Releasing Today: October 24, 2017

Congratulations to our member with a book releasing today!  Click on the cover below for more information:

Rage of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

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The Sweet Sixteens at the American Library Association Annual Conference

annual-pod-2016Many of our members will be on hand at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference this weekend on Orlando, FL!  Here’s where to find them:

Saturday, June 25

11:00 AM

  • Bridget Hodder will be signing THE RAT PRINCE at the Macmillan Kids Booth (#2118)

2:00 PM:

  • Tobie Easton will be signing EMERGE at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Stephanie Garber will be signing CARAVAL at the Macmillan Kids Booth (#2115)

2:30 PM:

  • C. M. Surrisi will be signing THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING at the Lerner Booth.

3:00 PM

  • Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER) will be participating in the Author Speed Dating Event (location TBA)
  • Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE),Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS),  and Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE) will be participating in an author panel and signing at the nearby Winterpark Library.  Click here for more information.

5:30 PM:

  • Destiny Soria (IRON CAST) will be participating in the YALSA Happy Hour (The Pub, Pointe Orlando Complex).

 

Sunday, June 26

9:00 AM:

  • Destiny Soria (IRON CAST) will be participating in the YALSA Coffee Klatch (OC convention ctr, Rm W107).

10:00 AM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2045)
  • Dana Elmendorf will be signing SOUTH OF SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2045)

12:00 PM:

  • Jennie K. Brown will be signing POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Panel: “Kiss & Tell: MG & YA Authors Talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My!” at the Pop Top Stage.  Featuring: Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS),  Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE), Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER), Erin Summerill (EVER THE HUNTED).

1:00 PM

  • Destiny Soria will be signing IRON CAST at the Abram Booth (#1226)

2:00 PM:

  • Tara Sim will be signing TIMEKEEPER at the Sky Pony Booth (#2236)
  • J. Keller Ford will be signing IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Erin L. Schneider will be signing SUMMER OF SLOANE at the Disney/Hyperion Booth (1350)

 

Printable Release Calendar for May!

Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet May debuts coming at you soon!

Click here for the May 2016 calendar in .pdf format

 

MAY

Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander,  Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th Day Update

MONSTERVILLEMONSTERVILLE

Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is anything but happy when her parents force her to move from New York City, the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress, to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s not much for Lissa to do there, except play Monsterville, a Candyland-esque quest to survive, which Lissa’s little sister, Haylie, has becomed obsessed with, and hang out with her new neighbor, Adam, who is intent to prove to her that Freeburg is a great place to live.

But even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring when a trek into the woods lands her face-to-face with a sea monster looking for brains to eat and then a Sasquatch that moos! With Adam’s help, she discovers a monster secret . . . or maybe just a monster: a poor little goblin they name Blue, who’s fled the world Down Below, desperate to decide on his scary form.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? You make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break. But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and Blue must ventrure Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.  Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KINGIN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsKINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera after a bloody civil war. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard the three kingdoms of Nissera against Tamarice’s black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle—all with the hope of preserving peace.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

 

 

EscapesTHE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES

Set in a world where fantasy meets science fiction, a subversive narrator lurks behind every page, and intrepid heroine Anne must triumph over time, destiny, and heretofore unknown levels of bureaucracy to uncover the truth of her quest.

 

FOREIGN RIGHTS

Marisa Reichardt’s Underwater has sold to Nuevo Extremo in Argentina for World Spanish rights and to Penerbit Haru for Indonesian rights.

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AUTHORS ABOUT

New stops have been added to the Behind the Pages Book Tour featuring Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED), Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY), Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE), and Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)!  The authors will all be presenting at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and making appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores in Maryland and Virginia

 

 

MARCH AUTHORS GETTING GOODREADS READER LOVE

Three Sweet Sixteen debuts were chosen Goodreads readers as March’s YA BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH:

REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Congrats, Ladies!! Were so happy to see all the love from early readers!

GR Best Book of March

 

Meet the Author: J. Keller Ford

J Keller FordNothing excites J. Keller Ford (Jenny)’s imagination more than snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic, all of which ooze out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and ever-lasting love. A mom of four, she lives in Florida her two dogs, a precocious cat, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.

Jenny’s debut, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, Spring 2016) is a Young Adult fantasy. A seventeen-year-old squire with knightly ambitions reluctantly joins forces with a sixteen-year old over-achiever to battle a dragon, save the realm, and maybe even get the girl.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: HEIDI by Johanna Spyri, GREAT EXPECTATIONS – oh and all the Hardy Boys series.
  • Childhood aspiration: A veterinarian, a singer and a dancer, but not at the same time. Could you imagine a singing, dancing vet? The animals would be like “No. No. That’s okay, doc. I’m all better now.”
  • Favorite time/place to write: In the morning, just as the sun is coming up. Preferably outside with a cup of coffee in one hand and a soft, gentle breeze caressing her face. Birds chirping in the background. Heaven and inspirational.
  • Book currently reading/most recent read: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard.
  • Favorite things to do: Playing with and taking care of animals, collecting sea shells, bowling, riding roller coasters, board games, taking long walks on the beach, listening to soft jazz, traveling.
  • Favorite sports team: If she had to pick, it would be the Tampa Bay Rays or the Atlanta Braves.
  • Surprising personal fact: In a community theater play when she was 10 years old, she played the part of a green dragon (go figure) who was determined to devour all the candy in the kingdom. On opening night, after she was captured by the “Candy Patrol,” she tore her green tights, forgot her lines, and had to ad lib the rest of the scene. A human ‘candy cane’ accidentally tripped her and she fell on stage, twisting her ankle. She walked with a limp the rest of the play. The audience laughed at what she thought were her misfortunes, but in the end, she received a standing ovation and shouted “Bravos.” Perhaps they thought her ‘disasters’ were part of the script. At that moment, hearing and seeing the audience applaud her despite her own perceived ‘horrors’ taught her a valuable lesson: don’t take herself too seriously, and don’t forget to laugh at her own short-comings. They’re never as bad as you think, and laughing sure beats the heck out of crying.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Knowing this labor of love that has been a part of her for such a long time, will finally be unleashed into the world. She gets goosebumps just thinking about it.

Where to find her:

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