February 7, 2013

Release Day Party: The Obvious Game by Rita Arens

Title: The Obvious Game
Author: Rita Arens
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release Date: Feb 7th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”
"Your shirt is yellow."
 "Your eyes are blue."
 "You have to stop running away from your problems."
 "You're too skinny."
Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. 

Praise for The Obvious Game:

“I couldn’t put down The Obvious Game. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence.” -- Ann Napolitano, author of A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM'S REACH

"THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters—especially Diana--are so natural and emotionally authentic that you’ll find yourself yelling at the page even as you’re compelled to turn it." -- Coert Voorhees, author of LUCKY FOOLS and THE BROTHERS TORRES

"Let’s be clear about one thing: there’s nothing obvious about The Obvious Game. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl’s attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can’t help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel." -- Risa Green, author of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL

About The Author:
Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy (www.surrenderdorothyblog.com) and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.

Rita has been a featured speaker at BlogHer 2012, BEA Bloggers Conference 2012, BlogHer Writers 2011, BlogHer 2011, Blissdom 2011, Alt Summit 2010, BlogHer 2010, BlogHer 2008 and BlogHer 2009, the 2008 Kansas City Literary Festival and 2009 Chicks Who Click and appeared on the Walt Bodine Show in 2008.  She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.

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  1. I saw the title of the book and it caught my eye. Sounds like an interesting book, sounds like it could give advice to teens or any other person going through stuff like that.

  2. Congrats on release. Best wishes for great success.
    M.C.V. Egan

  3. Thank you for sharing my book!

  4. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. So glad to see The Obvious Game finally being released. All best wishes for a huge success!!

  6. hi tried to tweet for vote but to long not sure what to cut out. :)

  7. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I think that anorexia is a big problem among young girls and Hollywood needs to start taking responsibility.


  9. This book soun interesting. From the title and cover book, it was caught my eyes.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks good! Nice premise + good reviews. I'm in.

  11. This sounds like a good story, and I actually really like the cover!


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