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OASIS date change, YALLWEST, Barnes & Noble event & more!

So many things to tell you about, so many book news to share!

I'm back from a very eventful trip and now preparing for yet another trip that also promises to be eventful.

Last month, I had a much needed holiday before I headed to the US for a bunch of events, including YALLWEST and my very first ever solo North American book signing event at Barnes & Noble.

But before I tell you all about the massive excitement that was YAllWEST and my solo book signing, I have to share this news about my second book - OASIS.
OASIS has a new (US) publication date!
Please take note that OASIS is now scheduled to release on January 7, 2020 and you can pre-order your hardback copy now in all good stores and retailers. 
My wonderful US publisher, Imprint/Macmillan, has these pre-order/buy links conveniently listed all in one place: get OASIS
And you can also check your local indie bookstore and ask them to buy it for you, add this book on Goodreads, wish for it/add to list on Amazon, and request yo…

interview with Amelia Brunskill

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I'm excited to be back on my beloved blog, so expect to see more from me in the weeks and months to come! I'm working on setting up my author newsletter as well, so please watch this space and Twitter for deets. I'll definitely have some book giveaway to encourage you all to sign up.  
In the meantime, I have another wonderful author guest over for an interview! 
Amelia Brunskill is my fellow 2018 debut and her first novel THE WINDOW is a young adult mystery involving twins, secrets and uncovering dangerous truths. I have THE WINDOW proudly on my bookshelf among my favorite reads, and I hope you're going to check it out, if you haven't already.
And here's me chatting with Amelia about her authorly life, books and everything:
Hi Amelia! You’ve been born in Melbourne while I made Melbourne my home ten+ years ago—I like that we have this special connection 😉 I’m excited to have you over at my blog to chat about your 2018 debut, The Window, and about books and su…

2019 is here and bookish things (will) continue to happen

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Welcome to my blog/website/platform everyone! 2018 has been quite a year! Thank you all who've stuck around as I've morphed from an anxious forthcoming author to an anxious published author. Plus, I'm now an anxious published author with another book on the way. And... an anxious published author who is writing more books and hopes to sell more books so that she can keep writing them. The cycle never ends.

I won't lie to you: it's tough, this author gig. But I'm grateful. And happy. But It's TOUGH. Putting your first book out into the world is an experience like no other. I thought doing PhD was tough. Haha. I mean, yeah, it was, but... putting a book out is a totally different jam. Like, it's indescribable (haha, but Katya, you're an author, I should be able to describe it! Nope. I refuse to).

Anyway, What The Woods Keep is out! YAY. It came out in the US on September 18th and then in Australia and New Zealand on October 1st. Czech rights have so…

interview with Erin Cashman, author of UNCHARTED

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I'm beyond excited today as I get to publish this very special interview with the author of one of my absolute favorite 2018 books: Erin Cashman! 

Erin is the author of The Exceptionals as well asher latest novel, Uncharted - out now! 

I was intrigued by the Uncharted from the very first moment I glimpsed its cover and description. And I just knew then I was going to love it, and... I did! I mean, what I can say; this book is pretty much my 'catnip' of a story: a dark mystery, mysterious parents, secret societies, ancient legends brought out of the shadows and into the light, and a determined, uniquely voiced protagonist. I loved every moment!

And so I reached out to Erin and invited her to answer some questions about her writing, reading, and everything. 

Here it is:) Please check it out! 

Hi Erin, and welcome! As it's become a tradition on my blog, I start all my author interviews with this question: What was the book that influenced you the most when you were a child (an…

OASIS is coming... get a first glimpse at its cover & description

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Are you ready???

give
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FALL 2019
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The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?


Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.

The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .


Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.




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interview with Lucia DiStefano, author of BORROWED

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Today I'm pleased to host this interview with a dear friend of mine, and a fellow 2018 debut Lucia DiStefano! Lucia's debut YA novel is BORROWED and I had a pleasure to read and review an early copy - and, WOW, this book, THIS BOOK. 

Have a read, and if you feel like it, leave your impressions and well wishes to Lucia's on her debut's publication in the comments. 
About BORROWED
Love, mystery, and danger collide in this new literary thriller with the dark heart of a Gillian Flynn novel and the lyrical prose of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

A triumph of authenticity, grace, and nail-biting suspense, Lucia DiStefano’s ingenious debut is an unflinching, genre-bending page-turner.

As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her …

signed copies of WHAT THE WOODS KEEP now available in Melbourne bookstores

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Hey hey hey!

If you're in Melbourne, I'm excited to tell you that autographed copies of my debut are now available in the following stores (while stock lasts!):

[and if you're not based in Melbourne, scroll down to see some info on where to get signed copies!]


Hill of Content





The Little Bookroom




Ulysses (Sandringham)



Readings St Kilda



Dymocks Melbourne CBD



Dymocks Camberwell




Readings Hawthorn



I also plan to sign some copies at Dymocks Chadstone, at three central Sydney bookstores (Abbeys, Kinokuniya, and Dymocks Sydney) as well as (potentially) a couple of central shops in Geelong.

In the US... Maybe maybe maybe I'll sign in some LA bookstores this December. MAYBE. Also, maybe I'll sign in B&N Bakersfield, also in December. Keep an eye out for announcements here and on Twitter/FB/IG.

Thank you!