Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Broadcaster Turned Author Aims to Promote Empathy: Release Day Blitz Lucid by Natalie Roers

Thanks so much for hosting me! I'm tremendously excited to announce the
release of my first novel, Lucid, which is a literary fantasy aimed at teaching and
reinforcing empathy in young adults.

After working as a news broadcaster for over a decade, I really felt compelled
to use my writing as a way to reach out to young adults. While there are
overwhelmingly more positive stories involving teens in the news, it's the tough
ones that stick with you-think Columbine, Steubenville, all of the viral videos of
kids fighting one another, and the recent suspected involvement of a nineteen-
year-old in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Books that teach empathy are nothing new; Charlotte's Web, Of Mice and
Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird were some of my favorites as a child. But life
has changed very much since I was young. I wanted to write something with
the same kind of sentiment, but with a fresh twist that would appeal to a new

While graphic stories depicted in the news might suggest there is a decline in
empathy in today’s young adults, numerous medical studies point to a lack of
development in the part of the brain associated with empathy in teens. This same
part of the brain appears fully developed in adults. During this critical time of
their brain’s development, it would stand to reason that young adults should be
exposed to stories, films, and conversations that promote empathy as much as

Not only do I see Lucid as a tool in reinforcing empathy through the story
itself, but a percentage of every dollar I make will be donated to anti-bulling

I hope you enjoy it!

Keep dreaming!


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Natalie Roers

Genre: paranormal fantasy

Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-027-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-026-5

May 15, 2013 ebook
July 15, 2013 print

Pages: 168

Book Description:

Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic unconscious world.

Chapter excerpt:

About the Author

A veteran writer, voice artist, and on-air personality, Natalie Roers has been the host of hit radio and television shows in just about every region of the United States.

She also owns her own voice-over business where she creates everything from songs and ringtones to commercials and sound effects for clients around the globe.

A journalist by trade, Natalie is excited to venture into the world of fiction and hopes to raise money and social awareness for worthy causes with each book she writes. She lives with her husband Cory, and son Austin, in Columbia, South Carolina.