Monday, August 10, 2015

Blog Tour: The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY

Welcome to The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy Blog Tour! I remember seeing this captivating cover across the booksphere on YOUR book blogs - highlighted as an anticipated read of 2015 and my interest was definitely piqued! I got the chance to get involved with spreading some love for The Creeping and hope you find it as cool as I did!
What is The Creeping?
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them. (Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Romance, friendship, and dark, bone-chilling fear fill the pages of a summertime thriller in the spirit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Who is Alexandra Sirowy?

Alexandra lives in a small town in Northern California. She enjoys writing about teens because she thinks they’re smart, have grit, are excited about engaging with the world, and are every bit as complex and dynamic as adults are.  In addition to writing fiction, she loves discovering new things, traveling, sourdough bread, trees, lighthouses, seven layer cakes, reading the news, music, adventures (some risky, some not-so-much), being silly with her sister, and her (partner in crime) husband. You can find her online and on twitter at @AlexandraSirowy. THE CREEPING is her first novel. 

What do I have for you lovelies today? A beautiful GUEST POST by the even more beautiful author, Alexandra Sirowy! ENJOY!

Fictional small towns that I'd only visit on my bravest day IRL by Alexandra Sirowy

There was no neighborhood intrigue in the town I went to high school in. No town-wide scandal and few, if any, spooky legends about the tree-dotted hills surrounding our valley. Kids went cow-tipping out of boredom and got busted for driving up and down Main Street with their music too loud. It’s California. The houses we lived in just weren’t old enough to be creaky and haunted. We didn’t have attics or basements to spend the night in on dares. There were no town histories dating back centuries. Our town was safe. Boring. Nothing like the small town of Savage in my debut novel, The Creeping. At least not under its surface.

Unlike my hometown, Savage has a secret history that leads main character Stella and her friends deep into the woods. There’s a mystery in Savage going back generations and Savage is that much scarier because it isn’t an obviously dangerous hometown – it might even resemble yours and mine. But under that seemingly ordinary veneer, there’s something dark and twisted, from its oldest graveyard, to the shores of Blackdog Lake, to a shack in the forest. 

Here are a few fictional places, ones that are in-your-face-terrifying, that I’d only travel to in real life on my bravest day.

April Genevieve Tucholke’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Between the Spark and the Burn are gothic and bloody gorgeous, and both books are packed with menacing locations, the sort where very bad things happen, often. But it’s Inn’s End in Between the Spark and the Burn that really got me. Inn’s End isn’t on the maps. Those looking for directions are warned that bad things happen there, and they do. Located down miles of winding roads in the Appalachian Mountains, the town doesn’t get many visitors. The feathered corpses of birds and a blood ritual in a churchyard involving gravestones keep the tourists away.

The cornfield-surrounded town of Quivira in Kim Liggett’s upcoming YA novel, Blood and Salt, isn’t the kind of place you want to stumble on. Equipped with a creepy cult, an ancient curse, and a village frozen in time, there’s something deeply wrong in Quivira. It’s enough to scare you off of corn and Kansas forever.

This next one is my favorite fictional town on television (sorry fans of the books, I’ve only watched the CW version). As much as I’d want to visit for the Salvatore brothers, Mystic Falls in The Vampire Diaries has a habit of proving deadly for mere humans. This small Virginian town has been home to century old vampires, werewolves, witches, travelers, and more than a few cheerleaders.

Even as a child I found Wonderland of Alice in Wonderland a little suspect. Wonderland provides fodder for nightmares with the terrifying tumble into a rabbit’s hole it takes to arrive there, the bizarre and cruel characters who live there, and the fact that Alice is a little girl lost in a land ruled by a queen who wants to chop off her head.

Interested? You can pre-order a copy of this beauty over at: 

Looking for a sneak peek into the world of The Creeping? Check out the The Creeping EXCERPT TOUR that took place here at The BloggityBlog a few weeks back!

If all this The Creeping awesomeness doesn't get you stoked for the book's release in a few weeks maybe this GIVEAWAY will - I'm giving away a pair of beautiful Strawberry Stud Earrings, A bookmark & A SIGNED Bookplate by the one and only Alexandra Sirowy! 
All you've got to do for a chance at this giveaway is let me know in the comments below, what the craziest story about YOUR own hometown is!

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