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Initial post: May 19, 2012 6:59:36 AM PDT
Hi friends! I'm new to the boards, but haven't seen a post specifically for YA. What do you think: are teens not using Kindles/ereaders? Or are they starting to do so?

In any event, I think a lot of us have written YA books with cross-over appeal for other ages and genres . . . so let's spread the word!

I'm the author of The Grave Artist, a YA paranormal mystery. It's YA, but it's suspense, too, with even a bit of romance thrown in.

Kirkus Reviews said: "The action is brisk, with a surprising but believable twist near the end. Never stilted or clumsy, this debut novel reads like the work of a far more experienced writer."

It's free today, 5/19 and 5/20!

Let's have some fun, people!

Posted on May 19, 2012 6:14:51 PM PDT
Some teens are definitely using ereaders, but I don't think it's anywhere near universal yet. Partly because they're out of the price range of most teens, and partly because today's teens grew up reading--on paper--big books like the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series, so they are accustomed to having printed books, and they like it that way. My son just graduated from high school, so I have a lot of direct experience with today's teens.

I'm also the author of the teen horror/paranormal/romance/witch quartet called Dark Vengeance. It's four full-length novels, but Simon and Schuster put it out in two volumes, so it's four novels in two big books (or ebooks). The first volume, Dark Vengeance Vol. 1: Summer, Fall contains the novels Summer and Fall, in which heroine Kerry Profitt meets witch Daniel Blessing and finds herself enmeshed in a war between witches that's been going on for centuries. The second one, Dark Vengeance Vol. 2: Winter, Spring was just released at the end of April and brings Kerry's adventures to what I think is a satisfying (if emotionally wrenching) conclusion.

I hope you'll give them a try!

Posted on May 19, 2012 9:08:09 PM PDT
L. Jenkins says:
Hi Paula and Jeff, It's been a while since I've gotten on the forums. Paula, thanks for the headsup that your book is free today. I just snagged a copy. :) I would love the opportunity to help you promote your book by featuring it and you on my blog.

I'm a book blogger with two blogs where I love to feature indie and small press authors. My goal is to help spread the news about your book (I'm mostly interested in Fiction) via my blog posts, twitter, and Facebook. I love books with paranormal elements. One blog is dedicated to books with paranormal elements. The other blog features books without significant paranormal elements. I am interested in hearing back from you, if you would like your book featured. I hope you will check out my blog and if interested, fill out the request form (there's a link to it on my sidebar)...or access it directly at:

or email me at lauriej170 at gmail dot com

Posted on May 19, 2012 9:09:57 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 9:21:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2012 9:22:17 PM PDT
Hi Paula and thanks for starting the thread! I saw you had a Kirkus Review and was wondering if it helped with sales of your book? I know they charge a lot to review books and was wondering if the costs are worth it? Would love your opinion.

Posted on May 19, 2012 9:24:56 PM PDT
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel is for the young and old!

A bestsller in christian fiction with 57 five-star reviews!

A heart wrenching story of a sixteen-year-old girl who struggles to survive as earth-shattering events lead up to the Apocalypse as foretold in the Bible.

SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel
AVAILABLE in Kindle and paperback!

Posted on May 20, 2012 7:27:43 AM PDT
Jean H says:
Good question! That's one reason I made my YA/MG book available both for e-reader and in paperback. My own son lost interest in reading in his early teens, so it'd be great to be able to help other boys stay interested. With both a male and female protagonist (bother & sister), and lots of action, I hope it's the kind of thing a boy might like. I purposely stay away from too much teen angst and over-emotional scenes.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 12:17:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 11:32:53 AM PDT
Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to post, and thanks readers for using your valuable time to read about my YA novel.

THE CURSE was written for mid-teens, young adults, but it's also a good read for adults, especially those who were teenagers in the 1950's and 1960's. Hopefully, you'll want to curl up in your favorite chair and treat yourself to a year in Karla's chaotic world after reading the first three chapters on Amazon by typing in THE CURSE by Carol Thigpen Moore. Adding my name will save you time since so many people use the word "curse" in their titles. THE CURSE is an insightful book about forbidden first love, living with bipolar, and dealing with prejudice. This novel derives its title from Karla's battles with depression. In this approximately 72,500 word novel, sixteen-year-old Karla Stevens struggles with fearful dreams, first love, and Christian faith. She has always detested prejudice in others, but discovers a family secret that teaches her that she is also prejudiced. If you like realistic fiction, you should enjoy this story with its 1963 setting. Kindle price $4.99.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 8:44:41 PM PDT
C. Thomas says:
There is a tremendous amount of technology available to them. Once they figure out how to best fit the kindle/ereader/tablet into their general scheme of things, it will become a necessity for them.

Saving Oliver (A Novella)
Peter Seth has a very special gift. He has the ability to see objects and places that don't belong in his time period. His visions, though he's learned to live with them, separate him from others and keep him a loner. During one of his hikes in the forest near his home, he encounters a boy with the same abilities. It is apparent from his clothes and mannerism that Oliver is from another century. The boys, one from 2011 and the other from 1911, become fast friends. They learn that their time periods are actually running parallel. Livi, Peter's sister, investigates through library archives and learns about Oliver, his family, and the terrible fire that will end Oliver's life in a week's time. As Peter struggles with his decision to warn Oliver, potentially changing the future, he is plagued with dreams about Oliver's life.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 2:23:02 AM PDT
Gecko129 says:
I posed a similar question recently, I think teens are still more into paperbacks. I think most of the buyers I am getting on my YA/Adult book Shadowland are adults... Any teens out there want to comment and prove me wrong?

The ultimate buddy road trip as two boys set out on a journey pursued by a Saxon warrior and change the course of a nation.
The year is 432AD and this is dark ages Britain.

Professionally edited with great reviews.
Welcome to the Shadowland

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 9:18:53 PM PDT
No more Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, Vampires & Goblins. Aren't you tired of need of paranormal in order to sell? Or even the illusion that books/shows like Gossip Girl & A-list present? Ocean Hill (Ocean's Series) brings back reality as a teenager. Discussing such topics as Low Self-esteem, drug abuse, Sexual Identity, Anger, Depression and more, the book is based around 9 characters each with their own individual story. I released the first 5 chapters on amazon as promotion for the book!, it's free if your a Prime member (WHICH YOU SHOULD BE) and if not its only 99cents please check it out and leave a review we LOVE reviews.

Thank You
GOD Bless

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 4:00:50 PM PDT
Hi again, guys -- yep, major life change over here has kept me from the boards, but I agree with what's been said: teens seem to prefer hard copies at the moment, but the shift to digital can't be far off. Esp when they figure out they can read on their smartphones!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 4:05:55 PM PDT
Hi there! For me, the jury's still out on Kirkus. You're right, it's expensive. On the one hand, I appreciate a "legit" reviewer blurb to give me some street cred. However, even a good review disappears pretty quickly from the Kirkus site: surprise, surprise, if you want your good indie review featured, you have to pay out the bucks. So I guess I'm ambivalent! With all marketing efforts (reviews, ads, etc), it's impossible to make a direct connection to sales. The ONE thing I've done that has resulted in steady (if very small!) sales was the free promotional through Amazon. Giveaways do generate more readers, which generate more word of mouth.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 4:23:32 PM PDT
Thanks so much for your great advice Paula. I have always wondered if Kirkus was worth it but if you can't stay on top with visibility, what's the point. Thanks, I just saved $500.00.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 7:46:23 AM PDT
Breathless (The Cordelia Chronicles) - 99 cents
With more than 20,000 copies sold for Kindle worldwide, this is a summer must-read. When tall, dark, and mysterious Chaseyn Lear arrives in the small town of Evergreen, Colorado, high school senior Lia Jameson's life is turned upside-down. An unexpected twist of fate unravels a long-time family curse that puts Lia in the center of a supernatural drama and threatens her life.

Wanderlust (The Cordelia Chronicles) - $2.99
Lia Jameson is excited to embark on the journey of a lifetime with her best friend, Addie, and the jock who's out to make her his own, Eli. There's just one catch. Alexei is no longer the only vampire eager to get his fangs on her. With Chaseyn out of the picture, Lia must try to keep Addie in the dark about her dangerous secret, while a bevy of new undead allies make every effort to help Lia journey across the European continent unscathed. Will she escape the evil clutches of Alexei? Will she return to Chaseyn? All of these answers and more can be found in the pages of Wanderlust.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 12:15:25 AM PDT
Gecko129 says:
The Flight of the Griffin
A Fantasy adventure.
Living in their old boat `The Griffin' five young orphans become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the `Last great Spell' - a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos...

They become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and `The Hawk,' an evil hunter of men.

Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!
The Flight of the Griffin

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 11:51:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2012 11:29:11 AM PDT
Thanks for the opportunity to post. Thanks readers!

THE CURSE - Karla Stevens, the main character in this novel, agrees with Vauvenargues that there is nothing that fear or hope does not make men believe.

In this approximately 72,500 word novel, sixteen-year-old Karla Stevens struggles with depression, first love, and Christian faith. Her changing feelings toward Chet, the overseer of her father's farms, complicate her life even more. After all, Celia Daniels, owner of the local cafe, does claim Chet as her boyfriend. Also, Karla knows her parents would strongly disapprove if they knew she had romantic feelings for Chet. Then there's Marcy who looks white but has a black mother. Because of Marcy, Karla has always detested prejudice in others, especially Mr. Walker, her best friend's father. As time goes by, Karla discovers a family secret that teaches her that she is also prejudiced. If you like realistic fiction and a cleanly written love story, you should enjoy this book with its 1963 southern setting. Because of the role of adults in this novel, this novel will appeal, not only to teens, but also to adults of all ages. Kindle price $2.99.

HANNAH'S QUEST FOR LOVE - "Why doesn't Papa love me?" is the question that screams from Hannah's soul.

Hannah, a Jewish maiden, wants one thing in life, her father's love. She has one hope. If God chooses her to be the virgin to bring forth his son, she's sure her papa will love her. This book paints a picture of life in ancient Israel when God, who had not communicated with His chosen people for over 400 years, sends John the Baptist and Jesus to reach out to the Israelite people. Enjoy this time in history through Hannah's eyes. On Kindle this approximately 67,500 word count novel is $2.99.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 12:49:19 PM PDT
Lisa Potocar says:
Thanks so much, Paula Lynn, for starting this thread. I keep promoting my book as YA/Adult because although I wrote it for YAs, it's garnering great attention with adults--YAY! Here it is:

Sweet GloryHistorical/Adventure/Romance/Adventure/YA/Adult: Reluctant to shed her riding trousers and embrace her womanhood, Jana Brady trims her auburn tresses and rides off as Union Cavalryman Johnnie to fight as a soldier, nurse, and spy in the American Civil War.

BTW, I'm giving away 10 copies of my historical novel, Sweet Glory, to 10 lucky winners whose names are drawn on GoodReads right now until August 31, 2012 (22 more days) at the following link:

Good luck!
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