I’m thrilled to announce Booklist’s great review of THICKER THAN WATER!



Thicker than Water


Fiore, Kelly (Author)


Jan 2016. 320 p. HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99. (9780062324733).


Cyrus is dead, and his sister, CeCe, killed him. At least that’s what she told the police, and now she is locked up in a treatment center, awaiting trial, and reliving all the events that brought her to this point. While he was once a promising soccer player, treatment of an injury caused Cyrus to get hooked on OxyContin, putting a greater strain on a family already significantly burdened—Cyrus and CeCe’s mom died from cancer a few years earlier. For CeCe, a promising chemistry student, college has long seemed like her only escape. But with money tight and Cyrus demanding more and more of it, college increasingly seems like an impossibility. CeCe soon finds herself caught in the seedy world of Cyrus’ addiction, making a dangerous choice that will change them both forever.


This tense psychological drama navigates both drug addiction and difficult family dynamics to great effect. Gritty but never melodramatic, it explores tough choices, the price of forgiveness, and the lengths we will go for family.



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I know. I should have done this a LONG time ago…


But, finally, I have a newsletter. It’ll be an every other month offering with news, prizes, giveaways, pictures, and all kinds of other goodies.



So, why should you want to hear from me?


Well, first? Because I’m hilarious.



But more importantly, because all of my newsletters will have giveaways – that means FREE STUFF.


So, to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Amazon to a random entry. All you have to do is sign up for the news letter on the right side of this website. Make sure you use a valid email address, since that is where I’ll be sending the gift card.



So, do it. Now. Yes, now.


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School Library Journal is a highly respected and renowned publication that helps pair the books reviewers love with the librarians at our national (and international) schools. Getting a positive review from them? It means a lot. A LOT a lot. So this one thrilled me when my buddy, author Dahlia Adler, pointed out that it was up on the Barnes and Noble site.



Gr 9 Up—This present-day realistic fiction novel opens with Cecelia (better known as CeCe) getting arrested for killing her brother Cyrus. As the story unfolds, Cyrus’s story of escalating OxyContin abuse and the damage it does to his family in the wake of his mother’s death unravels, leaving CeCe to pick up the pieces and trying to hold her family and collegiate aspirations together. After her arrest, CeCe is reluctant to open up to her lawyer and counselor, instead content to dwell in her guilt. A group therapy session outing finally has an effect on CeCe, and she begins to open up, but will it be too late to make a case in her favor? Fiore weaves an incredibly authentic tale of the drama and emotion that surround death and drug abuse. The chapters move back and forth from before CeCe’s brother’s death to after the girl’s arrest. The author provides context early on in each chapter to help readers situate themselves within the time line. This structure allows for information to be given to readers in an extremely methodical and effective manner, continuously moving the story forward. CeCe, her brother, and her father are dynamic characters, filled with flaws and hope. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes heart-rending, and sometimes hopeful, Fiore’s work is great for fans of “unpretty” realistic fiction. VERDICT A must-have for high school and public libraries, especially where discussions about the prevalence and dangers of prescription medicine abuse are needed.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL



I’m particularly fond of:



Fiore weaves an incredibly authentic tale of the drama and emotion that surround death and drug abuse.






A must-have for high school and public libraries.



But in general, this entire review is such a joy to read. I’m honored to share it with you today.


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AMONG THE SHADOWS, the young adult short story anthology I’m so incredibly privileged to be a part of, releases in a month and we’re having a giveaway for 5 paperback copies (plus signed swag!) and 5 digital copies.




The swag bundle includes signed bookmarks by Beth Revis, Joelle Charbonneau, Gretchen McNeill, Demitria Lunetta, Mindy McGinnis, Lydia Kang, Kate Karyus Quinn, and myself! There are also some extra goodies like postcards, bookplates, stickers, and more! Enter below.


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You know, time is an incredibly precious commodity. None of us have as much as we’d like and many of us wish we could get more done in the hours we do get every day.



That’s why I feel so incredibly honored to tell you about three fantastic writers who took time out of their busy writing  schedules and lives in general to read THICKER THAN WATER and give it some really lovely endorsements.



So, without further ado…



“THICKER THAN WATER is an authentic depiction of how an addict is never a sole victim to his disease. It’s a moving story of a sister’s grief at losing her brother to drugs, her guilt at the part she may or may not have played, and her journey to the other side of suffering, where she learns grace and empathy lie. An emotional and true read.”




Carrie Arcos, National Book Award finalist



“Kelly Fiore takes a sure-footed step into the field of YA fiction with a fast-paced novel that has all of the pieces, including a wry, edgy protagonist forced to untangle a complicated web of drugs, college dreams, and family.”





Jenny Hubbard, 2015 Printz Honor recipient, William C. Morris Award finalist




“A searing exploration of addiction and a heartbreaking portrait of a family coming apart at the seams. CeCe and her long road to redemption will stay with readers long after the last page.”





Kara Taylor/Kara Thomas, award winning author of DEADLY LITTLE SINS



These authors are masters of their craft – truly at the top of their game – and I am beyond fortunate to have their names and good works associated with my little book that could. Thank you, ladies, for taking the time and energy to blurb my book. I owe you a fruit basket or a pony or something fabulous.


But, the very least I can do is offer a giveaway of their books as we get closer to the release of THICKER THAN WATER – so stay tuned for that!



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So, I had the absolute privilege of having the cover of THICKER THAN WATER revealed over on Epic Reads earlier this week. Talk about a dream come true – Epic Reads is one of the biggest reader communities around and people seemed to really love my cover.



Of course, if you missed it, I OBVIOUSLY am going to post it in all it’s glory here! :)






Gorgeous, right? I know. I’m so damn proud of it and SO LUCKY to have such great cover designers over at Harper Teen. I can’t wait for the world to meet this book.



And, yanno, if you want to preorder…






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It’s that time of year again! Proms are going on all over the damn place!




I LOVE proms in the same way I LOVE weddings which is to say because I love dressing up and makeup and dancing and pictures and music and YAY! But, some of my favorite things are the favors — at my prom, we got glasses with the name of the prom (Starry Night? Happily Ever After? Some Enchanted Evening? All Three?) and the year etched in black.



Weddings often have amazing favors, too – I’ve gotten everything from candy to shot glasses to personalized CDs to ornaments…the list goes on and on!





So, when I came across the Promposal footage on MTV today, it reminded me of two things I love about my books, too.



1. The promposals in JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, which are totally kick ass and super-creative.



2. The adorable bookmarks I had made for JUST LIKE THE MOVIES – and how I have a ton of them!





So, in honor of these bookmarks and the adorable Promposals of 2015 and JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, I’m giving away bookmarks to anyone who does the following:


1. Tweet me a picture of you holding one of my books – JUST LIKE THE MOVIES or TASTE TEST.






2. Post a picture of you holding one of my books on my Facebook wall.




(E-books count! Just hold up your tablet!)





Once you’ve done that, fill out the contact form on my website with your name, the subject line “Bookmarks” and your mailing address in the message. I will send you signed bookmarks for TASTE TEST, JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, and the new AMONG THE SHADOWS  bookmarks that are set to arrive soon!


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Here’s the CONTACT PAGE. (The actual form is at the bottom of the page.)


A few caveats:


1. US entries only


Okay…maybe only one caveat… :)


So, tweet and post away! Don’t forget to send your address via the contact page! And give the bookmarks 4-6 weeks to arrive at your door; because I’m waiting on the AMONG THE SHADOWS bookmarks, the first sets might not be sent out for a couple weeks.



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I’ve totally slacked on blogging. I’m sorry, really. I think at this point that this site is becoming more of an “I have an announcement!” kind of site. I hope to get back to writing posts about craft and more helpful subjects soon.


But for now, we’ll stick with a couple of new announcements!



1. THICKER THAN WATER has a German cover – and a German title!



Fiore, Kelly_THICKER THAN WATER_Germany copy


The title translates to “The Long Drop Down of Cecelia Price.” I’m kind of in love with the cover.



2. I’m super pleased to announce the news that I’ll be contributing to an anthology with twelve other YA authors. AMONG THE SHADOWS is a collection of short stories that focusing on the darker, grittier, and more horror-oriented side of YA writing.


This is an author-produced endeavor, meaning we’ll be publishing and marketing this collection on our own. Because of this, we’re running a Kickstarter campaign with some great incentives. Check us out here and find out more about the anthology and bid on some books, critiques and more! Click on the cover below.




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I’m so so SO excited to announce my happy news to the world!



Per Publisher’s Weekly:


Annie Kelly’s LEARNING CURVE, set at an alternative high school known for being a dumping ground for troubled students and featuring a young teacher who realizes the newest member of her first period class is the guy she met–and made out with–at the bar last week, to Christina Brower at NAL in a three book deal by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary Media. (NA)


So, a couple of things:


1. Who, pray tell, is this “Annie Kelly” you speak of?



Annie Kelly is my new pen name (or pseudonym.)  This is a pretty recent development in my writing life. Basically, it’s another brand of Kelly Fiore – and this brand writes romance.


My romance novels will be about women in their mid-20s – women graduating college, starting their first jobs, getting an apartment, buying a car, making messes, falling in love, etc.


Romance has a similar momentum as YA, but has more sex. It has heat and chemistry and, frankly, it’s pretty explicit in the sex department. I love my YA writing,  but this ain’t it. There’s something far more edgy and intriguing about my romance characters. They’re just starting out. They’re making mistakes. Their humanity is glaringly obvious.


2. What made me write romance?



A couple of things drove me toward this genre. First, I’m a fan of romance. A BIG fan. Like, a flailing, giddy fan. I love almost everything I read that is Romance or New Adult, but my favorite authors are Shayla Black, Cherrie Lynn, Jacie Burton, Lacey Alexander, Jay Crownover, Chelsea Fine, Cora Carmack, Sophie Jordan, Lisa DeRochers, and Penelope Douglas.

Another reason – I want to write stories about adults because I *gulp* sort of am one. So, while I love writing YA and I do feel like a teen much of the time, I do really enjoy remembering the world of my 20s and writing from that perspective.

3. Am I still writing YA?



Yup. That won’t change. THICKER THAN WATER is probably more of an upper-YA novel because of the language/violence/drug content, but it’s certainly YA. I’ll have another book with Harper after TtW and I’m hoping to continue writing more light contemporary YA, too. And maybe some middle grade. Or literary adult. (Yes, I have a full plate. That’s how I like it.)


4. So, how about these romance novels?



I’m so stoked that these will see the light of day. I’m completely smitten with the characters and I’m excited about working on the future books.


Learning Curve is the first book in the series. It follows grad school student Hyacinth “Cyn” Hendricks as she struggles through a student-teaching internship at a tough-as-nails alternative Baltimore high school. She teaches drug dealers, former convicts, students with ankle bracelets – the whole shebang – but nothing knocks her more asunder than when Smith Asher shows up in her classroom. This troubled student is a complete enigma — and an enigma whose seen her almost naked when they hooked up at the bar last weekend.

Hyacinth is caught between the very potent chemistry between her and Smith and the fact that she’s completing her student teaching – the lines of right and wrong are blurry and even harder to define when laden with lust.


I love this book SO HARD — partially because it has a really crazy twist toward the end that changes everything for Smith and Cyn. I’m hoping that readers will love these characters as much as I do. I’m carrying them with me constantly.


I’ve also started a new blog – Romancing Annie – which will chronicle more of my romance news and posts. You can find it HERE


So, YAY! I’m excited to be branching out into the romance realm and I hope I can bring you with me as readers and as friends.




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In the spirit of the season, I tried to think of something creative to do for a giveaway…





…and gave up and decided to do what comes naturally. So, I’m giving away three copies of JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, signed, to you :) (And also imbedding Channing Tatum gifs in this post for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.)




So, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. All drawings will be made on Christmas (not by accident :)) and I’ll be sending you the book between then and the New Year. I’m clarifying this because, while JUST LIKE THE MOVIES would make a great Christmas gift, these copies won’t make it to you by then.



However, speaking of which…



Looking for a GREAT holiday gift? Consider giving a copy of JUST LIKE THE MOVIES or TASTE TEST to the teens and adults in your life. They’re appropriate for anyone ages 10-11 and up and I’d be happy to send you signed bookplates and bookmarks – just shoot me a message via the comment section of the website contact page.


Oh, look. Here are some gifts to purchase said books!






Happy Holidays, friends :)


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