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Sep 1, 2012

52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Jessica Brody is touring the blogosphere to promote her most recent novel, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father at various book blogs. Along the way, we are all sharing one of 52 reasons as to why you should totally love Jessica Brody!

If you read all the way to the end, I have a special treat for you. Promise. ;)

52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

One of the 52 reasons to love Jessica Brody and her books:

When Jessica was a teen her movie crush was Leonardo di Caprio. OMG, She saw him in ROMEO AND JULIET, which came out when she was about 15 and she was in LOOOOVE! Now, it's Peeta Mellark or maybe Josh Hutcherson.

For 51 other reasons, visit The Book Scout (August 31st), Simple Books (September 2nd), Stalking the Bookshelves (September 3rd), and stay tuned for more!

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Excerpt

The Crash Without the Burn

My father is going to kill me.

Actually, on second thought, he probably doesn’t have time to kill me. But he is going to send someone to do it for him. He’s really good at that. Sending people. He’s done it for every major event in my life. First day of school, first date, sweet sixteen party, birthdays, dance recitals, even my high school graduation last week. All of them faithfully attended and video documented by one of my father’s minions. He’s got loads of them. So many I can hardly remember any of their names anymore. But without fail, anytime something significant happens, one of them always manages to show up in my father’s place to perform the requisite “parental duty.” In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he sent someone to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. Although I’m sure his publicity team would never allow him to miss out on such a great opportunity for positive media exposure.

This, on the other hand, falls into that other category of media exposure. The kind that makes my father, his company, and everyone associated with our family look bad. The kind that is quickly hushed up and excused by cleverly concocted scapegoats and promises of rehab. Not that I’ll ever go. Not that I’ve ever gone. But it’s the thought that makes people feel better—or more importantly—that makes the tabloids shift their focus. Because once you’re “shipped off to rehab” the story is over. In the media’s eyes, you’re as good as cured.

Well, until you screw up again.

Until you do something like this.

I’m convinced my father has spies working all over the world. They’ve infiltrated national and foreign governments, they’ve weaseled their way into law enforcement offices, they’ve set up shop in the streets. They’re like elves. Santa’s helpers. Magically stealing through the night, doing his bidding, protecting the company name. The family name. Because really, there’s no other explanation for how fast things happen. How quickly they’re able to get to the site of the “disturbance.” Like tonight, for instance. My father has “people” on the scene even before all the emergency vehicles have arrived. Dressed smartly in their dark suits and designer shoes, even though it’s three o’clock in the morning. As if they simply go to bed that way.

Magic elves, I tell you.

Although following that analogy would mean my father would have to be Santa Claus. And trust me, besides the part about being elusive, never seen, and only staying in your living room for a total of two minutes before disappearing into the night, he’s definitely NO Santa Claus.

The first thing they do when they arrive is tell me not to speak. Then I’m ushered away from the limelight and flashes of paparazzi bulbs and hastily stowed inside a black limousine with windows tinted so darkly I can barely see out. There’s a woman seated across from me. She speaks with a diluted French accent, expertly fielding a flutter of phone calls and e-mails with a cell phone in both hands. She pauses her current conversation long enough to assure me that everything is being taken care of.

But I don’t need to be assured. Everything is always taken care of. When my father’s name is involved, charges are mysteriously dropped, law uits are inexplicably settled out of court, and angry business owners threatening revenge are suddenly sending Christmas cards with photos of their family on a two week cruise in the Greek isles.

I’m never quite sure how it’s done but you can be sure money changes hands. Lots and lots of money. Probably in the form of large, unmarked bills. Contracts are most likely signed, threats are almost certainly made, and secrets are most definitely leveraged.

It’s the mafia without the strip clubs and the cheap New York accents. And instead of guns and cement shoes, all the members have Blackberrys and Harvard MBAs.

It’s no wonder that my father has entire law offices working exclusively for him.

Through the darkly tinted glass I can just make out the arrival of two more news vans. The woman sitting across from me notices them too and hurriedly presses a single button on one of her phones before bringing it to her ear.

“Are we clear?” There’s a moment of silence as she waits for a response. “Tell them she has no comment.” And then into the other phone, “Good, we’re leaving.”

With a chilling sharpness, she clicks off both phones, taps on the glass behind her with the backside of her knuckles, and like a fluid, well-oiled machine that has been performing this same routine thousands of times, for hundreds of years, the message is communicated and the car is off.

Now, if the excerpt totally hooked your interest, you shall watch the awesome book trailer!

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Book Trailer



I told ya it was awesome! Wanna see how it was all put together? Check this out!

The Making of the 52 Reasons to Hate My Father Book Trailer



And like I said, time for that promise, eh? I have a super awesome giveaway to share with all of you. I have up for grabs, three copies of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody for three of my U.S. readers!

Deets:

- Must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
- Giveaway ends on September 15th, 2012.
- Open U.S.
- Good luck!

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More About the Author

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

In four short years , Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided hit bookstores in June 2011.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father (which was recently optioned for film) just recently released in July 2012 and Unremembered, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in March 2013.

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over fifteen foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, and Taiwan. Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

Find Jessica Brody Online: Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Website

20 comments:

  1. Haha, this book sounds totally fun! I've never read anything by Jessica. I think it might be time to start. (Was anyone else reminded of Sabrina with the last name Larrabee? :D.)

    Teen movie crush? Totally was Jonathan Taylor Thomas. 90s child, yo!

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  2. This book sounds really fun. My movie crush as a kid was probably Leonardo DiCaprio too. I totally loved him. Now I am in love with Chris Hemsworth. So drool worthy!

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  3. Heath Ledger!! Every time I see a movie with him, I swoon, and then I cry because he won't be making movies anymore :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.lol

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  5. Maybe Leonardo Dicaprio when he was in Romeo + Juliet. Before I realized how bad the movie was.

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  6. Zac Efron...from HSM :)

    -JennyC

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  7. "Comedy of Heiress"? I just got that. ><
    This book isn't my usual style (as I think you're aware, Momo :P) but it sounds really entertaining!
    My Hollywood crush? You're making me choose one? Oh gosh. I used to be a bit infatuated with Logan Lerman, but lately I've been seeing Josh Hutcherson all over the place, and, well...you know how it is. ;)

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :)

    ~Riv Re
    Riv Reads

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  8. My teen crush? PEETA. Josh Hutcherson from the Hunger Games!

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  9. Pft that's easy it's Freddie Prince Jr. He was so dreamy! -sigh-

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  10. My teen movie crush? Hmm... Ryan Reynolds, for sure. Siiigh. ;)

    Anyway, this book sounds like so much fun! And the book trailer is probably one of the best I've seen.

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  11. Yeah I agree with Gina Freddie Prince Jr. ALSO Devon Sawa, JTT, Justin Timberlake, Nick Carter... OH am I dating myself? dammit..

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  12. Ready for my geek moment?? Seth Green! :D Oz rocked my world...hehe.

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  13. Oh so many ;) Hmmm right now probably Ryan Reynolds or Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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  14. Definitely was Leonardo DiCaprio!!!

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  15. No teen movie crush comes to mind immediately. My perfect guy lives in books >_<

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  16. It was totally Leo back in the day! Sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I can't really think of anyone I had a crush on as a teen, but I love the character of Jake in Sixteen Candles (yep, the 80s movie). Even though it's an older movie, he stands the test of time and the movie's hysterical.

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  18. Geez, I didn't really have a teen movie crush, and if I had one now I'm pretty sure I'd be a red dot on a map somewhere! Now if you want to talk about adult movie crushes...(eek, before anyone's mind goes to the gutter, I mean grown-up, not adult!)

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