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Cover Reveal!! Linda Budzinski’s, THE FUNERAL SINGER

Hi Everyone!!


I’m SO excited today to show you something AWESOME. But first let’s go back to 2012 for a little story about a mentor and mentee.

Not long ago… in an internet contest far away, I met an amazing writer with a story to tell. It all started when my bestie, Brenda Drake called me last summer and had this idea about a contest where we would mentor one writer through an entire manuscript.

This is how the call went down. Yes, I’m paraphrasing ’cause I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

Me: “That’s such a cool idea! Wait. Whoa, are you sure you want to take that on? That’s a lot of responsibility. *bites nails*” 

Brenda: “Yes, it’s going to be amazing! And we can have the winners all on one blog and I’m sure I can get other mentors, and we’ll have a month to do it and…” Brenda said.

Me: *laughs* Okay, okay, let’s do it. GAME ON,” I said somewhat enthusiastically.

THUS #PitchWars was born.

I had no idea who I would ultimately end up with, or if I would get the writer I wanted (there was a lot of competition!) but once I read Linda’s THE FUNERAL SINGER I wanted it and her! I had to do some last minute groveling to a fellow mentor (she’s awesome and I’m lucky to call her my CP) to keep it, but luckily she thought Linda and I would make a good pair and graciously stepped aside.

I LOVE this story and I’m SO excited that Linda has found a home for THE FUNERAL SINGER with Swoon Romance.

Here’s a little about the story…

Being a funeral singer was a dead-end job until it led her to him …

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martin has witnessed her share of lame eulogies and uninspired epitaphs while singing part-time at her dad’s funeral home. She’s determined to be more than a funeral singer, more than just someone’s “beloved wife” or “loving mother.” 

When Mel’s impromptu rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a local rock star’s graveside service goes viral on YouTube, she becomes an Internet sensation, gains thousands of fans and followers, and snags a hot rock star boyfriend–Zed Logan, bass player for The Grime. 

But instant fame isn’t easy—and neither is love. Especially when Mel realizes she’s falling for another guy—one who may just want her heart more than her voice …


Ready to see the cover?

Yeah, you are ….






I bet about now you’re like, Erica, just show the cover already, and I’m like, Bah hahaha. NOPE ….






All right. All right, jeez.








Here we go!!





WHOOO!! Love it! I couldn’t be more proud or happier for Linda!

You can find her online at or on twitter @LindaBudz

THE FUNERAL SINGER will be out September 24, 2013 with Swoon Romance!!



Have a great weekend rockers!!



11 Responses to “Cover Reveal!! Linda Budzinski’s, THE FUNERAL SINGER”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Erica! Great post, except you left out the part about how your advice as my mentor led me to TOTALLY revamp the story and make it a ton better and how it would still be sitting in a drawer if it weren’t for your amazing generosity and brilliance and how I owe you big time. Other than that, yeah, great post!

    – Linda (publishing as “anonymous” because I can never remember my Google profile password)

  2. Suzi says:

    Congratulations on your soon to be release, Linda!

    I think writing romance would be hard because you need to make yourself stick out of the crowd, and this one definitely does it. Love the premise.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Suzi! I hope you’re right!!

    – Linda (still anonymous)

  4. I just tweeted you Linda but I have to post here as well — this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Melanie!! xoxo


  6. Ooh this looks amazing! You must be so proud of Linda. 🙂

  7. […] also had an excellent experience with my first mentee, Linda Budzinski. You can read our story here. You can also find her amazing novel THE FUNERAL […]

  8. […] had an excellent experience with my very first mentee, Linda Budzinski. You can read our story here. You can also find her awesome novel THE FUNERAL […]

  9. […] excellent experience with my very first mentee, Linda Budzinski. You can read our story here and her awesome novel The Funeral […]

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