Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 11 - Linda Joy Singleton

The winner of Sarah Beth Durst's ICE is Casse AKA Catholic Kittie! Casse, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

Today's Blogtoberguest is Linda Joy Singleton, who'll be giving away a signed copy of Dead Girl in Love. This is the third in her Dead Girl trilogy, which started with Dead Girl Walking and continued with Dead Girl Dancing. It features Amber Borden, who as a "Temp Lifer" finds herself in the bodies of other people in order to help them get through tough times.

School Library Journal called Dead Girl Walking "A must-have purchase for fans of the supernatural and the occult." The series sounds like a ton of fun! Here's the Dead Girl in Love blurb:

Oh, wow—I'm my own best friend.
Or at least, I'm in her body!

Okay, this assignment will be quick and easy. Thanks, Grammy! See, my dead grandmother keeps finding people who have big problems and then I have the freaky experience of stepping into their life—and their body!—to provide help. This time, I'm in the body of my BFF, Alyce.

Since Alyce and I know everything about each other, I won't have to do a lot of detective work, which is a definite plus. But, as Alyce, I've got some really pressing questions to answer—starting with, What am I doing in this coffin?

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By Linda Joy Singleton
(author of THE SEER & DEAD GIRL series)

My best friend Lori and I have the same birthday—a few days before Halloween. So our birthday celebrations always merged with Halloween wackiness. We loved creating crazy costumes – never anything bought from a store.

Lori and Linda
(left) (right)

We became friends around age 10 and it quickly became a routine to combine our birthdays with Halloween—and often a slumber party, too. We lived down the block from each other in a middle-class neighborhood where we knew most of our neighbors. Once it was dark, we grabbed our bags (usually pillow cases) and went off to score some treats. We’d come home (my house) with bulging bags of candy. But we worried about going candy-crazed and eating too much candy at once so we came up with a plan. We hid our candy around our bedrooms (fortunately no ant problems!). This way our Halloween candy lasted for months and we have the fun of finding wrapped candy we’d forgotten we had. It made Halloween last a long time—and the candy, too!

We loved Halloween so much that we went out trick or treating up until I was 22 years old. I remember that last time, the awkward sense that I was just too old and it was time to let go of our tradition. We both felt the same way and returned after just a few streets. A few years later, we both had daughters and started new traditions. I still enjoy Halloween with Lori and we share our birthdays when we can get together. Books, Writing Tips For Kids, Photos, Book Trailers, etc!

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To enter to win Dead Girl in Love, leave a comment below. For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Wednesday, October 21, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Jamie!

Other open Blogtoberfest giveaways:
Megan Crewe and Give Up the Ghost
Nancy Holder and her 5-pack of novels
Kelly Parra and Invisible Touch
Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Crazy Beautiful
Amanda Ashby and Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Shana Norris and Troy High

Thanks again to Linda for sharing her Halloween memories!

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Sounds like a fun series!

I remember the days when we made our own costumes!! It was more fun that way............


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/14/2009 8:36 AM

This does sound great!

Posted by: Blogger ParaJunkee at 10/14/2009 8:52 AM

My mom was never that creative, and neither was I. I always ended up being a witch or a cat. lol :)

I remember the last time I trick-or-treated. I actually had adults hit my house last year lol.

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/14/2009 9:35 AM

I loved dressing up for mom made alot of my costumes like a poodle skirt etc too

Please enter me in for the book!

Posted by: Blogger Froggy at 10/14/2009 9:47 AM

I loved making my costumes when I was a kid and I still do sometimes for my kids!!

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 10/14/2009 11:22 AM

What a neat idea for a paranormal series! I need to get this one.

Posted by: Blogger Riva at 10/14/2009 11:34 AM

Looks like a good read!!!

I used to love to make our own costumes.
One year me, my brother, sister, aunt and mom all got together and made some great costumes. I was Pippie Longstocking, my brother was an old granny with runnin shoes, my sis was a pumpkin, aunt was a hippie and my mom was a truck driver (she came with a mustache and pack of cigs rolled up in her sleeve) hahaha...great times

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany Littlepage at 10/14/2009 12:56 PM

The year I felt "too old" to trick or treat... I was a college freshman, and a group of us dressed up. I didn't have anything to make a costume, so I put on a "plain wrap" t-shirt with the word "SHIRT" on it, a Miami-Vice-ish sports jacket (hey, it was 1987), and I gelled up my hair into spikes. I don't know what I was, but I was weird. We walked around town in costume and then trick-or-treated our way to the college president's house! Oh, my. He was kind and friendly and even invited us in for a while, but he was also surprised and we realized that what we'd done was was... not normal. Oh, well -- fun anyway! My wife and I are having a baby in December, so I detect future Halloween fun ahead!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/14/2009 4:36 PM

I think it's great that you guys never grew too old for Halloween. It's my favorite holiday, and if it's at all possible I try to dress up every year! One of my weirdest costumes was "Flasher Smurf"----I wore a blue leotard, tights, gloves, painted my face blue, made myself a Smurfette wig and threw on my raincoat. I have no clue where the idea came from, but it got some interesting reactions!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/14/2009 6:42 PM

We never really bothered with Halloween in England, except for making paper witches and picking up sticks for broomsticks. Guy Fawkes night was much more fun. But when we moved the States I had fun helping my sons dress up.

This sounds a fun series.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/14/2009 7:18 PM

My birthday's the day after Halloween, so it's always been a celebration for me too. I was never very good with costumes though, I always stressed about coming up with something I thought was good enough.
I enjoy the kids trick or treating, love the little ones - but those teenagers bug me - the ones that won't even bother to put on a costume, just show up with a pillow case and say trick or treat. If they show some effort, I'm all for it.

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 10/14/2009 7:31 PM

I love these books. the last time I went trick or treating was in middle school with a friend's younger brother. i got a hard time at a lot of houses for being too old (i was tall). but i ADORE candy :)

Posted by: Blogger Jennifer Rummel at 10/15/2009 10:12 AM

What an awesome feel good story you have about you & your best friend! Thanks for sharing and since its coming soon.. Happy Early Birthday!!! (and Halloween too! lol)
Thanks for sharing!!
The books sound interesting... I will have to check them out!

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/15/2009 11:26 AM

and how perfect that the deadline for leaving a comment on this post is *my* birthday (and my birthday parties were Halloween themed quite often, too) :D


Posted by: Blogger Book Sp(l)ot at 10/15/2009 3:05 PM

Those are some pretty snazzy costumes! :)

That would be really fun, having the same bday as a best friend! Plus, so close to Halloween! There would always be some type of party to go to!

Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/15/2009 3:24 PM

Sounds good! Please count me in.

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/16/2009 6:07 PM

Please count me in. Great Post!

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Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/16/2009 10:00 PM

It would definitely be interesting to be in other people's bodies and see the world from their standpoints.


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/17/2009 1:27 AM

Heh. I remember the days of making your own costumes. It was always interesting to see what everyone else in the class had come up with. It's a shame so much of that has changed and now it's all about the store bought costume.

Would love the chance to read this book. I've never heard of the series before but it sounds really good, not to mention different from most of the other books out right now. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/17/2009 2:51 AM

Sounds good, count me in!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/17/2009 1:44 PM

would love to win :)

Posted by: Blogger Amy at 10/17/2009 3:42 PM

I already read this series and I absolutely loved it.


Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/19/2009 12:12 PM

I'm also an October birthday, and I think that sharing the birthday month with Halloween may be one of the reasons it's been a favorite holiday of mine. That, and I like to dress up!

I've been loving the "Dead Girl" series -- can't remember where I saw the first one recommended, but I'm so glad I did! They're great!

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/19/2009 3:13 PM

I must agree with everyone else, this book sounds great. In fact the whole series does. And the story about you and your best friend, very cute. Enter me in, please!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/20/2009 5:12 PM

The winner of Linda Joy Singleton's DEAD GIRL IN LOVE is Jamie! Congrats!

Thanks to everyone for your great comments. Hope you're enjoying the blog party!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/22/2009 12:06 AM


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