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Friday, December 6, 2013

Misplaced Book Blitz: Author Interview and Giveaway with Lee Murray

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in the Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours for Lee Murray's Misplaced.

About Lee:

Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Lee! In your own words, tell us about Misplaced.

Misplaced tells of seventeen year old Adam Creighton, whose mother goes out one evening for the milk and doesn’t return home. It’s a coming of age story of how a teen copes in the aftermath of such loss. It’s about friends and family and the things we take for granted. But ultimately it’s a story of love and acceptance.

What concept or situation about Misplaced makes it unique?

Death is final. It’s terribly sad, but the person is gone. But when someone goes missing, there’s always a chance they might come back. That perennial spark of hope is perhaps the thing that makes loss through disappearance the most difficult. In Misplaced, Adam’s grandpa has Alzheimer’s, an incurable disease in which a person loses their memory over time. I felt this was an important parallel to Adam’s story of loss as a person suffering from Alzheimer’s can have occasional periods of lucidity, providing family members with the cruel hope that the person might one day come back.

If you could tell us one thing about the young adult genre that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?

Teenagers are a contradiction. On the cusp of adulthood, they can accomplish almost everything an adult character can: drive a car, make a meal, use a cash machine, wield a sword, incite a riot, design a robot, even have a relationship. Yet their youth means they’re still trying to make sense of the world, so when faced with a particular situation you never quite know how a teenager might react. This makes them hugely exciting to write.

Some of the scenes in Misplaced are set at school. What were you like at school?

I was a terrible swot. A school prefect. Seriously, I was awful.

Are you a disciplined writer?

I wish! I’m a bit of a chipmunk, hopping from one piece of writing to the next. I’ve got three novels on the go at the moment, as well as a novella, and short stories in various stages of completion. And facebook can be very distracting. My mother could say much the same as Adam’s: I need to sort out my priorities!

Thanks for joining us today, Lee! It was fun getting to know you better.

About the Book:

TITLE: Misplaced 
AUTHOR: Lee Murray
PUBLISHER: Leapy Sheep
PUBLICATION DATE: November 28, 2013
FORMAT: Kindle, 203 pages
GENRE: Mystery, New Adult
ASIN: B00H006HR8

Dream cars have no registration plate…

One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doesn’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a parent too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of Misplaced.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open worldwide until 12:00 AM CST 
on December 13, 2013. 


  1. Hi Darlene, thanks so much for letting me visit your site. Great to be here.

  2. Misplaced sounds so interesting and I really enjoyed learning more about the author. I am curious about the MC in Misplaced and wonder about his healing process. My heart goes out to him because of the loss of his mom and from the blurb there is a lot more in store for him. Thanks for sharing. :)


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