Wednesday, September 2, 2020

COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

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Series Title COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)

Genre Noir, Historical Mystery, Literary

Publisher She Writes Press

Release dates:   June 23, 2020
Content Rating:
PG-13 + M. The book includes: the F-word 7 times, the word "g--dammit" 4 times, and one violent fight in the beginning.

Book Description:

a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable
woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off. Not my fault,
she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after
Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San
Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy.
Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning
validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her
day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around
a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s
newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar. Jane’s got to find Daddy
before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got
to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants.
It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.


Meet the Author:

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of
Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the
field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults
with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage
Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging
authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based
creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the
Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is
her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also
writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find
at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in
Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state

Connect with the author:   website  ~  twitter  facebook  ~ instagram ~ bookbub

Tour Schedule:

Aug 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 25 - Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway

Aug 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 27 – I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 28 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway

Aug 28 - PuzzlePaws Blog - audiobook review / giveaway

Aug 31 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Sep 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Sep 2 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 2 - Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

Sep 3 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway

Sep 4 –Pick a Good Book - book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 7 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

Sep 8 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway

Sep 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

Sep 9 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

Sep 10 – Books for Books – audiobook review

Sep 11 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway

Sep 14 – Amy's Booket List – audiobook review / giveaway

Sep 15 – Casia's Corner – book review

Sep 16 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway

Sep 17 –Pen Possessed - book review / giveaway

Sep 18 - My Fictional Oasis – book review

Sep 18 - PuzzlePaws Blog - book review / giveaway

Guest Post by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Though I’ve always been a traditional reader—that’s my secret superpower—I only discovered audiobooks ten years ago, 2010, when I was asked to help put together a program of Audio Book Clubs in a Box for California libraries. It was an amazing project for which I listened to 32 audiobooks. It wound up hooking me on audio reading. 

When I recently published my first novel, Copy Boy, it was important to me to find just the right narrator. In my experience, when I listen to an audiobook, the story seems to get even closer into my consciousness than when I’m eye-reading. The story, the characters, are with me when I’m not controlling them, entering my ear, my brain, as I drive or walk or garden. Somehow, this way of storytelling feels very intimate, a whisper in the ear. Just as the wrong narrator can ruin an audio experience, the right one can make it. 

I wrote Copy Boy literally with an ear for what it should sound like, my main character’s dust bowl Okie accent, her attempt to hide it, her failure at that, the way it slips out under stress, anger, fear, happiness. The way it affects her interactions with sophisticated city people. The way it gives her vivid authority when she asserts herself over those same people.

I was thrilled to hear narrator April Doty’s audition. Her voice was perfectly accented, scratchy, cranky, quirky, just the way I wanted Jane to be. But it went beyond her voice. April is a perceptive, intelligent reader. We met over Zoom to talk about my book, and she asked questions that showed me she really got who Jane is, the troubles in her life and in her character, troubles that should be revealed in her voice. 

I sing April’s praises wherever I have the chance. I think you’ll be hearing a lot from her.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share my experience with audiobooks!