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

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!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

YA SCAVENGER HUNT & SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), 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 second copy of SOLSTICE 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 TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team for a chance to win a different set 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.

*** SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE ***

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my secret number. Collect the secret numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

 *** SCAVENGER HUNT POST ***

Today, I am hosting APRIL TUCHOLKE on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, April!

APRIL'S BIO:
April Genevieve Tucholke digs coffee, redheaded heroes, attics, and discussing poison at the breakfast table. She is the author of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and the sequel BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN. She lives in Oregon at the edge of a forest.

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

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

*** 
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


ABOUT Between the Spark and the Burn:
Last summer the Redding brothers—crooked-smiling liar River; laughing, hot- tempered Neely; and mad, knife-wielding Brodie—descended on Violet White’s seaside town, bringing chaos. Then Brodie and River disappeared. So when Vi catches a late-night radio show whispering of eerie events in a distant mountain village, she seizes on it—this could be River or Brodie. Vi and Neely’s search takes them to frenzied mountain towns, cursed islands, and an empty, snow-muffled hotel. They find a girl who’s seen the devil, a sea captain’s daughter, and a sweet, red-haired forest boy who meets death halfway. All the while, Vi’s feelings for Neely grow sharper, the stakes higher, and the truth harder to pin down. If only Violet knew that while she’s been hunting the Redding boys . . . someone’s been hunting her. 


The exclusive content here is awesome! 
IT'S AN EXCERPT FROM Between the Spark and the Burn
You can't ask for anything better than that! Enjoy :)

***

We parked the car next to the small, steepled, red-roofed church at the end of the main road. We got out. Stood still. Took the town in.

The first thing I noticed was the quiet. The deep, deep, middle-of-the-forest quiet. After the quiet, I noticed the lack of Christmas decorations. No lights on trees, no greenery around door frames, no cheery red tinsel hung between streetlights. All the towns we’d passed recently had put up their own slightly shabby holiday trimmings, making the streets seem more cheerful and sweet than usual. But not Inn’s End.

And then I noticed the birds.

Black-feathered corpses. Everywhere. Piled up on steps, kicked into snow piles, dangling by their necks from lampposts and signs. There were eight nailed to the door of the dark, abandoned-looking Youngman’s Inn, and five hanging by their feet from the iron church gate.

The four of us walked down the center of the road. Still and silent. I saw lights in windows, but there was no one in the street. Not a soul.

The sun was just a sliver on the horizon now, like a small prayer said without much hope. The orange-pink light reflected off the snow and turned the world a strange, ominous color that put dark thoughts in my head.

“What was it that Wide-Eyed Theo said?” Neely asked, quiet.

“The devil-boy commands a flock of ravens,” Luke said, voice low.

I shivered, a sick, hard shiver, like the ones you get when you have the flu.

My wrists started hurting, sharp and cold at first, and then hot and full of sting. I tore my mittens off and turned my hands over, but all I saw was the same pink scars, looking like they always did.

“I don’t like it here,” Luke said. His words fogged up in the cold air. His eyes were wide open, his arms straight down at his sides. “Vi, I have a bad feeling about this town. This—” He nodded his chin at the dead birds, their feathers ruffling in the chill wind. “I don’t like it, sister. We should leave. Now.”

Sunshine turned around in a circle, saying nothing. So far she and Luke had flirted and kissed and been in love and acting like this trip was all good fun.

But now I saw it in her eyes. Fear. True and blue and as deep as winter is cold.

A door opened. One of the white houses at the far end of the street. It opened and then slammed closed again. The attached cluster of dead, black feathers swung back with it and hit the wood with a thud.

A girl stood on the steps.
***

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, April Tucholke, and more! To enter, you need to know that my secret number is 13. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the blue 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
SOLSTICE!


“Solstice is one red-hot read—it intrigues, sizzles, and satisfies.” —Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author
 
In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a second copy of SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) 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 SOLSTICE:

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom. 

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

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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!





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOOKS TO LOVE: TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND by David M. Simon

So I had a great time reading this one. TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND follows the adventures of Josh and Patty Anne as they are (you guessed it) trapped in a strange world called Lunch Lady Land. Their adventures are very reminiscent of THE WIZARD OF OZ, with meeting new friends (and adversaries) and finding themselves deep in trouble. In addition, the world around them is edible which made me incredibly hungry as I read.
This book will have huge appeal to the younger crowd, probably 2nd grade and up, both boys and girls alike. Totally worth checking out for those younger readers in your life. I enjoyed the adventure from start to finish!

TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND by David M. Simon (Cbay Books, May 7th, 2014)




About the book:

Josh and Patty Anne aren't exactly the best of friends (ok, they detest each other), but after they both end up trapped somewhere beneath their school in a land made up of school cafeteria food, they quickly learn they have to work together if they want to survive. With the help of some unusual friends they meet along the way, the two must brave countless dangers unlike anything in the normal world. If they can survive the skybeater, the canisaurs and the tater-tot throwing ladle monsters, Josh and Patty Anne might just make it home alive.

Trapped in Lunch Lady Land was the very first Middle Grade Winner in the Yummy but Brainy Writing Contest presented by CBAY Books.


Source of book: From publisher by request

Monday, March 17, 2014

IN WHICH TUT HAS A BOOK COVER!

Happy Monday!

I'm so excited to share with you guys the beautiful new cover for my middle grade fantasy novel,

TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014)



I've been waiting ages for this book (seriously, it's been seven years) to get published, and getting a cover for it makes it so much more real. I cannot wait for it to come out!!! There is so much to love about this cover. From the Book of the Dead tucked under the boy king's arm to Horus the cat (who only has one eye) to the Shabtis who guard and protect Tut during his misadventures around Washington, D.C. But I especially love the Starscape logo on the spine and the interior of the book, done up cartouche-style.




What is the book about?
Well, here's the official stuff from the back of the book.

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.

Can you pre-order the book?
Of course you can! It's up pretty much everywhere, but here are some of the main buying sites for your convenience in case you do happen to want to pre-order (which, if you do, thank you so much!)






Thank you all for your support and for sharing the incredible world of books, reading, and writing with me!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

World Building Austin SCBWI Style

Hey Austin Peeps!

If you find yourself craving something to do this Saturday morning at 10:00 am, I'd love to see you at BookPeople for the Austin SCBWI monthly meeting where I will be presenting on the wonderful topic of WORLD BUILDING! I promise to have lots of great information. And giveaways! Seriously, you could win something. Oh, and did I mention the numerous Star Trek references?

So please come see me!


WHEN: Saturday, March 8th, 10:00 am
WHERE: BookPeople, Austin, Texas
WHAT: Austin SCBWI Monthly meeting - World Building