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Aprilynne Pike's Tips For Keeping It Real In Paranormal Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

Author of the Wings series, among other fantasy YA titles, Aprilynne Pike certainly knows a thing or two about penning fantastic paranormal romances. But her latest release, Life After Theft, veers towards contemporary, while still maintaining a touch of supernatural flavor. Pike's newest heroine Kimberlee is a ghost who haunts her former high school. No one's the wiser until new guy Jeff shows up and reveals he can see Kimberlee. In order to move on into the afterlife, Kimberlee, with Jeff's help, must right her wrongs. Today the author shares her tips for crafting a paranormal story with a realistic feel, something that's not always an easy feat.

It’s been five years since my agent first read my manuscript of Life After Theft, but in those five years, there’s one phrase that I must have heard from her a dozen times. “It feels so real I forget that it’s paranormal.” And maybe you don’t think that’s a compliment, but I do. Because making a contemporary fantasy feel . . . well, real, is one of the hardest parts of writing it.


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Author Kiera Cass' Love Triangle Heats Up

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last year author Kiera Cass exploded onto the young adult scene with her futuristic novel, The Selection. The story follows artist America Singer, a young lady vying for the honor of becoming the next queen by marrying Prince Maxon. The only problem — America is already in love with Aspen who is definitely NOT royal.

This bestselling novel was quickly snatched up by Hollywood and is in the process of being adapted into a television series (read more about this here).

This month Cass follows up her blockbuster with the second in the series, The Elite. Only six girls remain in the running for Maxon's engagement ring, and America is a front runner. But the question remains, will the lure of wealth and notoriety, not to mention a handsome prince, turn America's head. Or will she choose her old life and first love Aspen?


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Anna Carey Looks Back On Writing Her Eve Trilogy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

This month marks the end of Anna Carey's Eve Trilogy with Rise. Saying goodbye to a series is always bittersweet, so we decided to ask the author to share her favorite moments from the time she spent writing the trilogy. Here's what she had to say:

I’ve never been good at creating “Favorite” lists, at narrowing down the best place I’ve been or the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten. But as I celebrated the release of Rise, the final book in the Eve Trilogy, there were moments in this process that felt possessed by a certain magic I’d never experienced before. Here are the highlights from the past three years, from the times I’ve spent writing and loving these characters.


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What's Next For Harlequin Teen - With Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

At a recent event in New York City, we joined the Harlequin Teen team along with dozens of bloggers and the media to celebrate the publisher's upcoming young adult books releasing in 2013. We saw lots of friendly faces and got some great insider info on what's next for the publisher. Read on if you are ready to fill up your TBR pile and make sure to check out the end of the post where there is a chance to win the entire Iron Fey series by Harlequin Teen superstar Julie Kagawa!

Loriana Sacilotto, Harlequin Executive VP, addresses the crowd


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2013 RT Convention Guide: Why Teen Day Makes An Excellent Mother/Daughter Date

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

There's nothing quite as special as spending time with a loved one, and if you're the parent of a teen, you know getting quality one-on-one time with your child isn't always easy. Whether you're a mother or father looking to spend time with your daughter or son, if your kid is a bookworm, RT Booklovers Convention 2013 Teen Day, on May 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. would make the ideal day trip for anyone in the Kansas City area. Below are five reasons why this event can't be missed.

Teen readers with their swag bags from the 2012 Teen Day


Reason #1:

It's cheap. We know entertainment can be costly (Have you seen some of those e-book prices lately?), but for less than the cost of two movie tickets and a large popcorn, one young reader (20 or under) and their parent or chaperone can get 9 hours of mixing and mingling with their favorite authors and fellow readers. Registration is only $25 and the event lasts from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Have we convinced you already? Register for the event here by selecting "Teen Day Pass" from the drop-down menu.

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Author Q&A: Erin Bowman On Her New Dystopian YA Taken

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

Ever since Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, readers have been devouring dystopian tales left and right. Now, debut author Erin Bowman has entered the arena with her highly anticipated Young Adult novel, Taken, which takes place in Claysoot, a society where boys vanish on their eighteenth birthday. Readers who have already read the book have fallen in love with Gray, the main character, and his struggle to unravel the many secrets of Claysoot. Today, Erin Bowman discusses her new book, her journey as a writer and the dystopian genre.

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Like most writers, your love for storytelling goes back to your childhood. What is your earliest writing-related memory?

I’m not sure about my first-ever writing experience, but I can recall my first attempt at drafting a novel as a kid. In a hardcover, spiral-bound notebook, I handwrote several chapters of Sherlock Hound — à la Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes — only my crime-solving detective was a bloodhound, and Watson a beagle. If I’m remembering correctly, the basic premise involved a stolen bone.


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Cover Trend: Characters Come Undone

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

Many Young Adult novels are about teens in trouble. From surviving dangerous dystopias to uncovering mysterious deaths, the young characters are often in over their heads. But with bravery and endurance, these teens face their fears and put back together their crumbling lives. However, the book covers of recent and upcoming novels tell a different story. The girls on the following covers are literally coming apart. Faces blurred, bodies turning to smoke, pieces of themselves missing, let's hope these ladies can get it together before it's too late!



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Author Q&A: Wendy Higgins Talks Sweet Peril

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

When Wendy Higgins’ Young Adult novel, Sweet Evil, first appeared on HarperCollins’ Inkpop site, readers instantly fell in love with the story’s unique take on angels and demons, and the smoking hot romance between Anna and Kaidan. When the book officially released last year, readers clamored for the story and were left desperate for more. Well, the wait is almost over as the follow up story Sweet Peril hits shelves later this month! Readers can expect even more drama and action as Anna struggles to survive in the highly anticipated sequel. Today the author discusses writing the new book, her new e-novella and what she hopes to achieve as a writer.

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Sweet Peril is the sequel to your sizzling and well-loved debut, Sweet Evil. Did you encounter any challenges writing the sequel?

Every book I’ve written has come with its own unique new set of challenges. The second book, also the middle book in a trilogy, was especially problematic because it needed to be the middle of an overall story arc, while having its own internal story arc. I also needed to keep the tension between Anna and Kaidan alive without frustrating the reader in a bad way. So, yeah...lots of challenges!


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5 Things Kelley Armstrong's Characters Wished They Had In The Wilderness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 09, 2013 | PERMALINK
During the course of the Darkness Rising trilogy, author Kelley Armstrong has sent her teen characters on a wild ride. Starting with 2011's The Gathering, heroine Maya figures out that she, and the other teens on Vancouver Island, have superpowers — powers that make them targets for an unscrupulous organization. Then in The Calling, Maya and company are kidnapped and after surviving a helicopter crash, they must navigate an uncharted forest with nothing but their extrasensory skills for help. This month, the series finale, The Rising, has the teens still on the run, but this time they aren't running away from danger, but towards answers. Today the author stops by the RT Daily Blog to discuss several supplies — non-paranormal supplies — that Maya would have loved to have had on her adventure.   


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Video Interview: Diana Peterfreund

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

Diana Peterfreund writes novels across the YA genre, from contemporary to fantasy to dystopian, but they're all stories bound together by strong heroines. Her latest series puts a futuristic twist on classic literature. For Darkness Shows the Stars (based on Persuasion by Jane Austen) and the upcoming Across a Star-Swept Sea (based on The Scarlet Pimpernel) are companion stories, one about a technology-rich society and the other completely shuns all technology. We caught up with the author during the NYC Teen Author Fest and chatted about both of these novels, plus the paperback release of For Darkness, which has an extra epilogue written especially for fans who wanted some kissing in the story! The author also shares some details about Across a Star-Swept Sea, which hits shelves October 15.

Diana Peterfreund on her post-apocalyptic series >>

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