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New Book Deal!

I’m thrilled to announce I’m writing three more books for Sourcebooks Fire. I’m most grateful for their enthusiasm and support, especially that of my editor Leah Hultenschmidt. I also couldn’t do any of this without my wonderful agent, Sara Megibow, and everyone at Nelson Literary Agency. But the biggest thanks go to my readers, because you are all making this deal possible! I’m so glad you love my books. 🙂

Here are the details:

Author of CATCHING JORDAN, Miranda Kenneally’s RACING SAVANNAH, about an underprivileged girl training to be a jockey while working in the barn at a high-stakes horse farm whose on-again, off-again relationship with the owner’s son has an upstairs/downstairs effect on race day, pitched as Downton Abbey in the South, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2013, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency (world).

RACING SAVANNAH will take place in the same universe as my first three books, and will feature one secondary character from CATCHING JORDAN and one secondary character from STEALING PARKER. Hint: Think younger siblings of main characters of both books. 😉

And now, I am going to celebrate with a Diet Coke. And then get right back to writing.

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Check out TORCHED by Andrea Lynn Colt!

I’m so happy to have Andrea Lynn Colt on my blog today. I loved her new book TORCHED (Find out more about it below).

I asked Andrea: What are some YA romantic comedies that you admire or are inspired by? 

Andrea: Ooh, I love romantic comedies! I have to say I didn’t set out to write one intentionally (in my head Torched was more mystery than rom-com) but that’s where my writing heart took me 🙂

I’ve heard Torched described as “what would happen if Courtney Summers and Stephanie Perkins had sexy arson babies,”* and I definitely love both of those authors’ books! Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are such great YA romances, and Summers’ Some Girls Are also features a popular girl who falls from grace, as in Torched (though Summers’ book is a bit darker).

Some of my favorite recent YA romantic comedies are Miranda’s, honestly! I’ve read all of them (even the yet to be released ones!), and I admire Catching Jordan for the strong heroine and the group camaraderie, Stealing Parker for the funny heroine who makes mistakes but finds her path anyway, and Things I Can’t Forget for the conflicted heroine who wrestles with her beliefs and choices while falling in love for the first time.

Basically, I love well-drawn heroines who balance humor with heartache 🙂 Another book I thought did that well was The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Witty, feisty heroines are so entertaining!

When I read Kristin Walker’s A Match Made in High School, I loved it because it has a prank war! In Torched, Rose and Paxton have been feuding with their own prank war since middle school, which made reading about the inventive pranks in Walker’s book so fun.

Similarly, I loved The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, because yay, more pranks! And these are smarty, witty, complicated pranks. That, along with a perceptive character who won’t be put in her place, make this book one of my favorites.

Two YA rom-coms that look fantastic and are on my To Be Read list are The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. Any others I should put on the list?

Miranda, thanks so much for having me here, and thank you ten million times for the lovely blurb on Torched‘s cover!


*so sayeth Lindsay Smith, of the upcoming Sekret.


Here’s a summary of TORCHED:

Rose Whitfield’s senior year just went up in smoke. Instead of having a blast with her best friend, her cheerleading squad, and her boyfriend Ryan, she’s framed for arson. Popularity and criminal records don’t mix, apparently.

Luckily, Rose knows exactly who’s framing her: Paxton Callaway. Paxton and Rose have spent years locked in a war of practical jokes. This time he’s gone too far. Rose sets out to prove her innocence, win Ryan back, and take Paxton down hard. Not necessarily in that order.



Check out www.lynncolt.com for excerpts and buy links.

Bio: Andrea Lynn Colt grew up laughing, reading, and squabbling with her twin. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her fiancé, a fridge full of cheese, and two muses in feline form. Visit www.lynncolt.com to get to know her better.

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Great reviews of Stealing Parker from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and RT

Check out these awesome reviews of STEALING PARKER from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and RT:


Readers of this teen novel will appreciate its realistic and witty dialogue as they navigate its tightly packed plot.

High-school valedictorian Parker’s life has been a crush of sad confusion since her mother left the family to move in with her girlfriend. Ostracized by many of her friends and her church, Parker has quit the softball team and taken to making out with random guys in a heartbreaking effort to prove to her tormentors she’s not a lesbian like her mom. When she meets a hot 23-year-old assistant coach at her school, he seems to be a kindred spirit. As things progress and they become physical, however, he seems more interested in trying to convince her to have sex than in talking. Bits of Parker’s journal-style writing featured throughout very effectively serve to bring readers into her corner. In a sweetly described romantic turn, she also begins to fall for a longtime acquaintance, but her best friend Drew finally comes out to her and drunkenly confesses a secret crush on him. All of this, plus the poignant details of her home life with a depressed father and drug-abusing brother, eventually drives her to contact her mom and face herself.

With characters this nuanced, many teens won’t mind all the issues flying fast and furious.


Publishers Weekly:

Parker Shelton wants everyone to know one thing about her: she likes boys. After her mother divorced her father for another woman, Parker has made it her goal to be seen with guys. Lots of them. But when not-quite-legal Parker sets her sights on the boys’ baseball coach, things get dicey—even for her. Parker is also growing closer to her academic rival, Will, a thoughtful, chivalrous guy who her newly out BFF Drew secretly has the hots for, too. Further complicating matters: a brother who’s constantly drunk or high, a father who thinks the church has all the answers, and a former friend intent on taking Parker down. Kenneally writes with heart, earnestly tackling such challenges as being a teen with a gay parent and being unsure of one’s faith. Parker’s insecurities, her desire to be loved, and her uncertainty about how far to take her steamy but illegal relationship are realistic. Not only will readers want to see Parker find true love, they’ll also hope she learns to love herself.



RT Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Kenneally has hit a home run! She uses a deft hand to deal with big issues: a complex sexual dynamic, a volatile family situation and a crisis of faith. Solidly developed and lovable characters, a complex plot and some humor make this a great read. With all the romance-based YA out there, Kenneally definitely stands apart.

When her mother came out last year and her parents divorced, it ruined Parker’s life. Her church rejected her, friends distanced themselves and everyone gossiped. Determined to prove she’s nothing like her mother, Parker starts making out with different guys each weekend, ignoring her growing reputation. When she develops a forbidden romance with the 23-year-old assistant boy’s baseball coach, Parker knows she’s in trouble, but she can’t seem to stop herself. When a wake-up call comes in the form of a life-or-death disaster, Parker must find the inner strength and faith to move forward — or collapse under the weight of her own mistakes.

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