Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Some of you might already know Tamara Hart Heiner, as she’s a super sweet blogger who’s been around on the Internets for a while. And if you’ve been following her blog, you might also know that her YA thriller/suspense novel PERILOUS is set to be released in print by WiDo Publishing on November 16. I consider myself lucky for having had the opportunity to read PERILOUS before its release, and now I’d like to share it with you. So pull up a chair, grab a coffee, and have a little visit. I’ve got a little sweet for you at the end.

PERILOUS by Tamara Hart Heiner

Perilous cover-V-01

Summary: Jaci Rivera has plans for her sophomore year: go to regionals with the
track team, make the honor roll, and eat too much pizza with her best friends, Callie and Sara. Her biggest concern is Amanda, the pushy girl who moved in a few months ago.

What she doesn't plan for is catching a robber red-handed, or being kidnapped. The desperate thief drags her and her friends 2,000 miles across the Canadian border. They escape from his lair, only to find that he has spies and agents watching their path home, waiting to intercept them and take them back.

Then Jaci finds something out about her family. Something which
irrevocably connects her to their kidnapper, and makes her question their
chances of escape.

Even though the main character is really Jaci, the story is actually told in third person, allowing us to see the actions of not only the friends who are kidnapped, but also that of the people searching for them (primarily the cop on their case). The alternating views let us see the story taking shape from both sides, weaving together bits and pieces of information so that the reader sees more of the the whole story coming together even before the characters themselves do. It’s cleverly done so that the thriller/suspense aspect of the story is maximized.

I enjoyed working out the mystery of PERILOUS, which is enhanced by the non-stop action. Every time I thought all was about to settle down, things went haywire all over again as we’re thrown into a brand new twist. Heiner keeps up an incredible pace in this, and throws in a couple of cute boys and family drama while she’s at it. It’s a bit sad, too, and bittersweet, as the girls’ blossoming friendship is etched with tragedy. Indeed, we get to experience a wide range of emotions in this, all through the lens of teenage girls and a seasoned cop determined to find them.

PERILOUS is a fun, but poignant read that will leave you guessing how it will end. It’s currently available as an e-book, and will be available in print on November 16 at these locations:


Barnes and Noble

Tamara’s website

Some Info about the author:

Tamara Hart Heiner


Perilous is my first published novel, and I wrote it many years ago when I was bored in study hall. We’ve both come a long ways since then. I now spend my time running around my house chasing three kids and trying to sneak to the computer when they’re not looking. I have a
wonderful, supportive husband who appreciates the fact that I enjoy
cooking as much as I enjoy writing. Not that I have time for either.

You can find Tamara at her blog, Chasing Dreams.



Finally, Tamara is also hosting a couple giveaways!

Blog Tour Comment Giveaway

How it’ll work: The winner of this contest will be randomly chosen. Every person who comments on any post during the blog tour will be entered into a random drawing for a book, which Tamara can autograph, if you want. The contest begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Nov. 15.

So, consider leaving a comment, and you might win PERILOUS.

Kindle Giveaway

How it’ll work: This contest is point-based and begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 15. Whoever has the most points wins the Kindle. There will only be one Kindle given away. Here are the points:

1 point: blog comment (can comment on all the blogs, multiple times, on the tour)
1 point: follow my blog (http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com)
1 point: retweet
2 points: blog about the blog tour
5 points: purchase the book (ebook or paperback, must email Tamara the confirmation email) if they actually buy the book in the store or you can mail Tamara a copy of the receipt. Entrants must add up all their points as well as their proof (links, etc) and email it to Tamara at the end of the blog tour (tamara at tamarahartheiner dot

People can earn an infinite number of points!

The giveaways were the bit of sweet I promised, but in case you want something unhealthy, too:

cm_desertpic_oreo_chscakeFound at Colleen’s Cakerie 

Thanks for stopping by! How does PERILOUS sound to you?


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  2. This sounds fantastic, thanks so much for the review! I hadn't heard about Perilous before, so herein's the value of the blog tour--I'm definitely looking forward to reading this.

  3. MMMMM...that cake at the end is all I can think about. I'm STARVING; and last I checked it wasn't recommended to gnaw on books...

  4. Omg, now I'm drooling. Whether its for the book or the cake, you will never know. ;)

  5. This sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for the review.

  6. This sounds like a cool suspense!


  7. Thanks for the info on this book and the cake!!Yummy! take care

  8. This is a great review. I'm so nervous when I post mine. Your review sounds so professional.
    Nice job!
    I want a piece of that cake. :)

  9. Wonderful review! I look forward to reading Perilous - Tamara is awesome! :-)

  10. +JMJ+

    Wow! I haven't read a Thriller in a really long time, and this sounds like a great one.

    Maybe that's because I'm reading more and more MG lately? YA lets both writers and readers be more serious. I've just read Tamara's post about bumping the characters' ages up from twelve to fifteen. It makes a world of difference, doesn't it? =)

    If this is an international giveaway, I hope I can be considered!

  11. Yay! I'm so happy for Tamara and her amazing book! I hope everyone buys it and loves it as much as I did!!!


  12. You know...I just went to the doctor the other day to get some blood results for my cholesterol levels. Suffice to say, they weren't pretty and I could do w/ losing a few pounds b/c (& keep this to yourself) my bum *does* look big in this. So I just saw that cake and my zipper just burst - Not Cool.

    What is cool however is the sound of 'Perilous'. By the way you have described it, it sounds like the whole multi POV thing going on in it is reminiscent of "24" but for some reason I had in mind the multiple screen thing George Lucas had going on in "More American Grafitti" (sequel to "American Grafitti")...which I don't actually know if...am I rambling right now? I definitely think I'm rambling? Yeah I'm rambling...

    I'm gonna go buy this book...and a new pair of trousers.

    *Walks away w/ the proverbial smoke pouring out of the ears*

  13. I have an award for you over at my blog.


  14. Perilous sounds great! Thanks for the post about it.

    And oh my that cake! Nom nom nom, I want!

  15. Thanks for the review. It's fun to hear what people have heard about the book before it even comes out.

  16. Thanks for the excellent review, Carolina!!! It was great! But really all I can think about was that cake at the end too...gonna have to do some baking!

    Someone asked if the giveaway is international. The answer is YES, it is!

  17. Congratulations, Tamara, on the impending release! And yay Carol for her dependably-excellent reviews!

    I'd say more but I worry I've already used too many exclamation points today. We're only allowed a certain number, I hear. *nods*

  18. Oooohhhh! Perilous looks gooood 0.0 Better than the cake. But that's also cause I had a scrummy lunch and am fit to burst.

    When is it released in Australia? If at all? Otherwise, I may have to order online.

    OR yay international competitions!

  19. That photo was way harsh. *sneaks to fridge to scarf the last of the Banana Cream Pie*

  20. I met Tamara at the Ozark Writers Conference last month. Jealous?? :P

    She is so cute...and determined. I'm looking forward to reading her book!

  21. This sounds interesting, and why, oh, why do you have a picture of a delicious looking cake that I can't eat?!

    Oh, I just finished April Lindner's Jane and have to thank you for introducing me to it :)

  22. Love the sound of this book. I must read it. Thanks for the contest.


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