Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop!! Spotlight/Excerpt/Giveaway of Tara Hudson's Elegy!!!





Welcome to this stop in the gigantic
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
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As my contribution to this event, I'm
giving away a print copy
of Tara Hudson's bestseller,
Elegy!




About the Book



Elegy
(Hereafter #3)
Tara Hudson
Hardcover, 400 pages
Harper Teen
June 4, 2013
Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Fiction


Goodreads Synopsis:   A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.







Chapter Two Excerpts

   But even with the heat flooding me, I had a fleeting moment when I missed our old sleepovers.  The kind where I spent every night in his bed, placing my hand on him whenever I wanted, kissing him whenever I felt the urge.  But things were so different for me as a Risen ghost.  So different for us.
   In this new version of our relationship, I pretended to be Jillian's "old" friend and Joshua's "new" girlfriend -- an ironic inversion of reality.  For the benefit of his parents, I also pretended to leave his house every night.  Later, I returned in my invisible state to curl up beside Joshua in bed, as close as I could without actually touching him.  Because now, I could feel the wrinkles in the sheets beneath us but not the texture of Joshua's skin.
   Risen ghosts regained the senses that death had taken from them.  Taste, smell, even touch.  But there was one tiny problem: the Risen could touch anything they wanted, except the living.  It was the most ironic, double-edged gift I'd ever been given.
   Not that Joshua and I hadn't tried -- frequently -- to touch.  During our first week back in Oklahoma, we took so many different approaches: slow and careful; quick and furious; even the unexpected surprise touch.  But none of it worked.  When I placed my hand against his, it always felt like I simply clutched the air; it was the same for Joshua.  Worse, whenever we came too close, it looked as though we passed through each other -- like I was made of air myself.
   Nothing made me feel more like a ghost.
   Still, so many things about my new existence were amazing.  The smell of Rebecca's garden after a hard rain; the taste of Jeremiah Mayhew's chocolate cheese pie; the sleek plastic coating on the benches outside Wilburton High.  Each sensation felt fresh and new.  So exhilarating, they almost made up for everything else.
   Almost.   
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   I sighed heavily.  Then, since my feet were already dangling over the edge, I slid myself fully off of the daybed and turned around to face him.  I tucked my hands into the pockets of my jean skirt -- borrowed from Jillian -- and gave him a small smile.
   Joshua, however, didn't return my smile.  He studied me, suddenly serious, and even a little....sad, maybe.  Then he reached out to let his palm hover by my cheek, almost as though he could cup it.
   "You know," he said softly, "that I'd give just about anything to touch you again?"
   I didn't trust myself to answer him aloud.  Not without my voice cracking.  So I just nodded.  We stayed silent for another beat, until he cleared his throat.
   "Have fun tonight."
   All I could manage was a rough "I'll try."
   Before I did something I'd regret, like lean into his hand and pretend, just for a second, that this wasn't our new normal, I spun around and raced out of the gazebo.  






About The Author

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tara Hudson graduated with a degree in law, mostly because she believed all the horror stories about English majors and their careers in the food-service industry. Luckily, she soon remembered how much she loved telling ghost stories, particularly to her girlfriends who liked visiting abandoned cemeteries as much as she did. Tara currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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44 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Hereafter series. I wish I owned all the books. I really want to read the last book because I haven't yet and I want to know how it ends. <3
    -Cali W.

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  2. Hi, Call!

    You're very welcome! Yeah, this is supposed to be a GREAT series!! I only have the first book, but haven't read it yet. I LOVE ghost love stories! So I really want to get to this one. I need to buy the second and third books. Oh, and don't you think this cover is just GORGEOUS? Just look at all that blue!!

    Thanks for participating!! : )

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  3. Hey,

    Love your blog! I have all the other books and would love to have Elegy! The stories are so great!!!

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    1. Hi, Kristin!

      Thank you!! I work very hard on it, so I'm really glad you like it!

      Yeah, I want to start this trilogy myself, too. I only have the first book so far, though.

      Thanks for participating!! : )

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  4. because it sounds very interesting :D

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    1. Hi, Karin! It definitely is! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  5. I would love to win this book because I truly love books about the afterlife and the fight between good and evil :) Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Erika!

      Yeah, I love books after the afterlife, too. You're very welcome for the giveaway, and thanks for participating!! : )

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  6. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway, lovely! I love the cover, and then I read those excerpts -- I'm definitely intrigued!

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      You're very welcome! Yes, the cover is gorgeous, and the plot is indeed intriguing! I can't wait to get this one and read it! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  7. I've heard great things about it and read so so many awesome reviews. It's time to give it a try!!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer!

      Yes, indeed! I can't wait to read it myself! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  8. I am so thrilled to be a part of this book giveaway extravaganza with so many great bloggers! Find me at http://wp.me/p3GCnv-1MC

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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  9. Love the cover and the blurb.

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    1. Hi, Ashfa! Yeah, I love them, too! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  10. I would love to read this book, the story sounds interesting, intriguing and a bit sad from what I've read till now. Hope I'll get my hands on it. :)

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    1. Hi, Diana! Would you believe I have the first book in this trilogy, "Hereafter", and haven't read it yet? Gotta get going on that.... Maybe you'll be able to get this one! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  11. I'm not entering because I already have the book, but I had to comment on your blog, Maria! Love that header!

    Hope you're well. Christmas is coming up fast and I hope you will be with me for the Christmas reading again this year. =O) Also, I revamped the Fantasy challenge. Have you been by to check it out? I'm also going to change my Christmas Spirit button, as I redesigned that blog too.

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    1. Hey, Michelle!

      Thanks for complimenting my header! Music to my ears!! I purchased the image at a stock website, and then added my blog's title with the Picasa software. This is the second year I put this header up; it's only for the month of October. In November, I'll have a Thanksgiving header, and for the month of December, I'll have a Christmas header.

      I'm definitely going to participate in your Christmas reading challenge!! I wouldn't miss it for the world! I visited your Christmas blog recently, but should really drop by again. I'll also check out the Fantasy Challenge. Oh, and you're gong to change your Christmas Spirit button? Gee, I really like this one! Well, I'll go check out your new one, anyhow.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )

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  12. I've seen this series and would love to give it a try :)

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    1. Hi, Janhvi! Yes, this a great series! I have the first book, "Hereafter", which I STILL haven't read.....lol. Maybe you'll be able to get this one! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  13. I have Hereafter on my Kindle and just haven't got to it yet, but the whole premise is so interesting. I would love to win because it sounds great plus the covers are beautiful!

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    1. Hi, there!

      I have "Hereafter" as well, but haven't read it. And I totally agree about the beautiful covers! Thanks for participating!1 : )

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  14. I loved the first and second book and would really like to have the third one. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

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    1. Hi, Layla!

      Oh, you've read the first two books? Then maybe you'll win the third one! You're very welcome for the giveaway! Thanks for participating!! : )

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  15. The cover book was to catch my eyes, and my friend recomend this book.

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  16. I haven't read the first two books yet, but I think this series looks so good and I've read some pretty good reviews of them. Also, the covers are *gorgeous*

    Brynna

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  17. I am an avid lover of the paranormal and supernatural. It sounds as if this book has those in high doses, plus a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I'd love to read this and the other two books, too. Thank you for introducing me to this series.

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  18. I would love to win this book because this series sounds amazing and I have been wanting to read it for awhile now.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I'd like to win Elegy, because i've already had it on my wishlist. I loved the cover, and the book's blurb seemed interesting to me, I love paranormal novels.

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  20. Looks very good would love to read this soon.

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  21. I *love* the cover. I don't typically buy physical copies of books, so I'd love to win this just to look at and oooh and ahhhh over!

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  22. I'm in love with the cover and I'm planning on either buying the first and second books soon! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  23. Because it sounds good and the cover is cool. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  24. Because it sounds amazing and like something I'd love to read :)

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  25. I love supernatural books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I'd like to win because I love finding new authors and interesting books to read and this one fits the bill!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  27. It sounds great and I'd like to read it!

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  28. It sounds like a story I would like with a strong heroine.

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  29. I want to win because the story sounds so interesting. I also love the idea of a strong heroine :)

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  30. I am entering your Spooktacular Giveaway.
    In response to your question of Why would you like to win this book?
    I would like to win a copy of Elegy by Tara Hudson
    because i enjoy reading and discovering new authors.
    This book sounds interesting and i think i would enjoy reading it.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!

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  31. I have the first two books and I never read series unless I have all of the books. Thank you for the giveaway!

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