Friday, September 9, 2016

Virtual Tour ~ Not Your Side Kick by C.B. Lee ~ (Character Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Virtual Tour ~ Not Your Side Kick by C.B. Lee ~ (Character Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: C.B. Lee
Book Name: Not Your Sidekick
Release Date: September 8, 2016


Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

Pages or Words: 296 pages // 74,000 words

Categories: Young adult; LGBT romance; Fantasy; Super hero


After dinner, Jess expects Claudia to hang out with her parents, or maybe reconnect with some of her friends in the area, but instead she pulls Jess aside.
“So, I heard from Mom and Dad, that like—oh, happy birthday, by the way—” Claudia says, like an afterthought. There’s a holo of them as children behind them: Claudia, a happy teenager, standing next to a young Jess holding baby Brendan. “—that you’re not gonna present with any powers. And that’s okay, you know, there’s nothing wrong with that. But I know you really wanna do the hero thing, and I came up with a great idea.”
“You could be my sidekick! Okay, usually hero support requires that the sidekick presents with at least a D-class power, but I think if you wanna hang back in the lab, you can totally help with the tech side of things, maybe monitor the holofeeds and work with the communications team? I had to pull a lot of strings. And you can totally meet Captain Orion too! In person! Isn’t that great? You could start with us as soon as your spring quarter—it could be like an internship! Mom mentioned you were looking for a job, right, some time ago?”
A few weeks ago this idea might be interesting, but now to be asked to be in her sister’s shadow yet again, it’s just… patronizing.
She has a job now where she’s important and needed. M needs her. Master Mischief and Mistress Mischief need her.
“Thanks,” Jess says. “But I’m gonna have to pass. I have a job already.”

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick.
Hi C.B., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you for the kind welcome! I'm C.B. and I grew up in California with a love for hiking and exploring. As a bisexual Asian American writer, I'm excited to introduce characters who I— and I hope many more people— can identify with. Not Your Sidekick is the start of an epic adventure; Jess starts an internship with the town supervillain to spite her superhero parents, and figures out how to talk to her crush, Abby, while the two of them uncover a mystery about their world.

Character interview- Jessica Tran

  1. What’s your job like?

Oh! I work in the Experimental Division at Monroe Industries. It's top-secret, actually, I'm not supposed to divulge any details of the projects that go on there, but I'm enjoying it a lot so far. I mainly do organization and filing, but I can't say anything else.

  1. Would you rather be respected or feared? Why?

Respected, definitely. But I suppose there's a place for fear if you're a villain, I guess. I mean, for villains! To fear... heroes. Yes. Not that I know anything about that.

  1. What’s your favorite book?

Oh, I love comics! I always keep up with the adventures of Captain Orion but my absolute favorite series are Smasher and Shockwave's stories right here in Andover. I'm a local girl at heart and love those two, I think they're great. There should be more comics of their adventures.

  1. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?

New Bright City! I've never been to the east coast of the North American Collective, and it would be amazing to see our nation's capital. I hear there are hover-trains within the city that take you from place to place in a matter of seconds and an entire block that is just covered in holo-screens.

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm seventeen and a junior at Andover Heights High School. There's not really much to tell, I guess. I like comics and writing stories, although I'm not very good at it, and Caption Orion is my favorite hero of all time.

About the author:
C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber, and pinniped enthusiast from Southern California. A first-generation Asian American, she is passionate about working in communities of color and empowering youth to be inspired to write characters and stories of their own. Lee’s debut novel Seven Tears at High Tide was published by Duet Books in 2015 and named a finalist in the Bisexual Books Awards. This summer, C.B. was named to Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Duet Books
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer

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