Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 12th 2015
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.
When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late.
With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.
If you could choose any place to visit to do "book research" where would it be and why? What would the book be about?
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Welcome Sarah for a guest post!
One of the best things about being a writer is that I get to travel a lot for ‘research’. I always try to write about places I have visited. I’ve been very lucky and travelled extensively and I’ve lived in Italy and Indonesia. I am in London at the moment but we’re moving again within the next six months.
Last summer I spent time on Bainbridge Island in Washington as I wanted to set a book there. I have also done several road trips to California and Mexico (for Hunting Lila and Fated, as well as my new adult novel Come Back To Me - written under my pen name Mila Gray).
Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl are both set in New York which is one of my favourite cities in the world and The Sound was set in Nantucket where I nannied when I was 17.
The setting is just another character in your book and the right setting can really help elevate a novel. With that in mind I would love to visit Alaska. I think that would make a pretty awesome setting for a novel - so much wilderness and such extremes of weather.
Islands always make great places for books too - because it’s a confined space, which is especially good if you write thrillers. I’m thinking of spending the summer in Europe this year, maybe in Ibiza or Mallorca, all in the name of ‘research’ you understand!
The place I go to to write most frequently though is a little beach in Goa, India. I wrote most of Losing Lila on that beach and just finished my second Mila Gray book This is One Moment when I was there. It’s just so peaceful and quiet and when I’m there I sit with my toes in the sand, drinking chai, and I write for most of the day before rewarding myself with a laze on the beach and a swim.
I wrote half a book in 8 days when I was there in November.
She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.
A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.
The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013 and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Out of Control in May 2014.
She also writes New Adult romance for Pan Macmillan (UK) / Simon & Schuster (US) under the pen name Mila Gray.
You can find Sarah on facebook and at www.sarahalderson.com or follow her blog at www.canwelivhere.com
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