Debra Driza is a member of the teen lit blogging groups the Bookanistas and The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a former practicing physical therapist who discovered tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, adding random colors to her hair and wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian Ridgebacks (most of them naughty).
MILA 2.0 is her first YA novel in a planned trilogy from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. It's currently in development with Shondaland production company (Grey's Anatomy) to become a TV series for ABC.
MILA 2.0 Launch Party:
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 3:00pm
San Marcos Public Library, 2 Civic Center Dr, San Marcos, CA 92069
"One part teen love story and two parts super-spy thriller, MILA 2.0
raises plenty of questions of humanity, warfare, and artificial
intelligence, but it's the James Bond-esque suspense and formidable
heroine that kept me enthralled to the last page. Just like Mila, this
series opener is both smart and gutsy and I can't wait to see where
the next installment takes us."
-- Marissa Meyer, New York Times Bestselling author of CINDER
"With edge-of-your-seat action and a shadowy government headquarters that puts Hollywood to shame, MILA 2.0 is a delicious, fast-paced read."
-- Kathleen Peacock, HEMLOCK
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire
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?
I had an absolute blast at my MILA 2.0 launch party at the San Marcos Library yesterday. More to come on that, but for now, here was one of the highlights of the event: THE HARLEM SHAKE!
I returned in the wee hours of the morning from the Dark Days Tour and the tail end of a writing retreat and realized, as I pulled into my driveway–it’s officially MILA 2.0′s release day. A few moments later, my eyes rolled back into my head and I promptly passed out.
Now that I am semi-awake again (though a bit muddled from jet lag), I can say it with more enthusiasm:
OMG, it’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! IT’S MILA 2.0′s RELEASE DAY!
Though, to be honest, the REAL celebration I’m having in my head goes more like this: My mom! My mom! MY MOM IS STILL HERE TO HELP CELEBRATE MY RELEASE DAY! You see, back at the very end of September, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It came completely out of the blue, so you can imagine how the news sent my entire family into a tailspin.
Since then, cancer has been my family’s constant companion: peeking in during the chemo treatments, stashed among the line-up of pill bottles along our counter, lurking in the dark corners of our minds, and especially as a shadowy presence in the waiting room during the very long and arduous surgery that finally occurred last month. All we could do was watch helplessly as a formerly strong and vibrant woman literally shrank and weakened in front of our eyes. But the important thing is that she is on the mend from surgery now, and we have every hope that she will continue to strengthen a little each day and reclaim that strength and vitality that is rightfully hers.
The important thing is: she is still here. She is still here, and she can celebrate my release day with me–and I am so very thankful for that. I am also thankful for all the amazing support we received along the way, both with my mom and my book. In return, I want to celebrate that support by hosting a giveaway as a giant THANK YOU. Because life is short, and you should celebrate whenever you can. In fact, all of you–go celebrate SOMETHING today! Over these past few months I’ve learned that when it comes to finding things to celebrate, nothing is too small or too foolish.
But first, there is another book that debuts today that I want to talk about and it breaks my heart a little, because that book’s author in not here to celebrate. She isn’t able to shout her happiness to the world, because her life was taken all too soon by the same beast that we are battling.
I never met Bridget Zinn personally, but from every account, she was a truly amazing and joyful person. If you check out her blog, you can see her beautiful spirit shining through her posts, even during her battle with colon cancer. Bridget died at only 33; a promising life cut far too short. Bridget is no longer with us to share the joy of releasing her book, but we are. We can help celebrate POISON’s release on her behalf. Here is the lovely cover:
And you can read all about POISON here.
And now, for the giveaway!
How to enter: A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have pre-ordered MILA 2.0 or POISON–your support means the world, and YOU are already qualified to enter! Please fill out the entry form below. For the rest of you–there is still time! Simply purchase MILA 2.0 OR POISON by Bridget Zinn from any retailer by Tuesday, March 19th at midnight PST, then fill out the form below. It’s that simple. I’m operating on the honor system, so I won’t be checking individual receipts (though I will be checking receipts for prize winners).
To clarify–no, you don’t have to have pre-ordered or purchased BOTH MILA 2.0 AND POISON, just one or the other. Bridget is no longer with us, but her spirit lives on in her words.
Grand Prize: Your choice of a Kindle Fire or a Nook HD Tablet
Runner-up Prize: $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice
The first 100 entries will also receive some personalized MILA 2.0 swag (sorry, I don’t have any of Bridget’s swag or I would send that as well).
Good luck, enjoy, and whatever you do, CELEBRATE LIFE as often as you can.
YA Highway revealed the Mila cover! Do you like it?