13th May 2014
Sometimes life smacks you right in the kisser with a whole lot of ohhhh craaaaap.
Just ask Darcy Walker.
100 Proof Stud picks up four months after No Brainer's cliffhanger ending, and Darcy discovers the aftermath pales in comparison to the crisis her heart is in. All of a sudden it's raining men, and this teenage heroine’s personal life turns her inside out.
Before she can sort out her feelings, she chases a spray-painting vandal and stumbles upon a case of identity theft right in her own backyard. Darcy jumps into the fray headfirst to prove she can hang with the big boys.
But it’s not just to hang…nope, she’s chasing reward money.
Tapping her band of misfit brothers for help, she turns Valley upside down trying to unearth the criminals. Problem is, the cloak and dagger goes high-octane, and she raises the bar on “crazy" in the process.
Bullets ring out…dead bodies appear…and Darcy rubs shoulders with the ultimate sociopath. In the midst of murder and mayhem, will she finally follow her heart or build a fortress of lies around it? Will she even get the chance?
Guest Post by A.J. Lape
Keeping Young Adult Fiction Clean, but Exciting
Writing YA fiction can be a tricky business. First off, the most exciting characters (if we’re to be real) are the ones that curse like sailors that have a trail of dead bodies, broken hearts, and crappy grades behind them. Are they the best examples for young minds? Um, no, but they are real. And who the heck wants to read perfection anyway? First off, it doesn’t exist, and secondly, it’s hard to relate to perfection. So the trick is, How do you write something that people want to read that doesn’t make mom and dad flip out when they buy it for you? A second thing to consider when writing YA fiction is, How can I pen a book that will appeal to all age groups, ergo, growing my audience?
When I started writing the Darcy Walker Series, I had absolutely zero idea that my books would be published, let alone be a bestseller in its categories. I wrote for me; it was cathartic; and I didn’t have a bloody clue how to get published anyway. That being said, when I wrote, I wrote with abandon. I didn’t try to appeal to a certain crowd. I just wrote about what I knew (insert the “real” comment of earlier). I like people with baggage—so much baggage an elephant could sit on it and still wouldn’t be able to snap that sucker shut. But, I have two daughters—two daughters that I drill into their heads what it means to be a good kid, with good morals, and high standards. I made the conscious decision to not let the profanity fly on every page in my books and coined what I call Darcyspeak. Darcy might have a lot of other quote/unquote sin and mischievous behavior in her life, but her motives are always pure. So hopefully, Mom and Dad, if you are reading this, the Darcy Walker Series will make your kid a go-getter. Someone who doesn’t give up until they make the things that are wrong in the world…right.
The overall theme in the Darcy Walker books is to embrace who you are, own your flaws, and never, ever give up. Life is hard; being a teenager is even harder. And I’ve always cringed when authorities try to put someone’s square-peg mind, through society’s round hole anyway. Be an individualist. And when you can pen a character that lives with abandon, I think that is what helps your series span the age gaps.
Author Bio - A.J. Lape
A. J. lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola. She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born. Her love for suspense and a good story was born from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood. That and any B-movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on.
From a small town in Kentucky, her sister and she lived in their imaginations on a regular basis, and A.J.'s love for the bizarre and paranormal still holds true to this day. She loves roller coasters, scary movies, and haunted houses and the weird sense of accomplishment it gives her when she can make it through without keeling over.
If Life has taught her anything, it's the need to acquire a wicked sense of humor, come up swinging, and to never, ever give up...no matter what obstacle is in front of you.
When she's not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughters' sporting events.
A. J. loves to connect with fans! You can find her via Twitter and Facebook or send an email.
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