Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Friends to the End by C.L. Colyer

Title: Friends to the End
Author: C.L. Colyer
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: September 27th 2021
Print Length: 192 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Supernatural Adventure
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Zach doesn’t believe in ghosts…but he should.

Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he’ll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach’s concerned, it’s his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach’s not worried. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what’s real and what’s not.

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EXCERPT:
We scrambled to our feet and ran to the front door, stopping with the toes of our gym shoes just outside the worn threshold. If the house vanished at that very moment, would we vanish, too, or did we have to be inside to disappear forever?

A long table rested next to the wall in the foyer. Several black-and-white photos in tarnished silver frames sat on top of it. The women in the pictures wore large floppy hats and long dresses. The men wore white shirts and jackets like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The children had on sweaters and knee-high socks. No one was smiling. “I thought you wanted to go inside,” I said. “Now’s your chance.”

Josh shook his head. “Not so important anymore.”

“Yeah, I can see just fine from here,” Dom said.

But Morgan was inside.

A stomp of my foot on the aging wood confirmed we were standing on an extremely solid porch. We were peering through a very real doorway. If this was the vanishing house, shouldn’t it be translucent like Ghost Girl or hazy like the car?

“Maybe we’re overreacting,” I said. Just because the welcome sign happened to have the same name on it as the guy in the graveyard, and just because the date on it was a couple of centuries old, that didn’t mean we should assume the worst. Right?

Only, the evidence in front of us said otherwise. The house was lit with candles and oil lamps. There were no televisions or radios or phones visible. The more I noticed, the more it looked wrong. The fancy armchairs and matching sofa, the family portrait above the stone fireplace, even the shoes left near the door were unlike anything I’d seen before.

Dom mumbled something inaudible and then screamed Morgan’s name.

The air in the house was cool. It pushed against the warmth of summer, fighting to keep it outside. With it came a whispered, “Don’t.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Professional network technician by day, novelist by night, Cherie lives a quiet life in the Chicago suburbs with her charming husband. She has four amazing sons who she loves dearly. Cherie magically weaves together stories with a paranormal twist. She’s the author of the Embrace series (Embrace, Hold Tight, and Entwined), Challenging Destiny, Damned When I Didn’t, and Friends to the End. She waltzes into the adult novel world with this enchanting holiday romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz.

She happily visits schools, libraries, and book clubs, and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators).

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15 comments:

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

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  2. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  3. That's great, nice theme to your new book.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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

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  7. My grandson saw this and said he would really like to read this book-thanks-this is one of the few books I have seen him get excited about.

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  8. I like how the old tree frames the setting with the "haunted house." The story appears to have action of the spirited kind. The excerpt while kids are standing on the threshold makes the reader want to go inside and see what happened there is past times.

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  9. The book cover is really sweet, I know my granddaughter would love to read this. I added it to my ''What to buy the kids 4 Xmas'' list.

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  10. This sounds so good! My grandson and I love to read books at night...we would love this one!

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  11. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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