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Cover Reveal for THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME!

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As a Jersey Girl, I'm so happy to be participate in the cover reveal for The Summer After You and Me!

Release date: Spring 2015, Sourcebooks Fire
By Jennifer Salvato Doktorski


Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

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THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23299562-the-summer-after-you-and-m
Where to find Jen Doktorski:
www.jendoktorski.com
Twitter: @jdoktorski
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jendoktorski

Writing Under Two (or More!) Personas

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If you know me really well, you'll know that I write under several different pen names. Some I am open about. Some I am not. The top question I get is, "Why?" So I thought I'd invite another author to explain what it's like when both your funny and serious side are struggling to come out on the page at once. Please welcome Anna Staniszewski to the blog!


I’ll be honest. Writers tend to have multiple personalities. We not only spend a lot
of time talking to ourselves, but many of us also work on projects that are so
different, they might as well have been written by different people. For some of
us--like Cyn--we even write under different names for different
genres.


When I first set out to get published, my work was DARK. Think isolated villages with
corrupt leaders and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Ultimately, one of those
projects was able to get me an agent, but none of them managed to find a
publisher. Luckily, I had another part of my writing personality--one I hadn’t
really explored yet--that “wrote funny.”


As my agent and I were struggling to sell one of my dark projects, I was writing aprank list cover 2
wacky story about fairy tales. I was very lucky when we found a publisher who
not only liked it but wanted me to write more. Since then, I’ve written several
more “funny books” for Sourcebooks, but funnily enough, each of my series has
gotten a little darker.


In The Dirt Diary series, the character is dealing with divorce, bullying, and
identity issues--all told in a light, funny way. Meanwhile, the book that I’m
working on next, I’m With Cupid, is about a girl reaper and a boy cupid who
accidentally swap powers. Dark? Yes. Funny? I hope so!

I guess it’s taken me a while to find a way to combine my dark persona with my
funny persona, but I’m excited that it’s finally happened. I think my dark
projects might have been taking themselves too seriously before; maybe they were
waiting for me to develop another writing personality that would finally make
them work.



Anna's Bio:

Anna StaniszewskiBorn in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving
stories in both Polish and English. Currently, she lives outside Boston with her
husband and their crazy dog. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time
reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the
author of the My Very UnFairy Tale Life series and the Dirt Diary series. Her
newest book, The Prank List, released on July 1st from Sourcebooks. You can visit Anna at www.annastan.com .


So what do you think? Do you write under more than one persona? Why?

Another Glamourous Release Day

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So today, this little baby crawls out into the world:







It feels like a long time coming, especially since I wrote the first draft of this book in 2009. So it's a little surreal to see it as an actual book, living somewhere other than on my hard drive.


As I've mentioned numerous times, I work full-time, so what does glamorous release day entail? Not much-- it's the same as any other day. Outside my family, not many people in my real world know or care that I write, so I will not get my Book Birthday Crown. Wah. That's okay, after five other book releases, I've stiffened my upper lip.


Anyway, here it is, and there it goes. Thank you to all of those who have supported me by buying my books and helped me to make this latest dream a reality. Because I never forget that, despite the lack of hoopla and shiny tiaras. It still is a dream, even after all these years.


About DROWNED:


Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.


Praise for DROWNED:


“Despite the presence of royalty and two hunky boys, Drowned is not your average post-apocalyptic fantasy romance. The unusual setting of a human settlement on the brink of collapse and several simmering background mysteries . . . keep the pages turning.” – Booklist



“Full of suspense, romance, and mystery, Drowned is a thrilling read that will appeal to fans of dystopian adventures.” – VOYA



“An atmospheric, uneasy tale of survival.” – Kirkus



“Suspense mounts as Coe and Tiam explore the labyrinth beneath the royal palace and the mysteries of their island’s past. A fantasy twist toward the end of this series opener from Reilly fits perfectly with the fairy tales Coe retells throughout the novel.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“This suspenseful and dramatic tale will make readers feel just as trapped as Coe feels by the rising tides. Coe is an interesting and well-developed character that teens will root for every step of the way, and the other inhabitants of her island provide foils and allies alike. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and readers will clamor for a sequel.” – School Library Journal


"This is a world like you've never seen before but with themes and issues that strike surprisingly close to home. A thrilling, brilliant read!" -- Aprilynne Pike, NYT Bestselling Author of Wings


"A resourceful and smart heroine and a society literally on the edge of survival. Take a deep breath. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!" -- Maria V. Snyder, NYT Bestselling Author of Poison Study

"A gripping and romantic tale featuring a truly original heroine facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I loved it!" -- Morgan Rhodes, NYT Bestselling Author of Fallen Kingdoms

Blog Tour!

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Hi there! So, later this month, when DROWNED releases, I'll be participating in the first of two blog tours!

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Here's the schedule:

Monday, June 23rd  - Alice Marvels

Wednesday, June 25th - Parajunkee's View

Friday June 27th - The Cozy Reader



Monday, June 30th - Chapter by Chapter

Wednesday, July 2nd Reader Girls

Friday July 4th - Such a Novel Idea

I hope you'll stop by these great blogs to hear more about DROWNED and leave a comment! :)

May. 1st, 2014

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It's crazy that in fewer than 2 months, DROWNED will be out in the world! Where did the time go?

Here's a bit of praise for it:

"Coe’s voice is tough but eloquent, saturated with the bleakness of Tides and her hopeless romance . . . An atmospheric, uneasy tale of survival." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This is a world like you've never seen before but with themes and issues that strike surprisingly close to home. A thrilling, brilliant read!"  -- Aprilynne Pike, NYT Bestselling Author of Wings

"A resourceful and smart heroine and a society literally on the edge of survival. Take a deep breath. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!" -- Maria V. Snyder, NYT Bestselling Author of Poison Study

"Suspense mounts as Coe and Tiam explore the labyrinth beneath the royal palace and the mysteries of their island’s past. A fantasy twist toward the end . . . fits perfectly with the fairy tales Coe retells throughout the novel." -- Publisher's Weekly

"A gripping and romantic tale featuring a truly original heroine facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I loved it!" -- Morgan Rhodes, NYT Bestselling Author of Fallen Kingdoms

As of now, I'm busy revising the sequel and planning maybe a third book?  I don't know.

I hope you'll read DROWNED and let Coe and Tiam into your lives!  Join #TeamTiam. He is looking for a few good people to face the tides with. Just make sure you stay in your circle.

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Win an ARC of DROWNED. Enter by 3/17!

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Hey!

I'm still not convinced anyone enters these contests anymore, but just in case you do...

I'm giving away a couple ARCs of DROWNED, so you can read it way before it comes out on 6/24. All you have to do is comment here (comments will be hidden).

I'll pick the winners after 3/17/14. Good luck!


Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.


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What do you think?



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DROWNED, coming from Harlequin TEEN on June 24, 2014!

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

Praise for DROWNED:

"This is a world like you've never seen before but with themes and issues that strike surprisingly close to home. A thrilling, brilliant read!"  -- Aprilynne Pike, NYT Bestselling Author of Wings

"A resourceful and smart heroine and a society literally on the edge of survival. Take a deep breath. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!" -- Maria V. Snyder, NYT Bestselling Author of Poison Study

"A gripping and romantic tale featuring a truly original heroine facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I loved it!" -- Morgan Rhodes, NYT Bestselling Author of Fallen Kingdoms

Hello Sunshine!

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Once again, I am guilty of being a bad blogger and not updating.

Is it because my life is so full of excitement, jet-setting all over the world, that I can barely find the time?

No, it's pretty much because I have NOTHING to tell you that would be of interest. In fact, since my last post, I have spent 87% of the time crouching under a mossy rock.

Soooo, how's your summer been, slick? Mine's been keen. I didn't do summer school, either, contrary to the rumor.  Yeah, Cyn Balog has pretty much been putzing around for months, and watching too much Dead Poet's Society.

DEAD RIVER is still doing great. Thank you everyone for reading, and for your nice comments!

TOUCHED comes out in paperback August 9!

Nichola, however, has been busy working on revisions to DROWNED and is now drafting BURIED.

DROWNED is going to be published in Germany! This is the most exciting German thing to happen to me since FAIRY TALE was published there.  Yay!

Other than that, working on another secret project, and having fun. Gosh, the secret projects are the funnest, aren't they??

Have a great August!

School Library Journal Review

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Normally I look forward to reviews as much as I look forward to dental work, but this one wasn't all that bad. :)

DEAD RIVER

BALOG, Cyn. Dead River. 256p. Delacorte. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74158-3; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-99012-0; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98578-2.

Gr 7 Up–Kiandra Levesque’s father has kept her away from bodies of water ever since her mother killed herself in the river near their New Jersey home. Now living in Maine, Ki, 17, skips prom to go on a white-water-rafting adventure with her boyfriend, her cousin, and an annoying travel companion. As her group tells ghost stories, the teen has visions of the deaths of the individuals in the legends. She also begins seeing the spirits of those who died in bodies of water, and as she gets closer to the river, she hears voices. During her first journey on the Dead River, she is pulled out of the raft by something supernatural and is saved by Trey, a ghost from one of the stories. Ki, it turns out, is a “Mistress of the Waters” and has great magical powers . . . Balog tells a unique story providing supernatural romance fans with plenty of adventure, paranormal mystique, and angst.–Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Library

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Dead River is Out!

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Yesterday, DEAD RIVER was unleashed unto the world.

Actually, no, it had already been in B&N for some time before that. But the official date was yesterday.

SO, as usual on book release day (I've heard that after 5 books, you can start to use "usual" and "book release day" in the same sentence!), I donned my fancy pants and got ready to bask in the congratulations that would surely follow.

Only, that really didn't happen.  Oh, how I remember those days where the twitter-verse would be bursting with well-wishes from people as far away as Mars, people you didn't know existed! Oh, how I remember having to beat people off with a stick.  But today, nothing. Probably because I'd beaten those people off with a stick. My husband didn't send me flowers, my parents were like, "Um, don't you have another book coming out one of these days?" my kids still whined. Random House forgot to send me my author's copies, or else mailed them to another YA writer on their list, or else some UPS drivers are using them as doorstops. World peace was not declared.

To make matters even worse, I found myself having to run after people, shouting "IT'S MY BOOK BIRTHDAY!  LOVE ME!!  AND BUY A COPY!" It was quite embarrassing.

I know, I'm not the only one who doesn't receive confetti cannons going off when her book releases. I can't tell you how many times, lately, I've seen a book out from a favorite author of mine, one who had burst onto the scene amidst much fanfare a few years ago, and been like, "Whoa, when did that release?" There are so many books out there.  I suppose as we go along, our new releases get less interesting to everybody else. But while everyone else might be "pshaw, another Balog book," I can't help secretly squeeing to myself, like a madwoman. It's still, and will always be, a thrill.

So there you have it. Book Five. Dead River. Out in the world.

Love me.

And buy a copy.

Squee!

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