Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 12 - Linda Gerber

The winner of a signed copy of Megan Crewe's GIVE UP THE GHOST is...Dena! Dena, I don't have your e-mail, so please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week.

Today's Blogtoberguest is Linda Gerber, who writes mysteries for teens and 'tweens. Her latest book featuring Aphra Connelly is Death by Denim, described as "Nancy Drew meets Alias." Booklist called it "Heartpounding...taut suspense." Each book in the Death by series features an exotic location (in this case, Paris) and a dead body or two.

And just last week, Publisher's Weekly announced that Linda has sold another novel, Cass Around the World, featuring a world-traveling tween celebritant and vlogger. Congrats, Linda!

Her guest blog is told by Aphra Connelly, the heroine from her Death by series. We love when fictional counterparts tell their behind-the-scenes tales, so give Aphra a warm welcome!

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Halloween isn’t something I know much about since I’ve never really experienced it growing up. I say ‘really’ because I guess I have done the Halloween thing, just not in the carve-the-pumpkin, bob-for-apples, trick-or-treating kind of way.

Things I do remember about Halloween… My dad was always managing some hotel or resort somewhere so the only Halloween parties I ever went to were the ones he hosted for his guests. My mom would dress me up and drag me along to show me off – until I was too old to be cute anymore, but still too young to join in the fun.

One Halloween at the resort my dad managed in South Carolina, the staff put on a haunted house. In one of the rooms, there was this guy slumped in a chair, a bloody cleaver sticking out of his chest. He would sit dead still (no pun intended) until someone walked close to him, and then he would jump up and scare the crap out of them. I never saw the whole haunted house, of course - that was for guests and didn’t start until after my bedtime – but I saw the ‘dead’ guy, and that was enough to give me nightmares for a month.

The next year they had a monster ball and my dad hired a makeup artist who worked on one of the Sam Raimi films to turn the staff into zombies, vampires and werewolves. My mom said they looked too real and after my month of night-screams the year before, she wouldn’t even let me go downstairs to see them. I had to sit up in our stupid room with one of the housekeepers and watch old videos of Beetlejuice and Halloweentown and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown while everyone else went to the party. I didn’t even get to dress up. That was the only part I liked about Halloween – getting to pretend I was someone else, if only for a little while.

Fast forward to now.

I’ve still never gone trick-or-treating or been to a party where I’ve bobbed for apples, but I have had four identities in six months. I’ve seen dead people, up close and personal. I’ve been chased by the real-life kind of monsters that make Raimi zombies look like cub scouts.

It’s like I’m living Halloween everyday. And you know what?

Sometimes it’s easier not to know.

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To enter to win Death by Denim, leave a comment below. For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Thursday, October 22, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Dawn M.!

Nancy Holder and her 5-pack of novels
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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Crazy Beautiful
Amanda Ashby and Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Shana Norris and Troy High
Linda Joy Singleton and Dead Girl in Love

Thanks to Linda for giving us a special glimpse into Aphra's past!

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26 Comments:

Please enter me!!

Froggy
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Posted by: Blogger Froggy at 10/15/2009 3:01 PM

see, now I want to go watch a Beetlejuice movie for some reason :)

-Lucile
book.splotATgmailDOTcom

Posted by: Blogger Book Sp(l)ot at 10/15/2009 3:02 PM

Wow... I want to read them all...

Enter me please

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany Littlepage at 10/15/2009 3:11 PM

Hi :)
Thank you for the guest post Linda - I love character posts!
:)
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Posted by: Blogger RKCharron at 10/15/2009 3:51 PM

I've been hearing so many great things about these books - I'd love a shot a winning one! :)

Sara (The Hiding Spot)
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Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/15/2009 4:01 PM

I love character posts - Thanks Linda for doing one!

:) Erica
thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/15/2009 4:21 PM

Aww, poor Aphra. I'm sorry you never got to enjoy Halloween as a little kid, and even sorrier about the Sam Raimi-type creatures that come after you now!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/15/2009 6:10 PM

Oh Halloweentown...my older daughters loved this show and now so does my youngest. I have seen this show so many times.

This sounds like a really fun series and I would love to be entered.

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/15/2009 10:38 PM

Love the post!
Please enter me :)

pepsivanilla14(at)hotmail(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger pepsivanilla at 10/16/2009 12:56 AM

Sounds like a fun series.

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/16/2009 2:20 PM

I would love to enter!

Lauren
laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com

Posted by: Blogger Lauren at 10/16/2009 5:19 PM

I love the way the post draws me in. I want to read this book.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/16/2009 5:54 PM

Please count me in. Great Post!

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

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

Nice little intro to Aphra's character! =) The cleaver guy would scare me, too!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/17/2009 1:01 AM

Sounds like Aphra lived in a grown-up world from the get-go. Should be interesting to see how that shapes her life.

Deidre

Posted by: Blogger ddurance at 10/17/2009 1:26 AM

Heh. How can you resist a book that's described as "Nancy Drew meets Alias"? This is another new series for me and I'd love to read it, so, count me in! :0)

Thanks!
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/17/2009 2:57 AM

I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/17/2009 1:41 PM

would love to win :)
-amy
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com

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

Aw, poor Aphra! But I'm sure Linda will share her candy with you. :-)

Cara

Posted by: Blogger Cara King at 10/17/2009 6:11 PM

I love these books--and own all three--so don't enter me. I just had to say hi to Aphra!

Posted by: Blogger Melissa Walker at 10/19/2009 11:17 AM

Thank you Aphra for sharing part of your back story. I hope you stay out of the monsters reach!!

Debbie in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/19/2009 11:33 AM

Enter me in.

usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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

If the cleaver guy gave Aphra nightmares, I'm impressed she's stuck it out in her current life! Way to learn from past experiences, huh? Sounds like a great series. :)

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/19/2009 3:16 PM

That was very well put when she said that she liked the part of dressing up, to pretend to be someone else for a while. I agree with her totally. It was always my favorite part, too. Enter me in!

Posted by: Blogger Bekah at 10/20/2009 5:10 PM

Great story! Still haven't read Death By Denim - so I'm superexcited about this giveaway!


sara
sosarora_11(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Posted by: Blogger YA Vampire Books at 10/22/2009 1:26 PM

The winner of DEATH BY DENIM by Linda Gerber is...Dawn M.! Congrats, Dawn!

Thanks to everyone who commented for taking part in the contest.

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