Okay, so today I’m super excited because it’s the release of Sara Hantz’s new book, In the Blood. For those of you who don’t know, Sara is one of my critique partners and dear friends and I’m not exaggerating when I say that her new book is amazing. It is dark and shocking and deeply emotional and I defy anyone not to be moved by Jed’s story. It also happens to have the most amazing cover ever and yes, I might have got a bit sniffley when I saw it (plus, there is a faint resemblance to Harry from One Direction, don’t you think?)
Also, because Sara is caring and sharing, she’s running a fabulous competition to win a Kindle prelodaded with your very own copy of In the Blood. I know, madness! But before you dash off to enter it, let me tell you a bit more about the book!
For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.
His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.
In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…
What they are saying:
“Sara Hantz doesn’t pull any punches shaping this story of one of the toughest, most complicated family situations that a teen could face. Jed’s emotions are raw and real. I ached and raged with him and frantically turned pages to see where he would end up.” Stephanie Kuehnert, author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
“In The Blood is a gut-wrenching look inside the mind of a young man living with a nightmare. Jared has to learn to face life after his father is accused of an unspeakable crime. A ripped-from-the-headlines story that illustrates the power of unconditional love.” B. A. Binns author of PULL, and Being God
“A dark and deliciously tense story that will make you wonder how alike our parents we can be.” Kelley York author of Hushed.
1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?
If ever I read or watched about some horrific crime committed I would always wonder how it affected the perpetrator’s family and what happened to them. The idea for my book just grew from that.
2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
It has to be seeing my book on the shelves for the first time, it made everything seem real!
3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?
Amanda Ashby (that’s you!!), Christina Phillips, and Amy Tipton.
4 Describe a typical writing day
If only I had one. I wake up each morning full of good intentions but very often social media and phone calls (to you!!) take over. Because of other work commitments I tend to write little and often rather than in one long burst. Which is good as I have the attention span of a gnat.
5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
The victim profiles have turned out to be one of my favorite parts and the only reason they made it into the manuscript originally was because I was worried the book was going to be too short!