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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Kick-Off!

Hey everyone! I am super thrilled to announced that Celebrating Debutantes blog event is back. And this year we have one massive event for all of you.

To those who are not aware what Celebrating Debutantes is all about, this blog event is where we features here at Blackplume and Fragments of Life new authors and their debut novels. Last year event was a huge success. So Precious and I decided to have a run again, but instead of splitting the event into two parts we are doing one huge event instead.

We’ve lined up lots of features for everyone starting today, June 1st, 2017 to September 2017. Yes, you read it right! The event will run for more the three months! Which means more new authors and books to discover, and lots of interesting and exciting features for everyone. And of course tons of giveaways too.

We have many talented new authors on board this year with their fresh debut novels and we are really excited for everyone. We hope that this event will be a perfect venue for readers to find new literary discovery, and for new authors to showcase not only their first published work but also share a little about themselves to readers. Because who doesn’t want to get to know more about the genius behind the favorite book we love to read? I don’t about you, but for me, there’s a thrill in discovering great new authors for the very first time. It’s like finding a hidden gem and sharing it to fellow readers which gives me excitement.

In this years event, we will be featuring diverse set of debut young adult, new adult and middle grade novels — from fantasy, science-fiction, contemporary, romance, lgbt, mystery, thriller, retelling, historical, and many more. You will definitely find your new favorite from our list. So, without further ado, here’s our debutantes this year.

Celebrating Debutantes 2017 Participants

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Sand Runner by Vera Brook
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott
Poison Kiss by Breeana Shields
The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Post High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden Kuyatt
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
The Someday Birds by Sally J Pla
Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
The Gravedigger’s Son by Patrick Moody
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Soulmated by Shaila Patel
Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn
Under Locker and Key by Allison K. Hymas
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
The Takedown by Corrie Wang
#Famous by Jilly Gagnon
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
Midnight Without A Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
How To Stage A Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck
Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchelle
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Food
In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Devils Within by S.F. Henson
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
Lemons by Melissa savage
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
You Don’t Know Me But I Know You
Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
Now Is Everything by Amy Giles
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
The Good Byline by Jill Orr
The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore
Sketchy Tacos by Megan Gonzalez
Golden by Katie Robinson
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
When Planets Fall by Abby Reed
League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis
The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Love for Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Speak Easy, Speak Love by Mckelle George
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
Among the Red Stars by Gwen Katz
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
The Wishing Heart by Jennifer Welker
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall
Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge by Kristin Gray
The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
Muddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson
Frostblood by Elly Blake

The list above will be linked to the actual spotlight post. So don’t forget to come back to check out all these amazing debut authors and their novels, as well as enter the giveaways for a chance to win lots of prizes. For the mean time, enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:

What’s up for Grabs?

  • Finished Copy / Pre-orde of any debut novels featured in Celebrating Debutantes 2017 (Intl)
  • Surprise Prize Pack (PH Only)

The Rules:

  • Open Internationally to anywhere Book Depository ships / PH Residents
  • For International prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • For PH giveaway, we will be sending the prize via local courier
  • There will be one (1) winner for International entries and another one (1) for PH entries
  • Winners will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winners will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends on June 30th, 2017

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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NBS Read Out Loud Challenge

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I’m excited to share this news from NBS as they officially launch the Read Out Loud Challenge today.

As part of National Book Store’s 75th Anniversary celebration, NBS is proud to launch the Read Out Loud Challenge A(ROLC) to further promote the love for reading throughout the country.

ROLC campaign invites all readers to support the advocacy.To join the challenge, each participant will be requested to upload their own ROLC video on their Facebook or Instagram account.

Here’s the suggested spiel and caption:

I am ________ and I’m doing the National Book Store Read Out Loud Challenge.

Now I challenge NAME 1, NAME 2, and NAME 3 to do the #ReadOutLoudChallenge

Caption:

#ReadOutLoudChallenge accepted! Reading out loud my favorite lines from my favorite book, ____________ to spread the love for reading and to support @nbsfoundation.

For every 75 videos posted, @nbsalert will help set up one library in a public school until we reach 7,500. Together, let’s promote the love for reading!

Now, I challenge @name1, @name2, @name3 to do the same.

For every 75 videos uploaded, NBS Foundation will setup 1 school library until we reach 7,500 videos. These libraries can be an instrument in providing hundreds of opportunities for learning as well as fostering literacy to Filipino children in various communities nationwide.

By participating, you can help spread the love for reading to everyone you know, igniting and building a stronger reading culture.

Join this campaign by creating and uploading your ROLC video beginning today, March 14, 2017. You can upload more than one videos.

Watch sample videos below for your reference

* PR courtesy of National Books Store
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Scholastic Asia – PBBY Project: You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You

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WHAT IF YOUR MANUSCRIPT IS READ AND CRITIQUED BY THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED J.K. ROWLING?

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is giving a chance to Filipino writers living in Asia to submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of their unpublished chapter book or novel and stand a chance to be shortlisted to receive a review and written feedback by the man who discovered J.K. Rowling, Mr. Barry Cunningham, on their submission.

In partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You is a manuscript critique initiative of the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) in an effort to further encourage and inspire Asian writers. The manuscript critique initiative aspires to motivate writers while assisting them to get their manuscript in shape and recognizing excellence in Asian writings.

A total of 6 entries (the brief synopses and opening pages of 6 manuscripts) will be shortlisted to receive a review and written feedback from Mr. Cunningham, and only the most outstanding entry from the shortlist will receive a review of the complete manuscript.

“It is truly remarkable to be able to work with a prolific name like Barry Cunningham in the international children’s literature scene to provide his critique and review on unpublished manuscripts written by Filipinos living in Asia,” said Joyce A. Bautista, Trade Manager of Scholastic Philippines. “It will be a privilege to unearth some of the most talented Filipino writers in Asia and a chance not to be missed by them to have their manuscripts critiqued and reviewed by Mr. Cunningham.”

“The birth of this idea came from the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) and we hope that through this initiative, more Filipino writers in Asia will submit their manuscripts to the SABA and stand a chance to get their work published,” she added.

“This is a great opportunity for Filipino writers,” said Tarie Sabido, Chair of the PBBY. “This initiative will stir up even more interest in writing novels for children and teens and will help those who wish to submit to the Scholastic Asian Book Award. For the winners, getting feedback from Barry Cunningham will be a very exciting and valuable experience.”

Mr. Cunningham, who is the Publisher of Chicken House Books – home of great reading – has had an impressive career in publishing. He has worked with all the great names in children’s books including Roald Dahl and became one of the best-known names in publishing after he signed up J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You, is open to all Filipino writers living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above. Manuscripts submitted must be chapter books or novels intended for children to young adults between age 6 and 18 years old, and must be Asian in content. The closing date for all submission entries is April 2, 2017, 5:00pm (Philippines time). Selected entries will be informed via email in June.

For more information on how to enter, visit scholastic.asia/youwritetome.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.asia.

About PBBY

The PBBY or Philippine Board on Books for Young People, is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines. The PBBY is the lead agency in the celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD).

* PR courtesy of Scholastic Philippines

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Book Signing Tour : Lauren Kate back in PH with Harrison Gilbertson

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Lauren Kate Book Signing Event

Join bestselling author of the ‘Fallen’ series Lauren Kate (@laurenkatebooks) for a book signing event on November 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. in The Gallery, Greenbelt 5. Plus! Meet and greet Harrison Gilbertson who portrays Cam in the movie adaptation of ‘Fallen’.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Pioneer Films, Greenbelt, and Ayala Center.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where are the book signings?
November 6, 2:00 p.m., at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. on November 6 at The Gallery, Greenbelt. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed?
Each guest is allowed to have a total of three (3) books of any of the following titles:
Fallen – one (1) copy only
Torment – one (1) copy only
Passion – one (1) copy only
Rapture – one (1) copy only
Fallen in Love – one (1) copy only
Waterfall – one (1) copy only
Teardrop – one (1) copy only
Unforgiven – one (1) copy only

One copy will be personalized and the rest are signatures only.

Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
National Book Store will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, National Book Store reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
Fallen (Trade Paperback – P359)
Torment (Trade Paperback – P359)
Passion (Trade Paperback – P385)
Teardrop (Trade Paperback – P395)
Unforgiven (Trade Paperback – P399)

Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks will be accommodated.

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Book Signing Tour : Peter Lerangis back in PH

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Join New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis of ‘The Seven Wonders’ series for a book signing event on November 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where are the book signings?
November 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at National Book Store, Glorietta 1

Is there a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on November 19 at National Book Store, Glorietta 1.
Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

A guest can register only once and will be given the following:
Numbered Signing Pass
Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration

Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass.
The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed?

Each guest is allowed to have a total of five (5) books of any of the following titles.
Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Book 3: The Tomb of Shadows – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Journals: The Key – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Journals: The Promise – one (1) copy only
Seven Wonders Journals: The Select and The Orphan – one (1) copy only

One personalized and the rest are signatures only.

Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?

NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests,
NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?

Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.
The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?

No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?

No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author. Other merchandise like t-shirts, posters, journals etc. will not be allowed to be signed.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?

Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?

Morgan Matson titles:
Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises – P629 (Hardcover); P249 (Paperback)
Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon – P629 (Hardcover); P249 (Paperback)
Seven Wonders Book 3: The Tomb of Shadows – P629 (Hardcover); P249 (Paperback)
Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King – P629 (Hardcover); P249 (Paperback)
Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift – P629 (Hardcover); P249 (Paperback)
Seven Wonders Journals: The Key – P99
Seven Wonders Journals: The Promise – P99
Seven Wonders Journals: The Select and The Orphan – P99

Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated.

* PR courtesy of National Book Store

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Book Signing Tour : Amy Ewing in PH

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Join New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing of the ‘Lone City’ trilogy for book signing events on November 12, 2016 at 1p.m. in National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu and on November 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration for both events starts at 10 a.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where are the book signings?
November 12, 1:00 p.m., at National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu
November 13, 2:00 p.m., at National Book Store, Glorietta 1

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on November 12 at National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on November 13 at National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed?
Each guest is allowed to have the following signed:
• The Jewel – one (1) copy only
• The White Rose – one (1) copy only
• The Black Key – one (1) copy only

One copy will be personalized and the rest are signatures only.

Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
National Book Store will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, National Book Store reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
The Jewel (Trade Paperback – P435)
The White Rose (Hardcover – P649)
The White Rose (Trade Paperback – P359)
The Black Key (Hardcover – P649) – Will be available this October
The Black Key (Trade Paperback – P435) – Will be available this October

Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated.

* PR courtesy of National Book Store

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