Saturday, April 21, 2012

Secrets: how they reach deep inside to leave lasting scars Guest Blog and GIveaway with Renee Pace

Secrets: how they reach deep inside to leave lasting scars

Growing up I devoured fantasy and science fiction books but the one book that stayed with me the most was something I read in grade 4, The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. That book seemed realistic and I could picture myself running away and hiding out in a cool rail car. When I started writing YA I found I was leaning toward contemporary hard hitting issues and I wasn’t sure why. I haven’t plotted out any of my nitty gritty YA stories so I wasn’t sure what journey my characters were going to take me on but what a therapeutic rollercoaster of a ride. My teen years weren’t the best. Growing up in a small fishing community there were a lot of issues I turned a blind eye to. One of those issues was molestation. My good friend’s step-father sexually abused her but because we didn’t openly talk about that we pretended it wasn’t happening. But the scars that she kept hidden became major issues as our high school years progressed and tragically our friendship ended. Looking back I realize I wasn’t much of a friend and I think writing Off Limits was my way of wishing things had turned out differently.

Megan and Lindsay don’t like each other and in the beginning they are using each other for their own purposes. But as they spend more time together they each realize the fa├žade of what they’re wearing is just that. What surprises them both is a true friendship forms; one that can withstand the brutal secrets that scar each of them. Together they are stronger and once secrets get revealed the power they hold quickly diminishes. I wish more than anything I had known that as a teenager. I certainly know it as a mother of four and tell my children, even my teens that secrets can destroy a family and an individual. Secrets hold power but being brave and telling someone makes that person even braver.

Off Limits is a journey for both my main characters and writing it was a journey for me. I hope readers will understand the hard hitting subject matter and show empathy for both Megan and Lindsay.

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Off Limits

By Renee Pace



Lindsay looks and acts like the perfect fifteen year-old, but she’s hiding a dirty little secret that no amount of fashionista coverings can make better. Telling her mother her step-father is molesting her is not an option. Trying to kill herself again haunts her more than the scars on her wrists, and pretending to be perfect at school might very well drive her over the edge.

Megan knows all about lying. It's been part of her life ever since she realized the only way to escape her poverty-stricken neighborhood was to work hard, keep her mouth shut and wear a mask no one can penetrate. All that changes when Lindsay befriends her.

Can two girls who have little in common discover the value of a real friendship or will the secrets they dare not speak destroy them both?

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About the Author:

Renee Pace is a multi-published author who likes to tackle real teen issues in her nitty gritty series. She calls Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada home. Mother of four she juggles writing, deadlines and her children’s hectic schedules. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, and the Society of Children Writers & Illustrators. Her first nitty gritty book, Off Leash was a 2011 semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Her second book Off Limits tackles poverty and sexual abuse, and for her third book, Off Stroke debuting May 2012 Pace writes about young love and prejudice.

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1 comment:

Cecilia M. said...

Congrats on your book Renee! Look foward to reading Off Limits.