2015 YA Debut Authors Bash

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Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel. But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers–and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone–or something–has taken his place. Her quest to find the real Daniel–and get him back–plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.






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In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here.

She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California’s Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too.

Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill sanctuary.

She blogs at Angelic Muse, and is a contributing member of Operation Awesome and the Fearless Fifteeners.


Angelica R. Jackson’s Top Ten Books of All Time

Okay, so this isn’t exactly my top ten books of all time, because those can change according to my mood, who I’m talking to, or whether I’ve eaten in the last few hours. So these are the first ten titles which came to mind as having a special place in my heart and my bookcases (which, let’s face it, are pretty much the same thing).

In no particular order (because I don’t want to hurt any specific title’s feelings), they are:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Although there is some animal peril that makes me cringe, I love the quiet-but-deep worldbuilding, and family relationships, in this book. It’s a book I reread both for pleasure and to study craft.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

I’ve been known to say that reading Stephenson’s books uses the same parts of the brain as writing a book, what with the multiple plot lines you have to keep in your head until he brilliantly brings them all together. Of all his books, The Diamond Age just has so many elements that resonate with me that it will always top my list of his titles (though Cryptonomicon is a close second).

Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

This is a collection of three fantasy stories, each one distinct, dark, and disturbing in its own way. Entertaining and absorbing, as well as another one to study for the craft of fantasy done right.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I ran across this book when it showed up in bookstores with the cover for the upcoming movie release (yes, I’m that old), and the blurb about pirates and true love caught my fancy. But as other fans know, it’s so much more than a kissing book! Quirky characters and places, a breakneck pace where it’s called for (and when it’s not), and funny asides keep me coming back for a reread.

The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle

Beagle’s The Last Unicorn will always be a favorite because it was such a formative book for tween-me, but I think this one is a better book. Familiar fantasy tropes and elements with a twist, and some great strong-women character, mark this one as an underappreciated book.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is the first book that I remember having difficulty reading through my tears—tears of laughter. So many odd little details that make perfect sense once the entire story comes together, in a brilliant and hilarious way!

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

When I worked in a bookstore, Christopher Moore’s books were popular but never seemed to settle in one genre’s shelves: sometimes they landed in fantasy, sometimes literature—even horror on occasion. And that sums up this book, with its elements of fantasy, pararnormal, romance, etc. And lines that will knock your socks off with how well-crafted they are, while being one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

I first picked this book up because I’m a little dog-crazy, and it looked like it was about dogs. And it is, but it’s also one of the funniest, most-skillfully written, memoirs I’ve ever run across. The logline may as well be “Gary Paulsen decides to train a dog team to run the Iditarod, and hijinx ensue.”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is one from that struck a chord in my lonely childhood, and has stuck with me. It may be responsible for my love of gardening (secret or otherwise) and animals, à la Dickon. It’s one of the few childhood books that I can get lost in without my writer brain jumping in to pick it apart.

Possession by A.S. Byatt

I love the framing of this story-within-a-story, and how I continue to get caught up in the details, no matter how many times I read it. Almost Gothic at times, it shows a mastery, and understanding of, the tragedy of romance.








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