Cover Reveal: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

I was really excited for the cover of Jessica Shirvington's first book, EMBRACE, especially when I saw the "making of" video that goes behind the scenes at the cover shoot. (Click here if you haven't seen the video!) So much went into finding the right look for the cover, and I learned a lot about what goes on during that process.

So I am super stoked to bring you the cover reveal of the second novel in the series, ENTICE!

Isn't she a beaut?

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Here's a glimpse at what lies ahead for Violet:

“Two tutors and three students from the Grigori training center in New York were arriving in two days and I couldn’t be happier. I was going to be able to learn from the experts and have people my own age to train with, something I really needed. I was sure with their help I would be able to get over whatever it was that had been holding me back.

Griffin had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the two senior Grigori –the intelligence, resources and backup they could provide was much needed. The Scripture that can decipher the identity of all Grigori, even those who have not yet embraced and are therefore defenseless, was at stake.

I would not stand by and watch it fall into the hands of exiles. If they found they key to destroying all Grigori and gained the upper hand, the slaughter would not stop until all the humans knelt before them, worshipping them as gods.”

Here’s the scoop!

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden is back! With a destiny to protect humans from the vengeance of exiled angels, it becomes clear that it won’t be easy as even her partner, Lincoln, is hiding something. And now she has to learn to live with her feelings for him while they work together to stay alive and stop the exiles from discovering the key to destroy all Grigori. It isn’t easy. Especially when the electricity between her and Phoenix ignites, and she discovers his hold over her has become more dangerous than ever. Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme with a race halfway across the world to find the one artifact that could tilt the balance of power between Angels and Exiles. And the ultimate betrayal will be exposed.

To read the first two chapters of ENTICE, click here!

And check out Jessica’s brand new video blog post where she sits down with a cup of coffee and invites us into her home. From her favorite chair to her love of befriending characters in a series, Jessica chats with us about her perfect setting for a good read!

Exciting News!! Jessica Shirvington will be traveling to the U.S for a two-week national book tour for ENTICE starting September 18. Keep an eye on www.embracetheseries.com for more details.





Exclusive Cover Reveal: Rootless by Chris Howard

I've been working with Chris for a long time now, preparing for this cover reveal, and I've been on pins and needles waiting to see the final cover. It finally arrived in my inbox this morning and...

I may have squealed. More than a bit. ;-)

First off, here's a little note from Chris:

Hi YABC! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for ROOTLESS!

I'm so excited to share with you the cover for my debut novel, ROOTLESS. I'm totally blown away by the artwork, and so grateful to everyone at Scholastic who was involved. Lots of people to thank, but in the end, I have to give it up to Mr. Phil Falco. He's the artist behind this cover, and his work is now forever matched with mine! Such an honor! Check out more about the book below. And enjoy the video introducing ROOTLESS, which I'm also unveiling for the first time today! We made it for my new website, that's going to be online next month and will offer contests and plenty more sneak previews of the book.

CHEERS!
Chris


  

 

Doesn't it sound AMAZING? This book has my name written all over it.

Now, take a look at the slick cover Scholastic designed for ROOTLESS:

 

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"There aren't many books left. People burned most of them to keep warm during the Darkness. And after the Darkness, there were no new books because there was no more paper.

The locusts had come.

And there were no more trees."

Seventeen-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using scrap metal and salvaged junk, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree‚ they were destroyed more than a century ago‚ his father used to tell him stories about the Old World. But that was before his father was taken . . .

Everything changes when Banyan meets a woman with a strange tattoo‚ a clue to the whereabouts of the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can't escape the locusts‚ the locusts that now feed on human flesh.

But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees, and he's running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he's forced to make an uneasy alliance with Alpha, an alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.

In this dazzling debut, Howard presents a disturbing world with uncanny similarities to our own. Like the forests Banyan seeks to rebuild, this visionary novel is both beautiful and haunting‚ full of images that will take permanent root in your mind . . . and forever change the way you think about nature.

 

Make sure to put this one on your TBR list and mark your calendar! ROOTLESS comes out this November.

Until then, you can find out more about ROOTLESS and Chris here:

http://chrishowardbooks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ChrisHowardBooks
http://twitter.com/chrisH0WARD
http://www.goodreads.com/chrishoward

 

Book Boy Dream - A Guest Post by Geoff Herbach, Author of Stupid Fast

stupidfastStupid Fast has been out for almost a year. It’s been really great. I’ve traveled a bit, met lots of writers and librarians and bloggers. Best of all, though, I’ve met “elusive” teen boy readers – both through my blog, email and in person. Good stuff.

I do have some concerns, though.

A really smart 16-year-old from Brooklyn wrote to tell me how much he loved Stupid Fast. He also said, “I hate books, always have.” What? A freshman at a high school I visited the other day told me: “I only like two books. Stupid Fast and this other one I can’t remember.” Okay… I have had similar exchanges again and again in the last year. It reinforces the reason I wanted to write Stupid Fast in the first place: there is a good-sized subset of kids who don’t have enough books to read. I was that kind of kid.

When I was fourteen-years-old, I played sports and played in the orchestra, tried out for plays and did okay in school. On paper I looked like a normal kid, maybe even a pretty high achieving kid.

Here’s the truth, though: I was all crazy on the inside. I was all like: “I should shower again because… is there a weird smell? What are you looking at? I think Kerri and Audrey are laughing at me. I hate them! My shirt doesn’t fit. What’s that smell? I love Jenny. I love her. She hates me! What’s wrong with my shirt? There’s definitely something wrong with my ear. What are you looking at? What’s that weird smell?” ETC.

Crazy. But… here’s the truth: not abnormal.

Having taught writing to college kids for the last six years, I know something for a fact: Almost everyone (male or female) felt like a dork as a teen. They write essays about it. But boy culture puts a premium on hiding the truth. The girls in my classes are better at expressing it. Many have read books for years that help them make sense of things. Boys, who need the help most, have very few books that address their concerns. A few years ago, my son decided fantasy no longer spoke to him, then he read a few books that did, then stopped reading because he could find nothing that spoke to him.

I had a similar experience. When I was fourteen, I read. A lot. If I hadn’t read Catcher in the Rye my life would’ve been much worse. Holden Caufield’s thoughts were so familiar to me. Even if they were a little terrifying, and he was on the edge, I knew that I wasn’t alone. I began to devour anything with a male protagonist. The more gritty, the more down to earth, the better (this was a big change, because up until that point, I pretty much read fantasy). Vision Quest, The Chocolate War, I am the Cheese, A Separate Peace… But soon, I ran out of material. I read some adult titles, but slowed down and almost stopped.

The publishing industry believes that boys don’t read, so they don’t publish books for them. My anecdotal evidence contradicts this belief to some extent. The boys I’m meeting enjoyed reading books that were meant for them, that directly address their way of thinking – which isn’t always pretty, but isn’t dumb or simple, either.

I’m on a mission, I guess. I want to write good stories aimed squarely at teen boys. In a decade, I want to have dudes come up to me and list ten books they love. The girls I’m meeting are able to do this! Girls are so lucky to have dozens of great books coming every month that speak to their experience.

If you’re a writer, maybe think about writing for boys? If you’re a reader, ask a librarian what’s new that speaks to boys. They’ll know (because there aren’t many titles). Maybe we’ll build a bigger market for these young men who need material so much.

Yeah, that’s my dream.

~ Geoff


Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach

What happens when you go from being Stupid Fast to Nothing Special?

Felton Reinstein thinks he finally has some semblance of order in his life. He has a great girlfriend, an athletic scholarship in the bag, and totally reliable friends. Like an elephant storming a house of cards, it all comes crashing down. And it’s Felton’s fault.

With each day going from bad to worse, Felton tries to figure out his own problems, forgetting about everyone else in his life. And his little brother Andrew (aka the “nothing special” brother) decides he has had enough of Felton’s narcissism and takes an impromptu road trip to Florida (aka desperate flight from all the talented people) to make a bid for stardom (aka fronting a hotel rock band with escapees from a retirement community.) And in Florida, nothing can hold him back!

In a mad dash cross-country trip with his best friend, Gus, Felton heads to Florida to help pick-up the pieces of the now broken brother bond, even if it means giving up all the status and all the glory of a college football career. Felton realizes that he even though he can run stupid fast and is an amazing athlete, he still can’t control the world. He is, just like everyone else, nothing special…

 

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Stormdancer Cover Reveal!

You guys, you guys, you guys.

Today we are so thrilled to be a part of the STORMDANCER cover reveal for author, Jay Kristoff. But before we get to the awesome that is the cover, here's a little note we got today about the reveal:

Hello YABC! Welcome to the cover reveal for STORMDANCER!

The author Jay Kristoff would have liked to be here to tell you all about it, but his head exploded from an overdose of awesome when he first opened the file and paramedics are currently trying to revive him. Jay’s valiant Jack Russell terrier Samwise (yes, he named his dog after a LotR character – he is a terrible nerd) may also have run off with his tiny brain and buried it somewhere in the garden. If he were here, Jay would probably just wave his arms about and say “OMG LOOK AT THE PRETTYYYYY” a lot. Who needs to see that? He actually had very little to do with how awesome the cover turned out anyway, and just because his name is on it shouldn’t mean he gets to bask in all the glory now that it’s out in the big wide world. So there.

I don't blame Jay for the head explosion thing because seriously: LOOK AT THE PRETTY!

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This is one of the coolest covers I have ever seen. The designer(s) should be grabbed by the face and kissed senseless. Am I right?

Here's what STORMDANCER is about:

A DYING LAND

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Stormdancer is released September 18 in the US through Thomas Dunne books/St Martin’s Press.

Click here to find out more information about STORMDANCER:

Stormdancer on Goodreads
Jay’s blog
Jay’s Twitter

So, you want to win a copy from YABC? Here's where you enter:

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But wait, there's more! *she says in a proper infomercial voice*

Jay is also running a STORMDANCER Uber Giveaway on his own blog. For a chance to win another ARC and some other Stormdancer-y goodness, click here for details. You'll need to answer this question below to enter: 

Question 1: The heroine of Stormdancer is named…?

Good luck! We hope you win. But if not, mark September 18 on your calendar. You won't want to miss this one.




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