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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Blog Tour: The Summer I Became A Nerd - Leah Rae Miller (Guest Post and Giveaway)

The Summer I Became a Nerd

Author: Leah Rae Miller
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Genres: YA, Contemp
Pages: 276


On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
:- GUEST POST BY AUTHOR Leah Rae Miller -:


What sort of research did you have to do for The Summer I Became a Nerd?
Ah, research. Sometimes it can be fun, sometimes it can be boring, and sometimes it can get you put on FBI watch lists. For The Summer I Became a Nerd, research was a breeze. Mainly because I already have extensive knowledge of nerdy things. Sure there were times when I needed to Google some comic book characters’ real names or an artist’s name, but for the most part I already knew it all.
My brother was an invaluable resource, too.
Actual conversation: Me: “Who is Wolverine’s arch nemesis, would you say?”
Him: “Sabertooth.”
Me: “Real name?”
Him: “Victor Creed.”
Me: “That won’t work. Give me someone else.”
And on and on it would go until we would get completely off topic and start geeking out about the up-coming summer blockbusters.
LARP is something I’m pretty familiar with, too. I’ve done my fair share of it. Particularly Vampire: The Masquerade. Some of the most fun times I’ve ever had was getting all dolled up to go play Vampire with a big group of friends. I almost went to a couple of games that were still going on here in town, but just never got around to it. I joined one of the Facebook pages for it and every once in a while there would be a lively conversation about characters or powers that would spark some inspiration.
Setting was also a no-brainer since I’ve lived practically my entire life in Natchitoches. It’s a vibrant and beautiful place, perfect for a light, fluffy romantic comedy.
So, all in all, research was super easy for me which is one of the many reasons I knew I had to write this book.
I leave you with this question readers, who is your favorite comic book character?

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