Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weirdo Academy ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour, Deleted Scene, and Giveaway!

Accidental Quarterback (Weirdo Academy #1) by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

Alexander Graham Ptuiac, the son of an inventor, dreams of playing football. But his dreams are thwarted by his lack of athleticism and overall lanky build. Like any kid with a dream, Alex tries out anyway, just in case. If nothing else, maybe he can win the role of water boy. So when Alex suddenly manifests superhuman powers during football tryouts, Alex can’t believe his good luck. He’s got game! But his new abilities can get him kicked off the team; unless Alex can keep it a secret long enough to find out how the heck he got this way. Enter Dex, a diminutive classmate who can somehow jump as high as ten feet in the air. Now, Alex isn’t the only one at school with a secret. Except, the boys have caught the attention of some pretty nefarious adults, intent on making sure neither Alex nor Dex make it through the season.The only thing stranger than Alexander Graham Ptuiac, accidental quarterback, is the shocking truth about himself and his parents. When truth is stranger than fiction and adults are out to get you, there’s only one thing to do. Play ball!
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The Impossible Pitcher (Weirdo Academy #2)
by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books
Alex and Dex are local heroes. Suddenly, everyone wants to be friends with Alex, Dex and Sophi.

But someone more powerful than any of them lurks in the background, keeping a close watch until it’s time to swoop in and capture them. Still, Alex tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy — in the offseason, he wants to play baseball. As Alex becomes a formidable pitcher, his powers grow and so does his obsession with controlling them.

With Alex finding less and less time for Dex and Sophi, Dex discovers his cat-like abilities start to disappear soon after he starts spending time with a girl.

As the friends struggle to maintain their friendships, that mysterious someone gets closer and closer. Can the three friends find their way back to one another before it’s too late? Or will middle school tear them apart for good?
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My favorite deleted scene from the first two books in the Weirdo Academy series is one that never actually existed – a twist-filled epilogue to The Impossible Pitcher. How am I going to talk about the big gasp-inducing ending I had planned if you haven’t read the books yet?!

Let’s give this a try: When you read The Accidental Quarterback, you’ll notice there’s an epilogue written in the third person. It’s a jarring change from the rest of the novel, which is written with first person narration from the hero, Alex Ptuiac. Those final few pages are a quick look at a mysterious man in the stands at a football game speaking with what appears to be his partner (I’m really trying not to spoil anything here, as you can see). It’s implied that this shadowy figure is up to no good.

So when I wrote The Impossible Pitcher a few years ago, I had another epilogue in mind with the same concept – after the whole book was once again narrated by Alex, the final scene would be third-person narration of another evil figure. But I was running up against a deadline, and when I handed what I thought was the unfinished book to some early readers, I casually mentioned I was tacking on a soon-to-be-written epilogue.

But they all agreed after reading the book that they loved the ending I had and that an epilogue wasn’t necessary.

That means one thing: You’re going to have to wait until the third Weirdo Academy installment to see what I had planned.


Charles Curtis a sportswriter for USA Today’s For The Win. He has reported and written for other publications including ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, Bleacher Report, NJ.com, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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