Dawn Ius

Author - Screenwriter - Editor

Monday, 03 October 2016 20:55

YA Scavenger Hunt - Fall 2016!

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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 team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAMbut there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
 
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
 
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
 
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
 
Abigail
 
Today, I am hosting the uber talented Abigail Johnson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 
Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about Abigail's book here! 
 
 
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
 

If I fix you

 

ARE SOME THINGS MEANT TO STAY BROKEN?

Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out-with a sticky note as a goodbye-only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things-cars, relationships, romances, people-is all broken up. It used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars-on the inside and out-that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start…


ON SALE OCTOBER 25, 2016 FROM HARLEQUIN TEEN 

For Abigail's bonus content, she has included this drool-worthy picture board! Don't these images make you want to pre-order her book RIGHT NOW? 

Image board

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Abigail, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 27! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT!
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Audrey Grey!
 
PLUS! Leave a comment on the blog and I'll enter you in a random draw to win a signed copy of my debut, Anne & Henry, now in paperback! Happy Hunting!
 
~ Dawn
 
Team Green
 
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 17:45

Pitch Wars Wishlist & Bio!

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PitchWarsLast year, I watched Pitch Wars with the kind of fascination generally reserved for Adam Levine. I won't digress by getting into the parallels there, but let me say, sitting on the sidelines was excrutiating.

Not even half way through last year's War, I emailed Brenda begging to come on board, not fully understanding the scope of this brilliant event. Holy crap is this an amazing opportunity for aspiring authors!

For me too. 

Sure, I didn't like watching from the sidelines (though I rooted for everyone involved, including many dear friends), but it was MORE than the idea of missing out on the fun that had me all sad faced.

It's that Pitch Wars represents so much of what I love about this industry, about the kind of writer and editor I want to be—supportive, encouraging, a beacon of hope at the end of what can sometimes be a dark tunnel of despair.

Today, I'm the author of three young adult books published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) including ANNE & HENRY, OVERDRIVE, and LIZZIE, 10 educational graphic novels, and short stories in anthologies published by Leap Books and Vine Leaves Press, where I am also the development editor. I'm repped by Agent Awesome Mandy Hubbard who is truly a wizard at making dreams come true. 

I love helping others grow and succeed, and in many other capacities as an editor, critique partner, and writing coach for youth, I get to do just that. It's not enough. It's never enough! 

When I started my writing career, I was lucky enough to receive writing advice and personal coaching from several New York Times bestelling authors. Their lessons still resonate. I continue to acknowledge them in every piece of work I publish, because it is their encouragement and support and advice that got me through some frankly depressing times. Giving back is important to me. I want to give back to YOU.

So imagine my absolute THRILL that this year—RIGHT NOW!—I get to be a Pitch Wars mentor!

My inbox is salivating at the thought of what will land in it. (That may or may not be another parallel about my Adam Levine fascination... *cough cough*)

I can't wait to get reading!

So what am I hoping to read?

A fast-paced young adult book that makes me swoon, or scares the crap out of me.

Insta-love can work, but if you can keep me engaged with a slow burn, I'll fall in love with the manuscript...and you. Give me bad boys that aren't cliche'd and tough girls that my stepdaughters can look up to. Or deliver a suspenseful read that takes me through a series of shocking twists and turns, and makes me double-check that I've locked the front door. For a week. (Fair warning: I'm really hard to scare.)

I prefer page-turning thriller to outrageous gore, but if there's a fresh teen slasher book lurking in your imagination, give me that. (Please!)

I'm also not opposed to paranormal, but it MUST be fresh. 

While I like sci-fi and fantasy, I'm probably not the best fit there—I'm a Star Wars junkie, but beyond that, my reading in those genres is limited. (My advice will be, "Can you please add more Chewbacca?" and that's probably not very helpful.) I enjoy Game of Thrones, but could never aspire to write something so...big? But I do own three bearded dragons and sometimes my hubs calls me Khaleesi...though that MAY be in hopes of getting some of my chocolate chip cookies. They're to die for.

I like contemporary settings, but if you're killing it with a historical, I can be persuaded to hitch a ride on that time travel device with you. Just be sure you've aced your research! 

And look, grammar / spelling is important (I'll be much more engaged if I'm not slogging through sloppy writing) but it's voice that matters. (Cliche, I know!) If you can wow me with your voice, I'll forgive almost ANYTHING in the story and character development and try out virtually any genre or cross-genre.

DawnWhy do you want me as your mentor?

1. I'm tough. One of the best lessons one of my mentors taught me is that you can ALWAYS write better. I will push you to write tighter and more efficiently. To dig deep. You will work hard in revisions. You will develop a thicker skin—because you need that in this industry. You will come out of this stronger, more confident, and ready

2. I'll be your number one fan and cheerleader—even when I'm red-lining your work. (And I WILL redline your work...)

3. I WANT you to succeed.

4. I believe in you. Yes, U.

If you want to work hard, write better, and craft a kick-ass book that will have agents and editors salivating, pitch me! 

Also, send Adam Levine gifs. (Just kidding! Sort of...I suck at them, so any help, er, appreciated.)

For submission guidelines and all you need to know about Pitch Wars, go to brilliant Brenda's post here: http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitch-wars/ 

And then check out all of the other fantastic mentors making Pitch Wars amazing this year.

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So looking forward to hearing from U. You can find me on Twitter via @dawnmius :-)

~ Dawn

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:12

#AtoZChallenge: V is for Vegas, baby

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my youg adult novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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Bellagio

Viva, Las Vegas!

I'm not much of a gambler, and stumbling from hotel to hotel in a drunken stupor isn't actually my idea of a good time, but I have been to Las Vegas on four occassions—the number of visits rivaled only by Hawaii when I was lucky enough to attend the Maui Writers' Conference a few years in a row. I love both places for different reasons, but I set OVERDRIVE in Las Vegas for specific reasons...

Vegas is thrilling.

Loud.

Fun.

All of the characteristics I wanted in OVERDRIVE—not to mention a high-stakes atmosphere. 

Circus circusLocation research isn't always a "must" for me, at least not an "in person" reconnaisance (though I am planning a trip to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast soon to research my Spring 2018 release, LIZZE.)

You can learn a lot from Google. But I'm glad I was able to infuse some of my first-hand "excitement" of Vegas in OVERDRIVE, along with a few of the most famous landmarks—like the Bellagio Hotel, the creepy clown face at Circus Circus, the infamous "Strip."

Have you been to Las Vegas? What were some of your highlights? Comment on today's post—or any of the posts in the #AtoZChallenge for a chance to WIN a copy of OVERDRIVE. See you tomorrow for a riveting letter "W" ;-)

~ Dawn

 

 

Monday, 25 April 2016 18:13

#AtoZChallenge: U is for Unified

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my youg adult novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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Of all the books I've written, OVERDRIVE was probably the most fun—it encompasses so many of my passions, but also, after writing Anne & Henry, I wanted something a little lighter. Turns out, I don't quite know how to do that, because although OVERDRIVE takes place in Sin City and there are enough action scenes to get your pulse racing, there are a few important underlying themes that may be less "light" such as family, and unification.

When Jules and Emma Parish arrive at the home of their new foster father, the eccentric and perhaps slightly creepy, Roger Montgomery, they are a unified unit—sisters who were abandoned by their parents and tossed around the foster care system for the past four years. Despite some questionable decisions, Jules is always thinking about Emma—they're a tight-knit unit. Unbreakable. 

At least that's what Jules assumes until she realizes that if they're going to survive at Roger's mansion, their two-some will have to grow—fast. For the first time since their father left, Jules will have to let down her guard and trust others. In OVERDRIVE, four teens with (almost) nothing in common and everything to lose must form a unified front if they're going to make it through the most challenging—and dangerous—seven weeks of their lives.

Yeah, I know, another cheat, but there really are no muscle cars that start with the letter "U." Tomorrow we get back on track with a "V" post that's very much a part of OVERDRIVE's fabric. Viva, Las Vegas! See you then...

~ Dawn

 

Sunday, 24 April 2016 19:52

#AtoZChallenge: T is for Transformers

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my youg adult novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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BumblebeeNote: WHOOPS! I totally forgot to post yesterday, and so I'm posting today, when the #AtoZChallenge is supposed to be on break. That probably means I lose...ah well. I'm still posting...T for TRANSFORMERS.

There's something about the "new and improved" muscle cars that don't work for me—the modernized Camaro, the updated Challenger, the funky looking Mustangs. They're almost too sleek. Even the latest model of the Shelby GT 500 isn't something I'd add to my "must drive one day" list. And somehow, I doubt all of these newer models would have the same growl—which is the best part about a muscle car.

My husband keeps asking me which of the new muscle cars I'd buy—and the answer, much to his dismay, is none of them. Unless...

It's Bumblebee.

Because Bumblebee is well...more than meets the eye. ;-)

I've always been a fan of Transformers and my nephew, Jack, is just getting into them now (transitioning away from Lightning McQueen finally.) The movies are my guilty pleasure. (I just watched one of them the other day, actually...)

If we're talking Transformer, I'd probably drive this guy...I mean, if he transforms and all. transformer.jazz

I know, another cop-out post, because Transformers have nothing to do with OVERDRIVE. But we're moving into the finals days of the #AtoZChallenge and it's getting harder to find letter-appropriate posts—like, I have no idea what I'm doing for "U" tomorrow.

Hope you come back to find out!

~ Dawn

Saturday, 23 April 2016 01:32

#AtoZChallenge: S is for Superhero Cars

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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I intended to make this post about amazing vehicles driven by superheroes, but either my Google skills are lacking, my memory is fading, or only Batman got a cool ride. Seriously guys, what am I missing?

Not that I'd turn down a chance to take a spin around the block in the Batmobile. I mean, look at this thing...

batmobile barris

This particular model was built by George Barris (shown here), known as the King of the Kustomizers. His creations are legendary in the world of television and motion pictures, and his personal collection includes everything from the General Lee (gah!) to Torino Green Hornet and Monkee Mobile. Unfortunately, Barris passed November, 2015—but his legendary cars live on. The guy was a genius.

In OVERDRIVE, Barris is Nick Barker's idol, and this particular car makes a guest appearance during one of the boosts. 

My friend Matt affectionately calls my old RX-8 the "Batmobile" (even though I repeatedly tell him her name is "Anne"), and I admit, the two vehicles have similar lines. But somehow, I don't think "Anne" is nearly as collectible. Damn.

I know, a bit of a cop-out "S" post. My intentions were good though—I just couldn't find what I was looking for. Do YOU know of any Superhero vehicles?

Back tomorrow with a cool "T" post—for realz.

~ Dawn

Friday, 22 April 2016 00:07

#AtoZChallenge: R is for RED

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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 Sexy Nick Barker's special Mustang in OVERDRIVE is Candy Apple Red. Cliche, perhaps, and yet logical, given that red has dominated lists of most popular vehicle colors for decades, especially when it comes to sports and muscle cars. In fact, a quick Google search for famous vehicles brought up dozens of examples, and not surpisingly, more than half of them were red.

I'm sure you'll recognize a few of these favorites:

CHRISTINE - 1957 Plymouth Belvedere

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This model of car wasn't even available in red, but when Stephen King's classic horror, Christine, hit theatres, producers insisted—after all, what other color could a "demon" car be?

1977 Ferrari 308 GTS

magnum pi

Famous for it's starring role in the hit TV show Magnum P.I., this Ferrari saw a huge increase in sales during the '80s. No shocker there.

2003 Mini Cooper S

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Featured in the movie, The Italian Job (appropriately a heist flick) this "little" cars could really move, making for some surprisingly intense car chase scenes.

1975 Ford Gran Torino

starsky and hutch

Affectionately referred to as "The Striped Tomato" this car was famously used by two hard-nosed California detectives, Starsky & Hutch.

Lightning McQueen

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Based on the Toyota NASCAR vehicles, the creators of this cocky but friendly Pixar-animated car looked to famous sports personalities for character inspiration.

All great red cars.

However, the most memorable and most famous, perhaps, is not one seen in books or movies, but rather remembered in song. It is with great sadness today that we hear of Prince's death—a legendary musican and pop culture icon. I can sing almost every single one of his songs, and have watched him perform in awe, but there is one tune I have always sand at the top of my lungs—Little Red Corvette. 

My throat is raw with emotion today. R.I.P Prince. Thank you for everything you gave to your fans—and me.

~ Dawn

 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:02

#AtoZChallenge: Q is for Quick

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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Confession: I like to drive fast.

I'm not reckless or anything, but there's something about being behind the wheel of a car that knows how to corner, especially if it's a stick shift. Better still if it's a muscle car, because the engine "growl" is better...

My current "fast" vehicle is an older Mazda RX8, a 2009 black beauty I called Anne (my husband's truck is named Henry—clearly I'm in charge of naming...) and she still has a lot of pep to her (6 gears, top speed of 220 kmp). While I prefer muscle cars, there are a few "quick" modern cars I'd love to drive—at least once. Like these...

 

Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra

This Italian super car reaches speeds up to 231 mph and has an acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, aply nicknamed "God of the Winds." With a price tag of $1.3 million, odds are I'll never get to take this baby around the block, but no question it's quick!

 

McLaren F1

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 has three seats in the front, with the driver—interestingly—seated between the two passengers. Maybe that's to protect him/her when the car rockets to a top speed of 240 mph in 3.2 seconds. Want to take it for a spin? Be prepared to shell out $5.58 million.

 

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

saleen s7 twin turbo 04

If I were to consider a super car—rather than a 1967 Shelby GT 500, for instance—it would probably be the Saleen. At just over half a million bucks, the Saleen is the most affordable of the super cars—and tops out at 248 mph. It's not half bad on the eyes either.

 

Bugatti Veyron — The Super Sport

bugatti veyron super sport 0Aesthetically, this car is a bust for me—too rounded, or something. It doesn't quite feel like a sports car to me—but looks are deceiving, because this Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the Guiness Book of World Record's title of being the fastest supercar in the world. It cab go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, and maxes out at 253 mph. Gulp.

Any of these cars make your driving bucket list?

Excuse me while I go take my putt putt around the block. See you tomorrow for the letter R as I start winding down the #AtoZChallenge of OVERDRIVE.

~ Dawn

 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:58

#AtoZChallenge: P is for Parish (Jules & Emma)

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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No question OVERDRIVE is a high-octane adrenaline ride, but at it's core is the theme of family, and how sometimes, family is who you make it.

That's certainly the case for Jules and Emma Parish, sisters who have bounced from foster home to foster home before landing on the doorstep of Roger's stunning Vegas mansion.

I considered posting pictures of my inspiration for each of these characters, but I'd rather you formed images of them yourself after reading the book ;-)

So instead, here's their quick and dirty character sketches...a little teaser, I guess. Both of them are very near and dear to my heart, but Jules has absolutely wormed her way under my skin.

JULIA "Jules" PARISH

Julia “Jules” Parish is damn good at boosting cars. Hot cars, classic cars, broken down beaters—she isn’t fussy, as long as the job pays enough to put food on the table for her sister Emma and their deadbeat mother.

And while she’s quite comfortable parkouring her way through a heist, her real strength is her stealth. This skill, coupled with her white hair and pale complexion, have earned this former ballerina the street name, Ghost.

EMMA "Ems" PARISH

Ten-year-old Emma Parish is Julia’s Achilles heel. It’s more than her sweet smile and innocence—Emma possesses an infectious enthusiasm that shines even on dark days. If her (sometimes bold) quick wit and obnoxious giggle don’t win you over, you’ll fall for her fierce loyalty and bravery. 

Emma is a trusting kid—maybe too trusting—and easily distracted from reality by shiny, sparkling things. “Home” has always been a run down double-wide or apartment in Las Vegas’s shadiest areas—so of course she’s over the moon with a new backyard waterslide and her very own Princess suite.

I had so much fun developing this sibling relationship—perhaps somewhat based on how much I love my sister, and how fiercely I would protect her. 

Admittedly, my "Q" post for tomorrow is a bit of a cheat, but I hope you come back anyway ;-)

~ Dawn

Monday, 18 April 2016 15:44

#AtoZChallenge: O is for OVERDRIVE (obviously)

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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Overdrive JKT

Without further (boring) pre-amble, here's the synopsis for OVERDRIVE, which launches Sept. 13, 2016 from Simon Pulse. I could not be more excited about this book!

"Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.

Unless.

Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?"

Intrigued? You can add it to Goodreads here and even pre-order it here.

Check back tomorrow for a less obvious "P" post as we continue the #AtoZChallenge of OVERDRIVE.

~ Dawn

 

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