Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Teaser Tuesday: Don't Look Behind You


The truth is a deadly blade that cuts deep. 

Megan Pritchard aches to find safety and security when she starts fresh in a new town. Yet the habits of a chilling past are hard to break. 

Keep her head down.

Never tell them who she is.

When someone asks about her scar... lie.

For a brief flicker of time, she thought she was safe. That she could find ways to fit into that small town with secrets of its own. Then... the prickle down her spine returns. 

Someone is watching and waiting—just like before. But this time they won’t settle for shallow cuts. Knives, and secrets, will be buried deep. 

Don’t Look Behind You is a dark psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. Fans of Karen McManus, Chelsea Ichaso, or Natasha Preston are sure to love Emily Kazmierski’s chilling masterpiece!

Don't Look Behind You comes out May 10, 2021

Monday, October 26, 2020

Four Days Until Killer Final Exams Comes Out. Want My Thoughts in Gif Form?

Killer Final Exams is the perfect Fall read. Consider it the baby of Pretty Little Liars… 

 and Gossip Girl

where everyone is wearing fabulous clothes but also lying to their friends, significant other, parents, school administration, police… You get the idea. 

 So what is the Brat Academy gang up to? 

 Ricardo has a stalker.

Gul is trying to get over her abusive ex but also can’t help but sniff out some dirt on her classmates.


 Mikhail’s sister is MIA and he’s starting to get suspicious.

There’s a fire, some webcam hacking, and an almost game of human dartboard. 


 I can’t believe I’m wrapping up another series. I have loved every minute with Adrienne, Mikhail, Charlotte, Ricardo, Gul, and Callahan. I hope all of you fantastic readers love them too.❤️ 


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Cover Reveal! Check out Embassy Academy Book Three: Killer Final Exams!


Who says teenagers don’t have stalkers?

I can’t shake the feeling someone’s watching me. Then the creepy text messages start. And “gifts” arrive with notes written in blood.

When a girl goes missing from a nearby embassy, it seems unrelated, but after the deaths that have occurred at Embassy Academy, can it really be a coincidence?

Time’s running out and if I don’t figure out who my stalker is, more people will disappear. Even worse, their next target is my girlfriend.

Embassy Academy: Killer Final Exams is a young adult romantic thriller, and the final book in the trilogy.


I loved writing Ricardo's story, and although editing it has been quite the process, I'm proud of how it's turning out. I think you'll love reading more about Ricardo and Charlotte, all of their friends, and the shenanigans those diplomats' kids get into. 

If you love trying to guess whodunit, redeemed villains, new friends and old loves, creepy notes and seemingly omniscient anonymous texters, this story is for you.

Add Killer Final Exams to Goodreads here.
Pre-order on Amazon here.

P.S. The Amazon page says the book doesn't come out until January 2021, but I'm working hard to get it out much sooner--probably in October. I'm excited to share it with you lovely people.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Upcoming YA and Adult Thrillers I Can't Wait to Read

Despite all of the kerfuffle over a certain virus that I won't name, 2020 is shaping up to be an excellent year for books. Young adult thrillers in particular have my attention, because I love a good mystery. Even better if the story surprises me, which doesn't happen often.

Here are a few mysteries and thrillers on my ever-expanding TBR:

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diane Urban

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.

But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.

Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

The Obsession by Jesse Sutanto

Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic”.

But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.

Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it.

Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go…she’ll make him.

What thrillers and mysteries are you looking forward to reading?

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Last Day to Enter to Win a Signed Paperback

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lethal Queen Bee by Emily Kazmierski

Lethal Queen Bee

by Emily Kazmierski

Giveaway ends April 26, 2020.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lethal Queen Bee Comes Out in Only 7 Days!

I can't believe this book comes out in only SEVEN DAYS! I can't wait to share Charlotte and Ricardo with you.

This one's got murder, secrets and rumors, hate to love, fake dating, sisters, new friends, and old enemies. :D


Friday, March 27, 2020

Enter to win a Paperback of Embassy Academy: Lethal Queen Bee


It's hard to believe, but the second book in my Embassy Academy trilogy comes out in exactly one month! Eek. I'm super excited about it.


Who says politics, murder, and a fake boyfriend don’t mix?

I’ve spent the past three years watching my step father groom my brother for the position I crave. Heir apparent to his political legacy. So can you blame me for breaking my own rules and getting a little buzzed at yet another campaign dinner?

I’m fine. Really.

Until the “animal” I ran over on my way back to school turns out to be my Calculus teacher. A guy with whom I might have a shady history. No comment.

If the police pin his murder on me, all my political aspirations will go up in smoke. And what’s worse, I need the help of the school’s resident playboy, a guy I can’t stand, to prove my innocence. So what if he tricks me into fake dating? It’s nothing I can’t handle.

Embassy Academy: Lethal Queen Bee is a young adult hate to love romantic thriller, and the second in the trilogy.


Want a chance to win a copy? Head over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Embassy Academy: Deadly First Day is Live!

Who knew that the first day at a new school could be deadly?
Embassy Academy, the elite private boarding school I’m being shipped off to wasn’t made for girls like me. Girls who are timid wallflowers.
It was made for bold, outspoken, cultured kids of the political elite. Rich. Privileged. Condescending.
Except for Ricardo, who looks at me like I'm a new flavor of ice cream he'd like to try, despite my cute bodyguard's disapproving stare. If only bratty girls and cute boys were my biggest problem.
When the academy's resident mean girl is killed on my very first day, their shimmering oasis becomes a pool of blood. The whispering gets louder. Quick glances become hard stares.
They’re looking for someone to blame. They’re looking at me.

Embassy Academy: Deadly First Day is the first in a trilogy of young adult romantic mysteries. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

FREE This Week Only

Dying for an action-packed read? Start the Ivory Tower Spies series today. Get book one for FREE, this week only.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cover Reveal for My Next Book, Embassy Academy: Deadly First Day

Been wondering what I'm working on? Here it is!

Who knew that the first day at a new school could be deadly?
Embassy Academy, the elite private boarding school I’m being shipped off to wasn’t made for girls like me. Girls who are timid wallflowers.
It was made for bold, outspoken, cultured kids of the political elite. Rich. Privileged. Condescending.
Except for Ricardo, who looks at me like I'm a new flavor of ice cream he'd like to try. If only bratty girls and cute boys were my biggest problem.
When the academy's resident mean girl is killed on my very first day, their shimmering oasis becomes a pool of blood. The whispering gets louder. Quick glances become hard stares.
They’re looking for someone to blame. They’re looking at me.

Pre-order: https://tinyurl.com/yxcdbroe

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Now Is the Time to Pick Up the Ivory Tower Spies Series!

Out today!

If you've been waiting to try the Ivory Tower Spies series, today is the day! This ebook complete series is hitting Amazon, and is a great way to read all five books (and save a few bucks).

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Find Some Thrilling New Action & Adventure Reads


I'm partnering with a bunch of authors to highlight some awesome action & adventure books that you can read for free with Kindle Unlimited. These books run the gamut from crime novels to espionage thrillers to dystopian tales that make your  heart pound.

If you're looking for something new to read on this lovely Fall day, check it out!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Visit My Ivory Tower Spies Inspiration Board

I don't know about you, but I love Pinterest. It's a great way to put research together in one place so I can refer to it when I need to. That's why I create a pin board for every new writing project I start. In it you'll find research on the various countries the Ivory Tower Spies visited, plus character inspiration, design photos I used to visualize the spy group's underground base, and so much more.

Also, you'll notice that the board title says it's a "spy trilogy," when the series ended up being five books. I discovered as I wrote that I needed more than three books to tell Loveday's story, and I'm so glad I did!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Find Your Next Favorite Book, and Enter to Win $25!

Good morning! If you've always wanted to try reading my YA espionage series and never gotten started, now is the perfect time. I've joined up with a bunch of mystery and thriller offers for a great promo, and as part of it I'm offering the first few chapters of For Your Ears Only (book one of the series) for free. It's an awesome way to find new books, and you can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Five Days Until Over My Dead Body Launches

Loveday isn't sure if she can trust Starling, or if he's been in league with the enemy all along.

Starling knows what he has to do, but will his actions ruin his chance at having a family?

Clarity has a secret, but when it gets out it might damage her relationship with her sister forever.

Having been caught kissing by Royal, Lotus and Julep worry about their shared future with the Ivory Tower Spies.

Haru's homesickness is growing worse. Will she ever get a long enough break to go visit her parents?

Royal's been disappearing from the tower without explanation. Where has he been going, and who has he been meeting?

Find out in five days! 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Get For Your Ears Only, Book One of the Ivory Tower Spies Series for $.99 This Week Only!

Want to start reading the Ivory Tower Spies series, but haven't had the chance?
Today is the perfect time to start, because For Your Ears Only is $.99 for the next seven days!

Monday, May 6, 2019

My Newest Book, Spy Got Your Tongue, is Out Today!

I can't hardly believe that book four is now out in the world, but it's true! Loveday and her team are in for an adventure full of surprises in this book. It was so much fun to write!

I'm celebrating by planning a delicious dinner with my family, because good food is the perfect way to enjoy the release of another book (and who knows, there might even be a fancy dessert!)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

One More Day 'til the Launch of Spy Got Your Tongue

Hello reader friends!

We had a busy weekend of children's birthday parties, church, and naps, which is great because I am absolutely pumped for tomorrow and the busy schedule kept me from freaking out (mostly). But seriously, I'm ecstatic that tomorrow, Spy Got Your Tongue will be delivered to e-readers everywhere, and you, my awesome readers, will be able to continue reading Loveday's story.

While you're waiting, here's another sneak peek:

     We file out, and Lotus pulls the door shut behind us. “Whoa, that was intense.” He slides his hands into the pockets of his bright red athletic shorts.
     Julep swallows. “I’ve never seen him so mad.” She shifts her weight, her shoulder brushing against Lotus’s and remaining there.
     “What do you think he’ll do?” Clarity asks, turning to me.
     I shrug. “I don’t know, but as far as I’m concerned, this team just pulled off something extraordinary. No matter what he says, each of us belongs here, and I’ll fight to keep it that way.”
     “Did you mean what you said about us being your family?” Julep asks, her gaze steady on mine.
     “Every word of it.”
     She leans forward to embrace me, but the whack of Royal’s office door being flung open stops her. The knob crashes into the wall with a metallic smack.
     Royal stands over us, wild eyed, the phone still clutched to his ear.

Pre-order it here: https://tinyurl.com/y6xg4sfc
Add it on Goodreads here: https://tinyurl.com/y3uum2bf

Monday, April 1, 2019

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt (YASH) Spring 2019

Hi! I'm Emily Kazmierski, your hostess for this leg of the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt.

(I didn't plan the fact that I'm on the blue team 
and am wearing a blue shirt in my photo, but there it is!)

Some Fun Facts About  Me:

I am a shameless, lifelong fan of Harrison Ford. If he's in a movie, I am game. 

I set my Goodreads challenge to 80 books for the year, but I've already read 50, so I may need to up my goal. 

When I'm not reading or writing, I can be found in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes for homemade ice cream. Some of my favorite flavors are cookies and cream with a peanut butter swirl, white chocolate buttermint, and dark chocolate raspberry.

You're currently hunting on Team Blue

If you're looking for my bonus content, keep looking! Somewhere on this blog hop you'll find The ORIGINAL opening scene to my Ivory Tower Spies series. Spoilers abound, so watch out! 

But let's get the rules out of the way, shall we?


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. 

Hint: It's highlighted in blue.

Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Now that we've gotten all of that out of the way, here's the fun part! For this hunt, I'm thrilled to be hosting Amber Duell. 

About Amber:

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s constantly moving with her husband and two sons as a military wife. When not reading or writing, she enjoys snowboarding, embroidering, and snuggling with her cat.

She's showcasing her book: 

About the book:

The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

Are you ready for bonus material? Here it is!

Author’s note:
This is the beginning of the original 1st draft of DREAM KEEPER. It’s super rough, but you can see the transformation Nora’s first chapter went through. The scene is completely different in the novel now and happens during chapter 2. :)



Twelve thirty-two.
The clock on the dashboard glowed green, the colon blinking in a slow, torturous rhythm. I cursed my mother for telling me to stay out as long as I wanted. Saturday nights were usually reserved for hunkering down in a comfortable pair of pajamas, and binge watching whatever television series looked interesting until I fell asleep. That was what really mattered—the sleeping—because that’s where he was.
The Sandman was my closest friend and my best kept secret. He had to be if I didn’t want to lose him. My mother meant well, but I couldn’t face a lifetime of pill-pushing psychiatrists. One white-haired doctor tossing around words like personality disorder and delusional was enough.
By the time the final doctor deemed the Sandman a simple outlet for me to process my parents’ divorce, the damage was done.
Don’t worry about it, he said.
It will pass, he said.
That was five years ago. The divorce was a distant memory. My father moved across the country and my mother remarried, but the Sandman, real or not, became a permanent fixture. One I never, ever talked about.
Natalie jabbed a button on the dashboard. The radio cut off, silencing the rattling bass, and I tore my eyes away from the clock.
“What do you want to do when I get back from California next week?” she asked.
“Whatever you want to do.”

Next week didn’t matter as much as the next five minutes did. I wrapped my arms around my stomach, and willed the car to go faster. The only reason I was out tonight at all was because this was my last first day of summer vacation. Next year at this time I would be a high school graduate, a legal adult, and college would be a blink away. So, when my friends showed up to drag me to a house party four hours ago, I pulled on a pair of shorts and a tank top, and hopped in Natalie’s car. A decision I’ve since regretted.

You can purchase Dream Keeper here.

Find out more about Amber on her website, or on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


Don't forget to enter the contest to win a signed paperback of For Your Ears Only, courtesy of me, plus a bunch more!


To win, write down my secret number:


and find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

And while you're here, don't forget to enter the KingSumo giveaway I'm hosting.

Two lucky winners will receive a signed paperback copy of For Your Ears Only, the first book in my Ivory Tower Spies series, along with paperback copies of The Prince, the first book in Jillian Dodd's Spy Girl series, and White Knights, the first book in Julie Moffett's YA spy series.

To continue the scavenger hunt, visit author Cyn Balog

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sneak Peek at Spy Your Heart Out

It's launch week, and I'm thrilled with how it's going so far. Have you bought your copy of Spy Your Heart Out yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

I'm loving hearing from readers as they finish it! So get reading!


Royal is still pissed at me for crashing the team's mission in St. Petersburg, but if he thinks I'm going to stand down while he takes my crew, my haphazard family, to Palermo to rescue my sister, he's lost his touch. Nothing can stop me from getting Clarity back, not even having to work uncomfortably close to Starling. Not even the growing attraction I feel to him, that usurper. Not even the fear that Clarity has finally found something I can't give her--roots.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Spy Your Heart Out is Out Today!

It's launch day!

If I had a trumpet, I'd be playing it. Spy Your Heart Out is my sixth book, but I'm just as excited as if it were my first (maybe more so, because I get to share it with you!) I truly loved writing this book, and I can't wait to hear from you once you're done reading it! Send me an email. Find me on Facebook. Strike up a conversation in Instagram. I don't care the method you use; I just want to chat with you about it. I try to respond to every single message, so don't hesitate. :)

In the mean time, I'll be celebrating by eating yummy food and dancing around the house like a meerkat in a hula outfit (they're so cute!)

Lastly, I'd like to thank each and every one of you, because without your presence and support, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun to be an author. All of my readers make this absolutely worth it. You rock!