denisejaden (denisejaden) wrote in classof2k10,

Book Launch and Editor Perspective on FREAKSVILLE

We're thrilled to be launching another Class of 2k10 book this week:

Here's a little blurb on FREAKSVILLE by Kitty Keswick:

A group of teenagers, trapped in a haunted theater on the night of a full moon, find out that ghosts are the least of their worries…

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a nrmal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick, Gillie Godshall, consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new realms, a lead in a play, a haunted theater ... and into the arms of Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

To celebrate Kitty's launch, we have a short interview with her editor, Kat O’Shea of Leap Books, LLC:
Q:  Can you tell our readers what first drew you to the manuscript FREAKSVILLE?

Kat O'Shea:  I barely read a few paragraphs of FREAKSVILLE before I burst out laughing. It takes a fabulous sense of humor to tickle my funny bone. But what really kept me reading was the main character’s voice. Kasey Maxwell felt as if she stepped off the page and into my life; she was that real. And if you’re wondering how laugh-out-loud humor and paranormal fit together, you’ll have to read FREAKSVILLE to find out. It’s a terrific combination.

Both of the proofreaders and the copyeditor all emailed and begged to be assigned Kitty’s next book when it comes out. One of the proofreaders even informed me before she read FREAKSVILLE that she disliked paranormal. Now she’s eagerly awaiting the sequel, FURRY AND FREAKED. That’s how powerful and compelling Kasey’s voice is.

Q:  FREAKSVILLE is a paranormal romance. Where do you see the market right
now for this genre?

Kat O’Shea:  Paranormal is hot right now. As soon as we posted the FREAKSVILLE cover and blurb on the Leap Books website, we had so many teen bloggers asking for ARCs that we had to hold a contest to award them. I believe the teen interest we’ve seen for our forthcoming paranormals (another Spring paranormal release will be UNDER MY SKIN by Judith Graves) will translate into success for these two titles. Not only are they coming out during a time when many teens and adults are paranormal fans, but werewolves have just started coming into their own.

Q:  Are you accepting queries right now, and if so, what are you looking for
specifically and how can writers contact you?

Kat O’Shea:  At the present time, Leap Books is only open to queries from agents and from attendees at conferences where our editors speak. From time to time, we may put out special calls for submissions in a specific genre via Twitter. If you’d like to find out where our editors are speaking, check our online calendar at So far, I’m scheduled to speak at Epicon in March, at Chicago-North RWA in April, and at the Oregon Christian Writers in August. I’ll also be at BEA in May. I’m always open to meeting writers, taking pitches, and critiquing manuscripts at conferences.

Thanks so much to Kat for joining us and all our best wishes to Kitty on her debut!
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