Press Kit

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Contact Info

Official Author Headshot
credit: Carey Hough
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credit: Tamara Namaste Photography
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Erin Bowman
P.O. Box 178
Concord, NH 03302
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For business and rights inquiries
Sara Crowe, literary agent
Pippin Properties
scrowe@pippinproperties.com

Book Covers

Taken (Taken Trilogy #1)
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Frozen (Taken Trilogy #2)
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Forged (Taken Trilogy #3)
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Stolen (Taken Trilogy #1.5)
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Vengeance Road
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Retribution Rails
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Contagion
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Kate & Jesse
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The Girl and the Witch’s Garden
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Awards + Recognition

For Taken
» A 2014 Bank Street selection for “Best Children’s Books of the Year“
» A 2013 Goodreads Choice Award nominee for “Debut Author”

For Vengeance Road
» A YALSA “2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults” title

For Retribution Rails
» A 2018 Bank Street selection for “Best Children’s Books” of the Year
» A 2017 “Southwest Best Book of the Year”

For Contagion
» A 2019 Edgar Award Nominee for “Best Young Adult Novel”

Praise for Erin’s Novels

Taken
Frozen
Forged
Vengeance Road
Retribution Rails
Contagion

An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!

Marie Lu, NYT bestselling author of the Legend Trilogy

A suspenseful trek. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.

Kirkus

An action-packed, emotionally charged, plot-twisting adventure. This dystopian has plenty of potential for gripping sequels.

Booklist

A dramatic work that is reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver and will appeal to fans of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.

School Library Journal

This engrossing debut novel moves at breakneck speed with puzzles to keep readers guessing and an ending that will leave them wanting more.

Shelf Awareness

This follow-up to Taken…retains plenty of the action and suspense that readers appreciate. Late developments hold great promise for more excitement and drama in the third episode.

Booklist

The strengths of this series are in the dystopian world and survival aspects. Frozen will attract most readers of science fiction—especially those looking for a male lead.

VOYA

A surfeit of enemies and a constant sense of danger heighten the suspense; it’s an almost grueling read.

Kirkus

A satisfying culmination to this dystopian-thriller trilogy, and sure to please series fans.

Booklist

Gripping.

Kirkus

⭐️ An unflinchingly bloody tale of the Wild West…Thoroughly engrossing.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

A vivid portrait of a lawless world…The book demands the same stoicism from its readers as the heroine herself possesses.

School Library Journal

Refreshingly believable. Readers will be entranced by Bowman’s swiftly paced, romantic revenge drama.

Booklist
Rich in tone and action… a beautiful blend of justice and coming-of-age drama.
RT Book Reviews

Fast-paced [and] entertaining.

VOYA

Thrilling, racing, action-packed…Vengeance Road will have you looking at the West in a whole new light.

TeenReads.com

A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart–saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!

Alexandra Bracken, #1 NYT bestselling author of Passenger
Vengeance Road had a bit of everything I love most in storytelling: a kick-butt heroine, life-or-death stakes, action to make my heart pound, and morals that go gray around the edges. This is the kind of book I’ll re-read again and again.
Susan Dennard, NYT bestselling author of Truthwitch
Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: Vengeance Roadis everything you could want in a Western.
Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling author of My Lady Jane

Vengeance Road is a page-turning, unputdownable story of revenge. Bowman paints a thrilling, vivid picture of 1877 Arizona, and Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with.

Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles
Gritty and honestVengeance Road captures the heart of the Wild West.
Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink
A take-no-prisoners heroine with a bloody debt to settle. I’m still breathing in the dust and hot Arizona sun.
Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter
Relentlessly readableVengeance Road is a perfect western. You won’t be able to turn in until you get to the very last page!
Saundra Mitchell, author of The Springsweet
Flinty and fierce, Kate is a formidable addition to the pantheon of tough young adult heroines. Her story and voice crackles to life.
A.C. Gaughen, author of the Scarlet trilogy
Bowman does the Arizona Territory justice, making this desolate and tough landscape the perfect setting for a train robbery gone wrong.
School Library Journal
Bowman’s attention to period details, sexism, and racism flesh out the fast-paced plot in a most satisfying way. Readers of Vengeance Road will especially enjoy reconnecting with the protagonists of that title…but this stands successfully alone.
Booklist
[E]ntertaining.
Kirkus

I devoured this thrilling, fast-paced battle, from its setting in the American West to its cast of vivid characters.  I can’t wait for Erin Bowman’s next work!

Tamora Pierce, NYT bestselling author

To read Retribution Rails is to breathe in snow-dusted plains, to feel a train car rocking beneath your feet, to seek a revenge more precious than gold. Erin Bowman has woven a world as convincing as it is gripping. I flew through these pages with abandon, and I’m certain many readers will find themselves doing the same.

Ryan Graudin, author of Wolf by Wolf

Everything I want in a wild west adventure—gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references—and so much more. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can’t help but root for, Erin Bowman stages a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish.Prepare to be hooked.

Mackenzi Lee, NYT bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Rugged and ruthless, Retribution Rails brings readers into the expanding—and lawless—Wild West.

Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

⭐ First in a duology, this horror-tinged sci-fi thriller unfolds from multiple viewpoints via a kaleidoscopic narrative, developing characters while escalating pace and ratcheting up tension. Bowman’s plot is intricate and action-packed, her worldbuilding impressive yet economical, and the book climaxes in a gripping cliffhanger that sets up the sequel.

 Publishers Weekly, starred review

[A] twisting, turning, edge-of-your-seat blend of science fiction, thriller, and horror. The pace, action, and tension are explosive from page one.

Booklist
A search-and-rescue mission on a hostile planet results in a horrific discovery in this dread-filled sci-fi thriller…A solid, creepy page-turner.
Kirkus
A fast-paced story with capable female protagonists, limited gore, and an emphasis on survival rather than romance.
School Library Journal
Gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures, Contagion is the perfect intersection of science fiction and horror—I couldn’t look away.
Amie Kaufman, NYT bestselling author of Illuminae and Unearthed
Few understand the true horror that lies in the empty unknown of space, but Erin Bowman nails it in ContagionRead this one with the lights on!
Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of the Across the Universe series and Star Wars: Rebel Rising
Contagion is everything I want in my science fiction: a cast of smart characters on a desperate rescue mission forced to confront an elusive and unstoppable enemy. I absolutely loved this layered and thrilling adventure and can’t wait to dive back into this world again.
Veronica Rossi, NYT bestselling author of the Under the Never Sky series

Official Author Bio

Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance RoadRetribution Rails, and the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. When not writing, she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.

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