Apr 28, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Tracked by Jenny Martin #tracked

Tracked by Jenny Martin
May 5th, 2015 from Dial Books

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

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You can find Martin at her website
You can purchase at BookPeople or Indie Bound

I have been lucky to know Jenny for many years, and I am so happy TRACKED is just about here! It's a book that has been a long-time coming and watching your friend receive good news through-out the years on something that is so dear to her is a fun thing to watch! We are both so lucky to live in a literary hub - TEXAS - and I wanted you to get to know you Jenny Martin through a series of questions based on one of the best thing we have in common - TEXAS! 

Mar 31, 2015

Texas Library Association Conference & Meetup - 2015 #TXLA15

It's that wonderful time of year again...TLA!! Librarians and book lovers come to one town in Texas for the largest state-wide library conference, and of course that's TEXAS! Over 4,500 people have already registered for the event. Not a librarian and would like to attend? You can! Purchase an exhibit hall pass that let's you in all three days.

I have hosted a get-together for bloggers and librarians every time we all have a chance to get together and I'm thrilled to partner with YART and SCBWI this year! So.....The Young Adult Round TableLiterary Lonestars, and Austin SCBWI present the 5th Annual YA / Kidlit Everything Meetup! This is a come and go event with open invitation to all YA/Kidlit enthusiasts, but please RSVP with Rafflectopter below. There will be appetizers for all to enjoy on us, but please feel free to order dinner on your own. Of course, there's an open bar - silly question! Bar tab on you....hope to see you all there!!

Tuesday, April 14th, 7-10pm
Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant (all ages)

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I'll be presenting with Naomi Bates, Karen Jensen, and Melissa Marr on Radical RA on Tuesday at 4pm. I'm also moderating the YA Contemporary Literature: The Next Hot Thing with Michelle Knudsen, Chris Lynch, CJ Lyongs, Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, and Andrew Smith on Thursday at 1pm. Lastly, I'm on the Local Arrangements Committee and helping with social media for the conference. We've been meeting monthly since last August so we're excited to see the conference finally here!

This post will fill you in on everything you need to know to attend TLA like a pro if you have any questions, ask below and I'll try to help!


April 14 - 17th, 2015
Austin Convention Center
Registration is still open and you can register on-site
No need to be a librarian to attend, although a TLA membership is super rad!

NO wheels on the exhibit floor
You can bring up to 5 items to be signed per author, per visit
Bag checks will be outside the exhibit hall on the Trinity Street side
US Post office in the Exhibit Hall during hall hours
The TXLA 15 app is only available to attendees who are registered

Parking ranges and there are two convention center garages - maps and directions HERE
Being a volunteer is cool! I'm doing it, she's doing it, we're all doing it. More info HERE

Author Info:
A list of authors who are signing can be found HERE (authors sign in author area and in exhibit booths) and the full schedule is HERE
The TXLA 15 app has the signing times for the authors (booth and author area)

Exhibit Hall:
Exhibit hall map can be found HERE
Exhibit hall pass for the week varies and info HERE
Tuesday 4/14: 5:30-7:30
Wednesday 4/15: 10:15-5:00
Thursday 4/16: 9:00-4:00
Friday 4/17: 9:00-12:00


YART (Young Adult Round Table) is hosting a Texas Tea with awesome authors on Wednesday, the 15th from 4-5:20pm. This event always sells out so get your tickets online now! More info and a list of authors HERE

Mar 30, 2015

Giveaway: The Remedy (The Program .05) by Suzanne Young #ReleasetheRemedy

The Remedy by Suzanne Young
April 21st 2015 from Simon Pulse

Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

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Giveaway time! THE WORLD BEFORE THE PROGRAM prize pack includes a copy of The Remedy plus copies of Suzanne Young’s bestselling series The Program and The Treatment. Prizing & samples courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Fill out the fancyl doo-hickey below to be officially entered. Giveaway open to US addresses only, good luck! 

Feb 17, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway: Racing Hearts by Laura Lascarso

Racing Hearts by Laura Lascarso
February 10th 2015 by Leap Books

Start your engines…

Eighteen-year-old Jesse Copeland learns of a local car race sponsored by his father's nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep his family from losing their home—if he can win.

Brooke, Shep’s daughter, is also aiming to compete, with or without her father’s approval. She’ll do whatever it takes to persuade Jesse to make her car race ready. Both are driven, both are risk-takers, and soon it’s more than engines getting fired up. Jesse tells himself their relationship is strictly business, until it isn't.

Can two star-crossed lovers overcome a family feud as old as Ford vs. Chevy, or will the competition become too explosive for these racing hearts?

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You can find Lascarso at her website

Feb 10, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Neptune Challenge (The Neptune Project #2) by Polly Holyoke #NeptuneChallenge

The Neptune Challenge (The Neptune Project #2) by Polly Holyoke
May 19th, 2015 from Disney-Hyperion

Danger lurks beneath

Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their long, treacherous journey to refuge and settling in at Safety Harbor. Despite its name, plenty of dangers still lurk just outside the colony's boundaries. When two among them are kidnapped, the remaining Neptune kids and their loyal dolphins must set out on a mission even more perilous than their first: infiltrate the kidnapper's fortress to save their friends and steal away a vital scientific secret that may save the world and its oceans. Fighting terrifying mutated creatures and teens, will the Neptune kids find a way to save their friends, themselves, and their underwater world? The stakes couldn't be higher in this thrilling sequel to the award-winning The Neptune Project.

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You can find Holyoke at her website and on Facebook

Jan 13, 2015

TIME's Top 100 YA Books & @Candlewick Giveaway

TIME magazine recently published their lists of Top 100 Young Adult & Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time! Candlewick Press has 6 titles on the Young Adult list and the publisher is kind enough to offer a great giveaway in celebration!

I was lucky enough to interview Patrick Ness before the release of A Monster Calls (a book that I still love very much and CAN'T WAIT for the movie to be released - Liam Neeson is the Monster!!!!). You can read the interview HERE.

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The prize pack will include paperback copies of The Tiger Rising and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane both by Kate DiCamillo, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci. Fill out the fancy doohickey below to be officially entered. US & Canada only.

Jan 6, 2015

Tuck Everlasting - 40th Anniversary #Tuck40th

Guess who is turning 40 this year?! Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt was published in 1975 and still holds steady as a favorite. The book tapped into new territory talking about death with children - not so common those days. A brand-new introduction from Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and additional bonus materials make this special edition of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting a must-have for lovers of the book and a great way to introduce a new generation to a classic. This 40th anniversary will introduce a whole new generation to this timeless classic and goes on sale January 20th! The book has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print since publication.