Tuesday, July 30, 2013

HELP FOR THE HAUNTED: SWEEPSTAKES AND NEW THRILLER PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
 THREE CHANCES TO WIN
THE SWEEPSTAKES ABOVE!
“Matilda and HELP FOR THE HAUNTED are each stories about a young girl who loves books, is smart beyond her years, and must rely on her intelligence and curiosity in order to set things right in her world.”--John Searles
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HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
BY JOHN SEARLES

ABOUT THE BOOK:
TWO SISTERS. ONE DARK SECRET.
Fifteen-year-old Sylvie Mason isn’t sure who murdered her parents that winter night, but she knows she can’t stop looking until she knows the truth. Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family’s past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years.

Rose, Sylvie’s sister, seems to have a secret of her own – did she murder her own parents?

 A frightening and mysterious ghost story that you won’t be able to put down until you’re done...

It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire.
 
As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searches for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years.

Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King's works and the quirky tenderness of John Irving's novels, Help for the Haunted is told in the captivating voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about what happened on that winter night. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Searles is the author of the national bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He frequently appears as a book critic on NBC's Today show and CBS's The Early Show. He is the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines. He lives in New York City and can be found on Facebook and also on Twitter @searlesbooks. 

PRAISE FOR HELP FOR THE HAUNTED:
“A quickly paced and boldly rendered ghost story, Searles’s dark novel about a young girl haunted by the murder of her parents had me up reading all night. And checking the doors. I found it impossible to put down.”— Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

“Wonderful...A coming of age tale that is poignant and touching...and will scare the living hell out of you. I loved every page of this novel: I loved the sisters and the story and the page-turning mystery. I just may never go downstairs into my basement again.”
— Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Light in the Ruins

“I was completely consumed by Help for the Haunted; I read it in one sitting. I just can’t decide what I loved the most: its perfectly pitched teenage narrator; the ghost story that kept me riveted; the thriller that made me say, Oh, just one more chapter.”
— Jodi Picoult, New York Times-bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“This is edge-of-your-seat reading of a very high quality, and, be warned, it is seriously spine-tingling.”
— Robert Goolrick, bestselling author of A Reliable Wife

Searles successfuly jumps back and forth in time to let these stories unfold, sewing clues and strange details along hte way...A somber, well-paced journey, wrappe din a mysery, that will keep readers guessing until the revealing conclusion.
— Kirkus Reviews

“Searles expertly manages his cleverly conceived plotline as he alternately withholds and doles out key information in tantalizing fashion... Superlative storytelling.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“A dazzling, dark portrait of a troubled family beset by the supernatural. Searles ratchets up the tension with every passing chapter, and delivers authentic and well-earned scares--all written through the lens of a lonely teenager searching for answers. The result is a novel both frightening and beautiful.”
— Gillian Flynn

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO TRACY AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT WILLIAM MORROW AND HARPER COLLINS,
I WILL HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS THRILLER
TO GIVE AWAY WHEN IT COMES OUT IN
SEPTEMBER...I AM POSTING ABOUT IT
NOW SO YOU CAN ENTER THE 
SWEEPSTAKES IN TIME!
 
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT HELP FOR THE HAUNTED THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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I'm a big John Irving fan, so I think I'd love the quirky tenderness of this one.

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