Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
A new month, a new collection of sample chapters and preorder incentives for upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!
Chapter 1 of THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda/Lerner, March 1, 2016)
First two chapters of THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter (Philomel/Penguin, March 15, 2016)
First three chapters of DON’T GET CAUGHT by Kurt Dinan (Sourcebooks Fire, April 1, 2016)
First three chapters of MY KIND OF CRAZY by Robin Reul (Sourcebooks Fire, April 5, 2016)
Chapter 1 of JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 3, 2016)
COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin (Putnam/Penguin, April 12, 2016): For every pre-order of Counting Thyme, Melanie will personally donate at least one dollar to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (maximum donation of $5,000 total*), PLUS you will receive exclusive swag including:
- Counting Thyme bookmark & postcard
- I’m a Good Cookie! stickers
- A coupon for a free event starter kit from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer so you too can DO something to help make a difference
- An early invitation to participate in a Counting Thyme reader participation campaign launching in 2016!
EMERGE by Tobie Easton (Month9Books, April 19, 2016): Preorder to win mermaid-themed prizes, gift cards, and even an AMAZON FIRE TABLET (WRITERS: win a 50-page agent manuscript critique!)
SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 3, 2016): Preorder and get a signed bookmark and a magnet, open international.
JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 3, 2016): First 125 Preorders. First 25 get signed note from author plus signed book and special bookmark; next 100 get special JERKBAIT keychain and a copy of THE JOEY PARKER MOVEMENT. Email proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject JERKBAIT GIVEAWAY. (Preorders are going fast, so get your request in quickly!)
THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016) Pre-order to unlock six gifts from the Tsar (and receive every single gift!)
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet April debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!
Kurt Dinan has taught high school English for the past twenty years, and while he’s never pulled any of the pranks detailed in DON’T GET CAUGHT, he was once almost arrested in college for blizzarding the campus with fliers promoting a fake concert. He’s published many short stories, one of which, “Plink”, appears in 2015’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 7. He lives in suburban Cincinnati with his wife and four children.
Kurt’s debut, DON’T GET CAUGHT (Sourcebooks Fire, April 2016) is a Young Adult contemporary novel. Pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Ocean’s 11, the story is about Max Lewis, a high school nobody who also happens to be a heist film expert who’s memorized their strategies, tactics, and cons. So when he’s framed by the mysterious Chaos Club for vandalizing the town water tower, Max does what any budding mastermind with nothing to lose would do–he recruits a crew of misfits and plots payback.
- Favorite book growing up: A three-way tie–TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, and SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL.
- Childhood aspiration: Stuntman, FBI agent, or truck driver.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Early, early mornings at the local Panera.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Go to local amusement park with his family, go on adventures with his children, and go on dates with his wife.
- Surprising personal fact: He once won $1000 playing bingo, and gave $800 of it away to his friends.
Where to find him:
In July, the Sweet Sixteens blogged about characters! Check out the posts below, and don’t forget to leave the Sixteens some love on their own blog as well as here! Feel free to share this post with the hashtag #SixteensBlogAbout. Until next month, happy reading!
Feeling shackled by what authors are told we MUST and MUST NOT do? Things like “never respond to reviews”, or “maintain a constant online presence” or “sell a million books all by yourself prior to the release date or your career is doomed” ? Then feast your eyes on a rogues gallery of Author Outlaws…the ones who dared to defy the rules!
Outlaw #1: Not on Twitter. Not on Pinterest. Doesn’t care.
Outlaw #2: Called her copyeditor anonymously at 2 a.m. to demonstrate that you can, indeed, “breathe” dialogue.
Outlaw#3: Freely admits he wrote his runaway bestselling picture book Look at the Pretty, Pretty Flowers on his iPhone at his sister’s wedding after his second bottle of champagne.
Outlaw #4: Plans to argue online with anyone who gives her book a bad review.
Outlaw #5: Her book opens with a prologue where the main character wakes up and looks in the mirror.
Outlaw #6: Writes children’s books; is actually terrified of children.
Outlaw #7: Surprise! The whole book was a dream!
Outlaw #8: Don’t tell her agent, but her secret WIP is: #$*?&@: A Preschooler’s Dictionary of Swear Words.
Outlaw #9: Ever since his divorce, puts his phone number next to his name at book signings.
Outlaw #10: Her latest book, The Squashing of the Vermin, features characters whose names are suspiciously the same as boys from her past.
Outlaw #11: Wrote a book about learning to respect your elders, and her grandchildren illustrated it. When it sells, she’ll use the advance to build a new library.
Outlaw #12: Exclusively writes main characters and love interests with bluish-purplish-green-gray eyes.
Outlaw #13: Has decided to spend 99% of her advance on attending one writers’ conference, staying in the penthouse suite at the conference hotel and ordering the in-room chef dining service every night by herself.
Outlaw #14: Writes numerous blog posts and tweets shouting “always be writing the next book!” but has been working on the second book forEVER yet always has time to watch the latest hyped series on Netflix.
Outlaw #15: In downtime, works on a filthy, profanity-filled picture book, and sends it to his agent with a ten-point missive explaining exactly why he believes this will sell. Never admits to it being a joke.
Outlaw #16: Googles the latest-selling trends to ensure a quick sale for book two. Can’t decide on which trend to write, so he decides to make book two a fanfic of a fanfic he read about on someone’s fanfic blog.
Contributors: Bridget Hodder, Sarah Ahlers, Ami Allen-Vath, Amy Allgeyer, Brooks Benjamin, Victoria Coe, Kurt Dinan, Emily Henry, and Lee Gjertsen Malone