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.
2. What’s the next place on your Travel Bucket List? Mullins_pic
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.

PLL KISS AND TELL: ROUND 2!

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You all voted for your favorite of the top 8 couples…now we’ve narrowed it down to 4! Vote for your ‘ship’ to win, because when it’s all over, only one couple will be able to KISS AND TELL!

THE TOP 4! Voting lasts until Midnight on Friday the 13th, so get your votes in now, and use the hashtag #PLLKissandTell to share with your friends. 

Lena & Alex, DELIRIUM

“‘Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?’

‘I don’t know any other way.’

‘Let me show you.’
And then we’re kissing. Or at least, I think we’re kissing—I’ve only seen it done a couple of times, quick closed-mouth pecks at weddings or on formal occasions. But this isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen, or imagined, or even dreamed: this is like music or dancing but better than both.”

PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: I love this moment between Lena and Alex, and her curiosity over what a kiss actually is. What she’s experiencing is so good she isn’t even sure it is one!

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.

Katniss & Peeta, THE HUNGER GAMES

“This is the first kiss that we’re both fully aware of. Neither of us hobbled by sickness or pain or simply unconscious. Our lips neither burning with fever or icy cold. This is the first kiss where I actually feel stirring inside my chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another.” – THE HUNGER GAMES

PLL Associate Editor Rhoda says: I love this scene because it’s tender. Curiosity is such a thrilling, confusing emotion–but it makes you open to things, which is why it’s so important. Because sometimes you don’t know until that very moment that kissing this person feels right, and that you want more…

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 Presents: KISSING COUPLES of YA!

KISSING COUPLES OF YA: a battle of the best lip-locks! 

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The Super Bowl may be over, but that doesn’t mean the competition is: just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got 8 couples hand-picked by the PLL Staff. Well, to be more specific, we’ve got 8 KISSES. These kiss scenes were the steamiest, swooniest, most breathtaking kisses of YA lit. To commemorate the release of the final book in Jacqueline Green’s TRUTH OR DARE trilogy, KISS AND TELL, we’re pitting these 8 kisses up against one another in a battle for the ages. Who will be defeated…and who will live to KISS AND TELL? YOU DECIDE: right here, right now.

Today’s competition lasts until midnight on February 8th, so tell your friends to vote and use the hashtag #PLLKissandTell!

Bella & Edward, TWILIGHT

“He hesitated — not in the normal way, the human way. Not the way a man might hesitate before he kissed a woman, to gauge her reaction, to see how he would be received. Perhaps he would hesitate to prolong the moment, that ideal moment of anticipation, sometimes better than the kiss itself. Edward hesitated to test himself, to see if this was safe, to make sure he was still in control of his need. And then his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine.” – TWILIGHT

PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: So much of what makes Twilight steamy is the pervasive feeling that Edward and Bella’s relationship is forbidden. I love this moment when Edward holds back just before giving into the kiss. It makes the actual moment that much swoonier.

Lena & Alex, DELIRIUM

“‘Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?’
‘I don’t know any other way.’
‘Let me show you.’
And then we’re kissing. Or at least, I think we’re kissing—I’ve only seen it done a couple of times, quick closed-mouth pecks at weddings or on formal occasions. But this isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen, or imagined, or even dreamed: this is like music or dancing but better than both.”

PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: I love this moment between Lena and Alex, and her curiosity over what a kiss actually is. What she’s experiencing is so good she isn’t even sure it is one!

Anna & Etienne, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

“Our lips brush lightly.
‘If you ask me to kiss you, I will,’ he says.
His fingers stoke the inside of my wrists, and I burst into flames.
‘Kiss me,’ I say.
He does.” -ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
PLL Assistant Editor Kamilla says: Finally, finally, FINALLY Anna and Étienne kiss, and the moment is absolutely perfect–soft and sweet and sexy. Anticipation at its best!

Katniss & Peeta, THE HUNGER GAMES

“This is the first kiss that we’re both fully aware of. Neither of us hobbled by sickness or pain or simply unconscious. Our lips neither burning with fever or icy cold. This is the first kiss where I actually feel stirring inside my chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another.” – THE HUNGER GAMES

PLL Associate Editor Rhoda says: I love this scene because it’s tender. Curiosity is such a thrilling, confusing emotion–but it makes you open to things, which is why it’s so important. Because sometimes you don’t know until that very moment that kissing this person feels right, and that you want more…

Karou & Akiva, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

“He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun-warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest.” – DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: Rock on Laini Taylor, the writer who can turn an almost-kiss into straight-up poetry. I just love every single thing about this moment, the descriptions are so vivid and bright, like a kiss should be!

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.

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.

Adelina & Enzo, THE YOUNG ELITES

“He smiles, draws me close, and leans down. The elaborately carved grooves of his mask brush against my skin, and I wonder if it will leave a touch of glitter behind. I close my eye. A moment later, his lips touch my own. Only a touch.” – THE YOUNG ELITES

PLL Editorial Fellow Alexa says: The kiss isn’t even the best part–it’s Enzo’s elusive smile. So elusive, just like the fleeting touch of his kiss!

New Year, New Preferred Bloggers!

One of the unique things about PLL is our tight-knit team of Preferred Bloggers. As VIP’s, they get exclusive access to our cover reveals, blog tours, and other exciting (and sometimes top-secret!) projects that we are working on. We’re thrilled to welcome four new bloggers to our Preferred Blogger Team, and we want you to meet them!

Dream Within a Dream

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Fiktshun

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Katie’s Book Blog

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Fiction Fare

For the rest of our Preferred Bloggers, check out our VIP page! If you are interested in joining PLL’s Preferred Blogger Program, email marketing@paperlanternlit.com.

Get Lit with PLL Toolboxes, Videos, and More!

Watch all of PLL’s GET LIT Videos, then see below for even more advice and exercises from “the story architects!”

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PLL’s Toolboxes

I started a book…what next?

Toolbox Lite: First Intros and First Pages

Toolbox #1: The Art of the First Page

Toolbox #2: How to Get Your (3) Act Together

Toolbox Lite: How to Get Started on Your 3 Act

Toolbox #4: World-building! (“If You Build It, They Will Come.”)

Toolbox #5: Oh Chapter, My Chapter

Toolbox #6: Conflict! No Pain, No Gain. 

Get Lit: Social Media Tips for Writers!

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The final GET LIT video is here! Your manuscript is done; you’re ready to start thinking of your brand as an author! But what does that really mean? How DOES an author brand themselves in today’s world? Here’s a survey of the social media options for writers and some tried-and-true Paper Lantern Lit marketing advice!

Remember to check out our GET LIT playlist; subscribe to our channel for more writing advice videos like this!