Fans addicted to Mary Amato’s Guitar Notes will be thrilled to find Get Happy (due out October 2014, Egmont USA). Advanced Reader Copies are just now out for reviewers.
Hilariously eccentric Minerva Watson wants a ukulele for her 16th birthday. What the aspiring songwriter gets instead is a totally shocking invitation from her long-lost father to reconnect. The secrets she discovers about family, friends, music, and herself will keep you turning the pages and hoping she will find a way to get beyond the pain and…maybe…actually…finally… get happy.
The book will feature six songs, and, as with Guitar Notes, the songs will be available for free download. More soon to come!
For now, you can hear a demo (draft) of the song “Finally.” After saving her hard-earned money, the main character finally buys her coveted ukulele and is so happy she sings on the street with her friends.
Showcasing Teen Talent
Teens will be encouraged to make YouTube or Soundcloud recordings of themselves singing the songs from the book and making them their own.
Luna has created a custom uke designed for the book, which features a seahorse design–one of the book’s defining metaphors–and will partner to offer free uke giveaways. More to come on this, too. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Mary Amato is a popular speaker as well as a performing songwriter whose “poetry of lyrics” and “writing a novel with music” presentations and workshops are hits with teachers and inspiring for reluctant writers as well as singer-songwriter wannabes. She also has a “mini songwriting workshop” presentation especially for bookstore book signings. Take a look at this one-minute video to see her in action.
This giveaway was for librarians at the American Library Association. Luna is having another giveaway for anyone and everyone!. Find out more at Double Guitar Giveaway.
Exciting news…In celebration of Guitar Notes, Luna Guitars is offering a chance to win a free Luna travel guitar for you AND one for you to give to a friend!
Entries will be accepted January 15 through March 15. And on March 17, I’ll announce the lucky winner in a video posted right here.
Teachers, librarians, booksellers, and music lovers, share this poster and encourage fans of Guitar Notes to enter!
Enter now on the Luna website!
Scholastic’s Tab Reading Club offered a special edition of Guitar Notes and hosted a lyrics writing contest for students in grades 5-8. Prize is a free Luna Guitar! The two winners will be announced here as soon as judging is completed!
Lexi White and Gabbie Richard are the winners of the Lucky Me Music Video Giveaway. They’ll each receive an autographed copy of Guitar Notes. So interesting to see the different interpretations!
Here is Gabbie’s Video:
Here is Lexi’s Video:
Teachers, parents, and students, look for the Scholastic edition of Guitar Notes in this year’s Scholastic Books Fairs and Clubs.
Here are all my drafts and notes for my next YA novel, coming in 2014, about a sixteen-year-old girl with a mermaid obsession and a troubled past. I began the project first as a musical, way back in 2008. I put it aside to work on other projects. On May 8, 2011, while swimming in a hotel pool, the character and her story came flooding back. I started to write the novel in 2011 and finished it in July 2013.
The manuscript is in the hands of my editor now. Can’t wait until it’s ready to share with you.
Join me for a free songwriting workshop at the following MCPL library branch.
- June 24 Songwriting Workshop Potomac Library 5 pm, Potomac, MD
- June 25 Songwriting Workshop Bethesda Library 7 pm, Bethesda, MD
- June 26 Songwriting Workshop Germantown Library 6:30 pm, Germantown, MD
Ooh la la! The French edition of Guitar Notes is here!
Fellow YA author Michelle Ray and I were among the judges for the Short Story Contest sponsored by Bethesda Magazine. Congratulations to winner Johanna Wassermann and to Karen Foecke, Christina Tseng, and Saachi Nangia, who all placed. Also thanks to Bethesda Magazine, Bethesda Urban Partnership, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and The Writer’s Center for supporting this great contest.