Welcome Author Renee Pace of Offlimits!

Hello Everyone! Wow… this week flew by! It’s Saturday again, not that you will find me complaining about that! Lot’s going on, last weekend found me at my city’s annual Boat Regatta where my After School kids entered their 13 ft boat which they crafted themselves!Well, we won the first race sailing all the way to the semi-finals but unfortunately we did not ride the wave to victory in that second race…(How ya liking all these water/boat references?:) But all spirits were high as one of my fifth graders put it so eloquently” We didn’t win, but we finished as a team!:)

I couldn’t have said it better myself! But this I can say, I am glad to be back speaking with you, and I am excited about todays guest!

Today as a Bewitching Books Tour Host I will welcome Author Renee Pace, she will be a guest post and I will review her YA title Off Limits


So let’s get started!:)


OFF LIMITS Summary/Review

Lindsay looks and acts like the perfect fifteen year-old, but she’s hiding a dirty little secret that no amount of fashionista coverings can make better. Telling her mother her step-father is molesting her is not an option. Trying to kill herself again haunts her more than the scars on her wrists, and pretending to be perfect at school might very well drive her over the edge.Megan knows all about lying. It’s been part of her life ever since she realized the only way to escape her poverty-stricken neighborhood was to work hard, keep her mouth shut and wear a mask no one can penetrate. All that changes when Lindsay befriends her.Can two girls who have little in common discover the value of a real friendship or will the secrets they dare not speak destroy them both
My Review
This story was a change for me; it dealt with some tough real life situations that affects more children than we can imagine. Off Limits handles very well the story of sexual abuse, one of the characters suffers from continual molestation from a parental figure and the other a brutal attack.
Lindsay was the Golden girl, every boy wanted to be with her and every girl simultaneously hated, and wanted to BE her. Clothes perfect, appearance perfect…Lindsay’s life seemed to be perfect. But it was far from perfection, Lindsay lived in fear of being at home alone with her step father. Lindsay’s mom was usually at work, so that left Lindsay scrambling to find places to go after school/night. Her desperation brought the unpopular Megan, into Lindsay’s life.The night came, when Lindsay’s friends were all tied up and she had nowhere to go and her mother was out and that left her step dad  and herself, alone in the house. So Lindsay asks  Megan, to spend the night. Megan attempting to escape from her  own challenges at home; such as a sick mother, poverty and a brother on the streets, running with the wrong crowd…in fact it was the very same crowd that physically assaulted Megan and caused a wedged between the two siblings.
So Megan hesitantly accepts the invitation, not knowing what the catch would be, she goes and there, a friendship blossoms. Yes, there are ups and downs lot’s of challenges; but the girls find support and lasting friendship with the other.
I was greatly moved by the challenges these characters faced, the life they were exposed to at such a young age. I believe Ms. Pace’s book handles the topic in a straightforward way that will entertain, but also educate and help other young people who might be going through the same situation,or know someone who is going through it, that they are not alone. I believe the honest/realistic language and tone will appeal to teens, not speaking down to them nor in a way that is overwhelming. I believe it can be used as a great tool in bringing awareness to a very difficult and heartbreaking subject.
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GUEST POST Author Renee Pace

Renee Pace is a multi-published author who likes to tackle real teen issues in her nitty gritty series. She calls Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada home. Mother of four she juggles writing, deadlines and her children’s hectic schedules. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, and the Society of Children Writers & Illustrators. Her first nitty gritty book, Off Leash was a 2011 semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Her second book Off Limits tackles poverty and sexual abuse, and for her third book, Off Stroke debuting May 2012 Pace writes about young love and prejudice.

The year Indie authors took control of their creative art.

For me that was 2011. When I wrote Off Leash it finalled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest but still I couldn’t find a publisher. Did that deter me? Not really. Why? After five years writing romance novels I had learned a lot about the publishing industry. It’s not all rosy. What did I have to lose if I went the Indie route? Not much. The books I’d written were sitting on my computer and they certainly weren’t doing anything there.

Going Indie was a learning curve but the best thing I discovered is this wonderful, cooperative Indie author community on-line where authors share marketing tips, how to self-publish, and we’re frank about royalty talks. What one author finds to work for marketing we share with the loop. No longer are authors out for themselves instead we know working together helps all.

Was I scared going the Indie route? Sort of. But I have to say I love learning something knew. I like the camaraderie of my fellow Indie authors and I do like the control I have over my books. Like many Indie authors I pay for a professional cover artist and editor.

Off Limits might not have sold millions by the big six but those same big six publishers are certainly paying attention to the power of Indie authors. Indie authors are becoming game changers. If you don’t think that’s the case ask yourself why the big six are courting the most popular Indie authors and getting them to sign on the dotted line. They’re also doing this because a number of authors with those big six publishers are also jumping on the Indie author band wagon to take control of their destiny.

I’d love to hear from other Indie authors. Are you happy being and Indie author? Do you think Indie authors are reshaping the publishing industry?