Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[Release Day] Plumb Crazy by Molly Blaisdell @mollyblaisdell @swoonromance

Plumb Crazy
Release Date: 06/10/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Small town country girl Elva Presley Hicks is about to attend her five-year class reunion with her best friends, Shay and Margarett.

The discovery of an old fanfic manuscript stirs up memories of her summer job as a plumber’s helper in Houston the summer before senior year. She earned a lot of money that year, but was lonely as heck.

It's not like there weren't any suitors back then. Elva could have chosen between Chase, the obese pig farmer, and Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands. But Elva yearned for something more, and found it that fateful summer, with electrician, Mitch McCall.

It was magical. Mitch wasn't turned off by Elva's name or fan fiction writing, and Elva didn't lose interest in Mitch after he cut off his nose at work.

Trials and triumphs followed including a friendship implosion, world-wide fanfic humiliation, and goat salvation. It would go down as the most memorable summer of high school.

But as these things sometimes do, the summer romance fizzled and Elva moved on to life after high school. And while she's ready to reminisce, she is unnerved when she runs into Mitch at the reunion. Can they give it another go after so much time has passed, or are they too different now to even try?

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Elva cut across the lawn of the Latter Day Saints and headed into the dirt parking lot of Holiness. The building buzzed with the holy clapping, holy snapping, and holy unknown tongues (private spiritual languages only God could understand). According to Margarett, if you couldn’t speak in an unknown tongue you were damned to spend eternity in Hell. How life in eternal Hell could be worse than hanging out with the tongue-talking Pentecostals for eternity baffled Elva.
As she came up to the wooden steps, leading to the door, the ground vibrated from the babbling. Wild drumming rumbled within, and licks from a squealing electric guitar followed. The guitarist could sure play hot electric guitar followed. The guitarist could sure play hot riffs.
Elva waved to Margarett, sitting on a metal folding chair by the church’s front door. Margarett was beanpole thin and as pale as a vampire. Her face bones jutted at sharp angles, her elbows knobby. She wore a canary yellow jumper with a long-sleeved polyester blouse under it buttoned to her neck.
What a stupid outfit for blazing heat.
Several kids lounged on the hoods of cars in the parking lot. Enough time had passed in the service for their folks to start being slain in the spirit. The parents fell to the floor spitting out unknown tongues, giving the Holiness kids time to sneak out to smoke cigarettes.
Elva understood the need to take the edge off.

“I’ve got two quarters.” Margarett held out her coins. “Do you have enough so we can buy drinks at Happy Hour?” “I’ve only got a dollar,” Elva said. “Let’s go see if we can scrounge up some more change.” She couldn’t bring herself to tell Margarett of the indignity of her first kiss. She spat in the dirt. Chase Fleaso, her first kiss, a fate too terrible to mention, even to one of her best friends.

About the Author
Molly Blaisdell's first crossover YA/NA romantic comedy, Plumb Crazy, is forthcoming from Swoon Romance. She is also the author of 30 books for children, including Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs (Barron’s), The Truth About Unicorns (Capstone Press) and The Big Fuzzy Coat (MeeGenius!). She's written hundreds of articles for many internationally known publishers, including MSN, Scholastic, eHow, Hasbro, and Penguin's Author Learning Center.Molly is a Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M in Chemistry. She is a long-time member of SCBWI, and is a former Regional Advisor of the Western Washington region, a Blueboard Moderator Emeritus and a recipient of the Martha Weston Grant.She formed her first fan fiction group in junior high school and is still a huge fan gal of all things space, Star Trek, anime and blockbuster movies. She's the mom of four, and currently lives under the wide open skies of College Station, TX with her husband Tim. Her interestsinclude fine art, folk art, and Texas music.

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