Buy “Blood Boy” and Help HANY

Blood Boy cover smallAs newsletter subscribers and my followers on Twitter know, I’ve been working on a Howie prequel story to go along with the Jazz and Connie stories. It’s finished and it’s ready for you. And this time, I’m trying something a little different.

When I first created Howie, I didn’t know much about hemophilia. In the five years I’ve been writing him, I’ve been fortunate enough to hear from people in the hemophilia community, who tell me how much Howie means to them.

And, of course, people in the broader readership seem to love him, too! Which is great.

For Howie’s prequel — “Blood Boy” — I wanted to give something back to the community that inspired him.

So, here’s the deal with the story: The story is available for sale in all the usual e-places, and I’m hoping maybe you’ll consider buying a copy. I’m charging more than I do for the other stories, but that’s because I’m donating every last penny I make on the story this year to charity.

When you buy “Blood Boy,” you’ll get a funny, touching Howie story, yes. But you’ll also be helping me to help the Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY) and the Adam Lynch Award.

HANY has been around since 1952 and provides information, education, advocacy, and direct assistance to persons with hemophilia and related congenital blood clotting disorders. The organization encourages and supports scientific research to improve medical treatments and to seek cures. It serves all five boroughs in New York City, as well as surrounding counties.

The Adam Lynch Award is a new initiative from HANY, in honor of Adam Lynch, a young man with a bleeding disorder who succumbed to a traumatic bleed while attending college. The Fund will provide scholarships for college-bound students with hemophilia interested in pursuing secondary studies in the Arts and/or Media.

How perfect is that? What an excellent match!

“The Hemophilia Association of New York is so excited to be part of Barry’s project,” says executive director Linda Mugford. “This year it is so apropos because we are looking into ways to connect with adolescents with bleeding disorders.”

“People with hemophilia must be creative in how they navigate their pursuit of a fulfilling and sustainable career path,” says Patrick James Lynch, Adam’s brother (and a hemophiliac). “Adam knew this, I know this, and HANY knows this. I’m thrilled that his name is attached to a scholarship program specifically for community members who want to make utilizing their creativity a prominent part of their future.”

So, please buy “Blood Boy” and spread the word. I won’t make a dime off of it, you’ll get a fun glimpse into Howie’s life pre-I Hunt Killers, and the Adam Lynch Award will help some folks like Howie get a little closer to their dreams.

Here’s where you can buy “Blood Boy,” if you’d like to help:

Starred Review for Blood of My Blood

alvina_bombThe psyched woman flashing the hook ’em horns is my editor, Alvina Ling. And she is psyched for the same reason I am: Booklist just gave Blood of My Blood its first starred review!

Check it out:lyga_bloodofmyblood_hc

Lyga’s burial of the I Hunt Killers trilogy cements it
as one of the most ambitious thriller series in YA history, and the absolute best cliff from which teen readers can dive into the grueling world of adult crime procedurals. Given the violence of Game (2013), it’s no shocker that Jazz, Connie, and Howie begin laid up in the hospital. But there’s no rest for the wicked: in short order—this novel’s time frame is brutally truncated—Jazz busts out, determined to do away with, once and for all, his serial killer pop, Billy Dent. First, though, he’ll need to divine the truth behind “the Crows,” which appears to be a cult of murderers in thrall to the elder Dent. Jazz’s central conflict of using his dad’s sociopathic tricks without himself sliding into sociopathy is writ large here, with Jazz’s every evasive move against encroaching cops more morally questionable than the previous. You can’t stop reading, though—as before, Lyga’s strength is a plot that rockets with blood-slicked assurance and with the intercut speed (and splatter) of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs (1988). Will Jazz end up a Crow or just another “prospect”? Here’s hoping the Edgar Awards retroactively presents Lyga a trio of statuettes for his chilling three-book answer.

A comparison to The Silence of the Lambs, the ur-text for the modern serial killer novel? Yeah, I’ll take it.

Teen Author Reading Night: Fall 2014

Here is the schedule for this coming autumn’s Teen Author Reading Night series, hosted and conceived by David Levithan. Note that, ahem, someone special will be there on September 10, reading from Blood of My Blood

(All readings take place at 6pm at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL in Manhattan.)

September 10

  • Isabel Gillies, Starry Night
  • Avery Hastings, Feuds
  • Barry Lyga, Blood of My Blood
  • Micol Ostow, Amity
  • Len Vlahos, The Scar Boys
  • Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds

October 1

  • Lisa Amowitz, Vision
  • Laurie Crompton, Adrenaline Crush
  • Timothy Decker, Lies in the Dust
  • Heather Demetrios, Exquisite Captive
  • Jaclyn Dolamore, Dark Metropolis
  • Amelia Kahaney, The Invisible
  • Gordon Korman, Memory Maze
  • Rachel Vail, Unfriended

November 5

  • A. R. Kahler, Martyr
  • Elizabeth Kiem, Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper
  • Lois Metzger, A Trick of the Light
  • Kass Morgan, Day 21
  • S. Chris Shirley, Playing by the Book
  • Alecia Whitaker, Wildflower

December 3

  • Anna Carey, Blackbird
  • Sarah Beth Durst, Chasing Power
  • Margaret Gurevich, Making the Cut
  • Daphne Grab, The Angel Tree
  • Claire Legrand, Winterspell
  • Kieran Scott, Complete Nothing
  • Rebecca Serle, Famous in Love

Interview: YA Highway Guest Blog

YA Highway posted a guest blog from yours truly last week and I somehow missed it. The topic is “What Do You Feel Right Now?” and I write about what it’s like to wrap up the I Hunt Killers series. Check it out and see what I have to say, including:

I very, very much want it to shock the hell out of them. I want readers to feel a wide range of emotions when reading Blood of My Blood, but most of all, I want it to shock them, and I hope it does.

Want the Blood of My Blood Case Cover?

Here are all three of the case covers (the ones that lurk under the dust jackets) for you…

IHK Peel

Game Peel
BoMB peel