Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SBBS: Day 02 ~ Kathleen Peacock

Welcome to Day 02 of SBBS, today's guest is Kathleen Peacock! Kathleen's debut, Hemlock, the first of a trilogy isn't out until May 8th (from Harper) but today we get an early glimpse into Hemlock with an exclusive (it will go up on Kathleen's site in May) bonus scene!! (and a giveaway)

in case you don't know what Hemlock is about - or would like a refresher:
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

Welcome Kathleen and the Bonus Scene!!

“The Last Spring Break”
As the only have not in a group of haves, spring break can be a minefield for Mackenzie Dobson. The following is a short bonus scene which takes place shortly before the book opens.
For more Mac and Amy, check out HEMLOCK when it’s released on May 8, 2012.
“I can’t believe you’re doing this to me.” Amy sighed dramatically and flopped onto my bed, completely oblivious to the pile of pre-break homework she sent scattering to the floor. “You know the whole week is going to suck without you there.”

I glanced up from my chem notes. “You’ll be fine. The guys will keep you company.”

Amy sighed. “Not the same.” She held up three fingers. “Give me three good reasons why you can’t go. One?”

“I don’t have the money, and I can’t ask Tess for it.”

“Money isn’t an issue. You know my folks will pay.”

That makes it even more of an issue, I thought. But I didn’t say it. Saying it always made things awkward. It wasn’t Amy’s fault she was rich just like it wasn’t my fault I lived in a cramped apartment with my cousin. It just was.

Amy waited for my response. When I shrugged, she folded one finger down. “Two?”

“Heather’s going.”

“You can’t avoid Kyle’s girlfriends forever. This could be a chance to bond.”

I tugged my hair free of its ponytail and combed it out with my fingers. “I don’t avoid all of them. Just the ones who hate me.”

“That is all of them. Though Heather does take it to extremes.” Amy sat up and leaned forward, eyes twinkling. “If you want, I could jump her in the parking lot after school tomorrow.”

I laughed. “And do what? Give her a makeover?” Amy cried when she got paper cuts. The idea of her jumping someone was kind of hilarious.

She mock-scowled. “I could be tough. I’ve read The Outsiders. I think. Maybe I just saw the movie. The point is I could totally take her.”

I shook my head. “I don’t doubt it for a second—but no jumping Heather.”

“Fine. What’s reason number three?”

“I can’t leave Tess alone. Not when there was another attack two nights ago.” I didn’t mean for the words to sound so serious, but they bled every ounce of cheer from the room.

Amy pulled a pillow to her chest. “Okay, that one’s kind of legit. But we don’t leave for another week. Maybe it’ll all blow over by then.”


“So you’ll think about coming?”

I shook my head and Amy whipped the pillow at me. She bit her lip as an uncharacteristically serious expression crossed her face. “I don’t like the idea of leaving you here, either. Especially with all of us going.”

I opened my mouth to tell her I’d be fine, but her phone suddenly went off. Taylor Swift filled the air—a ringtone Amy had assigned to Jason in a fit of sugar-fueled sentimentality.

She slipped out of the room. Two minutes later, she was back. “I’ve gotta go. Apparently, I promised I’d be somewhere an hour ago.”

I grinned. “Considerate.”

She paused in the doorway. “Promise me you’ll at least think about coming?”

“Okay,” I lied.

Three weeks later, I would have given anything to have that moment back, to tell Amy that I’d go—even if it meant swallowing my pride and letting her pay—and to have just five more days with my best friend.
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About Kathleen Peacock
Kathleen spent most of her teen years writing short stories. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college but rediscovered them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles.
Hemlock, her first novel, will be released on May 8th by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Kathleen was generous enough to donate a swag pack for giveaway, enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Open internationally. Rules/restictions

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add Hemlock to your Goodreads; pre-order it on Amazon, Book Depository.

Find Kathleen on her website, @kathleenpeacock on Twitter, on Facebook or on Goodreads


  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Hope to win!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!! the bonus scene makes me want to read the whole book even more!!!

  3. I think this sounds like a great book, and new to me! Werewolves, mystery, intrigue. Can't wait to read it!!

  4. I am really interested in this book! Sounds very interesting and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Oh my!! I was kind of going to skip the bonus scene when I realized it was about werewolves, but I did start reading it, and I couldn't peel my eyes away! I have to get a copy of this! Was this a prologue sort of thing?


    1. I know it's set before Hemlock. This is both Mac and Amy and the synopsis for Hemlock talks about Amy being murdered and haunting Mac's dreams . . .

      I haven't been lucky enough to get an early copy of Hemlock so I don't know if Amy is alive in any of Hemlock or not. This is definitely set pre-Hemlock, though.

    2. Hi Guys!

      Hemlock opens with Amy's funeral.Though she does appear in the book, she only shows up in Mac's dreams and in flashbacks.

      I just couldn't resist the idea of writing a Mac and Amy scene for the Spring Break event.

      If it's any help, you might find these two reviews interesting: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/296504846 & http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/219183236 (I know there have been a lot of YA werewolf books, and both of these reviews touch on that).



  6. Ahhh! I need to know more! Amazing.

  7. I'm hooked!! I need this book asap.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway...the bonus scene is cool..:)

  9. It just makes me want to read the book even more! Thanks for the giveaway and posting the bonus scene!

  10. I loved it! I can't wait for the book! :)

  11. Bonsus scene makes me even more eager for the book! This is going to be an awesome series.
    Annie S

  12. Love the sound of this book! I've been hearing great things about it so can't wait to get it when it's out!

  13. I love the bonus scene and I'm so excited for this book. Can't wait to find out more about this Lupine syndrome. :)

  14. Loved the bonus scene. I have been waiting for this book for a year and a half and now I only have just over a month left to wait. So excited!

  15. Ahhhh this bonus scene was AWESOME. I so cannot WAIT for this book! <3 <3 Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome giveaway! :D

  16. A perfect bonus scene before the book's publication date! That is enough to tease us into getting the book. Seriously! :D

  17. thanks for the review and excerpt. It's a great book - I can tell from how fast I read through it.
    Dying to find out more about the things going on in Hemlock

  18. I can't wait for the book to come out! Loved the scene!

  19. This book sounds so promising! And the bonus scene made me even more curious about it... I can't wait to read it! :)

  20. I want to read this book even more now because of the exclusive scene! Why! WHY! do this to me?!?!?!

    Thanks for the opportunity and have a good day!


  21. I love the excerpt!!!! I can't wait to read this book. I wander who Tess is?

  22. This book looks so amazing I can't wait to read it!! That bonus scene was such a tease!

  23. Mmm...it's always tough when you think back at a time you regret and wish you could change. A great scene! Now, I've GOT to read this book!

  24. The excerpt just makes me more excited to read this book!


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