Monday, 2 April 2018

Losing Adam by Adrienne Clarke + Excerpt + Giveaway

Losing Adam by Adrienne Clarke
Self published on the 6th February 2018.

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £6.54 (PB)
Wordery : from £6.50 (PB)
Waterstones : unavailable
Amazon : from £2.85 (ebook)
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What happens when the person you love most in the world suddenly becomes a stranger?

Adam and Jenny’s world is falling apart. Their dream of attending college together away from home quickly becomes a nightmare when Adam begins hearing the voice of the Snow Queen. Adam’s startling transformation from popular drama student into a withdrawn, suspicious stranger leaves Jenny frightened and confused. How can the person she loves most in the world suddenly become someone she doesn’t recognize? As Adam drifts farther and farther away into the Snow Queen’s mysterious world of ice and snow, Jenny believes she must fight to bring him back or risk losing him forever.

Vividly narrated by Adam and Jenny, the struggle to understand the impact of Adam’s mental illness, forces both characters on a journey of self-discovery that leads to understanding about life’s uncertainty, the power of first love, and the pain of letting go. Drawing on elements of The Snow Queen fairy tale, Losing Adam is a unique combination of drama and romance.


On stage, Adam radiated confidence. Every gesture appeared natural and deliberate. His flawlessness made you think his whole life must be like that. Kids at school talked about how talented he was, even the teachers. We didn’t have captions underneath people’s yearbook pictures at our school, but if we did, Adam’s would say: ‘Most likely to become a movie star.’
“Have your parents been to the show yet?” I asked him one night. 
“My mom, not my dad. He never comes. He hasn’t been to a single play that I’ve been in.” 
“That’s terrible.” 
“Yeah well, my dad’s not into theatre. He’s not into much of anything except squash, TSN, and financial consulting, in that order.”    
“Still, he could come to support you.”    
“It’s O.K. I’ve gotten used to it. But sometimes, I have this fantasy that one night I’ll look out and see him in the audience. He’ll see me on stage and finally understand there’s something I’m really good at. One night, that would be enough.”

Adam kissed me for the first time on closing night. Alone backstage, we stood so close together I could smell the gel in his hair. Faint sounds of laughter emanated from the dressing room. The rest of the cast were getting the food ready for our ‘strike party.’ In a couple of hours, Grover’s Corners would be a heap of wood and painted mural paper. 
“I’ll miss seeing you every night,” Adam said.
“Me too.” It was much easier to say things like that in the dark. “When I remember this show, years from now, I’ll think of you with your head bent over a needle and thread. I’ll see your hair falling in front of your face like a dark velvet curtain, blocking everything else out.”
“I like to hide behind my hair,” I admitted. “That’s why I’ve never had it short.”
“Why would you want to hide, Jenny? You’re gorgeous.”
“Thanks.” I felt the skin on my neck grow hot. My skin always betrayed me by breaking out in caterpillar-shaped blotches on my neck and chest whenever I got nervous or upset.
“Maybe we can do something some time?” Adam asked.
“Yeah, that would be good.”
“I’ll call you, O.K.?”
“Sure.” I rearranged the props on the table, hoping my voice didn’t sound too eager.
“One more thing.” Before I could look up Adam reached out his hand, and in one swift movement swept my hair away from my face, placed his hand under my chin, and pressed his lips against mine. “There,” he said. “Now the picture in my head is complete.”

Meet the Author

I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and fictional existence in different ways. A lover of faerie tales, fantasy and gothic horror, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all my work. My dream is to find readers who will gather round and let me tell them stories that will become a part of their life the way they have become a part of mine.

My short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including, The Storyteller, A Fly in Amber, New Plains Review, Silly Tree Anthologies, and in the e-zines Les Bonnes Fees, The Devilfish Review, Rose Red Review and 87 Bedford. An excerpt from my forthcoming YA novel Losing Adam won first place in the Young Adult category of the Seven Hills Literary Review contest.

Author links:
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And now for the giveaway!
Open internationally until the 12th April, the prize is a $50 Amazon gift card.

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