It's always a pleasure to showcase a new release, especially when it's from my lovely critique partner, PJ Byer. Book 2 in her engrossing young adult Trial Bay Series is now available on Amazon at the sale price of 99c. Go get it.
This book is the much anticipated
prequel to Collision, Book 1, in the Trial Bay series.
Collision traces the arc of runaway Stella and her father Paul Lawson’s
fractured relationship, to their tentative reunion in Trial Bay, on the
Australian mid-north coast. Their story hints at the many lies buried at the
heart of their family history.
Now this new book in the series, Corrosion, set between 1958 and 2008 in Sydney
and Trial Bay, explores this generational secrecy in alternating chapters. It
unravels the story of Stella’s father, Paul, and his mother, Mary.
Paul, a lonely, confused teenager, is desperate to avoid being sent to boarding
school by his elegant, career-driven mother. He’d rather risk living with his
unreliable, irresponsible father and attend the local high school, than let his
mother decide his future for him.
Mary has striven all her life to overcome her desperately unhappy childhood.
Born illegitimate, Mary is raised by her grandparents to hide the scandal. She
experiences bitter rejection, and is determined her son will never lack the
opportunities denied her. Unfortunately, her wealth, ambition and steely
control over her son form only a thinly-veiled veneer to hide devastating
In their final showdown, what does Paul discover? And will it destroy him, and
PJ Byer is the Young Adult writer of
the Trial Bay series, Collision and Corrosion, Books 1 and 2 respectively.
Collision is a finalist in the Teen section of the International 2015 Wishing
Shelf Book Awards, as well as chosen as the 2016 Year 10 novel study at
MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale, NSW.
The series is set in Sydney and the
mid-north NSW coast, Australia. Collision, Book 1, is a fast-paced,
coming-of-age mystery about teen runaway Stella Lawson, who is disturbed by her
flashbacks to Trial Bay gaol a century before.
Corrosion, Book 2, is a warm-hearted
yet poignant story of Stella's father Paul as a teenager, and his fragmenting
relationship with his mum, Mary. She is desperate to keep family secrets hidden
from him, until an ultimate showdown threatens to destroy their relationship.
PJ began to write the day after she retired from English, History and Drama
teaching. Inspired by the stories of Trial Bay
gaol, where hundreds of World War One Germans were interned, her series has
evolved to delve into family generational secrets, and the fall-out from these.
Happily married with two adult daughters, PJ lives on the Central Coast near
the beach, an hour north of Sydney.