Now, this is exciting. The final edits are done, the final proofs have been submitted, and now I can start sharing news about this book coming out in April. The first piece of news is a title. Originally this book was titled MESSAGE ME, but we wanted something that hinted more at the story inside. We worked on titles like, PRETTY WORDS, MY DIGITAL ROMANCE, THE FILL-IN GIRLFRIEND or THE VIRTUAL GIRLFRIEND. Nothing was sticking. Then, my awesome sister came up with DON’T KISS THE MESSENGER. I sent it off to my publisher’s and they loved it. So, now you have it. The title for my next book:
DON’T KISS THE MESSENGER
Obviously, it plays off of the famous statement “Don’t shoot the messenger.” In other words, the messenger is simply the person relaying information back and forth. They are not the person behind the message. Get it? It definitely sets up the plot points in this book. Here’s a synopsis that the marketing team put together:
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.
CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.
Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…
Just to answer an immediate question, yes, it is based off of Cyrano de Bergerac and it’s film adaptation Roxanne. I’ll save that explanation for another post. For now, you can add it to your list on Goodreads and start to spread the word!