Friday, January 3, 2014

Spotlight: Kym Brunner, author of Wanted: Dead or in Love

I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about this book. Kym Brunner is not only a talented author, she's a good friend and a valued critique partners. I've had the pleasure of seeing this book take form, and I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands. 

WANTED: Dead or in Love
Coming this May from Merit Press

About the book:
Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20’s dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father’s gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker’s spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head. Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack’s body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they’ll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely. But when romantic feelings develop between unlikely characters, everyone is left scrambling to figure out exactly where allegiances lie and who will be sent back to the deathly realm forever.

And today we're lucky to have Monroe Baker, star of this fun and witty young adult novel, with us.

Being impulsive, I act first, think later. I don’t recommend it. Now I’m on probation for something stupid I did at school. If I get arrested again, the judge will give me jail time. To keep out of trouble, I work as a waitress at my dad’s Roaring 20’s restaurant, dressed like a flapper. Didn’t take long for me to screw up again. Here’s what happened: Dad showed me the spent bullets that they pulled out of famous criminal lovebirds, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s dead bodies––items he bought at a gangster memorabilia show. Who would have known that Bonnie and Clyde’s spirits were locked inside that container, waiting to be freed? Not me certainly, or I wouldn’t have done it. Opening the container wasn’t enough to make Bonnie’s spirit search for a new body to inhabit, but given my lousy luck, I cut my finger on the stupid thing, opening the door for the whiny, love-starved Bonnie Parker to enter my body.

Course, at first I didn’t really believe that she was inside of me (who would, right?) so later that night, after I met this cute but dull guy named Jack, I showed him the slugs. Bad move. Turns out Clyde hadn’t lost an ounce of his slyness, easily infecting poor Jack and quickly committing a crime. Luckily, Jack finds a way to get back in charge, but after doing some investigation, we find out we have only 36 hours to ditch these outlaws or we’ll share our bodies with them indefinitely. See what I mean about bad luck?

Take it from me––spontaneity’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Pre-order WANTED: Dead or in Love today: Amazon

About the author:

Kym Brunner's method of creating a manuscript: write, procrastinate, sleep, repeat. She's addicted to Tazo chai tea latte, going to the movies, and reality TV. When she's not reading or writing, Kym teaches 7th grade full time. She lives in Arlington Heights with her family and two baby bunny-eating monsters, a pair of Shih Tzus named Sophie and Kahlua. She's repped by Eric Myers of The Spieler Agency.

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  1. YAY - thanks for sharing, Cherie! I'm super excited and very flattered as well. Thanks for all of your help getting this book to publication! xoxo, KYM

  2. Great article! I have followed the life of this story and am so excited to see it come...alive! (Not dead!) Congrats!! :)

    1. LOL - Thanks, Katie! I'm super excited too. :)

  3. What an interesting premise! I love Bonnie and Clyde. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Nervously awaiting those first reviews....eek!