jamie canosa

Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.

Her debut novel, Dissidence, was published in 2012 along with several novellas, including ‘Temptation’, the first in her Heart and Soul mini-series, and her contemporary NA romance, Fight or Flight.

She currently has several projects in the works. Another (spin-off) contemporary NA romance, Sink or Swim, coming in July, the fourth and final installment of the Heart and Soul series coming in August, and the sequel to Fight or Flight, entitled Now or Never due out this fall.

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Dissidence (Dissidence #1)


In dystopian America, sixteen-year-old Kaleigh finds out quickly what having a big mouth and not enough brains to keep it shut can earn you. A one-way ticket to the work camps that no one even knows exists.

Nuclear war has ravished the nation, and a century later, the survivors are living in an entirely new world. In a society where everything is decided for you, from where you work to who you marry, dissidence is not taken lightly.

But, even inside the camps, Kaleigh’s fiery spirit refuses to be extinguished. In a single moment of defiance, she manages to spark a riot that ignites into a full-blown rebellion.

With growing numbers counting on her, not just for their freedom, but for their very lives, two different boys vying for her heart, and trouble brewing from within the camp itself, can Kaleigh find a way to step up and become the leader everyone is counting on her to be, or will even the most carefully laid plans come crashing down around her?


Bodies are strewn all over the yard. A couple of other towers have been overrun by sheer force, but there are at least three more that I can see from here where bullets are still flying. As hard as I try, I can’t find Connor in the chaos unfolding below us. When I glance back at Peter, I see him lining up the gun he took off of the guard, aiming at the next closest tower.

“Have you ever fired one of those before?” I ask, already sure that I know the answer.

“How hard can it be?”

How hard can it be? Did the guy holding the long range rifle seriously just say the words ‘how hard can it be?’

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Vengeance (Dissidence #2)




Things aren’t always as they seem. In fact, in a world of secrets and lies, almost nothing ever is. But, Kaleigh made her choices and now she has to live with the consequences.

Haunted by her guilt, Kaleigh is forced to question everything she thought she knew. From friends and foes, to loyalty and love, she’s quickly losing faith in herself and those around her.

Everyone she cares about has been launched to the front lines, but can Kaleigh find the strength within herself to keep fighting? Or, surrounded by loss, deceit, and betrayal, will her fiery spirit finally be extinguished?


“After my parents died, I spent a lot of time at the cemetery. When I wasn’t out raising hell, I used to sit by their tombstones. Sometimes I’d talk. I don’t know if it was to them, or myself, or . . . the universe. I just talked.”

“Did it help?” I’ve never been a particularly soft spoken person, but my voice comes out so low, I wonder if he can even hear me.

“Sometimes. Sometimes I just ended up feeling like an idiot.” He chuckles and I feel myself starting to smile until Connor’s signature grin slips into something more somber. “I yelled at my dad once. Out loud, right there in the middle of a public cemetery. No one was around, but still . . . After he killed himself, I was so mad. At the world, at society, even at myself, but mostly I think I was mad at him. For being such a coward that he had to leave me all alone.” Connor’s voice is gruff. I can hear the tears he’s holding back and I squeeze his hand so that he knows it’s okay. I’ve cried in front of him enough times. “I blamed him for a long time for what happened after that. For my reckless actions, for me getting locked up in the camps, all of it. I knew it was my fault. I was the hotheaded idiot that did all of those stupid things, but I couldn’t help blaming him for putting me in that position in the first place. For not being there to stop me.”

He takes a harsh breath and I feel him hold it. To fill the sudden quiet between us, I say the only thing I can think of, “I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be, Girlie. I’m not.” His hand cups my face as his thumb slides across my cheek, wiping away tears I hadn’t realized were continuing to fall. “Not anymore.”

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