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From Christina:

A huge thank you to the authors for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bold, written by two very accomplished TV screenwriters, is the story of Sasha and Will, who find each other when both need someone.  Will is dealing with the loss of his father and Sasha has just escaped death.  They challenge each other in a way no one else can, ultimately helping the other process what they’ve been through.

Bold is told through alternating points of view, and I’m happy to report that both are unique and distinct, which is not always the case.  There are situations where both Will and Sasha defy stereotypes and have to make peace with the hands they’ve been dealt.  I enjoyed how they didn’t save each other, yet worked in partnership, something we need more of in YA.  The prose and dialogue was always realistic and I felt any reader would find something they could relate to.  Part of why I read novels that feature young adult heros and heroines is I love the coming of age moment, and the process of figuring out who you’re going to be in life.  Swift and Landis do an excellent job of illustrating that in Bold.

4/5 – for fans of all kind of contemporary YA

4.5/5 Kisses Down Under


Title: Bold

Author: Julia Swift and Andrew Landis
Genre: YA
Pages: 266
Reviewer: Debby

** Thanks to the authors for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review**

Learning to be BOLD

When Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash, she vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who moved to town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.

Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered world. Will they discover the difference between being bold and being reckless before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?


First off, I have to admit I was unknowingly already a fan of these two author’s prior to reading this book. I have followed T.V. shows that they have written for such as Smallville and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys for years. So after learning that Swift and Landis had contributed to some of my favourite young adult television dramas, I could not wait to sink my teeth into their YA fiction offering. I was met with some definite similarities in themes and motifs which did not disappoint. Continue reading

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

By Julia Swift & Andrew Landis on

Two authors talk about the differences between writing for tv vs publishing a book

Back StoriesGuest AuthorHomepage Feature  •  Jan 22, 2014


When we pitched and sold an idea for an episode of a television series for the first time, we were so excited by how fast things happened.  Within days, we penned an outline for the studio, and two weeks later we turned in our script.  The episode was cast, shot and edited, and the story we created aired on television around the world.  We reached millions of people in a matter of months.

We decided to write our first young adult novel a few years ago.  Because the boutique L.A. literary agency we were repped by at the time did not have an office in N.Y. to handle book authors, we reached out to lit agents in the Big Apple on our own.  We were blindsided by how, unlike television, the publishing world moved at a snail’s pace.  We were shocked to learn we were only allowed to submit our manuscript to one agency at a time on an exclusive basis.  In Hollywood, the way to drum up interest is to blanket the town with a piece of material and create buzz.  Not in N.Y. Continue reading