Thursday, March 13, 2014

March good news round up for the Lucky 13s!

Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s. In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring all the fabulous stuff that's been happening to The Lucky 13s...

Here is our latest round up of good news:

Justina Ireland's Promise of Shadows came out on the 11th of March! 

Melissa Landers ALIENATED sold audio rights.

Steph Kuehn sold her third YA book, DELICATE MONSTERS, to Sara Goodman at St. Martin's.


Lydia Kang's Control and Lamar Giles' Fake ID are both nominated for YALSA's Quick Picks for reluctant readers.

Amanda Sun's RAIN, book 2 of The Paper Gods, had its cover reveal. It's out June 24!


Amy McCulloch's THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW was nominated for the Canadian Library Association YA Book Award 2013, and blurbed by Jonathan Stroud! “Exotic lands, cool magic and high adventure – The Oathbreaker’s Shadow has it all. Set in a stunningly realized world where broken promises literally come to life, it’s the most compelling new fantasy I’ve read in years.” – Jonathan Stroud, author of The Bartimaeus Sequence


And finally, CJ Flood's INFINITE SKY (due in the U.S. in May) got its first starred review from Booklist: "At first, it's prosaic like a sunny summer day, but as the pages flit by, it becomes as profound and tragically brutal as nature itself."







C. J. Flood is the author of the Carnegie Medal long-listed INFINITE SKY. She blogs and tweets while trying to resist the temptations of Facebook, so say hello!





Thursday, February 13, 2014

February good news round up for the Lucky 13s!

Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s. In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring all the fabulous stuff that's been happening to The Lucky 13s...

Here is our latest round up of good news:

The sequel to GILDED by Christina Farley sold. SILVERN will be released on Sept. 23, 2014. For all the details check out this post: christinafarley.com/gilded-will-have-a-sequel/

Emma Pass's ACID has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Award. It also won the North East Teenage Book Award!

Melissa Landers' ALIENATED has received its first foreign rights sale, to Turkey.

Several Luckies' books were named Whitney Award Finalists

Caroline Carson's debut, MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT was included on this year's Amelia Bloomer Project list of recommended feminist literature for young readers: ameliabloomer.wordpress.com

L. Boyle Crompton's second YA novel, THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH, was released last week from Sourcebooks Fire.

Gone Fishing: A Novel In Verse, by Tamera Will Wissinger, is an ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book. www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/alsc-names-2014-notable-children-s-books
 
NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano received a starred review from School Library Journal. www.slj.com/2014/02/reviews/ya-reviews/from-swashbuckling-space-opera-to-thrilling-murder-mystery-whats-hot-in-ya/

And German rights to NEARLY GONE have sold to Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger for publication in Spring 2015!
 
Italian Rights to JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore have sold to Rizzoli. And Audio Rights for the same have sold to Audible.  
 
And finally, INFINITE SKY by C. J. Flood has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase Award!

Congratulations to all Luckies with good news this month.


Watch out for more good news from the Lucky 13s on the 13th of next month!



C. J. Flood is the author of the Carnegie Medal longlisted INFINITE SKY. She blogs and tweets while trying to resist the temptations of Facebook, so say hello!






Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ALIENATED is here!

Hey, fiction lovers! Melissa Landers here, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.



What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eHsLaf
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Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1dfZHDW

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

Monday, January 13, 2014

January good news round up for the Lucky 13s!

Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s. In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring all the fabulous stuff that's been happening to The Lucky 13s...

So, happy new year, readers! The Lucky 13s wish you all the best for a magnificent 2014.

And here is our latest round-up of good news:

Justina Ireland's Promise of Shadows got a pretty nice review from Publisher's Weekly: www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4424-4464-5

Christy Farley's debut cover, GILDED, was revealed at YA Books Central: www.yabookscentral.com/blog/cover-reveal-gilded-by-christina-farley-giveaway

Cat Winters, Megan Shepherd, April Genevieve Tucholke, Caroline Carlson, Cristin Terrill, Mindy McGinnis, Amy Tintera, Amy Christine Parker, Emily Murdoch and Tim Federle were all nominated for YABC awards: http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/2013-yabc-choice-awards-voting-is-now-open

Check the list, and vote for your favourite!

Tamera Will Wissinger's GONE FISHING is a Nerdy Book Club 2013 Nerdy Award poetry winner, and a Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best of 2013” for younger fiction.

Karen Akins LOOP has a release date - October 21, 2014! You can add it to GoodReads here: www.goodreads.com/author/list/6549394.Karen_Akins

Amy McCulloch's debut THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW and its sequel THE SHADOW'S CURSE have a US publisher! Flux will be releasing the first book in Spring 2015. 

C. J. Flood's debut INFINITE SKY made the Telegraph's list of the Top Ten Best YA Novels of 2013:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/children_sbookreviews/10542032/Top-10-YA-books-of-2013.html

Watch out for more good news from the Lucky 13s on the 13th of next month!



C. J. Flood is the author of the Carnegie Medal nominated INFINITE SKY. She blogs and tweets while trying to resist the temptations of Facebook.






Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Book-Birthday to CONTROL!

The very last book of 2013 to release from the Lucky 13s! 

I've been so honored to be in this class of talented, kind, and supportive authors. What I can I say? I'm very, very lucky, indeed. :) Thank you all for helping me celebrate the birthday for CONTROL!


When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.






 “A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller.” Publishers Weekly

“Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons.”—VOYA

“Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang’s debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered—a thrilling read!”  — Jessica Khoury, author of Origin

“Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“CONTROL is a masterful debut, filled with everything I love in a novel: mystery, danger, and romance. Kang has crafted a world readers can easily fall into and won’t want to leave, complete with flawed yet lovable characters. I couldn’t put it down!”   — Elana Johnson, author of Possession

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Lydia Kang is a writer, physician, and salt-addicted gal with a near-pathological need to doodle. Her YA sci-fi book, CONTROL, is finally here from Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin).


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