Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shout Out To Indies - Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas and Celia on the Run by Sarah Mandell

We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's picks: 

Her mother's third marriage is only hours old when all hope for Clare's fifteenth summer fades. Before she knows it, Clare is whisked away to a cottage on a tiny island off Cape Cod to spend the summer with her father—a man she hasn't seen since she was three.
Clare's father barely talks, and when he does, it’s all about endangered turtles. The first teenager Clare meets on the Cape confirms that her father is known as the island crazy person.
But there's something undeniably magical about the marsh and the island—a connection to Clare’s past that runs deeper than memory. Even her father's beloved turtles hold unexpected surprises. As Clare's father begins to reveal more about himself and his own struggle, Clare's summer becomes less of an exile and more of a return.

We asked Corinne why she writes YA:

I write for a variety of audiences--adults, YA, and kids--and Returning to Shore felt as if it was a YA novel from the very start.  I love writing YA fiction because of the intensity and clarity of the narrative. And, as I discovered from the response to my previous YA novel, Everything I Was, YA audiences are passionate readers and care deeply about the characters they connect with. This is a coming of age novel, and I'm hoping readers will understand my main character, Clare, and empathize with her story.

About the Author
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and
adults, including Everything I Was for Carolrhoda Lab™ and The Writing Circle. She
is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of The
Massachusetts Review. She lives with her family, her dog, and two miniature donkeys
in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod. Visit her online at
 Our second title this week is:
Nick Novaczek is a cautious soul, a 17-year old with a quiet thirst for danger. On the eve of his grandmother’s funeral, danger finds him by the motel swimming pool. Her name is Celia and she’s everything he’s not. This foul-mouthed beauty is hitchhiking across the country to make amends with her estranged father and doesn't carry an ounce of fear or hesitation in her tattered suitcase. Hours after meeting Celia, Nick is hopelessly hooked and “borrows” his parents’ car to join her mission, even though her story is full of holes. It’s the mistake he’s been waiting his whole life to make. After weeks of detours, with hundreds of miles left to go, their wild adventure unravels, but she won’t turn back, no matter how desperate things get. Celia’s got a charming smile to pay her way, a willing accomplice, and an endless supply of lies. Not to mention a gun.

Why I chose to write YA: 
The books I consider my all-time favorites are all YA, so it only seemed natural that I would write in the Young Adult genre as well. Plain and simple, it's what I love (to read, and write)! The years in which we "come of age" are so important, they make us who we are, they often set the tone for the rest of our lives, and I love seeing how characters from all different backgrounds can compliment and challenge each other in fiction. There's a really cool balance of serious thinking, playfulness, humor, and tenderness that works so well in YA, and I love to explore that when I write.

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1 comment:

  1. Both of these books sound really interesting! I think this meme is a great idea, and I would love to join next week and help indie authors promote their books! I get a lot of requests too, so this is a great idea for the books I don't have time to read. :D

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas