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Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, fan convention organizing, YouTube-ing and podcasting. Her debut novel, Brightly Burning, is a YA retelling of Jane Eyre set in space. Her next book, The Stars We Steal, is Jane Austen meets the Bachelor, and is set in the same universe as her debut. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. Visit her at or on most social media spaces @alexadonne.


Alexa Donne works in international television marketing in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Magazine Journalism from Boston University, and previously worked at EF Foundation for Foreign Study, where she managed a bustling Southern region, finding homes for high school foreign exchange students. An avid pop culture fan, Alexa spent many years in Harry Potter fandom, including several positions on staff with convention group HPEF (HP Education Fanon). She coordinated a YA Lit track for HP con Ascendio in 2012, ran the 2016 Harry Potter and YA Literature convention Leviosa, and was on the YA Lit staff for DragonCon from 2012 to 2017. Because she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Alexa is also a mod for /r/YAwriters, co-host of the podcast Upvote YA, a YouTuber, co-creator of Author Mentor Match, a mentor with WriteGirl, and a Senior Advisor with College Essay Advisors. Brightly Burning, a YA retelling of Jane Eyre set in space, is her debut novel.


Can love flourish when surrounded by deception and intrigue?
A lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set amongst the stars.

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no ration on water, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.

But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella forges a warm connection with the brooding but kind, 19-year-old Captain Hugo. But as they grow closer, his unpredictable behavior causes suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Alexa Donne’s breathtaking debut will seduce and beguile you, a story perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Amie Kaufman.


US + Canada
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1328948935
ISBN-13: 978-1328948939

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (12 Jun. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785659421
ISBN-13: 978-1785659423