Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Three Cheers for Ellie!

Today's a very important day, y'all. Today, my best friend's fourth book releases in all digital formats. And this is really, really special, because of all the many books of hers I've read and critiqued, this one is my favorite. (That's saying something. Seriously.) I've read three or four different versions of it at this point, over three or four years, LOL, and each time I thought, "Wow, this is the best young adult novel I've ever read!" Then she somehow made it better and better.

Here's the blurb, which has one of the best hook sentences ever, doesn't it? And I got to help write the back cover copy, so obviously I adore it. =)

Don’t just get even—write a novel.

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.

In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.

But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

I cannot possibly recommend this book enough. Buy it for the teens in your life. Buy it for yourself. Recommend it to everyone you know. Why? Because Stephanie does what so few writers can:

I kept saying my endorsement was going to be "Best. Book. Ever." but I decided to get a little more creative. ;-)

I love this book. I love Ellie. I love Palmer and Chase and the cast of snippy friends, I love the family that stood behind her when it mattered, I love the dreams and crushed hopes and sometimes-cruel reality that made her grow into a person I could love even more.

Though I've read it countless times, you can bet I'm buying it today and will read it again! (Again, that's saying something. Seriously.) 

Find it on Amazon!
Find it on Smashwords for other devices!


  1. Roseanna, this is such a sweet, encouraging, lovely post! After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis on the Playlist Fiction website, I knew I wanted to read this. :) As soon as I saw it up on Amazon a couple of days ago I bought a copy, and I'm eager to read it!


    1. You'll love it, Amber! It's one of my all-time favorite books for sure.

  2. Roseanna - Wonderful post! I know this means the world to Stephanie! I love that you got to see Ellie as she grew and matured. I love this book, too! Best. Book. Ever. works!

    1. Accurate description, isn't it? ;-) And yes, it was so much fun to watch Ellie grow!

  3. Oh, goodness, this is nice. Thank you, Roseanna! You were so vital in making this book happen. Love you, friend!