Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2) by Jennifer Bardsley

(Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
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Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

 “We’re almost there,” says Headmaster Russell. He slides open the divider once more and smiles back at me in the rearview mirror. “Wait until you see what I’ve planned for your Virus.”
Now’s my moment! I can’t wait any longer. I grab the crystal decanter and pound my arm through the opening to the front seat. But in my haste, I miss Headmaster Russell and shatter the windshield instead.
“What the?” shouts Headmaster Russell as glass bombards him from every angle. Shards scatter back to me, and I feel wetness. My whole body slams forward as the car lurches to a stop. I hear the screech of wheels. I barely pick myself up from the floor when I see Headmaster Russell, his face gashed and oozing, lean back to attack me with the pepper spray.
“No!” I hold up my arms like a shield.
But the expected assault never comes.
Instead, somebody flings the car door open and hauls me out with strong arms.
When I look up, I see Keung.
And he smiles.
The row of perfect teeth gleams, but Keung’s grin does nothing to soften the sharp, square edges of his jaw. Keung is a head taller than me and almost twice my size—in pure muscle. His black shirt bulges at the biceps, the cloth stretched across broad shoulders. The last time I saw Keung, I was sixteen and he was eighteen. Now, three years later, the pull of attraction is as strong as ever.
Guardians swarm all around us. Black cars are parked behind, blocking the road. I hear rapid-fire Mandarin and Headmaster Russell screaming obscenities.
Keung sets me on the sidewalk with steady hands. “Are you okay?
I nod. “It’s you!” I say like an idiot. Then I glance back to the limo. “Seth! He’s tied to an explosive.”
Keung barks an order to one of his companions, a tall skinny guy I don’t recognize with a scar across his face, who releases Seth from the car.
I know Keung is here to rescue me. I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life. But I’m not positive that protection will extend to my boyfriend. “Please help Seth before it’s too late,” I blurt.

“Don’t worry,” answers Keung. “We’ll take real good care of Seth.”  

(Blank Slate #1)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

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Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 

Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.

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