Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DOWN WITH THE SHINE Cover Reveal and Giveaways!!!

Do you have trouble keeping secrets? Usually, I don't. EXCEPT when I get a new cover. Then it's soooo hard to keep it secret, because I just want to show it to everyone. But I can't until the official cover reveal day. Luckily, that day is (FINALLY!) today! 


So without further ado, here it is...

Isn't it pretty!??!

And here is the official book description:

There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...

But that's not all! I also have 2 giveaways going on right now!!

The first is at Young Adult Books Central where the official cover reveal took place. Go there now and enter to win a signed ARC of DOWN WITH THE SHINE. 

The second is an exclusive giveaway for newsletter subscribers only. I'm giving away a swag pack that includes an etched mason jar mug, buttons, bookmarks, and bookplates. You can find the giveaway and sign up for the newsletter here.

*****Edited to add a picture of the finished mug with the custom etching. (It's the one on the left. The smaller one on the right will be reserved for another giveaway sometime in the future).

Monday, March 30, 2015

Announcing a Dark and Scary YA Anthology

I am super excited to be part of an amazing group of 13 young adult authors who have come together to self-publish, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESSS AND LIGHT.

To help put this collection together we have a Kickstarter going on right now. If you are interested in giving some of your hard-earned dollars (donations start as low as $5 and go all the way up to $500) there are some great rewards that should appeal to both writers and readers alike.

You can also check out the amazing front and back covers below and squeee over all the talented authors who have contributed their short stories to the collection!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who Killed the YA Scream Queens?

Apparently every single one of the YA Scream Queens were recently killed in a series of twisted and highly original ways. 

Which is so cool.

I mean terrible.

Can't it be both?

How about... terribly cool. And tragic. But mostly the first thing.

Which isn't to say that I did it. Even if certain people (Whitney Miller *cough cough*) are trying to point the finger at me.

If you want to find the guilty parties, then you need to find out who has a motive. Any idiot who's ever seen a few Law & Order repeats knows that.

And I don't got no motive. 

Okay, sure, I've been known to complain a few times that I wish the YA Scream Queens could maybe do a little less, well, screaming. But what can you do, it's right there in their name. Sure I might be a little sadder about their passing if they were the YA Whisper Queens, but I wouldn't kill them because of it.

But you know who would? Lisa Maxwell. I hear she's one of those people with super sensitive ears. And lately there's been some thumping sounds ringing in those same ears... sure sounds like your classic tell-tale heart scenario. Seems like maybe she should be moved to the top of the suspect list (and why you're at it, cross me right off it).

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I and Love and You #PitchWars

If you are here checking out potential #PitchWars mentors, then - CONGRATS! - you are in the right place. 

If you are here because the title of this post is an Avett Brothers song and you're looking for info about them - SORRY!- you are out of luck. I just love the song and thought it made for a great intro title.

If you are here and have no idea what I'm talking about at all, but have not yet clicked away because you find this whole #Pitchwars thing intriguing - well then read on my friends!

So here's the deal with #Pitchwars. The brilliant amazing possibly super-powered Brenda Drake organizes this awesome contest that connects aspiring writers with mentors (like me!) and then we work together scrubbing and shining the aspiring author's manuscript until it is so stinking sparkly that agents will fight for the right to call it their own. For more info and to be part of the contest YOU MUST go to Brenda Drake's blog. Sound good?

Okay, so now is the part where I tell you category I'm coaching, which is... 



Yeah, I read YA. I also write YA. 

Things I look for in YA novels I read: Strong often unlikeable protagonists, complicated antagonists, kick-ass girls, romance, depth and darkness, fun, having my heart ripped out, laugh-out-loud moments, mystery, thrills, paranormal elements, realistic elements, cute puppies, and weirdness.

Your book does not need to have all of those elements. Actually, it definitely shouldn't because my head would explode and I don't think that's something any of us want to see happen.

So basically I am open to everything and I never really know what exactly will grab me. I am definitely NOT turned off by language, sex, or violence - in fact, when its a necessary part of the story, I believe its important to include these elements. But your character does not have to drop f-bombs for me to love them.

If you want a good idea of what I like to read check out my Goodreads. I try to keep this updated every few months with what I've recently read. Just glancing over the list some standouts from the past year in YA reading include: COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, WINGER, and THE 5TH WAVE, and I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN.

So that's what I'm looking for. But this is about more than me falling in love, you need to find a mentor that fits into what you need as well. To that end, let me tell you a bit about myself and my critique style.

You could say I have a strong arts backgrounds. Or you could say I have two college degrees of questionable worth. I prefer the former. Anyway, from undergrad I have a BFA in theatre and then, after several years of graduate school, I gained an MFA in film and television production.

I am represented by Alexandra Machinist of ICM. My young adult novel, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE debuted in 2013 with HarperTeen. This past June my second novel, (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, was released also from HarperTeen. I am currently at work on my third novel, again with HarperTeen. DOWN WITH THE SHINE (that's the title for now, at least) is due to be released in early 2016.

And here are a few places you can find me online:

Twitter: @katekaryusquinn (I'll be tweeting with the #PitchWars hashtag, so make sure you're following me!)

So what kind of feedback can you expect from me? 

...Actually let me start with what you won't get from me. 

I am not big on correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other things of that nature. That's not to say that these things are not important - they are. I am just not the person to make those elements shine.

I don't expect you to write like me. Or to write your story the way that I'd write it. Instead, I want to help you write the story in your voice and style, and tell it the way you need it to be told. I will, however, occasionally throw different ideas out. In my screenwriting class ages and ages ago (see that MFA does come in handy!) my one teacher used to call the process of throwing different ideas out spitballing. Sometimes you use the spitballed idea, but mostly it just helps get your own ideas flowing.

I will never tell you that your story sucks. Or you suck. That doesn't mean I'll only have positive things to say, ooohhhh trust me I will point out what is not working for me. But I also always make a point of talking about the things that are working oh so very well. Personally, I find the odd "YAY!!" "HEE HEE HEE!" or "LOVE LOVE LOVE!" comments can make an otherwise tough critique go down a lot easier.

Finally, do not expect only a line or two of notes for feedback. As you may have guessed from this blog post, I can be a little long winded at times. And yes, sometimes I do go on and on and on and... Okay, I'll stop now. The point is, I tend it give pretty long critiques with lots and lots and lots of thoughts.  

You can also check out the critiques I did on Brenda Drake's blog in July for an idea of how I work. 

Okay, that's almost it from me except for one more thing... I am currently running a giveaway on Goodreads for a hardcover copy of my book (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME. If you're interested, you can enter below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

(Don't You) Forget About Me

by Kate Karyus Quinn

Giveaway ends August 19, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


I am so excited to announce that I get to be a part of Brenda Drake's wonderful Pitch Wars contest as a mentor! If you don't know what Pitch Wars is, you can learn all about it on Brenda's blog.

And for those who are gearing up their Pitch Wars submissions and starting to scope out the mentors, then you can get a taste of my feedback methods by checking out a first page crit and query critique I did just today, again through the wonderful and amazing (and tireless) Brenda Drake.    

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


As of June 10th, (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME is officially out in bookstores and available for purchase! For all the details, including trade reviews and buy links, I have all of that on the books page of my website.

In fun book stuff, DYFAM has been around the internets over the past week with some really great posts such as...

DYFAM was featured on the Barnes and Noble blog post, "5 Reasons June is an Amazing Month for YA."

We all know that the title of DYFAM is also a song from the movie, that some of you may have heard of, called, "The Breakfast Club". So on the Savvy Reader blog I did a little post comparing and contrasting this awesome movie and my book. 

I also have a blog post you can check out over at Epic Reads where I make a playlist mixtape for DYFAM.

And finally, if you are interested in DYFAM but not quite ready to buy, you can check out the sample below!

Friday, May 30, 2014


Right now and until June 9th the ebook for ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE can be found for the low low low price of only $1.99 for either your Kindle or your Nook. How cool is that?

Also, my next book (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME releases on June 10th! I honestly do not know where the time has gone between this time last year and now - it just sort of flew by. If you want to know more about DYFAM, check out Goodreads or you can also find snippets from some of the trade reviews that have started to roll in on my website.