September 25, 2015

M9B Friday Reveal: Author Spotlight – Vanessa Barger with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals



Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are spotlighting

Vanessa Barger

author of

Super Freak

a Middle Grade title from Tantrum Books, coming October 2015!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Twitter or Facebook?   

Can I say both? I like Twitter for instant gratification, but I like Facebook for posting fun things too!


Favorite Superhero? 

This is hard. I’m not a huge superhero person. But if I had to pick? Wonder Woman. I dressed up as Wonder Woman one year when I was little. Somewhere, I still have my golden lasso of truth!


Favorite TV show?  

Okay, most TV shows I actually like get cancelled, but I have three. I love the first 3-4 seasons of Supernatural, I LOVE the Vicar of Dibley, and the Two Fat Ladies. If I’m having a stressful day, I pop the Two Fat Ladies in to relax. I’m weird, I know. 


Sweet or Salty? 

Sweet. But not too sweet. :)


Coke or Pepsi? 

Root Beer (But def coke, Pepsi is ICK)


Any Phobias? 

I don’t care for spiders, and anything to do with Jack the Ripper seriously freaks me out. Like, I won’t watch a TV show about it, read about it, or even read fiction about it!


Song you can’t get enough of right now? 

There isn’t just one, but let’s go with Fight Song by Rachel Platten. The others on my playlist are a lot more….weird? Lots of instrumental music, and oddball things.


Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

Oh, man, just one?! That’s not even fair. 


What are you reading right now or what’s on your TBR? 

I have several books in the TBR pile, but the top three are Namesless by Lili St. Crow, The City of Ember, and Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff.  Oh, and I’m dying to read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Goosebumps! I can’t wait to see that one. Jack Black as RL Stine? YES, please!



Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

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