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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Starr Falls Blog Tour + Giveaway

One Starr falls, and a killer rises
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Kim Briggs
Series: Starr Fall, Book 1
Genre: Young Adult, YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: November 4, 2016
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.
Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.
When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.
Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.
By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.
Abandon whatever you are doing and read this book! I truly enjoyed it. It's such a quick paced book. You could easily read five or six chapters without realizing how much time has passed! The ending left me wanting more!
- Shakera Blakney, YA Insider

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Other Books by the Author

Be sure to also check out Book 2 of the Starr Fall series:
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STARR LOST (Starr Fall, Book 2)
A Starr falls, and a family is found.
On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.
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"After reading Starr Fall I didn't think anything could top that at all. Then I read this book...I just loved it, and the ending was INCREDIBLE."
- Meggan Turner, Goodreads reviewer

Fun Facts: 

Fun Facts 

I thought about starting Starr Fall in Pennsylvania, but the travel time to Christian’s granpappy’s cabin was too fast. Christian and Starr could be there in a day, and I wanted them to spend at least one night in a cheesy motel, so I moved the start point to Webster, New York. 
They ended up spending a second night at a different motel because Starr went running in the town her grandparents lived. By the time she found her way out of the tunnels and Christian picked her up, it was too late to go to the cabin.
The Chamberlain Estate is in Virginia, but I based the building and the property on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville, North Carolina was too close to the Qualla Boundary and Christian’s granpappy’s cabin for some future events that happen in Starr Lost and Starr Gone. 
Many old estates contain old tunnels, secret passages, multiple floors with complicated stairwells, as well as sub-basements. It’s quite possible to live in an estate and never know every secret the property possesses. 
Dude Ranch and stables will rent horses to interested parties and leave them at a prearranged designated location. 
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians do not live on a reservation. In the 1800s, tribal members purchased the land. The Qualla Boundary is kept in trust by the federal government.
A new hospital was built following the completion of the first draft of Starr Fall. Because I liked the turns and landmarks including Paul’s Restaurant, the KFC, and a few other twists and turns, I kept the hospital at its original location.
Cell service continues to be very poor in the mountains. When Starr discovers Christian’s laptop in the barn, she’s surprised she can’t get a signal. In Webster, NY cell service and wifi is available without interruption or with the easy acceptance of wifi terms. In the Blue Ridge mountains, signals get lost, and you deal with it.
Because of Inkspell’s manuscript guidelines, I had to cut 25,000 words before I submitted it. The beginning of Starr Lost is actually the ending of Starr Fall. Instead of ending with the kissing scene at the waterfall, the original version ended with Di and Frank getting chased by the Organization. The encounter provides an up close look at just how determined and far reaching the Organization is—pick up Starr Lost to get answers to your questions.
The cast of characters came to me fully formed. Di was always a Goth with thick eyeliner and black boots. Starr was always an overachiever turned runaway to-be assassin. Christian was always a part Cherokee goth. The first version was written in the 3rd person past tense and stood up to the aptly titled Vomit Draft.
Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall series, becomes a dual narrative with Di adding extra spice. Starr Lost and Starr Gone begin and end with nonstop action. There’s still kissing, but the Organization is about to smash through the door and the very foundation of the team will be tested. 

Thanks for blasting through the fun facts with me!

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Prizes up for grabs:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Copy of Starr Fall and swag bag (US/Canada - Print, International - eBook)
Contest runs from May 10 - 24, 2017.

About Kim Briggs

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Kim Briggs once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17-year-old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017 and Starr Gone in June 2017. Her novella, Avalanche is part of the Valentine Kisses Anthology and released February 14, 2017.
When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snowdrifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.
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