Not Just a Romance: Some Recommendations

Bookends and Endings

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I knew that I was going to want to write a blog post on books with romance in them. After all, it’s a day all about love, so what could be more fitting than a post full of books on the same topic? However, I wanted to add something else to this as well – so today I’m telling you about some YA books which are romances, but also have another layer to them, whether that’s discussing mental health or grief or sexuality.

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Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Building Diverse Bookshelves

         ” ‘You don’t look very sick,’ the guy says as I scrawl my name in thick black letters.  It doesn’t fit nicely on the little dotted line.
‘How grossly inappropriate of you to notice,’ I reply, fighting to keep my voice even.  I’m not surprised by his comment.  It’s not the first time I’ve heard it.
As far as looking sick goes, people generally think I don’t.  I have what Dr. Reeves calls an invisible illness.”

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Young Adult Contemporary Fiction ♦ 336 pages ♦ Clarion Books ♦ Published 3 January 2017

Louise Gornall’s debut novel about a young woman navigating the world of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and agoraphobia delivers a gut-punching display of the reality that approximately 5,000,000 people in the USA live with every day.   

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#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



SURPRISE! So… I know I said we were done yesterday, but I super-massive black hole messed up and didn’t include the beautiful poem one of our writers submitted for the #InShadowSelfie story showcase. This, of course, needed rectifying immediately . I am so sorry for the mix up, Simmy.  Your words are wonderful and I can’t wait to share.

And so, without further delay, it gives me great pleasure to introduce…


By Simmy (Twitter/Original post):



#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



And so, our week long campaign comes to a close.


I just want to say a massive thank you to all our fantastic writers for lending me their time and talent. You guys are so wonderful! I always want this campaign to reach people who are having a hard time, and once again, with absolute certainty, I can say, it did. Reminding people that they’re not alone is why we did this –why we do this. With my whole heart, thank you so much for all your help.

By TE Carter:




By J.E. Shannon (Twitter):



#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



All the sads are being felt as we make our way toward the homestretch of this awesome mental health awareness campaign. It’s day six of our #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase, which means it’s time for me to introduce you guys to two more amazing writers….


By Graham Milne (Twitter):





By Simmy (Twitter):






#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



We made it to the weekend, you guys! I won’t say all in one piece because I’m pretty sure I left my brain back in Tuesday, but we are here nonetheless. And Here just so happens to be day five of the #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase. Again, it’s a pleasure to welcome two amazing new writers to the blog…

By Rachel (Twitter):




By H.R. Warren (Twitter):



#InShadowSelfie– Story Showcase.




It’s day four of our #InShadowSelfie story showcase! You guys, I just gotta say a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part in our mental health awareness campaign so far. I really enjoy looking at your selfies, guys. You’re all so awesome.

Speaking of awesome, it’s an absolute pleasure to introduce our next contributor in the story showcase.


By L.D. Lapinski (Twitter):


#InShadowSelfie –Story Showcase.



Welcome to day three of the #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase. I’m so delighted to welcome our next two wonderful writers.


By Berit the Polar Bear (Twitter):






By Aimee Louise (Twitter):



#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.


Welcome to day two of our #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase.

Me: Speaking of #InShadowSelfie’s, Dear Reader, have you posted your selfie yet?

Dear Reader: Not yet. But I’ll get right on it. Remind me how this works?

Me: I’d be happy to. Just click here… HERE!

And now, it gives me absolute pleasure to introduce you guys to  our next two amazing writer’s.

By Mark Benson (Twitter):untitled000


By Ria Price (Twitter):


#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.




Hey guys, and happiest of Halloweens, if you’re into that. f not, happy Monday.

Today it gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce to you the first two writers in our #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase.

Dear Reader: But Louise, what is an #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase?

Louise: Well, Dear Reader, it’s a series of stories, that a bunch of wonderful writers composed, especially for our #InShadowSelfie week. These writers volunteered their time, and their talents, so that they might tempt you into joining our campaign to raise some mental health awareness through the medium of selfieing.

And now… without further blah blah blah from me…


by Suzanne Van Rooyen (Twitter):




by R.Scott.Whitley (Twitter):