Summer Reads: Lisa Amowitz’s BREAKING GLASS — a gritty-ghostly-gothic contemporary YA

Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

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Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz
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ABOUT BREAKING GLASS:

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

REVIEW

BREAKING GLASS is a gripping, emotionally-raw story, which unfolds with the force of Lisa Amowitz’s unflinching storytelling. The themes here are darker than what I normally read, to be honest, but I really enjoyed it. At times reality-bending, BREAKING GLASS is also heartbreakingly real.

This gritty YA mystery has some really creepy supernatural elements and explores some disturbing & mature issues. This is not a “comfortable” book or a “sweet” book, but it’s amazing. I found the pov character, Jeremy Glass, to be deeply flawed, but also sympathetic. I was routing for him–even yelling at him at times!–but always on his side. I kept flipping through the pages greedily, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Rx FOR SUMMER READING

BREAKING GLASS would be a great (creepy) book for one of those summer thunderstorm days when you’re curled up in a cozy armchair (praying your house doesn’t get hit by lightning lol).

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The Merry, Merry month of Mayhem—and the Marchapalooza CONTEST winners

AND..the winners are…
Mandy Silberstein
Nancy Allis

Congrats, ladies!

And now for the post..

I kind of have this thing about May.
Yes, the weather is usually amazing–and today (or yesterday when this post appears) beats April, but for me May = deadlines. You see, I am an academic and May is the end of the school term, with all its accompanying angst and epic drama. It’s the time for student shows, regtete_de_mort2istration for the Fall term–annual reports, and the like. And that’s your normal May.

For me this is no normal May. This is the May to end all Mays. This May ends with BEA, Book Expo America wherein I will be signing copies of BREAKING GLASS alongside an awesome line-up of my fellow Spencer Hill Press authors.

May is the time for nagging my marketing director, Jenn Allis Provost (who is also a Scene 13 member), the editor and chief of SHP, Kate Kaynak, my agent, and any other poor soul who crosses my path. I have recently discovered that if getting published is hard, BEING published is harder. It’s not easy being a debut author anywhere, but I daresay being one in New York City is a little like being a newborn guppy in a tank of piranhas. Yeah–fish food.

It’s hard to get book stores to notice you. Heck, it’s even hard to get the New York Public Library to notice you. One bit of success, though–I have gotten my college to notice me–and my students. So that’s a start.

Oh–and did I mention my son is graduating college in a week and a half, has no job and is moving back home? Mayhem, indeed.

However, I am not giving up. I am far too stubborn! I still have plans for world domination. Let’s see, I have about two months and a week to do it.

Literary Love: A rumination on language, emotion, design, writing and the power of books

Power of Words

What do I love most? I love words and I love images–after all, I’m a designer of book covers. We designers inhabit the space where images and words fall in love and give birth to something new.

But design is a

ll about targeted communication and leaving as little as possible open to interpretation. It’s a fascinating process, but it’s much more of an ephemeral experience for the viewer,

though the accumulated design around us is what forms our perception of popular culture. A well-designed and thoughtful book cover can give a book a persona that can help the reader connect with the book and even enhance the reading experience.

Yes, I love design–I love making it, love seeing great design–but in my mind–there is no substitute for the written word itself. The word floats through the conscience in the voice of the author, yet it is the reader’s mind that forms the image. I love when a book I am reading transports me into that world, and puts me into the head of another. I can’t think of a more immersive experience or a form of purer enjoyment. And if reading the words of another is one kind of joy, stringing together my own words and building a world of my own making is sheer heaven. Yes, it is a lot of work. So is design.

Writing is a more direct way of taking notes on the images in my mind. It’s a house I can build to my own specifications from the words in my head, then move in and live there. There’s really nothing else like that for me. Don’t get me wrong. I love design. I couldn’t live without art and beautiful images. But like one needs fiber in their diet, I need–the depth of words in my life.

One of my favorite authors is Maggie Stiefvater. She’s an artist, too, and I marvel at the lyrical poetry of her words, how the images she conjures explode in my mind. Her writing is made of subtle layers like the glazes in a painting. I savor her words, roll them around in my head like the most delicious dessert.

What author do you savor–whose words are so lush and resonant, you want to read them over and over again?

Releasing July 2013

Releasing July 2013