Book Promotion, Don't Call Me Kit Kat

Don’t Call Me Kit Kat is just $.99 for a limited time!

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Available only on AMAZON.

*Sale ends on 7/27.

Description:

Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.

But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.

Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.

So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.

Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?

And would she even want to if she could?

Still not sure if this is the book for you? Visit Goodreads to find out what other readers had to say about Don’t Call Me Kit Kat.

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A powerful interview with DON’T CALL ME KIT KAT author K. J. Farnham on Eating Disorders & Body Image

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I was recently interviewed by Liza Wiemer of WhoRuBlog. She sure did ask some excellent questions. Here’s a snippet:

  1. Society focuses on body image. What do you want young teens to know about their bodies? Is your advice different for boys?

First of all, according to the National Institutes of Health, the human body is made up of more than 100 trillion cells. Here’s what that looks like in numeric form: 100,000,000,000,000. Do you know how unique that makes you? With that many cells, it’s absurd for society to push an “ideal” body image on anyone. The extent to which each individual person is unique is absolutely mind-boggling. 100 TRILLION cells! Embrace your uniqueness and take care of yourself by making healthy choices because your body is a miracle. 🙂

Secondly, have you ever heard this quote by Maya Angelou?

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

In my experience, people will also forget what your body looked like and what you were wearing. Honestly, the way you look right now won’t matter 20, 10, five or even two years from now. But the way you behave today—the way you treat people—will matter for the rest of your life. So love the miracle that is your body, but remember that it’s just a vessel. It truly is what’s on the inside that counts.

My advice is no different for boys.

Read the rest of the interview here:

A powerful interview with DON’T CALL ME KIT KAT author K. J. Farnham on Eating Disorders & Body Image.

Author Events, Don't Call Me Kit Kat

Book Launch Celebration for Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

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Please join me tomorrow evening to help celebrate the release of my new YA novel!

What can you expect if you attend this online party?

  • Multiple Giveaways from the following YA authors!

Calista Smith – Author | Casey Bond | Evelyne Stone | Erica Cope-Author | Jo Michaels | Kelly Hashway-Young adult, middle grade, and picture book writer | Author Kristin Albright | Author Michele Tucker | Rachel Barnard, Author | Stacey Nash | T.H. Hernandez

  • A chance to win a paperback collection of some of my favorite YA novels!

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  • A chance to win one of two signed copies of Don’t Call Me Kit Kat!

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  • A $25 Visa gift card! (Awarded to the guest who invites the most participants.)

Click here to join the event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1431157570519315/

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Now Available: Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

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Thoughts from readers:

“I like to read books that I can take something away from when I’m done. Don’t Call me Kit Kat is more than a story about a girl working through her problems. It is more than plot and structure. This book delves deep into what it means to have an eating disorder.” – Rachel Barnard, Author

“Readers learn eating disorders don’t just happen overnight and don’t have economic boundaries…This gripping story delivers believable characters dealing with real issues.” – John Kurtze, Goodreads Reviewer

This book took me right back to junior high. All of the insecurities and fear that young girls have; it all felt so real.” – Alicalynn, Goodreads Reviewer

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Author Events, Book Promotion, Don't Call Me Kit Kat

Don’t Call Me Kit Kat Release Party

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Please help me celebrate the release of my new YA novel Don’t Call Me Kit Kat!

Date:  Thursday, May 21 6:00-9:30 PM (CST)

Venue:  Facebook

Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1431157570519315/


* Enjoy giveaways from the following YA authors:

Calista Smith – Author | Casey Bond | Evelyne Stone | Erica Cope-Author | Jo Michaels | Kelly Hashway-Young adult, middle grade, and picture book writer | Author Kristin Albright | Author Michele Tucker | Rachel Barnard, Author | Stacey Nash |T.H. Hernandez

* Invite your friends to the party for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card! (Awarded to the guest who invites the most people.)

* Participate for a chance to win a collection of some of K. J. Farnham’s favorite YA novels.

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*Even if you’re unavailable from 6-9:30, please join the event. All of the giveaways will remain open until midnight!

Visit the event page on Facebook for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Cover Reveal: Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

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Available May 15

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Description:

Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.

But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.

Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.

So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.

Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?

And would she even want to if she could?

Add it on Goodreads.

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Processing Beta Reader Feedback

Beta reader feedback for Don’t Call Me Kit Kat has started to trickle in.

The good news is that much of the feedback has been positive and quite useful. From little things like “change fuzzy fashion boots to Uggs” to bigger things like “go a bit more in depth about X, maybe Y happens to Z,” I am pleased with the quality of the comments. On top of providing top-notch suggestions, one beta even pointed out a handful of pesky typos. (Some authors have their betas proofread for typos, but I didn’t ask mine to.)

The not-so-good news is that one reader disliked the main character (nooooo!), and a few others have suggested that I put her in ninth grade instead of eighth. I’m sure you can understand why a reader disliking the MC is bad news, but why is the grade level suggestion such a downer? Well, not only would a change like that involve A LOT of revisions, but it would also leave me feeling a bit disconnected from the story. Don’t get me wrong, I am willing to put as much effort as possible into making this novel the best it can be, but after much deliberation, my heart continues telling me that Katie is an eighth grader. She just is, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I realize that future readers might share the same opinion as the betas who feel she should be older, but it is a risk I’m willing to take to tell the story I envisioned telling from the beginning.

So, here’s a little advice for new authors who plan to use beta readers:

  • Expect conflicting opinions.
  • Don’t take criticism to heart. Use the feedback to fix what can be fixed!
  • Be ready for some aha moments.
  • Be prepared to make a lot of revisions and possibly some tough decisions.
  • Consider every suggested change.
  • Listen to your heart. If a change doesn’t feel right, don’t make it.

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