That’s what we felt for Sixteen to Read author Darcy Woods when we saw this Happy Dance picture from her author photo shoot. I mean, you gotta love a girl who is this straight-up adorable, right? Just look at all that happy! We hope it’s contagious and that your day is filled with your own version of a happy dance.
Darcy’s SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS will be out in May, 2016! What’s it about? Glad you asked! ~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.
I’ll save my full review for next year, but in the meantime, let me just say that How it Ends is not a sugary-sweet fluff book. This novel deals with everything from divorce to mental illness. Every high school girl will recognize a bit of herself in at least one of Catherine Lo’s living-breathing characters. Jessie and Annie will have you rooting for them from page one. The question is, whose side are you on?
Are you a querying writer? Want some feedback from the superbly talented author of FIRSTS? Here’s your chance!
On this month’s Sixteen to Read giveaway, member Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author
of the recently released FIRSTS, is offering a query critique for one aspiring
writer! Here’s what Laurie has to say:
“Hi everyone! As a former Pitch Wars mentee, I know how far constructive
criticism can go– and how much of a difference a tight query letter with a
strong hook really makes. Your query letter is the gateway to your work, so it’s
important to make sure your first impression is a good one! I’ll provide honest
feedback and share tips about how to write a query letter that stands out in the
slush pile, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the
Want to enter to get your query critiqued?
Email your name and the title of your manuscript : firstname.lastname@example.org and put in subject line “16toRead Query Crit Giveaway”. Winner will be drawn on October 30, 2015.
Each option earns one entry for our giveaway. We will choose a winner on October 30th and announce on Twitter. Entrants must follow @sixteentoread on twitter and subscribe to this blog. Contest closes at midnight (EST) on October 29th.
Michelle and her co-author, Mindi Scott, can’t wait for you to settle in with this story about a poignant and powerful road trip! You can also enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card and an ARC. There’s also an exclusive interview with Michelle and Mindi that you don’t want to miss!
Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.
Her best friend CLOUDY is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.
KYLE is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cared about.
As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they meet the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.
With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way back to her . . . and to each other.
Sixteen to Read author Jennie K. Brown serves as the president of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts and she has been selected to speak at the Author’s Breakfast this year, which is such an incredible honor!
We know the two hundred English Language Arts educators from across the state will love her as much as we do! Jennie will be making her author debut on October 16th and we couldn’t be prouder!
Sonya Mukherjee revealed her so, so awesome cover over at Pop! Goes the Reader yesterday. GEMINI is a YA Contemporary releasing on July 26, 2016. Head on over to Pop! Goes the Reader’s site to find out more about the reveal and this beautifully unique YA coming releasing from S&S. Also enter for a chance to win an advanced copy of this lovely debut!
Things you can’t do when you’re permanently attached to your twin sister’s back:
Be ignored by strangers
Kiss a boy –Stupid thing that my sister believes. Are you really letting her write this? –Hailey
Clara and Hailey love each other, and they’re comfortable in their conjoined bodies. It’s the stares and whispers they could do without.
Hailey’s a pink-haired artist who longs to explore the world and question every limitation. Clara’s an aspiring scientist who would rather stay home, avoid strangers, and study the night sky.
Yet Clara has secret, impossible dreams, like seeing Earth from space, and falling in love with a guy who could actually love her back.
Then telescope-loving Max comes to town, and Clara starts to question her definition of “impossible.”
Soon, both Clara and Hailey are forced to ask: Is it possible to pursue their dreams together? Or should they consider the risky, life-threatening surgery to separate them? And what does it really mean for each sister to be herself?
I can’t share my full review until Suffer Love debuts on May 3, 2016, but here’s what I can say after borrowing an advanced review copy from a friend.
Suffer Love tells the story of two teenagers whose families have been ripped apart. When Hadley comes home to a flurry of notes on her front door she learns the truth. Her father isn’t the man she thought he was. The only bright point in her life is meeting Sam, who seems to make everything better. But what Hadley doesn’t realize is that Sam has secrets of his own. Like Romeo and Juliette, Sam and Hadley’s relationship might be doomed from the start.
If you like teen romance, you’re going to love this book! I for sure did. I read it cover to cover in one day.