Monday, May 7, 2012

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long

Today we're welcoming author Terri Giuliano Long to the blog on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the award-winning contemporary fiction novel, In Leah's Wake.

The author is giving away three eBook copies of In Leah's Wake to randomly drawn commenters at every stop, plus a grand prize of a $25 Amazon GC and an autographed copy of In Leah's Wake to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner over there on the left, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a GC!

A Story of Love, Loss, Connection, and Grace

The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a high school dropout and former roadie for a rock band.

As Leah's parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Justine observes her sister's rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family - leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.

Can this family survive in Leah’s wake?

Tracy Riva, Midwest Reviews, calls In Leah's Wake "an astounding story of a family in transition.”

When happens when love just isn't enough?

Reviewer-Nominated for Global eBook Award, 2012
Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place

An Excerpt from "In Leah's Wake":

Leah had totally lost track of time. She and Todd had been hanging out at the water tower for hours, perched on the hood of Todd’s jeep drinking vodka and OJ, admiring the beautiful night. This was the most perfect place in the universe, maybe. Big sky, lots of trees. From up here, they could see the whole town. In the valley, lights began to blink out. Leaning on her elbows, Leah gazed at the heavens.

“Look,” she said, mesmerized by the inky black sky, the billions and billions of stars. “The Big Dipper.” As she stared into space, time fell away, the past merging seamlessly with the future.

Todd set the flask on the hood of his truck and put his arm around her, drawing her close. So close she could smell the spicy deodorant under his armpits. Just being with Todd Corbett made her feel dizzy all over. Todd was, by far, the hottest boy she had ever laid eyes on. His hair was long on top, short on the sides. He had full lips, and the most fabulous blue eyes, like…like crystals or something. A Romanesque nose, the exact nose she’d once told Cissy she’d die for, only now that she’d seen it on Todd, she realized that particular nose was meant for a boy. Best of all, he had this incredible aura, all purple and blue, like James Dean or Kurt Cobain.

She curled her legs under her and laid her head on Todd’s chest.

Terri Giuliano Long has written guest posts for nearly 100 blogs. A contributing writer for IndieReader, she’s written for news and feature articles for numerous publications, including IndieReader, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. Her debut novel, In Leah's Wake, has been an Amazon Kindle bestseller since August 2011. For more information, please visit her website:

Twitter: @tglong

Praise for In Leah’s Wake

“A very moving and, at times, heartbreaking story which will be loved by many, whether they are parents or not.” --A. Rose, Amazon UK, TOP 100 REVIEWER

“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”
--Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog

“Easily the best read that I have enjoyed in 2011.”
--Bonnie Erina Wheeler, author of Fate Fixed: An Erris Coven Novel

“Multiple ripples of meaning contribute to the overall intensity of this deeply moving psychological drama.”
--Cynthia Harrison, author of Sister Issues

"Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender."
-- Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author of Take One Candle Light A Room

"In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel."
-- Margot Livesey, Award-winning author of Banishing Verona

"This is a story that will stay with you for days and weeks."
--Radical Parenting, the award-winning parenting blog written by teens

"In Leah's Wake is an irresistible read."
-- Holly Robinson, author of Sleeping Tigers


  1. This sounds like an awesome story. Moving, sad, tender, loving, and so much like life.

    1. Thank you so much, MomJane! What a wonderful way to put it!

  2. Thank you so much, M.J.! I'm thrilled to be here! Many, many thanks to you and Bookmoms for hosting me today!

  3. This book sounds wonderful. I am looking forward to reading it. Gale

    1. Thank you Gale - it's so kind of you to say so!

  4. This sounds like a very emotional read. A novel that stirs the emotion. I love the ones that stick with me!

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    1. Thank you so much Vivien - that's definitely what I was hoping for so I'm thrilled that it comes across that way!

  5. It sounds like an intense family story. I wonder what will happen!
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    1. I think intense is the right word Catherine! Thanks so much for your interest!

  6. I know I will feel every moment of IN LEAH'S WAKE as I read.


    1. Thank you Marybelle - that is so incredibly kind of you to say so!

  7. I loved the excerpt but I liked the sound of the story even more, the seemingly perfect family and actually something similar happened to friends of my mother(without the soccer part).
    I hope the book has a happy end of sorts at least for Justine.


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    1. Thank you Lana - I'm so sorry to hear about the friends of your Mom. I just hope everything worked out in the end!

      Thank you so much for your interest!

  8. Very nice excerpt. The book sounds good.


    1. Thank you so very much for your lovely comment!


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