I am a woman of secret goals. I rarely voice what I hope to accomplish with any given book, but that doesn’t stop me from holding dreams close to my heart. One of the dreams I had for Titans was to receive two starred reviews. With Salt & Stone, I received the first starred review of my career, and it was a mind-blowing moment. The crushing doubt I had while writing that book, and every book, was gone…if only for a day.

It was an addicting sensation, and so for Titans, I dared to hope for two golden, glittering stars. The first came from Publishers Weekly, and to put it mildly, I freaked the H out. I didn’t expect it, but I had lusted for it. And here it was–a star to call my own. When the second starred review came in a few weeks later, I literally screamed at the top of my lungs. I saw the email from my editor, directed to myself and my agent, when I was at a stop light. The subject line said something about “another starred review” and I pretty much lost my shit until I could pull over in a Target parking lot and have a proper ugly cry.

Having said all this, trust me when I say the reviews I’m anticipating even more…are those from you guys. Because you’re the ones who buy my books. You’re the ones who can secure me another book deal, or end my career. Without readers an author is obsolete. You are the reason I tell stories. And I only hope you love Titans as Publishers Weekly and Bulletin have.