Today is a special excerpt from the YA romance thriller, Out of Control, by Sarah Alderson.
During her virtual book tour, Sarah will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn winner and a signed copy of her new book, Conspiracy Girl, to a second randomly drawn winner (US/Canada only for the book). To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
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.
A little bit about Out of Control:
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.
Exclusive excerpt from Out of Control:
‘Where did you learn to drive like that?’ I ask. It’s a stupid question and I’m not really asking because I want to know the answer. I’m asking because I don’t want to talk about what just happened. I’m trying to convince myself that if don’t say out loud what the voice in my head is trying to force me to acknowledge, then maybe it won’t be real.
The faint trace of a smile ghosts across Jaime’s lips before fading completely. ‘That’s what I was being booked for back at the police station,’ he says, glancing sideways at me. ‘Grand Theft Auto.’
‘Oh,’ I say, staring at him in shock. He’s a car thief? Well, that figures. I stare at him slightly dumbfounded though. I mean, what are the chances that the guy I escape from a police station with happens to be a car thief who also happens to know how to drive like one of the guys from The Fast and The Furious? I reassess him in the light of this information. Grand Theft Auto. So, not a murderer then. I guess that’s a positive.
A flare of defiance lights Jaime’s eyes as he watches my reaction. They burn green, challenging me. He raises his eyebrow in a gesture I’m coming to recognise as defiance. ‘What? You thought I had killed someone?’ he asks with a smirk that pulls up the corner of his mouth.
I shrug. ‘You were in the homicide department. What else was I supposed to think?’
‘I was in the Major Crime Unit. It works out of the same room as Homicide.’
‘Oh, Major Crimes, well that’s so much better,’ I throw back, rolling my eyes.