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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Weeping Tour Stop

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Today I’m thrilled to have The Weeping blog tour visiting Xpresso Reads for a super fun post. First I’ll be showing you my thoughts on this book so you all get to see what it’s about. Then I’ll be showing you O’Dell’s dream cast – which actors he’d love to see playing the roles of his characters. There is also a fabulous giveaway at the end! I’m telling you, this is one awesome day!


The Weeping
O’Dell Hutchison 

Release date: March 6th, 2012
by  H, C & B Publishing

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Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.

When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.

As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.

*A copy was provided by H, C & B Publishing for review purposes*

“It’s been exactly ten weeks and eighteen days since I killed three of my closest friends.”

This is how it starts. I love it when a book can get you intrigued by its very first sentence. The owner of these colorful thoughts is our damaged, but wonderful protagonist, Heath- a troubled soul who is trying to live with himself after a car accident killed his friends. He’s been sent to spend the summer with his uncle where he’ll be working at the newly rebuilt Opera House. What he doesn’t know, is the ghost of Catherine who is haunting this place is looking for revenge. Heath is a surprisingly deep, sympathetic character. Once a popular jock, he’s now struggling to get through the days. He’s living in guilt and O’Dell’s writing has a way of making us really feel for him. His thoughts -cynical and forlorn, drives us deep into his soul where we get to understand what he’s going through.

Soon after Heath arrives at his uncle’s, he realizes something isn’t right. Strange whisperings, sightings and incredibly melancholy- yet realistic- dreams. While Heath is trying to find out more about this ghost, her story is told to us in short, journal style spurts. This is a great way to build anticipation, it makes it mysterious and captivating. We learn bit by bit what happened in her past, and with every piece we’re left with the challenge of putting it all together to try to find what is really happening. And then, the murders start.

Combine a fast pace with a constant eerie vibe and we’ve got ourselves a pretty decent thriller. I’ve always been a fan of scary stories, and even though I can’t say this one’s the scariest I’ve come upon, I was left with the satisfaction of a thrilling ride. I enjoyed the suspense of trying to decipher who or what was killing Heath’s friends. I did eventually figure it out, but only mere pages before it was all revealed. The ending leaves us hanging quite a bit, though. So much so that I double checked to make sure my copy wasn’t missing the final pages. It isn’t without some closure, but it’s incredibly abrupt. This is the only real qualm I have towards the book. I just wish we had one more, tiny chapter.

Equally creepy and exciting, fans of thrillers will be easily found captivated by O’Dell Hutchison’s The Weeping. It’s a quick read with an easy to like protagonist and an absorbing storyline that I certainly recommend despite the hasty ending.

4 Hot Espressos

The Weeping Dream Cast

Heath: Chace Crawford – Chace looks older than seventeen these days, but then again most actors playing teenagers today are well into their twenties. For some reason, I envisioned first-season, Gossip Girl, Chace the entire time I was writing.

Catherine: Britt Robertson – I love Britt on The Secret Circle. She has the sad, stoic look down. I think she would be perfect as Catherine.

Phillip: Bradley Cooper – Phillip and Heath are supposed to look a lot alike. I can definitely see a resemblance between Chace and Bradley.

Molly: Ashley Jackson – I worked with Ashley as an actor when she was twelve-years-old – we were in a play together. I also directed her in the musical “bare” when she was eighteen. Ashley now resides in California and has been in several TV shows (Glee, Sonny with a Chance and 10 Things I Hate About You). She’s a wonderful actress, and I always envisioned her as Molly while I was writing.

Josie: Mae Whitman – Mae has the smart-ass thing down, but she also has a lot of emotional depth. I love her work in Parenthood. I think she would be great as Josie.

Luke: Nicholas Braun – Nicholas was in 10 Things I Hate About You with Ashley, and he would make the perfect Luke – tall and goofy.

Patrice: Keke Palmer – I loved Keke’s performance in Joyful Noise. I think she would be perfect as Patrice.

Juda: Kellan Lutz – I can’t think of anyone else to play Juda. Kellan is stocky and looks like he thinks he’s a bad ass (even though he seems to be a really nice guy). I think he would be great as Juda.

Julia: Dianna Agron – Dianna can definitely do bitchy – she’s proven that with her work in Glee. She also needs to be able to sing and dance, which I know Dianna can do.

Vic: Dylan McDermott – Dylan looks as if he could be related to Heath and Phillip. I also really like him as an actor.

Dr. (Melanie) Plummer: Lauren Graham – I love Lauren Graham in pretty much everything she does. I think she would be perfect as Melanie. Plus, she already plays Mae’s mother on TV – perfect.

Marilyn Plummer (Gran): Lois Smith – I loved Lois on True Blood. She perfectly embodied a loving, huggable grandmother, which is exactly what Marilyn needs to be.

This is one hot cast! Thanks so much for dropping by, O’Dell, and having me be a part of this great tour!

O’Dell’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

O’Dell Hutchison was born in a small rural town in Idaho. After attending college in the Pacific northwest, he found his way to the Houston area in 1997. He currently lives in Katy, TX with his dog, Gia. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst. In his free time, he tries (and fails) to work out regularly and eat healthy. He also acts and directs at various theaters around Houston.

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Blogger Zombies Guest Post

Posted by on 02/26/2012 • 16 Comments

This post is part of Zombies vs Unicorns month co-hosted with Literary Exploration, YA-Aholic and YA Bookmark

Last month, I asked some of my fellow team zombie bloggers to drop by and explain why exactly, team zombie? Why are zombies so incredibly awesome that they will always be awesomer than unicorns? This is what they had to say!*Don’t forget to click on their buttons to check out their fabulous blogs!

Andrea from The Bookish Babes

I’m going to take a semi-unpopular position here because I don’t love all zombies. Nope. They’re gross and I can’t even watch The Walking Dead without gagging. But, as it turns out, I do love some zombies. I was reading Dearly,Departed by Lia Habel, when I finally found a zombie who stole my heart,…

Review & Guest Post: Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

Posted by on 02/25/2012 • 12 Comments

DeadlockedA.R. WiseRelease date: November 9th, 2011

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David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they’re safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David’s head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that will guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost?

Deadlocked 2 A.R. Wise Release date: December 9th, 2011 Goodreads / Purchase

Part two of this series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David’s wife,…

Guest post & Giveaway with Sean Page

Posted by on 02/15/2012 • 12 Comments

War Against the Walking DeadSean PageRelease date: August 31st, 2011by Severed Press

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More than 63% of people now believe that there will be a global zombie apocalypse before 2050…

So, you’ve got your survival guide, you’ve lived through the first chaotic months of the crisis, what next?

Employing real science and pioneering field work, War against the Walking Dead provides a complete blueprint for taking back your country from the rotting clutches of the dead after a zombie apocalypse.

This giveaway was made possible by Kat from The Aussie Zombie. See what she thought of War Against the Walking Dead. Click here for her review.

As part of Zombies vs Unicorns month, I asked Sean to tell us how zombies would reign in a…

Guest post & Giveaway with Suz Korb

Posted by on 02/14/2012 • 21 Comments

As part of Zombies vs Unicorns month, Suz Korb, author of Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde is here today to educate us further on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. In particular, what NOT to do if you want to remain un-zombified. Oh and, there’s a giveaway too! Let’s first have a look at her book:

Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde (Bedeviled, # 1)Suz KorbRelease date: November 20th, 2011

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Kidnapped by a vampire, epically farted on by a pug and dragged through the pits of Hell. Welcome to Eve Eden’s world in the small and strange town of Twin Forest.

Eve has goals. She has dreams and ambitions that don’t involve staying in this weird, podunk town. When supernatural forces collide and drop her into…

Zombie Apocalypse, are YOU ready? – Guest post

Posted by on 02/11/2012 • 16 Comments

 *This post is a part of Zombies Vs. Unicorns month co-hosted with Literary Exploration, YA-Aholic and YA Bookmark.

Today I’m happy to have my Team Zombie blogmate Audris over for a guest post about zombies (duh!). Don’t forget to check out her blog at YA Bookmark for some more zombie fun. Have you missed any fun Zombies vs Unicorn month post? Click here to find out!

Audris is here to help us get ready for the upcoming zombocalypse. Take some notes, because it can be any day now, really!

Let’s take a minute to reflect on the question above. Zombie apocalypse, are YOU ready? Many of you might say no, or if you have watched a number of zombie movies, some of you might feel ready enough. Well, I’m…

All’s Fair in Vanities War Tour Stop

Posted by on 02/09/2012 • 23 Comments

As part of the All’s Fair in Vanities War blog tour, Elizabeth Marx is coming over to Xpresso Reads to list her top ten Celtic Goddesses. There is also a giveaway… or 2… or none… I guess you’ll have to check! 🙂If you haven’t heard of Elizabeth’s book before, here’s the deal:

All’s Fair in Vanities WarElizabeth MarxRelease date: October 24th, 2011

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Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer. The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the…

Airel-Arson-Pyxis Tour Stop

Posted by on 02/06/2012 • 22 Comments

Three authors have come together for a 3-book blog tour. I’m happy to have it stop by Xpresso Reads today. My stop consists of a guest post with Aaron Patterson, one of 2 authors of Airel, as well as a couple of giveaways.Before we head on to the guest post, have a look at Airel:

AirelAaron Patterson & Chris WhiteRelease date: August 31st, 2011by Stonehouse Ink

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All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story…