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  1. My #8TerribleTitles Are Darn Horsey

    November 11, 2014 by Kiersi

    the-sweet-sixteens square

    I’ve been ushered in as a member of a really fabulous group called The Sweet Sixteens, an association of MG and YA authors with debut novels on the slate for publication in 2016. (It’s also a fantastic group blog that I’d recommend you bookmark!)

    Some dastardly devil within the membership of The Sweet Sixteens jumped on a blog hop that’s actually quite hilarious—#8TerribleTitles, where you pick 8 random phrases from your novel or work-in-progress and treat them as if they were the terrible titles of new, weirder novels.

    I was tagged in the hop by fellow Sweet Sixteeners Kathy MacMillan and Erin L. Schneider. (Thanks, ladies!) Here are some other Sweet Sixteens who have posted their #8TerribleTitles (and they are funny!):

    Jeff Zentner (I can’t wait to read #5: KINGS AND PRINCES AND SHIT)

    Ashley Blake (I’M PRETTY DAMN DESPERATE sounds like the True Title of a number of books I’ve already read)

    Jenn Bishop (I’m ready for the new, edgy novel, WE GOTTA GET FOOD NOW)

    Kali Wallace (ANOTHER STUPID MONSTER is the paranormal YA my heart has been begging for)

    Jeff Garvin (I really want to know how Ginny Weasley might alter the plot of SENSE & SENSIBILITY)

     

    My Hilariously Horsey #8TerribleTitles

     

    When I performed this neat little trick on SECOND CHANCE RANCH: SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY, for some totally unexplainable reason, all of my titles ended up incredibly horsey-sounding! I would actually quite like to write a book with the same title as #5. Izzy should totally get her own goofy rom-com when she’s older, with lots of bossing and frizzy hair.

    Without further ado, here are my 8 terrible titles:

    #1: I SAY, A RANCH NEEDS A LOT

    #2: HER APPALOOSA SNOW WHITE

    #3: RUNNING AFTER HIM ON FOOT WAS POINTLESS

    #4: GOING TO BE A LONG, SLOW ROAD

    #5: SOMETHING ABOUT IZZY

    #6: RIGHT UNDER EVERYONE’S NOSES

    #7: BEHIND THE BARN

    #8: TWO FLAKES OF HAY AND A FULL BOWL OF GRAIN

    I’m pretty sure #8 is the horse equivalent of a 5-course, home-cooked meal.

    All right, since I only know a few other Sweet Sixteeners who haven’t yet done the #8TerribleTitles blog hop, I’m going to tag them. So here goes: Nisha Sharma and Melanie Conklin, this is me tagging you!

    Good luck! Have fun!


  2. We’ve Got A New Horse Book Series!

    October 3, 2014 by Kiersi

    Kiersi Burkhart riding her horse at 12

    Me at 12 years old, running the poles event at a gymkhana show with my Appaloosa pony, Frosty

    All right, everyone. Do me a favor and, before we go any further, run and get your cowboy hats on. Then shrug on your cowboy boots. And prepare a good old holler: WHOOPAH!

    First: This whole thing came about because of a story I told on Twitter about a horse I loved as a girl. When my friend Amber Keyser heard I’d grown up a cowgirl, she approached me about a possible opportunity for a series of horse books, aimed at the middle-grade age range.

    Then we started dreaming. We dreamed and dreamed and had this really wild Vulcan-esque mind meld, where suddenly the perfect idea came to us.

    And so SECOND CHANCE RANCH was born—a place for troubled kids to find themselves with the help of a horse. The series is set on a cattle ranch in the mountains of my home state, Colorado, and based loosely on a cattle ranch owned by Amber’s relatives (also in Colorado). It draws on a lot of the things we loved about horse books as youngsters ourselves—the child helping the horse, and the horse helping the child; the magic of learning to ride for the first time; and the deep relationships we form with animals.

    Second: Here is the announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace!

    Publisher's Marketplace announcement SECOND CHANCE RANCH

    So, after giving birth to this crazy idea, we handed it over to Amber’s agent, Fiona Kenshole, at Transatlantic Literary Agency.

    And she loved it.

    She asked us to write some sample chapters right away for two of our proposed books in the series. Though we dreamed up this world together, we each took control of one story—my debut in the series will be SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY, and Amber’s PUSHOVER AND PRINCE.

    Third: Since then, I have signed with Fiona as my agent, and I couldn’t be happier! Fiona has done a fantastic job helping us hone our proposal for the series and negotiating our 4-book deal with Andrew Karre at Darby Creek, an imprint of Lerner Books.

    The books are scheduled to release twice a year beginning in Spring 2016. I’m so excited to be working with the folks over at Darby Creek and, of course, my great friend and truly talented co-author Amber!

    (Seriously, you guys don’t even know how awesome this woman is. I am pretty much the luckiest girl on the planet.)

    And that’s it for today, my friends. It’s time for me to go eat some celebratory sushi!