Mar 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom

Hello, readers and other bookish fiends! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ira Bloom's Hearts & Other Body Parts! Be prepared for a fun, monstrous novel filled with witches, a boy akin to Frankenstein's monster, hexes, and a talking cat. If you'll take a moment and stop ogling at the cover (don't worry, I myself have drooled over it), I'll tell you all about the book and its creator. And stick around for the end, too--you'll have a chance to win your very own copy!

TitleHearts & Other Body Parts
Author: Ira Bloom
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 352
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A novel of love and monsters. 

Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely--almost romantically--drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart.

The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely.

Hearts & Other Body Parts is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat.

IRA BLOOM grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. His mother is an artist and his father was a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

He studied English Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also has some background in Eastern religions. After college he moved to Japan, where he taught ESL. He married a beautiful Japanese woman named Yasuko, moved to LA and taught junior high school English, ESL, and Japanese for the Los Angeles Unified School district. He is conversational in Japanese, but by no means considers himself fluent. After serving his debt to society in LA Unified, he went into the fashion business with his wife, who is a very talented fashion designer and is likely to read this, so he can’t say enough good things about her. They eventually branched into the vintage kimono business. He probably knows more about Japanese textiles than any straight white man you’re likely to encounter. He's been writing humor for Funny Times since 2010. He currently lives in West Sonoma County with his family and an assortment of furry beasts.

Week One
3/22/2017 | BookHounds YA
3/23/2017 | YA Books Central

Week Two
3/28/2017 | Novel Novice
3/29/2017 | Eli to the nth
3/30/2017 | The Cover Contessa

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  1. Ohhhh, I saw this book in the zine Stay Bookish and was interested! I'd never heard of it before.


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