Published by Sourcebooks Fire on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal or more special than her boyfriend, Oliver.
But when she’s jumped by a hit man, and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. With professional killers stalking their every move, can Oliver and Kaia protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?
Guest Post: Kieran’s Writing Must Haves
A lot of people need the optimum situation in order to be able to sit down and write effectively. They need to be in their office or at a specific table at Starbucks or have a certain album on or be cuddled in their cozy chair. As a mom of two young boys who has been writing for many years and lived in many different homes and had many different day jobs, I’ve learned to adjust. Noise doesn’t bother me—unless it’s super repetitive or a jackhammer—and I can write pretty much any time of day as long as I don’t have what I call “the fog”—that thing where the back of your head actually feels like it’s filled by a thick, gray cloud. I revised my last book almost exclusively during Tae Kwon Do classes (not mine—my nine-year-old’s), looking up whenever he volunteered to try a new sort of flying roundhouse kick thingie for which I’d cheer before going back to typing. All that being said, there are some things I prefer to have handy, if at all possible.
- Coffee. It’s not original, but it’s true. I can’t seem to get going unless I have a nice cup of Joe with lots of milk handy. If I’m writing at night, I make decaf, and my stupid brain thinks it’s getting jolted anyway. Not that I’m judging my brain or anything.
- M&Ms. If I’m having a bad day and I really don’t want to write , I use them as rewards. I get a handful whenever I complete a scene. Chocolate is my jam.
- The Felicity Soundtrack – I wrote my first book with this on in the background and now whenever I turn it on, my creative juices start flowing. Also good for this are The Veronicas and No Doubt. I don’t know why, but the ideas start flowing when these ladies start singing.
- Although I can write at night, I prefer to write during the day, and preferably on a sunny day. When it’s gray out, my creativity is sooooo much harder to wake up. As is my husband. True story.
- My mom. Ok, my mom’s not with us anymore, but this isn’t morbid—hear me out. When I was writing my first couple of novels I was still living at home and whenever I got stuck, I’d yell out to my mom, “How do I start this scene?” and she’d shout some random line like “How can I help you today?” and that was how I’d start the scene. She always made it seem so simple, and she was always my biggest fan. So now, when I get stuck, I think of my mom cheering me on and get myself unstuck—and sometimes I have the kids feed me lines instead, which keeps her alive in a cool way, and also leads to some pretty bizarre openers.
About the Author
KIERAN SCOTT is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogy, the He’s So/She’s So trilogy, and Geek Magnet. She also wrote the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She is a senior editor at Disney/Hyperion and resides in New Jersey with her family. Visit kieranscott.net.
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