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Thursday, April 27, 2017

RT TEEN DAY 2017 - Author Interview w/ Jennifer L. Armentrout #RTTeenDay

Who's ready for this year's Romance Times's TEEN DAY? It's just around the corner.... next week! Every year RT has an amazing line up on YA authors. Geared towards teens, and open to everyone, Teen Day is the chance for YA readers to attend panels with their favorite YA authors, as well as a signing, and so much more. Find out more about this year's RT Teen Day line up, here and follow them on Facebook, here

Thank you to RT Teen Day, I'm thrilled to share an interview with one of this year's YA authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Why are you excited to attend RT Teen Day?  

Chatting and hanging out with readers, of course! 

Who doesn't love a good romance? Whether it's the driving force of the story or snuck off to the side, I'm always up for it! What appeals to you about including romance in your stories? 

To me, romance symbolizes hope. That no matter what is going on in the story, if there are battles between aliens or an evil government, romance is the hope of a story. It is proof that everyone deserves a happily ever after.  

What are some of your favorite romance tropes? For example, I love the enemies to lovers trope! 

Enemies to lovers is so much fun. I also love best friends to lovers.  

Who are some of your all time favorite fictional couples? Books, movies, comics... whatever! 

Feyre and Rhysand, Ella and Reed, Scully and Mulder  

Obviously I think Young Adult books are simply incredible. I love the variety and the quality. What's you're favorite part of being an author of young adult books? 

YA deals with a lot of firsts -- first love, first hate, first kiss, first lust, first heartbreak and grief. There's something magical about getting to experience those firsts over and over.  

If you could spend a day inside the world of any book, which would you choose and why? 

Black Dagger Brotherhood. That's not a YA series, but I'd love to hang out with the vampire brothers. 

What have you been reading or recommending lately?  

I was lucky enough to read A Court of Wings and Ruin (comes out 5/2), the final book in the ACOTAR series, and if you haven't read those books yet, DO IT. It's the perfect blend of fantasy and romance.  


Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances. 
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened. 
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
Jennifer's newest YA release, IF THERE'S NO TOMORROW will be released on September 5th, 2017 from Harlequin Teen. 

You can pre-order the book from Amazon and add it to your TBR list on Goodreads. Read an excerpt from it on EW, here


#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.  

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.  

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. 

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.  

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Visit Jennifer via her Website | Goodreads 

* All author Q&A's provided by RT Teen Day 

BANG by Barry Lyga / Spotlight: Author Guest Post

Last week Little Brown released Barry Lyga's newest YA book, Bang. Today I'm thrilled to spotlight Barry, and his newest release. Below you'll find a find facts list from Barry, praise for Bang, as well as a list of a few blogs you can visit to read excerpts from Bang. First, here's a little bit about the book.


By: Barry Lyga
Published by: Little Brown
Released on: April 18th, 2017
Purchase from: Little Brown | Amazon | B&N
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A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed, as true and as relevant as tomorrow's headlines. Readers of This is Where It EndsThe Hate List, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock will appreciate this extraordinary novel.


Here are some "fast facts" about the novel's author, Barry Lyga!*
  • Barry has written across numerous genres, from contemporary fiction, to horror to suspense
  • Barry's books have been --- or will be --- published in more than a dozen languages
  • Barry's latest novel Bang has received starred reviews in a number of publications, including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus
  • Bang was recently reviewed in The New York Times!
  • In addition to his novels, Barry has written essays, short stories, and a short film
  • Prior to writing novels, Barry worked in the comic book industry
  • Barry graduated from Yale with a degree in English
Visit Barry online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr 


''Heartbreaking and brutally compelling.'' --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

''[A] raw exploration of persistent social stigmas, a beautiful study of forgiveness, and an unflinching portrait of a parent's worst nightmare.'' -Publishers Weekly, starred review

''Lyga tackles a number of relevant issues in this heartbreaking novel, including gun control, suicide, and religious and racial prejudice. The pain and anguish Sebastian feels every day are raw and chafing, and the chemistry between Sebastian and Aneesa is tender and realistic.'' -School Library Journal, starred review

''Lyga manages his intensely emotional material well, creating in Sebastian a highly empathetic character....'' -Booklist

Visit these blogs to some excerpts from Bang!