Shatter Playlist!

Can you figure out how each of the noted lyrics go along with each chapter in Shatter?

Chapter 1: Crying off my face again.  The Lonely by Christina Perry

Chapter 2: I fell into a burning ring of fire.  Ring of Fire by Adam Lambert

Chapter 3: Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind . . . I can feel it coming back again.  I Can Feel it Coming Back Again by Live

Chapter 4: Arrest this man.  Karma Police by Radiohead

Chapter 5: ‘Cause this house don’t feel like home.  Unsteady by X Ambassadors

Chapter 6: De donde llegaste ni pregunte. (Where you come from, I don’t know.) Hasta La Almanecer by Nicky Jam

Chapter 7: I never hated you like I do right now. Make Me by Noah Cyrus

Chapter 8: 21 guns, Throw up your arms into the sky. 21 Guns by Green Day

Chapter 9: Tu pasas, te miro. (You walk by, I’m watching you.) Sin Contrato by Maluma

Chapter 10: I’ve got so cautious, And now I trip on every move I make. A Violent Noise by The XX

Chapter 11: Some folks are born made to wave the flag. . . I ain’t no senator’s son. Fortunate Son by Credence Clearwater Revival

aliciaChapter 12: Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame, So bright, she can burn your eyes. Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

Chapter 13: A long time ago we used to be friends. We Used To be Friends by Dandy Warhols of the Veronica Mars Soundtrack–VM was totally my inspiration for Shatter!!

Chapter 14: I wish that I could be like the cool kids. Cool Kids by Echosmith

Chapter 15: No hay que llorar porque la vida es us carnaval. (There’s no need to cry because life is a carnival.) La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz

Chapter 16: But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Chapter 17: Dark necessities are part of my design. Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppersu2

Chapter 18: Father, we get what we deserve . . . ‘cause they will run you down. Way Down We Go by Kaleo

Chapter 19: I’m getting closer and I’m setting up the plan. Despacio by Luis Fonsi

Chapter 20: I got issues, but you got ‘em too. Issues by Julia MichealsEnr

Chapter 21: You can run, you can hide but you cannot escape. Escapar by Enrique Iglesias (English version here) (Isn’t he so freaking hot?)

Chapter 22: These walls are paper thin and everyone hears every little sound. Paper Thin Walls by Modest Mouse

Chapter 23: I’m getting edgy all the time. There’s someone around me just a step behind. Gotta Get Away by The Offspring

Chapter 24: A dónde van los desaparecidos? Por qué es que se desaparecen? Por qué no todos somos iguales (Where do the disappeared go? And why is it that they disappear? Why aren’t we all the same?) (This is a song about victims of Argentinian political violence.) Desaparecidos by Mana.

imagine dragonsChapter 25: I let the bullets fly, oh, let them rain. Believer by Imagine Dragons

Chapter 26: There’s even talk about you wanting me. I Need to Know by Marc Anthony

Chapter 27: This is my final chance of getting you. Shiver by Coldplay

Chapter 28: Feeling the world go against us . . . we put the world on our shoulders. Sucker for Pain by Imagine Dragons

Chapter 29: How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died? Blowing in the Wind by Bob Dylan

Chapter 30: (I) know what you did. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fallout Boy

Chapter 31: Which way is right? Which way is wrong? Just too Close to Loving You Alex Clare

rihannaChapter 31: I’m fist fighting with fire just to get close to you . . . Don’t you stop loving me.  Love On the Brain by Rihanna

These songs all go to the chapters in Shatter. Have fun with them! I love these songs!!!




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Cover Reveal & Five Book Giveaway!

HUGE thank you to Karen for hosting the cover reveal of SHATTER!! Karen is my food-blogging, more attractive sister who gets to be nine years younger than me all the way until we die. It’s so unfair.

On her blog, she’s got the gorgeous cover of SHATTER (releasing May 9, 2017) designed by Patricia Chaves at Cedar Fort. If you’ve seen it, sign up to win! Five winners will each get one of the following books to celebrate SHATTER’s release. If you haven’t seen it, take a peek below, or go check it out at The Food Charlatan.

hastobelove_cvrTheBishop's Wife


the row by jenn johanssonShatter Cover









See it? SHATTER? Right there in the pile of books I’m giving away? Of course one of the giveaway books is my own! SHATTER is a hip, smart-sleuthing mystery for teens and adults.

Police tell Salem the explosion that blew up her sister was an accident.


Brokenhearted Salem pursues the gang-bangers who tormented her sister, especially high school classmate Cordero. The only way to learn the truth is to slip behind enemy lines.

The only way to survive is to find a way back out.

Everyone who signs up for my newsletter between Jan.  17 and Feb. 28 will be entered to win. Winners will be contacted through the email they entered to the newsletter. If you’re already on the newsletter and want in on this giveaway, just share one of my social media posts about Shatter. Please also comment that you shared the post because FB and other sites sometimes hides useful info like that. Something about protecting the identity of anyone not friends with me, like there are stalker-weirdos on the internet. Come on.

Now, I bet you’re dying to know about the other four books I’m giving away!

HAS TO BE LOVE, contemporary young adult novel:  Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s both thrilling and terrifying–an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren’t as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York.

THE BISHOP’S WIFE, best-selling adult murder mystery: Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn’t trust him.

Note: THE BISHOP’S WIFE is marketed to adults and has themes related to domestic violence. Since I write and market to teens, I will happily provide a different title if the winner of this book prefers.

THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, young adult historical fantasy and winner of best young adult fiction from the League of Utah Writers: Eighteen-year-old Lucy doesn’t know how she became a ghost, but the more she remembers of her life in Victorian England, the more she wants to forget. Her only hope of changing the mistakes of her past is to enlist the help of a servant named Philip – the one living person who can see her.

THE ROW, contemporary young adult thriller: Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. A month before the execution date, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, Riley discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

Don’t those all sound awesome? They ARE awesome! Good luck in winning them!

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