Monday, November 6, 2017

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tours: Welcome To Sortilege Falls

Welcome to Sortilege Falls
by Libby Heily

GENRE: YA Fantasy



Welcome to Sortilege Falls Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather moved to Sortilege Falls expecting a fresh start and new friends. But things are never 
quite what they seem in this sleepy Missouri town. Her math teacher looks like a witch, her school is being stalked by a vampire, and Grape could swear the town’s garden gnomes are moving. None of that compares to the small group of teenage models, blessed with otherworldly beauty, who rule Sortilege Falls. Even the adults are powerless to tell them no. When the models fall ill from a mysterious disease, all of the town’s secrets start leaking out. Grape is determined to help her new friends, but searching for the cure might just get her killed.


Grape is in her backyard at night. Her brother, Brad, has just gone off into the woods to collect plants–Brad is a huge botany nut. Grape is staring into the distance, trying to see into the woods when she hears something behind her:

Fancy meeting you here.”

Grape screamed.

Calm down,” the vamp kid from school said, his hands raised in the air like a victim. He had switched his purple shirt for a black one and slicked his curly hair back as well. “It’s cool. It’s just me,” he said and reached out to grab her shoulder.

Grape pushed him hard in the chest, making him stumble backward. “Don’t touch me. What are you doing here?”

He regained his balance and rubbed his chest where she’d shoved him. “I wanted to see where you lived. That really hurt.”

She slit her eyes at him. “I’m glad it hurt. It was supposed to.”

That’s not very nice.”

Grape grabbed the lawn chair and held it above her head. “Are you a stalker?”


You’re sneaking around my house at night wearing all black.” She readied herself to swing the lawn chair. It was pretty light and wouldn’t do much damage so she decided to aim for a vulnerable spot—his face.

No. I just thought... I don’t know. I thought you looked nice.”

Do I look nice now?” She gave the chair a swing, missing his nose by inches. She hopped back a little and held the chair up high again. He got one warning shot, that was it. The next swing would break his nose.

I’m sorry. I thought this would be romantic.” He reached into his baggy pants pocket and pulled out an iPod with a little set of speakers attached. “I was going to play a song for you.”

Totally creepy!”

No. Really, listen.”

He pressed play and an unholy mix of instruments blasted out in a tinny blare. He shut it off quickly. “Wrong song. One second.”


He looked up at her with heartbreak in his eyes. “I just need one second.”

Shoo! Go! Off with you!” She shoved the chair at his chest, driving him backward.

He gave her one last dejected look and walked around the corner of the house toward the street.


Review: I haven't read a YA books in ages, but this one sounded like such fun and it was. It was a quick read.  It is the first book in the Grape Merriweather series.  Like I said, I don't often venture into the YA arena, but I do when the character is relate-able and that's how I felt about Grape. She was kind of like I was in high school. She wanted to fit in. I can easily see myself carrying on with this series. Though unlike myself, in her original hometown, she was obviously popular. I love the story behind Grape's unusual name too.

Her new town of Sortilege Falls is unlike any other. A group of teens are worshipped like some kind of Gods. They are "The Models" and that's what they are. The rest of the world will do anything for them, much to their ire, and they treat the rest of the world pretty badly.

The Models were a bit hard to like and the way they sort of weave a spell over all the other "Normals" makes for an interesting story. Mandy is the only "Model" that you will feel any positive emotion for. The others are so nasty that, even though you know that they really aren't all that bad, you can't find it in you to care about them.

Grape is a kick butt kind of teen. She is one of the only people that doesn't seem to be affected by the aura that surrounds the "Models" and as they start falling ill, it is her and her brother, Brad that seem to be able to save the survivors.

I have to say I was a bit jealous of Grape and her metabolism, because that girl was always shoveling food into her piehole and she was never gaining weight. Only the "Models" didn't find her figure appealing. (The guys were even nastier than the girls).

The magic, of sorts, that surrounded "The Models" made for some really interesting scenarios, especially as they tried to figure out what the parents had done to make their children this way.

The ending was a cliffhanger that will leave you begging for the next book.

Rating: 5 stars
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was born during a blizzard. I’m told it was pretty cool but I have no memory of that time. I grew up in two tiny towns in Virginia and spent most of my twenties moving around the US. I’ve lived in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Washington. I’ve settled down, for now, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I’m a writer and improviser. I studied acting in college but spent more time rewriting lines than memorizing them. My first play, Fourth Wall, was produced my junior year. Since then, I’ve written several full length plays, one acts and screenplays. I started writing fiction in my late twenties. Now, I focus mainly on novels but still dabble in theater.

Fun facts about me: There are none. I’m sorry to disappoint you so soon. But, I do love to read, write, and run. My hubby is my favorite person on earth. Dogs are my second favorite. All dogs. I love orange juice, especially when it’s mixed with club soda. Carbonation is better than alcohol. Jaws is my favorite movie. Everything I’ve said so far is true.


Puschcart Prize Nomination for “Grow Your Own Dad” – Published by Mixer Publishing
Semi-finalist Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference – “STUFF”
Honorable Mention The Ohio State Newark New Play Contest – “The Last Day”

Contacting Libby:
Snail Mail:
PO Box 58251
Raleigh, NC 27616

Libby on the Web:

Purchase Links:
Barnes and Noble

Behind the Scenes Info:

Welcome to Sortilege Falls” is my second novel. My first, “Tough Girl” was about an eleven-year-old who is slowly starving to death and loses herself in an imaginary world to combat the misery of her life. I wanted to write something happy after that and WTSF is about as “happy” as my writing gets. The idea was to come up with a main character whose very name sounds like a smile, thus Grape Merriweather was born. Stories grow and writers hardly ever end up writing the book they intended. That is definitely true with WTSF. My “happy” story grew to encompass the themes of beauty worship, celebrity, as well as delving into the mysterious relationships between child stars and their parents. In the beginning of the novel, Grape is new at school and eager to impress. She was popular back home and has never had trouble making friends. She spends over an hour the night before trying on outfits and picking the perfect one for her first day. But she is ignored by students and teachers alike. Everyone is too caught up with the beyond gorgeous models to bother with one new student. We discover this weird world along with Grape and I tried to stay true to her voice. It was very important to me that Grape wasn’t perfect, that she partially fell under the Models’ spell as well.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting! The book is currently free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

Libby Heily Author said...

Thanks for hosting and for the five star rating. :)