Sunday, October 16, 2011

Debut of the Month - All About Audition + Giveaway

Book Profile

Name - Audition (Goodreads)
Author - Stasia Ward Kehoe
Genre - Contemporary
Release Date - October 13th 2011
Avaliable - The Book Depository/ The Nile

When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent

The Insider's Scoop


Sometimes I wish I wrote about wizards or girls with other-worldly powers. Ideally, it’d be a snazzy, six-figure-book-deal trilogy that would be made into the kind of 3D movie you have to wear those migraine-inducing glasses to see. Then again, I kind of think my ballerina girls are badasses in their own ways. So, I’m gonna make ‘em into superheroes. Just for you!

Madison – A ballerina with an eye for business, thanks to her executive dad. As much as she loves dancing, she’ll likely grow up to rule boardrooms. She can look right through you and she doesn’t take any crap. Superpower: Laser gaze.

Bonnie – If wars could be won with sheer determination, Bonnie would be head of the United Nations. She’s got serious issues with body image for which she is being treated, but she will win her eating disorder battle if anyone can because she is incredibly pragmatic and can figure out how to get things done. Superpower: Ultimate endurance fighter.

Simone – Has an eye for fun and knows the power of love. Simone isn’t afraid to speak up for herself—or her friends. With her elegant charm she somehow manages to get people to tell her about their romantic woes. Superpower: She carries one of Cupid’s arrows.

Lisette – Nobody realizes what a great advantage intelligence is to the ballerina. Lisette spends extra hours practices in the ballet studio and, unbeknownst to the other girls, almost as many hours reading about great dancers, studying music and, well, doing homework. Her eye for grace, and her appreciation of history help her bring great passion and character to her dancing—she stands above the rest as a dancer from breath to bone. Superpower: photographic memory.

If your friends were superheroes, what would you call them? What colors and special effects would you add to their photographs? It's a lot of fun to think about. In fact, I'm kind of distracted thinking about the awesomeness that are my friends Julie, Janet, and Mo who've been helping me plan my book launch part. Or my cyber-buddies Lisa and Laura, who made my gorgeous book trailer. Or my critique group partners, my theater, dance and literary pals. Fact is, writing is a lonely job but launching a book into the world in these crazy publishing times takes a village. Mine is filled with cupcake-baking, carpool-driving, breakfast-and-gripe-session, proofread-anything-for-you superheroes. Here's hoping yours is, too!


Alright Lovelies! Stasia has kindly offered TWO (2) Audition Swag Packs (signed poster; ballerina sticky notes; bookmarks) for ONE (1) US/CAN Winner and (1) AUS Winner! Please make sure you leave a comment on one of Stasia's posts ( compulsory!) and fill out the form below! Thank-you!

Rules of Entry -

Open to US/CAN/AUS
Ends 10th of November
Must leave a comment on one of Stasia's posts!
Must be 13 or older
Must fill out this FORM

Badass Bookie xx


  1. Wow, I just had an insane vision of a supernatural ballet school... But then I realised it said IF they had superpowers!

    This book sounds wonderful, thank you for the giveaway!

  2. this book sounds good.

  3. Audition sounds like a great book. My best friend would definitely have laser eyes..she can give a mean stare down.

  4. Love the post and thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. Whoa!!! My name is Lisette so it's really exciting that one of that characters shares my name. Yay! I'm extra curious about the book now :)

  6. this book looks so cute! :3 i'll have to check it out!

  7. I'm so interested in seeing how this novel plays out. I used to be a dance major, dealing with all of the stresses that come along. Sounds like a great book!

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win, never read a book like this before.

  9. I really do want to give this book a try, it sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  10. Great post. Laser Gaze was my favorite super power. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been dying to read this book and this post only makes me want to read it more! I can't wait to check it out!

  12. OOOO I'd totally want Cupid's Arrow as a power :D :D :D Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Thanks for the great giveaway! I wish I was like Simon :) I wish she had a different name though, Simon is a boy's name. (just my opinion)

  14. Those are some pretty creative super powers! Awesome Giveaway!

  15. I've heard so many great things about this book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    lovely cover, just perfect for the story. And the horse...well, makes me think of freedom!