Wednesday, March 07, 2012


PEOPLE! We've got some super-exciting, breaking news to share. We hope you'll join us in screaming like a fan-girl and putting the gif lady above to shame.

Another one of our Oasis Sisters is about to realize her dream of being a published YA author.  Congratulations to A.E. Rought, whose novel, BROKEN, will be published next year by Strange Chemistry.  Here's the official news snippet:

Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of another wonderful author. A. E. Rought has been signed to Strange Chemistry in a two book deal with worldwide English rights negotiated between Amanda Rutter and Gina Panettieri, of the Talcott Notch Literary Agency.
The first of these two books will be called Broken and will be published by Strange Chemistry in early 2013.
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein where a young couple's undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all. A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.
The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

AE said: “When my agent told me Strange Chemistry was interested, I think I squealed out loud. Angry Robot has an amazing reputation, and to be welcomed into their YA imprint? Bliss. Nerdvana. I'm absolutely thrilled to be with Strange Chemistry and working with Amanda.”

Amanda Rutter says: “As soon as I received the email from Gina detailing the premise of Broken, I knew that I had to read this book. I was thrilled to discover that the writing was just as good as promised and I have no doubt Broken will prove to be a massive hit!”

We can't wait to share all the coming excitement with you, and like we did with J.A., we hope to be part of the big cover reveal when that time comes.  In the meantime, please give A.E. a big virtual ((HUG)) and help us spread the news.  (You can even toss some confetti if you want. Just be sure to clean up your office when you're done so your boss doesn't know you were reading blogs at work again...)


  1. Congrats! I love success stories!!!

  2. I'm jumping up and down for AE! Wowsa!

  3. Congratulations! I wish you blessings from the Cover Art and Sell-Through Fairies!

    - Liz

  4. YAY Congratulations A.E. Rought.... it's lovely to hear fellow YA authors doing so well :)

  5. OMGosh, Jessie! I love that picture!! Congrats AE!!

  6. THANK YOU so much! It's very exciting. BROKEN is the book of my heart--dark and twisting and aching as it it--and I'm so happy it's going to make it's way into the world!

  7. Niiiiiiiccceeee!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

  8. Yay! I'm in the querying stage, so I LOVE to hear these stories! Congratulations!!!!!

  9. Congrats again AE!!!

  10. :-D You can't see it but you guys are making me smile HUGE. And, Rachel, hon, don't give up if it's what you love. I was pretty down about things before this book sold, so keep the chin up and keep on querying and writing!


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