09 September 2014

BETWEEN THE NOTES gets a birthdate

The publication date for my debut YA novel, BETWEEN THE NOTES (HarperTeen), has been "Summer 2015" for so long, it almost didn't feel real. It existed in that hazy, sometime-between-April-and-September space that publishers call summer. But now? It has a real, actual, one-square-on-the-calendar release date:

JUNE 16, 2015

That's a little more than nine months away, and I must admit, it does feel a bit like anticipating the birth of a baby. We'll all get a first glimpse (the cover reveal, that is) next month over at YA Highway. And I sometimes feel a little queasy preparing for the big day. I do know it's a girl. Oh, and a boy. And another boy! 

Here's a description:

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.

More soon!