Monday, August 8, 2011

A Scary Good Book!


Great news!! Anita Laydon Miller is releasing a new ebook TODAY! It's a middle grade mystery called A SCARY GOOD BOOK. I can't wait for this one. I loved her 1st book, EARTHLING HERO - and so did my students when I read it aloud to them last year.

Here's what Anita has to say about her new book...

Twelve-year-old Hannah Stone tells everyone she’s “okay,” but that’s a total lie. Two years ago her dad was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The detective in charge of the case never found the driver, but he somehow managed to get Hannah’s mom to fall in love with him. The jerk. And speaking of love, Hannah’s developed a major crush on Ollie Ortega—he’s her best friend and the only one she can talk to—a crush on Ollie is so not a good idea.


Also not a good idea? Searching for a missing person with no help from the police. But that’s exactly what Hannah does when she finds messages in library books—underlined words that point her in the direction of someone who needs her.


And, suddenly, Hannah’s even further from okay. She breaks into a library, gets caught in a kidnapper’s web, and is stalked by her dad’s killer, all in an effort to save a life…but can she save herself, too?
 
Doesn't it sound great? Can't wait. Here's the link for this terrific kids' ebook - it's only 99 cents!!

62 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for spreading the word about this new book! I'm very proud of it...feels like I gave birth except without all the stretch marks (although, come to think of it, I did do a lot of stress eating, so who knows?).

    And I keep thinking of you while writing EARTHLING HERO 2...I want you to enjoy that one, too.

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  2. Yay for Anita and her fab book!! Good luck!!!!! Take care
    x

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  3. That's sheer genius for a book title!

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  4. It sounds like a great book! I love the title. :)

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  5. The book sound very intriguing, and I agree with Alex, an absolutely brilliant title!

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  6. OLD KITTY: I read somewhere that you don't have an ereader. You can still read ebooks. Visit the Ways to Read Ebooks at anitalaydonmiller.com for options. There are so many great free and inexpensive ebooks out there, I'd hate for you to lose out.

    ABOUT THE TITLE: My "team" thought the title is an accurate description of the book and is good for search optimization purposes, too. I included a sentence about a scary good book inside the book, too, just to tie everything together nicely. The big trouble was deciding whether I should keep the article "A" or not...the team was split in half and I ultimately added because my blog friend Jonathon really, really wanted it there.

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  7. Anita - I can't wait to read both this one and the 2nd part to Earthling Hero - awesome :)

    And we do tend to stress eat throughout all the stages of this process, don't we!! :)

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  8. Old Kitty - Anita is fabulous - looking forward to these ones :)

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  9. Alex - I agree - the title is brilliant!

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  10. Golden Eagle - it does! It's next on my TBR pile! :)

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  11. Elle - I agree! Can't wait to get started on it :)

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  12. Anita - titles are so hard - I think you and your team did a brilliant job of it!

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  13. Wow! It most definitely sounds great! :D

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  14. Congrats to Anita! All success. It does sound like a great story.

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  15. Mary - I'm hoping this will be another great hit :)

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  16. Wow, what a great blurb! The book sounds good! I love MG ;)

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  17. Cherie - I love MG - the stories are such fun and great adventures. :)

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  18. Lynda - it really does! It's next up on my pile :)

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  19. This book is all over the blogosphere today! It sounds great.

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  20. Sounds like fun! Makes me want to go searching through library books for clues (sans kidnappers and stalkers).

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  21. Hi, Jemi!

    I don't read MG, but it sounds great. And I love that cover! (As all writers should...)

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  22. Lydia - I love this online blogging community! Can't wait to read the book too! :)

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  23. VR - I'm with you on that one! My characters may have to be brave, but I don't! :)

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  24. Janna - I know! It's a fabulous cover!! :

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  25. ABOUT THE COVER: My husband and I created it using a free program. It's not as difficult as people think. The hard part is thinking of the concept. We had two and did rough drafts of both. Best of all: the process was fun!

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  26. I like the title with the "A"!
    Congrats to Anita!

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  27. Anita - that's awesome! I've never tried making covers - but it sounds like fun. I'll have to start dabbling :)

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  28. Kelly - I do too - I think it has a better flow that way :)

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  29. Oh, this sounds like an intriguing and fun book. Wishing Anita much success with her writing. Thanks for the introduction Jemi.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

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  30. So many authors turning to ebooks! Seems like a good way to go.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  31. Congrats to Anita, sounds a great book.

    Yvonne.

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  32. Mason - you're very welcome - it does sound fun, doesn't it? :)

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  33. Lee - it really does! So many people are going in that direction now.

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  34. Anita is really breaking some ground here with her middlegrade e-books!

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  35. Shelley - she really is doing a great job! After I read Earthling Hero to my students, several of them went home and downloaded it so they could read it again! :)

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  36. Thanks for sharing, Jemi. I downloaded my copy.

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  37. Medeia - me too! It's next up in my TBR pile! :)

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  38. It does sound great! I've had to cut back on my book buying in this awful economy, and if it's more than 4.99 (3.99 preferable) for Kindle, I don't do it. But .99--that sounds like a giveaway. I LOVE children's literature (and YA), so I'm clicking on the link, and hope many, many others will too.
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

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  39. Ann - I'm the same. I just can't afford the more expensive books very often. I'd love to buy them all, but it's just not realistic.

    Anita's first book was $0.99 too - and it was fantastic!

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  40. Jemi: I'm in chapter two, and it's a page turner. I told her I'll review it for her when I'm finished. She's an excellent writer!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

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  41. Ann - that's awesome! I've got a busy couple of days and don't know if I'll get to it before the weekend. I'm looking forward to it. Anita's a sweetie and a terrific writer!

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  42. ALL: Thank you so much for your kind words and purchases! I do think middle grade kids will buy even more ebooks in the new year. And I hope the kids will look for ones that are inexpensive and of high quality (fresh story, fun plot, friend-like characters).

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  43. Anita - I agree. Most of the students I teach don't have e-readers. But many of them have computers or iPod touches. I read Earthling Hero to them off my iPod Touch and they thought it was pretty cool :)

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  44. I saw this featured on Laura Pauling's blog today as well -- it's everywhere, which is great! I've just clicked through and bought a copy.

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  45. sounds like something even this old man would enjoy!

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  46. Amie - that's what I love about this online community - so much support! I've got my copy too :)

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  47. Laughing Wolf - it does sound like a fun story for all ages! :)

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  48. hi miss jemi and miss anita! i love mg books! ummm..maybe thats cause im a mgrader. ha ha. i love mystery stuff and this sounds way exciting. i adding it on to my biwr (books i wanna read) list. cool title!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  49. Lenny - I think that's the perfect reason to like MG books! I don't have that reason anymore and I still love them!! :)

    I like the biwr list! I think I'll have to borrow that one, Lenny!

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  50. Another book for the grandson. He'll be happy. He loved Earthling.

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  51. Mary - I bet he'll love this one too! I haven't had a chance to start it yet - hopefully soon!! :)

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  52. It's so nice to see all this support for Anita. I wish her luck with the book.

    I hope you're having a good summer, Jemi!

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  53. Theresa - I hope the book does well too - she's a talented writer :)

    It's hard to believe summer is winding down already - it's flown by!

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  54. that book sounds so scary-good, and everybody's talking about it. I can't wait to read it! :o) <3

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  55. Leigh - I agree - it sounds like another winner! :)

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  56. MG with a wonderful title - sounds like a terrific story!

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  57. Anne - I agree - it really does :)

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