Welcome to Smugglivus 2010: Day 18
Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors, bloggers and publishers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2010, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2011.
Who: Alice Morley (Assistant Manager – Brand and New Media Marketing) and Sara Zink (Publicist and Blogger Outreach) for Little, Brown US. They are here today to tell us about some of the titles coming this spring from LBYA plus a most awesome and generous ARC giveaway!
Please give it up for Alice and Sara!
I can’t believe a year has gone by since I wrote my last Smugglivus post. 2010 has been another great year for LBYR and thanks again to everyone for their support of our titles. It’s great when our books stimulate excitement and debate! My personal favorites in the past few months have been Cate Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved, with a fantastic, snarky immortal heroine who is running from her past. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger was a surprisingly (for me) sweet story with a positive message for teen girls (EVERYONE feels like a DUFF sometimes!) and I was also hooked by The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, which handled the difficult subject of Date Rape in a fresh and empowering way. On a more personal note, my baby son was born in July of this year so I’ve also been reading a lot of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
In 2011 we have a great new selection of titles – but I’ll leave that to my colleague Sara Zick, who from now on will be the person who gets to share them with you. Please send any review requests her way from now on. It’s been great working with you all – now, over to Sara…
I am so excited to be working on these titles and with you all! A few things you should know about me: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’s protagonist is my favorite character EVER and I love Baked Lays. On to Spring 2011:
A book I couldn’t put down is We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction by Nic Sheff (April 2011) a follow up to his New York Times bestseller, Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines. Nic continues to tell the incredible true story of his life as an addict, in and out of recovery. His story is no Go Ask Alice – it’s real and brutally honest, and his writing is flawless as he weaves the hilarious, the heartwarming, and the heartbreaking elements of his life together to tell this story.
Malinda Lo’s Ash was a blogger favorite. To follow this, she has written Huntress (April 2011) set in the same world, but featuring two seventeen year-old girls selected to go on a quest to restore the balance of nature in the Kingdom. Typical to Malinda, these characters kick butt and the writing is outstanding.
The legendary National Book Award winner Julie Anne Peters is back with a look at the ecstasy – and inevitable agony – of first love in She Loves You, She Loves You Not (June 2011). Seventeen year-old Alyssa is torn away from the life she knew, which included her girlfriend, when she is forced to move hundreds of miles away to live with a mother she barely knows. Julie’s writing has always been take-no-prisoners honest and brilliant, and this story is no exception.
Also, we have The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky (March 2011).
A debut novel which is the first in a new series, it tells the story of Louise Lambert who, via some vintage couture, finds herself transported back to 1912, where she becomes Alice Baxter, a beautiful silent film star traveling on the Titanic. It’s adventure with full-color fashion illustrations, a combination that I love.
Happy Smugglivus to all!
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 3 YA titles (Huntress, She Loves You, She Loves You Not and The Time-Traveling Fashionista). The contest is open to Canada and US ONLY (no PO Boxes please) and will run till Saturday 25th Dec 11:59pm (Pacific). Good luck!