8 November 2014

The Hit List Blog Tour & Guest Post

The Hit List
by Nikki Urang

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: November 11, 2014

Publication Information:
Paperback: 256 pages
            Language: English
            ISBN-10: 1939392322
            ISBN-13: 978-1939392329

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

The Hit List is available through:

Author Spotlight:

Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. Now, her days are spent helping those overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.

Guest Post written by Nikki:

We’ve all experienced things in our lives that we wish we could change or erase. Maybe it was saying something dumb on a first date or embarrassing ourselves in front of a ton of people. Or even something big and life altering, like the death of someone close to you. Would you erase it if you had the chance? Was it so bad that you needed distance from it and all you wanted was to pick up your life and start fresh somewhere new?

One of the major themes in THE HIT LIST is starting over. Sadie moves from New York to Los Angeles in hopes of escaping her past and starting fresh in a new city with new friends. Her hope is that if she puts enough distance between her and everything that happened in New York, she’ll be able to move on with her life as if nothing happened at all. No one knows her in L.A. Starting over should be easy.

But the past isn’t as easy to escape as we’d often like it to be. Even if the person isn’t around anymore to remind us, we can’t escape our memories. They’ll always be there, and just like Sadie, sometimes the smallest things can trigger them. A certain smell, a song, or a phrase you overhear can send you right back to the original struggle like no time has passed at all. And sometimes reliving the memory without warning is almost as bad, if not worse, than the first time it happened.

Dance is something that helps Sadie through one of the most difficult times of her life. Without it, she wouldn’t have something to take her mind off her past or to build her back up into a better person again. The friends she surrounds herself with when she moves to L.A. serve the same purpose. Being with people who genuinely care about her helps ease the hurt she’s experienced.

Everyone needs something in their life that helps them through their struggles. Music helps me with mine. So do my friends and family. Without them by my side, supporting me through everything, I don’t know where I’d be.

Find your something and hold tight to it. You never know when you’ll need it.

If you have a story you’d like to share of something that helped you through a tough time, check out The Stronger You Tumblr page. You can submit a picture, quote, video, etc. of the things that keep you strong when all you feel like doing is starting over.

Don’t let the past drag you down. Hold onto the things that lift you up. And most of all, stay strong.


1. Signed copy of THE HIT LIST + signed bookmark

2. YA prize pack:
Doon -- Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Alienated -- Melissa Landers
Anomaly -- Tonya Kuper

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