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Fiascos, Reality TV and Insights: An Interview With Kelli London

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

Kelli London knows how to stir up trouble — at least for her characters. London's fun and entertaining Epic Fiascos series stars Charly, a teen reality TV star who finds herself in more than one, well, epic fiasco. Today, London chats with us about the inspiration for her series, her new book Star Power and which reality TV shows she’s addicted to!

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Where did the idea for your Charly's Epic Fiascos series come from?

Two words: Dreams and goals. In life, we all want something, and in order to get that something we must go after it, we must make it happen. The need to become — a need every teenager is faced with when transitioning from adolescence to adulthood — is how Charly and her fiascos were born.

Charly is a pretty headstrong young woman. Did you draw on any personal experiences to shape her character?


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Video Interview: Courtney Cole

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

Courtney Cole’s If You Stay, the first in her Beautifully Broken series, catapulted the author into the spotlight and captivated readers with its broken characters and surprisingly raw story. She has since become a sensation within the New Adult world, and has attracted a passionate readership who are always eager for more. Earlier this summer, Morgan Doremus sat down with Courtney to discuss Pax and Mila’s relationship, what readers can expect from If You Leave and all about her transition to writing New Adult! Check it out!


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Suzanne Lazear: There Are Faeries In My Steampunk

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

With its unique blend of Victorian style mixed with exciting inventions, it’s not hard to see why steampunk is such a hot subgenre right now. Young adult author Suzanne Lazear took her steampunk series Aether Chronicles to the next level by throwing faeries into the mix, creating a rich and inventive world, despite the naysayers. Today, Suzanne tells us how she created her unique brand of steampunk and why she thinks faeries are a natural fit for her series and its latest installment, Charmed Vengeance.

The world of my Aether Chronicles series is a little different. It’s not all steampunk, it’s not all faeries. It’s both, with a hefty dose of fairy-tale lore woven in.

In the beginning I got a lot of pushback for combining faeries and steampunk. You can’t do that, people told me over and over.

Why not? I’d reply.

They’re actually a very natural combination. The Victorians loved faeries. There were plenty of stories, art and hoaxes about faeries. Well-established people claimed faeries were real. Mixing the two makes sense. Also, they happen to be two of my favorite things.


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Tags: Fantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult
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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Delilah S. Dawson's Servants Of The Storm

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

It's no secret Delilah S. Dawson is one of our favorite new author finds this year. Her Blud series second, Wicked as She Wants, won our May 2013 Seal of Excellence, and we were excited to learn that next year the author will be debuting her first YA novel, Servants of the Storm, which sounds like a spooky, magical adventure judging by the back cover blurb:

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. 

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. 

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Jessica Sorensen's Breaking Nova

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 09, 2013 | PERMALINK

Jessica Sorensen's gripping, realistic new adult stories are like candy for NA readers — once you've read one book, you have to read another, and then another ... and before you know it, you're losing sleep and clamoring for the next title. It's no wonder the author just hit No. 1 on The New York Times e-book fiction bestseller list this week! Luckily for Sorensen's fans, the author has another series to add to her ever-growing repertoire. Book one in the Nova series, Breaking Nova, will be available digitally September 3. The series follows Nova Reed, a drummer who, after a tragic accident, is struggling to regain her motivation. When she meets tattooed, troubled Quinton Carter, their tragic pasts bond them, sparking new hope, and new love. Today we're pleased to reveal the novel's gorgeous cover, but first, let's learn more about this story:

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next ... until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Amy Christine Parker

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

Name: Amy Christine Parker

Book: Gated

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Thriller

Current Home: Wesley Chapel, Florida

Job (when not writing): Taking care of two very creative and energetic daughters

Author Icons: Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill, Libba Bray, Maggie Stiefvater

Gated's premise is fairly intense and complex. What was the hardest part about writing it? What was the easiest?


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Video Interview: Jessica Sorensen

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

Jessica Sorensen has quickly become one of New Adult's most popular and sought-out authors, earning her legions of fans who love her powerful and gut-wrenching stories. She's been praised for her honest and realistic portrayals of teens transitioning into adulthood, and the romances she cooks up never fail to sizzle. With The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden releasing tomorrow, readers will have yet another emotional read to devour. Sorensen sat down with RT's Morgan to discuss writing raw characters and keeping their voices straight, the story behind the new book's title and how her own teen experiences influenced her characters. Take a look!


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Video Interview: Lucy Connors And Exclusive Chapter Reveal

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

We're always thrilled when one of our favorite authors makes the leap into a new genre, which is why we were so excited to ask paranormal romance author Alyssa Day about her debut Young Adult novel releasing in 2014, The Lonesome Young, written under the pseudonym Lucy Connors! In this interview, the author discusses making the switch from not only adult to YA, but also paranormal to contemporary romance. She also talks about why she made this decision and the connection she feels towards her characters that live in a small, rural town. We also get more details on this modern Romeo and Juliet story with heavy themes of death, drugs and crime and the author shares some info about the hero and heroine's "addictive connection," despite their feuding families. Intrigued? You can read the first chapter of The Lonesome Young here!


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Event Recap: Lauren Oliver And Elizabeth Miles Charm Readers At NYC's Books Of Wonder

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

Young Adult authors and childhood friends Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles had audience members utterly captivated and laughing hysterically during their event at Books of Wonder in New York City last Friday, where they discussed their mutual interests, their writing processes and what books they’ve recently read and loved. As a fan of both authors, we certainly were not going to miss this event and we're excited to share highlights from the discussion for those unable to attend!

Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles answer reader questions

The discussion kicked off with an introduction from Peter Glassman, author and owner of Books of Wonder, and then Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles began what ended up being a funny and nostalgic evening full of childhood memories and embarrassing anecdotes, including their days in an a cappella group and their mutual love for The Beatles. Oliver brought a journal she and Miles had shared during high school and read a few passages from it, including a story the two had written together. Both authors were cracking up over the “flowery” language and said they wanted to show aspiring authors in the audience that you don’t have to be a great writer from the start. Oliver stressed the importance of writing constantly to improve one’s craft.


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Fast Or Slow? Em Garner Tackles The Great Zombie Debate

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

If there's one debate that plagues the zombie fiction community it's whether zombies chase down their prey, or shamble around in hopes of grabbing a meal. Today new Young Adult author Em Garner discusses the difference and gives us a look at the zombie-like creatures in her debut novel Contaminated.

While it might seem like zombies recently exploded out of the grave in popularity, they’ve been around for a long time. Haitian or voodoo zombies, corpses reanimated by witchcraft, entered popular culture in the late twenties, while George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead introduce a whole new wave of zombie fiction in the sixties. Throughout the years, zombies have been featured in movies and books in many different forms, but the most important question I’ve always thought it necessary to ask about zombies is this:

Fast or slow?

See, here’s the thing. Fast zombies, like the ones in 28 Days Later, aren’t risen dead but regular people infected with a rage virus that makes them not only super fast and strong, but insane. And fast, did I mention fast? Those suckers will run you down and gobble your brains before you have time to blink, so if your world’s infested with that sort of zombie, you’d better be a track star.


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