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September 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy

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    9780399555732 Hardback, Library binding, , $27.99 CAD 9780399555749 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB 9780399555725 Hardback, $23.99 CAD
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The Lantern's Ember
By (author): Colleen Houck
9780399555756 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy Sep 10, 2019
$14.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.15 x 0.85 in 416 pages Random House Children's Books Ember
A bold and ghostly stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck, with all the moodiness of Sleepy Hollow and all the romance her fans love.

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

Colleen Houck, the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and the Reawakened series, breathes new life into classic folklore in this wild, twisting adventure propelled by the spirit of Halloween.

“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A wild and seductive adventure…. A must-have for YA collections.”—SLJ

The Lantern’s Ember has something for everyone. From an old-timey village to ghost stories to pirates to steampunk influences, nobody is left unsatisfied.”—

New York Times bestselling author now in paperback! Colleen has sold over 300,000 hardcover copies of the first three books in the Tiger’s Curse series—Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, and Tiger’s Voyage and debuted at #3 on the Series list. This new standalone will capture the legends/myths, adventure, and romance readers love her for, while introducing a new, darker side to her writing.

Strong female protagonist: From Red Queen to Lady Midnight, head-strong, kick-ass, intelligent girls have won over our teen audience and Ember O’Dare is absolutely fearless!

Universal appeal: Even outside of Colleen’s current fan base, this book has something for everyone: romance, adventure, the legend of Sleepy Hollow

A shoo-in for Halloween—the underlying Sleepy Hollow tale already has a huge fan base and following, so readers will naturally navigate to this original take on a spooky, well known legend.

The Tiger’s Curse series is also being made into a movie! Adapted by Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries, and directed by Shekhar Kapur, who directed the Academy-Award winning movie Elizabeth.

Colleen Houck is the four-time New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series, which has appeared on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Walmart bestseller lists, among many others. She has been a Parents’ Choice Award winner, and the reviewer for Romantic Times called Tiger’s Curse “one of the best books I have ever read.” Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers. Find her online at or follow her on Twitter at @ColleenHouck.

Author Residence: Salem, Oregon

Publicity: PUBLICITY

National Review Attention

Early Galley Mailing & Outreach to Top Trade Review Publications (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, The Horn Book) and Long-Lead National General Interest and Teen magazines

Focused outreach to Romance outlets and fans of Houck’s previous works

Local author appearances and media outreach (Salem, OR)

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @ColleenHouck

Praise for The Lantern’s Ember:
“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…with some genuine surprises in store.”—Kirkus

“A wild and seductive adventure…a must-have for YA collections.”—SLJ

Praise for the Reawakened Series:

“[A] must-read for thrill-seekers and fans of alternate worlds.”—RT Book Reviews

“Rick Riordan fans who are looking for another series will delight in this fantasy.”—SLJ 

“Fans of paranormal romance will love the Egyptian spin on this story of devotion and sacrifice, and Lily’s humor, combined with plentiful dangerous escapades, will keep readers engaged.”—VOYA

“The author weaves her story out of Egyptian lore, cinematic magic, selfless love, and…is clever enough to remain surprising even to the last sentence.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Wonderfully written and…the heart-pounding adventures are topped only by the heart-melting romance.”—The Deseret News

“A sparkling new novel with a fully imagined world and mythos, and crackling romance! Egyptian mythology has never been this riveting!”—Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, on Reawakened, book one in the series  

Praise for The Tiger’s Curse Series:

New York Times Bestsellers
USA Today Bestsellers
Publishers Weekly Bestsellers
Parents’ Choice Award Winners

“A sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure…In short, Tiger’s Curse is magical!”—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

 “The hot new romance-adventure series of 2011…”—Teen Magazine   

“Epic, grand adventure rolled into a sweeping love story…” -Sophie Jordan, author of Firelight

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