Live in California?

19 06 2010

If you’re anywhere near Turlock, CA, this weekend, be sure to stop by the Borders in Turlock to meet paranormal author Kitty Keswick:

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Next Up: BEA

18 05 2010

Art by Salvatore Vuono

So I’ll soon be off to the Big Apple and have lots of plans while I’m there. One of the first is to meet all the cool authors in the Class of 2k10. These authors have been working hard to promote their titles as a group.

They’re following in the footsteps of other classes before them. Class of 2k7 kicked things off when Greg Fishbone gathered a group of that year’s debut MG & YA authors together to help promote their books. Authors from that first year include (from the list on Greg Fishbone’s website):

Class of 2k7 Alumni

Spring Semester 2007

  • Ruth McNally Barshaw – Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel (Bloomsbury)
  • Kelly Bingham – Shark Girl (Candlewick)
  • Julie Bowe – My Last Best Friend (Harcourt)
  • Laura Bowers – Beauty Shop for Rent (Harcourt)
  • Paula Chase – So Not The Drama (Dafina/Kensington)
  • Cassandra Clare – City of Bones (McElderry Books)
  • Rosemary Clement-Moore – Prom Dates From Hell (Delacorte)
  • Karen Day – Tall Tales (Wendy Lamb Books)
  • Aimee Ferris – Girl Overboard (Penguin)
  • Paula Jolin – In the Name of God (Roaring Brook)
  • Carrie Jones – Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend (Flux/Llewellyn)
  • Rose Kent – Kimchi and Calamari (HarperCollins)
  • Constance Leeds – The Silver Cup (Viking)
  • Elizabeth Scott – Bloom (Simon Pulse)
  • Joni Sensel – Reality Leak (Henry Holt)
  • C.G. Watson – Quad (Razorbill)
  • Sara Zarr – Story of a Girl (Little Brown)

Summer Session 2007

  • Sarah Beth Durst – Into The Wild (Razorbill)
  • Ann Dee Ellis – This Is What I Did (Little Brown)
  • Jeannine Garsee – Before After and Somebody In Between (Bloomsbury)
  • Judy Gregerson – Bad Girls Club (Blooming Tree Press)
  • Stephanie Hale – Revenge of the Homecoming Queen (Berkley Jam)
  • S.A. Harazin – Blood Brothers (Delacorte)
  • Thatcher Heldring – Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer (Delacorte)
  • Marlane Kennedy – Me and the Pumpkin Queen (Greenwillow)
  • Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (HarperCollins)
  • G. Neri – Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (Lee and Low)
  • Rebecca Stead – First Light (Wendy Lamb Books)

Fall Semester 2007

  • Sarah Aronson – Head Case (Roaring Brook)
  • Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why (Razorbill)
  • A.C.E. Bauer – No Castles Here (Random House)
  • Autumn Cornwell – Carpe Diem (Feiwel)
  • Greg R. Fishbone – The Penguins of Doom (Blooming Tree Press)
  • Sundee T. Frazier – Brendan Buckley’s Universe & Everything In It (Delacorte)
  • Jo Knowles – Lessons from a Dead Girl (Candlewick)
  • Eric Luper – Big Slick (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
  • Suzanne Selfors – To Catch a Mermaid (Little Brown)
  • Heather Tomlinson – The Swan Maiden (Henry Holt)
  • Tiffany Trent – In the Serpent’s Coils (Mirrorstone)

Recognize any names? Bet you do. Many of those authors went on to make names for themselves. So I’m betting the Class of 2k10 will too.

So pack your bags and join the fun. Follow the Class of 2k10’s slogan:

So who’s in the Class of 2k10? Here’s the list of this year’s stellar authors:





Flyleaf Authors: Soul Enchilada and Island Sting

12 05 2010

I thought I’d share a bit about the authors I’ll be signing with this weekend. With such a long list, I’ll highlight them 2 at a time. First up will be David Macinnis Gill and Bonnie J. Doerr. Interestingly enough, both of them are teachers and have written YA novels.

If you haven’t already done so, check out David’s website. I’m not going to say any more and spoil it for  you, but I think it’s one of the coolest I’ve ever seen.

David Macinnis Gill
Soul Enchilada, a BBYA 2010 and Kirkus 2009 Best Book
Black Hole Sun (August 2010)
from Greenwillow Books, an imprint of   HarperCollins
www.davidmacinnisgill.com
Bug Smoot, on her own at 18 after all her family members died off one by one, broke, about to lose her cruddy apartment and her job delivering pizza, finds that fate has dealt her one more blow. Apparently her grandfather had sold his soul to the Devil for a Cadillac, but when he died he somehow escaped collection. So now the Devil’s minion, Beales, wants the car and Bug’s grandfather’s soul, and if she can’t deliver, he’ll take hers instead. But Beales may have more on his mind than a simple repo job.

David Macinnis Gill is the author of the YA novels, Soul Enchilada and the forthcoming Black Hole Sun, from Greenwillow/Harper Collins. His short stories have appeared in several magazines, including The Crescent Review and Writer’s Forum. His critical biography of young adult author Graham Salisbury, Graham Salisbury: Island Boy, was published by Scarecrow Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English/creative writing and a doctorate in education, both from the University of Tennessee.

Watch David’s book trailers below.

Bonnie J. Doerr
Island Sting (Leap Books)
www.bonniedoerrbooks.com
book trailer:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=L54xiWa8IDc

When city girl Kenzie Ryan moves to a Florida wildlife refuge, she plunges straight into an eco-mystery. Kenzie trades New York streets for Keys pollution cleanup, and now, instead of hailing cabs, she’s tracking down a poacher of endangered Key deer. Her new home does have some benefits—mainly Angelo, an island native, who teams up with her to nab the culprit. But will they both survive when the killer turns from stalking deer to hunting humans? Island Sting includes notes on the endangered Florida Key deer and the National Key Deer Refuge.

A lifetime educator, Bonnie J. Doerr has taught students from kindergarten to college in eight states. Degrees in reading education, combined with a brief post as a science teacher, led her to write ecological mysteries. Her novels celebrate caring, involved, “green” teens who take action with attitude and a touch of romance. Bonnie is a member of the Class of 2k10, a group of exciting MG & YA debut authors who are working together to promote their novels.

See Bonnie’s book trailer and one from the Class of 2k10 below.

DAVID’s

BONNIE’s

CLASS OF 2K10’s





An Author’s Dream Come True

3 02 2010

Author Bonnie J. Doerr’s made no secret of the fact that she’s a Carl Hiaasen fan. So how cool is it to walk into a bookstore and see her book face out, next to the likes of Hoot, Flush, and Scat. Talk about a thrill!

Even better, Bonnie isn’t just writing books about saving the environment, she’s doing something about it, too. Today she helped the wildlife center release pelicans. She’s on tour in Key West right now, so if you’re in the area, stop by to pick up a copy of her book, Island Sting. Visit the Key West Wildlife Center on Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 1-4 pm. You can not only meet Bonnie and get an autographed book, but proceeds from the books will be donated to the center.

Here’s Bonnie’s schedule if you’re lucky enough to get away to the Keys or if you live in the area:

February 4: US 1 Radio 104.1 FM Morning Magazine with Bill Becker 7:50 am
February 4: KONK AM 1680 AM “ECOcentricView” with Erika Biddle 2-3 pm
February 5: Walk on Winn Dixie, Big Pine Key 7 – 9 pm, National Key Deer Visitor Center
February 7: Family Fun Day Fund Raiser, Key West Wildlife Center 1-4 pm
February 9: Florida Keys Community College Library 5:30 pm, “Manuscript Makeover/What Not to Dare”
February 11: Café con Libros, Key West Public Library 9:30 –11:00 am, “Evolution of a Novel/Survival of the Determined”
March 2: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, FL 7 pm

Oh, and if you want to find out more about that Pelican Release, check out the Leap Books blog.





Share the Love…

10 12 2009

For those of you interested in collecting badges, here’s # 6 of the Leap Book collection. They’re spreading around the Internet at a rapid rate. Teen bloggers from around the world are collecting them. And now that Leap Books authors have been posted on the 2010 Debut Author Challenge and gone public with the Class of 2k10, they’re being asked for more ARCs (advance reader’s copy). Leap Books had so many requests for ARCs that they’re holding a contest to award ARCs. That’s what this badge is all about. So if you’re interested in trying for an ARC, snag the badges, post them on your blog or social media sites, then let Leap Books know by emailing them at  . Find out more about the contest here. And see the rest of the badges.

And two of the authors–Bonnie J. Doerr and Kitty Keswick–have started on their blog tours… so watch for them on the teen blogs. Author Judith Graves will soon follow. as will Jacqueline Horsfall. Get ready to Leap!