Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Guest Post with Peternelle van Arsdale


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Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.


        


Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 - 9
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481488449
ISBN-13: 978-1481488440

Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

"A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike." ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga
  


WHAT'S THE ONE THING READERS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I guess readers who know that I’m an adult with a writing career and a nearly grown child might be surprised to know that I consider myself a mess. And I don’t mean that as a criticism, or putting myself down. I think we’re all a mess and that’s the human condition. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about writing young adult literature is that adolescence is the time in life when we are most openly engaging with big, deep questions about who we are, why we’re here, what we really want, and whether we’re good or bad (and of course the truth is always that we’re both good and bad and also everything in between). When we reach adulthood, we’re expected to have it all figured out, and I think most of us are doing our best impressions of what that might look like. In reality we’re all teenagers on the inside, wondering who we’re going to sit with in the cafeteria and then freaking out about the last text we sent. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with close friends in which we’ve paused and said, “um, am I thirteen?” I’m also relatively recently divorced, so perhaps I can empathize with teens even more for that reason—for better and worse, this is a time of change for me when I’m asking myself what my next chapter will look like. I think we imagine that successful adulthood means that all questions have been answered, but I’m full of questions and always have been. And as scary as it is to be so uncertain, there’s something wonderful about all the possibility that comes with the uncertainty. The unknown is both terrifying and exciting. I’m a Virgo, and while we’re always thought of as being all buttoned-up and tidy, we’re also mutable. We like change. The way this shows itself in a Virgo, speaking from experience, is that we like the fall when we get to start a new school year and write our name in a new notebook. So I guess I love the fact that there can be a new notebook and I get to decide what I write in it. I would love for every teen who reads my books to feel the same way: Whatever your age might be, find your own notebook, write your own story. 

TEN FAVORITE READS EVER
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • The Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.


You can purchase The Cold Is in Her Bone at the following Retailers:
        

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Set of Book from Peternelle van Arsdale 
(THE COLD IS IN HER BONES and THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL). 
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