Spotlight + Guest Post: Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace #2) by S.R. Johannes

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace, #2)
Title: Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace #2)
Author: S.R. Johannes

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program".

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

Praises for Untraceable (The Nature of Grace #1)

"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for more!" -Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder series (Harper Teen) and The Pledge series (S&S)

"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page." - Kirkus Reviews

2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist (under the original title of Grace Under Fire) - Judges Reviews:

"This story starts out with a reads like the young woman were narrating it to a friend, and had the ring of a young person's style and intensity. Grace sees authority people, or at least those she knows, as a bit bumbling, which is true to age. Authentic representation of youth in action also. Original in premise and style, and good use of background...Good story!" - Sue Grafton, author of bestselling Kinsey Milhone series

"This murder mystery features a teenaged heroine, but she has the self assurance of a woman twice her age. The prose is very descriptive...and the dialogue is genuine. The setting of small town North Carolina and the surrounding woods is appealing. The story moves along at a brisk clip, and it feels as if we already have some important clues. We look forward to seeing what's in the case file and what Grace and her motorbike, Luci, will be up to next." - Sue Monk Kidd, author of Secret Life of Bees

Guest Post (Shelli has graced us for a guest post about her book covers. Thank you Shelli and enjoy reading! I love knowing about how covers came to be.)

For some reason covers are easy for me. I don’t know if it is my marketing background or if it is because I see the book in my head when I write. The books are very cinematic for me so I always have a good idea of the cover I want before the book is done.

For the Nature of Grace series, I wanted a progression. First Grace to be hiding and then slowing show herself over time. I wanted it to give you the impression of suspense and the wilderness.

Untraceable was shot by Vania at VLCPhoto. I had seen a stock photo of a girl in the woods and knew that was what I wanted to portray. Vania sent out a casting call and the minute I saw Lelani’s shot, I knew she was Grace. She has the Native American undertones that I think Grace would have coming from that area and there was just a feeling. Lelani came to Atlanta and we shot different photos for a few hours. Vania chose the shot and made it fantastic.

I loved Lelani so much, we asked her back again for the Uncontrollable cover.

In Uncontrollable, I needed to portray a different season (winter) and still have suspense but this time show a little more of Grace then we did in the first book. I think Vania did a great job with the transition.

About S.R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes is the author of Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes. Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for Fall 2012.

S.R. Johannes was recently nominated in the YA category as Georgia Author of the Year. She is also the 2012 winner of the IndieReader Discovery Awards for young adult.

She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.

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