RELEASE DAY: Monstrous in 3 (pug) Gifs!


GUYS. MONSTROUS is ALIVE! I’ve been waiting for years for this, and I’m mentally turning cartwheels over here! 😀

Now, you may have read the description of Monstrous over on Goodreads or my website or Amazon or any other place where it’s for sale. But what you haven’t seen yet is the description summed up in 3 pug GIFs. (Because, hey, why not, right? :D)

Monstrous, in 3 Pugs:

At the beginning of the book, the main character Kymera is reborn in a new, monstrous form, and she struggles between her innate sweetness and the fact that she’s well, a monster now.


Kymera is given a very important mission by her father and creator: to save the nearby city’s girls from an evil wizard. But she has to be careful and hide from the humans.


But soon she befriends a human boy and discovers everything may not be quite as it seems…

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About the Book:

MonstrousThe city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym’s life.

Available Now!

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MarcyKate Connolly is an author and arts administrator who lives in New England with her husband and pugs, and writes weird little books. She’s also a coffee addict and voracious reader. She blogs about all those things and more at, and can often be found on Twitter. Her debut upper middle grade fantasy novel, MONSTROUS, is available now from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Release Day: When Reason Breaks in Three Gifs


Today is the release day for my debut novel, WHEN REASON BREAKS, published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books. YAY!!!!


And the Fearless Fifteeners have decided to mark book birthdays with three gifs. That first one doesn’t count :.)

So here goes: WHEN REASON BREAKS in three gifs—

The book is about:

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The main characters are Emily Delgado and Elizabeth Davis. Both embody aspects of the great American poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson–her talent, anger, depression, and reclusive tendencies. Dickinson’s life and poetry greatly influence the novel.

The book is really about:

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Both girls battle personal issues that leave them feeling alone. They will have to fight their way through their darkest moments to feel connected and hopeful again.

The book may leave you like this:

Thanks to the countless people who helped to make today a reality. I hope you enjoy the novel!

You can connect with me in these ways:

Author Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Instagram / Pinterest

You can buy WHEN REASON BREAKS here, among other places:

Indiebound  / Barnes and Noble / Amazon  / Powell’s  / Book Depository / Books-A-Million


CindyRodriguezCindy L. Rodriguez is a former journalist turned teacher and fiction writer. She is a reading specialist at a middle school and previously worked for The Hartford Courant and The Boston Globe. She lives in Connecticut with her young daughter and their rescue mutt. Her contemporary YA debut, WHEN REASON BREAKS, was published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books on 2/10/2015.

Fearless Fridays – Alison DeCamp Faces Her Fear of Aliens (They’re Real!)



I used to be afraid of aliens. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m still afraid of aliens.

Once my brother and his girlfriend saw strange lights in the sky while driving a portion of deserted highway. I was probably eleven years old at the time. It was my first almost-UFO sighting. It was also in a section of the state where there was an Air Force base located nearby. I’m sure that had nothing to do with anything.

Years later, after I was married (I’ll admit, I was in my late twenties), a couple came over for dinner and brought a movie with them. FIRE IN THE SKY. A movie so frightening I squeezed my eyes shut and plugged my ears whenever the trailer was shown on TV.

Based on a true story (I know!), FIRE IN THE SKY (in case you are too young to remember) is about a man who is abducted by aliens while his logging coworkers look on. He disappears for five days and resurfaces with no memory and no clothes. Later he has flashbacks about the experiments the aliens performed on him.

There was NO way I was watching that movie. So after dinner my husband and guests slid the movie into the VCR, and I retreated to our bedroom where I turned on the radio and covered my head with a pillow. For two hours.

That was a fun night.

The next morning I called my mother and relayed the entire story. She listened without interrupting me or telling me I was ridiculous. All she said at the end was, “Alison, what makes you think any aliens would want you?”

From then on I haven’t been nearly as freaked out by aliens. Because out of 7 billion people in the world, why WOULD a bunch of aliens want me?

But I’m still not watching that movie. And what I just said isn’t true either. Because I just googled all this information about UFOs and alien sitings and Travis Walton to write this post and I might not sleep tonight.

Alison DeCamp grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she heard many stories about lumber camps, scary grandmothers, and outhouses. She taught middle school for eight years, stayed home with her two adorable children (now adorable teenagers) and works at a bookstore in Harbor Springs, Michigan. MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% True!) is available Feb. 24. You can find Alison on Twitter and Facebook where she loves to posts old pictures and kids’ art.

Q&A with MG author Laurie McKay


Next up on Fearless Fifteeners’ Wednesday Q&As is MG author, Laurie McKay, whose debut, VILLAIN KEEPER, is out on February 3rd. We’ve got a bio and book blurb at the end of the post but right now we’re skipping straight to ogres. Fearless or what?!


1. You wake up to find a massive ogre in your bedroom. If you had to choose one MG character to fight him off who would you choose and why?

Hermione Granger. Who else? She’s tough, smart, and would know the exact spell to use. She’d defeat an ogre in the wave of a wand.


2. Having defeated the ogre, you find that your car doesn’t start. Bummer. Would you rather ride a dragon or a unicorn to work? Why?

I’m going with the dragon. One, the dragon can fly me to work and I’m betting riding a dragon is faster than riding a unicorn. Two, I have dragons in my books and I have to stay loyal.


3. After arriving at work late, your boss asks you what your most embarrassing childhood memory was. You have to tell him. 

When I was a shy middle-school honor student, I had to do a report on a famous person, dress up as him or her, and go to a program at a local school. I choose Diane Fossey – a scientist famous for studying gorillas and whose life was portrayed in ‘Gorillas in the mist’. Anyway, I don’t like a lot of attention, so I was nervous about wandering through the crowd and answering questions.

The night of the program, my dad arrives home for work to take me there. I get in the car, look at him, and he’s dressed from the neck down in a gorilla costume. The gorilla head was in back. If he could have driven with it on, I’m certain he would have.

I was shocked silent. Not the reaction he was going for, by the way. Of course, then we got lost on our way to the school. My poor dad was sweating, gorilla head in the backseat, ungrateful and mortified daughter beside him. Finally, for better or worse, we found the school.

My dad spent the entire night lumbering around, jumping out at people, and generally being gorilla-like. I have to admit, it ended up being memorable. And I finally got over my need to hide in the shadows. (Although, I wished I’d done it sooner.) In the end, I had one of the best costumes – due solely to the fact I also had the best – and only – gorilla.


4. You’re pretty fed up now so when a time machine appears offering to take you to any historical event, you agree. Where do you go and why?

I’d like to travel to the future, actually. I want to see what’s happening in 500 years. What will we have accomplished? What will travel be like? I’d really like to see where technology will be then.


5. There is light at the end of the tunnel. As a Fearless Fifteener, your debut is out this year. Tell us about your book in 15 words or less.
It’s a reverse portal fantasy – a prince and sorceress become stranded in Asheville, NC.




“Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

 All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds  himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes  there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he’s always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic new series for middle  grade readers about a brave young prince’s quest to find answers, honor, friendship—and what it really means to be a hero.”



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Laurie McKay is an author and biology instructor who lives in Durham, NC. When she’s not working, she spends time with her family and her two elderly dogs. You can find out more and see pictures of her dogs at or by following her on twitter, facebook, or pinterest. Her debut MG fantasy novel, VILLAIN KEEPER, will be available from HarperCollins on Feb 3rd, 2015.


Introducing: Becky Wallace


The Storyspinner-highYou know those online personality quizzes? The ones that can supposedly tell your age/lifestyle/hair color from your favorite food and how you organize your DVDs? Yes. Well. I took one of those last night at 2 a.m. – it’s the sort of thing you do when you should be sleeping, but are really worried about wasting time by sleeping.

Finding out what my job would have been in medieval times was a much better use of that time, right?  Sure. Let’s go with that.

Actually, the quiz gave me a cool occupation: Entertainer! Which is perfect for both me and my book, THE STORYSPINNER.

You see, I love telling stories, reading stories aloud, and listening to others share their stories. There is nothing better than having friends and family gathered in my kitchen, exchanging tales while I cook (more likely bake) something fun and festive.

The main character of THE STORYSPINNER, Johanna von Arlo, is a storyteller too, but prefers a less intimate setting.  As a member of the Performers — a gypsy-like entertaining troupe — she loves being a spectacle, reeling in an enormous audience, and keeping them in breathless anticipation for each tale’s conclusion.

When her father dies and her family is expelled from their troupe, Johanna is forced to sell stories in the court of an arrogant (and unfortunately attractive) young duke, Rafael DeSilva. And while she loathes her boss, his noble guests are about a million times more despicable.  Jo finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of thrones where she discovers the magically-inclined characters from her stories might be real after all.

It’s a fun, twisty, fantasy and will be out in…TWO MONTHS.  (Remember the not sleeping from the first paragraph?  My closely advancing pub date might have a little something to do with that).

If you want to know more about me and my books, drop by my website. Or look for me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Or if you wanted to pre-order my book, you can do that at one of these fine retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Blue Willow Book Shop, The King’s English or request it at your favorite independent bookstore.

Becky headshots-Becky headshots-0007Becky Wallace is the author of THE KEEPERS’ CHRONICLES: THE STORYSPINNER, a magical adventure in which a case of mistaken identity exposes a young performer to a danger she could have never imagined and a secret her father died to protect. It will be available from Simon & Schuster in March 2015. When Becky’s not writing, she’s baking cupcakes and teaching her kids ’90s dance moves.

Red Butterfly … in 3 Gifs!


Front Cover - Red ButterflyMy novel, RED BUTTERFLY, debuts tomorrow! By way of introduction, here’s the story illustrated in a few GIFs:

Most of eleven-year-old Kara’s life has been spent in isolation in her sixth-floor Chinese apartment with her elderly American foster mother.

Kara only feels free when she’s riding her red bicycle.



When her foster mother is forced to leave, Kara is left in China alone…


…and must find her own wings.


Told in lyrical, moving verse, Kara’s story is one of a girl learning to trust her own voice, discovering that love and family are limitless, and finding the wings she needs to reach new heights.


Raised in Hong Kong, A.L. Sonnichsen grew up attending British school and riding double decker buses. As an adult, she spent eight years in Mainland China where she learned that not all baozi are created equal. She now lives in Washington State with her rather large family. Her novel, RED BUTTERFLY, releases on February 3. Find out more at her blog, The Green Bathtub, or say ni hao on Twitter or Facebook.