Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 2012 ITW Debut Authors

Happy March and Happy Thrilling Thursday. The first of every month we will feature members of our Debut Authors Program. We are excited to announce that two members have books being released in March 2012.

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Lissa Price STARTERS (Delacorte)

STARTERS: In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . .

Owen Laukkanen THE PROFESSIONALS (Putnam)

Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise-quick, efficient, low risk-works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them-the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback. As they all crisscross the country in deadly pursuit and a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The true professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice . . . everything.

A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises, and memorably complex characters, The Professionals marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer.


F.T. Bradley: said...

Lissa Price's was already on my to-buy list, and now I'll add Owen Laukkanen's as well. These books sound amazing--and the covers are so striking.

Congrats to both authors!

Anne E. Johnson said...

A finger-burning page turner! I must check it out. I like it when a book burns my fingers. I like the premise of Starters, too.

Miranda Parker said...

I'm so proud to be a member of this program. We have some great authors who have debuted. This month's new releases just keep getting better.

Cathy Perkins said...

Congratulations to both Lissa & Owen on their debut releases

jenny milchman said...

I have Lissa's pre-ordered and Owen's sounds fantastic as well. Wow! Too many books, too little time...but what a way to drown :)

DonnaGalanti said...

Both of these books sound unique, edgy and full of intrigue. Congratulations!