Wednesday 18 February 2015

Blog Tour: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Hi everyone, today as part of the Conspiracy Girl blog tour I get to share a wonderful extract and giveaway with you, I am a huge fan of Sarah's work, so super excited to be part of this tour. Before this great extract here's a bit about Conspiracy Girl (and don't you think the cover is awesome?)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 12th February 2015
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings. There was only one survivor – fifteen year-old Nic Preston. Now eighteen, Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life. But then one night her high-security apartment is broken into. It seems the killers are back to finish the job. Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s murderers walked free. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best chance of staying alive is by staying close to Finn. And the closer they get to the truth, and to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

He’s been in the bathroom over two hours. I don’t even a Kardashian takes this long. I prise Goz’s head off my lap and walk over to the bathroom door. My hand is half raised, ready to knock, when I stop myself. What if he’s … I don’t know... doing something in there? I stand there frozen.
                But the fact is I’m freaking out here on my own, with the only thing to occupy my attention a grainy image of my bloodstreaked apartment, occasionally interrupted by the sight of a bored NYPD cop chomping his way through a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.
                Finally, I tap on the bathroom door lightly. There’s no answer. A spurt of adrenaline rushes through me as I entertain a rush of ideas involving Finn lying dead on the bathroom floor. I don’t know. Maybe I’m paranoid and deluded, but I think I have grounds for both.
                ‘Finn’? I say. I knock again and call his name louder, hearing the trace of irritation in my voice. I’m still angry at him. He called me a liar, saying my testimony was full of holes. I’ll give him full of holes.
                Even if what he and Maggie are saying about the FBI being involved is true, it doesn’t mean that Miles and McCrory aren’t involved as well. But what did Aiden hide in my apartment? And did he even hide anything? It’s just conjecture.
                I push my ear against the bathroom door but it’s hard to hear anything over the sound of the cube’s persistent humming. My hand slides to the door handle. Should I try it? Finally, I give into to my paranoia and twist the handle.
                Finn’s lying in the bath, his head tipped back against the edge and his eyes closed. One arm trails down the side, his fingers brushing the rug. For a heart-stopping moment I think he’s dead and then I realise he’s just asleep. Clouds of steam envelope him and his face is flushed from the heat.
                My heart rate amps up as my gaze dips, before I can stop it, to his shoulders and his chest and then… I turn in a fluster, almost tripping over Goz, who has also come into investigate. Goz struts right past me and pads over to the bath.
‘Goz!’ I hiss ‘Come back!’
                But Goz completely ignores me. He pauses by the bath and cocks his head to one side.
I tiptoe closer. ‘Goz!’ I whisper, grabbing him by the collar, ready to yank him out of there, but Goz won’t budge. He picks up a paw and in a moment of pure frozen horror I see exactly what he’s about to do. Before I know it I’m employing my Russian Olympic coach voice. ‘Goz!’ I shout as my dog’s paw touches the water prodding Finn in the stomach.
Finn shoots upright in the tub, jumping straight to his feet, water sloshing in waves over the sides of the bath. Goz barks loudly. Finn stand there, totally naked, slightly unsteady on his feet, his muscles locked as though he’s about to start a race and breathing hard enough that it looks like he just finished one. I think we just scared him half to death.
‘I was worried’ I say, trying not to stare anywhere but his face. I close my eyes and turn around. ‘Sorry’ I say. ‘He thought you were drowning’, I add, embarrassment feeling like hot coals bring strapped to my face.
‘Goz!’ I hiss furiously, snapping my fingers until I fell Goz rubbing against my legs. I haul him out of the bathroom and quickly, quietly close the door behind me.

What did you guys think? I think this is one of my favourite scenes from the book, Finn was certianly able to win me over very quickly!

If you're interested in reading Conspiracy Girl, Sarah is giving away signed copies of Conspiracy Girl, The Sound and Out of Control and you can even win at having a character named after you in one of Sarah's books. (I think Jasprit and Alex has a nice ring to it ;). Just enter by completing the rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is interantional! Also make sure you check out the rest of the Conspiracy Girl Blog Tour, there are many other hot extracts, reviews and interviews to look forward to!

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Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster). Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this blog and which is shortly to be turned into a book). After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US. As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray. Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015. Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.


Anonymous said...

This is awesome, thank you! I'm a big fan of Sarah's work, ever since I picked up the Lila series. Can't wait to read this one!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read anything by this author so far, but I love the sound of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!:)

Unknown said...

Squeeeee! Okay...first thing? Jasprit, you can't have Alex because he's MINE! Second, this is a brilliant extract. Can't wait to read Conspiracy Girl :D Thanks for the post and giveaway, love!

Emma said...

Hhahahahahahahahaha! This is my favourite scene in the whole book. LOVED THIS ONE!!!! Still makes me LOL even now. Great post, Jasprit. Really did love this book!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Too funny! I must read this! Thanks for sharing.

Carina Olsen said...

Gorgeous post Jasprit :D I didn't really think this book was for me, but damn. That teaser is all kinds of awesome, lol, now I want this book too :D Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 And thank you for awesome giveaway too :)

The Teen Book Guru said...
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The Teen Book Guru said...

Oh my gosh Jasprit thank you for this lovely post! The extract was hilarious and so cute, now I want to read this even more. :') Thanks so much for sharing, I love everything Sarah does. x And thank you so much for the giveaway which is all kinds of awesome! :D

Sarah said...

Thanks for having me on the blog Jasprit!

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

LOL. Well, hello there naked Finn!

I totally agree that Jasprit and Alex would make an awesome characters name, but, hear me out on this. There is a slightly better one: Allie. I mean, come on, how awesome is that name? (mwahahaa)

Anonymous said...

I know I have to check this book out when it comes out. It sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing, Jasprit!

Jenny said...

Goz is my favorite. Bless him for giving us a naked Finn visual ;-) I definitely need to read this Jasprit, I love all things Sara Alderson!

Jenny said...

Or Sarah, if I could spell her name right ;-)

Keertana said...

I'm actually REALLY excited for this, despite not typically reading a lot of Alderson's books. But this just sounds so good and Finn has already won me over too. ;) Thanks for sharing, Jasprit! :)

Jasprit said...

What I didn't know you were an Alex fan too Rebekah! And I'm sorry but I'm not sharing Alex ;) I hope you enjoy this one

Jasprit said...

You're so welcome Sarah! :)

Jasprit said...

Allie and Alex??? I still think Jasprit and Alex sounds better ;)

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