Author: Samantha

Book Birthday Bash: The Disasters

  Happy Book Birthday to THE DISASTERS! THE DISASTERS is like that friend who you know could be an amazing person if they could only start making good life choices. But they don’t. Instead there are explosions, and crashing spaceships, and police, and somehow they end up getting blamed for everything, even the things they…
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Remembering a Mentor – RIP Brian Uzzell

Last week, I received the sad news that one of my mentors passed away, Brian Uzzell, former owner and publisher of the Caymanian Compass newspaper. I owe a lot to Brian, and can honestly say that I would not have my career if it wasn’t for him. When I was 19, recently returned to Cayman…
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Book Birthday Bash: Strange Days

  Happy Book Birthday to STRANGE DAYS! In this young adult novel, Alex Mata doesn’t want to worry about rumors of alien incursions – he’d rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he’s forced to confront a new reality: Aliens are…
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Book Birthday Bash: Outrun the Wind

  Happy Book Birthday to OUTRUN THE WIND! OUTRUN THE WIND is a YA sapphic reimagining of the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. When she crosses paths with a huntress of the goddess Artemis, Kahina, they find their fates are intertwined as they each fight to assert their independence in a world designed to…
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Beast is in its Second Printing! Thank You, Readers

This Thanksgiving week, I’m incredibly thankful, because THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST has gone into a second printing! When I was writing this book, I thought it would never get published. It received a LOT of rejections along its journey. But it’s a story from my heart and I was so thrilled to finally…
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Celebrating Spooky Middle Grade Books

I’ve always loved spooky stories. Give me a monster, a pair of old bones, or a cracked grave stone, and I’m hooked… as long as I can close the book if I get too scared. 😉 When I wrote THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, I didn’t set out to write a spooky book.…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Prophet Calls

  Happy Book Birthday to THE PROPHET CALLS! In this middle-grade novel, 13-year-old Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live in a polygamous community among God’s chosen people in the Prophet’s compound. But when the incarcerated Prophet’s revelations begin to threaten her family, Gentry is faced with conforming to his terrible demands or discovering what it…
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Book Birthday Bash: Synchro Boy

  Happy Book Birthday to SYNCHRO BOY! This young adult novel follows the athletic and romantic exploits of Bart Lively, a 16-year-old competitive swimmer who is wooed over to the synchronized team. But things get complicated when he falls for his female duet partner – and crushes on a guy on the diving team. We’re…
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Book Birthday Bash: Borrowed

  Happy Book Birthday to BORROWED! As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.…
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Election Giveaway!

It’s election time, and I’m thrilled to join other authors to support voting. Voting numbers are often far lower than the population, but democracy can’t run properly unless people are making their voices heard. This is why throughout history people have fought for the right to vote. It’s OUR world, OUR country, and everyone should…
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