11 July 2014

{Book Excerpt} Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

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DissonanceDissonance #1Author: Erica O'Rourke
Release: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.
Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.
But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
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Book Excerpt
“Aren’t you supposed to be in class?” I asked.
He ducked his head for a moment, then looked up with a mischievous smile. Troublemaker, I thought. Way more than his Original, which was saying something. “Aren’t you?”
A voice from behind me, bossy and superior, said, “You have got to be kidding me.”
Addie.
Simon didn’t hear her – I was the only Walker he’d touched, so I was the only one he’d seen. Casually, I looked over my shoulder. My sister stood ten feet away, hands on hips, foot tapping, eyebrows drawn together in disapproval.
“You cut class again,” she said.
“It’s only school,” I replied, keeping my eyes on Simon, answering both questions at once. “Most useless part of my day.”
I didn’t mention that I found my classmates equally so. They’d probably say the same about me.
Suddenly a soaking wet chocolate lab raced past us, Frisbee clamped in his teeth, a red bandanna around his neck. He circled Addie twice, and dropped the orange plastic disc at my feet. He let out a thunderous bark and panted up at me as if looking for approval.
“Iggy,” Simon said warningly at the same time I said, “Good puppy.”
Which was all the encouragement Iggy needed to shake himself off, spraying pond water all over me.
“No!” groaned Simon. “Bad dog!”
I brushed at my clothes as Iggy romped around and Addie snickered. “Serves you right,” she said. “You know Mom and Dad don’t like you Walking alone.”
Iggy woofed in her direction and put his paw out for me to shake. Gingerly, I took it. Monty said animals liked Walkers because they could hear the difference in our frequencies, and we sounded good. Whatever the reason, the dog was all lolling tongue and blissful unrepentance, even when Simon grabbed his collar.
“Leave her alone, Ig.” The dog ignored him. “Sorry. I think he likes you.”
“Animals do,” I said, pulling at my drenched sweater.
“He’s got good taste.”
Giveaway
All you have to do to be entered in this giveaway is answer the following question in the comments. Be sure to leave your e-mail and/or Twitter handle so that I can contact you if you win!

Win a gift card to your choice of bookstore (OPEN INTL) – answer me this:
What past decision big or small, is a moment would you like to go back to so you can see how the "road not taken" turned out?
CONTEST CLOSED
My Answer: I would like to see how my experience in high school was changed if I stood up for myself when I had the chance. Too many times now, as an adult, I have though of what I would say to those mean girls and boys if I had the chance to go back to that one instance.
About The Author
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Erica O’Rourke is the author of Dissonance and of the Torn trilogy, which includes Torn, Tangled, and Bound. She lives near Chicago with her family. Visit her at EricaORourke.com and on Twitter: @Erica_ORourke.
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5 comments:

  1. I would want to go back in time and see what would had happened if I had chosen to go to high school over college. @AmeliaZane16

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  2. I think I would go back to see what would have happened if I had actually applied myself in high school and tried out for the sports that I really wanted to do but didn't have the confidence to go for. @raychellej

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  3. I would go back to see how things would have turned out had I not gone to the writers group that got me started in writing. Just to know what life would be like if I hadn't made that choice. I know it would be completely different as I wasn't a writer before that group but I wonder where I would be now if I had turned away.

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    @KonstanzS

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  4. I would like to go back in time I would tried harder w/ my best friend. I'm still young, so I don't have a lot of decisions to regret. I do believe friends are in your life for a season or lifetime for a reason. I hope to to read & thanks.

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    @kayy_ok

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  5. Last year I started grad school and had debated between two different schools. I'd like to see what my life would have been like if I'd chosen the other school

    starlight.starbright.ks @ gmail . com

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