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Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 2010: rgz Newsflash!

Dear friends,

We are thrilled this month to be talking about Deb Caletti’s THE SECRET LIFE OF PRINCE CHARMING. Reading this book is like sitting down with a box of chocolate—so luscious, rich, and satisfying. Quinn lives with a houseful of broken-hearted women. But she has a boyfriend who’s into her—or is he? When her dad re-enters her life, Quinn’s determined to give him a chance. Things take a turn for the unexpected, as Quinn learns her dad isn’t just a thief of hearts. Also, there might be a giant plastic hamburger guy involved. And with that, our lips our sealed. Just read it and prepare to be awed.

Are you ready to Rock the Drop?

Operation Teen Book Drop is April 15. We can’t wait! Here’s what’s happening:

  • We’re delivering 10,000 new books to teens on Native reservations and tribal lands.

  • More than 100 awesome YA authors are dropping off their books around the country. Will you be one of the lucky finders?

  • You can play along, too. Drop a book in a public spot and you’re done. (You can dress it up with a bookplate if you’d like: http://www.readergirlz.com/tbd.html)

  • You can also go to Powells.com after April 7 and donate books yourself. There are two wish lists of hundreds of books that will fill the shelves of two tribal school libraries in need.

  • We’re having a huge virtual party at our blog. It’s at 6 p.m. Pacific, 9 p.m. Eastern.

Our partners in all this excitement are GuysLitWire, Young Adult Library Services Association, and If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, along with a long list of generous publishers you can check out on our video.

Mark your calendar

On April 12, we’re hosting a release party for Diane Duane’s A WIZARD OF MARS. It’s at 6 p.m. Pacific, 9 p.m. Eastern.

And on May 3, we’re celebrating the launch of THE UNWRITTEN RULE by our author-in-residence, Elizabeth Scott. She’s holding fun contests and giving away stuff at her blog, so check it out here: http://blog.elizabethwrites.com/

Meet our new hosts

While we love our monthly online book salons, we also love meeting authors in person. That’s some of the stuff our rgz HOSTS will be doing around the country, and this month, we’re psyched to introduce three superstars:

Little Willow, in Southern California. You might know her from her blog, or from guest appearances she’s made on such shows as Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

Representing from the Big Apple is Micol Ostow, author of more than 40 published works, including SO PUNK ROCK (AND OTHER WAYS TO DISAPPOINT YOUR MOTHER).

Our blast of Miami heat will come from Crissa-Jean Chappell, author of TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER, which VOYA called a “breakthrough” first novel. You can read all about it and her many accomplishments at her site.

More reasons to celebrate!

One of our founding Divas, Dia Calhoun, just sold a middle-grade novel in verse to Antheneum. It’s called EVA OF THE FARM, and we can’t wait for this one to come out. Stay tuned for more details.

And diva Holly Cupala, whose debut novel, TELL ME A SECRET will release in June, just sold her second novel, STREET CREED, to HarperCollins with a double "Wow." We can't wait!

Community service: Operation TBD

This month, we’re encouraging everyone to participate in our own community service event, Operation Teen Book Drop. If you can, leave a book for someone to find. Celebrate reading and make someone’s day. And if your budget allows, consider donating one of the books on the list at Powell’s. You’ll help bring the power of the right story at the right time to a deserving teen.

Postergirlz picks - Lots of Great Titles to Dig Into!

Beauty Shop for Rent by Laura Bowers
A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code by Maura Conlon-McIvor

Have a great month, everyone!

the readergirlz divas~

Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful
Holly Cupala, Tell Me A Secret (June 2010)
Liz Gallagher, The Opposite of Invisible
Lorie Ann Grover, Hold Me Tight
Elizabeth Scott, The Unwritten Rule
Melissa Walker, Lovestruck Summer

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Erin said...

Congratulations, Dia and Holly!!!!

Little Willow said...

Welcome to April!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

We are rocking April!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, ladies, for recommending my book! It put the biggest smile on my face. :D I appreciate it!

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