Pinnacle – Review & Giveaway!

PINNACLE

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About The Book:

Pinnacle500x750Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)

Author: Lynn Veevers

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads

Pages: 298

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N,

 

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

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Review:

First and foremost: WHOA. I knew this story was about magic, survival, and some killing but I was not prepared for what I read. This was far more intense than I was ready for. It is a quick read, no doubt about that. It is also a story full of mixed culture and diversity. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. (I’m trying to write a review without giving anything away!)

This did have a bit of a Twilight feel at times but it did not constantly remind me of that series. There were characters that reminded me of Edward and Jacob (vampire and werewolf) but I was able to always remember that these characters were not those characters and pull myself back from the constant comparison. This was so much more than a vampire and werewolf story. It was also about family. That is what I keep thinking of after I finished this story. It felt like a good book that made me want to read it. Can I say “good old fashion reading time” and it make sense? Like I wanted to sit and read and actually enjoy reading. That may not happen a lot with books but this one was just like that.

While this is an intense story that throws a lot of punches, it was a really good story. If you have read, let me know! If not, please add to your TBR and give it a chance.

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About Lynn:

LynnHello from Oklahoma, but I am originally from the Great Northwest, Washington State. I have been writing since I was in late elementary, early middle school. I have always had a passion for the fantasy genre and as a result I most certainly do write what I like to read. I am a traditionally published YA Author with Clean Reads. My first book Pinnacle is coming out February 6th 2018 and it’s sequel Eximius will be out next summer. I also have various other novels and series in construction or being looked at by agents. My hope for this blog is to help other Authors who are aspiring to be published with advise and knowledge about the industry as well as to supply my readers with exclusive pre- published excerpts you will only find here!

Happy reading and remember…

Don’t just read, insert yourself into the story and experience the journey as if you were written into it!

-Lynn Veevers

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice, International.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Rafflecopter Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2685/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- Books at Dawn– Deleted Scene

1/29/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

 

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/30/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

 

1/31/2018- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

1/31/2018- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Deleted Scene

 

2/1/2018- Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories– Review

2/1/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

 

2/2/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

2/2/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

 

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Captivated Reading– Excerpt

2/5/2018- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

 

2/6/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Excerpt

2/6/2018- Arkham Reviews– Review

 

2/7/2018- The Desert Bibliophie– Review

2/7/2018- The Cover Contessa– Deleted Scene

 

2/8/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

2/8/2018- Daily Waffle– Deleted Scene

 

2/9/2018- CINDY’S LOVE OF BOOKS– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

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Your One & Only – Review and Giveaway

YOUR ONE AND ONLY

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About The Book:

Your One & Only CoverTitle: YOUR ONE AND ONLY

Author: Adrianne Finlay

Pub. Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book… but it took me a while to really get into it. I don’t know what it was other than the start was very slow. Once it finally started moving, HOLY CROW it was amazing!

While this is a story about one human left alive, I still found parts to be a little confusing. When things like clone origins were first introduced, they were not explained right now. That left me puzzled as to what was going on or if I missed the explanation. I’m here to say that everything was explained in due time and it all clicked.

This is Finlay’s debut and yet she writes as if she is a very seasoned writer. It was masterfully done. The only thing that kept me from giving a full five stars was the ending. While Finlay has a firm grasp of story telling, the ending did not really answer anything. WHAT HAPPENS?! It was certainly left open for a sequel but no story should be left that open ended. It almost felt as if there was no ending… that the story just stopped. Even an epilogue would have been nice but that didn’t happen.

Do I recommend? YES, absolutely. What I will stress is that you give the story a chance. It does have a slow start but it does pick up and it does get damn good. Please add to your TBR if you not have done so already. Give this one a chance.

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About Adrianne:

AdrianneI received my PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, I now live in Cedar Falls, Iowa with my husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and our two young daughters. I’m an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and the Program Director of Creative Writing. I teach creative writing, composition, and literature classes. One of the really fun classes I teach is Adolescent Lit, where we read some of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry, S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers. I change this list up a lot by adding new releases and various titles just to keep things interesting. Because I don’t have enough to do (ha ha), I also make soap, lotion, and lip balm with my partner Rachel under the name Semisweet Soaps. We sell our products locally, raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.

​Editor: Lily Kessinger, HMH

Represented by: Adam Schear, Defiore & Co.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details: International

3 winners will receive a finished copy of YOUR ONE AND ONLY, US Only.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

1/30/2018- Angelic Book Reviews– Review

1/31/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

2/1/2018- LILbooKlovers– Review

2/2/2018- Savings in Seconds– Review

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Books and Ladders– Guest Post

2/6/2018- Read. Eat. Love.– Review

2/7/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

2/8/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

Hinder Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

HINDER

 

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About the Book:

HinderCoverConceptTitle: HINDER

Author: Kristin Ping

Pub. Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Pages: 443

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books

 

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

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Review:

This will be a down and dirty review as I am going to keep spoilers removed. Just know that no matter what, this was a fun read.

I liked this more than I thought I would. I felt it was geared towards older YA readers and some NA readers, but it was still good. I’m always open to new and unique stories and this one fit the bill. The idea of magic wielders and benders sounded like so much fun! All of the characters felt very well rounded, developed, and wonderfully complex. I connected with them right away and that made me enjoy the story so much more. The plot was action packed and moved quickly. It felt like a non-stop ride! This was such a visual story that it held my attention the entire time. The ending did set up perfect for book 2 so I’m anxious to see how everything plays out and develops.

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About Kristin:

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Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house. She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing. When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.

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Giveaway Details:

 

Want to win a Mac. Every two to three months, Kristin Ping is giving away a mac, all you have to do is subscribe to her newsletter, confirm to the confirmation email that will either be in your inbox or spam, and open the letter. Find the secret facebook group, join and enter the giveaway. It’s as easy as that. We even give you extra entries by inviting your friends to subscribe too. We already gave away the first laptop.

There are two ways to do this.

 

  1. Follow by filling in this doc. https://goo.gl/forms/ENPbGUh8IiawMoVy1
  2. Go to http://www.authorkristinping.com and wait for the pop up to subscribe.

 

Pre Order Giveaway:

 

PRE ORDER HINDER FOR 99c. Yes, you’ve heard right. The pre order special is 99c only. The price will go up to 2.99 in it’s first month, think of it as a release day blitz, and from the second month it will go up to it’s normal price of 4.99c. So it’s a major deal of getting the pre-order for just 99c. GRAB YOUR COPY NOW AND CLAIM YOUR GIFT: CROWS OF WINTER.

 

Crows of Winter Pre Order Prize

CROWS OF WINTER is a bundle of three stories. Two of them were exclusively written for Hinder Pre-Orde drive. They will not be up for purchasing.

Lucian’s Ascension written by Adrienne Woods, Venom, a Novelette also by Adrienne Woods and introduction short story of Guardian of Monsters written by Kristin Ping.

 

You will need to fill in this form in order to claim your free gift.

http://www.subscribepage.com/u4n4w1

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/1/2018- Book-o-Craze – Review

1/2/2018- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review

1/3/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

1/4/2018- Jen Brown Writes– Review

1/5/2018- Book Huntress’ World– Review

 

Week Two:

1/8/2018- Books and Ladders– Review

1/9/2018- Fire and Ice– Review

1/10/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

1/11/2018- The Inked In Book Blog– Review

1/12/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

Week Three:

1/15/2018- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

1/16/2018- Pervy Ladies Books Review

1/17/2018- books are love– Review

1/18/2018- Literary Musings– Excerpt

1/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

 

Week Four:

1/22/2018- A Reader’s Life– Review

1/23/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

1/24/2018- SimplyAllyTea– Review

1/25/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

1/26/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

Week Five:

1/29/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

1/31/2018- Abooktropolis– Review

 

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MAD MAGIC Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway!

MAD MAGIC

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About the Book:

IMG_6193Title: MAD MAGIC

Author: Nicole Conway

Pub. Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Pages: 300

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

 

Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

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Review:

This book pleasantly surprised me! This story was packed full of romance, danger, evil villains, magic (so much magic…), and attractive fae. I’m quickly finding my place in the fantasy-reading population and therefore found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would.

I really liked the characters and felt they were very well developed and complex. Josie, the protagonist, was living a life where she was constantly getting in trouble for things that either were not her fault or out of her control. She lived in a world where she was being tormented by invisible creatures. Things went sideways when she met Zeph, the handsome bad boy across the hall from her haunted apartment. Zeph is the typical swagger filled handsome dreamboat dripping with “I’m nothing but trouble” from every inch of him. Did that stop Josie? NOPE. These two were so much fun to read! Josie tried to ignore her feelings for Zeph but when his secret was revealed, everything just got more complicated. Things get more complicated when Eldrick is introduced into the story. Eldrick was your standard swoon-worthy tall drink of water with just enough mystery to make a girl forget who she is. The adventure that lies ahead of these three is one you just have to read for yourself. With the help of Zeph and Eldrick, Josie discovered who she was supposed to be and her place in her crazy life.

There was not a moment of this story where I was bored or skimming just to finish. This held my attention and left me wanting more from this author. There is a huge battle at the end that let my head spinning, but know it was in a good way.

I’m trying so hard not to give anything away! Keeping spoilers out of this review is tough, let me tell you. Please add this to your TBR if it isn’t already there. Great characters, engaging plot, and twists & turns everywhere. It really is a must read for fantasy lovers.

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About Nicole:

NicoleConwayPhoto-300x204My name is Ashley “Nicole” Conway. I’m originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I’m happily married and have one son, Ethan.  I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children’s literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I’m best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!

My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).

I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.

Look for my books on Amazon.com and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!

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Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.

1 winner will win a finished copy of MAD MAGIC, US Only.

Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/1/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/1/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

 

1/2/2018- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

1/2/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

1/3/2018- Lost in Ever After– Interview

1/3/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

1/4/2018- Book Briefs– Review

1/4/2018- Ikram Reads A Lot– Review

 

1/5/2018-  Books and Ladders Review

1/5/2018- Rambling Reviews– Review

 

1/6/2018- Just Commonly– Review

 

Week Two:

1/8/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Excerpt

1/8/2018- Step Into A Book World– Review

 

1/9/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

1/9/2018- Book-Keeping Review

 

1/10/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

1/10/2018- Pervy Ladies Books– Review

 

1/11/2018- My Crea Bookish Kingdom– Review

1/11/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Review

 

1/12/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

1/12/2018- Abooktropolis– Review

 

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EVER THE BRAVE: Release Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

 

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I am so excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin, HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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About The Book:

 

9780544664463_hresTitle: EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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Excerpt:

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

“The king.”

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About Erin:

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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Giveaway Details:

 3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

Ends December 12th midnight EST.

 

Rafflecopter Link:

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R.I.P. ELIZA HART Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

R.I.P. ELIZA HART

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About the Book:

RIPElizaHart_coverTitle: R.I.P. ELIZA HART

Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Pub. Date: November 28, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 336

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.

Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.

New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel delivers a gripping mystery and a sensitive and moving examination of the secrets that can hold us back—and even destroy us.

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EXCERPT

ELLIE

Wednesday, march 16

 When I find out that it’s her, a lump rises in my throat and I’m so surprised that it almost chokes me. I shouldn’t care. I mean, I care because caring is the human thing to do, but I shouldn’t care this much because I didn’t really know her. Not really. Not anymore.

We’re still standing by the window. In fact, we’ve barely moved since Sam’s phone dinged with a text from a friend outside who heard the dean identify the body.

I wipe my eyes, but that just draws more attention to my tears. Sam offers me a tissue, but I bet he thinks I don’t deserve to cry.

“You okay, Elizabeth?”

They put her on a gurney, zip her into a black bag, and wheel her into the back of an ambulance.

“We held hands during recess.”

“What?”

I bend my fingers, pressing my nails into my palms so my hands will stop shaking. Like everyone else on campus, Sam’s heard the rumors about Eliza and me. I think even the teachers are wary of me thanks to her. But maybe Sam doesn’t remember them, maybe they went in one ear and out the other like my repeated requests that he call me Ellie instead of Elizabeth.

“Nothing,” I say carefully. “I don’t know.”

Sam’s phone buzzes with another text. “Cooper says someone called the police when they saw something strange out there.”

“I just can’t believe it.”

She wasn’t in Spanish class this afternoon (the one class we have together), but I didn’t think much of it. Arden Lin, one of her roommates and best friends, said she had a cold.

“Is she okay?” I’d asked. Stupid. I should’ve kept my mouth shut. I couldn’t help it. It was a reflex.

“Why?” Arden asked. “You wanna bring her some chicken soup? Can’t help noticing that when I was sick a few months ago, you didn’t seem so concerned.”

“¡En español!” Señora Rocha admonished, oblivious to the fact that Arden was making fun of me. She made us repeat the whole conversation. Arden didn’t know how to say chicken soup in Spanish. While Señora Rocha clucked her disapproval, Arden stared daggers at me.

Now Sam says, “I can’t believe it, either.” He takes a deep breath, his black T-shirt stretching over the muscles in his chest. “She didn’t seem the type.”

“What type?”

He shrugs. “I guess you never can tell. I read somewhere that in half of all suicides, the friends and family say they never had a clue. I thought they were just trying to cover up their guilt, you know? But maybe—”

I interrupt before he can finish his thought. “You think Eliza Hart killed herself?”

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About Alyssa B. Sheinmel

AlyssaBSheinmelI was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.

Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.

 

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Giveaway Details:

 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of R.I.P. ELIZA HART, US Only.

 

Rafflecopter link:

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2670/?

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

11/20/2017- The Cover Contessa– Interview

11/21/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/22/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

11/23/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

 

Week Two:

11/27/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

11/28/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

11/29/2017- Book-Keeping– Review

11/30/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

12/1/2017- Owl always be reading– Review

 

 

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The Lost Causes: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

THE LOST CAUSES

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About The Book:

unnamedTitle: THE LOST CAUSES

Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 344

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

 

They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.

Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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Review:

I’ve been on a thriller kick lately so I was excited to start this story. This is a quick and intriguing read so you won’t find yourself struggling to turn the pages.

You follow 5 high school misfit students that never really fit in with any group and all have some sort of quirk or habit that makes them stand out. Before the mysterious death of a local resident, these students never spoke to one another. The FBI brings these students together and gives them new “abilities” to help solve this unsolvable death.

Overall I really liked the story. I liked the pacing and how not too much time was given to one character over another. That being said, I did not connect with every single character. I liked the dynamic of the group when they were together, and I got frustrated reading about how they were before. They all had their issues but some were more extreme than others. I didn’t really like Sabrina’s character for a reason I won’t spoil here. Just know that it bothered me and every time it was brought up again I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. The rest of the characters were well written and were able to develop and grow as the story went on.

As much as I liked the characters and the X-Files feel of this story, I did have a hard time with the believability of the concept. I think there could have been a smoother way to bring the FBI into the story and the kids develop their powers. There was no way for the agency to know what kid could get what power, or that they would develop separate powers. That’s the only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. I want everyone to give this a chance because it really is a quick and enjoyable read.

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About Jessica and Alyssa:

Hi, we’re Jessica & Alyssa!

We’re best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

​We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.

​The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown…After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we’ve honed it to a pretty efficient process….except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

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Giveaway Details:

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

 

Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf Interview

9/4/2017- Kourtni Reads– Review

 

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews– Guest Post

9/5/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

 

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

9/6/2017- What the Cat Read– Review

 

9/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

9/7/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

 

9/8/2017- Book Princess Reviews– Interview

9/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

Week Two:

9/11/2017- Smada’s BookSmack– Excerpt

9/11/2017- Jessica’s Reading Room– Review

 

9/12/2017- Portrait of a Book– Interview

9/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

9/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

9/13/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

9/14/2017- Comfort Books– Interview

9/14/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

 

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews Excerpt

9/15/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

 

 

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