As you guys are reading this, I will be flying to Kansas City for my very first GRL!! I'm so excited. I can't wait to meet everyone, to be around so many lovely book people! My books have been packed and sent. I have a few more I'll have to carry in my suitcase along with my swag. Other than that...I haven't done much of anything. LOL. I really need to get going!
Also, my newest young adult novel, TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, written under the name Nyrae Dawn is out today! This book is probably one of my favorite books I've written. I'm so proud of it. It really means something to me for so many different reasons. I hope you guys will give it a shot and I hope you enjoy it!
Hunter Donovan’s life always seemed perfect, but there was something rotten beneath the shiny surface. When the truth comes out and his dad is sent to prison, Hunter can only react with anger. His rage boils out of control, leading to a violent incident at school, and then to Hunter being sent to a mental health facility—Better Days.
Hunter doesn’t see how therapy can help him. If it can’t change the past, what good is it? It’s not like he can go back in time, see the horrible things going on right under his nose, and put a stop to them. No, he should have found that strength when he had the chance, and now it’s too late.
There is a ray of light at Better Days, though, in the friendships Hunter forges. Anxiety-ridden Casey, uninhibited Rosie, recovering bulimic Bethany, and Stray, a self-harmer who’s never had a home, lighten Hunter’s feelings of isolation.
Despite the connections he’s forming—and even the love blossoming between him and Stray—Hunter can’t escape his shame and remorse. If Hunter can’t open up and find a way to deal with what happened, he might end up another casualty of mental illness, just like one of the friends he’s grown to love.