Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Feature: Wanted Dead or In Love by Kym Brunner


Today I have Kym Brunner, a fellow Darkly Delicious YA author, with a great character POV for her upcoming debut novel, Wanted Dead or In Love. I'm loving this premise!


Kym Brunner's debut, WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE, about two teens possessed by the spirits of Bonnie and Clyde who soon discover that the legendary outlaws plan to continue where they left off.

*Blurb taken from Goodreads.

Merit Press – June, 2014


Two teens. Bonnie and Clyde.

Whoever inhabits the bodies at the deadline . . .survives.

Being impulsive, I act first, think later. I don’t recommend it. Now I’m on probation for something stupid I did at school. If I get arrested again, the judge will give me jail time. To keep out of trouble, I work as a waitress at my dad’s Roaring 20’s restaurant, dressed like a flapper. Didn’t take long for me to screw up again. Here’s what happened: Dad showed me the spent bullets that they pulled out of famous criminal lovebirds, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s dead bodies––items he bought at a gangster memorabilia show. Who would have known that Bonnie and Clyde’s spirits were locked inside that container, waiting to be freed? Not me certainly, or I wouldn’t have done it. Opening the container wasn’t enough to make Bonnie’s spirit search for a new body to inhabit, but given my lousy luck, I cut my finger on the stupid thing, opening the door for the whiny, love-starved Bonnie Parker to enter my body.

Course, at first I didn’t really believe that she was inside of me (who would, right?) so later that night, after I met this cute but dull guy named Jack, I showed him the slugs. Bad move. Turns out Clyde hadn’t lost an ounce of his slyness, easily infecting poor Jack and quickly committing a crime. Luckily, Jack finds a way to get back in charge, but after doing some investigation, we find out we have only 36 hours to ditch these outlaws or we’ll share our bodies with them indefinitely. See what I mean about bad luck?

Take it from me––spontaneity’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. 

The real Kym Brunner (who feels much more at home in jeans and a sweater).










Kym Brunner (as 17-year-old Monroe Baker, dressed for work at her dad's 1920s style restaurant.)

So, what do you think?

33 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Kelly! This was an exciting book to research and write - had a blast creating both Monroe and the dual-POV of the ultimate bad boy, Clyde Barrow. :)

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    1. You're welcome. Your book sounds awesome!

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  2. Another book to add to the want to read pile. Good luck with this book Kym.

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  3. Wow, this books sounds really interesting! I absolutely LOVE the idea, and I'm sure Kym will have a lot of success with her book=)

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    1. Hope you were looking at your crystal ball when you said that, Gina. :) Thanks!

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  4. Now Kym looks like one fun author! I love writers who get into character and feel so passionate about their characters. It really shines through in their writing :-)

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    1. LOL - felt kinda silly doing this, but all in good fun. :)

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  5. The 1920s are such a fun time period and rarely written about. Kudos to Kym for historical research and thinking up such an unusual heroine. Wishing her much success!

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    1. Aw...you guys. *blushes Thank you! And to you, too!

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  6. Fun author photos and this story is quite interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! It was definitely a heart-stopper to write. I just hope it doesn't show up on the internet as my author profile pic or people will think I'm a little goofy. :)

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    2. I love the photos! They show how awesome Kym is. :)

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    3. Perhaps you'll dress as one of your characters when I feature you on my blog, Kelly! :)

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  7. What an interesting plot. Bonnie and Clyde were quite a pair. Sounds like an exciting story. When I hear their names, I always think about their car, riddled with bullet holes. Yes, I'm weird.

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    1. I don't think that's weird, Beverly. I bet a lot of people think of that.

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  8. I love the concept, very intriguing. Kelly, love the new look of your site.

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  9. This sounds amazing. I hope to pick it up.

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  10. Well this sounds like a fascinating book. The story line sounds unique. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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