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KTeen Giveaway


The winners are:

1) Jambrea

2) BookFiend

3) Tara

4) Na

5) Allie

Did you know Kensington has a teen series? It does and one of its debut paranormal titles is Unnatural by Michael Giffo, a gay YA paranormal. To celebrate these new teen paranormal books, we are hosting a Kteen giveaway. Kensington will be giving away 5 copies of each book featured below: TORN by Erica O’Rourke, TOUCH OF FROST by Jennifer Estep and UNNATURAL by Michael Griffo. You can find out more about Kteen Academy at the Kteen facebook page:

RULES: Comment to enter. Include in your comment what you like about YA books.  The giveaway is open until Friday 12 pm CST. The winners will be posted on Saturday.

GIVEAWAY: The giveaway is open to everyone. If you are an international winner, your book will be sent by Dear Author via Book Depository when Book Depository makes it available to be sent or, electronically, if the book is available in your region. (I.e., we can’t send an August release to you today).

ADDITIONAL NOTES:  If you have not received your book within 4 weeks of the giveaway, please email me and let me know. We want to make sure that you receive your items.  Thanks and good luck.


unwelcome“My name is Michael Howard.  I’m 16, gay, and my life is finally about to begin.  I’m getting ready to move halfway across the world to Archangel Academy, a boarding school in England.  I never heard of it, but it sounds really cool and I know that whatever is waiting for me there has got to be better than what I’m leaving behind.  It might sound lame, but I kind of think that when I get there I’m going to come face to face with my destiny.  I can’t wait to see what he looks like.”


tornErica O’Rourke’s character intro for Mo Fitzgerald from TORN, the first book in her paranormal trilogy:

My name is Mo Fitzgerald. All I ever wanted was to escape Chicago and my family’s secrets, until someone – or something – murdered my best friend. Now I’m going to find out why, even if it kills me. According to Luc, who’s got secrets of his own, it just might”.


touch of frostJennifer Estep’s character intro for Gwen Frost from TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in her Mythos Academy series:

“My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Acad emy — a school of myths, magic and war rior whiz kids, where even the lowli est geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spar tan guy in school, also hap pens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos”


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. MarieC
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 14:10:12

    Great giveaway!

    With teen/YA books, I love the freshness of the perspectives. More often then not, the main characters are put in a situation that allows them to go into a situation that they know nothing about and be honest in their reactions.

    It also doesn’t hurt that many of my favorite authors are now writing in this field.

  2. jude
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 14:31:43

    I like the same thing in YA as in any novel–a great story. I like protagonists (and people) who don’t stagnate, who continue to question and evolve–something that is very characteristic of the teen years.

  3. Melissa
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 14:36:39

    I love YA books because the characters are usually at a point in their lives where they’re not even close to figuring themselves or their lives out, and I love reading about how they deal with what gets thrown at them.

  4. Jambrea
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 14:57:08

    I love YA because it is usually about kids finding themselves and I know I’ll be able to share with my son soon! I’ve read a couple really good gay YAs and Unwelcome looks wonderful. And usually you get some wonderful paranormal stories that just focus on the story and sometimes I like that and need a break from my other reading. lol

  5. Jason
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 15:01:34

    I didn’t know about these books. So glad you posted. I would love to read the gay YA.

  6. Sarah J
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 15:05:39

    YA books grab me if they have solid writing. I also like the sense of discovery that comes with young adult fiction, in terms of self-knowledge, figuring out your place in the world, romance, etc.

  7. Jennie M.
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 15:20:13

    I love YA books because they’re near to my age group, and I can sometimes connect to their feelings better. I also love the paranormal and dystopian ones because they show young people being strong and independent.

  8. Chelsea
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 15:22:59

    I like YA novels because the characters often grow and change more than any other genre. It’s amazing to watch a character become strong and independent.

  9. CrystalGB
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 15:49:10

    Great giveaway. I like YA books because they have a mixture romance, angst and character growth.

  10. Tabitha
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 16:00:26

    I was against YA books before because I thought it’s too young for me and the romance would be lacking. I was so wrong! I love the stories — they’re not at all immature reading. The romance, the storylines, characters are quite refreshing!

  11. Ammarylis
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 16:29:44

    Fantastic giveaway! I’m very happy to hear Kensington publishing a gay YA series.

    The thing I like about YA novels are how untouched the characters are. They’re not as jaded as some of the characters in romance novels. They still have hopes & dreams. Life hasn’t kicked them in the ass yet & that’s very refreshing to me. I do find it harder to find YA novels I’m interested in the older I get. Mostly it’s because I can’t relate to a 12-15 year old protagonist. At the age of 21, I still go through some of the things, feel some of things a 16+ year old protagonist feels & goes through. All I remember about being 15 is that I was EXTREMELY stupid & naive.

  12. kara-karina
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 16:37:35

    Thank you for a fantastic giveaway!
    I love YA books because being a teenager (as I remember) simply sucks. These books show you how to be strong and not to be afraid of being different, This is a huge plus in my book.

  13. Nadia Lee
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 17:04:14

    I like YA because of it usually blends multiple genres, and I find that very appealing as a reader.

  14. Melissa (Books and Things)
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 17:11:23

    It’s like any story. If it’s good, then it’s good. Doesn’t really matter to me if it is YA or adult. :)

  15. Helen
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 17:32:37

    I think one of the things I like most about YA books is the use of the first person narrative (in many of them), it really puts you right into the story.

  16. valor
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 17:35:26

    What I quite like about YA is that the narratives are usual more straight forward with fewer completely unnecessary subplots.

  17. Brandy
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 18:28:15

    I don’t really pay attention to whether a book is YA or not. I just like good stories. One nice thing is that the characters in YA often remind me of how much we all have in common regardless of age.

  18. M Jules Aedin
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 19:21:17

    Ooo! All of those sound interesting. *chin on hands*

  19. WyNtEr ApPlE
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 19:45:32


    alot has good story

  20. Alaina
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 19:46:57

    I like reading YA as an alternative to more romantic paranormals.. I love finding a good story regardless of type.
    and I love when my fav paranormal romance authors go into YA!

  21. Na
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 19:51:53

    As an adult, when it come to YA fiction I can always relate to the genre. It takes me back, deals with meaningful issues relating to self-identity and brings new perspective. Many times it is about personal growth, whether it is a paranormal or contempoary book, the protaganist will always have to make decisions, face consequences and learn from them. These are things everyone can understand and often the lessons are important ones. The development of the character is a part of the story, done so under the cover of a cleverly devised plot, typically a fun adventure.

  22. connie garcia
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:00:47

    Jennifet Estep is my fav so Touch of Frost is a book i wanna read

  23. Elaine G
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:02:01

    These really sound good.Like all my books that I read,it has to have a great story.usually it has to hook me in the first chapter.And good world building,since most of my books are paranormal/UF.

  24. Robin K
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:04:46

    I like reading all types of books. Ya books interest me because it is a whole new set of characters and circumstances which differ from adult books.

  25. Audra Holtwick
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:16:41

    I love that I can share these books with my son – he loves to read

  26. Niveau
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:25:25

    Jennifer Estep wrote a YA book! *swoons*

    I love YA because the characters act… well, they don’t always act their ages, but even the ones who seem older than they’re supposed to be are closer to their age than a lot of the “young” women in romances. Also, because “YA” itself is the genre, I find books in it aren’t as stuck within predefined boundaries as adult fiction is, so authors can play around more, with better results.

  27. Alica
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 21:03:09

    I always thought YA would be lacking in love and be boring. Boy was I wrong. I found several YA series to be better and more engaging and thrilling than more adult series. Some adult series the characters just have sex and what not but with some of the YA series I have read there is a lot of passion with none of the tactless sex and no real emotion. Makes me wish I was a teen again to feel that young fresh passion and the newness of those emotions.

  28. Rider
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 21:04:03

    I like YA because the heroines and heroes are young and usually inexperienced or just coming into their powers. That can be more interesting than an adult who already knows what they’re doing. :D

  29. Susan Laura
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 21:12:20

    YA books often have a sense of adventure that I find fun. Plus, I enjoy recommending books to my teenagers and then talking about them together.

  30. BookFiend
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 21:31:46

    Great giveaway! I like YA books because they are more complex than you expect. Usually involving great story lines and characters.

  31. Pamk
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 22:24:11

    love Ya cause they have just as good stories as the adult ones and I can share them with my 15 yr old. I’d love to win touch of Frost.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  32. Kristina O.
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 23:13:13

    Awesome giveaway! I love YA, because they border on the still innocent, yet not so innocent line. No matter the type of YA it has just enough of the what it’s like to be young and without some of the worries one has to face as an adult, yet at the same time it gives a taste of what it’s like to be an adult. Besides that the characters seem to be more well developed than those in a lot of adult books I read.

  33. Sara
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 04:09:27

    I was never very fond of any youth books or YA books when I was younger because I found them silly. I would like to speak against my past self now though. I realised that YA books never feel tired in the way that some adult romances can, the characters have never experienced everything already and there’s always a refreshing curiosity in how they look at the world. I also like how they seem to have easier to break out of the conventions of a typical love story than adult romance books have.

  34. Victoria Zumbrum
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 06:38:30

  35. krystal
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 06:43:27

    I love the awesome YA storylines. I’ve been dying to read a touch of frost.

  36. TaraR
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 06:56:09

    Touch of Frost sounds intriguing… YA is interesting to me because it’s an interesting alternative to pure romance as a genre. It tends to bring together many of my favorite elements of romance with my favorite elements of other genres for when I am bored with just one or the other.

  37. catie james
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 07:18:22

    What don’t I like about YA novels? Whatever the subgenre may be (contemporary, historical, paranormal romance, dystopian, etc.), good YA fiction combines urgency and the overwhelming emotions of being a teenager with that sense of possibility and opportunity so unique to those few, precious years. I loved YA books as a teenager and only wish the market had been this hot back in the early nineties.

    I’m dying to check out Jennifer Estep’s contribution to the field. My email is catherinejames77(at)gmail(dot)com.

  38. Truly Bookish
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 07:57:20

  39. Twila Price
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:17:00

    I love YA because the authors seem to be able to get away with fresh and exciting stories much more easily than the adult fantasy/sf authors are these days. I swear I’ve been reading more YA than “adult” in the last couple of years.
    If one gets to choose a book, I’d like either “Unwelcome” or “Torn”. Both sound amazing.

  40. Fionn Jameson
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:40:26

    WOW. A gay teen paranormal? Totally all over that like white on rice.

    May I get in the running for a copy of Unwelcome, please?

    I haven’t won anything from your giveaways yet, but getting a good feeling about this one!

  41. Rhianna
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:42:55

    I love YA books for a lot of reasons but one of the bigger reasons I read them is because I never really got to be a teenager during my teen years. Sometimes fate just throws circumstances into your life and you don’t get a choice about it. Reading YA lets me sort of live vicariously through teenaged characters with the luxury of still “knowing what I know now”. lol :D

  42. Fionn Jameson
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:43:08

    OOOPS. Got so excited about Welcome, I forgot to mention what I like so much about YA.

    What I like about YA (in one sentence or less, because I could probably write a thesis about this):

    It takes me back to the golden days. =) Makes me feel like I’m back in high school, back when N Sync was still cool and Green Day reigned supreme.

  43. Sofia
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:17:49

    I love YA becase I like reading about development of relationship without sex.

  44. Nikyta
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:47:11

  45. Stephanie
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 11:03:09

    I’ve always loved YA books. There’s something about that time in your life, when the whole world is ahead of you. It’s also a difficult time because everyone is telling you who you should be and your just trying to figure that out yourself. I think all of that is reflected in YA books. Also the love stories are more intense .

    I would love to win a copy of Jennifer Estep’s Touch of Frost, it looks great.

  46. JenM
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 12:37:26

    To be honest, I don’t read much YA. When I do, what I like is how the characters are usually much more open to possibilities and to change. They haven’t become jaded by life experiences. When my favorite authors write YA series, I’m usually willing to give it a try. I love Jennifer Estep, so a Touch of Frost is on my wishlist.

  47. Ayla
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 12:57:29

    What i love is the way YA is always so fresh and original while still being really down to earth. It’s ordinary people finding out what makes them extraordinary.

  48. Cherry Mischievous
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 13:13:20

    I like the sense of wonder of first discoveries (as opposed to jaded, world-weary characters) that is usually found in YA.

    Does Kensington have a UK-based counterpart?

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

  49. Tara
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 14:49:12

    I have newly discovered gay ya and I enjoy it. The teens in the stories are always so much more like I remember being a teenager to be. They tend to be strong characters too and I really enjoy that. Plus in general, YA books are usually character driven something else I really like.

  50. Allie
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 18:22:20

    Reminds me of a time when life was simple. If it’s written well the romance can be done better than adult books.

  51. Kate N. (Yzhabella)
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 20:57:03

    I like YA because it tends to be a little less intense. Not always, but quite often YA includes a level of innocence which is refreshing after some of the blood and gore we seem to encounter these days.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    mleger0546 (at) rogers (dot) com

  52. Lynnette Flagler
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 22:56:02

    I like YA books because they have a good story and half of the book is not made up of erotic sex scenes. Its a nice change of pace for me. Looking forward to reading the book by Jennifer Estep.

  53. Carol Thompson
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 01:25:55

    I LIke YA because I can relate to the characters in the story but only if it is well written of course.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  54. Diana
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 06:41:57

    YA books are fresh, pure and honest. They are adventurous and romantic. They make even the most impossible things possible.
    They bring me back to a time when life was so much harder, but so full of promise!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  55. donnas
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 22:25:42

    I am really looking forward to Torn.

    What I like is that the stories are interesting and well written. Just because they are geared a bit longer doesnt mean they arent enjoyable and dont have things even adults can learn in them.

  56. Spav
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 20:58:58

    I’ve been dying to read Touch of Frost. I love Jennifer Estep’s adult series and can’t wait to read the YA one.

  57. Dallas Rhodes
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 21:56:46

    What I love about YA books is…………EVERYTHING. No, I’m not being lazy. It’s true. You know it too! ;D

  58. Janinay
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 05:14:22

    I love YA books because the themes are so good! From fantasy to YA issues you can take your pick! :D

  59. Fionn Jameson
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 08:59:15

    :O Any idea what’s happening to this giveaway or am I just being an impatience prick? ^^;;

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