14 Heart-Stopping, Spine-Tingling Quotes from Kate Ellison’s LOST GIRLS

LOST GIRLS by Kate Ellison is a thriller, a romance, a mystery, and a literary page-turner! We’ve got 14 of the most heart-stopping, breathtaking, spine-tingling quotes from LOST GIRLS- which one is your favorite?

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LOST GIRLS is available for purchase here!

LOST NIGHT, a never-before-seen prequel to LOST GIRLS, will be available for FREE very soon. Click here for details!

YA BFFs 4EVER: ROUND 1!

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In honor of Lexa Hillyer’s PROOF OF FOREVER, a story of second chances, summertime, and of course, soul-sisterhood, we want to celebrate all our favorite YA BFFS!

Vote for your favorite YA BFF pairing from the couples below so they can advance to the next round. Round 1 voting ends Monday 5/18! Which YA BFF will last 4Ever? You decide!

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Lena & Hannah Vs. Halley & Scarlett

Olivia & Zoe vs. Harry, Ron & Hermione

Regan & Dee Vs. Lena, Carmen, Bridget, & Tibby

Augustus & Isaac Vs. Aria, Spencer, Emily & Hannah

Kristy, Claudia, Mary-Anne, & Stacey Vs. Cinder & Iko

Mia & Lily Vs. Meg, Jo, Amy & Beth

Lexa Hillyer’s PROOF OF FOREVER is available for pre-order here! 

10 Camp-Inspired Books and Movies to Get You Ready for Summer!

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We’ve got a super exciting guest post on our blog today from the one and only Lexa Hillyer! Lexa is PLL’s co-founder (1/2 of our team of fearless leaders, the other 1/2 being Lauren Oliver) and the author of PROOF OF FOREVER, the quintessential summer YA about friendship, first love, and second chances. We asked Lexa to share her top summer camp-inspired movies and books to get us all ready for PROOF OF FOREVER!

Movies

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 Camp– This movie pretty much says it all in the title, but here are some other words to get you jazzed: Anna Kendrick. Summer romances. Diverse characters. Deep struggles. Big songs. Basically the quintessential camp experience!

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The Parent Trap– This one’s a classic. Baby Lindsay Lohan (x2) at summer camp meeting her long lost twin. Also, am I the only one to constantly associate “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole with this movie? I hope not!

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Addam’s Family Values– A slightly nontraditional choice, but hear me out: I love this movie! Moody Wednesday Addams at a kitschy summer camp where she falls for the nerdy boy AND gets revenge on her version of The Plastics? The best.

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Wet Hot American Summer- Fun fact for you campers out there: the counselors have their fare share of drama behind-the-scenes! A space station crashing to earth, counselors falling in and out of love with one another, and AMY POEHLER. ‘Nuff said. (Okay one more thing: they’re rebooting it for Netflix!)

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (book and film)– Technically of the four BFF’s in this book (and movie!) only Bridget goes to camp, but what the hell, I’m adding it anyway. This is probably my all-time favorite friendship story, because it doesn’t shy away from the most important parts of what it means to be a friend: forgiveness and acceptance. (And they are making a third movie, which I’m definitely seeing with all my best girlfriends.)

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The Interestings– Meg Wolitzer

Technically not a YA novel, but the story of these six characters begins when they are teenagers at a summer camp. A novel about art and creativity, having dreams and settling for less (or constantly wishing you had more), and how successes and failures change friendships over time. The flashback camp chapters throughout the book REALLY inspired me as I wrote Proof of Forever. Wolitzer gets the FEEL of camp–that crickety, dewy, ripped-window-screen and creaky bunkbed visceral quality of camp, not to mention the complex but subtle social dynamics.

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Being Sloane Jacobs– Lauren Morrill

I definitely have a soft spot for this sweet contemporary camp book by Lauren Morrill— it’s one of the books from my literary development company, Paper Lantern Lit! Two girls with the same name (Sloane Jacobs) decide to switch places (and identities) for the summer– and of course, their best-laid plains get royally screwed up in the process. It’s like The Parent Trap but with ice sports!

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Five Summers– Una LaMarche

Definitely another novel that inspired Proof of Forever, Five Summers is about four friends who meet at camp, but when they were 13, something happened and the friendship fell apart. I love the flashbacks to when the girls were young, seeing their friendship blossom, and trying to figure out what exactly happened to make things turn sour. Friendship stories are somewhat rare in YA these days– don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but the truth is our friends really are our first loves in so many ways, and this book captures that spirit.

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The Summer I Wasn’t Me– Jessica Verdi

An emotional story of a very different kind of camp experience: when Lexi’s mom finds out she’s gay, Lexi is shipped off to a “conversion” camp. Still mourning the loss of her dad from years before, Lexi now feels totally abandoned, so she actually begins the story hoping the camp will help her— she doesn’t want to lose her mom as well. But then when she meets fellow camper Carolyn, it becomes apparent right away that she can’t be “fixed”— and what’s more, she wouldn’t want to be.

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Sleepaway Girls– Jen Calonita

Not wanting to be the third wheel to her BFF and her new boyfriend all summer, Sam runs away to a camp in the Catskills to be a counselor in training. Only problem is that more problems await her when she gets there. (In the form of mean girls and super cute boys, of course.)

 Don’t you want to just transport yourself to a beautiful summer camp and spend all summer hanging out with your besties? Pre-order PROOF OF FOREVER today—it’ll get you one step closer to achieving that goal! 

RULES OF SEDUCTION Playlist!

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We are so excited to share our newest NA romance, RULES OF SEDUCTION, with all of you today!

That’s why we asked the author, Jenna Mullins, to put together a playlist of songs— the perfect reading compliment! This playlist includes songs inspired by the story and songs Jenna listened to while she was writing.

As Dani tries not to fall in love with Hollywood TV-star Tate, we dare you not to fall in love with RULES OF SEDUCTION with these tunes in the background!

Click here to order your copy of RULES OF SEDUCTION!

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ALL the Studio News That’s Fit to Print!

We have so much news to share, we decided to put it all in a little blog post for you (with GIFS, of course.) Do a happy dance with us!

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THE STUDIO HAS A NEW WEBSITE!

We have been hard at work creating a new website exclusively for all things The Studio! Visit TheStudioPll.com for the latest info on our digital imprint including not 1, not 2, but 3 COVER REVEALS TODAY! Which brings me to…

KATE ELLISON FOR THE STUDIO

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The Studio has re-acquired two of our titles from Egmont written by Kate Ellison— and we’re rebranding them for The Studio! LOST GIRLS (formerly The Butterfly Clues) is a psychological thriller with a hint of romance, and it will be available for purchase TOMORROW, 3/24! We’ve also got GIRL UNSEEN (formerly Notes from Ghost Town) coming out later this Spring, and— the best news of all— for the special occasion of The Studio publishing her books, Kate has written a prequel to LOST GIRLS called LOST NIGHT, which will also be available later this Spring!

NEW STUDIO STORIES

New year, new website, new stories! Last year, The Studio published 4 amazing titles: THE BOYFRIEND THIEF, DOLLHOUSE, BEAUTIFUL GIRL, and ETERNAL NIGHT. This year, we’re scaling up, bringing you 15 TITLES! Here’s a look at some of the new books from debut authors you’ll be reading from The Studio:

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RULES OF SEDUCTION by E!Online reporter Jenna Mullins, an NA Hollywood romance pitched as AFTER by Anna Todd meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, in which a production intern on the set of a hit TV show agrees to seduce the star as a test of his fidelity to her best friend…but starts to fall for him in the process. (Rules is only $2.99 for pre-order! That’s a 50% discount until 4/21, so in case you missed that link up top: Pre-order RULES OF SEDUCTION today!)

HOMECOMING, written by Hellogiggles blogger Kerry Winfrey, pitched as OCD LOVE STORY meets MEAN GIRLS, in which a self-described “optimistic” agoraphobic forms a plan to be crowned homecoming queen in a hilarious and heartbreaking story entwined with loss, first love, and the realization of what home really means.

Shana Norris’ THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME (published 2/10), a companion novel to THE BOYFRIEND THIEF, in which a girl hiding a dark family secret tries to reinvent herself for a summer but falls in love along the way, for fans of Lauren Morrill and Jenny Han, and an untitled third novel in her Stolen Kiss Collection. (That’s right, y’all, we’re giving you another Shana Norris romance! Ready to swoon?)

AN ADULT AFFAIR

Finally, The Studio (and PLL) are venturing into the adult world with our first-ever series just for grown-ups. Here’s what it’s about! (Kids, cover your ears.)

Taryn Scarlett’s SIN AND HONEY series, pitched as Anita Diamant’s THE RED TENT meets Anne Rice’s THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, is a scandalous and scintillating collection of romance novellas starring biblical characters.

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Pretty scandalous, right? BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! You can see the cover for the first SIN AND HONEY novella on Romantic Times Book Reviews today! (And read a little interview from the author, Taryn, as well as our co-founder Lauren Oliver, on entering the dark, steamy world of adult romance.)

WRITE FOR THE STUDIO!

Finally, we are on the lookout for even more writers to add to our arsenal. If you are interested in learning more about The Studio, contact us here. If you’re ready to go, you can submit your work to us here. 

PLL KISS AND TELL FINAL ROUND!

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After last week’s TIE between Lena and Alex & Celaena and Chaol (that was broken with a rapid-fire Twitter tie-breaker) we’ve finally narrowed it down to the final two couples! One of these couples will win the ultimate prize…they will live to KISS AND TELL.

You can win a prize, too! Share the link to this post on Twitter and enter to win the entire trilogy of Jacqueline Green’s TRUTH OR DARE series: TRUTH OR DARE, SECRETS AND LIES, and KISS AND TELL. 

THE FINAL TWO! Voting lasts until Friday2/27 at Midnight, so get voting:

Celaena & Chaol, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT

“‘There’s no way in hell I’m getting out of this bed and going for a run,’ he murmured onto her head. She chuckled quietly. His hands grazed lower, down her back, not even stumbling over the scar tissue. He’d kissed every scar on her back, on her entire body, last night.” – CROWN OF MIDNIGHT

PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: bow chikka wow wow! I love this afterglow moment between Celaena and Chaol– for a scene to be sexy it doesn’t necessarily need to be pretty. The detail of the scars add an interesting intensity and specificity to the scene that make it romantic.

Hazel & Augustus, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

“As his parted lips met mine, I started to feel breathless in a new and fascinating way. The space around us evaporated, and for a weird moment I really liked my body; this cancer-ruined thing I’d spent years dragging around suddenly seemed worth the struggle…” – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

PLL Editorial Fellow Alexa says: Hazel Grace perfectly captures the way a first kiss isn’t only about loving the other person (in her case the inimitably charming Augustus Waters), but also about learning to love yourself.

PLL Interviews Carina Adly MacKenzie + Lanie Bross!

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We were thrilled when we got the opportunity to chat with two of our fabulous authors: Lanie Bross (PLL, CHAOS) and Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Studio, ETERNAL NIGHT). Both of these authors have written romantic, complex, modern-with-a-twist novels that tie-in very different elements of mythology. Read on to learn more about their individual writing processes, which characters they’d like to explore more, and their favorite myths!

CHAOS takes place both in the modern world and different, intricately built fantasy worlds. On the other hand, ETERNAL NIGHT is set mostly in modern NYC, with characters who are descended from ancient Gods and Goddesses. What were the challenges of these different settings?

Lanie Bross: The challenge for me in CHAOS was trying to pare down the ideas for the fantasy worlds. There were so many directions to go in and limiting it to the worlds I chose was hard. I wanted them to go through a dozen more really cool places!

Carina Adly MacKenzie: My biggest challenge was living in Los Angeles! I grew up around NYC, but I’ve been in LA for pretty much all of my adult life, and I write for a TV show that’s set in New Orleans, so my brain is a tangle of weird geography and getting the NYC atmosphere right was a challenge. Luckily, the Paper Lantern Lit editors are all based in Brooklyn, so they helped me out with little details — like reminding me that there aren’t many alleys to duck into in NYC, or how long it would take to get from Point A to Point B in apocalyptic traffic.

Were you inspired by any specific myths when developing your characters? Why do you think mythology is still inspiring to writers today?

LB: It wasn’t so much the myth of the Fates as it was the idea of whether or not we control our own destiny. I think that mythology is still inspiring because its so broad and the way it was used to explain every day things is still relevant because those things still happen!

CAM: I was inspired by a lot of different myths — each of the gods in Eternal Night has a rich backstory and a complicated family history, even if they didn’t all necessarily make it to the page. There are so many stories about the gods that inspired my characters — Dionysus, Aphrodite, Nike, Mars, Peitho, Nyx, Elpis — it was fun to pick and choose the “truths” I’d include and honor in my own interpretation. Classical mythology is an embarrassment of riches: wild and imaginative and entirely boundless. It’ll inspire writers forever.

Which myth (of any tradition: Greek, Roman, Nordic, etc) is your favorite?

LB: If I had to choose I guess it would be Persephone. She brings light and life back into a cold dead world!

CAM: I’ve got a lot of favorites, but the one that springs to mind is the birth of Athena — It’s not really referenced in Eternal Night, but I’m keeping it up my sleeve. As the story goes, Metis — one of the titans — was pregnant, and an oracle prophesied that her child would one day come to overthrow Zeus. Threatened, Zeus seduced Metis and ate her and her unborn child (I know, I know, but it’s not even close to weird in relation to other myths). Later, he developed the most excruciating headache, and the other gods decided to take a wedge and split open his skull — and out of his brain came Athena, the goddess of wisdom, all grown up and wearing full armor. Badass, yeah?

Both CHAOS and ETERNAL NIGHT have some steamy romance scenes! If you both could describe the different romances in your books in 3 words, what would they be?

LB: Against the Odds.

CAM: Reckless. Fraught. Hopeful.

(I’m flattered that you describe the romances in Eternal Night as steamy — there’s not a ton of time for sex when you’ve got five days to save the world, so it was a challenge to maintain that tension, and to make it feel like those relationships could sustain past these whirlwind five days of drama and angst.)

If you could write short stories from one character’s POV, who would it be?

LB: Definitely Jasmine.

CAM: Weston, definitely. I have a lot of ideas for “flashback” short stories that explore all the characters’ history, but the thing I’d most love to explore is Weston and how his bond with Mark developed… and fell apart.

Fill in the blank: “If you like _________, you’ll love [insert title of book.] 

LB: If you like jumping through time, a strong girl, and forbidden romance, you’ll love CHAOS.

CAM: If you like “The Originals” (minus vampires) plus “Gossip Girl” (minus that jerkwad Chuck Bass) plus “Percy Jackson” (minus teenagers), you’ll love Eternal Night. (I was never very good at math.)

Want more of Lanie Bross and Carina Adly MacKenzie? You can buy FATES/CHAOS here, and ETERNAL NIGHT here

We’re hiring! (Graphic Design Intern needed)

PLL is looking for a graphic design intern to join our team! Take a look at the requirements below, and if interested, please email marketing@paperlanternlit.com with the necessary information by March 1st.

About us: Young, dynamic, successful team with more than a decade of experience in commercial book publishing. We work with debut authors on exciting new teen, middle-grade, and adult projects that we create, plot, love, and nurture all the way from proposal stage to the bookshelf. Through our digital imprint, The Studio, we publish high-quality e-books and work with authors in all stages of their careers to find an audience in the bourgeoning online space. Please find more information about us at http://www.paperlanternlit.com and paperlanternlit.com/the-studio.

About you: A creative, self-starting graphic design guru! You should be based in the New York area with the ability to work remotely and on site in our Brooklyn office. Familiarity with book publishing and design also a plus.

Job Description

  • Conceptualize designs and create graphic interpretation of concepts and information provided.
  • Work closely with Marketing Associate to provide design content for PLL’s social media accounts including Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress.
  • Utilize Adobe Creative Suite to create graphics, logos, typography, book covers, and more.
  • Provide routine website maintenance support, including HTML.

Job Requirements

  • Up to 10 hours per week.
  • A laptop or tablet that allows you to work remotely.
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop).
  • Strong typography/layout skills.
  • Strong understanding of web design, with proficiency in HTML and WordPress platform.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong creative brainstorming skills.
  • Ability to multitask on different projects under different imprints.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to meet onsite and work 5 hours per week.

Compensation

This position is unpaid. PLL will reimburse your transportation costs to and from any on-site meetings, and your lunch is on us! This position is perfect for college Juniors, Seniors, or recent graduates looking for publishing/design experience and excellent references.

If you meet these qualifications, please email marketing@paperlanternlit.com by 3/1 with the subject line GRAPHIC DESIGN and include:

  • An updated resume.
  • 2-4 work samples (Please, no attachments larger than 2mb!)
  • Website/online portfolio, if applicable.

Jenna Mullins’ Lucky Seven!

We’re so excited to introduce our newest author for The Studio, Jenna Mullins! She’s an editor for E!Online, a passionate fangirl, and most importantly, the author of RULES OF SEDUCTION, coming out April 21st! Want to learn more about Jenna? Here’s her Lucky Seven Interview:

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1. If you were a dessert, which would you be? 
I think I would want to be one of those giant ice cream sundae’s that diners give out awards for if someone eats the whole thing in under an hour. I would want to be a five pound bowl of ice cream and toppings that make people hate themselves after eating me.
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My boyfriend and I want to go to Europe and go on a World War 2 history tour, like the Band of Brothers tour. I care more about the food, but he’ll be more about visiting historical sites so hopefully we can manage to do both. I’ve also been dying to go to Greece since I was a little girl.
3. Which actress would you want to play you in the bio-pic of your life? 
I wish I could cast myself and have someone like John Krasinski play the romantic lead role so I could just make out with him for 90 minutes. But someone like Amy Schumer or Kate McKinnon would be a dream come true. Basically any female that’s funny, smart and a little weird.
4. What book has inspired your writing the most? 
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. It was the first time I realized that writing could be anything you wanted and there were no rules. Sometimes her chapters were one sentence long and her characters were just so real and honest. It blew my mind as a 13-year-old. I also grew up reading R.L. Stine books (Fear Street and Goosebumps) and my first attempt at writing a book was because I wanted to become the next R.L. Stine. Finally, Sarah Dessen’s Dreamland will always have a special place in my heart.
5. Who is your secret cartoon crush? 
Sterling Archer from the FX show Archer. But it’s not really a secret; that man is gorgeously drawn and I’m not afraid to admit it.
6. Favorite TV show right now? 
Just one? How about three? Food Network’s Chopped, which is always and forever my favorite thing to watch on television. Parks and Rec, the best comedy on TV right now. And my boyfriend is making me watch Doctor Who, so I think I have to say that or he’ll be mad.
7. When you were six years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
Cheesy, but true: I wanted to be a writer.

Check out the Lucky Seven Interviews for our other Studio authors: Shana Norris, Lida James, Carina Adly MacKenzie, and Anya Allyn.