Thursday, February 27, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Lesley Young

Author Lesley Young is visiting with us at The Library today to give us three reasons we should try a new genre. She will be awarding print copies of “Sky’s End” to ten randomly drawn winners, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here:


For the love of book! Try something new
Author Lesley Young gives you three reasons to try a different genre

The only genre I have yet to read is steampunk (I know, head hung in shame). But that’s only because I am swamped working my through so many different unexpectedly awesome sub-genres. Did you know there is a growing romance club called ‘va-va boom’ by one publisher — romance novels geared for 50+! for example? Bring it on I say.

If you love genre, you’ll love all (well-written) genre, trust me. It’s like sampling different flavors of ice cream. In case you need more convincing. . .

1.What else can you overdose on in life with absolutely no consequences? Overloaded on Westerns? Try an Amish romance novel...they are a fast growing ‘sweet’ genre. Sick of mystery? Try an urban fantasy—they usually have a complex unexpected mystery at their core. Any genre you switch over to, I gaurantee, you’ll only come out feeling all the better and thankful for the wide array of creative storytelling.

2.You’ll be moved in new ways. Some may disagree with this argument, but I find different types of genre satisfying in different ways. In my view, protagonists are defined by their setting (as much as plot). Therefore, the route they take, how they are shaped and grow, and what defines them, will be unique genre to genre. For example, a Regency romance heroine is going to discover a much different kind of empowerment than a sci-fi heroine. And isn’t great that we can enjoy all sorts of happy endings?

3.You’ll never run out of good reads. Honestly, is there anything worse than thinking you’ve read the best of your favorite genre? Well, have faith, because you will find a new one to fall in love with by searching through Amazon or your local library shelves in a new genre.

If you’ve never tried a novel set in space, USA TODAY RECOMMENDED READ Sky’s End is the one to ease you in. Its fast-paced plot, balanced world-building and wonderful engaging heroine will grip you! It’s available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.


Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, d├ęcor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades. ~ ~ @LesleyYoungBks


A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.


  1. Ha! I've read fone steampunk novel: Iron Dominance by Cari Silverwood. I enjoyed it much more than i expected of that genre. I hope you had a great blog tour!