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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Five on a Friday

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a great week! The knee is recovering well. I'm not quite back to Kung Fu yet, but I can make it up the steps pretty easily. Baby steps.

1) On a reading front, I'm finishing up SAPPHIQUE by Catherine Fisher. It's the second in a series, a British import. The first book in the series, INCARCERON, will be out in January 2010. It's got me hooked, though I find the YA marketing of the series an interesting choice. Though it has an older teen as the main character, it has a definitely adult fantasy feel to it.
Has anyone else read it?

2) YA Fantasy author Gretchen McNeil interviewed me over on The Enchanted Inkpot. So if you're curious which Star Trek episode helped inspire THE EMERALD TABLET, head over and check it out.

3) We're giving away two books over at The Spectacle. So for your chance to win MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL by K. A. Holt and THE COMPOUND by S. A. Bodeen, head over and leave a quick comment.

4) So is a sleepover party for boys called a slumber party? Or is this reserved for girls only?

5) I'm so excited I'm going to be on a kidlit author panel at the VA Festival of the Book! Look for me March 20th, 2010 in Charlottesville, VA!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! We're looking at Kung Fu (for the kids), Legos, and Cub Scouts.


Christina Farley said...

Lots of great news heading your way. Thanks for the book recommendations. I really like that Sapphique cover.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Why is the second book out before the first? It sounds intriguing. I think I'd like to read more imports.
Glad your knee is getting better. And I vote for sleepover as a good term for boys.
Have a great weekend.

PJ Hoover said...

I love the SAPPHIQUE cover, too, Christina! I'm curious to see what the US cover will look like. Thanks!

LOL, Tricia! It's not. I bought the second book from Britain. The first already came out there. The first comes out in the US in Jan and the second will probably come out in the US in 2011?
You have a great weekend, too!

Anonymous said...

I'm off to look up that series--sounds like something my son would love.

And, yes, I think slumber party would be for girls--at least when the boys are old enough to think about it! Which is good, I think. There were some slumber party elements I could have done WITHOUT as a teenager! :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

My son is having a slumber party tonight to celebrate turning 10. Hope I didn't screw up by calling it a slumber party!

The cover for Mike Stellar looks like something that very son might be interested in. Thanks!

PJ Hoover said...

I hear you, Becky! I remember my third grade slumber party with not the best images.

LOL, Sherrie! have fun. And i think he would love Mike Stellar. I just bought it for myself!

Trisha Pearson said...

Sapphique does look intriguing!

About the slumber party vs sleepover thing - My boys were both horribly offended when I called it a slumber party. I've been told numerous times, "It's a SLEEPOVER, Mom!" One of these days I'll get it through my head.

lotusgirl said...

I think boys can call it a slumber party, but they'd probably rather call it an all-nighter.

PJ Hoover said...

Too funny about the sleepover, Trisha! And hey! I've missed your blog :)

Oooh, all-nighter, Lois! That brings back the good college days!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your knee is better.

My godsons always preferred the term "overnight" -- to them "sleepover" and slumber party" were girly terms.

"I'm going on an overnight" is what they'd say, or "Can I do an overnight with you after the hockey game?"

Miriam S.Forster said...

Happy Friday-and-also-Saturday!

As far as sleepovers go... when I was younger we always referred to them as "staying the night". We were very literal children.

I'm glad the knee is behaving itself and healing up like it's supposed to.

VW: scesesse (I got nothing, but it's funny)

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Devon! Long time no blog! I hope all is going great. I knew I wasn't confused on the slumber thing and boys. They are such funny creatures.

Literal children! Why does that make me laugh, Miriam? Staying the night. Is that like when boys and girls went together? That was never terribly literal.

Barrie said...

I do think we'll have fun at the VA Festival. They won't know what hit them! And....Sapphique might make for a good review for the Dec. book club. Hint!

Carrie Harris said...

Hope the knee's doing better! When I had mine done, I found that week two was when things improved really fast. I'm sending good knee vibes in the hopes that you have the same thing!

Kelly said...

My son had his friends over for the first time in September. He called it a "sleepover"! And it was one loud night full of Rock Band, football outside, pizza, and laughter!

PJ Hoover said...

I can't wait for VA, BArrie! I get to see you again! And LOL on the book club. I have such a hard time "reviewing" books.

Thanks, Carrie! It is feeling better. I'm hoping to get back on the elliptical this week!

LOL, Kelly! Sounds so like what boys would do. I can even picture it in my mind!

adrienne said...

Mike Stellar looks like a fun book. And I'm jealous your going to Charlottesville - I love that area!

Shelli said...

great interview :)

Ms. Rumpf's Bat Cave said...
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Ms. Rumpf's Bat Cave said...

I am always looking for new books to read.

I have finish The Navel of the World. I really enjoyed so much so I was wondering if you needed any editing help on the third! No...how about a couple of hints about what is going to happen. Come on... I won't tell anyone. :) You know where to find me if you change your mind. :)
I also finished Jessica's books. I enjoyed hers also.

PJ Hoover said...

I love it, too, Adrienne! Part of the reason I'm so excited!

Thanks, Shelli!

Hey Karen! Thanks for stopping by! Help on book 3...very interesting. I'll probably do another round of edits starting next week.
And I'll pass the message on to Jessica! Thanks!

Robyn Campbell said...

PJ, I missed the stuff about your knee surgery while I was unplugged. I hope you are feeling much better. Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

And boys call it an all-nighter. I should know. I have six of them. Keeping the bathrooms clean has always been...well, challenging. :)

Lenore said...

I bought Incarceron recently and I just know I'll want Sapphique too. The premise sounds so cool.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Robyn! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too!

Lenore, I think you will love INCARCERON. It seems like your kind of book. Please post a review! I'd love your insight!