Friday, May 18, 2012

Better than a movie

So not only is there not one right answer to the job-at-Disneyland question, it turns out that you can totally use this as a personality test. For example, not only have I never wanted to be a princess--never even crossed my mind--I think the best job would be Jungle Boat cruise guide.

And there you have it: a sneak peek inside my brain. I still think it's the best job, but y'all can be princesses if you want to.

Moving on . . . don't judge a book by its cover, right? That's stupid advice. I judge a book by its cover all the time, but it's the backliner that clinches the deal. Or kills it. Let's go a step further, okay? Let's judge a book by its author. 

Take my friend Susan. She is opinionated and loyal. She is sassy and loving. She's a small-town girl who has a very clear understanding of human nature. And she wrote a book. And guess what her main character is like?

Yeah, you really want to read this book. It's LDS YA and it's got a kick butt high school soccer star who's got a thing going with a smokin' hot BYU men's soccer player. Until her hair falls out. And suddenly she's ugly. Or thinks she is. And it changes EVERYTHING about her. And it's hard. And she has to learn some stuff. And she breaks up with her guy. And he comes back to haunt her. And that is hard too. But the kind of hard where you're cheering the whole time and pulling for them to work it out.

Susan is one of those writing friends who honestly, I couldn't figure out for the life of me why she wasn't published. This is third novel of hers that I've read and they've all been killer. But this is the first one that gets to see the light of day. And YOU should read it.

It's available through the Deseret eBook shelf so you can read it on  you iPad, Android device, Kindle, and soon on your Nook. Here's the thing . . . instead of the normal $14.99 or more this book would cost new, you get it for half that. Like on Kindle of $7.99. So basically, it's going to cost you a movie ticket but give you four times as much entertainment. THAT'S a deal.

You can check out her blog here. And buy it on Kindle here. Or for your iPod or Android device here. And you're really going to like it. I PROMISE!

And although I know you're perfectly capable of looking up the blurb yourselves, here it is iffn you want it:

Bayley Albrecht’s dream is to play soccer on BYU’s South Field. When she is invited to soccer camp the summer before her senior year in high school, she just knows she’s one step closer to her dream. Things get even better when she meets Matt Macauley, the star of the men’s soccer team. When they decide to write each other while Matt is on his mission, Bayley figures her life can’t get any better. But it certainly can get worse...

After she receives a minor concussion from playing soccer, Bayley discovers she had a disease called alopecia which causes her to lose her hair. As Bayley struggles to deal with the reality of her baldness she finds herself having to make some tough decisions. Can she still play soccer? Does she even want to? More importantly, should she tell Matt? And will he still want her when she does? Becoming Bayley is the story of one girl’s journey through self-discovery, of the definition of true love, and of the realization that as a daughter of God, she is of infinite worth.


Susan said...

Maybe I should have had you write my backline. That was awesome. Thanks for the shout out, Melanie!

Susan said...

*backliner* I have to slow down when I type.

Barbaloot said...

But how come I can't buy it in a store. I like to OWN my books---plus I'm too cheap to buy a kindle or any of those other things:)

I'll keep my eyes out for that book, though. Sounds good.

Susan said...

Barbaloot--my ultimate goal is to have it in a store. If you really want to hold it in your hand, I'd love for you to shoot an email to and tell her kindly that it ought to be a real book.

Donna said...

Love the sound of this book. I've added it to my to-read list.

I love how you're doing your counter for your word goal for the week.

Karen M. Peterson said...

This sounds like a good read. As soon as it's available on Nook, I'm reading it!

(And Jungle Boat Cruise guide is TOTALLY the best job at Disneyland.)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

This sounds so good. I'll definitely check it out!

Becky said...

Read the book. LOVED the book! Everyone go read it. Totally worth skipping a movie for!

Becky said...

Read the book. LOVED the book! Everyone go read it. Totally worth skipping a movie for!