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Review: Two Sides to Every Murder by Danielle Valentine



Thriller readers take note: Danielle Valentine’s TWO SIDES TO EVERY MURDER will be out on June 25, 2024! I read an advance copy of this young adult novel through NetGalley. This fast-paced mystery/thriller features two female protagonists: Olivia, who’s searching for the identity of her biological dad and Reagan, whose mom was the only suspect in three murders that took place years ago at Camp Lost Lake. Now that Camp Lost Lake is reopening, both teens are drawn to the location in hopes of finding answers. Arrows fly and the chase is on as the killer will do anything to keep the truth from coming out. While I had an idea of the killer’s identity as I read, there were many layers to unravel, which kept me hooked. The end includes a double twist (which I didn’t guess at all) and an unusual wrap-up.

Stay Dead: Review of April Henry’s upcoming YA thriller

Milan’s mom is a senator. Her dad was too, before he was killed in a car accident. When Milan gets kicked out of her boarding school, her mom comes to pick her up in the family plane. But on the way home, the plane crashes. Stranded in the snow, Milan must fight to survive while keeping one step ahead of a dangerous killer. This young adult thriller with a touch of romance is a fast-paced gem told from multiple viewpoints (Milan, a hit-woman, and a victim of a man-made environmental disaster). I loved the tie-in to the Wizard of Oz and have to admit that I didn’t guess where the data critical to unraveling this mystery was hiding. The villains in this story are multi-faceted and at times surprising. Be prepared to stay up late reading just one more chapter! Stay Dead releases May 28, 2024. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy.

Snowy release alert! Thirty Seconds at a Time

Strap on your virtual skis this October for a wild reading adventure – my YA romantic thriller set at a ski academy in Vermont is set to release on October 8, 2024 with BHC Press!

While it’s not yet up for pre-order, you can add it to Goodreads here.
Bloggers and reviewers can race on over to NetGalley to download an advance copy before March 31 or on Edelweiss starting April 1. After that, there will be giveaways on Library Thing in July and August.

Without further ado, here’s the book description and the awesome cover!

Kate’s dad was a cop. And now he’s dead. Killed in a random shooting in the quiet suburb of Maplewood, where random shootings never happen.

Before he died, he gave Kate a piece of paper and left very explicit instructions: Don’t read it. Don’t show anyone. Burn it.

But when Kate discovers a quarter of a million dollars her dad hid inside her guitar case, she discovers his secret. Her dad wasn’t just a cop. He was also a thief.

The last thing Kate ever promised her dad was that she wouldn’t tell. Not her mom. Not the cops. No one. So when her mom takes a job at a ski academy in Vermont, Kate hides the money and tries to forget.

Kate is more than out of her league at this mecca for competitive skiing—she doesn’t even know how to ski. That is until Ryan, the school’s shining star, takes her onto the ski slopes and skis off with her heart.

Just as things are heating up on the slopes, the past hits Kate like an avalanche. Random accidents are becoming commonplace and the people she cares about are being hurt. When a mysterious package arrives with a reminder to stay quiet, Kate and Ryan are forced to search for answers with the only clue Kate has left: everything she promised her dad she would forget.

A new book for a new year! WHISPER now available for pre-order!

I have a new book coming out on May 8, 2021, called WHISPER! It’s available for pre-order now from your favorite retailer!

Stop him.

After her friend Samantha is murdered, seventeen-year-old Olivia is the only one who still hears her voice.

Years ago, Jacob closed his eyes. In a park. Playing hide-and-seek. His little brother is still missing. And Jacob’s mom is the FBI agent who couldn’t find him.

Now Jacob has dreams he can’t explain. And draws faces of those about to die.

In a town terrorized by a serial killer, Jacob meets Olivia. Sparks ignite.

Until the voice in Olivia’s head echoes the warning in Jacob’s dream…

You’re next.

Buy links:

Amazon kindle

Amazon paperback

NOOK Book (Barnes and Noble)

Barnes and Noble paperback



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Goodreads giveaway + French stick figure love story

If you haven’t yet read my book, What She Left Behind, or know someone who hasn’t, I’m doing a Goodreads giveway, ending May 19, 2016.

And just because I think it’s cool, here’s a video I found on youtube for anyone who has to learn the French verbs that take être in the passé composé (Dr & Mrs Vandertrampp). And yeah, if that doesn’t make any sense to you, you can skip the video! But have a great week anyway!


Helen Sheehan Book Prize winner Kristin Lenz

Congrats to a great friend and awesome writer, Kristin Lenz, who has just been named the winner of the Helen Sheehan Book Prize. Her book, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go,  will be published by Elephant Rock Books in Fall 2016!


Helen Sheehan prize

From their press release:

Elephant Rock Books YA

Congratulations to Kristin Lenz

Winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize

Indie publisher Elephant Rock Books YA is pleased to announce our judges unanimously selected The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Lenz as the winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize. read more…

Oatmeal and Ritz Bits for Breakfast + how What She Left Behind got its name

Welcom Poster White Pines

I had a super fun school visit Thursday at White Pines Middle School and Heritage High School in Saginaw!! The day started with a themed breakfast (oatmeal for the oatmeal dream in What She Left Behind and Ritz Bits because they’re Sara’s favorite). Besides giving presentations, I got to meet with the book clubs from both schools. The kids had great, well thought out questions! One of my favorites was how the title to What She Left Behind had been picked! My answer (I don’t know, the marketing team decided) was not nearly as interesting as the reasons they came up with: read more…

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