Rockstar Book Tours, Excerpt & Giveaway: Lazarus (Maryanne Melloan Woods) ~ (US Only)

0-4

 

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the LAZARUS by Maryanne Melloan Woods Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:


Title:
 LAZARUS

 

Author: Maryanne Melloan Woods

Pub. Date: September 8, 2020

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 230

Find it:GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Margo and Hank are two teens in tiny, god-forsaken Lazarus, Nebraska. They have a profoundly deep relationship; the only hitch is that Hank has been dead for two months. Somehow he has remained in limbo— no doubt due to the sheer force of their love, and unfinished work to be done.

When the pair get tangled up investigating the latest local murder— with Margo doing the everyday detective work and the late Hank spying on suspects unseen—they discover nothing and no one in Lazarus are as they seem. The investigation becomes more dangerous, and it’s up to Hank to protect Margo—as much as a ghost-bodyguard-boyfriend can. While clinging to each other, the teens uncover the sinister secrets of the people they’ve known all their lives, reopen the cold case of Margo’s mother’s death, and learn how to face their past—and how to move on.

 


~Excerpt~

 

Lazarus:

I hop down the last steps and swing into the kitchen where my dad’s at the stove, already in his uniform. A strapping, gray-templed police officer focused lovingly on bacon—it’s almost comical. Except it’s not.

“You’re throwing that out, Dad,” I say.

“It’s for you!” he insists. “You need a good breakfast on the first day of school.”

His blue eyes are so determinedly cheerful, so rumply Dad-ish, I could almost believe him.

I love this man. It’s been me and him, Team Pierce, slaloming life’s curves together for seven years now. Picking each other up when we fall. Co-dependent in the best possible way. Which is why I say, dripping skepticism, “Uh-huh. Except I don’t eat bacon and you know that. So then you say, Well, it’s already cooked. I might as well eat it. Right?”

At this, he actually looks like he might cry, which is saying something for a police chief who can lift a pickup truck off a stray calf. I feel bad, but Dr. James has him on a strict low cholesterol diet and I am the Enforcer. If I don’t do it, who will? I will not have him joining my mother anytime soon.

He turns off the stove and dumps the bacon and grease into the trashcan, grumbling the whole time. I get us both some whole grain cereal, which he looks at like it’s the Black Death. I try to distract him.

“So, I bet you’re glad summer’s over,” I offer, sitting down. Dad’s always called summer “stupid season” in Lazarus. Firework injuries, diving board mishaps, 101 things that can go wrong at a barbecue.

“Oh, I don’t know.” He sighs. “Summer’s the exciting time in my line of work. Chasing horny teenagers out of the cornfields. Real Clint Eastwood stuff.” He pours his coffee.

“Well, there was one big event in Lazarus this summer,” says Hank from the doorway. He’s leaning casually on the door jam, like he’s not being an idiot.

Goddamnit. I shoot him a look but he keeps going.

“Come on, it even made the Norfolk Daily News. Right between the Beef Council report and ‘Teens Deface Dairy Queen.’ I wish my mom had given ’em a cooler picture, and really, ‘honor student’ was a bit of a stretch…”

“Okay, Hank, that’s enough,” I hiss.

Dad looks at me. Uh-oh.

“Hank? Did you say Hank?”

Oh no. Here comes the worried look again. It’s like the stress lines in his forehead just deepened. I blew it.

“Margo, why are you talking to Hank?”

Across the room, Hank shrugs—oops.

Dad’s look shifts from worry to gentle sadness. “Honey, you have those counseling meetings set up, right? Did that first one help at all?”

I touch his arm, offer my most reassuring smile. “Dad, I’m fine.”

He’s not buying it. He leans in, fixes me with the laser blue Chief Roy Pierce stare.

“You’re talking to Hank at the breakfast table, Marg. And he’s been dead for two months.”

He has.

Hank hangs his head, a wave of toffee-brown hair falling over his glasses. He forgot he was dead again—he does that sometimes—and just jumped into the conversation.

I could tell my Dad, No, really, he’s actually here. As here as you and me. Because I believe he really is. I’m just the only one who can see him.

But that’s not going to fly. So I just smile my weak Grief Girl smile and look down at my orange and magenta ensemble,

which isn’t hiding anything.    

 

 

 

About Maryanne:


 

Maryanne Melloan Woods is a novelist/ screenwriter/ playwright currently living in the New York area. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

As a TV writer/producer, Maryanne has written shows for networks including Showtime, NBC, ABC, Fox, the WB, Nickelodeon and ABC Family.

Maryanne’s plays have been produced by HBO’s New Writers Project, the Mark Taper Forum, and many theatres around the country. Maryanne has won the New England Theatre Conference’s John Gassner Playwriting Contest and the Venice (CA) Playwrights’ Festival. She also received a playwriting grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her play, Smells Like Gin, was the first play produced by Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she recently won “Best Comedy Script” in the Nashville Film Festival’s screenwriting competition for her screenplay Steve.

She has taught screenwriting at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, UCLA and the American Film Institute, and served as a panelist for TV writing seminars at NYU and the University of Wisconsin. Maryanne was also a mentor/teacher for The Unusual Suspects, a playwriting workshop for at-risk teens in L.A.

Maryanne is represented by Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

~Giveaway Details~


2 winners will receive a Finished Copy of LAZARUS, US Only.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/21/2020

BookHounds Ya

Excerpt

9/22/2020

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/23/2020

Oh Hey! Books

Excerpt

9/24/2020

Lifestyle of Me

Review

9/25/2020

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

Week Two:

9/28/2020

Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories

Review

9/29/2020

Smada's Book Smack

Review

9/30/2020

Buried Under Books

Review

10/1/2020

A Gingerly Review

Review

10/2/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

Author Chat with Nina LaCour (Watch Over Me)! ~ US...
Rockstar Book Tours, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Breathle...

Related Posts

 

Comments

Already Registered? Login Here
No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Wings of Ebony (Wings of Ebony, #1)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen...
You Say It First
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
One conversation can change everything. Meg has her entire...
My High School Royal Boyfriend
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
ALEX A tragedy at Langley Estate puts my family...
The Forgotten World (The World Apart Series Book 3)
 
5.0 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
Clark thought he knew what grief was. Addie thought...
Tales from the Hinterland
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve “lush and deliciously...
Sisters of Shadow and Light
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
From the acclaimed author of Defy, Sara B. Larson,...
In the Penalty Box
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Willow Figure skating was supposed to be my whole...
Unchosen
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying...
Miracle Girl
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Leanne Strong hates June eighth even though it's supposed to...
The Memory Thief  (Thirteen Witches #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Twelve-year-old Rosie Singer’s mom is missing whatever it is that...
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los...
The Elephant in the Room
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
It's been almost a year since Sila's mother traveled halfway...
Alone in the Woods
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't....
Disaster Days
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near...
Wild River
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Daniel Redmayne is fast asleep on the first night of...
The Last Hurrah
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3 nights, 2 days, and 1 massive music fest ....

Latest Member Reviews

The Night Circus
 
4.3
"I couldn’t begin to express how much I adore this book. This book, magically, soothed my temper and let me..."
Wings of Ebony (Wings of Ebony, #1)
 
4.7
"WINGS OF EBONY is a beautifully crafted YA fantasy. A year has passed since Rue's life was irrevocably changed. Her..."
The Forgotten World (The World Apart Series Book 3)
 
5.0
"I don't know how this series keeps getting better, but it does. This third book is just... so much happens..."
The Tempest Sea
 
5.0
"This book... oof. It hurt. But if you know me at all, you know my favorite books are the kind..."
The Fractured Empire
 
5.0
"This book grabbed me from the very beginning, throwing me into this beautifully-crafted, intriguing new world. The plot is fast-paced..."
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1)
 
4.3
"THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna is a YA fantasy novel and the first book in the Deathless series. The..."
Unchosen
 
5.0
"UNCHOSEN is a fantastic and completely captivating YA apocalyptic fantasy, filled with feminism, friendship, sisterhood, and romance. Charlotte is the..."
The Memory Thief  (Thirteen Witches #1)
 
5.0
"Rosie has always taken care of herself and her mother in their house overlooking the coast of Maine. Her mother..."
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke
 
4.5
"Maraniss, whose Strong Inside covered Black basketball player Perry Wallace, turns his incredible research skills the the story of Glenn..."
The Elephant in the Room
 
5.0
"Sila's family has been happy in Oregon, even though her father, who is a mechanical engineer, has to work as..."
Alone in the Woods
 
5.0
"Jocelyn always looks forward to the vacation in a cabin that she and her friend Alex's family take every year...."
Disaster Days
 
5.0
"Hannah doesn't understand why her parents are SO overprotective, even though she occasionally has a hard time dealing with her..."
We Dream of Space
 
4.0
"Bird, her twin brother Fitch, and their older brother Chase are all doing the best they can in 1986 Park,..."
Wild River
 
5.0
"Daniel isn't all that sure why he was chosen to go on an outdoor experience trip with four other students..."
In the Penalty Box
 
4.0
"IN THE PENALTY BOX is a cute YA contemporary hockey romance. Willow is a figure skater heading for the Olympics,..."
The Afterlife of the Party (Afterlife, #1)
 
4.7
"THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY is a YA vampire book for anyone who doesn't want to make out with the..."
The Alcazar (The Cerulean, #2)
 
3.0
"THE ALCAZAR wraps up an intriguing YA fantasy duology. The book continues to follow four main characters in alternating points-of-view,..."
Super Fake Love Song
 
4.0
"Super Fake Love Song is about Sunny Dae, a Korean American teenager who is a mega-nerd trying to survive at..."
Hot British Boyfriend
 
4.3
"Ellie lives in Washington D.C. and attends an elite school, even though the tuition is a stretch for her single..."
Charlie Thorne and the Lost City (Charlie Thorne #2)
 
5.0
"After her adventures in Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation, Charlie is hiding out in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador,..."