Happy Book Birthday to MY JUNIOR YEAR OF LOATHING!

Congrats to Jennifer DiGiovanni for her second release of 2016, her sophomore novel:My Junior Year of Loathing! We’re so thrilled for Jen and her School Dayz series! Check it out on Amazon today!!

mjyl-book-releaseHere’s a teaser:  Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable.

While trying to escape the stress of it all, Melinda meets Connor. After a few more run-ins around town, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.

But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly disappears. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?

Visiting Author Series: Stacey Lee

We’re delighted to welcome Stacey Lee to Sixteen to Read’s Visiting Author Series. Stacey published her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Under a Painted Sky, with Putnam in 2015. In May 2016, she followed it up with Outrun the Moon, which Kirkus has called “powerful, evocative, and thought-provoking.” Stacey’s third novel, The Secret of a Heart Note, is due out from Katherine Tegen Books on December 27.

Sixteen to Read’s Sonya Mukherjee recently chatted with Stacey about writing, publishing, and what she’s learned so far.

Stacey, thanks so much for taking the time to drop by. To begin, we’d love to hear about the earliest stages of your career. What was the querying process like for you with your first book, Under a Painted Sky?

I began querying when I was fifteen, and that was a very long time ago, before there were computers. All told, I queried about seven different projects at various stages of my life, from picture books to YA. Each project received more nibbles than the prior one, and so I knew I was moving in the right direction at least. Plus, with the advent of the Internet, it became easier to figure out what I was doing right or wrong through sites like Query Shark.

For more detailed information about perfecting a query letter, my agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency and I chatted about my original query for UAPS at Literary Rambles.

What aspect of the publishing experience was most surprising for you that first time around? And what was the most fun?

I was surprised by how many people it takes to make a book. There are so many people involved with getting a book on the shelf, marketing people, salespeople, publicists—I’m still not sure I met everyone who worked on UAPS! The most fun was meeting some great author friends along the way. I couldn’t have done it without their support!

Your first two novels were both historical, while The Secret of a Heart Note, which comes out next, is contemporary. What drew you to writing historical characters and settings? And after starting with historical, what appealed to you about contemporary?

As a fourth generation Californian, I always wondered about those Chinese ancestors of mine who first touched down on American soil. So that’s what led me to write UAPS, as well as my second historical, Outrun the Moon. But I also love writing in other genres, like contemporary with a little magic, which is how I describe The Secret of a Heart Note. That one arose from my odd synesthetic ability to ‘hear’ different scents and my interest in natural perfumery. It’s different animal than my historicals, but everyone who has read it says they can tell it’s me who wrote it.

What’s your writing process like? Has it changed over time?

I brainstorm on paper. I take lots of walks to develop those ideas, then plot out some emotional beats I’d like to hit. Then I start writing soon after I get a general outline going. It’s definitely an organic process for me, and often what and who I intend to write about changes along the way.

You’ve been quite prolific. Your first book just came out last year, and you have two out in 2016. How do you balance your writing time with all the other tasks related to publishing and promoting your work? Do you have set schedules or plans that help you divide your time?

I don’t watch TV! I just have to clip bits of time here and there and hope and pray it all gets done! With two kids, it’s definitely a challenge because I don’t start writing until around 9 or 10 pm. I stop around 1 or 2 am.

Can you share anything about what you’re working on next?

Another historical that might or might not involve stagecoaches. J

Lightning round:

Favorite writing beverage: iced coffee with almond milk

Favorite place to write: in my home office

Music to write by: I need quiet. I get too distracted by song lyrics.

Last book you read: I’m reading The Reader by Traci Chee.

Author from the past you’d most want to meet: LA Meyer, author of the Bloody Jack series, who passed away in 2015.

First thing you’d do if you could time travel to one of your novels’ settings: What a great question. I’d learn how to ride a horse.

Best thing about living in the 21st century when not time traveling: Anesthesia.


Happy Book Birthday to FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP!

We’re thrilled to celebrate the release of FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Sarah will hold her launch party at Books of Wonder in NYC on Friday, October 14th at 6:00pm so join her if you can! Until then, join us in wishing her All The Congratulations for this beautiful book being available to readers everywhere!

ftddSome secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean.

Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.

But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.

POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY Received GOLD in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!

moonbeam-logoCongrats to Sixteen to Read’s Jennie K. Brown. Jennie’s debut POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY just received GOLD in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the pre-teen fantasy category!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading.

 We are just so happy for Jennie!

 Read more about the award recipients at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2109

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!


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.



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!


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.