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Melissa de la Cruz to Write a YA Spinoff Based on the ‘Witches of East End’ Novels

Witches of East EndMelissa de la Cruz plans to write a spinoff project inspired by her Witches of East End adult novels. Penguin Young Readers Group will release Triple Moon: Summer on East End, the first installment of de la Cruz’s young adult series, on July 14, 2015.

The Triple Moon story stars twin witches named Mardi and Molly Overbrook. Two characters from the original book series and the TV show, Freya and Killian Gardiner, will appear in the new books.

With Lifetime’s Witches of East End TV series facing cancellation, de la Cruz wants to take a hands-on approach to help her fans. In a statement emailed to Entertainment Weekly, de la Cruz explains: “I have asked producers if there is no hope for the show, if I can weave in some of the cliffhangers from season two so I can resolve them and bring closure. I have an idea on how to do it, but we’ll see. It’s a legal issue so it might not be able to fly.”

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YALLFEST Announces New West Coast Event

YALLWESTOver the weekend, the organizers behind YALLFEST announced the launch of a new West Coast-based sister event called YALLWEST. The 2015 dates for both festivals were also revealed.

YALLWEST will take place in Santa Monica, CA from April 11th-12th, 2015. YALLFEST will follow later on in the year in Charleston, SC from November 13th-14th, 2015.

Librarian Robert Graves announced on Twitter that he will be working on the programming for YALLWEST. Several writers will also be taking part on the YALLWEST team: Holly Goldberg Sloan, Pseudonymous Bosch, Brendan Reichs, Tahereh Mafi, Margaret Stohl, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, Leigh Bardugo, and Melissa de la Cruz.

James Patterson Combines YA & Adult Book Trailers

Author James Patterson recently released a novel book trailer: promoting his YA novel and his adult thriller in the same television commercial.

In the book trailer embedded above, Patterson shares the spotlight with an animated version of Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life‘s protagonist . As the video explains, Middle School was written for a YA audience while Now You See Her is an adult thriller.

Many authors write for both young readers and adults. Melissa de la Cruz‘s first adult novel, The Witches of East End, included appearances from characters her Blue Bloods YA series. Meg Cabot recently released Overbite, a sequel to her adult vampire story Insatiable. Last April, she also published the first book in her YA trilogy, Abandon. Who else can follow Patterson’s example?

Wall Street Journal Reporter Sparks Controversy with YA Readers

Wall Street Journal reporter Meghan Cox Gordon criticized themes of “explicit abuse, violence and depravity” in YA fiction over the weekend. As of this writing, her controversial essay has received 71 comments and 152 responses on Facebook.

Here’s more from the article: “Now, whether you care if adolescents spend their time immersed in ugliness probably depends on your philosophical outlook. Reading about homicide doesn’t turn a man into a murderer; reading about cheating on exams won’t make a kid break the honor code. But the calculus that many parents make is less crude than that: It has to do with a child’s happiness, moral development and tenderness of heart. Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.”

What do you think? The YA community responded with scores of online essays and the #YAsaves twitter hashtag. Below, we’ve listed tweets from several popular YA authors. The video embedded above features the band Tiger Beat performing their musical homage to the genre “YA Song.”

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Melissa de la Cruz on Writing for Adults

Melissa de la Cruz began her career with the YA vampire series, Blue Bloods, but she will soon release her first adult title, Witches of East End. At BEA, she joined a panel of YA authors who have also finished their first adult projects.

De la Cruz explained: “I was really excited to write an adult book, so I was like, ‘Woo! I can write about sex.’ So I wrote all the sex scenes first. And then I had to figure out how to make it work in the story. I kind of went backwards that way. I think I struggled with it a little bit more because I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an adult book.’ I thought I had to put on some other brain. As I was writing it, I was like, ‘Oh no, this is just like Blue Bloods. This is just what I do.’”

De la Cruz wrote Witches of East End with her YA fans in mind, considering that many of them will soon be adults. She promised a few favorite characters will reappear in her adult title.

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Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston To Co-Author YA Trilogy

Blue Bloods writer Melissa de la Cruz and her husband Michael Johnston are joining forces for a young-adult trilogy called The Other Land Chronicles.

The couple has signed with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers imprint. 3 Arts Entertainment literary agent Richard Abate negotiated the deal with Jennifer Besser. Frozen, the first book in the series, will be released in spring 2013.

Here’s more from the press release: “Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.” (Photo Credit: Denise Bovee)

New York Comic Con Random News Round-Up

New York Comic Con took place over the course of a 3-day weekend and was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent perked her ears for bits of news throughout the convention:

1.  R&B artist Ne-Yo received the support of comic book legend Stan Lee for a comic he created and wrote entitled Libra Scale.

2. As we noted, The Archie series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller will have his own stand alone 4-book series. His debut appearance in Veronica issue #202 demanded for a re-printing and it was only released on September 1st 2010.

3. Melissa de la CruzBlue Bloods will be adapted into graphic novel format and published by Disney’s Hyperion. Editor Christian Trimmer jokingly said, “Blue Bloods is ‘Gossip Girl‘ meets ‘Twilight.’”

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Jennifer Besser to Helm Putnam

p2323.jpgToday Penguin Young Readers Group named Jennifer Besser as vice president and publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Besser comes to the company after serving as executive editor at Disney Book Group.

She will start on April 12th. Over the course of her career, Besser has edited many titles, including: Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan, the Blue Blood novels by Melissa de la Cruz, and Heist Society by Ally Carter.

Penguin Young Readers Group president Don Weisberg had this statement: “I am delighted to welcome Ms. Besser to the Putnam Books for Young Readers family. She is respected in the industry for her strong editorial vision and keen understanding of what attracts today’s young readers. She has the rare ability to find books that balance literary merit and commercial appeal, a quality that make her the ideal person to helm Putnam.”