Spotlight on A Messy Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan, Plus Excerpt & Giveaway!

Spotlight on A Messy Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan, Plus Excerpt & Giveaway!

Today we're excited to spotlight A Messy Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan, plus an excerpt and giveaway! 

 

Meet Sara Jade Alan!

 
Sara Jade Alan wrote her first comedy sketch during second grade recess, then cast it, directed it and made costumes out of garbage bags. Since then, she has performed in more than a thousand improvised and scripted shows all over the country. Currently she is one-half of the comedy duo, The Novelistas, who perform about writing and teach performance to writers. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Sara now lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.www.sarajadealan.com
 

 
 

Meet A Messy Beautiful Life!

 
 Life is funny sometimes. 

And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer. 

I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom. 

And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die. 

So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.
 
 
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Hi YABCers,

Ellie was just voted captain of her high school's improv comedy group. When she meets Jason onstage in an improv scene that's more sizzle than silly, she thinks life is finally starting to go her way. Enter sucker punch from Life, stage left. It’s time to start improvising for real. So she does what any girl with a femur in her tumor would do: she enters a standup-comedy contest. With the help of her improv friends, her music- obsessed stepbrother, and Jason, who's dealing with a different heartbreak of his own, Ellie searches for a lifeline through the punchlines.

xxx, Sara 

 
Excerpt:
 

From the outside, it must have looked like a weird improv girl about to lie right on top of a strange boy. Onstage. In front of almost two hundred people.

We had been doing near-acrobatics for the past two minutes. Snippets popped into my mind—entangled arms, wrapped legs, arched backs. My brain processed the building energy of the audience, the rising laughter, the hoots and whistles, and I realized our scene must have looked like an epic dry-humping session.

Mortification enveloped me, like all the naked, peeing nightmares of childhood but without the happy escape of waking. I feared this might be one of those shuddery life-moments to etch a forever-home on my memory’s instant-cringe list.

And yet. The rare connection, the out-of-body-ness... I understood what it felt like to be in the moment. I also knew there was “in the moment,” focused but aware, and really in the moment, where everything outside the scene slipped away. It was what I’d read about in all our improv books—like some Holy Grail of improvisation. But I hadn’t known it was possible to totally “lose your mind” and be completely in the moment. Now I did, and it was fun.

If only it could have happened in private.

But it hadn’t. And we were still in it—I was hovering perilously close to his face, as all this flashback processed in the embarrassment quadrant of my brain in an instant. I made the mistake of looking him in the eyes.

Our faces were so close. His lips formed a shy grin on one side, revealing a single, irresistible, dimple. We cracked up, and I released the rest of my weight onto him in a fit of nervous laughter, my head falling in the crook between his neck and shoulder. My nose informed me I had a new favorite smell. As he brushed off some of my hair that had fallen in his face, his arm mashed against me in a nice and only slightly suffocating kind of way, and he shouted, “Will someone please yell freeze already?”

Someone from the audience yelled, “No! We’re waiting for you to do it.”
“Yeah!” the whole audience agreed in unison.
And then they chanted, “Do it! Do it! Do it!”
Oh my God. It hit me that I was, in fact, still
laying on top of him. Super speedily I stopped
sniffing him like some crazed wildebeest and jumped up, only to be left standing downstage, caught and bewildered, a flush of embarrassment crying out like a face tattoo.

I decided I really should quit improv. It would make life so much easier. 

 
 
 
  
 

A Messy Baeutiful Life

By: Sara Jade Alan

Release Date: October 2, 2017

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Comments 7

Dianna G. on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:02

The cover is really floral -- and after I read the synopsis, I wondered if it was supposed to be a funeral arrangement.

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The cover is really floral -- and after I read the synopsis, I wondered if it was supposed to be a funeral arrangement.
John on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:11

I believe I see pink and green floral motifs on the cover. "With a femur in her tumor"?--get that femur out of there! The tumor must be saved!

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I believe I see pink and green floral motifs on the cover. "With a femur in her tumor"?--get that femur out of there! The tumor must be saved!
Lily M. on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:33

At first glance, I didn't see the bone into he cover, but the cover is still pretty

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At first glance, I didn't see the bone into he cover, but the cover is still pretty :)
Dan Denman on Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:10

I like the bone among the flowers in the book cover. This sounds like and emotional story.

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I like the bone among the flowers in the book cover. This sounds like and emotional story.
Danielle Hammelef on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:29

The cover is gorgeous and symbolic to match the emotional and heart-breaking synopsis.

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The cover is gorgeous and symbolic to match the emotional and heart-breaking synopsis.
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:07

The cover is beautiful and the story sounds beautiful and important.

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The cover is beautiful and the story sounds beautiful and important.
Kelly G on Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:20

The cover and synopsis are both beautiful! I can't wait to read this!

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The cover and synopsis are both beautiful! I can't wait to read this!

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