Waiting On Wednesday: THE GIRL WHO FELL

WOW_GIRL The very lovely Talina Roma selected our very own Shannon M. Parker‘s THE GIRL WHO FELL as one of her Waiting On Wednesday titles. Hop on over to Sassy & Dangerous to find out more about why this fab book blogger chose one of our Sixteen to Read titles, along with these two other amazing 2016 debuts.

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My Sneak Peek at “Into the Dim”

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When’s the last time you read a fantasy/mystery/time-travel book about the middle ages? “Never!” you say? Me either, that is until I read an advanced copy of Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor.

I’ll save my full review for when the book comes out on March 1, 2016, but here’s a teeny-tiny sneak peek. Into the Dim tells the story of a homeschooled teenage girl named Hope who thinks her mother is dead. Actually her mom is a member of an elite time-traveling society and is trapped in the 12th century. In order to rescue her mother Hope must face her deepest fears, blend into the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and match wits with the evil Thomas Becket.

Not only did I adore this book, my fifth grade son did too. It’s just barely PG enough that I felt comfortable with him reading it. He stayed up until 10:30 p.m. to finish it, which was way past his bedtime.

Into the Dim is worth missing sleep for!

by Jennifer Bardsley, aka The YA Gal.

UNDERWATER is an Indies Introduce Title

Indies IntroduceEvery year, a panel of independent bookstore booksellers representing the American Booksellers Association reads hundreds and hundreds of debut ARCs. After much deliberation, they choose ten standout debut MG/YA titles to feature as part of their Indies Introduce New Voices list. This year, our very own Marisa Reichardt made the ABA Winter/Spring 2016 list with her YA contemporary debut, UNDERWATER.

underwater cover hi-resBooks that receive this honor are featured at ABA’s Fall Regional Trade Shows and Winter Institute. They are also highlighted in special displays at independent bookstores across the nation.

Congratulations to Marisa on this wonderful accomplishment. We can’t wait for the world to meet Morgan Grant in UNDERWATER, debuting from Macmillan/FSG on January 12, 2016 and Macmillan Children’s UK on April 7, 2016.

About the book:

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

Read the full article.

Pre-order a copy of UNDERWATER wherever books are sold.

Add UNDERWATER to your Goodreads TBR list.

 

Its all ARCs for dARCy Woods

dARCy 1The wonderfully wonderful Darcy Woods received her gorgeous ARCs of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS last night and has been flirting with them ever since. Can you blame her? Look at all that beauty! Seriously! We have a huge crush on this one!

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is due to release in May of 2016, but you’ll hear us gushing over this debut as Darcy’s ARC makes the rounds through our author group.

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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.

dARCy 2Debut 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.

And here is Darcy showing both humor and heart as she snuggles her ARC babies. *swoon*

UNDERWATER Has a UK Cover Reveal

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Marisa Reichardt’s cover for her YA contemporary debut UNDERWATER any more than we already do, along comes the UK version. And we are swooning all over again.

As Marisa says, “For the UK cover, it’s the sparkles. The green. The blue. The hair being so perfectly Morgan Grant. The concept of the girl treading water, trying to keep her head above the surface, that is so completely perfect.”

Underwater UK coverWe cosign that!

The fantabulous Nicola W. revealed Marisa’s UK cover over at Queen of the Bookshelves today and we couldn’t be more excited for this stunning goodness to be out in the world. Not to mention that we love Nicola and all the awesome things she has done for 2016 debut authors through her Fledgling Authors Chats (#FAC16) on Twitter. The next one is scheduled for October 11, 2015 so mark your calendars! The Sixteen to Read team will be there along with a ton of other 2016 debut authors of books we love.

Until then, head on over to Nicola’s blog to stare and stare and stare some more at Marisa’s gorge UK cover. We know we are.

About the Book (UK jacket copy):

1. Breathe
2. You are OK
3. You are not dying
What happened that day can’t be changed; can’t be unseen. But Morgan survived, and now she needs to find a way to move on – and forgive the unforgivable.

But Morgan can’t forgive, and she can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and her little brother. She feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface.

Just when it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air, and what it feels like to be alive. But can he help her find the strength to face the future?

!Giveaway! 10-page Critique by J. Keller Ford

Hi everyone! Fall is upon us, which means we are only four months away from 2016 and the release of sixteen amazing novels from sixteen super-awesome debut YA and middle-grade authors.

In honor of our sixteen debut must-read books, we’re offering up a challenge.
Which of the following SixteenToRead novels is about a young witch’s apprentice who must learn the dark, terrifying truth of an ancient evil before everyone disappears into the sea, never to return?

Get the answer right and you could win a critique of your first 10-pages by J. Keller Ford, author of the forthcoming YA epic fantasy novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, (Month9Books, Spring 2016).

Your choices are:
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press)
THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Random House/Crown Books for Young Readers)
HOW IT ENDS by Catherine Lo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
UNDERWATER, by Marisa Reichardt (Macmillan/FSG)
POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY by Jennie Brown (GMMG/Tantrum Books)
MY SENIOR YEAR OF AWESOME by Jennifer DiGiovanni (GMMG/Swoon Romance)
SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
GEMINI by Sonya Mukerjee (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers (Philomel/Penguin)
GENESIS GIRL by Jennifer Bardsley (GMMG/Month9Books)
SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider (Disney-Hyperion)
THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books)
INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers)
FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Sky Pony)
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING by J. Keller Ford (GMMG/Month9Books)

Got a guess? Email it to: sixteentoreadgiveaways@gmail.com and put in subject line “16toRead Challenge”. Winner will be drawn on September 30, 2015.

WISH(es) Come True for Ashley Herring Blake

Our very lovely Ashley Herring Blake has sold her second book to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Woot! Woot! *Cue the confetti cannons*

HOW TO MAKE A WISH is a YA story of Grace Glasser and her desire to escape her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives. Grace focuses on her best friend, Luca, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie, and both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Publication of HOW TO MAKE A WISH is set for the Spring of 2017 and you can add it now to your Goodreads TBR list.

Check out Ashley’s ever so fabulous in-progress Pinterest board for HOW TO MAKE A WISH! And you can check out the official deal announcement here:

Ashley Deal Announcement

Cover Reveal : SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVASIt’s here! It’s here! It’s really, really here!

Darcy Woods reveals her fluttery, flirty, romancey cover for her YA debut, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS at YA Books Central today. Isn’t it GORGEOUS? Can’t you just hear the collective Sixteen to Read swoon?! *swoons some more*

We are so excited for this book that is already feeling all the love from around the world. Go check out the YA Books Central Cover Reveal and enter for a chance to win a copy of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS from the soon-to-be-world-famous Darcy Woods!

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 is available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold.SoS tagline

Also, this. I mean, come on! Right? Best tagline ever? Best. Tagline. Ever.

 

 

Sarah Glenn Marsh shares her inspiration for FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP

FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP

I’ll always remember the first time I saw it: a goblin shark.

It was on the news because some fishermen had gotten one of these creatures stuck in their nets. It looked ancient and horrible, like it didn’t belong in the same oceans as dolphins and orcas—but maybe to appreciate what I mean, you need to see for yourselves.

Goblin SharkThey’re a rare species of deep sea shark, and Wikipedia calls them “living fossils.” After one look, I was fascinated. A little more research led me to articles and pictures of other deep sea creatures I didn’t know existed, and I started thinking about all the things that could be living way down in the ocean, unaware of us as we are of them.

Surely there are some that even dedicated marine scientists don’t know about yet. And after researching, it seemed to me like humanity spends a lot more time looking up—just think of all the recent achievements with space exploration, and the possibility of future colonization on Mars—and not much time wondering what could be lurking below.

For several days, I kept wondering: what secrets might be hiding in the ocean? And what would happen if someone was forced to confront those secrets, especially someone who was already terrified and suspicious of the water? Maybe even someone who couldn’t swim, but who’d lived on an island all her life…

And the idea for FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP was born!

I wish I had a cool story about how I decided to choose the Isle of Man as my setting, but the answer’s pretty simple: I looked at a map and found a little island with a rich history and tons of beautiful landscapes—a place that seemed to be full of magic.

I had so much fun researching the unique names, language, and history of the Isle of Man, but eventually, I had to dive in (pun intended) to drafting! And I loved every moment of it, especially as someone who spent summers growing up at the beach. Of course, the brooding sea surrounding the Isle of Man’s rocky cliffs was nothing like the flat, sandy North Carolina beaches where I played as a kid. I mean, aside from the time I swam through a nest of baby jellyfish that got stuck in my swimsuit, or the time a crab got ahold of my big toe, the denizens of the sea pretty much left me alone when I was playing in their “house.”

So I was surprised by how easily the voice of my main character, Bridey, came to me—not only because she lived over a hundred years ago, but also because she’s terrified of drowning and of everything to do with the ocean, when I’ve never known that fear. So, you can imagine how pleased I was when one of my earliest readers, who grew up with a fear of drowning, said Bridey’s character really resonated with her! (Here, Bridey would want me to note that she has good reason to fear the ocean: she watched her grandfather leap to the cliffs and drown with a smile on his face! And besides, you never know what might bite your ankles in there!).

FEAR took about four months from initial idea to finished book (pre-revision). During that time, I was still querying the ghost story that got me my agent, Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis. Luckily, Christa saw potential in all my books, and she asked to read the first couple chapters of my work in progress—FEAR—as we tried to decide which project to prepare for sub together first. We agreed there was something special about this one, and I wrote the second half of FEAR knowing it would be my first book on submission and, hopefully, my debut! So I finished it up, we did a couple rounds of revisions, and after traveling down the often-rocky road of submissions (which is a story for another post!) I’m so happy to say that the book found a wonderful, happy home with Sky Pony Press!

Thanks so much for reading. I can’t wait to share FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP with you. It will be available in September, 2016. Yay!

WOW: Cover Reveal for SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS

This Wednesday all of Sixteen to Read is waiting on the cover of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods. Just one more week, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS fans! Consider this your official invite! And your heads-up that Darcy is giving away the chance to win one of two signed copies of her YA Contemporary Romance.

Where: YA Books Central
When: September 16th at 1:00pm EST
What: 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.

Available now for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Add SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS to your Goodreads list!