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2015 Authors

jessica-brodybook-cover-unchangedJessica Brody is the author of both adult and young adult novels. Her newest book is from her young adult Unremembered series and is titled Unchanged and will come out February 2015. Unchanged continues the story of a young 16 year old girl who was found unharmed and the only survivor in a plane crash. Seraphina, the main character in the series, continues to struggle to remember her past, and the strange new abilities she has but cannot explain. Jessica splits her time between Los Angeles and Chicago and loves bananas but hates anything banana flavored.




book-cover-blackbirdAnna Carey is the author of the Eve Trilogy. Her newest book, Blackbird, came out in September 2014. Blackbirdis about a young girl who wakes up on train tracks with no memory of who she is or what she is doing there. Unfortunately for her, there are people who do know who she is, and will do anything to get her. Anna lives in Los Angeles and enjoys subway generated wind and dislikes pennies and tunafish.





Cecil Castellucci is the author of many novels and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, and The Year of the Beasts. Her newest novel Tin Star is about Tula who, with her family, was set to board a colony ship until the colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life and leave her to die. Although an alien saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station, when three humans crash land onto the station, Tula’s desire for escape becomes irresistible until things begin to fall apart. The sequel in the series, Stone in the Sky, comes out in February of 2015. Cecil was born in New York but now lives in Los Angeles.



debra-drizabook-cover-mila-renegadeDebra Driza is the author of the MILA 2.0 series. Her newest book in the series, MILA 2.0: Renegade, came out in May 2014. It continues the story of Mila, a teenager who discovers se is really an andriod, with enemies that will do whatever it takes to hunt her down, even harm the people she cares for most. Debra lives in California where she adds random colors to her hair with her husband and two kids.




katie-finnbook-cover-broken-heartsKatie Finn is the author of the Top 8 series and her newest series The Broken Heats & Revenge series. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, the first in the series, is about Gemma. Gemma has her summer all planned out until a bad break up and miscommunication leave her in the Hamptons where her ex-best friend Hallie and her dreamy brother think she is someone else. Can she keep up the lies, or will Hallie discover who Gemma really is, the girl who runied her life? Katie lives in Log Angeles with her dog Murphy and also writes under the name Morgan Matson.




Maurene Goo is athe author of Since You Asked. Since You Asked is about Holly Kim, a copyeditor for her high school’s newspaper who gets a column where she rants about everyone in school. Can she survive the enemies she’ll make and still balance her family’s traditional Korean values? Maurene lives in Los Angeles with her cat, husband, an tons of Korean and Mexican food.




claudia-graybook-cover-thousand-piecesClaudia Gray is the author of several young adult titles. Her latest, A Thousand Pieces of You, kicks off the beginning of a new series titled Firebird. Claudia lives in a 100 year old purple house in New Orleans where she writes full time.




aaron-hartzlerbook-cover-rapture-practiceAaron Hartzler is the author of Rapture Practice, a coming-of-age memoir. Rapture Practice is about Aaron’s journey to discover who he is and how he really feels about religion, girls, and boys, while trying not to hurt the family that loves him. Aaron lives in southern California with his handsome boyfriend Nate and their two dogs Charlie and Brahms.




jessica-khourybook-cover-kalahariJessica Khoury is the author of companion novels Origin and Vitro with her newest novel Kalahari coming out in February of 2015. Vitro takes place on a remote island in the Pacific, where Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and hiven them life, but these beings have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. When seventeen-year-old Sophie goes to the island to find her mother, she discovers she has a Vitro twin herself and becomes torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. Jessica currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina where she enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.



melissa-landersbook-cover-invadedMelissa Landers is the author of the Alienated series. The second book, Invaded, comes out in February 2015. Invaded continues the story of Cara, a human, and Aelyx, an alien from planet L’eihr. Aelyx becomes an exchange student here on Earth and lives with Cara’s family. Although at first they are anything but friends, when they begin to be harassed and threatened, they quickly realize that they need to count on each other, but what if Aelyx isn’t telling her the whole truth? Melissa is a former teacher who lives near Cincinnati with her husband and three kids and isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public.



shannon-messengerbook-cover-let-the-storm-breakShannon Messengeris the author of the Let the Sky Fall series about Vane Weston who survived the category five tornado that killed his parents and dreams of dark-haired girl every night since the storm and Audra, Vane’s guardian who has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. Her newest novel, Let the Storm Break is the sequel in the series and comes out March of 2015. Shannon lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats.



lauren-millerbook-cover-free-to-fallLauren Miller is the author of Parallel, and Free to Fall. Free to Fall is set in the future where a lifestyle device called the Lux makes all your choices for you. Sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn accepts her reality until she meets North, a handsome hacker who chooses to ignore Lux. Lauren lives in southern California with her husband and two children.




elizabeth-rossbook-cover-belle-epoqueElizabeth Ross is the author of Belle Epoque which came out in June 2013. Belle Epoque is about sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon is caught up in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception. Elizabeth is originally from Scotland, but now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.




sherri-smithbook-cover-orleansSherri Smith is the author of six young adult novels. Her newest novel Orleans, came out March 2013. Orleans is about a world where the Gulf Coast has been quarantined after a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever. Years later, a new primitive society has formed and Fen de lea Guerre, a young woman in that society, has a newborn baby she is trying to get to the outer states, a journey that will not be easy. Sherri lives in Los Angeles with the love of her life.




mary-elizabeth-summerbook-cover-trust-me-im-lyingMary Elizabeth Summer is the author of Trust Me, I’m Lying which came out in October 2014. Trust Me, I’m Lying is about Julep Dupree tells lies, a lot of them. But when Julep comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, her carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel and she struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. Mary lives in Portland Oregon with her wife, their daughter, and very demanding cat.



kasie-westbook-cover-on-the-fenceKasie West is the author of the Pivot Point series as well as her contemporary novels The Distance Between Us and On the Fence. Her newest book Split Second, the sequel to Pivot Point, comes out in February of 2015. It continues the story of Addison Coleman, a teen who is a Searcher, which means that she can look into the future and see both outcomes of the future with the choices she makes. Kasie is the mother of four kids and lives in central California. She has two boyfriends, Adam Levine and Hugh Jackman, but likes her husband more (most of the time).