Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer. Sawyer and Tristan have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets.
As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust—Sawyer.
"Denise Jaden's newest novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, is a must read for contemporary YA fans. The characters leap off the pages and readers will furiously turn pages to keep up with the fast pace and intriguing premise. Definitely add a copy of Foreign Exchange to the top of your reading list." ~ Janet Gurtler, Rita Finalist and Best Selling Author of I'm Not Her
“I loved the well-drawn relationships in Foreign Exchange – the tension between Jamie and her mother, Jamie’s tenderness with disabled brother Eddy and especially the intense chemistry between Jamie and Sawyer. Their off-limits attraction and the increasingly dangerous hunt for his sister had me racing through the final chapters.” ~ Jen Nadol, author of The Mark, The Vision, and This is How it Ends
"Foreign Exchange takes you on a thrilling ride through the exotic streets of Europe into the dark side of the fashion world. Our charming heroine will stop at nothing to save her best friend. A sweet dose of romance keeps it light." ~ Lee Strauss - author of The Minstrel Series
"Foreign Exchange is a fresh contemporary YA that will keep readers compulsively turning pages until the very end. Combining international intrigue with a steamy forbidden romance makes for a can’t miss read." ~ Eileen Cook, author of Year of Mistaken Discoveries.
"A pitch perfect voice and delicious chemistry between the characters kept me turning those pages!" ~ Tara Kelly, author of Amplified and Encore
"Foreign Exchange is heart pounding and suspenseful...the teenage dream of escaping the boredom of suburbia by travelling Europe and spending quality time with a hot guy shifts into a dangerous nightmare." ~ D.R. Graham, author of Rank and the Noir et Bleu MC series.
"Denise Jaden is a force to be reckoned with! I loved her new book so much. This one is a thrill ride with full realized, lovable characters, and a refreshingly unique premise." ~ Rachel Shane, author of the upcoming Alice in Wonderland High
“Fast Fiction is filled with stellar advice, solid-gold tips, and doable, practical exercises for all writers who want to draft a complete novel.” — Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway
“Being a ‘pantser’ I have always resisted outlining, but I have to say that Fast Fiction changed my mind! Denise Jaden takes what I find to be a scary process (outlining) and makes it into an easy and, dare I say, enjoyable one. Fast Fiction is a hands-on book that asks the right questions to get your mind and your story flowing. I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended for fiction writers! — Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her
“Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level — and best of all, it provides them with a solid plan to quickly complete the first draft of their next novel.” — Mindi Scott, author of Freefall
“Fast Fiction provides writers with the perfect mix of practical guidance and the kick in the pants they need to finish that draft. This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.” — Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth
“Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.” — Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty
“One of the greatest challenges any writer faces is getting a great idea out of one’s brain and onto the page. Fast Fiction breaks that process down into concrete, manageable steps, each accompanied by Denise Jaden’s sage advice and enthusiastic encouragement. And anything that helps streamline the drafting process is a-okay by me! Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!” — Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars
“Forget the fact that this resource is directed at those wanting to complete a fast draft — if you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.” — Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series for young adults
"In her sophomore novel, Jaden (Losing Faith) offers an intimate and enlightened rendering of anorexia and bulimia... Loann's fight against forces that might be beyond her control is both harrowing and inspiring. While Jaden does not provide simple answers for the problems presented, she dramatically illustrates the importance of speaking out and reaching out." -Publishers Weekly
“Denise Jaden positively nails the love-hate relationship between two polar opposite sisters who share a single quest: the desire to be perfect, regardless of the cost. A compelling, often gut-wrenching coming-of-age novel, Never Enough will haunt you long after the last page.” —Jeannie Garsee, author of Before, After and Somebody In Between
“Denise Jaden's Never Enough is honest, gut wrenching, and oh so beautiful. It's a book you can't wait to share.” —Eileen Cook, author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick
“A poignant, important book, Never Enough tackles self-esteem and body image issues while always remaining true to its three-dimensional characters. Denise Jaden has created a cliché-free zone filled with hurt, heart, and personal strength. Jaden's tender sympathy for her characters and dedication to honest storytelling shine through every page.” —C.K. Kelly Martin, author of I Know It’s Over
“Raw and unforgettable, Never Enough is an authentic portrait of a teen girl faced with an impossible situation. Loann’s relationship with her sister is beautifully drawn and heartbreaking.” —Tara Kelly, author of Amplified
"A poignant look at sisterly devotion and heartache, woven into a sweet tale of first love and a girl coming into her own." —Holly Cupala, author of Tell Me A Secret
"...this book is powerful. I am in awe of Denise Jaden's grasp of relationships - how she managed to create such deep bonds between her characters, how she made me feel each of Loann's emotions, is beyond me. This is an important book - I can't recommend it enough!" -- Hannah, from Paperback Treasures
"I think you have a compelling and fascinating story here. I like how it wasn't JUST a mystery or JUST a coming of age story. You kept me turning those pages, and I LOVED Alis and Tessa--they are so unique and well drawn, not your typical YA fare by far." - Tara Kelly, author of Harmonic Feedback (Henry Holt & Co., 2010)
“This thoughtful first novel explores early grief and shows how it can tear at the structure of a family that cannot mourn together…. [R]eaders are taken on a ride through a secret world of religious zeal gone haywire….With pitch-perfect portrayals of high school social life and a nuanced view into a variety of Christian experiences of faith, this first novel gives readers much to think about.” -School Library Journal
"I read Losing Faith in two sittings...It hit an out-of-the-park home run with me, not only for the sympathetic and complex heroine (which I expected), but for its courage in dealing with a touchy subject that is central to a lot of people's lives: religion. It's also a riveting mystery." - Jeri Smith-Ready, author of the Shade series (Simon Pulse)
"In this debut novel, Brie’s sister, Faith, commits suicide. Faith is a devout Christian who isn’t the type to take her own life. Brie’s grieving parents are unable to respond to her. Her friends have dropped her, and her teachers have lost patience with her. The only person who befriends Brie is Tessa, a goth girl who is shunned by other students. Brie learns that Tessa also lost a sister. Brie is determined to understand what really happened to Faith, and Tessa is willing to help her. Together they confront the evil cult that was trying to lure Faith. This is an excellent novel that sheds light on suicide, death, and cults, while delivering a powerful mystery. Brie learns about real love and friendship as she struggles with this painful experience. Let’s hope this is not Jaden’s last novel. Jaden is able to tell a story in a very real and meaningful way. She writes with an authentic teen-age voice; her characters are believable and the family’s reaction to Faith’s sudden death is very realistic. The ending is exactly what the reader wants to happen, without being saccharine or too perfect. Highly Recommended." Bonnie Morris (Library Media Connection, January/February 2011)
"Strong in its characterization...satisfying...a thoughtful read." - VOYA
"This book is wonderful. I stayed up way too late because I couldn't put it down. Tessa is one of my all-time favorite characters - fascinating, nuanced - she lived for me, jumped right off the page. Terrific read!" - Janet Fox, author of Faithful (Penguin/Speak, 2010) and Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006)
"Losing Faith is a tour-de-force of emotion and surprisingly snarky humor. At times it’s a story engulfed in grief, but it’s always full of mystery and heart. Jaden has weaved a remarkably realistic story that is a stellar debut." - Wicked Awesome Books
"This book was extremely well written and has an intriguing mystery that left me wondering what really happened until the final reveal... I recommend this one to YA and adult fans alike. Mysterious, action-packed with romantic, and religious aspects, but all rounded out nicely to form a great read." - from Angel at http://www.readingangel.com/
"Suspense, religion, romance, teenage angst, this book has it all and it is all well-done. Losing Faith was an amazing read that hooked me in the beginning and when it was done I was well-satisfied with the conclusion. Great from start-to-finish!" - from Crystal at http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com/
"Denise Jaden's Losing Faith is a riveting story about sisters, what binds them and what sets them apart. When Brie's family is torn apart by the death of her sister, Brie put her own fears aside to delve into Faith's apparent suicide. I found myself squirreling away time just to sit and read the book. Jaden's fascinating religious perspective and the attraction of dark cults, this contemporary, realistic novel explored the dark side of zealotry, and how people can get pulled into fringe groups. Denise's beautiful language and plot pacing made this novel a page turner." - from Michele Corriel, author of Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery (Blooming Tree Press / Tire Swing Press, September, 2010)
"This is a wonderful book with one of my favorite covers of the year." - from Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile Reviews
"I've never read a book like Losing Faith or a plot even nearly similar. Very suspenseful and full of mystery, I found I couldn't put this book down." - from Miss Remmers of MissRemmersReview
“Foreign Exchange is heart pounding and suspenseful...the teenage dream of escaping the boredom of suburbia by travelling Europe and spending quality time with a hot guy shifts into a dangerous nightmare.”
-D.R. Graham, author of Rank and the Noir et Bleu MC series.
"A beautiful story...heartbreaking and raw." - Tara Kelly, author of the award-winning YA novel Harmonic Feedback
Never Enough Stories A Never Enough Companion Anthology, including companion stories and deleted scenes from Never Enough.
A terrible secret. A terrible fate.
When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.
In her first nonfiction book, Denise Jaden explores the stages and outlets of grief and how to implement them into your fiction to create more interesting characters and a more engaging plot. Some topics of this book include: grieving before the loss, spiritual matters, and how grief affects different ages, personality types and gender.
"Jaden's Writing With A Heavy Heart is a must-have for any writer's craft shelf. The combination of clear guidance and practical exercises allow writers to take their manuscripts to a deeper level." - Eileen Cook, Author of Unraveling Isobel and The Almost Truth
"Jaden's Writing with a Heavy Heart helped me add layers to my characters who experience loss. The tools provided in this piece make it practical in my writing projects." - Cindy Callaghan, Author of Lost in London and Just Add Magic
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex- boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?
Young Adult Fiction From Simon & Schuster...
Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.
A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)