Exclusive U.K. Competition!!! 

If you’re in the U.K. and are a book lover, enter my free competition to win a signed copy of my bestselling YA Urban Fiction novel Broken Roots. I’ve teamed up with blogger, Madeline Ojo Wilson, to run this exclusive giveaway, just for you. 😘

Not only will you win a signed copy of my novel, but you’ll also receive a personalised Broken Roots bookmark designed by myself, and a one of a kind Young Minds badge that you can’t get in any shops. (Young Minds is the UK young mental health charity that I support).

Visit Madeline’s website to enter the competition: https://madelinewilsonojo.com/2017/01/07/book-review-broken-roots-prize-giveaway/

This awesome competition ends on 31st January 2017. UK entrants only. Sorry.

Two winners will be chosen at random on 31st Jan 2017 and will be contacted and sent their giveaway goodies in early February.

With a chance to win, enter now. Don’t delay.

Be in it, to win it!!! 

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Let’s get technical. Broken Roots explained 

A few readers have been asking me this pertinent question about Broken Roots:
Why did Teisha not live by herself after the serious problems she had with her mother?

Well, let me explain…

Unlike in the United States, UK teenagers cannot legally emancipate themselves from their parents, if they are mistreated or have concerns with their folks’ parenting. Sixteen and seventeen year olds in the UK either live with their parents, carers, legal guardians or by themselves with the permission of a legal guardian, the state or a court. 

Under 18s who are in care, do not always have a say on whether they can live by themselves, especially if the child is subject to a care order or are on the child protection register. If a child has special educational needs or a mental health problem, then this also has to be taken into consideration by the authorities or/and the courts. The authorities or/and the courts would look at the facts of the case and make that judgment as to what is best for that child or young person. Fourteen to seventeen year olds who have been in care for at least 13 weeks will have a Pathway Plan drawn up to help them look towards the future and to plan their next steps. 

Given that Teisha was under children’s social services, was a vulnerable child on the child protection register, and had a mental health problem, it is unlikely that the state would’ve permitted her to live by herself. This is implied, rather than said overtly.

When Teisha lived on the streets, again, she could not live by herself independently without social services permission, as her case was open to children’s social services. As 17 year old Teisha did not report that her mother was missing, and then went missing herself, the authorities would not be in a position, or be inclined to, get the ball rolling, to allow Teisha to live on her own.

I hope this clarifies things for readers. 

Thunderclap Campaign for UnShatter Me

I’m running a Thunderclap campaign to gain more exposure for my novel, UnShatter Me.

Please could you kindly click on the link and show your support.

UnShatter Me tackles some important teen issues, namely young mental health. Please help me get the support I deserve for my book. It needs some love and visibility right now.

Thank you! 

Here is the link to my campaign: 
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/44871-unshatter-me-gritty-punchy

Look Beyond Appearances. Read Between The Lines.

Some British readers shy away from teen books which feature rich, blonde female Californian characters. I’m very open-minded. Never have I been one of these people. I simply love American characters in YA books as much as I like American culture, music and the people. But I do feel this is an interesting topic of conversation.

After speaking with a few of my friends, they told me that they would prefer to read books like the Harry Potter series with a quintessentially English cast, rather than tucking into an equally good book featuring a Californian socialite or beauty queen. This small pocket view comes from the idea that these type of US female characters are loud and annoying rich kids, who bring nothing new to YA novels. Of course, I totally disagree. Californian book characters have just as much depth as British book characters. 

I have a blonde Cali girl in my new novel Unshatter Me. Her name is Becca Richardson-Smith. She is the pretty, opinionated bestie of Alena, who is a former winner of Miss Teenage California. On the surface, nineteen year old Becca seems to be the stereotypical blonde, wealthy, hip, popular, smart mouthed yawn worthy character we all love to hate. However, look a little deeper, and the opulent San Franciscan girl with designer clothes and daddy’s plastic, is one of the most kind and intelligent girls you will meet. And she has a very sad story to tell. One that will take you completely by surprise. Her secrets from the past are shocking and will make you want to cry. 

Becca is blonde, yes. She is rich, yes. She is a White Chicks knock-off character to some degree, yes. Yet beneath it all, she has a really compelling backstory and a good arc. This girl shows that there is much more to blonde Cali girls than meets the eye. 

Never judge a character by their appearance. It could be one of your biggest literary mistakes. 

Becca quote from Unshatter Me: 

“Those friends aren’t real, Alena. They only like me ‘cos my daddy is rich now. He lives in Georgia with his entrepreneur girlfriend. He’s given me plastic since he and my mom separated last year and he met his million-dollar piece of arse. I have three credit cards with crazy limits. Money seems to excite people. It’s easy gaining pals when you can buy their affection.”

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It’s Time For A Change

I’ll set you a challenge… Go to any bookshop or library of your choosing. Venture to the teen/YA section and look for a book which has an interracial couple (Black guy/ white girl or white guy/ black girl) on the front cover. 

Trust me, it will be hard.  I’ve already done this and I couldn’t find one.

That’s why I decided to write one myself. My debut novel is called Unshatter Me and it is being published by UrbanEdge Publishing this summer. The book tells the moving story of two troubled teens – a middle class Greek girl, Alena Pavlis, who falls in love with a streetwise Caribbean guy, Phillip Gregson at college. The book shows how they handle conflicts and challenges as they fall deeply in love. What binds them together is also what could tear them apart, when they are faced with peer pressure and bad influences. Check it out when it is released this summer. It will be a new literary experience for you. This book is a rare find – and a catalyst for change. 

Join the moment. We need more diverse books in 2015. I’m joining this movement for sure. Children’s and YA novels have got to change. More books featuring black, Asian and mixed race people, and young interracial couples, need to be visible in bookshops and in libraries. 

#WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks

If you do happen to find a YA book featuring an interracial couple on the front cover of a novel in a bookshop or library, please do drop me a line or send me a picture. You can email me directly at: michelledlowe22@gmail.com.  I’d love to hear from you.