In publishing news, today marks the beginning of a new partnership between Warner Bros’ Alloy Entertainment and Amazon Publishing.

You may have heard of Alloy Entertainment or at least know of their books. Their titles include The Merciless, The 100, The Museum of Intangible Things, and Second Star. You may also be familiar with their series books like Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Luxe, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

To kick off the launch these three Alloy Entertainment titles were released today:

  • Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand, which follows Ven, the clone of a wealthy, 18-year-old named Raven. Imitations like Ven only leave the lab when their Authentics need them—to replace the dead, be an organ donor, or in Ven’s case, serve as bait when Raven’s life is threatened. It is Ven’s job to draw out Raven’s assailants, but she must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she has never met. Amazon
  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter, a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Ashley who sees her 23-year-old self when she looks in the mirror. Her older self has been through it all before, and helps Ashley survive torment from high school bullies, unrequited love for her best friend and a volatile relationship with her mom. But her older self also carries the scars of a terrible and imminent event in Ashley’s life that she’s powerless to stop. Amazon
  • Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, a sci-fi fantasy adventure set in the war-torn Dominion of Atalanta. For Aris, the fighting is worlds away from the safety of her seaside town until her boyfriend Calix is drafted into the military. When Aris herself is recruited to become a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping to be reunited with Calix. But what starts as mission driven by love turns into one of duty as Aris becomes a true soldier determined to save her Dominion…or die trying. Amazon

From the Press Release:

Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

“One of our strengths is working with talented authors to create and develop properties that have mass entertainment appeal,” said Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “This program is an exciting extension of our business and will allow us to leverage Amazon’s ability to distribute to an incredibly diverse and broad readership.”

Rebel Wing is the book of my heart. It’s a story I felt compelled to tell, both from the perspective of an Army wife and as someone who believes you can never have enough strong female characters in the world,” said author Tracy Banghart. “Being given the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented folks at Alloy to make it the best version of itself was an exciting and affirming process, and knowing that its distribution will be handled by Amazon—a company that has already made so much possible for me as an indie author—is pretty much the definition of win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

“Alloy has a tremendous track record developing stories, like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, that our customers love,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to promote these books from Alloy Entertainment with our Powered by Amazon program. It’s a great fit.”

Authors who publish with Alloy Entertainment’s new digital-first imprint receive an advance and royalties paid on a monthly basis. Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

I’ll be interested to see more of what’s to come from this new partnership!

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Our Leader the Mockingjay - Teaser Trailer

Our Leader the Mockingjay – Teaser Trailer

Finally we are starting to see some footage from Mockingjay Part 1! This teaser trailer (Our Leader the Mockingjay) premiered at Comic-Con last week and now all of us can check it out:

Lionsgate is really teasing out the Mockingjay footage, but I guess there’s still a ways to go so they can’t give it all away now.

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sdccHi All! I’m in San Diego this week for Comic-Con. As these things go, I’m not doing everything I planned but I’m having fun anyway.

There’s one day left before SDCC 2014 is a wrap but here are five memorable events from the Con so far:

Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black) SDCC 2014

Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black)

1. The Orphan Black panel – So, it’s no secret Andrew and I are big fans of the show and the awesome cast. After attending last years panel (in a very small room) we knew that it would take time and effort to work our way in to see them a second time. Long story short, we made it in again! There was a lot of love in the room for Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris and the whole cast of Orphan Black. Viewers feel a very personal connection to the show and appropriately the most meaningful moment from the panel came from a fan question. A fan shared her coming out story and how watching Orphan Black helped her mom be more accepting of her choice. I was in tears as were the panelists and audience members. EW sums it up well:

Some attendees told the cast how Orphan Black had deeply impacted their lives, including one girl who said she came out after watching the show. Her parents initially didn’t accept this, but when her mom started watching Orphan Black with her, “it helped us rebuild our relationship,” she said, “because she sees Cosima, and she sees that it’s okay and that people are more than their sexuality.” The story had Maslany tearing up.

Jordan Gavaris, who plays Felix, had a heartfelt reply: “In life sometimes, we reduce people down to things like sexuality, their diseases like cancer, or their sex or their gender, or whether or not they like Game of Thrones. But that is not who people are. People are complex, as we say in the show.”

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2. American Horror Story: Coven – If you haven’t seen it, this remarkable anthology series features a largely ongoing cast playing different characters and telling different frightening, supernatural tales season to season. It was created by Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy, and according to cast member Kathy Bates, he’s more fear-inducing than anything else on the show (paraphrase): “After having him direct me one day, I couldn’t sleep until 6am, and then I slept for thirty hours.” The energetic, uproarious panel drew from the quick repartee between Bates and Sarah Paulson, and also featured returning actors Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, new cast member Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and showrunner Tim Minear. They discussed their recent series Coven (about a young witches’ school in New Orleans) and teased the upcoming series Freakshow (about a circus sideshow set in 1950s Florida). In spite of a few sentimental and deeply moving moments, the energy generated from this friendly, lively cast was fearsome, and the improvisation was so hilarious I started hoping Murphy would spin the series off into “American Comedy Story.” (Andrew)

3. True Blood- I wanted to attend the final True Blood panel mainly for nostalgic reasons. The quality of the show is uneven these days but since I’ve stuck with it this far I’ll see it through to the end. There were a good number of cast members present including Carrie Preston’s (Arlene) first panel appearance  (Only notable absences were Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Kwanten.) Kristin Bauer van Straten (fan favorite Pam) cried throughout the panel so that became a running gag. When Anna Paquin (Sookie) was asked whom she wanted Sookie to end up with she answered that she usually dodges that question because she says the wrong thing and gets in trouble. Then, instead, she hilariously spoiled the ending of the True Blood book series by stating she understood why Charlaine Harris chose to have Sookie end up with (spoiler.) It was a very nostalgic panel with actors recalling their favorite seasons and scenes and what they wanted to take home from the set. Producer Brian Buckner was on hand and kind of defensive about the fan reaction to how things have gone down this season.

4. Outlander - The author, cast and crew of the upcoming series Outlander were on hand to give us a glimpse of the new series, and the series had a big presence at the Con and there was a special screening of the first episode off-site. Outlander airs August 9 on Starz, or you can watch it online August. 2. I haven’t read the book so I was hoping for this panel to sell me on the show/book. Though I felt this panel was more geared towards fans of the book rather than new potential fans, I liked the look of the trailer and the actors and crew seem very excited about the project. Mainly I was impressed with author Diana Gabaldon- she’s very pleased with this adaptation so that seems like a good sign. She said she was horrified when people tried to make her book into a two-hour movie (the first book is almost 900 pages) and she’s glad that this team seems to get it. Here’s the trailer:

5. Books - I have not gotten to do many bookish things about the Con this year, sadly. The publisher’s booths are kind of an ordeal these days so I’ve stayed away, though I did catch one author panel and attend one signing. Also I got to meet my blogging pal Thuy from Nitelite Book Reviews!

The one book panel I went to (so far) was “End of Series…Or Not” and it included authors Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods & Monsters/Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy), Lev Grossman (The Magician’s Land/The Magicians Trilogy), Leigh Bardugo (Ruin & Rising/The Grisha Trilogy), Jonathan Maberry (Fire & Ash/Rot & Ruin Series), Ben H. Winters (World of Trouble/The Last Policeman Trilogy), Lynn Flewelling (Shards of Time/ Nightrunner Series), and Kresley Cole (Dark Skye/Immortals After Dark Series). Not a bad lineup right? All the authors talked about their approach to writing series. I thought Leigh Bardugo had a great sense of humor in particular- I need to catch up on her books. Laini Taylor said that she thinks spinoffs or prequels belong more in fanfiction. She hopes that she will get the chance to continue the Dreamdark series one day. Jonathan Maberry related how he wrote a prequel of sorts to his YA Rot & Ruin series but for adults. This prequel will show the apocalypse that led to the world of Rot & Ruin. He also said he continued to write the Rot & Ruin series until he got his main character to a point where he liked him.

Earlier that day I attended an author signing (Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature) and got to get books by Marie Lu and Rachel Caine signed. It was fun to chat with readers in line and with the authors. Very excited to read Lu and Caine’s latest books - The Young Elites and Prince of Shadows.

Rachel Caine and Marie Lu at SDCC 2014

Authors Rachel Caine and Marie Lu

Tomorrow’s the last day of the Con- the traditional shopping day, Hall H TV day, and Buffy the musical sing-along day. One of those things I’ll be doing for sure.

Check back next week for a few more panel wrap-ups!

Checking in from Comic-Con Hi All! I’m in San Diego this week for Comic-Con. As these things go, I’m not doing everything I planned but I’m having fun anyway.

Four: A Divergent Collection Audiobook Review

Four: A Divergent Collection Audiobook Review

I haven’t been keeping up on series novellas in general, but when I saw this new complete collection of Four (Divergent) stories I thought I’d take a chance. The stories in this collection work together well and form a pretty interesting portrait of Tobias Eaton, aka Divergent’s leading man Four. Allegiant wasn’t my favorite book, but the Divergentmovie reinvigorated my interest in the series.…

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YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club Today I’m happy to share our first spotlight book for the YA Diversity Book Club! In this book club we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristina @ Gone Pecan and Kristan @ We Heart YA. Each month we’ll focus on one book with a book review (our discussion chat) and an author Q&A plus some fun bonus features.

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YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club

Today I’m happy to share our first spotlight book for the YA Diversity Book Club! In this book club we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristina @ Gone Pecan and Kristan @ We Heart YA. Each month we’ll focus on one book with a book review (our discussion chat) and an author Q&A.

Our book club kicks off with a bang with Una…

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Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters Audiobook Review

Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters Audiobook Review

Julie Anne Peters’ Define “Normal” first came out in 2000, and it was her first YA offering after writing many Middle Grade books. The book is now available as an audiobook for the first time. Define “Normal”is about two students – the “Priss” and the “Punk” brought together by peer counseling. The message of thee book about not judging a book by the cover is a good one though the book shows its…

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Mary Kay Andrews Audiobook Giveaway

Mary Kay Andrews Audiobook Giveaway

For your summer listening pleasure I have a great giveaway for you today! Are you a fan of Mary Kay Andrews? She’s the “belle of the beach reads” and author of several best-sellers such as Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, etc.

Did you know, before she adopted the Mary Kay Andrews pen name in 2002 she wrote under her own name Kathy Hogan Trocheck? Under that name,…

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Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog! So, I’m getting ready to leave for Comic-Con in a few days- big fun! If you’re going too, let me know! This was a relatively light book week, which is okay with me since I have no shelf space. I’ll have to stick to e-books for a while!

Also, FYI I’m changing blogging platforms this week (keeping the same domain name.) Hopefully it will be a seamless process and you won’t notice anything different, but just in case there are any snafus that is why!

Back to the mailbox- Print Books:

Mailbox Monday Sinner and California

I picked up a couple of signed books including:

California by Edan Lepucki – This is a post-apocalyptic book that’s getting a lot of attention. Have you read it yet?

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I have read this one and it’s a great addition to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

Digital review copies:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas – A new standalone book from the author of Dangerous Girls!

Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown – A New Adult debut about romance, grieving, swimming and Tokyo!

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm – This was a pre-approved Netgalley offering and it looks cute! It’s a MG about growing up, family, and science.

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre – The second book in the NA 2B trilogy! I really like the first book and can’t wait to meet this new couple.

Thank you to Abigail Haas, Spencer Hill Press, Random House Childrens, and Harlequin

What’s new in your mailbox? 

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How’s your summer reading going? Do you read more in the summer than the rest of the year? I’m on a good reading streak right now thankfully.

If you’re still looking for summer reading ideas, you may want to consider Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf- it just hit shelves last month on June 24. The subject matter is topical, and it’s a gripping read, perfect for your summer reading adventures.

I’ve been reading a combination of re-reads (getting ready for upcoming book/movie adaptations) and new releases so far this summer. In fact, I have a stack of adult fiction books on my TBR that I’ll share with you. There are all kinds of stories here in these books, but they all have kind of a family theme that ties them together.

7 summer reads

Seven Summer Reads:

California by Edan Lepucki – This post-apocalyptic debut takes place 40 years in the future and is set in my home state. California follows a married couple trying to survive in a new dangerous landscape.

Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom – This debut is about love, faith and family and is set in rural Washington.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore – I’m reading this now, and it’s a twisty tale about family secrets, friendship, privilege, and morality.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – This book is about a marriage in trouble and the magic phone that may be the key to saving it.

The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller – Two sisters are reunited after twenty years in this book about family, secrets, and marriage.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – This book is about love, family and the immigrant experience. It’s the story of a couple who move from Mexico to Delaware to help their teenage daughter recover after an accident.

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf – Little Mercies is about a social worker who finds herself on the wrong side of the law when the unthinkable happens. The story is one you’ve seen in the news this summer and is a family’s worst nightmare. Lots to unpack with this one and I think it would make for a good book club discussion.

Little Mercies

About the book:

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

More about Little Mercies:


To jump start your summer reading, Harlequin is offering a great prize to one lucky reader! One entrant will win a Heather Gudenkauf book bundle including Little Mercies, The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden.

To enter, please fill out the form below:

*This post is sponsored by Harlequin (publisher of Little Mercies) but all opinions, photos and content are my own.

Seven Summer Reads (and a Giveaway!) #LittleMercies How’s your summer reading going? Do you read more in the summer than the rest of the year?