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MILA 2.0 short story prequel releases today!

A few years ago, when I was trying to learn about writing and publishing (and knew nothing), I used to lurk a bit on the Absolute Write forums. But I was shy. And intimidated. Everyone there seemed to know SO MUCH. But it was August and I noticed a lot of the YA writers were planning on going to the annual SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. I wanted to go, but didn't know anybody. So I took a chance...and messaged a total stranger, asking if she knew anyone who might need a roommate during the conference. That person was Deb Driza and she welcomed me with open arms, inviting me to stay with her (along with Corrine Jackson, Veronica Roth and Dawn Miller). That's when I realized what a warm and wonderful place the kidlit world is. I'll never forget that.

Well, in addition to being an awesome and supportive friend, Deb is a physical therapist, a puppy wrangler, and also the author of the forthcoming sci-fi thriller, MILA 2.0. The novel comes out in March, but Deb has written a short story prequel to MILA 2.0 that releases today. And the best part is that it is a FREE kindle download. So go read it!

Summary of MILA 2.0: ORIGINS: THE FIRE (from goodreads)

Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.

Mila can't remember anything before the fire that took her father's life. It's normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn't remember if she's ever learned to ride a bike, or if she's ever been in love. Nothing.

What she doesn't know is that she isn't supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.

The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?

Find out more about Deb and MILA 2.0 (out on 3.12.13) at the HarperCollins website
Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. Thanks so much, Steph--that was also my first big writing conference, too! I had such a wonderful time and met so many amazing people (like my awesome roommates, plus several of the YA Highway ladies) who I'm blessed to now consider as real life friends. Even if nothing else had worked out, writing-wise, that would have made everything utterly worthwhile.

    (plus, hello, urban dictionary! Wham! JAZZ HANDS!)


    1. <3 I agree completely! Meeting great friends is the best thing of all.

  2. downloaded! super excited for you, deb! <3

  3. (also, hooray for real-life friends!)


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