Dance monkey has big news. And so do I.

dance monkey I’m excited to officially announce the sale of a new YA series, this time contemporary romance, to Feiwel & Friends. I love working with them, and I’m tickled to be continuing my partnership with Liz Szabla, who is such a freakin’ genius.  The whole crew at F&F is amazeballs.

Anyhow. The first book is called The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things. I think this is an amazing YA title; I feel like it’s sweet, tender, raw, heartbreaking, beautiful, and a little profound, just like first love. It’s a big, deep book, not just a romance, though it is that, but also about love and relationships at all stages, people coming together and breaking apart, sometimes for reasons they can’t control. It’s emotionally rich, I think, on a level I’ve rarely achieved.

Blurb

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

This is slotted for publication in spring of 2015, and I’m already working on some extremely cool extras. Hint: there are original songs! And music videos, starring a hot indie musician who perfectly embodies Shane’s look and musical style. I promise you’ll love this project as much as I do. The book is just so… I dunno. I feel like I need to get Courtney Milan, Karen Alderman, or Maja Colak to tell you more about it.

Anyway.  Here’s a big WHEE of excitement because this is my 30th book sold! Now you all know about my secret book, the one I wrote as a gift for my daughter. Well, she fell in love with it. So did my editor. And eventually, y’all can too.

*gambols madly*