Thursday, September 22, 2016

{Blog Tour} GILT HOLLOW by Lorie Langdon—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Gilt Hollow
by Lorie Langdon


Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.


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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
 Publisher: Blink/HarperCollins
 Pub Date: September 6th, 2016
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo • IndieBound

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by Kim Zarins

TOP 10 QUOTES FROM GILT HOLLOW

Here are some of my favorite quotes from my upcoming YA romantic thriller, Gilt Hollow…in no particular order.

1)   Everyone in town believed Keller House was haunted, and for Willow it was true. But the specters that disturbed her were not of the ethereal variety.

2)    Something clicked behind his gaze and turned hot like a gas flame igniting. Willow sucked in a sharp breath as the planes of his face hardened into a mask of rage. And for the first time in four years, she believed Ashton Keller was capable of murder.

3)    Willow scooted over to make room on the edge of the bed, her pulse accelerating as his large body sank the side of the mattress. He smelled like the night—open air and freedom.

4)    The dark paneled walls and twelve-foot ceilings loomed, stretching and contracting in the shadows as if they had a life of their own. She should go downstairs and make some warm milk or peppermint tea, but the thought of walking through the spook factory of a house in the dead of night kept her glued to the mattress.

5)    The monotonous tick of the antique clock on the mantel filled the silence as Ashton stared at her, unmoving. Time seemed to reverse and they were once again connected, their friendship the biggest thing in their world.

6)    Piano, haunting and sweet, wove through the shop before it melded into a throbbing rhythm that seeped into Ashton’s blood and pulled him back into that closet with Willow—the curves of her face, the taste of her lips, the feel of her skin. 

7)    His father used to say that if the people of Gilt Hollow got any more open-minded, their brains would fall out. Ashton didn’t know if he agreed—he just hoped their open mindedness extended to him.

8)     “What are friends for, if not to make you feel less weird?”

9)     Silence loomed like a specter, stretching to fill the round two-story room and sucking the air from Ashton’s lungs. This man, this stranger, held countless words in his hands that summed up the life of a juvenile delinquent. But those words didn’t define him—his past or his future.

10)    The hood muffled Willow’s hearing against the night—against the warning of someone approaching. A finger of panic traced down her spine and she picked up her pace. She never used to be afraid to walk the streets of Gilt Hollow alone. How quickly that had changed. 
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Lorie Langdon has longed to write her own novels since she was a wee girl reading every Judy Blume book she could get her hands on. So a few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author, she spends her days tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment Weekly.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as USAToday.com, Hypable.com and BroadwayWorld.com. Lorie’s first solo novel, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, releases September 27th 2016!







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Huge thanks to Lorie Langon for being a guest today.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Blitz: THE SURRENDERED by Case Maynard—Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Surrendered
by Case Maynard


After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Purchase: Amazon • B&NKobo 

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What if the Master takes out his anger over our escape on Cason?
I freeze. The Master witnessed firsthand how much I care for Cason, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he may use him to punish me for running. Just like they used Oliver.
I look over to see Ramsey sitting quietly with her back against the stone wall. She’s retreated within herself again, her eyes glazed and unfocused on the dirt floor at her feet. The doubts bombard me. If I attempt to save myself, I put Cason at risk. If I don’t, I put Ramsey at risk. It’s almost too much to expect me to choose between two lives. One thing’s for sure. Someone has to die.
Through our rebellions and shows of defiance, we’ve weakened the power that the System holds over the community. Beginning with Ramsey’s killing of the Overseer, my escape and then Oliver’s, and with word spreading quickly of John William’s rerouting of the Drudgers back to their families and to underground locations, we have no doubt made people question: If just a few teenagers and a Farm owner could cause such trouble, what might happen if a more organized effort occurred?
In order to set things back to the way they were, to take back their position at the top of the food chain, the System needs a body to show what will happen to those who revolt. I know they won’t stop until they have one to give.
My whole life I’ve had to fight for myself. I’ve fought hunger and hatred and terror and despair. I’ve fought for any freedoms I could get and for any joy I could garner. I’ve fought for my own sanity. But most of all, I’ve fought to hold onto hope. Because somewhere deep inside me I know that without hope, there’s nothing. Ramsey’s right. I use my anger as a mechanism to keep me fighting. It’s what has always made me strong. But now . . . I literally feel the fight leave me. I know that I’ve reached the end of my battle.
If they want a body, they’ll get one. But it won’t be Ramsey’s. And it sure as hell won’t be Cason’s.

“Ramsey, snap out of it.”


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With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.

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