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Jaded (E-book version) is Now Available on Amazon!


JADED (E-book version) is now available on Amazon! Purchase it here:

Title:  JADED (Nirvana Series 1)

Author:  Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

Published:  February 17th, 2014

Publisher: Keep Calm Publishing

Editor: Linda Bradshaw

Illustrator: Beth Breen

Word Count: Approximately 70,000 Words

Genre:  YA Thriller

Blurb: Teen love story meets murder mystery within an eye color obsessed, “idyllic” commune.

Synopsis: After sixteen-year-old Jade discovers her late grandmother was poisoned, she’s devastated yet determined to find the killer commune member and their motive. With help from her mysterious friend Tyrian, and Peaches, the commune leader’s sweet daughter; Jade unearths dark secrets that involve her mother’s affair, her maternal grandparent’s abandonment, and a plethora of murders. To make matters worse, someone is hell bent on ending Jade’s mission for the truth. Jade can’t continue conforming to an evil society and yet she fears the Outside is just as corrupt. If she resolves to flee and is caught, the punishment is banishment to the slave cabins… and blinding.


I’ve often wondered why eye color matters so much in our commune. Like most babies born in Nirvana, my natural eye color is brown. Not hot chocolate brown or buttered biscuit brown, but brown like the Crayola crayon stuck in the original crayon box.

Fortunately in Nirvana, Virginia, artificial trumps natural eye color because artificial eye color determines who you marry and your lifelong occupation. It even determines where you’re buried, but I try not to think about that. In our commune, children have green, orange or purple eyes and adults have red, blue or yellow eyes. Only Outsiders, people who live in Nirvana but travel back and forth from the Outside, retain their natural eye color. However, there’s an exception to these rules; commune members and/or Outsiders who commit significant crimes are blinded.

Even though my current name and eye color is Jade, both will change in six months, when I turn seventeen years old. I’ll choose my blue-eyed father’s life path of winemaking, or my yellow-eyed mother’s life path of teaching. There’s a third option, but only the crazy, desperate people consider it.

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  1. Yeay! Congrats! This is so exciting.

    I’m on my way to get a copy right now! I’ll definitely post a review, I just want to be a little selfish and read it again first because I remember loving it :)
    Katie Cross recently posted…Book LoveMy Profile

  2. Thanks so much, Katie! Once again, You Rock!
    Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie recently posted…Jaded (E-book version) is Now Available on Amazon!My Profile

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