Cover Reveal: BLUES BONES

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Today’s the cover reveal for BLUES BONES written by one of Leap’s new middle grade fiction authors, Rick Starkey. Rick is one hell of a cool guy – not only does he write about music – and Voodoo – just wait until you hear about his day job.

About Rick

Rick Starkey is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. His main interest is writing novels for middle Rick-Starkeygrade. Rick has sold short pieces to Highlights for Children including a game, magic tricks, and a short story. Knowing that most writers often wish that they had started their career earlier in life, Rick teaches a basic course for the Talented and Gifted Program (T.A.G.) at Walter’s State Community College in Morristown Tennessee. Rick’s students learn the basics of magazine submissions including cover and query letters, market research, and manuscript preparation. The T.A.G. program is for students grades 5 – 8 and come from seven counties in East Tennessee.

Rick lives in a 200-year-old log cabin in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where he and his wife, Betty, own and run Make It Magic, a magic shop and craft store. A day in Rick’s life includes recommending and performing magic tricks for customers of all ages, carving a bear from a log with a chainsaw, and working on his next novel. Follow Rick by clicking on the handy links below:

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Now for the awesome cover and book summary…


BLUES BONES – releasing March 7, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo! BBquote3

Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of RETURN – a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney.

His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can’t hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad stealing his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life?

How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend?

Pre-Order Sale Price of just $2.99 – regular price starting March 7th.

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3 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: BLUES BONES

  1. Thank you for sharing Blues Bones! I do have to say that playing guitar is more fun than chainsaw carving. The magic tricks are fun though. Pick a card, any card.

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