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 teasers: Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer

Is it any surprise that a book like Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer, caught my attention? It shouldn’t be. Not only is the cover gorgeous (seriously, that banner up at the top of this blog post should give you a good idea of what the cover is like), but the summary is so incredibly intriguing.

I mean, Wiccan powers, war, and hints of romance? What is there not to be caught up in? And how could I resist the opportunity to show off a few of the book’s teasers this week?

Plus, Micalea is giving a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Make sure you stop by her giveaway for your chance to enter.

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Cover reveal: Stolen Enchantress, by Amber Argyle

Some artwork is just plain beautiful. Seriously. And “beautiful” was the first word that came to my mind when I saw the cover for Amber Argyle’s Stolen Enchantress.

Well, okay, so the first word that came to my mind was actually “Oh,” followed by “that’s so beautiful.” But I swear, “beautiful” was intended to be the first word.

Rather than try to explain what I mean, though, why don’t I just show you? Today’s post is a cover reveal, after all. So let’s get to the revealing.

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Cover reveal: What The Valley Knows, by Heather Christie

Sometimes, it’s a single line in summary that hooks me. That isn’t to say that the rest of the summary isn’t good or interesting, just that that one line is incredibly intriguing.

A lot of summaries try to pull it off, but end up with something a little closer to cliched. That’s not the case for What The Valley Knows, by Heather Christie. The last line of this summary, which I’ll show you in a moment, grabbed my attention and has yet to let go.

Add in the fact that this cover pulls back to mind the romance in the story, and you’ve got yourself a cover that shouldn’t have too much trouble selling the book. Click on through to take a look.

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Cover reveal: Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge

Some covers just hit me more than others, in an absolutely wonderful way. Do you know what I mean?

Take the cover of Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge. I signed up to help reveal it because the summary hooked me from the first line. I mean, baking and witches? Yes, please. But this cover, you guys. This cover alone would have had me picking up the book.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves.

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