Google+ Reading Teen: [Guest Post & Giveaway] The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

Thursday, April 11, 2013

[Guest Post & Giveaway] The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

The Shadow Girl contains not only one mystery, but three. Ty Collier is one of them. He’s a young man with secrets, and in the opening scene of the book, we learn that Ty has ulterior motives for coming to Silver Lake, Colorado, where the story takes place. And those ulterior motives involve Lily’s father. Because of this, Ty’s motivations for getting close to Lily are unclear. Should Lily trust him, or not? One thing’s for certain – Ty is troubled. He seems lost, like he’s searching for something. Here’s a glimpse of Ty during a scene in which he’s struggling to resolve past issues. Music is playing in this scene; I tried to choose a song that mirrored Ty’s state of mind. The scene is from Lily’s point of view:

Sometime later we stop at a gas station at the side of the highway. A fast-food restaurant is attached so I buy burgers, a couple of soft drinks, and snacks while Ty fills the tank. We eat on the move, and when we finish, the road lulls me to sleep.

I wake to the sound of Ty talking into his phone. Rubbing my eyes, I sit up and stretch. The Incubus song “Black Heart Inertia” flows from his iPod and through the car speakers.

“We should be there the day after tomorrow at the latest,” says Ty into his phone. “Probably early, but if something slows us up, I’ll let you know.” A pause, then, “No, Mom. I don’t want to talk to him. Just tell him . . . tell him we’ll talk after I’m home, okay?” Another pause “I love you, too.” He puts the phone away.

“How are your parents?” I ask.

“Hanging in there.” He stares ahead. “Mom said to tell you hello.”

I nod, unable to imagine what she must be going through.“Do you think we should go straight there? I can postpone the meeting.”

“No, it’s okay. This is only going to sidetrack us a few hours.”

Hearing the guilt and remorse in his voice, I remove my seat belt, lean across the console, and kiss his cheek.

“Put your seat belt back on,” Ty says, his voice tense. “I’m scared enough as it is, driving you anywhere.”

I sit back and buckle up again. “It was an accident, Ty.”

His jaw clenches.

“It wasn’t your fault. Don’t blame yourself.”

“There’s no one else to blame.”

I decide to give the subject – and him – a rest. I watch a cloud pass over the moon. We’re in the middle of nowhere, and I can’t see much of anything to clue me in to our location.

“Where are we?” I ask.

“In the Oklahoma Panhandle. We just left Guymon.”

I stifle a yawn. “Are we getting close? I can drive if you’re sleepy.”

“I’m okay. We’re not even halfway.”
Ty isn’t the only one with ulterior motives; I had a reason for naming an actual song in this scene. The music a person likes says a lot about them. By choosing an actual song, I felt the reader would get an even clearer picture of Ty’s character, especially during this particularly tense scene. Since Ty is in college and I’m quite a bit older than the typical college student, I turned to one of the young, tattooed baristas at my favorite coffee shop to help me decide on a song for this scene. He suggested “Black Heart Inertia,” by Incubus. When I heard the lyrics and the music surrounding them, I knew I’d found Ty’s song. Here is the song “Black Heart Inertia,” by Incubus, including the written lyrics.

For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always -- but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret. But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been hiding secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris -- and Lily's own identity.

Here's what the prize pack includes:

1. Kindle Paperwhite with cover
2. Silver violin/heart pendant w/silver necklace chain and round case
3. Autographed copy of The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
4. Autographed copy of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Will be given as 4 separate gifts to 4 different winners.

The Shadow Girl
by Jennifer Archer
April 8th-19th

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  1. My shadow girl is so much like myself it's scary. She's more like the person who blurts out inappropriate things at equally inappropriate times. :)

  2. Great post. I liked that part. It kind of showed us that vulnerable side to Ty. It makes you really feel for him and know how much he wants to fix something that he thinks is his fault.

  3. It's that funny one who says things without thinking. :)

  4. Great post. I enjoyed the excerpt. Definitely makes me want to read more.

  5. My Shadow Girl is the one who warns me when there is a police radar up ahead. This sounds like a book I will love. I can't wait to read it :)

  6. My Shadow Girl is the one that forces me to stop procrastinating and work on schoolwork or cleaning up the house :P
    Definitely intrigued by this book's concept--it's going on my must-read list! :D


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