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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Debut Book Birthday

Before I get into the birthday celebrations, you *may* know that my own debut YA novel will be celebrating it's birthday next week. [[OMG - breathe. Almost dies.]]  I just thought I'd let those of you in the NW Florida region know that I will be appearing on NPR on November 16th in the 9 o'clock hour and on WJXT on the weekend of November 19th.  [[Dies for real this time.]] The launch party is at Jane Doe in 5 Points from 6-8 pm on November 17th -- all are welcome!  I have cupcakes!!

Plus, the Destined blog tour is still on-going.  I'm giving away eARCs every day of the tour and there are chances to win paper copies of the novel and Destined prize packs along the way.  Check out the tour schedule to get in on the action.

And now, without further ado about me and my book, I present this week's debut YA book birthdays ~

Exiled by RaShelle Workman
Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become immortal, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.

Now she wants revenge. 

First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate.

Only she doesn't know the first thing about love. 

Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters—alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.

Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week.

Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.

But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl—her.

Become: a novel of Desolation by Ali Cross

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared. When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

Bound (The Crystor) by C.K. Bryant
When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

Catspell (The Fairy Godmother Dilemma) by Danielle Lefty
Sixteen-year-old Breena never thought anything could be worse than being forced to leave the faerie realm. Then she got stuck with a fairy godmother. But if she has to choose between the two, she’d leave the Faerie Realm over getting bossed about by a faerie with a pointed stick any day. Unfortunately, her attempt to evade her fairy godmother gives her growing pains in the form of fur, whiskers, and a tail.

Turning into a cat is the least of her worries, though. The potion wasn’t meant to bring out her inner feline, it was meant to put her to sleep. Forever. If Breena wants to make it to her Happily Ever After, she’ll have to accept that sometimes a fairy godmother really does come in handy, after all.

Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie  by S.J. Adams

Do you feel lost? Confused? Alone? (Circle one): Yes or No.
The Church of Blue can help. We are not a cult.
$5 for a holy quest is a good deal.

Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart-searing crush on her best friend, Lisa. But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hooks up with Norman, the most boring guy at school. This earth-shattering event makes Debbie decide to do the unthinkable: confess her love to Lisa. And she has to do it tonight—before Lisa and Norman go past “the point of no return.”
So Debbie embarks on a quest to find Lisa. Guiding the quest are fellow students/detention hall crashers Emma and Tim, the founding (and only) members of the wacky Church of Blue. Three chases, three declarations of love, two heartbreaks, a break-in, and five dollars worth of gas later, Debbie has been fully initiated into Bluedaism—but is there time left to stop Lisa and Norman from going too far?

What do you think?  The first four are all debuts from the exciting new group of Indie authors known as Indelibles (a group which I am fortunate to be part of).  Any of these pique your interest???


Sophia Richardson said...

This isn't the first time I've seen the blurb for Exiled, and every time it seems like there's too much going on in it: her goal is to become immortal, then get revenge, but she has to get home first, except now she's got to find a boy's soul mate, then she's being hunted, also she'll die if she doesn't leave Earth. . .

After all that, I don't know what the main conflict/goal is. Is the person who kills her 'irrihunter' (a word I don't know the meaning of which never shows up again) from the same group as the alien-controlled psychotic teens or the government group or another enemy entirely? There were so many questions raised that I didn't know which were the important ones. I'm curious, but if the blurb has so many elements I'm confused about the book's direction I'm already starting to question whether I can trust the author to lead me through the story.

I do *love* the cover, though.

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