Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Celebrating the Release of THIS OLD BAND by Tamera Will Wissinger!

My first picture book, THIS OLD BAND, illustrated by Matt Loveridge, from Sky Pony Press, releases today! 

I'm having a party at my website where you can check out book details, enter a giveaway, and hear me play and read from the book. 

I hope you'll stop by The Writer's Whimsy and say, "Howdy!"

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Infinite Sky goes on US tour!

Last week, Infinite Sky came out in the USA, which was pretty exciting.

But perhaps even more exciting is that I'm going on a book tour in the States next month. It will be the first time I have crossed the Atlantic, and I am so happy to going as a published author.

Not all of the details are confirmed yet, but the Californian stretch is, so I shall tell you about that. I will be touring with three other Simon and Schuster authors: Sarah Ockler, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella.

I can't wait to meet my fellow tourers, and hope we will bond to the extent of getting matching tattoos on the backs of our necks during our time together. Or maybe, just swap numbers...

Come back to find more about them, as I will be interviewing each of them in the weeks leading up to the tour. Also, I will be running a competition, giving away a free copy of the U.S. version of Infinite Sky, so don't miss that.

Here are the dates and times of the tour dates so far:

Sunday, June 22 at 3:00PM
Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Monday, June 23 at 7:00PM
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111

Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00PM
Barnes & Noble
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30PM
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Thursday, June 26 at 6:00PM
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Friday, June 27 at 7:00PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Do you live near any of these bookshops? Can you come and see us read, and tell stories? To make it better, there will be pizza. But do you have any ideas about how to make our events even more marvellous?

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


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Book Birthday Infinite Sky!

Infinite Sky comes out in the U.S. today! It's so exciting.

"True love is never lost—but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel.

Just two months after her mother abandons her family, leaving her gruff, introverted father to raise two children alone, Iris watches a family of gypsies set up an illegal camp in the paddock by her house. The gypsy boy, Trick, is restless and warm and full of life—he’ll settle when he’s in his grave, he tells Iris—and she feels as though she understands him completely.

Yet even as Iris’s secret friendship with Trick blooms into something more, tensions run high between their families. Iris’s father is bent on evicting the travelers, and her beloved brother Sam is impulsive, lost, and headed for trouble. But Trick might not be everything he seems, and as Iris struggles to find where her loyalties lie, all of the prejudice, vulnerability, and anger that surrounds her collides in an unspeakable tragedy.

Like love, and like sorrow, the blue summer sky is infinite in this coming-of-age story that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking."

People have taken Infinite Sky to their hearts in the UK, and I hope that people do the same in the US.

Have you read it yet? What do you think of the cover?

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


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Good News Round Up!

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...

Rachele Alpine MG's debut OPERATION PUCKER UP, about a girl cast as the lead in Snow White who sets out to secure her first kiss before having to experience it in front of a live audience, while navigating the return of her estranged father at home, to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2015.

Author of Sure Signs of Crazy, which received four starred reviews, and the forthcoming Courage For Beginners, Karen Harrington's MAYDAY, about a seventh-grade plane crash survivor's quest to recover two things lost in the crash: his voice, and the American flag honoring the death of his soldier uncle, all while trying to find his place between an absentee dad and his super patriotic military grandfather, again to Bethany Strout at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Spring 2016, by Julia Kenny at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner (World).

Sure Signs of Crazy also just released in Spain and Brazil. Check out the fun covers!

Author of BEA 2013 Middle Grade Buzz Panel title Magic Marks the Spot Caroline Carlson's THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE, about a city with more sleuths than crimes to be solved, and a boy who enters his hapless uncle for the World's Greatest Detective competition in hope of avoiding being sent to an orphanage, only to discover his own knack for investigation when the contest host turns up dead, to Toni Markiet at Harper Children's, for publication in Winter 2017 and a second book in Winter 2018.

INK has been nominated for an Aurora Award for Best YA Novel! So go vote for it (Canadians only). www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/2014-aurora-nominees/

Elizabeth May's THE FALCONER, about an 18th century noblewoman leading a double life as a faery-hunter, was released on May 6th.
THE FALCONER was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Books for the month of May.
Publisher's Weekly stated that it included, "A combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her own against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike."
Billie Bloebaum of Powell's Books said, "This book was AWESOME. It's full of well-worn tropes and clich├ęs.but somehow transcends them all to become some new animal that is the best of all its borrowed parts."
Last month Chronicle Books launched a website for THE FALCONER at www.thefalconerseries.com full of extras for fans, including the gorgeous trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFQ_P8JSUc 

CHICK-O-SAURUS REX by Lenore Jennewein and illustrated by Daniel Jennewein is a Bankstreet College Irma Black Honor Book and the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the International Other region.

THE FLAME IN THE MIST, Kit Grindstaff's spooky, magical middle grade mystery-adventure, has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award in the Atlantic region.

Two great trade reviews for Lindsay Ribar's THE FOURTH WISH:

"Ribar deals with surprisingly heavy themes in this sequel, despite the lighter-than-air premise, including the pressure to conform, the construction of self and the ever-evolving nuance of what is the "right" thing. Despite its fantastic drapery, the truths this novel reveals are so real it may even make readers a bit uncomfortable--that's quite an achievement."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Ribar has delivered fans a fun romantic read with some deliciously exciting paranormal elements (shape-shifting anyone?) while casually tackling bisexuality, consent, and the importance of balancing power with humanity."
-School Library Journal 

 Kelly Fiore's JUST LIKE THE MOVIES also got a couple of great reviews:

"Watching these two high school seniors help each other move out of their respective safety zones is a lot of fun, and Fiore (Taste Test) also works in some girl-power advice about not letting a boy become one’s whole life."

Publisher's Weekly

"Most importantly, these characters are just plain likable. They’re complex and interesting, and earned sympathy goes a long way toward making the book such an enjoyable read. A sugary romance light on depth but big on charm, Fiore’s sophomore novel is a solid entry in the genre it clearly loves."

Kirkus Reviews

Rachele Alpine's CANARY was picked as an IBPA Ben Franklin Award Honoree. It's one of four YA novels to receive this award. The winner will be announced at the May 28 reception.

Tamera Will Wissinger's GONE FISHING is a Children's Book Committee 2013 Outstanding Book, and was their April 2014 featured book.

Three starred reviews for Steph Kuehn's COMPLICIT!

"Complicit ensnares readers from the first page with its surprising twists and revelations. Recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers." -School Library Journal (starred review)

"Kuehn writes with the fleetness of a trained thriller author…Her confidence is what’s so invigorating: every page makes a firm, surprising choice, whether you like it or not…Explosive." -Booklist (starred review)

“Kuehn’s second novel, after her Morris Award–winning Charm & Strange, powerfully examines how mental illness can turn into family tragedy that ripples far and wide beyond a single event. The prose is as hallucinatory as the madness Jamie seeks to uncover in a novel that’s tense and ambiguous from start to finish.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

COMPLICIT is also on Booklist's Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth list. 

Karen Akin's book LOOP's cover was revealed on Griffin Teen: www.facebook.com/GriffinTeen/photos/a.663984703660730.1073741833.176017155790823/670720939653773/?type=3&theater

And the first signed ARC giveaway is up on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/92270-loop

Mindee Arnett's THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR is nominated for the YALSA Teen Top Teen. Here's the link with dets: www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

Yay for all the good news!!!

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!