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Monday Musings: Grateful For Those Who Believe

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 07 May 2018 · 65 views

 

I’ve never been shy about sharing how aggravating, brutal, and somewhat devastating this whole publishing journey can be. You can write and write for years and get nowhere. I just listened to Mindy McGinnis’ latest WRITER WRITER PANTS ON FIRE podcast with YA writer, Beth Revis. Beth talks at length about the TEN (!!!) books she wrote before she sold her ELEVENTH novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE to Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin/Random House). That book, her debut, went on to be a NYT Bestseller! Mindy herself often shares her story about how it took her ten years before her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK was published.

For me these stories are incredibly important because they show writers that publishing is going to be a LONG HAUL. It is very, very rare to get an agent, and then a contract, with the first book you write. Which brings me to what I want to discuss today: PERSEVERANCE and FINDING THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN YOUR WORK.

I don’t throw the word perseverance around lightly. In fact, I thinking in publishing a lot of people are sick of hearing it. But the truth is, the people who stick with writing are the ones who eventually get published. It could be four years, it could be eight. Hell, it could even be ten years like in Mindy and Beth’s cases. The one thing that unites these two writers is the fact that they never gave up in spite of the constant wave of rejection.

For me what was so devastating during the road to publication was the overwhelming sense that I was writing in a “dead genre”. Basically, I was being told over and over that historical, particularly in YA, “just didn’t sell”. If a publisher was going to take on a historical, and that was a big “IF”, they would only put one on their list per year. That fact alone was devastating to me because there are a heck of a lot of talented YA Historical writers out there. If they were producing a book a year, how was I ever going to break into one of those publishing houses?

What happened to me with NOTHING BUT SKY was a combination of luck and timing. Right editor. Right time. It sounds flippant, but it’s not. What I’ve learned over the years is that sometimes in publishing it boils down to these things and one more ingredient: belief. Yes, belief in the importance of your story.

Belief in story has been a recurrent theme this past week for me. First, after keeping secret for a while, I was finally thrilled to share with the world that Flux has bought the rights to my next book, ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE. I’m incredibly thankful that Flux is allowing me to share another story of a headstrong female who pushes boundaries, this time in 1936 San Francisco!

Here is the announcement with a small blurb:

 

Belief in the importance of YA Historical stories also had a big victory this past Saturday when YA author Mackenzi Lee announced that Greg Berlanti (Director of Love, Simon and past producer of such shows as Riverdale, The Flash, And Arrow) optioned her YA book, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE and VIRTUE. When I read this I sobbed because it was another nod in the mainstream media to the importance of these stories.

I will continue to be grateful to those influencers in the media and publishing world who see merit in YA Historical. As we continue to share them in the market, I hope interest in these books will continue to grow.

If you’re curious about what’s coming up in YA Historical, here are a few books to check out and add to your “Want To Read” list on Goodreads.

White Rose by Kip Wilson 

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Semper Augustus by Mackenzi Lee

A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson

 

 



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“20 in 2018” Features LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES and SKY IN THE DEEP

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 24 April 2018 · 66 views

 

One of the things I’m incredibly happy about is being a part of the Class of 2K18 and supporting my good friends as their book babies make it out into the world.

The Class of 2K18 is a group of 20 talented Young Adult and Middle Grade writers who have their first books releasing in 2018! We’ve come together not only to support one another but also help promote each other’s titles.

My new series, titled “20 in 2018” features a new release from the Class of 2K18 and will include the cover, blurb, and buy links for that debut. At the end of the week, I’ll be giving away that book (or books) as we do have some writers who share a book birthday!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a name and contact info in the comments below by Friday, April 27 at 11 p.m. EST. Email or Twitter handle is just fine. U.S. entries only please. Winner will be announced on Monday, April 30 .

Today there are TWO books in the “20 in 2018″ giveaway…

 

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

 

 

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

Sky In The Deep By Adrienne Young

 

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

Want to win a copy of one of these beautiful books? Remember to leave your name and contact info in the comments. Please specify which book you would like. If open to either, please let me know.



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“20 in 2018” Celebrates The Release of THE DIMINISHED

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 10 April 2018 · 95 views

One of the things I’m incredibly happy about is being a part of the Class of 2K18 and supporting my good friends as their book babies make it out into the world.

The Class of 2K18 is a group of 20 talented Young Adult and Middle Grade writers who have their first books releasing in 2018! We’ve come together not only to support one another but also help promote each other’s titles.

My series, titled “20 in 2018” features a new release from the Class of 2K18 and will include the cover, blurb, and buy links for that debut. At the end of the week, I’ll be giving away that book (or books) as we do have some writers who share a book birthday!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a name and contact info in the comments below by Friday, April 13 at 11 p.m. EST. Email or Twitter handle is just fine! U.S. entries only please. Winner will be announced on Monday, April 16.

Today’s featured book is THE DIMINISHED by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson.

 

 

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.

The singleborn

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.

The diminished

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what’s left of her life in peace.

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

 

Now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

 

Want to win a copy of this beautiful book? Remember to leave your name and contact info in the comments.



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Monday Musings: The Card, The Shirt, and The Dress

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 09 April 2018 · 73 views

 

 

Whew! I’m almost two weeks out from my debut novel releasing and it has been a whirlwind ride. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to me on social media and here on the blog. I really did try to reply to each comment, and I hope you know how much I appreciate the support.

Today I want to talk about my publishing journey. If you’ve read this blog from its early beginnings in 2012, you know I started out being completely clueless about the publishing game. I made all the rookie mistakes – sending out a terrible query for an equally horrific first novel. Emailing a manuscript to an editor that was formatted completely wrong (single-spacing – what was I thinking???). I even sent out a batch of queries without double-checking the spelling of each agent’s name (yes, I’m cringing right now).

It’s true I’ve stumbled through this journey, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I feel like each mistake I’ve made has forced me to be stronger. To do a better job of vetting out the business and understand its inner workings. But even if you understand how the business works, it still doesn’t keep you from disappointment and heartbreak.

As the title of today’s blog states, I want to share with you a story about a card, a shirt, and a dress.

Let’s start with the card. One of my favorite publishing blogs is Pub(lishing) Crawl. It has many well-known contributors, including such YA stars as Susan Dennard, Stephanie Garber, and Stacey Lee. The posts vary from craft instruction to personal stories of rejection and triumph.

One particular post hit me hard. It’d been a terrible week. My manuscript for NOTHING BUT SKY had been on sub for a long time and things weren’t going well. I was standing in line waiting to order at a restaurant and scanned my phone to pass the time. I came across a post written by Stacey Lee and Stephanie Garber called “Index Card of Power”. To paraphrase the post, you write down what you want most on the notecard and by doing so it gives you power to let it go. I cried as I read. I’d wanted this publishing dream for a long time but it always seemed beyond my grasp.

Afterwards, I rushed home, found a notecard, and scribbled down the top 3 things I wanted for my writing career. Below is the beloved card which has moved from drawer to drawer over the years. At my lowest moments I wanted to crumple it up and throw it away as it was a constant reminder of everything I couldn’t have. Deep down some part of me knew I needed to keep it no matter how bad things got. I’m so glad I did.

 

 

I look at the card now and cry different tears. I’m so grateful for reading the post on that day and for being strong enough to hold onto it even though it was a reminder of all the things I hadn’t achieved.

There is a theme going on here as far as dreams and hopes for NOTHING BUT SKY. In 2014, I was walking through an Anthropologie and came across this shirt.

 

 

I was in the first phases of gutting an early draft of NOTHING BUT SKY. At that point I was positive it would never see the light of day because I’d already had 70 agent rejections. And let me point out that was after at least 20 (!!!) had read the full manuscript.

A part of me still believed in the story and I bought the shirt. I wore it occasionally to remind myself how much I loved my little book about a wing walker who wouldn’t give up. But later, in darker days, it would be moved to a coat closet because I couldn’t bear to look at it anymore.

The same tale holds true for a dress I bought from Modcloth in early 2015. I had a friend who saw it online and told me I had to buy it to wear to my launch one day. I was still very cynical about my book, but when the dress went on sale I bought it anyway. It too would hang in my closet for almost two years before it was relegated to the coat closet with the shirt. Again, both of them symbols of a goal gone unachieved.

Here is the light at the end of the tunnel though. In Spring of 2017 an email changed my life. McKelle George, a past editor at Flux, wrote that my book had been approved in acquisitions and was going to be published. I was in the produce section at COSTCO and burst into tears. The poor elderly man picking out apples next to me was very freaked out.

That day (after calling every single member of my family) I went home and opened that coat closet. I yanked out the shirt and the dress and happily rehung them in my closet. Like the card, they would become reminders of everything I’d been through and a point of inspiration as I worked on future edits.

In hindsight one thing has become clear. Even in those dark moments, there was one thing that kept me going. Forced me to sit and write every day. It’s why I scribbled my dreams on a card. Bought the shirt and dress. It was HOPE.

Whether you’ve received 100 rejections from agents, or a dozen editors have passed on your book, my wish is that you’ll still believe in the power of hope and the importance of your work. Keep believing. Keep writing. My eight-year journey proves perseverance wins out.

One final note…

Last week I had my debut launch at Changing Hands in Tempe, Arizona. It was a proud day and you better believe I wore that dress from Modcloth I bought so many years ago!

 

 



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It’s time for the YA Scavenger Hunt!!!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 03 April 2018 · 95 views

 

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! Hi! I’m Amy Trueblood and this is my section of the hunt! Here are a few details in case you’re new to the process…

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all!

I’m a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Before we get to the hunt and the exclusive bonus content, here’s a little about me…

 

I write Young Adult Historical fiction. My debut, NOTHING BUT SKY released last Tuesday!

 

 

Grace Lafferty, an eighteen-year-old wing-walker, thrills crowds with barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in hopes of making enough money to get to the 1922 World Aviation Expo. When one of her maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a film studio offers Grace a chance at a coveted Hollywood contract. But after a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether her life is worth risking for one final trick.

 

When I’m not writing, I’m always on the search for good salsa and guacamole. I have a soft spot for villains who have a compelling backstory and love books where the world building makes me forget where I am for a few hours. Also, if you give me Red Vines I will be your new best friend!!

 

On to puzzle details…

 

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

 

 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED Team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

 

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

 

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 8 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

 

 

Today, I’m hosting Lisa Maxwell on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Lisa is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last MagicianThe book is being translated into ten languages and has been sold in eleven territories. Her other books for Young Adults include the award-winning Unhooked, as well as the critically acclaimed Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep She has a PhD in English and is a professor at a community college outside of D.C.  She drinks way too much coffee and has a soft spot for loud music and fast cars. When she’s not teaching or writing, you can probably find her catching a live band or going on adventures with her husband and two boys.

 

Find out more information by checking out her author website: Lisa-Maxwell.com

 

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The building’s twin turrets each had ornate balconies and were capped with bulb-shaped rooftops that came to points five or six stories above the crowds. Between them, a sign in electric lights spelled out “Baby Incubators.” Curious, Esta followed the walk toward until she was in the middle of the manicured courtyard that anchored the u-shaped building. Unlike some of the other attractions on the Pike, this building wasn’t meant to look like some version of a far-off land. It was a fairly sedate structure, by comparison, built of red brick and surrounded by manicured gardens. Two stories tall, the columned façade curved around the landscaping of the courtyard. In the center of that courtyard stood an enormous statue of a woman surrounded by cherubic children.

As she moved farther into the courtyard, Esta was surprised by the hushed atmosphere she found there. Just steps away was the raucous noise of the parade and the spectacle of the Pike itself, but here, the crowd seemed transformed, almost-reverent. Occasionally, a woman in a white apron and cap would emerge from one of the arched doorways of the building and make her way across the courtyard to a door on the opposite side. A pair of white-aproned women sat in the shade of a pear tree, eating a pretzel together.

Esta found an empty spot on one of the stone benches that lined the courtyard and watched as other fairgoers trickled into the courtyard and went through one of the entrances on the left side of the building. After the heat of the sun and the crowd out on the main street, the shade felt like a relief. She took off the cap was wearing long enough to wipe the sweat from her brow and push her hair back out of her eyes again. She could have stayed in the shade of the courtyard until the parade passed and the crowd outside thinned, but after a few minutes, she started to feel antsy, as though every time one of the white-aproned women looked her way, she’d be able to see right through her disguise.

Keep moving. It was better than drawing any more attention.

She didn’t want to go back out into the crowd, so she decided to see where the steady stream of visitors were going and what was inside of the building. She wasn’t sure what to expect—“baby incubators” could have meant nearly anything, especially considering the strange carnivalesque atmosphere of the rest of the Pike. She had the brief image of science-fiction babies swimming in test tubes of glowing goo, but the reality was more disappointing. The interior of the building had the sedateness of a hospital mixed with the architecture of a church. Again, silence seemed to pervade the atmosphere of the place.

Keeping her hands tucked into her pockets, Esta followed the thin line of people through the corridor until she came to a large room with a glass wall that separated the crowd from the row of cube-shaped boxes. The glass-fronted boxes were being monitored by a crew of white-aproned nurses, and each of the boxes contained a small lump of an infant.

They were tiny… Terrifyingly fragile.

Instinctively, Esta backed away from the row of boxes, away from the fragile creatures and the nurses who didn’t seem to see the crowd watching them. The babies floating in goo her imagination had conjured would have been less unsettling than finding these perfectly human babies on display here, like some sort of freak show attraction. To have morose-looking nurses tending to them in the middle of the revelry and audaciousness of the Pike, as though this were some perfectly normal hospital ward.

Esta was already nearly to the exit when she felt it—a warmth in the air that had nothing to do with the air pumped into the incubators.

Someone here was Mageus. Someone was using an affinity.

Julien had told them that the Jefferson Guard looked for Mageus, but Esta hadn’t really believed that could be possible. In truth, she hadn’t wanted to believe it. But the sizzling warmth of the magic floating through the air was unmistakable to anyone who shared an affinity with it, and it was here, at the Exposition. Here, in the midst of this crowd. And she wanted to know who it was.

WOW!! That was awesome. Thank you, Lisa!

 

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Lisa Maxwell, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is. Hint: There are 5 siblings in my family!!! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

CONTINUE THE HUNT

 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, S.F. Henson!

 



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NOTHING BUT SKY is here!!!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 27 March 2018 · 99 views

 

 

WOW!! It’s hard to believe the day is finally here! NOTHING BUT SKY is out in the world! It’s been a long journey to get here. Many of you who’ve followed this blog since the beginning know what an arduous path it’s been. From receiving over 100 agent rejections, to being on sub for almost two years (and not selling), to finally selling NBS (after another six months of waiting), it’s not been a trip for the faint-hearted.

Today, I want to say thank you to all of you. You’ve been here all along, always offering support and words of encouragement in my darkest times. You’ve read the stories about how writers got their deals, you’ve talked about the successful queries, and allowed me to provide insight from authors and industry experts. Each post has been a joy to write, and I’ve loved all your comments.

Now on this important day, I’m reaching out to each one of you to ask for help. If you’ve learned anything from this blog: laughed at a path to publication story in my W.O.W series, taken notes on a successful query from my QUITE THE QUERY feature, or reworked your opening because of advice in THE FIRST FIVE FRENZY, I hope you can take a minute to spread the word about NOTHING BUT SKY.

Here are a few ways you can help today:

 

 

    • If you find yourself at your local B&N or independent bookstore and don’t see NBS on the shelves, ask them to stock it. Flux is a smaller press and not all stores will carry it without customer requests.

 

    • When you’re at your local library, please check and see if they have NBS. If they don’t, ask them to carry it.

 

    • If you know a high school English or History teacher who might be interested in my book, let me know. I’m more than happy to send them bookmarks or character stickers for their students.

 

    • If you’ve read the book early thanks to physical and digital ARCs, I’d love to have you add your reviews to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Word of mouth is key to spreading news about debuts in the book community, especially for someone from a small press. I would really appreciate your support in helping to promote Nothing But Sky in these critical first few weeks.

Thanks as always for standing by me through the ups and downs of this process. I seriously appreciate each and every one of you and I’m so happy to call you all friends!

Hugs,

Amy



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“20 in 2018” Celebrates the Release of NOTHING LEFT TO BURN

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 13 March 2018 · 100 views

 

One of the things I’m incredibly happy about is being a part of the Class of 2K18 and supporting my good friends as their book babies make it out into the world.

The Class of 2K18 is a group of 20 talented Young Adult and Middle Grade writers who have their first books releasing in 2018! We’ve come together not only to support one another but also help promote each other’s titles.

My new series, titled “20 in 2018” features a new release from the Class of 2K18 and will include the cover, blurb, and buy links for that debut. At the end of the week, I’ll be giving away that book (or books) as we do have some writers who share a book birthday!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a name and contact info in the comments below by Friday, March 16 at 11 p.m. EST. Email or Twitter handle is just fine! U.S. entries only please. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 19.

Here is today’s book…

 



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“20 in 2018” Features BLOOD WATER PAINT and THE MIDNIGHTS

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 06 March 2018 · 78 views

 

One of the things I’m incredibly happy about is being a part of the Class of 2K18 and supporting my good friends as their book babies make it out into the world.

The Class of 2K18 is a group of 20 talented Young Adult and Middle Grade writers who have their first books releasing in 2018! We’ve come together not only to support one another but also help promote each other’s titles.

My new series, titled “20 in 2018” features a new release from the Class of 2K18 and will include the cover, blurb, and buy links for that debut. At the end of the week, I’ll be giving away that book (or books) as we do have some writers who share a book birthday!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a name and contact info in the comments below by Friday, March 9 at 11 p.m. EST. Email or Twitter handle is just fine! U.S. entries only please. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 12.

Today there are TWO books in the “20 in 2018″ giveaway…

 

BLOOD WATER PAINT by Joy McCullough

 

A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

 

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana

 

This voice-driven coming-of-age YA novel is perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Playlist for the Dead.

Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord patterns than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams—and her reality—shatter.

While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.

Set against the scintillating landscape of Southern California, The Midnights is an evocative coming-of-age debut about loss, creativity, and finding your voice while you’re still finding yourself.

 

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

Want to win a copy of one of these beautiful books? Remember to leave your name and contact info in the comments. Please specify which book you would like. If open to either, please let me know.

 



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“20 in 2018” Celebrates THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE and PEOPLE LIKE US

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 27 February 2018 · 71 views

 

One of the things I’m incredibly happy about is being a part of the Class of 2K18 and supporting my good friends as their book babies make it out into the world.

The Class of 2K18 is a group of 20 talented Young Adult and Middle Grade writers who have their first books releasing in 2018! We’ve come together not only to support one another but also help promote each other’s titles.

My new series, titled “20 in 2018” features a new release from the Class of 2K18 and will include the cover, blurb, and buy links for that debut. At the end of the week, I’ll be giving away that book (or books) as we do have some writers who share a book birthday!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a name and contact info in the comments below by Friday, March 2 at 11 p.m. EST. Email or Twitter handle is just fine! U.S. entries only please. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 5.

Today there are TWO books in the “20 in 2018″ giveaway…

 

THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE by Jessie Hilb

A poignant and empowering teen novel of grief, unrequited love, and finding comfort in one’s own skin.

Aden isn’t looking for love in her senior year. She’s much more focused on things like getting a solo gig at Ike’s and keeping her brother from illegal herbal recreation. But when Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.

The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship, complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom’s faith—than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else—even Aden’s brother and her best friend—can see their connection, but does Tate?

Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom’s memory.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

 

 

PEOPLE LIKE US by Dana Mele

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

 

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2018 Sun versus Snow Agent Round is Here!!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 07 February 2018 · 98 views

 

 

 

Today is the day our amazing agents can begin reading the Team Sun entries and making requests. Not only will they see the amazing entries here, but they can also make requests for Team Snow over at Michelle Hauck’s blog!

As the agents move through the entries, please remember that contests are subjective. Our agents have a definitive idea of what they would like for their list. If they do not request, it DOES NOT mean the entry was not worthy. No matter what happens, you’ve got to keep querying and NEVER GIVE UP!

Before Team Sun totally blisters Team Snow, here are some guidelines to remember:

There is no commenting in this round except for agents. Sorry, but no cheerleading as this may lead to an unconscious bias.

We are happy to see and retweet your thoughts and cheers over on Twitter under the #sunvssnow tag! That’s the place to hang out and have fun! I hope to see my Team Sun members present and waving their pom poms! We have some scorching hot entries that are going to completely melt Team Snow!

Watch both my and Michelle’s Twitter feed as we will be tweeting when an agent makes an appearance!

Agents will consider entries at both the blogs regardless of whether they are Sun or Snow fans. Michelle and I are hoping the agents go crazy with the requests! There is amazing talent on both our teams!

Good luck to all and be sure to get out the sunglasses and sunscreen because the heat is coming for Team Snow!



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