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Happy Release Day to JUST FOR CLICKS by past mentee Kara McDowell

Tuesday, 19 February 2019  |  Posted by Brenda Drake
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I’m so excited for the release of Kara McDowell’s JUST FOR CLICKS today! Kara was mine and Heather Cashman’s Pitch Wars mentee in 2016. She was such a hard worker and even had to revise between giving birth to her beautiful son. Both Heather and I were excited to work with Kara from the moment we read her manuscript. We feel we really lucked out. The family bonds and drama in the book is what drew me in the most. The book has changed so much from the time I first read it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for readers to meet Claire, her family, and especially Rafael!

About the book …

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

Kirkus Review …

“In her debut novel, McDowell combines a strong plot with snippets of text, emails, and website comments to deliver a clever meditation on privacy, family, and loyalty. Using a first-person perspective, the novel focuses on topical issues such as phone addiction and social media obsession while also addressing typical teen fare of romance and family drama. The fast-paced action and several surprising plot developments keep the reader’s interest as the tension between Claire and her family mounts and her attraction to the unusually forgiving Rafael grows.

Breezy and fresh meditation on privacy and relationships in the internet age, with a likable protagonist who would rather code than braid her hair for a fashion vlog.(Fiction. 12-18)”

Read the full Kirkus review of JUST FOR CLICKS here!

Buy your copy today!

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About the author …

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara’s debut novel.

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