Thursday, March 31, 2016

HOTEL RUBY--new cover and title

HOTEL RUBY has a new cover and a new title! I'll be honest, I loved the original cover. It was creepy and cool and the model was to die for :) But in paperback, we thought we'd try a little something different.

The new title is HOTEL FOR THE LOST, one of the first titles I pitched when we were working on this book. It says a lot about the characters and their reasons for coming to The Ruby in the first place.

And now.... the new cover. Hope you love it!

About the book:

Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems…

And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby...and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.

The paperback edition will be released on October 4th! You can preorder it HERE.

Editorial Reviews (from Amazon)

"Prepare to be spooked and romanced as you attempt to unravel the mysteries of Hotel Ruby!" (Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series)

Young follows up her New York Times best-selling series with a stand-alone title that straddles the line between suspense and horror. Three months after her mother’s death, Audrey is en route to her grandmother’s house, along with her brother, Daniel, because their dad just can’t handle them anymore. But their fractured family makes an unexpected stop at the historic, beautiful, and supposedly haunted Hotel Ruby. One night turns into two, as her family falls under the spell of the place, and Audrey falls for the dreamy Elias. But when Audrey learns the real reason people stay so long at Hotel Ruby, she’s forced to make a difficult decision: Does she want to stay forever, too? With an engrossing plot that keeps readers guessing and an enigmatic romantic lead, Young’s latest is sure to please her fan base. Audrey’s struggle to reconcile her life in the wake of losing her mother is palpable and adds weight to the story. Haunting and hard to put down. (Booklist)

"Young accurately captures each resident’s grief, thus populating her novel with three-dimensional characters whom readers will appreciate." (Kirkus)

Gr 9 Up–Grief-stricken Audrey Casella and her family arrive at the glamorous Hotel Ruby after an exhausting, strained car ride. The recent death of Audrey’s mother has devastated her father. Audrey and her brother try to watch out for each other, but the journey has been an arduous one. They are not happy about being sent to live with their grandmother. When a sign announces that a hotel is close by, their father decides that they will stay one night and continue on in the morning. However, there is more to the Ruby than they expected, and as one night turns into several days, Audrey and what’s left of her family seem to begin to heal. The place is restful,engaging, glamorous, and strange. It has a ghostly past. Every night certain guests are invited to an elegant party commemorating a fire that killed dozens of people. Audrey is not invited, but her father and her brother both receive invitations. She spends her time exploring and making friends. The sweet housekeeper, Lourdes, and the intriguing Elias Lange take her in and show her around. Unfortunately, the more she learns, the more threatening the hotel becomes, which culminates in a bone-chilling revelation. Despite some choppy phrasing, this novel is a fast and fun read. VERDICT A great purchase for libraries where paranormal mysteries circulate well.–Claire Covington, BroadwayHigh School, VA (School Library Journal)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


For the cover image on THE EPIDEMIC, I had several choices. This was one of my favorites. Now it's a poster!

Giveaway coming soon!!

 You can preorder your copy of THE EPIDEMIC today!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Tour

Spring Tour (Arizona, Kentucky, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and New York):

THE EPIDEMIC will be out in a few short weeks and I’ll be hitting the road soon—I hope some of you will be able to come out and celebrate! I’m lucky enough to be joined by some AMAZING authors. Dates and locations below. More to be added:

Tuesday April 19th at 7p.m. Changing Hands Bookstore—Tempe
(with Shannon Messenger)
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283

(Signed/personalized copies available for shipping. Just contact the store directly)

Thursday April 21st at 7p.m. Barnes and Noble
(with Alexandra Bracken)
Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Saturday April 23rd Southern Kentucky Book Festival
Knicely Conference Center
2355 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY

Monday May 2nd at 7p.m. Barnes & Noble
(with Morgan Matson, Siobhan Vivian, and Jenny Han)
7881 Edinger Ave #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Tuesday May 3rd at 7p.m. Barnes and Noble
(with Morgan Matson and Siobhan Vivian)
6050 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Wednesday May 4th University Bookstore
(with Morgan Matson and Siobhan Vivian)
990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Thursday May 5th at 7p.m. Barnes & Noble
(with Morgan Matson and Siobhan Vivian)
2000 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

Friday May 6th at 6p.m. Tattered Cover Aspen
(with Morgan Matson and Siobhan Vivian)
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

Saturday May 14, 2016 8:45am - 5:00pm
Rochester Teen Book Festival
Nazareth College
Rochester, NY