Friday, April 29, 2016

A Totally Awkward Love Story Blog Tour

“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.—Booklist

“A fun romantic comedy.” —School Library Journal

Working with teenagers always keeps me in the loop with what's going on in their daily lives, and while a lot has changed with the selfie generation, one thing remains the same: teens are still awkward.

Hannah and Sam are the main characters and deal with realistic drama. Hannah is intent on losing her virginity at a party. Before starting college in the Fall, she wants to feel mature and ready to experience the college life. Sam is the stereotypical guy who likes to hook up with girls. Neither one is expecting to meet each other at the same party, and neither one is expecting to fall head over heels with each other. But distance is an issue as they attend different schools and reconnecting is difficult, but not impossible.

I am always a fan of a story told from two different perspectives, especially with both genders, because the reader is able to see two very different points of view. Both characters are perfectly written and resemble so many students that I encounter daily. They are genuine replicas of teens today, which, as an adult reader, sometimes I want to leave behind when I leave at 3:30. But for young readers, they will find small bits of their identities in these characters. 

What works the best is that the love story truly is awkward. Like every relationship, especially one that requires time to grow, making it work is one of the most difficult trials to overcome. Not everything in the book is perfect, and Hannah and Sam don't hide behind pretenses. Hannah, especially, goes through many different stages in growing up, including her friendships. 

This is one of those books that truly fits on the bookshelf in my classroom. It will be a hit with my students because they will be able to relate on a personal level. Nobody knows teen awkwardness more than a fifteen year old girl, or boy. 

A Delacorte Press hardcover / On sale May 3, 2016

ISBN 978-0- 553-53732- 1 / 320 pages / $17.99 / $23.99 Can. / Ages 14 & up / eBook ISBN 978-0- 553-53733- 8 / $10.99

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cici Reno Blog Tour--Kristina Springer's Guest Post!

Are you Cici Reno in Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker?

by Kristina Springer

Readers often ask me if the main characters of my books are based on me and I can 100%

guarantee that in my newest middle grade book, Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker, Cici is nothing like me. I only wish I was half as cool as this kid.

In my first published book, The Espressologist, the main character Jane might have been a little bit too much like me (albeit a much better version!) which led to friends and family attending my signings and jutting index fingers at me while yelling, “You’re Jane!” I wasn’t making that mistake twice.

Cici Reno is a really cool, laid back kind of girl who is great at giving advice. She’s very zen. Maybe it’s from all the yoga? Her mom owns and teaches at Peony Lane yoga studio in a strip small near their house and Cici is often taking a class or just hanging out there. Despite her small stature in comparison to her fellow classmates, Cici just oozes self-confidence and is a great talker. So much so that her shy best friend Aggie asks Cici to contact that guy she’s crushing on on her behalf. No problem for Cici. She strikes up an online relationship with him and soon finds she’s falling for him herself. Which can only lead to trouble.

My first spark of inspiration for Cici (and the book itself!) happened in yoga class one day. We had this really chill, laid back teacher that day and I remember thinking, I bet her kids are so cool. Then it hit me to write a book about a cool yoga-loving kid. Cici is also a compilation of some other characters I know and don’t know. There are bits of her that are similar to my daughters and their friends and my nieces. But then I also wanted her to have the kind of confidence Lorelei Gilmore has (#1 Gilmore Girls fan right here!). So I took all of these various pieces and put them together to develop Cici Reno and she’s definitely the kind of person who

I’d love to have had as a friend in middle school.

Check out Cici for yourself and let me know what you think! I love getting e-mails and reviews.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One Million Books Sold in The Iron Fey Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Kagawa

New York (April 4, 2016)—Harlequin TEEN™ announced today that New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series has reached the one-million mark in copies sold in North America along with achieving multiple national bestseller placements.

The internationally bestselling The Iron Fey series consists of seven books (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight, The Lost Prince, The Iron Traitor and the newly released The Iron Warrior) and three novellas (“Winter’s Passage,” “Summer’s Crossing” and “Iron’s Prophecy,” collected in The Iron Legends anthology). The Iron Fey series has been published in more than 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany.

“The first sentence on the first page of The Iron King captured my imagination and drew me into a world where faeries were real and anything could happen,” said Natashya Wilson, Executive Editor of Harlequin TEEN. “As I read that original manuscript, my hands were shaking and I knew, I just knew, I had received something incredibly special. Watching The Iron Fey come to life and grow has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, and I have been honored and privileged to work with Julie on this unforgettable series.”