Fearless Friday with Alexandra Sirowy & Shannon Grogan

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August YA Thriller Debuts Shannon Grogan and Alexandra Sirowy teamed up to ask their MC’s a few questions!

Introducing, Kara, the main character of FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU:

Dealing with the aftermath of betrayal, her sister’s death, and the collapse of her family, 16-year-old Kara focuses on her dreams of becoming a professional baker. Winning a national baking contest could help her escape to a prestigious culinary school.

But someone is watching.

Someone hides, follows, and leaves her creepy notes.  If she doesn’t figure out who it is, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.

 

And, Stella, the main character of THE CREEPING:

Stella is the lucky one. When she was six, Stella and her friend Jeanie went into the woods to pick strawberries. Stella came back. Jeanie never did. Eleven years later, Stella is over it, even if whatever happened to Jeanie is still lost in her messed up memory. Stella has a summer full of cove days, best friends, and her gorgeous crush to look forward to, that is, until the fresh corpse of a little girl with eerie similarities to six-year-old Jeanie is found on the anniversary of her disappearance.

What are you most afraid of losing?

Stella: My friends! Especially my three bests, Zoey, Michaela, and Cole. I’d be lost without them.

Kara: I’m most afraid of losing my mom. She’s really all I have left. Even if she is a nut job and she drives me crazy. After everything, I guess I still need her. As long as she doesn’t turn into the mom from “Carrie”.

 

What are you afraid of that you’d never admit to aloud?

Stella: Ouija boards completely eek me out. Totally crazy, I know. I can handle the real stuff that goes bump in the night, but just whisper something like Bloody Mary to me three times in the same zip code as a mirror and I can’t sleep for a week.

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Kara: Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary! No, just kidding, Stella! I’d never admit this to anyone but you, but I’m afraid of pigeon germs. I kinda live in the city and they’re dirty and everywhere and they poop everywhere! I swear there is going to be some kind of pigeon flu outbreak. It’s gross.

Pigeons Pigeons Pigeons!

Pigeons Pigeons Pigeons!

Which scary movie or book would you cast yourself in and why?

Stella: I don’t like all those scary movies that have the girl always shrieking her head off or running the wrong direction or waiting for someone to save her.
I wouldn’t be that type of heroine. Whatever movie or book I’d be in, I’d be the one figuring things out and saving the day.

Kara: Me too, Stella. I think maybe “Silence of the Lambs”. The heroine in that was kick ass smart, in FBI training. Oh, FYI, that one is a book and a movie. Creepy!

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Would you rather be covered by spiders or snakes?

Stella: Snakes for sure. Anything but spiders.

Kara: Yuck, neither! I think I agree with Stella. Snakes. At least if you stand up they will fall off. Spiders cling! Ick!

What’s your most embarrassing moment ever?

Stella: Ummm, hello? I already get enough sideways glances and stares. Invite more attention or whispers? Not gonna happen.

Kara: Ooh Stella, what secrets are you hiding? Why are people whispering about you? Hmm. Well, I try to keep mostly to myself so as not to bring attention either. But I think my most embarrassing moment was in 9th grade when I dropped an F bomb in Home Ec after I burned my hand pulling cookies out of the oven. That wasn’t really the embarrassing part though, the embarrassing part was Mr. King making me repeat it and spell it on the white board, and then use it in a sentence. And then giving me a detention.

 

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.
Alexandra Sirowy PhotoAlexandra Sirowy is the author of THE CREEPING, a debut thriller for young adults coming August 18th, 2015 from Simon and Schuster’s Books for Young Readers. To learn more, visit Alexandrasirowy.com or follow her on Twitter.

The 15th Happenings: June News

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YOU'RE INVITED THE WITCH HUNTER THE EDGE OF FOREVER BOOK SCAVENGER SKYSCRAPING

May 19th: YOU’RE INVITED by Gail Nall and Jen Malone
2nd: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker
2nd: THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa E. Hurst
2nd: BOOK SCAVENGER by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
2nd: SKYSCRAPING Cordelia Jensen

SECRET OF THE SEVENS SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE RAISING RUFUS THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE

8th: SECRET OF THE SEVENS by Lynn Lindquist
9th: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White
9th: RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
9th: THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes
9th: LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca

MOTHMAN'S CURSE THE NIGHT WE SAID YES BETWEEN THE NOTES

16th: BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat
16th: MOTHMAN’S CURSE by Christine Hayes
16th: THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi

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AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay @YA Highway

Of Interest
Cindy L. Rodriguez discusses suicide and aftermath for Mental Health Awareness Month at Disability in Kidlit.

Angelica R. Jackson shares some bumps in her writing journey, talks research and writing, and about the crossover as a visual artist:

Melissa Hurst discusses publication and THE EDGE OF FOREVER at the Sweet Sixteens, and how pre-writing made her a better writing at Unleashing Readers.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman talks research and her favorite scene over at Littlest Bookshelf.

And! Jennifer’s launch party for BOOK SCAVENGER will be on July 1st at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Littleton, Colorado.

Attention Woodstock, Georgia! Becky Albertalli, Katie M. Stout, Gina Ciocca, and Melissa E. Hurst will be at the FoxTale Book Shoppe on June 30th.
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Hop over to Goodreads for a chance to win CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones.

Rachel A. Marks’ DARKNESS BRUTAL is #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy!

Professional reviews

booksUnusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones is making all kinds of lists, including the WNDB Summer Reading Series and Instructor Magazine’s 50 best books for summer. It was also the review of the day on SLJ’s Fuse #8.

Madeline Dyer’s UNTAMED was named among MurderMayhem&More’s Ripping Reads.

Latina magazine featured 7 Summer Beach Reads By Latino Authors, including WHEN REASON BREAKS by Cindy L. Rodriguez, SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera, and THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey.

Ena Jones’s CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE has a lovely review from Kirkus review:

Clayton’s endearing senses of loyalty to and responsibility for both family and friends is the undercurrent that gives this story depth and sets it apart from the rest.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for JUST A DROP OF WATER!

Melissa Hurst’s THE EDGE OF FOREVER made Paste Magazine’s 13 of the Best New YA Books in June.

 

tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites & haunts various highways in her four-wheeled baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.

The 15th Happenings: May News

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5th: TRACKED by Jenny Martin
5th: FREAKS OF NATURE by Wendy Brotherlin
5th: MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
5th: THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer
5th: EXTRAORDINARY by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

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12th: THE COST OF ALL THINGS by Maggie Lehrman
12th: 5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger
12th: CROW’S REST by Angelica R. Jackson
12th: UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones
19th: MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia

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19th: CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert
26th: TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

 
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Sheila Grau sold three books to Amulet/Abrams!

Sheila Grau’s next two books in the DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS series, following the continuing adventures of Runt Higgins as he searches for his true parents while training to be an ideal minion for Evil Overlords in need, again to Erica Finkel at Amulet, in a two-book deal, by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency (World English).

DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS author Sheila Grau’s THE BOY WITH SEVENTEEN SENSES, a reboot of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring a resourceful boy, a greedy neighbor, and a planet where every single inhabitant has synesthesia, to Erica Finkel at Amulet, by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency (World English).

 
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THE FIX by Natasha Sinel @YA Highway
DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks @That Rachel

 
Of Interest
Fonda Lee discusses sports in speculative fiction over at Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

Kelly Jones talks chickens and epistolary novels at The Sweet Sixteens.

Natasha Sinel explores rejection at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

 
Professional reviews
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER made several lists, including:
Indies Introduce— Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick for Summer/Fall 2015
— Indies Introduce New Voice Finalist
— Publisher Weekly Best Summer Reads 2015 selection
— Scholastic Instructor 50 Best Books for the Summer list

Also, BOOK SCAVENGER will have two launch parties on the west coast! June 5th at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos, CA, and June 6th at Book Passage Bookstore in San Francisco, CA

Fonda Lee will be at the “YA-landia” Author Fair on June 6th, at the B&N Tanasbourne in Portland.

CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones was featured among the BEA 2015: Can’t-Miss Kids’ Galleys!

Kelly Jones’ UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER is an Amazon Best Books for May (for ages 9-12).

 

tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites & haunts various highways in her four-wheeled baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.