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December 24, 2012

#GeekGrlzRevenge Tour Sneak Peek – Guest Post from Laurie Boyle Crompton, Author of BLAZE (Or Love In The Time Of Supervillains)

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Hey guys!  Are you ready for an sneak peek at the comic-style illustrations
used in the book, created by artist Anne Cain?

We’ve also got a fantastic guest post from author Laurie Boyle Crompton
who gives some insight on how a rebellious teen
who painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint
 became the debut novelist of BLAZE!

Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She’s desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark’s feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her “sext” photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now…

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Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publication Date:  February 1, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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Why My Character is “Comic Book Cool”
by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn’t ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn’t wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!

My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.

As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren’t into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!

Connect with the Author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Blog Art - BlazingGoddessSketches
© 2012 Anne Cain

Blog Art - MarkShark_Trading Card
© 2012 Anne Cain

Isn’t this artwork pretty kick ass?!!

Stay tuned for our official Tour Stop in February!

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  1. Abigail
    12/27/2012

    Good l like it

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