Book Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery
Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.
For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of...well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.
The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...
Playlist for HOLDING COURT
I can’t listen to anything with lyrics when I write, but I do like to have book-specific songs to play as a kind of warm-up when I’m getting started for the day, or when I’m in my car/doing dishes/folding laundry/going about my non-writing business and I’m stuck on some plot point or another.
Brave by Sara Bareilles
This is pretty much Jules’s theme song. In fact, there are several characters in HOLDING COURT it applies to. “Don’t run, stop holding your tongue.” I probably listened to this one umpteen times.
Upside Down by Paloma Faith
This song reflects the tone I was going for with HOLDING COURT, a quirky, rollicking ride with a girl who experiences the world a little differently.
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Jules wishes it were this cut and dried with Grayson, the unattainable boy she’s in love with. That he obviously belonged with her instead of his girlfriend, Bree. But it’s not that simple. She’d love to hate Bree, but she can’t.
El Matador by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Every murder mystery needs a song about a killer.
Speak Slow by Tegan and Sara
If she could make her feelings for Grayson just GO AWAY, Jules would. “I leave my heart all this pain and now I’m at it all again.”
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Jules is trying to do it right. She doesn’t know where she belongs, or where she went wrong.
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Jules would love desperately to be able to just shake it all off. Feeling like a freak, having an embarrassing “gift” she can’t control, a boy she can’t have, and a job that would be awesome if it weren’t for a couple of MAJOR issues. One of which is the costume she has to wear. And the other is the disappearing dead body.
Madly by Tristan Prettyman
For me, this one is about how conflicted Jules feels about Grayson.
Float On by Modest Mouse
My mantra for Jules: “Don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright.”
Say by John Mayer
This should be Jules’s mantra for herself. “It’s better to say too much, than to never say what you need to say.”
Somebody Loves You by Betty Who
What Jules imagines it’s like when somebody loves you back.
K.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high school sweetheart, and mom to two avid bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 18, 2016
One (1) winner will receive Holding Court swag pack containing a magnetic prophecy kit, signed bookplate, coloring postcard with stacked coloring pencil, and a bookmark.