Bree Barton

Heart of Thorns


Only women can possess magic.
Every woman is suspected of having it.

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Bree Barton

Bree Barton is a writer in Los Angeles. When she’s not lost in whimsy, she works as a ghostwriter and dance teacher to teen girls. She is on Instagram and YouTube as Speak Breely, where she posts funny videos of her melancholy dog. Bree is not a fan of corsets. Find her online at


Friday, October 19

10:00-10:45amWorkshop – Dance, Write; Repeat

Location:  DSU Room 2123

Dance and movement has been huge in Barton’s own fight against depression. It’s why she created Rock ‘n’ Write: to help teen girls talk about the stuff they’re going through in a supportive, inclusive community—then get some words on the page and sweat it out on the dance floor. Join Barton to discuss the relationship between creativity and physical movement. Finding a path back to dancing—albeit the silly kind of dance where she’s twirling around her kitchen—has had a massive impact on Barton’s writing (and her ability to be a functional human).

6:00-6:45am • Panel Discussion – Level Up

Location: Barnes and Noble Booksellers (180 Campbell Lane)

These debut authors talk about how real-life experiences fuel their writing (or in some cases, doesn’t). How did they get inspired to write their books? How does research tie in? What messages do they want to convey? Come with your questions; leave with answers (and probably a cupcake)!

Along with these authors:
Tanaz Bhathena
Kelly deVos
Alison Ashley Formento
Nisha Sharma
Erin Summerill
Julien Jamar
Moderated by Bree Barton