Monday, December 1, 2014

A Memoir, A Mutant, and a Manuscript Maven!






My friend and fellow blogger, Samantha Verant had an amazing October. Her debut memoir, SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS, was released as well as her debut middle grade novel, KING OF THE MUTANTS. (Yes, that is a photo of us taken six years ago in Chicago!)

Let me tell you about the two books!

SEVEN REASONS I LOVE SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS
1. Sam is one witty author.
2. The story made me laugh, sigh, and even tear up.
3. So yes, there is heartbreak, but there is much laughter and love, too.
4. Amazing story about second chances.
5. It embraces the lost art of letter writing.
6. There's a place in France where Sam likes to dance. (Maybe or maybe not)
7. I'm mentioned in the acknowledgements!


KING OF THE MUTANTS
I haven't read all of Sam's King of the Mutants yet (I've read the first few chapters long ago!), but I will because my son is getting it for Christmas! Here's the scoop:
Maverick Mercury is the sideshow attraction known as “Gator Boy” at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow. Despite being routinely kicked around by the other performers, Maverick has always been comfortable in his skin. That is, until he overhears Burt Grumbling talking about him behind his reptilian-like back. It seems Maverick’s freakish mutations are the result of some billionaire geneticist’s experiments gone awry. Apparently, this guy kidnaps kids, turns them into supermutants, and sells their powers to the highest bidder. Now, Maverick is on a mission to find the mad scientist who may have created him. All he has to do is steal some wheels from Burt, escape the clutches of one-eyed Yorgi and his gang of killer clowns, and make his way from some Podunk town in Florida to the Big Apple.

So happy for Sam on her double book whammy in October!


BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

I have big news about my blogger friend, Sharon!
Sharon Johnson Mayhew
The wonderful Sharon Mayhew has started an editing business called THE MANUSCRIPT MAVEN! Don't you love the name?! She has critiqued many of my manuscripts, and I highly recommend her. Check out her new website HERE!

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Two books - that's awesome for Sam! And you mentioned in the acknowledgements. Too cool!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

You almost made me cry. Thank you, Kelly!!!! I heart you to death! And I love that photo of us! We need another one. Cough. Come to France!!!!!

cleemckenzie said...

That's a lot to accomplish in a single month! Well, I know it took longer than a month to produce those books, but to launch them together is a great accomplishment.

Congrats to Sharon!

Shelley Sly said...

Wow, two books at one time! That is awesome! I'll check them out, especially the MG book -- it sounds like something I'd really enjoy. :)

Kim Kasch said...

Sounds like you have wonderful friends!

Wendy said...

That's quite an achievement. To say the least. Congrats!