Three YA Books You and Your Teen Will Love

Suspense, Love, Loss, Betrayal, Fantasy, these books have it all! You know I love to promote other writers on the olde blogge, and today I'm super excited to tell you about three YA books that came out in the past few weeks. All of them are available on Kindle**, click on the book cover to be taken to Amazon.

Breathe Official Cover ArtFirst up we have Elena Dillon's debut novel, Breathe.

Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl.  It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught.  That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over.  Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity. In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way.  Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction.  On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is.  Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening.  Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time?  Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

Here's a bit about Elena:

photo-2Elena lives and writes in a suburb north of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage. A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

ComeBackToME-AMAZONNext we have Coleen Patrick's debut novel, Come Back To Me.

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.
She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.
Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.
So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.
When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.
But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.
As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.

And here's a bit about Coleen:

893e92e66e870ac1d188f1.L._V373645766_SX200_Coleen Patrick grew up in New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Louisiana, and Indiana. Always being the new kid, she learned that books and friends are precious–and dessert. She never met a dessert she didn't like (except for flan).

When she's not writing, reading (or avoiding flan), she enjoys TV, arts and crafts, quoting movies, and trying to take cool photos.
She lives in Virginia with her husband and two kids.

the-darkening-cover-83And last, but certainly not least, we have Myndi Shafer's second novel in her Shrilugh Saga, The Darkening.

“Here’s where I’m at: I’ll always love Brig. There’s never going to be any way around that. Ever. I try not to think about it too much – dwelling on it will re-open the wound, and I can’t – I won’t – revisit that old pain. It’s enough to know that I’ll always love him, and let him go.”

As Aydan Fulbert settles into her new life in a new world, she realizes a few things: She’s healing from losing her best friend, her first love. She’s coming to terms with her new home.

And she’s lonely.
Rein Torvald’s return from his long absence helps alleviate her loneliness, but a darkness comes with him. Unsettling news about her father and the Sovereign has the potential to make her a fugitive all over again – from his world and hers.

Will Aydan allow her heart to be taken places she’s never been brave enough to go? Or will the threat of danger – of the Sovereign’s rage, and her father’s vengeful grudge, send her running?

newauthorpicMyndi lives in the midwest with her four kids, a dog, and her amazing husband. You can connect with her by visiting her blog. **The Darkening is also available in paperback!

I hope you'll support these authors. They are three super fabulous women with amazing stories to tell.

As a special little bonus today, I'm on Sydney Aaliyah's blog today answering that age-old question, ‘Why do you blog?'. I hope you'll stop on by and give it a read. Then stick around to check out some of Syndey's posts on movie quotes, her Insecure Writer's Support Group (I adore that name!), and tattoos!

So tell us, what are you reading right now? Got a great book to recommend? We'd love to hear about it!



12 thoughts on “Three YA Books You and Your Teen Will Love”

  1. Elena DillonElena Dillon

    Thanks so much for having me, Tameri! I appreciate it. Love your blog!

    Elena Dillon

  2. patriciasandspatriciasands

    Tameri, you pick the best books to highlight on your fab blog! My oldest granddaughter is at university and gave me the task of sending her good books to read. I’ve already sent her Shrilugh and will add these other two books to my shopping list.Thanks for making my work so easy!

  3. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    I knew about Colleen and Myndi’s books but not about Elena’s. Thanks for introducing me to a new story. (I may not have a teenager, but I like to read YA for myself!)

    • BlessingBlessing

      Some thoughts on the names: #6. Robert (?) Ross. #8. Yes, Clifton Pitts as I recall him, often w/ hs head down like that. #9. Yes, me.(What in the world am I complaining about there? Silly boy.) #10. Tom (?) Smith. #12. You have him as John Connelly. Are we sure that boy isn’t Jay Wilson? Michael Welsh (sp?) might be “B” (?), but I’m uncertain. I was looking for Dennis Michaels, too, but don’t see him. Could Martin Regan be “C” ???? (I remember him having a safety raincoat like that.) I thought at first the photo was a group-shot of all the “Safety Patrol Boys”, accounting for the variety in ages, it appears, but nobody has his badge and white over-the-shoulder belt on. Richard Boland is “H” ???That’s the best I can do for now.Jim, I sent you a photo of the Holy Name Altar Boys, a little while back. Do you think seeing that along w/ this photo might help for cross-referencing?Frank

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  4. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Great pics Tameri! I knew about Coleen and Myndi, but I had no idea Elena had a new book out. And yet, now I feel so bad that I did get in touch with Elena about our little Wana gathering. I don’t know how far north of a suburb Elena lives in, but darn it, she could have come. Sorry Elena. I didn’t know. That was a great evening Tameri. So great to see you! 🙂

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