New Young Adult Novel Now Available!
Last month saw the release of brand new Blue Moon Publishers young adult title Amish Guys Don’t Call by debut author Debby Dodds. On Thursday, June 15, the grand event was held at Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, Oregon.
The Book Launch
Debby’s first book launch—a dream eleven years in the making!—consisted of a reading from Amish Guys Don’t Call, question and answer period, meet-and-greet, and book signing. A diverse audience of friends, family, writing groups, students, fellow authors, and even a few shoppers who joined in the fun, appreciated the humour in Debby’s reading, and weren’t afraid to ask the tough questions during the Q&A!
About Amish Guys Don’t Call
Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she’s finally been accepted into the popular girls’ clique called “The Sherpas.” But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam’s new friends can’t miss this opportunity to tease and torment her.
Sam has never really come to terms with her parents’ divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach’s apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture- crossed love with Zach find a way?
Inspiration for Amish Guys Don’t Call
Amish Guys Don’t Call was inspired by an incident that happened to the author when she was a teen living in Lancaster, PA.
“A boy kept flirting with me but never calling,” Dodds relates. “Finally I found out he was ‘Old Order Mennonite’–not Amish, but close. I started thinking, ‘What if he’d been Amish and on Rumspringa?’”
The subplot involving cyberbullying was also loosely based on a period of bullying the author experienced in school.
Thank You To All Supporters of Amish Guys Don’t Call!
Blue Moon Publishers thanks all who came out to support Debby Dodds at her launch, and contributed to making this event such a success!
Have you purchased your copy of Amish Guys Don’t Call yet? What did you think?