BRANDED: Inked 2 Gets a Cover, Title, & Publication Date!

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Oh.

Oh my.

It’s happening.

Last week, while I was on my lil’ writing retreat with Adi Alsaid and Zoraida Cordova (more on that in a future blog post soon, you guys), YA Interrobang unveiled the title and cover for Inked 2. BRANDED will hit eReaders everywhere on September 8th via Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark.

Jenny Zemanek designed the cover, and she also works on covers by a number of other lovely Bloomsbury Spark authors, including Actual BFF ® Ashley Poston, who writes YA books I adore. Definitely check out Jenny’s portfolio here. She’s a rockstar.

BRANDED is available for pre-order via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-retailers now, and you can add it on Goodreads. Please do!

I’ll launch a fun pre-order campaign soon, so keep an eye out for that. Folks who pre-order will get a signed poster pack from Inked, Branded, and a really lovely quote illustration that Ashley Poston drew a while back. You can see that here. If you pre-order it, drop me an email at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and I’ll make sure you’re on that mailing list.

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Look how cute those posters are! Please note, bunny will NOT be included.

And speaking of mailing lists!

If you’re a book blogger that’s interested in a review copy of Branded, let me know! As ya’ll know from my days at the Quirk Books HQ, I LOVE BOOK BLOGGERS TERRIBLY. If you want a review copy of Branded, email me, and I’ll make sure there’s one in your inbox.

Huge thank you to Nicole at YA Interrobang for doing the reveal! And of course, to Dawn Frederick for her tireless work as my agent, Meredith Rich for her patience with my frequent ellipsis use, and my dear Kristina for the continued push. Can’t wait for September.

This Week in Recommended Reading: 1/14

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

New Year, new books! The semester started this week, and I’m back dishing out reads to my awesome students. Here are the books I dished out this week and why.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love helped me during a rough patch in my life a few years back, and I love talking to students about the power writing can have. Dishing out her latest novel gives me that excuse. Plus come on, it’s Elizabeth Gilbert. Love her.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen: When you market a book as Downton Abbey meets The Selection, I basically need to have it. It’s the first class of a new semester, and since YA is a big part of my life, I brought this one (and the following one in) to talk about it a bit more.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: So why not kick off that convo with one of YA’s rockstars? I heart Lauren Oliver, and was happy to introduce her to some new readers.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: You know, I’ve never given away Celeste’s book in any of my classes… I give it away all the time at home. It’s a book I buy again and again, but whenever a friend comes over and says they haven’t read anything good lately… BAM. TAKE THIS BOOK. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve bought this one.

Win Eight Books I’m Psyched For in 2016

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Well, 2016 is almost here. And you guys are in for one awesome year when it comes to YA books.

I mean, seriously. There’s just so much. A new series from Susan Dennard, a bunch of powerfully gripping debut novels across all genres, and sophomore books from two of my favorite contemporary YA authors, Lauren Gibaldi and Ashley Poston. Even I have a new book coming out. But this isn’t about that, though I will shameless link the Goodreads page right here.

I want to giveaway some of these books I’m amped up about. Eight books, to be precise. One finished hardcover, six paperback ARCs, and one eBook pre-order. One of them, The Big Rewind, isn’t technically a YA book, but I have a feeling it’s going to crossover a bit.

Anyhow, here are the books you can win:

TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard (Hardcover): On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well… [Add it on Goodreads]

AUTOFOCUS by Lauren Gibaldi (ARC): It’s always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn’t quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete… [Add it on Goodreads]

THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter (ARC): Cassie O’Malley has spent her whole life trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically. It’s been two-and-a-half years since her mother dumped Cassie in a mental institution against her will for something Cassie claims she didn’t do. Now, at eighteen, Cassie enrolls in college, ready to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms… [Add it on Goodreads]

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker (ARC): In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school… [Add it on Goodreads]

THE BIG REWIND by Libby Cudmore (ARC): Jett Bennett moved to New York to become a music journalist. What she found was a temp gig as a proofreader, but at least she’s fitting in with the artists and musicians in the tragically hip Brooklyn neighborhood she calls home… [Add it on Goodreads]

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig (ARC): Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman… [Add it on Goodreads]

UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt (ARC): Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself… [Add it on Goodreads]

WE OWN THE NIGHT by Ashley Poston (eBook Pre-Order, Kindle or Nook): As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with… [Add it on Goodreads]

You can enter to win the full stack of books in the Rafflecopter below, by following the authors on social media or tweeting about the giveaway. It’s US only, sorry international followers! It’s super expensive to mail a box of books.

I’ll mail the winners their books shortly after my wife unpack our boxes after moving, likely mid-January. Good luck!

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PS: There are a bunch of other books I’m super psyched about too hitting in 2016. And while I’d love to dish out those ARCs, some of them are signed (or I haven’t read them yet!), and I just can’t do it. Sorry you guys. But you should definitely add This Is Where It Ends, The Serpent King, The Love That Split the World, and Map of Fates to your Goodreads to-read lists, ASAP.

And keep an eye out for my Most Anticipated Reads of 2016 list, which will be up on Paste Magazine soon.

This Week in Recommended Reading: 11/25

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

Here are the books I gave away this week and why. Skipped last week, as I was out and about doing book events, but then came back hard with these reads.

Shelter Me by Juliette Fay: I actually hadn’t heard much about Fay until I picked this one up. Talked to the students a bit about her books, and dished this one out… and promptly bought another copy at the used bookshop to read myself.

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman: Because Alice Hoffman is amazing? Done.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner: The other day, one of my BookRiot crew asked me who the most famous writer in Pennsylvania was, and I listed a handful of folks… then my super editor Meredith Rich chimed in with Jennifer Weiner, and I was super mad at myself. Because she’s amazing. So today, I dished out Good in Bed, and talked to the students about one of Philly’s awesome authors. This one went fast.

The Apartment by Greg Baxter: I’d remembered seeing this book here and there, so when I spotted it on the cheap, thought it would make a good read for one of my students. It went quick.

This Week in Recommended Reading: 11/9

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

Here are the books I gave away this week and why. You’ll notice that I’ve got another copy of The Last Policeman in this week’s roundup. Hey, I love that book. Can’t help myself. This week’s theme was Eric’s Favorites, as Nick Hornby, Ben H. Winters, and Richard Russo are some of my favorite authors. Also, I just so happened to find two Nick Hornby books for $1 the other day. Yay!

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: My favorite book ever and one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters: So yeah, I gave this away last week. It’ll pop up a few more times before the semester ends, I’m sure. One of my favorite books, period.

Straight Man by Richard Russo: I feel like this is one of Russo’s most underrated books? I adored Empire Falls, but this book… ah, this book is just so so funny. It really shows off his comedic chops, and as an English professor myself, it makes me really happy. Gave me a chance to nerd out over his books with my students.

How to be Good by Nick Hornby: Eh, not one of Hornby’s best, but a good one. Giving away this one and High Fidelity gave me a chance to prattle about my favorite author for a while, and talk about their favorite writers as well.