Release Day: Where I Watch You and Not After Everything in 3 Gifs


Here it is! Happy release day for From Where I Watch You, summed up in 3 Gifs!









From Where I Watch You is available NOW! Thank you for reading!

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Add to your Goodreads!


And Happy Book Birthday to Not After Everything!



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About the book: Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). Tyler finds a job that crashes him into Jordyn, his former childhood friend turned angry- loner goth-girl. She brings Tyler an unexpected reprieve from the never-ending pity party his life has become. How could he not fall for her?But with his dad more brutally unpredictable than ever, Tyler knows he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into the chaos. So when violence rocks his world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?

Not After Everything is available now! Happy reading!



Shannon writer photo crop 2Shannon Grogan teaches 2nd grade by day, and writes at Starbucks while her kids are at ballet and baseball. If she can stay off Twitter and stay awake, she writes at night, in a tiny logging town near Seattle, Washington. Her debut, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU, will be published by Soho Teen, August 2015.

Michelle Levy squaredMichelle Levy grew up in Littleton, Colorado, but moved to Los Angeles as soon as she was legally allowed because she hates driving in the snow. When she’s not writing, she’s likely working at her other job as a casting director for film and television or skulking about (and occasionally posting—she’s working on that) on Twitter. Her debut, NOT AFTER EVERYTHING, will be released on August 4, 2015 from Dial.


Release Day: ZEROBOXER in Gifs


ZEROBOXER hits shelves today.

Here’s how I’m feeling, having finally reached publication day:







Here’s a description of the book using words:

A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Here’s a description of ZEROBOXER using moving pictures. It’s like this:

And this:

With this:

Follow the zero-gravity excitement by checking out the schedule of launch events including readings, blog posts, special content, interviews, and more.

You can get your hands on ZEROBOXER at:

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundPowell’s 

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FJLee HeadshotFonda Lee is an author and recovering corporate strategist who was born and raised in Calgary, Canada (land of hockey, rodeo, and oil reserves) and now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon (land of rain, hipsters, and Powell’s books). When she is not writing she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Her debut upper YA science fiction novel, ZEROBOXER, is now available from Flux. You can find Fonda at and on Twitter @fondajlee.



Hey World,

DATING DOWN comes out today!

It’s a story filled with swoon-worthy kisses and joyrides through Chicago on Vespas and the whirling, twirling rush of love.

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It’s also a good-girl-meets-bad-boy with drugs, parties and heartbreak story.

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And a story about self-love. One girl falling down and picking herself back up.

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About the book


She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she’d be his and he’d be hers and they’d love each other forever.

But for Samantha Henderson, X—the boy she will not name—is trouble. He’s older, edgier, bohemian . . . and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can’t resist him. Samantha’s family and friends try to warn her, but still she stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters.

As moody and vivid as it is captivating, Dating Down is told in scenes and bursts of poetry that create a story filled with hurt, healing, and hope.

DATING DOWN is available NOW!!

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Stefanie Lyons holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she’s organizing her locker, crushing on boys, practicing her clarinet, or getting ready for prom. In her head, that is. Because her teen years were great. Stefanie resides in Chicago. DATING DOWN is her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram

The D’Evil Diaries: A Very Giffy Birthday


Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I sat down at my desk and wrote the words ‘Lucifer was sulking’. Years later, after more ups-and-downs than a confused cat on a trampoline, those same words (and a few others) are finally going to appear in a Real Live Printed Book. Today. FOR REAL ACTUALLY TODAY. WHAT NO I AM TOTALLY CALM.

Ahem. So without further ado, behold The D’Evil Diaries in three gifs:

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(Oh and if you are in the States you can find The D’Evil Diaries here, and if you are in the UK you can find it in lots of different places, and you can make sure I can continue to afford to feed this bundle of adorableness come on look at those big eyes.)

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My heartfelt thanks to all the people who helped make this possible: SCBWI, who started the ball rolling, my brilliant editor Rosie without whom TDD would still be languishing on my computer, my lovely agent Liz, much-smarter-than-me crit partners Nat, Danica, Wade and Rachel, the Tits (don’t ask), the brilliant LCWN crowd, everyone who beta-read TDD, my parents obviously because they rock, the rest of the awesome gang at Orchard, and my cat Friday for not eating the manuscript. You are all amazing people (or cats) and if you ever find yourselves in Hell let me know and I’ll have a word with Lucifer.

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Tatum FlynnTatum Flynn lives by the sea in England with a cat called Friday and too many hats. Her debut, THE D’EVIL DIARIES, is a humorous MG fantasy about Lucifer’s youngest son Jinx, who’s hopeless at being evil, and the startling adventures he gets up to when he runs away from home. It’ll be out from Orchard/Hachette in April 2015, with a sequel to follow in January 2016. Find her on Tumblr (sometimes) and Twitter (far too often).

Release Day: THE STORYSPINNER in Silhouettes


In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

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The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

Awesome Araucaria Shadow With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.couple-silhouette1

THE STORYSPINNER is available today!! Order you copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blue Willow Bookshop, or The King’s English.

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 is available from Simon & Schuster now. When Becky’s not writing, she’s baking cupcakes and teaching her kids ’90s dance moves.




Gulp. 26th February 2015 is finally here. Time to be fearless because my debut MG book, THE DREAMSNATCHER, is out in the wild!

*grins like a maniac*
*does a happy bum wiggle dance*

I’ve got to hand it to Agnes from Despicable Me though for summing up the book in three GIFs…

12-year-old gypsy girl Moll: ‘Come and get me you big fat scary Dreamsnatcher.’
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12-year-old gypsy girl Moll: ‘Yeah, I’m talking to you, Skull!’ Pause. ‘Eeeeeeeek you’re mean and scary.’
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12-year-old gypsy girl Moll: ‘Ha! But I’ve got a wildcat and I love him so much! He’s so fluffy!’ Turns to Gryff, the wildcat. ‘You better stay and help me against the Dreamsnatcher, okay?’
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THE DREAMSNATCHER by Abi Elphinstone
Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows…The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure. Perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling, Michelle Harrison and Eva Ibbotson.

Order on:

When she’s not zooming around Burma on a motorbike or hang-gliding over Rio de Janeiro, Abi Elphinstone can be found in London, in her writing hut at the bottom of the garden. Her debut MG children’s book, THE DREAMSNATCHER, has been described as ‘Pullman-esque’ and follows gypsy girl, Moll, and her wildcat as they fight back against a witchdoctor’s dark magic. It will be published by Simon & Schuster on 26th February 2015.

A Wicked Thing in 3 GIFs!


Guys. Guys, guys, guys. Guess what?



Happy birthday to it!

A WICKED THING is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, starting with the kiss that wakes her…


But Aurora is less *swoon* to find herself kissed by a strange prince and more…


Which is unfortunate, since everyone is kind of expecting them to be in love and get married and save the kingdom and live happily ever after. But it’s difficult for Aurora to say no to this whole true love marriage thing, especially when everyone around her starts being all…

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About the Book


One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

A WICKED THING is available now!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Chapters | IndieBound

SBS130424-RHIANNONTHOMAS-023Rhiannon Thomas grew up in the north of England, but moved to the US in 2007 to study English Literature at Princeton University. She now lives in York, England, where she is attempting to master the art of making her own bubble tea. When she isn’t lost in YA fantasy, she writes about feminism in the media at her blog, Her debut novel, A WICKED THING, is available now.



I can’t believe it’s today!

I started writing THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND in 2012, sold it in 2013, and now—February 17, 2015—it is officially on the shelves. While I continue to remind myself to breathe, why don’t you gather around the fire with me?

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND is about two journeys. There’s a physical one, when Hallelujah “Hallie” Calhoun, her former friend Jonah, and new girl Rachel get lost in the Smoky Mountains and have to find their way back to civilization. But there’s also Hallie’s emotional journey—arguably the tougher of the two—wherein she has to figure out how to bounce back and redefine herself after an incident with the preacher’s son turned her into a social outcast. I hope the book will take you on a journey as well, whether you’re an avid hiker/climber/camper/nature lover…


…or you’re allergic to the Great Outdoors.

I’m doing a mini-blog-tour this week to celebrate the book’s release, and you can learn more about that HERE. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND!

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Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?


Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of The New School’s MFA in Creative Writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. Her debut YA novel, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND, comes out February 17, 2015 from HarperTeen. You can find Kathryn online at Follow her on Twitter at @Kathryn_Holmes.

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!

HarperCollins Barnes & Noble | Amazon Indiebound Book Depository |Books-A-Million | iBooks Kobo Signed Copy (via Porter Square Books, put “signed” in order comments!)


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.