I’m organizing a unique event in which multiple authors will be sharing their books, offering giveaways, and making their books available for review (As part of my “Review Query Service:, so bloggers read on their own schedules! This YA Mega Blitz runs from Jan. 28th to Feb. 1st, and I need loads of bloggers to host! Below is a list of the participating authors and their books.
Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman
Publication Date: July 5th, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.
From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.
If your heart has ever hurt from beating widely, whether from anxiety or love, this book is the one to read.
The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen
Publication Date: June 7th, 2018
Genre: YA Science Fiction/ Dystopian
Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.
On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.
When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing.
A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.
Dear Jane by Marina DelVecchio
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2019
Genre: YA/ Coming of Age
Kit Kat is a fifteen-year-old adoptee who writes letters to her favorite literary character, Jane Eyre, as a means of surviving a violent childhood in Greece and a harrowing adoption in New York that requires her to silence her memories and her voice. In writing letters to Jane, Kit Kat discovers a connection to literature that saves her life. Dear Jane is about family, love, forgiveness, and the power of a good book.
A Step Away by G. Randy Kasten
Publication Date: Soon
Genre: YA Thriller
Three friends, Brianna, Sean, and Robert, happen across a body buried in their neighborhood.
Because a police investigation might reveal that the trio is connected to a stolen motor, and that Sean’s mother was having a relationship with a neighbor, the three friends decide they must solve the apparent murder before contacting authorities.
In the process, they sneak into a house, befriend a vigilant neighbor with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and develop a friendship with a kind, older man.
Brianna becomes convinced that clues point to Sean’s father and realizes their detective work is doing more harm than good.
She makes tough choices that affect families and friendships.