Monday, October 25, 2010


Perilous by Tamara Heiner
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
price: $14.95, though it's available for pre-order on her website for $12.95.
available: and B& for now

Small town Shelley, Idaho. Four friends. A trip to the mall and a jewelry heist. Only three of the friends make it out alive....and kidnapped.

Tamara Heiner has written a fast paced thriller about a group of innocent teens in small town America. An ordinary day turns into a nightmare and keeps getting worse. Heiner skillfully takes the girls into scary situations that don’t have that soft edges we might hope for in a teen novel. Bad things don’t just threaten to happen, they actually do happen. One of the girls finds a surprising tie to a town all the way across the country. And another girl is plunged into a deep, possibly dark and dangerous secret about her father.

Even though I had to read this book from the computer screen, I enjoyed it enough to keep reading and keep reading. (I know. People pay good money to read books from electronic screens, but I’m not quite there yet.....maybe with a good beach thrown in...?) The pace didn’t let up. My only regret about this book is that I didn’t have time to form much of an emotional attachment with any of the girls. I hope that in the sequel, Ms. Heiner will take a little more time to let us become acquainted with the players.

Good Job!

I asked Tamara how she came to write this book and she sent me a link to her blog that explained it all. It seems that as a twelve-year-old she had much too much time on her hands. After trying everything else she could think of to relieve the boredom, she decided to write a book. She decided to write about four friends and a shopping mall adventure. The book was finished and typed up (by a very kind father) by the time she was 13 years old. Wow! Talk about focus. I think that she has revised it a bit over the years, but the concept has remained the same. To read in more detail, go to:
It's a fun story.

Tamara also has two fun contest going with her blog tour. You can win an autographed copy of her book or a Kindle. Really. A Kindle. Below, direct from her own website are the rules and her blog tour schedule. Good Luck.

1) There will be two book giveaways. Signed copies of Perilous, of course. All you have to do to get in on that action is make a comment anywhere in the blog tour. The drawing will be completely random. Of course, the more comments you make, the more chances you have of winning.

2) There will be a Kindle giveaway. This WON'T be random. Kindles are kind of a big thing, so I'm going to make you work for it. The giveaway will be point based, in other words, whoever has the most points at the end of the blog tour wins the Kindle. The contest will run until Dec. 15, at which point all hopeful winners will email me at tamara at tamarahartheiner dot com with their points and their proofs.

Here's how you get points:
+1 for each comment on the blog tour
+1 be a follower on my blog (old or new)
+1 retweet
+2 blog about the blog tour
(You prove all of those by emailing me the links.)
+5 purchase the book; ebook or paperback, doesn't matter
(Email me the confirmation number of your purchase.)"

Oct. 15 David J. West
Oct. 18 Nichole Giles
Oct. 19 Talli Roland
Oct. 20 Guinevere Rowell
Oct. 21 Mary Gray
Oct. 22 Frankie
Oct. 25 Lluvia (maybe, if her computer is working) and Mary Greathouse
Oct. 26 RaShelle Workman (interview)
Oct. 27 T. Anne Adams
Oct. 28 Valerie Ipson
Oct. 29 Ann Best
Nov. 1 Christy Dorrity
Nov. 2 Chrstine Bryant
Nov. 3 Rebecca Blevins
Nov. 4 Kathryn Magendie (guest post)
Nov. 5 Annett Lyon (interview) and Jaime Theler (review)
Nov. 8 Jennifer Daiker
Nov. 9 Carolina Valdez
Nov. 10 Elizabeth Mueller
Nov. 11 Christine Danek
Nov. 12 Elle Strauss
Nov. 15 Niki
Nov. 16 Lynn Parsons
Nov. 17 Danyelle Ferguson
Nov. 18 Elana Johnson
Nov. 19 & 20 Sarah McClung
Nov. 22 Suzanne Hartmann
Nov. 23 Marsha Ward
Nov. 24 Tara McClendon
Nov. 29 Diana Miezcan
Nov. 30 Tristi Pinkston
Dec. 1 Cheri Chesley
Dec. 2 Karen Gowen
Dec. 3 Melanie Jacobson
Dec. 6 Kristie Ballard
Dec. 7 Melissa Cunningham
Dec. 8 Arlee Bird
Dec. 9 Debbie Davis
Dec. 10 Taffy Lovell
Dec. 13 Sheri Larsen
Dec. 14 Joyce DiPastena


Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thank you, Mary!

Just FYI, for those of you who have never worked with an editor: things get cut that you don't have any say in. 1/3 of this book was cut, including a lot of character development. So sorry, it doesn't have anything to do with what the author wants, either in this book or the sequel!

But watch for deleted scenes on my blog. I plan on making most of those things available.

Rachelle said...

I'm from Idaho, so I'm looking forward to reading this book set in a town only an hour from where I grew up. :)

Jamie said...

I can't wait for sounds so intriguing! And the reviews look like it's a winner!

Lydia Kang said...

Darn those editors! Just kidding. Go Tamara!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It's a give and take. Some of the great things in my story never would've happened w/out an editor.

Christy said...

Interesting to know how much got cut out of your story Tamara. I also wanted more character development, but they say a it takes a village to create a book. :)
Nice review Mary.

Arlee Bird said...

Nice review. I'm doing a stop on the book tour tomorrow and will be linking to this post as well as the other stops on Tamara's tour.

Tossing It Out

Rachelle said...

My copy is on its way and I'm excited to get reading it!