Lookie! Roberta is doing a WoW post (*ooooohhhhh*).
Haha, really, don't get used to it - this is a special occasion, and since today is Wednesday, and I wanted this book to get special attention, I told myself - why not?
So, my dearest darlings...
...remember the post in which I explained why I try not to cross the boundary between fan and friend when talking to authors? because I need to be able to promote their work without sounding biased?
That is still relevant to this day. I'm still trying. And I've been blessed with meeting a few intelligent writers who can take criticism if needed, so I'm not afraid to speak my little mind if they ask my opinion on their books (as in, beta-reading) or even if they don't (as in, reviewing).
This been said, I'll admit that this lady called Erin Callahan is the closest thing I have to a friend in the author department. I (virtually) met her in 2013, when she asked me if I was interested in reviewing the first two books in the Mad World series, that she had (and still has) in progress along with her writing partner Troy H. Gardner. Erin had actually taken the time to peruse my blog and to pay attention to my reading preferences, which is SO rare. So, I reviewed her and Troy's first two collaborative novels (and later the third). I thought they showed promise, though I had some reservations about said books that both Erin and Troy received very graciously. The two of them were still rather new at the writing game, so they were eager to learn from any criticism their readers might throw at them. I don't know if they learned anything from me (I don't know if anyone can learn anything from me, period), but what I mean is, it was a pleasure to work with them.
I have stayed in contact with both Erin and Troy - if sporadically - since...especially with Erin, because she was (I think) in charge of what you would call the book marketing. Like I said, I reviewed the third installment of their series. I interviewed them. I befriended them on Twitter.
Fast forward to 2015. Erin emailed me one day about her first solo project, asking for my input as a beta-reader. I had never beta-read before, nor would I have ever dreamed to be asked - you have to be really close to an author to qualify, I guessed, but first off, English isn't even my first language. However, Erin seemed positive that I was the woman for the job. So I said yes, and she sent me this draft tentatively called Escapology. She also asked if I could provide a blurb for her queries, and get a few bloggers interested in her book. That was SO empowering. I felt useful. I felt like I mattered. I managed not to grow a disproportionate ego because of that either way 😂. I made a few suggestions (along with a handful of other beta-readers of course). And I've been rooting for that book ever since.
Fast forward to now. Three weeks ago, Erin messaged me about Escapology (now retitled The Art of Escapism) finally getting a home. It was still inside news, since the deal had not been publicly announced yet - which happened two days ago. Now she can shout from rooftops about it. And I finally can too.
Like I said, Erin Callahan is the closest thing I have to a friend in the author department. Because she had enough faith in me to trust her still unpublished book in my hands (later, Troy would follow course. But she was my first, and I can get a little sentimental sometimes 😉). Because she is genuinely interested in what I have to say from my little corner of the web (she even comments on here from time to time). This goes to her credit more than to mine, I guess 😉. Anyway, what I mean is - she's a great person and an enthusiastic, sensitive storyteller who deserves the breakthrough she got. So, here goes...
Title: The Art of Escapism | Author: Erin Callahan | Publisher: Amberjack | Out: June 2018
Book deal blurb: ...in which a Houdini-esque teen girl leads a double life as an escape artist until a popular varsity athlete with secrets of his own stumbles upon her new world of lock-picking, straitjackets, and aquarium escapes...
Seriously, my darlings (*channelling Freddie Mercury*). Isn't it exciting? 😃
Moreover - who wouldn't want to read a book by someone who sports such a creative, promising, funny & sweet, even heartwarming Twitter bio? 😂
So...I suggest you start waiting on The Art of Escape right now...it was very good stuff when I beta-read it, and I'm darn sure it's become great after all the rounds of revision it got. In the meantime, I also suggest that you visit Erin's blog (she seldom posts, but her articles are always interesting - AND SHE REPLIES TO COMMENTS) or say hi to her on Twitter!