April 12, 2012

Whispering Hills Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway!

Whispering Hills

YA Paranormal Romance


For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead. She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her.

Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine.

And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.

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Whispering Hills Excerpt 2

I retreated to the serenity of the courtyard. Stepping out onto the stone pavers, the stagnant smell of the brick building’s stale, recycled air was replaced by the fresh scent of turning foliage, blooming mums, pansies, and the faded mulch bedding the outdoor garden. With each step forward, the sun’s rays surrounded me, the thick branches of the old oak no longer providing me with shade.
Summer sat on the same picnic table smoking a cigarette. Her Doc Martins rested on the seat. Instead of fishnets, she had on a pair of black tights ripped at the knees. Her tight black T-shirt said, “Don’t F*!# with me!” I guessed students could wear profanity to school as long as the word wasn’t actually spelled out. Either that or no one noticed Summer’s attire, or cared.

‘Last puff or I’ll be late to stupid Algebra, where I’ll undoubtedly be picked on, and all for learning something I’ll never use anyway…man, school sucks.’ Summer threw the butt onto the ground and dismounted from the table. She squished the cigarette under her boot and looked up. She sighed, noticing me standing in front of her, staring. She plucked the flattened butt off the ground and disposed of it in the dumpster.

“What do you want?” Summer rolled her tongue ring around in her mouth. “Are you like obsessed with me or something? How did you find me anyway?” She looked over at the dumpster blocking the view of her and her smoking habit. The school frowned upon students smoking. Immediate suspension was the penalty. Not that Summer appeared to care. At least she did her best to hide it.
I lowered my shoulders, still pinned up next to my ears after the influx of voices in the lunchroom. It was nice to hear only Summer’s voice. “I’m sorry it looks like I’m always staring at you. I just…”
“Hear my thoughts,” Summer finished. “Can you hear what I’m thinking right now?” From the scowl on her face, I figured nothing positive. Not that I expected anything else.
“It doesn’t work that way.” I covered my mouth with my hand. I only trusted Brooke with my ability. I certainly wasn’t going to tell the school Goth I could hear people’s thoughts.
“You can remove your hand.” Summer relaxed her stance. “You’re like me. You’re different. I already know.”
“How are you different?” I appraised her outfit. “Other than the obvious.”
Summer climbed back on the table. “That’s not something I’m about to share with you.”

Taryn Browning writes young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Her debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N.  The sequel, DARK RETURN, comes out in late, 2012.
Taryn  graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and their dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, music, movies, and the beach. Visit her at www.tarynbrowning.com, on twitter and facebook.

Taryn Browning is giving away an ebook copy of Whispering Hill to one lucky commenter. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONAL as long as you have a way of reading the ebook.

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  1. This book sounds really good! I'm always looking for a good ghost book.

  2. I love to find out about new books and this one sounds really good! A girl who can hear other people's thoughts but is suddenly confronted with the thoughts of a killer but can't do anything about it. I'm curious to find out how she will escape fate..


  3. Sounds an interesting read... :)
    I have read one with a girl able to listen N see ghosts and lobed it maybe it is that kind of book... Will definately check it out... :)


  4. Thanks for the excerpt. I really think I would enjoy this one.

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  5. Thanks for the excerpt. I think this book sounds very interesting. bridget.howard@hotmail.com

  6. I love to read paranormal romance books because they take me so far away from my everyday homemaker existence! Thanks for the chance to win this one. The ghost in this story sounds like he/she is serious!

  7. I love ghost stories. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  8. I love all types of paranormal stories. Ghost stories are all the greatest. Thanks for intering me into the giveaway i hope i win. Thanks Joannie

  9. sorry my email is jscddmj at [aol] dot [com]
    thanks joannie

  10. I have been following this tour today, having just recently found out about this awesome book. Thank you for participating and sharing, I am really looking forward to this read :)

  11. I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds very intriguing.