Friday, September 23, 2011



From small to big-gun presses, debut novels to New York Times bestsellers, we’ll offer your teen book club participants unprecedented (and free!) access to more than a dozen amazing YA authors. This October, 15 paranormal writers will embark on an exciting blog tour that will hook young readers up with books, cool swag and a chance for their library to win a Skype author visit with best-selling author, RACHEL VINCENT.

To follow the tour go HERE.

Here’s who we’ve lined up:

Rachel Vincent – Mira / Harlequin Teen - Soul Screamers series, Shifters series
Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth
Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Again and Again
Stacey Kade -Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead
Angie Frazier – Scholastic Press – Everlasting, The Midnight Tunnel, The Eternal Sea
Linda Joy Singleton – Flux - Dead Girl Walking, Dead Girl Dancing
Amanda Ashby – Speak – Zombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day
Lucienne Diver -Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic
Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring
Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss
Kitty Keswick – Leap Books – Freaksville, Furry & Freaked
Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young Readers -Bad Taste In Boys
Shannon Delany – St. Martin’s Griffin – 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals
Dawn Ius – Leap Books – Spirited Anthology: Thread of the Past
Jeri Smith-Ready – Simon Pulse - Shade, Shift


This dreadfully interactive author/reader program is FREE for libraries.

So, what does free get YOU?

- increased author/reader interaction
- increased literacy promotion
- opportunity for libraries and patrons to win swag / ARCS / signed copies of books
- opens doors for Skype author visits, opportunities to approach authors for teen book club chats in future, etc.
- gain a bit of “cool factor” as you feature authors in a popular genre
- authors are from across North America and libraries are therefore promoting local talent


Participants of public library fall reading program or teen book clubs.



Throughout October, participating authors will answer blogger questions, write guest posts and offer cool prizes for young readers. By linking to these blogs – and learning more about the 15 authors on the tour – young readers will have a chance to win prizes like cool author swag or signed book copies, as well as an opportunity to win a Skype author visit from one of the participating authors.


A two-hour live chat with Crossroads authors is being hosted on the popular Mundie Mums BLOG on Friday, October 28th from 9pm EST. All are welcome to participate and special SWAG giveaways will occur during the chat.


We’ll create a promotional poster you can download and print off or e-mail to your teen book club participants. Have a TV in your library? We’ll provide a high-quality, engaging trailer that will get kids talking. The trailer can be linked to your library website or blog, and will be posted to YouTube and each of the participating author websites.


Link to the Crossroads Twitter and Facebook pages for “teaser” tweets and updated event and contest information. Through these sites, your teen readers will have an opportunity to interact with the authors, and link up with other readers of the genre.


Select one of the books from the participating authors and you could win a Skype (or in-person) author visit!


One, thirty-minute Skype visit with best-selling author, Rachel Vincent is up for grabs to public libraries only! Interested libraries are to promote the Crossroads tour (put a link up on their website, in library newsletters, etc) and forward proof of promotion efforts (take a pic or email us a link) to: BEFORE midnight on October 31st to be entered in the draw. The winning library will be notified by email on November 1st.


Teen readers will be invited to review the books by participating authors, or ask questions about everything from where inspiration comes from to writing a first draft of their own paranormal stories.


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Judith Graves is the smart and sassy author behind the young adult paranormal trilogy SKINNED. Librarian, singer, songwriter, author, and book club haunter, Graves loves all things a bit creepy. Thankfully, her sidekick, and lick-the-boogy-man-to-death Labrador retriever, Weeping Willow, is always nearby.

Dawn Ius is the brainier yet equally sassy author of adult thriller and paranormal romantic suspense fiction. She’s all heart and her soon-to-be blockbuster character, Jagger Valentine, is just the Cupid to prove it. Watch for HEARTLESS on bookshelves before you can say “Be mine.” Ius can be found at creepy crossroads with her family and three bull mastiff hounds. You know, just skulking around.

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