I am so excited about Nikki Trionfo's new book, Shatter! If you love YA and an intriguing mystery, then this book is totally for you! Keep reading for the back cover blurb, a short excerpt, and even a fun giveaway! Happy reading - Danyelle
“We never knew there could be people in the orchard. Dangerous people.”
When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem becomes convinced the death was no accident--it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far are theories and clues. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. If she can't she prove she’s right before it’s too late, the conspiracy might take another life—hers.
Author Q and ADoesn't Shatter sound awesome? I'm here with author Nikki Trionfo, talking about her newly released YA murder mystery.
Q: Thank you for coming onto my blog today. What was your favorite part of writing Shatter?
A: To be honest, learning about my own prejudices was my favorite part. I won’t give away too much to avoid spoilers, but I will say one of the characters was originally supposed to be a villain. About a quarter of the way into the book, I ached for him the way I had ached for my trouble students as a teacher. I felt like I understood why he made so many bad choices. I realized that as author I had written a plot that didn’t allow him to ever make positive changes in his life. I believe in positive change. So I tweaked the premise of the book and rewrote a lot. A lot. But it was worth it. I hope real teens know they have a chance to change if they fight for it.
Q: Okay, be honest. Every author wants their book to be a movie. What actress who you pick to play Salem?
A: It's so true! If I could go back in time, I'd pick a young Kristen Bell! She played Veronica in Veronica Mars, which inspired Shatter. These days, maybe Sabrina Carpenter. My 10-year-old loves her.
Q: Before you go, can you give us an excerpt of Shatter?
A: But of course! And thanks for having me!
ExcerptThe class is dead silent. Mr. White’s lips tighten. He swallows. There’s something dangerous about the new guy. The teacher leans over Addy Day’s desk and spins her packet so he can read the list of partnerships.
“Fine. We’ll break up the threesome. You’ll pair with . . . Salem Jefferson.”
At the sound of my name, I turn to look at my new partner. The guy near the door is tall. He has the kind of incredible good looks that invite stares, but that’s not the only reason he’s getting them now. The cursive lettering of a tattoo rises from the opening of the guy’s worn flannel shirt. Two gold chains hang from his brown neck. A guy accessorized in gang paraphernalia, not caked with it. His only completely visible marking is an upside down V inked onto his right cheekbone, black and distinct. The tattoo calls my attention for some reason, even though I’m sure I’ve never seen a symbol like that before.
An upside down V . . . it seems so familiar.
His expressionless, dark eyes dart to meet my gaze from under a stiff, backward-facing ball cap. My classmates watch him stare at me.
“Salem Jefferson,” he says slowly, putting a slight emphasis on my last name. He waits for my response.
I realize he knows exactly who Salem Jefferson is. Exactly who I am. I’m Carrie’s sister. Terrified, I whirl back around to face forward. Gang members targeted Carrie, made her frightened. Was he one of them? The skin between my shoulder blades tightens.
Why were gang guys after Carrie?
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Before You GoNikki has got tons of cool links for Shatter lovers. Check them out!
- Cedar Fort Webpage highlighting the Shatter blog tour.
- Shatter landing page
- Shatter Book Launch and Dance Off in Riverton Utah
- Shatter Playlist, with songs that inspired her writing. One song per chapter.
- Inspired by Shatter contest for $50 and 5 books donated to your local school.
- Shatter World. Books about unions and reformed gang members. Blog posts about Nikki's experiences writing with diversity. Some of the posts are League of Utah Writers award-winning essays.