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January – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

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1/7 – Through His Eyes (An Institute Series Novella) by Kayla Howarth

Through His EyesIn a fraction of a second, his life ended. Death was merely a consequence the Resistance often faced. And Chad was ready, willing to accept his fate. But he didn’t expect to be rejected by the afterlife.

Chad finds himself in a state of limbo, standing on the sidelines as his loved ones try to move on with their lives. This cruel twist of fate has Chad questioning his earthly purgatory. There stands a reason, he just has to find it.

Filling in the lost months between Resistance and Defective in The Institute Series, Through His Eyes follows Chad and his search for final peace.

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Visit Kayla.’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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1/7 – Seirsha of Errinton (Book 3 in the Eldentimber Series) by Shari L. Tapscott

 

SeirshaPrincess Seirsha’s lived her life in the shadow of her father, keeping herself distant and aloof. But after her involvement in the death of the male heir to the Errintonian throne, Seirsha’s defenses begin to crumble. The search for another successor begins, and the one man with the power to strip away the princess’s walls steps back into her life.

She knows she should keep her distance from Lord Rigel—the only man in Errinton with a legitimate claim to her father’s throne—but when the king orders her to keep the dark lord close so she may spy on him, the princess must make a choice. With another Dragon War looming and Errinton’s oppressed rising against their leaders, will Seirsha betray her blood or turn her back on Rigel—the man she’s loved her entire life?

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Shari’s blog HERE

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1/25 – Choices by Michelle Lynn

ChoicesHappiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.

Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want.

Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?

Yes. Yes, you do.  

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Visit Michelle’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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1/28 – Fall of the Dreamer (Dreamer Trilogy, Book 2) by L.J. Higgins 

Fall of the DreamerEnjoying her new life in Sandhaven after the events of the year before, Amelia feels like she has it all – great friends, a home by the beach, a job that she loves, and a handsome boyfriend.

But a new threat is brewing in the city; the Cambiar Virus is spreading fast and people are dying. Amelia does not want to give up her peaceful life, but someone must fight for those who are unaware of the danger they’re in.

With Cameron acting strange, her friendship with Sarah strained, and her relationship with Jonah growing more complicated, the last thing Amelia wants is to put her personal life aside and get involved in another life threatening situation.

But she doesn’t have a choice.

Genre: YA/Science Fiction

Visit L.J.’s website HERE

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1/28 – Catchpenny by Sarah Wathen

CatchpennyMeg Shannon was rarely surprised. She was an independent, self-confident, intelligent young woman, and she’d stopped caring about the labels people born on the “right” side of the tracks in Shirley County slapped on her.

So when quarterback Tristan Jameson walked up to her at lunch and flat out asked her to Homecoming, she refused to be surprised then either.  But he seemed nervous, as if he truly cared what her answer would be. Maybe, just maybe…he actually liked her.

But to believe that would be dangerous. Raise the stakes. Sure, Meg was brave, but was she willing to risk everything?

Sarah Wathen’s edgy, fast-paced serial novel is finally released in its complete form, with a new epilogue never before published!

Genre: YA/Romance

Visit Sarah’s website HERE

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1/29 – Into Light by T.D. Shields

 

Into LightPoppy escaped the assassins who killed her father and found friendship, love, and a new family in the ruins of Denver, a harsh wilderness home to carnivorous plants, mutant animals, and dangerous people.

But simply building a new life for herself is not enough. With the help of her friends and allies, Poppy must return to Goodland and confront the man who shattered her perfect life. She will do whatever it takes to stop him before he can destroy the peace and the people she has vowed to protect.

 

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Visit T.D.’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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December – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month, including one making her literary debut and one from our newest member!

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11/14 – In Their Shoes: A Collection of Short Stories by L J Higgins

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Throughout our lifetimes, most of us will face different hardships, and create many amazing memories. All of those blend together to make you the person you become. Each of us have a different story, taking a different path. Whether you believe someone has taken the right path or not, it is important to remember that we all want the same things in life – to be happy and to be loved for who we are.
In Their Shoes is a collection of short stories that allows you to have a glimpse into someone’s life, giving you insight on how it may feel to be them for just a moment.

Genre: YA/Short Stories

AVAILABLE NOW HERE

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12/4 – The Girl Who Collected Butterflies: A Supernatural Ghost Thriller (Haunted Minds) Volume 3 by John Hennessy

ButterfliesBoys made fun of her. Girls tended to avoid her. Teachers didn’t understand her. Marissa Coton collected butterflies. For her Very Special Project, Marissa took some butterflies and placed a name under each one. To her classmates, the selection appeared to be random. No harm done. But when the children in Marissa’s book begin to die in mysterious circumstances, the evidence points to the mysterious girl with black eyes who wears a red bow in her hair. There’s method in her apparent madness. There’s a reason why she’s doing it. By the time her secret is out, it will be far too late.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

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12/4 – Rigel (Appointments on Plum Street Book 1) by Eli Ingle

RigelAppointments on Plum Street is a series set across six worlds, three dimensions and multiple times zones. The first book, Rigel, starts the story as we see the young orphan Rigel on Earth, miserable and alone. Then one night his life is changed forever when a crew of airship pilots tear through the sky and offer to take him to another world.

On their journey they come across other children and Rigel finds that they are all at the centre of a legend thousands of years old … and he has no memory being part of it.

The Darkness, trapped for so long in the Dark Realm, is beginning to stir and venture out from its prison, taking hold a world at a time, led by the malignant and cruel Frivlok. But with limited experience, strength and cunning as a result of hundreds of years of hiding, how will they ever succeed against Frivlok and his Dark Parade?

Genre: Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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12/7 – Wicked Rescue Mission by Chasity Nicole

Wicked Rescue Mission.jpgWhat do you do when the world is perfect one moment and in shambles the next? When your girlfriend’s kidnapped and taken to Hell by the Devil’s son? All we know is that Ember overheard a conversation between Piper and her father one night before Blade kidnapped her. She left us a message on a crumpled painting that gave us pieces of information. Leaving the eight of us to put it together to save her.

Our only mission is to get her back because our lives mean nothing without her. But, we’re only teenagers with superhuman powers, and we don’t have the power to walk between Earth and Hell. So, we turn to the only person we believe we can trust.

But the people we thought we could trust are turning against us in ways we never expected. So now, we must hurry to save Ember before it’s too late.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Click HERE to visit Ms. Nicole’s Amazon Author Page

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12/21 – Freedom Will Ring by Leigh Mitchell

Front CoverIn a dystopia created by nuclear World War III, America Hawthorne emerges from the underground bunker that she was born and raised in. She finds herself in the New World—a world that is littered with broken societies, and full of danger, anarchy, and unimaginable terrors.

America seems to have found a new home within the walls of the safest society in the New World when she is taken in at Greyholt, but when Greyholt burns to the ground in a mysterious attack, America transitions from citizen to survivor, and from survivor to slave.

With the help of a few new friends, America hatches up a plan to free all of the slaves and ruin the society of Ravenstone for good—but first she must complete a series of tasks designed to destroy her mentally, emotionally, and physically in order to earn her freedom. She learns about love, loss, and friendship as she sparks a rebellious flame in the hearts and souls of the enslaved—will they survive the rebellion?

Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

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12/31 – Doll by Miracle Austin

DollMany would be too afraid to even whisper that Pepper Fox deserved every single thing she had coming to her.

Her enemies swarmed the halls of Frost High and beyond.

Tomie, Sari and Opal defined her tormented victim list.

Opal shined the brightest on Pepper’s list.

Will these three outcasts devise a plan big enough to give the Queen Bee a taste of her own medicine?

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

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November – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month! A couple of these books are already out, and I am mentioning them now because I neglected to mention them last month.  Enjoy!

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9/29 – Emerge: The Edge: A Prequel Novella by Melissa A. Craven

The Edge Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence. He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. Allie Carmichael is dying inside and she doesn’t even realize it. Half a world away, she endures the same isolation Aidan experiences, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. As she forges a hesitant friendship for the first time in years, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her the timing is all wrong.
Allie and Aidan’s paths are about to converge.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

To go to Ms. Craven’s Amazon Author Page, click HERE

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10/13 – Ascension (New Bloods Trilogy Book 2) by Michelle Bryan

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Tara is coming into her power…but she has to keep fighting tooth and nail. She must train herself to use her strange new powers and enter a mad tyrant’s domain to save the people she loves. The quest that began in New Bloods 1: Awaken continues!

Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

To order the book on Amazon, click HERE

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11/1 – The Last First Game by Gina Azzi

The Last First GameWhen Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver Cade Wilkins. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.

When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance

To order/borrow the book on Amazon, click HERE

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11/23 – From Parts Unknown: The Complete Five-Part Serial by George Sirois

From Parts UnknownAbduction. Betrayal. Conspiracies. Murder. Welcome to the future of Sports Entertainment!

Out of work. Out of insurance. Out of options. All Stephen Barker wants is to provide a better life for his wife and child, and his only answer is to become a star in the last remaining sport in America, the Gladiatorial Combat League. But while Stephen’s intentions are noble, he has no idea that the GCL is becoming more and more corrupt behind the scenes. The current World Champion, Kyle Flyte, is forced to deal with constant rule changes proposed by the head booker Vornakai, including the use of weapons in the ring. But Vornakai is keeping his latest plan to usurp the championship a secret from everyone. If it works, it will turn an ordinary man into a weapon to tear through the GCL ranks. All he needs is a test subject. Someone like Stephen..

Genre: Science Fiction

Get Ready to Write

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Written by
Debbie Manber Kupfer

Ever since I was small I’ve always written. As a child I filled notebooks. At one time I had a whole series of school stories each in own exercise book. Somewhere in my basements these books still sit (I rarely throw anything away) and along with these childhood “books” is my first attempt at a novel. It was a kid’s fantasy. I remember it had a rather cool ogre in it. I wrote it in my twenties in exercise books. At the time I was living in Israel in a tiny one-room flat. I scribbled away in those notebooks, but somewhere along the way I got lost. Life took over and I stopped writing.

I moved to America, got married, had two children and finally found a career I love (I write puzzles for puzzle magazines). In the back my mind I knew I still wanted to write a novel, but thought I had plenty of time. When the kids are grown perhaps, then I would start.

Then about four and half years ago I found a lump in my breast. Cancer. I was terrified. But it is amazing what you get used to. I went through chemo, surgery, and radiation and today I’m happy to report that I’m cancer free. But my cancer taught me something, if you truly want to do something you shouldn’t wait. You never know how long you have.

In October 2012 the idea for “P.A.W.S.” came to me in a flash. I clearly saw a young girl being passed a silver cat amulet by her dying grandmother. I knew her story and that of her grandmother was important and something I had to tell. I told my daughter the story, who said “Mom, you have to write that.”

But how? How would keep on track, what with my kids, my puzzle work, and housework? For me the answer was NaNoWriMo (http://nanowrimo.org). Every year since the year 2000, November has been designated National Novel Writing Month. During that month writers from all around the globe take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words of fiction in one month.

I understood that 50,000 words would not get me a complete novel, but it would give me my best chance to keep on track. I set myself a daily target of 2000 words and just sat down and wrote. No editing, no distractions (I forced myself NOT to go on the internet each day until I was done with my daily words.)

Along the way NaNoWriMo sent me encouragement; pep talks from published authors who had taken this road before me. My word count grew and I was amazed with myself. I could do this. It felt like the whole world was cheering me on.

You can do it too! November is coming. Join me!

 

October – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

By a happy coincidence, all three books will be featured in a Facebook Launch Party, which will take place on October 17 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm PST.  If you would like to come by, please do! You could win prizes such as free e-book copies of any of these books!

Three Author Event!

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10/17 – Maisy and the Mystery Mansion by Elizabeth Woodrum

maisybook3-cover-final Super sleuths will be thrilled to know that everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective is back with a double dose of mystery adventure! As Maisy participates in a mystery weekend event for junior detectives, she uncovers a real case.   Could a ghost be haunting Mystery Manor? Find out in the exciting third installment of The Maisy Files!

Genre: Middle Grade/Mystery

To go to Ms. Woodrum’s Amazon Author Page, click HERE

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10/17 – Unexpected Alpha (Aluna Series Book 1) by Bethany Wicker

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Female Alphas are unheard of in werewolf society, and the Sapphire Pack is no different. So when Lena’s father dies, no one is more shocked than she to discover that his Alpha powers have transferred to her.But when the uber-sexy Kane enters the picture, Lena gets a lot more than she bargained for. She soon discovers that searching for answers is most difficult when the last person she can trust is the only one who has them.

Genre: YA/Paranormal

To pre-order the book on Amazon, click HERE

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10/18 – Xavier: Flight to Ambrosia by E.M. Cooper

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Xavier Jones and his friends are captured and returned to St Griswold College to the clutches of Ms Ratchet and her strange staff. At every turn, gargoyles, demons and the Darklaw are ramping up their sinister activities.  Following the advice of the messenger angel, Raphael and scribe, Nisroc the boys seek answers in the wilds of the magical Ambrosian Forest. Who can they trust in this bewildering landscape?

Genre: Middle Grade/Mystery

To order/borrow the book on Amazon, click HERE

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Also debuting this month:

10/6 – Adventures on the Breeze by Kristen Iten

Genre: Children’s/Picture Book

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10/15 – Catchpenny Part Four: Gold Mine by Sarah Wathen

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Have you ever wondered about that girl at the edge of the crowd? The one who has dark, bushy hair that hides her eyes while she’s reading, but tight shirts that don’t even try to hide the size of her breasts? She never comes to parties and she lives in a neighborhood where nice girls never venture. Everyone tries to ignore her…but there is something about her that’s impossible to ignore. Especially for the star quarterback, apparently. Because he just asked her to the Homecoming dance, after dumping the head cheerleader.

Catchpenny tells a story from the eyes of “that girl,” and Gold Mine is the conclusion of this serial novel. Does the outcast find her fairytale ending, or something else she didn’t even know she’d lost?

To visit the Amazon page for the first part of this series, click HERE

Introducing: The YAAR Blog!

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Greetings, fellow bookaholics!

Allow me to introduce ourselves. We are the Young Adult Author Rendezvous, a stalwart group of authors, writers and fanatics from all over the globe. Though most of us write in the Young Adult genre, quite a few of us write for younger audiences as well, from Middle Grade all the way down to picture books for preschoolers.

We have banded together as a group because we all have stories to tell, and, if I may be so bold, we are darn good at it. Our library of books is extensive, and we hold that you will browse our selection of books that are guaranteed to entertain readers of any age.

But more than that: we want to give you all the benefit of our experiences and our vast array of knowledge. Though we come from all walks of life, we are united by our love of books. Because you can’t be a writer without that, and, I think you’ll agree, there is a lot of ground to cover.

Starting immediately, people who visit our site regularly will be treated to blog entries from many of our members, with a new entry scheduled for every other day (usually the odd-numbered days, though we may fill in a few even-numbered days if there is a demand for it).

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

@YAARendezvous #YAAR #fiction

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