The Girl and the Grove: New Title & Pub Date!
Remember that little book I announced last month? The Dryad of Fairmount Park?
It has a publication date and a new title.
THE GIRL AND THE GROVE will be out with Flux on May 8th, 2018!
Me and the team at Flux all agreed that the original title didn't quite sound Young Adult, and the story isn't entirely about the magic. It's more about the character's journey as she wrestles with identity. So I really love this new title. Thank you to Flux's Mari Kesselring and Megan Naidl and my agent Dawn for the brainstorming session. I'm so happy with the result.
It's a solid year away, but for now, you can add it to your Goodreads here (thanks Shveta!).
Book News: The Dryad of Fairmount Park, To Be Published Spring 2018
That bundle of images is from a #NovelAesthetics I tweeted last year.
And now that book is actually happening.
Before I moved away from Philadelphia, I spent every other weekend holed up with my YA writing group (hi Randy, Lauren, Katherine, and Julie, I miss all of you terribly), fussing over a book that was challenging the hell out of me.
Much like the drive to curate my adoption-themed anthology Welcome Home, I wanted to write a novel for adopted kids. Teens who were wrestling with finding a sense of identity, the way I did when I was younger. I wanted there to be magic, friendship, a diverse cast of characters. I wanted to talk about how we treat the world around us, and how it reflects on how we treat one another.
I wanted a lot.
I affectionately referred to this book as "The Nena Book" whenever I talked about it, as my wife pushed me to try and write this. To talk about transracial adoptees (like me), and to write a story that was incredibly close and personal to me.
It was absolutely the book of my heart. And now, it'll be published by Flux in the Spring of 2018. (more…)
Requesting Review Copies of WELCOME HOME and BRANDED
Well, 2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year. Branded is coming out in May, Welcome Home is coming out in September, and I'm not sleeping until the beginning of 2018.
Right now, you can request review copies of both books! They've even both on NetGalley right now at the same time. Yes, that is the sound of me breathing heavily.
Here how you can scoop up a copy:
WELCOME HOME, my adoption-themed YA anthology, is up on NetGalley, and people are already reading it! This is blowing my mind. The book comes out on September 5th with Flux.
You can request it on NetGalley here.
The book features short stories across genres from over two dozen authors, and I'm so proud of it. And this is your chance to read it almost half a year before it comes out! Whoa!
Also, be sure to add it on Goodreads? You can expect some giveaways there soon, as well as other really cool news regarding the book (a top secret microsite project, pre-order campaigns, posters!) soon.
Interested in requesting a physical ARC? Flux has a limited print amount that they are sending out to reviewers. If you'd like one, you can email me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and I'll forward your request.
BRANDED, the sequel to INKED, comes out with Bloomsbury's digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, on May 23rd. It's also up on NetGalley (is this really happening?), and you can request it here.
If you haven't read the first book, and you're interested in reading it... let me know! I would be more than happy to gift a copy of Inked your way. This is an eBook exclusive series though, so only ask if you don't mind me sending you a Kindle of Nook code.
And hey, if you pre-order Branded, I'm doing a fun pre-order campaign! You can get temporary tattoos and signed postcards! And it's international!