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Saturday, March 29, 2014

B2W2014: Split Second by Kasie West [GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY]


Today I'm featuring
Split Second (Pivot Point #2)

Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: Already Available (February 11th)

GUEST POST WITH AUTHOR

Split Second excerpt:

“Tell me I’m crazy.” He looked into my eyes, and the intensity of his stare, the set of his mouth, the angle of his brow—it all seemed so familiar. Like I had been here before with him staring at me like that. It caught me off guard, softened my resolve, and I hesitated. I had to look away. I knew what my father said about lying and how one of the first indicators was when someone couldn’t look you in the eyes.
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He put his hand on my shoulder…His normal friendly exterior was stripped away, replaced by a vulnerability that made me want to tell him everything. “You’re crazy,” I whispered.


I’m so excited to have Split Second, the conclusion to Pivot Point, come into the world in February. It’s sad to me that the story is ending. It was a big part of my journey into the publishing world and I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the beginning, in a way. I’m sure I’ll be blubbering like a child when it comes out. Well, I’m not really a blubberer, but my eyes will sting and my nose will hurt and…yeah…too much info. That’s another post altogether. This is a post about inspiration and what inspired me to write these books.

As I’ve mentioned in past interviews, my inspiration for Pivot Point was a movie called Sliding Doors. I adore this movie with its idea that one little decision can change the course of a life. Plus it was just a really really cool movie. (I know that’s not a very detailed, informative review, and probably explains why I don’t make a very good book reviewer). Pivot Point explores this idea of one choice changing the course of a life in a supernatural kind of way through alternate realities.

So then what was my inspiration for Split Second? This is a hard question to answer. And hopefully I don’t sound vain when I say that the inspiration for Split Second was Pivot Point. Yep, I sounded vain. It was impossible not to even with my disclaimer. But by the time I sat down to write the sequel, I was invested in the characters. They were real people to me. I wanted to know where their stories went and I let them take me there. It seemed to be the natural conclusion to Addie and Trevor’s story.

Split Second also has another POV character—Laila. With Addie leaving the Compound to visit her father, I knew I wanted to mirror Pivot Point a bit by having the perspective of someone inside the Compound. I didn’t want to use the same plot device of Pivot Point by having another Search (plus, poor Addie had been through enough and didn’t need another heart wrenching decision at the end of the sequel). So that’s where Laila came in. It was fun to see the world through her eyes, plus it gave me the opportunity to introduce another love interest. Can there ever be too many cute boys to swoon over? I don’t think so.

I’m so happy to finally get to share this story with you all. I hope you enjoy it.  

GIVEAWAY
The author has been kind enough to offer a SIGNED paperback of the  first book in the series Pivot Point .

INTERNATIONAL.

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

I really liked this book , you can check out my review here .

18 comments:

  1. The first thing that caught my eye about this book is the beautiful cover but when I read the blurb I knew I would love it! I can't wait to read it! :) Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  2. I haven't read the first book yet, but the reason it caught my eye in the first place was the cover. And then the blurb, which gives us parallel worlds. And then all of the amazing reviews that I have read for both. I just can't wait to try them out for myself. The idea of parallel worlds is absolutely fascinating!

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  3. I can't wait to read! :) I think the cover caught my eye first, but then I read the blurb and I was hooked.

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  4. I'm so glad you like this series too! The first thing that caught my eye about this book was probably the title itself. A pivot point, a place where things can go different ways (in basic wording). It really intrigued me.

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  5. I'm so excited to read the sequel!!! Absolutely loved the first :D

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  6. I have always wanted the ability to manipulate time. A must read for me.

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  7. The cover and then the amazing reviews! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  8. The cover was what caught my attention!! Can't wait to read this one!

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  9. I heard a lot about this series on the internet! The book covers are really pretty, but I like Pivot Point's cover art more :)

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  10. This is the genre of books that I love to read and the synopsis and Book Cover both caught my eye! I have had this on my TBR list for awhile! Thank yoy

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  11. Thank you for the opportunity and hosting this giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!!!

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  12. I just finished reading Pivot Point, and it definitely won me over. So I'd love to get a signed copy! Can't wait to get the second installment!

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  13. The beautiful cover! As well as the titles of the books. :)

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  14. What definitely caught my eye is the cover - such a beautiful, intriguing and interesting cover. Thanks for a chance to win it! :)

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  15. The blurb, super interesting! Plus, that beautiful cover helps it a lot. :)

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