BEWARE THE WILD, by Natalie C Parker in 14 words

Describe your debut, BEWARE THE WILD, in 14 words or less:

Sticks, Louisiana: forgotten brothers, imposter sisters, magic swamps, and Sterling, who sees the truth.

Sound good? Come join us at the Fourteenery, check out the other debut novels in our group, and watch us drive to the brink of madness (otherwise known as publishing our first novels).

***Obligatory Swag Notice***

One lucky reblogger of this post will win the two ARCs pictured below. They are:

  1. WASTELAND by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan, &
  2. DEFY THE DARK, an anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell

To win you must be a follower of The Fourteenery tumblr and you must reblog this post by noon (EST) on March 21st. BAM.

You will not win my diet coke.

Did I mention that this copy of DEFY THE DARK is signed by 4 of the 16 authors? Well, it is. Here’s proof. Bonus, a blurry picture of the author in the background.

This copy is also signed by Tessa Gratton, Myra McEntire, and Carrie Ryan, which makes this arc 4 times more powerful than He Who Shall Not Be Named.*

*Note, we do not recommend testing the veracity of this statement.


Shamelessly stolen from our (so very fetching) friends at YA Highway–here’s what the Fourteenery is reading right now, part 1:

Christa Desir: FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Livia Blackburne: SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman
Jessica Corra: SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY by Joshilyn Jackson
Lindsay Smith: THE KINGDOM OF LITTLE WOUNDS by Susann Cokal
Julie Murphy: THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno
Tess Sharpe: FIND ME by Romily Bernard
Amber Lough: SEKRET by our own Lindsay Smith

Boo! What's the Scariest Thing About Your Debut Year?

Boo! What’s the Scariest Thing About Your Debut Year?

When the Freshman Fifteens first met online back in the summer of 2013, we modeled ourselves after another small group of YA debut authors: The Fourteenery.

As we are entering the final months of their debut year, we turn to this group of talented and generous authors once again. In honor of Halloween, we’ve asked them to share what they found to be the scariest part of their debut year.

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SEKRET by Lindsay Smith

Describe your debut, SEKRET, in 14 words: 1963. Psychic teens in Soviet Russia are forced to hunt spies for the KGB.

Want to know their SEKRETs? If so, follow the Fourteenery. One lucky reblogger of this post will win a prize pack including a signed hardcover of Megan Spooner’s SKYLARK, a hardcover copy of SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, and a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card! To win, you must be a follower of The Fourteenery on tumblr and you must reblog this post by noon (EST) March 21st. And that’s all!

On March 14, 2013, we posted to this Tumblr for the very first time. We told you what you could expect from us–fourteen authors debuting in 2014–added a rainbow panda picture, and followed it up with fourteen-word descriptions of our upcoming novels.

Back then, none of us had covers. Some of our titles would end up changing. Some of our release dates were shifted to 2013 or 2015 over time. By now, in these first days of 2015, most of our books are out in the world. Others, we’re still eagerly awaiting.

While all this excitement went on, we’ve been here on Tumblr with you all, sharing everything that caught our eye–and we’ve been emailing each other to commiserate and gossip and laugh and support one another fiercely.

It’s been a wild, wild ride, and we’ve loved having all of you with us for it. After a year and nine months of Tumblr excellence, though, we’ve decided to retire the Fourteenery’s public front, including this account.

Have no fear! We’ll still be around on Twitter and at our personal Tumblrs: 

Livia Blackburne: liviablackburne
Annie Cardi: palegirlinthecity
Jessica Corra: jessicacorra
Katie Cotugno: katiecotugno
Christa Desir: christadesir
Corinne Duyvis: corinneduyvis
E.K. Johnston: ekjohnston
Amber Lough: amberlough
Jenny Martin: jmartinlibrary
Julie Murphy: andimjulie
Natalie C Parker: nataliecparker
Tess Sharpe: sharpegirl
Lindsay Smith: lindsaysmithdc
Robin Talley: robintalley

Thank you for following us through such an exciting time in our lives, and have a marvelous, exciting, creative, invigorating 2015!


Describe your debut, THE FIRE WISH, in 14 words: The Prince and the Pauper, but with jinni, a crystal cavern, and a war.

Sound good? If so, follow The Fourteenery. One lucky reblogger of this post will win a prize pack including a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, a bit of genuine frankincense, and all my love and compassion forever! To win, you must be a follower of The Fourteenery tumblr and you must reblog this swag-filled post by noon (EST) March 21st. BAM. How crazy/cool/easy is that?

~~Amber Lough

HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno in 14 Words

Describe your debut, HOW TO LOVE, in 14 words: 

In Before/After chapters set three years apart, a couple falls in love–twice.

Into it? If so, follow The Fourteenery. One lucky reblogger of this post will will a prize pack including a signed ARC of HOW TO LOVE, three yummy Burt’s Bees lip balms, and a super rad letter-writin’ kit! To win, you must be a follower of The Fourteenery tumblr and you must reblog this swag-filled post by noon (EST) March 21st. Don’t lie, you totally want in.

The Fourteenery is proud to announce the first of our brood has broken barriers and published a book! 
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HOW TO LOVE by Katie “Is That Breakable?” Cotugno isn’t only a book about first loves, it’s a book about second loves, a book about difficult love, a book about loving in spite of ourselves and because of ourselves, it’s a book about the love that comes from living with integrity, from saying yes, from saying no, from saying not just yet, from knowing that strong individuals make strong partners and that part of learning to love is learning to stand on your own.  

At the Fourteenery – our secret HQ location, that is – we’re little in love with Katie and all she’s accomplished with this beautifully sculpted debut. To celebrate it’s release into the wild blue yonder, we’re here to give the 13 words we think of when we think of HOW TO LOVE. All of which have to do with the book…and wouldn’t you like to know how? 
  • E.K. Johnston says: FEEEEEEEELINGS
  • Christa Desir says: Possibility
  • Julie Murphy says: Wanderlust
  • Corinne Duyvis says: Before
  • Lindsay Smith says: After
  • Jessica Corra says: Family
  • Robin Talley says: Tender
  • Annie Cardi says: Genuine
  • Livia Blackburne says: Misunderstandings
  • Amber Lough says: Pomegranate
  • Jenny Martin says: Journey
  • Tess Sharpe says: Redemption
  • Natalie C Parker says: Slurpees
If you want to see what Katie has to say about herself and how HOW TO LOVE came to be, check out this interview from the worker bees over at YA Interrobang.

And finally, a sort of teaser….except not really a teaser….just a small story told in the vein of HTL.

BEFORE: It was a brilliant summer day and Katie sat in a park wondering if there was anyone here like her…a writer. She piled books next to her, a sort of beacon for her kin. And it worked. Someone reached out, took her hand, and before Katie knew it, she’d joined a collection of spirited women on the path to publication. She considered them. They considered her. And together they made their way down a not-so-well-traveled road which seemed to delight in providing surprises. AFTER: The path became steep. So steep that everyone stopped to ponder how best to traverse this sudden slope. Some argued that they should find another way, some that they should wait for help, and still others that they should employ the “sit and scoot” method. But Katie narrowed her eyes, took a deep breath, and leapt. “It’s okay, ladies,” she said, her voice thinned with distance, but still strong, “follow my lead.”

Congratulations on your debut, Miss Katie. And thanks for blazing that trail. We’re right behind you.
Christa Desir! FAULT LINE! Our second debut!
Some conversations are hard to have, and that’s reason enough to have them. 

Rape isn’t easy to talk about. Heck, it’s not even an easy word to write! But it’s a topic that needs attention – critical, creative attention – and the Fourteenery is proud to say that FAULT LINE by our own Christa Desir is an essential piece of this conversation. This is a book that tackles a tough topic, asks tough questions, and doesn’t offer easy answers.

There is no perfect way to talk about rape, but there is a wrong way and that is not to talk about it at all. As Audre Lorde said, “Your silence will not protect you.”

Congratulations on this accomplishment, Christa, and thank you, for writing out loud, for starting a hard conversation, for being so brave. 


To learn more about FAULT LINE, check out this trailer!
MIDNIGHT THIEF swindles its way onto shelves today!

MIDNIGHT THIEF, by our own liviablackburne, is out in the world today! To celebrate, we at the Fourteenery took a moment to pretend we possessed Kyra’s grace, cunning, and moral flexibility and asked ourselves:

If we could steal anything at all, even abstract things, without consequence, what would we steal and why?


I’d steal Lyra’s alethiometer!


Rush Limbaugh’s Twitter handle. Just for a little while. Just long enough to suggest to his 419k followers that there are a few non-profit organizations that they should consider donating money to.


There’s only one right answer to this question, right?


I would steal Pandora’s Box. For no reason at all…


I would steal Shakespeare’s First Folio. And then spend the rest of my life keeping it in a glass, temperature controlled case and never touching it :D


I would steal peace of mind. My anxiety disorder makes it exhausting to constantly accept myself and my life and my limitations. I’m robbed of enjoying simple moments because my mind never stops spinning, usually fabricating implausible doomsday scenarios. What I wouldn’t give to rest sometimes.


The recipe for Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream. It’s my favorite and I currently live in fear that they’ll retire it.

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I would steal the amazing writing prowess of my Fourteenery sisters! 8 books out (now 9 with Midnight Thief!) and 5 still to come…


I think I would have to say the photo booth from the mall I hung out at in high school, because I would love to relive some of those memories.


I would steal all of the world’s desire for revenge, thus ending most conflict world-wide. Then I’d bottle it up and send it to the sun in a suicide rocket.


I’d go with the TARDIS. Visiting other countries on a whim? Kidnapping friends to lovely New Zealand? Dropping in on every book event known to man? And–even better–spending eternity working on a book, only to pop back in time and be right back to where I started, this time with a finished manuscript? Yes, please!


I’d steal TIME. There are never enough hours in the day to both savor all the world has to offer and to leave my mark on it! (I’d also settle for being able to slow it down a bit.)

And finally, an epic tale of thievery from ekjohnston:

Once upon a time, there was a little set of movies called THE LORD OF THE RINGS. You may have heard of them. They were kind of a big deal. They were also beautiful and brilliant, and sometimes must THINKING about them renders me incapable of higher brain function for a few minutes.

As with most films, there were cut scenes. And then some of those scenes got put back in for the extended version, and that was excellent. But, sadly, that is not the end of the story. Because while the movies are now approximate 14,000 hours long there are still pieces missing, which brings me sadness and despair and hours of wolves and shattered shields.

The clips are, presumably, in a vault in New Zealand (though occasionally one of them surfaces on tumblr), and we wantsss them, precious. We wants them.

For Frodo, you guys. AND ALSO FOR ME.