New Book Alert: Dancing with Deception by Andrea Heltsley

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Hooray! Today I’m hosting my friend Andrea for her new book (well, novella), Dancing with Deception! I LOVE murder mysteries and spooky stories, so I am really excited to read the book and prequel the next chance I get. Thanks for letting me be a part of your tour Andrea! Readers, check out her short Q&A, as well as the information about her books!

Title:  Dancing with Deception Dancing with Deception

Author:  Andrea Heltsley

Published:  April 2013

Word Count:  20,000

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Content Warning: None

Recommended Age:  Young Adult/Teens

Synopsis:

How far would you go to keep your nightmares a secret?

Wendy has been struggling with vivid, chilling nightmares that leave her exhausted and horrified. What will Wendy do to protect her secret when she discovers her nightmares are real? Death is coming and he’s coming for her.

Read the chilling prequel novella to the paranormal romance, Dancing with Death.

  • Download your copy of Dancing with Deception on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords for FREE!

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Dancing with DeathTitle:  Dancing with Death

Author:  Andrea Heltsley

Published:  May 2013

Word Count:  84,000

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Content Warning: None

Recommended Age:  Young Adult/Teens

Synopsis:

Murders have plagued the woods in the past, making them a place of fear. Eighteen year old Wendy and her friends become worried when a new string of murders come to their high school.

After a horrible car accident, Wendy returns to school, going from wallflower to popular overnight. Suddenly she is the center of attention, paying more attention to guys and clothes. Things are heating up for Wendy with more than one guy vying for her affections.

As the murderer edges closer to Wendy she realizes things are changing. She is afflicted with nightmares that are all too real and she herself is undergoing unnatural changes. Learning the truth about her past, could be the key to saving her future.

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About the Author:Andrea Heltsley

Andrea Heltsley is a biology nerd who decided it was more
fun writing than dissecting. She has written four novels and three more will be out in fall/winter 2013. She lives on coffee and reads like a robot. Her husband and two Italian greyhounds usually have to tear her away from the computer…imagine that. 🙂

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • $10 Electronic Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway is International.

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Q&A

How did the concept for Dancing with Death come about? I wanted to write something in the paranormal young adult genre.  I liked the concept of a supernatural mystery.  I actually saw the cover art and fell in love with it.  That is where the title came from and the story just bloomed from there.

Is this a series? With the prequel, it seems there’s a lot of ways you can run with it! This is a series.  I started out planning a standalone, but I just couldn’t do it.  There was so much story that developed with Wendy.  I knew I wanted to explore her world a little more.  I plan to finish the series with four novels and the prequel novella.

I love murder mysteries with a bit of magic/paranormalcy! Do you read that a lot too? What’s next on your reading list? I read a ton.  I read 346 books last year alone.  I read paranormal romance and contemporary romance from young adult and new adult to adult.  I just enjoy a good story.  I have several books on my reading list right now that I am in the middle of.  Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford, Façade by Nyrae Dawn and The Immortals by Ednah Walters.

What sort of story/book do you hope to write next? Another paranormal romance or will you try your hand at something new? I am actually hoping to finish a young adult contemporary romance that I am co-writing with author Dawn Pendleton sometime in August.  Then I am going to be continuing my work on the next book in the dancing series, Dancing with Demons.  I think it is my favorite one in the series so far.  It will be out later this fall.

Excerpt from Dancing with Deception by Andrea Heltsley:

I squinted until my eyes adjusted to the surrounding cover of night. Once they had adapted to the darkness, my eyes widened. I was standing next to a tall cluster of trees in the forest not far from my house.

Confusion settled over me as I peered around for any sign as to why I was out there. It was chilly and the wind was slicing right through me. I wished I had a coat on.

Breaking through the haze of confusion, I suddenly shivered but not because of the cold. The hairs on my arms and neck stood on end and my heart was pounding. Thump, thump, thump, thump.

The only sound was the rapid beating of my heart. I didn’t know why, but I felt nervous and uneasy. Something bad was coming and I was blind to whatever it was.

Panic firmly took hold in my stomach and the butterflies caged inside me were let loose to flutter, fighting for freedom. My breathing had become harsh and labored.

All kinds of wild thoughts were racing through my mind. The waiting was excruciating and my unease increased with each passing second. That’s when I heard it.

The crunch of branches and dead leaves in the distance filtered through the silence. I tried to discern where it was coming from, but had no luck.

I strained to hear, but was too late. The sounds were coming in my direction. I spun frantically for a place to hide. The trees were thick, but not thick enough to cover me. I could only hide behind one and still myself.

My hand flew to my mouth to cover the gasp of surprise I was about to unleash. The situation was bad, so much worse than I could have imagined.

There, in the inky darkness of the woods, I focused on two figures ahead of me. It was a chase. The first figure ran with little care of their surroundings. Twigs were snapping and branches were whipping. Leaves crunched loudly below their feet.

The second figure was faster though. It caught up and yanked the first figure to the ground with a loud ‘thud.’ A panicked scream pierced the air and I realized it was a woman that was being chased.

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