Pump Up Your Book Presents Sydney West Virtual Book Publicity Tour

Authors on Tour — By on November 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

Join Rebecca McKinsey, author of the young adult suspense fiction novel,  Sydney West, as she tours the blogosphere December 3 through January 18, 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


www.BlackbirdBooks.net is the website for Rebecca McKinsey, a 21-year-old novelist who learned to drive a library cart before she learned to drive a car, and still prefers the library cart, if it would only get her to appointments on time. She was born in a town, raised in the country, and now lives in the city, but spends most of her time in places that don’t exist. She is a lover of words, a devoted drinker of tea, but, most notably, a storyteller. Rebecca has been a storyteller from her earliest memories, when she would make up stories to go with pictures in books before she could read the words. But reading… oh, words! They opened for her new worlds and paths to new characters and experiences. At the age of 11, she knew she wanted to be a writer someday so she could share her own stories. “Someday” finally came. She self-published The Storytellers: Anterria in December 2010, The Storytellers: Atlantis in January 2012, and Sydney West in February 2012, with Lorem Ipsum, the second book in the Sydney West series, tentatively scheduled to be self-published in December 2012. She wants her stories to draw young people into a lifetime of reading, encouraging them to read and discover the pleasure in getting lost in a story, and inspiring them to write their own stories.

When she’s not writing, plotting, or outlining her next story, Rebecca enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, spinning, movies, and dreaming of having a cat and living in a bicycle-friendly neighborhood, where she doesn’t have to rely on that library cart or car to get around.

To purchase Sydney West, click here.


Sydney West is a tall, pale stranger who collapses in the middle of a busy coffee shop, later waking in the hospital as an amnesiac. He immediately exhibits impressive observation and memory skills, along with a number of eccentricities. His new acquaintances don’t know what to think of him as his paranoia mounts and inconsistencies build around him.

In RE-learning about himself, he finds he has great difficulty in making friends, learns that he detests coffee and loves tea, and that suddenly he can play one song on the piano like a master. One song, and no others. Couldn’t this all be within the realm of “normal” with his amnesia? Certainly, he tries to convince himself. But ghosts of memory rise into his subconscious, and he has the intense feeling of someone physically being by his side when there is no one there. Fleeting memories take residence in the back of his recollection that he can’t quite get a grasp of, and when he starts to connect information, the sound in his head causes such extreme pain that he can’t think straight. Yes, there may be darker forces that have caused his memory loss, and may be planning further harm.

He is determined to piece together his history and find out who is manipulating his present, while trying to determine friend from foe, a task that seems impossible to accomplish, especially since it seems that some clues may be pointing to him as the manipulator.

Sydney West is a tale of mystery, suspicion, sarcasm, used books, and Earl Grey tea.


Sydney West Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Tuesday, December 4

Guest blogging at Allvoices

Wednesday, December 5

Interviewed at Examiner

Monday, December 10

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, December 12

Guest blogging at Parenting from a Child’s View

Friday, December 14

Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, January 7

Book reviewed at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

Book reviewed at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Tuesday, January 8

Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Guest blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Wednesday, January 9

Book reviewed at Must Read Faster

Thursday, January 10

Book reviewed at Giving N Sharing

Friday, January 11

Interviewed at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Monday, January 14

Book review and guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts

Tuesday, January 15

Book reviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, January 16

Book reviewed at Book Lover Stop

Thursday, January 17

Book reviewed at Read it All Book Reviews

Friday, January 18

Interviewed at Read it All Book Reviews

Book reviewed at Offbeat Vagabond

Rebecca McKinsey’s SYDNEY WEST VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on December 3 and ends on January 18,2013. Please contact Tracee Gleichner at tgleichner(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!


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