September 11, 2014

Ten Tiny Breaths is now available on WATTPAD! (For a limited time only)

Atria Books has made USA TODAY bestseller TEN TINY BREATHS available on Wattpad for a limited time. What is Wattpad? It's a HUGE international online reading community where anyone can post their writing.
TTB will be available a couple chapters at a time, for FREE! Of course, it's always available for purchase at the below links, if you decide that you just can't wait anymore and NEED to know what happens next.

September 01, 2014

IN HER WAKE is LIVE! Want to read an EXCERPT?

The heartbreaking story that started it all,  this is a true prequel novella that explains what really happened BEFORE TEN TINY BREATHS. Do you think you know the story already? Well, there's a lot you don't know. Though it is a novella, the story packs a punch. Be ready for a few hard moments. But also, be ready to see a few new stolen moments with Kacey and Trent.
PLUS, at the end of the novella, readers get a special treat -- the first four chapters of BURYING WATER (releasing October 7th!)
Thank you to everyone who has already downloaded their copy, to everyone who has shared the release, and to everyone who jumped at the chance to read this story.
Also, thanks to Atria Books and InkSlinger PR for all their hard work with helping me behind this release.
Hope you enjoy! xoxo

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

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That’s how I spot her.
There’s no doubt that it’s her; I’ve memorized her face.
Leaning against a wall on the opposite side, her lips wrapped around a clear bottle filled with clear liquor, her fiery red hair a wild mane against the stark white wall, a tight black T-shirt showing off toned arms. She’s in no rush to part with that bottle, guzzling back a good portion before she hands it off to someone, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand.
Her eyes at half-mast.
She’s wasted.
My heart starts racing. What the hell is Kacey Cleary doing here? By my calculation, she’s probably finishing her last year of high school, having lost at least half a year while recovering.
I tug my cap down even farther, though I doubt she can see two feet in front of her.
Shit. What if she does recognize me? How would she react? Does she know my real name? What I look like? I can’t say for sure that my face wasn’t printed in a newspaper somewhere. She could have Googled my name and found a dozen game shots with me in them. I have my helmet on in most of them, but you can find a profile picture of me easily enough if you’re looking.
I don’t know that she was, though. I wonder if Kacey Cleary gives a fuck about anything anymore. Her Facebook account is inactive. She hasn’t posted a single word and the well-wishes have dwindled, as everyone moves on.
I do know that she shouldn’t be at a party in this state. I’ve heard of bad things happening when girls get that drunk. Especially when they don’t care.
But what do I do?
A blonde stumbles into my chest with two beers in hand. “Hey, do you go here? What’s your name?” She’s tipping her head back way farther than necessary to look up at me, telling me she’s trying to flirt but is too drunk to do it right.
I smile down at her anyway. She’s a good cover. I can stand right here and watch Kacey. “I’m Trent, and I used to go here.”
“Really? When’d you graduate?”
From the corner of my eye, I see Kacey shift from the wall and begin climbing the stairs, her arm hooked around the railing to help her. Two guys following her.

August 26, 2014

The Ten Tiny Breaths Series "One Favorite Moment" Tour, beginning tomorrow!

IN HER WAKE releases next Monday, wrapping up the Ten Tiny Breaths series (for the foreseeable future.) 

Beginning tomorrow, we get to see some of my readers' favorite moments from this entire series. I can't wait to see what they've come up with!

Below is the schedule for the amazing bloggers who are participating. Thank you so much to all of you for being a part of this. I know your reading and reviewing schedules are busy so the fact that you've taken time out to celebrate a series that has changed my life means so much  to me. Also, thanks to Inkslinger PR for orchestrating this send-off. Clever ducks, you all are. What a brilliant idea.

There is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for a signed set of the TTB series (I'm sorry that IN HER WAKE is not available in print at this time. Go bug Atria Books and maybe we'll get some made) PLUS a signed print copy of BURYING WATER (releasing October 7th). I'm not posting the rafflecopter entry form here. You'll need to visit these lovely blogger sites below to enter :D

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August 25, 2014

Toronto Globe & Mail Article on New Adult, with ME in it!

I hope I never get used to this...

I was interviewed over the phone by a journalist from the Globe & Mail a few weeks ago. Last week, they requested some pictures. I was nervous because a)you never know what a newspaper is going to say about you, b)they wanted to include my face next to whatever they were going to say, and c)having pictures taken is never fun unless you're with your girlfriends and four drinks into your night (note: I seriously considered cracking a bottle of wine before the photographer showed up, but guessed that wouldn't be the most professional  or appropriate. Then again, it may fit the stereotype some people hold of full-time writers)

Anyway, I just saw the article online and the husband is running out to grab the print copy. Apparently my picture is in the headline of the business section.  That's pretty cool. It's also a positive article for New Adult. I like seeing those types of articles. Thank you, Globe & Mail!

In case any of you are interested, here's the article. I think it drives home the point that fans of New Adult NEED to be requesting these books from their bookstores and libraries. That's how New Adult is going to grow. That's how these authors are going to keep writing in this emerging category of books. 

This is one of the pics included. Thank God I cleaned my office out earlier that week. I feel like we  should have a game of "spot the Chick-fil-A paraphernalia" for my American friends. They all say I'm crazy.  I say someone needs to open up a Chick-fil-A in the Toronto area.

(picture taken by Matthew Sherwood for the Globe & Mail)