21 October

Author Round-Up: Fall Favorites

As the leaves continue to fall and we enjoy the autumn festivities, we’ve asked some of our Blink authors to share their favorite books to “cozy up with” and favorite seasonal traditions. Read below for their answers!

What is your favorite book to “cozy up with” in the fall? 

Annie Sullivan: I’m not the type to reread books over and over again, so I just love to read anything packed with a fun fantasy adventure. 

Courtney Moulton: Every fall I devour my paranormal favorites from Kelley Armstrong, Kim Richardson, and Patricia Briggs. I have a special place in my heart for Kelley’s books starring Savannah!

Kimberly Gabriel: For whatever reason, fall is my favorite season as a reader, and I historically devour books during this time of year. I have very vivid memories of reading the entire Twilight series over the span of two weekends in the fall. Since then, whatever I pick up, I want it to be something packed with page-turning tension. Right now, I’m reading Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. 

Laurie Boyle Crompton: The books I seem to end up revisiting the most are Stephen King’s classics. So in honor of the recent film, this year’s “cozy up with” pick will have to be IT of course!

Mayra Cuevas: Anything Jane Austen. Currently, re-reading Sense and Sensibility.  

Do you have a favorite genre to read this time of year?

Annie Sullivan: I know a lot of people love reading spooky books this time of year, but I can’t handle those. So I’ll stick with my fantasy! 

Courtney Moulton:  Halloween is my favorite holiday and I try to enjoy the spooky, cozy season to the fullest every year. I love to find a comfy spot, light a candle, and immerse myself a dark paranormal or urban fantasy world.

Kimberly Gabriel: Yes! I need something tense and a little scary- something that has me flipping quickly through the pages and gasping for breath. It’s no surprise that YA fantasy and YA thrillers are my favorites. 

Laurie Boyle Crompton: The fall season is definitely the time for reading horror novels! 

Mayra Cuevas: If it makes my heart soar, I’ll devour it! That also includes cookbooks. 

Any favorite fall traditions?

Annie Sullivan: I love going apple picking at a local orchard with my nieces and nephews. I also love drinking some nice apple cider. And if we manage to pick up some pumpkins along the way, all the better! 

Courtney Moulton: I love to bake and every fall I make my crumbly apple crisp and warm, gooey buttermilk pies! Buttermilk pies are a southern tradition, especially in Texas, and very few people here in the Midwest have ever even heard of them. I love to bake my family’s buttermilk pie recipe and share them with people up there who’ve never tasted it before. Midwesterners go crazy for them!

If you’ve never had buttermilk pie before, this is the best way I can describe it: the filling’s texture is a little denser than custard and tastes like a half-baked sugar cookie. Best served and enjoyed warm!

Kimberly Gabriel: Fall is my favorite time of year. I have three young kids and we love to go apple picking, visit pumpkin farms, walk through the Chicago Botanic Gardens, go on hayrides, cook smores at bonfires, and stop by any local costume-themed activity in our city (because Halloween is the best).

Laurie Boyle Crompton: My family loves to get away from the bustle and visit upstate New York every chance we get! Walking in the woods in New Paltz is my favorite family activity anytime, but especially when the trail is carpeted with beautifully colored leaves! 

Mayra Cuevas: BAKE APPLE PIES!!!! I’ve been perfecting my recipe over the years. I’m pretty sure it’s near perfection. 

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15 October

Books To Cozy Up With This Fall

As the chill begins to float through the air and the leaves begin to dance across our lawns, there is no better time to find a quality book to cozy up with. We’ve had some wonderful new young adult titles we’ve released this fall that are perfect to curl up with on the chilly fall night ahead.

The Silence Between Us 


Called “ eminently un-put-down-able” by NPR, The Silence Between Us is the latest “Own Voices” novel from Alison Gervais. Deaf teen Maya moves across the country and must attend a hearing school for the first time. As if that wasn’t hard enough, she also has to adjust to the hearing culture, which she finds frustrating—and also surprising when some classmates, including Beau Watson, take time to learn ASL. As Maya looks past graduation and focuses on her future dreams, nothing, not even an unexpected romance, will not derail her pursuits. But when people in her life—Deaf and hearing alike—ask her to question parts of her Deaf identity, Maya stands proudly, never giving in to the idea that her Deafness is a disadvantage.


Get your copy HERE.

Tiger Queen 


TIGER QUEEN is a gorgeous, lush YA fiction…Highly recommend for anyone looking for a beautifully crafted stand-alone book.” –YA and Kids Book Central

Two doors.

Two choices.

Life or death.

Kateri, an arrogant warrior princess, has to fight in the arena against her suitors to win her right to rule, and she is desperate to prove to her father that she is strong enough to take over his throne and rule the kingdom. But when she finds out her final opponent, she knows she cannot win. Kateri flees to the desert to train under the enemy she hates the most and the only one who might be able to give her a shot at winning. But what Kateri discovers in the desert twists her world—and her heart—upside down.  There in the sand, away from the comforts of the palace, Kateri’s perception of her father is challenged and she discovers the truth about his treatment of her people. When she returns to the kingdom, the fate of the one she loves lies behind two doors in the arena—one door leads to happiness, and the other door releases the tiger.


Get your copy HERE.

The Memory Thief 

Mansy’s debut will delight fantasy readers who revel in fully developed settings and unusual powers. -Booklist

In the city of Craewick, memories reign.

The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but she grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

Get your copy HERE.

Coming Soon 

We’re also looking forward to sharing Every Stolen Breath by debut author Kimberly Gabriel next month. Learn more about this new release and pre-order your copy HERE. Stay tuned for more great YA reads for your bookshelf coming in 2020!

11 October

Blink eBook Sale

What is on your fall reading list? Now through October 13, you can get some of your favorite Blink titles for just $1.99 in an eBook Sale!

Titles include:

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Between Before & After by Maureen McQueery

No Place Like Here by Christina June

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Pretty In Punxatawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler

Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill

Download these titles for your Kindle, Nook, or other digital device before this offer is gone!

**Offer ends October 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

03 October

#BlinkBlog Author Spotlight: Lauren Mansy (Part II)

As we continue to celebrate the release of The Memory Thief, we are featuring part two of our “Author Spotlight” with Lauren Mansy!

Get your copy of The Memory Thief HERE.

What do you hope readers take away from The Memory Thief?

The main thing I hope readers take away is that it isn’t the hardships of the past which define us but the strength we find in overcoming them. Etta has been through a lot of difficult things, and she struggles with trusting others because she has a hard time trusting herself. At the beginning of the story, Etta has spent four years hiding from both the people and events which haunt her, but to save her mother, she’ll have to come face-to-face with the past. I hope her journey will inspire readers to never lose hope, even in the midst of impossible odds. 

How are you reflected in The Memory Thief (or, how much of you is reflected in the book)?

Because this story is based on my own journey with my mother, many of Etta’s worries, doubts, and fears are things I also experienced when faced with the possibility of losing my mom. The questions that Etta asks about how to deal with a situation like this are questions that I often pondered myself. 

So when I first began writing The Memory Thief, I thought, “What if I wasn’t the only one who faced this fear? What if there was an entire society that feared their loved ones no longer remembering them?” It was these kinds of thoughts which ultimately let me to want to explore a world where memories reign over everything. Then writing Etta’s emotional journey also helped me process through a lot of my own memories, as well. 

That’s one reason that I love not only writing but reading fantasy novels. Even though these characters live in worlds that are vastly different than our own, what they love, hate, and fear can often be so relatable. That often sticks with me long after I read the last page, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share this journey with readers. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while being a writer?

I think the biggest lesson being a writer has taught me is the importance of the “story behind the story”. Though the publication journey is filled with exciting moments (like seeing the cover for the first time and holding the final copy!), the journey of getting here has changed me for forever. There have been highs and lows, moments of uncertainty coupled with unexpected encouragement, and wonderful support from family, friends, and even strangers! Writing fiction gave me a voice when I was still struggling to find mine, and I’ll be forever grateful that even as the last page of The Memory Thief ends, my own life story is still being written 🙂 

Any additional thoughts?

If you’re interested in learning more about The Memory Thief, I have more information of my website, and I also LOVE connecting with readers! 

Website: www.laurenmansy.com

Instagram: @lauren_mansy

Twitter: @laurenmansy