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In Leah's Wake by Terri Long Excerpt and Giveaway (3 Ebooks, $25 Amazon Gift Card, Signed Book! Simply Comment to Enter!)

Monday, May 7, 2012
*Comment For a Chance To Win 3 Ebooks and $25 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Copy of this great book!*

Justine watched her sister take another long drag from the cigarette. “Leah?”
Her sister peered at her.
Justine crossed and uncrossed her feet. She’d been practicing the runaway arm, a trick she’d made up for her sister, to make Leah laugh. Justine lifted her right knee, pulling it into her chest, and wound her left arm. “Look,” she cried, winding, winding, her arm spinning, spinning, out of control. “The runaway aaaarrmmm.”
When they stopped laughing, Justine said, “Can I ask you something?”
Leah brought the cigarette to her lips, her eyes squeezed into slits. “If you want,” she said, through a mouthful of smoke. “Can’t promise I’ll do it.”
Stop smoking, Justine wanted to say. “It’s not anything big. I don’t want you to take me anywhere or lend me anything or anything. I just want you to—” Justine felt like a six-year-old, talking too fast, tripping over her words. “Want you to—”
“Spit it out.” Shpit, it came out.
“Stop smoking,” Justine blurted. “Cancer runs in the family. I’m scared you’re gonna get cancer, like Grandma.” And die, she thought. I don’t want you to die.
“Don’t get liver cancer,” Leah rolled her eyes, “from smoking.”
Of course you don’t get liver cancer from smoking. Justine was not a moron. It was the predisposition to cancer she worried about. Her honors science class was doing a section on genes. Their grandmother dying of liver cancer, she’d learned, put them at risk. Justine didn’t say that, of course. She would feel like a geek. Instead, she said, stupidly, “You sure you’re all right?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Terri Giuliano Long has written guest posts for nearly 100 blogs. A contributing writer for IndieReader, she’s written for news and feature articles for numerous publications, including IndieReader, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. Her debut novel, In Leah's Wake, has been an Amazon Kindle bestseller since August 2011. For more information, please visit her website:
Twitter: @tglong

Praise for In Leah’s Wake
 “A very moving and, at times, heartbreaking story which will be loved by many, whether they are parents or not.”
--A. Rose, Amazon UK, TOP 100 REVIEWER
“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”
--Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog
“Easily the best read that I have enjoyed in 2011.”
--Bonnie Erina Wheeler, author of Fate Fixed: An Erris Coven Novel
“Multiple ripples of meaning contribute to the overall intensity of this deeply moving psychological drama.”
--Cynthia Harrison, author of Sister Issues
"Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender."
-- Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author of Take One Candle Light A Room
"In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel."
-- Margot Livesey, Award-winning author of Banishing Verona
"This is a story that will stay with you for days and weeks."
--Radical Parenting, the award-winning parenting blog written by teens
"In Leah's Wake is an irresistible read."
-- Holly Robinson, author of Sleeping Tigers


The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a high school dropout and former roadie for a rock band.
As Leah's parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Justine observes her sister's rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family - leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.
Can this family survive in Leah’s wake?
Tracy Riva, Midwest Reviews, calls In Leah's Wake "an astounding story of a family in transition.”
When happens when love just isn't enough?

Reviewer-Nominated for Global eBook Award, 2012
Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place

Follow the rest of the tour here!

Terri will award three eBook copies of In Leah's Wake to randomly drawn commenters at every stop, plus a grand prize of a $25 Amazon GC and an autographed copy of In Leah's Wake to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. She will also award a $25 Amazon GC to the host with the most comments (excluding hers and the hosts).


  1. Just reading the reviewed comments I know I will feel the same way.


  1. Thank you for hosting Terri today.

  1. Thanks for the giveaway. The plot sounds interesting!


  1. Sena said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    sena.sagani at gmail dot com

  1. Lana A said...:

    Leah's wake sounds like an emotional read, I think I'll have to get a copy to see how I like it.

    anzuazura (at) yahoo (dot) de

  1. Really looking forward to reading this book :)

  1. Hi Krystal,

    Thank you so very, very much for hosting me again! It's such an honor to be here. Your kindness and support mean - and have meant - the world to me.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Warmest wishes,


  1. Thank you so much, Marybelle! I appreciate your enthusiasm. :)

  1. My pleasure, Vidya and Sena! Thank you so much for your interest!

  1. Thank you so much for your interest, Lana! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  1. I really appreciate your interest, Sarah Elizabeth! I hope you like the book. :)

  1. Sermento said...:

    Thanks for all this :)

  1. Wow!! The plot sounds amazing!! I'm always intrigued about books involving sisters, I don't know, maybe its because i don't have one of my own :) Added to it, the plot of a good girl gone bad, I'm definitely adding this to my Goodreads TBR list!

    Would love to win!

  1. mandy said...:

    It sounds really good!

  1. Thank you so much for your interest, Geektasticdisappointment!

  1. Thank you so much for adding ILW to your TBR list, Bookie Bee! I love books about sisters too - such a special relationship!

  1. Thank you so much, Mandy! I hope so. :)

  1. MomJane said...:

    This story sounds like a sensitive and loving story of a family with problems, and a child who loves her sister. Thank you for this type of story.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway. It sounds like a interesting book.

  1. In Leah's Wake has won so many awards. You must be so pleased. Congratulations!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Enjoyed your review. Gale

  1. Unknown said...:

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. :)

    Terri M

  1. ann said...:

    sounds like a very tender heartfelt book.
    family means so much and are needed most in these times. A great review

  1. Unknown said...:

    sounds like a great read

  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

  1. wow thank you for the giveaway! it sounds great!!!

  1. Wow What A Book I Cant Wait To Read It. Its On My Wish List.

  1. Vivien said...:

    Another fabulous excerpt!! Keep them coming :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  1. You've guest posted at over 100 blogs? That's impressive!

    riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

  1. Natasha said...:

    Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  1. Naga said...:

    So many guest posts?? That's amazing!!

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Pandaluvsu82 at gmail dot com

  1. Unknown said...:

    Hmm, this looks like it's going to be a heavy book. Would love to burrow in and read it. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Lmackesy @

  1. Alyssa Susanna said...:

    Cool! Thanks so much for hosting this author and giveaway !

    Alyssa Susanna

  1. It is a shame to almost see your life story written about. I think that it is a great subject and a great way to start dialogue.

    Thank you for the giveaway

    scarlettkitty at hotmail dot com

  1. Reading this post brought back so many memories from my past. I struggled from a young age with smoking and drugs, just trying to numb myself to things. My path of destruction drove such a huge wedge into my family that it has taken years to finally undo some of the hurt and pain that I caused. This story sounds so much like what I went through for so many years, and what it caused my family to go through. I am almost 30 now, and not too many years ago the pain that I caused was still fresh.
    It is nice to see an author tackle something that is incredibly real and scary and painful. I would love to read the book just to support it and Terri. Hopefully, as I am sure was one of her reasons for writing it, this book will save at least one young person from the pain and heartache that comes with these awful choices.

  1. Evie said...:

    This books sounds great and so emotional!

  1. magic5905 said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  1. Liese2 said...:

    This sounds like a very emotional story that I would love to read! Thanks for the description!

  1. Great summary wished it was longer
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  1. Catie said...:

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. said...:

    I'm interested in knowing how the character of Justin evolves with all the family turmoil. - Good read thus far!

  1. Sounds like a great story! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  1. Lisa said...:

    yay! thanks for the gieveaway

    lisa211 at gmail dot com

  1. Dyniy said...:

    I didn't have asister butmy best friend lived with me for our serior year in high school. It was the closest I'll ever had to one but it wasn't real. I see her with her sister and I realize that she isn't my sister. So I have a soft spot for books like this because this is what I don't & never will have. I really hope I win it, thanks for the chance. ;-)

  1. Great tour for a great sounding book

  1. Julie S said...:

    I've heard a lot of positive things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  1. Alison said...:

    This sounds like such a moving story. We all have some kind of turmoil in our families and it's nice to read a story to remind us we are not alone. Thank you for the excerpt and being part of the tour :)

  1. Malvina Beatrice said...:

    Wonderful book, thanks!


  1. Sounds like a great book- my kids are the same ages as the ones in the book. I would love to see how things look from their views.


    jill.watkins (at)

  1. I usually read lighter, happier novels, but I think I could make an exception for this one. It sounds great!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Than you for the giveaway. the book sound great.
    flaka.077 at gmail dot com

  1. bn100 said...:

    Very nice excerpt. The book sounds good.


  1. Heather said...:

    Wonderful excerpt and congrats on all your awards/praise!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Looks like a good book, love the plotline! babygirl19@gmailDOTcom

  1. Tracy said...:

    Thank you for the chance to win! I think I've seen this book before laughing0utl0ud@gmailDOTcom

  1. Malvina Beatrice said...:

    Count me in, would love to read this book.


  1. Rachel said...:

    This is wonderful! Thank you fot the opportunity!

  1. Alba said...:

    I was really interested in this book since they put it on this huge tour thing hehe :D But I'm not good with book tours...and now with this???
    I want it!!! Thanks for the excerpt :D


  1. Jenna D. said...:

    Holy stromboli. This book sounds so good. What a difficult topic to write about, as well. I love it when authors tackle difficult subjects and because of this I look forward to reading it. I know someone else who would like it, too, so I'm going to pass the word along...

    Thank you for sharing this book with us as well as for the giveaway. Good luck to all.

    howdymomma at yahoo dot com

  1. Vanessa said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing!


  1. momof5 said...:

    This book looks great! Thank you so much for hosting it- if I don't win, I will definitely have to check it out anyways! :)

  1. Eeek! How excited. This looks really good btw. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Yay giveaways!!! <3

  1. Kaira said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway

  1. Hi Jaime

    I'm so sorry you've had to go through those painful years. I know how hard it is for everyone and how difficult it can be to get past the feelings of shame and embarrassment that plague you afterward. Here's what I've learned - the young people who go through this and come out of it, as you have, are often in many ways stronger for it. From their own heartache, they develop tremendous compassion for others. To my mind, the gifts they give back which outweigh any pain they may have caused. I admire you - it sounds to me as though you are very much this way. Yes, if one teen or family were helped by this book I would be grateful. Your kindness and support mean a lot to me. Thank you so very much!

  1. Thank you so much MomJane - that's a pretty accurate summary of the story so I'm thrilled that that comes across from the excerpt and blurb!

  1. Thank you Kiley - I really appreciate your interest!

  1. Thank you Catherine - so many things about In Leah's Wake have blown me away, but really it's the kindness of bloggers and readers that gets me every time!!

  1. Thank you so much for following the tour Gale - that's wonderful!

  1. Thank you so much for taking part Terri!

  1. I completely agree Ann - family is so important and should never be taken for granted!

  1. Thank you so much Fastone3104 - it's very kind of you to say so!

  1. Thank you so much for your interest and for taking part Tiffany!

  1. Thank you April - I'm thrilled you've added it to your list!

  1. Thank you Vivien - I appreciate you following the tour!

  1. Thanks Megan! I'm so stunned that so many wonderful bloggers have opened up their blogs to me - they are incredible!

  1. Thank you so much Natasha - I really appreciate your comment!

  1. Thanks Ella - as I mentioned, I'm more impressed by the generous nature of the book bloggers. Time and again they open their doors - they really are incredible!!

  1. Thank you so much Pandalovesyou - I absolutely LOVE your avatar! So cute!

  1. Thank you Lauren - it definitely has its heavy moments but hopefully you'll find some light ones too! Thank you so much for your interest!

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by Alyssa!

  1. Thank you so much Little Star - I hope the book does get people talking about things. It's easy to get complacent but you can never take anything for granted. Thank you so much for your comment!

  1. Thank you Evie - I really appreciate your kind comment!

  1. Thank you so much for taking part Joy!

  1. Thank you Liese - there is definitely a lot of emotion in the book. Sometimes the family members don't know what to hold back! I really appreciate your interest!

  1. Thanks Tabathia - please do feel free to visit my website if you'd like to read a little more!


  1. Thank you so much Catie - that's so kind of you!

  1. Thanks for your comment Keys90005! Justine certainly goes through an awful lot during the book - I think her development is vital to the story!

  1. Thank you so much Susan - that's lovely! I really appreciate you taking part!

  1. Thank you so much for taking part Lisa!

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Dynie. I found what you said incredibly moving! It's a good reminder that we should never take our siblings from granted!

  1. Thank you so much Jessica - I really appreciate you following the tour!

  1. Thank you so much Julie! Wow! That's so kind of you to say!

  1. Thank you for your lovely comment Alison! You're absolutely right - the 'perfect' family is a myth. We never know what's really happening behind other people's closed doors!

  1. Thank you so much Malvina - I really appreciate your kind words!

  1. Thanks Jill - that would definitely be interesting!

  1. Thank you so much Melissa - I can't tell you how much I appreciate that!

  1. Thank you so much Ronyka - it's great that you could stop by!

  1. Thank you BN100 - it's so great of you to follow the tour!

  1. Thank you so much Heather - that's very kind of you!

  1. Thank you so much babygirl19 - I'm so glad you could stop by!

  1. Thank you Tracy - it's great that you could stop by and take part!

  1. Thank you so much for your interest Rayray!

  1. Thanks Alba - I really appreciate your interest!

  1. Thank you Jenna - I can't thank you enough for your comments and for passing the word along. Thank you so very much!!

  1. Thanks VB - I'm really glad you were able to visit!

  1. Thank you so much Momof5 - I really appreciate you considering it!

  1. Thank you so much for your comment Princess of Storyland!

  1. Thank you for your interest Kaerah!

  1. skart87 said...:

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  1. Thank you so much for your kind comment skart87!

  1. Interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

    me_winy AT yahoo DOT com DOT ph

  1. Leannessf said...:

    Excerpt looks promising! Would like to read this!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    leannessf at gmail dot com

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