Friday, September 10, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Quick Fix by Louise Cypress

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Quick Fix by Louise Cypress. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Quick Fix
Author: Louise Cypress
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Publication Date: August 22nd 2021
Print Length: 238 pages
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
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Three teens are caught in a bioterrorism plot to destroy Seattle involving a diet drink that kills.

After accidentally breaking up with her boyfriend, Marley is ready to do anything to get her life back on track. When a new health clinic called Quick Fix opens in Seattle offering probiotic elixirs that supposedly burn off extra weight, Marley becomes their willing victim. After her first treatment, she loses five pounds in one week—and becomes so sick that she faints at work. But Marley is thrilled with the results, especially knowing that her ex-boyfriend is mobbed by girls every day.

When Marley’s best friend Ellie finds out the truth about Marley’s sudden weight loss, Ellie is concerned for her friend’s safety. Ellie knows better than anyone that there’s no such thing as a quick fix, but Marley’s not so sure. For Marley, the risk seems worth it—until the elixir takes control. By the time Marley discovers the truth about Thin Shot, she’s almost dead, and the only person who can save her is the last person she thought she could trust.

Melt away unwanted pounds with a probiotic elixir.

Thin Shot—the diet drink that kills.

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99!**

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EXCERPT:
My phone rang before I turned on the engine, and I answered the call without bothering to read the screen. “Yeah?” I snarled. “What do you want?”

“You answered,” said Dean. He cleared his throat. “I was going to leave a methage, I mean, a message.”

Dean was calling me? And he was lisping again? “Um,” I said in a voice an octave higher than normal, “How are you?”

“Miserable. How have you been?”

“The same.” Hearing Dean’s voice brought tears to my eyes. “Today’s been particularly bad.”

“I’m sorry to hear that. You said we could still be friends, so it’s okay that I called, right?”

“Of course.”

“Then why haven’t you answered any of my calls before now? Or texted me back?”

“I didn’t know what to say.”

“You always know what to say. It’s one of the things I love about you. I mean loved about you. I mean… I still do. Love you, I mean.”

My chest felt like it was being squeezed. “That’s not what friends are supposed to say.”

“Friends can’t love each other?”

I looked up at the Space Needle shining above me. “Not the way I love you.”

“Then why’d you break my heart?” Dean asked.

“I didn’t break your heart. You broke mine!”

“That’s not what happened at all.”

“You broke up with me,” I said.

“You said you wanted to be free and unencumbered when you started college this fall.”

“I didn’t say that!” I protested.

“You didn’t?”

“No. All I did was agree with you that I hated being in a long-distance relationship because it was hard.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Louise Cypress is the pen name of Jennifer Bardsley for her YA books.

Jennifer writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald and is the author of the young adult novels Genesis Girl, Damaged Goods, Narcosis Room, and the Fight or Flight and Puritan Coven series. She lives in a book-filled house near Seattle with her family, and poodle, Merlin.

An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer puts her psychology degree to good use writing fiction. She has a lifelong fascination with mind control. That focus also comes in handy in Jennifer’s role as a mother—but so far her children haven’t noticed.

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GUEST POST:
- Why, do you think, our society is so focused on weight?

Societal pressures weigh women down

It’s easy to make money if you can convince consumers—especially women—to feel bad about themselves. This isn’t a modern phenomenon; it goes way back throughout the course of history. Cinch yourself up in a corset until you faint. Order a tapeworm from the mail so you can lose weight. Smell better by spritzing your neck with whale vomit. Improve your complexion by powdering your nose with arsenic. Western society loves to shame women for simply existing. The concept I use in QUICK FIX, that women line up to drink a mysterious new form of kombucha, isn’t so far-fetched. The diet industry wants our credit card numbers, and so do beauty influencers.

My goal is for QUICK FIX to entertain readers and also makes them think. Hopefully none of us would drink a sketchy weight-loss potion, but are there other risks we take? The next time you look in the mirror, whisper the words: "I am perfect,” and believe them.
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GIVEAWAY:
Louise Cypress will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions is responsible for everything related to this giveaway.)

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54 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. Sounds like a thrilling book. I like the cover.

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  4. Nice to learn about your virtual tour.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. What's the best review you've gotten for this book?

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  7. What an interesting look at diets and pitfalls. Good work.

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  8. I love the cover! It just draws you right in.

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  9. Sounds interesting. Adding to my TBR list

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  10. Have you always wanted to be a writer & how did you decide that?

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

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  12. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

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  13. What was your best case of revenge?

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  14. The book sounds very intriguing. I love the eye-catching cover.

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  15. Sounds like an interesting story.

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  16. Young Adult Thriller - sure to be a great read!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  17. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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  18. This sounds like a great book,thanks

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  19. I like this cover & it sounds like an awesome book!

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  20. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  21. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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  22. The cover is pretty creative and interesting.

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  23. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  24. Do you write short stories too?

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  25. I think that the premise of this novel is very interesting and unique.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. This is a book I really want to read next -thanks

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  27. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  28. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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  29. What's your favorite movie?

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  30. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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  31. Have you ever won a giveaway before?

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  32. Have you ever received some not so good advice about writing?

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  33. Do you take time off from writing?

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  34. Where do you get your inspiration from?

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  35. sounds like a fun one

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  36. Have you ever written poems?

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  37. love to read this book cool cover too.

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  38. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  39. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  40. Sounds like an exciting book, thanks for sharing!

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  41. This sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover.
    Heather hgtempaddy

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