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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: 250+ Book Giveaway! (US/CAN)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. 

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Author Bio/Links:

Emmy Laybourne is a writer, actress and teacher who lives in upstate New York. In June of 2012, Emmy’s debut novel, MONUMENT 14, was released by Feiwel & Friends, a division of Macmillan. 

MONUMENT 14 is a post-apocalyptic Young Adult thriller that follows the story of fourteen kids who get trapped in a superstore while civilization collapses outside the gates. 

The novel received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was called “Frighteningly real… riveting,” by the New York Times Book Review and was an Editor’s Choice. The sequel, Sky On Fire, will be released in June of 2013. The final installment of the trilogy, SAVAGE DRIFT, is expected in 2014.

Emmy began her writing career as a playwright. The first play she wrote and performed was called, The Miss Alphabet City Beauty Pageant and Spelling Bee. The New York Post said it, “restores faith in our country’s comedic future.” The Daily News called it, “hilariously clever.” 

Her next play, Smorgas-Bourne, landed Emmy a starring role in the Paramount feature film, Superstar, opposite Molly Shannon.

As an actress, Emmy went on to have featured roles in the films “Nancy Drew,” “The In-Laws,” and “Lucky Numbers.” She was a season regular on the NBC sitcom “DAG,” and performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. She has improvised with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits and the Heartless Floozies. Emmy has performed original comedy material throughout LA and New York, including the song she sang with her brother, Sam, “We Can’t Make Love Because We’re Related.” 

Emmy graduated from UCLA with an MFA in screenwriting in June of 2006. While at UCLA, Emmy won the Eleanor Perry Award for Excellence in Screenwriting from Women in Film for her screenplay, “Tulum.” 

She lives in Rockland county, New York, with her husband and two children.

or Twitter: @EmmyLaybourne


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  1. erin said...:

    I really like the premise of this book :) Sounds very intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Em said...:

    I borrowed this one a while ago, and really liked it! It put a very interesting spin on a dystopian novel :-)

  1. bn100 said...:

    Suspenseful sounding premise

  1. I like the idea of a post-apocalyptic survival story. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  1. Beth W said...:

    I love post-apocalyptics, but I also have wondered if being stuck in a supermart during that time wouldn't be the best option. I look forward to being enlightened about potential downsides to that. :)

  1. Unknown said...:

    I like that for this dystopian book the premise is unique. I like that it keeps you guessing and questioning what your reading. I am looking forward to reading it again. :)

  1. I am looking forward to the exciting events in the book. Love the cover.

  1. kymom13 said...:

    I'm most looking forward to finding a book that my teen would devour, love and read over again!


  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    I love how action-packed this book sounds! I am really looking forward to it!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I love apocalyptic stories and this looks very unique. I've had this on my list for awhile and look forward to reading it. Thanks!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I'm looking forward to seeing how kids can survive alone in a superstore! :D

  1. Marie-Claude said...:

    I love dystopian !!!! I'm looking foward to see how the story develop.

  1. How high school kids deal with disaster. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  1. For one it's dystopian, so automatic plus. It looks really unique too, unlike the classic futuristic novel,=.

  1. Amber said...:

    I love the whole idea of the setting... A super market? Havent heard of that one before... curious to how the plot would develop from the initial crash...

  1. Amanda P said...:

    Love this series!!!!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    i can't wait cause i love all the suspense in the series and the plot!!!!

  1. Amanda P said...:

    i love the series can't wait to get a signed copy!!!!! love the suspense in the book!!!!!!

  1. Unknown said...:

    All of the action-it looks amazing!

  1. Daniel M said...:

    post-apocalypse is my fav genre! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  1. Courtney said...:

    This book sounds perfect for my dystopian reading challenge!

  1. Abby Brown said...:

    I Love these books!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I am looking forward to this book because it is about a group of children/teens trying to survive on their own.

  1. Unknown said...:

    To finally reading this series, I have the second book I just need teh first!

  1. Ash36 said...:

    I'm always looking for a new dystopian series :)