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A YA Convention?

Right, chaps and chapesses of the blogging world – and everyone else who might be interested!

I would like to gauge interest and content relating to a possible YA convention.

This is not promising that we shall help to organise one, but it is gathering the information that might help make an informed decision on it happening.

It would be UK based. Sorry, overseas guys, but this would need to be on our doorstep so that we could organise. It would be two days. It would have panels, reading, ask the editor/publicist style workshops and probably a creative strand (possibly involving cupcake decorating). There would be evening entertainment. It would be open to those under 18, but we would be asking guardians to come along too! (although we would offer them a break-out room where they can relax).

So….

I want to know thoughts from you.

How much would you pay? Would you be prepared to pay a deposit upfront so that a location and authors can be booked?

Would you be happy for this to take place outside of London?

What would you like to see particularly on the programme?

Publishing peeps – would you want to come along, have a dealer room, offer books for prizes and goodie bags?

Basically, any thoughts that you have – even if it’s just a yay to register interest – would be fantastic. And then we’ll see where this can be taken!

Cover Artwork Reveal – The Holders by Julianna Scott

A treat for a Monday morning, y’all! We have the cover artwork for The Holders by Julianna Scott (released March 2013) and we want you to see it!

The cover artwork is by Lee Gibbons, who also did the fabulous cover to Katya’s World (we love him!)

Here’s the book blurb:

17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.

She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

So, what do you think?

Happy Publication Day!

We would like to wish Gwenda Bond and Kim Curran a very happy publication day!

Shift and Blackwood are now available to buy in both the US and the UK.

We are going to help them celebrate with CAKE!

We think you should help them celebrate by purchasing their books *grins*

Please join with us in wishing Kim and Gwenda the best of luck.

Here is one of the first images of Shift and Blackwood out in the wild, in a proper bookstore!