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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Imaginary Friends by Chad Musick - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Chad Musick and his new book, “Imaginary Friends,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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Imaginary Friends

by Chad Musick


GENRE:   YA Magical Realism



If the delivery had been a demonic bowling alley or a mermaid’s grotto, Ivy would have sent it away. She has standards, after all. But she can’t refuse a magical Library, especially when they’ve gone to the trouble of including a wheelchair ramp. They say that on the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog, but somebody knows fourteen-year-old Ivy is an orphan, that she sells her paper-writing services to lazy college students, and that her imaginary friends are unhappy being stuck in the mural on the wall of her Alaskan home.

Himitsu refuses the Library, becoming angry enough to attack the delivery people with his bamboo sword. They won’t tempt him with books, any more than his mother has been able to tempt him into leaving their apartment during the past two years. He has all he needs: video games, online forums, and his virtual girlfriend Moe. Well, almost all. His dad’s death has left a hole in him, which is why when he receives text messages saying the Library can bring back the dead, he changes his mind. Moe tries to warn him about the danger, but what does she know, anyway?

Now, having been lured into the Library and having foolishly brought their imaginary friends with them, Ivy and Himitsu find those friends are trapped. The teens have a choice: fulfill the Librarian’s odd and painful demands in hopes of rescuing their friends or go back alone to their small, boring lives, knowing they’ve failed the only ones who really believe in them.



All giraffes are named Janice, excepting a few heretics. The old guard, being traditionalists, are the most militant in asserting that this is the necessary state of affairs.

The Janice of our story, however, is not one of the old guard. He’s too young to be a veteran of the Nehming War, and to him the consequent Sophie massacre is something that happened to distant French relatives. Because of this, he is sometimes known to intimate that his name might, in fact, be Chanda. Despite this obvious breach in social graces, he doesn’t consider himself to be a deviant. In fact, he thinks of himself as quite normal. Janice is anything but normal. For one thing, he’s a giraffe. We mustn’t neglect this observation. Giraffes are not normal. But let us leave that aside for a moment and pretend they are. Humans, not being monstrosities except in aggregate, naturally regard involuntary baldness among the males as an unsightly defect. Bald men are likely to be regarded as degenerates. Some of them even become history teachers. Among boy giraffes, however, baldness of the ossicles—those little sticky-uppy bits on their heads—is a mark of honor gained by battering at other giraffes.

To his enduring shame, the tops of Janice’s ossicles are covered in thick, feathery hair. Not because he is cowardly (though he is) but because Janice has never met another giraffe. In fact, he’s never encountered a third dimension at all, being stuck in perpetual twilight in the paper jungle pasted to the wall of Ivy’s otherwise crappy little house.



My Favorite Memories Spent at the Local Library

I spent a lot of time in my local library as a kid. My fond memories of my time there inspired me to write Imaginary Friends, and the librarian in the book is an amalgamation of many of the librarians I’ve known over my lifetime. My favorite memory from going to libraries is visiting the card catalog. I’ve always loved the old fashioned upright paper card index. It always felt like the world was at my fingertips as I combed through the cards for various books. The only thing that felt freer to me was riding my bike as a kid.

I got into a lot of trouble and read a lot of books that I shouldn’t have because the cards had mini descriptions and I was not supervised. It brings a smile to my face to remember the summer that I decided to read every science fiction book in the library. It was quite the adventure, and a really ambitious one. Even though I was unable to finish, I did read a lot of really great books. I always had a voracious appetite for reading, and the local library always had great books on hand. I spent so much time in the library that they offered me a job. My first job was being a page in the library, and my duties were stacking books and reading to kids. I absolutely loved every minute of that job. Stacking books introduced me to sections of the library I most likely would have ignored. Reading to the kids was exciting because I would help them pick out books afterward. It felt important to be passing along my love of books. At the end of the summer, I gave each kid a certificate, and I had learned how to do calligraphy and was able to make them fancy. I was really touched that one of the kids who was unable to make it requested that I make their certificate “fancy” like the others. Libraries have always been my happy place.



Chad Musick grew up in Utah, California, Washington, Texas, and (most of all) Alaska. He fell in love in California and then moved with his family to Japan, where he's found happiness. He earned a PhD in Mathematical Science but loves art and science equally.

Despite a tendency for electronic devices to burst into flame after Chad handles them, he persists in working in various technical and technology-related roles.

Chad makes no secret of being epileptic, autistic, and arthritic, facts that inform how he approaches both science and the arts.







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