Friday, October 16, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 13 - Alexandra Diaz

Sorry this is so late today! Maybe it's because it's the unlucky thirteenth day of Blogtoberfest, but Blogger was being very stubborn about posting this entry this morning, and then I had to leave all day for a librarians' conference. So I'm going to give readers an extra day to enter to win today's prize.

Speaking of prizes, the winner of the Nancy Holder five-pack is...Dawn M! Dawn, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

Today's Blogtoberguest is Alexandra Diaz, whose debut novel, Of All the Stupid Things, comes out this December.

Alexandra is in the Class of 2K10 with me, a group of debut YA/middle-grade authors who will knock your socks off next year (Alex's book comes out on December 22, so that counts as 2010 for our purposes).

When a rumor starts circulating that Tara's boyfriend has been with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn't just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for three lifelong friends.

Tara's training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment from her father.

Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave her looking for her own value in the wrong places.

And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mama she's never stopped missing.

Then the new girl arrives in school and Tara starts to feel things she's never felt for before for a girl. Can the girls' friendship survive when all the rules have changed?

For today's post, Alexandra is sharing a glimpse of the past from one of her characters' perspectives.

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Mama’s Last Halloween

As remembered by Pinkie D. Ricci from Of All the Stupid Things

Mama doesn’t have any hair. Usually she wears a scarf. A red one or a blue one. But not today. It’s Halloween and Mama says it makes her look scarier without a scarf. Silly. Mama is beautiful. She never looks scary. Even with no hair. But that’s good because I don’t like scary things.

Last year I was a princess. This year I’m a fairy princess. That’s much better. Mama made the costume for me. It took her ages. That’s because Mama gets tired easily and needs to sleep a lot. It’s done now and it’s beautiful. Pink and purple and silver with lots of glitter. It even has real fairy wings, but I haven’t learned to fly yet.

I’m going treek-o-treeking with my friend David. David is a knight. He has a helmet and armor all over his body and a shield with a lion on it and a real sword. I tell David that since I’m the fairy princess, he has to rescue me. He waves his sword and says he only slays dragons.

His mama takes us treek-o-treeking and my mama stays home. She’s going to give out the popcorn balls. Caramel and peanuts with lots of other yummies. I helped make them. They made my hands sticky, but I didn’t care. They still tasted good. Mama gives David two popcorn balls. One for him and one to distract the dragon. David says that’s a good idea. I think so too. Mama always has good ideas.

At first I hold on to David’s mama’s hand. It’s a bit scary. Some houses are dark and have spooky noises. Some people have faces with lots of blood and teeth and that’s not nice. But David keeps them away with his sword. And people that answer the doors are very nice. I get lots of candy and chocolate and even some real money from an old man. Everyone says my dress is the prettiest dress ever. I know. The other fairy princesses have pretend dresses, but I have a real one.

I have a full bucket when I get home. I show it all to Mama. I tell her that David forgot to give the popcorn ball to the dragon and ate it himself instead. She says that is ok. Then I tell Mama what people said about the dress. She hugs me and starts crying. I look down at my beautiful fairy princess dress. Her tears wet it. I say that she can be a fairy princess too. She can even borrow the dress when she makes her trip to Heaven. She kisses me and smiles and says that she would like that.

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To enter to win an Advance Review Copy of Of All the Stupid Things, leave a comment below. For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Saturday, October 24, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Karen!

Kelly Parra and Invisible Touch
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Shana Norris and Troy High
Linda Joy Singleton and Dead Girl in Love
Linda Gerber and Death by Denim

Thanks to Alexandra for this fabulous post, and congrats on your debut!

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I would love to enter, Alexandra’s book sounds simply fabulous

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/16/2009 5:18 PM

Oh, and my email address is:

Sorry for not including it above.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/16/2009 5:20 PM

This book sounds incredible! I'm so glad you mentioned it here, I hadn't heard about it before. Adding it to the top of the To Be Read list.


Posted by: Anonymous Carla Lee at 10/16/2009 5:29 PM

I would love to be entered! Alexandra's book sounds amazing!

:) Erica

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/16/2009 5:37 PM

Wow. What a powerful and timely story. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thank you, Jeri, for your contest. It's an early Halloween treat!

-- Justine,

Posted by: Blogger Justine, at 10/16/2009 5:48 PM

This sounds lovely. I would really love to read it.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/16/2009 5:52 PM

Sounds like a great book! Please count me in!

alexia561@yahoo dot com

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/16/2009 5:58 PM

This sounds like a beautiful story.


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/16/2009 6:04 PM

That was a lovely excerpt! It really seems to capture the way little kids think---or at least the way I remember thinking when I was a little kid! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/16/2009 7:13 PM

That is a beautiful cover. I loved the excerpt. Thanks.


Posted by: Blogger Brittany at 10/16/2009 8:30 PM

Great cover. Please count me in. Great Post!

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/16/2009 9:59 PM

Glad I took the time to read that... it was beautifully done! :)

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/17/2009 1:05 AM

Oooh, what a scandal. Count me in! lol


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/17/2009 1:23 AM

Hi everyone. Thanks for your great comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the little "memory" and hope you enjoy the book. All the best, Alexandra Diaz

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/17/2009 4:30 AM

Please enter me!!


Posted by: Blogger Froggy at 10/17/2009 10:51 AM

This books sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Posted by: Blogger Erin at 10/17/2009 12:50 PM

Count me in!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/17/2009 1:33 PM

Wow! - I really enjoyed reading this! I look forward to reading more of your work one day! Thank you for sharing this! (sorry I am using so! many! of! these! :) )

please enter me in the contest! :)


Posted by: Anonymous Libby L at 10/17/2009 2:27 PM

This book looks so different! I've been loving Egmont's titles so far, so I have high expections for Of All the Stupid Things as well!

Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/17/2009 3:47 PM

This sounds really great and I would love to be entered. My tbr pile just keeps growing and growing.

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/17/2009 10:54 PM

Alexandra, With such a bitter-sweet memory, I know I'll love Pinkie as a teen. I look forward to reading about her and her friends.

Posted by: Blogger Bonnie J. Doerr at 10/18/2009 11:43 AM

Alexandra, With such a bitter-sweet memory, I know I will love Pinkie as a teen character. I look forward to reading about her and her friends.

Posted by: Blogger Bonnie J. Doerr at 10/18/2009 11:44 AM

*wipes keyboard off* I am basically drooling over this book. It sounds like something that screams "Casse, read me. And yell at anyone who disturbs you while reading me." lol


Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 10/19/2009 5:41 AM

Nicely written Alexandra. Looks like Im not the only one who will be whipping at the tears...

Best wishes on your future projects and you'll be in great company with Jeri as a debut author in 2010!

Debbie in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/19/2009 11:43 AM

This is the first time I have heard of this book and it sounds good.


Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/19/2009 12:09 PM

Okay so that brought a tear to my eye. I would really love to read your book. It sounds incredible. Please enter me in!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/20/2009 5:06 PM

I would love to be entered. This book sounds like a good wonderful tearjerker.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/23/2009 7:12 PM

The winner of the ARC of OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS by Alexandra Diaz is...Karen! Karen, I don't have your e-mail, so please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of this fabulous debut author!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/24/2009 9:03 AM


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