By now, you've heard about the exciting writing adventure I've been recently involved in, an entire line of fresh Young Adult titles filled with grief, love, addiction, romance and friendship. The most amazing part for me, is are the amazing friendships I've forged with the other Playlist Fiction authors through the start-up process. The latest title with Playlist Fiction is by debut novelist Rajdeep Paulus. It's been a blast getting to know Rajdeep. We've shared everything from intimate stories from our pasts to our favorite brew of coffee--mine dark roast with a shot of chocolate, hers a sugar-free latte. Another perk of working in conjunction with the other Playlist authors, Laura Kurk, Jennifer Murgia and Stephanie Morrill is that I've gotten advanced reader copies of all of their latest novels. My most recent read, the first on my summer reading list, was Swimming Through Clouds.
Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus is a story of the deepest, darkest pain—the kind we’re too scared to share with anyone—all locked in one high school girl’s heart.
Talia is a senior in high school. She and her brother, Jesse, know something no one else knows. They endure terror no one was meant to experience. They feel as if they are drowning.
And then a stranger reaches into their pool of fear by means of a sticky note. Cool, laid back, Lagan, holds friendship and acceptance out to Talia like a lifeguard extends a life vest. Talia must decide if she has the strength and courage to grab it, or if the consequences would be too grave.
A heavy story revealing shards of hope from the tender love of Jesus (referred to as The Gardener), Swimming Through Clouds keeps you fearing for and cheering for Talia, Lagan and Jesse all the way through to the final scene.
Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction.
When Paulus is not tapping on her Mac, you can find her dancing with her four princesses, kayaking with her hubs, coaching basketball or eating dark chocolate. Find out more about Rajdeep, Swimming Through Clouds and Playlist Fiction on our website www.playlistfiction.com
What are you reading this summer?
Laura L. Smith