Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day Fifteen: FAKING NORMAL + Giveaway!

Book Profile

Name - Faking Normal (Goodreads)
Author - Courtney C. Stevens
Genre - Contemporary Realistic
Release Date - February 25th 2014

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

At school, nobody sees the scratches or her pain. The only person she connects with is the mysterious Captain Lyric, who writes song lyrics on her fourth-period desk for her to complete. With pencil marks and music, Alexi carves out a comfortable space for herself as she and the Captain finish each other's songs—words on a desk feel safer than words spoken aloud.

But when Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend who understands her better than anyone. He has secrets of his own and knows all about suffering in silence. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally speak up.

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

The Insider's Scoop

You need a big ice cream bowl for these four inside scoops!

1. The original title of Faking Normal was 23. It was 23 when I queried my agent, but we decided that 23 only meant something if someone had read the story. It’s been exciting to hear people respond to the title. The typical response: people elbow their friend and say, “Well, I never do that,” or “Oh my gosh, that’s my life.” I’m thrilled the title resonates with people.

2. Faking Normal came to life in an unusual way. I had the idea on a Sunday. By Monday night, I had four pages and a rough outline. On Tuesday, I said to a friend, “What do you think about me asking said agent, if she comes back with a ‘I like your writing, but not this story,’ if she’d like to see this new idea.” My friend suggested I go for it, and we joked about how long it usually takes agents to respond.

Self-fulfilling prophecy! On Wednesday, that agent responded with exactly what I predicted. I took my friend’s advice, offered the invitation to read a manuscript that did not exist, and expected to hear back in several weeks. Instead, she responded two minutes later, and asked to see fifty pages immediately. What did I say? “I’ll have them to you by Monday.” Out of desperation, I wrote the first fifty pages of Faking Normal while on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN with my seniors between Wednesday and Monday. (Don’t try this at home … but say YES to every opportunity.)

3. Music plays a huge role in Faking Normal. Throughout the story, lyrics are exchanged between two characters on their four period desk. The original draft was full of licensed music. After a conversation about the cost of using those lyrics, we decided to use my original songs. While I have zero musical ability, I have been writing songs for a decade and was excited to have the opportunity to craft these imaginary hits. (And that fourth period desk in Faking Normal was inspired by my own high school experience. Although we weren’t nearly as romantic or thoughtful.)

4. The book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is mentioned in Faking Normal. I made this choice because it fits with Bodee’s character development, but also because the concept of Faking Normal came to me while I was attending a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference where Gary Paulsen was a keynote speaker. I was a childhood fan of Hatchet, but after hearing Paulsen’s story, I wanted to pay homage to him in a special way. (Folks, a librarian saved his life, and he wrote Hatchet longhand by firelight. See! See! So cool.)

(I wanted to say a special thanks to Lisa for including me in this awesome debutante class and for taking the time to put together this awesome blog.) ~ Courtney, you're too sweet! Lots of love! 


Courtney is giving away an ARC of FAKING NORMAL and Channel Your Brave t-shirt + Bracelet! 

Rule of Entry -

- Ends 15th of January
- Must be 13 or older
- Optional Entries :
   * Leaving comment on either of Courtney's posts +2 each
   * Follow Me on Twitter +1
   * Follow Courtney on Twitter +1 (@Quartland)
   * Follow Courtney on Tumblr + 1
   * LIKE Courtney's Facebook Page + 1
   * Tweeting Giveaway +1
   * Follow Badass Bookie via GFC/Linky or RSS +2

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Badass Bookie xx


  1. Congrats to Courtney on the new release! Thanks for sharin g:)

  2. Not entering, as I have already won this prize from Courtney :D Just wanted to say that this is an awesome post! And I really loved Faking Normal. <3 Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on the new release, its one of my most anticipated of next year!

  4. Thanks for the inside scoop!! I definitely want some ice cream now. So eager to read this one!

  5. LOVE that the lyrics are Courtney's:))

    Read the beginning of Faking Normal and it is amazing:)

    Thank you:)

  6. I cannot WAIT to read this book! It's one of my most anticipated reads of 2014!

  7. Thanks for the chance to win! Looks like an emotional read!

  8. Congrats! It sounds you were are very lucky and talented. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  9. I can't wait to read this one! It sounds so amazing and I'm glad music plays a key part in the novel - I love books like that :D
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. Awesome scoops! I love to hear that music plays such a big role. I love that little extra connection that music gives, and that they're all Courtney's songs is so cool!

  11. Congrats on the new release! Sounds like a great book :)

  12. The cover is very pretty and thanks for the goodies as well!

  13. Music + Books = Win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. The book sounds good and the swag are awesooooooome! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  15. I heard a lot of amazing things about this one, can't wait to read it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. This is one of my highly anticipated books for 2014. I cant wait to read it! :)

  17. Congrats to Courtney! This book seems awesome! I'm sure it is!

  18. Wow Another book with lyrics (music) in it... This year is proving to a awesome one :D

  19. Congrats to Courtney! Thanks for the giveaway! I have seen a lot of great reviews for this book already.


  20. Congrats on the new release! Sounds like a great book :)
    I love music in books

  21. Ohhh, 23 would also be a cool title of the book, but I guess this one is more fitting. Congrats on your debut novel, can't wait to read it! :)

  22. I've heard so many things about this book and I'm really jealous for those people who got an early copy, so winning this would be really great hehe :)

  23. I'm really excited to read this one!

  24. So looking forward to reading this book--very highly anticipated!

  25. Thank you for your information , I am happy to visit your website kehalaman and I apologize if I put my health at the link on your website , thanks admin How To Treat Genital Herpes and Treatment of diseases Give - Give Naturally

  26. thank differences of information , I would ask permission untukmembagi Links I Regarding traditional medicine Chronic Renal Failure . Once Again thank differences information