Wednesday, July 6, 2011

YA Indie Spotlight: Angela Carlie

After a brief hiatus called JUNE (i.e. Vendetta edits are kicking my tail), I am *pleased* to have a new YA Indie Spotlight for you. Today, I'm featuring the last of the DarkSide girls, Angela Carlie. The other DarkSide author profiles can be found here, here, and here. 

Angela is the author of Dream Smashers, a gritty, YA contemporary novel with heart.

Sixteen-year-old Autumn is a human heartache. Everywhere she turns people are stomping on her hopes and dreams. Her mom’s a tweaker. She’s lived with her chain-smoking grandmother for as long as she can remember. Even her best friend has issues. Autumn seems to be the only responsible person she knows and she’s sick of putting up with it all.

When she meets Evan, a hot guy without a worry in the world, she can only wonder if he’s for real or just another Dream Smasher.

A girl who no longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them. Dream Smashers is a love story, but most of all, it’s about letting go.

Angela Carlie writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she’s not writing, she’s playing house with her husband and son, working hard for her money as a licensed massage therapist in a chiropractic office, or escaping the ordinary through reading, hiking, kayaking and traveling. She’s somewhat of a loner who occasionally subjects herself to group settings such as her favorite writers’ groups, critique groups and outdoor concerts. Angela’s also a passionate vegetarian learning to enjoy regular exercise because she heard somewhere that exercise keeps people young.

"A wonderful contemporary YA novel. . . . It's not a lighthearted read, but there are plenty of funny, real moments - especially between Autumn and Rainy."

"A daring and intelligent contemporary young adult story that features an interesting and likeable heroine."

"A very emotional ride. . . . This is a fantastic debut novel!"

"Angela Carlie's writing is brilliant. I was in awe at the beautifully scripted words from page to page."

Dream Smashers is priced at $2.99 and can be purchased for Kindle and Nook.

You can find Angela on the web or hanging with her DarkSide Publishing partners in crime. She tweets as @AngelaCarlie.