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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

The new arrival on the shelf here at Fiction Books this week, once again coincides with my date on a blog tour, organised by the lovely Samantha at JKSCommunications, with the Kindle download being supplied by the great folks over at NetGalley.

I don’t read an awful lot of YA fiction, however this storyline aroused my interest and intrigue, with the excellent cover art grabbing my attention in no time at all!

Paige also provided a great guest post, just to complete the picture!

Blog Tour Graphic Paige Crutcher 'The Odyssey Of Falling'



Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with her recently deceased best friend’s boyfriend.

Life is a little strange for Odd.

Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with being a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.

Say Hi! To Author –  PAIGE CRUTCHER

Image Of Author Paige CrutcherI write, read, rock out on my yoga mat, report for Publishers Weekly, and write YA.

I play well with words and others, and when I’m not reporting, I daydream excessively before putting words on the page.

Sometimes they’re jibberish, sometimes they’re honest in a way that makes me feel a little awkweird, but they always come with a message of hope and love.

More often than not, I’ve got my nose in a book, because inside story is where the magic waits.

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The writing process is like developing a photograph; you never know what will turn out. There’s nothing like penning a frame, and giving the story world permission to unfold as I witness the picture come into focus.

By Paige Crutcher

Image Of Author Paige Crutcher

My novel, The Odyssey of Falling, has been a work-in-progress for the past five years. The idea to self-publish the book came about in a much shorter time span – that of one afternoon.

As a journalist, I strive to do my best when covering a subject, event, or person. I’m endlessly curious about life, about story, about each person’s experience on the road to discovery (because I think we’re always in transition, or evolution – however you put it). Going the indie route, and publishing this book I’d worked tirelessly on crafting, came together like a lens finding focus.

I was at the end of my rope, and the knots I’d tied to help me hang on to were frayed. It was self-publish, and discover if the stories I’m meant to tell can find their way into the hands of readers, or consider a less exhaustive and often heartbreaking career than becoming an author.

The choice was simple. Go Indie.

This is not to say I was over-the-stars keen to take the picture I’d finally focused. Rather, my hands trembled and my heart raced. Going the indie route is nothing if not a lengthy series of moments where one must channel their brave, over and over. As a journalist, concentrating on the steps of the process, and giving an honest account of what it’s like – in the form of an expose – felt like the answer to how I could achieve a self-publishing goal.

The decision, which I agonized over, turned out to be the easiest part.

My book, which is the story of a girl named Odd who comes to terms with the loss of her best friend by completing the bucket list she left behind, wasn’t written, polished, and uploaded for publication in a one-two snap. It was written, rewritten, the plot deconstructed and revised, rewritten, polished, shined, and gleamed – through the hands of three editors, four critique partners, and a few select and brutally honest beta readers.

The creative process of writing the book was a challenging joy. The revision left me with a strong desire to scrub my brain once I was through. But. It has been worth it.

I believe we all have stories to tell; we just tap into the process in differing ways. Some of us share them over coffee, others write beautiful ballads in the form of songs, and others yet craft them in a million various, and brilliant, ways.

Odd’s story, I believe, needed its outlet. I needed to back the book up, stand up for it, and set it free. Which is a little hokey, I know, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling true.

Art is a wonderful freedom. So far, so is self-publishing. I can’t wait to see what appears in the picture frame next.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

 Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

 Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

 Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

 This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


Thanks for stopping by Paige, it has been great hosting you, here at Fiction Books and thank you for entering into the spirit of the blogging community.

I love that new word AWKWEIRD, I shall have to remember that one 🙂

I look forward to reading ‘Rush Of Shadows’ and wish you every success with future book sales.


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Thank you for this interesting interview with Paige Crutcher. The Odyssey of Falling sounds quite intriguing and I look forward to seeing what you think of it once you read it.

    Nothing new on my shelf this week, though I do have one in transit. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly.

      I don’t read a lot of YA fiction, but ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’ does sound quite intriguing and I love that cover art.

      I’m sure that you have a good stack of books to see you through the lean week and I hope that the book you are expecting arrives very soon!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    • Thanks Shoshanah, I’m sure I shall enjoy the book and as you say, the cover art is particularly alluring.

      I am intrigued to know just how ‘Odd’ discovers who she was meant to be by stepping into her friends shoes. Trying to live your life through someone else isn’t generally seen as a good strategy, surely?

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment.

  • Really interesting post this week, Yvonne. I love reading about the process of writing a novel and then the even scarier process of publishing. I wish the author all the best!

    • Hi Mary,

      I have never been a fan of the traditional Q&A style of interview, so I generally only include a ‘Meet The Authors’ page entry, if the author provides a ready-made guest post.

      In this way, I have had the pleasure to publish some fantastic posts, about a far ranging variety of subjects, generally far more interesting than the stock questions I could have asked.

      Paige’s article is written in such a conversational and friendly way, that it can’t really fail to grab the attention and have you read on to the end. I guess this is the journalist coming out in her, although I was a little surprised that she found the publishing aspects of her work so scary, given her background. Just imagine how stressful it must be for the first time author who has no experience in the publishing or editorial world!

      Thank you for taking such an interest in this week’s post, it was good to have you stop by.

    • Hi Lucy,

      I am pleased to have added another great title to your reading list. I hope that you will enjoy ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’ and will share your review when you are done with reading it 🙂

      Have a great week and Happy Reading!

    • Hi Kathy,

      Never having had children of my own, these days I find that most teenagers are a little strange and yes, many of them are very interesting to talk to, at least they are when you can get past the grunts which pass for conversation when you first meet them! When you can crack that hard outer shell, most teenagers are so much more outgoing and articulate than I ever was, ready to take their place in society on an equal footing with not only their peers, but the adult population at large!

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your comment to the conversation, I always value your visits.

  • This book does sound fun and good for teens. Following someone else’s bucket list would be fun.

    I like the theme the best. That is something all teens need to know…it’s ok to be different.

    THANKS, Yvonne.

    I hope you have a great week…I can’t believe it is Monday again. These weeks just fly by.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m not so sure about following someone else’s bucket list, you might get a nasty shock! … Especially if the list is that of a teenager 🙂

      I do agree that it is good for teenagers to know that it is okay to be different from the crowd and they should be encouraged to be an individual and evolve their own personality.

      In some ways, I think that being a teenager in today’s society, is much more of a challenge than it was for our generation. The expectations that a teenager should conform to and to react to peer pressure, appears so much greater and the added burden of cyber-bullying only seems to be making things worse!

      Thanks for taking the time to join in the discussion about the book, I always appreciate your visits.

    • It does indeed Serena.

      Paige has obviously poured heart and soul into writing this story and getting it to publication and it seems as though she has pitched it just right for her intended audience.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Holly,

      To be honest, these days, apart from the giveaway age group of the majority of a book’s protagonists, I would be hard pushed to distinguish whether I was reading from a YA or adult fiction book.

      I guess that YA readers are demanding more complex and interesting storylines, to rival those of their adult counterparts and to be honest, anything which will encourage youngsters to keep reading for fun, has to be good.

      I wouldn’t typically check out the YA section of my local bookshop, however all the YA fiction I have been asked to read and review, I have thoroughly enjoyed so far and I am certain that ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’ isn’t going to be the exception!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great reading week 🙂

    • You are more than welcome Samantha.

      I really enjoy collaborating with you on these ‘Guest Post Launches’ and ‘Virtual Blog Tours’, you are always so organised and helpful.

      I hope that the additional exposure has been good for Paige and ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed the interview with the lovely Paige, this is just one small step, in what is hopefully a very successful blog tour for ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’

      Thanks for taking time out to visit and comment on this week’s post., I appreciate it.

  • Loving the cover. Reading the synopsis I can totally understand what attracted you to this. A book I’ll be sure to keep a look out for as I really relate to the sentiment that there’s nothing wrong with being a bit odd.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I definitely don’t feel that I fit in most of the time, so I guess that makes me middle aged and odd then!

      When you are a teenager you can get away with being an individual, when you get that bit older you really do need to conform to the stereotype, or you stick out like a sore thumb!

      I’m also not convinced by the concept of a bucket list, as once again, I am quite a boring person, so to take on someone else’s list would probably take me right out of my comfort zone.

      I am intrigued before I even turn the first page with this one and I am hoping for a good storyline.

      Thanks for stopping by, I can really see you enjoying ‘The Odyssey Of Falling’ and do hope that you manage to come by a copy very soon.


Written by Yvonne