Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry Review & Excerpt Tour

 

 

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

 

 

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

 

 

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~Ellison~
Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”
I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”
“Andrew?” someone asks.
“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?
“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.
“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.
“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.
“Yes.”
“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.
My entire body recoils. “What?”
“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”
I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”
“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”
Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”
More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point? Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”
A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.
My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”
He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.
Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.
I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.
Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”

 

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Katie McGarry’s SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME – Tour Schedule:

January 22nd

A Book Fanatic Obsession

Books, Coffee & Passion

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Girl Plus Books

Lattes & Paperbacks

Read more sleep less

Sanaa’s Book Blog

Tales of the Ravenous Reader

The book slayer

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Boyfriends

January 23rd

Book Twins Reviews

E-Romance News

Kim’s Reading Nook

Milky Way of Books

phishbowl reads

Read. Eat. Love.

Resch Reads and Reviews

The Book Hammock

The Lovely Books

TSK TSK What to Read

January 24th

Actin’Up with Books

Binding Addiction

Booknerd1107

Ficwishes

Kindle and Me

Literary Misfit

Red Hot + Blue Reads

Star-Crossed Book Blog

The Book Maven

The Start of Something New

January 25th

Beyourselfbebhaltair

Books first work later

Broc’s Bookcase

Dazzled by Books

Eye in Bookland

KDRBCK

Movies, Shows, & Books

Reads and Thoughts

Sister Sister Book Blog

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World

January 26th

Ali’s Reviews and More

Beneath The Covers Blog

BookWorm221

Collector of book boyfriends

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

Little Read Riding Hood

MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews

Rad Babes Read

The Bookish Sisters

The Reading Faery

January 27th

An Asian Chick & Her Cat Walk into a Book Blog

Angel Reads

Becky on Books

Book reader addicts

Brittany’s Book Blog

Contagious Reads

Geronimo Reads

Less Reality More Books

Romancing the Laser Pistol

The Escapist Book Blog

January 28th

Book Bitches Blog

Bookishly Yours

KatyaRath

Lo’s Lo-Down on Books

Mary Had a Little Book Blog

Not the Path to Narnia

Reese’s Reviews

Stuck In YA Books

The Butterfly reads

We Live and Breathe Book

January 29th

Adventures in Writing

Boundless Bookaholic

Book Boyfriend Reviews

Confessions of a Wordaholic

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Reading with Jessica

Roasted Romance

The Heart of a Book Blogger

The Readdicts

Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

January 30th

All Things Dark & Dirty

Book Reader Chronicles

Crazii Bitches Book Blog

Desert Divas Book Addiction

Dirty Girl Romance

Nerdy Soul

The Book Hookup

The Wandering Bookaholic

Total Book Geek

January 31st

Alotabooks13

Bookishly Nerdy

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog

Greyland Reviews

Jen’s Reading Obsession

Little Bookworm Reviews

Mundie Moms

Readers Live A Thousand Lives

Recommended Reads

The Cover Contessa

February 1st

A Literary Perusal

Bibliobibuli YA

Book Hoarder Mom

Bookaholics anonymous

Ceres Books World

Dorothy Gale Reviews

In Between The Pages

Katy and Zetti’s Book Ramblings

Miss Riki

Perspective of a Writer

The Bookish Introvert

February 2nd

Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads

Bookalicious Babes Blog

BookCrushin

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

CJR The Brit

Crazy Chaotic Book Babes

Do You Dog-ear?

Jax’s Book Magic

Mean Girls Luv Books

The Book Avenue

February 3rd

Bookgasms Book Blog

Books & Tea

Chapter by Chapter

Defiantly Deviant

G & T’s Indie Café

Live Read and Breathe

Midnight Book Girl

Ms. Me28

The Book Addict’s Reviews

Vera is Reading

 

 

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About Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

 

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So this book, it wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it like I wanted to either. Thank you Inkslinger PR and Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review, and for allowing me a spot on the Review & Excerpt Tour. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

 

First off, trigger warnings for mentions of physical abuse, violence, substance abuse, emotional abuse, and some animal cruelty. Second, the first half of the book can be a bit slow, but the second half picks up in pace and drama. 

 

I really liked Hendrix’s character, or Drix as he likes to be called. He, and Thor, were probably the highlights of the book for me. He was literally given a second chance, and the guy he turns out to be at the end of the book is so amazing. A little rough around the edges, but with a heart of gold. He’s going on my book boyfriend list without a doubt.

 

That being said, I had some issues with Ellison and her parents. Without going into details and spoiling the book, let’s just say that her parents annoyed me at least 95% of the time. As for Ellison, or Elle as she likes to be called, I know what the author was trying to do, but I felt like I couldn’t connect with her character because she wasn’t her true self half the time. I wanted her to open her eyes and realize what was happening, to not idly stand by, to immerse herself in the world…and she does in the end, but the victory is bittersweet for me.

 

This book does have some romance, but it’s very tame in my opinion. The main focus isn’t on the romance; it’s on these two teens, and the separate paths life took them on until they intersected, thanks to the Second Chance Program.

 

Some parts of the book wounded my heart (in both good and bad ways), but I just couldn’t get over a few of the unrealistic aspects, and the way Elle’s parents were. And for that matter, the way all the parents mentioned in the book were. As for the secondary characters, I really liked Axle, Holiday, and Marcus. I loathed several people (not just Elle’s parents), and if you read this, I feel like you’ll have similar feelings. Give this book a try if you don’t mind something a little darker, but be prepared for good and bad feels towards characters! 

Busted Spotlight Tour

 

I’m posting as part of the Busted Spotlight Tour! This book was written by Gina Ciocca. I read, and really enjoyed her debut book, so I wanted to help promote this one. There’s an excerpt, giveaway, buy links, and other important details below.

 

Title: Busted
Author: Gina Ciocca
Pub Date: January 2, 2018
ISBN: 9781492654292
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Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake will steal your heart!

 

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

 

And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…

 

 

Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind, she never left high school. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her taking long walks around the lake in her neighborhood. Gina can also be found online at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com, on Instagram as gmciocca, and Twitter as gmc511.

 

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Marisa’s Top 5 Tips For Sleuthing:

Hey there. Marisa Palmera, Private Eye here. Okay, so I don’t actually call myself that, and neither does anyone else. In fact, I never meant to become a sleuth-for-hire. But spend one night scaling your best-friend’s boyfriend’s house to take incriminating pictures, and suddenly everyone wants you to be something you’re not…and when they’re willing to line your sadly lacking pockets for it, it doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

 

So, should you find yourself an unwitting Girl Friday (or even a witting one… Is “witting” a thing?) like I did, here are some tips that just may save your butt:

  1. Always have a camera handy. Whether it’s your cell phone, or the fancy camera you borrowed from your school’s yearbook club, you never know when you’ll need to snap an evidence shot. Just, um, make sure you turn off the flash if said camera is aimed through a window into a dark living room. I may have learned this the hard way.
  2. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Sounds ominous and dramatic, I know. But if someone gives you the vibe that they shouldn’t be let out of your sight? GO WITH IT.
  3. Think fast. Suck at lying? Me too. Get over it, because you’ll be fudging the truth a lot.
  4. But know when to say no. Weave enough white lies, and suddenly they’re a sticky, tangled web with you trapped inside. Know when it’s time to run, and do it like the flames of hell are licking your feet.
  5. Don’t fall for the person you’re investigating. You’re just gonna have to do as I say and not as I do on this one. Oops.

 

 

My eyes darted from TJ’s dark, furrowed eyebrows to the logo on the left breast of his shirt and I sat up straighter.

“Um, where’d you get the Maple Acres shirt?”

His expression didn’t change. “Maple Acres.”

I fought the urge to roll my eyes. “Right. I meant, do you work there?”

“Yup.” He sat back in his chair and pulled at the logo, stretching the white cotton away from his chest before turning his attention back to the computer screen. “Long time now.”

As soon as he said it, my memory was triggered. I’d always thought he looked familiar but could never quite place where I’d seen him. As I thought back to every trip I’d taken to Maple Acres, twice a year since I was two years old, the image of a boy with dark curls stuffed beneath a knit cap and a heavy flannel coat that made him look like Paul Bunyan clicked into place. The farm stretched over two hundred and fifty acres, selling pumpkins and cider and offering hayrides and a corn maze in a fall, then Christmas trees that you cut down yourself in the winter. The place had a storybook quality to it that I loved, and I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to figure out TJ was a part of it.

“We go there for our tree every year. I think I’ve seen you.”

TJ kept his eyes on the screen. “Probably. I’m usually bundling the trees or in the checkout area. Sometimes I drive the tractor for the hayrides.” He glanced over long enough to shoot me a half smile. “Maybe you’ve seen the back of my head.”

That would’ve been an occasion I definitely hadn’t noticed him. The one and only time I’d taken a hayride had been the lone trip I’d made without Charlie or my dad, both of whom are allergic to hay. I’d gone with Jordan. Superman himself could’ve been driving the tractor and I would’ve been too busy drooling over Jordan in his plaid button-down with the sleeves rolled up around his gorgeous forearms to notice.

Vom, vom, vom. I pushed the chunks down and forged ahead. “So, that thing you didn’t want to do the last time we talked, is that… still an issue?”

“Uh, no. That fell through, so my article should be good to go on Monday.”

He’s not making this easy for me, that’s for sure.

“Take your time, really. I hope you didn’t cancel your plans because of me.”

He glanced over and gave me a wry smile. “No.”

“So, um, the tree farm. I go all the time.” I mentally slapped myself. Twice a year is all the time? “Do you live nearby?”

“You know the green colonial across the street behind the barn?”

“Uh huh.”

He smiled again. “That’s my house.”

“Wait, I thought the owners lived there.”

“They do. We have for my whole life.”

“Your family owns Maple Acres?” I blinked a few times, dumbfounded by my own dumbness.

“Well, co-owns. Have you seen the guy with the white hair who sneaks free gourds to all the little kids at Halloween? That’s my Uncle Roger. He’s there all the time, but my dad does more of the financial stuff.”

My face lit up. “That’s awesome! I love that place! I took a picture of the white barn from the top of the hill once and tried to sketch it. All the trees had snow on them, the sky was this amazing gray color and the pond was reflecting it” – I remembered mid-babble that I’d veered off course and reigned myself back in – “anyway, let’s just say it was magical, but drawing isn’t my strong suit. So, um, if you didn’t move, then why did you switch schools?”

TJ’s eyes slid back to the computer screen and his shoulder tensed ever so slightly, as if I’d brought up something he didn’t really want to talk about. Now I was getting somewhere.

“Our property is right at the intersection of three town lines. Technically, I could’ve gone to any one of the high schools.” He stabbed a few keys with his pointer finger, eliciting three clipped clicks. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me, but I swore his jaw tightened. “I left Templeton because it was time for a change of scenery.”

“It must’ve been hard, though, transferring for your senior year.” And pretty odd, in my opinion. “I’m sure you had a lot of ties there.”

TJ’s fingers paused in mid-air over the keyboard and he looked at me. “Not that many.”

This time when he turned his attention back to the screen, I knew our conversation had ended. He ran a hand through his hair in a gesture that had a definite undertone of irritation. Whether it related to my question or some memory pertaining to the school, I couldn’t tell. But when I caught sight of the leather bracelet on his wrist, my desire to exclaim OMG THAT’S GORGEOUS WHERE DID YOU GET IT almost overruled my desire to ask what the hell his comment was supposed to mean. I’d been baiting him to say, “Yeah, my girlfriend goes there.” He hadn’t. What did that mean?

Maybe nothing.

But damn it all to hell, I suddenly had to know for sure.

 

You’re Still the One Blog Tour by Sasha Clinton Interview + Giveaway

Sasha contacted me to be part of her blog tour, and I happily said yes. Below you’ll find her answers to some interview questions, plus a giveaway for a chance to win one of three ebooks. The first 5 chapters of this book can be downloaded from Sasha’s website by subscribing to her newsletter.

 

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Title: You’re Still the One
Author: 
Sasha Clinton
Series:
NYC Singles #1
Publication date:
February 27, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): One love. One man. Two chances.

 

Ashley has her life sorted out. After a painful divorce, she has now rebuilt her life as an editor. She is happy with her life—until her ex-husband Andrew walks into it, opening up the deep scars that even time has failed to heal.

 

He’s gorgeous, funny and as utterly tempting as he was seven years ago. Plus, being the editor for his new book, she cannot avoid him. But Andrew has his own issues lingering from the past.

 

Bound together by work, every breath they take draws them closer, into the same hopeless, passionate love that they once shared…

 


 

 

interview

 

Was there anything specific in your life that made you want to write?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and used to write a lot throughout my school years. But after I started university, I don’t know why I stopped writing all of a sudden. When my mother passed away last year, it triggered off an obsessive need to write again. I wrote a lot of books last year, most of them really bad, but they were crucial steps towards improving my craft and establishing a writing routine. You’re Still The One was also written in 2015.

 

What’s your favorite color?

White. But unfortunately, I’m unable to keep white things white, so I don’t own a lot of white clothes or white shoes. 🙁

 

Do you have a favorite background character in You’re Still the One?

Andrew’s father, Carl Smith. He’s not a particularly likable character, but he is a very complex character who grows a lot during the book.

 

If you were on a deserted island, what’s one book that you’d want to have with you?

I’d rather have an iPad (I read on my iPad) and an internet connection, so I could read any book I wanted to (I’m cheating here, aren’t I?).

 

Have you started working on book two in this series? Do you know how many books there are going to be in the series?

Yes, I’ve started writing book two. It’s called ‘In my Arms Tonight’. You can find the cover on my website. There are three books planned for this series but that number could increase to include novellas depending on the response I get from my readers.

 

If you could have any job in the world, what would you choose and why?

I’d want to be a writer. The lifestyle of a writer really suits me, plus I love to write. My second choice would be to be a singer/songwriter because I love music too.

 

Do you have any advice for writers looking to be published?

I’ll talk about self-publishing here, since I’ve never been traditionally published. I’d say it’s really important to get your work edited and polished so it’s the best it can be. I’ve seen firsthand how much of a difference editing has made for my book and for my growth as a writer. But that said, the editor your work with must understand and respond to your style and vision for the book, otherwise it’s going to be a disharmonious relationship. The other thing that’s also equally important is to be disciplined about writing and try to write every day.

 

Have you read any good books lately?

I finished reading The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud recently. It’s a fantasy/mystery novel for younger readers. I loved it. The characters were so well fleshed out and plot was incredibly clever. I can’t wait to read the next book in that series.

 

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla.

 

What are some of your hobbies?

Apart from reading and writing, I like to dance and exercise. I find that physical activity improves my concentration and mood and makes me very happy.

 


 

 

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Friday Barnes Blog Tour + Giveaway

Meet Friday Barnes

 

I’m part of the Friday Barnes blog tour, and I’m so happy you stopped by. It looks like a super cute mystery, and I can’t wait to crack open a copy myself. Below is a piece of original artwork, and a giveaway for a copy of the book!

 

Each stop of the Friday Barnes: Girl Detective blog tour will feature a “puzzle” piece of original art from the book’s illustrator, Phil Gosier. Go to the Mac Kids Tumblr on January 24th to see the full image with all the pieces.

 

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SCHEDULE:

January 19: The Hiding Spot

January 20: The Book Monsters

January 21: Boundless Bookaholic

January 22: The Compulsive Reader

January 23: The Irish Banana Review

January 24: Mac Kids Tumblr

 


 

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Z Resurrected: The Zombie Blog Tour Hop

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Title: Z Resurrected

Authors: Dana Fredsti, Tom Leveen, Joe McKinney, Eric A. Shelman, Mark Tufo, & T.M. Williams

Genre: Short Stories, Anthology, Horror, Zombies

Publication: Half Light Publishing; October 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-0692556160

 

In this anthology, six horror authors revisit some of their most infamous zombie characters, resurrecting the undead. Contributing authors to Z Resurrected are some of horror’s best, who have each carved a distinct path in the world of zombies: Dana Fredsti, Tom Leveen, Joe McKinney, Eric A. Shelman, Mark Tufo, and T.M. Williams.

 

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Excerpt

 

RILEY V

Resurrection: The Final Path Home

 

By Mark Tufo

 

 

Chapter One

 

For those unfamiliar with me, my name is Riley and this is my story, I am a dog, specifically an American Bulldog according to the two-leggers, yet the heart of my wolf ancestors still beats loudly within my chest. The fact I am a ninety pound female and a mere three summer seasons old should in no way dissuade you from how tough I am. Unlike what some misinformed scientists have claimed, I am self-aware. I love my pack of humans, I enjoy television, although for the most part, unless a cat is falling off of something I find it boring. I can see colors and I thoroughly enjoy human food more than the cardboard kibbles they place in my dish. I just have the good grace to not beg at every opportunity like Ben-Ben, yet if he gets something I will make my presence known. The night the world changed, the only ones of us who survived were myself, Jess the teenaged girl who is easily my favorite, her infant brother Zachary, and Ben-Ben the Yorkshire Terrier who I have been learning to tolerate. I hadn’t gotten a decent night’s rest since they brought him back from the animal dumping facility, or to you humans, the pound. And last, and definitely least, the last sole survivor was the cat, Patches. I’d promised that one day I was going to catch that little fleabag and…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t have been pretty. Yet she proved herself alongside Ben-Ben numerous times as we escaped various hardships on our quest cross-country to reunite Jess with her old boyfriend Justin Talbot.

 

I guess I’ll start at the beginning because two-leggers tend to be so busy they forget things, including taking their dog out on a proper walk. The day the alphas brought Ben home, I was mourning the passing of my friend George the English Bulldog, who was perhaps the most majestic animal I’d ever known. Yes, the new guy was originally known as Ben but he would get in so much trouble the humans would have to say his name twice to get his attention, and so it stuck as Ben-Ben.

 

“Ben.” Normal conversational tone. Then a much louder, “BEN! Get out of the trash!”

 

“Ben. BEN! Stop eating your crap!”

 

“Ben. BEN! Stop tearing the couch up!” You get the point; eventually it was just easier to say Ben-Ben.

 

I don’t know what the two-leggers were thinking if they thought this thing could ever replace the irreplaceable. Then the zombies came and that little crazy dog stood paw to paw with me on the top of the stairs as we defended our home. I’d thought we’d lost him. He somehow found his way out of the pile of zombies and so began our trip. The five of us were heading to a place called Colorado, to Jess’ old boyfriend, someone she’d had to leave behind after the great move.

 


 

Author Bio

 

Mark TufoMark Tufo

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

 

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian HillEncounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.

 

He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. Visit him at at the links below for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series.

 

Goodreads | Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

 


 

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SINCE THE AUTHORS ARE COVERING THE SHIPPING AS WELL AS THE PRIZES THEMSELVES, THESE GIVEAWAYS WILL BE US ONLY (SORRY!) AND ENDING 11/5

 


 

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Zombie Tour Date: Oct 27th

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Dana Fredsti

Host: Stefani @ Caught Read Handed

Tom Leveen

Host: Tika @ Fangirl Confessions

Joe McKinney

Host: Ashley @ Books Blogging Beauty

Eric A. Shelman

Host: Emily @ Emily Reads Everything

Mark Tufo

Host: Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

T.M. Williams

Host: Bex @ Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic}