2016 – A great year for 16 debut novels (with one extra to grow on)


I am so looking forward to 2016, for it is this new year when my debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, will find its way into the world.

September 6 to be exact, so mark your calendars because it’s going to be an awesome day.  I’m already planning to take that day off from work. I’m going to celebrate. I’m going to have a party and maybe even a book signing. Don’t know. Haven’t gotten that far yet, but whatever happens, it’s going to be a glorious day. After so many years and what seems like hundreds of edits, my words will be in the hands of readers everywhere!!  Maybe, if I’m lucky, maybe it will be in a bookstore here and there. Squeeee!!!! Just the thought makes me all giddy.

What’s it about you ask? Well, I suppose now would be a good time to share a bit.  Unfortunately, I can’t release the cover yet but I can give you the official blurb.

In the Shadow of the Dragon King

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

Doesn’t it sound awesome!!!  Nod your head. Yes.  Yes it does. You will add it to your Goodreads list and purchase one or many copies (can you feel me using my Jedi mind-trick on you?)  Trust me. This is the book you’re looking for. 🙂

I also have some tips on some other books you’ll be looking for.  15 of them are debut novels and come out in 2016. One is the 2nd book of a series that has teens and young adult fans waiting with baited breath. Are you ready? Here they are in order of release:

FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press
January 5, 2016

Laurie’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

(I’ve read an ARC of this one and it is fantabulous! Not kidding!)

 


UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt
Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
January 12, 2016

Marisa’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
March 1, 2016

Shannon’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
March 1, 2016

Janet’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

(Just finished the ARC of this. OMGosh!! Amazing!!)

 


MY SENIOR YEAR OF AWESOME
by Jennifer DiGiovanni
Georgia McBride Media Group/Swoon Romance YA
March 2016

Jennifer’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 


ASHES IN THE SKY by Jennifer M. Eaton
Month9Books
March 15, 2016

Jennifer’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers
Penguin/Philomel
April 12, 2016

Meghan’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider
Disney-Hyperion
May 3, 2016

Erin’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 3, 2016

Ashley’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

(Read the ARC. It’s a must read for fans of contemporary YA)

 


THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani
(co-written by Mindi Scott)
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
May 3, 2016

Michelle’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods
Random House/Crown BFYR
May 10, 2016

Darcy’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 


 

 

HOW IT ENDS by Catherine Lo
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 7, 2016

Catherine’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

(I’ve read the ARC of this one.  Incredible YA contemporary!)

 


GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee
Simon & Schuster
July 26, 2016

Sonya’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 

 


POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY
by Jennie K. Brown
Month9Books/Tantrum Books
September 13, 2016

Jennie’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 


FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Skyhorse/Sky Pony
September 2016

Sarah’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

 


GENESIS GIRL by Jennifer Bardsley
Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books
September 27, 2016

Jennifer’s Website
Mark as to-read on Goodreads

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4 thoughts on “2016 – A great year for 16 debut novels (with one extra to grow on)

    1. Neither can I!! It’s like I just found out I’m pregnant and now I have to wait 9 months to give birth. The anticipation is craaaaazy!! 🙂 And I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I hope more people like it than don’t.

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