While I’m waiting for my editor to click “publish” on my latest release (DEUCE, the epic conclusion to The Vortex Series), I thought I would reflect back on the books that touched my heart and soul the most this year—the writing I admire, the stories I wish I had imagined and written myself. Now, these books didn’t necessarily come out in 2013, but were the ones I conquered from my ever-growing TBR Goodreads list. Here we go!
10) Legend by Marie Lu
9) Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
8) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
7) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
6) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
5) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
4) A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
3) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
And my number one favorite book this year:
1) Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
Happy reading and here’s to another year of awesome YA books!
Janine Caldwell, YA Author
Author of Coming-of-age fantasy VISITED and The Vortex Series: REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, DEUCE
I am thrilled to announce the release of my brand new title . . . VISITED!
Visited is a YA coming-of-age fantasy that promises to surprise you! Read the official blurb here:
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
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Check out the gorgeous ebook and full wrap covers by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations (http://www.okaycreations.com)
I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for DEUCE, the epic conclusion in my YA fantasy romance series. Deuce, Book 3 of The Vortex Series, will be released this fall, but it’s not too early to add it to your Goodreads TBR list today.
Here is the official blurb, paperback full wrap, and the ebook cover. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover no world can be made perfect.
And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.
With DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.
What, you ask, could possibly be the correlation between Sedona vortexes and the rockin’ Foo Fighters?
Simple. They’re both heavy influences on my YA fantasy romance series starring teen musician, Trent Astor, and former tennis prodigy, Cassie Moore.
I confess. When it comes to the Foo Fighters, I am a full blown, obsessive, drum-along-as-best-I-can, eternally faithful, fanatic, super fan! My 20s, 30s, and now 40s (ack!) would simply not have been the same without their music to inspire, entertain, and drive me through many a workout. When I sat down to write book 1 of The Vortex Series, REMATCH, I knew parts of their spirit would seep into the pages. I hope I’ve done them justice.
Obvious influences in the books include a few of the characters’ names and the actual playing of their songs throughout the series by Trent’s high school garage band. However, it’s the actual lyrics from a few of their greats that really come to life through the story. Songs like “My Hero” and “M.I.A.” are portrayed by Trent, an ordinary guy who happens to receive extraordinary powers.
“Best of You” echoed in my mind when I crafted Cassie in the beginning of Book 1. Not yet the girl she will eventually grow to be, she lets her crummy boyfriend, Jeff, walk all over her. So much so, you want to blast this song in her face until she recognizes his abuse too!
However, the most crucial song that captures how Trent feels toward the end of Book 1 is the acoustic version of “Times Like These.” If I had the copyright permission, I would’ve included the poignant lyrics in the book. One, because they’re so damn good, and two, because they say everything Trent can’t. True poetry.
Now, without giving away too much of the story, Sedona plays a major role in The Vortex Series. It becomes a character in itself, really. If you want to learn exactly how, you’re just going to have to read the books to get the answer. : )
I hope readers, young and old, will enjoy my ode to the Foo Fighters and the awe and love I have for Sedona.