Monday, September 14, 2015

Mind Over Bullies Blog Tour (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Mind Over Bullies
Author: D.K. Smith 
Series: N/A
Pages: 380
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Khamicom
Format: Kindle
Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View, life for Margo will change dramatically.

With a mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery while ingeniously teaching a few bullies a lesson or two along the way… that is, if the police don’t catch them first.

~Try an Excerpt!~
Later that afternoon, Margo walked through the corridor at school with her camera in hand on her way to do an interview for the school paper. A man nearly ran into her as he backed out of the print shop pulling a large covered pallet. Margo stepped aside. The man hadn’t even noticed she was there as he faced forward and continued pulling a large pallet down the corridor. Hey, I’ve seen that somewhere before. Margo was fixated on the logo on the back of the man’s shirt. She raised her camera and took a few shots of the logo and followed behind the man at a distance. 
~Meet D.K. Smith!~ 
A native of Los Angeles, D.K. Smith began his writing career after getting news that he would soon become an uncle. Wanting to create stories and characters for his expected niece, he created the children's book series "Sock n Boots Adventures." The two characters (three year old Sock and five year old Boots) began to make names for themselves, generating downloads in countries around the world. From there, the love of storytelling blossomed into novels across multiple genres.
I've been asked many times how I came up with the concept for Mind Over Bullies. Well, I am a big fan of superhero type stories, especially movies. But of course, the bullying epidemic is real and in a horrifying way. For example, when doing research for the book I came across a story in the news about a young girl that jumped in front of a subway train after weeks of bullying. As I investigated further, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I encountered. Bullycide, the news was calling it. I thought, wow, what if these young people had been shown that the pain of bullying can be handled without hurting themselves or someone else.
So, the challenge became how to take such a terrible, real life experience like bullying, and merge it with my superhero gene. I wanted to make a story that was not only realistic so that victims of bullying could identify with it, but also one that had the superhero element that would make people stand up and cheer. Seeing people rave about a movie after it's over and even having intense feelings about a well-developed movie myself has always left me with a desire to tell stories and take people on mental journeys. I knew I would never have a career in film, so writing was the next best thing for me, and I went about writing Mind Over Bullies like a director creating a film. I wanted to create highs and lows to take the readers through a range of emotions. I crafted some portions to help readers feel for the characters and other scenes that create the moment of triumph for the underdog, the kind of scene that makes a movie audience applaud.
I wanted to have a multi-racial cast of characters with a wide variety of personalities in the hope that readers would connect with one of them. It was important to me that the main character be a strong teen female, being that teen girls make up the largest population of bullying victims per most reports. My goal was to let young women, and young men, see a teen battle bullying head-on and gain strength in the process as opposed to the more prevalent alternatives of victims hurting themselves or others.

I recognize that the characters and situations in the book may not represent every bullying situation and that realistically the book won't change the world, but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying.
 D.K. Smith will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

21 comments:

  1. I like the sound of the book and can't wait to learn more! Thank you.

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    1. Hello,

      I wanted to share this preview of the first three chapters with you :http://tiny.cc/MOBPreview

      I hope it will stir even more curiosity. So far the story has gotten good feedback, but I would love to hear what you think as well.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

      I will be checking in all day so feel free to leave any questions or comments.

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  2. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. On behalf of myself and the tour host Andra I would like to thank you for stopping by.

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    1. Hi Mary,


      The cover was one of my favorite parts of the project. It provided the superhero feel that I was after.

      When you read the story it will begin to make more sense.

      But when I was creating the symbol I saw a superman poster and the superman symbol had this shiny finish to it and it just caught my attention.

      I had to have something similar for the MOB. So I worked with a really talented artist that brought my vision to life.

      Thanks for checking in.

      Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

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  4. I have added this book to my winter TBR list, when I hibernate from the cold.

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    1. Hi Misty,

      The MOB provides a good mystery to read on a rainy day.

      I truly hope you enjoy it and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the story.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

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    1. Hi there,

      I've done well so far. Somewhere around 32 folks have shared their thoughts on the story between Amazon and Goodreads.

      I am humbled by the positive feedback and look forward to hearing more from the public.

      Thank you for leaving a question.

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  6. "... but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying." Me too! (I was bullied as a child.)

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    1. Hi Laney,

      I'm always surprised to see how many adults mention being bullied as children. But it just shows how big of an issue bullying is.

      The enormity of the problem is why I wanted to address it in a fictional tale that had a superhero twist to it.

      I wanted to give bulling victims a reason to stand up and cheer while providing an accurate look at what bullying does to victims.

      The hope is that bullies will stop and think about how they may be hurting their victims and conversely I want victims to know that their is life after being bullied.

      Thank you for stopping by today.

      I hope you get a chance to read the book.

      =)

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  7. Thank you to Andra for being such a gracious host. I will be checking in all day so please feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have.

    All the best.

    D.K. Smith

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  8. Excellent post for a worthy cause. Many adults today don't realize just how much bullying has evolved (devolved?) since we were kids. . . .

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

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  10. Thank you for an exceptional post! D. K., I admire your willingness to tackle such a difficult subject and I hope that your approach with your book will make a real difference.

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  11. This sound absolutely awesome!!! I can't wait to check this out..thanks for sharing!

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