Friday, January 31, 2014

Maurene Goo

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Maurene Goo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she navigated her childhood by practicing extreme bossy lord-dom over her many cousins. She studied communication at the University of California, San Diego, and received a master’s degree in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a very old cat.

Since You Asked (Scholastic, 2013)

Since You Asked... is a humorous debut novel about a Korean-American teenager who accidentally lands her own column in her high school newspaper, and proceeds to rant her way through the school year while struggling to reconcile the traditional Korean values of her parents with contemporary American culture.

Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive homecoming, mean-girl cliques, jocks, secret admirers, Valentine's Day, and other high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values?

In this hilarious debut, Maurene Goo takes a fresh look at trying to fit in without conforming to what's considered "normal" in high school and how to manage parental expectations without losing one's individuality... or being driven insane.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Laurisa White Reyes

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Laurisa Reyes is the author of the middle grade Celestine Chronicles books, The Rock of Ivanore and and The Last Enchanter. Her latest book, Contact, a YA novel from Hallowed Ink Press, will be released in June 2014.

The Last Enchanter (Tanglewood Press, 2013)

Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll's death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.

The Rock of Ivanore (Tanglewood Press, 2012)

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame.

With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scott Bly

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Smasher (The Blue Sky Press, 2014)

In this riveting suspense thriller, two children race the clock to stop a futuristic murderer and his plan to enslave the world.

In thirty days, a cold-hearted corporate tycoon will unleash a deadly biological computer virus on the entire world. As the public eagerly awaits his invention that promises ultimate relaxation, harmony, and community, the evil big-business sorcerer plans to put an end to freedom.

Can he be stopped? The world's only hope is if Charlie, a math genius with otherworldly skills, and Geneva, a robotic girl from the future, can team up to track down some very dark secrets. With a method that uses atomic particles, Geneva and Charlie use "Smasher" to break through the walls of time. They travel to find an unlikely solution. But will it work?

Fresh, unique, and gripping, this page-turner also celebrates the power of love, hope, and friendship as it also raises provocative questions about technology, progress, and the nature of persecution.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014 Authors

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Keynote speaker: Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

Special guest: Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
Check the signing schedule for panel and signing times

Speaking Authors

Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
Me and Earl and 
The Dying Girl
Carrie Arcos, author of There Will Come a Time
Carrie Arcos
There Will Come a Time
Katherine Ewell, author of Dear Killer
Katherine Ewell
Dear Killer
Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s
Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice
Rapture Practice
Tracy Holczer, author of The Secret Hum of a Daisy
Tracy Holczer
The Secret Hum 
of a Daisy
Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window
Kristen Kittscher
The Wig in the Window
Catherine Linka, author of A Girl Called Fearless
Catherine Linka
A Girl Called Fearless
Gretchen McNeil, author of 3:59
Lissa Price, author of Enders
Elizabeth Ross, author of Belle Epoque
Belle Epoque
Frances Sackett, author of The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog
The Misadventures of 
the Magician’s Dog
Rachel Searles, author of The Lost Planet
The Lost Planet
Sarah Skilton, author of High and Dry
High & Dry
Amy Spalding, author of Ink Is Thicker Than Water
Ink Is Thicker than Water
Ann Redisch Stampler, author of Afterparty
Margaret Stohl, author of Icons
Carol Tanzman, author of Circle of Silence
Circle of Silence
Amy Tintera, author of Reboot
Lisa Yee, author of Warp Speed
Warp Speed
Allen Zadoff, author of Boy Nobody
Boy Nobody

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Maurene Goo, author of Since You Asked...
Since You Asked…
Laurisa White Reyes, author of The Last Enchanter
The Last Enchanter
Scott Bly, author of Smasher

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2014 Blog Tour Schedule

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Tue March 25 - Read Now Sleep Later - Spotlight on Catherine Linka
Mon March 31 - The Windy Pages - Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil
Mon March 31 - The Windy Pages - Spotlight on Holly Goldberg Sloan
Wed April 2 - FangirlFeeels - Spotlight on Jesse Andrews
Fri April 4 - What a Nerd Girl Says - Spotlight on Andrew Smith
Mon April 7 - What a Nerd Girl Says - Spotlight on Margaret Stohl
Tue April 8 - Adventures of a Book Junkie - Spotlight on Amy Tintera
Thu April 10 - The Consummate Reader - Bridge to Books Guest Post
Fri April 11 - iFandoms Collide - Spotlight on Rachel Searles
Mon April 14 - Nite Lite Book Reviews - Spotlight on Sarah Skilton
Tue April 15 - Nite Lite Book Reviews - Spotlight on Allen Zadoff
Wed April 16 - The Reader's Antidote - Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross
Mon April 21 - iFandoms Collide - Spotlight on Carol Tanzman
Tue April 22 - The Book Twins - Spotlight on Carrie Arcos
Wed April 23 - Read Now Sleep Later - Spotlight on Tracy Holczer
Thu April 24 - Birth of a New Witch - Spotlight on Katherine Ewell
Fri April 25 - The Consummate Reader - Spotlight on Lissa Price
Date TBD - A Bookish Escape - Spotlight on Ann Redisch Stampler

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Photos and Thank yous

Our sixth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 19 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz.  We owe many thanks to everyone w...