Welcome to the Blog Tour for Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens!I have the pleasure to host the tour today with an excerpt from the book, along with a giveaway of $10 Amazon gift card, book and swag graciously provided by the author. You may follow the tour here for author interviews, reviews, guest posts and more.
Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.
Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him.
With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known... and embracing the role she was born to play.
“Excuse me,” I start. “The sign reads no trespassing. You’re on private property.”
As I draw closer, the sharp angles of the intruder’s jaw become more apparent from within the recesses of the oversized hood covering his head. His eyes lift, meet mine. I gasp. The piercing eyes and squared jaw belong to Jonathan.
My pounding heart plummets to my feet.
Oh no. I close my eyes.
It’s been eight months since Jonathan’s last letter. He’d told me he wasn’t feeling well. Jon’s fine. You’re overreacting. This is some neighborhood vagrant or salesman who thinks himself above your sign.
I open my eyes and find the young man staring, those gray-blue eyes intense and sharp. His skin is white, nose violet from the cold temperature. He wears a brown sweatshirt, a pair of jeans. His arms seem frozen, clutched around his body. How long has he been sitting out here?
The resemblance to Jonathan is so strong, I can’t tamp out the anxiety building inside of me. Part of me refuses to believe what dreadful conclusion whispers through my heart.
Jonathan is still alive. He’s okay.
“You’ve trespassed on private property,” I repeat.
His pale lips part and his body starts to shake as if just opening his mouth has let the cold air invade him. He clears his throat. Coughs. White plumes of breath from his lips cloud his face. “I’m here to see someone.”
“A friend of my father’s.”
I suck in a deep breath of icy air. Oh no. “Who’s your father?”
Brain numb from the news, I don’t know how long I stand there trying to accept what he’s just told me. Jonathan.
About the Author:
I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.
One lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon gift card, copy of the book & swag!
A second winner will receive a copy of the book.
Giveaway ends on 11/15. Open worldwide 18+ (Paperback is open to US only, Non-US winners will receive a copy of ebook). Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below or click here. Good luck!
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