Category Archives: 2009 Debs

25 Days of Debs: day 22 Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Today we have Kirstin Cronn-Mills, terrific YA author with one book on the shelves and one set to come out next year. A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to do a book signing with her at my local Barnes & Noble. I can’t remember how many books I sold (maybe six?), but I remember the conversation I had with Kirstin.

Kirstin’s Firsts:

Anthology story: The First Time I Got Stranded In The Really Big Empty

First line: 

You know how graduation parties normally are–cake, ham sandwiches, picture boards full of kid-in-bathtub photos, with a few confirmation and fishing shots thrown in for variety?

Per Kirstin’s blog, this is an epilogue to her debut novel. But the story works as a standalone story as well. No matter where you live, you’ll feel that really big empty.

2009 Debut: The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind

Up Next: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children ~ coming in 2012!

Catch up with Kirstin: visit her blog.

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

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25 Days of Debs: day 21 C. Lee McKenzie

Is there a better way to start off a holiday week (well, in the US) with a Deb? I don’t think so. This Monday gives us C. Lee McKenzie, author of two fantastic YA novels.

Lee’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Premeditated Cat

First line: 

When Nikki stepped into the classroom, Lysol and polish and just a hint of last semester stirred in the air.

A terrific, startling story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

2009 Debut: Sliding on the Edge

Most recent: The Princess of Las Pulgas

Catch up with  Lee: visit her blog, The Write Game.

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

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25 Days of Debs: day 20 Kurtis Scaletta

Up today is middle grade author Kurtis Scaletta, who has three terrific middle grade novels to his name. Just ask Kyra. She loves his most recent release.

Kurtis’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Azalea

First line: 

Dennis Erikson had penciled lines on the doorjamb of his bedroom at every quarter inch between four feet, nine inches and five feet high.

A warm, heartfelt story that takes place in a garden center. Missing summer on this blustery November day? Then curl up with this story of many firsts.

2009 Debut: Mudville

Most recent: The Tanglewood Terror

Love that retro cover! This is a book both girls and boys really love. Kyra’s teacher is reading it right now as the read aloud book for their class and the kids just can’t get enough. This would make a great holiday gift or the middle grade reader in your life.

Catch up with Kurtis: visit his off-topic blog.

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

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25 Days of Debs: day 19 Sydney Salter

Ah, the weekend. And what better way to relax than with another great story from one of the Debs? Up today is Sydney Salter, YA and middle grade author. She is also the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho.

Sydney’s Firsts:

Anthology story: The First Goldfish of McKinley High

First line: 

Maybe I spaced out for fifteen seconds in US Government class or something, but I’m pretty sure that cheerleaders flashing block letters on their asses doesn’t have much to do with democracy.

Bwhahaha! This is a story after my own heart. Geeky girl. Adorable nerd boy love interest. And of course, that goldfish. A great read for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

2009 Debut: My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters

Most recent: Swoon At Your Own Risk

Catch up with Sydney: visit her blog.

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

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25 Days of Debs: day 18 Saundra Mitchell

TGIF and it’s time to celebrate with Deb and multi-published YA author Saundra Mitchell.

Saundra’s Firsts:

Anthology story: Kissing the Dog-Faced Boy

First line: Right now, she’s sick to her stomach.

Oh, moody and angsty and with descriptions that make me wonder if Saundra spent time working in a carnival (must go check her bio).

2009 Debut: Shadowed Summer ~ a 2010 Edgar Nominee (Best YA Mystery)

Most recent: The Vespertine ~ an Amazon Summer Reading list selection! And look at that cover!

Be sure to visit Saundra. Her website is filled with resources, including some great ones for writers.

Catch up with Saundra: visit her blog.

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

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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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