Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Revisited

It's that time of year again. We reminisce, point out the good and dwell on the bad, and outline hopes for the future.

Many people are excited to let go of 2011. Although this year had ups and downs for my family and I, there were more ups, and I can't really remember many of the downs.

Some of the good in my 2011 summed up:

I published three books. Over 4,700 copies of my books were downloaded (Thank you readers!). I met some really cool and talented people and became friends with many of them. I became a member of DarkSide Publishing, Pacific Northwest YA Authors, and the Indellibles. I went on a book tour with some amazing authors. I've written a large chunk of my next novel. My family went to Disneyland. We took a road trip up the Washington coast and hiked in the rain forest. We made several trips to the Oregon coast. Fred bought a new truck. I started a new job.

Yes, we've been very fortunate. 2012 will be even better! I've got plans to enjoy each day, take things as they come, and grab hold of every opportunity that comes my way. Most of all, to be thankful for everything.

What good do you have to share about your 2011? I'd love to know.






Sunday, December 18, 2011

SLEEPERS by Megg Jensen

 I'm super stoked to have the opportunity to announce this to you. Once upon a time, a few months back, I read a fabulous book. SLEEPERS by Megg Jensen. In fact, I was fortunate to have read an early draft before it was even published.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen's bestselling novel, SLEEPERS.

To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it
a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.


Synopsis: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was
content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her
at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to
magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of
secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can't calm the
fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she's always loved and the one
who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart
due to rumors surrounding the queen's alleged affair, who will Lianne
protect and who will she destroy?

On sale now for only 99 cents!


Isn't it beautiful??? I LOVE this new cover.

I also love this novel. So, if you haven't read it already, go buy it now. It's a steal at only 99 cents! Look, Megg gave us this cool little link to find out where we can buy her books from ----->  http://meggjensen.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy-meggs-books.html

You can also find Megg and all her other great books on the web at these addresses:

Website: http://www.meggjensen.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meggjensenauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/meggjensen

Go check 'em. :) Have a great week! And enjoy the read.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting Sideways by Lisa Nowak (who is very awesome, btw)

Getting Sideways: Book 2 in the Full Throttle Series Getting shipped off to live with his uncle Race was the best thing that ever happened to fifteen-year-old Cody. Then a wreck at the speedway nearly ruined everything. Cody’s making every effort to get his life back on track—writing for the school paper, searching for the perfect girlfriend, and counting the days until he gets his drivers’ license—but there’s no escaping the nightmares that haunt him. A chance to build his own car seems like the perfect distraction. Until Cody realizes he’ll have to live up to Race’s legendary status. But that’s the least of his worries, considering he doesn’t have his dad’s permission. All he has to do is the impossible: keep Race from discovering his lie until he can convince his dad that racing’s safe. Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy. Haven't read the first book? Running Wide Open is on sale now for 99 cents. Running Wide Open: Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night? What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust. Praise for Running Wide Open: "It doesn’t matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart." – Cari J, Amazon reviewer “The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.” - Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance "The racing is easy to understand and does not get in the way of a rattling good story. I still couldn’t put it down on a re-read." – Elisabeth Miles, Amazon reviewer "We race stock cars during the summer and even though this is a recommended read for Young Adults, we are seniors and enjoyed every page. We can hardly wait for the sequel to come out. MUST READING!" – Maxci Jermann, Barnes and Noble reviewer "I say read this book, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s a very cool read that will give you a feel-good state of mind. Awesome read." - L.E.Olteano, Butterfly-o-meter Books Author Bio: In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron. Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias. Connect with Lisa online:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Someday Famous YA Author -- P.J. Hoover!

There's this author. I've seen her book, Solstice, around for a while now, and I recently bought it. I'm super excited about reading it. My friend, Megg Jensen, has read it and absolutely loved it. It's a must read.

Today, I'm pleased to introduce to the Someday Famous YA Author series, P.J. Hoover.



About P.J.

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS and SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea.

Q AND A

Thanks so much for hosting me! I’m honored to be here! 

1. What made you decide to include global warming in your novel, Solstice?

Well, at first it seemed like just a nice twist. I have zero idea how it first came to me, but once the idea implanted, I found it perfect. That said, the whole global warming aspect blossomed into so much more than I ever could have imagined.


2. The cover is gorgeous! How was the cover designed? Did you have any input?

Thank you! I also kind of feel like I won the cover lottery 
I sent in ideas and words that came to mind when I thought of SOLSTICE, but ultimately, my agency picked the stock photo that was going to be used. It was nothing like I had imagined, but I found it to be perfect and really convey the sense of the novel. The cover artist took it from there, and the final result is what you see.


3. What inspired you to write Solstice?

Well, I adore mythology. And I always wanted to write a myth retelling. And so that is what I set out to do. But I surprised myself with the final result, because SOLSTICE is not really a retelling at all, but more a what happens after the myth. Kind of like a sequel to Mythology 101. 


4. OMG! Tell us about how you learned to solve a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes? Was this a skill you learned as a kid?

LOL! As a kid, I was able to get one side. But when I hit my thirties, I started doing some soul searching. I learned to solve the Rubik’s Cube. I memorized Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge. I started Kung Fu. And I started writing novels. I have to admit the Rubik’s Cube makes a nice party trick. People are always impressed, and it is fun to do.



5. Do you still work as an engineer or are you a full-time writer now?

I’m a full-time writer now. I have two kids (ten and seven), and so the writing job gives me way more time to spend with them. I love the balance of motherhood and writing. The kids help me with brainstorming and give me lots of ideas, and the writing gives me a purpose besides cleaning toilets when they are at school.

Thank you again for letting me be here!

ABOUT SOLSTICE

Piper's world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she's drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she's ever known.


Check out the awesome Trailer

I know you'll want to buy this book right this second. Get it on Amazon for only 99 cents!

Thank you, PJ Hoover, for taking the time answer my questions. It's been fun! And thank you, the readers, for checking the interview out.