Review/Blog Tour: One Wish Away+Giveaway

One Wish

One Wish Away

by Kelley Lynn

Release Date: 11/24/14

Bloomsbury Spark

Book Summary:

Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She’s too busy planning to follow in her father’s footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Review:

What honestly drew me in was this amazing cover. I am in love with astronomy so the title also caught my eye. I knew I had to read it! This book got straight to the point, it was not slow, which I love. It also had a very large amount of information about the stars. This is where the fangirl in me starts screaming..as I said before, I love astronomy. I absolutely can not wait until the second book! Although, the events that Lyra goes through seems a little bit too far fetched. And the style of writing seems a little…beginner. Nonetheless, I LOVED joining Lyra on her adventure, and I will definitely be reading the next book.

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kelley lynnAbout the Author
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

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Book Blitz: Dream Boy + Giveaway

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dream boy coverDream Boy

by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett

Release Date: 07/01/14

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Summary from Goodreads:

Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.


One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

 

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Advanced Praise:

“Dream Boy explores the mysterious world of dreams, where we access our deepest desires…the authors expertly weave fantasy and the real world in a perfect blend.”

— Erica Orloff, author of In Dreams

 

“Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams–and your nightmares. An exciting, imaginative look at what might happen when people from the corners of your mind suddenly show up in your real life.”

— Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light

 

Reviews:

“The perfect book to add to your summer reading list. An awesome balance of love, humor and action, this new read may just be your dream come true!” – GirlsLife

 

“Hits the chick-lit and romance buttons, adding suspense and an intriguing idea as well for nicely rounded entertainment.” — Kirkus Review

 

“An original, twisty paranormal romance.” — Booklist

 

“Five stars… Perfect writing, perfect characters … perfect plot.” — Paperback Wonderland

 

“Dream Boy skillfully and creatively tackles the common theme of good and bad dreams coming alive…. The writing is tight and well-paced, and nicely balances action with Annabelle’s character development as she tries to unravel the mysteries of… her dreams. Her teenage voice is spot on: unsure of herself, but spirited, with a sarcasm that masquerades as confidence. The plot twists and moves in unexpected yet fascinating directions.” — The Roanoke Times

Excerpt:

I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.

 

It was all just brain waves, I thought—disconnected, like the notebook that my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle of the page; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left she puts notes about the stuff that’s happening in real life, things that might trigger her subconscious. Reality on one side, dreams on the other—a clear line between the two.

 

But it turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.

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Keep reading! You can check out the first three chapters here:

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Want to find out what Mary and Madelyn really think about each other? The authors interview each other here. (You have to watch to the end to find out who doesn’t like to eat snakes in their sandwiches.)


What’s it like writing with a co-author? Find out what Madelyn has to say about the process in this video:


About the Authors

Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia.

 

You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.com and www.madelynrosenberg.com
Where to find Mary:  Website | Goodreads Twitter | Facebook 

Where to find Madelyn:  Website | Goodreads Twitter | Facebook

 

Got a Book Club that might be interested in reading DREAM BOY? Check out the DREAM BOY Discussion Guide.

 

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The DREAM BOY inspiration page can show you some of the things that got Mary and Madelyn thinking.

 

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Blog Tour/ Excerpt: Goodbye To You by AJ Matthews + Giveaway

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Goodbye To You
by A.J. Matthews
Release Date: 07/01/14
Swoon Romance
New Adult

Summary from Goodreads:GOODBYE_TO_YOU
Europe? Nope. Mexico? Nope. Key West?

Not me. This summer, I’m playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don’t spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward, but that’s the plan – until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on the plane.

That’s when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs — like can’t get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they’ll be gone soon. Courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That’s what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don’t feel sorry for me. I’m enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.

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About the Author
I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.aj matthews

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I’m also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker.

A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

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Cover Reveal: Breaking Fences!!!!

Breaking Fences (The
Breaking Series, #2)
by Juliana
Haygert
 

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: ~80,000


Release date: June/2014


Cover by: Okay Creations
Summary from Goodreads:
All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her
family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing
father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into
college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves
everything behind to find her own American dream.


College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her
friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia
turns to her only freedom. Riding.


But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy
attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound
hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this
misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats
and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he
becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down
the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but
to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean
standing alone.


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New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1)
Release Date: 02/10/13
Summary from Goodreads:
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entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has
prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out
the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his
family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…



…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her
entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril.
Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a
noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to
survive?



With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with
rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected
romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.



FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is
the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger
ending.


Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s
Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel
will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and
romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a
pet.
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Forty Nights (Neima’s Ark #2)
Release Date: September 2013


Summary from Goodreads:
Neima, her family, and her grandfather Noah have found themselves trapped aboard an ark as a great flood destroys all life in the world. As their time aboard the ark lengthens, food begins to run out, wild animals grow restless, and family tensions become as much of a threat as the flood outside. In the second and final installment of Neima’s Ark, the stakes are higher, the conflicts are greater, and Neima finds herself facing a choice as impossible as the destruction all around her.

 

Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.
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THE NEIMA’S ARK SERIES:
 
“Stephanie
Parent takes a story I would have immediately shrugged off and turned it into a
story with a surprising amount of reality and despite being religious based is
not at all religious. Stephanie somehow created a paradox… When I think of a
word to describe this story I think, layers.
The tension is extremely layered. We get internal tension among the
characters, tension relating to the animals, and tension from the storming
raging outside. It’s not even supernatural elements, it’s all practical points
like food and animal needs. The characters are also well defined and fleshed
out.”
–Michelle, In
Libris Veritas
The romance
is slow and imperfect, but it’s realistic and believable. I can honestly say
that this love story is one of if not the best one I’ve read so far…a very
thrilling read full of some great twists…[the ending] was everything I could
have asked for and more, it was a perfect ending to an imperfectly perfect
story.
–Zachary
Flye, Zach’s YA Reviews
About the Author
Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

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Nearly Broken
by Devon Ashley
Release Date: 06/04/13

Summary from Goodreads:
We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.

Claire.

Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review:
This is the first time I read a book about rape. And it got a lot of emotions out of me. The conflict kept changing, which was a little confusing, also due to the fact that I think there was more than one focus point.
I felt like I was in Megan’s footsteps. It was very vivid, I could picture everything that was happening in the book. But some of the thoughts that Megan was thinking didn’t seem like something a traumatized girl would think. Maybe Megan’s actions were a little dull and need to be brought up a notch. But I could be wrong because different people react different ways.
The pace of the book was just fine. And it wasn’t predictable at all. I really enjoyed the book and hope the next one comes out soon!

About the Author:

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Devon Ashley was born in Huntington Beach but has spent most of her life residing in Texas. She spends a great deal of her time taking care of her husband and son but always seems to find time to write, knit and create unique decorative pieces. She particularly likes to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Interesting Fact: Devon Ashley shares her birthday with her favorite author, Jane Austen.

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Sizzling Summer Giveaway: Starring JD Nelson

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JD Nelson is a scenic artist for the entertainment industry, the author of the Night Aberrations Series, the Wicked Ways Series, and the owner of Chaste Moon Publishing.

When she’s not spending time with her husband, you can find her writing, reading, or on her commute to work.

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Night Aberrations

Book One of the Night Aberrations Series

Mature 18+ for explicit adult situations.

Emelie is betrothed to marry a king. Any ordinary woman would consider it a fairytale come true. For Emelie, this is a nightmare made manifest. When Emelie Andersdotter learns the outcome of a decades-long war hinges on her arranged marriage to an infamous royal known for his dark reputation, she sees no choice but to accept her fate. Resigned to her unavoidable destiny, she travels to her parents’ ancestral home under the protection of a trusted family friend, where she prepares to navigate a world ruled by dark magic, mystery, and intrigue. Nothing can prepare her, however, for the surprising affection she feels for the man she has always thought of as her uncle, Soren Vidar – or for the alluring reality of her intended mate, Kristian Vasen. Powerful and darkly handsome, her betrothed is far from the nightmare she envisioned, and Emelie finds herself torn between the intense pull she feels for her fated mate, and her heart’s desire for Soren.

Night Aberrations is a romantic tale, set in a complex world, populated with interesting and entertaining characters sure to leave you cheering for the heroes while casting reproachful glares at the villains.

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Excerpt

We went inside after the fire started to die down and challenged Nils
and Cedric to a game of billiards, boys against girls.
I thought that this would be a good way to keep Nils at bay, but in
typical Nils’s fashion he tried to show me the correct position for
every shot I took by standing behind me and positioning my hands.
Katrine, amused by this, eventually asked if he was planning to hump
me right on the table.
I blushed at her comment, but almost melted into the floor when he
answered her, “If Emelie was game, I would do anything and everything
to her on this table, under the table, against the table…”
I scooted out from under him and sat next to Katrine. “Okay, okay, that’s enough
of that.”
Nils barked out a laugh and racked up the balls for the next game.
Katrine nudged me and whispered in my ear. “He is very beautiful, is he not?”
“Who? Cedric?” “Although he is scrumptious, I meant Nils.” She said
with a growl in her voice.
“Yes, he is. They all are, really; Viggo and Jakob in their tall,
dark, and delicious way, Nils in his rugged Viking warrior way, and
Soren in his…” I trailed off thinking how to best describe Soren’s
beauty. “Being with Soren is like being immersed in the winter’s
night.”
“That’s a very poetic description, Emelie; some might say romantic.”
She arched her brow.
“I know what I’m here to do, Katrine. I just wish the circumstances
were different. I really like Soren and I’d like to experience love
just once before becoming my people’s Savior.”

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starring JD Nelson

JD Nelson is a scenic artist for the entertainment industry, the author of the Night Aberrations Series, the Wicked Ways Series, and the owner of Chaste Moon Publishing.

When she’s not spending time with her husband, you can find her writing, reading, or on her commute to work.

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Night Aberrations

Book One of the Night Aberrations Series

Mature 18+ for explicit adult situations.

Emelie is betrothed to marry a king. Any ordinary woman would consider it a fairytale come true. For Emelie, this is a nightmare made manifest. When Emelie Andersdotter learns the outcome of a decades-long war hinges on her arranged marriage to an infamous royal known for his dark reputation, she sees no choice but to accept her fate. Resigned to her unavoidable destiny, she travels to her parents’ ancestral home under the protection of a trusted family friend, where she prepares to navigate a world ruled by dark magic, mystery, and intrigue. Nothing can prepare her, however, for the surprising affection she feels for the man she has always thought of as her uncle, Soren Vidar – or for the alluring reality of her intended mate, Kristian Vasen. Powerful and darkly handsome, her betrothed is far from the nightmare she envisioned, and Emelie finds herself torn between the intense pull she feels for her fated mate, and her heart’s desire for Soren.

Night Aberrations is a romantic tale, set in a complex world, populated with interesting and entertaining characters sure to leave you cheering for the heroes while casting reproachful glares at the villains.

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Excerpt

We went inside after the fire started to die down and challenged Nils
and Cedric to a game of billiards, boys against girls.
I thought that this would be a good way to keep Nils at bay, but in
typical Nils’s fashion he tried to show me the correct position for
every shot I took by standing behind me and positioning my hands.
Katrine, amused by this, eventually asked if he was planning to hump
me right on the table.
I blushed at her comment, but almost melted into the floor when he
answered her, “If Emelie was game, I would do anything and everything
to her on this table, under the table, against the table…”
I scooted out from under him and sat next to Katrine. “Okay, okay, that’s enough
of that.”
Nils barked out a laugh and racked up the balls for the next game.
Katrine nudged me and whispered in my ear. “He is very beautiful, is he not?”
“Who? Cedric?” “Although he is scrumptious, I meant Nils.” She said
with a growl in her voice.
“Yes, he is. They all are, really; Viggo and Jakob in their tall,
dark, and delicious way, Nils in his rugged Viking warrior way, and
Soren in his…” I trailed off thinking how to best describe Soren’s
beauty. “Being with Soren is like being immersed in the winter’s
night.”
“That’s a very poetic description, Emelie; some might say romantic.”
She arched her brow.
“I know what I’m here to do, Katrine. I just wish the circumstances
were different. I really like Soren and I’d like to experience love
just once before becoming my people’s Savior.”

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Book Blitz: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

 

 

 

Breaking Glass
by Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: 07/09/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads:
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.




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“So where is
he?” She cranes her neck, trying to spot Ryan in the crowd.
Heart pounding,
my mind hiccups through its storehouse of facts. I reposition myself to block
her view. There’s no time to try texting Ryan a warning.
I could tell
Susannah. Tell her how Ryan has been sneaking around behind her back for over a
year, even hooking up with two college juniors in a motel room during one of
our out of town meets. But defying the Morgan machine by pointing this out
takes too much energy. Instead I blurt, “Did you realize the Watch Hill
carousel was once part of a traveling carnival?”
She laughs and
shakes her head. “What? Jeremy, sometimes you can be such a–”
But her voice
trails off as her gaze wanders past mine, her smile crumpling like a paper bag.
I follow her line of sight and I know this is it. The crowd has thinned around
Ryan, enough for her to see him with his mouth smashed against Claudia’s.
“Oh, man,” I
gasp. I turn to comfort Susannah, but she is already gone.
I stand,
dithering; wanting to run after her and apologize for letting her walk into
this ambush.
But, no. This is
something Ryan needs to take care of. I might have signed on to sweep his mess
under the rug, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to clean up after him. I push
through the crowd to get to him.
“What? She what?
Did you know she was coming back early?”
I feel my face
heat. “No.”
Ryan pushes
Claudia off of him, his stage makeup still glistening and thick, traces of
Claudia’s lipstick smeared on his lips. “Good job, Jeremy. You could have at
least texted me.”
My hand curls
into a fist. I stuff it in my jacket pocket. “She ran out,” I say. “Maybe you
can catch her.”
Ryan shrugs, and
without a coat, stalks out of the theater into the night. I wait a few minutes
then follow. Susannah’s car is gone, and so is Ryan’s. I try to call Susannah,
but she doesn’t pick up.
I get in my car
and focus on resisting the water bottle’s siren call, panicked glimpses of my
waking nightmare crashing through the floodgates, the terrifying memories swept
through with it. The rain and the torrents of water sweeping past, draining
into the Gorge, forcing me to remember. To relive it. No. Not now.
I need to stay clear.
Since eighth
grade, when I discovered that liquor dulls my terrors, I have been a master
thief and spy.
Not even Ryan
knows.
Just a sip to
calm my shaky nerves. One tiny sip to beat back the rising waters that threaten
to drown me. I can do it. I pride myself on my steely self-control. My ability
to remain stone-cold sober even when the track team holds a victory keg party.
They call me Jeremy the Teetotaler. Jeremy, the History Nerd who never
partakes.
I snap open the
glove compartment. The innocuous silver bottle is shoved behind the owner’s
manual, gas receipts and a collection of power bar wrappers. I raise it to my
lips and gulp once, twice, three times; the cold liquid igniting as it hits my
throat. It takes two, three more gulps to slow my heart to normal speed. The
bottle is nearly empty. I cap it and return it to the compartment, warmth
flowing to my cold fingers. I’d need to drink three times as much as that to
lose focus.
Swerving the
deserted black roads slick with rain over ice, I follow my usual running
circuit. This is familiar turf. My backyard, practically.
Yes. I can do
this. Susannah knows my route so I hope she’s come this way and parked, knowing
I’d find her. She wants me to find her. To comfort her. I’ll tell her
everything. How I’m sorry for lying to her. For letting Ryan hurt her. And
maybe at last she’ll accept that it’s not Ryan she wants, but me.
But there’s no
sign of her.
After driving
and searching fruitlessly, my mind churning with outcomes, the now driving rain
blurring my windshield, I can’t stand it anymore. My heart is racing. Just one
last sip to fortify myself is all I need.
When I round the
next hairpin curve, my headlights flash on Ryan’s car parked behind Susannah’s,
engines running. I squint through the rain and mist and spot them behind the
guardrail, illuminated in the headlamps’ cone of light. There’s no shoulder on
this side of the road, so I pull over when I can, about twenty yards past them.
When I finally
get out of the car I can hear her shouts over the racket the rain makes. My
head is buzzing, but my thoughts are clear.
In fact, they’ve
never been clearer, as the roots that entangle me fall away.
The damp air
smells like freedom.
Susannah
screams, and pounds at Ryan’s chest with her fists. He shoves her hard and she
falls backward. I don’t see her get up again. Raucous arguments were nothing
new between Susannah and Ryan, but I’d never seen him hit her before.
There’s a steep
decline into the woods where they’ve chosen to have their argument and I worry
Susannah could have gotten hurt. Ryan disappears now, too. What the
hell are they doing?
I begin to run
at full tilt. I still have some distance to cover, but that’s no problem for
me, even with the Absolut pumping heat through my veins. But my boot heel
catches on a wet leaf then slides out from under me.
I’m flying, but
I land softly.

About the Author

Lisa has been a
professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she
has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She
started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but
somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and
twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS
which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first
published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in
2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will
also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.
***GIVEAWAY***
1-custom
pendant like the one pictured on the book cover
2-signed
ARCS
1-original
work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.

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Book Blitz: Rush by Eve Silver+Giveaway

Release
Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher:
Harper Teen
Summary
from Goodreads:
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to
know?
 

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into
some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the
game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau,
terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no
training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but
maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really
a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival,
and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t.
And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
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***Excerpt***
There’s
a flash of light, blindingly bright. Colored haloes obscure my vision. They
dance and flicker and then disappear, leaving only a rectangle of light boxed
in by the dark doorframe.
I
see then that the door’s gone and in front of me are people. No…they aren’t
people. They have limbs, hair, faces, but they aren’t human. After the first
glance, they don’t look even remotely human. They’re pure, painful white, so
bright they throw off a glare. They look like they’ve been dipped in glass,
smooth and polished, but fluid. And their eyes…they’re a silvery color, like
the mercury in the antique thermometer that my mom used to have at the side of
the front porch.
When
I was ten, I knocked that thermometer off with my wooden kendo sword,
shattering the glass. The little blobs of mercury went all over the porch. I
was a kid. I didn’t know better. I touched them, prodding the little balls
until they joined the bigger blob. My mom swooped down on me and snatched me
away, telling me it was poison. It could kill me.
I
stare at the things in front of me: the Drau. I can’t look away.
Somewhere
in the back of my mind, I remember Jackson talking about Medusa.
Don’t look at their eyes.
Their
mercury eyes.
They’re
poison.
They
will kill me.
Copyright
© 2013. Eve Silver. All Rights Reserved.



About the Author
Eve Silver lives with
her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams
up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and
lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH,
coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.


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Signed copy of Rush, US and Canada only.
 

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