Tuesday, February 28, 2012

YA Author Interview: Tiffany Truitt!

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Author Name: Tiffany Truitt
Title: Chosen Ones
Release Date: April 10, 2012

Blurb:

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

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Book Talk / Character Talk


Add it: Goodreads

Describe your book in one word: Stark

Cast your heroine:
Ever since I saw Atonement, I have been following the career of Saoirse Ronan. I love the idea of her for Tess.













Cast your hero:
Ethan Peck for James. No question. Does anyone else miss 10 Things I Hate About You?









Describe your heroine in three words: Complex. Withdrawn. Angry.

Describe your hero in three words: Intelligent. Curious. Rebel.

Favorite line by heroine:
I gently, hesitantly, pushed down a key. It quivered slightly under my touch. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin tingled. I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love. In that moment, I was ready to fall.

Favorite line by hero:
"You have no idea what it is like. All day they fill my head with such stories, stories about your people. Stories about waste, immorality, hate. They want me to hate you. I fight so hard against my nature. But I’m no monster. I don’t want to be soulless."

How would your heroine describe your hero when she first meets him?
“A second chosen one entered to assist in the procedure. I found myself unable to look on him for long, afraid he would notice the redness of my cheeks. I quickly glanced at his face and saw the most peculiar thing: he had a scar. A chosen one with an imperfection. Right on his chin.”

How would your hero describe your heroine when he first meets her?
Luckily for Tess, she gets to read what he wrote about her: He spent so much time writing about how it was wrong to think such things, convincing himself he would never reach for me. But constantly wondering if I would allow him to if he were human and we lived in some different place and time.

Choose an on-screen kiss that best illustrates the intensity between these two characters:


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Author Talk

Why do you write in the genre you write?
I write YA because it’s a genre where an author is allowed a lot more freedom than in most other genres. I get to explore the angst I tried to ignore as a teenager, angst that continues as an adult but we’re all supposedly too mature and grown-up to talk about.

What other genres would you consider and why?
I’d love to do a series of non-fiction books on working in a middle school classroom. Some co-workers and I have some great ideas, and we’d love to go on the lecture circuit---separate the lies they tell you in movies and education classes, and show young teachers what it’s really like. 

Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?
Right now I have a YA / Time Travel out with a few agents. I haven’t gotten a chance to write anything outside of the world of the chosen ones, but I am looking forward to expanding my writerly horizons.

About Tiffany Truitt

Tiffany Truitt is an 8th grade English teacher in Suffolk, Virginia. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys reading, writing, and obsessing over coffee. Lost Souls: Chosen Ones is her first novel.

Find out more about Tiffany Truitt at her:
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas

I am so excited to participate in the unveiling of Stephanie Thomas' upcoming YA novel, LUMINOSITY. I love everything about this cover. The background, the model, the font -- everything! What about you? Take a peek and let me know if you love it as much as I do.

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LUMINOSITY (Luminosity, #1) by Stephanie Thomas (November 13, 2012)
Pre-order it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Blurb:

"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was
immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At
the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings.
And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t
been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the
Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from
everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us
all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling
in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I
think I’ve already helped them win."
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Friday, February 24, 2012

YA Author Interview: TRISHA WOLFE!


Author Name: Trisha Wolfe

Title: Destiny’s Fire 

Release Date: January 10, 2012 

Blurb:

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

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Book Talk/Character Talk



Buy it now: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Describe your book in one word: Steamy

Cast your heroine: Emma Roberts



Cast your hero: Chace Crawford










Describe your heroine in three words:
Brave, flawed, genuine

Describe your hero in three words:
Strong, hotheaded, tempting

Favorite line by heroine:
“I’d see that Narco again. Treaty Act my ass.”

Favorite line by hero:
“Well precious, let this be a lesson…You shouldn’t come out to play until you have the power to party like a big girl.”

How would heroine describe hero when she first meets him?:
A hot-headed, cocky jerk who needs to be taken down a few pegs…(Hot).

How would hero describe heroine when he first meets her?:
Tight little body on a stubborn ass girl who just attacked me…(maybe I should kiss her?).

Choose an on-screen kiss that best illustrates the intensity between these two characters:


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Author Talk

Why do you write in the genre you write?
I’ve read and loved YA my whole life. It’s a huge part of who I am. But more importantly, I think it’s because it reaches out to many age groups, not just young adults. I love that my characters can connect with someone who’s just discovering life, and that they can remind others what is what like to be just discovering life. Another reason is because there are no boundaries in YA. It’s limitless. I feel I can write forever in this genre and never run out of material.

What other genres would you consider and why?:
I’ve actually considered Crossover or New Adult. Only because at some point, I want to write a bit more mature scenes for my characters. I’m big with the romance and steamy, and I’d like to focus fully on the romantic relationship for the plot, and show it developing physically as well as emotionally. Not saying that can’t be done in strictly YA, but there are some lines I don’t cross in my YA Books as far as “showing."

Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:
My agent is currently shopping around a YA Dystopia/Historical about a reluctant princess forced to betroth a full-of-himself prince in a futuristic, domed society constructed after Camelot. It’s full of gorgeous gowns, sword fights, and of course, romance.


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Thanks, Trisha, for an amazing interview!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

YA Author Interviews Begin! First up: Shea Berkley

For the next two months, I'll be interviewing YA authors, including nearly all Entangled YA authors. The interviews are fun, and comments are encouraged! First up today is Shea Berkley, author of THE MARKED SON. You're in for a treat! This one had me laughing so loud I woke the baby. :)

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Author Name: 
Shea Berkley

Title: 
The Keepers of Life Series, 1st book: The Marked Son

Release Date: 
July 2011

Blurb:
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Seventeenyearold Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what. 
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When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear--Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.
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Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death…
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Book Talk/Character Talk


Get it now: Amazon or Barnes and Noble
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Describe your book in one word:
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This is cruel! I’m a writer. I can’t think in just ONE word. That’s like telling Leonardo da Vinci to paint using only black. Yep, I’m a whiner. Okay, okay. I’ll play, but I want it in writing that I’m officially protesting this question.
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One word. Feral

There, you happy? I’m not going to explain my word either.
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Cast your heroine:
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I am woefully unqualified to answer this question. When I look at the young actresses out there, I can’t find one that really makes me sit up and notice. And that’s saying a lot. I watch a lot of movies. I love them. But, if I have to choose a young actress, ‘cause let’s face it, Kera is a teenager, I’d go with India Eisley. She’s absolutely adorable, and looks the most like I envisioned Kera, though not exactly. Here’s where it gets rough. I have no idea if she can act, and that’s why I have no business choosing an actress to portray Kera.

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Cast your hero:
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I would want some unknown actor to portray Dylan, that way there’re no preconceived notions floating around. But let’s say I have to choose a name. Dylan is a tough guy. He’s world weary and mature for his age. I’m not sure who could do it, but I’d probably pick Josh Hutcherson. Let me be very clear here. Josh looks nothing like I picture Dylan, but I know the boy can act.


Describe your heroine in three words:
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Intense. Loving. Curious.
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Describe your hero in three words:
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Strong-willed. Lonely. Passionate.
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Favorite line by heroine:
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Seriously, it’s like you’re sticking a knife in my chest. Favorite line? Just one? That’s freaking impossible! (rock back and forth, tearing up) Just one? Ummmm, not sure if I can do it, but I’ll try. Let me get my blankie…
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Okay, here we go…
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“Ignorance leads to foolishness, and I’m not much interested in being
labeled a fool.”
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The line pretty much sums up Kera’s outlook on life. She’s intensely curious, and is a girl of action. She’s not satisfied sitting around. She has to be in the thick of the action.
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Favorite line by hero:
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Arrgh! More torture! I can’t do it. Not without more chocolate and a stiff shot of caffeine. I’ll be right back…(guzzle, guzzle, chew, swallow) I’m now fortified to carry on with this insane assignment. Dangit, I spilt cola on my blankie.
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Okay, here we go one more time…
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If any normal guy heard a knife-wielding, beautiful girl he’d just met say she can’t stop thinking about him, he’d run. So why am I still standing here? I shake my head. “This is not right… y-you can’t be real.”
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I picked this line because it puts into words all of Dylan’s fears. He thinks he’s crazy and seeing the girl from his dreams materialize right in front of him freaks him out, yet he doesn’t leave. He stays because he’s wired to be that heroic guy who saves the girl, and Kera needs saving.
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How would heroine describe hero when she first meets him?
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Oh dear Lord! He’s real, and he’s exactly what I thought he’d be like. Strong, caring and reliable. Oh, and he’s very nice to look at. (hands clasped and tucked under her chin in girlish pleasure)
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Kera never thought he was real because he was someone she dreamed about since she was a child. But when she does finally meet him, she is completely taken with him, because she’s known him forever and learned to love him over the years. She knows, if anyone can help her, Dylan can. He’ll move heaven and earth to be with her.
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How would hero describe heroine when he first meets her?
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Holy crap! She’s real! I’m not crazy! Wow, she’s really pretty (big happy grin), and she needs me. She actually wants me in a way no one else ever has.
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Dylan has never had stability except when he’s dreamed of Kera. She’s always been there for him. So, when she shows up in the flesh, it’s not difficult for him to fall completely in love with her for real. His affections aren’t instantaneous—they’ve been developing over his lifetime—and only when they meet is that love made completely real.
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Author Talk

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Why do you write in the genre you write?
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Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want to write Young Adult novels? They are sooo much fun! I love the newness of the teen experience. They’re facing life’s issues for the first time on an adult level, and it’s completely scary as much as it is empowering and exhilarating. Who wouldn’t want to write about that?
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What other genres would you consider and why?
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My reading tastes span a lot of genres and commercial fiction types. I appreciate a good story, and that’s all I really want to write. Setting can make or break certain types of stories so if a story needs a particular setting (genre) then I wouldn’t hesitate to write it if I was interested (passionately) in the story. I think that’s the only key part—that the writer must be passionate about the story being told. If not, the outcome can be disastrous.
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Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?
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Right now, I’m finishing up my Keepers of Life series. After that, I have a few ideas, but I never talk about what I’m doing. Sorry. If I talk too much about it, I feel like I’ve already told the story, and I can lose part of the passion to tell it, so I’m pretty protective about what I write until it’s done. I will tell you this, it’s another YA.
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My latest book, a coming-of-age fantasy called Torrein: Age of Fear, just hit the shelves.
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Blurb:
What if the only hope of saving a magical world depended on an ordinary boy?
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Taelyon is a land divided; its mortals distrust those different than them; its wizards live indifferent to the suffering of others to see the danger on their doorstep. The battle for dominance is never far off, and death is a daily fear provoked by King Hcaon the Younger's inability to lead.
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Torrein’s parents are powerful wizards, and Torrein's greatest fear is that he'll be denied the gift of magic. When magic is denied him, he's chased from his own village by those he used to call friends. Alone and wandering in a world he doesn't know, Torrein doesn't understand that his destiny is far greater than any he could have achieved if magic had been granted him. What plagues him is a desire he can't have - to be with his family and live his life in peace. 
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Peace is not easily found in Taelyon. The destiny Torrein fights lies in a prophecy soaked in blood. To claim his rightful power, he must calm his fears and face those who want him and his people dead. Everyone has been blinded to the real evil in their midst, and it will be a fight till the end of the age to reclaim Taelyon's freedom. Though it's hard for him to accept, it’s up to Torrein to protect those who have been deceived, and to make sure the evil in their midst doesn't destroy them all. 




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Thanks, Shea, for an amazing interview!  

~ Melissa

Sunday, February 19, 2012

INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller Cover Reveal!

I am so thrilled to reveal the cover for Tara Fuller's upcoming YA paranormal romance, INBETWEEN. Tara's writing is wonderful, the synopsis crazy awesome, and after seeing this amazing cover I have to have this book, like now. So, enough rambling and onto the show:
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INBETWEEN (Kissed by Death, #1) by Tara Fuller (August 7, 2012)
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Blurb:
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Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s
life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving
“accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so
Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling
in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who
makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate
has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him
hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before,
and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves
from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the
only thing he has left…his soul.

Preorder on Amazon
Add to Goodreads
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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Collective THANK YOU!


The last 48 hours have been amazing for me. I'm humbled and thankful and just so completely in awe of the wonderful YA community. What many of you do not know is the cover for GRAVITY leaked on Amazon Wednesday afternoon. I freaked out, sure that any hope of a "cover reveal" was lost.

Then a few people came to the rescue--Liz Pelletier, my publisher, Stacey O'Neale, my publicist, and Jaime Arnold. Before I could think, a reveal was set in motion for midnight on Wednesday. And it was crazy. I stayed awake until 1:30 a.m., watching in wonder as my cover went live on countless blogs. I won't lie to you, it brought me to tears.

I have since tried to personally thank every blogger that took the time to promote my book, but to further that, I wanted to post as many of the links as I could find here so you could see just how magnificent this thing was. Please find a list below of participating sites in GRAVITY's cover reveal. I thank each of you and wish so much that I could pass around giant hugs--not the fake kind, the squeeze-until-you-can't-breathe kind.

XOXO,

~ Melissa (I totally wanted to type Gossip Girl) <  yes, I'm a dork
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Some of the cover reveal participating sites:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Books you didn't expect to like

I thought it would be fun to list a few books that either are outside our preferred genre, or just didn't appear to be our taste, that we ended up loving. It's amazing how sure we are of certain books, only to dive in and have them change our mind. I love when this happens. And I really love when those books become favorites.

So here's a list of 5 books I wasn't 100% sure I'd like and ended up loving:

  1. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  2. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  5. Angelfall by Susan Ee
Now share some of yours!