Teaser Tuesdays

tteTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Hmmm, haven’t done this in awhile. Anywho, here’s my teaser:

Out of the corner of her eye, Josie thought she saw an object pass by in the darkness outside the kitchen window.

It was just a split-second image, as if something had been illuminated by a camera flash before fading back into the darkness of the night, but Josie could have sworn she saw what looked like a large wing soar past the window. Then in the distance, another animalistic scream.

~ 3:59  by Gretchen McNeil

The quote is taken from chapter 11, which is also the chapter I just finished. So far, things have just been about Josie dealing with life, but I think things are going to take a much darker turn now. Ooooh, I can’t wait!

Book Blurb:

15836516Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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So, what’s your Teaser Tuesday? Please leave a link so I can visit your blog.

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014

There are times when you pick up a book and get completely sucked into the story, so much so, that when you finish the book you simply want to read it again and again. And then another time, just for good measure. And when it comes to ‘Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy’ by Karen Foxlee, I think some readers may feel this way once their done.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a simple story that’s been told before. There’s a damsel in distress, a hero, and an evil witch who is bent on destroying the world. The hero must save the prisoner in order to defeat the witch and save the world. Save the prisoner. Save the world. You know that sort of thing. And with this sort of story, you know how it’s going to end. The hero is victorious and the world lives to see another day, at least until the next villain shows up. But the ending is never the important part. The important part is how the hero becomes stronger and grows as a character in order to succeed their mission.

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Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend

Poor Little Dead GirlsHardcover, 288 pages
Published December 18th 2013

Sadie Marlowe never knew much about her mother. When she was young, her mother suffered from an illness and the only thing Sadie remembers is that her mother was really sad before she killed herself.

When she receives a letter of scholarship to Keating Hall, the school her mother use to go to, Sadie isn’t sure what to expect. She’s not rich like everyone, but this is the place to be if you want to succeed in life. The connections one can get from here are like no other and if she can get scouted for her lacrosse playing, then she’ll have a better chance at getting a full scholarship to play at a top tier university.

So Sadie leaves her home in Portland and heads to Keating. At first, she’s overwhelmed at everything and notices just how different she is compared to everyone else. She doesn’t wear the right kind of clothes, her tomboyish ways doesn’t really mesh with the parties the school throw, the team practice is a lot tougher than what she is use to, and wearing jean skirts to a dance doesn’t seem like it will work here.

Things all change when Sadie is introduced to the Sullas. A secret society, of sorts, that decides to bring Sadie into their little group. Normally, Sadie wouldn’t mesh well with this sort of group, but she since her mother use to be a Sulla, Sadie reluctantly joins them and hopes to find some sort of connection to her mom through them.

Through the Sullas, Sadie experiences what the 1% feel on a daily basis. The lavish parties, the way you can seem to get away with anything, and she even meets the president. Sadie knows that all of this is too good to be true and when she finds out what they are really doing behind the scenes, she starts to wonder if her mother’s suicide wasn’t really a suicide. Maybe, just maybe someone was trying to hurt her and the same people may be coming for Sadie next.

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A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

A Midsummer Night's ScreamHardcover, 250 pages
Published July 2nd 2013

If you are expecting a horror like no other, where you’ll have trouble sleeping and you’re constantly looking over your shoulder. Then this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re willing to not take a book seriously and simply enjoy where Stine takes you, then you’ll find this to be a campy good time.

Even though I like Shakespeare, I’ve never read a Midsummer’s Night Dream. In fact, the only Shakespeare plays that I’ve read were the ones that were required of me in school. So whether this novel does a good job in paying homage to the original work or if it had nothing to do with it, I honestly wouldn’t know. I think if I knew of the original work, my opinion of this novel might have changed slightly, but who knows. I don’t, so let’s not dwell on it.

Back in the 60s, a director tried to film the ultimate horror movie. Only, it was never finished because three of its stars ended up getting brutally murdered, while in character…and in scene. This was the start of the Mayhem Manor curse. Fast forward to modern times, and a studio has decided to remake the movie, because Hollywood is running out of ideas. Seriously, they are, just look at the new crop of movies coming out.

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Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Heart-Shaped Bruise336 pages
Published May 10th 2012

I love thrillers, in case you haven’t noticed, and I’m also a fan of Sophie Hannah and YA novels. Due to this, I simply had to get my hands on Heart-Shaped Bruise. I mean, did you read the synopsis? It’s pretty awesome.

Now done, I’m not sure if you can call this a thriller, because it doesn’t really have a plot. I mean, it does…kind of, but it’s never fully embraced.

Heart-Shaped Bruise has two stories that it presents to the reader, the before and the after. Before is when Emily Koll is on the outside world and the after takes places in a mental institution for juvenile offenders. Why she is there? I have no idea. Really. I don’t. I kept trying to understand why they would bring her there, but I got nothing
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So I failed NanoWrimo, but I think I can do this one

I saw this up on facebook and thought it was an awesome little challenge. All you have to do is write 500 words a day. How easy is that? What I like about this challenge is that, 500 words a day is doable. It’s almost hard to find excuses to not do this, because within 10 minutes you have have it done and relax.

Blogging is allowed in this, which is something I need to do more of to begin with, but I think I’m going to use this for a book. I have a few ideas swimming around in my head, but I haven’t been able to put it down. Mainly because everything tends to sound better in my head than it does on paper. What can I say, my imagination skills are awesome, but when it comes to transferring said ideas or explaining them…well, it just isn’t pretty.

But I tend to be very critical of my work, so this is something I need to work on. When it comes to this challenge, participants are asked to simply write and not edit. Like NanoWrimo, this is the hardest part for me because I’m a bit anal when it comes to my work. And not just any kind of work, but work I care about. It will be hard to not do this, but I’ll try.

And on a side note, I really need to blog more.  I’ve been reading and reading, so there will be more reviews coming up. Also, a new feature called ‘seriesous’ discussions as well.

ps. If you want to take part in this challenge and you’re a bit nervous about 500 words. Don’t be. This blog post is about 300 words, so an extra 200 is doable. Trust me!

Make sure you visit Goins, Writer for more details about this fun little challenge and to sign up as well.