“We are here to celebrate YA publishing,” said HarlequinTEEN head editor Natashya Wilson, smiling at the room around her. The windows of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel gleamed as the crowd curled around her, swirling drinks in glasses and clutching copies of upcoming HarlequinTEEN titles.
HarlequinTEEN celebrated its five-year anniversary during its preview party on Wednesday, April 30th. Members of the editorial and marketing team talked to industry professionals, bloggers and media about their upcoming season and briefly reminisced on their five years in books.
Though HarlequinTEEN started in 2009 with only four releases, they grew and sprung, seeking to satisfy the reading interest of their female teenage audience. This year, they will be releasing nearly forty novels – and at the forefront to that is Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost. Described as a “classic road trip novel with a twist,” Let’s Get Lost follows the road trip of a young woman named Leila, which each chapter told through a different point of view of a person she meets.
“Just having a book is a dream come true – everything else is surreal bonus material,” said Alsaid.
Other books featured at the party included Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves, Alexandra Adornetto’s Ghost House, Gena Showalter’s Queen of Zombie Hearts, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Stone Cold Touch and Julie Kagawa’s Talon.
For more, visit HarlequinTEEN’s website.