Monday, May 11, 2015

Straight Browsing From the Library: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Iris Dorbian will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn commenter and a signed copy of her new book, Conspiracy Girl, to a second randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (US/Canada only on book). Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


When 17-year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she's taken into police custody for her own protection. But when bullets start flying, it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she's a target.

Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre - but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

When you live on the edge, there's a long way to fall.


I stand, wiping off the dust and dirt from my hands on my shorts and then I balance on the very lip of the roof, my toes disappearing over the edge, feeling the first patter of rain dance on my bare arms. I stare at the tops of trees ink-stamped across the sky, at the water-stained clouds, and the thought whispers through my mind that I’m insane, that if I fell from this height I’d die for sure . . . but then the thought is swept away by a wave of pure adrenaline. I feel light as air, perfectly poised. There’s no way I could ever fall.

And then I hear the tinkle of glass breaking somewhere far below.

My arms whirl frantically as I fight to keep my balance. I tumble backwards on to the roof and crouch down low, my hands white-knuckled as they grip the ledge. I squeeze my eyes shut and tell myself angrily that it’s just breaking glass, that I’m stupid and just overreacting, and I’m forcing myself to my feet ready to go and investigate when a thud comes from somewhere deep inside the house.

My stomach folds tight, all my instincts, everything I’ve ever learned from my father and from Felix coming into play: Steady your breathing, don’t succumb to panic, consider your options.


Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the nonprofit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this blog and which is shortly to be published as a book).

After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.

As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.

Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.




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  1. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

  2. It sounds intense but intriguing!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  3. The story sounds very intriguing.

  4. Intense and frightening excerpt. Really exciting.

  5. Enjoyed the excerpt! Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing

  6. Hi, where is your favorite place to write?

  7. I really enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  8. Great excerpt, sounds like a very exciting book and I would love to read it. Entering under the name of Virginia

  9. Great excerpt, sounds like a very exciting book and I would love to read it. Entering under the name of Virginia

  10. sounds interesting

  11. Loved the excerpt and as a fan of Sarah's books, really excited to read this one.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  12. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.