Blog | Norma Hinkens

5 Fittest Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

  • December 31, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is dashing off to the gym and working it. While it’s only a fad for most of us and eighty percent of us won’t last into February, some of our favorite YA heroines are in kickass shape 365 days of the year. Here are some of […]

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YA Foodie Fiction For The Holidays

  • November 26, 2017

With a turkey dinner under our belts, the holiday season is officially in full swing! Here in the United States, Thanksgiving dinner is widely acknowledged to be the biggest meal of the year. For those of you who love to cook and bake, the holiday season is the best time to try out scrumptious new […]

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My Most Anticipated YA Novels of Winter 2018

  • November 14, 2017

Yes, it is technically still 2017, but it’s not too early to think about what awesome books are coming our way in 2018. I follow the YA lit site Epic Reads on social media, and they definitely amp up the hype up for forthcoming books through clever and fun cover reveals. Once you get a […]

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5 New November YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

  • November 10, 2017

November means shorter days and longer nights, perfect to fit more reading into your life. If you are a YA speculative fiction fan, meaning science fiction and fantasy, there are a ton of new YA sci-fi and fantasy books to devour this month. From mysterious UFOs to bizarre DNA, these thrilling stories will rivet you […]

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Harry Potter Literary Pet Names for Every Creature

Pets make the world a better place, and in today’s world, they are needed more than ever. They give us comfort, love, and loyalty in the midst of our daily chaos. Literary pet names are simply the best. For YA fans, there are so many great options if you want to name your pet something […]

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Witchy YA Reads to Put a Spell on You

  • October 24, 2017

Stories about witches have captivated literature for hundreds of years, and today YA novels about witches are as popular as ever. In this list of witchy YA books, you’ll find magical stories that are endlessly inventive, drawing on the power of the imagination to whip up an enchanting story. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. […]

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Top 5 Best Friends in YA Literature

  • October 9, 2017

I am so excited to read John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, and a big reason is Green writes such memorable best friends in YA. No one will ever know you as well as your closest buddies, and having a best friend is a special kind of love and companionship. It’s a bond […]

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Book Recommendations for YA Fans of “Stranger Things”

  • September 25, 2017

At some point, every writer gets stuck. For some authors, that’s staring down a blank page for hours, or struggling to write a difficult scene, or you realize you have a potential plot hole to handle. It’s a good idea to get up and move around, do something different. That’s how I found myself binge-watching […]

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Cozy YA Books for Fall Reading

  • September 11, 2017

I mark the official start of fall as September 1, aka the annual departure of the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station for another year at Hogwarts. Starbucks has usually already started putting Pumpkin Spice Lattes on the menu, and by then, it’s all over: fall is here. For many book lovers, fall is the […]

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5 Favorite Epistolary Young Adult Novels

  • September 4, 2017

Though the traditional definition of an epistolary is a novel defined as “a novel written in the form of a series of letters,” contemporary epistolary ya novels cleverly incorporate all kinds of modern “letters.” Whether you’re checking your email, rereading your latest text conversations, or scrolling through your social media updates—this writing all makes up the twenty-first century […]

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Girl of Fire Takes Kindle Book Award!

  • September 2, 2017

What a day this has been! Just found out that Girl of Fire is a semi-finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards and the Gold Medalist in the Reader’s Favorite Young Adult Sci-fi category! The Kindle Book Awards will announce the Finalists on October 1st, and the Winners on November 1st, so stay tuned! I’m so honored […]

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Hot New YA Releases to Read in September

Are you ready to charge into the fall reading season? Everyone loves a light-hearted summer beach read, but the cooler months also bring hot new YA releases every week, and September 2017 is no exception. Autumn is the season of sweaters, beautiful changing leaves, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, of coziness and comfort—and an all-star lineup […]

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Quiz: Find Your Ideal Bookish Career!

Every avid reader fantasizes at some point about what their life would be like if their job revolved around books. Even from a young age, many readers daydream about how books can be a part of their everyday life. Today, the opportunities for a bookish career are brighter than ever, with something for everyone. Maybe […]

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The 5 Best YA Podcasts for Fiction Fans

  • August 12, 2017

The explosion of podcasts in recent years means there is programming for everyone, and that includes some of the best YA podcasts for young adult fiction fans. Fans of YA literature can find ample book coverage, including reviews and news, and author interviews in today’s podcast sphere. If you love book talk—writer to writer, reader […]

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New Favorite YA Science Fiction Subgenres

  • August 4, 2017

Imagine yourself keeping intergallactic peace in outer space or hacking into a government database to bring down a conspiracy. Picture yourself going back in time to change just one little thing, or taking command of a rogue steam train while evading assassins. Welcome to some of the best YA science fiction subgenres … We’re all […]

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YA Recommendations for Handmaid’s Tale Fans

  • July 26, 2017

Have you binge watched Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic Handmaid’s Tale yet? This startling TV miniseries, starring Elisabeth Moss as the heroine Offred, is a deeply unsettling look at life in a religious extremist patriarchal society that only values women for childbearing. Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most famous and earliest dystopian novels […]

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Quiz: Which “Game of Thrones” Character Are You?

  • July 13, 2017

Game of Thrones season 7 returns on Sunday, July 16th, and I am pumped! Aside from the pressing questions we are all dying to know the answers to, I will be especially excited to get reunited with some of my favorite characters. The Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire universe is bursting with […]

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Five Challenges for a Bookish Staycation

  • July 8, 2017

Sometimes you just need a vacation even if you can’t go anywhere. Introducing the bookish staycation! When your Instagram feed is continually refreshing with pictures from your friends of exotic landscapes, passport stamps, and the open road, you know it’s summer, and if you don’t have hotel reservations for a nice getaway, it’s easy to feel left […]

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Only Harry Potter Die-Hards Can Answer these 20 Questions

  • June 28, 2017

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series turned 20 on June 26th, the anniversary of the 1997 publication of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Rowling’s series went on to span seven full-length novels, eight feature films, and countless fans all over the world. But if you’re reading this article, I’m guessing you already […]

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Feeling the Heat? YA Science Fiction & Fantasy to Cool You Down

  • June 23, 2017

The Summer Solstice on June 20 marks the beginning of the summer season and, for many readers, long, hot and humid days lie ahead. Fortunately, YA science fiction & fantasy doesn’t have to leave you a sticky mess. With these YA science fiction & fantasy novels firmly entrenched in cold settings, your muggy, sweaty summer […]

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How do you rank the Harry Potter Series?

At this point, who hasn’t reread the seven books in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series so many times, it seems like you can just jump in and read any one of the novels out of order. They are all masterpieces, but we do have our favorites we usually turn to first. Here, I’ve attempted the impossible: ranked all seven Harry […]

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YA Scavenger Hunt Lucky #67

ADVENTURE, EXPLOITS, PERIL “Welcome to Port #67 of the YA Scavenger Hunt!” I hope you’ve already discovered a new favorite author, scored a boatload of free books, and signed up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! As a reward for all your hard work scavenging so far, I am giving away two Sizzling Summer Young Adult Hardcovers! CLICK HERE […]

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Girl of Fire Takes Two Awards!

  • May 22, 2017

I’m really thrilled to report that the first book in my second series is also being well-received by the critics. Girl of Fire has notched up two impressive wins. Thank you to my readers for all your support along this journey! 2017 IPPY National Silver Medalist Young Adult Fiction  2017 Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for Young […]

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Quiz: Which YA Besties Are Most Like Your Friends?

  • May 22, 2017

If you have a best friend or a close-knit pack of BFFs, you can get through anything. Young Adult literature about friends and friendships perfectly captures best friends’ loyalty and love during some of the toughest years. From surviving school to surviving first love drama, your friends can boost your spirits with unconditional love, comfort, […]

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The Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt

  • May 15, 2017

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! RULES Each author will be given a special keyword for the scavenger hunt, […]

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YA Romance to Get You Ready for Summer Loving

  • May 15, 2017

It may just be mid-May, but for me, summer cannot come soon enough. With its laid-back vibe, warm, sultry evenings, and sense of possibility, summer is a time of new beginnings—and summer love. If you love a good YA romance novel, you’ll devour these fresh love stories to hit you in the feels. The Names they […]

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How to Win a Readathon

  • April 28, 2017

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is almost here! Dewey’s runs twice a year, in April and October, and the challenge is pretty straightforward: read as many pages and/or books as you can within 24-hours. (Reading + marathon = readathon baby!) There are similar readathons that happen throughout the year, too, like 24 in 48, which might be […]

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Spring 2017 Science Fiction YA to Put on Your Radar

  • April 24, 2017

With the coming of spring, it’s easy to leave reading aside for a stroll outside to smell the fresh flowers in bloom and hear the buzzing bees. Yet spring 2017 holds many exciting science fiction YA new releases, packed with thrilling action and adventure–ones that demand to be finished. These four sci-fi novels demonstrate how versatile the […]

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What to Read after You Binge Watch “Thirteen Reasons Why”

  • April 16, 2017

Did you just lose a weekend binge watching the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why? You are not alone. This powerful miniseries, based on the equally compelling contemporary YA novel, hooks you with phenomenal acting and an engrossing story. But now you’ve run through all the episodes and you’re looking for books like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons […]

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The Best Villain Stories in YA Fairy Tale Retellings

Villains have always had a bad reputation. They’re the evil laughs, the sinister smiles, and the mischief makers who stalk your nightmares and make you think twice about sleeping with the lights off. But recently, these supposedly “evil” characters have been the focus of several fairy tale retellings, twisting a classic story on its head and […]

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The Funniest YA Novels for April Fools

  • April 3, 2017

April Fool’s Day is just behind us, and if you got pranked you may very well still be on high alert. Sometimes dystopian, post-apocalyptic and science fiction fans like me get bogged down in a gritty atmosphere where everything seems bleak and mirthless. I know many readers feel life is beginning to imitate dystopian fiction, too. […]

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Step Aside, Katniss: YA’s New, Fierce Female Leads

Katniss Everdeen, where would we be without you? When The Hunger Games was published in 2008, the saga of Katniss Everdeen fascinated readers who loved this new strong, female protagonist. She set the standard for fierce female leads in the public eye, played with a deft performance equal parts fierce and vulnerable by Jennifer Lawrence. Still, […]

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The Next Great Female YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

It’s Women’s History Month, and what better time to love on some lady authors! With so many amazingly inventive young adult sci-fi and fantasy novels hitting the shelves each week, there is no shortage of stellar lady-penned speculative fiction being published today. Here’s my list of some of the next great female YA science fiction and fantasy authors […]

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That’s What She Said: Best Quotes from Dystopian Heroines

  • March 12, 2017

“They can’t do that,” she said finally. “It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything—anything—but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you.” Do you know which of your favorite dystopian heroines said those powerful words? Hint: It wasn’t written in 2017. Or even 2007. Try Julia, […]

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The Best YA Blogs and Websites for Hardcore Fans

  • March 5, 2017

Best YA Blogs and Websites My Facebook and Twitter feeds are chockfull of the best YA blogs and websites I’ve liked or followed over the years to learn more about YA. It can be overwhelming, but so many awesome websites and blogs are available nowadays to introduce readers to book recommendations, reviews, fun articles, and more. One […]

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Quiz: Favorite YA Novels as Clickbait Titles

  • February 23, 2017

Clickbait: irresistible headlines that make it impossible to not click on an article. It’s here to stay in the social Internet world, and if you have a sense of humor about it (like The Onion‘s hilarious clickbait satire site, Clickhole) it’ll make the traffic grabbing bearable. I recently thought about some of my favorite YA novels and wondered what […]

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Diverse YA Books for Black History Month

  • February 17, 2017

Black History Month is a great time to check out some of the diverse YA books written by established and emerging African American authors. As the We Need Diverse Books movement reminds us, diversity in YA is crucial to understanding different experiences as well as is reading minority writers who are sometimes overlooked by publishing and marketing. […]

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The Best YA TV Shows to Stream on Netflix

If you’re like me, you’re a binge watcher 365 days of the year, but in the winter months things get kicked up a notch. Surrendering a day, night, or weekend to a good old fashioned Netflix best YA TV shows marathon is a great way to spend the time. So it’s especially awesome that in winter […]

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Quiz: Who penned this YA author quote?

So you think you know all there is to know about YA author quotes. You’re a YA author die hard, going to release parties (or throwing one solo), seeing every movie adaption, reading every blog (like this one!), spouting random YA author quotes, following a ton of YA blogs/publishers/authors on social media, getting more excited than you […]

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

  • February 4, 2017

New York Times & USA Today Bestseller What a wild and crazy week this has been! After a year of hard work and too little sleep, one of my biggest literary dreams has come true. Dark Humanity, the boxed set I am one of the participating authors in, hit the New York Times Bestseller list […]

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Best YA New Releases to Devour this Winter

  • January 30, 2017

We are burrowing headfirst into the eye of winter right now, and book nerds like me know that that means maximum reading time in a warm and cozy Hobbit home buried under blankets and sipping some quality hot chocolate! Here are some more of the best winter YA new releases that I am planning to read when […]

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Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Series

  • January 20, 2017

Now that the new calendar year is underway, I’ve found myself reflecting on some of my favorite young adult science fiction and fantasy series. If you are a diehard fan of speculative young adult fiction, you know there is a bevy of great novels and series to choose from. Here are my picks for the best young adult […]

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Top 5 Science Fiction YA Novels for the New Year

  • January 11, 2017

The new year always gets me excited for the new science fiction books on the horizon. After December 31 is in the bag, it’s time to start circulating the Tuesday new release dates. You know I’m a sci-fi junkie. Here are my top young adult science fiction picks for 2017. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (January 17, […]

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Reading Resolution Ideas for 2017

  • December 24, 2016

It’s that countdown to the end of the year time when everyone starts making impossible resolutions. Forget the ones that make you groan and want to hide under a blanket and make a reading resolution this year instead. If you’re wondering what a reading resolution is, it’s fun, simple and something to look forward to instead […]

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The Best YA Holiday Novels

  • December 21, 2016

As soon as Thanksgiving is done, the Christmas season is in full swing, and I’m not complaining—I love this time of year. And even though I love Christmas shopping (especially if it’s at a bookstore), there’s nothing better than sitting down with some eggnog and a few awesome YA holiday novels to unwind at the end […]

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The Best YA Books to Read after Finals

  • December 13, 2016

Best YA Books It’s that time of year again, when students everywhere are stressing out about finals and looking forward to curling up with the best YA books when the chaos is over. The promise of a good book can get me through anything, so today I’m going to give you some of the best YA […]

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Favorite 2016 Sci-fi Shows on Netflix

  • December 7, 2016

This week, Netflix announced that they finally added the feature where users can download content for offline viewing. With holiday travel coming up, and winter break and winter vacations for some, this is Christmas comes early. Netflix isn’t allowing all of its titles to be downloaded for offline viewing, yet but here are some of […]

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A Free Anthology of Young Adult Fiction

  • December 2, 2016

A Thrilling New Free Anthology Just in time for the holidays I’ve joined forces with a group of young adult authors to bring you our first ever anthology of young adult short stories, That Moment When. There’s something for everyone in this fantastic bundle which includes NYT and USA Today Bestselling YA authors, in addition […]

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Bookish Holiday Gift Ideas for YA Fans

  • November 29, 2016

  Bookish Holiday Gift Ideas It’s a wonderful time of the year! We are officially in the holiday season. There have been so many awesome YA novels this year, finding just a few to recommend as gifts for YA book lovers is too tough a call. Instead, here is my bookish holiday gift ideas buying […]

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Dark Humanity Science Fiction Boxed Set

  • November 23, 2016

Dark Humanity Boxed Set – 22 books for $0.99! I’m so excited to be able to share with you a brand new boxed set collection I am participating in. You can snag ALL 22 books for only $0.99 if you jump on this special pre-order price. Boxed Set Description A compilation of 22 Full-Length Science Fiction […]

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Dark Humanity Black Friday Sale!

  • November 23, 2016

If you’re catching Black Friday deals online this weekend, don’t forget to snatch up this amazing deal! Grab 20+ science fiction and fantasy books for just 99 cents. Add us to your shopping basket! About Dark Humanity The Dark Humanity Boxed Set is a compilation of 22 Full-Length Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy reads! We’ve spared […]

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YA Book Recommendations Based on Hogwarts House

  • November 22, 2016

With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters now, people are once again trading quotes from the most beloved YA series ever, Harry Potter. With that in mind, here are some of my best book recommendations for readers based on their Hogwarts house. (Not sure of your house? Find out on Pottermore.) Gryffindor Graceling by Kristin […]

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Win 52 YA Paperbacks & Swag!

  • November 15, 2016

🌟 YA READER GIVEAWAY BLITZ 🌟 Do you devour books at a rate that alarms others? Then don’t miss this ULTIMATE binge reader giveaway. You could win 52 freakin’ YA paperbacks by some amazing authors. That’s enough books to read one a week in 2017. And that’s not all. There’s also swag, Amazon Gift Cards, […]

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Books to Get Excited for this November

  • November 1, 2016

Books to Get Excited For Publishing season is in full force in November, and every day it seems there are more and more hot new YA releases to pick from. November is also one of the best months for reading. The weather has cooled to a chill crisp for many of us, school is in full […]

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Dark Humanity Boxed Set

  • October 28, 2016

Dark Humanity Boxed Set – 22 books for $0.99! I’m so excited to be able to share with you a brand new boxed set collection I am participating in. You can snag ALL 22 books for only $0.99 if you jump on this special pre-order price. Boxed Set Description A compilation of 22 Full-Length Science Fiction […]

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Quiz: Which YA Nerd Are You?

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It’s never been a better time to be a YA nerd! From comic cons to books about fandom, to new superhero films and TV released each week, not to mention The Big Bang Theory, nerds are in fashion. You might consider yourself a nerd, bookish reader, but the question the universe is asking is what kind […]

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5 YA Dystopian Series To Binge on

  • October 9, 2016

YA Dystopian Series Finally, it’s fall and that crisp chill in the air is the perfect excuse to spend the days wrapped up in a blanket with hot cider or chocolate and a book or Kindle in hand. These YA dystopian series have enough books out or are complete so you can binge-read. So lean […]

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5 Awesome YA Novels to Read in October

  • September 30, 2016

Awesome YA Novels For Fall It’s finally fall, which means chilly temps (unless you’re in drought-ridden CA like me!) and pumpkin spice everything. Now’s about the time when I start hoarding YA novels (yes, even more so than usual) and stacking enough paperbacks to insulate my home with. Fortunately, this fall shows no shortage of […]

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Book Gear YA Dystopian Fans Love

  • September 21, 2016

These days if you love a YA book you can literally wear it. From Alexander Wang’s ‘Divergent’-Inspired Collection for H&M to Katniss-inspired cuff earrings, contemporary readers—and dystopian fans especially—can rep their reading with scarves, jewelry, T-shirts and hats like never before. Here’s a taste of what’s popular: Etsy Book Gear The creative entrepreneurs on the Etsy global […]

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20 Free Young Adult Books #Instafreebie

  • September 20, 2016

Don’t miss out! 20 amazing young adult authors are offering up 20 captivating stories for FREE! From paranormal, to fantasy, science fiction, romantic thriller, and horror, there’s something for everyone’s taste in this incredible bundle! CLICK HERE to browse what’s on offer and pick up as many as you want for FREE!

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10 Tips to Craft Awesome Characters

  • September 13, 2016

What Great Minds Say As an author, I am always on the hunt for solid writing advice and inspiration from other authors I admire. One of the topics I enjoy reading about the most is crafting characters who are believable, multi-dimensional, and endearing. Like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. With that in mind, […]

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4 Best YA Books in September

  • September 4, 2016

Fall Publishing September marks back to school and the start of the fall publishing season. Shiny new things! If you are a pre-order addict or typically put a boatload of new releases on hold, you know what I’m talking about. This fall is no exception, with tons of YA novels being published from here until […]

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The Best YA School Novels For Fall

  • August 19, 2016

Get Psyched for Fall! It suddenly hit me: it’s almost fall. The sun is setting earlier, a cooler dawn greets me, and is it just me, or am I the only one who suddenly has a ravenous need for pumpkin everything? If you’ve bade goodbye to summer and are slowly introducing long-sleeves and layers into […]

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10 Quotes about Writing from YA Authors

  • August 12, 2016

Young Adult Writers Speak Out Whether you’re a writer or a reader, you’ll love these quotes from writers of your favorite genre, young adult. From John Green to Suzanne Collins and Sarah J. Maas, all of your beloved authors chime in, with a bonus quote from me, too! John Green on Creating Characters “When I think […]

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Four Awesome YA Novels For Fall

  • August 4, 2016

Hot New YA Sci-fi, Dystopian, Romance and Fantasy We’re already the first week into August, and autumn air is right around the corner. Brilliant foliage, back to school and Friday night football games! Fall is also a huge season for publishing, with an unstoppable force of awesome YA novels coming out every Tuesday. It’s easy […]

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Kindle Fire & YA Dystopian Giveaway

  • August 1, 2016

Kindle Fire & YA Dystopian Giveaway I am teaming up with HJLawson, author of YA thrillers with a dystopian twist, and a group of other hip young adult authors to bring you another fabulous giveaway. Up for grabs is a hot new KINDLE FIRE! In addition, we have a list of free or available on Kindle […]

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YA Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Graphic Novels

YA Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Graphic Novels Love dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels but looking for some variety in storytelling? Me too! I absolutely love graphic novels and comics. These stories about post-apocalyptic worlds, dystopian powers, and brutal survival are some of my favorites, with awesome visuals and spellbinding stories. Check out some of these post-apocalyptic and […]

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YA Book Giveaway Extravaganza

  • July 28, 2016

*HUGE Giveaway Alert!* I am teaming up with Electively Paige Book Blog and a group of other YA authors to bring you a MASSIVE giveaway. ONE lucky U.S. winner of this giveaway will win the GRAND PRIZE featuring the following: A  KINDLE FIRE stocked with an ebook from each participating author Book Art from Musings […]

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Books for YA Dystopian Fans of Any Age

Are you a YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic addict? Guilty as charged. Maybe you’re one of those readers who devours books, YA dystopian in particular, and you’ve finally run out of things to read. Fortunately, for every awesome YA dystopian novel, there’s a novel written for an adult audience that’s a perfect match. Wandering away from […]

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5 Signs You’re in a Dystopian Novel

  • July 12, 2016

Telltale signs you’re in a dystopian novel: The world is closing in on you. Gradually things have shifted about your environment and society until you wake up one morning and realize that the world as you know it has radically changed. In those first few moments of disorientation, you have to ask yourself…are you in […]

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How do you navigate a post-apocalyptic universe?

Would you rely on your HEART, GUT, MIND, or SPIRIT in a post-apocalyptic universe? Your personality will reveal your technique for surviving the end of civilization as we know it. TAKE THIS QUICK QUIZ to find out! An antibiotic-resistant plague wipes out three-quarters of the world’s population. How do you react? (A) You always knew this could […]

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Huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy Giveaway!

  • June 30, 2016

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What character are you in a dystopian novel?

Dystopian Heroine Quiz Are you as obsessed with personality quizzes as I am? Turns out I’m an ARCHITECT, and it says a lot about my writing and reading interests—and how I’d fight the power in a dystopian or post-apocalyptic situation. I’ve been thinking a lot about the different dystopian characters out there and having fun […]

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Sizzling Hot Sci-Fi Fiction #BookGiveaway!

  • June 25, 2016

Scoop up 8 of the hottest new Sci-Fi releases of 2016! Winning bundle includes signed copies of the award-winning Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and hot-off-the-press Judgement!  

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5 Problems Only YA Readers Experience

  • June 22, 2016

YA Reader Problems Have you just had another one of those annoying conversations again? The ones where non-YA readers try to tell you that young adult literature is for teens, that people over the age of 18 shouldn’t read YA. Or maybe you just cried your mascara off after finishing Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright […]

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5 YA Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Novels for 2016

YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels are hotter than ever! Things are heating up out there, and it’s time to cool down in the AC with a good book…or brave the warmth for a spot on the sand with a beach bag filled with books. Here are five reads to dive into this summer. On the […]

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5 Best YA Books for Fangirls

  • June 7, 2016

It’s the end of school! Definitely time for a little fangirling over the summer months. If your favorite TV show aired its season finale recently and won’t be back until the fall, you might feel like you need a fanfiction fix. And if your favorite YA book series won’t release its latest installment until after […]

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4 Signs You’re a YA Strong Female Heroine

  • June 4, 2016

Avid readers, both teens and adults, look to the young adult novel for its fearless portrayal of the strong female heroine who makes all-in sacrifices on behalf of families, friends, and nations, and kicks ass through physical and mental combat. All while sporting awesome dystopian fashion and keeping things cool as two cute guys wrestle it […]

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Huge Summer 2016 Dystopian and Sci-fi YA Fiction Giveaway

  • June 2, 2016

It’s time to rock and roll our way into summer with a mega Dystopian Summer Book Bundle! I have joined forces with four other authors to give away a total of 12 books, including NINE signed copies and a $20 Amazon gift card to buy even MORE books to fill your hot new beach bag with! […]

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YA Fantasy for “Game of Thrones” Fans

  • May 26, 2016

YA Fantasy Fix This is a magical time of year, when Sunday nights bring new episodes of HBO’s explosive hit fantasy show, Game of Thrones, and the world stands still. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the cruelest moment of your life is when the credits start rolling. How will you make it to […]

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Quiz: What YA novel should you read this summer?

  • May 20, 2016

Summer YA Reading Quiz We’ve passed the mid-May mark, and summer is almost upon us. Candy-colored nail polish, cute flip flops and huge beach bags just waiting to be filled with magazines and books. Now’s the time when the young adult novels of the season are released, and this year there are some awesome contenders for your […]

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The YA Reading Slump And How to Fix It

  • May 12, 2016

So it’s finally hit! The most dreaded enemy of YA bookworms everywhere: the reading slump. You read a string of amazing young adult novels, and it just feels like you’re going through the motions. The unwanted cousin to the book hangover, the reading slump will even take the fizz out of that hot new release you’ve been dying to get your […]

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4 Awesome YA Novels Inspired by Sherlock Holmes

  • May 5, 2016

  It’s official! Smash hit BBC mystery series Sherlock is filming its much-anticipated fourth season, set to air around Christmas this year, according to Martin Freeman. Variations on the Holmes detective stories fiction aren’t new, but now young adult novels inspired by Sherlock and the canon are emerging in full force. Here’s a guide to the best […]

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Who’s Your Dystopian Fashion Twin?

High Fashion in Dystopian Times Dystopian novels might take place in post-apocalyptic worlds, but the revolutionary heroines of these powerful novels are not living in a post-fashion era. A whole new world means new rules for politics, social classes, romance, and dystopian fashion too. You might be fighting the powers that be in a head-to-toe ball gown, […]

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Celebrate Libraries with Library-Themed YA Novels

  • April 21, 2016

National Library Week National Library Week runs in the middle of April making this month a great time to celebrate libraries. Teen gaming nights and midnight release parties for popular books, movies, and TV are just some of the fun activities offered by youth services librarians around the country. For many of us, libraries are […]

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4 YA Verse Novelists for National Poetry Month

  • April 14, 2016

April is National Poetry Month Which makes it a good time to check out the poetry section of the bookstore or library. You’ll find some favorite poets on many shelves—gifted wordsmiths like Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, and Adrienne Rich—dogeared copies complete with marginalia. But some of the best poets aren’t shelved as poetry: they’re shelved as young […]

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5 Fierce YA Novels to Watch for in Spring 2016

  • April 7, 2016
Spring reads

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for us bookworms to crawl out from our cozy reading nooks by the fireplace and start basking in the warm glow of the sun in a hammock somewhere. Because that’s what we do! This spring in particular there is a bouquet of books to choose from with April being the month that kicks […]

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Embattlement Excerpt & #BookGiveaway

  • March 9, 2016

If you haven’t haven’t read Embattlement: Book Two in The Undergrounders Series yet, here’s the opening excerpt to whet your appetite. (Immurement: Book One will be FREE to download from Amazon this coming Sunday, March 13 so mark your calendars! Enter right now for a chance to win a copy by CLICKING HERE!) CHAPTER ONE The night […]

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Two Signed Copies of Embattlement Up For Grabs! #BookGiveaway

  • March 5, 2016

Goodreads Book Giveaway Embattlement by Norma Hinkens Giveaway ends April 02, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

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Embattlement Releases Today!

  • February 25, 2016

Embattlement: The Undergrounders Series Book Two is out! Grab your ebook copy from Amazon at the special launch price of $0.99. To be extra indulgent to all you sci-fi/dystopian fans out there I’m also offering the first book, Immurement, at the same low $0.99 price. So for those of you who haven’t started reading the series yet, now […]

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Mortality Doctrine Trilogy #BookGiveaway #YA #Scifi

  • February 16, 2016

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I’m still spreading the love! How about a chance to walk away with a riveting sci-fi, dystopian thriller bundle guaranteed to leave you hanging off the edge of your seat? ENTER HERE to win the Mortality Doctrine Trilogy by James Dashner, including a SIGNED COPY of The Eye Of Minds! Giveaway also includes a signed copy […]

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3 Hot Looks Young Adult Heroines Wear Well

  • February 11, 2016

Last week I talked about the young adult heroine makeover, so it is only fitting to take a closer look at the hot looks a young adult heroine is sporting these days. Disclaimer: as I am not a fashion correspondent by trade, this will most definitely be a tongue-in-cheek exposé! Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games EVERYDAY WEAR Leopard spots […]

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3 Young Adult Heroines Defined By Adventure Not Love

  • February 3, 2016
young adult heroine

Barbie is finally getting a makeover! No longer hampered by her plastic seduction factor, she is free to become a self-respecting young woman with action-hero qualities at last. And so it seems a fitting time. With the rise of the phenomenal young adult heroine makeover that has trampolined its way from the page onto the big screen in one blockbuster after another, the kickass heroine has […]

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A YA Thriller To Chill Your Soul And Break Your Heart

  • January 27, 2016

IMMUREMENT The Undergrounders Series Book One Kindle Countdown Deal begins today! Grab your copy of the first book in The Undergrounders Series for only $.99! IMMUREMENT: The YA sci-fi thriller reviewers are calling: a fast action-packed ride of survival a terrifying apocalyptic adventure and a tale that evokes the suspense of ‘The Maze Runner’ Rebellion, […]

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Divergent Trilogy #BookGiveaway

  • January 23, 2016
#BookGiveaway #VeronicaRoth

Just when you thought the holidays were over, I have another goodie for you! ENTER HERE for a chance to win the complete collector’s edition set of the Divergent Trilogy, including a SIGNED COPY of INSURGENT with free FOUR, faction tattoos & poster. Also, a signed copy of my new YA release IMMUREMENT; a YA sci-fi, dystopian thriller reviewers are calling […]

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10 Quotes From Young Adult Fiction To Live By In 2016

  • January 20, 2016
2016 goals and quotes to live by

 Young adult fiction gets a bad rap at times, but there’s more depth to it than you might realize. In the process of putting together my author business game plan for 2016, I got a little sidetracked researching inspiring quotes. To whet your appetite, here are ten quotes from young adult fiction to live by […]

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4 Self-publishing Rockstars To Follow in 2016

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There’s a reason the market is quickly becoming saturated by self-published authors, and it’s a good one. It’s because of the generous nature of indie authors. A tenacious breed, forced to fend for themselves outside the nerve center of traditional publishing, indie authors have quickly become adept at sourcing everything they need to independently publish the […]

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Embattlement Cover

  • January 7, 2016

The cover for Embattlement, Book Two in The Undergrounders Series is done! I’m now working fast and furiously on the edits in order to have the book available on Amazon by February. Prepare for: more plot twists than ever intrigue and deception new characters, of the insidious and unstable variety an untimely death or two an attempted coup an attack from […]

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