Friday, March 13, 2015

Storm Watchers: Take Cover!

“STORM WATCHER is a brilliant and beautiful tale of how the simple, honest love of a dog can help a lonely boy find his way out of the darkness. Subtle, powerful and highly recommended.”  ~ Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and ROT & RUIN 

We're generating a thunderstorm of cheers for Maria V. Snyder's recent nomination of her Leap Books title, STORM WATCHER, for the 2015-2016 school year’s Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program in the Grades 6-8 Division. Congrats also to all the other huge talents nominated this year: http://pyrca.wikispaces.com/2015-16+Nominated+Titles

To celebrate Maria's nomination, we've created an animated version 
of the Storm Watcher cover.

Check it out! 

Lightning Never Strikes Twice, Does It?
Luke Riley is lost. His mother’s recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again.
The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke’s mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother’s death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke’s spirits. He would rather have a different breed – a petite Papillon, but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean’s daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound.
But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?

Don't forget to track down your own copy of this striking title today!  

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maria V. Snyder's STORM WATCHER Nominated for Young Reader's Choice Award

STORM WATCHER, written by New York Times Bestselling author, Maria V. Snyder, is a nominee for the 2015-2016 school year’s Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Reader's Choice.


Leap Books, LLC is thrilled to announce their middle grade title, STORM WATCHER, written by New York Times Bestselling author Maria V. Snyder, is a nominee for the 2015-2016 school year’s Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program in the Grades 6-8 Division.

Snyder’s STORM WATCHER follows Luke Riley whose mother’s recent death set his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and truly unite as a family again.

The purpose of the Young Readers Choice Awards Program is “…to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.” The 2015-2016 Master List of nominees, posted here, demonstrates Snyder is in good company.

Previous winners include: Katherine Applegate, Carl Hiaasen, Ransom Riggs, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Rick Riordan, and many other talents.

Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times
best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY, FIRE STUDY, and SHADOW STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria dreamed of chasing tornados and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.  She used that scientific background when creating STORM WATCHER and includes intriguing and educational STEM-supporting information in the back of the novel in the form of “Luke’s Weather Notebook.”


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Praise for Storm Watcher:

“This deftly plotted story will engage readers of both genders with its fresh storyline….Intertwining family relationships, weather science and search-and-rescue dog training, this coming-of-age story relays themes of friendship, grief, challenge, fear and responsibility without didacticism or melodrama….A welcome addition to the middle-grade library.” ~Kirkus

“There is always room on the shelf for another exciting boy-and-his-dog story, and this readable contemporary novel will appeal especially to youngsters interested in search-and-rescue training or meteorology.” ~School Library Journal

“STORM WATCHER is a brilliant and beautiful tale of how the simple, honest love of a dog can help a lonely boy find his way out of the darkness. Subtle, powerful and highly recommended.” ~ Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and ROT & RUIN

“Best-selling author Maria V. Snyder’s debut novel for young readers, Storm Watcher, is a thrilling, heart-warming canine caper. Thirteen-year-old Luke loves dogs and is fascinated with weather data—but storms terrify him. With lightning quick action, humor, and lots of dogs, Storm Watcher will delight readers. Also the scientific and math insights into weather will appeal to educators and inspire readers to create their own weather science projects. Highly recommended! ~ Linda Joy Singleton, author of THE SEER and DEAD GIRL series

Monday, March 9, 2015

Racing Hearts: Book 2 Cover Reveal Sign-up


Praise for Racing Hearts: Book 1

“Laura Lascarso clearly knows her stuff–about both fast cars and how to write a compelling tale. I loved Jesse and Brooke right away, and his story tugged at the heartstrings. Racing Hearts was a compelling, character driven tale that has more twists and turns than a motor speedway.”
~ Sherry Ficklin, author of QUEEN OF SOMEDAY, LOSING LOGAN, and EXTRACTED
Racing Hearts is a sexy, steamy, thrill-read that will leave you wanting more Jesse and Brooke!” ~ Robin Constantine, author of THE PROMISE OF AMAZING

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Half-Life Book Blitz SIGN UP!

Join us in celebrating the launch of Leap Books: SHINE's YA paranormal enovella, HALF-LIFE written by Tina Ferraro.

6HALF-LIFE by Tina Ferraro
Half a life is not worth living.
Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict. 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Call for MG Short Story Submissions

This is an open call for agented and unagented submissions. 

Bring us your ghosts, monsters, night terrors...all taking place on Christmas Eve.

Your middle grade short stories should be appropriate for grades 6-8. 1500-2000 words. This is a paying market. $25 / story.

Please send submissions to: leapbks@gmail.com with FRIGHTMARE in the subject line, followed by your story title. (FRIGHTMARE: My Story)

DEADLINE: April 3rd


Thursday, February 12, 2015

An Animated Alice

We're so keen for the launch of our Alice-inspired anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit, that we asked cover artist, Gaetano Pezzillo to work some magic and create a special animated cover to share with the masses.

Boy, did he ever come through for us!

Here she is...

Curiosity often leads to trouble.

Thirteen enthralling voices in young adult fiction lead you down the rabbit hole in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE. Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant.
From rich historicals, castle towers and deathly plagues, gritty urban explorations, intrepid reporters, would-be car thieves, watchmakers, futuristic wormholes, secret workshops… to the last human in a world ruled by machines. 

What wonders await, oh curious reader. For the rabbit knows the truth…

Contributing Authors

Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan

BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT releases on April 14, 2015.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Racing Hearts: Book One Blog Tour


Tour Schedule:


Feb 2: Guest Post: Star Shadow Blog
Feb 3: Guest Post/ Review: Tana Rae Reads 
Feb 3: Guest Post: Reese's Reviews 
Feb 4: Guest Post: Judith Tewes Blog 
Feb 5: Interview/Review: Twinning for Books
Feb 6: Review/ Guest Post: Feed Your Fiction Addiction 
Feb 7: Review: Michelle's Minions
Feb 8: Review: After the Last Page 
Feb 9: Acrostic Poem: Wanderings and Witchery 


Author Bio

Laura Lascarso strives to craft stories that are honest and real with characters who must overcome great odds. Her debut novel Counting Backwards (Atheneum 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature. RACING HEARTS is Laura’s first e-series with Leap Books. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.

Watch for Laura’s series with Shine which follows a pair of star-crossed lovers. He wants to honor his father’s legacy; she wants to prove her father wrong in this modern-day Romeo & Juliet set in the world of competitive car racing. (ETA. Fall 2015)


Visit Laura on TwitterFacebook, and her website.


About the book...



RACING HEARTS (Book One) – Laura Lascarso
SHINE /Leap Books, LLC
eBook Novella


Start your engines…

Eighteen year-old Jesse Copeland learns of a local car race sponsored by his father’s nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep his family from losing their home – if he can win.

Brooke, Shep’s daughter, is also aiming to compete, with or without her father’s approval. She’ll do whatever it takes to persuade Jesse to make her car race ready. Both are driven, both are risk-takers, and soon it’s more than engines getting fired up. Jesse tells himself their relationship is strictly business, until it isn’t.

Can two star-crossed lovers overcome a family feud as old as Ford vs. Chevy, or will the competition become too explosive for these racing hearts?

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Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
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