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Pre-order Pen & Xander on Amazon

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Pre-order Pen & Xander on Amazon now!

Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there’s something almost magic about her food, her father can’t imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.

Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn’t stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it’s a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil–a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.

Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

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Pen & Xander Cover Reveal

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Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there’s something almost magic about her food, her father can’t imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.

Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn’t stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it’s a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil–a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.

Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads

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Want an ARC of my next novel?

The last thing I wanted was for it to take me an entire year to publish my next book. After the reaction to TDOTN I wanted to purge the experience as quickly as possible by getting something new out there, something that would allow me to prove to myself that I could finish something else, that it could be good. I needed another book to help me get my confidence back.

And yet, here I am, exactly one year later, still trying to squeeze out these last three chapters.

But I will get them out. And I will publish this novel. And if people hate it…I will still write another one. Because that’s what I do. What I have to do.

So, here’s the plan: finish the final chapters of this novel before the weekend, complete my final read-through and formatting by Sunday, and then send out ARCs Sunday night.

I think providing trusted friends and loyal readers with advanced copies is the perfect way to dip my toe into the sometimes treacherous waters of public opinion. And if I get good feedback maybe I’ll actually be able to sleep at night during those weeks leading up to publication on October 31st.

If you have a blog and would be interested in an advanced review copy of my novel please fill out the form below so I can get the correct format to you. I’ll post the full synopsis soon, but for now, here’s my Twitter pitch:

Pen & Xander is a contemporary YA romance about food and finding where you belong set in a Mexican restaurant that is the heart of an immigrant neighborhood.

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Teaser Tuesday!

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My back hurts, my legs burn, and everything sticks to me, sweat painting my neck. I scrape my hair out of my face and find pieces of lettuce and dried enchilada sauce. Angel is just as filthy, the hours stuck to us in layers of grease while time has burrowed even deeper in my father’s skin.

He’s been waking up at three AM every morning for the past fifteen years. Cooking migas and tamales and pozole and carne asada. Cleaning up broken glass and spilled drinks and half-eaten food. Hiring bartenders and dish boys and steak cooks, firing them too. Waking up every morning wondering if people are going to show up that day, if they’re going to like the food, if they’re going to pay what it’s worth. And going to bed every night hoping that it was enough. To pay the bills. To raise four kids. To open the doors another day.

I can see those worries on his face, and even covered in filth, in food my father used to love, in sweat I can’t wait to wash off, there’s nothing I want more than to wear the same worry he does, to wake up with the same hope.

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The Daughter of the Night Soundtrack NOW AVAILABLE

The Daughter of the Night instrumental soundtrack is now available for download!

Get your copy at my new website here

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The release of the soundtrack also means that there are ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT until TDOTN is delivered to your kindle. Thank you so much to everyone who has reserved a copy! I’ve been blown away by the number of pre-orders and can’t wait to get this novel in your hands. Also, thank you to everyone who’s already downloaded a copy of the companion soundtrack. I hope you enjoy experiencing this story in a brand new way.

Still need to pre-order your copy of The Daughter of the Night? Click here 🙂
Need something to hold you over until release day? Download the soundtrack here

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