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Friday, April 13, 2018

"Jinxed" by Thommy Hutson


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Jinxed
by Thommy Hutson

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson

Today we have the perfect book for Friday the 13th. Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is currently on tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
High school can be a real killer
Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack
Innocent childhood superstitions …
But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.
Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.
Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?


Excerpt
The small private island was a mystery.
This, even when so many knew, or thought they knew, what was going on twenty-two miles off the coast of Seattle, on the strip of land named after the very rich and very dead Cadogan Trask. Protected like so much of the Pacific Northwest by Douglas firs, red alders, and bigleaf maples, Trask Island, a blister in the water, seemed mythical. Very little was known about the reclusive man who bought the uninhabited plot in the 19th century, later developing it to suit his tastes. His personal life and his purpose, just like his eponymous island, were ensconced in a thick, white mist. One day there, the next not.
Over the years, worry about Trask the place and Trask the man ebbed and flowed. No one dared argue that business on the island brought money and a small amount of prestige to the area, but there was something about it.
The same people who sang its praises also gawked and wondered and preached about whether its gifts matched its detractions. All of those armchair whatchamacallits peeked out the windows of their glass houses into their neighbors’ glass houses and threw not stones, but boulders.
Always, always, they asked the same question: Why must a high school be so private?
The institution was nestled behind a wall of nature so beautiful that an equal number wondered how anything about it could be bad. A school for the gifted and talented. A place where children with an affinity for dance, voice, drama, art, and communications would be nurtured. A place where stars were born to shine.
But bad is a relative word.
And stars fall from the sky.
Still, the answer to the question on so many minds of what was really going on with those who were lucky enough, and rich enough, to find themselves hidden within its sacred I hope I get in please God let me get in walls?
Well, the answer was simple.
Secrets.
And not so simple.
Lies.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling.” ~ Clive Barker, Bestselling Author of Books of Blood and The Thief of Always
“... A MUST READ FOR CLASSIC HORROR FANS ... an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud. The novel’s often gore-filled kill scenes recall Clive Barker’s Books of Blood while simultaneously reminding the reader of the theatricality of Argento’s Suspiria. And yet, for all of its homage and the author’s obvious intensive understanding of the works of these genre giants, Jinxed is a unique novel that stands easily on its own merits as a work by a first time author ... a fast read that pulls the reader along in its momentum ... Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality. Comedy and Tragedy. Thommy Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan...” ~ Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com
“Jinxed is the teen whodunit that Wes Craven and Lois Duncan never made. Hutson has created the best new slasher franchise since Scream.” ~ Peter M. Bracke, Author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
“A dark, tension-filled thriller that’s wicked to the very end. Bad luck was never so much fun!” ~ Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of Final Destination
“Gr 9 up: Trask Academy, an elite arts academy for the uber-wealthy, hides a lot of secrets within its gilded walls ... gory but captivating ... a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. Layna, a senior at Trask on a rare scholarship, tries to solve the mystery, but is terrified she might be at the center of it all. Nods to the original Nightmare on Elm Street film ... entertaining...” ~ School Library Journal

About the Author
Thommy Hutson
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: Scream: The Inside Story, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead, and His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th.
He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series The Morning After, a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature The Trouble with the Truth, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced Dreamworld, a quirky, romantic dramedy.
He co-wrote and produced Animal for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.
Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.
As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon’s Movie History & Criticism category. He also has a deal with Vesuvian Media to write a YA thriller trilogy with the first book, Jinxed, available now.
He produced and made his feature directorial debut with The Id, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening … with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”
Most recently, Thommy wrote the screenplay for CineTel Films’ supernatural horror film Truth or Dare. He is also directing, writing and producing a documentary with Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films in addition to developing other film and television properties with the company.
As an author, he is currently writing another book that definitively details the history, making and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.

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Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

"The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder" by Cookie O'Gorman


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The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder
by Cookie O'Gorman

The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman

The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman is due for release 4 April but is currently available for pre-order. This tour is brought to you by YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
In the south, everyone has a secret - and murder is served with sweet tea.
The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.
After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse ... dead.

Excerpt
Just as I turned, a dark figure stepped out of the shadows.
“Oh,” I said, releasing a breath. “It’s just you.”
“Hmm,” Wilder said. “Relief. That’s a new one.”
Realizing how I must look, I dropped my hands. They’d flown to my chest in fear before I’d realized it was him. “What’re you doing back here? Do you smoke or something?”
“No,” he said. “Do you?”
“No,” I said incredulously.
He studied my face so long I began to blush.
“What?”
“Tell your boyfriend not to bring his football into the music store anymore. It’s strange.”
“And lurking in shadows isn’t?” I crossed my arms. “Bruce isn’t my boyfriend.”
He scoffed quietly, which automatically got my blood up.
“What?” I said again.
His eyes went to mine. “You let just any guy touch you like that?”
“Sure, why not?” I said not missing a beat. “Haven’t you heard, Wilder? I’m a Doherty. Everyone gets a free ride. You want yours now?”
It was his turn to blush, but he didn’t. The jerk. The only reaction I perceived was a slight clenching of his jaw.
“No?” I pushed. “Had enough this morning, did you? Who was that girl anyway? A few things about her aren’t genuine, that’s for sure.”
He smiled a slow smile, and I bit my cheek. Where the heck had that come from?
“She’s just a girl,” Wilder said, still wearing that annoying smile.
“Then why was her tongue shoved down your throat?”
My eyes went wide. Holy crap, was that my voice?
Shaking his head, Wilder walked a few steps closer.
“It was only a kiss,” he said, stopping right in front of me.
“Yeah, right,” I muttered, though it was hard to say anything with him so close. My throat had gone dry, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t seem to swallow.
He leaned in until we were nose to nose then paused.
For one insane second, I thought: Good Lord, Ethan Wilder is going to kiss me.
Instead, he lifted his hand, ran two fingers lightly under my jaw. I shivered as the tips came away white, covered in powdered sugar.
“You know, you’re kind of cute when you’re jealous.” Rubbing the sugar away with his thumb, he straightened, turned and walked through the back door to the music store.
My face was a permanent shade of red, somewhere close to fire brick and flaming. Jealous? Me? Yeah right, I scoffed though it was too late for him to hear. It wasn’t like I cared who Ethan Wilder kissed. Nope, not me.
The heck with curiosity, I’d seen more than enough.

Praise for the Book
“O’Gorman has penned another winner. With the addition of a mysterious death, she turned the typical contemporary into something deeper, more thought-provoking, and fun. It has plenty of humor. Compelling characters. Wit and snark are also definite highlights. Ethan Wilder is perfect for those who like their contemporary reads with a bit more spunk.” ~ Kelli Spear
“I had fun trying to solve the mystery. After I finished reading the book, I had an ‘Aha’ moment. Everything just fell together and clicked. ‘I knew that,’ I said. No, I really didn't. Sometimes it takes me a bit to figure out a puzzle. I'm beginning to love Cookie O'Gorman's writing.” ~ Haddie Harper

About the Author
Cookie O'Gorman
Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel Adorkable is out now. Her second book, Ninja Girl, was released March 2017. The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder is due for release 4 April 2018.





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Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Crossing the Line" by Ellen Wolfson Valladares


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Crossing the Line
by Ellen Wolfson Valladares

Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares

Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.
Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died – her old high school and memories of her life and death - has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.
It is her one chance to make sure that what happened her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Excerpt
Chapter 2 - Laura
I bolted out of my chair, ran out of the library, across the lawn, and up the twenty-some steps of Academy Hall. I couldn’t wait to tell Danny and everyone my good news. I looked up at the red brick bell tower and realized the bells hadn’t chimed. What was I hurrying for? Class wasn’t starting yet.
I sat down at the top of the steps. It was a gorgeous, sunny, breezy day, as always. Students were sitting by the lake, walking on the paths, and hanging out on the lawn. I’m finally getting used to this place, I thought.
I looked over at the wide, green lawn area, remembering my first day here.
***
“You’ve been selected to attend The Academy,” a voice had said to me.
Then suddenly, I was sitting on a big field of damp grass with a bunch of other kids my age. I was sure I had finally woken up.
“I guess it was a dream,” I said.
“What?” A boy sitting next to me had overheard me.
“Where are we?” I asked him.
“The Academy. They didn’t tell you?”
I ran my fingers through the soft blades of grass. It felt so real.
“Yeah,” I said. “But where exactly are we? This might be a strange question, but we’re alive, right?”
Then this boy, who was wearing a Members Only jacket, broke out into annoyingly loud laughter. He stopped abruptly when he saw that I wasn’t finding it funny.
“Oh, no,” he said, catching his breath. “You’re still dead. I promise.”
“Oh.” If it was true, assuming this kid knew what he was talking about, it was just so different from anything I’d experienced so far.
“Are you sure?” I questioned him. “Because this all looks so real. You look real. I think I can even smell the air.” I inhaled. “Yeah. That’s nice.”
He nodded and smiled. “I know. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I can’t get over it either. They want us to feel like we’re really in school. It’s like this agreed-upon visualization stuff they do in the Spirit world, I forget what they call it. Like the hospital I was in before here. Man, it felt real, ’cept no drugs or nothing.”
The boy reached out his hand. “I’m Gary.”
“Hi. Laura.” When I shook his hand, I knew he was right. What I felt wasn’t the touch of another person’s skin. It was more like the subtle energy bumps I’d gotten used to in the Spirit world. Where I’d been was nothing like this place, though. After my death, some beautiful angels and my Aunt Rita, who’d passed away from cancer, had led me to this place called the Transition Zone. They told me I would rest and rejuvenate there. It was this vast oasis of light and all of us there were formless bodies of light within it. Strangely enough, while there were no physical bodies to distinguish us, we still had some individual energy that helped us recognize others. I was told by this important being of light to think about what I desired next. The options were endless, including going back to a new life in the physical world. All I knew was I wanted to help others and then I ended up here. Now I had a body again, and from what I could tell, I looked and felt pretty much the same. There were other people around me, and grass I could feel, and buildings in the distance, so much like the physical world. What the heck was going on?
Gary got up and put out his hand.
“C’mon. Ceremony’s about to start.” He pulled me up.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Ellen Valladares delivers a unique coming of age story that delves deep into teenage angst with a believable and fresh take on the supernatural.” ~ Book critic Oline Cogdill
“What a great read! I did not want to put it down, and it kept me interested and curious right up to the very satisfying end.” ~ Lisa V.
“This book is one of a kind, captivating and engaging no matter what your age. The story is creative, the characters are well developed, interesting and totally relatable if you were ever a teenager, parent, or adult.” ~ PrudentPennies
“Such a creative story! The dialog was spot on and it really made you think about the beyond! I am not normally a believer of spirits and mediums, but this book definitely had me imagining the possibilities. Very entertaining for all ages!” ~ Dana

About the Author
Ellen Wolfson Valladares
Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her newest release, Crossing the Line from WiDo Publishing, is a young adult novel about a teenage spirit from the 1980’s who befriends a current-day high school girl in the hopes of preventing a similar tragedy from occurring again.
Her first book, a middle grade novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
After her first child was stillborn in 1995, Valladares became dedicated to helping families suffering a similar loss. She volunteered as a peer counselor to help bereaved moms, ran a support group called “Surviving Pregnancy After a Loss,” and helped create and run an annual event for grieving families. In addition, she is a past president of the Board of Directors of Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc.
Valladares has also taught numerous workshops in the South Florida area on a variety of metaphysical topics, including angels, intuition, meditation, and life purpose.
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. Currently, she writes for several alumni magazines at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and a member and former Board member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA). She also enjoys working as a college essay coach for high school students and helping other writers realize their dreams.
She has been married to her husband, Manny, for close to 30 years (May 2018) and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Florida.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares.

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