Friday, November 11, 2016

"Wear White to Your Funeral" by Lisa Acerbo

Wear White to Your Funeral
by Lisa Acerbo

Wear White to Your Funeral by Lisa Acerbo is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Apocalipstick.

Rory is your average high school senior. Or she was, until her mother banishes her to hell, also known as Trumbull, Connecticut. The small suburb with only a mall and movie theater, sure feels like the netherworld until Rory’s first day at her new school. That’s the day she meets Bowen, who begs her to join him on a class project. But when Bowen drags her to a graveyard after dark for research purposes, Rory wants to fly back home to Atlanta, or at least return to her aunt’s house unharmed and unmolested.
Nothing could go wrong, right? They talk, they laugh, and they wander among the tombstones looking for information on the local ghostly legend known as the White Lady. Then they have to run, but they cannot outrun a ghost. In addition to the ghostly woman, a half buried dead body leads Rory and Bowen into a deadly game of cat and mouse, but who is the killer? Is it human or something long dead and otherworldly?
The police are of little help, Rory’s aunt just wants her to remain safe, and Bowen, who she can’t stay away from, keeps finding ways to get her into more trouble than she has ever known. Whether breaking into a suspected killer’s house, being followed by a menacing ghost, or being stalked at school, Rory hopes finding the killer will put an end to the supernatural haunting. Before Rory can discover the identity of the killer, she is drawn into the mystery of the White Lady, which opens the door for some very real danger.

“Dance with me,” Rory begged.
She felt wild abandon take over any of her last reserve. She leaned in closer, pushed herself against him and kissed Bowen. He kissed her back and then pulled her up into a bear hug before leading her a few steps away from the fire, most likely worried that she would trip and end up like seared steak.
“Are you sure you’re up for it?” he asked.
“Absolutely.” She staggered a few more steps away. Bowen followed. Rory felt the music reverberating through her even though she had no idea where it was emanating from, most likely one of the trucks parked at the sandy edge of the dunes.
“You knew people were going to be here?” she asked him. “These are all your friends.” Bowen grabbed her hand and spun her. “I thought you’d like it.”
“I do.”
“Then trust me.”
Famous last words. Rory snorted and stumbled in the sand, but he pulled her close. She snuggled in. Rory saw swaying bodies from the corner of her eye and something else. A dark figure in the shadows. She stared for a few seconds and then turned away, understanding she was somewhat buzzed from the alcohol.
The blurry figure had to be her imagination. She closed her eyes against Bowen’s jacket. “Are you okay?”
“Um hum,” she murmured. How much had she drank?
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"This was a great read for me. Well written and interesting, I liked that it wasn’t a classic ghost story. [...] The author does a great job creating the scenes playing out in the story. The characters are fleshed out well and it is fairly easy to grasp who they are and their motivations. I liked the development of the recurring characters that kept this young couple living a normal life amid the unrealistic story that unfolds around them. [...] I enjoyed this book and would gladly read more by this author." ~ Domi_Blue
"Wear White to Your Funeral is a fantastic read with a wonderfully narrated plot. The characters are distinct but still relatable. The book artfully combines mystery, folklore, adventure, and romance for a thrilling reading experience. Acerbo does a great job building suspense and drawing in readers from page 1. Although this book is geared towards young adult audiences, I think it's a great choice for any reader." ~ DM
"A good book to read at this time of the year, so I was looking for a good Ghost story, which we have to a certain degree. Then we have a murder with some romance. I enjoyed reading the book, and the angst was perfect. I have to say I was so involved in the story I was cold every time the temperature was mentioned, and ended up wearing a thick jumper all the time all the time I was reading this story. Overall I would say a good Young adult book. I would let the teens in my house read it."~ Book Addict
"This is a YA paranormal story that I absolutely loved reading from start to finish. The suspense built up well with detailed settings, the romance did come on quite quickly but wasn't predictable. I liked Bowen's intelligence and enjoyed seeing Rory on quite an adventurous journey. Couldn't fault the story at all, will be reading more books by this author." ~ Alice (marriedtobooks)
"This was a really fast read for me. And yes, the book is a ghost/murder story (and a romance!), but it was also quirky, funny and sweet at times. There was a lot of growing up thrown in along the way, with Rory deciding what kind of person she wanted to be. I flew through the pages of the story in one sitting because I liked the characters and I wanted to know what would happen next. There was an engaging plot that helped to move the story forward at a good pace, but the character development of all the characters, not just Rory (who was the narrator) was well done and helped to give a well rounded story." ~ Katherine Paschal

About the Author
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon gift vouchers.