Sunday, August 19, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Today's Tour is Presented by Reading Addiction Blog Tours!


I will have a Giveaway and Excerpt. First, let's get to know the Author! 

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of
medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it
into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels.
However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies
terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t
cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a

very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because
of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell,
and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only

been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded
individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can find me at my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on

my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a
normal person.

Twitter - @whimsywriting

Date Published: 8/13/12
Young Adult/Contemporary 16+

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.


I was mighty grateful that he covered her up, especially when he said that death made a person look frightful, and that I shouldn't even attempt to look.
Yeah, no problem there.
"Just do it or I'll clock you upside your head." He bent down and placed his hands under her arms to get a good grip. "Grab 'er feet, and when I say lift, you'd better lift, or else."
I wanted to tell him to leave me alone, and that just because he was older than me didn’t give him the right to tell me what to do, but his warning look kept me from saying a word. I bent over to take hold of her feet and accidently breathed in the acidic smell of decay, alcohol, and cheap perfume permeating from the sheet.
Bile burned in my throat, and my eyes stung and began watering. I rolled my shoulders forward when my stomach lurched, but despite my body's mad attempt to force me to puke my guts out, only dry heaves followed, over and over. It took a while for the waves of nausea to settle, but my head swam in dizziness and my body ached—boy, did I hurt. My legs wobbled and my insides twisted and cramped, but I didn't throw up. Once the dry heaving stopped, I swiped the back of my hand over my mouth to remove a fine thread of spittle from my lips.
"I'm sorry." Jacob's face softened, though he continued to hold onto Mama's shoulders, letting me know we still needed to move a dead body. "I really am."
"Whatever." I gave in, bending and grabbing my dead mama's ankles. "Let's do this."


Reading Addiction Blog Tours


Follow Along with the Rest of this tour for Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways, and Excerpts! 

August 15 - Andi's Young Adult Books - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 18 - My Devotional Thoughts - Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 19 - My Reading Addiction - Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO-YOU ARE HERE
August 20 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 21 - Dive Under the Cover - PROMO
August 22 - The Solitary Bookworm - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
August 23 - Books and NeedlePoint - Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 24 - My Seryniti - Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 25 - Tana Rae Reads - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 26 - Always YA at Heart - PROMO
August 27 -  New Age Mama - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 28 - Insomnia of Books - Review/Giveaway
August 30 - Several Books at Once- Review/Interview
August 31 - Taking it One Page at a Time - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
September 1 - The Adventures Within - Review/Interview/Excerpt
September 2 - Disincentive Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 3 - Whoopeeyoo - Review/Guest Post/ Givewaway/Excerpt
September 4 - My Cozie Corner - Review/Giveaway
September 6- Doodle's Book Blog - Review/Giveaway
September 8 - The Story Factory - Review//Excerpt
September 9 - A Case of Reading Insomnia - Review//Giveaway
September 10 - Read-A-Holicz- Review/Giveaway
September 12 - Mademoiselle Le Sphinx - Review/Excerpt
 September 14 -  The Book Faery Reviews- Excerpt/PROMO

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