*Blog Tour + Giveaway* They Stay by Claire Fraise

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THEY STAY by Claire Fraise tour! Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Fraise_TheyStay_Concept2Book Title: They Stay

Author: Claire Fraise

Publisher: Sabertooth Press

Release date: October 12, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

SYNOPSIS:

For fans of Stranger Things comes a suspenseful YA mystery about a missing kid, a girl who can see ghosts, and a horrifying crime only four outcasts have the power to stop.

What if the only person who could help you find your missing brother was dead?

Nothing is as important to sixteen-year-old Shiloh Oleson as her little brother Max. So when the six-year-old goes missing without a trace, a heartbroken Shiloh refuses to believe nothing can be done and sets out to find him.

When one of Shiloh’s classmates says she knows where Max is, Shiloh hesitates to believe her. Francesca is creepy. She says she can see ghosts, but everyone knows ghosts aren’t real … right?

But Francesca says that Max is going to be murdered.

And a ghost told her where he is.

As the line between the dead and living begins to blur, Shiloh starts to think Francesca might not be as crazy as she believed. One thing is becoming clear. Someone has gruesome plans for Max, and Shiloh must confront her worst nightmares to find him before it’s too late.

THEY STAY is the first book in the thrilling They Stay Series by award-winning author Claire Fraise. Read on if you like ghost stories, plot twists, enemies-to-friends, creepy circuses, budding romance, and unlikely heroes.

CONTENT WARNINGS: This book contains physical and mental abuse, death, violence, kidnapping, gun violence, alcohol abuse, references to suicide, implied sexual abuse (non-graphic), bullying, and mild adult language.

Praise for THEY STAY:

“Fraise successfully creates an atmosphere like a cold graveyard, and a heart-thundering story that will haunt you more than any ghost can.” — Briar Esterline, author of Ablem’s Sanctuary

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Author Information

ClaireClaire Fraise earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. She published her debut novel when she was 16 (award-winning YA dystopian novel IMPERFECT), and her YA supernatural thriller THEY STAY is coming out in October 2021. When Claire’s not writing, she likes crocheting amigurumi animals, reading, and hanging out with her dogs. Even though it goes against every introverted bone in her body, she is on social media. Connect with her on Instagram at @clairefraiseauthor, on YouTube at Write with Claire Fraise, or visit her website at clairefraise.com.

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What I Loved About THEY STAY

  1. Really enjoyed Francesca’s character and her ability to see ghosts.
  2. The bond between Shiloh and Max reminded me of the bond I have with my brother. I liked that Shiloh would stop at nothing to save her brother.
  3. The writing is beautiful and felt authentic; the characters felt authentic. 
  4. I loved that there was not just character development for Shiloh and Francesca, but also some of the side characters.
  5. I honestly loved everything about They Stay. There was never a moment where I was not hooked to the characters and story. 
  6. I was constantly kept on my toes, waiting to see what happens next.
  7. You can’t just end a book that way, Claire!! I need the sequel! (Yes, everyone, it’s a small cliffhanger, but do not let that stop you from reading this book!)

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Excerpt

Chapter Two

Francesca

In the whole of my sophomore class at Bethany High School, there isn’t a girl who’s more odd than me. 

I can see it in their eyes when they look at me. The other children at school. The boy with the kind face doing the bags at the grocery store. Even my teachers side-eye me when I walk into the classroom and sink into a desk in the back in the hope it will stop everyone from staring at me. I have gotten used to the stares, but I do not particularly enjoy them. 

Do you see that creepy girl? they whisper. That’s Francesca Russo. Francesca Firestarter. Eight years ago, she burned a guy. Lit his dead body on fire at his own funeral. They laugh, they shout. Hey Francesca, he was dead anyway. What was the point? 

While their words are mean, it is true. I did exactly what they said I did. But what is also true, but what nobody cares to believe, is that I didn’t burn him because I’m crazy. 

I burned him because he asked me to. 

I was eight years old on the day of George R. Haggarty’s funeral. The service was boring—I remember that much. George Haggarty died not long after my mother, and I remember not being pleased being back in the pews, sandwiched between my father and brother, smelling of wood polish and sanctity and listening to strangers give speeches full of words I didn’t understand. Next to me a woman was crying silently. I watched her chest heave, saw her tears flow, and felt nothing. Death, as a concept, had never been elusive to me, even when I was eight. Once people die, they exit their bodies and transform into versions of themselves made of mist and moonlight. I can’t touch them. Most people don’t even see them. They wander the earth until they fade away and sink back into its fabric after a few years. Sometimes more, sometimes less. My friend Mrs. Lewis has lived in the cemetery for close to ten years, but when my mother died she faded away before I even got a chance to see her. My heart squeezed at the thought.

I missed her. I wished I could still see her. Even the afterlife isn’t fair.

Read THEY STAY to find out how the story continues!

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Blog Tour

Check out the other tour stops on this amazing tour!

Week One:

11/8/2021

Devouring Books

Guest Post

11/9/2021

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

11/10/2021

For the Love of KidLit

Excerpt

11/11/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

11/12/2021

Don’t Judge, Read

Review

11/13/2021

Phannie the ginger bookworm

Review

 

Week Two:

11/14/2021

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

11/15/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

11/16/2021

Once Upon a Twilight

Review

11/17/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

11/18/2021

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

11/19/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

11/20/2021

BookishConnoisseur

Review

 

Week Three:

11/21/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

11/22/2021

Review Thick And Thin

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11/23/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

11/24/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

11/25/2021

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

Review

11/26/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

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11/27/2021

The Book Review Crew

Review

 

Week Four:

11/28/2021

Coffee and Wander Book Reviews

Review

11/29/2021

Eli to the nth

Review

11/30/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review

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Giveaway

1 winner will win a finished copy of THEY STAY, US Only.

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