Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton. This tour was organized by YA Bound Book Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops here for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more! Enjoy!
Title: Smoke and Key
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal, Historical
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
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A sound awakens her. There's darkness all around. And then she's falling...

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she's dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn't utter a word. There's Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key's instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can't remember why.

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EXCERPT:
Now that I’m not running from something, there’s more time to absorb this place. In every direction, there are crude houses of dirt with no spaces between them, as if the occupants were trying to create a city. There are no cobblestones or carriages, no trees or signs. Just passages that end in darkness and these earthen homes. But if I squint just so, it’s easy to imagine a sky beyond the line of roofs, the faint colors of dawn.

Eventually I realize not all of the structures are the same—some of them have square openings next to the doorways, crude imitations of windows. Of course there’s no glass, though. There must be torches inside a few of the dwellings, because shadows dance on the ground, cast by gentle flickers from within. In a way, it’s almost comforting.

While I examine our surroundings, my eyes feeling so huge they might as well swallow the rest of my face, Smoke watches me. “You’ll have to pick one of your own, you know,” he says. “A name, I mean. Usually we just use whatever we fell into Under with. Splinter, Smoke, Doll.”

Something we fell into Under with? Unconsciously, I run my hands over my stomach and sides and thighs, searching for any kind of pocket. His eyes track the movements, an odd tightness to his mouth. My hands halt and I wonder if it’s possible for the dead to blush. But now I know there’s nothing else on my person besides the dress.

No, wait.

For the first time, I notice a weight against my skin, near the center of my chest. I reach for it…and my fingers collide with something curved and hard. It hangs from a chain around my neck and glints gold in the firelight.

Smoke smiles, a ghost of what a smile should be. “Nice to meet you, Key. Welcome to Under.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master's degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore.

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GIVEAWAY:
Win a signed copy of Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton and a key necklace (US only). If winner is international, a $20 gift card will be substituted. Good luck!
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