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Three Sparkles

Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis is a story of two teens just trying to find their way. They both have tragedy in their past, and they’re trying to come to terms with it in the only ways they know how. Through this they are brought together. The perspective changes between Sasha and Will throughout the story. I liked how it gave me a look at life through both of their eyes. I feel like I truly knew where each character was coming from. Sure, I wanted to slap them around at times, but they came across as very human. We make mistakes and do stupid things. The romance grew with the story, and with the personalities of these characters that made it all the more believable. Bold was a lovely coming of age story from these first-time authors. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more books by them in the future!

Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis was kindly provided to me by the authors for review. The opinions are my own.

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

Dear Teen Julia

We were asked by Dear Teen Me to write a letter to our teen selves.

Teen Julia!

Teen Julia!

Dear Teen Me,

Say hi back when the guy next door says hi while you are walking by. Don’t mumble and look down at the ground. Look up and say hi. You won’t die of embarrassment. I promise. And slow down instead of rushing by. You might actually make a guy friend…. Or more. He will not think you are fat, because you are beautiful and amazing. But if you never look up no one will ever get to see it. You are healthy and brilliant and brave, I know you are. So take some chances and let someone other than your best friends and your teachers see who you really are. Continue reading