Friday, October 10, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Title: Damsel Distressed
Author: Kelsey Macke
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

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Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack,
Imogen Unlocked, by the author's band, Wedding Day Rain.

If you're interested in learning more about my reading experience with the novel, Damsel Distressed, check out my review.

Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen, a girl who's survived the years after her mother's death by focusing squarely on her best friend, Grant, musical theatre, and lots of cheese. The book is full of humor and heart, and also contains a few surprises. Full page sketches are scattered throughout the novel, and each one contains a QR code that corresponds to a song from the book's soundtrack. Imogen Unlocked is a 12-song album of original music written by the author and her husband Daron as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Together, the book Damsel Distressed and the soundtrack Imogen Unlocked work together to tell the story of a girl who might just make her own Happily Ever After, if she can just hold herself together. 

Track Listing:
  1. Heavy
  2. No Goodbye
  3. Something About
  4. Sinking
  5. Don't Wake Me Up
  6. Let Me Go
  7. My Strength
  8. Unseen
  9. Always Too Late
  10. The End is Just the Beginning
  11. Breathe Easy
  12. Edge of the Fall

Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.

Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.

This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.

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Here's an excerpt from Damsel Distressed:

They’ve been lying from the start. From the first time we hear the words “once upon a time,” we’re fed the idea that these girls— these gorgeous, demure, singing-with-the-wildlife girls—get a happy ending. And I get it. Poor thing had to do some chores around the house, fine. But the idea that she needs a magic old lady to come down and skim off the dirt so the prince will see her beauty? That’s ridiculous. Maybe she should have been working on her lockpicking skills instead of serenading squirrels. She could have busted out, hitched a ride to the castle, and impressed the prince with her safe-cracking prowess.

Sorry, magic-fairy lady. She didn’t need your help. The deck’s already stacked in her favor. Why? Because she’s the golden girl. She’s the star. No one cares about the stepsisters’ stories. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending. They get a lifetime of longing.


Hot girls get the fairy tales.

Hot girls like my stepsister.

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  1. Your post came out very cute, too! :)

    1. Thank you! I tweaked it again this morning to make sure that I liked it and that it went with my new theme.

  2. Wow this book sounds pretty good. I admit, beyond the premise, the music is what has me interested, as I always love that in a book. I will definitely be checking this one out! =)

    1. I loved this book! The story itself reminds me of books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and It's Kind of a Funny Story because a lot of the content is so heavy, but it's a great book.

      Let me know what you think of it when you read it.

  3. I need to add this to my TBR list! It sounds like a kick ass book. :)

    1. It is such a kick ass book! I loved every page of it.

  4. I've heard great things about this one, so I'm curious to read it - plus aw, it looks cute. Thanks for the giveaway, ladies.

    1. It is a great book. I have a review on my blog, too. I seriously loved it. It's in my list of top ten books I've read this year.

  5. Wow, so cool that she wrote a book and a soundtrack :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. I know, right? It's so creative on so many different levels. I loved the book, so I can't wait to hear the soundtrack.

  6. What a beautiful cover! I really want to read this one, and it sounds so great! I have added it to my TBR!

    Check out my latest post:

    1. I love the cover. It's even more beautiful in person! The book is amazing, so I'm glad you added it to your TBR list! Let me know what you think of it when you finish reading. :)


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