An open apology and BEA!

Yoohoo! Hello! Hello over there!! Can you see me? Hello? It’s me, Judith? You probably won’t recognize me and if you do, you’re all probably a wee bit pissed at me for, ya know, not blogging or reviewing or even maintaining the site really over the last few months. But don’t be. I’m here on my knees ready to grovel.

“Why’d you leave us, Judith?!” That’s the big question. Guys, I am so sorry but this dumb thing called “day-to-day life” just kept getting in the way. At first it was just asking me to make dinner and you know, clean for a bit (and by clean I totally mean put dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else). Then it started eating up my available time with homework assignments, girl scout troop meetings, working 8 hours a day, laundry…and we can’t forget that pesky husband and the never ending, extended houseguests.  It got so bad that at one point I actually considered stopping blogging altogether.

The sudden collective gasp  you guys just put out is enough to make me think, “whew!” I did the right thing by not dumping the blog.

So here’s the deal. I promise to get you guys some quality reviews over the next few weeks because me, Ellen, and Onni have been reading up a storm. I also promise not to go AWOL again.

Now, this brings me to the awesome photo montage portion of this post.

On May 28 and 29th, Ellen and I took NYC by storm (not a difficult feat considering we both live in NJ) and attended BEA 2014. It was our 3rd time and we had a blast.  We spent all of Thursday checking out the various authors and taking in the scene:

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

More line waiting at 7:30 am...

More line waiting at 7:30 am…

Waiting in line for books to be autographed

Look closely and you’ll see A.R. Kahler, author of the Immortal Circus, waiting in line too

The line up to get books signed

The lines to get books by famous authors signed

We learned that at least two of the five main cast members of How I Met Your Mother  + one member of The Office had written books!

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Jason Segal speaking at the Children’s Books Author Breakfast

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

BJ Novak signing in booth

BJ Novak signing in booth

Some of our idols of childhood:

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

And we met up with some amazing bloggers and authors from all over:

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorehouse, and Author Anne Eliot (plus me hiding behind a book on the telephone screen)

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorhouse, and Author Anne Eliot (+ me on screen)

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorehouse

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorhouse

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction's Ellen

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction’s Ellen

And the best part?! We got our hands on some new books:

I Love YA Fiction's Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot's How I Fall

I Love YA Fiction’s Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot’s How I Fall

Look at all the books!

Look at all the books!

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So long story short: we’re back! Reviews are back! Hope you are ready for us!

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Sentinel Blog Tour: Character Interview, Half Blood review by J.L. Armentrout + giveaway!

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6 days only. That’s right. Only 6 measly days until you can get your hands on the 7th and last book in JL Armentrout’s legendary Half Blood series! Sentinel will be out on November 2nd and to celebrate it’s a week of awesome build up to the release. Today is officially Half-Blood day here at I Love YA Fiction and we thought it’d be fun to repost a hilariously irreverent interview featuring Seth and Aiden (as imagined by Ellen and Judith) + our Half-Blood review from a while back. We’ll also give you an opportunity to win a $200 gift card (to buy more books obviously…and maybe share with Judith? No? Hey! I like free books too!)

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Tarryn Fisher News: Thief (Love Me With Lies #3) teaser

Hi all! Just got word that Tarryn Fisher is gearing up to release Thief, the third book in her Love Me with Lies saga, as early as next week! Eek! I loved the Opportunist so much that it was one of my top reads of 2012! If you haven’t read this series about losing and finding the love of your life only to discover it’s too late, jump now and read ’em in time for Thief’s release.

The Opportunist

Dirty Red 

And finally, here’s a little teaser with blurb to whet your appetite:

And if you still want more, here are links to all the written teasers Tarryn Fisher has released:

Teaser 1: Caleb and Cammie

Teaser 2: The Penny: Caleb at Olivia’s Apt

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Rant #3: even more literary pet peeves

A while back Judith and I, fed up with complaining to each other, decided to compile a list of our biggest pet peeves in YA fiction in what was unarguably one of the best posts we’ve ever had (due in large part to the amazing comments and additions we received from you guys!). We felt it’s the perfect time to create an updated list – touching on some of our earlier points but also ranting about new things that bug us.

As before – please chime in and let us know what bugs you, if you agree, and what we might have missed. Oh and just FYI – this time we’ve expanded to include pet peeves from non-YA books. We gotta vent somewhere, y’all! (We both just got back from Texas, can’t help it.)

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Books and Boys: We all have “types”

A few days ago, after yet another Judith/Ellen books conversation, I realized something: I totally have a book “type”. Just like how I know that the tall, über-jock looking guy at the bar will be the one I go for (it’s a weakness!) there are some books that, no matter how bad they might be for me, I will buy. Doesn’t matter if they’re YA/NA/romance novels, or if the book has a zillion 1 star reviews on Amazon, I just can’t say no! So now, dear readers, Judith and I are joining forces for just the second time to discuss our book types. Do you agree? Have we missed any important ones? What are yours??? Please let us know we’re not alone! Read More

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Back to You Blog Tour Stops at I Love YA Fiction: Q&A, review, and exclusive teasers for next book!

Welcome to day 1 of The Priscilla Glenn Back to You Blog Tour! Woohoo!!! We’re so happy to be one of the first stops and we have a fun Q&A with Priscilla Glenn for you, a fabulous review, a signed copy giveaway, plus an exclusive teaser (and details about the release of the full sneak peek at the end of the tour next week)! So let’s get down to business!

You read Back to You by Priscilla Glenn, right? RIGHT?! If not, stop everything you’re doing and get on this book! I’ll wait. Don’t believe me? Check out our review of the book here and if a 10+ star review doesn’t convince you then, well, you have issues. This book and the author are nothing short of amazing! Back to You is the story of Lauren, a day care teacher still reeling ten years after being left behind by her best friend and first love Michael. When he shows up at the daycare with his daughter in tow, Lauren is shocked to discover she just might still have feelings for him and is forced to choose between this ghost from her past and the perfect man she’s currently dating. I can’t do it justice. All I can say is, read our review, buy the book, and then put your entry in to win 1 of 3 signed copies below!

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Now on to the fun stuff! Below you’ll find a hilarious Top Ten with Priscilla and a teaser of the sneak peek to her new book, Emancipating Andie, we’ll be releasing in its entirety January 9th.

Top Ten with Priscilla Glenn

Full disclosure: I totally cheat when it comes to “favorite” surveys. Instead of choosing favorites, I give lists. You’ve been warned.

Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing, A Bronx Tale, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Karate Kid (the original!), My Cousin Vinny, The Princess Bride

Favorite song: Colorblind by Counting Crows, This Year’s Love by David Gray (I taught myself how to play both on the piano!), Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne, These Are The Days by Van Morrison, Arizona by Kings of Leon, Last Request by Paolo Nutini, Killing Me Softly by The Fugees, Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

A place I’d love to visit: Italy, Greece (especially Santorini), Hawaii

Item you can’t live without: My cell phone. I know it’s irrational, but if I ever happen to forget it at home, or if it runs out of battery in a place where I can’t charge it, I have a moment of sheer panic. It’s quite ridiculous.

Person you would like to meet: If I were being fantastical, I would say Maya Angelou. If I were being realistic, I would say Katja Millay, author of The Sea of Tranquility. She stepped up and took me under her wing when I first published Back to You, and we’ve been trading emails, texts, and phone calls ever since. We often lament the fact that we can’t just hop in the car and meet up for coffee. Or alcohol, depending on the day ;)

Favorite hobby: If I say reading and writing, is that cheating? It truly does take up most of the free time I have when I’m not teaching or taking care of my family. I love, love, love getting manicures and pedicures. Does that qualify as a hobby? 😉 I also love teaching myself songs on the piano, although it’s been a while since I’ve learned anything new.

Guilty pleasure: Robert Pattinson. I know, I know. My husband never misses an opportunity to tell me I’m not thirteen years old, to which I always respond that I don’t have a crush on him for being Edward. I like that he’s humble and self-deprecating and funny. And also, he’s sex on legs.

Favorite book/author: anything by Emily Giffin, Stephenie Meyer, JR Ward, Tammara Webber, Victoria Dahl, Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, SC Stephens

Favorite color: blue

Collect anything? Do toys count? My kids are five, three, and ten months. My family room often looks like an episode of hoarders.

EXCLUSIVE TEASER for Priscilla Glenn’s next book, Emancipating Andie. The full 3 page sneak peek will be released on January 9th! Check back for the full thing but for now, content yourself with this:

He lunged at her and she screeched in protest, attempting to get out of the car, but he grabbed her hand before she could reach the handle.

Andie sucked in a breath and froze.

It was like a static shock, only not unpleasant, a fuzzy electric tingling that shot up

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her arm the second he touched her, settling in her chest.

As soon as she gave up the fight, he reached over and took her other hand, sandwiching them between both of his.

She could feel the warmth of his skin permeating hers as he pressed his palms together, and she glanced up at him. He was watching her, his eyes full of amusement and something else she couldn’t place.

More of this awesome sneak peek to be revealed in just 6 days…

 

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Found on Judith’s Bookshelf: undeniable proof that I was into YA way before you were born!

So tonight I was rooting around on my bookshelves, trying to discover some long forgotten YA novel that I may not have gotten around to reading. You know how it goes: you mosey on over to the stacks and start poking around through the books. They might be layered 2 and 3 deep so you can’t always see the available titles but you know there’s some hidden gems in there and even though you know pretty much all the books on the shelves by heart, you keep hoping against all odds that one day you’ll look and something new will be found, wedged waaaay in the back. It’ll be a first edition something signed by someone pretty famous. Cause that is totally plausible.

Well, folks, I kid you not, tonight that happened! I found this beauty in the very darkest corner of the very bottom shelf:

It might not seem very cool until you realize that it’s a 1996 first edition with this bad boy on the inside:

It must have slipped my mind (how? HOW???

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It’s a sieve up there I swear!) but way back in the day, I used to be an ARC reader for Francesca Lia Block. Seriously as I started going through a lot of this stuff I had tucked away with this book (there was swag and old letters), I got a wave of nostalgia and remembered how amazing it was to get a book that had just been printed. Something you had been endlessly waiting to read. Needless to say it really drove home the fact that I love YA and always have…and luckily now I have a hankering to read some Francesca Lia Block! Old School of course.

Do you have a favorite FLB book? If so, please share…her books are poignant and hard hitting, getting you deep down and never letting go. Not even 16 years later it would seem.

xoxo

Judith

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Special Announcement: Boston Author Event!!

To all our New England readers who have been waiting for the opportunity to meet your favorite authors (including Jillian Dodd, Rebecca Donovan and Tina Reber) here is your chance! Boston will be having an Author Event on March 16, 2013. I think I see an I Love YA Fiction road trip in our future!!

Here’s the current list of authors attending:

Author List

Amber Lynn Natusch
Amy Bartol
Amy Miles
C.J. Roberts
Denise Grover Swank
Georgia Cates
Jessica Park
Jillian Dodd
K.A. Linde
Karina Halle
Laura Bradley Rede
Liz Reinhardt
Madeline Sheehan
Michele Scott
Raine Miller
Rebecca Donovan
S.C. Stephens
Shelly Crane
Steph Campbell
Tara Sivec
Tarryn Fisher
Tina Reber

For all the details you can visit the Facebook page or check out the official webpage.
Will you make it? Who are you most excited to meet? What awesome songs will be playing on your road trip playlist? (Lots of Taylor Swift on mine, Judith is so lucky.)

 

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The Timber Wolves Extra: Interviewing Liam

Dear Readers, I have a completely unshocking confession to make: I totally have crushes on fictional characters. And I’m guessing, since you all seem pretty awesome, that (whether or not you admit it to your non-reader friends) you do too. I just cannot get enough of Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road and Liam Cole from Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves series. You hopefully remember my gushy reviews of books 1 (Destiny Binds) and 2 (Time Mends) – I know I still have to post about book 3 (Fate Succumbs) but trust me: it’s seriously even more amazing than I hoped/dreamed/fantasized it would be.

So when Miss Tammy herself wrote about interviewing Liam I OF COURSE jumped at the opportunity (after I finished jumping up and down and yelling “OMG!” at the top of my lungs). Oh and it gets even better – while you can see the awesome interview here, if you go to her blog you’ll get to read an bonus short story written from Liam’s perspective!! I’ve gotten a peek and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Read More

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Sequel to The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

So Aussie writer, Sarah Billington, wrote a kick butt book called the The Kiss Off which I loved! I mean, girl musicians angrily vindicating themselves against stupid boys who break their hearts are the best kinds of books in my opinion.  When the book was finished and the review written, I started thinking, “This isn’t over. Right?” I asked Sarah what was going on with a sequel and all I got was a maybe.  So I begged and pleaded, pleaded and begged, “Sarah,” I needled. “When are you going to write that sequel to The Kiss Off? I mean, I’m dying over here! I need more. More More MORE!” And finally, all that nagging and begging paid off! The sequel is coming out soon (how soon are we talking, Sarah?!) And since Sarah obviously wants to keep me happy, she’s got an excerpt from it to share! Yippee!!!

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