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Cover Reveal: Me vs. The Multiverse: Pleased To Meet Me by S.G. Wilson

Today on Pop! Goes The Reader I’m excited to have partnered with author S.G. Wilson as we share the exclusive cover reveal for Steve’s middle grade debut, Me vs. The Multiverse: Pleased To Meet Me! Coming to a book store and library near you in August 4th 2020 from Random House Books For Young Readers, Me vs. The Multiverse is a story that asks the question “What if you suddenly met someone who’s you – only better?” Please read on to learn more about Me vs. The Multiverse, including an exclusive note from the author and an opportunity for one lucky reader to win an advance reader copy of the novel!

About S.G. Wilson

Alternate versions of S.G. Wilson from parallel Earths have worked a number of jobs: robot nursing home manager (Earth 10), flying carpet weaving instructor (Earth 56), Third Gondolier for Warlord Thud of the TransAmerican Waste (Earth 456), and chief strategist for the 2020 reelection campaign of President Martin Van Buren’s clone (Earth 132).

But the S.G. Wilson of this Earth has mostly been content to write stuff for magazines and spend time with his family in Austin, TX. He likes walking around, watching opening credit sequences for sitcoms from the 70s and 80s, and winning cats over to his side.

Book one of his debut middle-grade series, Me vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me, arrives in this dimension on Aug. 4, 2020. He also co-hosts the This Week In The Multiverse podcast.

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Though I’ve always loved stories in which characters meet their duplicates from parallel universes, they invariably leave me wanting more. I’m not talking about more action, suspense or drama — I want more talking. Why can’t Spock and Evil Spock spend a little more time just chilling out and trading notes? Why can’t the (older) Earth 2 Superman share his relationship advice with the Earth 1 Superman? Why can’t all the Ricks and Mortys stop horsing around and get real with each other, if only for a few minutes?

That’s why I wrote Me vs. the Multiverse: to see what it would be like if a bunch of copies of the same person gathered to talk about themselves. There’s still action, drama and suspense, but there’s talking too. And fart jokes.

Cover art by Aleksei Biskoff

Title Me vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me
Author S.G. Wilson
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date August 4th 2020 by Random House Books For Young Readers
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An origami-obsessed kid named Meade gets invited to a convention for his duplicates from parallel Earths. But here’s the bummer: even among 99 versions of himself, he’s just as unpopular and all-around average as he is back home. Even so, the fate of countless worlds rests in his nimble fingers when he uncovers the sinister plot of his evil genius doppelgänger. Can he and other misfits from the convention save the multiverse from…themselves?

As an extra, exciting bonus, Steve has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of Me vs. The Multiverse: Pleased To Meet Me! One winner will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the giveaway and the prize will be distributed by Steve when ARCs become available. This contest is open internationally. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Hot Off The Press: December 2019

Hot Off The Press is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I share a selection of new books being published in the forthcoming month.

Another new month has begun, and you know what they say: New month, new books! And by ‘they’, I mean me, because it’s time for another edition of Hot Off The Press! With 12 new releases in today’s post, there’s no shortage of choices from a variety of different genres, and I sincerely hope you can discover at least one new title that’s right for you!

Please Note: Hi everyone! While Hot Off The Press will continued to be shared each month on Pop! Goes The Reader, these posts will now only include young adult novels. If you’re interested in a more complete list of new releases each month, including books for middle grade and adult audiences as well, this can now be found on Pop! Goes The Reader’s Patreon, along with a number of other exciting rewards, for a monthly pledge of $5! The Hot Off The Press posts take hours, if not days, to create, and I sincerely hope you can understand why I feel this change is necessary. Happy reading!

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Inception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different ― reality itself seems different.

So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what’s truly going on, he doesn’t know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere ― the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery ― Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by North Star Editions
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When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns — but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why — and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s even willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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We stand in a tight cluster, high above the lake. One-by-one, we made our way up the narrow trail from the edge of campus. Now, we wait shoulder to shoulder behind the police tape. Nineteen summer students.

All but one.

When Nora gets accepted into her dream summer program at the prestigious Winthrop Academy, she jumps at the chance to put her coding skills to use. But then a fellow student goes missing-and the tech trail for the crime leads back to Nora. Running scared, Nora must race to clear her name and uncover the sordid truth…or she might be the next to disappear.

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen
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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry — or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Entangled Publishing
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Quinn Easterly is cursed. With one touch, she can see the end to someone’s life. Everyday deaths, and ones that haunt her in her daydreams. Ones that have always proven impossible to prevent. She has finally learned to go about life as usual until she meets Griffin.

With one touch, she sees a death she simply cannot ignore. Not this time. Not when, dying in her arms, he whispers three simple words that change everything.

Even if Quinn can’t change the future, can’t save him, she at least has to try. Even if it means taking the bullet meant for him.

Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Lyra Selene returns to the incandescent magic of Amber & Dusk in a second installment about the corrosion of even the most dazzling dreams, and the strength of hope amidst darkness.

Mirage, triumphant in her coup of the Amber Empire, returns to the palais prepared to take her place as empress. With the support of her friends and a tentative, blossoming romance with Sunder, Mirage is on the cusp of taking hold of everything she has ever wanted.

However, her place in the sun is not as sure as she expected, nor is it quite as bright as she imagined.

When the Empress Severine’s body was recovered from the battle, Mirage discovered she was not dead after all. Rather, Severine is in a coma, her every breath a threat to Mirage’s newfound power. Worse, a distant cousin, Gavin d’Ars, appears at court with the challenge of his blood claim. As Mirage uncovers more secrets from her family’s past, she proposes a series of ancient, grueling trials to determine the most deserving heir. But in Mirage’s fight to defend her vision for the empire, she begins to splinter all of her alliances. Will the battle for control leave anyone untainted?

Publication Date December 10th 2019 by Skyscape
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In the heart-stopping conclusion to Emily R. King’s The Evermore Chronicles, the fate of the seven worlds lies in the courage of a girl on the run — and running out of time.

There’s a price on Everley Donovan’s head. Fleeing from the queen’s false accusation of murder and sorcery, the girl with the clock heart knows there’s only one way to prove her innocence. Everley must catch Killian Markham, the fugitive prince guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned. To do that, Everley must follow him into the towering realm of the Silver-Clouded Plain. It’s where flesh-eating behemoths thrive, long-lost gods hide, and an artifact of destructive force awaits the death grip of the immortal prince.

Haunted by visions of burning Everwoods and bloody battlefields, Everley is beset with rising fears. Because the elusive relic threatens more than the very power that drives her clock heart. In Killian’s hands, it can lead to the dismantling of the seven worlds. With everything — and everyone — Everley loves at stake, she must depend on Killian’s one weakness to outwit him: in his mad ambitions, Killian has underestimated her once again. For Everley is the Time Bearer. This is her destiny. The time of reckoning is at hand.

Publication Date December 10th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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In this sequel and thrilling conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves, his genetic copy, Levi, is still on the island where he grew up, stranded with his deranged guardian.

More importantly, she is grappling with who she really is. Emma can’t accept the hard truths she learned last year and refuses to share her secrets with anyone, isolating herself from the Similars and Ollie.

But when more of the Similars’ creator’s plot is revealed, Emma and her friends will have to try to stop him from putting a plan into motion that could destroy everyone she loves.

Publication Date December 17th 2019 by MIRA
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Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.

Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her — people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles — dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Publication Date December 17th 2019 by HMH Books For Young Readers
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In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts, is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburban mothers and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. She’s got her own plans, and they don’t include any prince charming.

But as she dives into schoolwork and getting a scholarship for college, Edie finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys strumming for her attention: First, there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love, who’s sweet and smart and…already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player who’s totally off limits — even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help herself from being caught between them. Now, she just has to make sure it isn’t her heart that breaks in the process.

Publication Date December 26th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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Half-witch, half-mortal sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman has made her choice: She’s embraced her dark side and her witchy roots. Now her power is growing daily…but will it come at too high a price?

Sabrina Spellman has just made the hardest decision of her life: She’s leaving behind her beloved friends at Baxter High. Now it’s time to follow the path of night and find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Sabrina has always been good at the school thing, but now she has a whole new world to navigate. Her power is growing daily, but it comes with a high price. She must always remember her new allegiances and the cost they have on her friends…and on herself.

And then there’s her new classmates. Prudence, Dorcas, and Agatha are friends, kind of, but can Sabrina trust them? And what about Nick Scratch? He’s as charming as ever, but will his feelings for Sabrina last?

Based on the hit Netflix show, this original YA novel tells an all-new, original story about Sabrina.

Holiday Gift Guide: 65 Presents For The Writer In Your Life

Today’s post is sponsored by Destiny Soria and Beneath the Citadel!

Title Beneath the Citadel
Author Destiny Soria
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date Fantasy
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In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

Cool Yule is a special seasonal event on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I put a fun twist on some of my regular features and share a number of new, holiday-themed posts including wallpapers, reviews, recipes, gift guides, and much more!

Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I love the holidays. I love the food, the music, the decorations, and especially the extra time spent with those I love. I also really love giving gifts.

For me, gift-giving is a year-round affair. Did you mention in May that you were searching for a book on Old Hollywood scandals or couldn’t wait to read the sequel to a book you absolutely loved the year before? Chances are I was surreptitiously making a note on my phone and you would eventually find that very thing waiting under the tree for you come December.

Of all the gifts I love to give, I particularly love book-inspired ones. Shocking, I know. There’s a particular joy in sharing what I love with others, and seeing that thing inspire joy in them, too. This year, I thought it might be fun to share a series of gift guides that will do just that. From mugs to enamel pins, jewelry to artwork, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a number of different gift guides for the literature lover in your life that will hopefully make this holiday season a little more fun, a lot less stressful, and maybe even help you love gift-giving, too.

01. “Haikus Are Easy” by GladlyGoods

02. “I’m Not Quiet, I’m Plotting” by Roko Clothing

03. “Future Bestselling Author” by Stag and Peach Co.

04. “Support Local Writers” by Book Fair Supply Co.

05. “It’s A Good Day To Write” by Nine To None

06. “Writer Nutritional Information” by Merch Studio Creations

07. “Go Away I’m Writing” by Gladly Goods

08. “Poetry Is Possibility” by Tour De Bookshop

09. “I Am A Writer. I Live In A Fantasy World…” by Cutesy Merch

10. “Retro Writer” by Write Around The Corner

11. “Write Every Day” by Tour De Bookshop

12. “Writer’s Block” by Gladly Goods

13. “Mary Shelley” by Tami Wicinas

14. “Signed, Your (Cat) Co-Writer” by The Scribble Shack

15. “A Writer Begins A Book, A Reader Finishes It” by Catarina Book Designs

16. “Lined Notebook” by Jouska

17. “I Want To Write A Novel About Silence…” – Virginia Woolf by Quotes And Sayings

18. “We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live” – Joan Didion by Ink Well

19. “Words Are Our Most Inexhaustible Source Of Magic” by Risa Rodil

20. “2B or Not 2B” by A Little Leafy

21. “Let Me Tell You A Story” by Reverie Society

22. “Hot Topic Typewriter” by Zara Picken

23. “Fight For Your Write” by HelloFriday

24. “Write! All Day, All Night” by Drawn By David

25. “The Goal Isn’t To Live Forever. The Goal Is To Create Something That Will.” – Chuck Palahniuk by Six and Yale

26. “Typewriter” by Trisha Nieder

27. “The Writer’s Life Diet” by Welcome To The Writer’s Life

28. “Write Like You’re Running Out Of Time” by Risa Rodil

29. “Writers Block Fears Me” by Rebekah Joan

30. “Write.” by Tiffany Dawn Smith

31. “Composition Notebook” by Season of Victory

32. “I Vow To Finish This Novel…” by By Brook and By Stone

33. “On Deadline. Please Don’t Disturb!” by One Mad Writer

34. “Prose Before Bros” by Kit Cronk

35. “I’m All Write” by A Little Leafy

36. “Dissected Pen” by Marcie Cuff

37. “Typewriter” Earrings by Share Living

38. “Read. Write.” Earrings by Paper Heart Daily

39. “Coloured Pencil” Earrings by Lux Cups

40. “Wordsmith” Necklace by Wear and Resist

41. “Writers Write” by Gladly Goods

42. “A Writer Is A World Trapped In A Person” by Sparks House

43. “Storyteller” by Print Positive

44. “I Create Universes” by Quirky Cups and Gifts

45. “The Pen Is Mightier” by Rock Cakes

46. “Don’t Hate. Create.” by Holly Pixels

47. “Make Mistakes” by Girl and Cat Studio

48. “Cactus Pencil” by Holly Pixels

49. “Floral Fountain Pen” by Alum and Ink

50. “Stories Untold” by Bonbi Forest

51. “I Should Be Writing” by That’s Lovely Dear

52. “Pencil” by Night Owl Paper Goods

53. “World Builder” by Storymakers Trading Co.

54. “Calligraphy Nib” by The Moonlit Press

55. “Flying Pencil” by No Thank You Club

56. “Creative Journal” by Becca Cahan

57. “That Novel Isn’t Going To Write Itself” Notebook by Icey Designs

58. “A Write Is A World…” Notebook by Random Acts of Poetry

59. Pencil Set For Writers by Icey Designs

60. “You Got The Write Stuff” Card by Atiliay

61. “You Fail Only If You Stop Writing” Card and Enamel Pin by Philograph Studio

62. “Typewriter” Card by Yelle Illustrations

63. “It’s Never Too Late For A Plot Twist” Sticker by Shop The Coy Hyena

64. “Nanowrimo Motivation Stickers” by Farbspatz Shop

65. “Ask Me About My Fanfiction Sticker” by Foxflight Studios