Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 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:

The sequel to GILDED by Christina Farley sold. SILVERN will be released on Sept. 23, 2014. For all the details check out this post: christinafarley.com/gilded-will-have-a-sequel/

Emma Pass's ACID has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Award. It also won the North East Teenage Book Award!

Melissa Landers' ALIENATED has received its first foreign rights sale, to Turkey.

Several Luckies' books were named Whitney Award Finalists

Caroline Carson's debut, MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT was included on this year's Amelia Bloomer Project list of recommended feminist literature for young readers: ameliabloomer.wordpress.com

L. Boyle Crompton's second YA novel, THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH, was released last week from Sourcebooks Fire.

Gone Fishing: A Novel In Verse, by Tamera Will Wissinger, is an ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book. www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/alsc-names-2014-notable-children-s-books
 
NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano received a starred review from School Library Journal. www.slj.com/2014/02/reviews/ya-reviews/from-swashbuckling-space-opera-to-thrilling-murder-mystery-whats-hot-in-ya/

And German rights to NEARLY GONE have sold to Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger for publication in Spring 2015!
 
Italian Rights to JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore have sold to Rizzoli. And Audio Rights for the same have sold to Audible.  
 
And finally, INFINITE SKY by C. J. Flood has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase Award!

Congratulations to all Luckies with good news this month.


Watch out for more good news from the Lucky 13s on the 13th of next month!



C. J. Flood is the author of the Carnegie Medal longlisted INFINITE SKY. She blogs and tweets while trying to resist the temptations of Facebook, so say hello!






Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ALIENATED is here!

Hey, fiction lovers! Melissa Landers here, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.



What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eHsLaf
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1dZqtBI
Book Depo (free international shipping): http://bit.ly/1hzxOfs
Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1dfZHDW

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.