Time for something a little different!
(And yes, I have a major update about Villain, but stay tuned for that at my normal blog time of Thursday at 10 am.)
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be included in the release of a wonderful YA Anthology. My story, “Her First Fever,” has received kind words, and people are very excited about this collection of six stories that focus on the challenges coming-of-age individuals face. And they should be excited! This is an excellent, inclusive collection, suitable for the thirteen and older crowd. There is romance, but it’s not a “romance collection” in the traditional sense: that’s just not going to fly when you’re talking about children. This is sweet romance, or first romance, or people who aren’t certain if they want romance. It has something for everyone.
And I’m proud to be included in this anthology.
All of the authors were asked questions by the publisher about our writing styles, favorite books and music, and other questions. Today, it’s my turn to share one of those questions, and it’s a good one. Keep reading for the inside scoop from the authors, and if you like what you see, please click on one of the links to pick up your copy of this amazing anthology.
LOVE AT THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
A YA Romance Anthology
From Stars and Stone Books
It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.
Featuring: M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.
For our blog tour, we asked our authors to tell us about their favorite YA books.
M.T. DeSantis, “Be Null, My Heart”
The answer to this question may vary, but as of right now, it’s Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Like “Be Null, My Heart” Renegades is a superhero story, but that’s about where the similarities end. I don’t like saying that a book “has it all,” but Renegades, well, has it all. There’s lots of action, crosses, double crosses, triple crosses, real emotions. There’s friendship and even the believable beginnings of a romance, something I have a tough time finding in YA. There’s a sequel coming out in November, and I’m more than a little impatient.
A.E. Hayes, “Her First Fever”
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It shakes up the YA genre quite a bit, is disjointed and haunting, and delves quite deeply into the human psyche. I consider this a must-read for anyone looking to break the traditional YA format.
Serena Jayne, “Dead Man’s Party”
My favorite YA book is ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. The book delivers all the feels and deals with all the angst of fitting in and falling in love. I highly recommend all of Rainbow Rowell’s books.
Cara McKinnon, “Three Jagged Pieces”
I don’t know that I have a favorite book in any genre. A great YA series I recently read was Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives. Its tagline is “Little Women meets American Ninja Warrior” with magic and racism and politics and even some romance thrown in for flavor. It was a fantastic series, and like all the best stories I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days after I finished the final book.
Mary Rogers, “The Crayon Thief”
My fav YA has got to be The Hunger Games. I love a strong woman!
Kylie Weisenborn, “Now I Am”
I’m a big fan of book series. Richelle Meade’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines are two of my favorites because they have such well-developed, super dynamic characters that I wish I could be friends with in real life.