Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Official FBI Case Files on the Suspects by Paula Stokes(LIARS, Inc.)+Giveaway

by Paula Stokes
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: March 24th 2015
For fans of Gone GirlI Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.


Paula: Welcome to Day 2 of the #CatchAKiller Blog Tour. The first week is background profiles on the victim and suspects. The second week is FBI subject interview transcripts. Follow along to win fun swag and test your detective skills. Nothing in the content is directly spoilery for the book, but the info presented here might get you thinking about who's lying and who's telling the truth. Can you follow the clues and sniff out a killer? Make your guess and then read LIARS, INC. to see if you’re right!

CASE CA4153-228
LEAD INVESTIGATOR: McGhee, James, Special Agent
SECONDARY INVESTIGATOR: Gonzalez, Alex, Special Agent

SUBJECT: DeWitt, Remington
AGE: 53
ETHNICITY: Caucasian
HEIGHT: 6’1”
HAIR: Blond
EYES: Blue

Senator Remington DeWitt was born in Los Angeles, CA and has also lived in Malibu, Boston, and Sacramento. He is currently in the running to be appointed Secretary of Labor. Married to Claudia DeWitt. Senator DeWitt is being questioned in conjunction with the disappearance of Preston DeWitt, his only child. [NOTE: His spouse, Claudia, was also asked to answer a few questions, but the senator informs me she suffers from anxiety and isn’t up to talking today.]

CRIMINAL HISTORY: One count of drunk and disorderly contact that occurred thirty years ago while the senator was serving overseas in the Marine Corps. Handled by UCMJ.

MEDICAL HISTORY:  Cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, wisdom teeth removal, chicken pox as a child, current atrial fibrillation and hyperlipidemia, former two pack a day smoker. Social drinker. Subject denies psychiatric disorders, current tobacco use, and drug abuse.

ACADEMIC HISTORY: Attended elementary and middle school in Los Angeles. Foreign boarding school for high school. Undergraduate work at Pepperdine. MBA at Harvard.

WORK HISTORY: Current U.S. Senator. Current CEO of DeWitt Firearms. Former Governor of CA. One four-year stint in the USMC.

SOCIAL HISTORY: Senator DeWitt splits his time between Washington, D.C., his home in Vista Palisades, and traveling for his firearms company. He describes himself as extremely busy, but says both he and his wife still make time for Preston and assure that he receives excellent care. Subject says he and Preston weren’t close per se, but also weren’t doing more than “the usual amount of arguing you see between a teenage boy and his father.”


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About the Author 
Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blog Tour: 1940's Style Guide of Dead To Me by Mary McCoy+Giveaway

Dead to Me
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.

"Don't believe anything they say."

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

Dead To Me is set in 1940s Los Angeles, so while I was writing, I had to do a little bit of research on 1940s fashion to make sure I didn't anyone dressed for the wrong era. The characters include everyone from housewives to movie stars to tomboyish teenage girls to private eyes, so I looked to old dress patterns, archival photos, and of course, movies for inspiration.

There's a fabulous collection of Life Magazine photographs of teenagers in the 1940s, and I used that when I was thinking about Alice, the main character, and what she would have been wearing:

After World War II, one of the most significant trends in women's fashion was know as the New Look, the name of Christian Dior's spring-summer 1947 collection. The clothes were feminine, with longer skirts - an antidote to the more utilitarian styles of the war-era. Alice's mother would have adored this look:
I also see Annie, the glamorous older sister, adopting the New Look, only a more youthful version of it:
Camille Grabo, the disgraced starlet, would have gone with dramatic looks. I see her wearing a lot of black, too:

And on the other end of the spectrum is Ruth, who doesn't care about fashion, who's described as wearing shirtwaist dresses. This would have been a few years out of fashion, and definitely more austere than what the other women are wearing:

And then there are the men. Of course, for Jerry Shaffer, the tough-talking private detective, I went to the platonic ideal, Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep:

And for Conrad Donahue, the devastatingly handsome but dangerous movie star, I used Montgomery Clift as my model:

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About the Author 
Mary McCoy is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. Mary now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

(Blog Tour) Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren Dream Cast + Giveaway

Welcome to Season of Fire blog tour hosted by Jean @ Book Nerd Tours! As a part of celebrating her new release. I have the pleasure to share with all of you Lisa T. Bergren's gorgeous dream cast for The Remnants series.

Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2)
Season of Fire
by Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica.

Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants . . . but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both . . . forever.

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About the Author 
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim (RMrustic.com). Tim’s a worship leader, graphic designer and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (18), Emma (15) and Jack (10).

The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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5 winners will receive Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bregren

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