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Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
Publication Date:  October 13, 2015
Publisher:  Tantrum Books
Genre:  MG, Fantasy

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.

Name the five biggest things that distracts you from your writing.

Hello and thanks for letting me post on your blog today! You asked for the five biggest things that distract me from writing.

Well, there is, of course, the internet. I know people who pull their wireless card out or disconnect. I’m not strong enough. I reach for it, break into a cold sweat, and then chicken out. I mean, what if an email comes that I just can’t miss? Yeah, email and the internet are a big one.

Twitter is also distracting. Usually it goes like this: I sit down, I open a Word document, I force myself to leave Chrome turned off, I open up Twitter, then minimize it, and then write for a bit. Then I decide I need a break. And I open Twitter. And before you know it, my email is up, browsers are open, and pictures of cats are being cute on my computer screen.

I have to leave Twitter shut off. It’s a gateway program. Lol
After that, the telephone. It always seems like people decide to talk to me when I’m sitting down and trying to get some serious writing done. And its usually not just one. EVERYONE wants to call. That’s easy enough – I can ignore them (unless it’s my mother. You don’t ignore the Mama. Everyone knows that.)

After that, the day job. This is more subtle, because I’m a teacher and while I don’t want to bring things home, I do. And if I sit down to write and things aren’t done and I know I need them tomorrow, it will distract me until I stop writing, finish the lessons, and then I can write again. Assuming there’s any time left.

Last, the cat. Ah, the cat. I love Molly, but since I got married last year, she has made it clear that I am inferior to my husband. I’ve been betrayed. The only time she shows any interest in me is when I sit down and really get into writing. I’ll be making serious in-roads into a manuscript only to have this furry body suddenly land in the middle of the keyboard. It’s not pleasant, and usually digresses into pitiful meowing and me scolding and eventually trying to type one handed while I pet her with the other in a feeble attempt to win back some of her love. It doesn’t last long. As soon as I’m sufficiently distracted, she leaves and sits with the husband again. Infuriating.

Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 12, 2015

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Super Freak by Vanessa Barger (INT)

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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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