Spotlight, Excerpt & Author Interview: Swipe Right for Murder + Giveaway

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Swipe Right for Murder
by Polly Harris
Genre: New Adult Thriller

DATING IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY YOU LIKE MIGHT BE A SERIAL KILLER.

After a devastating heartbreak and a string of short-lived, failed relationships, college student Georgie Itoyama has now decided to approach dating in the same way that she approaches everything else: methodically, logically, and efficiently.

 Georgie downloads countless dating apps, determined to find the love of her life as easily as she orders jeans online. And while her love-at-first-sight aspirations don’t exactly come true, she does find someone she likes. Quite a lot.

 There’s only one problem. Girls are going missing at Georgie’s university, and all the signs are pointing to . . . him?

 But that’s ridiculous. What are the chances that she’s dating an actual serial killer?

 Then she matches with Nate. Mysterious, intelligent, and oddly fixated on solving the local disappearances. As Georgie’s relationships deepen with each of her guys, she unwittingly finds herself caught up in the mess that is murder, intrigue, and the nightmare of online dating.

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Excerpt:

“They found her body in a ditch. She’d been there for a couple days or so.” Shannon almost drops her precariously tall pile of books upon delivering this news to me. She shakes her head and starts shelving.

“That’s awful,” I say from a few shelves away where I’m trying to alphabetize the children’s section. Kids are not very good at putting books back from where they found them.

I’d heard the news this morning back at the dorms. I’d been in the bathroom doing my makeup with a few of the other girls on my hall, when the RA had come in and told us about it. Gossip spreads like wildfire at a small school, especially when it involves murder. I’d had a surprisingly numb reaction to it. Much like my reaction now. I keep expecting it to hit me. For me to feel sad, upset, afraid—anything. I actually only feel relief. Horrifyingly enough

Relief that it wasn’t me who found her. That someone else gets to carry that trauma and not me.

“That’s your school, isn’t it?” Shannon asks.

“Yeah.” I think back to finding Whitney in the stairwell. The image is strangely void in my mind—I remember walking down the stairs, discussing bacon flavored cupcakes with Olivia, I remember the heels of my sneakers squeaking against the linoleum. And then it’s blank. I do remember the feeling though. The denial. The blood rushing in my eardrums, my heartrate accelerating before I even understood why.

“So creepy,” Shannon comments, almost to herself.

With a jolt, I remember what Miles had said at the froyo place a few nights ago. How some girl from Altmar had gone missing. He didn’t mention a name, probably didn’t know it, but I have the feeling it’s this same girl.

A part of me wants to think like Amelia did when Miles first mentioned it. This girl was probably caught up in the wrong crowd. She probably knew some nasty people, was maybe even involved in something illegal. Anything to curb the nagging fear that’s rising up inside of me. The fear that this could happen to anyone. That I could be next.

But I think back to Shannon’s ramblings from a few minutes ago. She’d been such a sweetheart. Her parents said she never partied, never did drugs, was a perfect student. Who would murder such a girl? This perfect, sweet girl.

But none of us are actually as good as we seem, I think.


Author Interview:

1.What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by my own dating experience! While I (thankfully) have never dated a serial killer, I have had my fair share of bad or weird Tinder dates. And I thought it was perfect inspiration for a murder mystery setting, lol!

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
Hmmmm … I think I learned that mixing comedy with thriller can actually work really well! I’m so excited about how it turned out. 😊

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?

I was surprised at how easily the book came to be! It almost wrote itself, lol!

4. What does the title mean?
The title was actually a joke title at first. I couldn’t come up with a good title, so my mom jokingly suggested Swipe Right for Murder. It was so funny to me, and also catchy, that it eventually stuck!

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
Oh, yes. Lol! Most of these characters (other than the really bad ones, lol!) are inspired by real people. My college friends who inspired Georgie’s college friends know these characters are based on them. As for the guys who inspired some of Georgie’s bad dates … yeah, they don’t know.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
Not really. It’s just a fun read, lol!

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
Probably the end. 😉 I’m not going to give anything away, but it’s a fun time.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
Probably both of Georgie’s guys. It was hard to balance romance, intrigue, and suspicion.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
I’m currently writing another book in the same vein as SRFM. I’m super excited about it! All I can say right now is that it involves catfishing.


About the Author:

Polly Harris is the author of six YA novels and runs her own editorial company where she works on books just like this one. When Polly isn’t writing or editing, she can be found cuddling her cat (professionally known as her editorial assistant), crafting, or swiping through dating apps.

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Wolf Reborn + Giveaway

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Title: WOLF REBORN: Book 1 of the Wolf Reborn Series (A New Adult Paranormal shifter romance story)

Author: Sara Snow

Pub. Date: November 12, 2021

Publisher: Sara Snow

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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I have the chance at a perfect afterlife. Now if only my two fated mates weren’t making it a living hell…

As an Enchanted, I might not be able to shift like other wolves, but I’ve saved countless lives through the visions I receive. And in the end, saving others cost me my life.

That sacrifice buys me a one-way ticket to my LAST chance at happiness: an afterlife in the God Realm.

Sounds great, right?

Wrong.

The problem is, the perfect afterlife for me includes settling down with my fated mate. And whoever he is, he’s probably back down on Earth wondering where the hell I am.

When I actually find my fated mate, the gorgeous but scarred white wolf Lucian, in the God Realm with me, I learn that the wolf of my dreams, my other half, the wolf that was created to complete me…

…wants absolutely nothing to do with me.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, a second fated mate shows up out of nowhere… and he’s not even a werewolf. Just my luck.

It turns out my two mates can’t stand each other. And while Lucian may not want me himself, he doesn’t want Remir to have me either. Seriously?

All I know is, if either one of these two hotheads rejects me, my one last chance at a perfect afterlife could turn into an eternal hell—or worse…

Wolf Reborn” is the first book of the Wolf Reborn series, the next New Adult shifter paranormal romance in the bestselling world of Luna Rising.

 

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“Yes, I had planned to. Will you? Would you like to go with me?”

The words rushed out of my mouth before I could stop them, and Lucian stopped to look at me, his left brow arching. He didn’t answer right away, and he didn’t hide—or couldn’t hide—the indecision in his eyes.

“I don’t think so.”

I blinked rapidly, trying to hide my shock. “Ah, okay.” My heart plummeted. “Why not?”

“It’s not my thing. I haven’t been to one of those things in ages.”

“A party?” I asked with narrowed eyes, and he continued walking.

“Yes.”

I followed him as he made his way through the garden until we found an open space with a fountain, the ground covered in auburn leaves. There was no one else there, except for a few small birds drinking from the water.

“You give me serious loner hermit vibes,” I said, and Lucian paused where he’d been stretching his hand out to remove a leaf from the water’s surface.

“Your vibes are correct,” he laughed softly and threw the leaf to the ground. “But, maybe I’ll attend this one.”

“Really?”

“Yes, since you’ll be going and because you asked so nicely.”

Most of the time, he was a serious man, but whenever he got like this—playful, teasing—it tugged at my insides in the best way.

I crossed my arms and smiled. “Are you deciding to go because I’m gorgeous, and surely someone is going to hit on me?”

His face went blank, and my arms fell to my side as he closed the space between us in seconds. The pleasant aura he’d had around him since we arrived vanished, and his eyes changed to black. I knew then, as my wolf whimpered, that Lucian’s wolf had pushed himself to the forefront.


About Sara Snow: 

Sara Snow was born and raised in Texas, and she moved to the Washington, D.C. area after high school. She’ll always be a Texas girl at heart, though! Now she lives in Northern Virginia with her family and her adorably fierce Yorkshire Terrier, Loki. In fact, Loki inspired her to write her best-selling series “Luna Rising” (although he’s still more of a beta than an alpha!).

When not eagerly working on her next book, she loves to geek out at Marvel movies, play games with her family and friends, and travel around the world (when there isn’t a pandemic, that is!).

No matter where she or what she is doing, she can rarely be found without a book in her hand.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Bly + Giveaway

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Today is my post during the blog tour for Bly by Kelsey Ketch. Bly is a standalone contemporary fantasy book with mystery and horror.

This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours and the tour runs from 20 September till 1 October. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Bly
By Kelsey Ketch
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Ghost Story
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 22 September, 2021

Blurb:
I left the United States to find inner peace. Instead, I find myself confronting a malicious ghost.

Astyr Salt is a spiritual and emotional empath who moved to England with the intent to forget about a traumatic, supernatural event that occurred during her freshman year of college. However, when she takes a spiritual cleansing assignment in a haunted country home in Essex, she is isolated with all her own pent-up emotions.

These emotions energize the ghosts inhabiting the country home, helping them draw their own tragedies to the surface. Searching for the truth, Astyr is forced to relive the past. And the deeper she dives into the country home’s horrific history, the more the intertwined memories place her in the path of an evil and demented predator.

A blend of contemporary fantasy, horror, and mystery, Bly is inspired by Henry James’s classic novella, The Turn of the Screw.

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Turning onto a long, gravel driveway, a four storey, stone mansion appears framed in the minicab’s windshield. The style resembles a castle rather than a country home. At least, any country home that I’ve ever seen. Then again, I’m in England, not the southeastern region of the United States. The car pulls in front of the massive oak door, from which I’m half expecting the cast of Downton Abbey to emerge, and comes to a full stop. Without a word, the driver slides out of his seat to open the trunk and fetch my luggage. My nerves on edge, I gently touch the pentacle bracelet Nolyn gave me to feel his calming energy radiate from the tourmaline. Then, pulling Litten’s backpack carrier with me, I step out of the car. My eyes are unable to steer themselves away from the various gray stones and the muntins of the immense windows.

Despite being a bright and sunny day, there is a dark shroud over the house. An ominous aura that is pulsing with both anger and sorrow. It’s obvious this home has witnessed a lot of tragedy.

I pause as everything grows still. The birds overhead stop singing. The soft breeze comes to an abrupt halt. I don’t even hear the driver shuffling my travel bags behind me. Yet, my other senses pick up an unearthly presence as the temperature drops to the point my fingertips grow numb. I turn my head to look up at the parapet surrounding the third-level balcony, focusing near the turret. There is nothing but thin air to the naked eye. However, by the icy goose bumps unraveling across my skin and the raised hairs along my lower arms and neck, I can tell I’m being watched. I can’t determine if it’s the energy of a spirit or something else. All I know is that I have caught its undivided attention.

The click of the minicab’s trunk snaps me out of my thoughts, and the world rushes back to life while a crow’s caws echo from the nearby treetops. I turn around and draw out my purse. The driver holds up his hands as if in surrender.

“No need, ma’am. The fare has already been covered.”

I slump my shoulders. Of course. Mr. Hellings did say he would handle every expense. Still, I continue to open my purse and draw out twenty pounds. I hold the money out to the driver.

“A tip,” I inform him. “Thank you for bringing me here.”

The driver gives me a nod of his cap and takes the money. “Would you like any help with your luggage, ma’am?”

I glance at the two travel bags by the rear tire of the car. “No need. I’ll be able to handle it from here.” Besides, I don’t need whatever is in the house feeding off his energy. The fewer people around, the better, until I have an understanding of what is going on.


About the Author:
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist and Data Analyst. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

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– a signed copy of Bly and a lavender wand (US Only)
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