Someone brutally murdered Mary Mathison, daughter of a prominent and very conservative local pastor. Whoever it was is now taunting Avery, a transgender boy, with disturbing messages, claiming that Mary’s murder was revenge for her relationship with Avery. The killer’s demands are simple and horrific: Avery must repent for changing his gender identity, or he will be the next one killed.

Can Avery deny who he is to catch Mary’s killer? Or will sacrificing himself be the ultimate betrayal?



When Greg Dunsmore begins filming his weight loss documentary, he never intends to film the hazing rituals of the high school’s beloved lacrosse team. Once he does, he must find somewhere to go with his evidence, before he is discovered and everything is turned against him.


Teenage friends participate in increasingly dangerous stunts, which are posted to YouTube, first as a prank and then for money from an unknown financier.


With no way out of his life of poverty, abuse, and threat of a meth-dealing biker gang, Tony turns to the MMA gym with his friend, Rob, as an outlet. Will the gym be enough to help Tony find an escape?

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Young Adult fiction author of Look PastPress PlayDare MeTap Out, and This Side of Normal, as well as a high school English teacher. I married my high school sweetheart, and together we are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY. I am represented by Kate McKean.

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  1. Hi, I have read the excerpt from your novej Tapout. I just wanted to let you know, I am looking forward to reading it. I wish you luck, and happiness in your career as a writer.

  2. I absolutely loved Tapout I finished it in two days! I read the excerpt for it in the buzz book and loved it so I bought it and finished it today! It got my heart rate up from the way you explained the fight scenes it made me feel like I was there! It also made me cry sad and happy tears and made me want to go start training! I hope that oneday there will be a continuing story for Tone’s character!

  3. I just finished reading Tap Out. It was a amazing book. I hope you right more. The ending was kind of ruined for me by my cousin but it was still a very good book I read up to chapter 19 when it was spoiled for me. But still very good! 🙂

    • Paula,
      Glad you enjoyed the story in spite of the spoiler. I think you’ll have to keep my next book out of your cousin’s hands until after you’ve read it. Expect it in the fall of 2013. Thanks.

  4. hey i just read Tap Out and it is the best book i have ever read it would make one hell of a movie
    (thank you for getting me back into books)

    • Anakin,
      Thank you for responding. I LOVE that you enjoyed Tap Out so much. I agree that it would make a kick-ass movie. Someday, maybe? But more importantly, thanks for returning to reading. For me to be a part of that, yeah, that’s why I write. So, you’re welcome, but really, thank you!

      • mate your very very welcome. the only problem with that book was how it ended for me but if that exact ending was in a movie it would be a good finish. (waiting for another book about tone) 😀

      • I hear you. It’s a devastating ending, but it simply had to happen. That wasn’t how I mapped it out originally, but sometimes, the story takes you where it wants. Thanks, again.

  5. I just picked up Dare Me about a week ago and it wasn’t really in my interest so I hoped it went against my mind. It did! I’m so on edge! It’s a great book that allows me to push back finishing two series that I can’t put to rest. As much as I want to drag it out I can’t put Dare me down! I even read it in the car! I do plan on picking up a copy of Tap Out as well!

  6. I just finished reading Dare me, it was a great book! Kept me reading it ’till the end, lots of adrenaline, it would really make a great movie, keep up with these great stories.

    • Thanks, Rodrigo. I truly appreciate the feedback. Here’s hoping the company that is looking at the film rights for DARE ME feels the same as you. My next novel will be out in the fall. I’ll keep you posted.

  7. I just finished reading Dare Me and I’m sad the book ended. It was a great book and I don’t normally like reading but I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. It’s one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. I think it would make a great movie

    • Thanks, Dylan. I’m glad you enjoyed and even more glad that you took the time to let me know. I’ve got another novel coming out in the fall, PRESS PLAY, in case you’re interested. And TAP OUT is also available. Thanks again for reaching out.

  8. Your book Dare Me was one of the best books I’ve read. Just one thing though the end of the book has a lot of unresolved issues. So if u would please write a sequel to resolve some of those issues it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Robert,
      I’m so glad that you enjoyed, and I really appreciate you reaching out to me. So sorry that the ending has left you hanging, but by not supplying all the answers, I’ve given you a chance to see them for yourself. Thanks, again.

  9. To be completely honest i had no idea who Eric Devine was when i obtained the book Press Play on christmas day, autographed by the writer unknown to me, but after reading simply two chapters im hooked! Ive never felt so in tune to a book as i have with devines work. Thank you eric devine for the autograph but also for writing a book that has encouraged me to pick up reading again. I will continue to read your works and i will be waiting impatiently for your next published piece! “Truth, whatever the cost.”

    • Merry Christmas, Trevor! I’m glad you got PRESS PLAY as a gift, and I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it. Let me know what you think when you finish. And you can go back before going forward. TAP OUT and DARE are waiting 🙂

  10. Eric your book Dare Me is really suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat .This book really resembles the teen lifestyle and our choices we make. I hope you make a movie or a part two for the book because i really loved it!

    • Deonta, I’m so glad you enjoyed, and I share your hope that it will be made into a movie. Fingers crossed. Thanks for reading and for reaching out.


  11. I read the book Dare Me(and it was AMAZING!!) but I forgot some of the dares. I am doing a class project on a book I have read and I picked this one. I only remember the car surfing, the bridge jump, the human catapult, fighting the bull, being electrocuted through the tasers to light up the lights, and the kiss. What else was there?

  12. Hello. I haven’t read your books yet but my neighbor gave my son 3 of them to read. Is there any sequence to them and are they appropriate for an 11 year old? I will try to find time to read them as well but raising young children doesn’t give a mom much time to relax with a good book. Good luck with your career.

    • I’m glad that she’s interested in fostering his reading, but he’s a bit young for my work. Obviously you get the ultimate decision, and so if you do let him read, go with Dare Me. They are stand-alone books, and so are not connected. Thanks for reaching out, and I hope you get a chance to get some reading time as well.

  13. I just finished reading Press Play, and I must say, you write well. There are many authors that have interesting subjects but lack a knack for writing. I will be reading many more books written by you!

  14. Hello. I just finished reading Look Past and I was hooked from the minute I opened up the book. Can’t wait for your next book to come out!

    • Thanks, Carissa! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed so much and that you reached out to let me know. I don’t know when my next will be out, so in the meantime, you might want to read my previous books 🙂

  15. Hello. My name is Deshaun and I’m from A rough part of Albany. I just wanted to let you know that the books that you write keep me off of the streets and I really enjoy them. Keep up the great work!

    • Deshaun, this is the kind of message I love receiving. Thank you so much for letting me know my work has had a positive impact. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet you when I’m at Albany HS on 11/10. Thanks, again.

  16. hi, currently reading your book press play and may i say i love this book alot! now im 17 and a begginer a writting so whats your advice for a begginer like me?

    • Elana,
      First, thanks for reading! So glad you’re enjoying Press Play. Second, congrats on heading down the writing path. It’s a rewarding one. Right now you should do two things: read a lot and write a lot. Reading others’ stories will help you with your own, and like with anything else, the more you do of something, the easier it becomes. So write those words, whatever they are. Fill a journal a month. That was a goal I set for myself early on, and it was worthwhile. Good luck!


  17. I have read Tap Out and Dare Me. They are two of my favorite books I have ever read, and U have read many books. You were presenting today in my school, Taconic Hills. You were my favorite presenter, ever though one of the other presenters was my mom. I hope you keep producing wonderful books.

    • Markus, you’re making my day! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the presentations and that you enjoy my work. Don’t worry, I’ll keep writing, if you keep reading. And you should still tell your mom her presentation was the best 😉 Thanks!

  18. I found a handwritten poem in an old paper back, Enough Rope, by Dorothy Parker. 1940.
    The poem is signed Eric Devine, new york world. The poem is titled, If Robert Herrick had been Dorothy Parker.
    If you are the same Eric Devine and would like the poem returned to you. Let me know.

  19. Dear Mr. Devine,

    I have just finished reading your novel Dare Me and I just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had been searching for a book to read for an English assignment when I came across Dare Me. I read the first few pages and was instantly hooked. I had high hopes for this novel and I was not disappointed. The whole concept of the story line is really interesting and I’ve never read anything quite like it. One of my favorite things about your writing is how you wrote the dare scenes. You wrote them in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out how they would end. Your book has shown me that actions, even ones you believe are the right ones, can have consequences you may not have expected. Figuring out who you are is one of life’s greatest challenges, especially when you are a high school student like me, trying to figure out what you want to do in life. What inspired you to write this book and was any of it influenced by personal experiences?

    Emily Oakes

    • Emily,
      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the story. It is a rollercoaster, for sure, and yes, there are a lot of gray areas when it comes to the decision making in the story. And speaking of which, all of my stories are a mix of my personal life and those of my students. I’ve been an English teacher for almost 20 years, and was a bit reckless as a teen. The dare to jump off the bridge (the cover) is something I’ve actually done. The rest were heavily researched. Thanks for reaching out and keep reading books you enjoy. I’m glad mine is now part of that list.


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