Gretchen McNeil

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Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MURDERTRENDING for Disney/Freeform in August 2018.

Gretchen’s novels have been published internationally in Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, and Czech. The film adaptation of TEN starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning), Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Callan McAulif
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“Everybody was sorry. Sorry was easy. Sorry was for suckers.”
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“Rule Number Two, Monsignor. Do not show pity.”
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“I thought you'd be better at this."
"Why?"
Bridget shrugged. "'Cause your dad's a cop."
"Right," Matt said, shifting his body so he wasn't blocking the light. "Why wouldn't he teach me Breaking and Entering 101?"
Bridget stifled a yawn. "Might be helpful now."
"Patience, grasshopper." Matt inserted a second metal prong into the lock. "I know a few tricks."
Bridget heard a soft click, and Matt raised his eyebrows in an unspoken "I told you so" before twisting the handle. The door swung open.
"Slick, MacGyver," Bridget whispered, patting him on the head. "Remind me to give you a cookie.”
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message 24: by Kat (Why Read) (last edited Jul 24, 2014 10:20AM)

Kat (Why Read) Well hello! I love it when an author friends me! It's the top shelf of awesomeness. How is Cali? It looks so pretty on tv. *Sigh* I dream of living in Cali some day.


Tanecia Thanks for adding me as a friend! I freaked out!


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G.K. Moore Thanks for accepting the friendvite!


Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl) Thanks for accepting my friend request, Gretchen! :D


Gretchen McNeil Rebekah wrote: "Thanks for accepting! Every single review I'm seeing for Ten is making me pray even harder for Pay day :D"

:)


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Rebekah Thanks for accepting! Every single review I'm seeing for Ten is making me pray even harder for Pay day :D


Savannah Gretchen, thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,
Savannah
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Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Gretchen McNeil Nicole wrote: "Currently reading Possess. I've been a fan since YARebels and let me just say Possess has a POSSESSIVELY AMAZING HOLD on me. Bridget is such a badass heroin who doesn't play victim which is refresh..."

Thank you SO MUCH! It's always lovely to hear feedback from readers!!!

Unfortunately, as of right now Balzer + Bray does not have a sequel scheduled. But if you'd like to see one, you can definitely let them know! ;)


message 15: by Nicole

Nicole Currently reading Possess. I've been a fan since YARebels and let me just say Possess has a POSSESSIVELY AMAZING HOLD on me. Bridget is such a badass heroin who doesn't play victim which is refreshing! I'm not even finished and I'm so excited to see there's going to be another! :D


Fabi Emi Hi, thanks for the add =]


Gretchen McNeil Rachel wrote: "Thanks for the add Gretchen! Did I just see in your comments there's going to be sequel to Possess? I didn't even ask that at the book signing. Wow, I loved Possess! You were the main reason I w..."

Yes, hopefully in 2013!!!! So happy you liked POSSESS. Totally makes me smile. And it was lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for coming out!!!!!


♥Rachel♥ Thanks for the add Gretchen! Did I just see in your comments there's going to be sequel to Possess? I didn't even ask that at the book signing. Wow, I loved Possess! You were the main reason I went to that signing(not to diminish the other writers!)


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Marina Hey Gretchen,
Thanks for the add!
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Gretchen McNeil KaSonndra wrote: "Hi Gretchen,

Love, loved Possess! I hope there's more to come from you and Bridget in the near future. We need more originally fresh storylines like this one. Until then, I'll be waiting pa..."


KaSonndra, thank you SO MUCH! There's a sequel tentatively scheduled for Fall 2013!


KaSonndra Leigh Hi Gretchen,

Love, loved Possess! I hope there's more to come from you and Bridget in the near future. We need more originally fresh storylines like this one. Until then, I'll be waiting patiently. :-D

Yours in Prose,
KaSonndra Leigh
YA Author of When Copper Suns Fall: a Dark Urban Fantasy
Release date: December 6th, 2011


Natasha Thank you for connecting with me. Please check out my blog Paranormal Goddess Book Blog, if you haven't already. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you.


Gretchen McNeil Lani wrote: "Are you having any signings in the LA area?"

Yes! October 9th at Diesel Bookstore in the Brentwood Country Mart. I'll have a Goodread invite up soon!


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Lani Woodland Are you having any signings in the LA area?


message 5: by Nim

Nim Hey Gretchen. I've been following you on the YA Rebels and really looking forward to your debut! If your book is half as awesome as you are then it's going to be a big hit. :D


message 4: by Beth

Beth Ten sounds so awesome that. I. Cannot. Deal. WHEN WILL IT BE OUT?!


message 3: by Leann

Leann Thanks for the friend request, Gretchen! Glad to be book buddies, and I'll be looking forward to your debut :D


Gretchen McNeil Sangria3 wrote: "Thanks for your friendship, Gretchen!
I can't wait to read your book!!! ;D"


Aw, thank you!!!!!


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