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Friday, September 7, 2018

Ten After Closing Book Blast and Giveaway

Does your child like to read thriller books? Here's a young adult title they might be interested in. Then, enter the giveaway for some book swag and an Amazon gift card. Two winners. Open worldwide through 10/7. Good luck.

Ten After Closing
by Jessica Bayliss
Genre: YA Thriller

10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn't, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages.

TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott's girlfriend breaks up with him in the café's basement storeroom because he's late picking her up for the big end-of-the-year party. Now he can't go to the party, but he can't go home, either--not knowing his dad will still be in a drunken rage. Meanwhile, Winny wanted one night to let loose, away from her mother's crushing expectations. Instead, she's stranded at the café after her best friend ditches her in a misguided attempt at matchmaking. 

TEN MINUTES AFTER CLOSING: The first gunshot is fired. Someone's dead. And if Winny, Scott, and the rest of the hostages don't come up with a plan soon, they may not live to see morning.

Told from both Winny and Scott's perspectives, and alternating between the events leading up to and following the hold-up, Ten After Closing is an explosive story of teens wrestling with their own challenges, thrown into circumstances that will test their very limits.

Jessica Bayliss is a fiction author with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology who loves all things reading and writing. Author of the young adult horror novella, BROKEN CHORDS, and her upcoming YA thriller, TEN AFTER CLOSING (Sky Pony Press, September 2018), she has been a lover thrillers and ghost tales since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise—in that order—and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.

She has authored thirteen novels and several short stories that appear in anthologies such as BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT, FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and ZOMBIE CHUNKS and in such literary magazines as Sanitarium Magazine. Jessica is a Senior Editor for Allegory Magazine.

In the psychology world, she has more than fifteen years of experience and training in the cognitive-behavioral model. She’s a psychotherapist, a teacher, and a researcher. One day it hit her: Why not combine writing and psychology? Just like that, PsychWRITE, her series of lectures, workshops, and coaching services for writers was born. Her blog features motivational posts for writers that combine her passion for writing with her love of psychology.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Jessy! Thank you for stopping by! <3

  2. Great cover, I wonder what age this would be appropriate for. My son is a very advanced reader but I worry about content at times.

    1. Got this answer back...
      >> I would rate this book at 14+ as there is a bit of mild language and some violence, but there is no sexual content.

    2. Hi, Derek.

      I love the cover! As for content, there is no sex or anything like that. There is some swearing, including the eff-word scattered throughout. There is one shooting early on (which is hinted at on the back of the book), but no gratuitous violence. There's gunfire between the villains and the cops at the end, again, nothing gratuitous. If you do check it out, I'd love to know what you think!

      Take care!

  3. Sounds like a great book! Best wishes on your tour.
    How do you get inspired to write?

    1. Hi, Ellen.

      Story ideas just come to me. Sometimes they sit in my head for a while before I do anything with them. Other times, the hit fast and hard. But I'm often inspired by normal things around me that look a little off or uncanny. You know every day places or objects where there's a little something wrong with it. For this book, I was inspired by a thriller movie I loved back in the day, TOY SOLDIERS, which had TONS of delicious tension, and I was going for that with this book.


  4. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  5. Replies
    1. Hi, LilDevilGirl. I LOVE this artist. His name is Kevin Tong. He's done a couple other covers recently, including the one for the book SCYTHE.

  6. Hi, John! Thank you so much for taking part in this blog tour and helping to spread the word about TEN AFTER CLOSING.

  7. I love the cover. This sounds like a good book to read

    1. Thanks, Robin!!! And thanks for stopping by. <3

  8. I love the cover and this is my favorite genre.

  9. makes me want to read to find out what happens after closing