Tuesday, 29 September 2015

It's A Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway

It's A Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
Expected Publication: October 2015 by Sky Pony Press

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction. 

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Early Praise for It's A Wonderful Life

"Fun, Funny and Full of Life" - Kirkus Review

"A snarky joyride of a book with a deep moral core; long after you've finished laughing, you'll still be thinking about RJ's journey and perhaps asking yourself: What defines a life well lived?" - Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall

"It's a Wonderful Death is a wonderful gem.  Both snarky and uplifting, it sneaks inside you and makes you smile and cry at the same time." -Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of Vessel and Drink, Slay, Love  

"It's A Wonderful Death is a great mix of mirth, myth and metaphysics; I enjoyed it greatly and I'm certain that YA readers will as well." - Daniel Waters, author of Generation Dead

"Mean Girls meets A Christmas Carol! Smart, sassy, and humorously original with clever world-building and a host of interesting characters, It's a Wonderful Death will have you laughing out loud and rooting for RJ from the first page!" - Amalie Howard, best-selling author of Bloodspell

"Just the kind of story I love -- full of snark, heart, and contemplation about the meaning of life! It's a Wonderful Death will get you thinking about what you want to leave behind and how you want to live until then." - Kristen Lippert-Martin, author of Tabula Rasa

"RJ's witty narrative had me both laughing out loud and weeping into the pages. It's a Wonderful Death is a delightful read that questions the butterfly effect of choices made...and unmade." - Danielle L. Jensen, author of Stolen Songbird

“You know a story’s going to be good when Death shows up as a surfer! I loved every bit of this funny and heartwarming tale of second chances.” -Lisa Maxwell, author of Sweet Unrest

Guest Post by Sarah J. Schmitt


If you have a lot of booklovers in your life like I do, finding the perfect gift is next to impossible. So, in honor of the holiday shopping season that is looming ahead of us, I offer up a selection of very cool items for your friends who love to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. (Perhaps even a copy of It’s A Wonderful Death.) If you’re interested in purchasing the item, click on the image to be transported to a retail location.
The fire would be even nicer with a cup of your favorite hot beverage in this mug.
Hot Girls Read - 11oz Coffee Mug - Bookworm - Graduation - Funny Mug - Gifts for her - BFF Gift

Know someone who is always lending books? Give them the cools to keep track of who has what?

Want your entire house to spell like your favorite literary location or the bookstore across town? Here’s a great place to find a candle to do just that.
Sherlock's Study - Soy Candle - Book Lovers' Scented Soy Candle - 8oz jar

Know someone with chilly tootsies? Give ‘em a pair of book inspired socks to keep warm.
Bookworm   Blue Lagoon

And finally, for the Harry Potter fans among us, you can never go wrong with HP inspired gear.
Harry Potter Ministry Of Magic Vinyl Sticker   Always Necklace, Harry Potter Necklace, Snape Necklace, Professor Snape, Lily Potter, Harry Potter Gift, Statement Necklace, Fangirl, Magic

Well, that’s a few ideas to get you started. Oh, I can’t forget one more suggestion for the booklovers in your life. You know… if they’re into this kind of stuff.

Author Bio - Sarah J. Schmitt

Sarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library who, in addition to planning a variety of events, enjoys opening up the world of books to reluctant readers. She runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback.

Prior to immersing herself in the world of the written word, Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked with first year college students as they acclimated to college life. Sarah lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband, two kidlets and a cat who might actually be a secret agent. She is an active member of SCBWI, ALA and the Indiana Library Federation and is a regular participant at the Midwest Writer's Workshop. Her debut novel, IT'S A WONDERFUL DEATH, comes out Fall 2015 from Sky Pony Press.

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