Monday, September 23, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: CINDERSKELLA, the First Book in the Scarily Ever Laughter Series by Amie & Bethanie Borst

I am honored and so super duper excited to be one of the blog hosts for Amie Borst's big COVER REVEAL and giveaway today!!!

That's right...I said GIVEAWAY! Read all the way through to see how YOU can sign up to win fabulous prizes including a $25 Amazon gift card, or even a brand new Kindle Fire! (I feel so Bob Barker right now. Do I sound Bob Barker?)

While I have not had the pleasure of reading Cinderskella yet, I have read the story that will be the second book in this same series, and I can tell you that it is snort-out-loud funny. All of the middle grade readers in your life will adore it. I can hardly wait to read the book that kicks the whole series off, but unfortunately I will have to wait... for one more month anyway until it becomes available October 26th. You can however pre-order it on Barnes and Noble RIGHT NOW! Go ahead and do it if you'd like, but then come right back because you really don't want to miss out on this giveaway.

The thing that I (and you) will NOT have to wait any longer for is the chance to see what Cinderskella's beautiful cover looks like because here it is, for the very first time, in all its bookish splendor:
She is a beaut isn't she?

In case you don't already know what Cinderskella is about, here's a nice little description for you:

Cindy is just a normal 11¾-year-old girl. At least until she wakes up one night and finds out she’s dead. Well, she isn't technically dead—she just doesn't have any hair . . . or a nose . . . or skin. Yep—all bones, no body.

Human by day and skeleton by night, Cindy is definitely cursed. And because her mother recently died, Cindy has no one to turn to except a father who is now scared of her and an evil stepmother who makes her do the housecleaning with a toothbrush. To make matters worse, the Spring Fling dance is approaching, and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know Cindy exists. Of course, Cindy doesn’t think letting Ethan find out she’s part skeleton is the best way to introduce herself.
While facing such perils as pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortune teller, and a few quick trips to the Underworld, Cindy’s determined to break the curse—even for a single night.
Cinderskella is available for purchase at Barnes& Noble.

And THESE are lovely ladies responsible for the book:

Amie and Bethanie Borst are a mother-daughter writing team. Amie believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate.  Bethanie is a spunky 13 year old middle-schooler who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. Cinderskella is their first book together and is part of the Scarily Ever Laughter series. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, From the Mixed-UpFiles of Middle-Grade Authors, as well as their blog.

NOW, without any further rambling on my part, the details of the non-cover-reveal feature of this blog you've been so patiently waiting for:

Amie Borst is celebrating her book release and cover reveal with a monthly drawing in The Great Cinderskella Giveaway! If you’d like to win a $25 Amazon gift card, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By participating in this month's giveaway, you’ll be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire in October!

Good luck everyone!!!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hashing it out over on #PitMad today!

Here's more info on my pitched manuscript for anyone who's interested:

Genre/Category: YA/Realistic
Word count: 63,000


In 1995, sixteen-year old Jason is ready to end his life. Reeling from a chance encounter with Kurt Cobain at an airport three days before Cobain killed himself, Jason can’t help but feel guilty. If he’d done or said something differently would Cobain still have died? Now with his own emotional issues spiraling out of control, Jason decides to take to the road, hoping to leave the darkness behind. If he can make it to Seattle, and retrace the last days of Cobain’s life, maybe Jason can finally come to terms with the guilt that’s slowly killing him.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year old J.D. is ready to get a life. He’s tired of living in the dark shadow of an older brother who killed himself on the day J.D. was born, leaving his mother catatonically depressed, and his father long gone. When a card from Dad arrives in the mail, return address and all, J.D. decides it’s time for an old-fashioned road trip. If he can track Dad down and convince him to come home, maybe J.D.’s dream of going off to college and living outside of the shadows isn’t so entirely stupid after all.

Two guys on two separate journeys, both running from the long-term side effects of suicide, both destined to cross paths from the start. Of course, no road trip would be complete without friends, but for Jason and J.D. those have been in short supply. Instead, J.D. turns to Siaki “Yank” Yankman, a junk-food loving bear of a guy from school, along with Yank’s nosy but well-meaning sister Kilee, while Jason has no choice but to convince his uptight, dutiful cousin Chad to join him. If either guy stands a chance of making it past the cranky bus station attendants, pick pocketing grannies, or car-eating potholes in their way, they’ll first need to step into the light and learn to rely on the people around them. Not an easy task when you’ve grown used to the dark.
Told in alternating points of view, Potholes on the Road to Nirvana is a heartbreaking topic handled with friendship, humor, and just a smidge of romance. It is complete at 63,000 words and will appeal to fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, and An Abundance of Katherines. The full manuscipt and/or samples are available upon request.