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Get 10 Bonus Beat Sheets When You Pre-Order Save the Cat! Writes a Novel

Pre-order a copy of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and receive a FREE companion eBook containing bonus beat sheets (plot breakdowns) for 10 popular novels. That’s over 120 pages of extra content to help you plot your own bestseller! The bonus eBook includes Save the Cat! plot breakdowns for the following novels: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Prey by Michael Crichton 1984 by  … Read more


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YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2018 Edition

Welcome to the Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my  … Read more


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New Sci-Fi Series – “Les Mis in Space!”

  YOU GUYSSSSS!!! Guess what!!!! I’m going to be writing another sci-fi series!!!! I teamed up with one of my best friends and an amazing writer named Joanne Rendell and we recently sold a new sci-fi series to Simon Pulse (who is also publishing my upcoming contemporary novel, THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL). The series  … Read more


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My New Middle Grade Novel: BETTER YOU THAN ME!

Hey all! I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be releasing another middle grade novel for readers 10 and up! Coming in Fall 2018, look for…. BETTER YOU THAN ME The cover will be revealed very soon (and spoiler alert: it’s pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen like EVER!) In the meantime, here  … Read more


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Descendants School of Secrets Book 3 Cover Revealed!

Hey Disney Descendants fans! So I’ve just emerged from the writing cave after finishing off book 4 of the School of Secrets series (WOOT!) And I discovered that (OMG!) Book 3’s release is right around the corner (on 2/28/17!) I was also ecstatic to discover that Disney had just revealed the AMAZING cover!!! As you might  … Read more


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Descendants School of Secrets Book Giveaway!

  Happy Holidays everyone! It’s that time of year again! Lots of food, lots of family, and lots of gifts! So what better gift than a set of SCHOOL OF SECRETS books, signed by the author, yours truly?! I’m giving away 5 autographed sets of CJ’S TREASURE CHASE and FREDDIE’S SHADOW CARDS. That’s right TWO books  … Read more


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I Still Side with Hope

Anyone who knows me knows I am an eternal optimist. On the night of the election, I tweeted, “I side with hope.” And I meant it. I’d always rather deal with disappointment later, then live without hope now. Which is why, like so many people, I never, in a million years, believed that America would  … Read more


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New Book Deal: THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL!

HOORAH! I’m so excited to announce I’ve sold TWO more young adult books to Simon & Schuster (the publisher of BOYS OF SUMMER)! Both books will be contemporary standalone titles and the first has already been announced and is releasing in Fall 2017! Just around the corner! It’s called THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL and  … Read more


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