Welcome to Smugglivus 2009 – Day 17!
Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2009, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2010.
Today’s guest: Alice Morley, Assistant Manager (Brand and New Media Marketing) for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Alice is going to tell us what to expect this spring from LBYA plus a most awesome and generous ARC giveaway!
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Alice:
2009 has been a fab year for LBYR with an extraordinary number of New York Times bestsellers and starred reviews. But that’s just bragging! What’s been most fun and exciting for me has been seeing some of our great debut authors and novels get truly embraced and supported within the blogosphere, getting great word-of-mouth buzz out for titles like Hate List, Ash, Twenty Boy Summer, and, most recently Beautiful Creatures (now a New York Times bestseller!). So thank you to everyone who has featured and reviewed our titles over the past year!
Looking forward to 2010 we have another clutch of stunning debut novels. Kathryn from S&S UK has already talked about 13 Curses; well, US readers will have the chance to discover this exciting new series when we publish 13 Treasures, (the first book in the series) by Michelle Harrison, in June! It’s a middle-grade novel but definitely for the older end of the spectrum as the fairies are certainly no Tinkerbells! Michelle Harrison really draws you in with a great mystery as well as a gutsy heroine.
My favorite YA novel for next Spring is hard to pick, but high on the list is definitely Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce. Jackson has taken the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale and really turned it on its head: our heroines Scarlett and Rosie are awesome hunters who battle with the Fenris (the werewolves in the book) with axes and blades. Is it wrong to admit that I also have a crush on the love interest Silas?! I know he’s fictional!!
LBYR is definitely becoming known for its strong YA titles in the paranormal category (what else would you expect from the home of Twilight!), and together with Sisters Red we also have Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, a dystopian tale of a future world where the earth’s resources are scarce; Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, a mystery steeped in ancient Maori culture; and the highly anticipated sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink. Now you can see why I’m excited about the Spring (and not just because of the warmer weather!).
Thanks so much to Ana and Thea for inviting me to join in the Smugglivus celebrations – see you all in 2010!!
Leave a comment on this post saying which of these titles you are looking forward to reading and we will pick 3 winners who will receive Advanced Reading Copies of ALL titles (13 Treasures, Sisters Red, Ship Breaker, Guardian of the Dead and Prophecy of the Sisters: Guardian of the Gate.). The contest is open to Canada and US ONLY (no PO Boxes please) and will run till Saturday 26th Dec 11:59pm (Pacific). Good luck!