Sometimes you meet someone and two seconds later think to yourself, “She is cool. Commence friendship.”
Debut author Rajdeep Paulus is one of those people. We met last November at the MacGregor Literary client seminar…she’s a load of laughs and she totally didn’t make fun of me for ordering basically a kids meal at lunch.*
And guess what! Raj’s first book just released last week. It’s called Swimming Through Clouds and is currently on my Kindle and I just want to be reading it right now. But I’m not. I’m preparing this post. Because that’s just how faithful I am. And how excited I am to promote Raj’s book.
Now, today’s post is a little different from a usual Welcome Mat Wednesday spot because it’s actually part of a larger blog tour for Raj’s book…along with another debut author’s recent release. See, here’s the cool thing: Raj has joined up with several other YA authors to form Playlist YA Fiction. Playlist releases new novels and promos each month, representing some of the best indie voices in contemporary teen fiction.
So instead of the usual fare, in today’s post, I just want to encourage everyone to check out Raj’s book…and Playlist too.
Addendum: I totally meant to do a video intro for this post. But I got caught in the rain yesterday AND got home late AND really, I just have way too much compassion on everyone to go on camera the way I was looking by the end of the day yesterday. BUT here’s the happy news: Raj is coming back to the blog in coming months for an actual interview…at which time I will totally have a video, wet hair or not, smeary mascara or not, rain or shine!
When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, revealing her treasure chest of pain—an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.
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 she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at InSearchofWaterfalls.com.
Swimming Through Clouds Fun Fact:
Melissa here: Your painted walls sound awesome, Raj. You should invite me over. I’m just saying…
The Swimming Through Clouds Playlist:
“Girls on Fire” by Alicia Keys
“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
“Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden (Note from Melissa: AHHH, I am suddenly at a high school dance again!!)
Check out the rest of Raj’s Swimming Through Clouds playlist here.
Raj and fellow author Laura Anderson Kurk are doing a Rafflecopter giveaway as part of their virtual book tour. SOOO…be sure to enter. And don’t miss out on the rest of the blog tour stops listed below. And at the bottom, check out the puzzle pic–part of a building puzzle graphic on each stop of the blog tour.
⬅YOU ARE HERE!