Keeping the Beat by Jeff Norton & Marie Powell: Blog Tour-Excerpt and Giveaway






Author: Jeff Norton

Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads



Keeping the Beat (1)


It was supposed to be the best summer of her life. Instead, seventeen-year-old Lucy finds her best friend, Harper, shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did things ever go so wrong? The story circles back to trace the steps that led to this disaster.

Only Harper McKenzie could have taken five girls from their school and reinvented them as Crush, the top prospect to win the international talent contest Project Next. As soon as the band finds its footing, it scores a huge win in the UK semifinal. Next stop, LA! 

The girls will spend a luxurious summer in Hollywood, living as reality TV stars while they prepare for their performance in the Project Next final. With a mansion to themselves, they’re the toast of the town … living every girl’s dream come true. 

It’s way too late when Lucy discovers that Harper’s heart has never been in Project Next at all. Joining the competition was just part of Harper’s elaborate ruse to reconnect with her no-good ex-boyfriend. Harper will risk anything — from her friendships to the band’s reputation — to get him back. 

Meanwhile, the other members of Crush are throwing themselves headfirst into sex, drugs and rock and roll. With the band in crisis and the final approaching, Lucy must decide whether she wants to play to Harper’s beat or set the rhythm for the rest of the band. 

This fast-paced story takes unexpected twists, unraveling the mystery of Harper’s murder and exploring the complicated relationships among members of the band. Writing team Marie Powell and Jeff Norton — with many years in the entertainment business between them — deliver one-part wish fulfillment and one-part cautionary tale as they go behind the scenes to reveal what no one sees on “reality” TV.





About Jeff:


Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of AWESOME. He creates compelling characters, amazing stories, and immersive worlds for all ages, in all media. He is the author of the high-tech thriller ‘MetaWars’ series from Hachette, ‘Memoirs Of A Neurotic Zombie’ from Faber, and the upcoming ‘Stomp School’ picture book series from Little Tiger Press.  He also creates and co-writes with other talented authors, such as the best-selling ‘Princess Ponies’ series with Julie Sykes (under the name Chloe Ryder) for Bloomsbury and the young adult novel ‘Drummer Girl’ with Bridget Tyler.

Jeff is an Executive Producer of the pre-school television show ‘Trucktown’ based on Jon Scieszka’s best-selling books.  Through his production company, AWESOME, Jeff is developing a slate of high-concept television shows for kids and adults.


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Excerpt from Keeping The Beat:


Lucy strained to get a better view of the gorgeous wedding dresses, elaborate cakes and fancy beauty salons that called out from understated display windows. Eccentric and beautiful men and women strolled between the nail bars and boutiques wearing everything from full business suits to beach cover-ups that barely hid their bikinis, to faded, ancient sweatshirts and leggings. Strangely, no matter how ragged the outfit, every woman Lucy saw seemed to be toting an oversized — and obviously pricey — designer bag.

“Look, Lucy!” Harper said. “There’s The Ivy.”

“Oh wow! I can’t believe that’s it. It looks so much bigger in magazines.”

“Look at all the paparazzi,” Harper said. “Hey, they’ll be following us soon!”

“Who do you think —” Lucy cut her own question off with a squeal. “Omigod. Seriously? It that really him?”

“Of course it is!” Harper said, smirking at the look of awe on Lucy’s face. “We’re in Los Angeles. There’s an OK! Magazine moment waiting to happen on every street corner. I’m surprised you recognized him though — he’s got so fat lately I wouldn’t have known it was him.”

“He has not got fat!” Lucy protested. “And besides, I read he’s beefing up for a new role, so you can hardly —” But then the limo turned up a steep hill onto a wide,

curving street that quite literally took Lucy’s breath away. The plain green signs that stood at each intersection they passed seemed so familiar that Lucy could hardly believe they existed outside of a movie screen.

“Sunset Boulevard?” Lucy whispered, unable to squeeze more than that out of her awestruck vocal cords. “We’re actually on Sunset Boulevard? We just took a left turn and we’re on honest-to-God Sunset Boulevard, just as though that happens every day?”

Harper giggled. “It does happen every day when you live in LA, silly. Look! The Beverly Hills Hotel! Isn’t it pretty? And there’s the House of Blues!”

Lucy let the brilliant billboards and neon lights of the Sunset Strip dazzle her eyes as Harper narrated their trip through the heart of Hollywood. Then they turned left and started uphill again. Less than a block from the crazed mish-mash of neon lights, expensive cars and enormous film posters that was Sunset, the street faded into a twisting two-lane road that wound past huge trees and private roads that Lucy was sure led to fabulous mansions where movie stars hid from the prying eyes of the world.

The driver slowed and turned up one of the narrow side streets. Wonderland Avenue. Only in Los Angeles, Lucy thought, could a place called Wonderland Avenue really exist. But the name fit the house at the end of the driveway where the limo pulled to a stop.



Giveaway Details:


3 winners will receive a finished copy of KEEPING THE BEAT, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:


Week One:

9/11/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

9/12/2017- Wonder Struck– Review

9/13/2017- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

9/14/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

9/15/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Interview


Week Two:

9/18/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

9/19/2017- books are love– Interview

9/20/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review

9/21/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post

9/22/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review



Hosted by:  Rockstar Book Tours


Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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