Monday, October 6, 2014

"Following Zippy" by C. B. Burdette

Following Zippy
by C. B. Burdette

Following Zippy is currently on tour with Itching for Books. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

At fifteen most kids only have to worry about their homework or the style of their shoes. Gabe Perkins isn't most kids. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal, he starts to question his own sanity.

“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek.
“What about them?”
“They’re just swimming along. Living and breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “if they know what purpose they serve.”
“Well, they probably don’t.”
“Why’s that?”
“Because, they’re fish?”
“Don’t think so low of the marine species.”
“Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life?”
“I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice, though, you must admit.” She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.”
“Oh, crap.”
“Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about those little fish? Or even, you know, if something out there is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish? As if we’re just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?”
“I do.”

Featured Review
Following Zippy by C. B. Burdette takes you on a journey about life. Gabe is a fifteen and learns he has terminal cancer. This is when Zippy starts showing up at his favorite place to get away. Gabe seems to be the only one who can see Zippy. Gabe begins to look at his life and what is important. Gabe, along with his mom, best friend Tony, and Darla, the girl he has loved as long as he can remember take this journey with him. Gabe starts out as your typical teenage boy but realizing with help from friends and family and of course Zippy that life is never about how long you life but how you live it. This book is very compelling and it reminded me not to take one day for granted. I would recommend this book.

From the Author
I grew up a gypsy at my parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, I got to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, I realized that the industry wasn't much of what I was looking for in life. More often than not I felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where your job is based on something more than beauty. Though I do love 12 hour days on set, there's nothing like snuggling up with a warm laptop and letting my fingers dance away to create a whole new world.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two ebook copies of Following Zippy by C. B. Burdette.