Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nerd Blast: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lilly

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Hello all! We here at the Autumn Bookshelf are excited to take part in the Nerd Blast for this wonderful Christmas novel, hosted by Jean Book Nerd! Be sure to enter the giveaway below!


New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. 

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. 

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season. 



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Rachel Cohn is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread,and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at

Displaying David.jpgDavid Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. You can learn more about him at

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Happy Reading, 

P.S. Let us know what your thoughts are on the first story!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blog Tour Stop: Useless Bay

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Hello all! We are happy to be the first stop on the "Useless Bay" blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Enjoy the following, and be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Displaying 9781419721380.jpgTitle: USELESS BAY
Author: M.J. Beaufrand
Pub. Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads

A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.

On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour. 

About M.J:
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Mary Jane grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Program. Currently she lives in Seattle with her husband, two children, and dogs. In the eighties she had a bad perm.

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Here is our interview with the author behind Useless Bay!

What inspired the idea behind the book?

There were two ideas. The first was that many years ago, we had a dog trainer that helped us train our out-of-control puppy. He was later murdered, his body dumped into Puget Sound.  
The second is the wild beauty of Whidbey Island itself, specifically Useless Bay (yes, such a place exists and it’s GORGEOUS). The beach is so shallow, at low tide, the sand seems to stretch on forever. You never know what treasures will wash up, especially after a storm. It could be something wonderful, it could be a rotting corpse. Either way, it’s an adventure.  

Did the book turn out like you thought it would?

The beginning and end did. I gutted places in the middle. Hopefully for the better. 

Do you have any regrets about the book?

No regrets, but one part was particularly difficult to write. Alas, I can’t spoil it. You’ll know it when you come to it. 

As you were writing, did you fall in love with any characters over others?

Absolutely. I started out thinking it would be Pixie and Henry, but I came away with great affection for Pixie’s brothers. I’ve known teenage dudes like that, who come home with bleeding head wounds saying, “Check it out, how many points for this?” And their single mothers just sort of sigh and take them to the emergency room. 

Did you make any drastic changes from the final draft?

No, in fact the process itself was like a receding tide: with each draft I deposited something, but I revealed more, deposit, reveal, etc. 
I hope you find treasures in the final contents!

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Here's the schedule for the rest of the tour!

 Week One:
10/11/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview
10/12/2017- The Alchemy of InkReview
10/13/2017- Bean's Bookshelf and Coffee Break- Review
10/14/2017- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview

Week Two:
10/17/2017- Michelle4Laughs: It's in the DetailsExcerpt
10/18/2017- In a bookish worldExcerpt
10/19/2017- The Bookworm CentralReview
10/20/2017- Eli to the nth- Review
10/21/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt

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