Book excerpt: The Second Window, by Erica Kiefer

There are a lot of things that can draw me into a novel, but one of the strongest pulls–and sometimes one of the most difficult to achieve–is contrasting suspense against a light voice. I’m not just talking about the tension in a novel; tension is a given, and generally comes across clearly no matter the voice. I’m talking about books that fall into the Suspense genre.

Erica Kiefer’s young adult novel The Second Window falls into two genres: Suspense and Romance. I haven’t read it yet, but you can bet it’s on my list. Especially now that I’ve read this excerpt from the first chapter. The voice is light but gripping, providing that contrast I just mentioned.

Before you take a look at the excerpt, hop over to Erica’s giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box.

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Book excerpt: Murder on the Lake of Fire, by Mikel J. Wilson

I love a good mystery. Mysteries and thrillers were some of the first adult-targeted books I remember reading, and I still find myself going back to them.

Mikel J. Wilson’s Murder on the Lake of Fire is exactly the type of mystery I tend to gravitate toward. Based on what I’ve seen of the novel so far, it has exactly what I’ve come to expect from books in the genre: a murder I can’t wait to figure out, hints of romance, and a main character I’ll enjoy reading. All in all, it seems like my kind of book.

Today, I’m quite happy to be sharing an excerpt with you. Plus, Mikel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. Go ahead and enter, then come on back to take a look at that excerpt.

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Cover reveal: Something Just Like This, by Tracy Krimmer

I’ve been in a Christmas-y sort of mood lately. More specifically, I’ve been craving holiday-themed stories. Mostly I’ve been relying on movies, but I’ll be turning to books soon, too.

If Tracy Krimmer’s Something Just Like This came out sooner, you can bet I’d add it to this season’s reading list. Unfortunately, it won’t be released until February, so I’ll have to wait before diving in.

In the meantime, I’ll have to make due with helping to reveal the cover. Before I do, though, I’m going to let you jump on over to Tracy’s giveaway–she has a $10 Amazon gift card up for grabs!

Now, are you ready to take a look at the cover?

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Cover reveal: Inseparable, by Siobhan Davis

I love a simple, yet eye-catching cover. I’ve helped reveal such covers before, and I’m quite happy to be doing so again today.

The cover of Inseperable, by Siobhan Davis, however, sets itself apart from most of the others that I would put in that simple-but-eye-catching category. Why? Because it also has a distinct sense of… well, why don’t I just let you take a look?

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Book recommendation: Sun Storm, by Marlow Kelly

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Remember back in August, when I helped reveal the cover of Sun Storm, by Marlow Kelly? At that point, I said the novel sounded like the type of book that makes you question who’s going to survive, but in the best way possible.

I’ve had the chance to read it now, and you know what? My initial impression was right. Not only is Sun Storm a wonderful romance, it’s also a great choice if you want something suspenseful.

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