Book Spotlight on Burn Baby, Burn Baby: Don’t Miss This!

Just in time for holiday-gifting to the YA lover (and ANY lover of great storytelling) on your list: introducing Kevin Craig’s latest novel, Burn Baby, Burn Baby, from Curiosity Quills Press, JUST RELEASED on December 11!!

(I just love this cover by artist: Eugene Teplitsky)

cover1000Today is my day to host Kevin Craig’s new novel as part of the Burn Baby, Burn Baby Blog Tour!

Burn Baby, Burn Baby is Kevin Craig’s fourth novel. This author just keeps on getting better and better. (I cannot wait to finish reading my copy so I can post a full review — but I can tell you now, its intense!) Meanwhile, the reviews are already pouring in — and they are spectacular. Everyone is raving about this book:  Lori Twining wrote: “I read this book in one evening, while sitting in my rocking chair, wrapped in a fleecy blanket, chewing on my fingernails (especially during the last seven chapters or so). Actually, I believe this is the ONLY book I’ve read during 2014 (out of 83 books so far), that I have stayed up past my bedtime to finish reading it. It was that good.” (Read Lori’s full review here.)

Revenge of the Feels reviewer wrote: “I FOUND IT. I FINALLY FOUND IT. A young adult contemporary novel told from a completely normal guy’s point of view with a wicked sense of sarcasm. Okay, its bad sarcasm, like completely negative sarcasm but hey, you can’t blame Francis!” Read the rest of the review here.

Other reviewers on Goodreads are saying: “This book blew me away. Blew. Me. Away.” “I absolutely loved this book!” “It’s a must-read.” “Highly recommended.” “I thoroughly enjoyed this book!” “Five stars on my list.” “The ending was amaze-balls!” and more …

Here’s the publisher’s scoop:

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago. Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

 The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions. Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted. Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end. 

About The Author:

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Kevin Craig is the author of three previous novels; Summer on Fire, Sebastian’s Poet, and The Reasons. He is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. Kevin is also a playwright and has had eight 10-minute plays produced. His poetry, short stories, memoir and articles have been published internationally. Kevin was a founding member of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a long-time member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). He is represented by literary agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

Check Burn Baby, Burn Baby out on Goodreads where you can WIN a copy!

You can download a sample from Curiosity Quills Press here. Or go straight to and press purchase!

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Marketing Call with Astor + Blue

I just hung up the phone from a marketing call with my publisher, editor and publicist at Astor+Blue.

(Here’s where I might as well admit that the preceding line was one of the most thrilling sentences I have ever written. OK, maybe not so amazeballs for you, but for me, it’s over-the-top cool. I mean, holy crap, I actually have a publisher! an editor! and a publicist!)

In late January 2015 … wait for it! … The Perils of Pauline …. will be released! In other words, Christmas is either very late for me this year or very early for me for next year. My book is now listed for pre-order on AmazonBarnes and Noble and Chapters/Indigo.

I believe the above event qualifies as today’s Try Something New Every Day. After all, I’ve never engaged in a conference call with a publisher, editor and publicist before. They were all very nice. I was very professional (I pretended I do stuff like this every day). No big deal! While I was being seriously cool and collected, like this ….

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…  Marley chose much of that period of time to bark at imaginary intruders.

So, now, what happened to my Try Something New project in November, you may ask? On Nov. 1, did I not make a feverish pledge to write 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)?

The No part of the above acronym says it all. I regret to announce that I did not write 50,000 words in November. I did not. Even. Come. Close.

But now, with my book coming out soon (holy crap²), I feel the pressure to get the next one finished asap. Therefore, my Try Something New Every Day project just received an emergency restyling to become a Try Something New When Possible project while I get BIC’d (an elegant writerly acronym that means Butt in Chaired).