New Young Adult Novel Explores Culture of 'Instant Fame'

Swoon Romance YA to Release 'The Funeral Singer' September 24
The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski
The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski
STERLING, Va. - Sept. 10, 2013 - PRLog -- (Sterling, VA) -- What happens when an everyday teen-age girl's video goes viral on YouTube, bringing her millions of fans and followers?

That's the question explored in a new young adult romance novel by debut author Linda Budzinski. The Funeral Singer will be released September 24 as an e-book by publisher Swoon Romance ( The book has been heralded as "a completely fresh take on rock 'n' roll romance and YouTube superstardom" on USA Today's romance blog.

When her graveside rendition of "Amazing Grace" goes viral on YouTube, 17-year-old Melanie Martin is transformed overnight from a funeral singer to an Internet sensation, drawing fans, followers, and even a hot rock-star boyfriend. But she soon discovers that fame can be fleeting, and one misstep could put the nail in its coffin.

"We live in a world today where people can become instant stars, instant heroes," Budzinski said. "And just as quickly, with one wrong move in the public eye, they can become 'failures.' The recent stories surrounding Miley Cyrus' performance at the Video Music Awards are a good example. She went from Disney darling to public pariah. But who is she really? Do we know? Perhaps more important, does she?"

Budzinski currently is working on her second young adult novel. She can be found online at

Budzinski has worked for 25 years in non-profit communications and marketing, including 18 years at an association in the funeral service industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

PLEASE NOTE: Author is available for interviews. Images of the author and the book cover are available in high-resolution upon request.
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