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Sarah Tomp AuthorWelcome!

I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m SARAH TOMP, author of

MY BEST EVERYTHING… a love story steeped in moonshine.

Keep cruising along this hunt to find a summer playlist to accompany my story about fate and destiny… and working hard for what you want.

YASH TEAL TEAM SPRING 2016I’m part of the TEAL team, but there are 8 other teams! 9 in total! That’s a wonderful extravaganza of books to be won! (See below for the nitty-gritty how-to and rules for the amazing YASH contest) Go to the YA Scavenger Huntpage to find out all about the hunt.

Here on my site, I am featuring the lovely Lynne Matson and her soon to be released, NIL ON FIRE… which includes mysterious island adventures, danger, sacrifice and… oh my! Trust me, you NEED to read this series! 

Also, I’m including a contest to win a copy of MY BEST EVERYTHING and an I-tunes gift card so you can make your own summer playlist! 

For a chance to win (Each action adds an entry):

  1. COMMENT  below: What do you love BEST about summer?
  2. TWEET this contest and tag @swtomp
  3. Like me on Facebook!


 Matson_photoand now… I am oh so pleased to introduce 


A former lawyer, Lynne thinks writing books for teens is much more fun. She’s the author of the Nil series, a young-adult trilogy about a mysterious island where teens have one year to escape, or die. NIL was awarded a “Perfect 10” starred review from VOYA, and is currently a 2015-16 Florida Teens Read Award Finalist, an Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Finalist for 2016-17, and Missouri Gateway Readers Award Finalist for 2016-17. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. NIL and NIL UNLOCKED are out now; NIL ON FIRE releases May 31, 2016.

When she’s not writing books or reading them, you’ll find Lynne listening to music, going for a run, messing around with paint, or hanging out with her husband and their four boys . . . probably at the beach. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially Thin Mints.

Here’s where you can get to know her even better!

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Hi y’all! I’m SO excited to be a part of this Spring’s YASH! So many great books and sekrit content is hidden across the interwebs for y’all to find. 🙂 And, speaking of hidden content . . . guess what I’ve stashed for you?

NilOnFire-2I’m sharing the first chapter of my upcoming release, NIL ON FIRE!

As y’all may know, the Nil series is a trilogy about a mysterious island where teens have exactly one year to escape, or they die. I like to describe the series as a LOST, Survivor, Twilight Zone mash-up, plus feels and a painful amount of near-miss kisses. The trilogy begins with NIL, continues with NIL UNLOCKED, and in May, the trilogy ends with NIL ON FIRE.



Before I share the first chapter, here’s the synopsis of NIL ON FIRE:

Despite Rives and Skye’s attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won’t let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can’t ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As Skye fights to keep her mind intact, she realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil’s vicious cycle once and for all–and she can’t do it alone.

Who will return to Nil, and in the end, who will survive? In this thrilling final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher: everyone’s fate hangs in the balance, including Nil’s own–and Nil will fight to the death. When the full force of the island is unleashed, Skye faces an impossible choice, a cruel one she’d never imagined she’d have to make. Soon one Nil truth becomes painfully clear: only one side can win.

Losing isn’t an option, but winning will cost Skye everything.

Awesome, right? (Of course, I’m totally biased, and unreliable. I love these characters more than I love Thin Mints, and if you know me, THAT’S SERIOUS.)  Ready for the first chapter?

Here you go! Enjoy!


Chapter 1


After Noon

Paulo blinked, slowly, his consciousness returning in crisp frames filled with color and scent and sound.

He stood alone on the black rock platform. The acrid smell of death filled the air, accompanied by the distant crackle of flames. Above him, the sun burned like smokeless fire, still high noon. But over the carving, the gate was gone. Skye was gone.

His chance to leave was gone.

Reality set in, stark and devastating.

I failed, he thought.

A cry ripped from his throat like the wail of an injured animal. He dropped to his hands and knees on the harsh black rock, landing so hard that pebbles raked his palms, drawing blood, but he was too consumed by his growing terror and overwhelming bewilderment to care. How had he missed the gate? He’d waved to Skye, grateful she’d made it, knowing he was last and that the timing felt right—the completion of a circle begun three months before, the end of a cycle begun years before he or Skye were ever born. Only he’d hesitated, for reasons that he couldn’t explain. For reasons he couldn’t remember.

He’d lost time, mysterious minutes stolen by an invisible entity.

And now he was alone on Nil.

An angry tear welled in his eye; he wiped it quickly, already pulling himself together, knowing he wasn’t truly alone. There were lions and hyenas and pumas on the island too, and he was very aware that he did not sit on top of Nil’s food chain. He coughed, then choked, tasting smoke and salt. The thick air billowing up from the meadow snapped him to attention like a hot slap to the face.

He needed to get away from the mountain. There was nothing for him here, not now.

Not for three more months, to be precise.

Paulo stood, and with one last look around the silent black platform, he stepped back. Then, even though there was no escape, he turned and began to run. Down the steps, past the fiery meadow.

Around him, the island burned.

The island let him go.

It would wait.

It was accustomed to waiting.

Once it had waited for centuries. Time wrapped the island like an invisible sheath, fluid and constant, both armor and weapon.

The island was weakened but not broken.

The male kept running, through smoke and flames and blood as the island settled in to watch. And to wait. And above all, to renew.

And so it began, again. Only this time, the island would not show weakness.

Or mercy.

That era was over.

 –End of Chapter One —

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at NIL ON FIRE. The full novel hits the wild on May 31, 2016. Or, as I like to say…

The end begins on May 31.

Are you ready? Want to pre-order NIL ON FIRE? If you do, I will love you forever.:) I’m actually not kidding.



Whoa! NIL ON FIRE sounds utterly amazing! Be sure to get that pre-order in, STAT! 

And, hey! Be sure to check out my playlist for MY BEST EVERYTHING somewhere along the TEAL TEAM hunt – you’ll find 7 songs you should love and listen to! 



This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author in my team! 

Go to the YA Scavenger Huntpage to find out all about the hunt.

You’ll notice that somewhere in this post, I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL team, and then add them up!
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 April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.