I’m thrilled to bring you an excerpt from the fabulous J.T. Ellison’s latest book, Tear Me Apart. I really loved her previous novel, Lie To Me, so I can’t wait to dig into this new book and look for my review later posting on August 28.
Follow the excerpt tour beginning in mid August, with long excerpts in consecutive order at each tour stop, followed by an Instagram tour and review tour beginning on 8/27!
Now on to the excerpt from Tear Me Apart:
What happened? She runs the course again in her mind, realizes there is a big blank. She doesn’t remember how she went down. She knows this isn’t entirely unusual, she’s heard about it happening to other racers. She’s been so blessed, so lucky, never to have had a major injury. Granted, she’s seventeen, and she’s only been on the circuit at this level for a year. But still.
What if I can never ski again?
This spike to her heart is too much to bear. She wipes away tears as they reach the bottom. Her dad is waiting; she can see his bright red North Face jacket, concern etched on his handsome face. He pushes aside two ski patrols and kneels beside her.
“Poor baby. Does it hurt?”
“Daddy, I didn’t make it.”
“Let’s worry about your leg first, peanut, then we’ll worry about the rest.”
“I don’t remember falling. What happened?”
“Microburst of snow. Came out of nowhere.” As if to prove his point a swirl of snow surrounds them. Her father says, “They really should close the course, it’s too dangerous now.” He pats her hand. Mindy can only feel pressure through the glove, not the warm reassurance of her father’s hand.
“I’m right here, honey. Right here. You’re okay. I’m here.”
Mindy hears the calm concern of her mother’s voice and takes a deep breath. If her mom isn’t frantic, it isn’t too bad.
“Mom will meet us at the hospital, honey. They won’t let us both ride with you. She’s going to drive the car—”
Her dad’s face registers a tiny bit of shock. “Okay, no worries. Mom will ride with you, and I’ll bring the car.”
“No, it’s fine. I don’t care who rides with me. But we can’t leave. I need to find out who wins.” As she speaks, she hears them blow the horn. The course is being closed.
Her dad’s smile warms her. He leans close, whispers, “Maybe we’ll get lucky. You’re still in first place overall.”
The EMT isn’t quite glaring at them but is clearly anxious to get moving. “We have to take her now, folks. Who’s riding with us?”
Her mom presses her palm against Mindy’s cheek, unstraps her helmet. “Hang tight, baby. I’ll meet you at the hospital. We’ll get you fixed up. Be strong.”
Mindy grits her teeth again when they put her into the ambulance; the jostling makes red-hot pokers shoot through her leg. Her mother’s face disappears as the doors slam closed, the worry etched as deep as a fissure in granite.
Her dad takes a seat on the bench, trying to stay out of the way. The paramedic leans over her, takes her blood pressure and pulse. She tries to stay calm, not cry, not fall apart. All she can think about is her coach’s disappointment that someone else will be standing on the podium because she got too aggressive toward the bottom and let her ski get caught in that rut. He’s always told her aggressive equals arrogance, and arrogance equals crash.
About TEAR ME APART
- Print Edition: 496 pages
- Publisher: MIRA (September 1, 2018)
The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.
One moment will change their lives forever…
Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.
Who knows the answers?
The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.
With vivid movement through time, Tear Me Apart examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.
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About J.T. Ellison
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.
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J.T. Ellison’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for TEAR ME APART:
Monday, August 13th: Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, August 14th: Books and Spoons
Wednesday, August 15th: Buried Under Books
Thursday, August 16th: Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, August 17th: That’s What She Read
Monday, August 20th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Tuesday, August 21st: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Wednesday, August 22nd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Thursday, August 23rd: Jathan & Heather
Friday, August 24th: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, August 27th: @shereadswithcats
Tuesday, August 28th: @read.write.coffee
Tuesday, August 28th: @tbretc
Wednesday, August 29th: @jennblogsbooks
Thursday, August 3oth: @love.books.and.coffee
Friday, August 31st: @thats_what_she_read
Friday, August 31st: @thepagesinbetween
Saturday, September 1st: @strandedinbooks
Sunday, September 2nd: @wherethereadergrows
Sunday, September 2nd: @suey_library
Sunday, September 2nd: @love_my_dane_sailor
Monday, August 27th: @prose_and_palate
Monday, August 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, August 28th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, August 29th: Staircase Wit
Thursday, August 30th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Friday, August 31st: Jathan & Heather
Monday, September 3rd: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, September 4th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, September 5th: @katyslibrary
Thursday, September 6th: The Book Diva’s Reads
Friday, September 7th: Becky on Books
Monday, September 10th: Novel Gossip
Tuesday, September 11th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, September 12th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Wednesday, September 12th; @girlwithnoselfie
Thursday, September 13th: @basicbsguide
Friday, September 14th: Girl Who Reads
Monday, September 17th: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, September 17th: @bookishconnoisseur
Tuesday, September 18th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Wednesday, September 19th: @bookenetics
Thursday, September 20th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, September 21st: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, September 24th: @hollyslittlebookreviews
Tuesday, September 25th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Wednesday, September 26th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, September 27th: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, September 28th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy