I have been waiting for this day for A LONG TIME. Rene is one of my fabulous critique partners, and she has written a FABULOUS debut novel, JUST SING. Today on the blog, I’ll be doing a giveaway (at the bottom of the post) and tell you a little more about this must-read YA novel!!!

Just Sing

Book One

of the

Seven Oaks Series


René Gilley

“Follow you dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing.”

Release Date: 5th June 2014

Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music

Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

My Review:
This is one of my favorite YA’s of 2014. I had the pleasure to read this story in the early stages, right when the brilliance was starting, and also in the later stages when The Writers Coffee Shop picked it up for publication.
The main character, Lily, is strong-willed, caring, and very close to her family. She is a talented singer, and when the vocal program at her school has been cut, she starts to look at other options. As a singer in high school, I was immediately drawn to her. Choir was my favorite class, and I think if my vocal program was shut down, I’d blow a gasket. I just loved how this was a hearty novel that effectively deals with family dynamics/issues. Every character in the novel was so unique and lovable in their own way, especially Lily’s very cute, damaged neighbor, Aiden, that puts her through the emotional wringer. At times I wanted to strangle Aiden, and others I swooned. He really is a deep, complex character, and I can’t wait to read more about him in book two (which on the DL, I hear is a tear-jerker!!! Lord, save me).
I felt so connected to Lily and her relationship with her family, Philip, and Aiden. If you’re looking for a heartwarming coming of age story, this is definitely one you need to check out!

Author Bio: 

By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and fourdogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 

Connect with René Gilley on: 

Facebook, TwitterWebsite and Goodreads

Video Trailer:


Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing… She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. –Between Dreams and Reality Blog
With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley’s Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator… -Fictionally Yours Blog
Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There’s not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review

And here’s a chance to win this fab debut novel!!!!!!!

I am giving away one ebook copy of JUST SING to one lucky person who comments in the comment section below what their favorite subject was in high school. I will pick tonight at 9pm PST. Please leave your email in the comment as well! 






  1. This story sounds fantastic! Singing was my first big dream. I was in choir for years, performed in musicals, and took private singing lessons. Alas. Some things can’t be helped 😉 English was my favourite subject though!

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