Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters AND X & Y by Becky Finlayson

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 pick

Life lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters

Some promises are made to last forever...

What if you fell in love with a stranger...but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met?

When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can't explain.

Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought.

Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams...dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor.

As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn't the only thing that can find you after an eternity.

Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.

We asked Sherrie why she chooses to write for a YA audience:
I chose to write for a young adult audience because teenagers feel everything more intensely than any other age group. It is a time when you are often consumed by the ideals of love and romance. A time where your heart can at times swell up so large it threatens to explode. It is also a period where you start to question ideas outside of the norm, and this often stirs an interest in fantasy or the supernatural.  Because of all the changes that occur during the maturation process, and the roller coaster we can be sent on, I wanted to write something that often a young adult needs; that invigorating rush of what it might feel like for the important parts of your universe in one brief moment to suddenly line up.
If you'd like to find out more about Sherrie try here:
LINKS to purchase  (other links to come in next week)
Publisher­ Bermingham Books

Our second choice for this week is:

X& Y by Becky Finlayson

"Olivia Adonane has it all; remarkable intelligence, stunning beauty, and – as
the daughter of the head of the Triad, Society’s top three Human Designers –
immeasurable wealth. Yet, all is not as it seems. Olivia discovers a dark secret
about her homeland, formerly known as Great Britain, where humans are designed
in the womb, and she watches her best friend, Lily, die in a secret chamber below
the Triad Building in London. From here on, she has a choice. Will she continue on
her pre-designed path, following in her father’s footsteps to become the country’s
most powerful Human Designer? Or will she seek to rebel against the government,
attempting to expose and overthrow the seemingly-invincible regime so that her
fellow citizens can be truly free?"

We asked Rebecca why she chooses to write for a YA audience:

Choosing to write for a Young Adult audience was almost an unconscious thing,
really. I had this great idea for a story whose heroines and heroes happened to be
young adults facing some tough truths.
When I was writing “X&Y”, however, it felt more and more right, having a Young
Adult target audience. One of the biggest themes of “X&Y” is identity, and though
Young Adults don’t face the particular struggles that the characters of “X&Y” do, they
can strongly relate to their struggles and dilemmas. Having readers tell me that they
can really identify with the characters and what they’re going through is amazing for
me as a writer, as it shows that people are making strong connections with the story.
I hope that this particular story shows that whatever setting we are in, whatever we
are going through, we don’t have to be alone in it.

Rebecca Finlayson was born in the north of England - specifically Blackburn,
Lancashire – but actually spent most of her childhood in the Forest of Dean,
Gloucestershire (fans of Harry Potter will recognise that name!). Inspired by reading
a children’s version of “The Odyssey” 20+ times while growing up, she decided
to study Classical Civilisation at Warwick University and took a job as a Teaching
Assistant upon graduating. After two years she decided to take a year out in order
to do some charity work but, more significantly, pursue some writing projects that
had been nagging at her for some time.

 The first of these projects to be completed, a Young Adult Dystopian novel entitled “X&Y” is now on sale on Amazon Kindle with a free sample:

The second – a fantasy novel entitled “The Secrets of Nethiaria: The
Magician’s Book” will be out in Spring 2014. You can find Rebecca at http://
or on Twitter: @Finlaysonauthor.

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