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Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Tour: Parallel/ Guest Post

Title: Parallel
Series: Traveler's # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy/Time Travel
Author: Claudia Lefeve
Publisher: Sugar Skull Books
Release Date: August 26, 2011
Book: Kismet Book Tours

 "Destiny has a way of catching up.

Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.

One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know.

PARALLEL is the first book in the Travelers Series."

Living in an Alternate World

First off, let me just say how thrilled I am to guest post on Books with Bite today!

When I found out Savannah is from my hometown, well, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for my guest post. My home. It’s a place we all can’t wait to leave, but then can’t wait to go back for a visit.

It’s a place where tortillas are the size of spare tires, beans are served at breakfast, and BBQ can mean either brisket or barbacoa (trust me, you don’t want to know what part of the cow this comes from), and by substituting beer for vodka, you’ve just replaced a Bloody Mary with a michelada.

There’s even a difference in the way time is perceived. Fondly thought of as the Land of Ma├▒ana, folks think nothing of being an hour or even a day late. Then there’s the weather. There’s only one season: summer. Oh, and hurricane season.

Shoes are always optional, but don’t even think about leaving the house without any lipstick on. And you always wear your best party dress when it’s your birthday...even if you’re only going to school.

My hometown of Brownsville, Texas, just minutes away from the Mexican border, is somewhat quirky, but filled with plenty mysticism and magic. I’ve lived in a lot of places over the years, from Austin to L.A., then ultimately Washington, D.C, but only in Brownsville can you find these unique traditions and customs.

Everyone has a story to tell and there’s always a legend or ghost story thrown in for good measure. Every child knows about El Cucuy, the monster who comes after you when you disobey, and we’ve all heard the cries of La Llorona, who wanders around late at night. And it just wouldn’t be South Texas without the occasional Chupacabra news coverage whenever a rancher loses some goats. 

Perhaps that’s why I love to tell stories so much. It’s part of our culture.

Thanks so much Claudia for being here today!

Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two pugs.

You can find more information on Claudia and her book here:  

Blog Tour Parallel information: HERE 

And for the giveaways! 

And now for the grand prize pack:

Each comment will enter contestants into the grand prize give-away for a chance to win a Parallel prize pack complete with a gorgeous bracelet, a travel coffee mug with the Battle Grounds logo (Battle Grounds is a fictional coffee shop that figures throughout Parallel), an eCopy of the book and a eReader skin (Nook, Kindle or Kobo – winner’s choice) and a signed, hard copy of Parallel!

Happy Reading!

Special Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Kismet Book Tours and to Claudia for letting me be a part of this tour!


  1. That sounds like a good book. I had not heard of it until I just saw it on your blog.

  2. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good.

  3. I'd love to read the book...and win the awesome grand prize. Thanks for the chance!


  4. Great story! Travelers Series sounds very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Thank you Savy for hosting me today!!! It's always a pleasure hanging out with you :)

    Good luck to everyone entering the contest! The grand prize will be announced 10/16!!

  6. Cool :) I agree with you about wanting to leave our hometown, but can't wait to visit. I still can't get over the cover of your book! It's gorgeous. The story also sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway! Good Luck to everyone :)

    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

  7. thanks for the giveaway. an interesting synopsis. i would like to try it out.

  8. I love skullies. So, I like the bracelet! Oh this book does look good and since I read Savy's review, I'm curious!

  9. I love the idea of alternative realities and my Diamond Peak series works with similar ideas so I'd love to read this. Before I realised it was a give away I searched for where to buy the book but couldn't find it on KOBO which is where it needs to be for me in Australia. I need it in epub fiile. If I don't win can the author let me know where I can get it. tahlia.newland at yahoo etc

  10. I'm not from Brownsville, but I live in Texas and Hispanic! Woo! We have a lot of stories about La Llorona, El Cuycuy and of course El Chupacabra!
    I seriously cannot get tired of hearing stories relating to any supernatural being.
    And huh- I like the synopsis from the book. Oh dear! The goodies- I'm loving the bracelet!!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway guys!

  11. I have to say, I have mutual feelings on both covers. I love the lettering on the right, but I'm not a fan of the house. The girl on the other cover is pretty, but I just don't like it. Otherwise, can't wait to read the book.
    Bracelet is perfect for Hallowee

  12. I love the house cover.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  13. @tahlianewland - email me at claudia.lefeve [at]

    @cindy - What about the story with the kids on the railroad tracks in San Antonio?

    @TayteH - Covers are always hard! It's been 50/50.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by!!

  14. I´d love a chance to win this awesome prize! Count me in! =D

    best wishes, Linda xoxo


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