Monday, November 21, 2016

Intermission by Serena Chase | New Novel News

by Serena Chase

Published: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Candent Gate LLC
Purchase: Intermission

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.

Get to know Serena...

If your main characters were animals, what would they be?

Faith would be a doe. (A deer. A female deer.) *wink*

Noah would be... hmm... a golden retriever, maybe? He’s loyal and gentle, as well as cute, adorable, and snuggle-worthy, but he also knows what he wants and goes after it.

Name one song/artist you're embarrassed you like.
It takes a lot to embarrass me, music-wise... but it’s a little embarrassing that I still know all the words to Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe it or Not), a TV show from my childhood in the 80s.

Which of your characters do you secretly have a crush on?
All of them! A different one for every book. Of course, I love the main guy of every book best—Noah, Julien, and Cazien, thus far—but I have my “secret” character crushes, too.

In Intermission, I adore Faith’s brother, Ryan. For The Ryn and The Remedy it was a tie between Rowlen de Whittier and his brother, Kinley—and of course Cazien de Pollis, though he appears rarely in those two books. In The Seahorse Legacy... Rowlen again. Love him. But in The Sunken Realm, Gerrias de Gladiel melted me pretty much every time he opened his mouth. I’m looking forward to giving each of those Eyes of E’veria characters (Rowlen, Kinley, and Gerrias) their own stories someday.

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