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Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Blitz: In the Hope of Memories








In the Hope of Memories
Olivia Rivers
Publication date: March 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Hope is dying.

Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Hope is dead.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.


Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.


Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.


And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.

Hope is within reach.



EXCERPT:

“Wait!” I slam my hand against the door to stop it from clicking shut, wincing as the splintered wood digs into me. “I’m looking for Hope. Hope Jackson. She said she’d be here.”

The dude shakes his head. “She’s dead.”

My heart stutters a fast and hard beat, like it does right when I get tackled on the field. “No. No, she’s not. She’s the exact opposite of dead. Today is her eighteenth birthday. Her birthday party is about to start right now.”

Official Reason Number Infinity it Sucks to Be Going Blind: When you can’t see right, you can’t stop a fist from colliding with your face. The dude’s knuckles crash into my jaw, and I yelp, more out of shock than pain. I’m about to pound my own fist into the freak when he starts talking again, this time in a tone that’s actually kind of pissed.

“She’s dead, you jerk! You really think it’s funny to joke about that?”

“I’m not joking!” I rub at my jaw with the back of my clenched hand. Part of me is itching to mess up this guy’s face, but a larger part is starting to panic. “You’re the one with the wrong info,” I say, silently praying I’m right. “Hope isn’t dead.”

The dude stares down at his hand and slowly curls and uncurls his fingers, like he can’t quite believe he just threw a punch. Then he whispers, “You’re not messing with me?”

“No! What kind of sick joke would that be? Like I said, I’m just trying to find her birthday party. I got an invite from her, I swear. It said to come here.”

“Oh.”

Apparently, this conversation isn’t weird enough for him, so he has to add in some awkward silence. Fan-freaking-tastic. Just when I’m starting to think he’s slipped into a coma, he says, “Sorry I punched your face.”

I take a deep breath. “Just tell me where her birthday party is, okay?”

“I told you, there is no party. Hope is dead.”

“Christ, are you seriously going to make me explain this again? She’s not dead. It’s her birthday today. As in the day when you celebrate a person being alive.”

“It would have been her birthday,” the dude says, slipping back into his strange monotone. “But now she’s dead.”

The seriousness in his voice makes my gut twist, and for a moment, I wonder if maybe he hurt Hope. My hand edges toward my pocket, but just as I’m considering grabbing my cell phone and dialing 9-1-1, I see a tear trickle down his cheek. It looks strange on his expressionless face, but another tear quickly follows, and then a third. He sniffs and turns away, wiping his right eye on the battered sleeve of his hoodie.

“What happened?” I ask, my voice a cracked whisper. All sorts of scenarios rush through my head—Hope’s plane crashing on vacation, a car accident, getting caught in a wrong-place-wrong-time shooting…

“You don’t know?” the dude asks.

“No. Was it in the news?”

The smallest beginning of a frown tugs at his lips. “Of course not. Why would the news report about a stroke victim?”

“Stroke?” I repeat. “She had a stroke? What…why? What triggered it? She’s a health freak.”

He blinks slowly and then says again, “You don’t know?”






Author Bio:

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “Frost Fire” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.


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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. I'm always looking at authors who are new to me but it is so hard to tell what their style is. Excerpts are a wonderful way of judging if I like the writing style. In the Hope of Memories sounds so fresh and intriguing! I tweeted the giveaway and wish everyone good luck, but in all honesty, I hope I win. Haha. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  2. I have not read this author before. I read a variety of genres, usually two at the same time. I like contemporary as it can broaden my interpretation of the world. Everyone sees things with their own experiences. Contemporary writing allows you to see things from someone else's perspective. Contemporary books can be a wonderful and fun, interesting way to see outside the box, especially with difficult subjects.

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  4. I've never heard of this book before, but it looks interesting and the cover is so pretty! I'll definitely be adding it to my ever-growing TBR. ;)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  5. I read a lot of YA contemporary, especially contemporary romance which is one of my favourite genres. However, unfortunately, I haven't read any books by this author (yet!). I think I like contemporary books because it usually deals with social and teenage issues that are very relevant today and usually has protagonists that I can really relate to because they do things that I do. As well, it feels realistic and like it could actually happen.

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  6. Sorry for bothering you again, but I just wanted to add, in case you are confused, Cat Landon is me and so is MB, which I believe is the name that will appear when you check who entered into the giveaway. I said that I left a comment on the giveaway, but you might be confused why MB said that when Cat commented (they are both me) Stupid of me to use two different names, I know. Anyway, just in case you're not really sure or that MB does not appear either, I'm the one who entered the free option every day across the giveaway period, if that makes sense. Hope you are not too confused by what I said!

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