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?
Woo Hoo, it’s once again time for the YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some SuperCool prizes! Also, you get exclusive content from each author while searching for hidden CLUES–which you need to enter to win the grand prize. One lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter both! I am a part of the RED TEAM (YAY, RED TEAM)–but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
Oh my gosh, you guys are so lucky! You get a sneak peek at an excerpt from Kim’s new book, THE TAKING!
Coming April 29, 2014
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
“Stop the car,” I stated, and hated the way my voice cracked when it finally cleared the barrier of my throat.“Kyra . . .”“I mean it. Stop the car!”We were in the middle of nowhere, on Chuckanut Drive, still miles away from Burlington. My dad slowed but didn’t stop, his tires crunching on the gravel on the side of the road. “You’re not getting out. There’s nothing out here.”
“I’ll call Austin,” I insisted. “He’ll pick me up.”
The car was still moving, but only barely, as his words tumbled into the darkness, finding me in the backseat. “I just don’t want you to settle. I want you to experience the world. To go big.” It was one of my dad’s catchphrases: “Go big or go home.”
Only this time he was wrong. I didn’t want “big.” I didn’t want to live a catchphrase at all, none of them. I wanted to live my life.
And I wanted out.
Opening the car door was easy, and even though the Prius felt like it was moving in slow motion, the road I stared down at looked as if we were racing in the Grand Prix. I thought of what breaking my ankles might mean to my dad’s precious full-ride scholarships, and suddenly I didn’t care about scholarships or scouts or full rides.
“I said stop!” I yelled at my dad, and when I heard the screech of the Prius’s tires skidding to a complete stop, I leaped out of the car.
By the time my feet hit the ground I was already running, but it was too fast, and I was crying now too. I couldn’t see where I was going, and I tripped on the unforgiving asphalt.
I barely registered my dad’s voice coming from behind me, and I definitely didn’t feel pain, at least not yet. But I knew from years of sports’ injuries that adrenaline could mask the initial discomfort, and you would always feel it later.
I was still getting up, brushing away bits of rocks and gravel from my uniform, and from my hands, which had taken the brunt of the skidding part of my fall, when everything around me went white.
White, like blinding white.
It came in a flash, all at once, from somewhere that seemed both far away and right on top of me at the same time. In that moment I couldn’t see anything, but I heard my dad.
He was screaming this time. Screaming and screaming. My chest felt tight, and my eyes burned as I tried to find him, tried to see through the light that scorched my retinas.
All I knew was that one moment I was in the middle of a deserted stretch of highway, arguing with my dad about scholarships and boys, and the next minute my limbs were tingling and I felt weightless and dizzy.
Then . . .
. . . nothing.
Gah. Who NEEDS to read that book, right this second? *raises hand* Thank you so much, Kimberly, for sharing!
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Kimberly Derting, Stacey Kade, me, and more! To enter, you need to know that this one time, at band camp, I stumbled across TWELVE (12) naughty hound dogs who….oh, never mind.
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
WAIT–before you tromp off to the next stop, enter my YA READER’S CHOICE contest below! Just tell me which book you’d like to win from any author on the RED TEAM in the comments, and VOILA! One (randomly chosen) person will get his or her wish! You get an extra entry if you LIKE my Facebook Author page!
WIN! WIN! WIN!
Wow. I can’t believe it’s almost time for the second book in the MILA 2.0 series to be released out into the wild!
Just so you know—this book tried to kill me. I can say that somewhat jokingly now, but honestly, writing RENEGADE was an incredibly difficult task. Not just because writing a sequel is oh-my-gosh hard (though it absolutely is), but because I worked on this story during one of the most challenging times in my life. What I’m coming to realize, though, is that challenges aren’t necessarily bad. Challenges might feel overwhelming at first, but they can also serve as the catalyst that prompts us to dig deep, gather our courage, and ultimately, grow.
I basically drafted the second version of this book from my mom’s hospital bed. Much like Mila, my emotions often felt huge and overwhelming and scary. I could relate to her struggles in a visceral way, especially in regards to making life-altering decisions when confronted with conflicting information and doubt.
Later in the revision process, I experienced a different personal crisis. An identity crisis, if you will. More than ever, I could relate to Mila’s struggles as a being desperate to discover her place in the world…and as a person who felt like she could never quite measure up. Mila isn’t just desperately seeking the truth about her origins and the people around her—she’s also waging an ongoing inner war; a war that I think is far too familiar for so many of us. Throughout this series, Mila battles more than just bad guys and weapons. She’s also constantly facing off with her own internal critic; the one that whispers “you will never be enough.”
I enjoyed learning so much more about Mila—and myself—through writing her story in RENEGADE. I hope you enjoy her adventures and growth, too.
And, if there is a single realization I could share with you all—and Mila—it’s this: Be kind to yourselves, because you ARE enough. Every single one of you. <3 <3 <3
Woo Hoo–it’s time for the YA SCAVENGER HUNT!
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, where readers hunt for
ugly sweaters locks of human hair a vial of Edward’s sparkle AUTHORS AND BOOKS AND SECRET NUMBERS, OH MY!
This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Huntpage to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a Blue team and a Gold team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite nbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I’m super excited to be hosting fellow scavenger (scavengee? scavengette?) and YA author Corina Vacco for the Scavenger Hunt!
Corina Vacco trespassed on toxic land and wrote the first outline of her debut novel while parked in her car at the foot of a radioactive landfill. A city girl, fledgling guitarist, world traveler, and hopeless Chicago Cubs fan, she lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and son. MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN is Corina’s first novel. Share your pollution-inspired stories, poetry, or artwork with her when you visit www.mychemicalmountain.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jason and his friends live for the rush of racing their dirt bikes on Chemical Mountain and swimming in orange, chunky Two Mile Creek. But they hate wealthy and powerful Mareno Chem, the company responsible for invading their territory, polluting their town, and killing Jason’s father. The boys want to get even. But revenge has a price—and more than one person will pay.
Um, does that sound as incredible to you as it does to me? Want. NOW.
Find out more information by checking out Corina’s website or buy MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN here!
You lucky scavenger hunters, you–YOU get to check out this never-before-seen excerpt from Corina’s new YA novel AUTUMN. (Release date TBA.)I hate my girlfriend and I don’t know how to get rid of her. The reason I hate her is she won’t shut up about how she thinks she hit someone with her car out on Black Hill Road two weeks ago and what if someone finds out?
“That’s just great, Jill. Why would you tell me something like that? What am I supposed to do with this information?” I asked her once. And believe me, I was yelling.
“Because you always know what to do,” she said, crying again.
Okay, maybe that’s not the real reason I hate her. Maybe the real reason is that I fell in love with Autumn, who’s impossible to catch, so now I just look at Jill and get irritated.
“What if there’s still blood on my car?” Jill asks.
“For the hundredth time, there was never blood on your car.”
“But I heard a thump when I was driving. It was a definite thump.”
“A raccoon probably.”
“No, something bigger.”
I take a long, deep breath, and it feels like I have bottomless lungs. “I’ve been keeping an eye on the news. Wanna guess how many hit-and-runs have been reported?”
“Zero. And you already know that.” All I can think about right now is Autumn, her long, platinum blonde hair, her perfect legs. She brushed up against me once outside study hall and my heart did this weird double-thump in my chest. From then on, the double-thump thing started happing a couple times a day, even when Autumn wasn’t even in the same room. My mom, a nurse, said, “Oh wonderful. That’s just wonderful. You’ve got atrial fibrillation. You’re going to need to be on heart meds for the rest of your life.” But my tests came up clean. They say the irregular heartbeat is all in my head except it’s not. Autumn zapped me with her beautifulness.
“Sometimes headlines get buried. We could’ve missed it,” Jill says, flopping down on her bed. The alleged hit-and-run triggered her once-dormant cupcake-eating compulsion and today, for the first time, I can see cellulite and I’m glad. Jill is turning into cottage cheese over this, and it serves her right.
“You’d never miss that kind of headline. You don’t miss anything,” I say with a yawn. And it’s the truth! She triple-checks to make sure her emergency break is up, the alarm clock is set, that her flatiron is off. And the checking has gotten worse in the last couple of weeks. She even drives out to Black Hill Road at least once a day looking for a body, or skid marks, or a dent in the road rail.
But she won’t find skid marks or a dent in the road rail, because she never tried to stop. She won’t find a headline because there were no witnesses. And she won’t find a body, because she was going fifty miles an hour at least when her car struck me.
I flew like a bird over the edge of the mountain. My body landed in a thicket of blackberries, but the thorns didn’t sting when they punctured my skin, because I died while I was flying. I died.
That’s the real reason I hate my cottage-cheese- never-shuts-up girlfriend.
How awesome was that? THANK YOU, Corina!
Want more exclusive content? Just visit the other blogs playing along with the Scavenger Hunt! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Corina Vacco, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
WAIT–before you tromp off to the next stop, enter my YA READER’S CHOICE contest below! Just tell me which book you’d like to win the most in the comments, and VOILA! One (randomly chosen) person will get his or her wish! You get an extra entry if you LIKE my Facebook Author page!
WIN! WIN! WIN!
And now, to continue your quest, visit Gwenda Bond’s blog!
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Oh, and–IF YOU DO find a vial of Edward’s Sparkle, I totally demand first dibs.