Monday, December 2, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: Beyond (Book 1 of the Beyond Series) by S.P. van der Lee

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It's here! S.P. van der Lee's debut novel! And, we're celebrating with a Book Blitz!!!

The first book in the Beyond series...
Genre:
YA Paranormal Romance
Publish Date:
November 25, 2013

Summary from Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Raven desperately wants to fit in, but after using a Ouija Board, her already overwhelming hallucinations take a turn for the worse. A ghostly figure named Sam begins to haunt Raven and seems eager to kill her.

She's saved by a reclusive biker named Damian who goes to the same school and appears to have an interest in her. Raven can't help but feel drawn to him. Determined to uncover Damian's connection to the ghost, Raven sets out to discover his secret and the reason Sam started haunting her. However, there's more at stake than just her reputation. Raven's choice between unveiling Damian's true intentions, and living a normal life will put everyone she cares about at risk. To save them, she'll have to go beyond.

Lives are ruined.
Hearts are shattered.
Death lurks at every corner.


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Praise for Beyond
"I loved the premise of the book & I loved the characters. The ending left me wanting more..." 
~ Lisa W.

“Finally this ends my dry spell of unsatisfying fantasy novels! I loved the plot! I can't help but get hooked into it as the story unfolds.” 
~ Poecilia from Goodreads

“The book is very good. It has really good mystery in it and a cliffhanger in the end that leaves you screaming for the second book.” 
~ Katie from Goodreads

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Excerpt
I’m jerked out of my sleep, clammy from all the sweat. Sighing, I rub my face. I’m worn down because of the nightmare. Even though I’ve had this nightmare so many times, I still get chilled to the bone.
Why do I keep having this same bad dream? It all seems so real.
I sit on the edge of my bed to calm myself. I have this dream at least three times a week. It always feels so realistic. My mom used to come to me whenever she heard me screaming when I just had the nightmare. She always found it hard to comfort me, so she just brought me a warm cup of milk.
I blink a few times to take in my surroundings and to assure myself I’m in my room. Every time I have to tell myself I’m not in that car. I’m just home, in my bed. I’m not in that car, and I’m not witnessing the death of the young boy.
Then my cabinet moves.
Stunned, I look at the piece of furniture. Did that just happen, or was it another fantasy? I’ve just woken up, so it’s not strange to see things that aren’t real. Right? All of a sudden something appears from behind the cabinet. Black smog is coming through the walls. A black ghost seeps like water through the wall, and then the cabinet and reveals its true form. A human. And he’s staring at me with the same wretched smile as he did yesterday when he moved the Ouija board.
This has to be another illusion.
Sam flies to my door, and something invisible latches onto him. He wriggles in mid-air, unable to move forward. I watch in horror as the smoky shadow turns about in his invisible prison.
Another entity drifts through the wall.
This one is much faster and blue, and moves with flexibility through my room. He looks human. This is unbelievable, unimaginable and insane.
I can’t comprehend what’s happening. The blue ghost follows the black ghost, who’s still wriggling around. Then he breaks loose from his invisible prison, and his arms go toward the door. The blue entity comes closer and looks as though he’s pursuing the black one.
I watch as Sam flees through my door, just before the blue ghost captures him. Sam’s gone. The blue ghost is too late.
The blue entity turns around to look at me.
His body is transparent, accompanied by smoke. His face is unrecognizable, but he has human traits. My desk and the paintings on the wall are visible right through him. Motionless and with my teeth clenched, I stare back at him.
I can’t believe what I’m seeing. This has to be another ridiculous hallucination.
He stands frozen in my room. Even his eyes are translucent, but they’re there, because they have a lighter color than the rest of his body. It’s as if he’s wearing clothes, but only the soft outlines are visible. His body looks like it consists of a million little stars that glisten as he moves. He reminds me of a reflection of the cosmos.
This ghost isn’t like the others. This one seems more like a real human and less like a horrifying shade. He glows, just like the others, but I sense something that can be trusted in his aura. His body radiates warmth and power, and it doesn’t strike me with fear. What is he?

Then the mysterious stranger leaves just as quick as he came.

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Featured Music Playlist
by S.P. van der Lee

  1. “Illusions” by Thomas Bergersen
  2. “Reborn” by Thomas Bergersen
  3. “Salvation” by Two Steps From Hell
  4. “Dream Within A Dream” by Hans Zimmer
  5. “Dream Is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer
  6. “160 BPM” by Hans Zimmer
  7. “Black Heart” by Fired Earth Music
  8. “Lifespan” by Zack Hemsey
  9. “That Which You Seek (Finds You)” by Zack Hemsey
  10. “Into The Rushes” by Nicholas Hooper
  11. “Kuroi Light Theme” by Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi
  12. “Stefan’s Theme” by Michael Suby
  13. “1864” by Michael Suby
  14. “E.T.” by Katy Perry
  15. “Running Up That Hill” by Placebo
  16. “Undisclosed Desires” by Muse

"This is a list of songs that are very dear to my heart. I’ve listened to these songs while I was writing. They have been a big influence and help during scenes."
~ S.P. van der Lee

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About the Author
S.P. van der Lee, her full name is Suzanne Paulien van der Lee, was born in 1990 and lives in the Netherlands. She has a bachelor's Degree in Digital Communication and has a specialization in writing. She has always had a passion for language. She could never keep her mouth shut nor resist the urge to read the smallest of texts, in whatever language it was. Writing, reading and speaking are the keystones of Digital Communication, but also those of books, which actually means those two worlds are not that far apart as one might think. S.P. wishes to combine the two.

S.P.'s dream is to publish several books and have these books be translated across countries (maybe even a movie or two, you never know). There's a reason why "I Believe", "Yes We Can" and "Aim High" are her favorite quotes.

She reads and writes books on a regular basis and loves to tell and hear stories. Her most loved genre are YA, romance, fantasy, Urban-fantasy and dystopian. Occasionally, she participates in contests with short stories.

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