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

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?

Reading
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

Autographing
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!




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

Where:
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





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