Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 7 - Kelly Parra

Our first Blogtoberfest winner is Jamie, who won a signed copy of Rosemary Clement-Moore's The Splendor Falls. Jamie, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week.

Today's Blogtoberguest, Kelly Parra, had a stunning debut in 2007 with Graffiti Girl, which went on to be a double Rita-Award nominee, receive a Latinidad YA Topi Pick, and has even been optioned for film! Not too shabby right out of the gate, yeah?

Her latest book, Invisible Touch, got a Gold Award of Excellence from the prominent YA book site, TeensReadToo. It looks absolutely amazing. I love stories about fate and fighting back against it.

Once again, my words of description would be blah compared to moving, speaking images, so check this out this book trailer:

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Many thanks to Jeri for having me on her blog during her cool Blogtoberfest! I wanted to share a little about Kara Martinez, my character from my novel Invisible Touch. Kara is different. She looks very much normal on the outside, but on the inside, she has a gift that is more like a curse. Kara sees signs like a puzzle, and must piece together these signs to save someone from an unfortunate fate. She whispers her thoughts and experiences on an anonymous blog called Secret Fates. Here Kara shares her latest Halloween experience…

Secret Fates blog Entry, October 2009
From the Mind of Kara Martinez (Invisible Touch)

Halloween was just another day for me.

I stopped dressing up and trick-or-treating years ago since the accident. How could I celebrate something like that when seeing signs no one else can see is like experiencing my own Halloween everyday? But I humored my mom by carving a pumpkin and giving out candy to the little kids.

The doorbell rang while I held the jack-o-lantern. The counter was full of pumpkin guts. At a loss, I answered the door, pumpkin in arm, and smiled at the sight of a pirate, witch, and fairy singing, “Trick or Treat!”

With my free hand, I dropped a candy in each treat bag. I was about to turn away when a little ghost sidled up behind them.

“Oh, didn’t see you.” I dropped another candy in the treat bag, grabbed the pumpkin more securely, and blinked.

The night’s sounds pulsed in my eardrums. The echoes of children laughing…singing. The ringing of doorbells…of feet skipping. My blood pumped slowly, my breaths softening to a near whisper. Behind the child the atmosphere faded away. The ghost brightened with a special glow only I could see. Through the hole cuts in the costume, the ghost’s eyes shined the color of pennies.

And just as I had so many times before, my gaze traveled lower to my own personal psychic TV, to see a sign I never wanted to see. Because when I saw a sign it meant something bad. It meant fate.

It meant I had to stop it.

On the torso of the little ghost were flashing car lights. Usually that was it. One sign. One image to ponder. But tonight was different. Urgent.

The flashing car lights shifted. A pumpkin hit the ground and broke. A candy bag fell and candy scattered. A scream made me flinch.

The pumpkin dropped from my hands…and broke.

The little ghost turned away as Anthony strolled up the walk, smiling. “Little accident, huh?” Then he must of saw the expression on my face. “What is it? What’s wrong?”

I swallowed. “I have to follow that ghost.” Quickly, I grabbed my coat, told Mom I was going out, and updated Anthony on the signs as we followed my latest puzzle.

“Okay,” Anthony said, “but if there’s any danger, I’m the one doing the saving.”

“You’re not getting yourself hurt, Anthony.” There was some heroic spark in Anthony that made me nervous. He never thought twice about helping others no matter the costs.

He stopped me briefly, and brushed hair away from the side of my neck. “Either are you. Deal?”

“Okay, deal,” I said with a small smile. Hand-in-hand, we caught up with the kid.

Three blocks doesn’t seem far, but it was long enough to slow your reflexes. A group of trick-or-treaters ran past us. One dropped his treat bag. Candy scattered.

Right then, I knew. It happened so fast.

Anthony kneeled to help the trick-or-treater gather candy. I jerked my gaze toward the ghost as he stepped off the corner curb. I glimpsed car lights.

There are moments when you don’t really have time to think. Just react. And deals you make are unintentionally broken.

I ran. I screamed into the night, grabbing the little ghost so tight.

The car’s tires screeched. The driver put on the brakes, stopping mere inches from where we stood.

The little ghost shivered in my arms. Anthony rushed to me and held us close. “What about the deal?”

I winced. “It was an accident?”

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To enter to win Invisible Touch, leave a comment below. For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Friday, October 16, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of Kelly Parra's INVISIBLE TOUCH is...Lori T! Lori, I don't have your e-mail, so please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

Other open Blogtoberfest giveaways:
Shannon Reinbold-Gee and 13 to Life
Saundra Mitchell and Shadowed Summer
Sarah Beth Durst and Ice
Megan Crewe and Give Up the Ghost
Nancy Holder and her 5-pack of novels

Thanks again to Kelly for giving us an extra peek into her fascinating world!

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Hi Jeri & Kelly :)
Thank you for having Kelly here today & introducing me to her & her books.
Thanks to Kelly for sharing.
I loved the trailer & the excerpt.
I'm going to have to order Graffiti Girl now. :)
Thanks again,
All the best,

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/09/2009 9:55 AM

Wow, what a way to start the morning.
Was glad that started my day.

Posted by: Blogger Mike of Many at 10/09/2009 10:04 AM

Wow..... I'm begging for more. The excerpt was like eating a tiny piece of a pie and the having someone snatch it up from you...hahaha...Really the book looks like a great ready!

Thanks Jeri and Kelly

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany Littlepage at 10/09/2009 10:06 AM

Wow, sounds like another great read to add to the ever growing TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Blogger Sara C at 10/09/2009 10:08 AM

Wow. That's a great teaser! It definitely left me wanting more.

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/09/2009 10:48 AM

So many good books - so little time :-)

Another one to add to the growing TBO (to be ordered)list.


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/09/2009 11:21 AM

Thanks again, Jeri, for this cool Blogtoberfest and having me on your blog!

Thank you all for the kind comments. Good luck!

Posted by: Blogger Kelly (Lynn) Parra at 10/09/2009 11:44 AM

I've been wanting to read both of these books! Great excerpt! Please enter me :)

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/09/2009 11:45 AM

Please enter me, he book sounds amazing!! :)

A Blog with Bite!

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

Wow. That was a great read. Thank you.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/09/2009 1:21 PM

That was a terrific excerpt! And I loved the trailer, too! I'd love to read this book!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/09/2009 4:22 PM

That excerpt definitely leaves me wanting more. What a gift that would be though too save lives and make a difference.


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/09/2009 5:27 PM

INVISIBLE TOUCH sounds great! Thanks for the preview and for the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/09/2009 10:19 PM

My daughter would love to read this


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/10/2009 12:17 AM

Oh my Goodness Kelly, I love how you ended that... way to reel us in! I'm hooked as well.
Interesting aspect. Sounds like a great read. Thanks so much for sharing with us.. and as always Ms Jeri, Thanks for introducing me to another must read author friend!!

Best wishes ladies!
Debbie G in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/10/2009 12:22 AM

Thanks for the excerpt Kelly...this sounds really good and I would love to be entered.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/10/2009 1:59 AM

Wow, that was a great book trailer! Had me on the edge of my seat. :0) The excerpt was really good, too. Just enough to make me want more. Would love the chance to read this one.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/10/2009 3:29 AM

I've been dying to read this novel for what seems like forever, so please enter me! :)


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/10/2009 1:53 PM

Oh wow, that is a great excerpt!

Posted by: Blogger Poppy at 10/10/2009 4:22 PM

What a great snippit! Want more! :D

Please count me in!

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/10/2009 8:45 PM

Mary D
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Dang, that was like just eating one or two pieces out of a luscious freshly opened box of chocolates LOL - NOW I WANT MORE :)

Seriously, adding this to my Christmas Wish List! I really enjoyed reading the interview post.

Posted by: Blogger M.A.D. at 10/10/2009 10:41 PM

Wow, thanks for all the great comments!! You guys are great!!

I hope it's okay to mention 3 more chances to win this week @ Free Book Friday Teen if anyone is interested!!

Good luck!

Posted by: Blogger Kelly (Lynn) Parra at 10/11/2009 1:16 PM

This looks great! I'm excited to read more. :)

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/12/2009 9:48 AM

Wow, what a brave girl. I'm excited to read more. It sounds like a book that would be very hard to put down.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/12/2009 11:08 AM

I love Invisible Touch--and I love it's cover, fitting for the book, I think :)


Posted by: Blogger Book Sp(l)ot at 10/15/2009 3:24 PM

Ya know, it would have been considerate of you put up something bad, so my to-read list wouldn't continue to grow. But no, you had to go and post something intriguing like this. Sheesh. :) Seriously, good stuff!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/15/2009 3:35 PM

That trailer made me want to read the book... I was a bit turned off by the cover initially, but the trailer was great!

Sara (The Hiding Spot)

Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/15/2009 3:59 PM

The winner of Kelly Parra's INVISIBLE TOUCH is...Lori T! Lori, I don't have your e-mail, so please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

Thanks to everyone for your comments and enthusiasm! It's great to have you all at the party. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/17/2009 11:49 AM


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