Get to Know MC Delaney Delgado from Cheesus Was Here - +GIVEAWAY

Cheesus Was Here
by J.C. Davis
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
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Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The voice and characters are funny, strong, and full of heart. This is a book for anyone who loved Saved!

5 Quirky Things About Delaney Delgado 

A band named Screech Monkey

Del’s favorite band is a punk rock indie named Screech Monkey, most notable for their complete lack of lyrics and preference for inarticulate screaming. Del insists if you listen hard enough you can hear words, but she’s just fooling herself.

Classic Camera Habit

After Del’s little sister Claire died, her grandfather gave Del his old Polaroid camera and a dozen packs of film. He told her to show him something beautiful. From that moment forward she was obsessed with that old camera and took pictures of everything – trying to make sense of her world again. Eventually she ran through all her grandfather’s film packs and had to buy her own. At $25 a pack, that meant getting a job to support her film habit. 

South Pole Express Delivery

When Del was 6, she spent an entire summer trying to get rid of her little sister, Claire. This included tricking Claire into a packing box, taping it shut, writing “South Pole” on the outside and then leaving it at the end of the driveway with Claire screaming her head off inside. Del would like to point out that she did make air holes in the box and Claire loved penguins. Del was only being thoughtful.

Happy Meal Toys Make the Best Spy Gadgets

At one point in the novel, Del desperately needs a magnifying glass, like any proper detective. Sadly, she’s out of luck. But she has a great substitute – a Garfield toy from a Happy Meal whose back slides out to reveal a tiny magnifying lens. Del’s unconventional tool is based on an actual Happy Meal toy I have at my desk at work from many, many, many years ago. 

Working At the Gas & Gut

Del has a part-time job at the local gas station convenience store, known to all and sundry as the Gas & Gut. It used to be called the Gas & Gullet, but when the ‘lle’ burned out the owner never had the sign repaired and thus the new name was born.

A programmer by day, I write YA fiction, the occasional short story and have far too many hobbies to keep up with. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband, two kids and a pair of hedgehogs with nerdy names.

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