SparkPress 2014 Catalog

December 2013/January 2014

cover-girlunmoored-newGirl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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Entertainment Weekly called it “…the undiscovered young-adult novel of the summer.”

“Love, loss, and the coming of age of one remarkable girl blaze through this haunting debut like a shooting star you’d wish upon. It’s tough and tender, funny and smart, and it frankly took my breath away. I loved it.” - Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“With stunning emotional honesty, Girl Unmoored shaves away layers of innocence to reveal the true meaning of love, and the power we have to save one another. Effortlessly funny and poignant, Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s masterful debut offers surprises until the very end. I am head over heels for this book, and will gladly scream its praises from the rafters — for sure a must-read!” – Elise Allen, New York Times bestselling co-author of Elixir and author of Populazzi

Awards:

Maine Literary Awards 2013 – Winner YA Fiction

ReaderViews Awards 2012 – YA Book of the Year

BOTYA (Book of the Year Awards) 2012 – YA Fiction

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2012 – YA Fiction Mature Themes

Indie Excellence Awards 2012 – Winner Cross-Genre Fiction

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012 – Winner YA Fiction

The Paris Book Festival Awards 2012 – Winner YA Fiction

The San Francisco Book Festival Awards 2012 – Winner Teen Fiction

USA Best Books Award, 2012 – Finalist Best New Book, Finalist Cross-Genre Fiction

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012 – Finalist Chick Lit Fiction

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012 – Finalist Best Fiction Cover Art

The International Book Awards 2012 – Finalist Best New Book

The International Book Awards 2012 – Finalist YA Fiction

Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It’s 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he’s everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift.

Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store, Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, coming of age becomes almost too much bear. She’s forced to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means and who is paying too much for it.

Publication date: December 3, 2013

Connect with Jennifer on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Screenshot (32)The Runaway Daughter by Juliet Philip

“This is an astonishing novel, at once a glimpse into the mind of a brave and imaginative heroine and a dizzying, gritty, and shockingly real snapshot of Indian city life. There is magic here, and ugliness, and the book’s triumph is in showing us how one unusual girl refuses to let the ugliness extinguish the magic.” – Sangu Mandanna, author of The Lost Girl

“Fans of The Kite Runner and Life of Pi will be riveted by Juliet Philip’s stunning novel about a girl coming of age in Bombay. Philip’s vivid descriptions will have readers visualizing Kamada’s journey every step of the way.” - Kristin Bustamante, SheKnows.com

Kamada lives in a world of magic. A world of gremlins, fairies and talking objects that shield her from a society where strange men act like they own the women walking down the street, and where her mother gives up her body in exchange for a life of luxury.

The dirty streets of Bombay do not feel like home to Kamada. She knows she does not belong, and her mother’s house feels like a prison. To escape, Kammy wants to leave India to go study in America. Only her magical friends and a neighboring family know that her wish is getting closer to becoming a reality every day.

Follow Kammy as she bucks tradition in her quest to pass the GRE and follow her dreams. Will she be able to leave the land of curries and rickshaws?

Publication date: December 17, 2013

Connect with Juliet on her website and Facebook.

EllyInBloom-coverElly in Bloom by Colleen Oakes

The bestselling book from Colleen Oakes!

“Colleen Oakes is a crisp, intelligent new voice in chick lit fiction” – Andrea Waggener, author of Alternate Beauty

What would you do if you had to design your husband’s lover’s wedding?

Surrounded by lush flowers and neurotic brides, chubby 32-year old Elly Jordan has carved out a sweet little life for herself as the owner of Posies, a boutique wedding florist in St. Louis. It’s not bad for a woman who drove away from her entire life just two years ago when she found her husband entwined with a red-headed artist. Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a terribly behaved sheepdog and a sarcastic assistant who she simply calls “Snarky Teenager”, but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly. Just when she feels that she is finally moving on from her past, she discovers that an extravagant wedding contract, one that could change her financial future, is more than she bargained for. With the help of her friends, staff and the occasional well-made sandwich, Elly bravely agrees to take on the event that threatens to merge her painful history with her bright new life, and finds herself blooming in a direction she never imagined. Elly’s voice, both charming and hilarious, will appeal to those readers who have been looking for a new voice in chick-lit, and will give women of all sizes the realistic heroine they’ve been waiting for.

Publication date: December 2013

Connect with Colleen on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Crumble-FleurPhilipsCrumble by Fleur Philips

 “Crumble is a timely, powerful and important book. Fleur Philips offers a deeply personal take on the gun debate, and reminds us of the deadly cost of intolerance. Hers is a voice to savor and to heed.” – Gayle Brandeis, author of Bellwhether Prize-winning The Book of Dead Birds

Awards:

2013 USA Best Book Awards – YA Fiction Finalist

2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards – Silver Medalist in the category of Young Adult, Mature Issues

2013 San Francisco Book Festival – Winner YA Fiction

2013 International Book Awards -YA Fiction Finalist

Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She’s in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah’s not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah’s relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah’s whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah’s father’s dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share…something George McKnight–and Alex Mackey–will never accept.

Publication date: January 2014

Connect with Fleur on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

February 2014

QOH The Crown JPEG not finalQueen of Hearts Volume I: The Crown by Colleen Oakes

“Colleen Oakes has written Wonderland like it’s never been written before. If you loved Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, you won’t be able to put down Queen of Hearts.” – Kristin Bustamante, SheKnows.com

“Fans of Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars will lose themselves in Colleen Oakes’ dark vision of Wonderland, which challenges everything Alice fans thought it was and takes readers on the Queen of Heart’s journey from adolescence to off with their heads.” – Kayleigh Roberts, BOP and Tiger Beat  

“You will love Queen of Hearts! The fact that I cared about Dinah so much is just a testament to the amazing talent of Colleen Oakes. When does the next book come out?” – Jessica Hickam, author of The Revealed  

“Colleen Oakes’ beautifully written novel provides the captivating backstory of the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and is sure to intrigue both fantasy fans and young adult readers alike.” – Emily Kiebel, author of Serenade

“Off with their heads.”

A blossoming love.  A father’s betrayal.  A kingdom with a black secret.

For Dinah, Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, days at the palace are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, The King of Hearts. Her only relief are her visits with her childhood best friend Wardley, the future Knave of Hearts—and her secret love. 

When an enchanting stranger arrives as Dinah’s coronation day nears, a series of bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs within the halls of Wonderland. Driven by her furious nature, Dinah must unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the palace before she loses those she loves—and her own head—to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, readers will encounter familiar characters such as Cheshire, Alice, and the Mad Hatter in this new, dark take on Lewis Carroll’s classic story.

But be warned…not every fairytale has a happy ending.

Publication date: February 14, 2014

Connect with Colleen on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

March 2014

WaysOfLeaving-coverWays of Leaving by Grant Jarrett

“A standout novel about going home, where old girlfriends, awkward funerals, deeply buried parental secrets and naked, drunken, nocturnal escapades irritate a man like scabs of his squandered youth and misspent adulthood…Ruthlessly brilliant writing brings grace to a story smoldering in pain.” - Kirkus Reviews

Chase Stoller’s life is crumbling. He just lost his job, his wife Jennifer has filed for divorce, and now his brother Aaron wants him to return to Pennsylvania and help care for their ailing father.

When he arrives at his brother’s house, years of repressed rage float to the surface—along with two married women, one virtual church, several bottles of scotch, one schizophrenic sister, five helpings of Brussels sprouts, three boxes of purloined panties, and a gun-wielding husband with a grudge. But Chase’s greatest challenge comes when his sister attempts to end her life.

Infused with empathy and compassion, bristling with humor, Ways of Leaving explores the impulses and actions of a troubled man whose struggles with isolation, despair and desire illuminate the fierce yearning for a sense of purpose that characterizes the human condition.

About the author: Grant Jarrett grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania and currently lives in Manhattan, where he works as a writer, musician, and songwriter. He has written for magazines including FOW and Triathlon, and is the author of More Towels, a coming-of-age memoir about life on the road. He is an avid cyclist and a reasonable competent flosser. Ways of Leaving is his first novel.

Publication date: March 2014

Connect with Grant on his website, Facebook and Twitter.

 Anticipated March Releases:

DIY Farm/Country Weddings

April 2014

On Grace book coverOn Grace by Susie Orman Schnall

“A moving and vibrant debut that packs a sweet emotional punch. You’ll laugh and cry along with Grace as she treads the complicated waters of marriage, motherhood, an unexpected betrayal, and a revelation that changes everything. Susie Schnall is a fresh new voice in fiction.” — Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

“Grace is an imperfect woman with a less than perfect life, but readers will find themselves drawn to her authenticity and grit.” — Colleen Oakes, bestselling author of Elly in Bloom

“A telling, touching exploration of modern marriage, fidelity, and friendship, Susie Schnall’s debut is riddled with the little truths that make up the texture of women’s daily lives. Fans of Emily Giffin will relate to this engaging read.” —Beatriz Williams, internationally bestselling author of A Hundred Summers

“An authentic portrayal of the intricacies inherent in modern relationships. Susie Orman Schnall’s debut is relatable, honest, and insightful. I look forward to seeing what’s next from her.” – Emily Liebert, bestselling author of You Knew Me When

Grace May is truly excited about turning 40 in a few months. And now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin. She can’t wait to rediscover the intelligent and interesting woman deeply buried under the layers of mother and wife. 

But when Grace loses her job and gets unexpected news from her husband and her best friend, life suddenly gets complicated. Grace stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. But by her 40th birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace.

Publication date: April 8, 2014

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SERENADE FINALSerenade by Emily Kiebel

“An absolutely haunting and lyrical read. The captivating use of music and a darkly seductive magic will have readers singing its praises and longing for more.” —Colleen Oakes, author of Queen of Hearts

“Emily Kiebel seamlessly blends reality and fantasy. Serenade hits resonant and real emotional notes, while at the same time enchanting the reader with a rich, fantasy mythology.” – Kayleigh Roberts, BOP and Tiger Beat

“Serenade will surprise you at every turn! Emily Kiebel’s novel is the perfect blend of supernatural self-discovery and a poignant story about the bonds of family.” – Jessica Hickam, author of The Revealed

When Lorelei Clark’s father is killed, she is haunted by the feeling that she could have prevented it. If only she had done something – anything – besides simply singing to him while his life drained from his body, perhaps he would have survived.

Eighteen-year-old Lorelei Clark was a gifted singer at a music conservatory until the day her father was struck by an oncoming car.  His death leaves her emotionally shattered, so when she receives an invitation from her great-aunt Helen to visit her home in Cape Cod, Lorelei accepts. She quickly discovers that Helen and her two nieces are harboring a frightening secret – they are sirens, terrifying mythical creatures responsible for singing doomed sailors to their deaths. Even more astounding, Lorelei is one of them, a siren called to do fate’s bidding. In this new world where water comes alive at her touch and an ancient power pulses beneath the tide, the most important rule Lorelei must learn is that a siren never EVER interferes with fate. When she breaks this rule by rescuing a handsome sailor who was supposed to die at sea, the sirens vow that she must finish the job or face grave consequences.  Unable to bring herself to murder the young man and finding herself inexplicably attracted to him, she must fight to keep him safe from the others, even if it means risking her own life, and her heart, in the process.

Publication date: April 2014

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CurseOfVanGoghThe Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe

The upcoming novel from HarperCollins author, Paul Hoppe!

Tyler slides into a simple life of bartending in New York City, living his life day to day. And then at the hottest art opening of the season he meets Kommate Imasu, a Japanese billionaire and famed art collector, who seems to know more about Tyler than his own mother does.  With serious threats against his family and friends, Tyler has to decide how much risk he’ll take to protect them. He quickly learns that gambling against a billionaire is never a good idea. Tyler plunges headfirst into a world of art forgers, hit-men, Yakuza, a femme fatal named Chanel #5, and the legendary curse of Van Gogh, in order to pull off the greatest art heist in history.

Publication date: April 2014

Connect with Paul on the BookSparks website.

 

 

CoverComingSoon The Cameo by Kristin Contino

Taking readers from 1905 Italy to present-day Philadelphia, The Cameo uncovers how the lives of three generations of women are changed by love, loss and one little necklace.

Liz Moretti thought she knew almost everything about her grandmother, from her love of “The Golden Girls” to her perfect pound cake recipe. But when Liz’s Nan suddenly passes away and Liz finds a cameo locket with a marriage proposal engraved inside (from a man who was not her grandfather), she realizes that sometimes a person’s secrets are discovered only after they’re gone. 

On top of losing her grandma, Liz’s career as a jewelry designer is stagnant and her love life is anything but sparkly. When she reconnects with the one who got away, Liz thinks maybe things are finally starting to look up. But after an ill-fated night out, she wakes up to realize the cameo is missing. Her ex, Adam, offers to look for it, but so does Justin, the intriguing new guy in her apartment building. While dealing with her feelings for two very different men and generally trying to reinvent her mess of a life, Liz finds answers and solace in her grandmother’s diary. 

What Liz learns is that the story behind the cameo, and the relationship between her grandmother and great grandmother, an outspoken Italian socialite, was more than meets the eye. Her family’s past inspires her to grow up and accept responsibility for her missteps, and eventually Liz must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the promise of something better.

Publication date: April 2014

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Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes

Curvy Elly Jordan is back in the second book in the bestselling Elly series! Elly in Love takes place three months after Elly in Bloom ends with Elly in a happy relationship with Keith, the guy from downstairs. She has even been contacted by Blissbride, a television show that films celebrity weddings, and is chosen to be the florist for Lola Plumb, a train-wreck celebrity based on Lindsey Lohan.  With the proceeds from the Blissbride wedding, Elly opens a second store, a modern florist with a hip edge, making Snarky Teenager (from Elly in Bloom) the manager. At the same time, Elly is stalked by a very strange and lonely teenager, Dennis, who has a secret which will change Elly’s life forever. Through various experiences, Elly learns to sacrifice for family, and be unafraid to love freely, and with abandon.

Publication date: April 2014

Connect with Colleen on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 May 2014

The Revealed Final Cover CompThe Revealed by Jessica Hickam

“Ripe with political intrigue, forbidden romance and a mysterious group of outsiders who threaten to turn Lily Atwood’s world upside down, The Revealed is a riveting story about love and courage. It’s also a captivating look at a future society where overcoming the odds means finding the power within yourself to become truly extraordinary. Jessica Hickam has written a story that will entrance readers.” – Emily Kiebel, author of Serenade

The Revealed will have you hooked from the beginning. Jessica Hickam has written a thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and fighting for what’s right. This book will surely lead the pack in the next wave of popular YA novels.” – Lauren Joskowitz, entertainment manager, SheKnows.com

The Revealed weaves an adventurous tale of true love, deception and bravery. Along the way, Jessica Hickam captures the beauty — and heartache — of finding your first true love. And, most importantly, finding yourself.” - Leesa Coble, BOP and Tiger Beat

Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.

But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.

But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

Publication date: May 2014

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 Anticipated May Releases:

Mother’s Day Anthology

DIY Kids Birthday Parties

Kids in America

June 2014

QOH-Volume2Queen of Hearts Volume II: The Wonder

Follow Dinah on her epic journey in Volume Two of the Queen of Hearts saga.

Publication date: June 2014

Connect with Colleen on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CoverComingSoonGridley Girls: Book One by Meredith First

While most people start high school as virgins, few finish as one.

Meg Monahan is hosting the wedding of her dreams for her best friend, Anne Calzaretta, while also keeping a secret she’s not prepared to face, let alone share. On the eve of the wedding, Meg and Anne flash back to high school in 1978 rural Gridley, California, when things seemed so much easier to Anne. Meg remembers things weren’t easier, as she has to confront her betrayal of Anne, her ultimate forgiveness and her ability to move on with her life.

The Group, as they have been called since middle school, have been friends forever. Now living professional lives in Sacramento, they flashback to life in 1978 rural Gridley, California, where they discover they never really escaped their high school.

Publication date: June 2014

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July 2014

HeartLikeARocketHeart Like a Rocket Anthology

First love. First kiss. First time. Heart Like a Rocket is a BookSparks anthology of our award-winning and bestselling authors sharing their stories about unforgettable life moments when their hearts were sent racing.

Publication date: July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 CoverComingSoonI Am Lucky Bird by Fleur Philips

2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist, General Fiction

An intensely gripping, deeply emotional literary novel, telling the heart-wrenching narrative of its young protagonist, Lucky Bird, after her mother AnnMarie mysteriously vanishes, and her childhood comes to an abrupt end. Left alone to defend herself against her suddenly abusive grandmother, Marian Bird, and forced to endure the twisted predatory game played out by Marian’s lover Tom Cressfield, Lucky’s life soon descends into a nightmare. Even when she manages to escape, the outside world can’t take away the brutal images of her past. Still haunted by her mother’s disappearance and the trauma that followed, Lucky is easily led down a path of self-destruction, a path that only the intervention of a handsome young stranger and his family seems to offer any hope of guiding her away from. But first, she will have to confront her demons, and the dark truths that they kept hidden…

Publication date: July 2014

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October 2014

CoverComingSoonElly Inspired by Colleen Oakes

The final installment in the bestselling Elly series, find out if Elly Jordan will finally find her happily ever after.

Publication date: October 2014

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November 2014

QOH-Volume3Queen of Hearts Volume III: The Heart  by Colleen Oakes

Dinah’s adventure comes to a thrilling conclusion in Volume Three of the Queen of Hearts Saga.

Publication date: November 2014

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Anticipated November Releases:

DIY Holiday Gifts, Decor and More

December 2014

Anticipated December Releases:

BookSparks Holiday Anthology