Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares #BlogTour with #GuestPost & #Giveaway @ValladaresEllen @YABoundToursPR

Hello Readers! Today we are part of another blog tour! This one is for Crossing the Line
by Ellen Wolfson Valladares, a young adult, magical realism read. Read on as the author shares with us her Top 10 favorite, not scary movies about the afterlife, and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!

Crossing the Line
by Ellen Wolfson Valladares
Genre: YA Magical Realism
Release Date: March 6th 2018
WiDo Publishing

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.
Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.
It is her one chance to make sure that what happened her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

“You’ve been selected to attend The Academy,” a voice had said to me. Then suddenly, I was sitting on a big field of damp grass with a bunch of other kids my age. I was sure I had finally woken up.
“I guess it was a dream,” I said.
“What?” A boy sitting next to me had overheard me.
“Where are we?” I asked him. The Academy. They didn’t tell you?”
I ran my fingers through the soft blades of grass. It felt so real. Yeah,” I said. But where exactly are we? This might be a strange question, but we’re alive, right?”
Then this boy, who was wearing a Members Only jacket, broke out into annoyingly loud laughter. He stopped abruptly when he saw that I wasn’t finding it funny. Oh, no,” he said, catching his breath. You’re still dead. I promise.”
“Oh.” If it was true, assuming this kid knew what he was talking about, it was just so different from anything I’d experienced so far. Are you sure?” I questioned him. Because this all looks so real. You look real. I think I can even smell the air.” I inhaled. Yeah. That’s nice.”
He nodded and smiled. I know. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I can’t get over it either. They want us to feel like we’re really in school. It’s like this agreed-upon visualization stuff they do in the Spirit world, I forget what they call it. Like the hospital I was in before here. Man, it felt real, cept no drugs or nothing.”

Since my book deals with the afterlife, I’m going to go with my top 10 favorite movies about the afterlife. In researching, I found a lot of books and movies I hadn’t heard of that I’m now “dying” to read or see (haha?). Top on that list is After Life, a 1998 film which has tons of positive feedback. However, on the following list, I’ve included only movies I’ve actually seen and enjoyed. If you have some good recommendations, I’d love to hear from you. No horror or scary movies, please. My idea of a good afterlife movie is one that can be dark in places, or humorous, but ultimately, uplifts and inspires.  

10. Beetlejuice (1988)
9. What Dreams May Come (1998)
8. The Sixth Sense (1999)
7. City of Angels (1998)
6. Field of Dreams (1989)
5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
4. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
3. The Lovely Bones (2009)
2. Defending Your Life (1991)
1. Ghost (1990)

Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her newest release, Crossing the Line from WiDo Publishing, is a young adult novel about a teenage spirit from the 1980’s who befriends a current-day high school girl in the hopes of preventing a similar tragedy from occurring again.
Her first book, a middle grade novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
After her first child was stillborn in 1995, Valladares became dedicated to helping families suffering a similar loss. She volunteered as a peer counselor to help bereaved moms, ran a support group called Surviving Pregnancy After a Loss,” and helped create and run an annual event for grieving families. In addition, she is a past president of the Board of Directors of Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc.
Valladares has also taught numerous workshops in the South Florida area on a variety of metaphysical topics, including angels, intuition, meditation, and life purpose.
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. Currently, she writes for several alumni magazines at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and a member and former Board member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA). She also enjoys working as a college essay coach for high school students and helping other writers realize their dreams.
She has been married to her husband, Manny, for close to 30 years (May 2018) and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

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