Saturday, September 7, 2013

Guest Post with Cristin Terrill: Top Ten

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Available September 3, 2013!

Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.
Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.
Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.
But Marina won’t let them go without a fight.
My review

Top 10 Things You Wish You Knew When You Were Younger

My novel ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is about a girl who travels back in time to change the fate of the world, but she also manages to give her younger self a bit of advice while she’s there.

There are plenty of things I would say to my past self given the opportunity (don’t be so down on yourself, you’re way cooler than you think! don’t eat those hotel waffles unless you want to be violently ill!), but here are my top ten life lessons that I wish I had learned at a younger age that aren’t entirely me-centric.

10. The more you know about something, the more you realize how much you don’t know, so feeling insecure isn’t always a bad thing.

9. Toilet paper is not the place to save a few cents. Live it up.

8. It’s more important to love your job than to make lots of money, but that doesn’t mean you should work for less than you’re worth.

7. It’s not a race.

6. Whatever you want to do, do a little of it every day.

5. Someone who can’t be there for you when you need it isn’t really a friend. No amount of love will change this.

4. Get a credit card as young as you can and use it, because no one will give you any brownie points for fiscal responsibility when you’re thirty and have no credit history.

3. Sometimes you have to let the things you love go, even when it sucks, because they’re just not good for you anymore.

2. You never actually reach a place in your life where you feel “settled.”

1. No one knows what they’re doing. Everybody is just faking it. Pretty much all the time.

A Twitterchat with YA Authors
Cristin TerrillAmalie HowardCheryl Rainfield and Brian D. Anderson
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6PM EST
Hosted by JKSCommunications
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Please join us on Twitter Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00pm EST to discuss some fantastic upcoming novels by these talented Young Adult Authors.
Do You have questions for Cristin, Amalie, Cheryl or Brian? We want to hear them! Please submit your questions early to or tune in during the Tuesday night chat to ask them live! We’ll try to address as many questions as possible during the hour long discussion!
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13514612CRISTIN TERRILL is a young adult author and aspiring grown-up. She grew up semi-nomadic and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in drama. After getting her masters in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she lived in London, Austin, Boston, and Washington, DC while working as a theatrical stage manager. Now she writes and leads creative writing workshops for DC-area kids and teens. All Our Yesterdays is her first novel.
17397760AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive. In between writing novels and indulging her love of reading, Amalie is also a books review editor for TheLoopNY, and blogs at She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency.
Her debut novel, BLOODSPELL, was selected as a Seventeen Magazine Summer Club Read. Look for WATERFELL from Harlequin TEEN coming Fall 2013, ALPHA GODDESS from Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press coming Winter 2014, and THE ALMOST GIRL from Strange Chemistry in Spring 2014.
16158181CHERYL RAINFIELD says she has always written the books she needed as a teen, but could never find.  She is the author of award-winning SCARS, a novel about a queer teen sexual abuse survivor who uses self-harm to cope; the award-winning HUNTED, a novel about a teen telepath in a world where any paranormal power is illegal; the forthcoming STAINED (Nov 2013), about a teen who is abducted and must rescue herself, and PARALLEL VISIONS, about a teen who sees visions of the future–but only when she has an asthma attack. Cheryl Rainfield is an incest and ritual abuse survivor, a feminist, and an avid reader and writer. She lives in Toronto with her little dog Petal.
Cheryl Rainfield has been said to write with “great empathy and compassion” (VOYA) and to write stories that “can, perhaps, save a life.” (CM Magazine) SLJ said of her work: “[readers] will be on the edge of their seats.”
15804084BRIAN D. ANDERSON debuted as an indie author in fall 2012 with The Godling Chronicles, a multi-book young adult fantasy series from GMTAPublishing that sold 10,000 copies in just the first three months. The continued and growing success of his first three titles, Book One: The Sword of Truthand Book Two: Of God and Elves, and allowed Anderson to start writing full-time. He released Book Three: The Shadow of Gods, the third installment of his serieslast spring, and is already at work on the fourth and fifth novels.
Anderson was born in 1971 in the small town of Spanish Fort, Alabama and lived throughout thecoastal state also in Fairhope and Mobile during college, where he developed a love of fantasy He lived and worked in New York for years with his wife and son – who created the original concept for The Godling Chronicles – and the family is heading back down south for a beach life
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  1. You never actually reach a place where you feel settled! Oh, my, isn't that the truth! I'm thirty and I still feel like I'm only pretending to be an adult because it's what's expected.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this post AND All Our Yesterdays. THanks for sharing!

  2. I was part of this tour too, I freaking loved this book! I'm hopping over to your review in a second. I didn't realize how behind I was on your blog. I need to stop going on vacation!

    Cristin's list is great and I definitely agree with what she said!

  3. I keep seeing over and over again the notion that everyone is faking it-this makes me feel so much better because most of the time in my life, I have no idea what is going on!


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