Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Virtual Book Tour: Hidden

Please welcome author M. Lathan, who is going to talk about her newest release, Hidden. The author is giving a price of a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment often! You can find the other stops of the tour here. Look for the rafflecopter at the end of the blog.

M. Lathan


Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.


Sienna snatched last week’s Chemistry test from my desk. I hadn’t turned it over. I knew it was a D minus.

She cackled and passed it around.

“Leah, you would think someone who spends most of her time alone would have better grades,” she said. Her birds laughed on cue. “What do you do all day? Obviously not study.” She gasped slowly like she’d gotten a revelation in that blonde head of hers. “You fantasize about us, don’t you? You probably sleep in Whit’s old bed to feel close to her.”

Laughter spread around the room like an airborne disease. Disease. I shivered. That was an intriguing thought; I could almost hear the sound their bodies would make against the floor when it hit.

“Leah, come on. Say something. Scream at me, it’s been a while. At least cry,” Sienna said, laughing and leaning into my desk, closer to danger.

I didn’t cry. I never cry. And if I were going to, it wouldn’t be because of Sienna. I had bigger problems. I’d just broken a promise I’d made to God to not think about hurting His people, His children. And today was not the day to piss Him off.

My old roommate, Whitney Nguyen, graciously returned my test as she cackled with the rest of the birds. She liked the idea of me pining over her, but she knew I didn’t spend my free time thinking about her or sleeping in her old bed. After fourteen years of hard labor as my roommate, she’d given up on being friends or me being remotely normal. The current theory to explain my oddness was that I was in love with all of the girls and consumed by lust.

As long as they didn’t know it was magic.


M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.  

Website: mlathan.com
Twitter: @hiddenseries




  1. Will Book 2 be a continuation of the same main characters?


    1. Yes Mary, their story takes a new, interesting turn but it is based on the same characters with the addition of a few more!

    2. Thank you so much for hosting today!

  2. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win. Would love an Amazon GC.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Good yuck in the giveaway!

  3. The story sounds very exciting.


    1. Thanks for dropping by! Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Fun to see the variety of hosts who are drawn to the book!


    1. Omg you read my mind! I was just thinking that. Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Ooh... I like witches! I think that a love of fiction draws many of us, beyond couples, ages, and even to some extent-content. I wonder, do you write some of what you've learned about motivations and psyche through your psychology training? I think that would dovetail nicely with knowing how to write what drives a character, which ultimately pulls the reader in.

    I can't read a story about a teenage girl full of angst and enjoy it very often... but give her occult powers? I'm so there! I wish you very good luck with your eBook.

    1. Oh, and because I'm a ditz ... anordwell(at)live.com

    2. Great question and thanks for stopping by! The answer is yes, I use my experience working with people and also psych tools like the DSM to figure my character out. I want to know the highs and lows and ins and outs. Even if I'm not giving them a diagnosis, which many times I do because sane ppl are boring lol, I still try to classify their behavior and use psych to predict how they might excel in some situations and completely fold in others. My personal favorite psych theory is attachment theory and Hidden is mostly built out of my belief in it.

      Thanks for your question and the well wishes.

  6. Another great excerpt. I think this story really sounds excellent.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway & the chance (Amazon would be fine)!
    The book sounds really good :)


  8. This sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would love either gift card but I think I would prefer Barnes and Noble.
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  9. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
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