Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway for The Purple Girl by Audrey Kane


Join author Audrey Kane on her Book Blast for The Purple Girl, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions on February 20, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question for Audrey to let her know you stopped by.  Audrey will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, please be sure to leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit the better your odds of winning.   

The Purple Girl
By Audrey Kane
Illustrated by Tory and Norman Tabor 

Publisher:  Wakefield & Quincy Press
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Genre: Middle School/Social Skills
Length: 84

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About this book: 

CAUTION! Violet lives within the pages of this book. And her purple spreads to everything she touches…

Violet lives behind garden walls. Is she magical? Is she the devil’s child—or simply cursed? When the lonely thirteen-year-old embarks on a dangerous journey to find the one boy that dared to befriend her, she travels at night...in the dark...to keep people from seeing her purple skin. But no one is more surprised than Violet when she unlocks her mysterious gift.

Buy Link:  Amazon   

Excerpt

This is how the story was told to me.
     
When the midwife brought me into the world, she let out a scream. Hands trembling, she swaddled me in a white blanket, leaving only a small opening so I could breathe. She refused to let my mother see me until my father appeared and stood by her side. Purple mist seeped through the white blanket, staining the midwife’s fingers.
     
“God help us all. This baby is cursed!” the midwife cried, thrusting me into my father’s arms. She grabbed a rag and tried to scrub the stains off her hands.
     
As my father unwrapped me, the color drained from his face. My mother, weak from the delivery, reached toward him...or perhaps to me.
     
“What’s wrong?” After a moment, he held me up.
     
My mother wailed when she saw her purple baby.
     
My father turned away from her and laid me in the cradle, far from my mother, his fingers shaking as he bundled me in the plum-colored blanket. He remained silent, wiping his purple stained palms on his pants. The stains wouldn’t stay on him forever... only a few moments...but he didn’t know that then.
     
“Oh, Samuel,” my mother sobbed. “How did this happen?”
     
My father gazed into my eyes, and when he finally spoke, his voice broke.
     
“We’ll call her Violet.” He stroked a tuft of my lavender hair and sank to his knees.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As a writer, and also a designer of tapestries with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, it is only natural for Audrey to weave visual stories. When she is not designing tapestries, she is busy conjuring up characters that find themselves in extraordinary situations. Between carpools and design work, she is plotting, scheming, writing, and revising. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, their three children, and her unruly dog, Rascals. Audrey's favorite time to write is in the early morning while her family sleeps. With Rascals sprawled out snoring beside her, it only takes one oversized cup of coffee to get her mind moving.

Audrey is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She loves traveling, museums, and blackberry-apple pie. Actually, she loves all kinds of pie. And she especially loves her family. They have put up with Violet and Waxy for a long time. You can visit her at: www.audreykane.com.





Don't forget to leave a comment or question for Audrey to let her know you stopped by.  Audrey will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, please be sure to leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit the better your odds of winning.   

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Thank you for having me today! I'm happy to be here. And thank you, Lisa, for stopping by to visit. Good luck on the giveaway!

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  3. Nice cover and excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  5. It was great to be here today! Thanks for hosting me. Book tours are a fabulous way to meet some great people!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful read to share w/my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.
    Ilookfamous@yahoo.com

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