Blog Tour – Weirdo Academy Series


Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop for the Weirdo Academy Blog Tour. If you’re new to my blog, welcome to Sincerely Karen Jo. Today, I have a special guest post from the author, Charles Curtis. He’s here to talk about the reasons why he loves his book cover.

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Cover Love

One image has to say it all, and I always felt The Accidental Quarterback – the first book in my Weirdo Academy series – had so many of the book’s storylines and themes to pack in.

There’s the fact that it’s about a seventh grader playing football, the allusion to some mysterious superhuman powers without giving too much away, not to mention indicating the main character (Alex) and his friends are coming of age and just starting middle school. On top of all of that, I was hoping the cover would have a comic book feel to it, given the subject matter and my love of all things Marvel and DC while growing up (if you’re scoring at home, it’s Marvel > DC, but that’s a subject for another guest post).

The cover absolutely delivered on all of that and more. I particularly love that it’s filled with movement – Alex running with a football, his body seemingly supercharged, followed close behind by Sophi and Dex.

The second cover has that similar comic book theme and more action. In The Impossible Pitcher, Alex turns his attention to baseball (something you might have guessed from the title). He’s throwing a pitch, and this time, it’s the ball that’s supercharged.

Just how happy was I with the covers? Here’s proof: I dressed like Alex for Halloween.


Accidental Quarterback

(Weirdo Academy #1)

by Charles Curtis

The Accidental QB Cover

Publication Date: November 7 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

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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!

The Impossible Pitcher

(Weirdo Academy #2)

by Charles Curtis

The Impossible Pitcher

Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

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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?


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

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Book Blitz – Anguish

Lila Felix
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: November 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The help-wanted ad on the bulletin board at Ashland’s college was simple enough: mother seeks live-in maid for son. But it turns out Breaker James is a mess in more ways than one. He’s confined to a prison of his own making, crippled by his fear of people and any social interaction whatsoever. Every vibe he’s giving off is begging Ashland to stay away, yet she finds herself strangely drawn to him. Can she coax him out of his darkness and help him overcome the deep trauma of his past to reclaim a normal life?

A contemporary romance perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You, AnguiSH delves deep into complex human emotions and the struggle to move forward from devastating past events.

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She moved over on the bed, giving me room to get in next to her. I got in. “I’m afraid I’m… God, this is hard to admit.”

Her hand glided down my jaw. “Tell me.”

“I tried—I tried to go out the other day, just for a walk or something. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make it past the damned threshold of the door.”

Her face was pure disappointment, and I knew mine mirrored it. Admitting it to her, I felt like a shadow of a man.

“But you tried, right? That has to count. I mean, you go out with me all the time.” Her voice faltered at the end of the sentence.

“I did try. But I couldn’t go through with it.”

She scooted closer to me and put one hand on my face while she buried her own in the hollow of my neck. “Can you just hold me and forget that there’s something we can’t do? I’d like to hang on to the notion that you can do anything—just for the night.”


Author Bio:

Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

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