Live Chat with TIMEKEEPER author Tara Sim!

Join us on Monday, December 12 as we chat live with Timekeeper author Tara Sim!

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Timekeeper is a triumph . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.” –Bustle

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 9:00PM EST

Join Sky Pony editor, Alison Weiss, as she chats with Timekeeper author Tara Sim about her debut, her publishing path, and what you can expect from her in the future. The only thing we still need? YOU!

You can find the chat right here next Monday. Click on the box below and you can even sign up to be sent a reminder by email!

Haven’t read Timekeeper yet? No problem. We’ll attempt to keep the chat as spoiler free as possible. Emphasis on attempt.

If you can’t make it, no worries. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below, and Alison will work them into the conversation.

We hope you’ll join us! We can’t wait to see you!


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TIMEKEEPER

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlledby clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself. determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.

sim-tara-timekeeperTara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

Timkeeper is her first novel.

Follow her on Twitter @EachStarAWorld, or online at www.tarasim.com where you can find fun Timekeeper extras.


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Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.” —Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Timesbestselling author

“Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware—there’s magic in these pages.” —Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere

Timekeeper’s premise is original and its world unique.” —EW.com

“While the world is wildly interesting and fantastic, with broken clock towers that have left towns frozen in time, it’s the emotional impact and diverse cast of characters that make this book soar . . . The resulting story is an exciting and inclusive one, drawing in elements of magic, mystical spirits, swoon-filled romance, and just so much more.” —BookRiot

“Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume.” —School Library Journal

“Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.” —Booklist

“This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An enjoyable start to a promising new trilogy.” —BookPage

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Live Chat with FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP Author Sarah Glenn Marsh

Here we go, folks! Please feel free to jump into the chat! And the transcript will live here after!

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“Haunting—gripping—beautiful. So powerful!” —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper trilogy

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FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP

Some secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean.

Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.

But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.

e2bade3aa4885e31996644816c7838a0-300x300 Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she s been making up words and worlds ever since. When she s not writing, she s most often engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds.


Fear the Drowning Deep is gorgeous. Lyrical. Atmospheric. Magical. Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut is perfect for anyone who’s ever looked out at the sea with awe, and wondered what kind of creatures lurk in the deepest places. Utterly haunting.” —Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and My Lady Jane

“Beautifully-written with mysteries and love lurking within the pages as dangerously as an ancient evil waits in the drowning deeps of Sarah’s unique setting on the Isle of Man. Don’t miss this one!” —Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy

“Readers will be swept away by Bridey’s love story, every bit as thrilling and mysterious as the Isle of Man’s deep, dark sea.” —Tricia Rayburn, author of the Siren trilogy

“Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut is a captivating tale of love and loss, fear and doubt, monsters of the sea and inside ourselves, and the strength it takes to endure and conquer them all. Hauntingly written with a richly developed setting of the Isle of Man in the early 1900s, you can smell the salt of the sea with every page you hungrily turn.” —Lori Goldstein, author of Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn

“[A]tmospheric historical fantasy . . . evocative setting, memorable characters, and use of obscure folkloric elements all contribute to the novel’s strong sense of place.” —Publishers Weekly

“[T]his watery take on “Beauty and the Beast” will be catnip to paranormal-romance readers.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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Join us for a Live Chat with A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT author Kristina McBride!

September 28, 2016 

8:00PM EDT

Join Sky Pony editor, Alison Weiss, as she chats with A Million Times Goodnight author Kristina McBride about her latest release, her publishing path, and what you can expect from her in the future. The only thing we still need? YOU!


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Haven’t read A Million Times Goodnight yet? No problem. You have a week! And we’ll attempt to keep the chat spoiler free. Emphasis on attempt.

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A Million Times Goodnight_cover-REVISEDOne Night. Two Paths. Infinite Danger.

On the night of the big spring break party, seventeen-year-old Hadley “borrows” her boyfriend Ben’s car without telling him. As payback, he posts a naked picture of her on the internet for the entire senior class to see.

Now she has a choice. She can go back to the party and force Ben to delete the picture. Or she can raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far way from their hometown of Oak Grove, Ohio, as she can get.

Each storyline plays out in alternating chapters. In one strand, Hadley embarks on a reckless adventure with her best friends. spinning the perfect plan for revenge. In the other, struck in a car with her ex-boyfriend, Josh, she’s forced to revisit the mistakes they each made, including whether they should ever have broken up at all. As the events of a wild night race toward an explosive conclusion, old feelings are rekindled, friendships tested, and secrets uncovered that are so much worse than a scandalous photo.

A Million Times Goodnight is a fast-paced romantic contemporary thriller ripped right from the headlines.

Kristina McBride is a former high school English teacher and yearbook advisor, as well as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University. She has a thing for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. She is the author of two previous novels, The Tension of Opposites, and One Moment. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at www.kristinamcbride.com or follow her on Twitter at @McBrideKristina.

 

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Alex Shearer on Ghosts, with Giveaway!

Ministry of Ghosts author, Alex Shearer, writes about ghosts. Check it out below!


Ghosts.

What would you like to know about them?

Maybe the first question most people ask is, Do they exist? And the second one is, If they do exist, then are they friendly?

As far as the first question goes, the jury is still—and probably always will be—out. The matter is undecided and possibly unprovable, one way or the other.

Some people swear they have seen them. Others say ghosts are all in the mind and eye of the beholder. Some people say they have them living in the loft, or in the cellar, or in the washing machine, or under the bed. Others say that ghost spotters have over active imaginations.

Some people claim to track ghosts down for a living and then try to get rid of them for you—a bit along the lines of vermin control.

If you think you have a ghost stomping about the bedroom and keeping you awake at night, then there are plenty of spiritualists and psychics who (for a small—or maybe not so small—fee) will come round to your house with bell, book, candle and prayers, and who will have that ghost evicted in no time. Or so they say.

But maybe that ghost bumping in the night, and that strange wailing sound, are all in your mind and your ears. Maybe it’s all down to that cheese you ate, or to that scary film you watched.  Perhaps you have too vivid an imagination. Maybe all apparently ghostly activity has its roots in the human mind. For, quite often, the question is not, Have you ever seen a ghost? The question is, Do you believe in them? And plenty of people believe in things they have never seen. And why not? No one has seen dark matter, yet scientists believe it to be there. No one has been inside a black hole, but does that mean there aren’t any?

So do ghosts exist or don’t they?

Well, wouldn’t we like to know for sure?—but maybe, we never will.

Yet say they do exist.  Then what are they like?

If horror movies are anything to go by, they aren’t very nice. They come after you in the small hours of the night. They scare the life out of you.  They move the furniture around. They smash up the plates. They turn your hair white. They give you heart attacks. They drive you mad. They haunt your home and they haunt your dreams. They smell something terrible—like a mixture of dry rot and sewage.

Only why should they be so awful? Most people are friendly when alive, so why should they be any different when they are ghosts? Why shouldn’t ghosts be warm and kindly, with a twinkle in their eye and good intentions and with everyone’s best interests at heart?

Is it because only the bad come back as ghosts? Well, that doesn’t sound too likely. It could equally as well be the good. Certainly, the unhappy and unfulfilled and those seeking revenge might return to the world of the living to settle old scores. But then those who had happy lives and many friends might also wish to remain on earth, if only to remind themselves of the good times they had and to be close to the fond memories.

So maybe ghosts—if they exist—are more friendly than wicked. Maybe they make good company, good pets even; maybe every home should have one.

Perhaps someone should make a serious effort to investigate all this. The government could set up an institution to look into the matter and to get to the bottom of things—put it all on an official basis.

Yes, a kind of Ministry of Ghosts, maybe. That might do it. That might settle the perplexing questions, for once and for all.

With a little luck, and some help from two school kids.


The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer

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When they ring the bell at the house with the dusty windows and tarnished nameplate to inquire about the advertised “Saturday Person,” Thruppence and Tim don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. A Saturday job sounds ideal! But had that nameplate been properly cleaned, Thruppence and Tim might not have been so keen to enter . . .

Pressured by the stern Minister Beeston from the Department of Economies, the Ministry of Ghosts has been given three months to prove the existence or nonexistence of ghosts, or else it will be shut down! As it seems that children are particularly magnetic to ghosts and supernatural beings, Thruppence and Tim are hired to join the ministry’s ghost-catching team. And although neither of them is scared by talk of ghosts or monsters, they are unprepared for what they’re about discover!

Filled with fun, humor, and twists and turns, this is the perfect book for anyone who loved Harry Potter and who is looking for something similar to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book—just not quite as scary.

Alex Shearer was born in Wick, in the far north of Scotland. His father was a blacksmith and his mother was a secretary. He enjoyed writing from an early age and sold his first television script about thirty years ago. He went on to write several TV series, stage plays, radio plays, and comedy scripts. Moving into writing for children, his novels Bootleg and The Greatest Store in the World were adapted for television by the BBC, and his 2003 novel The Speed of Dark was short-listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He lives in Somerset, England.

 


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Live Chat with WANDERING WILD Author, Jessica Taylor

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 TONIGHT! 8PM EDT.

Jessica Taylor will be taking your questions about her just-released YA, WANDERING WILD. We really hope you’ll come right back to this post to join us live for the chat. (You can even enter your information in the box above and we’ll send you a reminder!)
But even if you can’t make it, we’d  love to ask your questions during the chat. Just leave them in the comment section below.
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Rose Mannering’s Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings and GIVEAWAY!

Rose Mannering, author of Roses and Feathers, two unique and wonderful fairy tale retellings, shares her favorite fairy tale retellings. Check out her post below!


5 of My Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings

Growing up I loved fairy tales. I loved them cute and fluffy like Disney movies and I liked them dark and twisted in their original(ish), Brothers Grimm form.

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Writing a book about fairy tales therefore seemed like completely the right sort of thing to do. So I did it and it was great fun. I didn’t just do it once either—I rewrote and reworked my retellings of fairy tales over and over growing up; just loving the act of writing and not caring about much else. Never did I imagine that one day I would be celebrating the paperback release of one of those retellings… Roses is out in paperback today and I can’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it when it was released in hardback and I still can’t believe it today. It’s unreal—like a fairy tale (sorry, massive cliché and terrible pun).

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Roses is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it is the first in a trilogy of retellings called The Tales Trilogy, all based around fairy tales (psst! Feathers, the sequel, will be out in hardback next month!). To celebrate its release in paperback, I’d like to pay homage to some of my favorite retellings of fairy tales in their different forms, so here are my top five:

  1. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley (book)

Robin McKinley is such a fantastic writer and I love ALL of her books, but her fairy tale retellings are pretty special. I’ve re-read them several times and I’m always taken in by the lyrical beauty of her prose and the imaginative world she creates. Spindle’s End is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and it is just wonderful. We have a beauty who is maybe not so beautiful and an unlikely romance. It is just the best! I would also highly recommend Deerskin, which is as gorgeous as it is harrowing—a very important novel and a formative text for me.

  1. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (book)

This is super creepy and super amazing! Carter gets to the root of the disturbing truths behind many fairy tales in this collection of short stories. I’ve read this many times and I’ve always enjoyed it in my own unsettled way. I went through a phase in secondary school where I was utterly obsessed with this book. It’s exquisitely written and wonderfully portrayed; I would highly recommend!

  1. Tangled (film)

We had to have some Disney in here! This is just pure delight in a movie—I love the songs, I love the characters. It’s all just fun and sometimes you need your fairy tales to have happy endings.

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  1. Swan Lake (ballet)

I love ballet and the way it can express so much through movement. It is only through watching ballet that I’ve learnt how expressive the body can be (and I think this has helped my writing in many ways). Swan Lake, based on Russian folklore, is one of my favorite ballets and the folklore is actually the basis for the second book in The Tales Trilogy Feathers.

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  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn (book)

This contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast in New York is a real treat from beginning to end. I haven’t seen or read many contemporary retellings, but this is pitched and written just perfectly. If you’re a B&B fan and you haven’t picked this one up—I would highly recommend. It gives you all the feels!


Roses by Rose Mannering—out now in paperback!

9781634501880-frontcoverShe bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in the Western Realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is sent to live with the cruel, rich Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the farthest point of the country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life.

But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time. Now for the first time in paperback, Roses is sure to capture your heart as you fall in love with Beauty and her Beast all over again.

Feathers by Rose Mannering—out July 2016

9781634501651-frontcoverFeathers fell like rain from the sky.

Ode was never meant to be born. An outcast from birth, he discovered how to control his unique, remarkable gift entirely on his own. Unlike the other people of his tribe, Ode can fly. Sometimes his body will shudder and shift, and then Ode will transform. He becomes a great white bird with feathers as pale as the snow. He becomes a swan. He can fly above the tribe’s tepees and soar over the emerald forests of the Wild Lands.

But even with his gift, he cannot save his family from the oncoming war. The Magical Cleansing is spreading across the realm, and strangers arrive from foreign lands bringing with them bloodshed and fear. With the help of his gift, Ode flees to a distant island where answers, Magic, and a girl with golden hair await him. He must be brave, and he must be wise. And he must never turn back.

The exciting and much-anticipated second book in the Tales trilogy, Feathers is sure to keep fans of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series turning the pages as they journey through the magic world of the Western Realm.


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Q & A with Olivia Rivers with Giveaway!

Olivia Rivers—author of Tone Deaf—takes on the Sky Pony Q & A. Tone Deaf pubs May 3rd!

“The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.” School Library Journal


 

Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

I started writing YA because it’s for teens, and I’m a teen! Well, technically, I just turned 20, but for most of my writing career, I’ve been a teenager. I can naturally relate to my teen characters, so writing Contemporary YA was the perfect fit for me.

 

Q: What are you reading right now?

Right now, I’m reading The Unbound, which is the second book in a YA Fantasy series by Victoria Schwab. It’s all sorts of spooky and awesome!

I’m also reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which is both ridiculously long and ridiculously good. I’ve always adored a good revenge tale, and Dumas is one of my favorite classic authors, so it’s a fabulous book all-around.

 

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

Hmm . . . I think I’d be Buck from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. I don’t think it’s technically a children’s book, but I read and re-read that book probably a dozen times in grade school, and I continue to love the story. Buck always charmed me with how loyal and determined he acts, no matter how difficult things get for him. Plus, being a giant sled dog would just be pretty darn awesome!

 

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write? 

I’m lucky enough to have my own office nook at my house, so that’s where I do most of my writing. I have two bookshelves packed with books, but aside from that, not much decoration, since I kind of suck at the whole decoration thing. The room is an organized disaster zone, so it probably looks like a giant mess to most other people, but I know exactly where everything is. I just can’t function when things are neat and tidy! This is my desk, complete with my demonic chair-guardian, who is aptly named Diablo.

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

Okay, confession time: I’m really, really bad at watching movies. I get like fifteen minutes into them and my mind wanders and I find myself thinking about something entirely different. So I can’t claim to have a favorite classic movie, because I’m not sure I’ve ever sat through the entirety of one . . .

 

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

I already own my dream pet! His name is Romeo, and he’s an Italian Mastiff and my BFF. He’s also the inspiration for Cuddles in Tone Deaf, who’s a giant, lovable pit bull mutt. Here’s a picture of Romeo posing with a copy of Tone Deaf.

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Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

All of them. Together. Now, please?

 

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas! My family celebrates with a giant feast and lots and lots of baking, so I spend a bunch of time around Christmas in the kitchen.

 

Q: What’s your favorite emoji? 

I have a thing for simple smiley face emojis. I use them probably way, way too much, but I find them strangely addicting. 🙂

 

Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were Ali’s age?

I wanted to be a Sky Pony author! When I was 17, I’d just signed my contract with my agent and was about to go on sub with Tone Deaf. It was a crazy year—I was finishing up high school, starting college, and embarking on a writing career all at once!


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Tone Deaf

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

 

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Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author with a passion for young adult fiction. As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received more than one million hits on Wattpad.com. When she’s not writing, Rivers works as a freelance digital artist and assists at a literary agency. She resides in Northern California.

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Q & A with Jessica Taylor with Giveaway!

Author of Wandering Wild, Jessica Taylor takes on the Sky Pony Q & A! Check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

Speculative fiction was never really a draw for me—I just happened to want to write this story and I always saw it as magical realism. My next book is actually a contemporary story and I see myself writing mostly contemporary in the future.

 

Q: What are you reading right now?

Bone Gap! I think I’m the last person on earth to read it. I wanted to save it for when I had time. The voice and pacing are masterful, but the beauty of the story is the feminist message.

 

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting. I love that she chooses to not live forever and instead faces the world on her own terms. She’s a great example of my favorite type of heroine—independent.

 

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?

Honestly, I do my best writing in bed. If I have to write at a desk, I can, but when it comes to drafting, nothing beats propping myself against a heap of pillows.

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

I’ve always been a fan of Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate fashion icon.

 

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

I already do have my absolute favorite animal, my dog, Lexi. She’s an 11 year-old Bichon Frise, and we’ve spent the most important years of my life together.

 

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Dark, but in small quantities. I’m not much of a chocolate fan.

 

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. I love to (over)decorate, wrap gifts, and watch cheesy Christmas movies.

 

Q: What’s your favorite emoji? OR What’s your favorite GIF?

I’m a fan of this one, lately.

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Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were [the age of their book’s main character]?

A writer. I always say, “I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me.” It was literally the only profession that interested me—and I’m so grateful for that!


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Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

“I believe in possibility. Of magic, of omens, of compasses, of love. Some of it’s a little bit true.”

Sixteen-year-old Tal is a Wanderer—a grifter whose life is built around the sound of wheels on the road, the customs of her camp, and the artful scams that keep her fed. With her brother, Wen, by her side, it’s the only life she’s ever known. It’s the only one she’s ever needed.Then in a sleepy Southern town, the queen of cons picks the wrong mark when she meets Spencer Sway—the clean-cut Socially Secured boy who ends up hustling her instead of the other way around. For the first time, she sees a reason to stay. As her obligations to the camp begin to feel like a prison sentence, the pull to leave tradition behind has never been so strong.But the Wanderers live by signs, and all the signs all say that Tal and Spencer will end only in heartache and disaster. Is a chance at freedom worth almost certain destruction?

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Congratulations Natasha Sinel! And Giveaway!

We’re pleased to announce that the Sky Pony book The Fix by Natasha Sinel won the GOLD MEDAL in the Young Adult Fiction category at the 20th Independent Publisher Book Awards this year! Congrats, Natasha Sinel!

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Here’s what Natasha Sinel had to say of winning the award:

“I was beyond thrilled when I found out THE FIX received the gold medal! The recognition reminds me that the struggle, hard work, and vulnerability that comes with writing a book for publication is totally worth it. I’m so glad readers are connecting with the characters and the story.”

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The Fix by Natasha Sinel

9781634501675-frontcoverSeventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.

But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that come with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.


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Extraordinary Giveaway!

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Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

9781632204028-frontcoverLast spring, Pansy chickened out on going to spring break camp, even though she’d promised her best friend, Anna, she’d go. It was just like when they went to get their hair cut for Locks of Love; only one of them walked out with a new hairstyle, and it wasn’t Pansy. But Pansy never got the chance to make it up to Anna. While at camp, Anna contracted meningitis and a dangerously high fever, and she hasn’t been the same since. Now all Pansy wants is her best friend back—not the silent girl in the wheelchair who has to go to a special school and who can’t do all the things Pansy used to chicken out of doing. So when Pansy discovers that Anna is getting a surgery that might cure her, Pansy realizes this is her chance—she’ll become the friend she always should have been. She’ll become the best friend Anna’s ever had—even if it means taking risks, trying new things (like those scary roller skates), and running herself ragged in the process.

Pansy’s chasing extraordinary, hoping she reaches it in time for her friend’s triumphant return. But what lies at the end of Pansy’s journey might not be exactly what she had expected—or wanted.

Extraordinary is a heartfelt, occasionally funny, coming-of-age middle grade novel by debut author Miriam Spitzer Franklin. It’s sure to appeal to fans of Cynthia Lord’s Rules and will inspire young friends to cherish the times they spend together. Every day should be lived like it’s extraordinary.


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