Monday, June 20, 2011
Simone Elkeles and RETURN TO PARADISE
I met Simone Elkeles at SOS Military Mixer during the RT Booklovers' Convention. She truly touched my heart with her genuine concern for military families. So let's get to know Simone! From her bio,
Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an effect on the people she hangs out with. If you hear people laughing, you’ll probably find Simone not far away.
Today I am giving away a copy of Simone's YA novel, RETURN TO PARADISE: *
Separated by the car accident that left Maggie with a permanent disability and sent driver Caleb to jail for hitting her, the two teens are surprised to encounter each other in Re-START, a monthlong program where teens talk about how their lives were changed by reckless driving. Everyone wants to keep them apart, but they end up in a van with four other teens and a program counselor. Only Caleb and Maggie know that although he did the time, he didn’t commit the crime. Is a month long enough to undo the damage inflicted by the accident, their families, and each other? This sequel to Leaving Paradise (2007) continues the alternating-chapter approach, which invites readers to experience the story from both perspectives. Elkeles also sticks to the midwestern setting and briefly brings back a few characters from the first book. The language is spare, and no time is wasted on peripheral or tangential information, lending a starkness to the story. This novel will appeal both to boys, for Caleb’s toughness and his situation, and girls, for the steamy romance.
RETURN TO PARADISE is the sequel to LEAVING PARADISE.
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about YA novels - are you reading them, with or without teens in the family?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, June 25, 10 pm in Dayton. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 26.
Kim in Mississippi
* I received this book as a giveaway at RT's Booklovers' Convention.