{Tour} Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (Character Intros + a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the Life in a Fishbowl Tour hosted by our friends over at Bloomsbury. We were asked to do a character intro post and had so much fun putting it together! We can’t wait for you to get to know this crew a little bit before you read their story.

There is also a giveaway at the bottom of the post that you don’t want to miss! Are you ready to get to know more about author, Len Vlahos, this book, and its characters? Let’s do this…

***About the Book***

{Tour} Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (Character Intros + a Giveaway!)Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on January 3rd, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
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Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom's attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister's trust ever since she's been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family's dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.


***Character Intros***

“Meet the Stones”

  • Jared Stone–  Jared is forty-five years old. He is married to Deirdre and has two daughters, Jackie and Megan. He is serving his fourth two-year term on the Oregon state legislature and is also a graphic designer. He enjoys playing games on  the wii, especially golf, and spending time with his family.  Jared just found out he has a high-grade glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. It’s inoperable. He decides to place an ad online, selling himself in order to insure financial stability for his family.
  • Deirdre Stone– Deirdre could be considered a stereotypical suburban mom with a full-time job. She loves her house and her garden. She’s an executive assistant to the CFO of a multinational insurance company. She’s organized and routine oriented.
  • Jackie Stone– Jackie is fifteen years-old. Her room is her sanctuary, the only place she feels completely at ease. She never truly feels like she fits in anywhere. She loves the Internet, but more than anything she loves her dad.
  • Megan Stone– Megan is Jackie’s younger sister. She’s in eighth grade. She is pretty, strong, self-sufficient and a queen-bee among her peers. She loves clothes, make-up and fashion magazines.
  • Trebuchet– Trebuchet is the Stone’s family dog. He is a black lab.

“Meet the Bidders”

  • Hazel Huck– Hazel is a seventeen year-old game lover from Huntsville, Alabama. She enjoys games of skill, games of chance, and especially role-playing games. She doesn’t fit in with her well-to-do family. She spends every spare second she can on the Internet in her virtual worlds. An online Warcraft friend sent her the link to Jared Stone’s ad.
  • Ethan Overbee– Ethan is thirty-two and lives in Santa Monica. He is completely lacking in empathy, but shows his appreciation through gifts. He’s obsessed with his bicycle and is the youngest man to ever hold the position of deputy executive in charge of programming for the America Television Network (ATN). Ethan came across Jared Stone’s ad while searching on eBay for a gift for his assistant.
  • Sister Benedict Joan– Sister Benedict Joan is the prioress of the Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration. She also teaches the third grade at Annunciation Catholic School. She likes the internet… a lot; and runs a blog called christscadets.blogspot.com, which she uses to spread the word of Christ. She came across Jared Stone’s add when one of her blog followers posted a link to it.
  • Sherman Kingsborough– Sherman is twenty-three years old and very rich. His father died on his eighteenth birthday and his mother subsequently left to return to her home in Korea. Because he is rich and has no family to speak of, his moral compass was left to drift unchecked. Sherman denies himself nothing. He came across Jared Stone’s eBay listing on his own.


***Meet Len Vlahos***

Author Len VlahosLen Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school in the mid 80s to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies. They were a punk-pop four piece — think R.E.M. meets the Ramones — that toured up and down the East Coast, and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records.

The band broke up in 1987 and he followed his other passion, books. He’s worked in the book industry ever since. And, of course, he writes. And he writes, And he writes, writes, writes.

His first novel, The Scar Boys — it’s labeled as Young Adult, but he’s never really liked labels — published January 2014. It is, not surprisingly, a rock and roll coming of age story. No vampires or dystopian future, just a messed up boy and his guitar. (He has nothing against vampires or dystopian futures. He loved The Passage, The Hunger Games, and The Road.)

Scar Girl, the continuation of The Scar Boys’ story, is due out from Egmont USA in fall 2015.

He lives in Connecticut with his super awesome wife Kristen, and thier six year old son Charlie, and three and a half year old son, Luke, and he spends his days working at a small book industry non profit.

Find Len Here:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads



Copy Of LIFE IN A FISHBOWL! (US/Canada only)

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Good Luck, Pretties and Happy Swooning!

Make sure you check out the other stops on the Life in a Fishbowl Tour:

  • Jan 3—Swoony Boys Podcast
  • Jan 4—Ex Libris
  • Jan 5—Peace Love Books
  • Jan 6—Reading is Better with Cupcakes
  • Jan 9—Here’s to Happy Endings
  • Jan 10—WhoRU Blog
  • Jan. 11—Dazzled By Books
  • Jan. 12—It Starts at Midnight
  • Jan. 13—The Story Sanctuary










  1. danielle hammelef says

    Now this sounds like a fun book to read. I love the movie The Truman Show, so this is a new twist for me to have fun reading.

  2. Happy 2017! This blog piece is a late holiday gift to me. I read about new books all the time on blogs, goodreads, online review publications (e.g. Kirkus), but I hadn’t even heard about this new release that is totally to my taste until this moment. I’ve heard about this author — all good things — but this book’s mix of dark and light perspectives on complex themes with an overall satirical effect good for adult fans of YA sounds like something I wouldn’t want to miss! Now, I can try to read it ASAP; I hope to win the prize in this giveaway you have generously provided for readers like me. You’re awesome. I love it when I find out about a great book from a blog first (and perhaps last); y’all book blogs come strong often. Readers are lucky. OK, you can tell I’m a bit geeked out about this book…I’ll shut up at long last. Best wishes, Kara S

  3. I’m curious how this turns out, the pressure of being on camera all the time and the fear and worry of loosing your last remaining parent. I am very intrigued.

  4. Linda Moffitt says

    Wow This sounds really Good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I’m an Adult YA Fan who has Older kids who will usually enjoy reading most books after I do.

  5. Kristy Petree says

    This one sounds unique and original, and presumably a little sad. Thanks for the great chance!

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