And By The Way for FREEEEE


International cover

To celebrate the global launch of The Butterfly Novels, the first in the series, And By The Way is freeee for a limited period. Please do help yourselves and share with anyone you think might enjoy. Just click here: – –

Here’s what the critics say:

‘Deegan nails Alex’s caustic teen voice and leaves the reader rooting for her heroine throughout…’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘This is a gem of a book; intriguing, deep and thoughtful. Alex is a feisty heroine, and her voice rings strong and true. Teenagers – and adults – will adore this book. It kept me up half the night.’ IRISH EXAMINER.

‘An engaging and emotional read that leaves you wanting more – bring on the second installment.’ RTE GUIDE.

‘It was such a powerful, emotional, beautiful book, one I loved to pieces and gobbled up as fast as I possibly could. I just can’t wait to read more by Deegan – it was just so freaking amazing!’ THE BOOK ADDICTED GIRL.

‘Let it be known, there is panty melting.’ FOREVER YOUNG ADULT

‘I was expecting romance, aw, and good writing. All those things are in there but this book is so much more… This book has everything you could possibly want in a contemporary title… And By The Way is amazing in the way it is so believable. Alex’s actions make sense even when they are breaking your heart.’ LUNA’S LITTLE LIBRARY

‘We can’t explain our fascination with the spawn of the rich and famous but it won’t go away. AND BY THE WAY… is our latest addiction and it’s the first title in the new BUTTERFLY NOVELS series….super compelling.’ KISS MAGAZINE

‘AND BY THE WAY… is a journey through grief, love and self-discovery. It’ll break your heart and make you laugh – both at the same time. And by the way…you’re going to love it.’ DUBRAY BOOKS, Staff Recommended Reads.

‘I absolutely loved it. I was so engrossed in it that my family started pulling it out of my hands.’ AUTHOR, KERIS STAINTON.

‘This book was amazingly good.’ BOOKFLAME

‘And By The Way is an amazing, heartfelt book that’s perfect for fans of YA contemporary! … Denise Deegan sure knows how to pack in suspense to say the least! … Deegan’s writing was also fabulous! She truly captured Alex’s voice to the point where I felt like I was reading a real teen’s diary at times…. Thrilling, unique, and nearly flawless, And By The Way is a surprising new contemporary read that will have readers with one last demand at its finale: Where’s the next one? Highly recommended. Grade: A’ LAUREN’S CRAMMED BOOKSHELF

‘You know that little percentage at the bottom of your e-reader that tells you how much of the book is left. Let’s just say I was sweating this one out until the very last few percentages! I really don’t know where this book has been hiding… I’m sad it’s over as I feel like I could read about Alex forever.’ BURIED IN BOOKS

‘This is an absolute gem of a series.’ I WANT TO READ THAT


Butterflies go global…


Delighted to announce that my contemporary, Young Adult series, The Butterfly Novels is now available globally – with gorgeous new covers that I love, love, love.

AND BY THE WAY (Butterfly #1)

Alex: “Six months ago, I lost my mum to cancer and my dad, ‘The Rockstar’, to work. Now, I don’t do close. That way I won’t get hurt. My friend Rachel won’t let give up on me. And that’s a problem. So is David McFadden, a guy in my class who says he wants to help. Six months ago, he could have but didn’t. Now, it’s too late. The last person I’m going to listen to is McFadden. When he calls me Ice Queen, I’ll show him just how right he is.” – –


Sarah: “My friends, Alex and Rachel are minted. My money runs out. All the time. After Alex’s mum died, Rachel knew how to help. It made them closer. They don’t mean to leave me out. And I try not to mind. I have a sort-of boyfriend. We don’t talk about stuff that matters. But it’s better than nothing, right? I’m not even going to mention my family. Shoplifting wasn’t on my list of things to do before I die but it makes me feel amazing. In control. Until I’m caught. And my life, weirdly, begins.” – –

AND ACTUALLY (Butterfly #3)

Rachel: “When I first met Alex and Sarah they treated me like I was normal. A human being. They actually liked me – though it took a while to trust that. I’ve never told them about my life before I met them. I wanted a new one. A fresh start. Now, they think I’m the strong one, the one with all the answers, the guru. No clue why. When I get a part in a TV drama, it’s all my dreams come true. It’ll also bring me face-to-face with someone from my past. But I’m a different person now. And I’m sure Rebecca is too. No matter what, there’s no way I’m going to let my past destroy my future.”


New Reviews

The lovely ChrissiReads reviewed all the Butterfly Novels this week.
The links are below, just click on the title. I’ve included some of the quotes.

And By The Way

“I was absolutely blown away by this book. I thought it was going to be a cutesy romance, which it was, but it was also much more besides. I went through every emotion when I was reading it.”

“Denise Deegan’s writing is beautiful. She really gets inside the head of her characters. I thought she portrayed Alex’s grief was so heartfelt and real.”

And For Your Information

And For Your Information… is more of a heart-wrenching tale. I couldn’t help but feel moved. I was reading a particularly moving part whilst drinking a yummy hot chocolate in Costa, and I had to put the book down before I began to bawl in public. That’s never a good look.

The writing was excellent, I caught up with some much loved characters and I was totally engrossed and moved by the story. It takes quite a lot for me to feel truly emotional by a book, so it’s a sign of a fantastic writer. I keep thinking of this book, long after reading it.

And Actually…

I have absolutely adored The Butterfly Novels, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. I have grown so attached to these characters

Once again Denise Deegan has done a brilliant job at getting to the her reader’s hearts. I felt so sorry for Rachel. She had been cast in a popular TV series and came face to face with Rebecca, a girl that bullied her at her previous school and destroyed her self-esteem.

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A Review of And By The Way

The great thing about writing, is you come across greatness in all sorts of places. Well, Luna’s Little Library is a great blog about books. And here is their review of And By The Way…


How did I get the book? I bought it because Luisa Plaja recommended it to me.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Looks cute.

Synopsis: At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I’m the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me.
When Mum died, six months ago, I didn’t just lose her, I lost my dad, ‘The Rockstar’. To work.
But now I don’t trust anyone or rely on anyone. That way, I won’t get hurt.
My best friend Rachel won’t let me pull back though. And that’s a problem.
Another one is David McFadden, a guy in my class (who calls me the Ice Queen). He says he wants to help. Six months ago, he could have – but he didn’t. Now, it’s too late. The very last person in the world I’m going to listen to is David McFadden. I’ll show him who’s Ice Queen.

200words (or less) review: And By The Way is the perfect example of a cover giving you a different impression. I asked Twitter for contemporary romance recommendation and Luisa Plaja suggested this. So I was expecting romance, aww and good writing. All of those things are in there but this book is so much more.

Sixth months after her mother died Alex is angry at the world, her father and David McFadden. She doesn’t know how to talk to her friends and is systematically cutting herself of from everyone. If you aren’t close to anyone then it can’t hurt when they go – can it?

For me this book is about complex relationships and the fallout from loss. By keeping her heart safe Alex is hurting the people she needs the most. She doesn’t talk to her father and her friends don’t know how to help her. I don’t want to spoil the content just trust me when I say this book has everything you could possibly want in a contemporary title.

And By The Way is amazing in the way that it’s so believable. Alex’s actions make sense even when they are breaking your heart.

Recommend it?


A Review of And By The Way

I am posting this review by the brilliant blogger, The Book Addicted Girl because I LOVE it.


And By The Way by Denise Deegan

Series: Butterfly, Book One
Publisher: Hachette
Format: Paperback
Published: 17th February 2011
Number of Pages: 336
Book: For Review*
Genre: Contemporary, Real-To-Life, Romance, Coming-Of-Ag, YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Contains: Swearing, Drinking, Smoking and Sex References
No Drug References
Author’s Blog: Denise Deegan

“I used to do close.  Then Mum died.  And I died too.  I can’t go through that pain again.  I just can’t…”

Since her mum died, Alex has felt empty, hollow.  Though she’s surrounded by people all the time, she always feels completely and utterlyalone.  But she doesn’t want to let people in.  Not again.  The last time she did, her heart was broken and she just can’t live through that again.

Her dad’s no longer there, no longer ‘dad’ – he’s just “The Rockstar“, the man who’s never there and pays other people to look after her.

Alex’s friend Rachel wants to help, but Alex won’t let her.  So what if this means she’s called “the Ice Queen” by David McFadden, the one who could have helped her six months ago and didn’t.

So why is he bothering now?  It’s too late to help, too late to do any good.

And why can’t Alex stop thinking about him?

My friend Sammee reviewed And By The Way a while back and my intrigue was awakened.  So when Hachette offered me the chance to read the series, I jumped!  And, my God, how I wish I’d picked it up much,much sooner!  It was such a powerful, emotional, beautiful book, one I loved to pieces and gobbled up as fast as I possibly could.  I just can’t wait to read more by Deegan – it was just so freaking amazing!

The characters were all so amazing and real.  None of them were as they first seemed, all of them grew and changed throughout the book.  And Alex: she was so, so broken.  I could feel her pain in every single word and it just broke my heart.  I loved watching her as she changed and grew and came back to life.  And I adored her dry sense of humour.  She wasn’t perfect and she made mistakes, but I just loved her and my heart ached for her all the way through.  As for David, well he is my new McDreamy: he is “seriously caliente” and cute and perfect and sweet.  I’m kinda totally in love with him.  He was just the sweetest thing – Alex may have some competition!  Rachel was brilliant: so sweet and thoughtful, she wanted so badly to help and was the best friend ever, putting up with everything.  Sarah was chirpy and cheeky and was totally mad – she was also a bit of a total idiot: sure, she had issues but man was she stupid at times!

But what really shone about this book was the relationships.  I loved the relationship between Alex and her Gran – her Gran was just a legend!  Alex and David – I loved the way their relationship developed.  It was so real and so touching and so unlike your usual YA romances.  It wasperfect.  And the relationship between Alex, Rachel and Sarah was so strong nd powerful – I mean, they stuck with the Ice Queen.  That’s friendship, people!  I also loved seeing the changing relationship between Alex and her dad, as well.

Man, Deegan’s voice was amazing.  It was a teen going through the loss of a parent: the anger, the pain, the feeling of being totally lost – it washeart-breaking.  But funny too, thanks to Deegan’s amazing writing talent.  My heart was aching and my eyes tearing up one minute, my heart then filling with love as I giggled the next.  I just loved Deegan’s wry, dry, witty sense of humour – it killed me.  But all the emotions in this book, well, they just broke my heart!  I could feel all of Alex’s pain, all her despair.  I felt almost constantly on the verge of tears.  And I also loved seeing all the different kinds of grief in the book, seeing how all the different characters dealt with loss.  It was amazing.  And grief wasn’t the only pain tackled.  Every single character had some kinda problem – they were all so real and padded out and complex.  I loved that.

A story about love, loss, grief and surviving, And By The Way was a book that left me totally overwhelmed, full of love and sadness and beauty.  The phrase don’t judge a book by its cover definitely applies here.  This book is not fluffy or pink.  It’s complex and emotional and heart-breaking – both in its beauty and sadness.  And By The Way is the sort of book that willtotally break your heart – and you will love every second of it.  You will feel every single thing Alex does and you will love her so much to hurts, faults and all.  You will fall totally in love with David and you will feel so emotionally overwhelmed you will be too wrapped up in everything to cry, even when you are on the verge of a breakdown.  And you will hope and laugh and love.  I honestly cannot recommend it enough – to everyone!  And I certainly can’t wait to read And For Your Information.  Nor will I ever underestimate or dismiss my time with my family – who knows what could happen next?

And By The Way, you really will love every single second and will not be able to stop reading.  So enjoy – this book will not let you down.

Star Rating:

4½ Out of 5