Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Book Deal and a Critique Giveaway!

Hi all, Kate here! Just this Wednesday I announced my big news on my personal blog. I didn't get the chance to tell all of you, though, so here it is!

I have a book deal!

Merit is a wonderful imprint over at F&W Books, and if Jacquelyn Mitchard’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the author of Deep End of the Ocean (and about 20 other books, including  What We Saw At Night and What We Lost In The Dark.) She’s made a name for herself as an author and an editor, and I am so thrilled to have her as my editor. Merit and F&W are the perfect place for HOW WE FALL, and their enthusiasm for my book has blown me away. I never imagined I’d be dealing with a pre-empt, but I’m so confident in the team at Merit that it’s very much a crazy dream come true.

I love this book with everything in me. It’s a quirky YA taboo suspense about obsession and emotional honesty and not letting the world tell you who to be. And I’m so excited to send it out into the world.

Want to see more about HOW WE FALL? Here's the query.

Making out with your cousin has its pitfalls. Seventeen-year-old Jackie hasn’t been able to end her secret relationship with Marcus since he kissed her on a dare. He’s her best friend, which only makes it harder to end their obsessive relationship. Except she has to, because she’s falling in love with him. It’s not like it’s illegal to date her cousin, but her parents would never approve and the families would split up their multi-family home. Afraid of losing her best friend, she calls it off. She can’t lose Marcus right now: the cops just found her missing friend’s body.

Hurt and angry, Marcus starts dating the new girl, Sylvia. But with Sylvia comes a secret and a stranger. The stranger starts following Jackie everywhere she goes, and Marcus is nearly killed in a car accident. When Jackie finds out Sylvia lied about not knowing her murdered friend, Jackie’s certain Sylvia is connected to the man threatening Marcus.

The more Jackie finds out about Sylvia, the bigger the wedge between Jackie and Marcus, but she doesn’t have long to figure out what’s going on. She may have lost both her relationship and her friendship with Marcus, but she can’t lose him for real. If she doesn’t act fast, Sylvia’s secrets may mean their bodies will be the next ones the police dig out of the Missouri woods.

I'm so, so thankful for the support and generosity of the writing community. We don't have coworkers like many professions do-- we have each other. Giving back is one of the best things about being part of that community, so I'm going to give away two first page critiques (300 words)! Comment to enter, and follow me on Twitter if you don't already-- I'll pick a winner Sunday night!

You can read the rest of my announcement over at my personal blog, and if you want to stay updated on HOW WE FALL, you can follow me there, or on Twitter, or on Goodreads!



  1. yes please would love a critique!
    And congrats! I love your query, very interesting idea and I somehow got the chills when I read that!

  2. Congratulations! You're living the dream!

  3. I'd love a critique as well! Congrats on your book and thanks for sharing the query letter!

  4. I'd love a critique. Congrats on your book deal.

  5. A critique is exactly what I need; i've just finished my first draft and am finding it impossible to know whether its 60,000 of drivel or really rather good. Need some independent advice!

  6. Even though I'm currently in the middle of my WIP--a historical romance novel set in the 1920s, I would love to have a bit of feedback. :-) Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Congratulations again Kate! I can't wait to read the series. I started the querying process two weeks ago and would love to enter your critique.

    Alison @HardcoversAndHeroines

  8. Susan Hayes Fisher and Alison, you're my winners! Please email me at katebrauning(at)gmail(dot)com with you 300 (approx) words in a Word doc. Thank you for reading, and everyone else, keep an eye on my blogs and Twitter feed-- I like giving away critiques! :)

  9. Huge congratulations, Kate! I love taboo books - it's what I like to write myself. So glad to see some success!! Can't wait to get a hold of your book!

  10. Hey Kate! This is wonderful news! Jackie is awesome to work with. Good luck with it!!!