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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Blog Tour: Screaming Divas - Guest Post + Giveaway

Title: Screaming Divas
Author: Suzanne Kamata
Links: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Goodreads | The Book Depository
Publication Date: May 18, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press

At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

Top Ten Spring Related Books
By Suzanne Kamata
  1. THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar (my freshman year college roommate)
  2. GOING OVER by Beth Kephart (another novel set in the 1980s)
  3. WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE by Kym Brunner
  4. DUST OF EDEN by Mariko Nagai
  5. THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carleson
  6. BLUE GOLD by Elizabeth Stewart
  7. ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
  8. A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina Chen
  9. BIRD by Crystal Chan
  10. AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

Author Bio

Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese allgirl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visit or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.

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