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Contest: Win a copy of Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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As we wrap up our week-long feature on the magical middle grade novel Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy, we want to give some of you lucky readers a chance to win your own copy!

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverThe Prizes:

One winner (U.S. only) will receive a signed paperback of Deadly Delicious

One winner (Int’l) will receive an e-book of Deadly Delicious

(All prizes courtesy K.L. Kincy)

How to Enter:

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form here. You can gain add’l entries by following Novel Novice & K.L. Kincy on various social media, and by commenting below.

Just tell us in the comments below … what is one magical ingredient you’d add to your own baking!

The Deadline:

This contest will run through midnight (PT) on Friday, August 1st.

Questions? Leave ‘em in the comments & we’ll reply!

Exclusive Excerpt from Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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Today we have an exclusive excerpt from Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy:

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverI bound up the crooked stairs and slip into the kitchen. “Mama?” I call.

No reply.

Cooling on top of Mama’s prized pink appliances, her secret-recipe DeLune DeLuxe doughnuts perfume the air with the aromas of happiness, confidence, and good luck. My head gets all whirly as I breathe in deep.

These doughnuts are pretty enough to be hanging on a Christmas tree. They’re all twinkly with sprinkles, and plump enough that I’m just itching to squeeze them. Oh, look, chocolate filling leaking from the good luck doughnut. I glance around the kitchen. The coast’s clear, so I dip my pinkie into the chocolate.

A stinging blow lands on my knuckles. Mama’s choice walnut-wood spatula.

Even though she can’t actually poof from a cloud of smoke, it still scares the bejesus out of me when she pounces like that. She’s wearing her favorite coral pink suit and pillbox hat, her hair all glossy—she must have just drove up.

“For customers only,” Mama says.

Like I don’t have any wishes of my own.

Check out more & order your copy of Deadly Delicious here!

Exclusive Q&A with Deadly Delicious author K.L. Kincy

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As part of our week-long feature on Deadly Delicious,today we bring you an exclusive Q&A with the author, K.L. Kincy!

Karen - author photo2DEADLY DELICIOUS was your first foray into middle grade. Did anything surprise you while writing MG?

Deadly Delicious was supposed to be a young adult book, actually! When I started writing it, I realized that Josephine was younger than I’d thought. Then I revised the book to make Josephine officially 12 years old. Everything started to click after that. The sweet romance, the friendship drama, and the growing pains of a witch.

I love the idea of mixing magic with cooking … I mean, a good recipe really CAN taste like magic! If you had powers like Josephine and her mom, what sort of conjure would you cook up for yourself? 

I would totally bake some DeLune DeLuxe doughnuts. Who wouldn’t want happiness, confidence, and good luck in a delicious doughnut?

The setting for DEADLY DELICIOUS is really great, and your descriptions of it are so vivid. Have you traveled to those areas? Did you research the locations? How did you bring them to life? 

My grandparents live in Sikeston, Missouri, and I know the Kincy family has lived in the area for over a hundred years. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by all the katydids, Osage oranges, stick insects, and magnolias. While writing Deadly Delicious, I also collected inspirations on a Pinterest board.

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverI adore your cover. How did you get such an awesome cover? 

My cover artist, Kirbi Fagan, did an awesome job. You can see some of the earlier drafts of the cover on her website.

What are you working on now? 

I’m writing dieselpunk romance for adults, and I’m also drafting a young adult regency that involves ladies with a tendency to transform into cats.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite decade?

I’d say the 1950s, for writing this book. ;)

Must-have writing snack?

Cherry cream cheese danishes at a local cafe, but sparingly!

Favorite Disney movie? 

Aladdin. I loved that movie when I was a kid, and watched the old VHS tape almost to death.

The beach or the mountains? 

Beach! Mountains involve climbing and panting for breath.

Song that can always get you dancing? 

“Lose Yourself to Dance” by Daft Punk, with Pharrell. Once I was getting ready to run a 5K race and the song came on, so my whole running group started skipping to the song.

Name 5 things currently on your desk (or in your writing space), and share a photo, if possible

I have my writing notebooks by my computer and a few toys. The hedgehog came from a Japanese bookstore in Seattle. The stingray came from the aquarium in Denver. I got to pet and feed real stingrays there, and they felt like wet mushrooms!

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Book Review: Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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One spunky heroine. A dash of romance. A sprinkle of magic. And one horde of cake-craving zombies. Those are the winning ingredients to K.L. Kincy’s charming and delightful new middle grade novel, Deadly Delicious.

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverTwelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can’t take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago.

An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can’t compete with her family’s reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy’s parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama’s side, she’s up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills.

Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl’s Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She’s got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he’s the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he’s hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he’s got the wrong girl—she’s no witch—but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire.

Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma’s old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can’t escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening…

I was charmed right away by Kincy’s voice in Deadly Delicious – with a slow drawl inside my head as I read the narrative of young Josephine. I was transported to the South — hearing the cadence and rhythm of people’s speech, feeling the clammy heat, and soaking up the atmosphere. Every time I picked up this book to continue reading, I found myself happily whisked away to Josephine’s world.

The whimsical storyline is also equally enchanting, and it’s fun to see how Kincy has crafted this particular brand of magic — using recipes to conjure spells. A colorful cast of supporting characters add to the magic of Deadly Delicious, and really bring Josephine’s story to life.

At first, I wasn’t 100% sure the romance was necessary to the story — and it certainly takes a backseat to the main plot, and Josephine’s growth as a character. But the blossoms of first love, as Kincy has so lovingly captured them here, add a nice finishing touch — like the frosting to the cake that is the rest of the story. And while younger readers may not connect to this aspect of the story, there’s nothing that will stop them from enjoying Deadly Delicious on the whole.

Deadly Delicious is available now.

Introducing Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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Today, we’re kicking off a week-long feature for the fun middle grade fantasy, Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy. All week, we’ll share our thoughts on the book, a sneak peek, a Q&A with Karen, plus give you a chance to win your own copy! But for now,we’re starting today off with all the basics. Here’s what the book is about:

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverTwelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can’t take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago.

An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can’t compete with her family’s reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy’s parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama’s side, she’s up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills.

Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl’s Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She’s got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he’s the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he’s hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he’s got the wrong girl—she’s no witch—but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire.

Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma’s old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can’t escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening…

Karen - author photo2About the Author:

K. L. Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) loves zombies, though she hopes to meet only the cake-eating kind. Deadly Delicious is her first book for children. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
K. L. Kincy also writes for teens and adults as Karen Kincy.
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Best Ideas for a Literary Bridal Shower

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I was SO so lucky last November to have the most amazing literary-themed bridal shower. My bridesmaids (with the help of my mom) put together the most fabulous party featuring book-inspired decorations, food, and activities for my bridal shower.

Because it was SO much fun, and perfect for any book-loving bride, I wanted to share some of what they did — as we all as more inspiration from Pinterest — right here for all of you!

Book-ish Bridal Shower Decorations

The decorations started with a bridal “throne” — which my bridesmaids surrounded with stacks and stacks of books. The tissue-paper flowers over the window (below) were hand-crafted by my mom, and include tissue paper she printed with scans from old fairy tale books.

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My bridesmaids hit up thrift shops for old, falling-apart books and used them to craft some fabulous decorations. They used the old pages to make garlands to hang from the fireplace mantle, and glued together a runner for the table.

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Here are some other pretty book-ish decoration ideas we found on Pinterest:

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Book-Themed Party Foods

The menu for my bridal shower included:

  • Count of Monte Cristo Sandwiches
  • Harry Potter’s Chocolate Pretzel Wands
  • Oliver Twists (pretzels)
  • Great Eggspectations Deviled Eggs
  • Dr. Seuss Fruit Skewers (slices of strawberries & bananas)
  • Lemony Snicket’s Lemon Meringues

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My mom also hand-crafted these beautiful cupcake liners, that she had printed with our wedding illustration and scans from old fairy tale books.

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Here’s where she got her inspiration from:

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Literary-Inspired Bridal Shower Games

No bridal shower is complete without a few games. My bridesmaids had the perfect word-games for my book-themed shower, as well as some more traditional shower games. We played:

- Wedding Vow MadLibs

- Bridal Scattegories

- Guess What the Groom Said (in which I had to guess his responses to a set of questions, and the guests had to vote whether they thought I’d get the answer right or wrong.)

- Pin the “ring” on the hand:

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During all of the games, my Maid of Honor kept score (having assigned everyone a “District,” Hunger Games-style). The guest with the highest score (my mother-in-law) took home the grand prize, a copy of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield, the book I was buying when my husband proposed.

More Ideas:

Another fun bridal shower game is “Literary Lovers Match-Up” — in which your guests must correctly pair up each literary couple.

Favors

For favors, my mom hand-crafted these beautiful bookmarks. The front includes our wedding illustration and scanned pages from a fairy tale book, and the back is made from glitter scrapbook paper.

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You can see more ideas that inspired my bridesmaids on my bridal shower Pinterest board.

14 Ultimate YA Summer Reads for 2014

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Summer is HERE, and that means it’s time to grab some shades, a picnic blanket, and your best beach read for some outdoor reading time in the lovely warmth and sunshine.

As far as I’m concerned, ANY book can be the perfect summer read, as long as you enjoy reading it. But if you really want something with a beachy, summery feel to it, we present to you our list of the 14 Ultimate YA Summer Reads for 2014. (Get it? 14 books for 2014!)

The Sound by Sarah Alderson

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A sleepy beach-town. A nanny from the UK. Sexy bad boys. And a crowd of rich kids with some seriously dark secrets. This book has EVERYTHING I love about a summer read, and it’s basically the perfect book to read this time of year.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (series) by Jenny Han

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Perhaps one of the most quintessential summer reads — Jenny Han’s Summer I Turned Pretty Series offers readers a rich trilogy of romance and love triangles and coming of age, spanning multiple summers over three whole books. Pick up all three books in this series for some serious binge-reading.

Inland by Kat Rosenfield

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A mysterious call to the sea is at the heart of this creepy and moody thriller, that walks along the genre lines between contemporary, magic realism, and paranormal. You may never be sure where along those genres Inland falls, but you won’t care because it’s just so damn gorgeous.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

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The mysterious murder of a young woman captivates the people in a small town, during a pivotal summer in one girl’s life. A sort of un-coming of age saga unfolds, as life in this sleepy town is turned upside down by unexpected violence.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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A coming-of-age story with elements of John Green, J.D. Salinger, and Stephen Chbosky, Schneider’s story is just the sort of book you want to read about during the long, hot summer days. This book perfectly captures all the anxieties and angst of high school, packaged prettily in a set of quirky characters and charming plot points.

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

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One incredible day at the beach, and two lives forever changed. Lisa’s beautiful novel-in-prose is a captivating story about facing our fears, and making peace within ourselves — and finding romance at the same time. A quick, lovely read, The Day Before is the perfect book to take with for a day trip to the coast.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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The perfect summer plans are shattered when Emily’s best friend Sloane disappears without a word. Fortunately, Sloane has left behind a bizarre to-do list, which Emily is sure holds the key to finding Sloane, if only she can cross everything off the list. Not too hard, right? Sure … as long as you don’t mind kissing strangers and skinny dipping.

Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael

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Set on the North Carolina coast, this book follows the unfolding saga of one teen boy and the twin brother he never knew about — who also just so happens to be the son of a powerful senator. What happens when he goes in search of this long-lost family sets the stage for this moody and beautifully-written character examination.

Clarity by Kim Harrington

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The Cape Cod setting in this paranormal thriller takes center stage, as clairvoyant teen Clare tries to piece together the murder of a tourist in her sleepy seaside town. A sequel, Perception, is also available.

The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan

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A surfer girl on the California coast has her world turned upside down by the discovery that her mother was a mermaid. Madigan’s take on the mermaid mythology is lovely and captivating, but her characters’ lives on land is perhaps even more compelling. I loved every page of this book.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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A tiny tourist town in Maine is turned upside down by the arrival of a movie crew — but that’s nothing compared to the upheaval in Ellie’s life, when she learns that the hot teen star of the film is also the secret pen pal she’s been corresponding with. With her own secrets to protect, their turbulent romance is a delightful summer saga to read about.

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

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Taking place in Indonesia following the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, Sea is an achingly beautiful portrait of love and survival, and moving on after the most horrific devastation. Kling wrote the novel based on her husband’s first-hand accounts of recovery work in Indonesia following the tsunami.

The Summer of Skinny-Dipping by Amanda Howells

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Don’t let the cute title and breezy cover fool you – this book is full of intense feels and heartache. A gut-wrenching novel, I devoured this book in one sitting when it first came out, and I still think about it every summer.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

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A gripping story about finding your place in the world, and learning to stand still after a life of running, Where the Stars Still Shine is one of those books that grabbed me from page one and never let go. The touristy Florida beach town setting just adds to this book’s mood, making it a perfect summer read.

For the comments: What other books would you consider the perfect summer read? Tell us below!

Beyond Words: Your Favorite Authors in a Fantasy Calendar

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Today, I wanted to let you guys know about a pretty AMAZING project going on right now featuring some of your favorite authors.

cassieThe incredibly talented photographer Lauren Zurchin is in the process of creating a 2016 fantasy calendar, featuring 12+ authors. This is the second such calendar Lauren has created — the first one included authors like Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver,  Maggie Stiefvater, Gregory Maguire, Christopher Paolini, and more.

christopher paoliniThis year’s line-up? Insane. These authors will all be featured in the 2016 calendar:

  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Series)
  • Jim Butcher (The Harry Dresden Files, The Codex Alera)
  • Melissa de la Cruz (The Blue Bloods series, Witches of East End)
  • Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles,  The WondLa series)
  • lauren oliverKami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Legion Series)
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians series)
  • Robin Hobb (The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Rain Wild Chronicles)
  • Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me Series)
  • Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Keys to the Kingdom Series)
  • Ransom Riggs (The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series)
  • Margaret Stohl (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Icons Series)
  • Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan Trilogy, The Uglies Series)

Incredible, right? But now we need your help! Lauren is running a Kickstarter to fund the project. Go HERE to support it, and you can pick up some amazing signed gear from your favorite participating authors – even a signed copy of the calendar itself!

More Books from The Lost author Sarah Beth Durst

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The sequel to The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst doesn’t come out until December – so while we wait for The Missingto hit store shelves, we can happily tide ourselves over with one of Sarah’s other, AMAZING novels. Here’s a look at her other titles:

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Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name — but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she’s in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access — and there is nothing they won’t say — or do — to her to get her to remember.

At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things — things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed — and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her — but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

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Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate — or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

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Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire, fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist). They’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the king’s feast — as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends — especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache — to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

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A story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons…

While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.

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When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie’s own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her — until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

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Ever since twelve-year-old Julie Marchen defeated the fairy-tale world of the Wild, life’s been pretty much back to normal, as normal as it can be for a girl whose brother is Puss-in-Boots, grandma is a witch, and mom is Rapunzel. (Yes, that Rapunzel.)

The Wild is safely back under Julie’s bed, but when it suddenly spits out her long-lost dad — Rapunzel’s prince — things take a seriously enchanted turn. He’s gallant, he’s handsome, and he’s totally clueless about life in the 21st century! (You try teaching a five-hundred-year-old prince how to text message.) Julie couldn’t be happier to have her family back together, but when Dad dashes off to save a damsel who’s distressing, it’s up to Julie to bring him home, protect the family secret, and while she’s at it, save the world.

Join Julie on a magical road trip across America. A flying bathmat, a very drowsy princess, a fire-breathing dragon, and several thousand magic beanstalks… Julie’s world, our world, will never be the same again.

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Junior high is tough enough, even when your family is ordinary. And Julie Marchen’s family is anything but ordinary: her brother is a talking cat, her grandmother is a bona fide witch, and her mother is Rapunzel. Yep, that Rapunzel — long hair, tower, prince… Long ago, Rapunzel escaped the fairy tale with her fellow storybook characters to live in secret in our world. But Julie’s world, our world, is about to change — the fairy tale wants its characters back.

Now Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers, fly griffins, and outwit magicians in order to rescue her mom and save her town from becoming a fairy tale kingdom.

Don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of The Lost!

For the comments: Have you read any of Sarah’s other books? Tell us your favorites in the comments below!

Exclusive Q&A with The Lost Author Sarah Beth Durst – Part 2

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Today, we bring you part 2 of our exclusive Q&A with Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Lost and several other amazing novels. If you missed it, catch part 1 of our Q&A here.

lost, theThis is your first non-YA book — and it’s the first in a trilogy, while most of your other books are standalones. Was there anything you did differently in approaching the story?

Not really, but in retrospect, I probably should have. With one book, by the time you’re at the end of working on it, you can pretty much hold all the details in your head at the same time. With three… it was much harder. Next time I write a trilogy, I’m going to make myself a lovely list of all the details as I go along so I don’t have to reread a hundred pages to figure out if I gave someone an eye color or not.

You also have a new YA coming out later this year, CHASING POWER. Tell us a bit about that book.

CHASING POWER is coming out in October from Bloomsbury, and it’s an Indiana Jones style adventure about a girl with telekinesis and a boy who can teleport (and who lies as easily as he travels).

sarah beth durstAnd most importantly (to me, anyway, right now), when can we expect to get our hands on the sequel to THE LOST, THE MISSING?

THE MISSING will be out in December, and it will be followed by THE FOUND in April. :)

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite decade?

Now. (We have the best medicine of any decade to date. Also, indoor plumbing.)

Favorite writing snack?

Raisinets.

Favorite Disney movie?

Ooh, tough one. I’d have to go with Beauty & the Beast, for the ballroom scene and for that amazing library.

The beach or the mountains?

I love beaches in the spring or fall. Not a fan in the summer. I love mountains all the time. I am a big fan of views.

Song that can always get you dancing?

“When a Hippo Can Dance” from Blue Moo (by Sandra Boynton). Also, “I Like to Move It” from Madagascar — my husband recently gave me a singing card that plays that song, and I dance every time someone opens it.

Name five things on your desk (or in your writing space) right now.

1. the latest print-out of THE MISSING
2. a glass of water (I always keep one near me as I write)
3. a bag of Raisinets (my muse)
4. a polar bear (stuffed)
5. my Aslan (my Mythopoeic Award for VESSEL), which I’ve dressed in a dapper bow tie.

Thanks again for stopping by, Sarah!