It’s Saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story – one character per chapter – the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.

Examining friendship, dating, racism, sex, loss, and parents who truly don’t get it, PARTY invites you to join in the fun and drama of the biggest event of the year.  Everyone’s invited.  See you there!


Praise for Party:

“…satisfying to see the characters—from jock to outsider—begin to overcome their pain and affirm the value of deeply held relationships.” ~ Booklist

“The first character presented, Beckett, is immediately intriguing, and the format allows readers to get to know her (and all the other characters) through the eyes of more than one person, lending depth to the story. … This is a quick and entertaining read.” ~ School Library Journal





~ Tom dictated to his wife the first paragraph of what would become Party while they were leaving Santa Barbara during their honeymoon. While that paragraph itself ended up “on the cutting room floor,” the basic idea of who Beckett was stayed the same from that point forward.

~ The conflict between Azize and Anthony is based on a real-life event Tom witnessed at a post office years before the book was ever conceived. Also, the story of Azize’s father is based on a true event that took place in Phoenix not long after 9/11.

~ Originally, chapter one was Morrigan’s.

~ Both East Beach Grill and Super Cuca’s are real restaurants, and both are really that good!

~ Party had fifteen chapters in the first draft, with three additional POV characters. Those three were cut out entirely during revision. It was during those changes that Morrigan became Josh’s girlfriend; previously he’d been seeing someone else entirely.

~ “Michelle’s Hill” is a true story except for the severity of the injuries.