Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Deceived (Julie Anne Lindsey)

Welcome to my stop on the Deceived blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad's demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went--until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of cigarette butts on her doormat and an unusual ribbon in her locker. With the help of Brian, a boy she meets at a flea market, she discovers that this isn't her first encounter with the murderer and that her father has been concealing her true identity for the past twelve years. But despite her father's desperate attempts to protect her, Elle still comes face to face with the darkness she has been running from her whole life. Trapped in the woods and with help hundreds of miles away, will Elle be able to confront the Reaper and reclaim the life she lost?

Release Date: 09/18/13
320 page

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Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomes five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin). 
Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.
Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.

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Blogging about books and writing at Musings from the Slush Pile

Writing the Genre I Love By Julie Anne Lindsey

I read many things, but YA is by far my favorite escape. I read at least twice as many YA novels as I do cozy mystery, romance or anything else. Today’s YA authors are phenomenal. Some of the best storytelling and most compelling voices in literature are arising from a once overlooked genre: YA. YA today flat out rocks and I devour shelves full of these delicious titles every year. I have authors I love and authors I stalk and authors who render me speechless. I’m a shameless, unapologetic fangirl and that will never change. I anticipate it getting worse.

Authors are told to read what they write and I do, but until now writing YA was only a dream for me. I write sweet romances for Turquoise Morning Press and I have a new cozy mystery series starting in October with Carina Press, but seeing Deceived come to fruition blows my mind into confetti. It was all a big dreamy feel, like my agent might call and revoke the whole thing at any moment until the doorbell rang and a box of ARCs sat there with my name on them. Just like that. BOOM, I’m a YA author. *mouth hangs open*I think you have to engage in some fandom to understand how thoroughly surreal this is for me. I’m shocked and awed (and very very odd) and I’m so completely out of my league it’s tragic. But here I am. While I’m here I plan to savor the moment instead of wondering in which alternate universe this can be happening. For now, I’m ecstatic.

Deceived was so much fun to write. I included all my favorite things like rural Ohio, great music, hot Marshals and pending death. All the elements of a great story. I did my best to make the most of each. I also wore out of a few songs online as I worked through tough scenes and basically scared the coffee out of myself more than once. Now, it’s here and I’m simultaneously thrilled and terrified. I hope readers will find the same thrill in reading it that I had while writing it. Swoon worthy romance, intrigue AND a serial killer. I mean, right?

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