The Debut Dish: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Emily Adrian (+ giveaway), and Melissa E. Hurst

Posted May 31, 2015 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway / 6 Comments

The Debut Dish, a Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?


Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
June 2, 2015 from Christy Ottaviano Books
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A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Puzzle adventure in San Francisco.

Why should readers pick up your book?
There’s a good mix of mystery, puzzles, and humor. I have been told it’s a page turner. It’s set in San Francisco, which is a great city and one that I don’t often see in novels. I had a lot of fun weaving in odds and ends of trivia and history about ciphers, literary figures, San Francisco, and publishing lore. And I’m partial to the characters.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
The whole experience has felt like a dream come true, but I’ve especially loved working with my editor and connecting with other debuts through the Fearless Fifteeners and Emu’s Debuts.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Junior Mints.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Three-way tie between Cabbage Patch Kid calendars from the 80s, a squeezable cupcake, and a chicken tape dispenser.


Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian
June 2, 2015 from Dial/Penguin
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Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Deciding between truth and lies.

Why should readers pick up your book?
Because it’s about the thrill of making new friends, and the uneasiness of falling for the wrong person, and the comfort of playing a familiar role. Two sisters reunite after ten years apart. There’s a tree house, and a taxidermied puffin. And the protagonist is funny. Much funnier, somehow, than I am.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
Hearing from readers, definitely.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
One box of Junior Mints. One bag of Sour Patch Kids.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A squirrel puppet.

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The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
June 2, 2015 from Sky Pony Press
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In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Time travel, thriller, murder mystery.

Why should readers pick up your book?
If you enjoy time travel based in the future and in a contemporary setting, murder mysteries, conspiracies, and dual POV books, then I think you would like THE EDGE OF FOREVER.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
The whole process of watching my story go from being nothing more than a manuscript on my computer to becoming a printed book. It’s been a wild and thrilling ride, one I hope to experience many more times.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Definitely Milk Duds!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A small bell from Germany that my sister-in-law gave me.

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6 responses to “The Debut Dish: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Emily Adrian (+ giveaway), and Melissa E. Hurst

  1. All three of these sound really interesting, especially The Edge of Forever which I didn’t know a lot about.

    I think my favorite theatre candy are those things called Goobers, chocolate covered peanuts. :) Oh or Sweettarts<3
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