Amplified & Encore

I'm tired of being this girl. I want something real...

“……inspiring, heartwarming, and engaging.”


When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . .

In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.

Amplified Book Website

“Jasmine will have readers in her corner from the first flip remark out of her mouth, and Kelly’s (Harmonic Feedback) background in music is evident in her electric descriptions of Jasmine’s evolution as a performer.”

Publishers Weekly

“Jasmine is a talented guitarist and a hard worker, but her almost crippling stage fright and defensive attitude create barriers that could end her dream before it starts. She is realistically imperfect but likable, and, with time, she convinces her bandmates and herself that she is much more than a spoiled wannabe.”


School Library Journal

What does C-Side listen to?

Check out some of C-Side’s favorite songs here!

A companion novel to AMPLIFIED. 

17-year-old Jasmine Kiss lied her way into a band, humiliated herself and the band as a result, and got her heart broken by the bassist. But she survived, and she’s more than ready for C-Side’s cross country tour, where they’ll be opening for the up-and-coming Luna’s Temptation.

Just before C-Side leaves, Jasmine’s dad pays her an unexpected visit and discovers her true living situation—not the version she told him. He gives her one final ultimatum: Move home at the end of the month or he’s walking out of her life for good.

Between being ripped to shreds by fans of Luna’s Temptation, sleeping at truck stops, and barely making enough to eat, Jasmine and the rest of C-Side quickly find out how brutal a cross-country tour can be for an opening band. To make matters worse, one member is being stalked, one member becomes the victim of a hate crime, and one member has a complete mental breakdown.

Even if C-Side can hold it together long enough to get through the tour, Jasmine has to decide what’s more important: Pursuing a dream that’s getting more unrealistic by the day or holding on to the only family she has.

Coming Summer/Fall 2014 (Entangled Embrace)

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