Meet the Authors: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer

Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen DyerIn a partnership exceeding 20 years, Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer have made lots of amazing things together. The films HYSTERIA and AWAY & BACK; a cozy home in the mountains of Idaho; a pact to always expect the best out of life; two exceptional human beings who love reading and laughing as much as they do; and a new book due out this summer. They intend to keep making amazing things for as long as they’re able.

Jonah Lisa and Stephen’s debut, THE SEASON (Viking/Penguin, July 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Megan is a college soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl.  When her socialite Mom secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for.  The Season has officially begun, but the drama is just getting started in this funny, modern re-telling of PRIDE & PREJUDICE set in the heady world of Texas debutantes.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Jonah Lisa’s favorite book was WATERSHIP DOWN while Stephen’s was RIFLES FOR WATIE.
  • Childhood aspiration: JL wanted to be an actor or a writer and has enjoyed experiencing both as an adult. Stephen wanted to play professional baseball. Alas…
  • Favorite place to write: They both write best in the morning. JL likes to write from home but Stephen needs to get out and go to the office or library. He also uses a standing desk.
  • Book currently reading: JL just finished a JoJo Moyes binge and Stephen is deep into ATONEMENT as a reminder of how gorgeous language can be.
  • Favorite things to do: JL loves to knit and make things and Stephen loves to ski. They both love the internet way too much.
  • Favorite sports teams: The Dyers are huge fans of US Women’s (and Men’s) National Soccer teams and the Dutch National team. They also support the Dallas Cowboys, bless their hearts.
  • Surprising personal fact: JL can juggle, was once a secretary at the UN and assisted in performing an outpatient vasectomy when she was 18. Stephen has read all three volumes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago and was the first American volunteer at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Meeting really wonderful, supportive and talented people who know exactly the kind of physical, emotional and financial turmoil you’re going through.

Where to find them:

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16th Day Update: 16 Days until 2016!

CaptureThree Sweet Sixteeners Appeared On The Winter 2015-2016 Kids’ Indie Next List: Marisa Reichardt, Lois Sepahaban and Marieke Nijkamp!

The list is based on recommendations by independent booksellers.

It is comprised of titles publishing from November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.

 

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Marisa Reichardt, Underwater (#6)

(Macmillan/FSG, January 12, 2016)

Marisa’s debut was featured at #6

 

Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)For Ages 9-12

Lois Sepahaban, Paper Wishes

(Macmillan/FSG, January 5, 2016)

 

 

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For Teens

Marieke Nijkamp, This is Where It Ends

(Sourcebooks Fire, January 5, 2016)

 

News Around Town:

Laura Shovan, author of the MG novel THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, has been named the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s Writer in Residence for 2015-2016. Laura will be conducting poetry workshops in 13 local high schools. You can read more about the program in the Baltimore Sun.
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Kathleen Glasgow, author of the YA novel, GIRL IN PIECES, wrote a “Book to Movie: Who Will Bring My Characters to Life?” for literary blog ReadWriteLove . See who would be perfect for Charlie on the big screen!

In other major news, foreign rights for GIRL IN PIECES have recently been sold to Brazil and Czechslovakia. Audio rights for GIRL IN PIECES and a second book have been sold to Random Houses’s Listening Library. Audio for GIRL IN PIECES will be released simultaneously with the hardback on Sept. 27, 2016.

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Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016) was recently featured at the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog dishing out advice for authors about working with public libraries.  Part 1 and  Part 2

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5 Sweet Sixteens will be featured authors at the NOVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington, VA on March 5, 2016.

Jeff Garvin (The Symptoms of Being Human, Balzer + Bray, February 2, 2016)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows, Random House, January 26, 2016)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)

Janet B. Taylor (Into the Dim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 1, 2016)

Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks, Swoon Reads, February 09, 2016)

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And so many 2016 debut covers to love…

THE READERTHE READER by Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left whom she can depend on. They live their lives on the run in the wilderness, forever searching the shadows for threats. Nin’s always tried to protect Sefia, teaching her how to hunt, track, and steal, giving her the skills she’ll need to stay alive.

But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly completely alone, and nothing she’s learned can help her find out who’s taken Nin and what else they might be after. Her only clue is a strange rectangular item that once belonged to her father—which may unlock the secrets to his murder and Nin’s disappearance.

Though reading is unheard-of in her world, Sefia discovers that the curious object is a book, and a precious one at that. With the help of this book, and the aid of an enigmatic stranger with secrets of his own, Sefia is determined to rescue her aunt and uncover just what happened the day her father was killed.

 

DIG TOO DEEPDIG TOO DEEP by Amy Allgeyer

 

With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– her ‘former’ mother, as she calls her.

But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange–the same water that officials claim is safe to drink. When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.

Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.

 

South of SunshineSOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else.

Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

 

EMERGEEMERGE by Tobie Easton

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings.

After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Print STICKS AND STONES by Abby Cooper

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs.

At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch.

And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.”

As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

What’s Sweeter Than Candy Corn?

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The Sweet 16 debuts, of course. Oh: and winning a query critique or an ARC donated by Catherine Lo, author of HOW IT ENDS (HMH, June 2016)!

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel. Have at it:

The crowd thickened the closer I got, like buzzards swarming to a fresh carcass.”

Oooh! Intriguing, yes? But who wrote it? Is it:

A. Ami Allen-Vath’s LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US (SkyHorse/Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

B. Alwyn Hamilton’s REBEL OF THE SANDS (Viking/Penguin, Feb. 2016)

C. Everly Frost’s FEAR MY MORTALITY (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, 2016)

D. Kristy Acevedo’s CONSIDER (Jolly Fish Press, April 2016)

Think you know it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. Good luck!

Shake out the Sand, People. It’s the Sweet 16 Giveaway!

imagesWe know you’re lounging on the beach. But you’re also peeking at your phone. Because you know the first Friday of the month means sweet goodies from the Sweet Sixteens.

Correctly match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your first chapter PLUS a synopsis (up to 15 pages total) by  Lois Sepahban, author of the forthcoming LANTERN WISHES (FSG/Margaret Ferguson, Winter 2016). Now that’s hot!

Read on:

There, by the crook of his neck, my birthstones — a handful of muted sapphires — caught the watery morning light.”

Is it…

A. Dee Romito’s THE SUMMER BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2016)

B. Jennifer Bardsley’s BLANK SLATE (Month9Books, 2016)

C. Samantha Mabry’s LEAVES (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2016)

D. Roshani Chokshi’s THE BRIDE OF DUSK AND GLASS (St. Martin’s Griffin, )

Know it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And good luck!

Cue the Fireworks! It’s the Sweet 16 July Giveaway!

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No lame roman candles or punks here!

(okay, there will be punks.)

It’s the July Sweet 16 Giveaway! Match the 16th line to its novel and win a future ARC of THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown/Random House, Spring 2016)!

Now that’s downright sparkly.

Read on:

“I would have been able to do so even if I’d been standing; Arnath child slaves did not stay alive as long as I had unless they learned how to stay atop the platforms.”

Great line, right? But which novel is it from?

A. Kathy MacMillan’s A SWORD AND VERSE (HarperTeen, Winter 2016)

B. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press, 2016)

C. Evelyn Skye’s THE TSAR’S GAME (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, 2016)

D. Keirsi Burkhart & Amber J. Keyser‘s SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY (Darby Creek, 2016)

Think you know it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com, who never skips a chance to link you to her website. Good luck!

16th Day Update: Covers, Conferences and Congrats!

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April saw two more cover reveals from 2016 debuts authors. One YA and one MG! 2016 debuts are coming, people!!

THE GIRL WHO FELL: YA Contemporary

HIS OBSESSION. HER FALL. Zephyr Doyle is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things… (read more at Shannon’s website)

 

BOUNDERS: SciFi Middle GradeBounders_cvr_LR-2

Thirteen years ago, Earth Force, a space-military agency, discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now EarthBound Academy has recruited the first group of cadets, Bounders, to be trained as aeronauts and experts in quantum ship bounding—traveling anywhere in the universe in a split second.

Twelve-year-old Jasper is in the first group sent out to space. After being bullied back on Earth, Jasper is excited to serve in Earth Force and connect with the other cadets. (read more at Monica’s website)

Next Cover Reveal? Brooks Benjamin My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights on Pop! Goes the Reader on MAY 4th!

Meet-ups!

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YALLwest!

So many Sweet Sixteens were able to attend YALLwest  on April 11th and 12th on the sunny Cali coast. Among attendees were Sweet Sixteen members (L-R): Marisa Reichardt, Audrey Crass, Shea Olsen, Janet Taylor and Kerry Kletter.

 

 

 

Sweet Sixteen New England Retreat And on the opposite coast? A New England Retreat!

On Saturday, April 11th, Sweet Sixteens gathered at the home of Bridget Hodder for a productive and inspirational retreat by the sea. Highlights included reading the first pages from our debut novels, eating amazing food, and enjoying the long-awaited sunshine on a walk along the ocean. Pictured (L-R): Kim Savage, Monica Tesler, Jenn Biship, Emily Martin, Bridget Hodder, Victoria J. Coe and Ruth Lehrer.

 

Publications

Patrick Samphire’s short story “Five Things of Beauty” has been podcast on Toasted Cake.

Kali Wallace’s short story “Water in Springtime” will be included in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, to be published by Prime Books in July. And her short story “No Portraits on the Sky” is in the Clarkesworld Year 7 collection, now available in print and ebook formats.

Ruth Lehrer’s poem Sweetheart is a Lilly Press pocket poem for National Poetry Month.

Two of Laura Shovan’s poems are on display in Baltimore. (aka Charm City). Here’s a photo of “Daddy Long Legs Speaks”. As part of the Baltimore Ekphrastic Project, Laura partnered with local artist Sanzi. Sanzi created a spirit mask in response to Laura’s poem “Symmetry” and Laura wrote a poem in response to Sanzi’s sculpture named Daddy Long Legs.

What? Pre-Order?… Yeppers!

Sweet Sixteen books are on Amazon for pre-order, people!!

Marieke Nijkamp’s YA  THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS  Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Marisa Reichardt’s UNDERWATER  Morgan is an agoraphobic trapped in the apartment she shares with her mother and brother; when surfer boy Evan moves in next door, she has to face the life she’s been missing.

Rights: Sweet Sixteen debuts will travel the globe!

Foreign rights to SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods have sold to Mondadori in Italy & Brazil.

Russian rights to Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS were sold, making this the second territory for FIRSTS, which previously sold in Italy as well.

Patrick Samphire novel, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB, and its sequel, THE EMPEROR OF MARS, have both been resold to Germany.

Turkish rights to Meg Leder’s THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, to Pegasus Yayinlari, by Fusun Kayi at Kayi Literary Agency on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Shea Olsen’s FLOWER has sold Polish rights.

 

 

 

A Tisket, A Tasket. The Winner Gets A Book-ish Basket!

Unknown-1 Writers and readers don’t want candy. They want writerly, readerly goodies! And if we told you more, we’d have to kill you.

Yep, it’s the April giveaway!

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel and win said mystery basket, donated by Jen Maschari (THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Winter 2016). Last month, Elise Robins won a critique from Shannon Parker. Congratulations, Elise! 

Read on:

She’s the weakest black girl I’ve ever seen, bruh,” another voice muttered.

Can you guess which novel it’s from?

A. Jenny Moyer’s FLASHFALL (Macmillan/Spring 2016)

B. Randi Pink’s TOYA  (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, Fall 2016)

C. Meghan Roger’s CROSSING THE LINE (Penguin/Philomel, Winter 2016)

D. Gail Shepard’s SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST (Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books, Winter 2016)

Know it? Want it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And good luck!