Debut Author Lex Keating Reimagines Grimm’s Fairytales with a Coming-of-age Contemporary Twist for a YA Audience
First impressions are often wrong. And Gabe Pritz is about to learn this lesson the hard way in Lex Keating’s THE SILENT SWAN (AltWit Press; $16.99; August 2013)
Inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, Lex Keating takes a contemporary, quirky twist on the old legend of The Seven Swans, removing the magic, and adding memorable characters.
Once upon a time – better known as “now” – Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he’s coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann’s orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she’s exactly the sort of person he’d prefer to avoid.
Tam’s sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe’s sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn’t know existed. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hard work, it’s…making him a better man. And that’s just what she does to people she doesn’t like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he’s ever met?
This coming of age story will resonate with teen readers and is destined to become a favorite of YA fans who look for sweet romance set in real life.
About the Author: Lex Keating has been engaged in a passionate affair with books ever since the Velveteen Rabbit wanted to be Real. She graduated from a liberal arts college with a BA in literature, and currently resides near Charleston, South Carolina, in a swamp full of barbarians and all their cats. She has been a teacher, a paralegal, a computer programmer, and a hospice caregiver. She currently divides her time between studying old fairy tales and making up new ones.
To schedule an interview with Lex Keating or to receive review copies of THE SILENT SWAN, please contact Pauline Creeden at AltWit Press at 757-591-8791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.