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Friday, June 15, 2012

Giveaway!! "Redheads are Soulless" by Heather M White~Bullying Answers for YAs & Fantasy, Too!

A Super Summary!!  High school senior, Sofia Black, has had a very hard life. Since her father's death 7 years ago, she has had to look after her drug addicted, alcoholic mother. School isn't any better for her either. The other kids constantly tease, and ridicule her. All she wants is to get out of her small hometown in Alabama.

When new student, Jason, shows up, Sofia's world is turned upside down. She doesn't understand why he wants to befriend her so badly... And, just when she thinks she can trust him, trouble appears.

Jason's twin brother, Robbie, moves into town, and things go haywire. Sofia is now running for her life - and Jason is forced to share hidden secrets with her. She learns the truth about her father's death, and finds out that she may not be as "human" as she once thought. She struggles to accept her fate, while fighting for her life.


Particulars of the book :

Published and Authored by Heather M. White
Pages:  213
Sold by:  Barnes & Noble



Heather's Guest Post for A Bookish Libraria!  – ‘A Day in the Life of ME’



I've always wanted to write a post about "A Day in the Life of ME". I don't know why, really, my day is NOT that interesting. (You will see).

My day usually starts somewhere between 7:30 and 9 am. That is when I get up and "write". When I say write I really mean: check my Twitter, email, Facebook, Goodreads, blog, etc... After that, I usually decide that I'm hungry. So, I eat cereal and watch something on Netflix. Then I think: OK, time to write. I go to my computer, open my book, and stare at my screen. I do this for a while then I decide, hmm... Maybe I should read something. So I do.

After lunch, I do pretty much the same thing. By dinner, I've probably finished the book I was reading ;). So now, it's 8pm and I think: I HAVE TO WRITE NOW. So I do. And it flows so well. I just can't write in the day, idk why. I honestly think my creativty is a vampire.

So, that's what a life of a write is like... Lots of procrastinating. Or, at least for me.

A Bit More About Heather:

Hi! I'm Heather M White, a YA Paranormal author. I'm 22 years old and I recently got married. I just moved from Saint Louis, Missouri to a very small town in Arkansas. My passion is: writing. I also like to read, and play guitar. And I love Dr. Pepper!

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The Dame's Review :
Heather M White has written a book essentially about the affects of parental absenteeism and dysfunction on a child, and the resulting bullying they may experience as a result of it.  Her protagonist, Sofia, is a "good girl" who is a high academic achiever, a girl who has the unwanted and unreasonable responsibility of taking care of her addicted mother, and one who is sensitive to being an outcast in her town.  She's bullied at school because classmates find her weaknesses: she's embarrassed because she can have no social life since she has to look after her mother, and she's economically "poor." She has no clothes that would make her "fit in," and she feels the sense of being the town out-cast.  Basically, her mother is the town tramp, and the town drunk.

This character and her background makes the story compelling because it's so real.  It speaks to such a large population of children these days in public school systems.  Ms White's focus on the bullying is a perfect way to highlight for YAs the simple unfairness and hatefulness of it.  She takes time to break down these prejudices and to show how much character and inner strength Sofia actually has.  These elements give a strong base to the book.  I was moved by Sophia's courage in so many instances in this novel.  This all reflects on the courage of the author in digging down deep for such a character!

The fantasy elements of the story are sure to draw in a YA crowd.  In her readiness to find an escape from Sophia's real life, horrific situation, this is perfect for Heather's character.  From the perspective of young people who are bullied, this is a great fantasy story.  And, from the perspective of YA fiction, it's a great story, too!  I fell in love with the handsome hunk of a guy who would make Sofia feel "normal" and wanted as a friend in the midst of her heartbreaking life!  But finding out that she's not exactly "normal" in other ways was quite enjoyable in the mix.

This is an ebook publication, and that prohibits its sales in my opinion.  I think the book is a very good one and Heather would be wise to think about publishing her next book in the series in actual paperback format.  Possibly printing this one in book format, as well.  I think this is a winning novel and look forward to the next in the series.  It's a book teens would enjoy reading!

3.5 stars


GIVEAWAY!!!!!

An ebook copy of "Redheads Are Soulless"
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Giveaway Ends  July 31st


Thanks for stopping by today!  I know you're busy...

Deborah/TheBookishDame


1 comments:

Rachel at thejeepdiva

I followed by GFC Rachel Vessar. I would love to read this book.

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