Monday, December 12, 2016

Sarah by Teri Polen (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT




It is my pleasure to share a guest post from author Teri Pole, who shares how hobbies have enriched her writing...


TPLike most people, I have many hobbies – I enjoy weight-lifting, yoga, watching movies, attending wine and bourbon tastings (there’s talk of making it a law here in Kentucky), but the hobby that has undoubtedly enriched my writing the most is reading. I’m fairly sure I came out of the womb with a book in hand and have rarely been seen without one since. When I leave the house, my checklist includes purse, phone, and Nook or Kindle.


Reading extensively is, or should be, a job requirement of writers. Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write.” And I’m a firm believer in that statement. No one is born knowing how to write a book. It takes time, hard work, and tremendous effort to learn the craft, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears – all the while requiring the patience of a saint. Learning to write is an ongoing process and self-improvement should be a goal of every writer - and one of the best ways to improve is to read, read, then read some more.


My love of horror books led me to Stephen King when I was around twelve. The way he creates characters that rise from the pages and walk around the room or sit beside me while I’m engrossed in the story is awe-inspiring. I’ll never be able to perform that miracle – but it doesn’t mean I can’t learn from his techniques.


Victoria Schwab is a master at fantasy world-building and I’d love to spend a day in her head just to see how her mind works. The Archived Series is wildly creative but her Shades of Magic Series (A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows) is pure genius, in my opinion, with not just one world, but four within one book. So many writers are ready to dive straight into their novel, but if fantasy or sci-fi is your genre, in order to make your story believable and cohesive, creating your world and establishing the rules of that world should be the first priority - something that can take months, depending on the complexity of your setting.


Maybe reading isn’t one of your hobbies – it’s not the end of the world, but I’d still strongly recommend it. Observing people is also beneficial. People-watching at airports can be highly entertaining and add to your mental bank of eccentric characters. Whatever the case, you can still use your own experiences, people you meet, and emotions you feel in different situations to enrich your writing in some way. 


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Sarah

by Teri Polen

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GENRE: YA horror/thriller

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BLURB:


Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house - but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

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EXCERPT

“So, not only is she a body-snatching, man-hating ghost with breathtaking anger management issues, she’s also a compulsive liar? Do you think there are support groups for ghosts? Is that a thing?”

After having Finn as my best friend for over ten years, you’d think I’d know how his mind worked and nothing that fell out of his mouth would surprise me. But you’d be wrong. He was completely unpredictable at times, but I could always count on him for an honest answer or opinion. Weird and out of left field occasionally, but honest. And highly entertaining. “So, you’re suggesting we get Sarah into therapy? Maybe having an intervention?”

“Seems like it would make her afterlife a little more pleasant, don’t you think? I mean, we’re talking a long period of time here, right? Maybe if she interacted with more ghosts, she’d learn to fit in better, make some friends. Stop living in your body. Just saying.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Teri Polen loves horror, sci-fi, and fantasy books and movies. She fangirls over The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com.




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GIVEAWAY

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The tour dates can be found here



32 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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    1. Hi, Ally! As you can see, I am very behind at thanking you for coming by!

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  2. Thanks for having me today and helping to promote Sarah!

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    1. Hi, Teri! (ducking head) So sorry that it's taken me this long to greet you! I hope you've been having a great tour and wish you Happy Holidays!

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  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa - and good luck!

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    2. Good to see you, Lisa! Thanks for popping in.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rita!

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    2. Happy you liked it, Rita. Thanks for coming by!

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  5. Hi, Teri. I'm with you and Stephen King when it comes to reading and writing. When I first started writing, I found it hard to be involved in a WIP and read a book at the same time (as if one distracted from the other). Now, I can't imagine why I ever felt that way. I think it's so crucial for writers to read. And even if I weren't a writer, I'd still have my nose buried in a book. It's something I've enjoyed doing since I was a kid.

    Congrats on the release of Sarah, and enjoy the tour!

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    1. I can't imagine not reading - and I've talked to people who say they're 'taking a break from reading'. That's like not breathing for me. Thanks for stopping by, Mae!

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    2. I agree, mae, I think it is essential to keep reading! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt.

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    1. Thanks Cali - that was a fun scene to write - never knew what would come out of Finn's mouth, but it was usually interesting.

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    2. Glad you liked it, Cali. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Teri. Super post. Your hobbies all sound good. The only one I think I can handle is Bourbon tasting.(besides reading of course) best of luck on the tour and with the book.

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    1. Thanks, John - the bourbon tastings are fun - we did two last weekend and toasted the new book.

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  8. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thanks, Victoria - hope you enjoyed it!

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  9. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Good luck, Bernie! Thanks for popping in!

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  10. Reading would be one of my greatest hobbies.

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    1. I consider it essential, Mary! Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. Wonderful to see Teri's work featured. Huge hugs!

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  12. Thanks for coming by to support her!

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