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Win a signed copy of Renegade! Details at the end of this post.

Renegade

Chapter One

 Sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

—Citizen’s Social Code, Volume VI

My life is just about perfect.

Every morning Mother has the Maids wake me at precisely ten. Then it’s time for a light breakfast followed by a mandatory visit with my Therapist. It’s nice to have someone to talk with.

After, I am free to do as I wish until it’s time to perform one of the duties Mother has requested of me. This morning I sit in my garden, quietly doing my cross-stitching. the garden is so peaceful in the morning, especially when the sea life outside the glass dome passes by.

The Surface could never compare. Not that I’ve ever seen the Surface. It is forbidden, even for me.

Which is fine. My life is just about perfect.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 J.A. Souders


About the book:

“MY LIFE IS JUST ABOUT PERFECT.”

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

What people are saying:

“Grim, vicious, riveting. Renegade is a haunting, unforgettable debut.”–Ann Aguirre, USA Today bestselling author of ENCLAVE and OUTPOST

“RENEGADE is a dark tale of deceit, with twists that will keep you turning the pages, and an ending that will have you on the edge of your seat.”–Lisa Desrochers, author of PERSONAL DEMONS

“Deliciously creepy and filled with psychological twists, Renegade kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.”—Kristen Simmons, author of ARTICLE 5

Released: November 13, 2012

About the author:

J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children. Visit her at www.jasouders.com.

Giveaway:

Jessica has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Renegade for a giveaway!

The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on January 9th at midnight EST.

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Hillary looked up from her phone, squinting at me in the afternoon sun before she pulled on the sunglasses perched on her head. “There is nothing happening tonight. Nothing.”

Ally rolled onto her stomach and took a sip of Diet Coke. “There’s a barn party coming up.”

She had a streak of sunblock on her shoulder, which Hil leaned over and rubbed in. “That’s still three days away—is there really nothing planned until then? Mia?”

“Not that I’ve heard,” I answered. “But not that I’ve asked either. Do you want me to?” My cell phone was somewhere below my chaise and I made a halfhearted attempt to pick it up without looking.

She sighed. “Don’t bother. But if the rest of this summer is as crappy as June has been, then let’s just fast-forward to September.” I couldn’t see her eyes behind the dark lenses of her sunglasses, but I knew they’d look hurt; she’d had a rough week.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Tiffany Schmidt


 About the book:

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s an answer her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death.

 What people are saying:

“This is Schmidt’s first novel, and it is a noteworthy one… this is a moving and inspirational novel that teen girls will love.”–VOYA

“Tiffany Schmidt’s SEND ME A SIGN is a powerhouse of a first novel. Bittersweet, magical and heartbreaking. Highly recommended!”–Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruin

“From its first page, this book had me completely. This is a beautifully written debut that successfully confronts the hardest kind of truths with love, grit, humor, hope, and grace and with it, Tiffany Schmidt has proven herself to be a talent to watch out for.”–Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and Some Girls Are

“[A] fresh look at the nature of belief. Check it out.”–BookPage

Released: October 2, 2012

About the author:

Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She’s not at all superstitious . . . at least that’s what she tells herself every Friday the 13th. Send Me a Sign is her first novel, Bright Before Sunrise will follow in Winter, 2014. Visit her at www.tiffanyschmidt.com.


Win a signed copy of Miss Fortune Cookie! Details at the end of this post.

Chapter 1

You will have much luck and little hardship.

Or the other way around.

My friends and I were riding home from school on Muni, clinging to an assortment of slippery handholds, when Linny almost blew my secret identity. Intentionally.

“Listen to this one,” she said, reading off her iPhone, a faint but smirky glint in her eyes. “‘Dear Miss Fortune Cookie. My cousin thinks I’m chasing her boyfriend. Her boyfriend and I never flirt, but sometimes we text. What can I do to make her believe me? Just Friends.'”

In fact, I–Erin Kavanagh, alias miss Fortune Cookie–had posted this very letter on my anonymous advice blog, and Linny happened to be the only person in San Francisco to know that, the only person in the whole world, except for some random administrator at WordPress. She takes every opportunity to harass me about keeping my blog a secret. “What advice would you give, Erin?” she asked, winking this time.

I kept my face as neutral as possible. Luckily Darren and Mei were only paying attention to each other. As usual.

Personally speaking, I think nano-deceptions are a good thing. I regularly use them to protect my friends from unpleasant truths. Should I really tell Linny that her favorite knit hat makes her head look like a furry meatball?

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Lauren Bjorkman


About the book:

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.

What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.

What people are saying:

“An honest and charming portrayal of love, loyalty, and friendship with characters as lovable as they are real.”–Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List

Witty and unexpected with a fresh and unique main character!”–Janet Gurtler, author of I’m Not Her

“Touching and fun; refreshing and original.”–Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year

“So funny and clever, and I loved Erin so much.”–Sarah MacLean, author of The Season

“Seamlessly told at an electric pace. We should all be so lucky to have a friend as compassionate and dynamic as Erin.”–Danielle Joseph, author of Shrinking Violet

Released: November 13, 2012

About the author:

Lauren Bjorkman is the author of two YA novels, My Invented Life and Miss Fortune Cookie. As a kid, she lived aboard a sailboat with her family, exploring the world. The ocean still terrifies her. When she’s not writing, reading, or traveling (by plane, train, or car) she spends time with family and friends. Her most recent addictions—watching Downton Abbey and eating chocolate—are most enjoyable when indulged in simultaneously. Visit her at http://laurenbjorkman.com.

Giveaway:

Lauren has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Miss Fortune Cookie for a giveaway!

The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on November 28th at midnight EST.

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Win an ARC of Sirens! Details at the end of this post.

A New Life

She was a different person in the daylight hours, without her makeup and her eyes like slits and her skinny frame wrapped in an oversize robe. I tried to hide my surprise, which reappeared when she emerged from her rooms an hour later, primped and wide-awake and put together. She peered in the library door, squinting.

“There you are. Hiding. It’s time we put you right,” she said as I stood up, and then she looked down at my old black shoes “Good grief. First order of business is new shoes. And for pity’s sake, take off those awful stockings before we leave this apartment.”

“I’m not a flapper,” I said.

“Yeah? Well, we can fix that,” she responded. “Come on.”

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Janet Fox


About the book:

Two girls. One gangster. A deadly secret.

When Josephine’s father ships her off to live with her rich cousins on the glittering island of Manhattan, he says it’s to find a husband. But Jo knows better–there’s trouble brewing, and in 1925, all that glitters is not gold. Caught up in a swirl of her cousin’s bobbed-hair set–and the men that court them–Jo soon realizes that this world of jazz and gangsters and their molls hides a nest of lies. But when she befriends the girlfriend of one of the most powerful and dangerous gangsters in town, Jo begins to uncover secrets–secrets that threaten an empire and could destroy everyone she loves. Jo is faced with a choice: hang on to her soul, or lose herself in the decade of decadence.

Release Date: November 8, 2012

About the author:

Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. She became a children’s author in the mid-90s, when her son’s learning differences led her to develop her non-fiction book for Free Spirit Publishing, GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT (2006). Other work for children includes short fiction (Spider Magazine) and science non-fiction (Highlights for Children). Her young adult debut novel, FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010) is an Amelia Bloomer List pick, and is followed by a companion novel, FORGIVEN (2011), a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award Finalist. She is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a former Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a former high school English teacher. Janet and her husband and son recently moved from College Station, Texas, to Bozeman, Montana, where her son is a college student and Janet and her husband enjoy the mountain vistas. To learn more, visit her website: http://janetsfox.com.

Giveaway:

We are giving away an ARC of Sirens!

The contest is open in the US only, and ends November 21st at midnight EST.

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Win a copy of Touching the Surface! Details at the end of this post.

Chapter 1

the other side of the surface

My body smacked the water. Thoughts scattered like a handful of beads dropped on a bare wood floor. I gasped for air  and the current rushed in. My throat burned. Panic, thrashing, spots of light exploding in my head. Surrender. I sank softly down…until…fingers wrapped around my wrist, yanking me out of the water. As my head broke the surface it all became clear. I had died…again.

I stood on the end of the dock that jutted out toward the middle of the lake, fingering the silver eagle feather charm that hung in the hollow below my neck. The chain tangled in the short hairs below my ponytail. I was stunned and spots bounced in front of my eyes.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Kimberly Sabatini


About the book:

Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

What people are saying:

“This gorgeous, lyrical read will sweep you away.”–JESSICA VERDAY, bestselling author of THE HOLLOW trilogy

“Soulful and inventive. A thoroughly original vision of what happens next.” –DAISY WHITNEY, author of the MOCKINGBIRDS

Released: October 30, 2012

About the author:

Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012). Visit her at: http://kimberlysabatini.com.

Giveaway:

Kimberly has been kind enough to contribute a copy of Touching the Surface for a giveaway!

The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on November 14th at midnight EST.

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Win a signed copy of Henry Franks! Details at the end of this post.

Spanish moss, bleached to gray in the heat, stretched down from the trees and the breeze barely stirred the air. From his bedroom window, Henry watched oak branches reaching for the house, close enough to scratch against the bricks. The marshes surrounding St. Simons Island reached to the horizon, flashing with light where the rising sun reflected off the water.

With the blinds pulled up, he pressed his hands against the glass. Scar tissue ringed his index finger like jewelry made of flesh, matching the bracelet on his left wrist and the necklace of scars circling his neck. More snaked around his legs, beading with sweat in the Georgia heat.

Henry closed his eyes, took a deep breath and then counted to ten. A pushpin stuck out of the wall next to the window and he grabbed it without looking. A branch grated across the house with a hiss that seemed almost alive.

Where the sharp metal point broke the skin of his right index finger a single bead of blood welled up. He opened his eyes, took another breath and then counted again.

Against the glass, he pushed the pin the rest of the way into his finger. Blood ran like rain down the window but Henry Franks didn’t feel a thing.

Excerpt copyright © Peter Adam Salomon


About the book:

One year ago, a terrible accident robbed Henry Franks of his mother and his memories. The past sixteen years have vanished. All he has now are scars and a distant father—the only one who can tell Henry who he is.

If he can trust his father.

Could his nightmares—a sweet little girl calling him Daddy, murderous urges, dead bodies—help him remember?

While a serial killer stalks their small Georgia town, Henry unearths the bitter truth behind his mother’s death—and the terrifying secrets of his own dark past.

Sometimes, the only thing worse than forgetting is remembering.

 What people are saying:

“Salomon’s Frankenstein homage churns through its often confounding but highly unnerving plot like a slow nightmare—readers won’t be entirely sure they even want to know how it ends. The scenes are clipped, the dialogue spare, and the prose rewards meticulous reading, making this debut the thinking teen’s horror choice of the year.”–Booklist, Starred Review

Released: September 8, 2012

About the author:

Peter Adam Salomon graduated Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a BA in Theater and Film Studies in 1989 and earned his CICP (Certified International Credit Professional) designation from NACM (National Association of Credit Management), FCIB (The Association of Executives in Finance, Credit and International Business) and Michigan State University in 2006.

He has served on the Executive Committee of the Boston and New Orleans chapters of Mensa as the Editor of their monthly newsletters and was also a Judge for the 2006 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writer’s Contest. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association and The Authors Guild and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, will be published by Flux in September 2012.

Peter Adam Salomon lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Anna and their three sons: André Logan, Joshua Kyle and Adin Jeremy. You can visit him at www.peteradamsalomon.com and learn more about his novel at www.henry-franks.com.

Giveaway:

Peter has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Henry Franks for a giveaway!

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Win a copy of Nerve! Details at the end of this post.

Prologue

It took three days of waiting, but at four a.m. on a Sunday, the street in front of her home finally emptied of all Watchers. Maybe even crazies needed to sleep once in a while. She could use some rest too, but more than that, she craved freedom. It had been almost a week since she’d left her house.

She scribbled a note for her parents, threw a pile of gear into her car, and sped off, peeking into the rearview mirror all the way out of town and throughout the two-hour drive to the Shenandoah. The countless times she’d ridden these roads with her family had been filled with games, singing, videos, and sometimes just daydreaming, but this time, it was with a rising sense of panic.

Ignoring years of training by her parents to check in with a ranger when she reached the park, she left her car near the most deserted trailhead she could find and took off on a path where the foliage was on the verge of being overgrown. By early afternoon, she’d have to settle on a spot to set up camp. For now, she just wanted to disappear into the greenery. If she could evade the Watchers for a little while longer, this greenery would bring her some measure of peace, at least for a few days.

Her backpack weighed heavy on her shoulders as she pounded up the rocky hillside, pushing past ferns, and catching the occasional drops of dew that lingered on the leaves. The rushing sound up ahead spurred her on with the promise of a waterfall. It would be a blessed distraction from the constant rumination that had taken over her thoughts for the past twenty-three days. Damn game.

Excerpt copyright © Jeanne Ryan


About the book:

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, and the prize may be their lives.

 What people are saying:

“[R]eaders will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page.”–Kirkus

“Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.”–Publishers Weekly

Released: September 13, 2012

About the author:

Jeanne Ryan has lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. She spent her early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of her growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea , Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, she tried her hand at many things, including wargame simulation and youth development research. But she decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics. These days, she still loves Hawaii , but has found her home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest. You can visit her at www.jeanneryan.com.

Giveaway:

Jeanne has been kind enough to contribute a copy of Nerve for a giveaway!

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Win a copy of Courtship and Curses! Details at the end of this post.

Aunt Isabel was, as usual, exasperated. “Molly, I don’t know why I brought you shopping with us. While that color will do for a creeping plant on a blasted heath somewhere, it will not do for poor Sophie.” She motioned away the bolt of yellowish-green satin proffered by the dressmaker’s assistant.

“Ha!” Aunt Molly tilted her head and squinted at the rejected fabric. “I thought it reminded me of something. It’s just the color of toadflax leaves, y’know. But toadflax doesn’t grow on heaths. It’s a meadow and hedge-side plant.”

“I was not knowing that toads had the flax,” Madame Carswell observed. “Do they make linen from it too? English toads must be terribly clever.” She turned her head slightly and winked at the fourth member of the party seated in Mrs. James’s exclusive Bruton Street shop.

The young woman her aunt had called “poor Sophie” caught her wink and smiled down at her lap. Now Aunt Isabel would say something about not having time to examine what grew in the hedgerows, and then probably go on to say something about Aunt Molly’s botanical obsession destroying her fashion sense.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Marissa Doyle


About the book:

Sophie’s entrance into London society isn’t what she thought it would be. Mama isn’t there to guide her. Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon. And worst of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season’s balls, also took away her magic. When the dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in her, Sophie wants to believe it’s genuine, but she can’t be sure he’s feeling anything more than pity.

Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at her first ball of the Season, and it soon becomes clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted. Can Sophie regain her own powers, disentangle her love life, and save her father—and England?

What people are saying:

“[A] cheery Regency fantasy….Doyle’s gift, on display in earlier historical fantasies (Bewitching Season, 2008, etc.), lies in creating vivid female characters and the bonds between them.”–Kirkus Reviews

Released: August 7, 2012

About the author:

Marissa Doyle originally intended to be an archaeologist but somehow got distracted. But she’s put her passion for history into writing young adult fiction: her award-winning books Bewitching Season, Betraying Season, and Courtship and Curses (all from Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan) blend history with magic and romance. She lives in Massachusetts with her family and a pair of bossy pet rabbits. Visit her on the web at www.marissadoyle.com and at her teen history blog, http://nineteenteen.blogspot.com.

Giveaway:

Marissa has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Courtship and Curses for a giveaway!

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Win a signed copy of The Break! Details at the end of this post.

I was about ten years old when I realized that if people think your mother is a living saint, pretty much anything you do will fail to live up to expectations. But just because I wasn’t out saving the world like she did every day didn’t mean I had to miss out on normal human activities. Believe me, the last thing I wanted to be was a martyr.

“So, you’re really going to make me give up March Break?”

I tried to keep my voice calm and cool. I really didn’t want to start another argument the day before my mother and Andrew — a.k.a., The Stepdad — were getting on a plane. There’d been too many of those lately. Planes and arguments, that is.

My mother sighed. She liked to do that. Sigh. So much more civilized than screaming.

“Well, there’s really no alternative, Abby. Unless–“

She paused, her hands held still over the half-packed suitcase.

God.

My mother, Dr. Louisa Fiorini, was a brilliant heart surgeon and a long-standing member of Doctors Without Borders, but as my mother she was an evil, evil woman. She knew exactly what she was doing. She stood there, unmoving, waiting for me to ask her “Unless what?” Making me the one to bring it up.

I refused to play her game. I was not going to say a word. I always gave in and asked and I always got shafted. Well, not today. No way. I was sticking to my guns. This was her responsibility. She was way big into that word – responsibility. It was the excuse she used so many times for so many things I should have gotten her a T-shirt emblazoned with the word so she could add it to the growing pile she was packing into her suitcase. After all, Ecuador in March was boiling.

By the third T-shirt, so was my temper.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Nelsa Roberto


About the book:

Watching Nonna 24/7 wouldn’t be such a big deal. We could do lots of stuff together.
I just had to keep her busy.

Abby Lambert’s plans to ski with friends over spring break are ruined when her surgeon mother and stepfather announce they have to leave the country on an emergency medical mission. Instead, Abby must stay home and look after her increasingly confused grandmother. Abby is in denial about how bad her Nonna is getting and her life becomes even more complicated when she runs into her notoriously aloof classmate, Kyle, who volunteers at the nursing home where Nonna likes to play bingo. Abby has always thought Kyle arrogant and unfriendly — until she sees a sensitive side of him as he works with seniors at the nursing home.

Abby somehow manages to end up volunteering at the nursing home she wants to avoid at all costs. Still, she thinks she’s managing Nonna, Kyle and her volunteering pretty well … until one terrifying and desperate night, where life as she knows it changes forever.

What people are saying:

“…a realistic novel with a dash of romance that teens will find appealing.”–The Winnipeg Free Press

‘Teen readers who enjoy real life stories about changing relationships and family dynamics will gobble this one up. The Break will be especially poignant for readers who have very strong relationships with their grandparents, or whose grandparents live with them. Teens struggling with change or loss would also benefit from reading this story. The Break is a strong addition to any public or school library collection where stories about real life and families circulate well.”–CM Magazine (Canadian Review of Materials)

Released: March 1, 2012

About the author:

Nelsa Roberto is a mild-mannered civil servant by day and a ferocious teen-fiction writer/hockey mom/van driver by night. 

Born in a remote logging community in northern Ontario, Nelsa spent much of her youth in a small, rural farming community in southern Ontario before moving to Windsor, Ontario to earn her combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies.

Her debut young adult novel Illegally Blonde (Great Plains Teen Fiction,2010) tells the story of Lucinda do Amaral who comes home with newly-bleached blonde hair, expecting only a major lecture from her strict, immigrant Portuguese parents. What she doesn’t expect is the shocking revelation that they’re illegal workers on the verge of being being deported back to Portugal. 

Her second young adult novel, THE BREAK, released in Spring 2012 is the story of Abby Lambert a girl who adores her grandmother so much she cannot accept the fact she is deteriorating into dementia. The Winnipeg Free Press called it a “a novel about guilt and the devastating effects of regret…a realistic novel with a dash of romance that teens will find appealing.”

Nelsa lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a slightly hyperactive Golden Retriever, and is busy writing – mostly on the subway and at hockey arenas – her next young adult novel. Visit her at out-of-the-wordwork.blogspot.ca.

 Giveaway:

Nelsa has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of The Break for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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-Be a follower on Twitter [+1 entry].

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on August 1st at midnight EST.

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Win an ARC of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses! See details below.

I write this on a brailler, a kind of typewriter

for the blind. Ella is married and happy. Our

Ever After is silence, darkness, and bitterness.

 

We have names, by the way. She’s Sarah

and I’m Kathy. We were always close.

As girls we lay in bed kissing and pretending

one of us was the prince. We were practicing

for happiness.

 

Mother turned us against our stepsister,

belittling her. But there was always

something dangerous in those blue eyes,

and we should have seen it. Even in tatters

Ella was desirable — a little thigh showing

here, some soot at her cleavage. And what

a tease — dashing away at midnight leaving

the heir to the throne groaning in his purple

tights.

 

Then when Mother heard about the big Slipper

Raffle, she never gave up, forcing the surgery

on us. And it almost worked, because

we were on our way to the castle when

those birds warned him. What a scene —

tattletale fowl, blood pouring from our shoes,

Mother howling. And then You-Know-Who

comes out of the kitchen barefoot with some

wisps of golden hair stuck to her brow and he

all but goes to his knees and sucks on her

perfect toes.

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Ron Koertge


About the book:

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it’s like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine’s cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer— he wants to whisper in your ear.

What people are saying:

“A fiendishly clever and darkly funny collection.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Turn over the rock of any fairy tale, and there is Ron Koertge with a version your grandmother wouldn’t recognize. Here are the familiar tales made new—subversive, post-modernized, and refitted with a sense of humor as wicked as any witch.”—Billy Collins, Poet Laureate

“These ain’t your grandma’s fairy tales. These have teeth. Ron Koertge is wickedly clever and imaginative in his macabre poems. You’ll recognize the characters, but, oh, my, what are they up to!”—Paul B. Janeczko, author of Requiem: Voices of the Terezín Ghetto

“So you think you’re too old for fairytales? Think again. Koertge puts the ‘grim’ into the Brothers Grimm. These transformed classics are dark, funny, gruesome, and insanely original.”—Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know

“Ron Koertge’s new poems are acid-lolli-pop-culture treats. Between lullaby and lunacy you’ll find the menacing, the maimed, the rescued, and the recused. Are these poems, or are they tweets from the twilight where wolves and bears nurse their grievances? LIES KNIVES AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES is more than a shopping list for wicked wolves: it is a wicked send-up of nursery tale morality. Wiser readers will howl–and that’s a good thing.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and What-the-Dickens

Released: July 10, 2012

About the author:

Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz,Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature, Ron lives in South Pasadena, California. Visit him at ronkoertge.com.

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