Book Birthday Bash: When the Beat Drops

Book Birthday Bash


Happy Book Birthday to WHEN THE BEAT DROPS!

When the Beat Drops by Anna HeckerIn this young adult novel, 17-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than play ball—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together…but will it also tear them apart?

We’re so happy you’re at our party for WHEN THE BEAT DROPS. Join in the fun…


Dance music, obviously! My book is FULL of electronic music of all different genres, but since this is a party think super upbeat house (Sonny Fodera, DJ Dan, DivaDanielle, Doorly), booty-shaking bass (DJ Icey, Stanton Warriors, DJ Assault), bangin’ big-room (Chainsmokerz, Major Lazer, DJ Snake), and cool crossover (Chromeo, Sofi Tukker, Azalea Banks).


Much of my book takes place at music festivals, so festival food! Hot dogs, fries, and anything you can eat with your hands while you dash between stages checking out all the cool acts.

Also, candy is a big part of the rave scene so there’s a colorful assortment of Jolly Ranchers, Pop Rocks, and Blow Pops…plus gum, of course!


This is a dance party, full stop. Everyone out on the dance floor!


Ummmm “party favors” means a very different thing in the rave scene than it probably does here. WHEN THE BEAT DROPS has sweet bookmarks, though!

Anna HeckerWHEN THE BEAT DROPS is written by Anna Hecker and published by Sky Pony Press. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamor, Cat Benatar. Find her online at, and follow her @HeckerBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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