Monday, September 11, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Summoner by S.D. Grimm @SDGrimmAuthor @chapterxchapter @EntangledTeen


Summoner by S.D. Grimm
Publication Date: September 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN


When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.
And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.
Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.


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Excerpt:


Mandy was right; moonlight made it easier to see, but the uneasy feeling in my stomach intensified as I moved toward that grouping of headstones. They were crooked and uneven. Like the ground beneath them settled a long time ago but never actually stopped settling.
The damp air made it harder to breathe.
“All right, what do I do with these things?” Derek took one of the L-shaped wires from his sister.
An involuntary shiver crept up my back as I recalled how cold those things were.
“Hold it like this.” Nell held the smaller section of the wire in her hand, letting the larger section point straight out in front of her. “One in each hand.” She gave Derek the other one. “Now, loosen your grip so they’re free to move when they want to, and start walking.”
Derek examined his metal rods. “You’re saying they’ll move on their own?”
“Yep.”
“No way.” Derek shook his head and tried to hand the hanger back.
“You scared?” Nell’s smile was evident in her voice.
“No.”
“Good.” Nell pointed toward the graves. “When you’re over an actual body, you’ll see the two points converge.” She held her arms in front of her as if they were the metal coat hangers. Then she folded them and her fingertips nearly touched. “If one side still sways—” she demonstrated by moving her right hand a little, “—then you’ve most likely hit a female.”
“You can’t possibly tell that.” Mandy’s voice was as breathless as I felt.
Nell simply shrugged. “We’ll let the tombstones tell us afterward.”
Did she have any fears? Was I the only one covered in a chill that seemed to cling to my soul? Maybe Mom’s death had altered me in this area, too. Death wasn’t this far-off elusive thing that I never thought about anymore. Death was real. Always present in my thoughts because of the hole it had left in my heart.
Derek tried to hand his sister the rods. “Maybe you should go first and show us.”
Nell made chicken noises.
Derek shifted his shoulders like he was preparing to shoot a free throw. “I just don’t want to mess up.”
Hunter groaned until Derek started walking. At first, nothing happened. Then, as he walked past the headstone, to the other side, the metal rods twitched toward him.
“Whoa.” He stopped.
Imaginary centipedes raced across my skin.
“Keep going,” Nell whispered.




Guest Post:


Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?


Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

Future plans, huh? Well, in five years, I’d love to finally have that farm I’ve always wanted. A bunch of dogs, maybe some goats, ducks, horses, a donkey or two. I love donkeys. I’d love to be closer to a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I plan to tackle some other martial arts, too. I’d love to mark a few more National Park visits off my list. And I still want to be writing books. So many awesome books!

Five years ago I was just starting to attend conferences in the hopes of publishing my first book. I went, manuscript in hand, to my first critique session with an agent, who told me that my story wasn’t ready yet, but to keep at it, because I had the potential. That agent is a friend of mine now! Fast forward to now and that book, Scarlet Moon, has been published! It’s been out for almost a year and the second and third books have release dates. AND I have two more books coming out, including Summoner, the reason I’m talking here today. I even have another book coming out with Entangled Teen in February! (You guys are going to love that one, too. But I can’t tell you the things yet! As soon as I can, it’ll be in my newsletter.)

So right now is great for me. And I hope that in five years, it will be just as awesome. I still want to be talking about the books I have waiting to be released to the wild. I still want to have awesome ideas come to me in the middle of the night or while I’m driving or in the shower with no access to a notebook or pen. I have so many ideas, so many stories clamouring to be let out. I tell people that I hope to write until the day I die. And I mean it. Writing is like breathing. I love it.

I imagine I’ll still be writing young adult or new adult and definitely sci-fi and fantasy. All of my ideas are either sci-fi or fantasy. Some magical realism, some urban fantasy, some sword and sorcery, some cyberpunk. I’m a geek. I love the genres I write in, and I can’t see that changing in five years.

Yeah. Five years from now, I want to come back to this blog and tell you all about the amazing books I have coming out and the other fifteen or so that I already have on the shelves. And hopefully you’ll have read most of them. ;)  







AUTHOR INFO:



S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com.







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Giveaway:



Summoner Prize Pack including:
* A velvet bookmark
* Keychain
* Charm
* A journal based on the one Allie’s mom gave her
* Allie’s salsa recipe
* A $20 Amazon gift card

(US Only)




 

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