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Posted by JENNIFER SENNE on May 10, 2019 at 1:00 AM

How It All Came Together - Personal story from a young and inspiring writer.

Hope Bolinger started writing novels at CVCA her junior year. During her senior year, she attempted to jump into the publishing industry and quickly realize how difficult it was to land a literary agent and so she decided to self-publish her first novel “Unmasked” before she graduated CVCA.

She left to pursue a professional writing degree at Taylor University where she published more than 300 works (short stories, articles, poems, etc.), but it did not stop there. She still wanted to pursue her dream of getting a novel published. While sitting in a Gen-Ed Old Testament class, a comment from her professor on the topic of Babylon known as the Book of Daniel caught her attention: “Daniel and his friends would’ve been fifteen or sixteen when they were taken into Babylon captivity to start their three-year education.”

Wow. That sounds like high school, Hope thought. And they stood strong, even when the King tried to kill them for not conforming. Thus, the idea for Blaze was born.

She met with a publisher at the Maranatha Writer’s Conference and pitched the book she’d completed in summer of 2017. They reviewed it, sent back several edits, and eventually offered a deal.

Blaze comes out June 2019, and is available for preorder until June 3rd.


“Vivid. The perfect picture of the adolescent human condition that both entertains and empowers.” - A. R. Conti Fulwell, author of An Angel in the Distance

"Blaze peels back the curtains of our world’s desires, and reveals the beasts lurking behind. Packed with relevant topics and worldview, the book draws readers into a white-knuckle adventure where anything can happen—and anything can go wrong. Hope Bolinger delivers a fiery page-turner perfect for students and pyromaniacs, and shows what happens when we’re called into the lions’ den." - Caroline George, author of The Vestige

"Hope Bolinger is a fresh new voice in compelling YA fiction that's not to be missed!" Bestselling Author, Michele Barrow-Belisle

Back Cover

If you can't stand the heat, don't walk into the fire.

Danny knew his sophomore year would be stressful . . . but he didn’t expect his school to burn down on the first day.

To make matters worse (and they were about to get a lot worse), he — and his three best friends — receive an email in their inboxes from the principal of their rival, King’s

Academy, offering full-rides to attend the town's prestigious boarding school. Danny wants nothing to do with King’s Academy and says no. Of course his mother says yes. So off he goes to be bullied and picked on for not being part of the popular and rich "in crowd."

From day one at King’s, Danny encounters hazing, mocking insults from girls at the "popular and pretty" table, and cafeteria food that, for such a prestigious school, tastes as if it were purchased from a military surplus supply warehouse. If he survives, Danny will have to overcome his fears of failure, rejection, and loneliness—all while standing strong in his beliefs and walking into the fire.

Meet Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 300 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column "Hope's Hacks," tips and tricks to avoid writer's block, reaches 2,700+ readers weekly and is featured monthly on Cyle Young's blog, which receives 63,000+ monthly hits. She is excited for her modern-day Daniel "Blaze" to come out with IlluminateYA (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). She enjoys all things theater, cats, and fire.

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Release Date: 6/3/2019

Contact Info:

Facebook: @therosewoman

Twitter: @hopebolinger I

nstagram: @hopebolinger




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