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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.


Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Girls Are Strong! (And Boys Are, Too.) 17 Ways To Be Strong

We are often told through the media and society that girls aren’t strong—and that boys aren’t emotionally strong—but we are. There are many ways we can be strong and save ourselves. Here are seventeen ways that Sarah in STAINED, and I, saved ourselves, and that you can, too:

1.) Trust your intuition, even when people pressure you not to or say that you are wrong.

2.) Believe in yourself the way you believe in those you love. Recognize your good qualities and strengths.

10 Self-Defense Tips For Girls and Women (And Boys, Too)

We should not have to protect ourselves against rape, abduction, or violence out in the world. But since girls and women, especially (and boys, too) are attacked, it’s important to protect ourselves as best we can. These tips can help increase your safety:

1.) Keep alert to your surroundings.

2.) Trust your intuition. If you don’t feel right about a person or situation for any reason, listen to that.

3.) Avoid any situation or person that feels wrong. Prevention is the best option.

9 Ways to Shift Your Mood: Some Techniques to Help You Feel Better

It's hard depressed, sad, anxious, or in emotional pain. And while it can be healthy not to run away from our feelings, or to be able to feel and express them, it's also healthy—and important—to not overwhelm ourselves, to not get so stuck in painful emotions that they overwhelm or oppress us, and to give ourselves a break....

Wanting To Die—And Ways To Stay Alive

There are many things that can make a person want to die—a desire to escape great emotional pain; intense and overwhelming despair, hopelessness, isolation, depression, anger turned inward; intense and prolonged self-hate; childhood abuse or trauma; and/or isolation and feeling like you don't belong. ... Often the desire to die (or to find relief from the pain) stems not just from one thing, but from a combination and accumulation of many things over time. But each of us deserves to live. It is our right, just by being born. We have the right to live, to breathe, to take up space on this earth, and to feel happy, loved, and comforted....

Finding Inner Calm in a Hectic World

It can be hard to find a little piece of inner calm—especially when things are hard. You probably know how much better you feel when you take time to find that calm place inside—but how many of us actually take the time to find that calm place when we are stressed out, or even on a regular basis?

Let Your Inner Child Play

With the rush, rush, rush of daily life, the many responsibilities we have, and the accumulation of painful experiences, many of us have forgotten how to play. We may have forgotten the simple joys you experienced as a child, or forgotten how to see beauty and wonder around us. We may even have lost some of our child-like joy and delight in the world. But there's a way to connect back to some of that happiness, or to increase it—by letting your inner child play.

Love Your Body, Love Yourself: 12 ways to improve your body image and self-esteem

Most of us, especially girls and women, are assaulted with negative messages about our bodies on a regular basis by magazines and newspapers, advertisements, "well meaning" family members, peers, and even friends. We're shown computer-manipulated images of the "perfect" body—a body that is not natural for the vast majority of us, and can only be obtained through self-abuse and starvation....

Treat Yourself Like a Friend

We often treat our friends better than we treat ourselves. We greet them with happiness and affection. We listen to them with compassion and understanding, and we don't try to silence them when they need to grumble or complain. And we are unequivocally, unalterably on their side. How much of this do we do for ourselves?...

What To Do When You're Feeling Down

Depression can be debilitating, and painful to endure. Once depressed, it is easy to keep spiraling further down. But there are many things that can help when you're feeling down, even if only a little—and a little may be all you need to shift into a better place.

Here are a few suggestions...

Ten Steps to Setting Limits: Another Way To Take Care of Yourself

How many times have you done something you didn't really want to? If you're like me, it's probably a lot of times. There are many reasons we agree to do things we don't want to...

Follow Your Dreams

Dreams. What are dreams? Dreams are soul food. Dreams are things that give us hope. And when they come true, they often give us joy and happiness...

Give Yourself Positive, Nurturing Messages

I don't know about you, but I find that negative or hurtful messages zing their way into me faster and easier than positive ones...

Tips on How To Love Yourself

Loving ourselves -- being as compassionate, gentle, and loving with ourselves as we would with a best friend -- can be pretty hard to do...

Give Yourself A Gift

In the season of holiday giving, we often rush around trying to find the perfect gift for everyone—everyone except ourselves. We turn ourselves inside out, trying to please others, and lose some of our balance, our equilibrium. Taking the time to check inside and find out what we really need is an important and healthy thing to do...

Notice the Small Things That Make You Happy

Have you smelled a flower lately? I mean really smelled one. Stood there and took in the scent as it courses through your body, looked at its delicate petals, its colour and shape, and felt its beauty...

Procrastination: Sometimes You Need to Just Accept It

You might wonder how procrastination applies to loving yourself. Well, if you procrastinate, and are anything like me...