my debut novel, Finding You, is available for purchase at your local bookstore or on amazon here!


Taken from home and family, all they have is each other: a young woman learns to rely on her inner strength in this suspenseful debut that celebrates the power of true love and never giving up.

cover art copyright 2016 Rich Deas, SwoonReads.

“Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.”

there you have it- a story that took me along for a ride as much as it did my readers, because I didn’t know what was going to happen any more than they did!  but by the grace of God, it’s been published by SwoonReads (Fiewel & Friends, Macmillan Publishing) and I could not be more thrilled.

you can also add it on goodreads here!

feel free to check out more about my writing process on this blog, SwoonReads’ selection process, or how the cover art was chosen; in the meantime, I’m going to go work on my next project…


Praise for Finding You:


“A timely reminder that female subjugation must always be fought. Hopefully, Isla’s journey of rebellion and self-exploration are only the beginning—a sequel would be a welcome treat.” —VOYA

“Isla’s determination to reunite with her beloved Tam will captivate romance fans, and all will cheer her newfound self-reliance.” —Booklist

“So many times while reading this book I read the same sentences over and again because I loved the word choices and the imagery they crafted. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, suspenseful, engaging, and wonderfully substantive.” —Suellen Foreman

“This book has an uncanny way of getting under your skin and staying there, making you recall not only your first crush but also inviting you into a dangerous world that hits all too close to home—sometimes all in the same sentence. Albano has created something incredibly special with FINDING YOU. This is a story that will give you chills and keep you turning pages until the very end. I know it did that for me. The world needs more books like this one.” —Samantha Chaffin

“Beautifully and emotionally written! … Through this experience, these girls—especially Isla—grow and become stronger. They are able take action and come up with plans, despite never thinking they could be anything but weak. Girls can be smart, strong, and badass.” —Chen Yan Chang

“I love this book! The story pulled me in from the beginning and would not let me go even at the end. The characters are so real and the story is so powerful. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy and put it on my bookshelf!” —Rachel Bath

“The story is gripping from the start, with a straightforward, yet soft voice. Within the first three pages my bonding with the characters had already begun. Once I started I just couldn’t stop.” —Ana Kriss