Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts for Thursday: Let's Have More Austin Teen Book Festival

Time for more author spotlights for the upcoming Austin Teen Book Festival 

First up... an author I have not had the privalage of reading as of yet, but he is on my list.

Jesse Andrews 

Jesse Andrews is a novelist, musician, and screenwriter. He has worked previously as a travel writer, tour guide, and receptionist at a German youth hostel. Jesse was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. He has also lived in San Sebastián, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Boston, MA; and Brooklyn, NY, where he currently makes his home. It was not until college that he even made out with a girl for more than five minutes. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is his first novel.

The above photo (credit Tamara Reichberg) is of Jesse Andrews in an improbably realistic human suit.

Jesse Andrews is represented by William Morris Endeavor. Inquiries are best sent to his wonderful agents there and not to him, because they are not going to give you rambling answers about what a faithfully veristic cat narrator would actually write like, or which country is “the best shape,” or whether for lunch he should just get a burrito from that place again.

Books: Claudia Ballard (cballard at wmeentertainment dot com)

Books-to-Film, i.e., Screen Rights: Anna DeRoy (aderoy at wmeentertainment dot com)

Scripts: Sarah Self (sself at wmeentertainment dot com)

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

I am really excited to read from the next author. I have had her debut book on my TBR for a while now....

  1. Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She lives in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone, will be published by Holt Children's/Macmillan in June 2012. 

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.
When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.

The next author is a very emotional writer. I have read a couple of books by her and they both through me for a loop. I am excited to read her most recent story.....

Elizabeth Scott

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

MiracleMegan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author ofThe Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.
Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved....

Some others by Elizabeth Scott
Love You Hate You Miss You
Living Dead Girl

Perfect You

Another debut book author... I loved her debut book and cannot wait for the next one!!!! I am way excited to meet this author... 

Marissa Meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I will end the post with my updated reads on these authors...I am trying to get a bunch read before I meet the authors. I have read

Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch- Loved it review coming soon.... 
I have started Of Posidion by Anna Banks... I am so in love with this book so far. I am about half way through. 

I have already read quite a bit of the authors before the list came out...I will try to get as many of those reviews up as I can before I the date of the festival. I have purchased quite a bit of the books to have signed for giveaways. I am so very excited! 

Please let me know what you think of these authors! 

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