I just wanted to talk a little bit about Holly and her new book Playing Hurt.
Here is a summary of the book from Barnes and Noble:
Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.
That summer, Chelsea’s dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and “boot camp” trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint’s haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?
I don’t know about the rest of you but that sure does draw me in. Holly’s latest book just released on March 8th. I don’t know how many people got an email from Holly about this book but I just wanted to share some of that email with you.
“YA book blogs have been so instrumental in spreading the word of my work that I have been encouraging all my fellow authors to make even better use of the blogosphere. I’ve already written one article for the SCBWI Bulletin on how to find and contact YA book bloggers, and am in the midst of writing a second article on the YA blogosphere.
I’m also in the midst of documenting this experience with PLAYING HURT. I will be writing extensively about how the blogosphere—and this chain-letter campaign—impact the sales of PLAYING HURT!
Together, we can make PLAYING HURT a YA blogosphere success story! And, by making PLAYING HURT a success, more authors will be seeking out book blogs with their own new and fun promotional ideas. I adore the YA blogosphere, and only want to see it grow and thrive. The idea of where the YA blogosphere might be in five or ten years excites me to no end. You guys prove every day that reading is absolutely not dead—and you are the most influential force right now connecting new writers to their audiences.
On behalf of all the new authors such as myself whom you have helped to find and grow a fan base, I say again, sincerely and with a heart filled with great affection, thank you. “
I just think that was a great email because lately it seems like many bloggers are being attacked. People say we do not sell books and that our themes or memes are dumb, that we are being show offs. Honestly, I started a blog to write down my opinions of books I read and to help authors spread the word about their books for free. I would just like to thank Holly for all of her kind words.
I hope that many of you will check out Holly’s books A Blue So Dark and her newest release Playing Hurt.