NOT ALONE – A song written exclusively for my new novel, AFTERWARD

Hey, y’all!  With my third novel, Afterward, about to hit bookshelves in just a few days (September 20!), I wanted to share something really special with all of you.


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A few months ago I approached my brother and his girlfriend and music partner Claire and asked if they would be willing to write a song exclusively for Afterward.  I wanted a song that would encompass the big ideas of this novel – friendship, hope, and recovery from trauma.

I wanted a song that would reveal what I think is the book’s central message – that sometimes a soul-saving friendship can be found in the most unexpected place.  And that if we keep searching, we can find a light in the midst of the darkness.

To say Chris and Claire delivered would be an understatement.  They crafted and recorded a song called “Not Alone” that I believe captures Afterward perfectly.  I can’t wait for you to hear it!cc

You can download “Not Alone” for free (or pay what you want!) at Chris and Claire’s Bandcamp site. It’s also available on iTunes and Spotify.  Please be sure to listen!

Not Alone – By Chris and Claire

I’ve been running from the shadows
For quite some time
And the voices won’t stop their echo
In my mind

I’ve seen things I’d rather not remember
And I’ve come undone
But you’ve told me time and time again
You’re not the only one

Not alone
I’m not alone (x2)

It’s a dark road to travel
And I’m afraid
If I let you walk beside me
Will you help me find the way?

But I’m not alone
I’m not alone…

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New DEVOTED paperback cover and an AFTERWARD giveaway!

Readers and friends, I’m so excited to share a brand new cover for my second novel, Devoted.  While I adored Devoted‘s original, gorgeous hardcover art, my publisher Macmillan has decided to package the book a bit differently for the paperback in an effort to get Rachel’s story into the hands of even more readers.

So what do you think?

DEVOTED's lovely  new paperback cover!

DEVOTED’s lovely
new paperback cover!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the warm colors and the text woven through Rachel’s hair.  And am I the only one who sees a resemblance between the girl on the cover and the actress Scarlett Johansson?

The paperback version of Devoted will be available on September 20, but you can preorder here if you’re interested in adding it to your collection!

Speaking of September 20, that’s the same day my third novel, Afterward, makes its debut.  Afterward tells the story of two Texas teenagers, Ethan and Caroline, whose lives are linked by a kidnapping.  Afterward is about overcoming guilt, secrets, and shame and finding a soul-saving friendship in the most unlikely place.  I’m so proud of this story and eager to get it into the hands of readers.

Even though Afterward isn’t out yet, you have a chance to win a signed advance reader’s copy and a ton of awesome swag by checking out the GReads! blog.  Many thanks to Ginger at GReads! for all her help organizing this giveaway.  By the way, the contest is open to international readers, too, so enter away!  But hurry – the contest closes on May 20.

Sweet AFTERWARD swag and a signed ARC are available!

Sweet AFTERWARD swag and a signed ARC are available!

Did you know preordering a book is one of the best ways to help an author’s sale numbers?  If you’re interested in preordering Afterward, you can click here to order from Amazon or here to order from one of my favorite indie bookstores right here in Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop.  If you order from Blue Willow, please request that I sign your copy before it’s sent out.  I’ll be happy to do it – one more reason to order from an indie!

Introducing the cover of my next novel – AFTERWARD

I am so thrilled to share with you the cover of my next novel, Afterward, out September 20, 2016 from Roaring Brook Press.

Afterward cover

Afterward tells the story of a tragic kidnapping that leads to an unlikely friendship.  At its core, it’s about finding light in the midst of darkness.

The book opens when 16-year-old Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped.  His subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can’t see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they each need a friend–and their best option just might be each other.

Readers and friends, I hope this synopsis and this gorgeous cover spark an interest in reading my next novel.

Some super lovely and talented writers of young adult fiction have been kind enough to praise Afterward, and I want to share their thoughts with you.

ava“Afterward is a brave story about the transcendent power of friendship, told with remarkable grace. I became utterly engrossed in the beautifully drawn lives and minds of Ethan and Caroline, and the sensitive, truthful depiction of the bond that begins to heal them both.” – Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead

desir“Heartbreaking and heart mending, Afterward is a beautifully crafted novel that shows the power of hope and the resilience of one incredible boy and the people who care about him. Jennifer Mathieu has again demonstrated the complexity and strength of survivors in an authentic and compassionate way.” – Christa Desir, author of Bleed Like Me and Fault Line

cammieAfterward is a perceptive depiction of recovery from a trauma most of us have only read about in the news. Fans of Jennifer Mathieu’s earlier books should be ecstatic: this is her best one yet.”  – Cammie McGovern, author of Say What You Will and A Step Toward Falling

 

Wow.  I can only say thank you a million times over for such warm support.

You can add Afterward to your Goodreads page and you can preorder now on Amazon.

So much ALICE love…

My debut novel!  Eep!  Still can't believe it's real.

My debut novel! Eep! Still can’t believe it’s real.

It’s been forever since I’ve updated my blog, so I wanted to add two quick updates today – one about my debut, The Truth About Alice, and one about my upcoming release, Devoted, out June 2, 2015 and also from Roaring Brook Press.

It’s been a groovy, crazy, wonderful ride since The Truth About Alice was released June 3 of this year.  I got to go on tour with the amazing Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha trilogy), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), and Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14 series).  In cities all over, I met readers and bloggers and future writers – not a lot of sleep but so much fun!

Here I am with Ava, Emmy, and Leigh posing outside the amazing Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN!

Here I am with Ava, Emmy, and Leigh posing outside the amazing Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN!

The Truth About Alice has received such a warm response from readers and the trades.  It’s been chosen as a Fall 2014 selection for the Junior Library Guild and received a starred review from VOYA (“Fans of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Speechless by Hannah Harrington will welcome first time author Mathieu, who has crafted a realistic and hard-hitting debut.”)  Wow, thanks, VOYA!  🙂

And just today I found out I’ve been nominated for a Best Debut Goodreads Author award!  (You can vote here if you’re so inclined.)

But the best part of this childhood dream come true is meeting with teen readers and hearing from them on social media, too.  I think my favorite moment was getting a E-mail from a 17-year-old girl who wrote me in the middle of the night to tell me she stayed up late to finish the book.  I kinda still can’t believe my words are in the hands of people other than my agent, editor, and husband.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support, and I promise I’ll try to post more regularly! xoxoxo