SOUTH OF SUNSHINE cover reveal!

In case you missed it, I had my cover reveal this week for South of Sunshine! It's really beautiful. From the colors to the gorgeous font to the two girls holding hands on the cover, everything is simply perfect. It truly captures the overall romantic feel of my book.  I think Albert Whitman did a beautiful job.  I hope you do too.

Want a chance to win one of five ARCs?  Head on over to YA Books Central where my cover was revealed and enter for a chance to win.  The giveaway will be going on for 30 days!


What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? 
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself. 

"Dana Elmendorf is a rich, new voice in contemporary fiction. This touching love story takes an earnest look at the courage it takes to love who you love. Adorable, y'all."—Robin Mellom, author of Ditched: A Love Story

“Equal parts sweet and sassy, South of Sunshine explores the struggles and triumphs of self-discovery and first love with a heap of Southern charm.”—Jessica Love, co-author of Push Girl




The FROSH MacLeod Clan

Per tradition with my agency siblings, we always have a photo tribute, honoring each of their book releases.  Today we honor Monica Wagner, author of her NA debut FROSH.

Happy Book Birthday, Monica!

Here's my contribution to today's celebration.  But head over to Jodi Meadow's blog to see all the agency siblings come together.  And be sure to congratulate Monica while you're there!


During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble. 

Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.


5th Annual Scribbler's Fork

It was five years ago that I started Scribbler's Fork.  There's a little bit of story behind why I started the dinner. I saw all these established authors hanging out together, mingling at parties, going on retreats, and I was envious.  I thought, why can't I be invited to things like that?  Why can't I have a group of writer friends like that to do stuff with?  Around that time there was a mini internet "scandal" (for the lack of a better word) about this supposed "YA Mafia."  And to some degree, there were certain cliques within the YA community.  And rightly so.  They weren't intentionally excluding people.  They were just a group of writer's in similar paths that were drawn to each other naturally.  I could either  sit around and pout about not being apart of the group, or I could  create my own YA Mafia.  That's exactly what I did. 

And here they are.  Not all of them are here but they are my mafianot that I'm the King Pin, but this is my group (that continues to grow), who have been a part of my publishing journey.  So every year I have a dinner at my house to honor and celebrate their friendship.  
Front Row L to R: Kathryn Rose, Tameka Young, Elle Jauffret, Gretchen Schreiber, 
Amaris Glass, and Cindy Pon.
Back Row L to R: Jessica Love, Elizabeth Briggs, Marie Jones, Andrew Chilton, 
LK Garner Griffe, Audrey Coulthurst, Ara Burkland, Jessica Cluess, 
Janelle Alexander, and Dana Elmendorf
Some of the raffle prizes and swag I give away. 

And all these fabulous people came...
 Audrey Coulthurst, Kathryn Rose, Dana Elmendorf, and Elizabeth Briggs
 LK Garner Griffe and Marie Jones
Janelle Alexander and Gretchen Schreiber
 Ara Burklund and Elle Jauffret
Elizabeth Briggs, Cindy Pon, Janelle Alexander, Jessica Cluess, and Gretchen Schreiber
 Andrew Chilton, Dana Elmendorf, Kathryn Rose, Jessica Love, Elizabeth Briggs, and Tameka Young. 
 Amaris Glass and Cindy Pon

And here's where I had everyone on the edge of their seats,
when I read an excerpt from Aaron Hartzler's What We Saw.

Thanks to everyone for coming out.  I can't wait to do it all again next year. XOXO