Monday, February 1, 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

Hey everyone! Welcome to the blog tour for Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz! I am thrilled to be sharing information about this intriguing YA thriller. Read all about the book, and enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Official Summary:

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country—Sanctuary Bay Academy—it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home and struggling with the memory of her parent’s murder, escaping to the school’s tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.

About the Authors:

Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong and the YA novels Crave and Sacrifice. They have also written for the TV shows Roswell, 1-800-Missing, and The Dead Zone. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.

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The Excerpt:

Daddy  pressed his finger to his lips, shushing Sarah quiet as he slid the door to the tunnel back on. She wrapped her arms tightly around  her knees and pressed her cheek against her arm, trying to pretend she was back in her  own  room.  But it didn’t smell like her room. Even the spicy smell of Daddy’s cologne had faded now  that the tunnel was closed.  And  grayness was all around her. She was almost four, and that was too old to be scared of the dark. But it wasn’t all dark. It was just gray dark.

She tried not to think of monsters crawling toward her. Daddy said there were no monsters. But monsters  liked tunnels. They liked little girls.

Sometimes when she was scared she liked to sing the Maggie song. But that was against the rules. She had to be quiet. She had to be still. She had to wait until Daddy  or Mommy  opened the door and got her.

Thinking  about  the rules  helped.   She  could  almost hear Daddy  saying them, as if he was hiding in the tunnel with her. Even though he was way too big. If something bad happens, wait until the room is safe. If you leave the tunnel, put the funny slit- ted door back on. Run fast. Find a lady with kids. Tell her your name is Sarah Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Ask for help.
Her nose started twitching, itching from the thick air. Mak- ing her want to sneeze. But she had to be quiet.

Then she heard Mommy screaming. Mommy never screamed. Were the monsters out there and not in the tunnel?

On  hands and knees she started creeping  toward the slits of light, heart pounding.

“Kt85L is our property,” a man said. “You had no right!”

Out there. Mommy  on her knees facing the hotel room wall. Someone’s legs. A hand  reaching  down.  A silver bird stared at Sarah from a ring on the finger. Stared with a horrible  little black eye. The finger pulled  the trigger of a gun.

A bang. Her ears filling with bees. Mommy  collapsing on the floor. Red spilling out.

Sarah shoved her fingers into her mouth. Quiet. The rule was be quiet.

Shouting. Daddy’s legs running by, out of the room. The bird man chasing. The door banging closed.

Something bad happening.

The room was safe. The  bird man was gone. So she had  to get out. Mommy was on the floor. Daddy was gone.

She shoved the door and it fell out onto the floor. Near Mommy. Near  the red. But the rule was to put  the funny  door back on. She picked  it up and shoved  it over the tunnel like Daddy  had shown her.

Sarah  didn’t want to look at Mommy.  She looked  out the window  instead. The window  was always open  and there was never a screen. Daddy’s voice came from the hallway, yelling. Screaming.

Another bang.

Sarah pressing her hands over her eyes. Not looking. Not look- ing. Something bad happening.

Daddy was quiet now. Something bad. She had to run fast.

Sarah climbed on the chair under  the window. The chair al- ways went under  the window.  She stuck her legs through the window  and jumped down.  Now run fast.

She ran fast, looking for a lady with a stroller or a kid her age. A mommy  would  help  her.  She would  say she was Sarah Merson.

Sarah Merson, and something bad happened.

The Giveaway:

USA/CA. Prize provided by the publisher. Giveaway ends on the 8th at midnight! There is another giveaway on Goodreads!


  1. I love thrillers of any type and this one sounds especially suspenseful.

  2. I love YA books and this whole preview sounds good!

  3. I love YA thrillers! The synopsis and excerpt of Sanctuary Bay have me intrigued! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

  4. Not heard of this one before, but sounds a bit interesting :) Thank you for sharing Alyssa. <3

  5. I am very excited about this book! There aren't enough young adult thrillers out there. =]

  6. I am a huge fan of YA thrillers so I am super excited for this one!

  7. I am a big fan of YA thrillers. I can't think of many that stand out, but this looks like a good one.

  8. I am a fan of YA thrillers because they capture the interest of young adults at a time when there is a lot of demands on their attention and hopefully, this encourages them to be lifelong readers.

  9. I love YA thrillers and this one sounds amazing!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I love YA thrillers because they're so suspenseful, and not always predictable. I'm not a fan of horror or gory, graphic scenes, and YA thrillers are usually a bit more tame than the average adult genre.

  11. I love YA thrillers. And what is Kt85L? I really want to read this book.

  12. Love YA thrillers, what an incredible excerpt. I really have to read the book now... Thank you for the chance!


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