We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER! BURYING WATER is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel scheduled for release October 7th! This book will blow you away. Get. Ready. 
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  About BURYING WATER: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.


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You can read Chapters 1-4 of BURYING WATER in the back of IN HER WAKE, the Ten Tiny Breaths prequel novella from Trent's POV! IN HER WAKE is out September 1st. Pre-order your copy today!

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  About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.      

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GIVEAWAY: A Stack of Awesome Reading Material

Hello my dear followers. I just cleared out my reading library and set aside these lovely books so that I could share the reading joy. I have read some books and have doubles of others and this means that I have a stack of awesome reading material to make one lucky winner very happy :)




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YA Movie News: THE GIVER "Ask Me Anything" Wednesday

Ever wonder what it’s like to work on one of the most anticipated YA Films of the year?  Well Jeff Bridges can tell you all about it during his first ever Reddit "Ask Me Anything" THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD AT 3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT


The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.  



Waiting on Wednesday: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This year has been an amazing one for exceptionally interesting reads and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is the novel that I want to dive into and get lost in. A fantasy novel set in Roman-like world where fighting, passion and love are all intertwined is just what I need.

by Sabaa Tahir
ISBN-13: 978-1595148032
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.

Keep your heart for yourself.

YA Movie News: INNOCENCE by Jane Mendelsohn

Love. Beauty. Wealth. Eternity. Get ready for the latest YA book-to-film adaptation, INNOCENCE, in select theaters August 29th. I just became aware of this film and it appears interesting. Have anyone heard about this movie or read the novel? If yes, what do you think?

INNOCENCE, based off the 2001 novel by Jane Mendelsohn, tells the story of Beckett Warner, a teenager dealing with the recent death of her mother. Yet, once she moves to Manhattan to put her life back together and begin a new school, Beckett realizes that her troubles may be far worse—her school is run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins. 

Starring Kelly Reilly (Heaven Is for Real, Sherlock Holmes), Sophie Curtis, and Graham Phillips, INNOCENCE will be in select theaters AUGUST 29th

Make sure to check out the film’s synopsis, poster, and trailer below.

SYNOPSIS: Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16 year old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Now enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students as does her first love for Tobey Crawford. The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey's young lives.
INNOCENCE is a chilling allegory of the precarious state of an American teenager, explores themes of loss, the human condition and a society torn between purity and narcissism. 
Director: Hilary Brougher (The Sticky Fingers of Time, Stephanie Daley)
Producer & Author: Jane Mendelsohn
Producer: Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven)
Producer: Pam Koffler (Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

Kelly Reilly (Pamela Hamilton)
Sophie Curtis (Beckett Warner)
Graham Phillips (Tobey Crawford)
Linus Roche (Miles Warner)

Upcoming SF YA Author Events 7/20 - 7/26

Books Inc. event at the Alameda Free Library
Wednesday, July 23 @7:30pm


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Thursday, July 24 Time TBA


About Quarantine #3: The Burnouts

Lord of the Flies in a 21st century high school setting. Welcome to Quarantine #3:The Burnouts, where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they’re ready for more dark, compelling, survival stories.

In the third and final Quarantine book, David and Will are alive...but on the outside of McKinley High. Lucy is the last of the trinity left inside, where Hilary will exact a deadly revenge before taking over McKinley and bringing one final reign of terror to the school before the doors open for good. But the outside world is just as dangerous for carriers of the virus.

Reviews of Quarantine #1: The Loners

2012 Summer IndieNext List (American Booksellers Association)

A Booklist Top Ten SciFi/Fantasy for Youth

“This is for fans of gritty sf dystopia, and Thomas’ whirlwind pace, painful details…simmering sexual content, and moments of truly shocking ultra-violence thrust this movie-ready high school thriller to the head of the class.”—Booklist, starred review

“The fast and gory action (one trap-filled hallway sequence is particularly memorable) should satisfy the core audience.”—Publishers Weekly

“The gritty, no-holds-barred, Lord-of-the-Flies-meets-Heathers plot will likely hook readers with a taste for bleak, action-packed survival stories.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A solid choice.”—School Library Journal

Reviews of Quarantine #2: The Saints

“With its morally dubious characters, charged sexual content, and double-take violence, this might be the darkest series going. Meanwhile, Lord of the Flies allusions (the adults’ benevolent arrival and, believe it or not, a pig hunt), add further interest. Here’s our demand: deliver the conclusion yesterday.”—Booklist, starred review

“This fast-paced novel will, however, appeal to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy.”—VOYA

“Thomas knows how to write a compelling story with flawed characters and intense situations.”—School Library Journal

About Lex Thomas

Lex Thomas is the pen name used by the screenwriting team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies.

Lex Hrabe was a Drama Geek in high school as well as student body president. Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worn hats as an actor, director, and writer. In addition to working as a screenwriter, he heads development at Cinespire Entertainment, a boutique production company.

If Thomas Voorhies were a character in the Quarantine trilogy, he would be a member of the Art Geek gang. Thomas graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and continues to practice and exhibit his realist oil paintings. To see a selection of his artwork, visit

Lex Hrabe lives in Virginia; Tom Voorhies lives in California.

1) For those readers who are unfamiliar with the Quarantine trilogy how would you introduce it to new readers?
The quick pitch is the students of a high school get infected with a mysterious virus that makes them deadly to adults, causing all the teachers to die and the government to quarantine the school. A year later, they are still locked in their school and a society has formed where the cliques and social groups you know of from high school have formed gangs that compete violently for the food that the government drops in every two weeks. 
The story follows two brothers, David and Will, who struggle to survive without a gang, and who both love the same girl, Lucy. The three of them have to form their own gang to survive the nightmarish world their high school has become. 
2) The Quarantine series is frightening. How much time and research went into writing this novel?
Lots of time and very little research. I mean, we did google things, but does that even count? We checked a lot of stuff on the internet, but I like to write first research later. I didn’t get into storytelling to do research or to teach the reader things. I want an emotional reaction. I want the reader hungry to know what happens next, and affected when they find out. I’ll do as much research as I need to not make a glaring mistake. Some people find inspiration in research, but to me, it’s just something you have to do, like fact checking an article. It isn’t the important part. What’s important is to me is telling a story that stokes the emotions of the reader.  
3) Since this is your last novel in the series, what will you miss most about this terrifying world you’ve created?
I’ll miss getting to explore the world and learn more about it. By the time we were writing book two, the world was changing so much that I missed the world of book one. The third book has a lot of sneaking around, and you don’t spend that same time in the McKinley culture, so by the third I missed the worlds of both book one and book two. There is still a lot to mine in the world of each of the books, and we have still have so many ideas for stories that could happen within there. We’ve talked about doing a book of Quarantine short stories set within the timeline of the trilogy, to get a chance to keep exploring the gangs, and the world and all the stories of the people trapped inside. And if there’s enough demand we may do that in the future. 
4)Can you tell my readers what project(s) that you are working on now?
We are each working on top secret solo novels, both young adult, and both scary. I’m nearing the end of my rough draft, and Lex is far along as well. After we finish those, we’re gonna do our next Lex Thomas book together, which as of the last time we talked, will be a crazy story set in outer space. 
5) If you could become any of the characters in any of your books, who would you choose and why?
I’d be Gonzalo, because he’s the biggest guy in the school, a hulking monster who walks through the violent food drops with a fire ax over his shoulder, and everyone is scared to mess with him. If I were going to have to live in a place as violent and dangerous as the high school in the Quarantine novels, I’d want to either be so far in the background that no one even notices me, or so powerful that no one wants any trouble from me. The latter option sounds more fun.
6) How can fans find you?
Our website- 
Thomas’ instagram- @thomasvoorhies
7) I believe these novels would make a fantastic TV series, if it were possible and you had complete control of the project, whom would you cast?
I don’t really know teen actors that well these days so I never know who to say. Lex always says that Rihanna should play Violent, the leader of the Sluts. I disagree because Violent is more of a tough, scary character. She has sex appeal and confidence, but I feel like you should be scared of her first, attracted to her second. Who can be attracted to Rihanna second? 
We get asked this question a lot, so we need help. If any of our readers have casting ideas, please email them to us at
8)What do you find the most fascinating about your Quarantine series?
I think what’s most fascinating is the question of what would you do if you were in this situation? That question and others like it tend to pop up for our readers. What gang would you belong to? Would you be a Freak and dye your hair blue and dress like a ghoul? Would you be in Varsity with the athletes, or stay safe locked up in the school library as a Nerd? Would you join the Pretty Ones, or the Skaters, or fight along side the the Sluts? How would you handle it if conflicts escalated to violence, and there were no adults, no parents, and no police, just other teenagers and not enough food to go around? Would the chaos and brutality swallow you up, or would you adapt? These are fun, albeit scary questions to think about as you read. 
9)What message would you like for your readers to take from your books?
I don’t really have a message. I think themes naturally arose in the writing, like survival of the fittest, or what normal people are capable of doing when backed into a corner, but we don’t really write with a message in mind or to try to force a moral. I just want to tell readers a crazy story that feels true, and hope that they’ll get into it, get scared, and have some fun. 

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I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.



Books Inc. event at the Alameda Free Library
Wednesday, July 23 @7:30pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, July 24 Time TBA

Not YA but a favorite author of mine
Books Inc. Palo Alto
Tuesday, July 29 @ 7pm

ERIKA JOHANSEN * The Queen of Tearling

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Tuesday, July 29 @ 7:00 pm

Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 30 @ 12:30pm


Copperfield's Petaluma
Wednesday, July 30 @ 7pm


Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, August 4 @6pm

Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, August 6 @ 7pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, August 8 @ 7pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 12 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

Books Inc. San Francisco
Thursday, September 18 @ 7pm


Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm


Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

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