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The Stuft Clappers and Other Fictional Bands

The Stuft Clappers, and their manager, Gus.  (Note the stage light on the left.)

As some of you know, I’m a big fan of fictional bands.  More specifically, I have a thing for bands that are simultaneously real and imaginary–like Level3, the band in my book, REUNITED.

Level3 has a website.  They have songs.  They even have a their own pop-up documentary.  But, if you’re waiting for Level3 to play at your local music venue, that’s where the reality stops.

So, when I learned that my young friend Gus was also the manager of a real-yet-not-real band, I just had to write about it.   Behold the Stuft Clappers–the most adorable, fluffy-haired boy band since One Direction!  But don’t let their soft exterior fool you.  These dudes know how to rock!

The rhythm section. Meow!

I’ve known Gus since the day he came home from the hospital. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an incurable degenerative muscle disorder.  At that time, I happened to be writing the manuscript for REUNITED.  If you haven’t read the book, the whole impetus for the girls’ cross-country road-trip is centered on the band Level3 getting back together for a one-night-only reunion show.  The cause?  A benefit concert for an incurable disease that effected lead singer Travis’s brother.  At this stage in my writing, I’d considered a few different diseases to use for this purpose, but had yet to settle on one.

Then, one day, I was taking a walk with Gus’s mother, Tonya, who mentioned how important it was to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, because awareness helped raise money for research, which, in turn, could help help lead to a cure.  So, I asked Tonya if she’d mind if I made the concert  in my book a fundraiser for DMD.  She said yes.

It’s probably barely noticeable to most reader’s, but it made me happy to know that I’d helped Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy have a more public profile, if only in this one small way.

To find out more about DMD, click here.  Or, visit the Hope for Gus Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to raising money for DMD research) where you can learn more about Gus and even make a donation.  Let’s help the Stuft Clappers rock on forever!

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Winner announced for Battle of the Boy Bands

A hearty thanks to everyone who stopped by the blog to share their boy band love.

I’m happy to announce that One Direction fan Christina K. walked away with the prize–a $10 iTunes gift card & a copy of REUNITED.

Stay tuned for more summer giveaway fun.  And don’t forget to stop by the Level3 Tour page to see if the boys are coming to a town near you!

 

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Win a $50 Ticketmaster Gift Certificate by following the REUNITED Summer Music Tour

The REUNITED Summer Music Tour

To celebrate, Level3′s inclusion in REUNITED, Simon & Schuster is sending them on a tour of libraries (!!) from Boston to Austin this summer, with the awesome indie girl rocker, Dilly Dilly as their opening act.  Follow the tour by texting reunited to 25827!  Stay on Level3′s text list until 9/1/12 and they’ll draw a single name to win a $50 TicketMaster Gift Card!

July 17, 2012 @ 3PM

Chicopee, MA
 
- Chicopee Public Library



July 18, 2012 @ 6:30PM

Johnston, RI 
- 
Marian J. Mohr Library



July 20, 2012

Barrington, RI 
- Barrington Public Library 



July 21, 2012

Darien, CT
 
- Darien Library 



July 23, 2012

Hampton, NH
 
- Lane Memorial Library 



July 24, 2012

New London, CT
 
- Public Library of New London

 


July 25, 2012 @ 2:00PM

Quincy, MA 
- Thomas Crane Public Library



July 27, 2012

Hershey, PA
 
- Hershey Public Library 



July 31, 2012

Pittsboro, NC
 
- Pittsboro Public Library



August 1, 2012 @ 3:30PM

China Grove, NC 
- South Rowan Public Library 


August 4, 2012 @ 1PM

Grand Prairie, TX 
- The Bowles Branch Library


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Battle of the Boy Bands (with prizes!)

Are you a die-hard 1D fan?

One Direction

 Or is The Wanted the one that you want?

Maybe you’re kicking’ it old-school, locked in a decades-long feud with your BFF over the various merits of the Backstreet Boys versus NKOTB.

Either way, it’s time to let your opinion be heard!  And if you’re lucky, you may even walk away with some prizes!

Just type the name of your favorite boy band in the comments section of this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10 iTunes gift card plus a copy of the ultimate fan-girl novel, REUNITED.

Big TIme Rush

Level3

Jonas Brothers

NKOTB (the band formerly known as New Kids on the Block). Just like when Kentucky Fried Chicken started calling itself KFC.

Contest ends Friday July 6th.  Open to U.S. residents only.  And enter the poll, too!  But you must leave a comment if you want to win the prizes!

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Level3′s summer tour poster

Coming soon, to a library near YOU!

 

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I’m With the Band

In addition to being a writer, I can now proudly call myself the producer of a boy band. They’re called Level3, and yesterday, I spent ten hours in the studio helping them record their new hit single “Heyday.”   So, you might want to watch your backs 30 Seconds to Mars.

Cuter than the Jonas Brothers, more soulful than Big Time Rush, Level3 seriously rocks.  And there’s no doubt in my mind that this adorable pop trio would be sweeping the charts if it weren’t for this one minor problem.

They’re fictional.

Like the premise of a bad Hollywood movie, the rock band in my book Reunited has come to life!  Of course, this would not have been possible without the AMAZING talents of some actual musicians—Brian Therriault, David Minehan (of the Neighborhoodsholy crap!), Dave Westner, and Emmanuel Ording.  Truth be told, I just sat on the couch and tapped my foot a lot. ;)

So here is the real boy band.  (Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitors.)

 These promising young upstarts might just be the next big thing. 

 “Heyday” still needs to be mixed, but will be available as a free download closer to Reunited’s release date—June 12, 2012.   “LIKE” me on Facebook if you want to stay in the loop.  And a single of  Level3’s “Parade” is also in the works!

And on a personal note, it’s really a shame I don’t have a musical bone in my body because getting to be a part of a rock song coming together was SO MUCH FREAKING FUN!!!

“Heyday” was recorded at the wonderful Wooly Mammoth Sound Studio in Waltham, MA.  And this project would not have been possible without a generous grant from SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) who were kind enough to bestow Reunited with their 2011 Book Launch Award.  Thank you, SCBWI!

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