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I’m so pleased to announce that the JUST LIKE THE MOVIES paperback will be in your local Scholastic Book Fair this coming September!


This is SUCH a writer “bucket list” item – I really can’t express my excitement enough! I can’t wait for more kids to meet Lily and Marijke and discover how friendship can often find you in the most unlikely places!



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As many of you know, THICKER THAN WATER is a story inspired in large part by my brother and his battle with prescription drugs. My relationship to my brother feeds into so much of what I write when I write about siblings – and I also firmly believe that our siblings are the first love stories in our lives.


To celebrate siblings and sibling books that are kick-ass, I’ve teamed up with author Alexis Bass (LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES and WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US) to create a giveaway for NATIONAL SIBLING DAY on April 10th!




How do you enter? It’s easy! Using the hashtag #SIBLINGSTELLALL, just TWEET, TUMBLE, or INSTA-POST a picture of you and your sibling OR a story about you and your sibling. It can be short – think 140 characters! A couple of great examples include:


My brother ate a caterpillar in our driveway when he was four. I never told anyone. #SIBLINGSTELLALL




My sister has a black dress she made from 46 neckties she got at goodwill. #talentedgenes #SIBLINGSTELLALL


or a picture like:



Me and my bro – ages 7 and 2! #SIBLINGSTELLALL


So, obviously it’s up to you what you decide to do – but all tumbles, tweets, etc. will be entered to win gift cards and books, courtesy of me and Alexis! Books and gift cards you can share with your siblings…or, you know, not 😉


We can’t wait to see what you come up with – and remember that all winners will be chosen on 4/11. US Only 🙂


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I’m so pleased and honored to share this great review of THICKER THAN WATER with all of you! This time, a lovely one from VOYA!




Fiore, Kelly. Thicker Than Water. HarperTeen, 2016. 320p. $17.99. 978-0-06-232473-


The bonds between family members are some of the strongest possible. But what happens when the person you admire most turns into someone you barely recognize? Cyrus and CeCe are a close-knit brother and sister team when they first lose their mother to cancer. Their father remarries and tries to start a new life on a farm, but the family is soon in debt. Cyrus, who was a promising soccer star, hurts his knee and falls prey to a twisted local doctor who prescribes him OxyContin, which becomes the beginning of the end for the rest of the Price family. Cyrus’s drug addiction grows worse and worse, while CeCe is trying to hold her family together and make enough money to keep them afloat and fund her college dreams. The book is told from CeCe’s perspective in alternating chapters from the past, before Cyrus’s death and after his death, while CeCe is facing jail time for killing her brother. As the novel progresses, the reader finds out why CeCe considers herself Cyrus’s murderer and what led to such a tragic ending for her brother.


The book is dark, but it is not without redemption and insight into the struggles of drug addicts and their families. The author’s own brother was a drug addict, as she explains at the end of the book, and that authenticity is felt throughout the book. Fiore also includes resources for people trying to help drug addicts around them. This book is mature and is best for older teen readers, but it is very well written and has a broad appeal.—Kate Neff.



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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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