Monday, February 8, 2016

MMGM~BLUES BONES by Rick Starkey...Cover REVEAL!

Do you know the only reason I love Mondays??? Because I get to celebrate some of the most fabulous literature for the most prime readers of our young people - MIDDLE GRADERS!

I'm always excited to share any upcoming middle grade tale that I come across, but this one is more special to me than any other I've shared before.


Because the author is a fellow Leap Books Seek middle grade author! It's my first time saying that, and I'm so excited (and humbled) to be able to do so. Please give Rick and his wonderful MG tale a warm welcome. And remember to ENTER the Giveaway below for your chance to WIN an Amazon gift card!

Pre-Order Sale Price of just $2.99 – regular 
price starting March 7th

by Rick Starkey

Publisher: Leap Books Seek
Released Date: March 7, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Pages: 119

Description: Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo! 

Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of RETURN – a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney. 

His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can't hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad stealing his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life? 

How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend? 

Make sure to tell all your friends and friends who have middle grade readers about this one. And while your at it, add it to your GOODREADS list to read. I did! 

MEET Rick Starkey:
Rick Starkey is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. His main interest is writing novels for middle grade. Rick has sold short pieces to Highlights for Children including a game, magic tricks, and a short story. Knowing that most writers often wish that they had started their career earlier in life, Rick teaches a basic course for the Talented and Gifted Program (T.A.G.) at Walter’s State Community College in Morristown Tennessee. Rick’s students learn the basics of magazine submissions including cover and query letters, market research, and manuscript preparation. The T.A.G. program is for students grades 5 – 8 and come from seven counties in East Tennessee.
Rick lives in a 200-year-old log cabin in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where he and his wife, Betty, own and run Make It Magic, a magic shop and craft store. A day in Rick’s life includes recommending and performing magic tricks for customers of all ages, carving a bear from a log with a chainsaw, and working on his next novel.

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Anyone know anything about VOODOO, ever researched it or read a book with it as a theme? And what about Voodoo dolls? #shivers

I'm thrilled to be part of MMGM ~ Shannon Messenger's genius plan to give middle grade reads their just due! Click HERE for the other participants.
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  1. Congrats to Rick on his cover! His book sounds so interesting too. Awesome you can support another Leap Book author!

    1. It feels very strange to say that. :) When I first read his blurb I was so intrigued by the whole voodoo idea. Can't wait to read!

  2. What a cool cover and a great premise for an MG book! It's amazing that Rick lives in a 200-yr old cabin. I bet it's beautiful. Wishing Rick much success! :)

  3. I know I wouldn't resort to voodoo to be a guitar legend!

  4. Congrats, Rick! Guitars and zombies sound like a great mix. All the best with it!

  5. I started writing a tired story idea with a voodoo twist because I never came across a book with a voodoo theme. Until now. I love it! This one combines two things I love musicians and the paranormal (with voodoo). Nice!

  6. Wow. What a great premise. And Voodoo created the first zombies. Awesome.

  7. Sounds great! Not sure about Voodoo but I'll reserve judgement until I've read it :)

    1. An open mind, that's a smart reader! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  8. I'm very intrigued by the premise of this MG! Congrats to Rick! So cool that he and his wife own a magic shop in Gatlinburg! We've been to Gatlinburg—such a fun little town.

  9. I haven't read a book about Voodoo for a while. This sounds great.

  10. Congrats to Rick and what an interesting life he leads! Blues Bones sounds like a really fun book.

  11. I love the cover and the story sounds like a real page turner. Good luck with this, Rick. Can't wait to read!

  12. Sounds like a great read--congrats to Rick on his debut! I love that Rodney turns to voodoo, and even more that he gets more than he's bargained for!

  13. Congrats on the book Rick. I know that I would not want anyone to make a voo doo doll of me. No thanks.

  14. Thank you for sharing Blues Bones. I'm so happy to be part of Leap Books. Everyone is amazing.

    I hope everyone enjoys Blues Bones.

    Remember, "Dead fingers don't tap."

  15. This cover reveal is everywhere and that is a good sign. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  16. Bodacious cover. Congrats Rick. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing it, Sheri, my pal. Voodoo. GAH! *crawls under the bed*

  17. Terrific cover and a concept that kids will eat up. Thanks for telling me about it.

  18. I was reading about this one at someone else's blog. It looks good.

  19. Congratulations on your book, Rick. The cover makes it enticingly spooky. I've seen the book on several blogs. Best wishes to you. My favorite music (the question on the giveaway) is anything that Elvis sings. Have a great day, all.

  20. I pre-ordered this and can't wait to read it. Congrats to Rick.


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