THE GAUNTLET cover reveal!

Tomorrow my first middle grade novel, THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL, hits shelves! But today I have a special treat for my young adult readers. Behold the just-revealed cover for the final book in THE CAGE series, THE GAUNTLET!

And here's what you can expect!

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer, and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds.

With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species—the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca—all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world—though it might destroy her in the process.

THE GAUNTLET comes out May 23, 2017, and you can preorder it here!

You can also visit Young Adult Books Central to win a CAGE prize pack including the first two books in the series and lots of custom CAGE swag and stickers!

Let me know what you think of the cover! Are you excited for the final installment???

Pics from the Dangerous Ladies 2.0 tour!

The Dangerous Ladies 2.0 has officially concluded! I'm home with my dog, husband, chickens, and wonderful memories. Last year was the inaugural Dangerous Ladies tour, which took us across the Southeast to some fantastic bookstores, and this year we headed up to the DC/Virginia/North Carolina area. Each stop was special; we had readers, bloggers, longtime friends, and fellow book geeks gather to chat with us. There was much fun & merriment!

If you came to one of our events, thank you! If you missed us, you can still get signed copies of our books. We left signed copies (along with some fun swag) at Hooray for Books (Alexandria VA), One More Page (Arlington VA), Fountain Books (Richmond VA), and Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill NC). 

And now I'm taking the month of August off from travel, so I can work on some very exciting upcoming projects!

NYT Bestseller!!! + bonus CAGE short story

Apparently I was in a fugue state last week because it slipped my mind to mention here that THE CAGE hit the New York Times bestseller list! It came in at #3 on the YA ebook list, leading to lots of happy sobbing, hugs with author friends, and champagne. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy! You all are amazing!!!

And as an extra special thank you, I have a very fun surprise: a free CAGE short story from Cassian's point of view! THE CARETAKER shows what Cassian was doing behind the scenes while Cora and her friends were trapped in the cage. There's a little romance. A little danger. It was a thrill to write and I hope y'all enjoy reading it!

The story is up exclusively at EpicReads.com. Happy reading!