Kiersten White

Now I Rise

Author Bio:

Kiersten White is the award winning and critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken, Now I Rise, the Paranormalcy trilogy, and many other books for teens, as well Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales, her first middle grade book. When not writing, she enjoys spending time avoiding the beach where she lives in beautiful San Diego, California. Visit her at



9:00-9:30am: Panel – My Writing Journey, from Teen to Today

1:05-1:35pm: Panel – Squad Goals: Writing Fiction Friends that Seem Super Real

1:35-2:15pm: Signing in SKyPAC Lobby


9:30-10:20am: Panel One – Whatever Sprinkles Your Donut @ Chamber of Commerce

11:30-12:00pm: Signing in D93 Radion Station Parking Lot

Book Description:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.