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Blog Tour: The Headhunters Race!

Jan 06, 2014 Uncategorized 8 comments

So I’ve known Kimberly Afe for a while via her blog, and I’m thrilled to be a part of her Blog Tour for The Headhunters Race which was released Jan. 3! She’s all over the blogosphere this week, and having a fabulous giveaway with a chance to win her ebook PLUS a $25 Amazon gift card and other cool prizes. Totally awesome! So if you haven’t heard of it, here’s the blurb:



Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn’t commit. Now
she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race.
Second prize isn’t so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make
it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must
navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all,
cannibal territory.

With a mechanical collar timed to
strangle the prisoners if they’re not back in nine days, Avene allies herself
with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at
every turn and a boy she’s trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle
nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize.
But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes
there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to
And I love her story about how she came up with the idea in the first place. I’ll let her tell it in her own words:
The Headhunters Race has a bit of a long journey.  The idea was born on June 26, 2011 after a Zelda game commercial inspired me.  The commercial was brilliant and I thought why can’t they make a movie that cool?  And then I thought, why don’t I write a cool adventure myself! 

So I brainstormed this story with my son over a dinner of spicy spaghetti a couple of nights after the idea came to me.  We worked out the entire novel:  the characters and their motivations, the world, and the details of the race as I frantically wrote it all down.  My husband and daughter also helped me brainstorm items that I needed worked out.  I then spent a little while playing around with Avene’s voice and then wrote like crazy.  I finished in December of 2011.  I actually started having critique partners read it in November of 2011 and began querying agents in January of 2012 after more revising.  I also entered it into a few popular contests around the blogosphere in early 2012.  Then I took a very long break due to life circumstances with hubby’s heart and moving.  Early this year I got back into writing.  I’d been thinking about self publishing for quite awhile so when querying a few more agents and a handful of publishers didn’t work out, I decided to go for it, and now, 2 1/2 years later, the book is out there!  Wahoo!


Kimberly is the mother of
two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog’s best
friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction
and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the
beautiful Sonoran Desert.

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Congratulations Kimberly! I’m really excited for you and wish all the best for you and your book. The rest of you, go forth and enter below. The last day to enter is Friday, January 10th!

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8 Responses to “Blog Tour: The Headhunters Race!”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Thank you so much, Janet! 🙂

  2. SA Larsenッ says:

    Hey, Janet. Just stopped over to say 'hi'. It's been awhile. I just realized that somehow I stopped following you. Actually, I found quite a few blogs this happened to for me. Anyway, just corrected that. Following you again.

    As far as this book, I loved it from the moment I saw the cover. Still on my TBR list!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Woot, woot! I can't wait to read this one. Seriously. But my time-stopper is broken. Frustrating, right? Guess I'm going to have to learn how to function within the realms of real time. On the plus side, I'll age slower. =)

  4. Kimberly says:

    Thanks so much, SA and Crystal!

  5. Oh wow. This storyline sounds intense. Congrats to Kimberly.

  6. Oh wow. This storyline sounds intense. Congrats to Kimberly.

  7. Marcia says:

    Sounds like it would definitely appeal to fans of The Hunger Games. I liked reading about her brainstorming process.

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