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Cover Reveal! The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Lenz

Congrats to my dear friend Kristin Lenz on the cover reveal for her new book from Elephant Rock Books, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go!!!

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Helen Sheehan Book Prize winner Kristin Lenz

Congrats to a great friend and awesome writer, Kristin Lenz, who has just been named the winner of the Helen Sheehan Book Prize. Her book, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go,  will be published by Elephant Rock Books in Fall 2016!

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From their press release:

Elephant Rock Books YA

Congratulations to Kristin Lenz

Winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize

Indie publisher Elephant Rock Books YA is pleased to announce our judges unanimously selected The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Lenz as the winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize.

ERB publisher Jotham Burrello found the caliber of this year’s submissions high. “With over seventy submissions, it was a competitive contest. Thank you to everyone that submitted. I’m pleased that Kristin will follow the great success of Jessie Ann Foley’s Printz Honor Winner, The Carnival at Bray. Kristin will be the next great voice in YA fiction.”

Set in Ecuador, Michigan, and California, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go is a story about the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be somewhere very different from where you started.

The novel will be published in Fall 2016.

Judges’ Praise for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

“A powerful, enveloping story about grief, the deep layers bubbling beneath the surfaces of every individual, and the ways relationships help us through our toughest times.”—Kelly Jensen, Bookriot.com and Stackedbooks.org

“I loved this book. There’s plenty of humor, a hint of romance, and great rock climbing scenes that will have you riveted.”—Anne Rouyer, NYC Librarian

“Cara’s story is about finding yourself, your family and your center. Lenz encourages readers to think outside the pages, to find their own place in the world as Cara discovers hers.”—Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Kristin Lenz is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and co-edits the Michigan chapter blog. Her writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain and Great Lakes ReviewThe Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first book.

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Oatmeal and Ritz Bits for Breakfast + how What She Left Behind got its name

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I had a super fun school visit Thursday at White Pines Middle School and Heritage High School in Saginaw!! The day started with a themed breakfast (oatmeal for the oatmeal dream in What She Left Behind and Ritz Bits because they’re Sara’s favorite). Besides giving presentations, I got to meet with the book clubs from both schools. The kids had great, well thought out questions! One of my favorites was how the title to What She Left Behind had been picked! My answer (I don’t know, the marketing team decided) was not nearly as interesting as the reasons they came up with:

– Sara knew her mom would have never left the necklace behind

– Sara left behind her former life, her innocence

They also wanted to know why Sara had a dream about drowning in a bowl of oatmeal instead of a bowl of tomato soup! (Uh…it was a dream I had as a child)

A big thank you to library media specialist Catherine Kerns and all the students and staff who helped make the day a blast!

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Paris, je t’aime: YA books in Paris (+ a Harlan Coben book in the metro): photos from Paris, spring 2015

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Unknown Assassin series by Allen Zadoff

Where She Went and If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Where She Went and If I Stay by Gayle Forman

To all the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han

To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Imposter by Suzanne Winnacker

Imposter by Suzanne Winnacker

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Six Years by Harlan Coben
Six Years by Harlan Coben
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Title: Until Beth

Author: Lisa Amowitz

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 

Synopsis: She doesn’t just play, she kills it.

 

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

 

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

 

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

 

 

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Author Bio:

 

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

 

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

 

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first book in the Finder Series, released September 9, 2014 and its unnamed sequel will release winter, 2016. UNTIL BETH, a YA urban fantasy, will release September 2015.

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Interview with Erin Fanning, Author of Blood Stitches

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Just released from Kennsington/Lyrical Press is Erin Fanning’s Blood Stitches. Congrats, Erin! Thanks for stopping by for an interview.

First, a bit about the book:

Love and danger intertwine…

It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.

And now for the interview with Erin!

What inspired you to write this novel?

 

In 2009, an Italian woman, trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake, kept herself occupied by knitting. I read about her around the same time I was learning how to knit. I imagined firefighters digging through the rubble and finding her wrapped in a knitted afghan.

 

The story tumbled around in my brain, somehow intersecting with my interest in Mexican culture. From there, I discovered the Mayan twin myth and the battle with the demon Vucub Caquix. Bit and pieces of Mayan mythology adhered themselves to my imagination, morphing into a history of magic and needlework.

 

Soon Gabby and her family formed, along with a question: what if you could not only knit your way to safety but also create a disaster through knitting. It wasn’t long afterward that Blood Stitches pushed its way through my fingertips.

 

Besides your main character, who is your favorite character in this book and why?

 

My favorite has to be Tory, a man born in a Petri dish, the product of a deranged doctor. Tory is a bumbling, goofy guy, but, underneath it all, he’s really fearless, willing to do anything to save his friends and family.

 

Did you always know how this book would end, or did it change as you wrote it?

 

I always knew that there would be a happy ending—I can’t stand sad endings—but I wasn’t sure how I would get there. It became clearer as I went along, and I think I knew the direction I would take by about the middle of the book.

 

Can you tell us a little about your path to publication?

 

I wrote Blood Stitches several years ago and set it aside. I pulled it back out about two years ago and revised it, basing the story more on Mayan mythology. When I started looking for a publisher, I discovered that there were many medium-to-large publishers who were interested in shorter books for their digital-only lines.

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About Erin:

Erin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of a mountain biking guidebook, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories.

 

Find Erin online:

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Book trailer:

 

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UNTIL BETH COVER REVEAL! A YA novel by Lisa Amowtiz

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Awesome cover, isn’t it? The latest from Spencer Hill’s Lisa Amowtiz mixes music with suspense – I can’t wait to read it this September! Congrats, Lisa!
She doesn’t just play, she kills it.Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

Title: Until Beth
Author: Lisa Amowtiz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 29 2015
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Lisa’s Bio:

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first book in the Finder Series, released September 9, 2014 and its unnamed sequel will release winter, 2016. UNTIL BETH, a YA urban fantasy, will release September 2015.

So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Cover reveal: The One Thing by Marci Curtis

 

 

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I’m so excited to participate in this cover reveal for Agency-mate Marci Curtis, whose book comes out this September!!

A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

 

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.
Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn’t a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.
It turns out Ben’s older brother is Mason Milton, the the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

 

 

Marci’s bio

 

 

Marci Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, comes out September 8th, 2015 via Disney-Hyperion. Learn more about her at Marcilyncurtis.com.

Website: http://marcilyncurtis.com/

Goodreads): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18369372-the-one-thing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marci_Curtis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcilyncurtis

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marcilyncurtis/the-one-thing/
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Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
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J.L. Spelbring – PERFECTION Swag and FLAWED(signed copy) and Swag
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