Me with books from just a few of the authors participating.
Yes, you read that right. Twenty-four YA authors…in one place…signing, answering questions, and generally hanging out and being awesome.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm, and get ready to head to the American Library in Paris to see:
Tera Lynn Childs
and me…Amy Plum!
This event celebrates the wide range of writing in Young Adult literature. From first-time authors to those with several books on the shelves; from those who taught themselves to write (like me) to those who have graduate degrees in writing; from 5 different countries; both women and men writers; and including every genre of YA, both traditionally and self-published. Everything you ever wanted to know about YA all in one place. The awesomeness will be overwhelming.
There will be Q&As, prize giveaways, games, snacks, and a signing. Win books, bookmarks and swag.
There will be books for purchase at the event, but if you’re worried there won’t be enough of your favorite authors’ books, you can also pre-order any titles you’d like from W.H. Smith Paris. (Let them know it’s for this event.)
You are also allowed to bring 1 book per author from your own collection for authors to sign.
You do not have to have a membership to come. For this event the Library is suggesting a donation of 10€ (5€ for students) to help fund programs. If you plan on buying a book, the donation can be waived (unless you wish to help out the Library).
If you think you’re attending, let us know on the event’s Facebook page!
And if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below. We can’t wait to see you!
…and me dropping the books. (Sorry, esteemed authors! But now your books have mud FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER in them.)
For you first timers, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online blog hop created by the lovely and talented Colleen Houck. It’s a chance for you to see bonus material from your favorite YA authors as well as winning amazing prizes.
If you came here looking for my bonus material, the interview with Miles where he goes up against Vincent and Jules for swooniest book boyfriend, you’ll have to keep hunting!
At each stop on the hunt, you not only get to meet a YA author and read their bonus material, but you get a clue to enter for a grand prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours—until noon PST on April 5!
You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM–but there are also seven other teams for you to discover and peruse.(If you get stuck as you are moving through the hunt, click through to this page.)
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: You’ll notice that I’ve included my favorite number at the end of the post. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the teal team, and then add them up.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
ARE YOU READY??? Here we go…
I’m Amy Plum, and I live in Paris. The one in France. Not Texas.
Here I am on a French reality show with 2 famous French chefs (Norbert Tarayre and Jean Imbert) holding my French books. Is that French enough for you?
As my favorite French chefs are so kindly demonstrating, I’m the author of the DIE FOR ME series, a paranormal romance series set in Paris featuring supernatural beings of my very own making called “revenants.” My second series, AFTER THE END, is set all over America (road trip involved) and is action, romance, adventure, with a little bit of magic and a lot of kick-assness. The second (and final) book, UNTIL THE BEGINNING, releases May 5!
Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’m excited to tell you about the author I’m hosting today:
the oh so awesome…
What can I tell you about Ann? Well, I ate pizza with her in Chicago about 3 years ago (not 2, not 4, but 3…), and thought she was awesome and really funny. But that’s not much to go on. So how about a real bio?
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
The book Ann is presenting today is THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS
About THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS:
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS can be purchased here.
I can’t even tell you how awesome I think Ann’s bonus material is. She actually has an ORIGINAL MUSIC VIDEO called “Bittersweet” by Shane Cavendish which was inspired by THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS. Get ready to have your socks knocked off…
How amazing was that? Thanks, Ann (and Shane), for such fantastic exclusive content.
So now we’re getting to the contest bit of the hunt. There are TWO contests you can enter.
YA SCAVENGER HUNT CONTEST
Enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Ann Aguirre, and many other authors! To enter, you need to find my favorite number which is hidden somewhere above. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the teal teamand you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize! (See directions at the top of this post.)
My very own UNTIL THE BEGINNING Contest You have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack including a hardback of AFTER THE END, an ARC of UNTIL THE BEGINNING, a signed and dedicated first-print hardback cover, a signed bookmark, and 3 signed and dedicated bookplates (in my pretty Amy Plum envelope)! (International.)
I was just going through my computer sorting through things to clear up disk space and found this old article that I wrote for French Property News way before I was writing fiction as Amy Plum. It’s on how to start and English-language book club in France. Hope you enjoy!
I’m very honored and excited to share with you the first review for UNTIL THE BEGINNING—from the hard-to-please Kirkus Reviews. And… *drumroll* …they liked the AFTER THE END duology even more than DIE FOR ME!
UNTIL THE BEGINNING by Amy Plum
“Different enough from all the rest to keep genre fans reading.”
“Picking up right where it left off, the story that started with After the End (2014) continues.
In trying to find her vanished clan, Juneau has met and fallen for Miles, the son of a wealthy pharmaceutical company owner. At the book’s opening, a gunshot Miles has died, but Juneau performs her clan’s Rite to bring him back to life and possibly extend his life for hundreds of years, disease-free. As she mentally Reads the emotions and surroundings of her distant father and others, Juneau begins to detect where her kidnapped clan is being held. She travels the Southwest, finding a hidden reserve where billionaire Hunt Avery has imprisoned her clan, but she learns something new: Avery really wants Juneau. Plum keeps tension high as she follows Juneau across the country, mixing in enough romantic spice to satisfy genre fans. Juneau’s old mentor, Whit, offers scientific explanations for the clan’s superpowers, but Juneau, secure in her mystical spirit connections, holds to her beliefs. After flirting with Whit’s explanations, Plum comes firmly down on Juneau’s side. Of note is Juneau’s relationship with the clan’s special raven messenger, named Poe, adding some intertextual fun. Although she concludes the series plot, the author leaves some latitude for future adventures.
Different enough from all the rest to keep genre fans reading. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)”
Hurray! I can’t wait until you have your own copy in your hands and can tell me what you think. UNTIL THE BEGINNING is out May 5, and you can pre-order it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Book Depository (which delivers anywhere in the world).
Jules, Ava and Faust fly from New York and arrive at La Maison days before Ambrose and Charlotte’s wedding:
“Gaspard appears at the top of the double stairway, wearing an ancient silk waistcoat and a cotton shirt with enormous open cuffs over a pair of high-waisted dress pants. ‘Jeanne, I really don’t think period dress is necessary except for the bride and groom,’ he calls, as he fiddles with a cufflink. And then he looks up and sees us.
His crazy gray-threaded black hair sticks up as if electrified—as per norm—and an uncharacteristic broad smile spreads across his face. ‘You’re here,’ he says to me, and makes his way down the stairs. ‘We didn’t expect you for another half hour. Traffic must have been light.’
‘No, but Ambrose was driving,’ quips Charlotte, provoking a stranglehold bear hug from her fiancé.
‘You must be Mademoiselle Whitefoot,’ says Gaspard, holding a hand out to Ava. But I miss the rest of that introduction, because in from the next room walks Vincent. And his eyes are fixed on me. There’s an expression on his face that I can’t read, and am not sure I want to. Anger? Disappointment? Betrayal?
Although we spoke briefly on the battlefield, there were other things vying for our attention. Like swinging swords. And flying arrows. I said good-bye when I left. Told him I couldn’t stay. But there was blood on our skin and ash on our faces, and I didn’t even look him in the eye.
No, the last time we talked—truly communicated—was at the airport in New York. When I told him I was in love with his girlfriend and that it was tearing me apart to see them together. I admitted to my disloyalty. And then abandoned him.
Ignoring the others, he walks straight up to me, eyes burning, and I think for a moment that he’s going to hit me. Punch me right in the face. But instead he grabs me and wraps me in his arms, squeezing the breath out of me. And speaking quietly enough that the others can’t hear he says, ‘All’s forgotten. There’s nothing left to say. I’m just glad you’re back. We missed you. All of us.'”
DIE ONCE MORE releases February 3. You can get it here: (Amazon/B&N).