“Tone Deaf” is Now Available!

My YA Contemporary Romance “Tone Deaf” officially launches today! I’ve been working on this story for many years, so it’s incredible to see it finally hitting shelves and getting into the hands of readers.

“Tone Deaf” is available at AmazonAmazon UKBarnes and NobleBooks-a-MillionBook Depository, and IndieBound. And also check the shelves at your local bookstore!

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His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Advanced Praise: 

“A smart, sexy, and fast-paced story with a swoon-worthy love interest. Tone Deaf will be music to your ears.” —Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild

“Much like its hero, Tone Deaf’s flashy, rock-star exterior surrounds a sweet, vulnerable soul that made it impossible to put down. It is equal parts fun and touching, with a dash of humor and lot of heart. The friendships, as well as the romance, have intense, believable chemistry, and with a giant pitbull named Cuddles thrown in the mix, I was in love!” —Laura Lee Anderson, author of Song of Summer

“Tone Deaf is everything that’s best about YA writing—a strong story, well-defined characters we can care about with distinct voices, and the writing is like walking into Hemingway’s well-lighted room. . . . Tone Deaf’s characters will stay with me for a long time.” —Douglas Rees, award-winning author of Vampire High

“Olivia Rivers has hit all the right notes with Tone Deaf.” —A. R. Kahler, author of Pale Queen Rising and Shades of Darkness

“The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.” –School Library Journal

 

Chapter One Young Writers Conference 2016

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Today I’m participating in the Ch1Con 2016 Blog Tour, an annual tour in preparation for the year’s conference which brings original content from the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team to a number of writing-related blogs.

If you haven’t yet heard of it, the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con) took place in Chicago in 2012 with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: could they, a group of teenagers from across North America, really get together and run their own conference? The answer soon became apparent: yes. So, wanting others to be able to enjoy the experience too, the team took the conference public.

Because the teen writing community is a particularly vibrant one, Ch1Con is proud to say they are the only writing conference by young writers, for young writers. The team comprises a number of high school and college-age writers with different experience levels who work to create a unique, inclusive experience for writers their age. The conference, with its subset focus on the young adult novel, has and continues to bring teens together to hear from accomplished speakers of their own age, participate in professional workshops, and celebrate the influence young writers have on the world. With an atmosphere combining professional conference aspects with the awesomeness of a teen hangout, Ch1Con is a true can’t-miss experience!

This year, Ch1Con is bigger and brighter than ever, with more team members, more year-round online events, and a new roundup of fantastic speakers for the in-person conference, which will take place on Saturday, August 6th in St. Charles, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Registration is currently open on the Ch1Con website for writers from a middle school to undergraduate level (approximately ages eleven to twenty-three) and at an early bird discount price of $74.99. The full speaker lineup is up on the website, featuring Susan Dennard, author of a number of YA hits including her new fantasy novel, New York Times bestseller TRUTHWITCH, Francesca Zappia, author of the acclaimed YA contemporary MADE YOU UP, and more.

Between the awesome presentations and workshops, attendees will have the chance to participate in literary trivia games and giveaways, with prizes including professional critiques, signed books, and ARCs. There will also be a speaker panel open to any and all questions at the end of the conference followed by a book and swag signing by the speakers. During downtime, all participants are free to enjoy the writing retreat-style atmosphere of the area, relax in the beautiful hotel, and network with each other, establishing vital connections that can make careers and create lifelong friendships.

The 2016 conference will be held at a brand new venue, the St. Charles Hilton Garden Inn, with sessions running from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday the 6th of August. Tickets for transport and room reservations can be purchased online with links on the conference’s Travel page. Early bird registration is currently open at this link with adult registration for those 18+ and youth registration (with parental/guardian consent) for those under 18.

So if you’re a writer from middle school to undergraduate age and you’re interested in this opportunity, register ASAP! With a growing number of young writers discovering the magic of this event, seats are sure to sell out fast, and the early bird price ends June 1st. For more information and to join in on the Ch1Con community online, check out these links:

Website: Chapter One Young Writers Conference

Twitter: @Ch1Con

YouTube: Chapter One Young Writers Conference

Facebook: Chapter One Young Writers Conference

 

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Every story needs a beginning. This is ours.

“In the Hope of Memories” is Now Available!

My latest YA novel, “In the Hope of Memories” officially launches today! This is a novel that has been in the works for over two years now, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with readers.

“In the Hope of Memories” is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Scribd!

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About the Book:

Hope is dying.

Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Hope is dead.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.

Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.

Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.

And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.

Hope is within reach.

“Tone Deaf” Cover Reveal!

Today is the official cover reveal for “Tone Deaf!” I’m so happy with the cover the design team over at Skyhorse Publishing made for my novel, and I’m excited to finally be able to share it! So without further ado…

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Isn’t it so pretty?!? To celebrate the cover, I’m hosting a giveaway for an Amazon giftcard and some of my favorite YA reads of 2015. Be sure to enter below!
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