Tuesday 18 December 2012

Guest Post & Promo - Tempestuous

A modern retelling of Shakespeares The Tempest
Publication date: Dec. 18
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school¹s popular crowd, former 'it
girl', Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding
dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the
Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter
storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be
snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge
against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her
delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who
works at the mall¹s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and
trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare¹s
The Tempest.
Guest Post #1

Hi everyone, and thanks, Becky, for letting us pay your blog a visit!
  Our “Twisted Lit” series metaphorically grabs Shakespeare by his frilly ruff, stands him on his ear, gives him a good shake and then reinterprets the resulting inspiration into clever and compelling YA reads.
   You may label us iconoclasts for messing around with his masterpieces, but we dare say he’d give a smirking nod and wink to our endeavors. After all, this is the same guy who built upon earlier works of other writers in the penning of his own great plays.
   Short of genuflecting at in-home shrines to Shakespeare (well, Kim sort of has a makeshift one, but that’s beside the point), we pretty much worship the guy. But we know not everyone feels the same way, and in order to have the freedom to write novels that would leave their own mark on the world, we had to get over this idea that the playwright was some sacred cow who couldn’t be tampered with. Our stories use Shakespeare as a launching pad, and while we try to pay homage to him in clever and humorous ways, we pointedly didn’t plot our works as cookie-cutter retellings. Instead, our two books in the series truly take on a life all their own, so that even if you’ve never heard of Shakespeare, you’ll find our tales enthralling and one-of-a-kind. Check out our debut novel, Tempestuous: A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and see if you don’t agree.

Kim and Amy

http://kimsaid.blogs.com/Amy_Kim_bookportraits_2012_0029rt_crop.jpgAbout the Authors
Kim Askew and Amy Helmes are the authors of the Shakespeare-inspired YA series Twisted Lit. Tempestuous will be available on December 18, 2012 and Exposure will be available January 18, 2013 from Merit Press. Kim and Amy been writing together since 2004, when they launched Romancing the Tome, a blog dedicated to their obsession with book-to-film adaptations. For more information on their books, visit TwistedLitBooks.com


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