Deadly Destinations: Sara Walsh & win THE DARK LIGHT

August 13, 2012 Deadly Destinations 71

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from Sara Walsh‘s Mia Stone on Crownsville THE DARK LIGHT (published on  August 28th 2012 by Simon Pulse). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Sara Walsh’s Mia Stone on Crownsville THE DARK LIGHT

Hey, guys! You came to Crownsville. Really? Seriously? Well… that’s okay. Let me show you around. We’ll start downtown.

Here’s where I waitress at Mickey’s Bar and Grille. You can get the best fried chicken in Nebraska at Mickey’s. That’s Greg, the night manager, and that guy getting loaded at the bar? Rich Manning. Don’t even get me started on Rich Manning. I swear he only comes in here to make my life a misery. Don’t stare. You’ll only encourage him.

Next stop is Reggie West’s Motor Repair and Salvage, another place I know really well. Remember that bucket of bolts parked outside of Mickey’s? Yeah. That’s my car, Rusty. He spends most of his time at Reggie West’s. Everyone wave at Reggie! I’d be sunk without him.

And there’s Crownsville High. Only a few more months and I start my senior year. I can’t wait, because next comes college and that’s me out of here.  See all the flowers on the sidewalk across the street? That’s the spot where Simon Wilkins disappeared a month ago. You’ve heard about the disappearances, right? The Crownsville Kidnappings? Simon was the fourth boy taken. He was nine years old, about the same age as my half-brother, Jay. Parents are keeping their kids pretty close right now, especially at night, so if you’re here with family, you might want to stick together. I know we’re not letting Jay out of our sight. The cops still have no idea who’s taking the boys–it’s as if they just vanished into air. Some people say it’s because of the strange lights that are sometimes seen around Crownsville, but that’s just a rumor. I’ve never seen any lights and I’ve lived here since I was eight. If you want to hear about the lights, we should head to the Ridge before it gets dark. We can cut through the woods.

So here’s the Ridge. Sorry about the hike, but it’s a couple of miles out of town. The Ridge is actually the highest point in Crownsville. It’s pretty cool. We come here to hang out and swim in the river way down there. Don’t get too close to the edge, though–it’s pretty steep. Here on the plateau is one of the places where people have seen the lights. Right where we’re standing. People say the lights come from the ground, or maybe from the air, and that sometimes they’re colored, yellow and peach and green. Some of the old folks say “Nothing good ever happens when the lights come to Crownsville.” And I guess things aren’t that great at the moment, with those kids gone and the kidnapper still loose on the streets. People are scared.

But let’s end the tour with something cheerful. Everyone turn one-eighty. There’s the best sunset in Nebraska. We should sit on the grass and watch. Take a good look across the plains. The small town you see in the distance is Onaly Crossing with the Sleeper Hill Giant beside it. And then nothing but farms and open land pretty much all the way to the mountains. I love looking out over all this space. It makes you wonder what else might be out there.


Giveaway provided by Sara Walsh
One copy of THE DARK LIGHT by Sara Walsh


Published on  August 28th 2012 by Simon Pulse


Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol–or the brilliant tattoo on his back–out of her mind.

Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was–and neither is she.

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71 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Sara Walsh & win THE DARK LIGHT”

  1. Carla C.

    Hi Mia, I have a question for you, imagine you’re going to a masquerade, what would be your costume of choice? (You can take a date with you and dress him up too.)


    • Sara Walsh

      Hi, Carla!

      Me and my best friend have a thing where we always go to masquerades as zombies. It was Willie’s idea. She only does it to freak out our friend, Seth, who’s never been the same after watching Night of the Living Dead!


  2. sienny

    great post, and great cover! i’d love to have a chance to read this one

  3. Caty R

    The Ridge sounds pretty cool! There’s got to be lots of nice views from there and should inspire some paintings

  4. Zara Alexis

    I absolutely love Fae! I want this, I want this, I want this!!! Congrats on your publication. Can’y wait to read it! 😀

  5. erinf1

    thanks for a great post! I love all things supernatural and fae are right up there 🙂 Congrats on the newest release!

  6. Carl

    That cover is so cool. A tattoo that big would take months to finish though and the dark parts under the left shoulder blade, OUCH! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Viki S.

    I’ve read all kinds of goodness about this book and am really looking forward to reading it. I agree with all the above – that tattoo is to die for. Since I haven’t read the book is it an accurate depiction of what you envisioned? Thank you.

    • Sara Walsh

      Hi, Viki! Thanks so much! The tattoo on the cover is way cooler than anything I imagined! I’m still blown away by how amazing it looks. It was actually designed by a real life tattoo artist, then digitally added to the model! How cool is that?


  8. Lisa Hackney

    I am really looking forward to reading this!! It sounds like a story that would be right up my alley!

  9. books4me

    Oh my gosh…I love the book cover! Is the tatoo the same as you described in the book?

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Amber Hughes

    This book has definitely been on my TBR! Looking forward to reading it and I love this cover too! The tattoo is my favorite part 🙂

  11. kara-karina

    Despite the disappearance of the boys The Ridge sounds charming, and Mia is a lovely narrator. Thank you for a great guest post!

  12. Molly Frenzel

    I’ve been dying to read this book! I can’t wait for it to come out.

  13. Alyssa Susanna

    Ooooo!!!! Sara Walsh yay!!! I can’t The Dark Light is almost here!!! That’s so exciting!!! I do have a question: Would you get a tattoo of the tattoo on Sol’s back? Lik,e on your back? LOL. Just wondering 😀
    ongrats on the upcoming release Sarah!!!
    Thanks for the giveawy!!!!! <3 <3 <3
    Alyssa Susanna

  14. Paranormal Opinion

    I’ve been dying to read this book, it sounds so good. I have heard so many great things about it. I agree with the others about the tattoo – it’s beautiful!

  15. Jasmyn

    Tattoos are being more and more common on characters. What did you do to set yours apart (the cover art is great).

    • Sara Walsh

      Hi, Jasmyn! Yeah, I got very lucky with this cover. I was so happy to see Sol’s tattoo featured, because it does play a really important part in the story. Why he got it and what it means is all explained in the story. I think that’s me being a horrible tease 🙂


  16. Lili

    I have been looking forward to this book for forever and a day! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  17. Chelsea Foust

    This cover is abso awesome, judging it alone by that, I’d read:) Sounds great also!

  18. donnas

    Congrats on the release. I keep reading about this one and cant wait to read it.

  19. Natasha

    I love the cover and I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Sariah

    Book sounds interesting, a very eye catching cover. Really like the tattoo. Thanks for the chance.

  21. Erika

    Love the mystery! Would love to see what happens next:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Denise Z

    What an awesome tour of Crownsville. I cannot wait to meet Mia. Thank you so much for sharing, I am really enjoying the little extras these posts provide when entering the world of a book and love being able to see where we are with my imagination.

    • Sara Walsh

      Thanks so much for you comment, Denise! I’m with you; Deadly Destinations is just awesome. I was so excited to be invited to take part. Mia says “hi”!


  23. Chelsea B.

    Thank you for showing us around, Mia! I look forward to reading more about you in The Dark Light!

  24. Veronika

    I’m so excited about this book! I’ve heard it’s amazing and can’t wait to read it!

  25. Brandy

    I think I’m obsessed with tattoos on covers lately because every time I see one I think “oh that’s so going in my TBR Mountain”. This book sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the giveaway

  26. alicia marie

    I am so so excited to read this! I can’t wait to learn more about Mia and everything else in Crownsville : )

  27. eli yanti

    wow..i like the cover of this book, hope can win it 🙂

    thanks for the giveaway

  28. whitewolfreads

    OMG I love that cover! The book definitely sounds interesting and I want to find out more about that tattoo…

  29. Danielle B

    I so wish I had a copy of this book! It sounds fantastic! I’ve been wanting to read The Dark Light since I heard about it a few months ago. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

    • Sara Walsh

      Hi, Megan!

      Thanks for your question! You know, we authors don’t pick our covers. A wonderful designer at Simon & Schuster worked closely with my editor and the sales and marketing teams to create a cover they thought would best represent The Dark Light. You can imagine my surprise when I first saw it. There was a lot of screaming involved. I’d had a few hints about what to expect, and I knew they’d create something wonderful, but I’d had no idea that it would be such a showstopper!

      Sara W

  30. Zemira

    How do you finally pick a name for your characters? I’ve read somewhere that that is really hard to do.

  31. Jolene A

    This is one of my fav. covers!! Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance to win

  32. _Sandra_

    I really, really, really can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Gorgeous cover, interesting plot and guy with tattoos – need I say more! 😉
    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  33. Christiane C.

    If you were stranded somewhere, who would you like to have with you and why? Also where would you like to be stranded with that person? Thanks for the giveaway, love the post!

  34. Natasha Areena

    The Dark Light got to be good, I can only assume. I MUST READ IT:)

  35. Ileana A.

    I’m really looking forward to read this one. I’ve been participating in all her blogs post for a chance to win one! I feel like a stalker. LOL!! Fingers crossed!