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YABC Mailbox - February 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

YABC Mailbox - February 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

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  Hello YABCers. Happy March! I have some bad news and some good news for you.  The Good News: I am now a published author! My debut The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare releases this week on March 4th from Strange Chemistry. Woo hoo!  The Bad News: Now that I have...
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Katie
I'm looking forward to 'Into the Still Blue' by Veronica Rossi. She's one of my favorite authors and this series is also one of my... Read More
Sunday, 02 March 2014 12:54
Katie
I just want everyone to know that i am sorry for all of the duplicate comments and I'll try to get rid of them as soon as possible... Read More
Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:00
Katie
And they're gone... (at least for me)
Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:01
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Five Blog Topics Readers Want from Authors

Five Blog Topics Readers Want from Authors
What do readers want to see from authors on their blogs and social media feeds?  That's the question I posed to YABC's Twitter audience this past week. They gave some great answers, which I'll post below. Overall, I saw a trend for the same five topics over and over.  Here they...
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Kathryn Lynn Frank
Yep this is exactly what I want from authors! I also like when an author recommends a book they enjoyed or they give a link to a... Read More
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 20:01
Alicia Chin
Definitely all stuff I love seeing on author blogs, especially the first one. I love finding out that I have things in common with... Read More
Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:15
Kate
I definitely agree with the personal tidbits. I love learning about authors' favorite TV shows (Friday Night Lights FTW!), seeing ... Read More
Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:39
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5 Reasons Why I Bought HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

5 Reasons Why I Bought HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

Here are the top five reasons why I plunked my money down for HOUSE OF SECRETS by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus (in no particular order): 1) It's Chris Columbus for goodness sake. How could my Goonie-lovin' heart say no? 2) It's Ned Vizzini for goodness sake. A powerhouse of YA...
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Michelle Parsons
I can't wait to read this book. It's on my list of books to read this summer. The house really does have a very nice creepy factor... Read More
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:30
MG Buehrlen
The creep factor is out of this world. The water rushing out the windows reminds me of the start of The Dawn Treader, when the wat... Read More
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:40
Sammy
I read the book and it was fantastic!!!! I really enjoyed reading the book and i cannot wait for the second one! what was your fav... Read More
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:12
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YA Books Central 101 - For those wondering what our site is all about

YA Books Central 101 - For those wondering what our site is all about
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If you've been wondering what YABooksCentral.com is all about or you're new to the community, you've come to the right place. I hope to answer all your immediate questions in as few characters as possible. (Although there might be gifs, because that's just the sort of folks we are.)   What...
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Sasha Shamblen
This is a very helpful post!!
Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:21
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Meet Our Editors: Jason Gallaher

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There are several official Editors (staff reviewers or Review Ninjas, if you will) at Young Adult Books Central, and they all have their own taste in books. While one might give a certain book 5 stars, another might only give it 3. We like that kind of diversity here, because we...
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Natalie Aguirre
Awesome that Jason loves middle grade fantasy. Me too. Looking forward to his reviews.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 17:55
YABC
I do too! And he's reviewed quite a few that I've never heard of. Like Destiny, Rewritten? Totally have to have that.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:52
Sasha Shamblen
Alright I love Mean Girls and I see why you wouldn't be able to relate to American Girls, I loved them but I read them with this l... Read More
Thursday, 28 March 2013 22:48
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Meet Our Editors: Kim Baccellia

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There are several Editors (staff reviewers) here at YABooksCentral.com, and they all have their own taste in books. While one might give a certain book 5 stars, another might only give it 3. We like that kind of diversity here, because we know every reader is different. Every reader's opinion is...
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Michelle A. Hansen
Great interview, Kim! Go Blue!
Friday, 02 November 2012 11:52
Beverly
Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about you, Kim
Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:54
Chelsea
I would love to read your book!!!! I've never seen it at stores though maybe you could send me away to get it.?
Thursday, 22 November 2012 17:12
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