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A Girl Called Ruthless is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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A Girl Called Ruthless by Melody Pendlebury

Target Age: MG / YA (Ages 12 - 18)

Genre: Contemporary, Dark, Magical Realism

Tour Dates: 15th - 24th September 2021

Publication Date: 21st August 2021

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Estimated Word Count: 59k

Formats available: Mobi, Epub or PDF

Standalone Novel

Types of post available: Reviews and basic promo / spotlight posts

Author Content Warning: There is murder and mention of religious trauma

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A girl with ambition. A clever ruse gone awry. A fatal encounter…

Eleven-year-old Ruthless will do whatever it takes to live up to her name. Slaughtering pirates, running an underground gambling operation, and intercepting Russian spies are just a few examples. 

In true Ruthless fashion, she claims the title of student body president, but her aspirations are cut short after getting in trouble. Not letting that stand in her way, she runs for Mayor with the help of her incredibly strong best friend, Owen. Her town of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has no age requirement to run for the post. The chances of a child winning are slim, to say the least, so Ruthless and Owen disguise themselves as an adult with the good old ‘two kids in a trench coat’ ruse.

This seemingly harmless scheme has grave consequences that invite the turmoil of her mother’s past back to haunt her. When the dangers of the adult world come crashing down on Ruthless, she must learn how to live with her new reality, and ultimately use it to turn her life into a success story – and live up to her name.

But will she be able to leave the past behind?

About Melody Pendlebury

Melody firmly believes that one should never completely grow up. That is why she has chosen to spend her days writing for a younger audience. Melody resides in Jacksonville Florida with her beloved corgi Gatsby, and her husband Dylan. She started her writing career with children’s picture books and has now pivoted to middle-grade novels. She believes that children are eager for more books with strong-willed characters that deal with darker and interesting topics. Her debut novel, A Girl Called Ruthless, is inspired by the fiery girls in her fourth-grade class. When Melody is not writing or teaching kids how to write, she can be found planning her next big trip to some magical place she has never been to.

Follow Melody Pendlebury

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Blog Tour Schedule

Capacity per day as shown. Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

15th September

  1. WildWritingLife

  2. Rincón de Joss


16th September

  1. What Irin Reads

  2. The Pufflekitteh Reads

17th September

  1. My Bookish Bliss

  2. Splashes Into Books

18th September

  1. M Reads Books and Fics

  2. Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

19th September

  1. Jazzy Book Reviews


20th September

  1. B for bookreview

21st September

  1. Curled Up With A Good Book


22nd September

  1. Cheryl M-M's Book Blog


23rd September

  1. sharon beyond the books


24th September

  1. @Curlygrannylovestoread


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