Spring 2014, Issue #23 - April 1, 2014
Jeri Smith-Ready's
Booktastic News
*looks out window cautiously, checks thermometer four or five times*
Psst! Don't look now, but I think spring may have arrived at last. Then again, the last time I said that, we got 6 inches of snow, so...shhhhh....
My first new YA novel in almost two years is out today, a contemporary (i.e., non-paranormal) called This Side of Salvation. It's been getting rave reviews from the major journals, but what really makes me happy is hearing readers like you say things like this:
  • "I was instantly captivated by David's story." – Sara
  • "I have never read a YA novel that had me questioning family dynamics and life choices so many times." – Lena Anne
  • "Jeri captures first love so beautifully and with such a sense of realness." – Sana
Read on to find out more about TSoS, then check out the giveaways I'm holding to celebrate the new release. And THANKS for subscribing!
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Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: The closer he gets to Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in preparation for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. He likes living in the moment, and isn’t sure about giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined….
Join the Rush swag giveaway!

Just email your receipt and your mailing address to info@jerismithready.com and you'll receive:
  • Autographed, personalized TSoS bookplate*
  • Your very own "ticket" to the Rush*
  • Autographed bookmark
*These items ONLY AVAILABLE through this giveaway
See my blog for more details. This giveaway is open to international readers.
Super Fan Contest!

Each weekday for the next nine days, I'll post a "trading card" on my blog and on my various social networks. The cards will feature quotes by the different characters, as well as iconic images associated with them. By sharing this image on your blogs and/or social networks, you could win some great prizes! 

Autographed bookplates and bookmarks upon request. Just fill out this handy-dandy form by Monday, April 7. No SASE required, and international requests are welcome. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
NOTE: THIS SIDE OF SALVATION bookplates are available ONLY through the Join the Rush giveaway above (Deadline: April 7).

Happy reading, everyone!
Find Jeri

April 2
New York, NY
Teen Author Reading Night
April 3
April 7

April 18
Haverford, PA
Panel and Signing
Jeri Smith-Ready, PO Box 66, Westminster MD, 21158 www.jerismithready.com