I'm participating in another blog hop and decided the drawing would be for a physical copy of Crazy About You. To be eligible, just leave a comment with your email address. I'll do a blind drawing and email the winner to get their snail-mail address to send them the book.
Crazy fits into that rather new development of Young Adult novels, although it's not set in contemporary times. It's set in 1964 -- on the grounds of an insane asylum. My own father was a dentist at Larned (KS) State Hospital and the state provided housing on the grounds a few miles outside that small central Kansas town. Yep, I grew up on the grounds of a mental hospital. My first job was washing dishes in the cafeteria for its 1,500 patients.
I've used a lot of personal knowledge about that mental hospital to create seven days in Brad's life: a week that will grow him up faster than he ever would have wished.
Crazy has received the most reviews of any of my books and I keep hoping it might catch on fire a little more. That will take word of mouth. Hope this blog hop will help. Here are two of the latest reviews. And I stress that these reviews are from people I don't know from Adam. I haven't paid for them. I haven't traded for them. They are honest.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best I've Read, December 27, 2012
Hard to put down and many insights I could relate to well.
I'd recommend it to others and read it again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me in suspense, December 26, 2012
By Tania L. Ramos
I'm so glad this book was recommended to me. I have been reading indie books for years with so much disappointment, but this but was amazing. The pace was great, the plot was awesome, and the characters were so very believable. I loved that Atwood really dug into the mind of Brad, and let me know everything he was thinking. It was everything I imagined the mind of a teenage boy to be at times, and some thoughts so profound it made me feel like he was in my head.
I love psychology, so all the references were great and spot on, yet only given enough that even the lay reader would find some good information yet not be badgered down by it.
All in all, one great suspenseful read. I would and will recommend. One I will keep on my e-reader indefinitely! Finally, a wonderful self-published book by an author who will remain on my reading list.