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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Crossed Fire by Kim Baccellia - Book Tour - Guest Post - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kim Baccellia and her new book, “Crossed Fire”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kim and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Crossed Fire
by Kim Baccellia

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GENRE: YA Paranormal

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BLURB:

Stephanie Stewart is a typical sixteen-year-old girl—she loves hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and sipping mocha lattes. Yup. Just your average teenager . . . Except for one difference—she can see and talk to the dead. In fact, Stephanie helps dead girls who who’ve been murdered or killed, cross over. Just as Stephanie is getting used to her unique “gift”, her mom stumbles into some dangerous witchcraft that backfires and triggers similar abilities in Stephanie’s best friend Cura, and nemesis Hillary. Stephanie already has enough trouble trying to maintain a “normal” life between school and her cute boyfriend Dylan, who happens to have a supernatural talent all his own. But now she has to help her friend Cura and her “frenemy” Hillary cope with their new-found powers as well as cross over two murdered cheerleaders and battle an evil demon who wants to use Stephanie’s supernatural strengths as a free pass to The Other Side. And she needs to do it all while still getting her term papers in on time. She’s definitely going to need an extra-large mocha latte for this.

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EXCERPT TWO:


A sudden breeze picked up the trash and leaves that were strewn about, making them dance over the patchwork of dirt and grass. And then I felt it. The itch on the back of my legs that warned me a dead girl was approaching.

A flash of intense light erupted across the darkened sky. Dylan pressed the cold water bottle to his forehead, probably to soothe his headache. Under his breath I heard him mumble about a freaky aura.

At first I couldn’t make her out, but little by little she materialized out of the fog. She looked older than me, maybe college age?

“Is that the girl?” I asked Dr. Anthony. Sure, he’d shown me a newspaper photo, but seeing the ghost in front of your eyes was always different from seeing a picture of someone when they were alive.

“Yes,” he said. “Her name is Morgan. Morgan Waters.”

Although I hadn’t had a vision of her death the strong impression of daisies resurfaced. I swear I could smell the sweet, fresh scent.

Morgan made her way over to us in a weird sort of half-floating-half-walking way, crossing the Sacramento River. Moonlight shone all around, lighting up the freeway behind her.

The water bottle fell from Dylan’s grasp, but he made no effort to pick it up. He stared at the spirt, and then rubbed his eyes.

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GUEST POST:

Ten Things About Me

1. I'm related to Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan.

2. I won an art contest when I was six years old. A small picture of my art was in the San Francisco Chronicle.

3. I was on TV when I was little, following after a parade.

4. I admit I love the paranormal. I also like to visit psychic booths, though only in fun!

5. I like to listen to 80's music.

6. I absolutely love chocolate. I'm majorly bummed, I just found out I'm allergic to it. Carob, anyone?

7. I love to do genealogy. This is how I found out about my own Mexican roots that started with an ancestor named Acuna back in Spain.

8. I sold Marlo Thomas a handbag.

9. I wrote a horoscope column for my middle school newspaper.

10. It takes me a while to open up, but then watch out!

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REVIEW:


This book was a fun, interesting, intriguing, adventurous read!

This book really reminded me of TV Shows, “Tru Calling” and “Medium.”  As Stephanie can see and talk to the dead and helps them cross over like Tru does in Tru Calling and Allison does in Medium.

I really liked the main and supporting characters, Stephanie, Dylan, Cura, Hillary, and Dr. A.  They all played well off each other and kept the story entertaining.

I liked the teen drama and angst that played throughout the book.  No matter where you live or what school you’re at you’re bound to find cliques and the school hierarchy pyramid.  This was absolutely true here, with Hillary calling the shots and making sure everyone knew she was the Queen B.  This was even more fun when certain things happen to Hillary and scores get even – but no spoiler alerts here lol.

There is a lot of drama in this book!  Whether it is between Stephanie and her frenemy, Hillary; Stephanie and her boyfriend, Dylan; Stephanie and her BFF, Cura; or Stephanie and her mom – Stephanie seems to have a bit of a case of teenage irritability lol.  Stephanie also tends to be a tad reckless in her decisions and tactics.  I’m not sure if it’s due to her age or the fact that she goes out of her way to not ask for help, but she makes some risky calls that clearly show her negligence and ignorance and land her in some hot water.  Clearly a YA book, with all the drama between BFs, BFFs, frenemies, and parentals.  Not to mention the indestructible/invincible feeling that many teenagers feel by taking daring chances, not realizing the consequences or dangers lurking.

I found it interesting how all the teen’s gifts each brought something to the table and am excited to hopefully see future books in this series of them all working together.

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

The storyline is quite creative and imaginative – and it totally works!  I think the character’s personalities and the fact that they act like real teenagers really sells it.

This book is written from Stephanie’s POV.  I liked that this book is written in a light hearted, funny, sometimes sarcastic tone – hence teenager POV lol.  It gives humor to the story and the characters.  Even during some of the more serious, wild, dark, gruesome scenes; the writing continues to be on the lighter side.

This book is the second book in the Crossed Book Series.  I had not read the first book before reading this book.  I did not get lost or confused, so this book can be read as a standalone.  However, there are many references to the previous book and the characters seem to overlap.  However, since I liked this book, I would suggest getting in from the beginning and starting with book one, so you don’t miss anything.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in a YA paranormal book.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. In middle school, Kim wrote a horoscope column for the school newspaper. It was a huge hit!

Kim’s other published YA fantasies include NO MORE GODDESSSES, GODDESSES CAN WAIT, and EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA. All are available on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.

A member of RWA, Kim is currently revising a YA post-apocalyptic novel where a Latina teen questions her cult’s faith. She’s working on a romance set in Tuscany, Italy.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and Damon, her pet cockatiel.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Kim will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

9 comments:

  1. Kim ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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  2. I appreciate getting to read about another book my family have not known about previously. Thanks so much for the book description and giveaway also.

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me! Thanks also for the great review!!!

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