Sunday 17 October 2010

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News: Releases, First Chapters, Trailers, Giveaways, Book Awards, and Blogs!

I've been ill over the past week, and various bits of news have stacked up, so here they all are for you.

Tahlia Newland has made the first chapter of her YA fantasy novel, Lethal Inheritance, on her blog.


If last night was real then Ariel should be dead, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruise marks on her neck and that hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

When demons kidnap her mother, Ariel is catapulted into a mysterious realm in a hidden layer of reality. Stuck on a rescue mission she doesn’t want, she must negotiate an intriguing and unpredictable world where demons who feed on fear are hunting her, and they’re aiming to kill.

She needs help fast, but can she trust the quirky old guide who says he can teach her how to fine tune her mind into a powerful weapon? And what should she do about Nick, whose power is more than he or she can handle?
From Tahlia's Blog.

Kelly Oram, author of Being Jamie Baker will be giving away a signed book each week in the month of November. You can find out all the details here.

being jamie baker by kelly oramTo keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a super-charged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media, or turned into a government lab rat?

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?
From Kelly Oram's blog.

Check out the trailer below, and read the first chapter here.


A fair number of YA books have been nominated for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award. I have heard from a number of people, about three I think, asking me to vote and to ask other people to vote. I can't exactly do that, so I'm doing a compromise. The compromise being, I'll tell you that the vote is public and you need to vote (that's one done), and give you the list of categories you can vote in:

Never Too Young
What's The Story ?
Our Special Favourites
Raring 2 Read
Read It Or Else!
Simply The Book
Scene It, Read It
Fancy A Quickie
Word of Mouth
Murder & Mayhem
As Time Goes By
Alternative Realities

Not all are YA novels, but there are the categories, so I've not left anyone out.


Sarah Beth Durst's latest novel, Enchanted Ivy, is now out!

enchanted ivy by sarah beth durstA story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons...

While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.
From Sarah Beth Durst's website

You can read the first chapter here.


And a message from Angela Morrison:

cayman summer by angela morrisonHey friends,

As a thank you to all of you who've stood by me when Penguin rejected UNBROKEN CONNECTION (Taken by Storm Book #2) and encouraged me to release it independently, I decided to blog CAYMAN SUMMER (Book #3) as I write it.

I wouldn't even be writing this book without your loyalty and support. I want you with me every step of the journey.

I plan to post my messy rough drafts, revised scenes, half-baked poems and polished chapters. You will be able to see my creative process from start to finish.

I launched the blog FRIDAY, October 15th! Here's the link: Please stop in and take a look, become a follower, leave lots and lots of comments. And don't forget to feed the fish!

The blog is set up so the archive goes from the cover (posted in September), to the next post and the next. I think it will make more sense and kind of simulate a book if you start with the cover post and work forward.

If you haven't read UNBROKEN CONNECTION yet, don't worry. The blog isn't going anywhere. UNBROKEN CONNECTION is still just $2.99 via The Kindle Store and you can download free software for your computer or iTouch or phone from Amazon.

So far the launch has gone great. I'd love to hear what you all think. I'm new to blogging--and you are all pros! I've still got to add pages for each book and links to my website. Any other tips?

Thanks, too, for continuing to be there for me. I wouldn't be doing this without you.


I've read the first few drafts myself, and they're brilliant! I highly recommend you check it out.


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