Saturday, April 6, 2013

Giveaway and Review of Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom

Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: YA
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Release Date: December 18 2012
Editions/Formats Available In: Print and Amazon Kindle

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him. But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking. When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict. But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

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I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.

Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.
My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.

I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.
I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

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As Courtland stood, the legs of his chair scraped along the floor and the back of his knees pushed it out of the way of his tall frame. His dark green hoodie hung loose and unzipped, his jeans sat low on his waist. His hair was slicked back away from his face, different from the normal way it usually fell over his forehead, giving him the appearance of an ancient Native American warrior. If I wasn’t already in love with Max and Court hadn’t been so mean to me the other day, I might actually think he was hot, the way he walked up to get the book without saying a word, his gait easy but cautious as he sauntered past Max’s desk. One never knew what Max might do and Courtland had been the brunt of his antics more than once.

“Stop by the library on your way back and pick up a couple of the books they have on earthquake preparedness. There should be a good selection on the subject. Ask Mrs. Snow to help you; she’ll steer you in the right direction.”

Courtland strolled out of the room while Mr. Montgomery continued his talk about earthquakes.
Sometimes I felt sorry for Courtland, the way some of the kids made fun of his keen intuition with animals. This morning, I was still too mad at him to care much about that, though. My mind wandered back to Big Blue. I really wanted to ride him—maybe today would be a good time to do it. If Max rode with me, Courtland might stay clear. I scribbled a quick note in my binder, ripped the page out, folded it into a little square and handed it to Max while Mr. Montgomery wrote something on the board. He read it and folded it back up before sticking it under his history book. After flashing a smile at me, he nodded.

I sat doodling on the paper in front of me, making little swirling designs I thought might look good on a book cover, half listening to Mr. Montgomery when I felt a brush of material glide over my arm. I looked up to see Courtland as he strolled past me, back from his trip to the office.
 All of a sudden, my desk jolted 

Best book to date Susan!  This emotional roller coaster takes you through 3 peoples lives that are forever changed because of an earthquake.  Our three main characters, Court (loved) Adela (liked alot), and Max (hated), end up together in the midst of this natural disaster.  Adela has fancied herself in love with Max all this time and was blinded by his true personality.  She begins to connect with Court on many levels and discovers just what true love actually is all about.  It was gripping, suspenseful, and intriguing!  The author did a remarkable job of creating a very likely scenario for California, which made the book more enjoyable!!  It was a great read and I must admit I teared up a few times.  Excellent Read for YA lovers!!


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Sayomay said...

Yes :(
He was a the bigges user ever! I knew it but couldn't help falling for him. He used me and dumped me pretty cruely.

Victoria Zumbrum said...

Yes. I liked this guy I use to work with and he was separated from his wife and getting a divorce. He used me and then went back to his wife later on.

Susan Griscom said...

Oh Sayomay, so sorry. Hope you are with a prince now. :)
Nikki, Thanks so much for the fantastical review, sweetie. I'm thrilled you liked it. Awesome post too. So glad you joined the tour.

SpiderEffect said...

Oh yes...such a loser!!
Cheater, cheater, cheater!!
I was too stupid to see the writing on the wall. Thank goodness I grew up and saw him for what he was!

Mary Preston said...

Oh yes, been there done that. It made me smarter though.

Midu Hadi said...

Yep! Thanks for the giveaway!

nurmawati djuhawan said...

yes i have..
and it ended fast...totally disaster....because he is really a jerk !!

Sherry said...

Yes I have.

susanmp said...

I think everyone at some point has been a little in love with the wrong person. When you are searching for the right "one" you get a lot of wrong "ones"!

This book sounds fantastic and is going right on my wishlist.

susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

Kai said...

Yes, I have fallen in love with the wrong guy. I didn't ended up with him but I still have a thing for him that I still crave for having those greatest mischievous adventures with him.

VampedChik said...

Nope havent ever really been in love yet.

Joanne said...

I think everyone, at one time or another, falls in love with the wrong person.

skye47 said...

Yes. I have

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