Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch. This tour is being hosted by Pure Textuality. I will be sharing my review and there will be some author Q&A’s plus an excerpt. There will also be a giveaway!
Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch
Series Hometown Antihero Book One
Genre Young Adult Mystery / Suspense
Publisher Tor Teen
The first installment in the Hometown Antihero series by Amber Lynn Natusch.
When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.
All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.
Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.
DARE YOU TO LIE, a young adult mystery read perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars, or Riverdale.
Sassy, snarky, sarcastic characters! This was such a fun book for me.
Trigger/content warnings for sexual assault and physical abuse.
Kylene’s father was recently convicted of murder and her mother left. So Ky has to move back to her home town and live with her grandpa (who I loved). Her family left a couple years earlier after Ky had naked pictures taken at a party and leaked online. The suspects were all football players and they were protected instead of her. One was also her ex boyfriend.
Ky falls back into her normal friendship with Garrett easily. She didn’t really talk to him when she was gone and it really broke him. But he’s a great guy and willing to let it go. They also become friends with the new girl from Canada, Tabby. The friendship between these three really made the story for me. They were all so sarcastic and funny, but the love was obvious. Tabby fit right in with them.
Kylene still wants to prove who took those photos of her and she also wants to find a way to prove that her dad is innocent. She’s smart, but she also can’t keep quiet and it makes her a target. Some of the football players start threatening her. She gets followed, harassed, and her house is broken into. Things start to get scary for her as she weaves through so many things that all seem connected.
I don’t want to get into the story too much because it’s best to go in without knowing anything major. Ky has to figure out who she can trust and realizes how big these threats really are. The pacing is great and it’s so easy to like most of the characters in the book. Besides the main three, I really liked Gramps, her dad’s old partner, and Meg. Agent Dawson grew on me and I ended up liking AJ a lot, too. There were also plenty of people to hate.
I gave this book 5 stars and I cannot wait until I can read the next book. Thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy for review. Also thank you to Amber for helping me get a copy.
Our collective gaze fell upon our gawky friend in the lunch line, swallowed up by the commotion around her. With us, she’d found her place. Alone, she still floundered.
“Garrett,” I said, leveling my gaze on him as he sat down across from me at the table. “She hangs out with us. Her social-climbing days are over.”
“Fair point, and all the more reason to bring her along.”
“Bring who where?” Tabby asked, setting a tray of assorted lunchroom items down in front of us.
“You to homecoming.”
Tabby looked at Garrett like he’d spoken a foreign language.
“The foreigner comes from a strange, faraway place that doesn’t worship football like we do. This will require explanation,” I said, pulling a bag of chips off the tray. “It’s a dance. A formal dance where girls get all gussied up in dresses and boys spend all night trying to figure out how to get them out of those gowns.”
“Oh! The Homecoming dance. Got it. Sounds super fun. Are you two going?”
“Yep. And you’re coming with us.” I replied.
Tabby clapped her hands as she bounced up and down in her seat. Apparently, homecoming was right up her alley.
“When is it?”
“Have you not seen the gazillion posters in the hallway about it?” I did nothing to hide my disbelief.
“I didn’t notice them,” she said plainly.
“Really? They haunt my dreams. . . .”
AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Ha! Both… it really depends on the day, the scene, and how close to deadline I am.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I don’t think a big ego helps anyone. Ever. When you buy your own hype, you stop listening to those who can help you grow as a person and as a writer.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I did for this most recent release because it’s YA, but my publisher didn’t seem concerned about it so I didn’t bother.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write the story as it comes to me, and do so in a way that’s authentic to the characters involved. I don’t follow trends; my brain doesn’t work that way AT ALL.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think it’s possible, it’s just not possible for me.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am fortunate enough to have a lot of author friends, some of whom I’ve been close to since the beginning of my journey in 2011. They help push me, challenge my stories when need be, and support me when things get rough. I love each and every one of them. They are invaluable to me.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s working 😉
What did you do with your first advance?
My first advance was in 2013. I’d just had my second child, and I think we used the money to finish remodeling our house so we could move into one with a bigger yard.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Some of them, nothing. Others….probably a fruit basket or two.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have a few half-finished ones that will be published in 2019… I’m a bit behind schedule 😉
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Google searches that are likely to get me in trouble with the feds—and I do as little as possible because I HATE doing research.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
I still write part-time by choice. I love my practice and I won’t give that part of my life up for any amount of money or writing time. Working in my office keeps my mind balanced, and I think it actually helps me be effective during my writing time because I know I only have a set amount of it.
How many hours a day do you write?
If you include marketing, promotion, and all the other stuff that goes into being published, I’d say I spend about twenty-five hours a week on writing-related activities.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
I’d say all of them. They’ve all influenced my life, and all have importance to my writing.
What did you edit out of this book?
Kylene’s mother. She’s mentioned but not present (though that may change in future books….)
How do you select the names of your characters?
I see them in my mind and think of what they embody as a human (or not-so-human, as the case sometimes is), then I craft a name that I think encompasses all those things. It’s surprisingly hard sometimes.
Do you read your book reviews?
I do, though sparingly. How do you deal with bad or good ones? I take them all with a grain of salt and try to glean something helpful from them all to make the next in the series better. Being uncomfortable helps you grow as a person and as a writer. Nothing has the ability to make you uncomfortable like a bad review 😉
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I do. I love adding inside jokes that only a few people will understand.
Do you Google yourself?
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Dealing with great ideas that hit at the worst times possible.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely!!! I’m extremely lucky in that regard. My husband runs the bulk of our practice now and sees most of our patients so that I can have time to write. My kids are so excited to read my books (though they’re WAY too young for that at the moment). My mom makes her book club read my books, and even my dad is going to read Dare You to Lie. He hates paranormal stuff but loves thrillers/mystery.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I would say four weeks to three months is pretty typical, though that doesn’t include revision time (and some of those require a decent amount of that 😉)
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely, though I can’t say I’ve had it. I think ideas can be elusive, characters can clam up on you, and outlines can change, forcing you into an unexpected corner you can’t find a way out of. If I ever feel stuck, I just switch to another project until the characters start talking to me again.
To celebrate the release of DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Amber Lynn Natusch. Giveaway ends 9/18/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.
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