3-D image of The Devil Particle paperbackThe Devil Particle

A skyscraper filled with deception. A troubled teen seeking redemption. Will his race to the top become a fatal dilemma?

Paul Salvage longs to prove himself. So the loyal seventeen-year-old is thrilled when he’s selected to compete in the trials to determine who is worthy enough to save society by accepting all of humanity’s evil. But when his brother is murdered, the gallant young man gives up his dream to comfort his grieving father.

Persuaded not to drop out by a powerful family friend, Paul sets aside his own feelings and joins the group of fifty teens chosen to battle to the top of a tower filled with tests and traps. But as he grapples with one horrible choice after another, the haunted young man fears he isn’t noble enough to be the hero who will rescue everyone on Earth.

Can Paul escape the endless doubts and dangers to climb his way to victory?

The Devil Particle is the explosive first book in the Devil Particle dystopian YA series. If you like flawed characters, deadly competitions, and world-shattering stakes, then you’ll love Kristin A. Oakley’s dark tension.

Buy The Devil Particle to ascend to greatness today!


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“A captivating, thrilling tale with believably flawed characters.” – Kirkus Reviews – a Recommended Review

“The Devil Particle is an accomplished dystopian work with plenty of high-stakes action and a fantastic emotional core that readers will find gripping and moving. – K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite – 5-Star Review

“Think Hunger Games meets Divergent with much more excitement and bigger odds. World evil type consequences.” – Brea L.R., author of the Love and Surviving Series.

“The Devil Particle is a gripping roller coaster of suspense that will leave you questioning the future of humanity.” –  Margaret M. Goss, Award-winning Author of The Uncommitted


The Vessel – The Devil Particle Series Book Two

The Vessel book cover 3DScientists attempt to save humanity by implanting all the world’s evil into one human vessel. Will it work?

Seventeen-year-old Paul Salvage competed and won the honor of becoming that Vessel. When scientists implant the particles in Paul, the evil transforms him, cures his amnesia, and makes him remember his own act of rage. With this revelation, Paul questions whether he’ll be able to control the devil particles coursing through him.

The government-backed scientists keep Paul in a cave laboratory to monitor him and test his new super-human abilities. They intend to confine him there indefinitely, but Paul wants to leave to aid in the reconstruction of the new society and to be with his girlfriend and grieving father. Frustrated, Paul uses his devil particle-enhanced brain to manipulate them into letting him go home for a weekend.

Will Paul be able to save the world, or will he destroy it?

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“I would highly recommend The Vessel as a compelling read that kept me engaged until the last page.” – K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite – 5-Star Review

“The final act churns out several impressive shocks and ends on a cliffhanger that will leave readers yearning for the series’ third installment. A . . . gripping tale that boosts a remarkable SF series.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Provocative and disquieting. You’ll be thinking about this book and its thorny dilemma well after you’ve turned the last page.” – Silvia Acevedo, award-winning author of The Haunted States of America

“Heart-pounding, page-turning, action from beginning to end!” – Valerie Biel – author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series


The Award-winning Leo Townsend Series

Carpe Diem, Illinois coverIntroducing Leo

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds – and deep personal secrets – threaten to explode.

When her mother is hospitalized in Carpe Diem after an auto accident, teenager Tali Shaw, the daughter of a powerful state senator, finds herself at the heart of a vicious conspiracy to bring Carpe Diem down.

Can prize-winning Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend overcome his demons and expose those behind the scheme before it’s too late? And when the truth is finally revealed, can Carpe Diem ever be the same?

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“A unique combination of small-town chronicle and political thriller that’s likely to draw in fans of both genres.” – Kirkus Reviews

“With the ring of authenticity throughout, Carpe Diem, Illinois proves an impressively compelling read from the start, with Oakley delivering a first-rate narrative that values the intelligence of her readers and the complexity of her characters. A powerful and intelligent debut Carpe Diem, Illinois, sure to find favour with fans of this ever popular genre whilst raising high expectations of future releases in the Leo Townsend series.” – Book Viral 

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Leo’s back!

Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend has landed the interview of a lifetime with openly gay, front-running US presidential candidate Griffin Carlisle.

But when Leo is forced to abandon the interview to rush to the side of his estranged father, who has suffered a near-fatal heart attack, Leo’s personal and professional worlds collide.

When Griffin offers to visit the Townsend farm for an interview, secrets are exposed that jeopardize not just Leo’s family but an entire nation.

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“A highly satisfying and suspenseful story, Leo Townsend returns in a novel that turns the conventional into a triumph of intrigue and tone. Marked by clever twists and turns in a multi-layered and well-conceived plot, Oakley’s narrative unfolds at just the right pace and reminds us that good storytelling is easy to lose yourself in.” – Book Viral

“Small-town politics clash with gay rights and family issues in Kristin Oakley’s God on Mayhem Street. A cleverly plotted and well-written tale about two brothers, their father, and the town bully who wants to drive them off their land, Oakley’s sophomore novel will capture your interest and, more importantly, your heart. Well worth the read!” –Libby Fischer Hellman, author of 13 Compulsively Readable Thrillers

“Leo Townsend’s homecoming is anything but sweet when he returns to his family’s farmstead to bury his mother. In the ensuing days, secrets are unearthed, enemies are exposed, and a gay political figure divides the town. Oakley’s created a story jam-packed with twists, but one that also reminds us of the importance of compassion.” –K. J. Klemme, author of Tourist Trapped


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