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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

#GeekGrlzRevenge Blog Tour: Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Guest Post and Illustration Sneak Peek)

Good-morning, book nerds :)
I am SO excited to be a part of the #GeekGrlzRevenge Blog Tour today!!!
Laurie Boyle Crompton, debut author to the soon-to-be released Blaze, has stopped by today with an awesome guest post about why the main character, Blaze, is "Comic Book Cool"...
ALSO, please scroll down to get a peek at some of the art that you will find in the book too!!!

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Why My Character is... Comic Book Cool
by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” 
She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn't ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn't wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!
My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.
As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren't into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!

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(or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Expected release date: February 1st, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult 


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.

Here's a sneak peek of the illustrations that you can expect to see in BLAZE!!!

I am very pleased to introduce you to... Blazing Goddess!!!
Blaze's alter-ego comic book superhero :)

© 2012 Anne Cain

See more sneak peeks of the amazing illustrations by Anne Cain in this video where the author, Laurie, un-boxes her first box of author copies :) 

I am SO looking forward to getting a finished copy and seeing all of the illustrations in Blaze!!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Laurie Boyle Crompton

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