06 October 2010

A HUGE thank you to Lee for allowing me to bring to everyone an exclusive! I have the very first excerpt & summary from Betrayal (Haunted Emma, #2) - The sequel the Deception.

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 BETRAYAL Cover Copy:

Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie.

When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive—one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar—Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.

As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.


I wasn’t sure how other ghostkeepers traveled to fight a couple of ancient ghasts, but Natalie and I walked, and by the time we got there it was dusk.

        “In the playground?” Natalie asked. “Are you sure there are ghasts here? How come nobody’s felt them before?”
        I nodded. “That’s what, um, Edmund told me.”
        I didn't know how to explain the Rake to Natalie. Yeah, she'd understand that he was a ghost, but she'd want to summon him all the time, which he’d hate. Plus, I kind of liked having him to myself.
        The playground was in the corner of a town park, and we crossed the street and followed a gravel path past the oak trees where people tossed tennis balls for their dogs during the day.
        I shivered in my peacoat. “I don't like the weather here.”
        “You Californians are wusses.” She eyed the slides and swings.
        “I never noticed how creepy playgrounds look after dark.” I looked around. “Maybe we should come back.”
        “No way, man. It only makes it more fun.” Natalie was a girl who goes naked in the Jacuzzi, and takes the dare instead fibbing about the truth. Ghasts at dusk were not going to intimidate her. “Here goes,” she said.
        Natalie closed her eyes and I felt their spirits before she even finished, like needles on my skin. I'd never dealt with ghasts before. They weren't as dangerous as wraiths, but I still felt their twistedness.
        “Wait,” I blurted, “I'm not ready.”
        “Too late,” Natalie said, opening her eyes. “They're here.”
        They rose from the ground beside the drinking fountain, as if awakened from a deep slumber. Their heads swayed as they scanned and sniffed for the reason they'd been summoned. They didn’t look like wraiths, with tattered skin and hollow eyes, but like regular ghosts, in bad costumes, except gray, like they'd stepped out of an old black and white film.
        “They look harmless,” I said, but the Rake had mentioned a trap.
        “Looks are deceiving,” Natalie said.
        There were two of them, both male, both dressed similar to the Rake, only less tailored and elegant. They swiveled toward Natalie and me, bared their teeth and flew at us.
        “Okay,” Natalie said. “Your turn.”
        “I can only summon them, Emma. You have to dispel them.”
        I panicked. “I don’t know how!”
        “What are you talking about? You’re Emma frickin’ Vaile, you know everything!”
        “Run!” I yelled. “Natalie, run!”

Title: Deception (Haunting Emma #1)

Synopsis: When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Deception (Haunting Emma #1) Available from Bloomsbury Now!

Order Deception online here: Amazon | Borders | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) Available from Bloomsbury March 1st, 2011

Perorder Betrayal online here: Amazon | Borders | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

Where to fine Lee Online:

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Read my review of Deception: HERE

Enter to win a signed Hardback copy of Deception!

Here are the rules and how to enter:

You MUST complete the form to enter. No entries in comments please they won't count. Comments are welcome, so share your love with Lee!
You must be at least 13 years old to enter.
This contest is open to to US residents only. Sorry!
Contest ends: Oct. 20th, 2010

This Contest is NOW CLOSED!

Good luck to everyone who enters. If you have any questions, please see my policy page or feel free to email me with any questions.

A HUGE thank you to Lee for saying yes to being a part of our Halloween Event, and for giving me the privilage in sharing for the very first time - anywhere on the web - both the cover copy and excerpt for Betrayal. It was extremely exciting not only to read it, espicially when it's a book I can't wait to read in an amazing series, but to be granted the honor of sharing this exclusive with everyone else. Lee, I can't say thank you enough. Also, without her donation, this giveway wouldn't be possible. Thank you, thank you for everything.

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  1. lol "you're Emma freakin' Valle, you know everything"

    This sound awesome!


  2. Wow, awesome excerpt! I really want to read the Haunting Emma series now. Thanks for the great contest. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Awesome giveaway -- love the excerpt!

  4. Wow, that looks really good!
    Too bad I can't enter! Heeh!
    Good luck to everyone entering!

    *adds book to her list*

  5. Sounds like a great start to a new series.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  6. Sounds like an interesting book!

    email: beautiful_molly (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. Thanks for sharing. Really liked the first book, looking forward to the second if only it was coming out sooner.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  8. Wow! Thanks for the excerpts today : )

    It's always so fun here!

  9. WOW! Thanks for the excerpts and the giveaway! I just have to read this book :D


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  10. Eeek! I really, REALLY enjoyed Deception, so I was SO excited to see an excerpt and the cover art for the sequel on your blog. I can't wait!


  11. loved the sample excerpt- can't wait for Betrayal to come out!!!!


  12. I want to read this so badly :DD Thanks for an awesome giveaway!


  13. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the excerpt to the sequel.


  14. I want to read both of these, now...and now I am curious about the difference between a ghost and a "ghast!"

    Crazy Cat Lady

  15. Sounds like a good one!

  16. I really want to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Oops, forgot...

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  18. Thanks for the preview of Betrayl(even though I didn't read it because I haven't read Deception yet). I love the description of Deception, looking forward to getting a chance to read this one!


  19. Great exclusive! I enjoyed Deception and look forward to Betrayal!

    Teens Read and Write

  20. Ooh sounds interesting! I like me a good ghost book! Jenny Carroll/Meg Cabot's The Mediator Series was my all time fave!


  21. This book is perfect for Halloween. Who does't love a good ghost story.
    Thanks for another contest! This Halloween is starting off awesome.

  22. Awesome excerpt and post!!


  23. the sequel sounds great, I can't wait to read the first book!

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  24. Thanks for the excerpt and wonderful giveaway!
    From the Shadows

  25. Wow thanks for the excerpt! The Haunting Emma series sounds really good :) Thanks for the giveaway too!

    sophiayunjin @ gmail. com

  26. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the excerpt!


  27. Looks like more books are being added to my wishlist.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com


  28. I haven't read Deception, but the synopsis for it, as well as Betrayal, has me eager to start the series. Thanks for sharing.


  29. I've heard such wonderful things about these books! :-)

    mrso_d at yahoo dot com

  30. Don't you just love generous authors? :)

    I'll be sure to enter this giveaway, haven't read the book yet!


  31. Great giveaway thank you so much for the chance!

  32. Thanks for the giveaway

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  33. The series seems a little to creepy for me... we'll see...


  34. Oh wow. Deception sounds awesome. I love this excerpt. Adding it to my TBR list.

  35. I like the premise of the this story--the team of ghostkeepers, the British scholar (I love an English accent!) and the New England setting. And the excerpt: awesome!

    (question: are "ghasts" the same as ghosts?)

    This is definitely one to check out.



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