Monthly Archives: November 2011

25 Days of Debs: day 17 J. A. Yang

Moving on to day 17 and another awesome guy story, this one by J. A. (Jon) Yang.

Jon’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Perfect Firsts

First line: 

You’d think it gets easier each time, but you know what that song says: breaking up is hard to do.

The premise of this story is incredible. And the ending … aw, *sniff*.

2009 Debut: Exclusively Chloe

Catch up with Jon: visit his blog. And when you do, make sure to read his post on The Game of Publishing.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 16 Jackson Pearce

On day 16 we’re featuring Jackson Pearce, multi-published YA author and video blogger extraordinaire.

Jackson’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Turn Here

First line: 

This crown is way too heavy.

And this story? Incredible. Even though the main character doesn’t have a love interest, and the story features Jimmy Carter’s head, this is one of the most romantic stories ever. It’s a must read.

2009 Debut: As You Wish

Most recent: Sweetly

Oh, more cover love: beautiful and creepy.

Be sure to visit Jackson and listen to her video blog posts.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 15 Lauren Bjorkman

Up today is Lauren Bjorkman!

Lauren’s Firsts:

Anthology story: The Shark King

First line: 

My phone pings–a text from my friend Emilia: Caught a boy yet?

Oh, you will not believe what she does catch! Another sweet story that will make you want to book airline tickets to Hawaii.

2009 Debut: My Invented Life

Forthcoming: Miss Fortune Cookie ~ look for it in 2012!

Catch up with Lauren: visit her blog

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 14 Lara Zielin

So, most Mondays? Meh. But today we have Lara Zielin to start off your week.

Lara’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Selling Mr. Peanut

First line: 

I knew this wouldn’t be a regular job the minute I spotted all the ancient wooden dildos under the glass case.

And you know from this first sentence that this is not going to be an ordinary story. And that first sentence leads into one of the sweetest stories ever. No. Really. It does.

2009 Debut: Donut Days

Most recent: The Implosion of Aggie Winchester

And if you need an extra dose of fun for your Monday, check out Lara’s videos. It’s not everyone whose brutal Kirkus review gets turned into a death metal song.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 13 Carrie Ryan

Day 13 of 25 Days of Debs is perfect for creepy, scary zombies, which we have courtesy of Carrie Ryan, a New York Times bestselling author.

Carrie’s Firsts:

Anthology story: A Game of Firsts

First line: 

We could’ve left the city–there was probably still time after we saw the first one.

I started this in the evening, thinking I’d read a little bit before bed. Um. No. I read the entire story and was buzzing afterward.

2009 Debut: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (just the title is scary)

Most recent: The Dark Hollow Places (book 3 in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series)

More scary, scary zombies.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 12 Cyn Balog

Day 12 and we’re featuring Cyn Balog, the author of many terrific YA novels.

Cyn’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Freedom

First line: 

This is summer.

Oh, a summer story: surf, sand, the boardwalk. As for summer lovin’ … maybe not so much.

2009 Debut: Fairy Tale

Most recent: Starstruck and Getting Caught

Cyn wrote Getting Caught with fellow Deb (and YA author and literary agent) Mandy Hubbard and it’s a fun, lighthearted contemporary young adult novel, also available for Kindle and Nook. Writing with a partner–all the cool kids are doing it.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 11 wait … that’s me!

Day 11 of 25 Days of Debs and we hit my story in the table of contents. I know. 11-11-11 is some kind of lucky.

My Firsts:

Anthology story: The Trouble With Firsts

First line:

The first time I rode a rollercoaster, I ended up with vomit in my shoes.

First dates, prom, and humiliation–not necessarily in that order.

2009 Debut: Hint: see the sidebar

The Trouble With Firsts story trivia: 

  • This story represents the first time I’ve written something on contract. That is, I agreed to write the story and signed the paperwork long before I had even a glimmer of an idea. And sure, no panic was involved with that.
  • I brainstormed a whole bunch of firsts, but an idea hit me while I was unloading the dishwasher.
  • The first time I saw the cover art, I knew I had to work that dress into the story somehow.
  • The story begins and ends with vomit. (I know. Romantic.) I may have taken that sage writing advice “the end is in the beginning” a little too literally.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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11-11-11

I’ll return to 25 Days of Debs later today. First, I thought it important to quietly observe this day.

That is all.

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25 Days of Debs: day 10 Jon Skovron

We hit double digits today on 25 Days of Debs with Jon Skovron.

Jon’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Looking Through One Eye

First line: 

Eric sat in the metal folding chair and drew streaks on the stainless steel table with his palms.

Our double digit day has a story about two brothers. If you’re a fan of The X-Files, then I think you’ll really enjoy this one. At least, that’s the vibe I got. According to Jon, the story takes place in the same world as his second novel, Misfit.

2009 Debut: Struts and Frets

Most recent: Misfit

Oh, creepy goodness abounds!

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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25 Days of Debs: day 9 Cheryl Renee Herbsman

Here we are at day 9 already. Today’s story is by YA author Cheryl Renee Herbsman.

Cheryl’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Green Glass Reflection

First line:

The sound of my mother’s too-loud laughter tumbled across our yard as I arrived home after a hellishly long school day.

Pool parties, and almost time for prom, and storms. If you’re a “hopeful” romantic, you’ll love this one.

2009 Debut: Breathing

Catch up with Cheryl: Stop in at her blog.

Remember, The First Time is available for Kindle and Nook.

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