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Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.
Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.
In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.
Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.
As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.
And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.
Why You’ll Love this book
I’m gonna be honest here: I really don’t know if you’ll love this book or not. It seems presumptuous to assume you will—there are plenty of books heralded as great or essential that I didn’t care for, so why should Yellow Locust be sacrosanct?
So instead, I thought I’d tell you why I love this book. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of them.
1) It has a kick-ass protagonist. Selena Flood knows how to bust heads. A seventeen-year-old street brawler, Selena is a pampered member of New Canaan’s elite Seraphim who scorned the posh gyms and gentlemen’s leagues of her native class in order to hone her skills in the roughest fighting pits of New Canaan’s slums. When her parents are executed for treason, Selena flees her homeland but takes her fighting skills with her, along with a data stick containing highly sensitive intel and enough anger to fuel a thousand brawls. It doesn’t take her long to find a way to put her talents to use on the road, for America-that-was is a dangerous place, and the most savage parts of it are those that pretend to be civilized. Which leads me to…
2) It has a great villain. Though driven by the threat of New Canaan’s impending war, most of Yellow Locust is set a thousand miles from the empire’s border, in a bucolic farming community called Fallowfield. With lush crops and well-fed citizens, Fallowfield stands in stark contrast to the lands around it, which unfurl with mile after mile of a blighted, poison plant called yellow locust. Running the show in Fallowfield is a man known only as The Mayor, a foppish figure with a charming smile beneath a pair of reflective sunglasses. He greets Selena and Simon warmly, offers them every kindness, but behind his mirrored lenses lurk unknown intentions. Erudite, devious, and ruthlessly intelligent, The Mayor is my favorite type of villain—the kind who’d sink a knife in your back if necessary, but would rather trick your friend into doing the deed instead, the better to keep from getting his hands dirty.
3) It has a lot of action. Street brawls, knife fights, ambushes, insurgencies—the world of Yellow Locust is a violent place. Not a great place to live, but a lot of fun to write about (and hopefully to read about, too!)
4) It took me a long time to write. Yellow Locust is a book ten years in the making, a cask-aged brew given ample time to mellow. The manuscript swelled to 150,000 words and whittled down to 90,000, shed plots and characters, survived a crucible of edits to emerge sleek and sharp and hard as steel. None of this might mean much to the reader, but after all that work, how could I not love the thing?
Anyhow, those are my reasons. I hope you agree, but even more so, I hope you pick it up and give it a chance.
About the Author
Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
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Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson
Release Date: April 3, 2018
No planet. No hope.
Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.
A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.
- What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
On a good day, I aim for 1000 words, but that means I often have to write more than a thousand, because I often edit as I write. Some writers don’t edit until they finish a first draft. I just can’t work that way. It’s a lot easier for me to go back and forth between editing and drafting new material.
- What sort of research did you do for this book?
Since the story is science fiction but set on a planet where people don’t have much access to technology, I didn’t have to do as much research for this as I might for other stories. The research I did do broke down into two very different parts. One part was considering how people live in a hot dry climate. The most fuin part of thinking about that was getting ideas on what types of clothes people wear that would fit a futuristic society. I found some terrific work by up-and-coming fashion designers. Even when I don’t end up writing long descriptions, details like clothing help me picture the scene in my head. I made a Pinterest board for some of the things I found: https://www.pinterest.com/deegarretson/torch-world-book-2-reyet-trap/
As to more scientific research, I did a little on neurotoxins and other aspects of disease transmission to come up with ideas for the mysterious illness affecting certain people on the planet. No Pinterest board for that!
- What are you working on now? Any chance of a third book in the series?
I just finished a draft of the third book and it should be released in 2019. Like a lot of readers, I don’t want a series to end, so it was fun to continue with this one, especially when the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. ☺ I also have another book coming out in 2019, a historical I like to describe as a YA Downton Abbey with spies. It was also a lot of fun to write. Science Fiction and historical writing have quite a bit in common-You have to create worlds you’ve never experienced.
- How did you come up for the idea of your book?
I’ve always loved science fiction and I am also a huge STAR WARS and STAR TREK fan, so writing a science fiction series has long been a dream of mine. I wanted to explore a story that involved two people from very different cultures and very different histories who have to figure out where they belong and if they can overcome all the obstacles to be together. I have a degree in International Relations, which is largely the study of the clashes of different cultures, so the idea for the plot arose from that.
- Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I love movies and some TV so this is my kind of question. I like old movies and I like adventure movies, not surprisingly. I just watched an old WW2-set movie called OPERATION CROSSBOW. I could swear George Lucas saw this movie at some point and the end scene of A NEW HOPE with the death star was influenced by the final moments of this movie. Heart-pounding! I’ve also been watching THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. Somehow, I’ve never read anything by Philip K. Dick so once I finish watching the series, I want to read the book it was based on.
About the Author
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.
Let us know what you think of the cover for Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros, which releases August 7, 2018!
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About Project Prometheus:
The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing.
Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades?
Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him.
As for Hades? He simply wants revenge.
They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.
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About Aden Polydoros:
Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.
What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.
Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.
When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…
From early in the book. Bean has lost track of Zak at the beginning of the story. They’re
both in college, him in Seattle, she in upstate NY. The year is 1972; Bean’s a
sophomore. She can only see Zak by time traveling back to high school.
I will never, ever forgive myself, thought Bean, and allowed herself to
daydream once more about the gorgeous guy’s shirt she’d seen at Constant
Karma in Stormkill. It was green and blue and printed with elephants walking
trunk to tail. Zak would have loved it…but she had absolutely no idea where he
was. There were rumors he’d dropped out of college, like Sam. Call his mother
and ask? She simply couldn’t!
I bet he found someone else, Bean thought. I went silent and didn’t say
why. He’ll never want to hear from me again. Ever. Downstairs, Tone and
Julia were listening to opera. She shut her door.
She pulled the stack of Zak’s unopened letters out of her suitcase, and even
though they might contain a hint of what had happened, she couldn’t bear to
open even one. Instead, she got out her guitar and began dropping it into an
open D tuning for Joni Mitchell’s Marcie. There was probably a no less
Christmas-y song in the world.
As for Zak’s letters, Bean brought them back to college with her. And
home again at the end of the year. And then back to school for her sophomore
year: still sealed, every last one.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
The Road to Publication
What Time Is It There is the third book in the time-traveling young adult Bean
series. By the time I was drafting it, I felt like an old hand at writing young adult
novels—well, maybe an old hand…ish. Okay, I’ll be honest. I felt like a sorta-kinda- old hand, and that more on some days than others. The Bean Books were my first published fiction, and writers are incredibly insecure!
The Bean Books (Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, and What Time
Is It There?) have a sweet story behind them, though. I’d been trying to get Book One, Time Runs Away With Her, into print forever. One of the first people to read it all the way through was Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. In an enormous flash of good luck, I’d gotten accepted to her weeklong master class at a woman’s writing retreat on an island off Washington State. She liked the very early
draft I showed her, taught me how to write a mean-enough antagonist, and gave me the courage to withstand about eight hundred and fifty million rejections before my heroine Bean Donohue and I finally found our happy home at Evernight Teen.
I got Evernight Teen’s acceptance for that first book while I was on vacation on
Prince Edward Island. My husband and I were actually staying in a cottage that is
owned by the family of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Any writer of YA books has to be an Anne fan, and I couldn’t believe the way my life suddenly felt like fiction! I promptly visited Lucy Maud’s geranium-lined gravesite that July day, and spent a few quiet moments thanking her for the inspiration.
Book Two, In Her Own Time, started as a National Novel Writing Month project,
as did the last of the trilogy, What Time Is It There? November is National Novel
Writing Month, and it’s the perfect time to plant your posterior in a well-designed desk chair and pound the computer keys. Get that book done! The holidays are coming and you’ll be too distracted to revise much until January—which is how it should be. You won’t be able to see the holes in the plot until then, anyway.
Which, I guess, brings me to another point: revision. I didn’t revise every time I
got rejected, but I did revise a bunch. You hear about writers who claim things just pour out of them and it’s all about sitting down to let the words flow. Yeah, you may hear about those writers, but they don’t exist. In the very early stages of writing a book, maybe it’s like that. But the road to publication is not without traffic lights and speed bumps and stop signs. That’s what revision is.
I’ve gotten used to working with the really good editors at Evernight Teen. They
don’t miss much. They don’t let me get away with nonsense. When I get an accepted
but marked-up draft back to work on, I take note of what I can learn from it, and try to internalize that editor’s voice in my head for next time. And I thank all that is good and holy that the road that I’m traveling has led me to write—and publish—The Bean Books.
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy, What Time Is It There?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choir director husband (Ken) and two spoiled tomcats. One of the house’s two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.
Christine’s newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.
Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.
The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger
Published by Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
To be Released on January 8th, 2018
When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.
Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.
My name is Sara Baysinger and I write books. I was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where I spent my early life exploring uncharted lands on horseback and raising chickens. I now make my home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with my husband and two children…and I still raise chickens. My dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016, with books 2 & 3 published in 2017. When not getting lost in a book, I can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate.
I’m currently working on an upcoming science fiction romance novel that will release with Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing.
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“What have we here. A runaway?”
I can’t think. In my panic I can hardly breathe—
“Easy there.” His voice is lucid and smooth, not rough and unkind like I imagined it would be. He releases me. “I’m not going to hurt you.”
The first scattered thought that crosses my mind when I look at him is, he’s not really too different from Humans. I mean, apart from being exceptionally tall, he really could pass for a Human. His tanned face is clean-shaven, and when he smiles, dimples appear. Dark feathery hair the color of molasses curls around two pointed ears. Amusement flickers in his eyes—and for the first time I notice the strange color of them. They’re not crazy at all, the way Johnson described. They have a purple hue, soft and deep like lilacs. Never look them in the eye. One of Johnson’s many lessons. I avert my gaze.
“What are you doing outside the plantation?” His voice is not accusing but slightly curious. “You shouldn’t be out here unless you have a death wish. Correct?”
My stomach drops. Yes. He thinks I’m a slave. This could be good.
Or really bad.
I glance at the sky, think of something to say, but every Tavdorian word I’ve ever learned has decided to take a vacation.
“The sunset,” I finally say in his language. “You can get the best view from here.” It’s the weakest excuse ever, but it’ll buy me some time.
“The sunset?” He crosses his arms, and I notice how strong he is, his forearms corded in muscle.“You risked your life leaving the plantation…for a sunset?”
One swallow. Two blinks. “It’s worth it, don’t you think?” I gesture toward the sky, now turning a deep shade of crimson.
He swivels his eyes toward the sunset, then back at me. A confused smile forms on his two perfect lips, and I briefly wonder if all Tavdorians are this good-looking or if I’ve officially lost my mind.
“Alno must be lenient. Not many slaves get the privilege of enjoying a sunset.”
My heartbeat spikes. Look away. Johnson told me Tavdorians never speak civilly to Humans. It’s all orders and reprimands. So why is this one speaking to me? Why isn’t he reacting in anger at my “privilege”?
“But you don’t have to worry about a lashing from me.” The Tavdorian steps closer, and my shoulders stiffen. He’s so tall my head barely reaches his chest. If he thought I was a runaway, he could easily swing me over his shoulder and carry me to the plantation himself.
“What do you want with me?” The question comes out in a breathless whisper. I allow myself to peek up at him. He stares back, his eyes sparking with curiosity.
“Simple conversation would be enough.”
A conversation. With a Tavdorian. There’s nothing simple about that.
“You don’t need to tremble so much. I’m not going to harm you.” He waves his hand in the air. “Or tell on you for running away.”
“Thank you,” I manage to whisper, realizing after I speak the words that I just confirmed his suspicion.
“I would suggest you run with more resources, though. Food. Water.” His eyes drift over my threadbare tunic, and he frowns. “Layers of clothing, perhaps.”
“I’m fine, really.”
“Do you know how to hunt?”
I’m starting to wonder if this is an interrogation.
He narrows his eyes and lowers his voice a notch. “Or are you meeting with other runaways? I heard there were two who ran from the plantation. Alno must have a terrible time keeping his fence intact.”
I can’t speak. My mouth has been bolted shut, my fear threatening to choke me.
He sighs and drags his hand through his hair. “This conversation is seriously getting boring. You can either speak to me like a civil…being. Or you can walk away and leave me hanging, wondering who the mysterious copper-haired runaway was that I met on the riverbank.”
My brain screams at me to walk away, but this Tavdorian isn’t the only curious one here.