Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Book Birthday, Matt Blackstone (Plus Giveaway Information)!

Congratulations to writer and English teacher Matt Blackstone, whose YA debut, A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE, is released today from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  For those who did not get the memo, I am super excited to dive into this story and have been anticipating today for many, many months now.

Matt's book intrigues me as a reader, writer, educator, and person.  It's going to be a good one, folks!


Rene, an obsessive-compulsive high school student hell-bent on becoming a superhero, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he’s nervous, which is six to eight hours per day, depending on whether it’s a weekend or weekday.  On a weekday, he witnesses his English teacher smash his head into the blackboard.  Rene is convinced that he is responsible for this and all other tragedies.  If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle during a time of thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7+4+2=13), or washes himself in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will get left back in school, break a bone, fall into a coma, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie.  Or worse.
Rene’s new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but it’s not as easy as he makes it sound.  Can Rene ever be safe—he doesn’t like to talk when not surrounded by security details like locks or walls or people he trusts—when the most horrifying place is in his head?

Related Giveaways:

1.  Regal Literary (Matt's agency) is giving away ten signed copies of A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE.  All you have to do is visit the site and enter your name and e-mail.  What can be easier?  This giveaway ends July 31.
2.  Carolina Valdez Miller is hosting Matt on her blog today.  The two of them participated in a great conversation that is both informative and entertaining.  At the end of the post, you can fill out the form to win a free signed copy of A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE - and - you can earn a ton of extra points by sharing the link.  The giveaway ends July 12.

3.  The author himself is hosting a contest on Twitter.  Ten winners will receive a signed hardcover copy of Matt's debut.  To participate, tweet your obsessions with the following hashtags: #myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie.  Each tweet assigns you a number entering you in the giveaway.  This contest runs until July 8 at 8:00PM.

For fun, here are the obsessions I've tweeted thus far (yes, I'm weird, but I'll overlook it if you will):

Every assignment I made had to be worth a point value ending in 5 or 0. #myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie http://t.co/C9k9KEv

I can't be in a car if something hangs from the rearview mirror. I make the driver take it down. #myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie http://t.co/C9k9KEv

I pop two Vitamin C pills before leaving the house every morning.#myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie http://t.co/C9k9KEv

I wear a cross every time I'm on a plane. I usually squeeze it during takeoff. #myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie http://t.co/C9k9KEv

In school, I only took notes in black or blue ink - never pencil. #myobsession #ascarysceneinascarymovie http://t.co/C9k9KEv

We can still be friends, right?


  1. Paul, once you're friends with me it's next to impossible to shake my friendship. We all have your quirks. Yours just make you, well, you. Thanks for sharing this contest!

  2. I have so many quirks, too! Funny thing is, when I learn about someone else's quirks, I have to be careful or I can pick them up. Ha!

    Thanks so much for the mention! I hope Matt's book has great success. So happy for him!

  3. This is so up my alley. I love scary, but I am very much an OCD nut. I have systems and rules about everything.

    I love this!

  4. I loved seeing your tweets, and because of them tweeted some of my own (and I started following Matt Blackstone on Twitter, too)! ^_^

    I love seeing other people's quirkiness, and is another way I feel less alone in the world ;)

    Now, I'm inspired to review his book and share this fun twitter hashtag on my blog, too!


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