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YA Scavenger Hunt 2016!


I’m so excited to have the opportunity to participate in this year’s YA Scavenger Hunt! Today, I’m hosting NYT and USA Today best selling author Dawn Rae Miller. I’ve heard rumors that she has plans for 39 more books, but I’m not certain.

Ms. Miller was awesome enough to provide a deleted scene from Crushed , a YA/NA Contemporary Coming of Age, and the Pinterest page created for this book. You can also check out her book on  Amazon.


Here is the synopsis:

For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much.

However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him – Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down.

Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.


According to Ms. Miller, this scene was cut because the book went in a completely different direction, focusing more on Fletch’s internal struggle and less on the day-to-day lives of a group of boarding school kids.


The lull between Sarah exiting the stage and the first beats of the music stretches on

forever. The sound wafts around me, and I freeze staring out at the hundreds of eyes watching

Brady shoves me forward. “Sing you prick. I know you have this damn song memorized.”


He lowers his sunglasses. “C’mon, don’t wuss out. Sing it for Ellie.”

Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams Come True fills the air. Reid and Brady crowd around

me, singing back-up.


I focus on Ellie. She smiles, and I shift into normal Fletch mode – the cocky guy people

expect me to be. In my mind, there’s no one else in the room but her. Who cares if I’m not the

best singer? Hell, I probably sound like cat stuck in washing machine, but Ellie doesn’t seem to



When I’m done, I sprint back to my seat.


Ellie leaps from her chair and plants a kiss on my cheek. Over my shoulder, she says to

the guys, “Thank you. That was awesome.”


Brady laughs. “Seriously, it was nothing. He listens to that song all the time.” I toss up

my hands to stop him, but he smirks. “It reminds him of you.”


I groan.


Ellie slaps my arm. “Hey, none of that. I loved it.”


Shortly before ten, Sarah takes the stage again. “You all know who I am – I mean, who I

am am – not my costume. I’m dressed up like Lita Ford, but I’m not singing a Lita Ford song. I’m

going to do a little Joan Jett.”


She lifts a finger and Do You Wanna Touch Me blasts from the speakers.


“Oh damn!” Brady yells as Sarah struts across the stage, pausing only to gyrate.

Libby convulses in a fit of laughter, and Ellie’s laughing so hard she can’t breathe.

Mr. Jensen, not knowing what to do, ping pongs his head from the stage to the crowd

back to the stage.


Ellie jumps up and claps her hands over her head, keeping the beat. “Go Sarah!” she



Libby, with Brady and Reid, join Sarah on stage in her flagrant flaunting of what the

school deems “acceptable behavior.”


Oh what the hell, if they’re going down, might as well make it group effort. I rush the



It’s the longest three minutes of the night, and not because she sucks – she actually has

a great voice – but I can’t stop wondering what in the world possessed Ellie and her normally

calm friends to do something so out of character.


When the song ends, the crowd goes ape-shit crazy, and Sarah blows kisses until Mr.

Jensen yanks the microphone from her, covers it with his hand and gives her what seems to be

a few choice words. Sarah recoils for a second before blowing one more kiss and running back

to our table.


“What’d ya think? Was it legendary?” she asks between breaths.


“Totally!” Libby says.


Ellie leans closer to her. “What did Jensen say?”


“Oh, the normal, I suppose. I have detention next week.” She shoots Brady, Reid and me

a dirty look. “Not that I’m a stranger to detention.”


It goes right over their heads, but I understand. She’s still pissed at me.








I hope you enjoyed learning more about Dawn Rae Miller’s book, Crushed.  If you’re interested in even more YA Scavenger Hunt fun, enter my rafflecopter giveaway, and check out Karen Kincy’s website for your next stop!

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New review for Burning Bright from Book Haven!

Today I received an awesome review from Book Haven. It totally made my day! Thanks Caitlin 🙂


Burning Bright is a story you’ll never forget. I never will, at least. It’s about a girl, Sam, who is haunted by her past and now lives with crappy foster parents (I mean, you read the synopsis, right?) They foster parents are so bad that she decided to live in a tent outside of the house… yeah.
   I love this book because until others, it really shows you from the protagonist’s present POV the physical and mental abuse a person is going through. Most other books tell it from a past-tense “this happened to me” but this book is in present tense “this is happening to me” and it just really hits you how terrible some people can be. How this could be happening to someone right now. And that’s sad to think about.
   I also really like the tiger idea. It’s so different from what I’ve read and I liked how she had someone (something..?) she could relate to, because then she didn’t feels so alone.
   What I didn’t like was Ben’s… hesitancy. Argh it’s so arduous to try to explain something without giving it away. Anyway, I’m always against disloyalty and I just felt like he if he wanted to go towards another… path, he should make it clear the other path is no longer going to be taken… I feel like Chanda is reading this right now, laughing at my struggle to explain this xP
   I also wish there was more of a suspense with finding out Sam’s past. You don’t know until the end, but during my reading, I sometimes forgot about her past because at times, there wasn’t anything to remind me of what she’s been through. I wanted more hints here and there to keep me guessing.
   Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It really sticks with you.

Book Blast Tour for Burning Bright!

From February 1st to the 5th, Burning Bright will be featured on over 35 blogs! Use this link to visit one of them, Please Pass the Books, to enter to win a 20.00 Amazon gift card!

Burning Bright is LIVE!!!

This one was very near and dear to my heart, so much so that I almost can’t believe it’s out there in the world. And, just the thought of other people reading it is awesome/terrifying/nerve-wracking/incredible! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did writing it!

Check it out while it’s on sale! Amazon


Here are some of the pics that helped inspire this book.

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Book Bub, here I come!

Today I got the awesome news from my publisher (yay Lynn!) that First finally got a Book Bub ad! It’ll be featured in the Young Adult section and will be on sale for .99 cents from January 26th to the 30th. If you’re interested, please check out my Facebook event and say you’ll attend. It doesn’t cost anything, but it’ll help me get more exposure and hopefully sell more copies. Thanks!


Book blitz tour!

Bloggers, if you’re interested in being part of a book blitz tour, please click on the link below!

Oh, and only 14 days left! Squee!CYaBmo5WkAAlVEG

New year, new goals!

Do you set new year’s resolutions? I’ve done it for years, and I’ve always failed. Usually it’s the normal stuff, weight loss, take better care of myself, appreciate the small things in life more, keep a journal, blah blah blah. Every year, it’s the same thing. And every year yes, I fail miserably.

This year, I’m going to do something different. Instead of making a vague list of things I want to do but know I’ll never achieve, I’m going to focus on my writing/publishing and make a plan with a timeline.

Here it is so far, subject to change, of course:

  • January:
    • Burning Bright comes out on the 25th
    • finish editing Flight and get it out to betas
  • February:
    • finish the end of Harbinger, book three of the Live Once trilogy. It’s about 90 % done already, I just need to finish killing a bunch of people, sacrifice a hero, and tie up lose ends. I already have the outline and everything mapped out, and it’s sweet :).
  • March:
    • work on edits for Flight
    • run through Harbinger- send it out to betas
  • April:
    • send Flight out for another round of beta love
    • get Harbinger back and edit it, send to another round of betas
  • May:
    • while waiting for those two pieces, commission covers (after figuring out Flight’s final name, of course)
    • start the first round of edits to a NA contemporary superhero I wrote during Camp Nano that I’m super excited about. 🙂

That’s it for now 🙂 I have a bunch of other stuff planned, but I’ll wait until I see where I am by the end of May. 🙂

What have you planned for next year?

We have a release date!

Burning Bright hits the shelves on January 25th, 2016! I’m so excited for you all to read this book! It’s a dark, contemporary YA with a heroine who has more secrets than the CIA! (Well, not really, but she does pack a doozy, and she’s not your typical good girl, either)


Here’s the blurb:


Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.

Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home in Alegria, Arizona. Then she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She’s hesitant to get close, terrified he’ll learn her secret.

When Ben introduces Sam to Solomon, a Bengal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she’s strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon’s life, but her own. And to do that, she’ll need to tell Ben the truth.







New review of Imposter!

I am completely in love with this series! There’s so many dystopian novels out there that are very similar in some ways however the plot in this series is different to the majority in this genre. The story focuses on Mira, a girl who should be dead but in a huge turn of events has managed to survive. As she is forced to impersonate Socrates, the man who should have taken over her body we follow along as she tries to stand up to the government to save her people. The story is full of action and heartbreak and Stafford does a brilliant job of making you feel a mix of emotions whilst you read the story.


Read the rest of review on Kirsty’s Book Blog here


Thank you so much for taking the time to read/review both of my books!

what I’ve been up to… :)

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