April 6th, 2009

A giveway to celebrate the launch of Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal officially releases tomorrow!

Publishers Weekly says, “Wiehl, a Fox News commentator and legal analyst, teams with mystery veteran Henry (Buried Diamonds) on a sizzling political thriller. When 17-year-old Senate page Katie Converse goes missing on her Christmas break near her parents' white Victorian home in Portland, Ore., law enforcement and media personnel go into overdrive in a search for clues. Three friends at the pinnacle of their respective careers--Allison Pierce, a federal prosecutor; Cassidy Shaw, a crime reporter; and Nicole Hedges, an FBI special agent--soon discover that Katie wasn't the picture of innocence painted by her parents. It appears Katie was having an affair with a much older man, a senator whose political career could be derailed if the affair was publicized. The seamless plot offers a plethora of twists and turns.”

I say: it's time for a giveway!I'd love to give a couple of signed copies away!

It's so simple!
1. Comment on this post and let me know you're in. (If you're not on LJ, give me your email or another way to get hold of you)
2. To get your name in twice, paste the link to this livejournal, or copy this post into your blog.
3. Wait until April 19, when Teen will draw the winners.

Thanks for playing along!

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Title, title, who’s got a title?

I am now 3 for 3 with my YAs - editors wanting the title changed.

The latest was called Shadows Walking Backward. The title was taken from an incident where one of the two main characters loses her sight when a car coming up behind them at night veers off the road. (Side note: if you are ever walking on a dark road, watch what happens to your shadow when a car comes up behind you. It's pretty cool.)

Anyway, here's the basics:

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne and 17-year-old Griffin meet in a shopping mall parking lot. Sick, she's lying down in the back of her step-mom's Escalade. He's there stealing Christmas presents from parked cars. But when he sees the keys dangling from the ignition, Griffin can't resist bringing the car home, where his dad makes a living selling stolen cars and car parts.

When he realizes he's also stealing a girl, Griffin panics. He takes Cheyenne home, even after he learns she's blind, hoping his dad can help him figure out what to do.

Once his dad learns that Cheyenne is also the daughter of a famous athletic apparell company's president, he decides to ask for ransom. But Griffin wonders if his dad will really let Cheyenne go.

Cheyenne and Griffin find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Ambushes, escapes, double-crosses, murder and a junkyard dog all figure into the plot. Oh, and the reader will also learn more about what it's like to be blind.

Of course, a lot of appeal for a YA is doing to be in the cover art, which I have no control over. A title should be provocative, or ask a question, or add a layer.

Any ideas? Here’s an article about how to choose a title that may help.

As usual, there could be a book in it for you.

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Look at who’s up for an award!

The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards “honor books that reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White” They’ve recently added an “older readers” category to reflect that reading aloud is a pleasure at any age. [Full disclosure: I read to Kid until she officially became Teen. Then we got bogged down in Gone With the Wind.]

Picture book nominees
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Too Many Toys by David Shannon [Full disclosure #2: David sent back a very nice note after I sent him a letter about Kid’s book “No Grandma” which was inspired by “No David.”]

Books for older readers nominees
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas [and we know her as sarah_prineas ] “A bookseller favorite which the committee chose because it started “with a bang,” and just kept on going. It was also included for its broad appeal to boys and girls, and to a wide range of ages."
Masterpiece by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy [Full disclosure #3: we share an editor!]
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, illustrated by Victor Rivas [Full disclosure #4: I guess I was the only who thought this sounded too much like a book about interspecies relationships…]

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