Shannon M Parker to Contribute to YA Anthology on Adoption

cs-nkdtwyaey-2aToday over on Bustle, there was an exclusive and fabulous Author Reveal for an upcoming anthology on adoption: WELCOME HOME. The names of twenty-eight contributing authors were shared and it is a powerhouse of a list! So much talent right at your fingertips!  While this graphic isn’t the jacket cover for the book, it is a teaser for all the great!!

The 2017 YA Anthology WELCOME HOME promises to be a beautiful, vibrant, beating heart of a book.

We’re thrilled that our very own Shannon M. Parker is a contributing author to this anthology, sure to deliver a story that will make you cry and fill you with hope. You can add it to Goodreads now!

SPARKS OF LIGHT by Janet B. Taylor!

Did you see the gorgeous cover for Janet B. Taylor’s 2017 release, SPARKS OF LIGHT? Her sequel to INTO THE DIM will be released on August 1st next year and you can catch the entire reveal over on YA Books Central (um, there’s a giveaway!!!).

sparks-of-lightMake sure you add it to your Goodreads list now because this one is fabulous, people!

And if that’s not enough, INTO THE DIM, Taylor’s 2016 time-traveling phenom is getting a whole new look for its 2017 release on April 11, 2017!

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We couldn’t be happier for Janet and all her ravenous fans!!

Happy Book Birthday to POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY!

We are so thrilled to be celebrating Jennie K. Brown’s debut today!

image1POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY is officially in the US today, and it’s already sold to China (Grand China) and Czech Republic (Albatros)! To celebrate, Jennie will be on her local ABC News Station for a lunchtime chat so today isn’t just her book debut, but it’s her television debut as well!

POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY: What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a Wednesday? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal. Poppy Mayberry, an almost-11-year-old Monday, should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. Poppy’s Monday telekinesis ability has some kinks and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. If that’s not hard enough, practically-perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her and Principal Wible wants to send Poppy to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear. If only she were a Friday.

 

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS Bursts Into Germany!

d1The stars have aligned! Today we’re celebrating the release of the German edition of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS, titled Zwischen dir und mir die Sterne (Between You and Me and the Stars!).

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this heavenly cover. Plus German ARCs captured in the Instagram wilds and amazingly detailed art project by Louisa Rahm.

So if you happen to sprechen sie Deutsche or are just a sucker for a book with a pretty face, you can purchase the book through Amazon Germany.

d2We SWOON for fan art! Isn’t this gorgeous???!!!!! Louisa Rahm created this montage of all the places Wil travels throughout the book! So adorable!!d3

 

Happy Book Birthday to GEMINI!

We are so thrilled that GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee is in the world today! Join us in wishing her a Happy Book Birthday. Celebrate by picking up a copy of this beautiful book!

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In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.

 

Congrats to SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS & THE GIRL WHO FELL!

We are so thrilled to share that SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS and THE GIRL WHO FELL are featured as two of The 16 Best Young Adult Books of 2016 (so far). Here’s what PASTE has to say about the titles. Capturek

 

 

GIRL pastJoin us in congratulating these authors for this very cool achievement. We can’t wait to see which 16 books are YOUR favorite this year! Happy Reading!!

GEMINI is a Goodreads Best Book of the Month!

We are so thrilled to see Sonya Mukherjee’s debut novel, GEMINI, soar onto this list!

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In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.

Coming July 26th! Don’t miss this unique and powerful story that everyone will be talking about!!

Cover Reveal: HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake

Did you all see the beauty that is the cover of Ashley Herring Blake’s sophomore novel? YA Books Central revealed the cover for Ashley’s 2017 release and it is gorgeous! Take a look!

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About the book: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on.When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls both of their worlds open up. But,united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Head on over to YA Books Central to learn how to win an ARC of WISH and add it to your Goodreads list now. You won’t be sorry!

 

 

Visiting Author Series: Karole Cozzo

We’re thrilled to welcome Karole Cozzo to Sixteen to Read’s Visiting Author Series. Karole’s debut novel, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, was recently named a Carolyn W. Field Honor Book by the PA Library Association. Her sophomore novel, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, will be released next month. And, to top it off, her publisher, Macmillan’s Swoon Reads, just announced her third novel, The Truth About Happily Ever After, slated for a 2017 release.

Recently, Karole took some time away from her busy writing and editing schedule to chat with Jennifer DiGiovanni.

Jennifer: Congratulations on all your success, Karole! And thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts about the debut author experience with us. First of all, we’d love to know how you came up with the idea for your first novel.

Karole: At the time I was working in an Approved Private School for students with disabilities. The family members were so resilient and amazing, and a lot of times, siblings had to put up with a LOT in the name of meeting the needs of a brother or sister. I started thinking how difficult this must be at times, often having your needs put second, especially during adolescence, and I thought it would be interesting to write a story from the sibling’s perspective, which seemed like something new and different to me. And I will always want to include some element of romance in my stories, so I looked for a way to work in a little bit of love, too!

Jennifer: Your stories are always swoony and romantic! Thinking back to the debut of your first novel, what surprised you the most about the publishing process?

Karole: Two primary experiences come to mind – first, the way the editing process actually worked was a bit of a surprise. I went in thinking editors would mostly focus on rewording this or that exchange or maybe just cutting large chunks. I didn’t realize it was such a collaborative process that involved strengthening the book as a whole from its very core and how much rewriting/reworking is involved at times. At first, it was scary as anything – I didn’t know if I would rise to the occasion or end up destroying the original story. But over time, I’ve actually come to truly love the editing process and the product I end up with afterward.

Second, it took me some time to accept that realization that publication of a debut novel does not grant you direct access to some of the experiences we hope to have as published authors. As many of us know, the road to publication is so long and arduous, that when we reach the coveted holy grail, we want to feel like we’ve ‘made it.’ The truth is, there’s still a tall ladder to climb in terms of increasing readership and sales, developing a following, being asked to participate in larger book conferences, etc, etc. You definitely don’t become World Famous Author overnight. There’s a lot of ongoing development as an author, but after getting a grasp on this, I feel motivated and excited to keep trying to rise to new challenges.

Jennifer: Your publishing journey included crowd sourcing, which is an alternative many writers may not necessarily consider. Can you tell us why it worked for you?

Karole: At the time How to Say I Love You Out Loud was selected for publication, I was a full-time working mom of two children under four. I barely had time to write, let alone take on the daunting and overwhelming query process. The fact that the Swoon Reads community gave me direct access to editors at a large publishing house was so appealing to me! And in the meantime, it was a great opportunity to get to know other YA authors and receive feedback on my stories. It really felt like win-win to me.

Jennifer: I also love the fact that you’re a school psychologist. How have your work experiences shaped your novels and characters?

Karole: As far as How to Say I Love You Out Loud and How To Keep Rolling After a Fall were concerned, I was inspired to write these books because of ‘hot topics’ that were the focus of a lot of discussion and/or trainings (e.g., autism awareness/advocacy, cyberbullying, mean girls, etc.). I wanted to reach teens and provoke thought, reflection, and discussion in a manner that wouldn’t seem preachy or prescriptive. The idea of approaching these topics through fiction, especially with flawed/imperfect characters at the helm, was appealing to me and I hope appealing to readers as well. And just by nature, the part of me that was drawn to the field of psychology… I love thinking about motivation and development and personality. I always feel like the emotional aspects of my stories are stronger than my plots.

Jennifer: What’s your writing routine like? I know you’re a huge planner / outliner.

Karole: Yes, I am. I like to create tables that have a column for plot and a column for character development for each chapter. I also *try* to make myself write stories in sequential order. Sometimes there’s a chapter I’m just itching to write, but I try to think of it as a reward to getting that far! On the rare occasion, I cheat.

Jennifer: I’ve also been known to cheat, especially in the first draft! Are you working on anything else right now that you can talk about?

Karole: Right now my third Swoon Reads novel, The Truth About Happily Ever After, is in editing. This story’s really fun to work on, because it’s less of an “issues” book than my other two. I hope it pans out as a great summer read – it’s set in a theme park during the summer, and the main character, Alyssa, plays Cinderella at the park. I’m not quite sure what I’m working on after edits are done, but I have a few ideas churning around.

Jennifer: I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! We here at Sixteen to Read love our lightning round questions! I know you’re a coffee drinker, so we’ll start with …

Favorite Starbucks beverage?

Grande vanilla latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Favorite writing snack?
Haribo red licorice wheels
Favorite movie based on a book?
In Her Shoes, because this was the ONE instance I thought the movie was better than the book.
Last book you read?
I just finished No Love Allowed by fellow Swoon author, Kate Evangelista – fun summer read!
Favorite time / place to write?
Mornings during the summer, in my sunroom
Jennifer: Thank you so much for visiting with us, Karole. We can’t wait to read ALL of your books!
If you’d like to connect with Karole, she’s on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! You can also visit her Goodreads page for more information.
Karole Cozzo