Young Adult Debut Promotions: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Young Adult Debut Promotions (YADP) is a post I do to help out debut authors, and to get them noticed.  My posts will definitely include a feature of the book, a feature of the author, and a giveaway, with an interview, guest post, or excerpt optional.  If you would like more information about YADP click here and scroll down until you come to the section talking about it.

Today I am featuring...

Kara Taylor
And she will be doing an interview and giveaway!

Prep School Confidential
by Kara Taylor
Series: Prep School Confidential #1
Pages: 304
Release Date: July 30, 2013
by St. Martin's Griffin

In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery. Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.
When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

Author Interview:

1. Why did you decide to become a writer?
Becoming a writer actually happened by accident! I always loved writing, but I knew I had to have a practical career plan as well. I was actually going to college and studying to be an English teacher when I wrote my first book and wound up signing with an agent and getting a deal.

2. Who were your biggest influences?
My grandparents always encouraged me to read and write at a young age. My 101-year-old grandma still has the first picture book I wrote! But my biggest influence was my 11th grade English teacher, who before I graduated, told me "I want a shout-out in your first book." Before then, I never thought I had what it took to sit down and finish a book. Her words helped me realize I had a story in me after all.

3. Where do you like to write?
I'm most comfortable in my room, at my desk. But I'm most productive somewhere quiet, like my college campus library, where I wrote most of PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL.

4. Do you have a special routine you like to do before you write?
I have to make myself a cup of coffee from my Keurig machine!

5. When and how did you get the idea for Prep School Confidential?
I always loved the boarding school setting, and procedural mysteries. Anne's voice came to me first, then I was really inspired by shows like Veronica Mars/The Killing/Twin Peaks.

6. Is there another book in the works?  If so, what can we expect?
Book 2 of the PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series is complete, and I'm working on Book 3 now! You can expect lots more mayhem at the Wheatley School, as Anne investigates a decades-old cold case and unearths some secrets that she wishes had stayed buried.

1. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

2. Cats or dogs?
I have both, but I am a dog person.

3. Hardcover, paperback or ebook?
Depends on where I'm reading. If I'm traveling, e-book. If I'm at home relaxing, a paperback.

1. Movie?
Almost Famous

2. Ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road

3. Animal?
I want a teacup pig so badly! Pigs are so cute.

4. Book?
That's like picking a favorite child! To Kill A Mockingbird is my all-time favorite classic, but my favorite book in recent years is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

5. Actor and actress?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschannel.

6. Fictional character?

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss. She's my girl!


~There will be 2 winners
~Giveaway ends on August 6, 2013 @ 12:00 A.M.
~This giveaway is US/CAN

The first winner will receive a finished copy of Prep School Confidential.
The second winner will receive an awesome prize pack!

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  1. I loved the interview! I've seen this book around but I have yet to get around to pick it up or read any reviews. I'll have to make sure to that now that I'm interested :) I love Anna & Harry Potter...doesn't need to be explained haha. Can't wait to see more in this series :) And thanks for the giveaway!

  2. MMM... Rocky Road Ice Cream is delicious! I'm also a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. I loved how different the 4th book was from the movie! So much more information was given in the book. Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite contemporary as of now, though I haven't read Lola yet. Thanks for the great giveaway. :D

  3. Ooh, this book sounds so good! I can't wait for it's release! :D Great interview! Woah she writes fast! I'm looking forward to the following books in the series! Haha, teacup pigs. They're super cute; my sister loves pigs. (: Ahh, I love Anna too! That series is the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. What a great interview! Anne sounds like such a great character and I can't wait to read it.

  5. I love mysteries and books set in boarding schools. Perfect combination! Can't wait to read this!

  6. I can't decide which is cuter, the synopsis or the title. Oh who am I kidding. Both, of course!

  7. I wanna read this book! hope i win! *fingers crossed*


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