Monday 4 June 2012

Have you ever wanted to BREAKAWAY?

If you like novels bridging the gap between young adult and adult, you don’t want to miss out on The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle. Author Zoe Winters calls this contemporary novel, “Lush, literary, and multi-layered.” Author Karen Amanda Hooper says it is, “A total mind-bender that will leave you breathless.”
Let's hear what Michelle herself has to say about The Breakaway:
Thank you so much for having me here on your blog! I’m excited as my young adult contemporary novel, The Breakaway, has been released from Rhemalda Publishing. I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like half my life—since I was around sixteen, actually. I first wrote the book when I was fifteen. It was my first novel-length work.
Do you remember back when you were seventeen going on eighteen? (If you’re seventeen now, even better!) Think about how you felt at that age. Vulnerable, maybe? Constantly self-conscious. Irritated with the adult world because you are in that gap—a place no longer for children, but it still doesn’t seem fit for an older teen preparing for adulthood, either. I remember that age, and it frightened me. Of course, back then, I was full of confidence and anger and excitement and all sorts of other emotions constantly rolling around. I was preparing to go to college, and that meant preparing for a huge change in my life.
Naomi, my main character in The Breakaway, is seventeen when she is kidnapped by the strangest criminals ever. She’s almost eighteen, about to graduate high school, and dealing with a boyfriend she thought she was in love with until he…well, until he hit her. Talk about some adult stuff coming straight at you. So, then she’s kidnapped and ripped away from all these decisions and changes. Her life suddenly revolves around survival. Instincts. Fear. Plans to escape. 
But does she want to escape?
The Breakaway revolves around that question. Naomi comes from an unloving background. Her parents are obsessed with their careers and her boyfriend is obsessed with keeping her in her place. So being “adopted” into this new family who actually cares about her (not to mention she’s falling in love with one of the younger kidnappers… ) doesn’t seem like the worst thing to happen in her life. In fact, she’s wondering if it’s a better life than before.
The Breakaway is one of those books that has haunted me since the day I started writing it. I wrote other books back then, but this is the one I kept working on over the years—until now when I can share it with the world. It’s filled with suspense, psychological tension, and a bittersweet love story. 
I’m happy to finally have The Breakaway out there after all these years. It’s truly exciting and uplifting. I hope you’ll check it out!
The Breakaway is available now! You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and anywhere else books are sold, both as an e-book and in print. Find it for a discounted price on the publisher’s website here:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.
You can find Michelle on her blog,
And now for the fun part: I'm sponsoring a FREE COPY in the format of your choice of THE BREAKAWAY to one lucky winner. All you have to do is tweet about this blogpost, or share it on Facebook, to be entered in the draw. Remember to mention my name in the tweet (@judy_croome) or in the Facebook share (Judy Croome) so that I can pick up your participation and enter your name in the draw. Or you can leave a comment here telling me that you've met the entry requirements.  ENTRIES CLOSE ON JUNE 30th, 2012, so you have plenty of time to spread the news. For every tweet or share, you will receive an extra entry into the draw for the free copy. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - see comments for the winner. 


Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Thanks so much for the chance. Id love to read it :) If its International enter me thanks.
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Julie N. said...

I would love to read this! I just tweeted about your giveaway!

DiazFamily said...

Shared on facebook!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Judy and Michelle - what an interesting sounding book - definitely one I will pick up in due course ..

Please share the book - gift with another deserving blogger - congratulations Michelle on publication at last ..

Judy - I think Michelle is right to keep the simple life - a sword wielding husband and young daughter - you need your wits about you ..

Cheers to you both .. Hilary

CA Heaven said...

Of course I remember 17; soccer practice and high-school math, and when I first realized that physics is the coolest there is. And then there were some parties and girls and stuff like that. Those were the days >:)

Cold As Heaven

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow! Sounds like an intense read - and an interesting plot too! :)

Rachell said...

Hi! I shared the link on my Facebook! Thanks for a chance to win!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Thanks for this, Judy! And thank you to everyone who has come by here! Good luck in the giveaway!

Bish Denham said...

Interesting idea. Older teens are so vulnerable, wanting to be independent and yet still wanting the security of home. It's one of the most difficult times in a young person's life.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

NAT: Thanks for all your work on spreading the word! Yes, it’s international and I’ll enter you in the draw 4 times! Good luck!

JULIE: Thanks for the tweet! You’re in the draw too.

DANNY & DESS: You’re also in the draw – thanks for popping in!

HILARY: As always, great to have you visit! And Michelle is indeed brave to cope with writing and a sword wielding hubby and a young daughter – how she copes, I just don’t know! :) Hope your Mum is doing well and that you managed to enjoy some of the wonderful diamond jubilee celebrations with her.

COLD: 17 is so far back in the mists of my memory I can hardly remember a thing except that I’m *s0* glad I’m not that age anymore!
JEMI: It does indeed sound like an intense read – Michelle never writes “in the box”!

RACHELL: Thanks for visiting and sharing the giveaway!

MICHELLE: Great to have you visit and hope THE BREAKAWAY is breaking all sales records!

BISH: ***waves excitedly*** so lovely to see you again! The teens are an awfully complex time…I know I’m much happier that I left my teens behind me l-o-n-g ago!

Anonymous said...

Its great to meet Michelle and best wishes to her and her book Breakaway!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

STEPHEN: Thanks for stopping by! You'll be pleased to hear Michelle's book BREAKAWAY is doing very well! :)

Gaby said...



Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

GABY: Thanks for the double shout out about Michelle's book! When the competition closes I'll enter your name in the draw twice.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

One more day and then we'll know who the winner of the free copy of THE BREAKAWAY is! The winner's name will be posted on Sunday evening. Are you feeling the tension...? :)

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Rather late than never...I was in Cape Town yesterday so have only got around to doing the draw today.

I put all the entries (based on how many times you actioned the giveaway) into

and the winner of the FREE COPY of Michelle Davidson Argyle's terrific novel THE BREAKAWAY is...


Congratulations Gaby! I'll be emailing you shortly to find out how you want your prize delivered.

A BIG thanks to everyone who participated and, in case you don't know there's a new giveaway on my blog for July, so why don't you take a peek at Baking a Book in Botswana and try your luck with that Giveaway? :)