Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Drifting by Steven M. Cross

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Drifting by Steven M. Cross. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Drifting
Author: Steven M. Cross
Publisher: Liminal Books
Publication Date: May 25th 2021
Print Length: 263 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
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Drifting brings light into the dark corners of mental health, bullying, and sexual assault.

Dean Knight has struggled against his personal demons for as long as he can remember. He thought he lost that struggle when he felt their knowing grip pull him deeper in the river, but he was saved. Saved for what? His memories are trapped within his mental illness. He hears his sister and father’s voices. The problem is, they’re dead, both killed in the same river that tried to claim Dean. As he struggles to remember, he discovers their voices aren’t pushing him to harm himself, but to discover the truth surrounding both their deaths. One person, Ella, has all the answers, but Dean can’t remember if she loved him or tried to kill him.

Roxanne “Rocky” Rivers struggles against her own demons, not voices, but a past trauma she can’t fully remember. She only knows everyone at school thinks she’s a slut and a head-case. A razor her only release for the pain. Rocky knows no one will believe a crazy girl who tries to kill herself.

Dean and Rocky find a connection. Can they find the strength and trust to help each other when neither can survive alone?

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EXCERPT:
We have walked into another large cave. In one wall, a small chamber is cut.

“I bet there’s treasure in there. Arrgh,” like a pirate, then laughing hysterically, cackling, and releasing my hand. I kneel and see a pocket watch lying at the chamber’s entrance.

A hand, half bone, half decayed skin, creeps from the chamber, grabs my wrist. My heart catches. My eyes bulge. A scream rises in my throat.

Then, I see a bashed in skull emerge from the opening, its jaw set in a gaping grin and then another hand. Behind it on the floor, I see part of a skull, blood, a tooth, and hair. The skeleton crawls out of the chamber. I hear the girl’s crazed laughter. Bones skitter over the ground, click like castanets.

“Dean.” Its voice is thick like it’s filled with sand. I, we, feel like our head is going to explode into pieces of blood and brain and bone.

When I close my eyes, it grabs me and lifts me up, flopping me over its shoulder like an old rug. I can’t move, can’t talk, can’t breathe. The dry, brittle bones click against my skin.

It takes me to another part of the cave on the edge of a high cliff, lifts me off its shoulder, grabs my shirt, dangles me over the edge of the cliff, lets go.

I kick and scream as I fall through the air. I look up, see the face of a beautiful girl, then disappear into a pool of hot, frothy water. As I peer through the churning water, the skeleton’s hand grabs my hair.

I scream, choke on water, but then I’m gulping fresh air and staring into the Rose’s face.

“What the hell?”

“I’m naked,” I say aloud, though I’m only thinking it in my head.

“Next time, I’ll let your skinny ass drown.” She turns, leaves the bathroom.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Cross is an educator/freelance writer who lives in Poplar Bluff, MO. His credits include four young adult novels, two fantasy novels, and seven plays. He has optioned one script and sold another one. Plus, he's finished as a quarterfinalist in Bluecat and in Fresh Voices screenwriting competition.
 
He and his wife have one daughter and two grandchildren with whom they spend a lot of time.
 
Cross loves Cardinals baseball, classic rock music, and character-driven movies. His favorite films are Dead Poets Society and Field of Dreams.Cross also likes to read, everything from Young Adult contemporary novels to screenplays, to horror and fantasy.
 
At 62 and a cancer survivor, he believes his writing career is just now getting into full swing. His favorite type of screenplay to write is a psychological drama.

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GIVEAWAY:
Steven M. Cross will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a great book.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  4. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - thank you for sharing it.

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  5. congrats on the release, this sounds interesting

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  6. looks like a fun one

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  7. Steven Cross is a favorite author of mine. I love A Knight's Tale.

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  8. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. If anyone has any questions or comments, reach me through one of my links. I love to talk.
    Steven Cross

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  11. I think that the cover of your book is very eye catching.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. Thank you Nancy. The publishers have done an incredibly job. It is very similar to the first book’s cover. I told them kind of what I wanted and they did the rest.

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  13. Good to learn about your book

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  14. The book sounds very interesting.

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  15. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Sharing this book with my grandson. he will love it!

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  17. How long was the writing process?

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  18. What is your favorite genre to write?

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  19. I liked the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  20. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  21. It sounds like teens and young adults can possibly learn from and really relate to this story and the characters. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. The book cover is creepy as one of my biggest fears is falling off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. The book sounds good. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  23. This looks like a great book.

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  24. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1398311711132823557

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  25. Sounds like a heavy subject matter. Best of luck with the book, and thank you for the giveaway.

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  26. Sounds interesting thanks for a great giveaway

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  27. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  28. Sounds like an interesting read.

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