5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, October 7, 2016!
“We’re all guilty of something, aren’t we?”
Amy is in big trouble with the Law. A late-night phone call from a stranger implicates the 16-year-old girl in a terrorist plot. But when the nefarious caller suddenly vanishes, Amy becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. To prove her innocence, she embarks on a fantastic journey to find the mysterious man.
The clues to the peculiar man’s whereabouts are few, but all point to a dingy, old barbershop that caters to the rich and powerful. What draws them to the shop’s eccentric barber is bewildering, until Amy stumbles upon the secret to his success: a magic shampoo that alters your personality!
As Amy investigates the wizard barber, she crosses paths with many of his customers, including a stressed-out pop music idol, a war veteran with PTSD, and others suffering mental challenges. Her quest offers a rare glimpse into the complexity of human behavior, including hers, as she struggles with her own adolescent issues.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) What is MAD DOGS AND MAKEOVERS about?
The book examines how people deal with guilt. We’re all guilty of something, right? For some of us, handling that inescapable feeling of regret can be difficult. But in this fantasy-adventure, bad behavior carries no remorse — thanks to a magic shampoo that removes guilt.
2) Why a shampoo?
It provides a shortcut to the brain. Applied by an eccentric barber, the “Guilt Remover” seeps through the skull and goes right to work on your prefrontal cortex. A barbershop might seem like an odd place to seek medical help, but think about it: Who else gets that close to your noodle but brain surgeons and hairdressers?
3) What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always wondered how deceitful people live with themselves. Manipulative politicians, greedy executives, corrupt officials all fit into that category. How do they sleep at night? This book endeavors to understand that darker side of human nature.
4) Why target a young audience?
THE AGE OF AMY books not only provide compelling stories for young adults, they also address relevant issues. Like most teenagers, Amy has done things she’s not proud of. How she copes with her guilt illuminates that mean streak we so often see today.
5) What should readers take away from this book?
Be kinder. Harboring guilt doesn’t feel good, but then, neither does resenting those who have wronged you. Show some sympathy. There can be no redemption without a little forgiveness.
You can also check out the Book Trailer for MAD DOGS AND MAKEOVERS here!
About the author:
Bruce Edwards writes young-adult fiction on subjects most YA authors shy away from. His award-winning The Age of Amy series explores unconventional topics—from the trappings of modern technology to the absurdity of Washington politics. Through fantasy and imagination, Bruce addresses real-world issues, as young readers enjoy a fun read. Visit Bruce online at www.AgeOfAmy.com.
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