YA Series & Chill

My publishing house, Entangled TEEN, is holding

a fun promo today until July 3 11:59 pm EDT!

You could win this Entangled TEEN Series Starter Kit!


As part of the promotion, there will be online events – like the Twitter chat shown below on June 23rd, 9pm EDT – sales on YA books, and they are hosting a HUGE giveaway for the Entangled TEEN Series Starter Kit, which will include Anomaly!!!

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For a complete list of online events and sales, check out Entangled TEEN’s website HERE!

To enter for RAD prizes, like the Entangled TEEN Series Starer Kit,

go to the Rafflecopter link below! Good luck & happy summer!!!



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Congratulations to the 3 winners of the Anomaly

1 year anniversary giveaway!

Aletia M, Chelsey J, Charlene E

I’ll be emailing you soon!

Thank you to everyone who entered & followed me on social media!!!

And thank you, again, to everyone who has supported me and this book over the last year. I’m insanely grateful!

xo t

Stay tuned for more giveaways!


Let’s get this party started!

On November 25, 2014 Anomaly, my debut novel, was released by Entangled Teen. THANK YOU to my friends, family, and Frans (fans that have become friends) who have made this last year amazing!!! Enigma, the sequel to Anomaly, will be released next fall and, like Anomaly, will be available wherever books are sold. To celebrate Josie and Reid’s story and the continuation of it, I’m hosting a giveaway!!! There are TONS of ways to enter for a chance to win signed books and goodies. Already have a book? Enter to win another to give to a friend. Check out the pics below of what is up for grabs in this celebration giveaway.

Click the blue Rafflecopter link below the pics



Signed/personalized paperback, Yoda Pez dispenser, Avengers notebook, StarWars pencil, Anomaly pen, bookmark,  buttons, & temporary tattoos, and an R2D2 sticky-note set.



Signed/personalized paperback



Personalized inscription & swag

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m so happy to be here with Tonya for my paperback release blog tour! I’ve got some cool things to share with you, including the first chapter you can read below and an international Goodreads giveaway– and a kissing scene! Plus, I’m doing a review giveaway– if you’ve read How We Fall and post a review of it (whether or not you liked it) on Amazon AND Barnes & Noble on or before Nov 7, you’ll be entered in a drawing for books and a $20 B&N giftcard! More details about that here. Keep reading for all the goodies below!

About the book:

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much–and with her own cousin, Marcus.How We Fall

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

Praise for How We Fall:

2015 Silver Falchion Best YA Novel finalist- Killer Nashville

Kirkus Reviews: “Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid…. A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil.”

School Library Journal: “Heartbreaking and well-paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters, rather than focus on an uncomfortable taboo. Brauning’s characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller… this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens.”

ALA Booklist: “…an unusual combination of romance and suspense…There is also something universal about Jackie’s struggles with her feelings and her desires, and readers will identify with her emotions, while going along for the plot’s ride. This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning.”

Read the first chapter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How We Fall by Kate Brauning

How We Fall

by Kate Brauning

Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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The night was almost as oppressively airless as the day. I couldn’t sleep, so I watched Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart made the humidity almost bearable, but I’d forgotten how creepy the movie was. Or maybe it was just the dark and the accident making me jumpy.

After the credits rolled, it was still too hot to sleep. I laid there dozing and waking for an hour, but my fan made little difference so I gathered up my blanket and went out to the living room.
I still hadn’t talked to Marcus. Hadn’t told him whatever we had needed to be over.

The living room was always a bit cooler because it was the room furthest back in the hill. I curled up on the couch, mostly hugging the blanket because it was too hot to cover up with it.
My phone buzzed.

Still up?

My phone glowed blue in the dark. He knew me too well. In the living room. Hot as Hades.

The stairs creaked a moment later as he tip-toed down. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, just basketball shorts. Way to make this harder, Marcus. He flopped down onto the couch.

“I don’t know how everyone else is sleeping,” I said.

“Maybe they all passed out.”

Marcus’s hair was damp and his face was sweaty. “Eww,” I mumbled, pulling my feet closer to me. “You’re gross.”

“Yeah, well, heat rises. Upstairs is a freaking sauna.” We lapsed into cranky silence.

Finally Marcus turned toward me and said, “Sylvia’s been texting me a lot.”

“Yeah.” Believe me, I’d noticed.

“You want to go swimming?” Apparently he was done talking about Sylvia. Fine with me.

Cool water. The night breeze. “More than anything.” I rolled off the couch and went back to my room to dig through my drawer. After hesitating, I pulled on my skimpiest swimsuit, a green string bikini with tiny white dots, and then my T-shirt.

I grabbed two beach towels from the bathroom and met him in the living room. We left the house as quietly as possible, and Marcus turned on a flashlight a hundred yards from the house. The creek cut across the back of our ten acres. It wasn’t a very wide creek, but it had deep spots.

Running through the grass with Marcus felt so familiar I could hardly bring myself to remember that there wouldn’t be a good way to explain this if anyone woke up and found both of us gone in the middle of the night. The adrenaline and expectation made me forget Claire and Aunt Shelly and anything but the good parts of us.

We were even sweatier by the time we got to the creek, but the water was right there. I pulled off my t-shirt and jumped into the creek, the shock of cold water an instant relief from the miserable heat.

Marcus dove in beside me and came up grinning. He’d jumped in wearing his basketball shorts. “A bikini? Not skinny dipping? No fair.”

“Yeah, well, take what you can get.” I splashed him, coming close enough he could almost touch me.

“Oh really. Take what I can get?” He lunged and grabbed my legs, pulling me under. I came up gasping. I yelled and sputtered while I pulled my dripping hair out of my face, but he pushed me up against the bank, muddy and root-covered as it was, and kissed me.

I was going to tell him it was over. I wasn’t even going to tell him I’d found out I loved him, because him knowing that might make it worse.

His skin burned warm against mine in the dark water. I could hardly see through the water streaming from my hair but I kissed him back, wrapping my arms around his neck and pulling him closer.

His mouth was tight and demanding. This was not the slow, patient kiss from our picnic. Every muscle in his body tensed and his hands trembled where they touched my face.

He knew.

He shuddered and pulled away, just an inch. He leaned his forehead on mine. “You know, you’re not as different as you think you are.”

I leaned my forehead on his chest, feeling his harsh breathing and hearing his trip-hammer heartbeat. Claire said I would move on, but I couldn’t move on from this.

Marcus wrapped his arms around me and in all the heat and cold water I barely noticed my own hands shaking.

He pulled away to look at me, but I shook my head and his body came back, his lips back to mine. We stood together in the creek while the black water whirled downstream away from us.


How We Fall is available through:


Author Bio:

Kate Brauning grew up in rural Missouri and fell in love with young adult books in college. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she’d want to read. This is her first novel. Visit her online at http://www.katebrauning.com or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.

Bookish NEWS!

If you haven’t heard already, I have an announcement!!


ENIGMA, the conclusion to ANOMALY,

will be released fall 2016!!!!

So prepare for more Josie, Reid, Retracting, Pushing, and kick-ass action.



love this review so hard!


After such a long long loooong time, I feel like I should be writing ‘Hello world!’ like when you usually start from scratch with web applications, this is the first thing you learn to do.

Web development joke aside, since I’ve started working, I really couldn’t find something in the Young Adult genre that was NOT filled with teen angst from beginning til end, so I kind of stopped reading for a while. I even broadened my scope to the entire fantasy world, but again, there weren’t many titles that entertained my imagination….

Until Amazon was so nice as to provide this title in my email!

*Be warned: I love science and this book has remnant information from said subject, therefor I will be geeking-out a bit, throwing in some concepts that might be foreign to you! So in the interest of not loosing my fellow-bloggers reading this, I urge…

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Letter to My FRANS!

Dearest ANOMALY fans,

I have the best fans in the world. Or, as I’d like to call you – FRANS. Fans who have become friends. You have been amazing in ways I could have never imagined. Some of you have helped spread the word about my book simply because you enjoy young adult literature or love science fiction. Some of you told others about my book because you are my family or friend and you like/love me and have seen me work hard over the last couple years sacrificing time with you. And there are those of you who really “got” what I was trying to do with ANOMALY, with the main character Josie.

I made Josie a scifi nerd for a reason. She is into fandoms, she owns her geekiness, and she finds COMFORT IN FICTION. That’s what fandoms or being into gaming or fantasy or…anything does. It unifies us. Being a nerd or being in a fandom immediately gives us a sense of belonging. I tried to make Josie relatable because aren’t we all nerds in some capacity? Geek, Nerd, and even Dork don’t mean what they used to.  Those terms all mean you are passionate about something and there is nothing wrong with loving something with your whole being. There is nothing wrong with being a nerd.

A book nerd. A scifi nerd. A tennis nerd. A Star Wars nerd. A Gravity Falls nerd. A swim nerd. A cheer nerd. A fashion nerd. An art nerd. A math nerd. A nature nerd. A fishing nerd. A car nerd. An exercise nerd. An antiques nerd. A cooking nerd. It’s all just what you are passionate about and passion is a good thing.

That is one of the main things I wanted readers of all ages to get out ANOMALY. Be you. Be a nerd for something. It’s okay. Actually, it’s awesome.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being such caring, loving, and kind fans, friends, and family!!!! Please, continue to tell friends about ANOMALY, keep sending me messages, reach out to me on social media!!!! I WANT to hear from you.

Mad love from the bottom of my dorky heart,

xoxo Tonya




20 authors, 25 books.

I’m psyched to be a part of #BADASSREADS this summer!

Enter to win the prize packs listed below via the rafflecopter

giveaway at the bottom of the page!

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To learn more about the awesome authors who donated books to the giveaway,

check out Bethany Crandell’s #badassauthors series on Bethany’s BLOG.

Please note, this giveaway is DOMESTIC only. The size of the prize packages makes them too expensive to ship foreign.

We (each of the participating authors) hold international giveaways at various times, so be sure to visit our blogs to watch for them!

Good luck! xo t


in my hometown area

Saturday June 13, 2015 – Galesburg Public Library, Galesburg, IL

12pm Teen Chapter Chompers
1:30pm Public author talk & signing, books available for purchase

by Stone Alley Books & Collectibles

Hope to see some fam & friends there I didn’t get to see last time!

PS There will be COOKIES!!!

RT 15′ Pics


Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas RT Booklovers Convention 2015


Author, writing-contest-hostess-extraordinaire, & friend, Brenda Drake


Giving my first autograph at RT to author Vicki Leigh


Repping nerds at RT with my Nerd Machine tee!


Sporting my new Le Motto tee at RT – Positivity, yo!


At the Entangled Publishing Candy & Spoons event


When I met YA author Kiera Cass!


Hanging with YA author and editor Kate Brauning



These Cali girls are amazeballz! Fans turned frenz – it’s like I’ve known them my whole life (which isn’t possible because they’re all younger than me). We went to dinner, Allie gave me Star Wars Jell-o molds, they treated me to my first Sprinkles cupcakes at a CUPCAKE ATM, for Asgard’s sake, & they acted as my groupies during a panel discussion! I ❤ them so hard.


Signing ANOMALY at the giant book fair in YA alley!


Getting to hang with Michelle Krys, YA author of Hexed & Charmed, during the gigantic signing was a blast! She as sweet as she is beautiful!


I had the honor of sitting next to Justine Larbalestier, talented YA author with a lovely Australian accent and maker-upper of fun drinking (water) games while sitting for over 3 hours!


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Me reading on a panel of YA authors helping readers find “new” books and authors. (Sat next to the ever kind and funny Rachel Harris!)