Sunday, January 11, 2015

Troglodytes Approve #2: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer (Interview + Giveaway)


The second book with my seal of approval...


TRUST ME, I'M LYING
(Trust Me #1)
 
Young Adult - Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
Published October 14th 20143 by Delacorte Press
PURCHASE: AmazonB&NBook Depository

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Add TRUST ME, I'M LYING to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!
 
WHY
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Trust Me, I'm Lying is one of the best young adult mystery/thriller novels I've ever read! I enjoyed it from the very beginning until the end. Even though I didn't expect it to break my heart into a million pieces, I still LOVE it. I'd recommend it to mystery/thriller lovers. And I can't express how much I am excited to read the second book, TRUST ME, I'M TROUBLE! See my full review, here.

 The author of TRUST ME, I'M LYING, Mary Elizabeth Summer, gave me a chance to interview her. Check it out below:

1. Your debut novel is Trust Me, I'm Lying, for those who don't know, could you tell us more about your novel?

Sure! Julep Dupree, our intrepid heroine, is a con artist, forger, and master of disguise. She's also a sophomore at St. Agatha High, a fancy private school in Chicago. She was trained in the fine art of grifting by her father, who is a pretty decent guy, all things considered, with the exception of a few flaws, like a weakness for betting (and losing) all his money on the ponies. Julep pulls cons for her classmates and charges them for it so she can afford tuition at St. Agatha's. 

Then one day she comes home to find her father is missing and their apartment's been trashed. She and her hacker partner, Sam, as well as St. Agatha's golden-boy--hot, mysterious Tyler--must follow the trail of clues Julep's father left her, dodging bullets, deans, and cops along the way.

It's about 90% criminal shenanigans, 5% romance, and 5% ouch. :-)


2. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Off and on. I wanted to be an astronaut for pretty much all of high school. (Like, for real--I went to Space Camp and everything.) But I loved writing stories from an early age, so in college, when I finally acknowledged that science isn't exactly my strong suit, I switched majors from physics to creative writing and never looked back.

3. What is the best part of being an author?

Getting to know all the peoples in the book industry. It's its own world, really, and being even just a small part of it is inspiring. I love networking with and getting to geek out over books with other book nerds. Especially YA/MG book nerds. It is truly my happy place. That's the best part about being a published author. The best part about being an author of any kind is the writing itself. There are a lot of difficulties you have to traverse being published--rejection, harsh reviews, being one tiny voice in a sea of other talented voices--but whenever the struggle weighs me down, spending time with the characters in my head always, always cheers me up. Writing really is its own reward.

4. What can readers look forward to in your upcoming works?
Trust Me, I'm Lying is the first in a series. The second book, Trust Me, I'm Trouble is already written and edited and on its way to becoming a book as well. It'll be released in October 2015. There's also a Julep novella coming out in between books 1 and 2. And I'm going to pitch a book 3 to my editor sometime really soon (hopefully they'll go for it!).
 
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. Recommend your book.
TRUST ME, I'M LYING is witty, fast-paced, and full of twists. Just when you think you know what's going on, Julep will spring one last surprise. (She's capricious like that.) But don't go into this thinking its a walk in the park. Actions have consequences, even for world class grifters. No one is safe. And no one is who you think they are.

To Mary Elizabeth Summer; thanks for letting me interview you. It was really an honor.

...WAIT! Don't go yet! There's more!

GIVEAWAY
Get the chance to win a SIGNED copy of TRUST ME, I'M LYING!
Open worldwide, ends on 2/2. If you do have questions, please free to contact me or check the giveaway policy.

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Troglodyte forever,


Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

40 comments:

  1. Yes, I am a huge fan and thus would love to win this book!

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  2. I just realised this book was already on my TBR list! It's so long, I forget what I put on it... Anyway, sounds interesting. Thanks so much for the giveaway! i love mystery, especially Crime Fiction. I don't read many thrillers, but they're good.

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  3. I'm definitely a big fan of mysterious/thrillers! I used to read Dan Brown books and my mom's trashy murder mysteries like crazy during my pre-YA blogging days =P

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  4. Hey, Emily! I'm a big fan of mystery/thriller novels too. Not just novels -- also mystery/thriller movies and TV shows! Thanks for stopping by. <3

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  5. I'm glad that this book was already on your TBR! I hope you get to read it soon because it's a really great mystery novel! Good luck and thanks for joining. <3

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  6. YAY! I'm glad you're a big fan of mystery/thriller novels. Good luck and thanks for joining! :)

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  7. Sounds like an exciting novel. Thanks for hosting this contest.

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  8. I have been dying to get my hands on this book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  9. This sounds awesome! I have been meaning to read more thrillers because I read Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef and loved it to pieces! And this is one I have seen around and would love to try :)

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  10. I recently read Don't Looks Back and it sparked my craving for mystery. Plus, the summary /blurb of the book is VERY interesting

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  11. It's definitely an exciting novel! No problem and thanks for joining, Jenny! Good luck. <3

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  12. I hope you get to read it soon! Thanks for joining and good luck. :)

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  13. TMIL is definitely awesome, Olivia! I'll be sure to check out Shatter Point since I'm a big fan of thrillers. Good luck! <3

    P.S. I love your name! ;)

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  14. I haven't read many thrillers, but Trust Me, I'm Lying looks like a great book

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  15. ooohhhh I think I've seen this one around here before! Anyway, I'm a BIG fan of the genre and I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway dear! :)

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  16. I've seen this one around here before! As a fan of the genre, I've been looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway, dear! :)

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  17. Ooh yes I've been wanting to read this one for ages! I love a good mystery thriller xD


    Awesome interview there, Kyla <33

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  18. I love love LOVE mystery/thrillers. And if it's anything like Ally Carter's books, I'm totally game. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. No problem, Ailla. Good luck! ;)

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  20. I hope when you get the chance to read it, you will end up loving it! Thanks for the wonderful comment, Mel! XO

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  21. Same here, Natalie. I haven't read Ally Carter's novels though but I plan to, soon enough. Good luck!

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  22. Oh yes I am! <3 I wanna try this book and see for myself.. :D

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  23. I like this book so much! :) I'm not entering. Just passing by to my lovely friends' blog. Awesome blog feature Kyla and Carmel!

    Good luck to the participants. xx


    Yani @ paperboulevard.blogspot.com

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  24. I enjoyed this book so much and cannot wait for the second one. Great interview, Kyla and you guys are so generous!!! <3

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  25. I realized recently how much I love thriller/mysteries. Ally Carter is now one of my favorite authors. It would be awesome to read Trust Me, I'm Lying.

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  26. Great author interview! Glad I discovered your blog today!

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  27. I am super excited for this book and i LOVE thrillers!! Thank you for this chance!! Your interview was greeat!

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  28. Thanks for the wonderful comment! ;)

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  29. Same here, P! I cannot wait for the second book as well. Thanks for stopping by! You're forever wonderful.

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  30. Good luck and thanks for joining, Charlene!

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  31. I am glad you're super excited for this book! And same here, Brit. I LOVE THRILLERS TOO! No problem and thanks for the wonderful comment. Good luck!

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  32. YANIIIII! I'm glad you like TMIL. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Stay wonderful! xo

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  33. I haven't read any of Ally Carter's novels but I plan to. Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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  34. I love, love, LOVE mysteries and thrillers! I'm so looking forward to reading this!!!!

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  35. It depends on the type of book!

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  36. Honestly, mysteries aren't my favourite but I enjoy thrillers! I make exceptions for certain mystery books though. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  37. This book just made me fall off my chair!

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