Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Just a Girl in the Whirl by Annie Wood

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Just a Girl in the Whirl by Annie Wood. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $40 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Just a Girl in the Whirl
Author: Annie Wood
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication Date: May 11th 2021
Print Length: 247 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
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A 17 year old girl is overwhelmed with responsibilities trying to keep her messy family together. Everything spins out of control when her addict actor dad who bailed on the family three years ago leaving her with her lovable but bi-polar mom and her two little sisters, comes back into town and wants to reconnect.

Writing poems is her only escape. Just a girl in the is about family, forgiveness, and having enough courage to live your own life, your own way.

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EXCERPT:
“I never know what to say to her.” Matty complains.

“You don’t need to say anything. Just your presence is enough.”

I put Sara’s old baby monitor in Mom’s room so I can hear Matty enter. I imagine Mom is watching TV with it turned off again.

“This is my favorite part.” Mom says.

Matty doesn’t say anything. She’s probably just staring at her. Matty often just stares at her.

“Tell me something I don’t know,” Mom says.

After a moment, Matty says, “Did you know that Americans watch two hundred and fifty billion hours of television a year?”

I can hear Mom applauding and then saying softly, “I love you so much, Matty.”

Matty says nothing in response. I could almost hear her heart break into a million little pieces, then I heard footsteps, and then the door closing. Matty comes zooming down the stairs. She pauses and looks out the front window. “Grandma Gayle is here.”

Grandma Gayle is Dad’s mom and when she knocks on the door, it means one thing and one thing only: it’s payday.

I open the door. She stands there, studying me. I know I look like a mess with my wild, unbrushed hair and olive oil stained t-shirt. I’m the polar opposite of this woman who stands before me. Gayle is tall, super thin, and doesn’t look like anybody’s grandma. Not at all. She speaks abruptly, using as few words as possible so she can get to the point quickly. I’m pretty sure she uses less words than the most mortals.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Annie Wood is an Israeli-American, Hollywood native, and a lifelong actress and writer. The web series she created, wrote and stars in, Karma’s a B*tch, was Best of the Web on Virgin America.

Wood was part of the NBC DIVERSITY SHOWCASE with her comedic scene, That’s How They Get You. She’s written 100s of scenes for actors that have been used by Emmy Award-winning TV director, Mary Lou Belli in her UCLA course and casting director, Jeremey Gordon in workshops all around town.

As an author, she has three books out: Dandy Day, Just a Theory: a quantum love adventure, and her first YA novel, Just a Girl in the Whirl (Speaking Volumes Publishing)

Annie’s also an Internationally exhibited mixed-media artist, a produced playwright, and was the third female solo dating game show host in the history of television with the nationally syndicated show, BZZZ! that she also co-produced. (Which just re-ran in 2020 on BUZZRTV!)

Annie writes and creates art daily.

She also runs the Twitter account for the Women of the Writers Guild West.

She is part of the Middle Eastern Committee at WGA and a Dramatist Guild Member and an Authors Guild Member.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you think kids today have too many responsibilities compared to 100 years ago?

It was hard for me to wrap my mind around what life must have been like 100 years ago so I googled some photos of kids back then and wow, It seemed like it was a lot tougher to be a kid a century ago. They didn’t have child labour laws so kids worked, and they worked hard! They worked in factories and often under dangerous conditions. I saw a photo by Lewis Hine of little kids working in the mines and it really makes you think. I mean there’s pluses and minuses for every time in history, I suppose, but I’d say my answer your question is that even though in our current time we all have more social pressure and overwhelming distractions but 100 years ago feels like it was a lot harder to be a human at any age. So, I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to be here now.
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GIVEAWAY:
Annie Wood will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

79 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Sounds like a good book and I love the cover.

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    1. yay!i drew the cover so double thanks! hope you get a chance to read the book!

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    1. thanks so much! that's my artwork and my next book will be an illustrated novel! feel free to subscribe to my newsletter (anniewood.com) to stay in the loop!

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  4. Love how the cover is sketch like.

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    1. the initial sketch is actually from my sketchbook! then i added digital collage to it. thanks for stopping by! hope you get a chance to read the book!

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  5. Sounds like a good book. Cute and catchy title.

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  6. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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    1. thank you, Thomas! hope you get the chance to read it!

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  7. cute cover, this does sound very interesting

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post and Just a Girl in the Whirl sounds like a book for me to share with my granddaughter! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a magical holiday season!

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  9. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  10. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your story, it sounds like an awesome read for my granddaughter and I

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  11. David HollingsworthNovember 30, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    The cover is really cool!

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  12. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. Sounds really awesome, best wishes on the book tour.

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  14. I liked the EXCERPT. The book sounds interesting.

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  15. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Shared on Pinterest today.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1057642293711674265

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  17. I too like to write poems to get through hard times and in good times. Very cool book

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  18. I think that the cover of your book is very eye catching.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. I like the genre and cover for this great read.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  20. Love the cover! Sounds like a great read.

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  21. David HollingsworthDecember 1, 2021 at 7:56 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  22. What's your Throwback Thursday song?

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  23. Will you be writing more or less during this busy month?

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  24. In any book review, I always enjoy reading about the author!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. David HollingsworthDecember 2, 2021 at 8:39 PM

    How did you come up with the book?

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  26. What's your favourite genre of music?

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  27. Do you prefer to drink eggnog or hot chocolate?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  28. Thank you for being awesome and talented!

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  29. Do you enjoy wrapping presents or is it more of a chore for you?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  31. David HollingsworthDecember 4, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    How did you come up with book?

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  32. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  33. Today I liked reading that the author creates art daily!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  34. I enjoyed reading Annie's response to the post question about children's responsibilities now and in the past.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  35. Do you have a favorite kind of cookie that you especially enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  36. This sounds really good and what so many families deal with today. I would love to read and see how she deals with it all.

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  37. How long does it take you to write a book?

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  38. In today's post, I liked reading about the author's three books.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. How many years have you been an author?

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  40. I really like the cover for this book.
    Makes me want to read it!

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  41. David HollingsworthDecember 10, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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  42. In today's post, I liked learning that the author has three published books out in the world.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  43. David HollingsworthDecember 11, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    I like the feminist angle to the story.

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  44. My very favorite part of today's post is the naming of the prize that is available: a $40 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  45. David HollingsworthDecember 12, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Just saying hi!

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  46. Do you write more in the Winter?

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  47. I liked reading that your book's main character enjoyed writing poetry.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. David HollingsworthDecember 13, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Happy Holidays!

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  49. I thought it was interesting that the author is a member of the Author's Guild.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. David HollingsworthDecember 14, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Happy Holidays!

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  51. Will you be spending time with loved ones this holiday season?

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  52. David HollingsworthDecember 15, 2021 at 8:40 PM

    What are you doing for the holidays?

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  53. looks like a fun one

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  54. On a cold day like today there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book & a fuzzy blanket!
    The ultimate in self care.

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  55. David HollingsworthDecember 16, 2021 at 7:38 PM

    Have you ever attended a musical?

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  56. Will you find time to write this month?

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  57. Do you find yourself writing more when your in a positive mood or negative mood?

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  58. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  60. David HollingsworthDecember 17, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Have a safe Christmas.

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  61. I really enjoyed the Guest Post.

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