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Author Spotlight

  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Rick Yancey
  • Alison Goodman

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing the guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Tahir currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th WaveThe Infinite SeaThe Last Star, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn’t writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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Alison Goodman is the author of the New York Times best-selling Eon/Eona duology, as well as the genre-bending Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult thriller A New Kind of Death (originally titled Klling the Rabbit).

Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their two exuberant Parson Russell Terriers, Xander and Spike. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at a postgraduate level.

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Q&A with Michael Belanger, author of THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

The History of Jane Doe, Michael Belanger’s debut YA novel comes out this June, and we sat down for a Q&A with him about the book! The History of Jane Doe is a poignant, deeply funny coming-of-age story about first love, first loss, and the power of history to give life meaning. Kirkus called it … Continued
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Let Us Tell You About TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE

There are books you love and then there are books that you NEED EVERYBODY ELSE TO READ IMMEDIATELY. The books that you try to work into conversations during parties or press into people’s hands before they can finish saying “What should I read next?”   For us, Trouble is a Friend of Mine is one … Continued
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WE WILL SAVE YOU…From the FOMO on Gayle Forman’s New Book

I HAVE LOST MY WAY GOES ON SALE TOMORROW!       REMAIN CALM.     WE SAID CALM.      That’s chill. It’s all good. We are so blessed.     SO. If you haven’t heard, we’ve been dropping excerpt presents to all of you lovelies because it would be cruel to make you … Continued
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The EMBER IN THE ASHES Series Re-Read is Here!

If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly awaiting A Reaper at the Gates, the third book in the Ember in the Ashes series from Sabaa Tahir! As we count down to June 12, we realized that we need a bit of a refresher on where we left off with Laia, Elias, and Helene. Never read … Continued
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Listen to David Arnold’s New Album, Inspired by His New Book!

If you’ve read David Arnold’s books before, you might know that he creates music with his band Cinema Cycle, to accompany them! If you didn’t know, you’re in for a real treat. His new book, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, is no exception, and we are here to reveal the first song off of his … Continued
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An Excerpt from “The Women Who Made Me a Feminist” by Matt Killeen, Author of ORPHAN MONSTER SPY

Sarah, the main protagonist of my novel, Orphan Monster Spy, is the result of a lifetime’s issues with traditional ideas of masculinity. I’ve been working hard on being a fierce, committed, if not always well-informed, feminist since my early adolescence, with varying degrees of success. There were many reasons for this. My father might have … Continued
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On Writing with Your Significant Other by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

In the summer of 2015, we were young and in love. We were two college graduates working our first jobs in Los Angeles, grateful to be sharing a city following four years of long-distance. Our relationship was better for it, and we wondered what was next. We thought: why not introduce a huge new emotional … Continued
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Nothing Happened: Jenny Torres Sanchez Speaks Out During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In eighth grade, a man on a bicycle followed me as I jogged down the streets of my neighborhood. Halfway down the isolated road I usually avoided, I felt that tingle on the back of my neck. I looked back and saw him just off in the distance, riding slowly. I sped up, telling myself … Continued
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Interview with “Royals” Author Rachel Hawkins

It’s happening! May is a rockin’ month for monarchy. First, author Rachel Hawkins new must-read YA book Royals hits shelves May 1 –– and then, Prince Harry and (American girl and future princess) Meghan hit the aisle on May 19. We spoke to author Rachel Hawkins about both. Here’s the inside scoop:   How do … Continued
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Watch the EXCLUSIVE Behind the Scenes Video of the Song Featured in I HAVE LOST MY WAY

If you’ve read Gayle Forman’s newest book, I Have Lost My Way, you may remember Freya’s song “Little White Dress,” which she comes back to throughout the book. If you haven’t read it, this isn’t a spoiler, it’s just a really good song (and you can listen to it in the audiobook!). Gayle had the idea … Continued
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