I am BEYOND excited to announce our newest author in the Wicked Whale line-up: Kristine Carlson Asselin. Her book, Any Way You Slice It comes out November 15, 2017!
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Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away…
Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.
The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.
She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.
With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kristine Carlson Asselin’s debut YA novel ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT (Wicked Whale Publishing) will debut November 15, 2017.
THE ART OF THE SWAP (Simon and Schuster), co-authored with Jen Malone, is scheduled to come out in spring 2018.
She has also published sixteen nonfiction books with both Capstone Press and Abdo Publishing for the school library market. She tweets at @KristineAsselin as well as her alter ego @QueryGodmother, where she tweets query tips and suggestions.
She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.
— Emily Dickinson
Black Bird of the Gallows was exactly what I longed for: a new twist on death, or more precisely, that which feeds on death . . . and chaos. Drawn with a rich, Hitchcockian flair, readers are quickly hauled into Meg Kassel’s debut story.
Set in a small town which feels every minute of winter’s dying days, readers are treated to musically-inclined teen, Angie Dovage, who is satisfied enough with her daily life, all of which is tucked into the shadows of coal-mined mountains.
But when new neighbors arrive, finally laying claim to a house with a murderous past, Angie is immediately intrigued by all of them, especially handsome Reece. But for all of Reece’s tempting allure, the constant flicker of blackness in the trees from the sudden arrival of so many crows, sets Angie’s nerves on edge. Soon Angie understands the haunting birds far more than she ever wanted to and the truth about the handsome boy next door is far darker than any of their feathers.
A page turner that blends bits of King with Hitchcock, Meg Kassel tempts and terrifies the reader in equal measures with Black Bird of the Gallows.
** I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
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about meg kassel
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did
for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons,
Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been
fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.
I’m so excited to be visiting Meyerland Texas!
Well, via Skype at least . . .
Mad thanks to cool mom, Julie, who nominated Eila and her crazy crew of supernatural weirdos to be the Meyerland Moms Book Club book of the month. For me, this is a super fun visit because MMBC consists of a bunch of MOMS, which means they are probably as frazzled and warped as I am!
See ya soon, ladies!