The Debut Dish: April 2016, Issue #2 (+ Giveaways)

Posted April 17, 2016 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway / 4 Comments

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly 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?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Meghan Rogers (Crossing the Line), Kristy Acevedo (Consider), Wendy Spinale (Everland), Shari Schwarz (Treasure at Lure Lake), and Cindy Anstey (Love, Lies, and Spies).


Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
April 12, 2016 from Philomel Books
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If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…

Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents – if she even wants to find out.

This action-packed spy thriller is part Gallagher Girls, part Alex Rider, and part Bourne Identity.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Teen spy thriller.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but I love any scene where my two main characters are pushing each other.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At home.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Cheesy fries (which make an appearance in the book).

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
The baseball that I cut open and tore apart in an attempt to make a pinterest style baseball lace bracelet. (It didn’t work–or maybe I’m just not very crafty…).

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Consider by Kristy Acevedo
April 19, 2016 from Jolly Fish Press
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As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl–anxiety–holograms–apocalypse–family drama.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I have many favorite scenes, but as River Song would say, “Spoilers.”

There’s a riot scene at a Stop & Shop over food shortages that resonates with me. Lots of tension and drama happening at once with great character interactions so true to the moment.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I had to return the call from my soon-to-be editor, so I shut myself in my bedroom. We spoke for almost an hour since it was for a two-book series deal and he asked about my ideas for book 2.

After the call, I opened my bedroom door, and my husband and daughter were waiting on the other side. Of course, then we screamed and jumped around like idiots.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Coffee ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Pizza is always good, too.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A framed picture of my old cat watching me write. (R.I.P. Theodore)

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Everland by Wendy Spinale
May 10, 2016 from Scholastic Press
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Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

Describe your book in five words or less.
Steampunk Peter Pan.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
When Gwen Darling arrives in the Lost City where Pete and dozens of other orphaned children live, she encounters a sweet boy named Gabs who earned his name rightfully so. Gabs bring innocent humor to underlying darkness that is EVERLAND.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Building legos with my son on his bedroom floor.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Anything that involves salted chocolate caramel.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A blue mechanical bug that walks when you turn it on. It’s fairly steampunkish now that I think about it.


Treasure at Lure Lake by Shari L. Schwarz
April 12, 2016 from Cedar Fort Publishing and Media
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An epic adventure—that’s all Bryce wants this summer. So when he stumbles upon a treasure map connected to an old family secret, Bryce is determined to follow the clues to unearth both, even it means hiking in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. Bryce must work with his bickering brother, Jack, or they may never see the light of day again!

Describe your book in five words or less.
HATCHET meets IF I STAY.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
One of them is when one of the brothers in the book is sleeping out under the stars and wakes to an ice storm plus a smell that reminds him of being in one of the enclosed animal houses at the zoo, and a scuffling noise right next to his head. He’s sure he’s going to be mauled by a bear…but you’ll have to read it to find out what happens!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Checking emails in my kitchen in the middle of the day when no one was there to hear me freak out!

What’s your favorite junk food?
Lately? Tortilla chips and guacamole.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
I actually don’t have a desk. But, I often type standing up at our kitchen bar and…on there is a Lego Stormtrooper.

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Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey
April 19, 2016 from Swoon Reads
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Regency. Romp. Bluestocking. Spy.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I love the very first scene of the book where Juliana is hanging off the side of a cliff in desperate need of help… but asks her rescuer to find someone else to aid her.

–“Please, I do not wish to be rescued by a gentleman. Could you find a farmer or a shopkeep—anyone not of the gentry—and then do me the great favor of forgetting you saw me?”
“I beg your pardon?”
“I do not want to be rude but this is a most embarrassing predicament—”
“I would probably use the word dangerous instead.”
“Yes, well, you would, being a man. But I, on the other hand, being a young woman doing her best not to call attention to herself and bring shame upon her family, would call it otherwise.”

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At home, sitting in the front room–our library. Fortunately it has a carpet, so my jaw wasn’t damaged when it hit the floor.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Pastries. We lived in Belgium for eight years and I fell in love with their bakeries.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Camera? Not really odd, but the pens, coffee mug and mouse would definitely not fall into that category.

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4 responses to “The Debut Dish: April 2016, Issue #2 (+ Giveaways)

  1. Out of this list, I’m looking forward to Consider and Love, Lies, and Spies the most! To answer your giveaway questions:
    -I love indulging in sour candy or lightly salted Lays potato chips!
    -I haven’t read too much science fiction, so I think I’ll go with The Lunar Chronicles series.
    -My favorite MG is anything by Roald Dahl!

    Thanks for the chances :).
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  2. Favorite junk food- Anything chocolate, especially dark chocolate
    Favorite Science fiction novel- Probably Cinder
    Favorite MG novel- Maybe Holes by Louis Sachar
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