We’re having such fun hosting the Triple Threat Blog Tour today featuring EgmontUSA’s Kate Ellison, Jennifer Barnes and Myra McEntire. These ladies are certainly a force to be reckoned with!
On today’s tour stop, we learn a little bit about the setting in Kate Ellison’s Notes from Ghost Town.
WHAT IS GHOST TOWN?
Ghost Town is the name Liv, and her best friend, Raina, call the giant condo complex that Liv’s father has spent much of his time—post-Stern’s death, and also post-Liv’s-mother’s imprisonment—developing. Early in the book, when we’re first introduced to Ghost Town, Liv explains how she and Raina felt immediate “bad vibes” (this is not a direct quote, but a summation) as soon as they set foot on its grounds. Raina wonders if, perhaps, the land itself might be cursed. In any case, the feeling both girls get is the feeling almost everyone has had at some point upon entering a space that just feels, intuitively, wrong. Haunted.
For Liv, too, Ghost Town serves only to remind her of the ghosts of two of the most important people in her life who, in the space of a single evening, she has lost. Ghost Town continues to grow larger, loom darker, as the reality of Stern and her mother—or at least how they were, alive and well—become more distant. Before Ghost Town existed, so, too, did these people.
Further, Liv sees the whole project as a way for her father to transplant his own grief with silly business, with what she sees as his sudden obsession with wealth and appearances, likely for Heather’s (his new fiancee) sake. Though her mother and father agreed to divorce shortly before the book begins, Liv can’t let go of how deeply in love she always remembered them being. She harbors a lot of blame for her father, imagining he basically woke up one day and decided it was too difficult to keep loving her, likely because of her schizophrenia. Ghost Town (real name Elysian Fields), whether or not you want to dignify its innards with literal ghosts, whether we ever know or don’t know if the place is truly haunted, is for Liv one giant, terrible graveyard.
And, guess what? we have not one but TWO GIVEAWAYS in this post, so pay close attention.
EgmontUSA is generously offering one of PTB’s readers a hardcover copy of Kate’s (link to her blog) Notes from Ghost Town and a paperback copy of Butterfly Clues. All you have to do to enter is fill out the linked rafflecopter form. The giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only and runs through midnight CST on February 12th: a Rafflecopter giveaway.
Synopsis: They say first love never dies…
From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.
There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely–just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?
With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself. (Buy: IndieBound | amazon | Barnes and Noble)
Synopsis: Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad’s consulting job means she’s grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she’s learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place–possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. But in the year since her brother Oren’s death, Lo’s hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as “Sapphire”–a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can’t get the murder out of her mind. As she attempts to piece together the mysterious “butterfly clues,” with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined–a world, she’ll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother’s tragic death. (Buy: IndieBound | amazon | Barnes and Noble)
We also have a grand prize giveaway. Here are the specifics on entering it:
TRIPLE THREAT GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
* There are a total of 15 pieces to the puzzle – one for each stop on the tour.
* Collect all 15 pieces to reveal the cover of Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (pubbing in July)
* Submit the assembled cover via the following link: Triple Threat Grand Prize Giveaway by no later than 2/12 at 10pm ET.
* You will be entered to win the 6 book Grand Prize Giveaway of: Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Nobody and Every Other Day, Kate Ellison’s Butterfly Clues and Notes from Ghost Town and Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and Timepiece.
* The puzzle can either be assembled electronically or a picture of the assembled printed pieces is also acceptable
* The winner and completed cover will be posted on Myra McEntire’s blog on 2/13.
Without further fanfare, here’s our piece of the Infinityglass puzzle:
Now be sure top stop by all the tour stops for the additional Infinityglass puzzle pieces and chances to win more Triple Threat prizes! Tomorrow’s stop is on Read, Breathe, Relax.
·Tuesday, January 22nd – Read for Your Future
· Wednesday, January 23rd – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
· Thursday, January 24th – Page Turners Blog
· Friday, January 25th – Read, Breathe Relax
· Monday, January 28th – Evie Bookish
· Tuesday, January 29th – Reading Teen
· Wednesday, January 30th – Cari’s Book Blog
· Thursday, January 31st – YA Books Central
· Friday, February 1st – Once Upon a Twilight
· Monday, February 4th – Bookhounds
· Tuesday, February 5th – Luxury Reading
· Wednesday, February 6th – Good Choice Reading
· Thursday, February 7th – I Read Banned Books
· Friday, February 8th – All Things Urban Fantasy
· Monday, February 11th – Supernatural Snark
· Tuesday, February 12th – 8-10 pm ET LIVE book chat on Mundie Moms