05 January 2023

Into the Spotlight | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


The devastation of a ruined summer.

The gift of a second chance.

Can Josie learn the lessons she needs ito discover her true self?

After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her aunt on a South Carolina Island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement.

However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are more important things than her reputation. As she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers who God wants her to be.

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2022


As I stood there staring in disbelief, the blood throbbing in my head, someone yelled, “Hey, that’s her. That’s Josie DelRio.” I watched as the mob turned toward me like lions about to pounce. The pointing, laughter, and whispers made my knees weak. How could this be happening? Why was it happening?

Before I could collapse from the sheer force of the mortification, a strong arm yanked me into the bathroom. Thank goodness for best friends.

Liz instructed me to sit on the tile floor, then left to track down some answers. I sat there stunned, wondering what could possibly have sparked the incident. But as the bell rang and the crowd dispersed, a voice filtered in from the hallway. “If you think that’s bad, wait until you get to chapter four.”

Horrified, I sucked in a breath that burned all the way to my toes. I knew without a single doubt who was responsible for the collapse of my world.

My own mother.


Leslea Wahl is an award-winning author of adventurous teen mysteries. She not only writes for teens but is also an avid reviewer of Christian fiction. Her journey to become an author came through a search for value-based fiction for her own children. Leslea now strives to be an advocate for other families battling against society’s secular messages through her faith-based writing and reviews.

Connect with Leslea by visiting lesleawahl.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Into the Spotlight, bookmark, bible verse magnet, and designer soap!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 4, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.


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