Tag: YA

Get a FREE Sample of Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy

Happy Book Birthday to Sheri S. Levy on her young adult novel Starting Over, the second in the Trina Ryan Series! Read all about it on our Blast Off! page. It came out August 1, in plenty of time to enjoy before school starts (though you don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy this novel!) If you want… Read more →

Sheri Shepherd Levy: Lost In The Day Dreaming Part Of Writing

I’m at the tail-end of the editing process on my next mystery/thriller, Color of Betrayal, soon to be published by Barking Rain Press. Besides adult mysteries like my own, BRP also publishes young adult novels. A traditional publisher, Barking Rain Press is included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ PAL (Published and Listed) publishers. Sheri Shepherd Levy… Read more →

That Lovely Family Humor Vibe

We met Lisa Bunker last fall at a Kid Lit Universe event and are pleased to welcome her today as a guest blogger. Lisa’s debut young adult novel FELIX Yz about a 13-year-old boy fused with an alien will be released by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 6th. Before setting up shop as a full-time author and trans… Read more →

Phillip Tomasso: “Writing is a lot like exercise or brushing your teeth”

While working my way through the editing process on my next mystery/thriller, Color of Betrayal, it occurred to me that Kid Lit Universe readers may not realize that my publisher, Barking Rain Press, has a line of Young Adult novels. A traditional publisher, Barking Rain Press is included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ PAL (Published and… Read more →

Megan Frazer Blakemore – Good and Gone

Release date: November 14, 2017 HarperTeen ISBN: 9780062348425 320 pages Good And Gone When Lexi’s older brother, Charlie, finds out that Adrian Wildes, a famous musician, has been reported missing, he insists on taking a road trip to find the elusive rocker. Lexi decides to go along with him, and so does their music-loving, out-and-proud neighbor, Zack. Being stuck in… Read more →

Protect Your Writing Time

“As writers, we need to protect our writing time,” author Adi Rule said at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s November Author-To-Author talk. She uses an app to keep herself off the internet. “Writing is a job,” she stressed. Rule  grew up in what she called a writing house. Her mother, Rebecca Rule, is an author of adult and children’s books… Read more →

Advocate For Yourself

Even though Rebecca Podos is an industry insider–she’s not only a published young adult author, but also a literary agent with Rees Literary Agency–she said she learned that she would have to advocate for herself when it came time to promote her book, The Mystery Of Hollow Places. Speaking at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s September Author-To-Author series, Podos said… Read more →

“Write As If Nobody Wants To Read A Single Word”

I recently attended Bouchercon, a convention that is as much, if not more, for readers as it is for writers of mysteries. Although Bouchercon is heavily weighted toward adult books, there were some offerings designed for children’s literature and I was eager to attend the Young Adult panel, “It Smells Like Teen Spirit,” moderated by Maria Alexander. Panelist B.K. Stevens… Read more →

Latest YA Book By Adi Rule!

Does the name Adi Rule sound familiar? She was mentioned in our earlier post about the nominees for a New Hampshire Literary Award for Best Young Adult Book for her novel, Strange Sweet Song. (If you haven’t voted for the People’s Choice Awards yet, Vote now! Voting doesn’t end until midnight on September 30th. The categories are: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry,… Read more →

Paperback Release of Even In Paradise

I met Chelsey Philpot a couple years ago and got to know her at some signings that we did together. We both had books that came out about the same time, mine an adult mystery/thriller and Chelsey’s a YA novel. Now her wonderful novel, Even in Paradise, is out in paperback and we’re thrilled to share the news here. Chelsey… Read more →

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