Releasing Today: April 17, 2018

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

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Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens

Elly Swartz and Victoria J. Coe have launched a new web series, Books in the Kitchen. In the first two chapters, the authors whip up treats inspired by their books Smart Cookie and Fenway and Hattie while dishing about their characters, sharing secrets, and having way too much fun. Check out the web series HERE.

 

 

Lygia Day Penaflor’s second YA novel All of This is True has received a starred review from Kirkus. Look for it on May 15, 2018 from Harper Teen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Congratulations to Kim Savage, whose Beautiful Broken Girls was named one of Kirkus’s Top Ten Contemporary YAs of 2017.

The rights to Kim’s upcoming book, In Her Skin (releasing 4/17/18), have been sold to Amazon Studios for a TV series. Sean Berard at APA Agency brokered the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a cover reveal for Christian McKay Heidicker’s forthcoming novel, Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream!  The book is due out September 11, 2018. Read more about it here.

 

 

Thank the Admins!

“Thank the Admins” is an end-of-2016 feature that provides a shout-out to the core group of sixteen authors who have been the tireless engine behind making The Sweet Sixteens a cohesive debut group. They’ve been the brilliant minds behind ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more.  We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Shannon M. Parker

thegirlwhofell_comps_006rattledbones_final-covercs-nkdtwyaey-2as-m-parker-1Your role as admin: Shannon wrangles news for The 16th Day Update, a feature that promotes Sixteener successes and announcements on the 16th day of each month. She’s also responsible for plastering The Sweet Sixteen website with all the gorgeous MG and YA debut covers!

What’s up next:  Shannon will release her sophomore YA novel in August of 2017. THE RATTLED BONES is *mostly* YA contemporary with a lot of creepy paranormal. THE RATTLED BONES is the story of Rilla Brae–a girl working in the male-dominated fisheries–as she contends with first-generation college access, grief, eugenics, love, forced institutionalization, and the central premise that secrets will always rise to the surface. Plus, there’s a ghost.

Shannon is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, a YA anthology on adoption that will release in September, 2017. Shannon’s story “Tunneling Through” takes an important look at belonging, gender identity and the fierce and lasting grip of trauma.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “I can’t live without Marisa Reichardt.”

Laura Shovan

Last-Fifth-GradeLaura ShovanYour role as admin: Laura moderated “The Debut Club” series of Fearless 15er interviews and runs the The Sweet 16s Facebook page with Marisa Reichardt. Ever wonder how your news gets onto our Facebook page for everyone to see? Welp, it’s either Laura or Marisa making sure that all of The Sweet Sixteen news finds a Facebook presence.

What’s up next:  Laura has a contemporary middle grade novel (in prose!), due out in 2018 from Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. We cannot wait for more of her gorgeous work!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Being a debut novelist is a roller-coaster ride. You need an iron stomach and good friends to hold your hands, laugh with, and also scream with.”

 

Kim Savage

after the woodsbeautiful-broken-girls Kim SavageYour role as admin: Kim was responsible for our super fun Sweet Sixteens Contests that helped readers get early snippets of Sweet Sixteen books. She also worked as part of a team of four admins to manage our twitter account!

What’s up next: Kim has her next YA novel, BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, hitting the shelves February 21, 2017! Think The Virgin Suicides meets Romeo and Juliet with a mystical secret.
Thing you learned in your debut year: “To turn off the noise and write the next thing. And the next. Once I re-committed to the art, it all fell into place. I’m on book 4, and the Muse and I are friends again. It’s all good.”

 Bridget Hodder

RAT PRINCEBridget HodderYour role as admin: For two years, Bridget organized the super fun “Top Sixteen Lists” for the Sweet Sixteens blog. She’d post fab topics on our discussion boards and other Sweet Sixteen authors would populate the list with their own witty contributions.!

What’s up next: Bridget is working on two new projects and trying to keep up with all her commitments with the release of THE RAT PRINCE.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The process of getting published takes a long time. I think that finding other like-minded souls and sharing the journey with them is the best thing a new author can do to stay on course!”

 

 

 

Last Chance to Guess and Get Gifted!

images-2We get it. You’re upset. But all good things must come to an end.

It’s the very last 16th-line contest post, friends! And we have a special prize for the first person to correctly match the line below to its 2016 debut novel: a copy of Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, on the craft of writing, donated by SHALLOW GRAVES author Kali Wallace.

But wait, there’s more! In less than two weeks, the corner turns on our debut year! That means you won’t have to guess at these lines any longer: you can start finding these books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

We thought those were tears of joy! Now read on:

But I missed London, like an arm, or a leg, even if I had only lived there for a handful of years, because as much as my mother insisted that my coming to Connecticut would. be like coming home, it was more like coming to a manicured jail.”

Is it from…

A. Erin Petti’s THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 2016)

B. Brittany Cavallaro’s A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016)

C. Janet Sumner Johnson’s THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J CONTEST (Capstone, Spring 2016)

D. Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, August 2016)

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

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!

Show Us How Smart You Are.

images-1The first Friday in September means it’s time for the Sweet Sixteens’ challenge!

It also means we’re less than four months away from 2016, our debut year, when the very first of the sweet sixteen debuts hit the shelves. But we digress.

Match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your query AND your first five pages by Sheryl Scarborough, author of the forthcoming CS High (Tor/Macmillan, October 2016).

Get it wrong, and you might get House points deducted. Don’t doubt.

I had never seen a girl with skin like mine.”

Is it the 16th line of…

A. Mike Grosso’s I AM DRUMS (Clarion Books/HMH, Sept. 2016)

B. Ava Jae’s BEYOND THE RED (Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

C. Kathleen Glasgow’s GIRL IN PIECES (Random House/Delacorte, Fall 2016)

D. Parker Peeveyhouse’s WHERE FUTURES END (Penguin/ Dawson, Feb. 2016)

Got a guess? Send it to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And may you never know the inside of the Detention Chamber.