FREE EVENT!! JOIN ME ON AUGUST 5TH

IDENTITY CRISIS: SHAPING THE SELF IN YA LIT.  Saturday, August 5th at 2pm in Huntington Beach.  Come hear 5 fab YA authors and me talk about our latest books and the theme of identity formation in YA lit!  Totally free and totally fun.  Open to the public, so bring friends!

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Here's What Having A Panic Attack Really Feels Like

{Originally posted on Seventeen Magazine HERE}

I'm either dying or crazy.

Those were the words on repeat in my brain the first time I had a panic attack, the summer after my sophomore year in high school. I was at the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, aka "GHP," a four-week summer program for "gifted" kids that sounded really awesome when I applied. Two days in I realized I'd made a terrible mistake. I don't fit in, I remember thinking as I lay in bed that second night. I don't belongNot here. Not anywhere. And then my heart started racing and my skin got way, way too tight.

It wasn't supposed to be like this. I'd pinned all my hope on this summer at GHP..... {CLICK TO CONTINUE READING}

The Magic of Book Buzz

Many of you have asked how you can help support my new book. Thank you! This post is for you....

First, a caveat: self-promotion is excessively painful for me. But there's no way around it: "book buzz" is the magic thing I need. I went with a tiny indie publisher this time around, so there is no behemoth marketing machine behind All Things New. I truly need all the help I can get.

So, if you're game, here's what you can do:

PRE-ORDER EARLY!

If you're planning to buy All Things New when it comes out, I'd very much appreciate pre-orders — they really matter! It's not just about sales figures -- preorders create buzz among booksellers, the media, and readers. So if you think you want to read (or gift) All Things New, please consider pre-ordering now.

The more pre-orders I get, the more likely the retailers are to recommend and feature my book in their stores and online So thank you in advance!

The other thing you can do is:

TALK ABOUT IT LOUDLY!

There is only so much I can say about my own book before people start un-friending and un-following me. But getting the word out is the only way that All Things New will succeed. So, if you have the time and inclination, please consider posting about the book on social media.

Of course, you can also just tell people about it! In particular, I'd love to get the book in the hands of teens who suffer from anxiety. When I was a kid, books were the thing that helped me know I wasn't weird or different or alone. I'm hoping All Things New can do that for teens (and tweens! and grownups!) suffering from anxiety. Shed some light. Give some hope.

And, if you're a teacher or a librarian (or know one), I'm available for Skype visits with book clubs and school groups in the fall. Just email me if you want to discuss possibilities!

Last, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you for all the ways you've supported me, my family and my writing over the years. It blesses me so much, truly.

Justine Magazine cover reveal!

Click over to the fab Justine Mag for the unveiling of my cover for All Things New and a sneak peak at the first chapter!

BOOK #3 HAS A NAME! AND A RELEASE DATE!

After years of calling it "Book #3," I can finally call my third novel by its name -- ALL THINGS NEW!  It'll be available everywhere books are sold on August 1, 2017 from LA-based indie publisher Three Saints Press.  I can't wait for you guys to read it!!  Click {HERE} for more about the book.  And check back often for updates.  xoxoxo

NewFronts: StyleHaul Launches VR Series Based on YA Novel 'Free to Fall'

{The Hollywood Reporter}

StyleHaul is bringing YA novel Free to Fall from 2D to 360 degrees.  The lifestyle-focused digital network is adapting the Lauren Miller novel into a series where each 22-minute episode will feature a short 360-degree segment. 
Set in the not-so-distant future, Free to Fall tells the story of Rory as she navigates her first year of college in a world where every choice is dictated by one app. The three- to five-minute VR clips will take viewers into Rory's perspective as she deals with critical moments of the story [...] {click to keep reading}