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Today I’m beyond thrilled to have a favorite author of mine stop by to share a little bit more about an amazing novel of hers. Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala is hands down one of my favorite YA reads ever! After reading Tell Me A Secret, Holly’s debut novel, I simply didn’t think she could keep up the amazing work, but she more than accomplished that in Don’t Breathe a Word. So, without much more rambling on my part I’m going to hand things over to Holly Cupala to tell you a little more about her brilliant book, Don’t Breathe a Word

Thank you, Danielle, for hosting me today and for being a part of the Don’t Breathe a Word tour!

Danielle invited me to tell you a little about the street life of Joy and her friends, so I thought I would tell you a bit about their street powers…

In Don’t Breathe a Word, Joy runs away from home because of a secretly abusive relationship and escapes to the streets of Seattle, where she meets up with a band of homeless kids who teach her about existence, family, and love.

Early on, as Joy thinks about the power her boyfriend Asher has over her family, she realizes that to survive on the street, she’ll need her own power:

My friends and family didn’t know the kind of power Asher had over me in the real world, or the way his words singed even my thoughts. I would need to be strong if I was going to make it out here. Superpowers would come in handy, but I would settle for street powers. My street power would be invisibility. I would hide in plain sight.

When she meets Creed, Santos, and Asher—street-wise teens who have secrets and talents of their own—Joy thinks of them as having street powers. May has the power of disguise. Santos can talk his way out of anything. Creed can see into people’s souls. But will street powers be enough to survive?

As I started researching teens living on the streets of Seattle, I found out a lot of surprising things—that within 72 hours, most runaways have been approached or assaulted. That kids banded together for protection and family, had pets and weapons, and had a code of loyalty that could stare down that of any adult. My characters fit right in, and their street powers could very well be the difference between making it and becoming another statistic.

So readers, I have a question for you: If you were forced to live on the streets, what kind of street power would you want to have?

Please comment! And stop by the rest of the DBAW tour for more chances to win signed books and other swag—thank you to Danielle for inviting me to There’s A Book, and I hope readers love Don’t Breathe a Word!

Thank you so much Holly for taking the time to stop by and share this amazing side of Don’t Breathe a Word!

Please, readers, do make sure to comment! Also, don’t forget to take a look at my review as well as enter the giveaway being offered for a chance to win a copy of Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala!

Find Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads


As part of the Don’t Breathe A Word tour readers have an opportunity to win a copy of this brilliant new novel by Holly Cupala once a day during the tour! It’s even open internationally! Take a look at the details:

  • There will be one book given per day, drawn weekly. Everything entered by Saturday night of that week will be put into a drawing on Sunday.
  • The points DO accumulate, meaning entries put in for week one will count for the drawings in weeks 2 and 3.
  • There will be up to ONE international winner a week. If the winner is international, a copy will be shipped from The Book Depository.
  • Only US/Canada copies will be mailed from Holly and those copies will be signed.
  • The final drawing will held Sunday, January 15, and will include all entries through midnight CST Sat, Jan 14.
  • No purchase necessary.

That’s it! So many copies of Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala are up for grabs that I’m positive you won’t want to miss this one! You can gain additional entries as well, but you will have to complete the form for each entry you submit. Here is a rundown of all of the possible ways to accumulate additional entries:

  • One automatic entry for the first initial filling out the form.
  • For every post you comment on during the tour you gain one entry. You must fill out the form and link to the blog post for each comment.
  • Tweet, facebook, do a blog post or somehow include the tour on your blog. Only one entry per option, no additional entries for tweeting/posting daily.

This giveaway is put together thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene Tour and Holly Cupala. Thank you! To enter click on the following link and complete the form for each entry you wish to submit. Good luck!

Entry Form for the Don’t Breathe A Word Tour Giveaway

Thank you so much to the author, Holly Cupala, for providing a copy of this book for review and sponsoring the giveaway! Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook!
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9 Responses to Guest Post: Street Powers in Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

  1. Holly is so cool.

    What power would I want? The power to self heal would be nice 🙂 ‘Cause living on the streets is dangerous and could result in injuries.

    (not an entry)

  2. Katie says:

    Ok… I am intrigued. And I hope this doesn’t sound dumb, but I’m also a little confused. Are street powers actual “powers,” like superpowers? Or more just skills/mannerisms? I’m going to read your review now and see if I can figure it out… PS: THANK YOU for the giveaway!!! If I actually read the book, I know my question would be answered 🙂

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  4. Want to know about street powers in Don’t Breathe a Word? (+ giveaway)…

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  6. bn100 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds very interesting.

  7. I think you’d need to be able to talk tough to survive. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Holly says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me at your blog, Danielle! I love all of the street powers responses!

  9. Elizabeth G says:

    Wow, what n amazing giveaway. The book sounds amazing and I love the cover.

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