Hello! I’m Erica. I write dark, emotional novels with a burst of humor, and lighter contemporaries with smart-ass protagonists. My debut, TEACH ME TO FORGET (Merit Press) releases 12/02/16!
Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.
Now all she has to do is die.
When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.
Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.
DARE YOU TO MOVE – YA Contemporary
Callie can’t dance.
Not a twerk, not a shuffle, not even a jig. That wouldn’t matter much to her if she’d just been left alone for the summer. But instead of cooking her abuela’s tamales and watching old movies until her eyes bug out, her mom thinks it’s a fitting punishment to drag her to Lake Sherman Ballroom Dance Camp. Her sister Lucy can’t wait to go but she’s got other things on her mind—like winning the dance competition. Callie couldn’t care less about dance and doesn’t care who knows it. But her mom isn’t hearing any of it.
In the spirit of sisterhood, Callie tries to embrace dance camp as best as she can but just when she thinks she’s got the hang of this dancing thing, her partner gets kicked out, forcing her to re-learn the complicated moves with someone new. And as if the dance gods were cursing her, that someone new happens to be her instructor, Tucker–the guy who treated her like smooshed marshmallow on the bottom of his shoe the day they met.
As the summer days tick away, Callie learns that dance camp is more like dance hell and she wants out. But when her sister injures her foot and can’t compete for the coveted grand prize, Callie has to rise to the challenge. There’s just one misstep, in order to win she has to put her trust in Tucker, who despite her disdain for, she’s developed an unhealthy crush on. With fierce competition and the secret she’s holding onto tighter than her sister’s lucky heels, winning isn’t going to be easy.