Spotted in the Wild: THE GIRL WHO FELL

THE GIRL WHO FELL isn’t due out until tomorrow, but she’s been strutting her shelf-stuff early, sassy girl!

GIRL has been spotted all over the United States, sitting pretty on the “New Teen Fiction” Shelves at B&N. Here a pic of her at The Mall of America. Have you picked up your copy yet?


UNDERWATER Sells World Spanish and Indonesian Rights

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We are so excited to share the news that Marisa Reichardt’s compelling debut, UNDERWATER,  has sold to Nuevo Extremo in Argentina for World Spanish rights.
Pretty cool, right? Well how about the fact that UNDERWATER also sold to  Penerbit Haru for Indonesian rights?
We could not be happier that Marisa’s book is taking the world by storm!
Congratulations, Marisa! underwater cover hi-res


Teaser Tuesday: THE GIRL WHO FELL

THE GIRL WHO FELL releases next week and we thought we’d share some beautiful graphics made from quotes from the book.

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We hope you’ve already pre-ordered your copy of a book that reviewers are saying is a “must read” for every girl (and woman). Releasing next Tuesday!!! March 1st!!

School Library Journal says SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is a “Must Have Title For Upcoming Beach Reads”

WOODS, Darcy. 352p. ebook available. Crown. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553537048.
Gr 9 Up–Seventeen-year-old Wilamena’s remaining connection with her deceased mother is the promise to honor her mother’s wishes and follow her astrologically determined destiny. Due to a rare planetary alignment, Wil has 22 days to find her perfect match. After a stargazing session at the top of a water tower turns into a failed rescue attempt, handsome Grant Walker invites Wil to his parents’ club, Absinthe, as a peace offering. The long line to enter the club turns out to be worth the wait. Though Grant has the wrong astrological sign, Wil has a magical dance with him but then learns that his brother, Seth, has the exact birth date for her SUMMER OF SUPERNOVASpredetermined love match. What ensues is a constant struggle as Wil fights to stave off her attraction to Grant while fostering a relationship with Seth. Grant; Wil’s best friend, Irina; her grandmother; and even Grant and Seth’s mother all seem to know what Wil refuses to acknowledge—she is fated to be with Grant. While readers will anticipate this challenge, they will enjoy the antics of the chase and devour each interaction between the likely couple. Not without their respective fairy tale components, the characters are also quirky and multidimensional. The tension builds to a climatic frenzy as Wil deals with a number of emotional crises. The ending is realistic and doesn’t take the easy way out of the love triangle. VERDICT This is a must-have title for upcoming beach reads recommendation lists.Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD

INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor Makes The Spring 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

INDIES NEXT Congrats to our lovely Janet B. Taylor for her debut’s placement on The Spring 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview!

Here’s what the American Bookseller Association had to say:

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor
(HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544602007, $17.99, available March)
“You don’t want to miss this time-traveling adventure, thrilling romance, and rich, historical tale. After her mom disappears and is presumed dead, Hope Walton travels to Scotland to stay with her mom’s family, whom she’s never met. When she discovers their secret — INTO THE DIMthey are time travelers — she journeys to 12th century England, where she encounters Eleanor of Aquitaine, Thomas Becket, and her mom, very much alive. Now she has three days to bring her mom back to the present, or they’ll be trapped in the 12th century forever!” —Alyssa Raymond, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO – See the full list of previewed books here.

Visiting Author: Jennifer McGowan


We are thrilled to have Jennifer McGowan join us today for our Visiting Author Series! Jennifer is the author of the Maid of Honor Series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), A Thief Before Christmas (2013), Maid of Deception (2014) and Maid of Wonder (2015).

Darcy: Hey, Jennifer! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today.

Jennifer: Thank you, Darcy! I appreciate the opportunity.

Darcy: Can I get you anything to sip or munch on while we chat?

Jennifer: Yaknow, I better stick with my water. ~hefts 20 oz. bottle~ I’m on this insane kick to try to drink 100 ounces a day, and let me tell you…that’s a lot. But thank you!

Darcy: I’m in a buoyant state of H2O rapture! Okay, so since we’re a debut group, we want to hear about the beginning of your writing career. Now think back to then … what was the querying/submission process like for you?

Jennifer: Ha! What a great question. Let me turn back the Wheel of Time… and there I was! It was at the very end of 2010, and I’d written an Elizabethan spy story eventually called MAID OF SECRETS. I decided that I’d start querying agents on Dec. 17…because then, if no one responded, I’d not be super embarrassed, because it was almost Christmas! I sent out nine query emails and by the end of that 90 minute period… I already had my first rejection. Fortunately, I also got my first partial request within a day. And then others followed, much to my surprise. In the end, I had perhaps seven or eight requests for full manuscripts and a total of five agents ask to represent me, which was a complete and utter shock and blessing. Later, when I went on submission, I ended up having an auction which was terrifying and amazing all at once, but not as scary as the agent search was.

Darcy: Ah, a Wheel of Time…how I’d love to borrow that and weave more of it! So did you have a “day” job before you became a full-time author?

Jennifer: Yes! At that point I was working as a communications manager at a university leadership program, as well as working freelance as a copywriter. I’ve worked in marketing, branding and communications since graduating college.

Darcy: No doubt all things that have served you well in the writing world! How did you react to the success of MAID OF SECRETS?

Jennifer: Well, the book itself was a bit of a hard sell to teen readers, because it’s Elizabethan, and that sometimes seems like a history lesson waiting to happen. But I was blessed to have a three book series with the books, including MAID OF DECEPTION and this past year’s MAID OF WONDER, and I’ve learned so much about publishing and writing that it’s all been worth it!

Darcy: As someone who’s had the immense pleasure of reading all three of your books, I can say that my history lessons were NEVER that enthralling! Tell me about your writing routine. Has it changed over the years?

Jennifer: Oh, gosh, yes. It took me years to get published – I probably started writing seriously in 2000, and sold in 2011. My first book came out in 2013, and since then I’ve published under three different pen names, in three different genres. I’ve even tried Indie publishing, which has been both exhausting and a blast. Since my first book came out in May, 2013, I’ve published 3 YA novels and one YA novella, 5 romance novels, and 3 urban fantasy novels and a UF novella. (whew!) As a result, I’ve learned to write a LOT faster.

My favorite time to write is in the morning, and I generally like to get all my writing done FIRST before any other work. That doesn’t always happen, but that’s my goal! I write or edit (or both!) just about every day.

Darcy: Whoa! I feel like I need a triple shot of espresso just hearing about your writing practice and publications!!! So, any roadblocks all the way?

Jennifer: Well, the biggest was probably one of the most unexpected: in the months leading up to my debut launch, my publisher got in an enormous fight with Barnes & Noble. That fight meant…my book wasn’t shelved in B&N. The resulting lack of sales pretty much spelled the end of the series before it began! That was a big disappointment, but it taught me a lot about what we can and cannot manage as authors.

Darcy: *faints* OMG, that’s got to be every author’s worst nightmare! Yet here you are, persevering and thriving. Any advice to those going the traditional publishing route?

Jennifer: Yes! Keep writing—no matter what you do, keep writing! It’s so easy to get caught up in the delays of a traditional career…it seems to take so long for anything to happen, and then it all happens at once. But the only thing you can truly control is how many words you put on the page. If you want to be a professional, published author, you have to keep at it, day after day.

Darcy: Were you a member of any debut groups?

Jennifer: Yup! I was delighted to be a member of the Lucky 13s, as well as the 2k13s, and I blogged with a group of lovely YA historical authors at the website Corsets, Cutlasses and Candlesticks. It was a great experience!

Awesome! And now I have a few lightning-round questions for you. Answer as quickly as possible. Let’s see some smoke rollin’ off those fingertips!

  1. Your favorite time to write? MORNING!
  2. Favorite place to write? On my couch! lol
  3. Favorite writing snack? Almonds!
  4. Last book you read? SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by the incomparable Darcy Woods!
  5. Favorite book? Man, that’s tough. Probably The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe… C.S. Lewis’s series was my first paranormal series when I was a kid, and it’s always stuck with me.
  6. If you could live in a fictional world, what world would it be? The Star Wars universe! But only if I had an awesome ship. Some of those planets look like no fun at all.
  7. If you could be a character from a book for a day, who would you be? Actually, it would be my Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde, from my urban fantasy Immortal Vegas series. Maybe then I’d be able to write the books more quickly! But either way, it would certainly be a grand adventure.

Great! Again, Jennifer, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me and the Sixteen to Read gals!

V picJennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She has held numerous writing jobs over the years, but author is by far her favorite. A past Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner, Jenn  lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at



Jennifer Bardsley Reviews GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee

GeminiWhen Gemini debuts on July 26, 2016 it will tug at your heart because Sonya Mukherjee has crafted a book that will make you feel everything from elation to despair. Clara and Hailey desperately wish they could ask their crushes to the Sadie Hawkins dance without it being a big deal. But of course, it is…because they are conjoined twins.

Clara is the practical one, who wants to live her life without being noticed. Hailey is the artistic twin, with pink hair and dreams of traveling the world. Together, they are forced to act in unison at every moment, even while going to the bathroom

Told in alternating points of view, Gemini brings you into lives unlike any other. It poses deep questions like “What does it mean to be normal?” and “Is there someone in your own life holding you back?” As Clara and Hailey struggle with big issues and little ones, they remind readers to enjoy life and live fearlessly.

Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions and review.