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Kathryn Smith Embarks On A YA Adventure Writing As Kady Cross

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Kathryn Smith is known for her Regency romances, but these days she has traded in her pelise for some steampunk flying goggles and a new YA pen name, Kady Cross.

This month Cross introduces readers to a very different London in her YA debut, the steampunk tale The Girl in the Steel Corset. RT Reviewer Ellen Parsons calls the book, "A steampunk mystery with a delicious love triangle and entertaining Jekyll and Hyde element." The story opens with feisty heroine Finley Jayne doing her best to survive in this alternate-London. And yesterday at BEA Kady Cross shared that Finley Jayne's advice for when one is confronted by adults with dubious agendas, is very simple. The feisty Finley says, "Hit them!" So we knew we had to ask the author about  ...

Miss Finley Jayne's Rules For Surviving Her Steampunk World


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BEA 2011: Spotlight On YA Authors

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we continue our coverage of BEA with a spotlight on some great Young Adult authors who attended this year's conference. 

We got a chance to ask some of our favorite YA authors to share their heroines' (and a special hero) tips for dealing with adults. First we chatted with Kady Cross, Julie Kagawa and Maria V. Snyder at the Harlequin booth.

Maria V. Snyder said that her heroine's tip for dealing with adults is, "before replying take a few seconds and fully formulate a response."

While Julie Kagawa's heroine Megan suggests that when it comes to interacting with authority figures, "Never enter with them into a contract. And be polite."

And Kady Cross (who readers may know as the Regency romance author Kathryn Smith) says that when confronted with adults with agendas, kick-butt heroine Finley Jayne's golden rule is, "Hit them!"


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Create Your Own Hero For This Week's Dark Days Of Supernatural Giveaway To Win 7 YA Novels!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we kick off round four of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway! You guys are familiar with the prize, a tote bag brimming with seven new and upcoming paranormal YA novels: the newest tales from Aprilynne PikeKim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber's popular series and four new authors who are making their mark on the genre, Veronica RothAmy PlumJosephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

             
                     
           

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Meet Two Debut Authors Who Are Part Of The Dark Days Of Supernatural Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today two YA authors chat about their paranormal YA novels and give you a special look at the making of their debut paranornal tales, Die for Me by Amy Plum and Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed. (And then don’t miss your chance to win these new novels and more in the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaways all month long!)

Amy Plum Joesephine Angelini
   

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Enter To Win 7 New And Upcoming Paranormal YA Novels!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

It is time for round three of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway, your chance to win a tote bag full of seven new and upcoming paranormal YA novels. The winner of this week's giveaway will receive the newest novels from Aprilynne PikeEllen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four new talents in the genre: Veronica RothAmy PlumJosephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

             
                     
           

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Morgan & Whitney Dish: DIvergent By Veronica Roth

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week Morgan and Whitney Dish about Divergent by Veronica Roth. The debut author's dystopian YA caught Whitney's attention with its compelling premise and multi-dimensional heroine.

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Morgan: OK, I know everyone has been talking about the Hunger Games series forever, but more than any other book I remember reading, Divergent really has themes and characters that remind me of a Suzanne Collins book.

Whitney: You know, while I think it will appeal to some of the same readers who enjoyed the Hunger Games seriesI definitely didn’t read Divergent thinking “This is the Hunger Games, revisited.” 


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Win Sarah Dessen's New Contemporary YA Novel What Happened To Goodbye!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month author Sarah Dessen releases her latest contemporary YA novel, What Happened to Goodbye. Dessen is known for her emotionally gripping tales and this month she tackles what happens when the desire to make yourself over goes too far.

In the story, high school senior Mclean's life has been a series of goodbyes since she moved in with her divorced dad. As they've gone from town to town, Mclean has reinvented herself each time. And by the time they get to Lakeview, Mclean is so good at the process, she's not even sure who she really is anymore. Will Lakeview be the place that she finally feels free to be the real Mclean?

You can find out if Mclean will be able to re-discover herself when What Happened to Goodbye hits stores today, or enter to win your own copy by leaving a comment below about how you'd make yourself over if you moved to a new town!


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A Second Chance To Win The Dark Days of Supernatural Giveaway!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Last week we gave you the first chance to try your luck at winning our Dark Days of Supernatural Giveaway, a tote bag that comes filled with the latest novels from Aprilynne Pike and Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and tales of supernatural romance and adventure from four new voices: Veronica RothAmy PlumJosephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

             
                     
           

Let's pause for a second to get a look at those covers. That's a very pretty line-up, right? I've got a bad news/good news situation for you today. Bad news: Like the Hope Diamond, there could be only one winner of our first giveaway. So if you aren't Tricia Schneider, you are starting this week empty-handed, sorry! But, good news: Starting today you will have a second chance to win your own Dark Days of Supernatural tote bag full of new and upcoming releases.


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Video Interview: Graphic Novel Author Laura Lee Gulledge

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Graphic novel author Laura Lee Gulledge gives readers an insider look at her debut work Page by Paige. This story which got 4 1/2 stars from RT's Dawn Crowne, follows a young teen trying to find a place for herself in New York City. In this video interview with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus the author shares her thoughts about the way that art can help people push through many different types of emotional issues, including the lonliness that heroine Page faces in Page by Paige.

Laura Lee Gulledge talks about Page by Paige >>

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Read the *Web Exclusive Review* of Page by Page >>


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Kicking Off The Dark Days Of Supernatural Giveaways!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

This summer YA fans can celebrate their passion for everything paranormal with HarperCollins' The Dark Days of Supernatural tour. From May through the first week of July the publisher is releasing seven very different paranormal stories from authors Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four fantastic debut authors: Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

You can get in on the action all this month by entering to win your very own Dark Days of Supernatural tote bag full of all these great stories here on the RT website. We will also be giving readers an insider look at these books with messages from the authors and excerpts from their new novels.


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