Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BLOG TOUR [Guest Post + Giveaway] Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

Out of Control 
by Sarah Alderson 
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 12th 2015
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.
When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late.
With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two ofthem are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

My Favorite Scene to Write in my book.

I researched Out of Control over ten days in New York. I walked all over the city and everywhere I went I was picturing scenes and imagining how the story might play out. 

New York is such a cinematic city - a great place to set a book because most people already have a visual on it from the movies so it’s easy for them to picture it. It’s a great landscape for a thriller too because there are just so many inspiring places you can set scenes - from the gorgeous Highline park to the grittier streets of Queens, from subway tunnels and ferries to the Upper West Side and Brooklyn - all these places ended up in the book.

I have two favorite scenes in Out of Control. The first is the opening scene where my two main characters, Liva and Jay meet in the homicide department of the police department. Liva has just witnessed a murder and Jay has just been arrested. The station comes under attack and the two of them are forced to flee together. It’s a key moment as they both have to put trust in a total stranger and it’s the beginning of a journey, both literal and metaphorical, that they both go on.

The other scene I love is the culmination of their relationship. They’ve been on the run for 36 hours at this point and the atmosphere is intense. They’re exhausted emotionally and physically. There’s a scene at a club where they have to run and they take shelter down an alley way and it’s this point where everything that’s been building - all the pressure and chemistry between them just explodes. It’s one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever written (and i write new adult too!).


Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.

The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013 and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Outof Control in May 2014.

She also writes New Adult romance for Pan Macmillan (UK) / Simon & Schuster (US) under the pen name Mila Gray.

You can find Sarah on facebook and twitter. Hook up with her at or follow her blog at Cheak her out on GOODREADS!

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance!

Janet W. said...

I love a good thriller! Would love to read this!

steve weber said...

love the cover.. can't wait to read.