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BREAKING GLASS from Spencer Hill Press, July 2013
by Lisa Amowitz
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.
On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.
Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.
Meet the characters from Breaking Glass, Part Three
Susannah Durban is the girl at the heart of the mystery of Breaking Glass, the girl who disappears. We only meet her in real time in the first chapter. For the rest of the book Susannah reveals herself in Jeremy’s recollections, but we don’t really know what is real or what is Jeremy’s warped memory.
Susannah is an artistically gifted, unique, and beautiful mixed race girl who has captivated Jeremy’s heart since he first met her when they were only eight. Jeremy may believe in love at first sight, but, so then, does Susannah. Unfortunately the person Susannah falls for is Jeremy’s best friend, Ryan. When the book begins, Jeremy has had to endure years as the third very uncomfortable side of a triangle, never complaining or revealing his true feelings for the girl in question.
At the outset of the book, it seems Susannah is blissfully unaware of Jeremy’s deeper feelings for her. She relies on him as her friend, confidante and go-to guy when she needs as shoulder to cry on. Besotted Jeremy is all to eager to comply.
And then, Jeremy fails to come to her rescue the night she disappears.
What will he do to get her back?
Ryan pulls up the chair Dad has just vacated. “I came as soon as I heard.”
I furrow my brow and search my memories. “Dude. Weren’t you there?”
Ryan twitches the sandy curls out of his eyes. He studies me, confusion and sorrow mingling on his face. “I was so busy having it out with Susannah we didn’t even hear you. Then she started to run, so I chased her.”
I stare back at his uber-sincere expression. This from a guy who was pissed I hadn’t lied well enough for him. I grind my teeth. “She ran? I thought I saw her fall. It’s all rocks, and then there’s that steep slope to the reservoir.”
Ryan shrugs. “She tripped, got up and started running like a mad cow.”
“She tripped, or you pushed her?” I try to sit forward, but pain lances through my leg as if a team of chainsaw-brandishing dwarves have crash-landed on it. I fall back shakily onto the pillows.
“Take it easy, Jer.”
I search my mind for details, but the night is hazy, a mix tape of rain, vodka, and bright lights. And then Susannah’s face is in front of me — glistening lips, autumn leaf eyes, tears sparkling on their rims. The urge overtakes me, like it always does when there are things I can’t face—the urge to run. But I’m pinned to the bed like a butterfly specimen. “Where is she now, Ryan? My dad says she never got home last night.”
“Jeez, Jeremy, how should I know? I did follow her. It’s pretty rough going on those rocks. It hasn’t changed since we used to fish there. And the weather last night was hideous. The ground was slippery. I lost my footing and wrenched my ankle. I couldn’t keep up. I just lost her.”
“So, she vanished into thin air. And a high school track star like you couldn’t keep up with her. You expect me to believe that?”
“C’mon, Jeremy, what’s up with you? It wasn’t like I didn’t try to follow her. She was hysterical and I was worried because she cut her head when she fell. But I could barely walk with my ankle, you know, and I lost track of her. I figured she probably doubled back to where her car was and took off. I got back to the road just as they were loading you into the ambulance. You can check the police report. They asked me if I’d seen what happened, but I didn’t find out it was you in there until later.”
“You left a bleeding girl stumbling around in the woods and you didn’t wonder why her car was still there,” I say in a monotone. “And your ankle looks okay today,” I add.
The nurse comes in, adjusts my drip bag, then leaves. Ryan leans forward, his voice soft. Reasonable. “She wasn’t that hurt. Just a scratch. Shit, Jeremy. You know Susannah. She pulls these stunts all the time. She used to run away all the time.”
“Right. I saw you hit her, Ryan.”
Ryan turns a bit green. “C’mon, Jer. It was just a little shove. If you saw us, then you know she was slamming me with her fists first. I wasn’t going to do anything with Claudia Herman. Suze is just—oversensitive. You know how she gets.”
I’m getting fuzzy. It must be the drugs they keep pumping into me. The words kick out like a knee to the groin. I’m shouting now, my voice hoarse, my mouth flooded with a sour taste.
“You mean how she gets when you #%&* around behind her back?”
I want to suck the words back in. In all our years as The Lone Ranger and Tonto, I’ve never violated the sidekick rules. Even when I had to bite my tongue so hard it bled.
(1) custom pendant like the one pictured on the book cover
(2) signed ARCS
(1) original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.
We are also going to be making a free download of SHARDS, which is an illustrated preview of BREAKING GLASS. The links are here:
Site to download: http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Shards.php
I sure do hope you guys enjoyed today and will check out this wonderful author and amazing publisher! Good luck on the giveaway! A special thanks to Ms Lisa for all the hard work she does, and congrats to her new book! Happy reading and later gators!! 🙂