I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel the urge to read something romantic, yet intense. I don’t exactly know where that urge is coming from, but I have a couple of books in mind to satisfy it. Thanks to today’s excerpt, one of them is Love Me Only, by Justice K Chambers and Susan James Pierce.
Really, guys, I’m sure that, at the very least, you’re going to find this one intriguing. Before you take a look, though, hop on over to Justice and Susan’s Rafflecopter, where they’re giving away a $20 Amazon gift card.
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What is it about teenagers solving a murder that makes me want to read a novel? I was a fan of Nancy Drew growing up, and I’m still drawn to that same type of story. Especially if it involves a cold case.
Like R.J. Garcia’s Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced: Misfit teenagers attempting to solve a case that may just get them killed? Um, yes, please–I definitely want to read this one. Add in the cover I’m helping to reveal today, and I’m entirely hooked.
Seriously, you’re going to want to take a look at it. And then you’re going to want to grab a copy of the book as soon as you can.
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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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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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Romance can be good all on its own, but adding a second element can take a novel up to new heights. If I’m reading a romance novel, one of my favourite secondary elements is suspense. Not the type of suspense that makes you wonder if the couple will end up together; I’m talking about the type that makes you wonder who’s going to survive.
Sun Storm, by Marlow Kelly, sounds like exactly that type of novel. The summary had me hooked, and I couldn’t resist helping to reveal the cover. And I have to say, the cover helps build suspense just as much as the summary.
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