Unshatter Me – Cover reveal and pre-order details

I’m very excited to announce that my interracial YA book, Unshatter Me is now available for pre-order directly from my publisher’s website. This book really is giving the YA genre a well needed make-over, with its diverse cast and the topics it covers. Unshatter Me delves into the themes of race and culture, sexual violence, youth crime and teenage pregnancy, in a responsible and relatable fashion.

Welcome to 2015! The year of diversity in the literary world.
Here is my cover folks! Viola! 

There are very few books in all genres which feature an interracial couple on the front cover. They are extremely rare to find. I had say on this cover and made the suggestion to my publisher that I wanted both Alena and Phillip to appear on the cover, so readers will know that they are a couple.

Unshatter Me

Age: 16 +

Category: YA, Interracial dating, Fiction
Release date: July 2015
ISBN No: 978-0-9862517-9-5


Synopsis

Alena Pavlis moved to Surrey, on the outskirts of London, to escape her past. Now, heading off to college, she hopes that she can finally move on and start a brand new chapter. During her first day at Capendale University, she meets Phillip Gregson, the cute streetwise guy who introduces her to a whole new world.
At first, Phillip seems to be the answer to all of her problems. Yet quickly she finds that her childhood trauma is creeping in, and so are outside influences. As the relationship reaches its breaking point, Alena starts to pursue her own dreams and aspirations. Just as she is finding her feet again and preparing to audition for Capendale’s choir – the Coolette Singers, a perilous series of events turns her life upside down. Left with no other choice, Alena must confront the demons of her past head-on, even though it means risking everything.

Unshatter me is now available to pre-order from UrbanEdge Publishing:

http://www.urbanedgepublishing.com/product/unshatter-me/

 

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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.