"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

See you in Vegas!

I'm off this weekend to the American Library Association annual conference, this year held in Las Vegas! I've never been to Vegas before, so color me double excited.

In case you'll happen to be there, I would love to see you! My schedule is:


Saturday, June 28th, 2014

AAP Children’s Author Speed Dating 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112

Pre-BFYA Feedback Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
 Las Vegas Convention Center Room N113


Sunday, June 29th, 2014

YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Hotel | Ballroom C

Signing The Emerald Tablet #477
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Signing Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life at booth #532
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Happy ALA!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Featuring Stacy Nyikos and "Toby"

Today I'm so happy to feature friend and fellow author Stacy Nyikos with her latest picture book, TOBY!

For anyone who's been fascinated with the amazing journey that cute little sea turtles have to take when they hatch to make it to the ocean, TOBY is perfect. I admit that while reading the book, it found a special place in my heart. We watched the sea turtles be released into the ocean a couple years back at Padre Island National Seashore, and I couldn't help but think of those darling little turtles as I read TOBY. It's fun. It's cute. What more could you want?

TOBY by Stacy Nyikos (Stonehorse Publishing, June 30, 2014)

About TOBY:

Birds and crabs and crocs - oh my! - stand between Toby and his new ocean home. Can he outslip, outslide, out double-flip and dive them? Join this plucky little sea turtle on his adventures from egg to ocean.

About Stacy Nyikos:

In a quiet little office/at a comfy little desk/Stacy Nyikos chews on pencils/and scribbles silliness…when she’s not plucking splinters from her teeth, that is. Stacy holds an MFA in Writing (silliness) for Children from Vermont College. She spends her days chasing—or being chased—by stories. Toby is her latest catch. He sees it the other way around—catching her in the form of two very curious but courageous rescue sea turtle’s she met during a behind the scenes tour of her local aquarium. Either way, a lot of pencils got crunched writing his story.

TOBY releases on June 30, 2014!
For other stops on the Toby blog tour please check http://www.stacyanyikos.com/blog.html.

Source of book: From author at request

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thank you, Kirkus!

There is not much better than starting the weekend out with a **sweet** review from Kirkus for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

"...the tension between Tut and creepy Horemheb is a well-placed and -paced plot driver. 
 A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating."Kirkus

Thank you, Kirkus!

Yay, and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Shout Out for the Writing Barn

I just want to do a quick shout out to The Writing Barn, one of the most awesome locations for a class, retreat, or party right here in south Austin. My pal Bethany Hegedus is the owner of The Writing Barn, and I've been there for classes, parties (with goats and a rockabilly band), and just to hang out. In case you are ever looking for something like the barn, here are the official details!


The Writing Barn is a retreat, workshop, and event space located in Austin, Texas. 

Writing Barn Presents events are designed to offer thoughtful programming to engage writers of all levels to continue to study craft, provide a safe space for experimentation, read and analyze current books, and to come away from the intensives with revision ideas, and tips and tools to take works-in-progress to the next level.

The 2014 WB Presents events are:

Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus  coming up in August.

The Complete Picture Book Workshop: Tips to Help You Write, Revise, & Sell with top-picture book agent Erin Murphy and best-selling authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick in September.

Along with special events, where writers of all levels are welcome to apply, we also offer Advanced Writer Weekend Workshops.

The goal of this AWWW series is for dedicated and productive writers (agented/published/or on-the-verge) to spend time with their peers, attending lectures and workshop to enhance skills and to re-energize their commitment to their craft as their career develops and changes.
Faculty lectures are on par with MFA programs.
We welcome attendees from around the country, and have lodging options for those traveling from outside Austin.

The 2014 AWWW series includes:

Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop, Writing Outside the Box with author/agent Ammi-Joan Paquette and author K.A. Holt in October.

The Art of the Sale: with best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobohan Vivian in December.

The Book House, our new lodging will have bedrooms: Pulitzer and Booker on the top floor. These rooms will have two double beds. The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz rooms will be on the ground floor, with two single beds per room. Each room has its own private bath.  Complete with a galley kitchen and a living room, the Book House has it all. There is even a wrap-around porch with plenty of outlets for writing outside.  The Book House opens in August!

Private & Group Retreats

With the addition of The Book House, The Writing Barn  7.5 acre grounds will sleep 18. The Writing Barn 3-4, The Book House 10, and The Cabin 3-4. Each building may be rented independently or as a whole. If traveling from out of town, consider a week long retreat, as we offer discounts for longer stays.  Peak season is winter through spring. Low season: the holidays and summer months.


Please visit The Writing Barn site for more information!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Featuring Joy Preble and THE A-WORD

Hey Peeps! I wanted to share with you news about the latest book released today by on of my favorite people, writing pal Joy Preble. Joy is the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series as well as THE SWEET DEAD LIFE which came out last year. Today, the sequel to THE SWEET DEAD LIFE is out!

THE A-WORD by Joy Preble (Soho Press, May 13, 2014)


Jenna Samuels and her guardian angel brother battle heavenly head-honchos and earthbound bullies in this Texas-set hilarious follow up to The Sweet Dead Life. 

It's been almost a year since Jenna Samuel’s stoner brother, Casey, bit the dust and returned as her guardian angel. A year since Casey and his “angel boss,” Amber Velasco, saved Jenna’s life and helped her foil the bad guys—more or less. A year in which Jenna has solved the true mystery of the universe: how to get one Ryan Sloboda to ask her out.

Jenna’s feeling mighty cheery about life and love. But Casey, whose doomed relationship with Lanie Phelps (who has no idea her boyfriend is, well, dead) isn’t doing much to distract him, has his own big question: Why is he still hanging around?

Bo Shivers, a heavenly head honcho Jenna and Casey didn't even know existed, might have the answer.  Bo knows something big is coming. Something that might just change everything for Jenna Samuels, who once again finds herself up to her non-winged shoulders in heavenly secrets of global proportions—just as she’s finally found the perfect Homecoming Dance dress.



“Light, snarky, and heartfelt... The A-Word rolls along cheerfully through Halloween pranks, high school football, investigative reporting, angel-powered action, and a very realistic amount of aimless driving around.”
—School Library Journal

“Sassy, smart-mouthed, cowboy-boot fan Jenna Samuels is back once again, fighting evildoers with the aid of her angelic cohorts..... has many of the elements that made its predecessor, [The Sweet Dead Life], so much fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The earthbound angels are as authentic as the down-to-earth people in The A-Word, but where the book really spreads its wings is in the interaction between the two. Resourceful teens and heavenly beings team up to get to the roots of a very modern mystery, and the big questions of the universe share space with first dates and football games. The result: a smart, original (and slightly celestial) mystery with a distinctly Texan flavor.”
Michael Northrop, author of Trapped and Surrounded by Sharks

"Joy Preble gives it all! Humor, wit, emotion, and romance! Fabulous fun!"
—New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan

“Romance, sassy humor, and a pain-in-the-rear brother … Who knew having a guardian angel could be so hard and so much fun to read?”
New York Times Bestselling Author C.C. Hunter

Monday, April 21, 2014

Librarian and Educator TUT ARC Giveaway!

Hi! P. J. Hoover here, and in anticipation of the upcoming release of my newest MG novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014), I'm excited to offer up for giveaway five ARCs

This giveaway is open to librarians and teachers. 

To enter, please email me at the address below and mention that you would like to be entered!  

The giveaway will run through May 5th.    


About Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life:

You'd think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he'll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of immortality by the gods-or is it a curse?-Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut's father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon-Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut... and if Tut doesn't find a way to keep out of their clutches, he'll never make it to the afterworld alive.

For more information about me or any of my books, please visit my website

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

TLA 2014! San Antonio, here I come!

I adore everything about Texas, and this week I'm heading to San Antonio, land of the Alamo, for the 2014 Texas Library Association annual conference. Books! People who love to talk about books! Good times!

In case you'll be there, I would love to see you. My schedule for the next few days is below.

Wednesday, April 9th
  • 10:15-11:00 - Book signing - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books booth)     
  • 11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books Booth)
  • 3:00-4:00 - Book signing - Booth 2243 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

Thursday, April 10th
  • 9:30-10:00 - TT4L Teen Event
  • 10:45-11:15 - 
    TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE ARC signing - Tor/Macmillan Booth 1448
  • 12:00-2:00 -YART Texas Tea Event

Hope to see you there!