The Super Spies and the high school bomber blog tour: Book Excerpt & Giveaway

 



Book Excerpt:
Chapter One
A whoosh of roiling hot air lifted Sarah Cole and flung her
against the kitchen wall like a fumbled football. At the same time, the windows burst into millions of pieces, showering everything with tiny shards of glass. Sarah crumpled to the floor, still clutching the phone. She lay there stunned, unable to inhale or exhale.

 
Sarah! Sarah! her younger sister, Lacey, screamed from the bathroom, where shed been drying her hair.
The ringing in her ears was so intense, Sarah could barely
hear her. Groaning, she opened her eyes and saw only red through
her right one. Dread rippled through her body.
Sarah! Sarah! Lacey cried again.
Sarah dropped the phone, and put her hand up to her eye.
She fingered the area gently before pulling her hand away. Blood.
Lacey, she croaked, unable to manage more than that.
Sarah! Where are you?
The kitchen, Sarah said, finally able to breathe. She
blinked her eyes twice and her vision cleared. Relief flooded her
body and she wilted against the floor.
Holy Moley! Lacey shrieked.
Sarah jumped at the sound of her voice. She didnt realize
Lacey had come up the stairs and into the kitchen. The ringing in
her ears was almost gone.
Youre bleeding!
No kidding, Sarah said, covering her right eye with her
hand and glaring at Lacey with her uncovered one. She brushed
her shoulder length blonde hair away from her face and gasped at
the blood running down her arm.
Weve got to get you to the hospital! Lacey screamed in a
voice edged with hysteria.
Stop freaking out! Sarah gave Lacey the old one----eyed
glare again.
Sarah, theres blood everywhere, her sister whimpered as
she wrung her hands. She gazed around her. What happened? Did
our furnace blow up or something?
I dont think so. Sarah shook her head, dust particles and
slivers of glass cascaded to the floor. She furrowed her brow and
absentmindedly brushed off her clothes. I think something
exploded outside. Help me up.
Lacey held out her hand to Sarah and pulled her into a
sitting position.
Blinking, Sarah gazed around the kitchen. On most days it
was a sunny room with pineapple wallpaper and pine cabinets. It
was the most popular room in the house
everyone congregated
there during the holidays.
Sarah blinked again. Dust floated through the air and glass
littered the yellow linoleum floor. She groaned and turned her
attention to her arm.
As she examined the blood running down it, another wave
of panic flooded through her body. Sarahs legs wobbled when she
stood and she stumbled as she reached for a kitchen towel that lay
on the counter. She used the soft cloth to blot her eye. When she
pulled the towel away, she was shocked to see the amount of blood
that had soaked into it. Sarah gulped, trying to swallow her fear as
beads of sweat broke out on her forehead.
With unsteady feet, Sarah stumbled into the hall where a
mirror hung.
She was afraid to look. Taking some deep breaths, she stared
into the cracked mirror and noticed a cut in her eyebrow. The
amount of blood that seeped from the cut was enormous compared
to its small size.
Lacey walked past Sarah on her way to the den. The crunch
of glass under her sisters feet caught Sarahs attention, and she
sighed. Thank goodness we had our shoes on. A wave of relief washed
over her body and she exhaled another deep sigh. The girls hadbeen getting ready for school when the windows exploded and
covered everything with glass.
Sarah, come here! Youve got to see this! Lacey yelled.
Sarah whirled around and spotted her sister walking from
the denher eyes were round and full of shock.
I think all the windows have been smashed. Come and
look.
Holding the towel against her cut, Sarah followed her into
the den.
Holy crap!
She gazed into the room. Shards of glass covered the
furniture and the floor. The sun streamed through the window,
shining on the jagged bits embedded in the carpet. It appeared as if
tiny diamonds were buried within the fibers.
What in the world happened?
Sarah shook her head.
I have no idea.
The shrill ring of the phone made Sarah jump. She dashed
back to the kitchen and found the phone where she had dropped it
earlier.
Hello?
Sarah?
Jackie?
Yeah, its me. Jackies voice eased some of the tension in
Sarahs body. Jackie Jenkins was her best friend. They had met
when Sarah and her sister moved in with their aunt and uncle three
months earlier.
Sarah glanced down at her legs and for the first time saw
tiny nicks where she had been hit by flying glass. She bent down
and examined the cuts further. They were not deep, and were
already clotting.
All of our windows exploded! Do you know whats going
on? Sarah asked.
There was an explosion at the high school.
There was an explosion?
Yep.

Blurb:



This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?



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The Box by Christina Gaudet Blog Tour: Book Excerpt & Giveaway



Today is the start of The Box by Christina Gaudet Blog Tour and I am happy to bring you a book excerpt and a giveaway!

Blurb
The Box
Some gifts should be left unopened.

When her gran passes away, the only item left to Lou is a small wooden box. Although it’s not the car that her sister, Cindy, receives, Lou knows it could have been worse. She could have gotten Gran’s collection of toenails. When Lou opens the box and a guy the size of a stick of gum falls out; she changes her mind – the nail clippings would have been better.

Not a day goes by that Lou doesn’t wish she could shove that guy back in the box and pretend she’d never laid eyes on him. Because of him, she discovered Gran was a sorceress and Cindy is a witch and all these years they have been keeping Lou’s magic locked away “for her own safety.” Without the magic she’s vulnerable to whoever, or whatever, is after her. With it, she’s a target for a fate worth than death.



Excerpt

Every muscle in my body is tense and ready to spring, but I hold myself in place. No need to freak out. It’s only a spider after all. More afraid of you and all that. And if I start flopping around like an idiot, it might get mad and bite.






Slowly, I reach down to the hem of my shirt. Even more slowly so as not to frighten the thing into doing something rash like bite me or run for the excellent hiding spot of my ear, I pull the material down, flattening out the folds.






My heart flutters as I finally catch sight of the thing. I’m about to flick it off me and throw myself in the opposite direction when I notice the bug is staring straight at me with a look more horrified than my own. Not only that, it seems to have only two legs and two arms, not the eight I’ve been expecting.






When my ears start to ring I realise I’ve been staring at the thing on my stomach for a very long time without breathing. I gasp in a tiny bit of air as the thing does something shockingly similar.






A human. An impossibly tiny human crouches on my stomach.
 
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The Origami Nun Blog Tour: Book Excerpt & Giveaway





Welcome to The Origami Nun’s first tour stop with a great book excerpt & an awesome giveaway!

 

Blurb:

Seven-year old Ruth can't speak, but that doesn't mean she can't think. She knows her birthday is going to be good as her beloved great-aunt has exciting plans for her. What she doesn't expect is a magical paper nun, an encounter with a bully who may not be what she seems or a school day to remember. Because, before her special day is over, Ruth is in for some very big surprises.





 

Extract from the start of the book:

Chapter One

When Ruth was seven years old, her great-aunt Alice gave her an origami nun for her birthday. Ruth had other presents too: an art box full of different colour paints and ten brushes in different sizes; a red and yellow Swatch watch;; a charm bracelet;; and a set of children’s books, including Charlotte’s Web, which was her favourite. Ruth was the sort of child who didn’t mind reading books again. That was part of the fun of them.

But the origami nun made her smile the most. She wasn’t large. In fact she was very small, about twice as tall as Ruth’s thumb, and no wider. She was angular and made with stiff paper that was black on the outside and white on the inside. Ruth could see this by the edge of white under the nun’s face. She didn’t want to take the nun apart to find out for sure, but that was what she thought as she turned the present over and over in her hands.

When Great-Aunt Alice saw how happy Ruth was with the nun, that made her smile too. Whenever Great-Aunt Alice smiled, her skin would crease up into a pattern of wrinkles and her eyes would seem to disappear. That always made Ruth laugh, silently, which must be catching as soon Great-Aunt Alice laughed too, and after that the room was full of the sound of her great-aunt’s giggling and the crinkly snap and sigh of wrapping paper.

“Do you like the nun then, my darling?” Great-Aunt Alice asked and Ruth smiled and nodded so hard she felt that her head might fall off.

She didn’t answer in words. For the fact of the matter was that Ruth couldn’t speak. She was dumb. If she needed to say something she would use mime or write things down. Ruth was quick at writing and most people were happy to wait for her to finish. Only a few walked away. Also, she didn’t have anything wrong with her hearing and it was funny how often people who didn’t know her didn’t understand that. They thought dumb meant deaf or stupid, or maybe both. Ruth didn’t much like those people. She was glad when they walked away.

Ruth looked at the nun again. She held her carefully in her hands so she wouldn’t crumple her. How beautiful she was. So calm and so still. Maybe the nun was from a silent order? Great-Aunt Alice had told her about those, and Ruth liked the idea that adults could do things where they didn’t have to talk. Because sometimes she thought the whole world was full of talking and she knew she would never be part of that, because of being dumb. Just at that moment, the sun shone through her bedroom window and she was certain that the nun winked at her. Even though she didn’t have any eyes, or none that Ruth could see.

She pointed at the nun and looked up at her great-aunt.

“I’m so glad you like her,” said Great-Aunt Alice. “She was a pleasure to make for you, and really in many ways she made herself. She’s special, you see.”

Great-Aunt Alice loved origami and would spent hours folding paper into impossible shapes. In the past she had made frogs and swans, salt-and-pepper pots and tractors, cottages and telescopes. Ruth loved to watch her making them and had even made some herself but they were never as good as her great-aunt’s. She wasn’t sure her fingers were the right shape, being short and stubby compared to long and thin. But she kept on trying and that was what counted most of all.

Ruth wondered if she should tell her great-aunt about the nun winking but decided to wait until later. She wanted to see if the nun would do it again.





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Giveaway:

Rules:
Up for grabs is a paperback copy of The Origami Nun by Lori Olding and three runners up will get an ebook of The Origami Nun!

The prizes are for all the blogs taking part so there is only 1 paperback and 3 ebooks altogether for all the blogs. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is leave a comment below for the author, not just thanks for the giveaway! What do you think of the cover, the blurb for the book?

This stop is worth one entry into the giveaway, if you want more entires make sure to hop over to the other posts once they are up. The more posts you comment on the more entries you get.

You need to make sure you leave a way to contact you if you win, either an email or your twitter name!

There are know extra points for spreading the word but if you would like to that would be awesome.

Giveaway is international and opened till the 30th September 2012!

Giveaway items provided by the author!

Tour stops:

17th September:
Book Excerpt @
http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.co.uk/

18th September: Review @
http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.co.uk/

19th Septemer: Top 5 childrens authors @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk/

20th September: Review @ http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/

21st September: Guest Post @ http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/ & a Review @ http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.co.uk/

Head all better!

Woop Woop!

I'm better thank god! :) I had quite a scare there two weeks ago BUT I'm all better now and although I'd love to start blogging away as usual I'm afraid I can't.

Everytime I'm on a computer for more than 5 minutes I get shooting pains through my head so I'm unable to keep this blog updated and blog as usual. Even though I'd love too so much, so I am taking a couple of months off from blogging and will be back at the end od November!

Until then, Megan from Reading Away the Days will taking over here starting next Monday the 17! She'll be adding giveaways, interviews, guest posts and more so I really hope yous will all stick around till then and stay till the end of November!

I will be blogging on my other blog A Redheads Guilty Reads still so maybe I'll see you there! Just make sure you're over the age of 18!! LOL

I will be back blogging around the end of November start of December so I hope to see you all then! :)

Sorry!

Kerry-Ann