Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting

Welcome to our stop on The Lost Causes blog tour hosted by A Rockstar Book Tour!  We have an excerpt and also a giveaway to share with you!  

Enjoy and good luck!

Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pages: 344
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. 
There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. 
Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. 
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. 
But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust.

The Lost Causes -- EXCERPT

Z walked through the hallways with Jared after school, unable to concentrate on a single thing he was saying, her mind attempting to make sense of what had happened so far that day. 

Though the incident that morning with Scott and the yacht idea had been eerie, she’d been trying to write it off as twin telepathy, a concept she’d read about once. She and Scott had never had that kind bond before, but what else could account for the coincidence?

Then at lunch, right when Z had expunged the incident from her brain, the ringing in her ears returned and nearly knocked her out of her chair. 

If I don’t throw up this pizza in the next five minutes, it’ll digest right into my thighs and I’ll never fit into my costume. 

Z’s head shot up from her veggie burger and her eyes darted around until they landed at the table across from her, filled with theater kids. It felt as if she was watching in slow motion as willowy Lindsey Singer put down the crust of her pizza and excused herself from the table.

What could this be? Why was it happening? Was she really hearing other people’s thoughts? Was it all in her head somehow? An early sign of schizophrenia? 

But the current of new energy surging through her felt positive, a stark contrast to the hopeless, dead-weight feeling she usually lugged around. She liked it. As much as Z liked anything. 
“So do you want to right now?” Jared asked, pushing a piece of tangled hair behind his ear.
“Uh, no,” Z replied. She had no idea what Jared was talking about, but whatever it was she had no interest. She had to figure out what the hell was happening to her, and she definitely wasn’t going to discuss it with Jared. He’d think she was insane. Which she very well might have been. But she wanted to decide that for herself.

A group of students pushed open the double doors at the end of the corridor, guffawing as they spilled into the hallway, mock tackling each other. Z rolled her eyes when she saw her brother was at the center of it all. As usual.

But then the ringing began.  Scott Chapman is sooo hot. I want him so bad. 
Z’s stomach convulsed and she almost threw up on the scuffed white floors of Cedar Springs High. She obviously didn’t think her own brother was hot. That didn’t make it any less repulsive to have that thought invade her mind.

Jared looked at her oddly. “Are you okay?” 
“I’ve got to go,” she stammered, turning abruptly and striding away from him. Luckily he didn’t try to follow.

We're best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).
We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

​We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.
​The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown...After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we've honed it to a pretty efficient process....except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview
9/4/2017- Kourtni ReadsReview

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic ReviewsGuest Post
9/5/2017- Mama Reads BlogReview

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
9/6/2017- What the Cat ReadReview

9/7/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
9/7/2017- BibliobakesReview

9/8/2017- Book Princess ReviewsInterview
9/8/2017- Savings in SecondsReview

Week Two:
9/11/2017- Smada's BookSmackExcerpt
9/11/2017- Jessica's Reading RoomReview

9/12/2017- Portrait of a BookInterview
9/12/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview

9/13/2017- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
9/13/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

9/14/2017- Comfort BooksInterview

9/14/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview


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