Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Riot's List of the Best Books of 2015 so far

There are many excellent books that came out this year so far, but Above Us Only Sky made the most lasting impression on my reading heart. --Alison Peters, Book Riot

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This Is Amazing!

A lovely woman who read ABOVE US ONLY SKY is now touring Lithuania and having the adventure of a lifetime.  Check out these photos from The Hill of Crosses.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BookSlut is the Best!!!

Just being me, I love the book blog ‪#‎Bookslut‬, and have for some time. I also love this review. If you haven't read ‪#‎AboveUsOnlySky‬, read this review, and you'll definitely want to read the novel!
"Young-Stone beautifully balances historical facts of Lithuania and human tragedy of the Holocaust with elements of quirk and magical realism. This might seem unlikely and difficult -- a Holocaust book that includes women with wings and boys with psychic visions and a photographer who doesn't grow old -- but it all works because the magical elements don't seem so impossible under this author's masterful hand. If we live in a world where 11 million people were exterminated, chambers created for the act of mass murder, graves dug by the very men who were to inhabit them, babies dropped out of train cars by their mothers so that they would not have to face the death camps -- can we not also accept that we live in a world where there are women who are born with wings? Does one really sound more impossible than the other? If we can believe the worst, maybe, at least for the course of a novel, we can also believe that some people are birds, just waiting to fly home."

I'm a dork, but I have never read a review that so captures what my novel is about.  Magical realism isn't magical.  It's perception.  How do you choose to see the world?  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Head Shots and TV, Whoop Whoop!

Life is great.  Spring has sprung.  The white egret is perched in the sound.  The geese have returned.  The ospreys are nesting.  My pet bearded dragon is feisty again, running around, trying to have sex with his reflection. and the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation are working hard to stop our governor and senators from leasing our North Carolina coast to oil companies.  Although the pay check will be nice for politicians in Raleigh, it won't be so nice for those of us who call this strip of land our home.  Nor will it be nice for the thousands of tourists who flock here each summer, filling our coffers with an ecologically sound industry, tourism: real estate, restaurants, hotels, charter fishing, etc.  

What else?  My son is once again swimming in the canal!  There is a natural spring.

On Friday, I'll be on TV in my hometown, Richmond, Virginia.  You can livestream it here:  I'm really looking forward to seeing Torri Strickland again.  Thanks for your support.  If you haven't done it yet, I hope you'll buy the book today.  #AboveUsOnlySky "Breathless prose," and "inventive storytelling".  XO

Friday, April 17, 2015


I discuss the art of balancing research while staying true to one's characters on this April 1st edition of Writers on Writing with Nicole Nelson, broadcasting live every Wednesday from the University of California, Irvine, KUCI, 88.9 FM.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Buy the Book Today, March 3, 2015

For signed copies,
call Chop Suey Books, 804-422-8066, in Richmond, VA.  Or Downtown Books in Manteo, NC! 252-473-1056

"Breathless prose... Imaginative and vivid storytelling."
-Publishers Weekly

 All my life, I wanted to be "bona fide," like Holly Hunter's character in "Oh Brother, Where art thou?" like a serious force/artist with lots of people supporting me.  This was my dream since second grade.

Dreams sometimes come true.

Friday, January 2, 2015

March 3, 2015

Happy New Year!  Here is a wonderful synopsis and review of Above Us Only Sky:

"This is a beautiful book about a girl born with wings (but has them removed) and tells the story of her family, including an aunt who also had wings. This is a novel about family, identity, and loss. It also tells a story about Lithuania that really resonated with me and made the story all the more captivating! 

I was so taken with this story and the characters. I truly didn't want to stop reading - it was one of those books I wish was 300 MORE pages because I hated to say goodbye to it. Such a well written novel with a current and historical story to tell. I almost don't want to say anything more beyond - in March 2015, get your hands on this book and fall in love! I highly recommend it to all!"

From Amy's Book Obsession *Adventures in Reading