The Saturday Post: J.K. Rowling rocks our world & more

Saturday is almost over, but better late then never, right? Here’s the highlights from this weeks news …

* By far, the biggest news this week … J.K. Rowling is publishing a new adult book with Little, Brown!

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

JK Rowling also later tweeted this message:

As you may have heard, I have a new book out later this year. Very different to Harry, although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much.

I am SO freaking excited about this! As I said on Twitter … JK could write a phone book, and I’d read it.

Read more here.

* USA Today has a sneak peek at Changeling by Philippa Gregory, her first YA novel:

Scheduled for release on May 22 from Simon & Schuster, Changeling opens in 1453 Rome.

The male protagonist – 17-year-old Luca Vero – has been expelled from his monastery, his home since age 11. Meanwhile, the heroine, Isolde, has just lost her adored father. After she refuses her elder brother’s demand that she marry slimy Prince Roberto, she is forced into a convent against her will. The couple meet when Luca is sent to investigate why young nuns are developing stigmata.

See more here.

* Stunning cover revealed for Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

* Also a gorgeous cover for Ten by Gretchen McNeil:

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

* And there have been TONS of stories about The Hunger Games lately. Stay on top of it by checking out The Hunger Games Examiner!

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