Max commits a tiny little, insignificant-in-the-grand-scope-of-things sin. A
sinlet, if you will. Yet even this teensy transgression is big enough to summon
a devil, and if this were really the way things worked around Hell, I’ve got
news for you: I’d have popped up a satanic being loooong ago.
at the end of sophomore year.
begin, I would like to point out that overall I was a very good kid. I never
got in trouble. Much like Max, the protagonist in HELLHOLE, I was terrified of getting into trouble. I was
the goodiest of goodie-two-shoes, which makes the following story all the more
school drama club had just finished up a rousing production of Oklahoma. We’d had a successful run and
we were ready to party the night away at the cast party. It was being held at
one of the senior’s houses, plus the director was there, a few teachers were
there, and we generally had a nice, clean, fun time.
But the night
wore on. The teachers went home. And by the time midnight rolled around, there
was only a handful of us left. So we took the only sane, logical next step: we
decided to play truth or dare.
I won’t go
into too many specifics of what a bunch of unsupervised, slightly horny theater
geeks got up to in the suburbs in the middle of the night. Let’s just say that
there was chocolate sauce licked off of someone’s stomach, there were pretzels
mischievously placed on someone’s car (ooh, we were bad!) there was some making out, a plastic cup was seduced, and a whole
bunch of other weird things happened that I can’t remember. But I do remember
when the night took a Turn.
The setup at
this house was like so: there was a back porch with a pool set into it, and the
outdoor lights were pointed directly at the pool, so that the small edge of
porch that surrounded it was lit up like a stage. (Am I describing this well?
Whatever, it’s not like I’m a writer or anything.) One of the senior guys was
dared to moon everyone, so he went to that well-lit area and promptly dropped
trou. And then the inevitable next dare came: the girls were to flash the boys.
At this point
in the night, there were only four of us girls, one of whom was the host of the
party. We somehow came to a consensus that yes, we would do this (why? why?) so we lined up on the “stage”,
lifted our shirts, and completed our dare.
And right on
cue, a disembodied voice from within the house declared: “PARTY. OVER.”
parents had been watching us the entire time.
Thanks for having me!
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.
With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.
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About the Author
Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co.
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