Happy Book Birthday: WHISPER FALLS by Elizabeth Langston!!!

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Paperback, 328 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN 1937053423
Series: Whisper Falls #1

Book Blurb

While training for a mountain bike race, high-school senior Mark Lewis spots a mysterious girl dressed in odd clothing, standing behind a waterfall in the woods near his North Carolina home. When she comments on the strange machine that he rides, he suspects something isn’t right. When Susanna claims to be an indentured servant from 1796, he wonders if she’s crazy. Yet he feels compelled to find out more.

Mark enters a ‘long-distance’ relationship with Susanna through the shimmering–and temperamental–barrier of Whisper Falls. Curious about her world, Mark combs through history to learn about the brutal life she’s trapped in. But knowledge can be dangerous. Soon he must choose between the risk of changing history or dooming the girl he can’t stop thinking about to a lifetime of misery.

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About the Author

elizabeth-langstonHello, I’m Elizabeth Langston, and I write fiction for young adults. My debut novel, Whisper Falls (Whisper Falls, #1), releases November 19, 2013.

I live in North Carolina and work in the computer industry for my day job. I have two YA daughters and one really old husband. At night, when I’m not writing, I’m watching TV (So You Think You Can Dance, The Daily Show, Castle) or reading (and that is all over the place.)

Author Links:

Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Website

For more fun interviews, guest posts, and reviews relating to Elizabeth & WHISPER FALLS be sure to go back and look at some of the amazing posts from the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour Schedule

November 5 – Introductory Post: Reading With Me Tumblr (that’s us!!)

November 6 – Review: Books Complete Me (Nicole) 

November 7 – Guest Post: Read For Your Future (Lora) 

November 8 – Guest Post: Bookaroo-Ju (Julie) 

November 9 – Guest Post: Letters in the Sand (De’Anne) 

November 10 – Character Interview & Review: Oops! I Read A Book Again (Dianne)

November 11 – Author Interview: Fantasy Book Addict (Stacey) 

November 12 – Guest Post: Because reading is better than real life (Michelle)

November 13 – Author Interview: Adventures in Writer Land (Heather) 

November 14 – Review: WTF Are you reading? (Frishawn) 

November 15 – Review: Reading Lark (Andrea)

November 16 – Author Interview: Never Ending Stories Book Blog (Ta’Necia)

November 17 – Guest Post: My Guilty Obsession (Ali)

November 18 – Author Interview: Cover Contessa (Brooke) 

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

HAPPY Book Birthday: THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray!!

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Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN 1937053644 (ISBN13: 9781937053642)
Edition language: English

Book Blurb

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields, with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they’ll die

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Excerpt from Chapter One

Gruff fingers yank a blindfold off my face, light splashes into my eyes, and I blink. Gray walls swim about my head, and the ceiling soars much too high above me. I don’t know this place. I was walking to my bathroom when someone grabbed me from behind and forced a sour-smelling cloth over my face and—someone grapples with my hair, and I flinch. Who—who is touching me?

I try turning in the flimsy chair, but someone’s grabbing my shoulders, forcing me not to move. Spasms of fear shoot up and down my arms and legs. I try swinging my fists to make them loosen their grip, but my captor’s fingers only tighten.

Raising my arm to jab my captor in the gut, I pause. Someone’s laughing. How do I know that sound? It’s beautiful and low, a laugh I could recognize anywhere. Glancing around the sun-filled room, I find the source almost immediately. It’s Teo, my Teo, standing across from me on the hardwood floor, beaming at me. His ebony eyes shine forth like two onyx stones, and even his olive-toned skin makes me breathe a bit shallower. Choking back a strangled laugh—no one’s here to hurt me—I reach out for the love of my life, too tongue-tied to say anything.

His lips spread into a thin smile, reminding me of his mouth melting into my own. Fire raged beneath my skin with that kiss and it felt like I was lifted up into the air and floating. It’s been six days since our kiss and we still haven’t been able to talk about it. I tried repeatedly to go into his classroom, but it was like our school had purposely decided to schedule a more than average number of parent-teacher meetings.

Locking his eyes on mine, Teo asks, “Manicure?”

I glance down at my fingernails, trying to see why he would think I needed a manicure, when my shoulders are released and pale, icy fingers grip my hand. Chills run through me.

A flat, tenor voice says, “Yes.” And I’m startled to see my fingernails are actually painted. Clear and shiny.

The fingers drop my hand, and my captor walks around to face me. White uniform, white skin, white hair. He’s albino. Who is he?

About the Author

Mary GrayMary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That’s why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she’s not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM is her first novel.

Author Links:

Goodreads | Website | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, author Mary Gray is giving away one signed copy of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM (U.S. only) and an unsigned copy of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM  (open to all). Ends 10/23/13 (midnight).

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Calling All LA (the state) Bloggers!

Hello Readers! Do you know any bloggers in LA? Are you one yourself? Please see the below message 🙂

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Sarah Guillory, the author of RECLAIMED, is have her launch party/book signing at a Books-A-Million in Baton Rouge, LA this Saturday, October 19th at 5pm!

Spencer Hill Contemporary would really love it if a local blogger could cover the event.

What would you receive?

Only the most beautiful copy of RECLAIMED to get signed by Sarah Guillory, in person!

If you’re interested or know of anyone who might be please contact Sarah’s publicist, Cindy Thomas, at cthomas(at)spencerhillcontemporary(dot)com (with the appropriate symbols instead)!

Thanks & We hope you can make it to the event!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

RECLAIMED & THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM Announcements!!

Hi Y’all!

As many of you know I’m a marketing intern for Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary!!!  Currently, I’m working on two blog tours (that are running now!).  Those are the tours for Sarah Guillory’s RECLAIMED (October 15th!), and Mary Gray’s THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM (October 22nd)!

For RECLAIMED, today is the last day to sign up to be a part of the release-day blitz which will take place on Tuesday, October 15th.  We’re going to be tweeting, etc…in celebration of Sarah Guillory’s debut from Spencer Hill Contemporary (an imprint of Spencer Hill Press).  For THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, author Mary Gray is graciously giving away 2 books.  1 signed copy (U.S. only) and 1 non-signed copy (open to all!).  See below for further information 🙂

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Spencer Hill Contemporary is hosting a release-day book blitz for Sarah Guillory’s YA debut RECLAIMED!  Sign-up using the above form, I will be emailing blitz information tomorrow morning!  You don’t need to have a blog, twitter or FB alone works.

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Mary Gray is giving out one signed copy of her debut YA novel THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, and one non-signed copy.  For the signed copy, you must live within the United States.  The non-signed copy is open to anyone who wishes to enter 🙂  

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Also, don’t forget to stop by Portrait of a Book for guest post by author Sarah Guillory for RECLAIMED’s Blog Tour and The YA Sisterhood for a review of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM for its blog tour!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

BLOOD BOUND Blog Tour: Interview with Author Keshia Swaim

Hello!  Today I’m excited to bring you my interview with author Keshia Swaim for the first stop on the BLOOD BOUND Blog Tour (Spencer Hill Press, October 8, 2013).

Meet Keshia!  Hello, My name is Keshia Swaim, and I am a book addict. I love reading, writing, and talking about anything related to books. 🙂 Blood Bound, my debut novel, follows Brielle Reed as she tries to start college, learn more about her mysterious father, and avoid being pulled into a war between the fae courts.

Hi Keshia, what is your favorite place to write? Anywhere with a door. 🙂 I’m a work-from-home mother, so privacy is a rare and precious gift. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  I have younger four younger siblings & now I’m at college so I definitely get that.

What is the first story you remember writing? The first one I remember was in elementary school. I don’t remember the title, but it was about a tornado (I’m from Oklahoma) that actually repaired instead of destroyed the landscape.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I still don’t, really. I think of myself more as someone who got incredibly lucky. But when I received my ARC of Blood Bound with my name on the cover I started thinking maybe one day I can be a “real” writer.

What is the best piece of constructive criticism you ever received? In college, a professor told be that I was “concise to a fault,” meaning that I didn’t spend enough time explaining the details in my writing. It annoyed me when he said it, but he was right, and it’s still something I struggle with.

How do you overcome “writer’s block” ? I write (great advice!). If a certain scene is bothering me, I’ll skip it entirely and move on. Sometimes I end up deleting entire chapters later, but it’s better than the alternative. If I get stuck and stop, it may take me days to get back to my story line.

Are you a full time writer? Nope. I’m a full-time mommy and a nap-time writer. Eventually I’d like to write more, but right now I’m having too much fun with my babies.  Awww!

What was the publishing process like for you?– I got in with a great company, Spencer Hill Press, and they were really good at walking me through the process, but it’s still been right down nerve-wracking at times. But at the same time, watching my manuscript turn into a real novel has been one of the coolest things in my life.

What is some advice you would impart to writers who wish to be published? Do. Not. Quit. Publishing is hard, slow, and has quite a bit to do with luck, in my opinion. Everyone faces rejection (lots of it) but the only way to get past that is to keep going.

…okay, now for the real fun stuff 😉

Coffee or tea? Both.

Favorite animal? White tigers

Fun Fact about yourself most people don’t know? My original career plan was to be an archaeologist. I wanted to work in the Middle East. Then I started paying attention to current events and decided that was a bad idea.

If you could have breakfast with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat? Tolkien. I’d love to get inside his head. The man was a genius. And I’d let him pick the breakfast. Whatever would keep him at the table longest. 🙂

If you could be any character from a book, movie, play, or musical who would it be and why? Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. As to why (Other than happily ever after with Mr. Darcy) I Ioved how intelligent and independent she was, in a time where women weren’t supposed to think for themselves. *snaps* to that!

What is your favorite movie(s)? Pride and Prejudice, and Disney’s Aladdin. Random, I know.

If you had/have an animal spirit which animal(s) would it be? A tiger, I guess. They are majestic, beautiful, and extremely dangerous if you make them mad. 🙂

What is your favorite childhood book and/or author? I’ve always been an obsessive reader, so it’s tough to pick one. But I did go through a huge R.L. Stine phase. I think I read every Goosebumps and Fear Street book ever written

What is the next book you want to write? I’d love to continue Brielle’s story for a while, but I’m also working on some historical fantasy.

Imagine you are writing your memoir…what is its title? Gah! Titles are the bane of my existence. Hey! maybe that would be the title. 🙂

Last words??? That sounds like I’m about to die, which I hope isn’t true.  Haha, oh no, I’ve never actually thought of it that way…oops!  I hope you enjoy Blood Bound!  And don’t forget to download “Family Ties” the story that inspired my book. And, if you have time, visit me on Facebook, Twitter, or my blog, The Book Addict.

Thanks for having me! –Thank you for letting me interview you, Keshia!  It was a great one 🙂  I loved reading Brielle’s story and can’t wait to read the continuations as well as that historical fantasy!!

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of BLOOD BOUND & a swag pack!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC