August 24, 2015

"10 RANDOM THINGS" GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY: Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier


Title: Your Voice is All I Hear
Author: Leah Scheier
Publication date: September 1st, 2015
Tradepaper/$9.99 ● Ages 14+

“I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.”

Book Summary:
Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.
April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.
But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.
Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.
Until schizophrenia changes everything.
Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him. 

*Author Guest Post*

Top 10 Most Random Things I've Ever Done

By: Leah Scheier

  1. When a new dry cleaning place opened up in my neighborhood, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try out a British accent. Just because. I was apparently quite convincing--but then the dry cleaning guy wouldn't stop asking me questions about London. Each time I came in, he wanted to know more about my "hometown." I was running out of fun facts which I'd picked up on my trip. So I had to find a new dry cleaner. I'm probably the only person to switch dry cleaners because of a fake accent.
  2. Speaking of London, my sister and I recently took a trip to the UK. We took the requisite amount of pictures, of course, but I didn't want to be a boring tourist,"duck-facing" in Trafalgar Square. So we titled the album "Weird poses in famous places." We got some surprised looks, sure. Apparently no one had ever squatted next to the guard at the Sherlock Holmes Museum. But he loved it. And it was fun as hell.
  3. I took a flying lesson and flew a small Cesna. That doesn't sound so random unless you know me. I have a crippling fear of airplanes. (I'm the "plan-my-funeral-every-time-I-get-on-a-plane" type.) The flying lesson was my husband's idea of a birthday present. So the "random" points should really go to him. Still, I went through with it-- shaking like a leaf and covered in sweat.
  4. Eight years ago I adopted a rescue mutt despite my dislike of dogs. (I'm more of a cat person). Toby is now the fattest, most spoiled dog in the city.
  5. I was the quietest, shyest kid in elementary school. (As the eldest daughter of new immigrants, my knowledge of English was quite limited at first.) So I never spoke in class. Except once. When the teacher asked us to finish the sentence: "We are all---" instead of giving a respectable answer like "children" or "Americans," I chose to yell out "IDIOTS!" at the top of my lungs. That was the first time I spoke, and the first time I was sent to the principal's office.
  6. The second time I was sent to the principal's office was later that same year. The substitute teacher had pretty much lost control of the class. Everyone was out of their seats, talking and messing around. I was still not comfortable with talking to people (language issues again.) So I decided to contribute to the chaos by planking on my chair and pretending to be an airplane. (I had not yet developed my fear of airplanes, real or imagined.) I don't think the principal appreciated my imaginary transatlantic flight, or that I was twenty years ahead of my time, planking-wise.
  7. Ten years ago, I took my first trip to London. It was a Sherlock Holmes pilgrimage, during which I wandered the city and took endless pictures of every street and landmark mentioned in Doyle's stories. I even took a train down to Beachy Head to photograph Holmes's fictional retirement spot. Okay, maybe that's not so random---maybe it's just bat-crap crazy. But it was the best four days ever. And I did it alone because I didn't want to torture a companion with my personal obsession. So who cares if it was a little nuts?
  8. I made arrangements to bring a goat to my sister's wedding. (Yes, she was totally on board with it.) The goat-down-the-aisle plans were coming along very well, until the wedding hall manager shot the idea down (citing various health code regulations.)
  9. I took a painting class without reading the brochure first. When the male model took his clothes off and spread out over a chaise, I ducked behind my canvas. I'm a doctor by trade so I'm used to seeing naked dudes. But I've never had to STARE at one for hours at a time. Painting didn't work out for me.
  10. So I wrote a novel instead. I had no intention of publishing it, or even showing it to another person. Until, one day, I changed my mind. Thank you for reading!
Leah Scheier
Leah Scheier works as a pediatrician and pens stories of romance and adventure. Her first novel, Secret Letters, was published in June 2012 (Hyperion/Disney) and received a starred review from School Library Journal, as well as glowing reviews from Booklist, VOYA, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Maryland. Learn more at leahscheier.com.



*Giveaway*

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire I have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader!
  • ONE winner will receive a hardcover copy of Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier!
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