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    The Last List Blog Hop: Interview with Ilsa J. Bick, Author, THE DICKENS MIRROR + Giveaway

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    I was so sad to hear the news that EgmontUSA would be closing its doors. Of course the more recent news that Lerner Publishing Group would be acquiring Egmont’s list of almost 100 children’s, middle grade and YA titles (source: Publisher’s Weekly) made me happier.

    And when I learned what Cuddlebuggery was doing to support some of these fantastic authors with The Last List Blog Hop I just had to join in.

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    And I am absolutely thrilled to host Author Ilsa J. Bick for a Q&A in anticipation of the upcoming release of THE DICKENS MIRROR, the second – and final – book in her Dark Passages series. I love, love, LOVE her answers – what she had to say about her editor at Egmont, how she describes the series, which moment in THE DICKENS MIRROR was her favorite, and which of Stephen King’s writings was her favorite. Although, after reading one of her answers I am now dying to read what she wrote about Devil’s Island.

    Anyway… I am also stoked to be able to offer up a couple of copies of the book for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win one, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in the post.


    About THE DICKENS MIRROR

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    Title & Series: THE DICKENS MIRROR (Dark Passages #2)
    Author: Ilsa J. Bick
    Release date: March 10, 2015
    Publisher: Egmont USA
    Pages: 576
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

    In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

    Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

    But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.

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    The Interview

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    Q&A with Ilsa J. Bick

    Q. If you had to describe your Dark Passages series in 25 words or less how would you describe it?

    What happens if you’re not real but maybe a character penned by Wisconsin’s Most Famous Crazy Dead Writer, and you’ve fallen between the lines into White Space?

    Okay, that’s twenty-seven words.  I did the best I could.  Still, you get the gist.

    Q. What can readers expect in THE DICKENS MIRROR, the second installment in the series?

    Oh, gosh, that’s so hard to distill if you’ve not read the first story. At the risk of sounding like a cop-out, it’s probably best for me to simply steal the book’s blurb (part of which I helped to write, so it’s not completely out of bounds). Just ignore the “critically-acclaimed” stuff; I sure didn’t write that.

    Critically acclaimed author of The ASHES Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends–find Eric–again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up–or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

    In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

    Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma–who’s blinked to this London before–to emerge as the dominant personality . . . because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

    But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows–what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages–will die with her.

    Q. If you had to choose one moment, quote, passage or scene that was your favorite to write in THE DICKENS MIRROR, what would it be and why?

    I know this will sound hokey, but the moment that Emma/Elizabeth says to little Emma (her 12-year-old self), “Honey, you’re going home.”

    I don’t know why, but there’s just something about everyone banding together to help this little kid get back where she belongs that makes me choke up every time.

    Q. What have you most enjoyed about working with EgmontUSA to publish this series and your Ashes Trilogy?

    So much! First off, they understood exactly what I was getting at with this particular series without my needing to explain a single thing. They just got it. My editor was incredibly supportive and meticulous in his criticisms, too, which was great because I really felt with both series that he was working hard to make sure the words just leapt from the page: that they shone. What I loved, too, was that not once did anyone suggest that I ought to cut something or whatever; no one fretted about length. All they cared about was the story, and in fact, my editor wanted me to put back all this stuff I’d edited out of Shadows (I think it was; one of the ASHES books) because he felt the words were all important. For them, they were all about story.

    Of course, this is all bittersweet, given what’s happened with EgmontUSA, but I remember my editor and I scheming on ways to make WHITE SPACE’s debut even more interesting, so people would understand what I was trying to do—the ways in which I was playing with narrative and reality—more easily. But, alas, he left, and then all those ideas left with him, and things kind of started unraveling from there.

    But, for as long as they could be, everyone at Egmont was just tremendous with their support.

    Q. You’ve written for a long-running science fiction series, penned short stories, standalone novels, and your own series. Which has been your favorite? Your most challenging? And/or what are the pros and cons of each?

    Oh, I think anything I’m working on that I believe in and love . . . that’s my favorite book and I’m having a good time.

    In terms of all the different venues in which I’ve worked, what I’ve learned is probably what people already know but maybe don’t articulate: every form has its own structure and demands. I was once on a panel when that question was asked, and this other sf/f writer said it best: short stories are about effect (think Ray Bradbury), while novels are for both effect and arcs (or character development). You have more room in a story to follow more complex ideas, which is a luxury you simply don’t have in a short story. That doesn’t mean that a short story can’t be complicated, but you’re aiming for a denouement in a relatively few number of words, which means that every word just really has to count. You have to weave in enough details very quickly to give your character some dimension and an inner life, and then get to the point, move the story along and keep it moving.

    What you also learn is how to kill your babies—all those words you think you just can’t bear to part with—because not every word is golden nor deserves to live simply because you wrote it.

    Was it challenging to do work-for-hire in a universe that I wasn’t as well versed in? Sure; I mean, I knew nothing about Mechwarrior Dark Age before I started. But there were sourcebooks and helpful editors and fans that were great for tracking down effluvia and arcane facts. The pros of doing work-for-hire are . . . a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of world-building has been done for you. The cons are . . . that same heavy lifting because you can never really violate the universe’s rules. You can bend them, and I certainly did, but that’s all at the pleasure of your editor. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with editors who want to help me deform that envelope as much as possible.

    Q. To those who haven’t yet read one of your novels, how would you describe your writing and stories?

    Dark, edgy, frequently ambiguous, and definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

    Q. Do you find that living near a cemetery influences or impacts your writing?

    Nope.  I mean, everywhere you live influences what your write, and I’m much more affected by weather. But my proximity to the cemetery does mean that I really do keep tabs on who’s being planted when. I actually used the cemetery in my short story, “Where the Bodies Are,” and was thrilled when Crimewave jumped on it right away.

    Q. Will there be a follow-up to THE DICKENS MIRROR or was this a planned duology?

    Nope.  I mean, I would’ve been happy to do a trilogy, but my editor, again, must’ve been prescient because he wanted me to wrap it up in two books. Maybe he had an inkling something was in the wind because if I’d done a trilogy . . . well, I don’t know if the third book would’ve come out. As a result, though, DICKENS MIRROR is both packed and radically different from what I originally envisioned. That alternative London was just supposed to be a way station, not the setting for the denouement. The book was eventually supposed to end up on Devil’s Island in Lake Superior (but an alternative to what’s “real”). I have reams of pages and scenes—reams—set there that I couldn’t use. We’re talking hundreds of pages.  But . . . <shrug> . . . that’s the way it goes.

    Q. Having your writing compared to Stephen King’s has to be pretty awesome. Are you a fan of his? And if so, what is your favorite story that he’s written and why is it a favorite?

    Oh my, yes. Even when his books and stories stink—and he’s written some real clunkers—he’s still better than a whole slew of other people. He knows how to tell a story really well. Now you may not care about the story or find it kind of derivative, but you can’t deny his craft.

    I still think that Secret Window, Secret Garden is a masterwork. The first time I listened to that (James Woods does this terrific narration), I was thoroughly sucked in and then stunned at the denouement. I remember thinking, Wait, wait a minute, King didn’t play fair. Then I went back and dissected that story and figured out, well . . . that he had and from the very third line. But he’s just so good that unless you’re paying close attention you won’t see all the clues. I think I’ve probably listened and read that story at least ten or twelve times. It’s just that well-crafted.


    About Ilsa J. Bick

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    Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former Air Force major, and now an award-winning author of dozens of short stories and novels, including her critically acclaimed ASHES Trilogy, Draw the DarkDrowning Instinct, and The Sin-Eater’s Confession. WHITE SPACE, the first volume of her Dark Passages horror/fantasy duology, is currently long-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel. The sequel, THE DICKENS MIRROR, will hit shelves on March 10, 2015.

    Ilsa lives with her long-suffering husband and other furry creatures  near a Hebrew cemetery in rural Wisconsin. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon.

    Drop by her website, www.ilsajbick.com, for her Sundays’ cake and Friday’s cocktail recipes as well as other assorted maunderings; or find her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter (@ilsajbick), or Instagram (@ilsajbick).


    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: WHITE SPACE (Dark Passages #1)
    Author: Ilsa J. Bick
    Release date: February 11, 2014
    Publisher: EgmontUSA
    Pages: 560
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Currently available in eBook format for $1.99 at AMAZON and B&N and $1.23 at BAM

    Description…

    In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

    Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

    Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

    Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

    Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

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    The Giveaway

    I’m offering up for giveaway a copy of THE DICKENS MIRROR to TWO winners

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • There will be TWO winners
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway is open until March 9th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
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    • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winners will have 72 hours to respond with their detail or another winner(s) will be chosen

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    Spies and Prejudice Blog Tour: ‘Scene from Tanner’s POV’ Guest Post & Giveaway

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    I am such a huge fan of author Talia Vance. I absolutely love her Bandia series and I am super excited to be able to be a part of the tour to celebrate the release of her book SPIES AND PREJUDICE.

    If you think the book sounds awesome from having read the description, just wait until you read the dance scene from Tanner’s point of view that I have for my stop on the tour today. It will make you want to pick up the book so that you can meet Tanner and Berry. And it will make you want to read the scene from Berry’s POV to see just what she thought of their dance.

    Of course reading the scene from Tanner’s perspective makes me want to read the entire book from his POV too….

    Anyway… while I think I have the best stop on the tour, there are some other amazing stops you’ll definitely want check out – fab reviews and super fun guest posts including a dream cast, things a spy girl shouldn’t leave home without, character comparisons, a playlist and more.

    The tour schedule is included at the bottom of this post with direct links to all the stops on the tour through today’s stop.

    But before you head off to check those out, there is a giveaway for some awesome prizes that follows below the book’s description and places to find it online, the seriously amazing guest post and some information about the author and places to find her online.

    Author Talia Vance is a fantastic writer who can make you swoon over her characters one moment and get all twisty-turny because of something that happened to them the next. And I’m so thrilled to have her on the blog today to share this scene that does just a little bit of both.

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    About the Book

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    About SPIES AND PREJUDICE

    Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

    Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

    So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

    But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

    With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

    SPIES AND PREJUDICE released on June 11, 2013 and is available in hardcover and eBook formats.

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    Guest Post

    The Dance Scene from Tanner’s Point of View

    Five minutes.  That’s how long it takes for Ryan to get Mary Chris on the dance floor and act like a complete fool, bumping and grinding like an idiot with a ridiculous smile on his face.  I would drag him outside and knock some sense into him if I didn’t suspect that the girl next to me would tackle me to the ground before I got within three feet of Mary Chris.   Even that dress wouldn’t stop Berry from protecting her friend.

    That dress.

    I steal another sideways glance.

    Damn.  It would be so worth getting tackled by her.

    No.  It would be a disaster. 

    I stare back out at Ryan and Mary Chris, doing my best to pull myself together.  Is it hot in here?  It’s definitely hot in here.

    “Do you want to dance?” Berry asks.

    She can’t be serious.  There’s no way that Berry Fields actually wants to dance with me.  Unless she’s somehow discovered that I suck at dancing and is hoping to embarrass me in front of half the school.  I stare at the floor, because if I look at her, I might do something stupid.  Like say yes.  “I don’t dance.”

    “It’s called the Homecoming Dance.  Not the Homecoming hide-in-the-corner-and-brood.”  She gestures toward Ryan and Mary Chris.  “Must be a shock for you.  All this merriment.”

    Ryan spreads his fingers and drags his palms over his eyes in a poor imitation of John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.  I should put a stop to this whole thing while he still has a tiny piece of self-respect intact.

    While I do.

    “Why are you even here?”  Berry’s eyes bore into me.

    I let myself look at her, and instantly regret it.  My mouth goes dry and I have to remember to breathe.  Was she always so beautiful?  It’s more than just the dress.  I can’t look at her lips without remembering how they feel against mine.  Without wanting to feel them again.

    I step closer, backing her closer to the wall.  “Maybe I like brooding in corners with pretty girls in fancy dresses who take my breath away.”

    Her eyes widen and her lips part.  For a second I think she might be thinking of kissing me too, but then she pushes past me. “You’ll have to brood alone for a while.”  She stops a few feet away and glances over her shoulder.  “I came here to dance.”

    Damn it.

    She did want to dance with me.

    It shouldn’t matter.  I should be over it already.  How many times do I need to be insulted, brushed off or completely shot down?

    At least one more apparently.

    I push through the crowd, following the gold threads of her dress as they reflect off the lights overhead.  I nearly knock over a couple making out in the middle of the dance floor, but I don’t lose sight of Berry as she retreats across the room.

    She’s almost to the other side when I reach for her elbow.  She spins around at the contact, her fists raised in a fighting stance that would be scary if it weren’t so damn sexy.  “Are you following me again?”

    “It appears that way.”

    “Why?”

    I inhale, sucking it up.  “I changed my mind.”  As bad ideas go, this is the worst.  A slow song plays, and touching her is not going to help me get over this.

    She drops her fists, but her eyes are still hard, untrusting.  “You changed your mind?”

    “This is stupid.”  I wasn’t kidding when I said I don’t dance.  “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

    “Are you asking me to dance?  Cause here’s a tip.  You might want to edit out the commentary about it being stupid.”  She shakes her head, her blonde curls brushing her bare shoulders in a way that makes me wish I could follow suit.

    I hold out my hand to her, ignoring her comment.  If she dances with me, she’ll figure out exactly how stupid of an idea this is, but right now I don’t care.  I just want to touch her.

    She gives me her hand in silent answer to my prayer.  “I thought you didn’t dance,” she says.

    “I might be terrible.”

    “Stop the presses.  Tanner Halston is terrible at something?”  Is she smiling?

    “It happens.”  More than I want to admit.  Hell, Berry Fields is exhibit A in the case against me for all my failures.

    I reach for her waist with my other hand, and pull her close enough that I can smell the strawberries in her hair.  Her lips tasted like strawberries, and I can’t help but think that if I leaned forward and kissed the bare skin on her neck, that the rest of her would taste like strawberries too.  I pull her against me, savoring the jolt of heat that fills me at the contact.  Why did I ever think dancing sucked?

    “You are kind of terrible,” she says. “Keep your feet still.”

    Reality check.  I freeze, afraid that one wrong move will send her scurrying away in horror.  She doesn’t move either.  We just stand in the middle of the dance floor, holding each other.

    “This isn’t dancing,” I say.  It’s a billion times better.

    “We’ll get there.  One thing at a time.  Start with your hips.”  She slides her hands along my waist, lower.  “Here.”  She presses her hips into mine, swaying to the side, urging me to move with her.

    I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing about two sways ago, but I follow her lead, biting my lip to keep from gasping.

    “Good,” she says, and I smile wildly at the compliment.   “Now, step slowly.  That’s it.  And turn slightly as you step.”

    I lift my foot and turn.

    “Ow!” She pulls her foot out from underneath mine, but she’s laughing, and she keeps her hips pressed to me.  “Okay, forget the stepping for now.” She brings both her hands to my shoulders, letting them slide behind my neck until my face is buried in her hair and my lips brush against her neck, the scent of strawberries tangling with something richer.

    I can’t stop smiling.  “I told you I didn’t dance.”

    “You’re doing fine.”

    I’m doing better than fine.  That’s the problem.  Touching her is addicting.  She pulls me closer and my hands move from her waist to her back, to the smooth skin on her shoulders.  I push a long strand of hair away from her neck and bring my lips closer, so tempted to see if she tastes as good as she smells.

    The song ends before I’m ready, as if I ever could be, but Berry doesn’t pull away.  If anything, she pulls me closer.

    “Berry,” I say, my lips brushing softly against her neck.  Damn.  She does taste like strawberries.

    “Hmm?”

    It’s an effort to keep from kissing her right there in the middle of the dance floor.

    “The song’s over.”

    She opens her eyes and startles.  Pushing me away from her, she stands up straight and brushes her skirt over her thighs with her hands.   “This is the part where you’re supposed to thank me for the dance.”

    “Thank you.”  I can’t take my eyes off her.

    Which is exactly why I need to get the hell out of here.

    I turn around and walk away without looking back.  This cannot be happening.  It can’t happen.

    I am so screwed.

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    About the Author

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    About TALIA VANCE

    Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.

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    The Giveaway

    There are some awesome prizes up for grabs on the SPIES AND PREJUDICE Blog Tour and there will be a total of FIVE (5) winners.

    THREE (3) winners will receive a hardcover copy of SPIES AND PREJUDICE and a T-shirt

    TWO (2) winners will receive a T-shirt

    The giveaway is US only and open to anyone 13 or older.

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    The Tour Schedule

    June 4th – The YA Sisterhood – Review

    June 4th – Page Turners Blog – Review

    June 6th – The Reviews News – Guest Post

    June 7th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    June 8th – What the Cat Read – Guest Post

    June 9th – I’m A Book Shark – Guest Post

    June 10th – Debbie’s World of Books – Guest Post

    June 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

    June 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

    June 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Guest Post

    June 14th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    June 17th – Literary Exploration – Review

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    Quarantine Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    I am super excited to be a part of the QUARANTINE Blog Tour and to be able to share the authors’ playlist for their book. The soundtrack they chose to accompany QUARANTINE: THE LONERS is epic. I love and own most of those songs, so of course I just had to create the playlist in iTunes so I could listen while I read.

    While I hadn’t heard of this book when it released in July, when it was brought to my attention I knew immediately it would be a book I just had to read. An infection that is deadly only to adults. A quarantine that leaves students battling for survival. Dark. Chilling. Awesome.

    Check out the description to find out more…

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    It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

    A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

    In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

    Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter

    And here’s just a little bit…

    About the Authors

    Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their first novel, QUARANTINE: THE LONERS, earned a starred review from Booklist, and Huffington Post Books called it “one of the best books that I have ever read.”

    Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now writes, and exhibits his realist oil paintings in Los Angeles.

    Lex and Thomas met in a writers’ group in Los Angeles. Their friendship developed as they tried to blow each other’s minds with clips from bizarre movies. In 2005, they became a screenwriting team, and found that writing with a friend is much more fun than doing it alone. Visit them at www.lex-thomas.com.

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    Quarantine Playlist

    1. Evil Ball by Sinoia Caves
    2. Moochie’s Death (Christine Sntrk.) by John Carpenter
    3. Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits
    4. Nightcall by Kavinsky
    5. Arrival At The Library (Escape From New York Sntrk.) by John Carpenter
    6. Power by Kanye West
    7. Dead Cruiser by Kavinsky
    8. The Same Deep Water As You by The Cure
    9. The Shape Stalks (Halloween Sntrk.) by John Carpenter
    10. Left Hand Black by Danzig
    11. Chase by Giorgio Moroder
    12. Midnight City by M83
    13. Love On A Real Train by Tangerine Dream
    14. Sunday Afternoon In The Park by Van Halen
    15. Escape (The Fog Sntrk.) by John Carpenter
    16. Die, Die My Darling by The Misfits
    17. After Midnight by Fastway
    18. Ain’t It fun by Rocket From the Tombs
    19. Suspira by Goblin
    20. Even/Odd by The Rachel’s
    21. Bruits De Train by M83

    If you’d like to check out Lex Thomas’ post to see all 97 videos in their complete reading playlist, CLICK HERE or check them all out directly on the authors’ YouTube Channel, HERE.

    Be sure to visit the other awesome stops on the tour!

    Quarantine Blog Tour Stops

    Monday, September 10th – Wastepaper Prose – Quarantine Survival Kit

    Tuesday, September 11th – Bewitched Bookworms – Teaser Tuesday

    Wednesday, September 12th – Novel Novice – Review/Book of the Month

    Thursday, September 13th – The Bookish Brunette – Dream Cast

    Friday, September 14th – The PageTurners – This or That

    Monday, September 17th – Mundie Moms – Review

    Tuesday, September 18th – Forever 17 Books – Teaser Tuesday

    Wednesday, September 19th – Evie Bookish – Review and Top 5

    Thursday, September 20th – Once Upon a Prologue – The Best Kept Secret at McKinley High + Review

    Friday, September 21st –The Book Swarm – McKinley High Code of Conduct

    Monday, September 24th – Reading Angel – Review

    Tuesday, September 25th – Fire and Ice – Teaser Tuesday

    Wednesday, September 26th – Emily’s Reading Room – A Color Coded Guide to McKinley High’s Gangs

    Thursday, September 27th – Fiktshun – Quarantine Playlist

    Friday, September 28th –Hypable – Lex Thomas Interview

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