Friday, July 29, 2016

Blurb Blitz w/Excerpt & Giveaway - The Empty Room by Sarah J Clemens

The  Empty Room

by Sarah J. Clemens

GENRE: Mystery, Romance



The small town of Eastbrook, Maine seemed like the close-knit community where newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery could begin their lives together, and the 1901 Victorian seemed like the house they’d always dreamed of owning. The only condition for purchasing the property was that it was sold in “as-is” condition.

When the couple arrives in Eastbrook, they receive anything but a warm welcome from the local residents. And when they realize that as-is condition meant that the previous owner of the house had left every worldly possession behind, the dream of the small town life starts to take a mysterious turn.

Day after day, Dean and Elizabeth uncover more truths than they could have ever imagined, or ever wanted to know about the secrets that were hidden in the small town of Eastbrook. And as neighbors become growingly hostile with every encounter, this young couple searches furiously to uncover what the residents are trying to hide.

As their journey unfolds, Elizabeth goes missing and Dean must turn to the very neighbors he fears may have known what would happen to her from the moment the couple arrived for help. Because in this town, some secrets are better off hidden.


The car grumbled to a stop at the end of the gravel driveway. The three-day car trip was finally over. The gas station food and bathrooms stops were all behind them. They were home. The house might have been filled with someone else’s belongings, but they owned it now.

The house looked like a postcard from the outside. Small shrubs lined each side of the driveway as it suspiciously winded its way to the front porch. The grass was wet with dew after the recent rain.

As though looking at a piece of abstract art, Dean and Elizabeth both leaned forward in their seats toward the dash and squinted from inside the window of the car. Their eyes moved from left to right, making sure to taste every detail that first met their view.

“It’s gorgeous.” Elizabeth peered out from beneath the windshield.

With her eyes squinted and her mouth opened slightly, she studied every feature of architecture as though the house would greet her with an exam before allowing her to enter. She broke her concentration from the house and pressed her hand to the passenger side window, looking up and down to visually imprint every detail that awaited.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sarah J Clemens is the author of the debut novel, THE EMPTY ROOM. She began writing THE EMPTY ROOM in 2008 and formed her own publishing company in 2016 called Off the Page Publishing.

Sarah was born in California and now lives and works in Boise, Idaho. In addition to writing fiction, she is a legal assistant with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

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Sarah J. Clemens will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring The Empty Room on BookLover Sue today!

  2. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

    1. Hi Mai, not in collaboration with any other writers but I did just finish the first draft of my second novel as part of CampNanoWriMo. I can't imagine how tough it would be to work with another writer on a fiction story but I would love to take that on some day.

  3. I loved the excerpt, I am looking forward to checking this one out! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Please do, Victoria! I really hope you enjoy the story. :)

  4. Congrats on the tour and I enjoyed the excerpt.

  5. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  6. Sounds like a great read.

  7. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  8. Of course! The best book that I've read recently would have to be Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. I had such a strong connection to her first novel To Kill a Mockingbird and it was one of the first books I remember reading in school. I was so excited to hear that she was finally releasing Go Set a Watchman after all these years.

  9. I haven't read a mystery in a few years, and now I think it's time to change that. "The Empty Room" sounds truly intriguing!

    A few random notes/thoughts:

    - LOVE the "O"s in the book's cover. Brilliant! And, excellent design overall.

    - [From the Blurb.] "Dean must turn to the very neighbors he fears may have known what would happen to her from the moment the couple arrived for help." ...Here is where I think that I really got hooked. Wow! The "Who can you trust?" element, and the paranoia-- I'd love to see how this plays out in the book. (Note: My professional background/training is in Clinical Psychology.)

    - [From the Excerpt.] "Their eyes moved from left to right, making sure to taste every detail that first met their view." I LOVE the sensory description here! Tasting the details with their eyes; taking it all in... Amazing.

    Thank you for introducing me to this book!