Tuesday, January 7, 2014


A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

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About Ann Stampler:
Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

***A little bit more about Ann Stampler:
Games you like to play
1.) Scrabble, but there has to be a dictionary present because inevitably someone wants to make “gyxyval” on a triple word score on the grounds that it’s an obscure jewelry-making term meaning “slightly inferior opal.”  And it’s not.  It’s just not.
2.) Charades!!!
3.) Monopoly, particularly if I get to be the tiny hat
4.) That scrambled letter game on my cell phone, if I’m trapped waiting somewhere without a book
5.) Ping pong.  Apologies to people who think this is a sport and not a game.  The way I play ping pong, it’s a game.

Social media links:
Twitter: @annstampler
The writing life blog: www.annstampler.com/ya
Novel in the Oven: Really Bad Writing Advice (among other things): www.annstampler.blogspot.com

The LINK to the first three chapters of AFTERPARTY by Ann Stampler: http://www.scribd.com/doc/183272047/Afterparty-by-Ann-Redisch-Stampler-Excerpt

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