August 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Circle Of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman-Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Hey all! Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

Circle Of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman

hosted by Kismet Book Touring!

Today, we are so excited to have Carol stop by the blog and shares her thoughts on
the appeal of YA for adult readers!

Be sure to enter the two (2) giveaways found at the end of the post which include:

First: – A chance to win a physical copy of Circle of Silence

Second – Brand new Nook GlowLight skinned
with the beautiful Circle of Silence Cover Art

But first, a little bit about Circle Of Silence, and our thoughts!


It’s my turn to run a Campus News crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under strange circumstances.

I will blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt…or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is not important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watchCampus News at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

Circle Of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

I felt like a true Nancy Drew while I was reading Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman…minus the actual grunt work. Ok, ok…more like a behind the scenes Nancy Drew…

Beginning senior year, main protagonist, Valerie Gaines, is planning to finish of her high school Media career as Producer of Campus News. Luckily, or unluckily, for her a new story seems to surface involving a group of misfits who lovingly call themselves MP who are pulling pranks left, right, and centre. For what reason? To make a statement? To get a rise out of everyone? To stick it to the man?

But when the pranks start to turn more morbid and threatening, Valerie and her news team take it upon themselves to find the truth, and nip this thing in the bud. But to complicate things even more for our dear ValGal, her ex-boyfriend Jagger has decided to take the same class and has been placed in Valerie’s group.

Initially the pranks were thought as harmless…taking the school flag and placing it in a bucket located inside a toilet. But the MP’s, who all wear assorted masks and call themselves by said mask’s name (Skeletor, Frankenstein, etc.), feel threatened by the presence of the Campus News and their nosing around. The pranks become more and more dark and violent in nature, until eventually one of the Campus News’ own becomes the one on the receiving end of a prank which doesn’t end very well.

Now Valerie and Scooby gang must dig deeper and tread further to find the truth, and to unmask these pranksters.

Circle of Silence was an addictive and gripping story that I am so glad to have been able to experience. It flowed exactly how a good mystery book should read. Many cliff hanger moments, much finger pointing, multiple suspects, and action, action, action!

All the characters in Circle of Silence are ones that I won’t soon forget, many with their own personal demons that they need to deal with. Valerie, although seemed like she charged into situations rather than consider different options, is a strong, female, lead. I love reading books where the female leads are headstrong, can fend for themselves, is not selfish, and extremely brave. Although her flaw for me would be how easily she accepted Jagger back into her life. I mean, hellooo…he cheated on you, and you totally busted him! And in all honestly, Raul sounds super yummy and would probably treat ValGal like a queen.

Complete with an annoying younger sister, and brooding bad boy, a spunky best friend, and a potential love interest that is totally drool worthy, Circle of Silence is a must read for mystery fans everywhere. Where the decision you make can, ultimately, be your last. Get caught up in the world of WiFi High, and get your sleuthing game on!

The appeal of YA for Adult Readers

YA is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction. It used to be that only teens read YA but that is definitely a thing of the past!

My first YA thriller, dancergirl, was published in December. I was surprised by how many people who hadn’t stepped foot in a high school for years were reading, and enjoying, the book. The fact that dancergirl has a strong Internet subplot means that everyone who’s on the Internet can relate. And that’s pretty much everyone we know!

There’s so much freedom when writing YA. Teens are still exploring themselves and the world. Most of them are not hardened or jaded the way adults are. They also don’t have set ideas on what constitutes “good literature.” That means that as an author I don’t have to conform to staid forms and stories. Circle of Silence is written in Valerie’s point of view, but there’s also an alternate voice, and an alternative way of delivering that second voice, that was interesting to explore.

My YA thrillers move along just like teen lives move along. Fast! There’s not a lot of long description or meandering philosophizing. The truth of the matter is that interesting plots make interesting reading. It’s easy for anyone, no matter their age, to get caught up in stories with lots of twists, turns, and action.

Teen lives are dramatic. Drama and its twin, conflict, make for very enjoyable books. It’s the excitement and “new-ness” of life as lived by a teen that helps make the books feel so fresh and alive.

Finally there is this: the ability to relate. First crush, first love, first break-up. In Circle of Silence we find out early on that Valerie has been unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. What’s worse is that Jagger turns up in her TV Production class and is put on her crew. Who hasn’t been dumped at some point? Who hasn’t had to then deal with the dumper? The intensity of Val’s feelings is instantly recognizable. Pair that with the mystery, and increasing danger, in Circle of Silence and you have a hook––and a book–-in which teens and adults will hopefully want to keep turning pages!

Well said Carol! Well said… *huzzah!* Thanks for stopping by! <3

About The Author


Carol M. Tanzman is an award-winning theatre director and nationally recognized arts educator. Her first YA novel, The Shadow Place, was on YALSA’s Quick Pick List of Recommended Books, the National Council of Teachers of English ALAN List of Best Books, and the CA Collection for Middle & Senior High Schools. In addition to the current Harlequin Teen books dancergirl and Circle of Silence she is a contributing poet to the upcoming Dare to Dream…Change the World anthology.

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Be sure to check out some of the other fabulous blogs participating
in this tour:

Monday, July 23rd – Alice Marvel’s
Tuesday, July 24th Book Birthday – Evie Bookish
Wednesday, July 25th – The Book Cellar
Friday, July 27th – Kindle Fever

Monday, July 30th – Xpresso Reads
Wednesday, August 1st – Reading Angel
Friday, August 3rd – Harlequin Blog

Monday, August 6th- Letter’s Inside Out
Wednesday, August 8th – Chapter by Chapter
Friday, August 10th – I Just wanna Sit here and Read

You can check out the rest of the tour HERE too!

Complete the two (2) Rafflecopters for a chance to win some
totally awesome prizes!

Thanks for stopping by, and as always…Happy Reading! <3

Enter to win a physical copy of Circle of Silence!


Enter to win a brand new Nook GlowLight skinned
with the beautiful Circle of Silence Cover Art!
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  1. Lioness

    I love mystery books, and this one seems interesting. I also love the cover a lot, which makes me want to read it more :P

  2. Christina K.

    LOVE the sound of this book! All the secret society stuff, and the fact that the main character is smart and likable:)

    Great guest post:) Carol’s so right:)

  3. Candice S

    thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  4. Cyn

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Maureen

    The review does make me want to read it. I do enjoy fast paced stories.

  6. Lona Stringer

    I loved the review. There is nothing better than cliff hangers. Thx for giveaway.

  7. Natasha

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  8. Rachael L

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Thanks for the guest post, Carol! I enjoyed reading your guest post on YA lit and what it holds for teens and adults alike!

  10. Christina T

    Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

  11. I absolutely loved dancergirl and I can’t wait to read Circle of Silence

  12. Kelly R

    Thank you for the giveaway..

  13. Jenn C.

    OOooo this book sounds awesome! I love secret society’s/conspiracies. This book is definitely going in my to-read list

  14. Randi M

    I’m excited to read this one. :) I like the sound of the secret society!

    I get really irritated when people act like YA is somehow “lesser” than adult lit! It has its own special magic. :) Thank you for sharing the interview & for the giveaway!

  15. wni

    Thanks for the chance to win . I hope it is open for international entry

  16. alicia marie

    This sounds like a book I’d love to read. I haven’t had a good mystery in a while : )

  17. Kristie

    I really enjoyed Dancergirl, I can’t wait to read another book from WiHi

  18. Grace Lo

    I actually just added Circle of Silence to my TBR list, and am absolutely ecstatic to enter this giveaway!

  19. Erin D.

    This book looks like a fun read. I love mystery books and the story line for this has had me hooked since I first read the synopsis on goodreads a whole back. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Anatea

    This looks very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Linda Henderson

    Thank you for the excellent giveaway. I would love to read the book and share it with my daughter.

  22. caught my attention right off the bat as something I’d like to read :)


  23. Zara Alexis

    Looks like another great book and another great giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

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