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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Comicpalooza 2015!


Hey, Books and Comics Lovers! I'll be at Comicpalooza this weekend in Houston along with some of the Writing Ninjas of Texas including Mari Mancusi, Cory Putman Oakes, Madeline Smoot, and Joy Preble.

Booth Number: 404
Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015

More information on the show can be found here.

In addition to hanging around the booth, I'm on the Literary Track and will be participating in the following panels:

Friday, May 22, 2015:

1:00-2:00 Discussing Dystopias: Fiction and Film
What is it about the dreary futures of works such as The Hunger Games; Divergent and The Handmaid's Tale that captures our imagination? Come join the discussion on the popularity of dystopian novels and films. Raymond E. Feist, Mari Mancusi, D.L. Young, P. J. Hoover, Rebecca Schwarz, Stina Leicht
Panel Rm 25 - 352C


4:00-5:00 Star Trek vs. Star Wars, It’s On
Could the Federation kick the Empire's butt? Do gold bikinis beat Starfleet miniskirts? Could Yoda stop a photon torpedo? Calling all Nerf Herders and Red Shirts; pick a side and join the debate! P. J. Hoover, C. Stuart Hardwick, Wayne Basta, Dominick D'Aunno
Panel Rm 21 - 352A


Saturday, May 23, 2015:

11:30-12:30 Writing Tips and Tricks: How to Create Believable Worlds
World-building in fiction can be a challenge. How much is enough? How much is too much? Authors share techniques for creating believable; immersive worlds in fiction writing. P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein, Martha Wells, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks
Panel Rm 01 - 350A

4:00-5:00 Talking Young Adult Literature
What's hot in Young Adult literature? This panel will discuss trends; fads; what's hot and what's not. Bring your questions; because these authors will have the answers! The panelists will discuss the state of the YA genre and talk about how ideas are born; plots are planned and stories are written. Jonathan Maberry, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Mari Mancusi, P. J. Hoover, Dominick D'Aunno
Panel Rm 03 - 350B





Friday, May 01, 2015

Plan your 2015-2016 School Curriculum Now!

Hi! P. J. Hoover here, and as the 2014-2015 school year winds down (and I try to figure out how I will keep my kids entertained all summer!), I wanted to share with you all some amazing, free curriculum tools available to educators for use with Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life.

 
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For starters, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life was chosen for the Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List, and the librarians behind this committee have developed fantasticcurriculum aligned to state standards that will please educators and also have the kids begging for more. After all, what kid doesn't want to participate in the Egyptian Olympics?!?!



 
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In addition, a CCSS Aligned Tut Book Trailer Guide including a discussion and activity guide is available. Having students create book trailers is a fantastic way to blend reading and technology.

 
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Other fun curriculum activities centered around Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life include:

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For those considering or preparing for an author visit with me, there is an Author Website Scavenger Hunt available on my website. Kids can research me and find out how fast I can solve a Rubik's Cube!


 
 
In addition, a CCSS Aligned Analysis and Post-Presentation Discussion and Writing Lesson Guide is available for my author presentations.


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All curriculum, including curriculum for Solstice and my other books can be found on my website on my curriculum page


 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Texas Library Association Conference (TLA) 2015

Hey Texans! 

I'll be at TLA for the remainder of the week, here in Austin, TX! Please stop by and see me if you get a chance! I would *love* to see you there! 

My schedule is:


Wednesday, April 15

  • 11:00-11:45 am - Signing copies of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE at Tor/Forge Booth (1352)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm - Signing with Jessica Lee Anderson at Overlooked Books Booth (2142)
  • 4:00-5:30 pm - At YART Texas Tea Event


Thursday, April 16

  • 9:50-10:20 am - At TT4L Event, Meet and Greet area
  • 2:00-2:30 pm - On TT4L Author Panel with Scott Westerfeld, April Lindner, Shaun David Hutchinson, and CC Hunter




Thursday, April 02, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2015 - GOLD TEAM!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) and the MG novel TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), and I'm crazy excited to host this stop for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

(and p.s. I'm so excited that I'm giving away a copy of TUT below, so make sure to check it out!)

Hi! Thanks for visiting!

This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but there are also a bunch of other colored teams for a chance to win a different sets of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

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Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my secret number. Collect the secret numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. 

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

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Today, I am hosting HOLLY BODGER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, Holly!

HOLLY'S BIO:
Holly Bodger has a BA in English literature and has spent her entire career in publishing. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist in the Young Adult category. She lives in Ottawa, Canada. 


You can find out a ton more about Holly on her website!

And if her book sounds like something right up your alley (which of course it does), you can buy it here!

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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT



ABOUT 5 to 1:
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, Koyanagar–a country severed from India–now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, and women are an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of wedding their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. But after fighting so hard for freedom against the old ways of gender selection, these women have become just as deluded as their male predecessors. Sudasa Singh doesn’t want to be a wife and Kiran, a boy competing to be her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Kiran’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, each thwarts the other until they slowly realize that they might want the same thing. This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to feel both characters’ pain and grasps at hope.


The exclusive content is awesome! 
It's an exclusive look at Kiran's first chapter, available for 72 hours only ! Follow the link to read, and Enjoy! :)

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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books! To enter, you need to know that my secret number is 13. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the gold team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!


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DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!

 

In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a copy of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014) here (US only).

It's easy to win! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, and may all your reading be enjoyable!

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. 

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And one more time...


CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!





Monday, January 05, 2015

Start the New Year with the Crazy Maze Challenge

Happy New Year!

How steady is your hand? Find out in my new SCRATCH game. It's a 10-level maze challenge. Use the mouse to touch the red dot in the middle of the maze without touching the maze itself!



SCRATCH cat

Read more about SCRATCH and getting kids programming on the SCRATCH website.
If you are a SCRATCH user and you want to follow me on SCRATCH, my userid is triciajh.






Visit the game on SCRATCH here. And while you're there, please play my other games, too :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

TUT Makes the 2015 Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List!



I am so happy to announce that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE has made the 2015 Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading Program. Thank you, Texas librarians!!! I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful list and program :)

For more information about the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, you can check out the website.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CASTLE OF HORROR Podcast!


I had a blast last night being interviewed on a podcast hosted by my friend and fellow author, Jason Henderson, author of the Alex Van Helsing books. You can find my segment here along with info about his fabulous (and kinda scary) podcast, CASTLE OF HORROR (not to be confused with my video game CASTLE OF DOOM! :) ).





Thanks, Jason, for interviewing me! It was a ton of fun!