Saturday, February 16, 2013

Debut of the Month - All About Blaze + Giveaway

Book Profile

Name - Blaze (Goodreads)
Author - Laurie Boyle Crompton
Genre -  Contemporary
Release Date - February 1st 2013

Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now...

Available - The Book Depository | Fishpond | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The Insider's Scoop

While talking about Blaze in other interviews I’ve alluded to the fact that the first version of the book went in a very different direction and was rewritten considerably. I’m excited to share here for the very first time just how much of a drastic change the manuscript went through. The book was originally titled Fangirl and Her Subatomic Sweatmobile of Doom but that’s not the drastic part. That title could still work for this book. The big, huge, completely gigantic difference is that in the original version Blaze actually…wait for it… oh, and this is a little spoilerly, since after you read this you’ll know this isn’t what happens in the book, so you may want to stop and go read it first… but what I’m trying to tell you is that… in the first version Blaze actually… gets pregnant!

Yes, her encounter with Mark the Shark at one time ended with a positive pregnancy test! I’m sure you can imagine just how much of a different direction the book headed from that point on. Of course Blaze handled her situation with just as much humor and strength as she now handles getting slut shamed. It wasn’t easy for me to decide to make such a big change, especially since the original version was polished and ready to go at the time. Not to mention the fact that the pregnancy was, yanno… the whole plot of the book! But I’m so glad I went ‘back to the drawing board’ and rewrote the second half. It was the right thing to do and the two versions are still similar in many ways with serious issues adding weight to the light overall tone of the novel. I’m as happy with the results as Blaze was to get that now negative pregnancy test! I hope folks enjoy reading her story as much as I enjoyed writing it. And thank you so much for having me!


Laurie is giving away (1) SIGNED ARC of Blaze +Bookmarks!

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  1. Oh, wow, that is a big change in direction for the book. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my wishlist and sounds awesome. Thank you so much for the giveaway and for Aussies too.

  2. I'm glad to read about the change-I think I preferred what actually happened to what might have happened.

  3. Thanks for the inside scoop!! I've heard great things and definitely want to see the illustrations :)

  4. This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Laurie on the new release!

  5. Thanks for this! This book is on my 2013 debut novels I'm looking forward to! :)

  6. I'm wondering if you will ever use aspects of the first version elsewhere?

  7. I really want this thanks for giveaway

  8. This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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