Warning: this post will contain MASSIVE amounts of excessive exclamation marks and capital letters.

Guys, I am thrilled to announce that my YA mystery/thriller will be published by Sourcebooks!!

So back in 2012, November, I ventured out of my Fantasy-shaped cave and wrote a mystery/thriller novel. I wrote it in 14 days. And I will shameless admit to you, the whole world, that it was terrible. Like, god-awful. (It’s a lot better now, I promise.) Then, after I rewrote the story entirely, I uploaded it to my Wattpad account, and entered it into the Wattys 2013, where it was chosen by the Sourcebooks team for editorial feedback and possible publication.

A little while later, I was offered a contract, and honestly, I couldn’t think of better people to publish my novel!

A MASSIVE shoutout to everyone on Wattpad, and to those asking whether the novel would be published… you now have an answer!!


  • If you noticed in the tags, yes, there’s been a title change!! The Sweetest Sorrows of Ava Hale was waaaaay too similar to another YA book out there, and the wonderful people at Sourcebooks came up with Frayed. And, okay, I’ll confess, I wasn’t 100% sold on it when I first heard it — but the more I think about it, the more I realize just how damn PERFECT it is for the novel. So right now, I’m absolutely in love with the title.
  • It’ll be out June 2016! (Which is scary close when you think about it.)
  • There aren’t any Goodreads/Amazon, etc. links yet, but as soon as I do have them, you will, too.
  • I’VE SEEN A COVER CONCEPT. And it. Is. Beautiful. I can’t wait to share it with you.
  • As of now, Frayed will be available in the US only, but maybe, fingers crossed, hopefully, it’ll find a home in Australia.

SO. Three years later after finishing That Terrible First Draft, it’s happening!!!


  1. Wow that is fantastic news, congratulations, I will have to keep an eye out for its release!

  2. congrats!! i heard about this on inkpop or one of those sites ago and read it on wattpad last year and loved it!! i’ll definitely buy it!! (and yeah, the strange beautiful sorrows of ava lavender – when i saw that book, i thought of yours haha)

  3. Oh my goodness. This. THIS IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE. Congratulations, Kara!!! This is beyond amazing; I am so happy for you! I only hope to someday achieve this, so all the best, and I can’t wait to pick up your book! :)


    It must feel so great to know that all of your hard work paid off. I wish you luck during the next few months, and I hope to pick up a copy as soon as I can!

  5. This is absolutely amazing news!! I am so happy for you, Kara. Being a soon-to-be published author is definitely quite the accomplishment. I hope to see your book out on shelves soon! :-)

  6. Ahh that is so awesome — congratulations!! It looks like you are already getting some praise as well, so I can’t wait to see how your success turns out! :)

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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