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Some new books to add to your 2014 TBR piles…

It’s still a great year for series, both new and ongoing, but if you’re in the mood for a story that begins and ends with one book, here are a few of the novels for (most of) the latter half of the year - ranging from science fiction and fantasy to paranormal to realistic contemporary - that have us intrigued. And of course they’re not the only ones on our radar - visit us on Goodreads to find many, many more!

And don’t forget check out some of these upcoming series!  

Follow the links to find copies of available books in our catalog:

Free to Fall, Lauren Miller

Everything Leads to You, Nina Lacour

Inland, Kat Rosenfield

Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern

Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn

Conversion, Katherine Howe

Fiendish, Brenna Yovanoff

(Don’t You) Forget About Me, Kate Karyus Quinn

Servants of the Storm, Delilah Dawson

Beware the Wild, Natalie Parker

Illusions of Fate, Kiersten White

Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer

Stitching Snow, R.C. Lewis

Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

Falling into Place, Amy Zhang

Kiss of Broken Glass, Madeline Kuderick

Bleed Like Me, Christa Desir

School counselors should
have offices with doors
and walls.
Not cubicles
made of flimsy gray fabric.

School counselors should
be better prepared
for appointments
not running off to
find files
and leaving students
to overhear.

School counselors should
think of who might
be listening
when one of those students
is a boy
talking about
his father leaving
and mother working two jobs
and his dream
to be the first
to go to college.

School counselors should
see someone peering
over their inadequate divide
and recognizing
the football hero
of the school
on the verge of tears.

School counselors should
know that this is how
girls fall in love
with boys
they never ever
considered before.




Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Writing the Second Novel

Yes, I figured it was time for another acronymific interview series here on the blog. Welcome to the SNOB - Second Novel Omnipresent Blues. We all like to hear about the journey to publication, and hopefully other people’s success stories help bolster the confidence of those still slogging through the query trenches. But what happens after that first book deal? When the honeymoon is over, you end up back where you were - sitting in front of a blank Word document with shaky hands. Except this time, there are expectations hanging over you.

Whether you’re under contract or trying to snag another deal, you’re a professional now, with the pressures of a published novelist compounded with the still-present nagging self-doubt of the noobie. How to deal?

Fellow Class of 2k13 member Kate Karyus Quinn is my first volunteer for the SNOB. Kate’s debut ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE was one of my favorite reads of 2013, and her upcoming release (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, sounds incredible.

Is it hard to leave behind the first novel and focus on the second?

Yes, it was actually really much more difficult than I thought it would be. One because OMG this was my debut novel! That means that I seeing my book on shelves for the first time(!) and reading reviews for the first time(!) and hyperventilating over all of it for the ninety-ninth time. BUT while all of this was going on, I had to also write a totally separate (stand-alone) novel and even work on edits for this other novel the very same week that my debut novel came out. It was more than just an exercise in time-management (although yes, I could’ve been better with this) but also in mental headspace management. 

At what point do you start diverting your energies from promoting your debut and writing / polishing / editing your second?

Ummm… never? Was I supposed to divert? I sort of see my books as two treadmills sitting side by side. Sometimes I run on one and then hop over to the other. At other times, I try to run with one leg on each treadmill and just hope I don’t faceplant. When it’s time for my third novel… well, I will probably have to change this to a juggling analogy. 

Your first book landed an agent and an editor, and hopefully some fans. Who are you writing the second one for? Them, or yourself?

Both my debut and second novel are standalones, so while I knew that readers wouldn’t come back expecting the same characters or stories, I did want to be able to offer them a book that had a similar creepy atmosphere, but that was still unique and a fresh reading experience. 

Is there a new balance of time management to address once you’re a professional author?

Yes, absolutely. I actually quit my day job the same month that my debut novel was released because between promoting Another Little Piece, revising (Don’t You) Forget About Me, and making sure the two kids, two dogs, and husband all got a piece of my time as well – I was just not able to keep up with everything. 

What did you do differently the second time around, with the perspective of a published author?

I wish I could say that I was so much more confident while writing my second novel, but for some reason this book was just elusive and really hard to pin down from the very first scene I wrote for it. While writing (Don’t You) Forget About Me I often had a feeling like there was something really great here, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. With the help of my amazing editor, Erica Sussman, I finally figured it all out – but it took me a long time to get there and the piece definitely took a lot longer to fall into place than they had with Another Little Piece. Maybe the third or fourth or fifth book is when I’ll start gaining perspective and feeling like “Yes! I really know what I’m doing here.” 


I’ll let you know. 

Another Little Piece, Kate Karyus Quinn

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Genres: Young adult, paranormal, horror, thriller

“A reckless wish taken from the darkest desires of the heart…

A bloody razor engraved with the names of the girls who turned to dust…

An endless cycle that feeds of loneliness and craves destruction…

Together, these pieces form a twisted puzzle that Annaliese Rose Gordon has to solve. Trapped in a body that isn’t hers—with no memory of how she got there—she must unlock the secrets of her past in order to escape the horrors of her future.”

Happy reading!

Everyone falls eventually. You think it’ll hurt. But it’s falling with no bottom. You just keep going and going forever, just falling deeper and deeper. And once you stop being scared, it’s kind of fun.
—  Kate Karyus Quinn, (Don’t You) Forget About Me