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Friday, June 14, 2013

YA Author Smackdown Final Round – KAPOW! (Giveaway)

It's release week for both Rush by Eve Silver and Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn! 


What is the SMACKDOWN all about? Kate Karyus Quinn's Another Little Piece and Eve Silver's Rush are release-date mates, June 11, 2013. When Kate and Eve realized their books come out on the same day, they decided to give a shout out to each other's titles. They discussed options including guest blogs, contests, tweets, status updates, and then things turned dark. Very, very dark. History will never know for sure who threw down first, but Kate and Eve's smacktalk ramped up with each email exchanged, until The Smackdown was born (in blood and fire and pain...well, not really, but you get the picture).

Week one:
Each day from June 10-14, there will be video/gif challenges posted on the following blogs listed below. Commenters vote for their winner. All comments are entered to WIN one of two awesome prize packs.

Week two (June 17-21):
Each day, there will be excerpts and more posted on the same blogs. Commenters are entered to WIN one of two awesome prize packs.

Check out what you've missed...
June 10th - Shortie Says... (Round 1)/Good Choice Reading (Highlight Post)
June 11th - Books With Bite (Round 2)
June 12th - ReadingTeen (Round 3)
June 13th - Once Upon A Twilight (Round 4 - Eve Silver)/Good Choice Reading (Round 4 - Kate Karyus Quinn)

The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.


So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


Kate Karyus Quinn has two college degrees - a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University and an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University. In addition, her short romantic fiction pieces have been published in Woman’s World magazine.

After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Kate left her hometown for Southern California and film school. After finishing her degree, she moved with her husband to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, just recently she made the move back home, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character.

Kate is first and foremost an avid reader and unapologetic booknerd. Although, she mostly reads YA and romance, she often samples different genres in her constant search for the next great read.

Kate is represented by Alexandra Machinist of Janklow and Nesbit. Her book, Another Little Piece, will be published by HarperTeen in Summer 2013.


Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, The Game: Rush, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.



  1. I liked Eve's manga drawing!!

  2. Hehe final round who takes it?

    Very hard to pick, I love Manga, but as a stick-figure artist myself I appreciate Kate's effort of drawing the scene herself. Drawing people is definitely very difficult, I can't decide. I am gonna chicken out and my vote is a TIED for round 5.

    By the way I am interested to read both your books and both have very intriguing stories & theme. So thanks for this fun smackdown. Good luck with your book releases and can't wait to read'em both.

  3. Good luck! Both books sound great.