Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet February debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!
1. SOMETHING’S MISSING: the launch is planned, the cover is fantastic, the publisher is all ready to go….except you completely and totally forgot to write the book!
2. You’re all set for the launch date, and the morning of you wake up and realize…IT WAS ALL A DREAM. You haven’t sold your book and there are three rejections waiting in your email box.
3. You’ve been anxiously awaiting the day for months, and finally it’s here. You open up your box of ARCs only to find that the publisher has put in not your professional author photo, but an image they found of you by Google image searching your name . . . and it’s from your crazy antics in college.
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
Sweet 16 Cover Reveals: A visual feast!
Kim Savage’s fantastically haunting cover for AFTER THE WOODS was released by FSG/Macmillan in mid-May and will be featured on B&N Teen Blog soon. Watch for the trailer on Hypable.com this fall. It is available now for pre-order.
“Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.” Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t fully remember. Now it’s one year later, and a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving Julia in a stupor at awkward moments-in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example. At least Julia’s not alone. Her best friend, Liv, was in the woods, too. When Julia got caught, Liv ran away. Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia the reason she’s starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with an explosive temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back? As the devastating truth about Liv becomes clear, Julia realizes the one person she thinks she knows best-Liv-is the person she knows least of all. And that after the woods was just the beginning.
Lois Sepahban released her beautiful cover for PAPER WISHES into the wild with the help of Jen over at Pop! Goes the Reader on May 23rd.
This MG Historical novel follows Manami and her family as they are sent to a Japanese internment camp, where it is up to Manami to find the strength to keep her family together.
Melissa Gorzelanczyk revealed her iconic cover for ARROWS on YA Highway.
People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind. A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?
Nicole Castroman revealed her gorgeous BLACKHEARTS cover to the world with a little help from MundieMoms on June 4th.
The pirate Blackbeard was known for striking fear into the hearts of even the bravest sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of abandoning his rigid life to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has returned from a year at sea to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams of returning to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
Emily Martin’s amazing cover for THE YEAR WE FELL APART was debuted to expectant readers on June 5th.
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year, she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hookup, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But the worst mistake was her first one: destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence between Harper and Declan, Declan is home from boarding school for summer break. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger . . . handsomer. But Harper has changed too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on with her. But after she betrayed his trust, he’s also the one person she’s lost all right to seek comfort from.
As shared friends and shared histories draw them together, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still possible to fix and which parts they’ll have to live with forever.
When eleven-year-old Thyme Owen’s little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.
After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours and the days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.
Also! Listening Library will publish Melanie Conklin’s Counting Thyme as an audiobook simultaneously with the Putnam hardcover in April 2016. Yay!
Emily Henry released her phenomenal cover for THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD into the wild on June 10th over at Icey Books.
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau. Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
Lee Gjertsen Malone’s irresistible cover for THE LAST BOY AT SAINT EDITH’S appeared on KidLiterati on June 11th.
Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. Four hundred and seventy-five of them. That’s how many girls attend his school, St. Edith’s Academy. Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in coeducation. And he needs to get out. His mom won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his how hands: He’s going to get expelled.
Together with his best friend, Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a serious of hilarious pranks in hope that he’ll get kicked out with minimum damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide whom he’s willing to knock down on his way out the door. Written with equal parts humor and heart, Lee Gjertsen Malone’s debut is all about fitting in, standing out, and finding the place where you belong.
Janet B. Taylor revealed her breathtaking cover for INTO THE DIM on YA Books Central on June 11th.
Only secrets from her past can save her future.
The “homeschooled girl” in a small town, Hope Walton has crippling phobias that don’t endear her to her adoptive dad’s perfectly blond, perfectly southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic: a member of a secret society of time travelers, she is trapped in the twelfth century during the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her fears and travel back in time to rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Addictive and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an unlikely heroine’s story of adventure, sacrifice, and first love in a high-stakes race against time itself.
Sonya Mukherjee’s YA contemporary is now GEMINI and is due out Summer 2016 from Simon & Schuster.
Amy Allgeyer’s contemporary YA novel has a new title. DIG TOO DEEP is pitched as a coming-of-age Erin Brockovich set deep in Kentucky coal country. Due out from Albert Whitman & Co in March 2016.
Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel and win a FREE critique of the first 30 pages of your YA or MG Manuscript by the fabulous Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL, Simon Pulse, Spring 2016).
And the 16th line readeth:
Jeremy wasn’t sure what the point of all this was, but if he knew Claudia, there definitely was one.”
Which novel is it from?
A. Lois Sepahban‘s LANTERN WISHES (FSG/Margaret Ferguson, Winter 2016)
B. Lindsay Eager‘s HOUR OF THE BEES (Candlewick, Spring 2016)
C. Lee Gjertson Malone‘s THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, Spring 2016)
D. Bridget Hodder‘s THE RAT PRINCE (FSG/Margaret Ferguson, 2016)
Think you know? Send your answer to email@example.com. And good luck!
Lee Gjertsen Malone is a Massachusetts transplant, via Long Island, Brooklyn, and Ithaca, NY. As a journalist she’s written about everything from wedding planning to the banking crisis to how to build your own homemade camera satellite. Her interests include amateur cheesemaking, traveling, associating with animals, shushing people in movie theaters, kickboxing, and blinking very rapidly for no reason. She lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her husband, daughter, and a rotating cast of pets.
In Lee’s debut middle grade novel, THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S (Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin, Spring 2016), the last boy at an all-girls school that failed in an attempt to go coed tries to get himself kicked out through a series of pranks, but faces unforeseen consequences to himself, his friends, and his family.