Thursday, June 18, 2020


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eXtreme Blindside Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



eXtreme Blindside
TitleeXtreme Blindside 
Author: Leslea Wahl 
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media 
Release Date: December 1, 2019 
Genre: Young Adult Mystery 

After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he's offered a gig he can't refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one. Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.


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Leslea Wahl 

Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea is the author of three other Catholic teen novels, The Perfect Blindside, An Unexpected Role, and Where You Lead, and strives to write Young Adult novels that will encourage teens to grow in their faith through fun, adventurous mysteries.

In addition to writing her own books, Leslea has begun reviewing Catholic and Christian teen novels on her website to help families find faith-based novels. She is also one of the founding members of the joint-website

For more information on her award-winning Young Adult mysteries please visit

JUNE:  Welcome to Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic, Leslea. Congratulations on the recent release of your newest Christian Young Adult Adventurous Mystery, 'eXtreme Blindside'.

JUNE:  Please share with us how the idea for this story came to you. How did you develop the characters and setting? Were the plot, setting, or any of the characters in this book inspired by events, places, or people from your own life experiences?

LESLEA:  I wrote the first novel in the Blindside series, Perfect Blindside, years ago, and always hoped to create more adventures for my lead characters Jake and Sophie. I liked the idea of having the sequel set at an extreme sporting event, but other than that, I didn’t know what the story would entail. While the plot marinated in my mind, I wrote two other YA books, An Unexpected Role and Where You Lead. But finally, inspiration struck, and the story for eXtreme Blindside started to unfold.

JUNE:  You have written several books, novellas, and short stories in the Young Adult genre. Are there any other genres in which you may eventually wish to write?  If yes, would you ever consider writing children's literature such as picture books for young children or middle-grade novels for older children? Any plans to write in the adult genre? Do you have any interest in writing non-fiction? If yes, what subject would you write about?

LESLEA:  I do have a few children picture book ideas that I would like to finish someday. In fact, I was working on two different ones when the premise for my first YA novel suddenly came to me, and my focus shifted. Every once in a while, I go back to the children's book ideas, but then inevitably, a YA story pops into my mind that I’m compelled to work on. I think it’s hard to stay focused on picture books because creating an entire story with so few words is a real challenge for me. I recently started working on a new project that will be a departure from my usual YA genre. It will be my first adult novel—a romantic holiday story.

JUNE:  You mentioned on your website that you hope to visit all 50 of the states in the US. Please give us a list of a couple of your favorite states that you have visited and why they are your favorites. What made these locales extra-special for you?

LESLEA:  What a great question. There are certain states that immediately come to mind. Utah, Florida, Alaska, South Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania. Whether it’s hanging out on a beach, hiking through canyons, or touring historical sites, all these places have one common denominator—I visited them with my family. While I would love to mark all the states off my bucket list, spending time with my family is even most precious. That is actually the theme of the YA adventure I just finished working on A Summer to Treasure. It follows one family on a summer road trip and focuses on sibling relationships.

JUNE:  You and your family live in Colorado. Please share some of your favorite things about living in your home state and how they contribute to your spiritual and physical health and well-being.

LESLEA:  Colorado has so much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. I grew up spending time in the mountains and just love them. My Blindside books are set in the Colorado Rockies as well as my novella Unlikely Witnesses.

JUNE:  I noticed on your website that you enjoy movies, "from old classics to new releases". Who are a few of your favorite classic movie leading men and leading ladies? What is your favorite classic Christmas movie? Please list a few of your favorite movies -- from old classics to new releases!

LESLEA:  Just a few of my favorite movies – in no particular order.

Some Like it Hot (my favorite Marilyn Monroe movie – so fun!)
Pride and Prejudice (definitely the Keira Knightly version)
National Treasure (who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?)
White Christmas (always gets me in the mood for Christmas)
Die Hard (not sure how but this has become a holiday tradition for our family)
Freaky Friday (I love watching the Lindsay Lohan version with my daughter)
Singing in the Rain (such a great classic with amazing songs)

JUNE:  'White Christmas' and 'Singin' in the Rain' are two of my very favorite classic movies, too! Thank you for chatting with us here today, Leslea! We wish you continued success in your writing endeavors and much happiness in your family life.

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(5) winners will each receive a signed print copy of Extreme Blindside, a custom bookmark, and scented soap!

Extreme Blindside JustRead Giveaway
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 15, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 22, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you for being a part of the tour! :) - JustRead Tours