Saturday, October 25, 2014

Promo & Giveaway 'The Sham' by Ellen Allen

Today I'm excited to host a promo and a giveaway for 'The Sham' by Ellen Allen. 'The Sham' is a New Young Adult Contemporary Novel and was published on August 30th by BookBaby. This book sounds like an amazing new thriller so check out my blog and participate in the giveaway to get a chance in winning 'The Sham'.

The Book:
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as ‘The Sham’, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body. 

**This book is unsuitable for younger readers; it contains discussions about murder scenes, conversations about sex and profanity.    

This book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Itunes.

The Sham's Playlist:

As I was writing the book, I had these songs in my mind at key scenes in the plot; they make a great album: 

Emily is forced to watch as four of her classmates bully a small boy in the local playground. She meets Jack and, together, they are able to save him. Everyone is traumatized but Jack helps her to feel better: “I’m   coming  up,  I’m  too  young  to  worry  bout  burning  out”. 

This is a very moody and atmospheric song for when Emily finds out that her classmate – one of the playground bullies – is dead. 

Days with you After tourists claim Jack is their long lost nephew, someone called Matthew, Jack disappears and Emily convinces  herself  that  she  really  is  “better off without you”. It has a great vibe and it’s   very upbeat, even though  it’s  sad. 

This  is  the  music  playing  for  Emily  and  Jack’s  first  kiss; “Take me into your loving arms. Place your head on my beating  heart.”  Aaaah.   

Jack  doesn’t  give  away  his  emotions  easily  and  this  song   perfectly encapsulates what Emily thinks Jack is feeling – that  he  doesn’t  want  to  commit  – and how he should “dig  a  little  deeper”. 

The police manage to convince Emily that Jack is actually  Matthew.  She’s  angry,  hurt,  upset  and  feels   betrayed: “You killed the love that was once so strong. With no regret to what you did wrong”. 

This song is playing over the speakers of the supermarket cafĂ© when Emily finally finds everything out – about who Jack really is and who killed the girls. It manages to perfectly encapsulate the complexity of Jack  and  Emily’s  relationship  and  the  situation she has to deal with at the end of the book;  “we could be the greatest, we could be the worst of all”. 

This song conveys the end of the book brilliantly and leaves us on a really upbeat tone. It’s  a  tip top tune!

About the Author: 


I've loved reading ever since I was tiny and discovered Enid Blyton in a corner of my classroom - The Magic Faraway Tree, anyone? I later went on to develop a trilogy to rival Tolkien, based on The Hobbit (er, only it wasn't quite as good!).

As a grown up, my dream is to see my book in a book shop or to read a good review that some kind soul has left online for others to read. I live in the south of France with my small daughter and would, one day, like to be able to master the French subjunctive.

I'm author of new YA novel The Sham, a keen outdoor swimmer (whatever the weather), an avid reader and I also like to collect quotes, articles, tips etc. on how to write, submit & publish really good fiction. (

Oh, and did I mention that I LOVE books...? 

For more information about ‘The Sham’ and Ellen Allen please visit her blog, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook.


**This book is unsuitable for younger readers; it contains discussions about murder scenes, conversations about sex and profanity.     

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    1. Definitely! Makes you want to read the book and read the parts she's talking about ;)

  2. This book sounds super interesting! Would love to snag a copy. :) TY for the chance!

    Love love love Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," btw. *swoon*

    1. You're welcome. Thanks for visiting ;)
      I also love love love that song. It's just perfect :D


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