Announcing Our Third List: THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas, WARNING! YOU MIGHT FALL IN LOVE WITH ME by Kate Evangelista and KISS CAM by Kiara London!
Here’s why we do what we do. It’s a joy to announce three new books to add to our Swoon Reads list. There is nothing more gratifying than reading the comments from the Swoon community about stories they love and then reading alongside them. I am swept away by a summer romance, held in thrall by an inventive mash-up of Jane Austen and X-Men (really!) and can’t get enough of an irresistible and adorable friends (maybe) in love story. I thank you for submitting. I thank you for reading. Congratulations and welcome to our new authors!
— Jean Feiwel
Did you miss these manuscripts before they were chosen? No worries! All three of these books will remain available to read on-site until early January. We still want to hear your thoughts and ideas about what makes these stories great and what could make them even better. If you want to be a part of the editing process, please post your comments as soon as you can. We’ll be moving the manuscripts off the website and into editing in January.
Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can’t make her want to live up to society’s expectations. She’d much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in achieving her radical dream of becoming a doctor. But everything changes the night she meets Sebastian Braddock — not only is the reclusive gentleman both vexing and annoyingly attractive, he’s also quite possibly mad, and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Evelyn wakes up to discover that Rose has disappeared, she immediately suspects Sebastian.
But then she discovers that Sebastian’s strange tales of special powers are actually true, and that Rose’s kidnappers have worse in mind for her than simply ruining her reputation. Surrounded by secrets, lies, and unprecedented danger, Evelyn has no choice but to trust Sebastian, yet she can’t help but worry that Sebastian’s secrets are the most dangerous of all…
Caleb desperately needs a new fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties with a pretty girl on his arm to schmooze for his father’s law firm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, the waitress at the Country Club — who just lost her job due to Caleb’s too-public breakup — is open to new experiences (and art supplies are expensive!). It’s the perfect setup for them both. Caleb has only one rule for the arrangement: Didi mustn’t fall in love with him.
The summer nights tick by in a whirl of lavish parties, and Didi is enjoying her foray into high society. But Caleb soon starts to worry that this time he’s the one in danger of falling in love…
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. Bus as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?
Next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we will be featuring our new authors in getting-to-know-you posts here on the Swoon Reads blog, so check back to learn more about these wonderful talents!
And if you weren’t selected this time around, don’t let it get you down! While we can’t give out personalized edit notes (as much as we would LOVE to), editor extraordinaire Holly West will be posting an open edit letter for everyone, the first part of which will be up on Tuesday. Take a look at what she has to say and see if you can’t find something that you can improve on in your own manuscript. The very worst thing you can do is give up!
Everyone at Swoon Reads would like to thank every single member of the Swoon Reads community who contributed to helping us find these fantastic stories. You make Swoon Reads what it is.
Congratulations again to our four new authors! We know the world will fall in love with these books just like we did.