Saturday, January 5, 2013

#GeekGrlzRevenge Tour - Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillians) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Welcome to the #GeekGrlzRevenge Prebuzz Blog Tour featuring Laurie Boyle Crompton's BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillians), which is scheduled to release in February from Sourcebooks Fire.  Today's stop features a guest post from the author, “Comic Book Cool”, about how she could relate so well to a comic book-drawing character, plus a sneak peek of the interior art.

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

Expected publication: February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now...

Guest Post

Why My Character is “Comic Book Cool” by Laurie Compton

Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn't ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn't wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!

My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.

As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren't into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!

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copyright: © 2012 Anne Cain 

copyright: © 2012 Anne Cain 

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Are you ready?  BLAZE (OR LOVE IN THE TIME OF SUPERVILLAINS) by Laurie Boyle Crompton is the must-read novel for this winter.  Classic comic-book illustrations are combined with a laugh-out-loud tale of the consummate battle of the sexes: the quirky, outsider teen girl versus the handsome, egotistical golden boy.

“Made me laugh...and cringe...and laugh again. Laurie Boyle Crompton's blend of snark and heart will keep you turning the pages."
—Mandy Hubbard author of Prada and Prejudice

"Hilarious and heartfelt! Blaze is a hero for the modern age!"
--Jennifer Ziegler, author of How to NOT be Popular

Grabs you with its humor and rompy fun, then POW! it whacks you with an emotional punch.”
—Robin Mellom, author of Ditched: A Love Story

Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines.

Blaze has always wanted her to life to be a little more X-Men/Jean Grey-cool rather than the reality: nerdy chick that drives a mild-mannered brown minivan (aka the Subatomic Superturd of Steel) for her brother and his friends, the Soccer Cretins, and spends all her time drawing comics.  Then, super-hot soccer god Mark takes her on a couple of dates, and Blaze is certain her life is finally beginning. But when he uses her and dumps her, Blaze creates a comic book starring Mark the Shark that has everyone talking. 

Mark retaliates online, and suddenly Blaze is gigabytes deep in an epic online battle to the (social) death. Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillain-style, but he quickly learns geek girls always get revenge.


  1. This sounds like a great read! I love those drawings!

    I think I will be picking this one up for sure!

    1. I think it is going to be really fun.

  2. Oh, this sounds like so much fun! I definitely will keep an eye out for Blaze. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun and I love the cover!

  4. Mark The Shark. So cute. This novel looks like my ultimate cup of tea. I love the idea of the comic books and the cover is gorgeous.
    THANKS for the awesome post
    Your reader,

    1. I think it is going to be a fun novel. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. OMG, this one sounds so fun! I can't wait! I think I am on the blog tour too!


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