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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!!



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Blog Tour: THIS IS W.A.R. – Who Would You Cast: Lina

Hi Everyone!!

I’m SO excited to have a chance to be a stop on Lisa and Laura Roecker’s THIS IS W.A.R. blog tour! You may not know this, but I featured their blog here in January 2010. If you’re curious you can read the post here. Lisa and Laura have always been so kind to me so I’m thrilled to have a chance to return their kindness by telling all of you about their AWESOME book!

Below is a little about THIS IS W.A.R.

This is not a story of forgiveness…

The mystery of their best friend’s murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family.
Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.
And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.
They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.
Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.
I adore Lisa and Laura’s voice. I fell in love with it first on their blog. They had that unique way of saying exactly what I was thinking. When I met them and saw that they were just as funny and sweet as their words, I knew I would read anything they wrote. THIS IS W.A.R. is packed full of their wonderful voices AND thanks to Soho Teen you have a chance to win a copy. Just fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post!

SO. Today we’re talking about who Lisa and Laura would cast as Lina! Lina just happens to be one of my favorite characters in the book, so to say it better than me, I’m passing the guitar pick onto Lisa and Laura…

Lina would be played by a girl we went to high school with named Jenny. Lina has bleach blonde hair and tattoos up and down both arms. She’s striking. The best part about casting our books is that we can pull names from our childhood in addition to celebrities because we obviously know the same people. FYI people we know from high school: we may or may not have borrowed your picture from Facebook when we’re outlining characters. You’re welcome.

*For obvious reasons, we cannot include Jenny’s picture without asking. Don’t think we didn’t consider asking. If it weren’t socially unacceptable and stalkerish, we would most definitely request a picture. But that may result in some sort of legal “situation” and we’re not in the mood.

Gotta love authors who pull from real life. I’m SURE I’ve done the same thing!

Thank you, Ladies!!


Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother’s insistence that they read Men Are Just Desserts inspired This is WAR. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn’t agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at and @landlroecker on Twitter.

Want more of Lisa and Laura? Links below!

THE LIAR SOCIETY (Sourcebooks Fire, March 1, 2011)
THE LIES THAT BIND (Sourcebooks Fire, November 1, 2012)
THIRD LIE’S THE CHARM (Sourcebooks Fire, December 2013)
THIS IS W.A.R. (Soho Teen, July 2013)
Big Thank You to Soho Teen for offering a copy of THIS IS W.A.R. for this giveaway! You can Enter below. U.S. & Canada Residents only please.

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