Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-096-0

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-097-7

Publication date: Sept. 10, 2013

400 pages

NATIONAL BESTSELLER; Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Becky is Chris’s fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman – and now faces her greatest obstacle yet. Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becky was little, a fantasy land that has developed a life of its own and now finds itself in terrible, maybe fatal trouble. Together, Chris, Becky, and Miea need to uncover a secret. The secret to why their worlds have joined at this moment. The secret to their purpose. The secret to the future. It is a secret that, when discovered, will redefine imagination for all of them. BLUE is a novel of trial and hope, invention and rediscovery. It might very well take you someplace you never knew existed.



Lou Aronica

“This book ranks right up there with my top reads for 2010. I absolutely loved this book and found myself so wrapped up in the story. In fact, I hated to see it end. Even those who don’t usually read fantasy will enjoy this tale.”

– Reading Frenzy


“So much more than a fantasy story. It’s a story of hope and love and sadness all rolled into one. It’s a story that made me wish dreams really did come true. The ending brought tears to my eyes and that doesn’t happen often. You need to read this.”

– Confessions of an Overworked Mom

“What a lovely, fun book. A must read if you are a fantasy lover.”

– Niki’s Book Reviews

“If you are looking for a story a little out of the ordinary that will have touch you, this would definitely be worth a try. Keep the tissues handy!”

– Mel’s Books and Info

Blue is enriched with great characters, a moving story line, and an author who will have you want to read more of his work. I could feel the anguish Chris felt for his daughter and wanting to spend as much time with her as he possibly could. The world of Tamarisk is full of intriguing people, who are almost as real as Becky. Blue is a five star read in my books!”

– Cheryl’s Book Nook

Blue is an emotional, thought-provoking story that reaches in and squeezes the heart…. Blue made me cry and laugh. It enlivened my imagination and offered hope. This story is full of subtleties that tease the mind. I’m sure new wonders will come to light each time the story is read—it is a story to be enjoyed more than once. Becky and her Tamarisk Kingdom will be remembered long after the last words of Blue are read.”

– Long and Short Reviews

“Once in a while, a story comes along that completely surprises me because it delivers so much more than I expected; more depth, more feeling, more story-weaving. Blue not only falls into this category, it tops the list…. I humbly give this book FIVE STARS, and wish I had more to offer.”

– Between the Pages

“This book is so imaginative, touching and visual. It is so beautifully written. The characters are easy to bond with and believe in. If your a parent you will start to believe that Becky could be your own child. This book will bring tears to your eyes, and bring you to a wonderful emotional place…. I highly recommend this book. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I could.”

– Romance Writers Reviews

“A unique story with plenty to ponder and excite, Blue will prove moving and very hard to put down.”

– Midwest Book Review

Blue by Lou Aronica is at once beautiful and uplifting, sad and fantastical. It’s a story of relationships – father/daughter, husband/wife, queen/subjects, friends. It’s about facing challenges that seem unsolvable without losing hope. It’s about the power of imagination.”

– My Book Retreat

“This was such a well written novel, I couldn’t praise Aronica more for the beautiful way he intertwined characters and worlds. Every last detail in the fantasy world was creative and added more to the story. There were some heartbreaking scenes along the way that had me crying, but the love between father and daughter was extremely clear and quite emotional…. A recommendation to all readers.”

– Chick Lit Plus

Blue is definitely one of those books that everyone should find a moment to read…. If you haven’t read Blue, you need to and I promise you won’t regret that you did.” –

Book Noise

“Author Lou Aronica creates a world that manages to be both surreal and tangible. Reading this book is like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses.”

– Blogcritics

“Take a trip with Lou Aronica that brings back your love of magic and everything it can make possible as you immerse yourself in his thought-provoking, creative novel, Blue…. A story to remember and cherish, Blue and Lou Aronica have a few surprises in store that will leave you will wondering “what if?” Blue by talented Lou Aronica will become a resident of your keeper shelf, a book to pull out and read again and each time you will find something more in its pages.”

– Single Titles

“An extraordinary fantasy firmly rooted in the real world…. Aronica has crafted characters who seem so real, the reader immediately empathizes with them…. Blue is the perfect read for anyone who wants to believe that magic does exist.”

– Bookloons

Blue has enriched my life and helped me to remember the importance of fully appreciating the beauty of the simple moments I have with those I love. Lou Aronica has an amazing imagination!”

– Super Reader Girl

“A beautiful story.”

– Enduring Romance

“Grab the tissues!!! This book is going to be loved by many, of that I am sure!”

– Freda’s Voice

“This is a story of love, overcoming difficulties, friendship, healing and peace. It is also one I’ve enjoyed reading and could relate to on several levels. It is good reminder to not take anything for granted. Great read!”

– Dragonflowers and Books

“This story kept me up much too late as I couldn’t put it down, and I had a tough time finishing the book because it’s a little hard to read with tears in your eyes.”

– Alexia’s Books and Such

“I was blown away. This book was a fantastical read with great imagination, well-developed characters and beautiful world building. It’s also emotional, moving and will lift your spirits in its hopefulness.”

– Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks

“I did NOT want to put this one down…. Every detail of this novel was carefully thought through and enhanced the story. I can’t say enough about this amazing novel, it is definitely the best book I have read so far this year – and probably even the last half of 2010, too!!!!”

– Confessions of a Real Librarian

“Are you ready for a novel that will take you on a ride that you’re sure never to have been on before? I was totally caught up in the book.”<br />
– In the Pages

“It was very moving and a book that I will enjoy having on my bookshelves. I tend to cry a lot at touching books and that is what happened as I read this book.”

– Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

“A heartwarming, emotional roller coaster.”

– As I Turn the Pages

“Lou Aronica has definitely created an amazing piece of art in writing Blue. The book tugged at my heart, and every emotion expressed was easy to feel and understand. I feel cheated that I’ve had to go this long without having read something this wonderful. Sometimes there are just certain books that come into your life at the perfect time and touch you in unforeseen ways. Blue was that book for me.”

– Geek on the Brink

“One of those novels that has it all – suspense and fantasy, solid characters and a little drama thrown in for good measure…. But be warned: read this one with a box of tissues on hand!”

– The Book Chick

“Lou Aronica does a wonderful job of writing about this world.”

– Fluidity of Time

“A story of resilience, imagination and courage. This story brought tears to my eyes and my hope is that I will get to visit a land like Tamarisk someday.”
– Book Snob

“This is a big book. Beware. It is a book that will take you from one emotion to the next and leave you wanting more…. If you are looking for one book to read this year that is an unexpected treasure, pick up Blue!”

– Life with Five Monkeys

“I feel like if you were to mix together “My Sister’s Keeper” (or any book written by Lurlene McDaniel), “Bridge to Terabithia,” with a little dash of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “The Lovely Bones” and you would end up with this book. It is a beautiful story of the rekindling of relationships which should not have been lost – that of father and daughter and that of imagination and everyday life.”

– Avery’s Book Nook

“It doesn’t happen too often (for me) where I read a book and tell everyone I know about it. And I mean everyone. Blue was such a book. This is a book that will delve into all the emotions you have and leave you wanting more. It is a story about courage, survival, loss, happiness and all the emotions in between….This book is a must read, truly one of the best books I have read in quite some time.”

– Review from Here

“I love it when a book can evoke such strong emotions and can make you invest in the characters to the point of laughing out loud or bringing tears to your eyes. This book is one of the rare gems that was able to do this for me.”

– Snowdrop Dreams

“I read this 400 page book in one night. I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down…. There is something to enjoy for every reader in this book. Guaranteed to leave you breathless.”

– A Fanatic’s Book Blog

“I really liked Blue, and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever wished that their childhood fantasy worlds could come to life.” – A Few More Pages

“Blue will tug at your emotional heartstrings and take you on a roller-coaster ride, but it is definitely worth the ride.”

– Curling Up By the Fire

“A unique fantasy plot that includes so much real life as well.”

– Situations Where You May Need It

“Although I choked back tears unsuccessfully through the last 15 pages getting the pages all soggy and damp, this sweet novel is also redemptive, which is such a wonderful combination.”

– Layers of Thought

Blue by Lou Aronica is exactly the kind of book I would love to write. It opens your mind to new possibilities, offers hope in times of despair, and will simply leave you breathless and wanting there to be just one more chapter.”

– Simply Stacie

“This was a very, very good read that would enrich any reader’s book collection. What I gained from this book will stick with me for a long time to come.”

– Jacob’s Beloved

“Be sure to have a box of tissues beside you when you approach the last quarter of the book, especially if you are a parent. I always say this, and it rings true time and time again, I know a book is good when it makes me cry (even though I HATE being sad). I highly recommend this book.”
– The True Book Addict

“The fantasy in this book is great, and the world building and details are outstanding…. The last 75 or so pages are my absolute favorite – the characters have become close to me, and the ending is spectacular!”

– Blkosiner’s Book Blog

“Once I got started with this book, I couldn’t put it down.”

– Books from the Addict

“An amazing story! If you like fantasy, you will enjoy this one for sure!”

– Book Loving Mommy

“Lou Aronica has created a magical fantasy that is guaranteed to touch the hearts of every reader. He taps into the love between parents and children, and into the belief in magic that touches each and every person, stirring their imagination and making their life more real. This book is recommended for readers ready for inspiration and hope.”

– Booksie’s Blog

“There is so much love and hope on the pages of this book that I feel full of it right now. It’s a story that will stick with me for a long time and one that will draw my mind back again and again.”

– Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing

“There are books that you know you are going to adore from the first page. This was one of those for me.”

– About Books Blog

“Mixed with laughter, adventure, and tears, Blue is a book that will take any fan of fantasy, on a visual adventure to rediscover the things that are really important to one’s heart.”

– The Delusional Diaries

“I wholeheartedly recommend Blue! Even if you don’t consider yourself a reader who enjoys fantasy novels, I would encourage you to give Blue a try. You will not be disappointed.”

– Author Exposure

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lou Aronica is known for the uncommon depth of emotion to his stories and the vivid realism of his characters. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips called The Forever Year “pure pleasure from beginning to end, beautifully written and emotionally rich” and Blogcritics said that Blue was “like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses.”