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.
This week's selection is:
A mysterious island with secrets. A brilliant teenage girl whose driving curiosity
leads her to probe too deeply. A detached father who disappears. Stalkers at every
turn marked with a mysterious tattoo. An unreachable castle that holds all the
American teenager, Imogen “Genny” Hazard, dreads moving to the Isle of Man when
her scientist father gets the opportunity to work there. Aside from leaving behind
her home and school, she has to deal with her father who has been distant ever
since her mother died in a tragic accident. Once on the island, Genny’s father quickly
abandons her to work through the evenings, leaving Genny alone to cope with fitting
in at her new school. She soon befriends a group of geeks, however, as well as the
hot captain of the swim team, Ken. He and Genny click right off the bat, even though
she secretly questions why someone like Ken would be interested in a geek like her.
Despite her reservations, she finds herself falling for him, but backs off when she
learns the disturbing truth about Ken.
Plagued by paranormal mysteries and tattooed stalkers, Genny doesn’t know who to
trust. In time, she discovers the true circumstances behind her mother’s death and
her father’s motives behind moving to the Isle of Man. It turns out that the island is
more a part of her life than she could have ever imagined. With the help of an
enigmatic, glowing blue boy, Genny faces a threat from someone she cares about
and fights to prevent her world being destroyed.
The fate of the island rests in the hands of one girl.
Tracy Abrey on writing YA
“Storytelling has been a calling since I was young. It is indescribably fulfilling to
weave a story that keeps the reader turning pages. My favorite thing to hear from a
reader is that she stayed up too late at night reading Blue Sun because she couldn't
wait to see what happens next. I’m hoping that readers will lose a little more sleep
when reading the sequel, Dark Waters, that’s coming out this fall!
Writing YA fiction is the most natural branch of storytelling for me. My son is a
teenager and I am blessed to re-experience this beautiful time of life vicariously
through him. For young adults, the future is still unfolding and there’s potential for
a lot of optimism and also a lot of questions. In YA fiction, the characters are less
jaded and more open-minded. They also have a self-imposed pressure to discover
who they are and what their purpose is. That vulnerability makes it so easy to love
and root for the characters.”
Tracy Abrey has been passionate about writing since stating in her
second grade “school days” book that when she grew up she wanted to write books. Earning a BA in English literature and French from Houston Baptist University and having taught high school English as she pursued her MA in English literature at DePaul University, her childhood passion has morphed into an adult career focused on young adult urban fantasy. Tracy has lived in Canada, France, and England and currently resides in the US with her husband and two children.