While I am obviously super excited about the current crop of debuts (I will be joining Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books’s Meet the Newbies event, which starts today!), Val @ The Innocent Smiley and I are super excited to be the first stops on the tour of the Turnt-Up 21ers!! These debut authors just got word that their books will publish in 2021, and we cannot wait to read them! First up is a pretty fabulous sounding debut from author Juanita Bidet about a young woman who eats her lunch in the bathroom- until she finds comfort in a janitor, his dog, and an even unlikelier source!Bud, Buddy, and Bathroom Lunches by Juanita Bidet
Series: Bathroom Lunches #1
Published by ShadyHouse Books on February 29, 2021
Suki Stellosphere's life has been hard since her big bro Sebastian made it big in Hollywood and her family is always off to movie premieres. Now all the kids at school are evil for no reason, and she's taken to eating her lunch in the girls' bathroom.
That is, until she comes upon the old, blind school janitor named Bud, and his old, equally blind dog Buddy. They end up forming a strong friendship that lifts Suki out of her fog- until she stumbles across the school hunk/bad boy/real doucheface Jared Tonka, who has crashed his motorcycle along an icy road. With his family touring around the country with the circus, Suki is his only hope.
Will Jared and Suki be able to overcome their demons will help from Bud and Buddy? Or will they revert back to their old ways once they return to school and homecoming queen/cheerleader Ashlee Maybelline wants Suki out of the picture?
Q&A with Juanita!
Q: Juanita, I must ask the obvious: What inspired you to write about a girl who eats lunch in the bathroom?
A: Well, this happened to me during my school years, because the cool girls did not like me. They slut-shamed me for having sexual intercourse with one of their boyfriends, and I would just cry thinking about getting a lunch table. So I ate in the bathroom, like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, only this was before Mean Girls, so I am kind of side-eyeing Ms. Tina Fey.
Q: Did a janitor like Bud save you?
A: Nope. Bud was half my imagination, half the janitor from Boy Meets World.
Q: Did you find love in an unlikely place as Suki did?
A: Nah. I never did get married or anything. Suki’s life was kind of #goals for me. I wanted to have kids, but that didn’t happen either. I live in a small apartment with my seven cats, all named after the Seven Deadly Sins. My favorite is lust, for the obvious reasons.
Q: What is the best thing about being a debut so far?
A: Honestly, it’s stressful. What if my editor hates something? And these interviews are starting already? It’s going to be a long five years.
Q: Are you working on anything else at the moment that you can discuss?
A: Yes, it hasn’t been bought yet, but my agent sees promise. It’s a book about thirteenth century weredragons and their ability to sniff the plague out of unsuspecting commoners. They then proceed to eat them, and this is why the plague didn’t totally destroy earth.
Enter to win this awesome prize pack provided by some of the authors! Since no ARCs are available yet, at least there’s some cool stuff to be won!
Prize pack includes gifts from the authors: Book Depository bookmarks, playing cards from Denmark, a bottle of Dasani®, Gertrude Hawk peanut butter Smidgens®, a cow rectal thermometer, two Sharpies®, three packets of Equal®, a small votive candle, mini candy canes, a headband, Crystal Light On the Go® pack, green nail polish, lip stuff, sock monkey bubbles, and some various Bath and Body Works™ products.
Follow the Tour!
A Rush Of Snow & Ashes by Horatio Eukale on The Innocent Smiley – April 1st, 2016
The Epic Song of Sadie’s Toy Drums by T-Bird Jones on YA Indulgences- April 2, 2016
Barney Loves You and Me Indeed by Jennifer Love Fefferman on The Fox’s Hideaway- April 3, 2016
My Dog Ate My Retainer by Ollie Majestic on Bookin Down The Road – April 4, 2016
I Missed My Shot by Alexander Hamilton on Young Adult Indulgences- April 5, 2016
How My Uncle Killed My Ferrets by Shady McSalty on Shitton of Books!- April 6, 2016
When Potatoes Kill by Spuds Czarnecki on Rashika’s Bookish Crap- April 7, 2016
Below The Ice, Into the Fire by Kia Robinson on My Bookshelf Ate Me- April 8, 2016
Queen and King of Fire, Ice, Ash, and Night by Kate McRoyal on Holy Books- April 9, 2016
Nights of Endless Beer Pong by I.P. Freely on That is a Lot of Books- April 10, 2016
Open the Door, Assface! by Emily Needsahug on Books are Just Okay- April 11, 2016
The Hungrier Games by Suzanne Collins on It Starts at Midnight- April 12, 2016
My Best Friend is a Bike Helmet by Patty Sadgal on Meh Books- April 13, 2016