1.22.2014

Want Some Free Swag?

Hey guys!

I recently designed some bookmarks for Extraction, and they showed up on my doorstep a couple days ago, all shiny and itching to be spread throughout the world.


If any of you would like some for yourself or to pass around to friends/family/librarians/booksellers (the latter two would be particularly awesome), feel free to shoot me an email with your mailing address at stephaniediazbooks@gmail.com. (I'm happy to sign them, if you'd like :)

**US only**

1.14.2014

EXTRACTION COVER REVEAL!!!

You guys!!! I'm so ridiculously excited to finally share my cover with you. Without further ado...

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"Welcome to Extraction testing."

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves Promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With urgent writing, fluid dialogue, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

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I have to shout an enormous THANK YOU to the cover designer, James Iacobelli, who perfectly captured the feel of the story, from the gorgeous stars to the interesting swirls of color to the freckles on Clementine's face. Thanks also to Kathy Huck (my fantabulous editor), Alison Fargis (my brilliant agent), and the whole team at St. Martin's for making all of this possible.

I hope you all love the cover as much as I do, and I hope you'll check out the book when it releases on July 22, 2014! You can even pre-order it now, if you like.

PRE-ORDER AT THESE AWESOME PLACES:

12.19.2013

The YA Superlatives of 2013: Best in Show


It's time for the 3rd annual YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by Jessica LoveKaty UppermanTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller! I'm so excited to join in and help celebrate some of my favorite YA releases of 2013.

Here's my final group of winners:

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Best in Show:

Favorite Cover - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Cutest Couple AND Most Likely to Succeed - Eleanor and Park, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you just couldn’t put down!) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.) - Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel - Champion by Marie Lu


Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.) AND Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle  - Pivot Point by Kasie West


Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2013.) - Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard


Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry - Allegiant by Veronica Roth


Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.) - This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith


Favorite Outlier (Your favorite middle grade or adult 2012 book) - Vicious by V.E. Schwab


And now for my category...

2014 Debut(s) I'm Most Looking Forward To (Besides my own :P) - The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell, Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy, Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas, and (these don't have covers) Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang. (among others!)

  



That's it for my list of winners! Thanks for tuning in.

Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

12.18.2013

The YA Superlatives of 2013: Elements of Fiction


It's time for the 3rd annual YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by Jessica LoveKaty UppermanTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller! I'm so excited to join in and help celebrate some of my favorite YA releases of 2013.

Here are today's categories:

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Elements of Fiction:

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you definitely would NOT want to visit.) - The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey


Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.) - Just One Year by Gayle Forman


Loveliest Prose AND Most Envy-Inducing Plot - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner


Best First Line AND Most Jaw-Dropping Ending Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Most Dynamic Main Character - Elise, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Sturmhond, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Best Use of Theme - The Archived by Victoria Schwab



Tune in tomorrow for the final round of categories and favorites!

12.17.2013

The YA Superlatives of 2013: Popularity Contest


It's time for the 3rd annual YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by Jessica LoveKaty UppermanTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller! I'm so excited to join in and help celebrate some of my favorite YA releases of 2013.

Here are today's categories and winners:

Popularity Contest

Class Clown - Sturmhond, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Most Likely to Become a Rock Star - Vicky, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


Mostly Likely to Start a Riot - Day, Champion by Marie Lu



Biggest Flirt - Char, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


Girl You’d Most Want For Your BFF - Cath, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Boy You Wish You’d Dated in High School - Trevor, Pivot Point by Kasie West


Villain You Love to Hate - The Darkling, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Coolest Nerd AND Quirkiest Character - Cath, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Tune in tomorrow for more categories and favorites!

12.16.2013

The YA Superlatives of 2013: Head of Class


It's time for the 3rd annual YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller! I'm so excited to join in and help celebrate some of my favorite YA releases of 2013.

Let's get started...

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Head of the Class:

Favorite Dystopian - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Favorite Science Fiction - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Favorite Fantasy - Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Favorite Contemporary - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell



Favorite Action/Adventure - The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Favorite Historical Fiction - Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein


Favorite Mystery - Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor


Favorite Romance - Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Favorite Paranormal - The Archived by Victoria Schwab


Tune in tomorrow for more categories and more favorites!

11.25.2013

BLOGFEST: Class of 2k14 is Thankful For...


To celebrate Thanksgiving, the members of The Class of 2k14 decided to have a mini-blogfest. You can find out what the rest of my classmates are thankful for this year at the class website! (<--clickety click)

This year hasn't been the easiest, not gonna lie. But there've been plenty of good things mixed in with the not-so-good stuff, and I'm super grateful for them.

I'm thankful for:

  1. The friends and CPs who've stuck with me and kept me sane, especially during the months when I was struggling to write the Extraction sequel. (Thanks to the cast and crew of Supernatural, as well, for providing a plethora of fabulous episodes for me to enjoy as a writing reward.)
  2. The YA community. I've met so many wonderful people this year, both in person and online, and you all continue to encourage me and make my days more interesting. (And occasionally make me jealous of your drafting skills. I'm looking at you, Taryn.)
  3. My agent, Alison, and my editor, Kathy, who continue to help make my dreams of being an author come true.Last week marked the one year anniversary of the sale of my Extraction trilogy to St. Martin's Press, which makes me all sappy and cheerful.

Last week marked the one year anniversary of the sale of my Extraction trilogy to St. Martin's Press, which makes me all sappy and cheerful. And what should arrive but these beautiful pages:




Yup, first pass pages for Extraction are here!! (This is actually the last time I'll get to read through the book and catch errors. The term "first pass pages" makes no sense, I know.)

I can't wait for you guys to be able to read this book. It's very dear to my heart. We've still got a ways to go before it hits shelves (on July 22, 2014, if you haven't heard), but we're getting there!