Friday, September 15, 2017

**Giveaway** The Lost Causes by Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

THE LOST CAUSES Blog Tour Assets
About The Book:

Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pages: 344
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. 

There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. 

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. 
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. 

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust.


“Have the cops come by your house again?” Jared asked as he downed the can of Coke he always drank before first period.
            “I don’t know,” Z answered indifferently. She closed her eyes, exhaustion pinning her body to the grass. Why couldn’t they have one of those silent mornings where she could doze off instead of facing the effort of conversation?
Especially on this subject.
Last month, a woman had been brutally killed in her cabin, and though Z understood why it was still the talk of the town — single woman, no eyewitnesses, no leads, a seemingly random act of pure violence — that didn’t mean she wanted to talk about it. Everywhere she went people were murmuring about the Lily Carpenter murder, as if the killer was hiding in a stall in the girls’ bathroom scoping out the next victim. Sure, it was possible, but panicking wasn’t going to save anyone’s life.
And because Lily Carpenter was found dead on some land Z’s dad was trying to buy and develop, Jared brought up the murder constantly. As if that indirect link somehow made Z part of the story.
            “I heard they still don’t have a clue who did it,” Jared said, absently ripping off threads from the bottom of his frayed cords. “No fingerprints, no motive, nothing.”
            “I bet your dad’s pretty upset.”
            “Yeah, he’s pissed.”
            “I don’t blame him. There’s a murderer running around town and the cops have their heads up their asses.”
            Z shook her head, her eyes still closed. “That’s not why he’s pissed. His construction site is still a crime scene, so they won’t let him build on it right now. Everything is being held up. And time is money, you know?”
            Jared sat up, his voice rising with excitement. “I bet if your dad asks —”
            “Can we please stop talking about the Lily Carpenter murder? It’s boring.”
            “No it’s not. It’s crazy. Someone got killed,he said with a little too much enthusiasm, considering the subject. “You haven’t lived here long enough. Stuff like this never happens in Cedar Springs.”
            Z pushed herself up on her elbows and raised an eyebrow at him. “Really? You do realize thousands of Native Americans were massacred here in the 1800s.”
            “Well, yeah, but that was forever ago.”
            She flopped back down on the freshly cut grass, exposing the red star tattoo she’d gotten on her abdomen after reading The Communist Manifesto, and trying not to dwell on the fact that Jared had the relative IQ of a couch. He might be shocked that something creepy happened here, but Z sure wasn’t. She had been around long enough to know that nothing was ever as peaceful as it seemed.

About Jessica and Alyssa:
Hi, we're Jessica & Alyssa!
We're best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

​We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.
​The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown...After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we've honed it to a pretty efficient process....except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

Giveaway Details:
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview
9/4/2017- Kourtni ReadsReview

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic ReviewsGuest Post
9/5/2017- Mama Reads BlogReview

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
9/6/2017- What the Cat ReadReview

9/7/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
9/7/2017- BibliobakesReview

9/8/2017- Book Princess ReviewsInterview
9/8/2017- Savings in SecondsReview

Week Two:
9/11/2017- Smada's BookSmackExcerpt
9/11/2017- Jessica's Reading RoomReview

9/12/2017- Portrait of a BookInterview
9/12/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview

9/13/2017- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
9/13/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

9/14/2017- Comfort BooksInterview
9/14/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews- Excerpt
9/15/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

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