Sunday, September 10, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting

Book Blurb:

THE LOST CAUSES by Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 344

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.

There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust.

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As the door rattled behind her father, Sabrina’s phone vibrated with a text. She was surprised to see it was from Gabby, that girl with the unsettling OCD. And it wasn’t just for her — it was for the entire group that had been summoned to the therapy session.

It’s Gabby. Need 2 Meet. Flagpole B4 School. Important.

What could Gabby possibly think was so urgent? Instead of replying, Sabrina picked up the last dirty plate. She was about to turn on the hot water when a cold blast of air hit her so hard that she shivered. She looked down at her arms and was hit with another cool wave, covering her in goose bumps that felt like scales on her arms. She glanced at the two windows above the sink. Closed and locked. The cold didn’t feel like a gust of wind anyway. It felt as though someone was concentrating a massive blast of air conditioning directly on her body.

She moved toward the kitchen table to grab her sweatshirt, when the three light bulbs over the table began to flicker, followed by three popping noises. The bulbs had all blown out one right after the other.

Now shivering in the darkness, Sabrina felt something else.

She wasn’t alone. Her heart started beating so fast that it was painful.

She heard him before she saw him.

“Hey, Beanie.”

There was only one person in the world who called her Beanie. Anthony. Her brother.

Her dead brother.

She fumbled for the flashlight on her phone.

But before she could flip it on, she saw something that ripped the air out of her lungs. Her brother was standing before her, his skin still flawless, almost glowing.

His charcoal eyes bored into hers.

“You need to be careful, Beanie,” he said.

She opened her mouth to try to respond, but the words were stuck in her throat.

And then just as suddenly as he’d appeared, he was gone.


Hi, we're Jessica & Alyssa! We're best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.

The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown...After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we've honed it to a pretty efficient process....except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

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Follow the Tour:

Week One:

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview

9/4/2017- Kourtni Reads- Review

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews- Guest Post

9/5/2017- Mama Reads Blog- Review

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt

9/6/2017- What the Cat Read- Review

9/7/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post

9/7/2017- Bibliobakes- Review

9/8/2017- Book Princess Reviews- Interview

9/8/2017- Savings in Seconds- Review

Week Two:

9/11/2017- Smada's BookSmack- Excerpt

9/11/2017- Jessica's Reading Room- Review

9/12/2017- Portrait of a Book- Interview

9/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads- Review

9/13/2017- Cindy's Love of Books- Review

9/13/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review

9/14/2017- Comfort Books- Interview

9/14/2017- The Desert Bibliophile- Review

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews- Excerpt

9/15/2017- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

Tour provided by Rockstar Book Tours

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