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Debut Authors Amy Brewer and Patty Carothers on Collaboration and Writing a Happy Ending

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Rarely nowadays do we find books in the Young Adult genre that aren’t filled with death, murder, bullying, depression, and more. While books with these themes do hold an important place in literature, the market, after the success of books like 13 Reasons Why, has become saturated – if not over-saturated – with similar narratives and themes. Which is why reading the debut novel of friends and writing collaborators Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer feels like something of a breath of fresh air. Their debut work, Texting Prince Charming, as hinted at in the title, reads like a fairy tale – with a twist. After a tragic car accident, Shelby Ryan lost more than just her entire family – she’s also left…

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Video: Bestselling Author Tamora Pierce Talks with Signature-Reads.com About Writing Strong, Female Heroes

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Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce knows a thing or two about how to write memorable female heroes who are tough, yet self-aware. On this International Women’s Day, Pierce shares with Signature-Reads.com (a site run by Penguin Random House) some insight into how she crafts strong characters who happen to be women, books she personally rebels against and the women whose writing serves as her inspiration. The video is also available on the YouTube channel Signature Views, which is the video arm of Signature-Reads.com, a site run by Penguin Random House. Books by Tamora Pierce https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 Tempests and Slaughter: Book 1 of The Numair Chronicles  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series) First Test: Book 1 of the…

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Cassandra Clare Signs Seven-Figure Book Deal for New Series

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Cassandra Clare, New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Young Adult urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and  The Dark Artifices, has just signed a seven-figure book deal with Del Rey Books to launch a new series in the same genre, but with an adult audience as the focus. Sword Catcher, the first book in this new series is currently in progress, and a publication date will be announced shortly. Readers should expect the books to be high fantasy novels, dealing with “criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors,” a step away from the New York City set of The City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare tweeted the big news yesterday:   While not much has been reported…

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Everything, Everything Adaptation Puts Spotlight on Young Adult Novels

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With blockbuster series like Twilight or The Hunger Games on bookshelves, it’s easy to assume that most young adult novels need a sexy vampire or a dystopian future in order to succeed. Sure, we’re not ever going to turn down a sexy vampire—we’re not crazy, after all. But there’s also something intriguing about contemporary novels involving issues that could affect any teenager in our society. The success of realistic YA novels like The Fault in our Stars or 13 Reasons Why show us that people crave relatable, human stories just as much as they crave paranormal or fantasy. Even if those “relatable stories” make us cry buckets of tears, such as Everything, Everything. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, is the…

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