Angie Frazier

The Adventures of a YA Novelist

I'm moving!
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My blog is moving, that is. I've decided to head on over to Blogger and have resurrected and updated my old blog there. I'll continue to crosspost to LiveJournal for a little while, but would love for you to come on over and join my new blog!



Thanks!

Anthology News
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I'm not sure why I haven't posted about this fabulous anthology I'm taking part in yet, but alas, here is the (somewhat belated) Publisher's Marketplace deal announcement from earlier this month:

Cyn Balog, Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink, eds.'s TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALESDark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes, a charity anthology in which authors including: CynBalog, Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leah Cypess, Shannon Delany with Max Scialdone, Debra Driza, Leigh Fallon, Angie Frazier, Jessie Harrell, Nancy Holder, Heidi R. Kling, Suzanne Lazear, Karen Mahoney, Lisa Mantchev, Georgia McBride, C. Lee McKenzie, Gretchen McNeil, Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg, K.M. Walton, Suzanne Young, Michelle Zink, and one previously unpublished writer, Sayantani Das Gupta, explore the dark, hidden meanings behind some of our most beloved Mother Goose rhymes through short-story retellings, with a foreword by Francisco X. Stork, to Georgia McBride of Month9Books, for publication in October 2012 (World).

I just received some lovely bookmarks and postcards to promote the anthology this fall (available in October in paperback and as an e-book) and there is a big cover reveal coming up this month with Kristi at The Story Siren. I'll be sure to post about it when the time comes! 

I'm SO excited about this anthology, y'all. I mean, dark retellings of Mother Goose rhymes? How can you go wrong with that? I was thrilled to be asked to contribute with so many superstar writers. My story involves dark magic, deadly risk, two sisters divided by a secret, and of course, a romantic element :-) 

In fact when I was writing it I started to kind of love it—like, write a whole book someday kind of love. Can't wait to post more about the anthology. Until then, if you haven't heard of Georgia McBride's new venture, Month9Books, check out the website HERE.

Books, books, and more books!
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In bookish news, I must give a hearty HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! to my very own Suzanna Snow and her new mystery, THE MASTERMIND PLOT, out today!!


It's available on Amazon as a hardcover or eBook, B&N (though minus a cover image for some reason) in hardcover or NookBook, Powell's, IndieBound (again without a cover image...hmmm....) and of course, at your local Independent. Please, if you can't find the book on the shelves, ask a sales rep at the store to order it for you. It usually only takes a couple of days for it to come in and often times they'll order an extra copy to have in the store. Authors LOVE that :-) 

Haven't read the first Suzanna Snow? THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL is available everywhere in paperback!


Oh, and Kirkus has said some great things about THE MASTERMIND PLOT, including, "Set among Boston’s staid brownstones in 1904, the suspenseful plot unfolds from Zanna’s first-person perspective, punctuated by her pithy observations. Fans of Suzanna Snow’s first mystery will cheer her latest adventure."

Thank you, Kirkus! 

I truly hope to be able to write more Suzanna Snow mysteries in the future. My plate is kind of full at the moment (in many, many good ways!) but her next mystery is already percolating in my mind.

In other Book Excitement:

Y.S. Lee's third installment in her Agency series, A TRAITOR IN THE TUNNEL has released from Candlewick Press!! I love, love, love this series and its main character, Mary Quinn. Go read the first two if you haven't yet!


Sarah MacLean's newest adult romance, A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME, starts off her new series with Avon! I loved her first Love By Numbers series and her YA novel, The Season. Very much looking forward to reading her new one.


A.C. Gaughen's debut YA, SCARLET, has claimed the lead in my Favorite Books of 2012 so far. Her Robin Hood retelling is simply flawless. And look at that cover!!  


What have you read lately?



On Writing Romance
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If you'd asked me ten years ago if I'd ever consider myself a romance writer, I would have laughed. Worse, I probably would have turned my nose up at the idea of it. 

Me? A romance novelist? Ha! I wouldn't write that stuff in a million years. 

But the more I read, in both the adult and the YA fiction markets, the more I started to realize just how much of a literary snob I'd been. Because even though I haven't authored any Avon or Harlequin romances (all hail the Avon Historical Romance!!!) I am still a romance writer.

OK, maybe Suzanna Snow hasn't found love's true flame just yet, but my YA stuff has all revolved around a strong romance theme. Why? I've realized a few things in the past decade:

-Love is important
-Characters will do crazy/amazing/stupid/risky things for love
-Love messes a lot of things up
-Love introduces gut-wrenching conflicts
-Readers love love
-I love love

Romance doesn't only have to mean this*:


That would be boxing romance in to a one-size-fits-all package. Romance can look like a lot of things. Stop for a moment and think about your favorite novel. Or maybe the last novel you read. Was there romance in it? Chances are, the answer is yes. Varying levels of romance, but it was there just the same. What did that romance look like?

Romance is about risk and tough decisions. It's about characters finding a balance between staying true to themselves and allowing themselves to be vulnerable. Romance is about how people deal with pain and loss, and even sometimes how they deal with getting exactly what they wanted. It's about characters finding their deepest faults and laying them bare for the person they love. I could go on and on.

True, many of the mass market romance novels I've read aren't realistic in the least. But what's wrong with that? Romance novels are just like any other novel out there: they're there for a reader to sit down and escape. They're a way to relax, have fun, and maybe learn a thing or two.** Seriously, have you read a historical romance? These writers know their history, down to the finest details. It's impressive! 
 
I've discovered my books will probably always have lots of smooching in them, and I'm finally able to not feel self-conscious about admitting that. Love is good. Love is better than blood or war or shock factors. Oh, and in case you didn't know this yet, love sells books :-)

What does romance look like to you?

* This happens to be the romance I'm reading right now and it is fabulous! 
** I don't mean anything naughty by this. Really, get your mind out of the gutter.






Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
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CONGRATS to __vintagebomb !! 

You've won my early finished copy of THE MASTERMIND PLOT, Suzanna's newest mystery. I hope you love it! I'll DM you on Twitter too!

More Suzanna Snow fun is on the way next month as I celebrate the book's release March 1. Thanks to all who entered!

One Month Later...
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Didn't I say I'd be back way sooner than this for a second Suzanna Snow giveaway? *bashful grin*

OK, so here it is! 




This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere and it will be running until next Thursday, Feb. 16. Just leave a comment here to be entered to win. Any Tweets and/or Blog posts about the contest are appreciated too, of course!

ETA: Here's a ready-made Tweet for you to copy and paste: I want to win THE MASTERMIND PLOT by @angie_frazier http://tinyurl.com/7w9h7lf

ALSO if you haven't read Suzanna's first mystery yet, THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL, guess what? It will be in stock online starting Feb. 11 in paperback & as a Kindle eBook!!! I'm so excited for more kids to be able to get their hands on a less expensive version of the book, and hopefully whet their appetites for THE MASTERMIND PLOT, available Mar. 1. 




And the winner is...
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YA BOOK NERD!!!

Congrats Jennifer!

Can you DM me on Twitter w/your mailing address? I'll send it right out to you!

For the entrants who didn't win, come back NEXT WEEK for a second chance :-) 



One more day to win!
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Librarians, teachers, and book bloggers, don't forget that I'm giving away a finished hardcover copy of Suzanna Snow's new mystery, THE MASTERMIND PLOT tomorrow! Enter to win HERE on my last post. 



The following week, I'll be giving away a second copy to anyone and everyone who would like to enter. 

Thank you to everyone who has entered and left a link to their review of THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL! 

Hello, again Suzanna Snow! (and a GIVEAWAY!)
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Happy happy happy. There is no other way to describe how it felt when I opened a package from Scholastic yesterday and saw the first few finished copies of Suzanna Snow's new mystery, THE MASTERMIND PLOT. 

I love Suzanna. Yes, I know, I wrote her and everything--I'm supposed to love her. But seriously, this girl makes me happy. She's the me I wanted to be when I was 11 or 12. Writing her character and stories is such a treat.

As you can see, there are only three copies here (one reserved for my biggest fans: Mom & Dad). But I want to give the other two away. This week, I'll be giving a copy to a librarian, teacher or book blogger who LOVED Suzanna's first mystery THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL. Next week, I'll put the last copy up for an open giveaway, where anyone and everyone can enter.

SO, if you have read THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL and can't wait to devour her newest mystery, enter this giveaway by leaving a comment. If you happen to have posted a review of THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL on your blog or on Goodreads or Amazon, go ahead and leave a link to the post (although it isn't required!).

I'll choose a recipient randomly next Friday! 

(Note: this is an international giveaway!)

 

In which I get Honest and Advicey about Publishing & Writing
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Yes, "advicey" is a word. At least, it is now :-) 

Today, over at the Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing blog I am sharing the things I did right, the things I did wrong, and the things I'd do differently during the two years between selling my first book and having it hit shelves. 

Hop on over!



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