Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Tour: The Strange and Lovely Anthology: School Spirit by Jennifer Griffith

First let me tell you what this anthology is all about,
the main book blurb:

Zombies and vampires and ghosts....oh, my!

From fae assassins to subjugating the dead, Strange and Lovely is a collection of short stories that seamlessly blends spine-tingling chills and swoon-worthy romance.

This young adult paranormal anthology of supernatural creatures from ten talented authors serves up short stories with heart-stopping storytelling that will haunt you long after you've put it down. Open the pages and discover worlds colliding and struggles for life and love. You’ll find a tale of a young incubus desperately fighting his nature (and diet) alongside Ashley who has a choice—run from the vampires who will stop at nothing to kill her, or become one of them. Dipping deep into romance you’ll find enchanting assassins too beautiful and deadly, and a touching tangle of a love story between an angel and a mermaid both struggling to make their love last. This book will be sure to make you believe that even in the darkest of nights love can find a way.

If you love tales of paranormal romance or supernatural thrills but can't decide which ghostly or otherworldly creature to focus on, this is the perfect book for you.

Best-selling authors such as Jenni James, Amber Argyle, Stephanie Fowers, and Cindy M. Hogan craft thrilling new stories filled with engaging characters, while others, like Christine Fonseca, Jennifer Griffith, C. J. Anaya, Jennifer Bryce, M. Leigh Marrott, and Rebecca Gage, explode off the page with unique takes on familiar supernatural favorites.

Whether humorous, suspenseful, or romantic, the stories in Strange and Lovely will leave you feeling wickedly entertained.

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The entire thing sounds fantastic, right? WELL, my good friend Jennifer Griffith is one of the authors that contributed to the anthology, so I just HAD to feature her part! School Spirit is AMAZING! And I'm not saying that just because I'm a little biased. ;)

Here is the mini blurb:

Basketball star Luke stomped all over cheerleader Hailey’s heart, but she still has to cheer for him. When a mysterious hot guy in a loin cloth appears on the basketball court and protects Luke from getting fouled, and nobody else notices or cares, Hailey takes matters into her own hands—and finds she might be having a supernatural encounter with a "school spirit."

Isn't that AWESOME!?!?! I have no clue where she comes up with this stuff! A little about the fabulous lady I call friend.

Jennifer Griffith's Author Bio:

Jennifer Griffith is a wife and a mother of five, and although she’s never seen a ghost, she believes in them and would love to meet one and ask a lot of questions. She’s the author of seven novels, all romantic comedies.

Author Social Media links: 
Twitter handle: @GriffithJen 

I asked Jennifer who she would select to play the lead rolls if School Spirit was ever made into a movie {You know I love to do these, 
but it's extra fun to ask Jen since her book Big in Japan 
is ACTUALLY being made into a movie RIGHT NOW!!!!!!}
and this is what she told me:

"The people I pictured were Cindy Anaya and her husband, to be honest. 
He's a basketball player, and he looks kind of Mayan, to be honest. Maybe get Cindy's permission to post her profile pic of her and Joe? Okay, no. Just kidding. Don't do that. I'll keep thinking. Why is this so hard?"

SURPRISE!!! I went and got Cindy's permission. I couldn't help it! She is also a friend of mine, and a fellow writer (she contributed to the Strange and Lovely Anthology, as well as has published The Healer, and The Black Blossom)

Now you know Jennifer's inspiration behind her characters! What do you think? As a bonus, if Cindy was actually cast in the movie, it could be made into a musical because she sings like an angel!!!

And here is a snippet from School Spirit so you can read the words and look at the faces Jen was picturing as she wrote! (It's kind of magical, don't you think?)


The flip had made her head a bit dizzy, and it took Hailey a second to get her bearings back. The other cheerleaders dashed to their side of the court so the pep band could come down, but Hailey’s feet were glued to the foul line. There, on the endline under the basket, not ten feet away, stood loin cloth guy. And he was looking into her eyes. And smiling—like he knew a secret.
“Hey!” Hailey took a few steps toward him. “Don’t look at me like that. It’s … wolfish.” She expected him to back away. Or even disappear again. But he didn’t. He kept standing there. Now he was rubbing his chin and nodding, like he’d just seen his first Corvette. Guys always went gaggy over Corvettes. “It’s not gentlemanly.”
Suddenly, the guy snapped to, and he did in fact start backing away. Hailey marched toward him.

Be sure to follow along on the rest of the tour as we check out all the other fabulous parts to this amazing anthology!!!

Book Tour Schedule

January 10
Book 1:
Huntress by Amber Argyle
January 11
Book 2:
My Fair Assassin by C J Anaya
January 12
Book 3:
School Spirit by Jennifer Griffith
January 13
Books 1-3:
Huntress, My Fair Assassin, and School Spirit
January 14
Book 4:
The Descension by Cindy M Hogan
January 15
Book 5:
The Crazies Got Me by Rebevva Gage
January 16
Book 6:
Mind Warp by Jenni James
January 17
Books 4-6:
The Descension, The Crazies Got Me, and Mind Warp
January 18
Book 7:
Dark Night by Christine Fonseca
January 19
Book 8:
My Big Hairy Romance by Jennifer Bryce
January 20
Book 9:
Broken Tales and Mermaid Wings by Stephanie Fowers
January 21
Book 7-9:
Dark Night, My Big Hairy Romance, and Broken Tales and Mermaid Wings
January 22
Book 10:
Dark To Dust by M. Leigh Marrott
January 23
Book 1-10 (Full Anthology)