Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuesday Reads & Contest winners announced!

Hello lovely YA community!!

I want to accomplish three things in this post.

1. Congratulate everyone who participated, thought about participating, or started but didn't finished the short story writing contest. Finished or not, or even if you're thinking about writing one,  congratulations on taking those first steps towards diversifying your writing!

2. Announce the winner of the short story writing contest.

3. Share with you the books coming out soon that I'm super excited about!!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the short story contest! I absolutely loved reading the entries  The only problem was picking the winner. I was blown away at how good they all were. In case you want the read the entries, I'm listing them below.

Entry #1: by 
Entry #2:
Entry #3:
Entry #4:

Also, shout out to Emma, who wrote Entry #2, who took the time to read each one and comment. You exemplify the amazing writing community with the support and encouragement you provided! You're amazing! 

As for the winner, it was very difficult to decide, but after much thought, the winner of the short story contest is: Entry #3: Carrie-Anne with Kalman Runs Away . I chose it because of not only the in-depth story line you managed to string together in the short amount of words, but the flaws, struggles and goals of each character. You really portrayed the setting well; I felt like I was in 1946 France.

Congratulations! Carrie-Anne, please email me with the book of your choice up to $25, and your mailing address that I can send it to. My email address is jolene dot haley at gmail dot com

So now, the books that I'm ridiculously excited for, out this week!

Books out September 18th, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Plus, if you haven't checked out Gretchen's Army of Ten to help get word out about her book, make sure you check it out and join!!

Lilia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

What is the best short story you've ever read? What did you like about the stories above? What new releases are you excited about this Tuesday?


  1. My favorite short story of all time is probably "The Thing About Cassandra" by Neil Gaiman. It tells an amazing, heart wrenching, fully rendered love story with beautiful clarity and heart, in something like 5,000 words.

    I am working on a stack of books about 2 feet high, can't even think about new releases yet!

    1. Nice! I'll have to check it out! Thank you for the suggestion! 2 feet high book stack?! Sounds fun! What's in it?

  2. Urth of the New Sun, Sandman Vols 6-10, The Complete Works of TS Spivet, Iron Hearted Violet, Blackwood, The New Yorkers, The Monsters of Templeton, Metatropolis, Blexbolex's No Man's Land, and The Last Unicorn graphic novel edition.