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

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Aside from being a super fun read that kids (and adults) are loving, did you know that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is great for use in the classroom? Well, it is! In fact, there is a ton of great curriculum to go along with the book sure to please kids and educators alike.

Here is your chance to win an entire hardcover classroom set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

p.s. did I mention that TUT is on several state lists including the Texas Lone Star List, the Spirit of Texas list, and the Tristate Books of Note List? It's also a Mackin Compendium title. You can read more about TUT here.

It's easy to enter to win. I promise you. And there are ways you can get multiple entries.


1) Inquire with me about school visits. I love to do school visits, and I would love to visit your school. So send me an email and let's get the dialogue going! (You can read more about my author visits here.)

2) Snap a fun #readtut picture! This one is easy. This one is fun. What's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT? Where's the craziest place you can be? Take a picture, put it out on social media with the hashtag #readtut, and tag me if you can so I can see what you've come up with! In addition, each person you can get to do this will get you another entry. So get your students on board, your parents on board, your principal on board!
(If you don't have social media, email me the picture(s), and give me permission to post it!)

3) Create a TUT book trailer! For each student who creates (and shares if possible) a book trailer, you'll get three entries. Send me an email to let me know where I can check out these awesome trailers!

4) Book talk TUT to your students! This includes showing them my website, the book trailer, and overall getting them pumped about the book. Send me an email to let me know. I'd love to hear their reactions! Also, after I hear from you, I'm happy to send along some signed postcards for your class. Just let me know how many you need and where to send them.

5) Your choice! Come up with some creative way to share TUT with the world and you totally get another entry! Just let me know what it is. And you can totally do more than one of these!

Fill out the google form below. Then, for any of the entries that you email me, make sure they also have your school name and your name so I know they are connected.

Thank you for the awesome, continued support and #readtut!

* Open to US only
* Open to 4th grade and up
* Up to 30 books are available for the set
* Open until October 31st, 2015

#readtut on a nut!
Thanks to librarians Kay Hawkins, Morgan LeFevre, and Patty Voga for the fun picture!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015


TUTWhat's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT?

* Take a picture of yourself doing it (keep it clean!!! be safe!!!)

* Post it, and use the hashtag #readtut

* Tag me @pj_hoover

lifting weights
#readtut while pumping iron

Raggidy Ann
Raggidy Ann likes to #readtut

#readtut while bouncing on a trampoline

Let your dog #readtut

#readtut while riding a bike

#readtut while chilling out

#readtut while hanging from a bridge

#readtut while grooming dogs

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back-To-School Austin Book Signing

Hey Austin Friends,

Who's ready for back-to-school? I am! And in celebration, I will be signing books tomorrow at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble!

WHEN: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 2:00-4:00
WHERE: Arboretum Barnes & Noble
WHAT: Book Signing

Please stop by and see me! I love love love seeing familiar faces.

Also, for those with kids in 5th-8th grade, TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE has been selected for the Lone Star Reading List which is required reading for many schools. I bet your kid would adore having a personalized, signed copy :)

See you there!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

TUT Audiobook is Now Available!

Being a *huge* audiobook fan, I am really excited to announce that the audiobook for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is now available. 

I know I am a bit biased, but I've listened to over 300 audiobooks in the last fifteen years, and this book seriously tops the list of my favorite audiobooks. I am so proud of it! And I swear, it is not just because I wrote the book.

Why, you might ask? Let's see...

1) The narration is spot on. Every character. Every joke. Every serious moment. They are all executed perfectly by narrator Ryan Borses. If you haven't checked out this seriously talented guy, then you are totally missing out.

2) Music? TUT has it! Not only is narrator Ryan an amazing voice actor, he also composes music, and thus, at the beginning of each chapter is one of seven original compositions just for TUT. They fit the mood of the chapter, and really tie it all together.
(*squee* that TUT has music!!!)

3) Gil sounds just like Lego Batman. I love that! Because Batman.

So if you're looking for the perfect road trip book to finish off summer, if you enjoy listening to audiobooks with your kids, or if you are simply an audiobook fanatic like I am, I'd love if you'd check out TUT! I promise that you won't regret it. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ArmadilloCon 2015

Hey SFF fans! If you're looking for something to do this weekend, and you think a literary convention may be the answer, then please check out ArmadilloCon! Held annually, ArmadilloCon is a place where fans and professionals get together to talk about books and SFF and everything cool.

I'll be participating on a number of panels, and also reading from TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Tor/Macmillan, 2014).

SATURDAY, July 25, 2015

Hunger Games vs. Divergent
11:00 AM-Noon
Ballroom E
Burton*, Cherry, P. J. Hoover, Prevost, Rylander
Young adult novels, successful film franchises: What do these series tell us about markets, readers, and viewers? How do they compare?

Writing a Strong Teen Protagonist
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Southpark A
Blaschke*, Griffin, P. J. Hoover, Kerr, Mancusi, Prevost
What works and what doesn't when striving to create a memorable and believable teen character?

6:00 PM-6:30 PM 
Conference Center

SF as a Survival Guide
10:00 PM-11:00 PM 
Ballroom D
P. J. Hoover, Perez*, Person, Schwarz, Thomas
OK, you've read about dozens of apocalypses. How are you going to use that to survive?

SUNDAY, July 26, 2015

Noon-1:00 PM 
Dealers' Room

Book Covers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2:00 PM-3:00 PM 
Ballroom F
P. J. Hoover, Kelley*, Klaw, Moyer, W. Siros, Weisman
How does a cover artist balance creative impulses with the imperative to create a cover that sells books? What are the notable successes and failures?

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 05, 2015

What do Cupcakes and Books Have in Common?

Hey Austin friends! Happy Summer!

Kick off summer the right way by coming to see me tomorrow while I sign books at the very best cupcake shop in the entire world, Cupprimo!

Here are four great reasons to stop by:

1) Cupprimo has the best cupcakes in the world. Gluten-free? No problem. Their gluten-free cupcakes are to-die-for. Oh, and I'm pretty sure their cupcakes have zero-calories, too.

2) Coffee? Yes, it is the best, too. I stop by nearly every day for a cup.

3) You know you want to get your kids reading this summer. Maybe you're looking for a great read-aloud? Maybe you want to encourage them to do something besides play on the Xbox. Books are the perfect solution. Books also make amazing gifts And you can even get them signed :)

4) I have a super-exclusive piece of swag I'll be handing out for the first time ever. And trust me. It is something you do not want to miss!

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00-12:00

Cupprimo, Spicewood/183 Center
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

See you there!

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