Monday, January 14, 2013

The 13th Day: Super-Awesome-Bomb-Diggity News

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.

Please raise a glass to our super-awesome-bomb-diggity news.... 


THE CADET OF TILDOR by Alex Lidell was released on Jan 10, 2013!


Rachele Alpine's CANARY got it's first author blurb from Colleen Clayton (WHAT HAPPENS NEXT - Poppy/LB Teen):

"Alpine’s Canary is a deeply-felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking."

INSOMNIA by J.R. Johannson received it's first two blurbs:

"Cleverly written and dangerously dark, INSOMNIA will take you to the brink of insanity. A must-read for thriller and romance fans alike." -- Elana Johnson, author of Possession

"Completely unputdownable. I've decided to nickname Johansson 'Scary McScarypants,' because she spooked me in all the best ways. Who do I have to bribe to get book two now?!" -- Carrie Harris, author of Bad Taste in Boys

GENIE WISHES by Elisabeth Dahl has two blurbs:

“My wish: That Genie Haddock Kunkle were real, so I could be friends with her! I love Genie, I love this book, and I can’t wait to read more from Elisabeth Dahl.”
—Elissa Brent Weissman, author of NERD CAMP

“Genie Wishes paints a tender portrait of a trying time for girls—that place between childhood and teen-dom . . . It’s impossible not to root for Genie.”
—Ciaran Blumenfeld, founder of

Demitria Lunetta received two blurbs for IN THE AFTER:

Jodi Meadows, author of the INCARNATE TRILOGY - Part adventure, part mystery, Demitria Lunetta's IN THE AFTER is an exciting and scary read that had me hyperaware of every noise, every breath, and checking over my shoulder for monsters. This book completely consumed me.

Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of the FIRELIGHT series - Consuming! Fascinating and full of twists. Scary in the best way! I couldn't look away. Once you start this book you won't close it until the story's over ... and then you'll sit there wanting more.

April Tucholke's book BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA got a blurb from Nova Ren Suma:

"Like something between a disturbed dream and a wicked fantasy, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will slip under your skin and capture the darkest corners of your imagination. This is a hypnotic, terrifying debut that won’t soon escape my mind." —Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls


Publishers Weekly gave MG novel in verse GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger a good review! Excerpt: “…Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling.”

Elsie Chapman's DUALED got some great quotes from Kirkus and PW in their reviews:

Kirkus: "Readers...will find plenty to admire in Chapman’s gamer pacing, clever suspense—here, stalking is a two-way street—and fast-mounting body count."

PW: "Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman’s debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie."

Lindsay Ribar's THE ART OF WISHING got a positive review from Kirkus! A quotable:

"A genie like no other," says Kirkus about Lindsay Ribar's THE ART OF WISHING. "This lighthearted book is a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense, with likable characters and easy-to-believe dialogue."


Chelsea Pitcher's THE S-WORD is going to be featured at the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conference (Jan 25-28)!

Emily Murdoch's IF YOU FIND ME will be featured at ALA Midwinter, with ARCs at the Macmillan booth 2435.

J.R. Johannson's INSOMNIA will be featured at ALA-Midwinter, with ARCs available at the Flux booth!


Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's THESE BROKEN STARS sold to Listening Library at auction!

Mindee Arnett sold a prequel to my sci-fi series with Balzer+Bray. Here's the PM announcement:

January 7, 2013
Digital: Young Adult Author of the forthcoming AVALON, Mindee Arnett's prequel novella, featuring a teen mercenary and his talented crew of thieves who must pull off a jewel heist on a distant planet without being double-crossed by his unwanted mentor, again to Jordan Brown at Harper Teen Impulse, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media (world English).


DUALED by Elsie Chapman, THE FLAME IN THE MIST by Kit Grindstaff, and RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Liesl Shurtliff are selections in Random House's It's a First! Fresh Fiction from New Voices for Spring 2013. 

PARCHED by Melanie Crowder, GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger and GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan were all chosen as Junior Library Guild Spring Selections.

ABRAMS posted an author interview video as well as a nine-question author interview with Elizabeth Dahl, author of GENIE WISHES. Watch it here!

C.J. Flood's INFINITE SKY was listed in Stylist Magazine's Cult Books for 2013!

Debra Driza's free e-short MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire is available for download on January 8th! 


Mindy Raf's new cover for THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY was revealed on MTV's Hollywood Crush as well as news for her Songsanity pre-order contest!

Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s!
Rachele Alpine is represented by Dystel and Goderich and her young adult comtemporary novel CANARY will be published in August of 2013 by Medallion Press.

She blogs, or you can find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.


  1. Congratulations to all Luckies with good news this month! Thanks for compiling, Rachele!

  2. Congrats to all, yep! And Rachele, thank you so much for putting this post together!

  3. Congrats to everyone! The new format looks wonderful, Rachele.

    I completely forgot to add my own ALA signing news! Just a reminder to all readers, The Lucky 13s' appearances are now listed at We'll be updating the page on a constant basis, so check back often to see who'll be in your area.

  4. Thanks for doing this, Rachele. You rule.

  5. So much awesome! :) Love seeing everyone's good news!

  6. As always, thanks for putting this together Rachele!

  7. Oh my gosh, so much good news!! Congrats to everyone!! :)