Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

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Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

The Body Finder series has been praised as a “delectable blend of mystery and romance” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books), a “fast-paced, compelling read” (ALA Booklist), and as “imaginative, convincing, and successful suspense” (Kirkus Reviews). With a perfect blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, Dead Silence continues this gripping series, delivering unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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Author Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.

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Craziest thing you ever ate?
When I was little, my mom used to make cow tongue…and sadly, we actually ate it!
One food you would never eat?
Cow tongue. Seriously, never again!
Favorite Candy??
Plain M&Ms, preferably mixed in hot popcorn! (The trick is to heat the M&Ms before combining them with the popcorn.)
What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV. I love the Kardashians!
Favorite quote from a movie?
“I want my two dollars!” Better Off Dead, 1985. (Yeah, I’m not that deep.)
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Toothbrush, sleeping bag, and a book titled BUILDING BOATS FOR DUMMIES.
What is one book everyone should read?
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was in the sixth grade, I wanted to be a “foxy lady trucker.” Thankfully, I traded that dream for “writer” and never looked back!
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Either David Spade or Reese Witherspoon, because they’re both short, blonde, and funny.
How did you know you should become an author?
I’ve pretty much known I wanted to be a writer since the 7thgrade when I took journalism as my elective credit. Of course back then, I had big dreams of becoming a world famous jet-setting journalist covering wars and famines. When I was older, and realized what being a real journalist entailed (living in tents without showers, malaria, facing gunfire), I realized that writing books from the safety of my home would be a little less…dangerous, and a lot more clean!??
What drew you to writing this genre?
I was writing YA before I knew I was writing YA.? The main character in my first book was 16 years old but I thought it was an adult horror novel.? I think I’m drawn to teen characters because everything they experience is so surface-level. Every day is the best day they’ve had or the worst day.? Things are new and more exciting.? They’re just less jaded than most adults.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I’m not sure any day is particularly “typical” for me. I usually start checking my email very early in the morning, and after that, I generally get sidetracked by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest—anything that seems like a shiny distraction. I try to rein it in within the hour and get started with whatever project I’m working on at the moment. Before I had an office with a lock, I would write in the kitchen, so chaos doesn’t really bother me. All I really need is my laptop, some comfy sweatpants, copious amounts of tea, and candy (preferably Skittles).
While I’m drafting, I don’t usually make many notes. Mostly I just plow through to make sure I have the plot (and all the major plot points) down. It’s usually during the second draft that I have to make some sort of timeline and start making elaborate notes about the characters so I don’t mix up the details. Because I’m fairly visual, I keep a giant whiteboard in my office to keep track of everything. And, of course, I count on my editors to catch any glaring errors I might have made along the way.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on a super secret project right now that I’m hoping to announce very, very soon! I cannot tell you how excited I am about it!!! Except, I guess I just did.


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  1. Wow I did not know that people ate cow tongues. Nice idea about the M&Ms and popcorn. I’ll have to try it some time.

  2. I’ve a review to go up on Saturday reviewing The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, so it was nice to learn a little bit about the author who I happen to have fallen in love with since reading her book.

  3. I love plain M and Ms as well! Although the ones with the crispy bits are okay too! I’m super stoked for this super sekret project you’re working on Kimberly! Hopefully it’s got a mystery element as well! Can’t wait to read Dead Silence! ??

  4. Inspired Kathy says

    I saw the play of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Shakespeare Festival last year… one day I will read the actual book!

  5. I can’t wait to hear about this super secret project!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop Kathy!

  6. Cant wait to find out what the project is!! Great job Kathy!

  7. Kimberly Derting is one of my top most favorite authors ever. The Pledge was awesome! Her book made me fall in love with Dystopian genre. I so loved her interview. It gives you a glimpse into her life and her being herself. Kimberly sounds so down to earth. I CANNOT wait to find out what her “super secret project” is all about!!! Please tell us soon I can’t wait!!

  8. Ohmygosh, cow tongue?! You get major props for actually eating it! ??

    Great interview!

  9. Peggy Hopkins says

    Based on the comments I’ve read, I’m looking forward to reading Kimberly Derting.

  10. I would never be able to eat cow’s tongue.

  11. Rose Milligan says

    I would agree about never wanting to eat cow’s tongue. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  12. Haha I’m also not that deep about my movie quotes, my favorite movie is Zoolander =D I’m also a total sucker for reality TV! Great interview =)

  13. Thank you so much for the giveaway! ??

    I love The Body Finder series. I’ve read the first 3 books in the series and absolutely loved them. Though I’m sad its coming to an end, I can’t wait to read this one and see it all come together.

  14. I’m so excited for this book :] this is one of my favorite series and loved it. Winning could only make it one of the best things ever :] Thank you

  15. Meghan Stith says

    Such a beautiful cover.

    mestith at gmail dot com

  16. I have heard such good things about this series and I’m kinda just drooling over this giveaway right now! SWAG SIGNED COPIES MORE AWESOME TONS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN GAHHHHHHH I am so excited! This is one of the best giveaways I have seen in a while! And an exquisite review! ??

    P.S. “Foxy lady trucker” lol =P super specific! xD

    Marie @ Marie’s Bookworm Blog

  17. Okay, now I have to try adding m&ms to my popcorn :p and love your answer to the three things you would take with you to the island!

  18. I want to try the m&ms trick now! Also love your answer to the three things you would bring to an island! Love this interview and thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  19. I love this series and I cannot wait for Dead Silence!

  20. I love this series an I cannot wait for Dead Silence!

  21. Bonnie Hilligoss says

    I haven’t read anything by Kimberly, but I read the blurbs on her books and will definitely start. I love plain M&M’s and have eaten them with popcorn – the salty/sweet taste is yummy! Thank you for this very generous giveaway!!

  22. I havent read a book by Kimberley yet . and this would be amazing , it looks very interesting. im excited!

  23. That’s some serious book swag! Cool and thanks for hosting!

  24. phew … i almost missed it

    thanks for waiting on ME(hehehehe)

    will be a great gift … thanks