March 16, 2018

Silver Girl Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Author:Leslie Pietrzyk 
Release Date: February 27, 2018 
Publisher: Unnamed Press 
Pages: 272 
Formats: Paperback, eBook 


It's the early 1980s. Ronald Reagan's economy will trickle down any day now, and Chicago's Tylenol Killer has struck: an unknown person is stuffing cyanide into capsules, then returning them to drugstore shelves. 

Against the backdrop of this rampant anxiety, one young woman, desperate to escape the unspoken secrets of her Midwestern family, bluffs her way into the fancy "school by the lake" in Chicago. There she meets Jess, charismatic and rich and needy, and the two form an insular, competitive friendship. Jess' family appears perfect to the narrator's wishful eye, and she longs to fit into their world, even viewing herself as a potentially better daughter than the unappreciative Jess. But the uneven power dynamic chafes the narrator, along with lingering guilt about the sister she left behind. Her behavior becomes increasingly risky - and after Jess' sister dies in murky circumstances and the Tylenol killer exposes the intricate double life of Jess' father, she finds herself scrambling for footing. Nothing is as it seems, and the randomness of life feels cruel, whether one's fate is swallowing a poisoned Tylenol or being born into a damaged and damaging family. 

SILVER GIRL is a cousin to Emma Cline's The Girls and Emily Gould's Friendship in its nuanced exploration of female friendship, with the longing of Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter. 

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The winters I remember in Chicago had a specific dark endless quality, as if distilled to some deeper, purer essence than the winters in Iowa, though it was cold and snowy back there, too. In Chicago, the snow came and wouldn’t leave, only accumulated, until the concept of “white” was a thing to loathe. The low grey of every day’s same sky; slush ribboning the streets, piling up along the curbs, and the smacking sound of tires rolling through the mass of it; the scrape of shovels battering against cement; the piercing chafe of snot inhaled back up into a raw, red nose; circling fingerfuls of Vaseline into salt-stained dress boots, massaging mink oil into shoes for waterproofing and stainproofing, the greasy rank scent, the fluttery questions, best ignored, about what mink oil really was, where it might come from; the flick of Kleenex popping when pulled out of a box one after the other; sniffles ricocheting across the library stacks, the distracting echo of that, rereading the same first paragraph over and over, highlighter pen clenched between fingers and thumb, uncomprehending; hat-mashed hair and chapped lips and hangnails catching inside gloves and dry skin, flaky skin, lifeless skin; sparks of static electricity snapping off doorknobs; the heavy, dull food of the cafeteria, brown meat, white potatoes, tinny-tasting green beans with the texture of mush, noodles and more noodles and more noodles; the radio d.j.s and newscasters and their damn positivity, the manic cry, “Good morning!”; crunching across snow; seeing a girl in a red scarf slip and fall on ice across the street as people streamed around her, late for class. And the wind. The wind, the wind. That Chicago wind.…

To cope, we punished ourselves. This was when we took on the bears: tough classes, tedious requirements outside our interests, the eight o’clocks. The thinking was, nothing to do but study, so grind away. The thinking was, if your roommate committed suicide, they’d award you pity A’s and if you were the one committing suicide, at least you’d escape winter (we assumed; possibly we were already in hell). The thinking was, there had never been a year when spring didn’t eventually show up, but just as we couldn’t really believe that rumor about a roommate’s suicide boosting our GPAs, we couldn’t believe in spring either. It was something we remembered hearing about, once at a party, from a drunk guy with shit for brains. We didn’t believe it. It was hard to believe in anything during those winters.
Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October 2015. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year. A new novel, Silver Girl, is forthcoming from Unnamed Press in February 2018. Her short fiction and essays have appeared/are forthcoming in many publications, including Hudson Review, Southern Review, Arts & Letters, Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Salon, Washingtonian, and the Washington Post Magazine. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and often teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. Raised in Iowa, she now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.  
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Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
2/26/2018- BookHounds YA- Interview 
2/27/2018- The Book Tower- Review 
2/28/2018- BookishRealmReviews- Review 
3/1/2018- The Underground- Review 
3/2/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt 

Week Two: 
3/12/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Interview 
3/13/2018- Daily Waffle - Excerpt 
3/14/2018- Hauntedbybooks13- Review 
3/15/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews- Review 
3/16/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 

Spirit Woman Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Author: Zara Quentin 
Release Date: January 30, 2018 
Publisher: Zara Quentin 
Pages: 355 
Formats: Paperback, eBook 


A missing dragon. A friend in mortal danger. A young woman’s quest to save them both… 
  Jade Gariq is wanted for treason. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of her uncle, she’s hiding in the Premyan jungle. Separated from her mother and brothers, at least she’s safe and alive—for now. But when a friend falls suddenly ill, and her fate is linked to the mysterious disappearance of a Dragon-God, Jade cannot hide any longer.   Sent beyond the Portal, Jade is not the only one searching for the Dragon-God. She faces invisible cities, a criminal underworld, and an old enemy disguised as a friend. To make matters worse, she’s a wanted criminal with a reward out for her capture. It will take all of Jade’s determination to pursue her quest. Can she evade her enemies and find the Dragon-God before death claims her friend? 

Spirit Woman is the second book in the Airwoman series. If you like being immersed in captivating worlds, compelling characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love the latest in Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventures. 

Buy Spirit Woman today, and let your imagination soar! 
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Author: Zara Quentin 
Release Date: October 25, 2016 
Publisher: Zara Quentin 
Pages: 316 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook 


A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim… 

Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods… 

To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate? 

Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.  

Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight! 

For a free preview of Airwoman, find it at:  

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Warm air flowed over her outstretched wings. Her eyes widened in wonder as the turquoise waters of Merryne stretched out to the horizon before her. She glided in a lazy circle, waiting for Axel to catch up. In the distance, a chain of tiny black islands peeped above the surface of the water to form a crescent. Those islands were the only land as far as the eye could see.

Axel pointed to a spot directly below where a cluster of large metal containers floated on the water. It had the appearance of a cluster of boxes that were lined and stacked together. Jade flicked her tail and tucked her wings to follow Axel as he dove towards it.
When she landed on the platforms that ringed the structure, the ground moved under her feet.

“Pontoons,” Axel explained. “The Traveller base is made of converted containers joined together and floating on pontoons.”

“It’s even uglier up close.”

Axel chuckled. “It was only supposed to be temporary—the Myr didn’t want anything permanent built here—but with all the trouble the Myr rebels have caused during the resort build, the base has only grown.”

Axel adjusted the bag hanging from his chest harness, glancing around. “Let’s go. If we stand here any longer, someone will come asking questions.”

As though summoned by his words, Jade saw a figure out of the corner of her eye and couldn’t help but look over her shoulder.

It was as though something clamped around her neck, cutting her airway mid-breath. She stared.

The figure stared back. Though he was at the other end of the platform, Jade saw his face clearly. Cajun’s stubble of buzzed blonde hair was barely visible, even in the light, and there was a rosy tinge of sunburn over the fair skin on his face. The sleeves of his black uniform were rolled up to the elbow.

Cajun’s eyes widened as he saw her. His trademark smirk was absent, and his glare was full of anger and threat.

Jade’s heart pounded in her chest. She stumbled after Axel, expecting Cajun to call out. But he didn’t.

Jade tugged on Axel’s hand, but when Axel looked around, Cajun had disappeared.

“What?” Axel asked.

“I thought…Cajun…”

Axel frowned. “It’s only natural to think we see what we’re afraid of,” he replied, but they picked up their pace.

It was only when they’d passed into the artificial yellow light of the base that Jade found she could breathe again.

Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination. 

After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.  

Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series. 

Giveaway Details: 
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Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
3/5/2018- Bookhounds- Interview 
3/5/2018- My Creatively Random Life- Review 
3/6/2018- Daily Waffle- Excerpt 
3/7/2018- Maddie.TV- Guest Post 
3/8/2018- La libreria di Beppe- Spotlight 
3/9/2018- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt 
3/9/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post 

Week Two: 
3/12/2018- Blushing Bibliophile- Review 
3/12/2018- Hot Town Cool Girl- Interview 
3/13/2018-jrsbookreviews- Excerpt 
3/13/2018-Jaime's World- Spotlight 
3/14/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Excerpt 
3/14/2018- lori's little house of reviews- Review 
3/15/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo- Spotlight 
3/16/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt