2024 Pushcart Prize Nominee

Generation Annihilation

For seventeen-year-old Shaun Treadway, terror and rage are a way of life. Living with the fear that his abusive stepfather will one day kill his mother, Shaun decides to kill him first—by setting fire to his childhood home with his stepfather inside.

Fleeing Baltimore to his mother’s hometown in West Virginia, he hides out in his family’s isolated cabin. Except the small town of Blackthorn Peak is anything but welcoming. The streets are deserted, there is no sign of life, and at the end of Main Street is the creepiest abandoned building he’s ever seen: Blackthorn Peak Lunatic Asylum.

Investigating the grounds, Shaun meets the elusive and mysterious Cass. Thrilled to find someone his own age, he asks her on a date. On the night they’re supposed to meet, though, Cass desperately tries to get him to leave. Running into the asylum, she tells him to never return.

He decides to do just that—leave. This girl and this town are far too creepy for him to stay. But when he hears Cass’s scream, he can’t help but rush into the building. What he discovers once inside is far darker and more sinister than even his worst nightmare. Uncovering the secrets that Cass keeps just might cost him his life.

One of the best books published this year!

One of the best books published this year, subtle yet fascinating. Tracy Hewitt Meyer’s straightforward style of writing blended with the depth of the story is remarkable.

YA Dude Books

An intriguing mix of urgency and gray morality kickstarts this tale…

An intriguing mix of urgency and gray morality kickstarts this tale, engaging readers with questions about what lurks
in the asylum…

Kirkus Reviews

Emotional, Gut Busting, Tear Spilling Read!

I absolutely loved both book 1 and 2 and if you like emotional, gut busting, tear spilling reads then these books and this author is a MUST read in my opinion…

The Romance Vault

Ms. Meyer has created a story with emotion rolling off the page…

Ms. Meyer has created a story with emotion rolling off the page, speaking of survival after dark times. Rowan grows a great deal, and the way she confronts each relationship in the book is really believable.

InD'Tale Magazine

I think that these books can give a very real look at life to teenagers…

We see throughout the novel that Rowan struggles with cutting in order to deal with life and her emotions, and we know that there are teens out there (probably far more than we want to believe) that turn to self-harm when they do not know how to handle life and their issues.

Beneath the Jacket Reviews

Tracy Hewitt Meyer discusses A Life, Freed with BHC Press

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Book #2 in The Rowan Slone Series

Appalachian teen Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. She’s ready for her senior year in high school, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. Rowan is close to achieving everything she’s ever wanted—a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.

But there are cracks in Rowan’s new life as relationship issues threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground, including managing self-harm impulses. When her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet—herself.

Book #3 in The Rowan Slone Series

Rowan Slone is settling into her first semester at college. On her own for the first time, she’s enjoying her work at the animal shelter, and she’s finally feeling in control of her life.

But the past is back. When her old boyfriend texts out of nowhere, Rowan starts to feel that familiar fear that her life is about to be turned upside down—and not in a good way. Her mother’s new psychiatrist wants Rowan involved in her therapy even though Rowan wants nothing to do with her.

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.

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  • Generation Annihilation
    The Inspiration Behind a Novel Set in an Abandoned Lunatic Asylum. It’s release day for Generation Annihilation, and I’d love to share a bit about the inspiration behind the writing of this novel. I was on a tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, a handful of years ago. Having a natural inclination toward the more paranormal side of life, this asylum has stood out as a diamond in the proverbial haunted locale ruff. So much so that I’ve taken four tours in total, one in the middle of the night, and am always eager to return for another. The visit that inspired Generation Annihilation found me standing on a balcony overlooking a large, rectangular room. I was […]

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