Reichardt’s UNDERWATER. Let the swooning commence!
Enjoy this great book, Erica! Thanks so much for supporting Sixteen to Read!
Sixteen To Read authors Michelle Andreani and Jennifer Bardsley, and multi-book-YA author Mindi Scott met up at the American Girl store in Seattle for lunch this summer. Jennifer’s six-year-old daughter (not pictured) was also with them, and was placated by cupcake decorating when the conversation about the publishing industry became too much for a first grader to handle.
Jennifer was excited to hear about THE WAY BACK TO YOU which Michelle and Mindi co-wrote together. Mindi shared advice with Jennifer and Michelle about book launches, writing conferences, and more.
After lunch the ladies checked out American Girl’s latest BeForever doll, Maryellen, who is 1950s fabulous.
Insiders tip: The American Girl store in Seattle is actually located in Lynnwood, Washington. So if you ever get the chance to visit, please plan accordingly–and consider ordering the cupcakes. We hear they’re delicious.
Which Sixteen To Read author is perched on that fence post?
The answer will be at the end of her teaser review.
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers is a YA spy thriller that kills. Imagine James Bond as a teenage girl, and go from there. Jocelyn Steely is a trained assassin and North Korea’s top agent. But she has other plans for her life–ones that include turning herself over to the United States and becoming a double agent. Can she be trusted?
In Crossing the Line Meghan Rogers creates a teen heroine who puts her integrity first, beyond all of the men, boys and institutions that want to control her. Jocelyn Steely is a powerful role model for YA readers of all genders to look up to.
I loved this book so much! I wish it was April 2016 already, when CROSSING THE LINE hits stores. It’s worth the wait!!!
Did you guess who the reader was yet? Here’s a hint. You can find this person on her Facebook page chatting about books on #TakeALookTuesday. She lives near Seattle and writes a newspaper column called “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. She’s also been known to spend way too much money shopping for clothes from Mod Cloth. For the answer:
The glorious ARCs for Janet B. Taylor’s YA time-travel debut INTO THE DIM have arrived and they are splendorously spectacular! Not to mention, how adorable is Sixteen to Read author Janet B. Taylor? The Most Adorable, that’s how adorable!
“Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”
Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
INTO THE DIM releases March 1, 2016 and is available for pre-order now!
SUMMER OF LOVE (For SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS)
Sixteen to Read author Darcy Woods is thrilled to announce that SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS has a film agent! That’s right. The very lucky Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss and Associates will be representing film rights for this fantastic debut YA! Woot! Woot!
And if that doesn’t blow your mind, how about all the lucky teens in Turkey getting to enjoy SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS? Yep, Turkish rights for Darcy Woods’ YA have been sold to Pegasus. And there’s MORE! Foreign rights have already been gobbled up by these publishers:
- Italy! (Mondadori)
- Spain AND Latin America! (Urano’s Puck imprint)
- Brazil! (Intrinseca)
- Germany! (in a preempt to Fischer)
Wanna see what all the fuss is about? We know you do!
SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS: As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart.
Debut author Darcy Woods explores love in all its complexities and how to best honor the loved ones who have passed before us, in a novel packed with both humor and heart.
SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS releases in May, 2016.
Need Another Reason to Read HOW IT ENDS?
HOW IT ENDS by our dear Catherine Lo is an honest, heart-wrenching tale of a friendship from first meeting to breakup. Told through alternating points of view, it is about two best friends’ tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing and what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
How it begins…
“You’re in my English class, right?”
I almost checked behind me to make sure she wasn’t talking to someone else.
How it unravels…
“You can be my best friend without being my only friend.”
Her words were knives raked along my skin. I could hear the goodbye in every syllable.
How it Ends.
Why should I keep her secrets when she didn’t keep mine? All it would take was one little click and a carefully worded message.
The Best Kind of Review
Recently, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s beautiful and gracious mom finished reading her daughter’s debut YA novel. When she was done, she sent Laurie Elizabeth this text. Too cute. So cute.
Her review was a big hit on Twitter and we thought it warranted a more permanent place on the Internet. Because who doesn’t love reviews like this?
This is such high praise for the author and the person that is Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. We love her. Her mom loves her. And we know you’ll love FIRSTS!
You can pre-order at Amazon or your local indie bookstore. Coming in January 2016!
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING
Inspiration comes in many forms. For many, it can be a song, the shape of a cloud, or an overheard conversation that stimulates ideas. For me, Pinterest and DeviantArt are two of my favorite go-to places for getting ideas. (I also tend to lose hours of precious writing time perusing these sites, so I have to limit myself). But for my novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, these sites and images only served to tweak my story. The real inspiration for my novel and the entire Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy came from:
My mom was such a huge inspiration to me. I swear, she was like a willow, a wonderful, strong person who could bend, but never break. She was always there, guiding me, prodding me. As a teenager, she and I butted heads a lot, and she really ticked me off sometimes. But after I grew up a bit, I realized she wasn’t trying to be mean; she was trying to make me a better person.
She also didn’t let me slack off. I told her for years I was going to write this novel, and for years I procrastinated, blaming my inability to put word to paper on the obstacles of life. She got tired of hearing my excuses, and so she challenged me. She used that good old reverse psychology on me by telling me I would never complete it. She said cats would learn to bark before I ever wrote a single word. To me, those were fighting words, and I had to prove her wrong. And I did. Sadly, my mom passed away before the first draft was finished, and it breaks my heart that she won’t be here to celebrate my “Release Day” with me, but trust me, her encouraging words, and inspirational kicks in the butt are forever etched in every line of this book, and its two future companions.
My dad, well, he was in the Army, and anyone who grew up in a military home knows what that’s like. You don’t get away with crap. My dad was no exception. He had a heart of gold, but you didn’t step out of line. Ever. He ran the house like a boot camp. “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am” were the way us kids addressed our parents and our elders, and while he was alive, we didn’t sass back, not unless we wanted a sore backside. For me, my dad was a hero. He’d fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam twice. In fact, the second time he went to Vietnam, he volunteered. I remember how much that tore my mom up and, even though they rarely ever argued in front of my brother and me, we could hear the ‘discussions’ going on behind closed doors. My mom wanted a husband, a father to her kids. She wanted him home. My dad, he saw things differently. His home wasn’t just the house we lived in. It was our community, our country. He had a very strong ethic and his code to live by consisted of three words: love, honor and sacrifice. To him, they were all intertwined. You couldn’t have one without the other. I remember asking him one day before he left for Vietnam why he wanted to go back to get shot at. His answer was so powerful that I’ve incorporated it almost verbatim on the opening pages of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, and they are spoken by one of my favorite characters, Sir Trogsdill Domnall, who was fashioned in so many ways after my dad.
When we first meet Trog, he can be a bit much to take in. He’s big, like tree-trunk big, and imposing. My dad was actually rather short, but in my very young eyes, he was built like a tank, and the troops feared and respected him. He was such a badass. How could I not write him into my story? My dad passed away two weeks before my 12th birthday and I knew then I would have to somehow pay tribute to him in something I wrote. I’m so glad Trog presented himself to me, and that I could immortalize my dad in him.
As to “Mad” King Ludwig II … guys, this king has intrigued me ever since we lived in Germany. His story is a tragic one, and the cause of his death is shrouded in mystery. But it’s not his life story that inspired me. It was his fairytale castles. his most famous is Neuschwanstein. You know the one. Walt Disney fashioned Cinderella’s castle from it … and I’ve been inside of it. OMG, is it freaking amazing! I was just a kid when I was there, and everything was sooo big!! I mean, dragons could live in this place! The rooms were opulent and gorgeous. But the bug for fantasy and castles didn’t end there. So enthralled was I with Neuschwanstein that I begged my mom to take my brother and me to Ludwig’s other castles and palaces. Over several months we set off to Linderof, Hohenschwangau, and Herrenchiemsee Palace. Folks, if you ever get to go to Germany, you have got to check these places out. O.M.G. There are grottos and secret rooms and so much gold on everything it’ll make your head spin. Needless to say, Ludwig was quite eccentric, but he had these incredible, amazing fairytale visions that he was able to bring to life. And even though I’ve visited other beautiful castles, traipsed around ruins of castles, it was Ludwig’s grand estates that remained etched in my memory and gave me the inspiration I needed to write IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. My Pinterest board on Castles can attest to that. 🙂
So, while I do get inspiration from many different sources, no one gave me more inspiration for these novels than my mom, my dad, and a mad king with amazing fairytale dreams.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what gave me my inspiration for IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. If it sounds like a book you’d be interested in reading, please head on over to my Goodreads page and add it to your TBR list. I’d kind of like love you forever if you did.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered our first Sixteen to Read giveaway! We were thrilled with the response, though not surprised because TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers is amazing!
So, our congrats to Gianna for winning a copy of TRUEST and we hope you’ll all stay tuned for more great freebies, like our RED QUEEN giveaway happening now!
TRUEST releases September 1st so head down to your nearest bookstore for a coffee and a great read!
TRUEST: 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.