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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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