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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Bethany Hagen's Landry Park

BY DJ DeSmyter, JUNE 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

The moment I saw the cover for Bethany Hagen’s upcoming Young Adult novel, Landry Park, I fell in love and was hungry for more. As soon as I read the synopsis, I was positively hooked. With a science-fiction flair, a headstrong female lead, and a hint of romance, Landry Park seems to have it all. The sad part? We have to wait until February 4, 2014 until we can read this powerful debut.

But don’t despair too much, fellow readers, because remember the cover I mentioned? Well, it’s stunning and you get to see it for the first time right here! I just love the simplicity of the overall image, and how the plain background draws your eyes right to the title treatment and the images within the text. The building behind the girl is absolutely beautiful and I can’t help but wonder what lies inside. The block text further illustrates the futuristic setting of the story and it evokes a sense of power and strength.

Author Bethany Hagen couldn’t be more thrilled with the cover! She said, “When I first saw the cover for Landry Park, I immediately fell in love. It does something that I hope I accomplished in the book, which is to say that it pulls together science fiction and romance with a historical flair. I am so excited for the rest of the world to see it!”.

So what exactly is this book about, you ask? Well...


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Living Art: A Look Inside Amanda Sun’s Debut Novel Ink

BY , JUNE 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

In Amanda Sun’s debut Ink, the first in the Young Adult Paper Gods series, American protag Katie Green finds herself living with her aunt in Japan after her mom dies. As Katie struggles to assimilate to her new surroundings, she meets Tomohiro, a tortured and magnetic boy she can’t stay away from. When Katie discovers Tomohiro’s ability to make his drawings come to life, she is thrown into a dangerous world where the descendents of gods are wanted by the Japanese mafia. While the book’s beautiful setting and fresh take on Asian mythology help make Ink an outstanding debut, the illustrations truly take the story to the next level.

Inside of her novel, the author treats readers to sketches of dragons, birds, and flowers, all of which act as pages from Tomohiro’s sketchbook. In the print version, the illustrations act as flip-art, while in the e-version, the more central illustrations actually move, which truly adds to the wonder and creativity of the story.


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What You Need To Know About New Adult

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JUNE 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

The New Adult workshops at RT’s convention were standing room only, as everyone wanted to learn what was going on with this hot new genre. With heavy hitters like Abbi Glines, Cora Carmack, Jennifer L. Armentrout (who writes New Adult as J. Lynn), Molly McAdams and more, we had the genre’s superstars on hand to impart their wisdom. Here are five take away points: 

(L to R) Authors Sophie Jordan, Cora Carmack, Molly McAdams, Abbi Glines and RT Editor Elissa Petruzzi

1. New Adult: Not Just Contemporary. The panelists all expressed hopes that subgenres within New Adult will start popping up soon. They encouraged the audience to start writing (and reading) suspense, paranormal, dystopian and any other angle that might interest them. Panelists explained that the only way New Adult will survive is by growing and expanding. There’s proof of that happening already, as J. Lynn’s upcoming Frigid has a fun suspense subplot, and Stephanie Tyler’s amazing Defiance is a (deep breath) post-apocalyptic, motorcycle club, New Adult.


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Could You Handle Stephanie Tyler's Defiance Universe? Take The Quiz!

BY , JUNE 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

Sometimes a great book comes along and you just want to curl up and live inside the author's world. Stephanie Tyler's latest New Adult title, Defiance, is definitely set in an exciting universe. But according to Tyler, this setting is a rough one where only the strongest survive. Tyler's series starter introduces readers to a motorcycle club that faces an apocalyptic situation called the Chaos. Before you decide you want to hop on a Harley and join Tyler's outlaws, learn more about this disaster and take the author's quiz to decide if you could handle this brave new world.

My new book, Defiance, is the first in a series of New Adult motorcycle club, post-apocalyptic books. You’ll meet the Defiance MC, a group of Harley-riding alpha males and the women who love them, and you’ll see how they’re dealing with what they call The Chaos. Here's a more elaborate explanation from the book:


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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters - Meet The Cast!

BY , JUNE 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week, we interviewed author Richelle Mead and she answered our questions about the movie adaptation for her YA Vampire Academy series. Excited to see her fictional world come to life, Mead said that every actor cast in the film absolutely captures her VA characters. But just who will be bringing this paranormal saga to life? Today we give you a run down of the actors you will see on the big screen Valentine's Day 2014, when Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters releases in theaters everywhere.


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Exclusive Excerpt: Myra McEntire's Infinityglass

BY , JUNE 04, 2013 | PERMALINK
Nothing is ever as it seems in author Myra McEntire's books. Take her Young Adult series Hourglass. Focusing on a secret organization made up of mainly teens, Myra's characters are able to manipulate time. With the past, present and future constantly in flux, nothing can be taken at face value because the world can change in a split second.

Fans of the first two books in the series Hourglass and Timepiece, will be thrilled to know that the next in the series, Infinityglass, is scheduled to release in August. However, plot details have been sparse so far because there are lots of surprises in store for readers. One thing we can tell you is that this next book will be told through the eyes of two main characters — one you already know, and one you don't. Myra McEntire is joining us today in order to tell us a bit more about Infinityglass and also reveal the first chapter! So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! 


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Video Interview: Joanna Philbin

BY , JUNE 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

RT's Morgan recently sat down with author Joanna Philbin, whose new YA release Rules of Summer is a must-read story of the season. The author is known for her widely successful Daughters series, about the children of celebrities, which Joanna can relate to as the daughter of Regis Philbin. Like her Daughters books, Rules of Summer also focuses on privileged teens, but heroine Rory wasn't raised in the lap of luxury like Philbin's previous heroines. Set in East Hampton, Rory goes to work for the wealthy Rule family and gets caught up in the lavish country club lifestyle, a slow-building romance and an unlikely friendship with Isabel Rule. In this video interview, Philbin shares her own experiences vacationing in the Hamptons as a teen and how her two seemingly opposite female protagonists in her latest novel manage to have an unforgettable adventure.


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Courtney Cole's If You Leave

BY , MAY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

The oft explicit, always entertaining New Adult genre has several superstars and earlier this year author Courtney Cole was added to the list after the release of her breakout novel If You Stay, first in the Beautifully Broken series. Originally self published, the romance about Pax Tate, the ultimate bad boy, and his reluctant leading lady Mila Hill shot to the top of bestseller lists and was acquired by Grand Central Publishing.

In September, Cole is publishing the series second, If You Leave, picking up the story of Mila's younger sister, Madison, and her coming to terms with the loss of her parents.

Around the RT office, we are especially excited about this upcoming release for several reasons. First, Cole has proven that she doesn't deal with trivial matters. Instead we get realistic look at issues of drugs, sex, heartache, death — the author never lets you forget that her characters are Beautifully Broken. But while they may be hurt, Cole's characters are also capable of incredible growth and depth of emotion that make us truly care for them, regardless of the choices they make.


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Love Is Love: A Collection Of LGBT Young Adult Stories

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

One of the aspects of the romance genre I love the most is the level of acceptance readers and authors demonstrate. It is truly inspiring to see book lovers show the same amount of passion for same-sex couples in books as they do their favorite male-female couples. As an avid reader of LGBT literature, I thought I would recommend a few Young Adult titles for those looking to familiarize themselves with the genre.

One of my all-time favorite books is Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg. This YA title tells the story of 17-year-old Bobby Framingham and his journey to acceptance as he deals with being a recently outed football star. The romantic sub-plot is subtle, but wonderful and it still makes me smile. The author addresses relevant concerns with maturity and accessibility, which makes for a heartwarming read anyone will enjoy.

Another stunning YA novel worth checking out is Julie Ann Peters’ Luna. I read this book a couple of years ago for school and found myself absolutely moved by the story. For anyone looking to gain further insight into the transgender community and what it means to know someone who is transgendered, this is a must-read. Luna will pull at your heartstrings and leave you awestruck.


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Video Interview: Susane Colasanti

BY , MAY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Young Adult author Susane Colasanti is known for writing unbelievably romantic novels about soul mates finding each other. However, not everything is smooth sailing for her characters. Realistic situations, both good and bad, make up the complete stories of love lost and found. This month, Colasanti is releasing All I Need, a story about two very different teens, Skye and Seth, finding each other and finding themselves. A heartwarming tale that starts on the New Jersey Shore, this is a wonderful summer read. In this video, Colasanti sits down with RT's Morgan to discuss what makes Seth and Skye so perfect for each other.


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