Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Boy Who Loved Fire...


I am so, so, SO VERY excited to be part of Julie Musil's cover reveal for THE BOY WHO LOVED FIRE! Julie is my agent sister and easily one of the kindest people I've ever met. If you don't follow her blog, it's a must. She is always helping other authors by sharing writing tips and is a huge support to this community. I can't wait for this book to come out! Who doesn't love a little YA contemporary with a splash of ghosts???


Here's the cover:




Manny O’Donnell revels in his status at the top of his high school food chain. He and his friends party in the mountains on a blustery night, sharing liquor and lame ghost stories around a campfire. The next morning, as a wild fire rages in those same mountains, Manny experiences doubt. He was the last of the drunken crew to leave the cave, and he’s uncertain if he extinguished the flames. Within hours, he becomes the number one arson suspect.

Santa Ana winds + matches = disaster. You’d think he would've learned that the first time he started a fire.

As he evades a determined arson investigator, Manny, a modern-day Scrooge, is visited by ghosts of the past, present, and future. He’s forced to witness the fate of his inadvertent victims, including Abigail, the scarred beauty who softens his heart. Manny must choose between turning around his callous, self-centered attitude, or protecting his own skin at the expense of anyone who gets in his way.

Julie Musil, author of YA fiction, is a chocoholic and obsessive reader. As the mother of three teen boys, she’s immersed in teen speak, drama, and gym socks. She loves to chat! Connect with her on her blog, Twitter, or Facebook



Isn't the cover lovely? Totally not cliche and definitely gripping. Can't wait to get my hands on this, Julie!!!!!

Any other news? I've been working on my next project and loving the October air. I need an update from you---anyone doing NaNo? (I respect it, but prefer to write at my own pace) Who else writes better in the fall? Hope you guys are well. :)

Red. Head. Out.

48 comments:

  1. Hey Morgan and hey Julie,

    I had this burning desire to come over and see what's happening on your site, Morgan. And here we note that you have brought awareness of Julie's cover and her book cover, for that matter. The blurb or whatever it's called, is certainly riveting. I remember being in high school and being the missing link in the chain.

    Julie, all the best with the release of your book. I'm still waiting to be released from the Blogger parole board. Which means, I have to comment very quickly.

    I shall duly check out all the links that lead to Julie. I'm good like that. Heck, I shall even take the liberty of sharing this, even on Farcebook.

    Did I see mention of that "NaNo" thingy? Still wonder why so many folks want to do that "Mork from Ork" tribute challenge. Oh my and good grief n'stuff.

    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary--you and your puns, LOL.

      Too many things to smile at. Yes, you need to be careful with that parole board--I know you've had trouble in the past. :)

      Hope your weekend is FABULOUS.

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  2. That is definitely an awesome cover! Congrats to Julie!

    Nope, not doing NaNo. Someday it would be fun, but paired with the end of teaching this semester I barely have time to breathe most days :)

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  3. Morgan, thanks so much for your kind words, and for sharing the cover! I truly appreciate it.

    Gary, thanks for stopping by and sharing!

    Meradeth, thanks for your kind comment!

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  4. Not doing NaNo this year, since I'm the same as you. I prefer writing at my own pace and since I've just started my new project I want to give it some real attention.

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  5. Congrats to Julie! The cover's great, and I especially like the way her name is off kilter. Cool! Wishing her much success! :-)

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  6. Awesome cover indeed, congrats to her

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  7. Congratulations, Julie! :)

    And hi, Morgan! *waves*

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  8. Thanks so much, everyone! It was fun working with the designer, and I'm glad you all like it :)

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  9. OOhh, congrats! It looks so cool!!

    And I am doing NaNo, but I'm only doing it as a way to get *some* words in. I'm shooting for 500-1,000 words a day. I'm not worried at ALL about reaching 50,000. I really like thinking of NaNo as a motivator, not as a rusher (so you should do it too! And not be stressed about reaching 50k).

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  10. Congrats Julie and this twist on the Scrooge story is intriguing.

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  11. Congrats to Julie. The cover is awesome.
    The thought of 50K words in 30 days is terrifying. I write v-e-r-y slow.
    Writer In Transit

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  12. Continued best of luck on your Project Morgan and congrats to Julie!!

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  13. I'm doing NaNo, I can't wait to get started :)
    That's a great cover, and it sounds like an interesting read!

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  14. Thanks, guys!

    I also like to think of NaNo as a motivator, not as a rusher. If I hit 50k it's a bonus :)

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  15. Wow - what a premise!
    Congrats, Julie.

    Hi, Morgan. *waves*

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  16. Ohh, I do like this cover and the Scroogelike ghost visitors for the premise. Thanks for sharing and congrats to Julie!

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  17. I'm so pumped for Julie! Fantastic blurb and a rocking cover = home run. :D Can't wait to add it to my library. :D

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  18. That's a very foreboding, atmospheric cover. As an amateur artist, I always love seeing a color scheme that matches a book's tone or content.

    I'm not doing NaNo and won't be done with my current massive WIP in time to start anything new during November. I'm almost to the 520K mark in my WIP, and hoping I can wrap it up around 600K within the next six months.

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  19. This one looks so good. Congrats, Julie.

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  20. Very cool! Heading over to her blog now:)

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  21. Excellent cover! Intriguing story. Best of luck to Julie!

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  22. LOVE the cover! Congrats to Julie!
    I kind of want to try NaNo, but I don't think it's for me. :D

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  23. A very attractive cover. Congrats to Julie. The cover really reaches out to one.

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  24. Thank you all so much! I also appreciate how a cover matches the mood of the book.

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  25. It's a great cover! :) Congrats, Julie!

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  26. Christine, thanks so much! I appreciate it.

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  27. VERY COOL COVER….. Congrats, JULIE!!!


    All the best!

    Thanks for sharing, Morg….

    Good to see you in the blogosphere again…..

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  28. So excited for Julie! Good of you to spread the word.
    Happy Fall Writing!

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  29. Michael and Ruth, thanks so much!

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  30. Great cover! And an exciting story to go with it. Good luck, Julie!
    Waving to Morgan.
    Happy Halloween :)

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  31. I'm doing NaNo, but will be working on anything I feel like, so it'll almost be like going at my own pace. :-)

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  32. Great cover. I'll be on the lookout for it.

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  33. Eep. Those California wildfires are so horrific. This sounds like a book with a built in audience for sure.

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  34. Hey Ginger!

    Been wondering how things were going. Nice write up for Julie, and the book sounds like a winner!

    Just wanted to come by and say hey.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  35. Great cover Julie! And The Boy Who Loved Fire sounds amazing. Morgan been seeing many bloggers writing for NaNo, Good Luck!

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  36. I am adoring that little hint of white smoke in the background...it's making me one curious cat!! *hugs to the morg* and her wrestling mat moves!

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  37. Okay, I think I need to add a new book to my must read list. I love the cover!

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  38. Very cool cover! I know what those Santa Ana winds are like...not good for trying to contain a fire. Sounds like a cool revisited concept.

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  39. Oh, how I would miss you.... Happy Friday....:)

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  40. Sounds like a great book.
    We would all miss you . . . stick around with that awesome attitude! Happy Friday
    And I'm Rev-Moing this month - determined to get Champion in Flight done.

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  41. Big YA paranormal fan here, especially if ghosts are involved.

    I will check out Julie's blog!

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  42. Definitely a gripping/makes-me-stop kind of cover. Very cool!

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  43. I got lost on my way here. I'm doing a mini-NaNo, just the push to get my zombie novel finished and out of my head. Seriously, this story is awesome, but my fantasy roots are aching to get going again. :)

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  44. This book sounds very unique and different from what I expected when I first read the title. Best of luck to Julie! :)
    ~Jess

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