Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for MISTLETOE & MAGIC: A YA BOOKS CENTRAL HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY, releasing November 5, 2018. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from YABC Staff:
Hello YABCers, we are thrilled to announce our new Holiday Anthology, Mistletoe & Magic, brought to you by none other than the talented YABC staff! This collection has been carefully crafted with much love, from the stories themselves, right down to the cover design. The incredibly patient and amazing, Clint Redwine has tirelessly brought our stories to life with his bright and cheerful design we can't wait to show you. We hope you love it as much we do.
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MISTLETOE & MAGIC
By: C.J. Redwine, Michelle MacQueen, Melissa A. Craven, et al.
Twelve heartwarming, bone-chilling, and magically enchanting stories from the award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors of the YA Books Central Staff.
From Sweet Contemporary Romance to Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy, this exclusive collection of complete Holiday stories offers something for every YA book lover this holiday season.
The K Word: Peyton
A Contemporary Romance by Award Winning and Amazon Bestselling author, Melissa A. Craven (YABC Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer)
A kiss … the kiss from her best friend, Cameron is all Peyton Callahan wants for Christmas, but she fears one ugly three-letter word might come between them. He’s an athlete and an Olympic hopeful. She’s the curvy girl who puts on a few pounds if she stares at a plate of cookies too long. Peyton tries to be body positive, even when the rest of the world wants to label her the “fat girl.” But does Cameron see her that way? A Christmas Eve party just might be the night Peyton and Cameron find themselves under the mistletoe and out of excuses.
The K Word: Cameron
A Contemporary Romance by USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author, Michelle MacQueen (YABC Assistant Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer)
Can one simple kiss change everything? Cameron Tucker has only ever had one person he could count on: his best friend Peyton. She’s been everything to him. Friend. Family. Confident. He needs her more than he needs his dream of becoming an Olympic runner or his desire to make his demanding father proud. A Christmas Eve party could ruin everything when a cruel joke crushes Peyton. And the only way to make Peyton see just how beautiful she is might be to reveal the feelings Cam has tried so hard to hide.
A Sci-Fi Story by L.J. Higgins (YABC Staff Reviewer)
They came from the sky. Christmas Eve hadn’t been the same since Kylah lost her parents. She would’ve preferred to spend it with the only family she had left, her brother. Despite predictions of a meteor shower, Kylah ignores the warnings and lets her best friend drag her to a party. She didn’t know that night explosions would fill the heavens. No one told her what to do if large objects suddenly hovered above the city. It wasn’t possible. Until it was. The chaos was inescapable. But the worst part was discovering the one person she trusted most in the world had been lying to her. She’d get answers… she just had to find him first.
The Uninvited Guest (A Ravenspire short story)
A Fantasy by NY Times Bestseller, C.J. Redwine (YABC Director & Staff Reviewer)
Ari Glavan, princess and avid dragon enthusiast, is thrilled to be spending the Wintermass holiday with her true love, Sebastian, and her dear friends Kol and Lorelai in their northern kingdom of Eldr. She hopes for dragon sightings, kisses under starlight, and to be present when Lorelai gives birth to her first child. But when an old enemy crashes the Wintermass Eve ball and curses Lorelai’s unborn child, Ari and her friends must fight to protect Eldr and its unborn princess from a powerful enchantress before the curse becomes permanent.
A Contemporary Romance by Award winning, USA Today & Amazon Bestselling author, Amalie Jahn (YABC Staff Reviewer)
Tess refuses to tag along with her best friend Zander and his date to the winter formal, and he can't understand her reluctance. What he doesn't realize is her feelings for him might not be as platonic as they once were.
In the Valley of Stars
A Magical Realism Story by Kayla King (YABC Blog Manager & Staff Reviewer)
From deep within the bayou in a circle of trees, Lyra Pennoix prepares for her first Burning Day celebration. Lyra writes wishes. For family. For love. For light. But there is more than magic in the air and whispers on the wind as darkness lurks beyond the bayou.
An Urban Fantasy by USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author, Bethany Wicker (Listings Manager & YABC Staff Reviewer)
What happens when vampires invite werewolves over for Christmas? Anything... After the war between vampires and werewolves, the two species live in peace. Eden, the Aluna werewolf, and Eve, the head vampire, have grown closer and closer. When the holiday season arrives, Eve invites Eden and her mate Liam to their house for Christmas. The only problem is that werewolves don't celebrate the holidays, so they have no idea what they're in for.
Young Saint Nick
A Science Fiction story by Award Winning and Amazon Bestselling author, Angela Blount (YABC Staff Reviewer)
On the outskirts of a frontier Martian colony where genetically imperfect children are regularly abandoned, a group of misfit orphans have formed a unique family—going beyond survival and preserving traditions from a world they’ve never known. When a dear friend is pressed into servitude to pay off her mother’s debts, they’ll have to make use of their reformed thieving skills if they have any hope of saving her. But even if they succeed… they may not be able to save her from her own sense of loyalty.
Hearts & Homes
A Contemporary Romance by Beth Rodgers (YABC Staff Reviewer)
After a difficult break-up, Cassie Shearer travels to sunny Florida for the Hearts & Homes volunteer house-building program. But the getaway doesn't turn out quite the way she hoped, as she finds herself partnered with the flirtatious, yet aggravating Cole Samuels. Join Cassie as she learns that home is where the heart is through experiences with holiday fun, new friends, and rewarding work. The best part, however, might just be the blossoming of an exciting, yet uncertain start to a relationship.
Choices: A Joshua's Island Christmas
A Middle Grade contemporary fiction by Award Winning author, Patrick Hodges (YABC Staff Reviewer)
After years of being tormented by bullies, Joshua Harper finally has what he always wanted: friends, respect, and the love of a beautiful girl. With Christmas approaching, he thinks all is well until he's confronted with his worst fear... losing her.
A Holiday Horror Story by Stephanie Augustine (YABC Staff Reviewer)
To make things easier on her mother after her father’s death, Erika decided to follow the rules. But life as a good girl is lonely. So when her best friend invites her to a Krampus Christmas party, Erika accepts. A little white lie and a night out won’t hurt anyone, but Krampus will.
A Shot of Christmas Magic
An Urban Fantasy by Award Winning author, Kim Baccellia (YABC Staff Reviewer)
When a bad storm hits her hometown, Tiffany Lake is stuck at the airport on Christmas Eve. She is sure it’s going to be her worst Christmas ever, until a mysterious stranger makes wishes come true and injects some magic into an otherwise dreary holiday.
C.J. Redwine | Melissa A. Craven | Michelle MacQueen | L.J. Higgins | Kayla King | Angela N. Blount | Patrick Hodges | Beth Rodgers | Kim Baccellia | Bethany Wicker | Amalie Jahn | Stephanie Augustine
The Young Adult (& Kids!) Books Central website is one of the leading children’s and adolescent literature sites on the web today. Originally started in 1998, today, New York Times Best Selling author, C.J. Redwine and her husband, Clint Redwine run the site, along with a host of talented volunteers. YABC continues to spotlight the best books from the YA community, (both traditionally and Indie published) and has become one of the top five influencers in the YA Community.
Over the years, YABC has gradually grown from a handful of pages and a single reviewer to thousands of pages and over 400,000 page views a month, with countless volunteer reviewers and dedicated support staff.
Our goal is for YABC to function as a place where people (primarily teens, but also children, parents, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and adult readers of YA) can come to learn about new books and authors, and to increase (or instill) their love and excitement for reading. We also aim to provide a place where authors and publishers, no matter how big or small, can promote their works and find an avid YA audience among our voracious readers.
YABC’s success as a leading literature website comes from the content created by our readers and the community they engage with. With much love, we bring our readers this collection of Young Adult stories representing the genres we love, at the most wonderful time of the year.
The YABC Staff
One winner will receive the following:
Paperback Pawns by Patrick Hodges
Paperback ARC of The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn, with bookmark
Once Upon a Road Trip duology by Angela N. Blount - (Once Upon a Road Trip + Once Upon an Ever After), along with an ornate journal and a bumper sticker.
Paperback CROSSED FIRE by Kim Baccellia plus swag.
ebook copy of CROSSED OUT by Kim Baccellia
ebook copy of Emerge: The Immortals of Indriell Collection by Melissa A Craven
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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?