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YA Sci-Fi Romance Reteller of Classics Set in Space Alexa Donne Discusses Her Latest Book: ‘Pretty Dead Queens’

Published on Oct 5, 2022

Alexa Donne, author of “Brightly Burning” and “The Stars We Steal,” YA sci-fi romance retellings of classics set in space, will discuss her new book, “Pretty Dead Queens” at Vroman’s Bookstore on Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.

Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead… and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of “The Ivies” comes a nonstop thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth. After the death of her mom, 17-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town – until the homecoming queen is murdered. Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

Alexa Donne is a graduate of Boston University. She works in TV marketing and has done pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014. She considers herself a true INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging), she mentors with WriteGirl in her free time, runs the Author Mentor Match program, and manages one of the most popular writing advice channels on YouTube. She lives in Los Angeles with three cats.

The event is free to attend. By visiting Vroman’s in-person event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Masks are encouraged for this event.

For more information, call (626) 449-5320 or visit

Vroman’s Bookstore is at 695 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. 

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