Thursday, December 11, 2014

Huge announcement!

Hang tight, folks. This is going to be a long one. It will be worth it though :)

In early 2013, Allie Brennan sent me a picture she knew I would love. And I did. A lot. The second I saw it, I knew I had to write their story. I was crazy busy at the time--tons of contracts and deadlines so I couldn't get to it right away. Every week or so, I would pull this picture out and look at it. I have no idea who the people are. If they're models or if it's from someone's real life. It's not mine. I don't own any rights. But it was inspiring.

I posted it on Facebook one day and everyone fell in love. Before the day was over, they had names (Bradley and TJ). Later that week, they had a story. I didn't have time to write the book, but I made time. That's what you do when you love something, you make time for it. I probably drove Wendy, Jolene, Allie, Kelley, Christa and Steph crazy talking about this book but like always, they deal with my craziness :) I loved the story. I loved the journey. I wrote, a few of them beta read. I revised, sent it to my agent and eventually it went on sub.

While I waited, I couldn't stop thinking about TJ and Bradley. I contacted an artist who drew something up for me. This is NOT the cover, but it is Bradley and TJ. This is from their book and I'm pretty in love with it.

Artwork by Jeminabox

And now, I can finally announce that their story, which was inspired by such a cool photograph will be published from Harmony Ink.

THE HISTORY OF US is about two boys, both out, who go on an epic road trip to make a documentary for TJ's film class. Sometimes it's not about coming out, but about settling in. That's sort of the basis of this book--settling in, learning about who you are, and their journey of discovery while interviewing people from all sorts of different backgrounds while on their trip.

I can't tell you guys how excited I am to work with Harmony. I read a ton of their books, both their YA side and from Dreamspinner. I know they are a great home for THE HISTORY OF US.

More information soon :)

And wow, that didn't end up as long as I thought it would!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

2015 Anticipated Reads

Hey guys. I can't believe it's almost 2015. I always feel old when I say things like that. LOL. But really, time is flying by. I'm not sure where this year went.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post. As I as going through my book list, I decided to share some of the upcoming releases for 2015 that I can't wait to get my hands on!

And because I'm funny like that, I made a separate collage for those books that I plan to drop everything for the second they come out. These are the books that I would totally use a time machine for, jump to the future, grab these books and head back to know...if that was possible :)

I know I should be all cool and organized and hit you guys with blurbs or at least links for these but writing is calling. That's a good thing, right?

What are some of your most anticipated reads for next year?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

USA Today ~ Diversity in romance

Hey guys. Quick thanks for making the release for THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY go so well. You guys are the best and your support means the world to me.

You guys know that diversity means a lot to me. I have tried to include characters of different ethnicities and sexual orientations in my books. The Misfits Series (The Weight of Destiny) is an example of that. There will be interracial relationships and there are characters of different sexual orientations. This is the Misfits crew that the series will be about.

Artwork by Sarah Jo Chreene

I was lucky enough to have author Ann Aguirre approach me to write an article with her on diversity in romance (if you haven't read her books, you should!). I was so honored that she would ask me. Diversity is something near and dear to my heart.

I came from an interracial marriage. I know what it's like to feel different. My children come from an interracial marriage as well. To say I jumped at the idea is an understatement. If you'd like to check it out, you can find the post on USA Today's Happily Ever After blog. I hope you'll read it, share it, comment on it and everything else :)

I got this yesterday in a review for THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY. It pretty much made my day.

"It's good of Nyrae to create such diverse characters- with flaws, different sexual orientations, different skin colours and different problems."

That's life, right?

Oh...and PS... I should have something REALLY amazing to share with you soon!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Ah, the day has finally come where I'll be a nervous wreck all day! LOL.

In all honestly though, release days are filled with so many conflicting emotions. Pride because I WROTE A FREAKING BOOK and it's out in the world for people to read. Fear because I wrote a freaking book and IT'S OUT IN THE WORLD FOR PEOPLE TO READ.

This book is special to me for a lot of reasons. It's YA and I feel like it's returning to my roots in some ways. I love YA and I just feel rejuvenated when I write it.

It has a diverse cast of characters and you guys know how passionate I am about diversity.

It's a romance and I'm a romance addict. There are parts that make you swoon and your heart race (hopefully) but more than that, this book is about family as well. Family and friendships and love and choosing your destiny. I love books with close family relationships. Close doesn't mean perfect but you know the love is there. I'm passionate about books with good friendships and this book has that, as well.

And Ryder and Virginia... I love those two. I hope you guys love them as much as I do.

Barnes and Noble

When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.

"Whenever I read Nyrae Dawn, I am reminded that words are her art, and she wields her paintbrush with all the skill of Rembrandt. The tender romance of Ryder and Virginia is palpable on the page, and the story sings with all the complexities of the interwoven plot. I read late into the night to finish this one, and once again, Nyrae has managed a masterpiece. LOVED." ~ USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Courtney Cole

"The Weight of Destiny unfolds like a storm. It is dark and electric and incredibly romantic. I lost and found myself. The characters are so vivid, so alive, you'll forget anything but them exists." ~ David James author of Between the Stars and Sky

"The Weight of Destiny is YA at its absolute finest. Nyrae Dawn flawlessly brought two seemingly broken characters to life and showed everyone deserves a second chance at love and life. This breathtaking storytelling will blow you away." ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Tiffany King

"The Weight of Destiny is art at its best, Ryder and Virginia canvasses on which the good and bad of life and love unfold in brilliant, true color." ~ Author Jamie Manning

I hope you'll pick up the THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY and if you do, I hope you love it! I'll be having some giveaways on Facebook and specifically in my Facebook group.

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