Monday, 9 September 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Jennifer E. Smith, Ann Brashares, Samantha Young, Lauren Kate & More!

Here's a round up of the latest book news, deals and some cover reveals that I've discovered over the past few weeks!  It's also basically a digest of all the exciting news stories that come my way and which I've mostly already posted on my twitter and Facebook feeds, so if you want up-to-the-minute book news and you don't want to have to wait around for me to type this up, you can follow me on those sites!

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith || Release date: April 2014

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Book Deals, Book Deals, Book Deals....

New Two-Book Deal for Huntley Fitzpatrick

Jessica Garrison at Dial has bought two more contemporary teen romances by former romance editor Huntley Fitzpatrick, whose debut novel My Life Next Door was published by Dial in summer 2012. Dial is releasing Fitzpatrick's sophomore novel, What I Thought Was True, in April 2014; the first title in the new deal will be a sequel to My Life Next Door. Christina Hogrebe at the Jane Rotrosen Agency sold world rights. 

Rhiannon by David Levithan 

Nancy Hinkel at Knopf has acquired David Levithan's Rhiannon, the companion to Every Day, his recent novel about A, the character who changes bodies on a daily basis. The new book is told from the perspective of A's love interest, Rhiannon. Publication is set for spring 2015; Bill Clegg at WME brokered the deal for North American rights. 

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

Navah Wolfe at Simon & Schuster has bought world rights to The Creeping by debut author Alexandra Sirowy in a two-book pre-empt. It's a YA thriller in which a girl vanished with her friend when they were both five, and was the only one who returned. Now, years later, she is beginning to recover memories from that time amid a wave of creepy events. Publication is set for summer 2015; Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the deal. 

Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

 Sara Sargent at Balzer + Bray has acquired world English rights to Underneath Everything, a YA debut by Marcy Beller Paul. It's a contemporary psychological thriller about two girls bound by an obsessive friendship. When Mattie decides to take back the boyfriend, friends, and life she thinks Jolene stole from her years ago, she's drawn into an intoxicating – and toxic – relationship that blurs the boundary between friendship and love. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management did the deal.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

 Pamela Garfinkel at Little, Brown's Poppy imprint has bought Love, Lucy by April Lindner, author of Jane and Catherine. It centers on 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth, who, after falling for a street musician while backpacking in Florence, faces the realities of her freshman year of college; it was inspired by A Room with a View. Publication is set for fall 2014; Amy Williams at McCormick & Williams Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights. 

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

Hodder Children's Books has bought two novels from debut author Carla Spradbery, acquiring world rights from Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown.

Spradbery's debut The 100 Society is described as a "suspenseful" standalone YA thriller about six sixth-form students at an elite boarding school who form a society, The 100 Society, based around a dangerous game. When a menacing stalker, the Reaper, becomes involved, the game takes a darker turn.

Pottesman called Spradbery "a brilliant storyteller whose manuscript gripped, thrilled and teased me until the last page."

The book will be published in September 2014, to be followed by a further standalone novel in 2015.


More Book Covers of Awesome...

 Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg || Release date: February 2014
 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star Elizabeth Eulberg.

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan's friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they're best friends -- which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Macallan out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again -- and one kiss away from true love?

 The Here and Now by Ann Brashares || Release date: April 2014

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.


Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young || Release date: January 2014 

 Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Jake and Charley’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford have made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things. As Charley fights for the future she wants for herself and with Jake, parents, exes, friends, and her own distrust, are resolved to yank her back into the real world.

While Jake is determined how deeply they feel for one another will get them through their issues, Charley has to wonder… is love alone really ever enough?

Click to read my review of Into The Deep

 Love and Chaos (Brooklyn Girls #2) by Gemma Burgess  || Release date: Feb. 2014

Wild child and secret romantic Angie wakes up in a hotel room with $3,000 and no memories of the night before. Her best friends aren’t talking to her, she can’t get a job in fashion, her parents are divorcing, and she’s about to turn twenty-three. And life is about to get much worse.

Brooklyn Girls: Love and Chaos continues the story of our five favorite grads sharing a brownstone and starting out in New York City through Angie’s eyes. On a journey from private jets and yacht parties to dirty subways and hipster bars via crazy storms, flash floods, and retail jobs from hell, Angie discovers who she is, what she wants, how she’s going to get it —and a crazy little thing called true love.

Meanwhile, her roommates lives are imploding, too. Coco’s self-medicating and self-loathing, Pia’s breaking up and cracking up, Madeleine’s finding her voice and Julia might—just might—have met someone she can actually date.

Brooklyn Girls is the hilarious, inspiring Gemma Burgess series every twenty-something has been waiting for that tells you that whatever you do, whatever mistakes you make, everything is going to be okay. All you need is a little luck, a little work, and your best friends.

US Cover


 From Book to Screen....

Leads Cast in Movie Adaptation of Lauren Kate's Fallen  

Presenting Addison Timlin as Lucinda Price and Jeremy Irvine as Daniel Grigori.

What do you think of the Fallen cast so far? I haven't seen either actor in anything before, but I guess both of them look the part, at least. (Luke Mitchell was my dream pick for Daniel - that's how I pictured him while reading Fallen. I think I also pictured him as Hayden Christensen at one point).

 You might like to take a look at Lauren Kate's dream movie cast for Fallen which she wrote as a guest post for the blog a while back. Check it out here.  I think Lauren got it so right when she chose Ed Westwick as Cam - I would love to see that happen! 



Please note that book covers may not be final and may be subject to change.  Additional sources:  PW Children's Bookshelf, The Bookseller, Goodreads, Amazon UK. 


  1. Liz @ Planet Print9 September 2013 at 15:17

    I'm really excited for The Geography of Me and You seeing as I loved TSPoLaFS and TiWHLL. The Creeping also sounds really good, so looking forward to reading that! I wasn't a fan of Fallen so probably won't be watching the film, but the cast so far seems okay!

  2. ChristinaBookAddict9 September 2013 at 16:39

    Sooo many good books coming out. I have never read any of Jennifer Smith's books, even though I have been meaning to. I love the sound of The Geography of Me and You. I just added Ann Brashares' latest and Huntley Fitzpatrick's to my TBR list. Thanks for bringing them to my attention! Regarding the Fallen cast, they seem sort of how I imagined.....I just googled Luke Mitchell (wow!) and he would be a perfect Daniel! You are so right!

  3. Yes! Luke Mitchell has always been my perfect Daniel! He starred in an Australian soap that I watch and is appearing in the Tomorrow People on the CW. I thought this one might be his big movie break. ha!

  4. I like the Fallen books, but I still need to finish the series. Agree on The Creeping - that one sounds good!

  5. Ah so many amazing news! I loved "Ever Day" and I was so so sad about the end! maybe with "Rhiannon," we get something of an epilogue of happiness?

    I'm super excited about April Lindner's new book deal, I love her books

    And.. the cast for Fallen?? SO AWESOME! But I am also a huge fan of this series!! I cannot wait for this!
    Thank you so much for sharing all these news!

  6. Some exciting news and cover reveals. Thanks for sharing!

  7. The 100 Society sounds absolutely amazing!! But so long away! :(
    I love this feature you do, I always find new books I have never heard of.

  8. Becky @ Stories & Sweeties9 September 2013 at 23:40

    Wow, now that is not how I pictured Daniel and Luce at all. AT ALL. Especially Luce. But oh, well. Hopefully they will at least play the parts well.

    SO excited to hear that David Levithan is writing Rhiannon's POV!! Everyday was an absolute favorite of mine last year.

    Thanks for sharing all this great info, Leanna!

  9. I AM SO EXCITED! The Geography of You and Me sounds so cute! I LOVED My Life Next Door and Every Day so I'm over the moon that they are getting sequels. Jeremy Irvine is playing Daniel? He certainly looks the part!

  10. Love the The Geography Of Us cover and that they are keeping the overall style of Jennifer's covers.

    Also I think the cast for Luce and Daniel is perfect!

  11. I haven't read Every Day yet but I've heard lots of good things so must get to it soon! I've never read any of Lindner's books but I LOVE the sound of this one!

  12. Thanks! :) Yeah, I know, it's fun to find out about upcoming releases but when the deals are announced they are still so far away!

  13. Everyday seems to have been a real favourite amongst so many people. I must get to reading it soon!

  14. I really need to do some catching up on my contemps - I still haven't read My Life Next Door even though I bought a copy months ago!

    Not loving the guy cast as Daniel though :(

  16. I thought Daniel would be hotter. *feels mean and nasty now!*

  17. I don't think that's mean - he just doesn't fit with the picture I have of Daniel in my head


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