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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

YA SCAVENGER HUNT & A DOUBLE SOLSTICE ARC GIVEAWAY!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and I'm thrilled to host this stop for the YA Scavenger Hunt! I'm crazy excited that this is the very first giveaway for an ARC of SOLSTICE ever!

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

Hi! Thanks for visiting!
(And just FYI, I survived a horde of slugs to get the above picture taken.
It was scary!)


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 whole different set of twenty-five signed 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 favorite number. Collect the favorite 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 August 5, 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 RACHEL CARTER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, Rachel!

RACHEL'S BIO: Rachel Carter is the author of So Close to You, the start of a time travel trilogy with HarperTeen. She grew up in the woods of Vermont, and recently graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. These days you can find her in Brooklyn, New York, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

You can find out a ton more about Rachel 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

SO CLOSE TO YOU by Rachel Carter (Harper Teen, July 10, 2012)



About SO CLOSE TO YOU:

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather. When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

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Rachel has an awesome treat for you guys today for exclusive content! She has a hidden page with a secret password that contains an exclusive scene from THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, the second book in the SO CLOSE TO YOU trilogy!

The page is here!

And the password is . . . closeandstrange

I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did!


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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, RACHEL CARTER, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 13. Add up all the favorite 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 AN ARC OF
MY UPCOMING YA NOVEL
SOLSTICE!


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





Monday, November 26, 2012

What I'm Reading: SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis

It's been a long time coming, but the final book in the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy is almost here! And because life is good, I've had an early look at the book!

SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis (Razorbill, January 15, 2013)


Here are Five Things I Have to Say About SHADES OF EARTH:

1) It's rare that I actually read the third book in a series these days. With so many new books being published all the time, for a series to draw me back again and then again definitely makes a statement.

2) Of the three books in the trilogy, SHADES OF EARTH is by far the best as far as the science and the story go. They are on the planet. Lots of things happen. And...

3) ...there is some cool science fiction going on in this story. Whereas the first two books in the series could be generalized under teen romance, SHADES OF EARTH definitely delves more deeply into the science of things. It gives us the answers to questions we've had since we picked up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

4) Does everything end happy? Well, technically if I gave you the answer to that question, it would be considered a huge spoiler. So suffice it to say that if you've read books 1 and 2, you should definitely not stop there. Pick up SHADES OF EARTH and see how everything comes out.

5) Highly recommended for boys and girls, fans of romance and science-fiction, seventh grade and up.




About SHADES OF EARTH:

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

Source of book: From publisher by request

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you celebrate it among many friends and drink plenty of blood wine!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SOME QUIET PLACE Cover Reveal!

Today The Mod Podge Bookshelf and Mod Podge Blog Tours are hosting Kelsey Sutton's Some Quiet Place cover reveal!


Summary:

Elizabeth Caldwell has perfected the art of pretending to feel emotion, but it’s always a lie. After a near-fatal car accident when she was a small child, Elizabeth lost the ability to feel any emotion, but along with that loss she gained bizarre abilities: she can see the personified Emotions she cannot feel.  Fury, Resentment, Longing—they’ve all given up on her, because she doesn't succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one. Fear. He’s consumed by the mystery of Elizabeth’s past, consumed by her.

And then there are Elizabeth's cryptic, recurring dreams, in which there’s always love, and there’s always death. Haunted by these dreams, Elizabeth paints them, knowing that they somehow hold the key to the mystery of her past. 

But a shadowy menace is stalking Elizabeth.  Her survival depends on uncovering the truth about herself.  And when it matters most, she won’t be able to rely on Fear to save her.



Kelsey is very enthusiastic about her debut novel's cover; here is what she has to say about the design:


"It is gorgeous, eerie, and maybe a little strange. I love how much relevance it has to the story, as well. The farmland in the background, the town, the stormy sky, the leaves, the way the girl is vanishing. The point is, I am in love. Hope you adore it as much as I do."

 What relevance is she talking about? 

Enter to win a Pre-Order of Some Quiet Place below to find out!!!

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

HOBBIT READ-ALONG!

All week over on The Enchanted Inkpot we've been doing a read-along for THE HOBBIT because we're all super excited about the upcoming movie!

(I have my midnight premier tickets. How about you?)



Anyway, today I'm up, talking about Chapters 13-16 and how they are truly the heart of the novel! Please visit!




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Former Debut: Suzanne Morgan Williams, Class of 2k9

Today I am so happy to welcome friend and author Suzanne Morgan Williams as my former debut! I've had the pleasure of attending a few librarian conferences with Suzy, and every time has been not only an honor, but so much fun, too!

So here's Suzy!

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Welcome to the blog, Suzanne! So happy you are here!


Name: Suzanne Morgan Williams
Debut Group: Class of 2K9
Debut novel: BULL RIDER, Margaret K. McElderry, 2009

PJHoover: Okay, so it’s been 3 years since you graduated from your debut class. Personally, I miss the heck out of knowing what my classmates are up to. So give us the low-down. What have you been up to in the last few years? New books? New degrees? New pets? What has been going on, and what do we have to look forward to from you in the future?

SMW: The last three years have flown by. When Bull Rider came out I started doing a lot of speaking at schools, teacher and librarian conventions, and writers’ conferences. In the last three years I’ve spoken to tens of thousands of students in twenty-one states. Bull Rider ended up on seven state award nomination lists (the latest is the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush nomination for 2012) and winning a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. There were months that I felt more at home in the Reno airport than at my house. I’ve also been working on new projects – one is out on submission now – and I had a nonfiction book published, China’s Daughters; Women Who Shaped Chinese History (Pacific View Press, 2011). No new degrees, but I was incredibly honored to be given the SCBWI Member of the Year Award for 2012. That award recognized my helping to gather information for the organization in support of more diversity in kidlit. In a group of so many giving and talented people, I was thrilled and humbled to be chosen. What you have to look forward to from me? – I’m not going anywhere. I’ll keep writing and keep connected. Hopefully, I’ll have a new title to announce soon.


PJHoover: If you could summarize to a debut novelist the best part of being a member of an author group like the “Class of” groups, what would you say?

SMW: At first, being in the Class of 2K9 was a bit overwhelming. It was a lot of work to get everyone talking and agreeing and aimed at the same goals and there were days that I wondered how big the pay off would have to be to support all that input. But once we had a cohesive group, I discovered I’d just met some of my new best friends. We continue to visit with each other, support each other with recommendations for speaking engagements, and with opportunities like this one – a chance to blog with P.J. Hoover whom I met because of being in the Class of 2K9. (She’s 2K8 and classes often share across years too.)


BULL RIDER (Margaret McElderry Books, February 24, 2009)


PJHoover: Though I absolutely loved being a debut author, I’m really thrilled with all the experience I’ve gained since. What advice would you give to those who are debuting now? What do you wish you had known when you started out?

SMW: This is an odd question for me because I’d had ten nonfiction books published before joining my debut class as a novelist. I already had some knowledge of the industry, although not of the world Bull Rider offered me. I guess my advice would be don’t feel compelled to do everything at once, to do everything that’s suggested. Find what you do best – whether that’s blogging, school visits, teaching workshops, online networking – and concentrate on that. You can drive yourself crazy trying to master all the promotional techniques at once. Do a couple well, then move on. Oh, and help your fellow authors. Kindness doesn’t go unnoticed and good Karma is always – well good Karma.


PJHoover: In addition to writing the next mega-million bestselling novel, what do you want to accomplish in the next five years? Do you want to write five more books? Get your black belt in Kung Fu? Walk the Great Wall of China? Let’s hear it.

SMW: I’d love to see two manuscripts that are very close to my heart published. I want to continue to speak to middle schoolers in particular. I’d like to raise a service dog. I love traveling and hope that’s in my near future, but more than that, I like talking to people, hearing their stories, connecting with their hopes and concerns. Being an author has allowed me amazing opportunities to open conversations. I’m hoping for many, many more.




PJHoover: Anything else you want to add? Five reasons to read your book? A picture of your writing space? How you celebrated when you signed your contract? Your choice!

SMW: So, five things I’d like you to know about Bull Rider – in no particular order:

1) I think after many revisions it turned out to be just the book it was meant to be – thank you, wonderful Emma Dryden and S & S.
2) I hear from parents, teachers, and librarians that Bull Rider is often the first novel their reluctant boy readers have finished. That makes me happy
3) The story is fiction but the situation is real. We have hundreds of thousands of veterans of the Middle East wars and they and their families need our support. I’d love you to find out what your community is doing to help. Visit www.IAVA.org for information or go to my website www.suzannemorganwilliams.com and open the “For Veterans” page. There are listings of many organizations that are helping as well as ways for readers to support overseas active duty military.
4) Nevada is not a big empty desert full of sand and palm trees. It’s an amazing, mountainous, often snowy place with unique and fabulous people. Don’t write it off. Come visit
5) Bull Rider’s success depends on day to day word of mouth from people like you. It’s a book that could have slipped under the radar but it has a big reach. I want you to read it. And if you like the story, pass it on. That’s why I wrote Bull Rider – for you to read.


PJHoover: Thank you so much for being here! And good luck with everything in the future!

SMW: Thanks to you P.J.


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BIO:
Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel, Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009) and 11 nonfiction children's books with more books on the way. From the time she wrote her first book, Made in China, Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China, (Pacific View Press, 1997) to the present, her work has taken her into classrooms to connect with students, to universities and museums to work with experts, and to communities to share experiences.

Suzanne has traveled four times to the Canadian Arctic to work with Inuit people, writing The Inuit Franklin Watts, 2003, and has worked with Indian people from various tribes on books and projects. She is known for careful on site research, which for Bull Rider included interviewing professional bull riders, ranchers, and care givers who work with severely wounded veterans.

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Thanks for helping me celebrate former debuts! If you are a former debut and are interested in being featured, check out this post here

Monday, November 12, 2012

So Pretty! So Shiny!

Look what just arrived! Yes, it's a SOLSTICE ARC! I am officially in love all over again!!!!!

Thank you, Susan Chang and Tor Teen, for being awesome and publishing my book!


p.s. yes, that is the Gorn behind me.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Winners!

Hope you all are having a great week! Thank you to everyone who entered to win the two amazing books!

The winner of

DEAR TEEN ME edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson (Zest, October 30, 2012)



is...

ALICIA MARIE!

*****

The winner of

a SIGNED ARC of

ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury (Razorbill, September 4, 2012)



is...

KERLY SUE!


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

LAINI TAYLOR IS COMING TO AUSTIN and an INTERVIEW!

Not only am I so excited about the release of a new book by Laini Taylor, I'm even more excited that she will be here in Austin, Texas, this Thursday night, November 8th, at BookPeople!

In celebration of Laini visiting our awesome town, she has stopped by the blog and answered a few questions for us about herself, her book, and her writing!

And before you forget, run out TODAY and buy her new book, the hugely-anticipated sequel to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE!

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DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 6, 2012)




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THE EVENT DETAILS!

AUSTIN, TX
Thursday, November 8th
BookPeople (7:00 PM)
603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703
(NOTE: There will be prizes.)

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And now, here's Laini!



PJHOOVER: I love the blend of real world and myth in your worlds. The two worlds are layered so well throughout. What first sparked the idea for the worlds in the series?

LAINI: Thank you! The seed of the book was a scene that came out of freewriting, in which a blue-haired girl was arguing with her monster father. There wasn’t a big picture or idea, I didn’t have any premise or concept in mind, I just fell in madly love with these characters and wanted to know who they were. I have found my optimal process to be a systematic alternation of freewriting and brainstorming. Starting out, I love to just let go and see what happens, what seeds of ideas my mind flings wildly out, and which of them end up intriguing me the most. In this case, Daughter of Smoke & Bone pretty much arose from the fact that Brimstone was wearing a wishbone around his neck and was a peddler of teeth, both things that appeared by chance in that first freewrite. It took thousands of words (and several months) of what-ifs to get a complex plot to “snick” into place. So, what is initially born out of a state of forced creative abandon (freewriting) is pretty quickly subjected to a much more rigorous and analytical state of mind (brainstorming). This wasn’t really your question, but I guess the answer to your actual question is that the worlds weren’t pre-planned. I didn’t know starting out that there would be another world. I believe that my freewriting brain supplied “the other door” in the back of Brimstone’s shop—freewriting brain is always throwing me mysteries to solve!—and … it had to lead somewhere … and somewhere became Elsewhere.


PJHOOVER: When it comes to marketing, what do you think makes the biggest difference in whether a book is successful?

LAINI:
*crickets*
This is a great mystery to me, and probably always will be. My thought is that the greatest factor—and probably the only quantifiable one—is publisher marketing dollars. Authors feel a lot of pressure to generate heat and buzz, but it is just so hard. Unless you’re already famous, then your voice just won’t reach very far no matter what you do, and every moment you spend on marketing efforts is stolen from writing. It’s not that it wouldn’t be worth it if it worked, I’m just not sure it does. Depressing answer? Sorry. I might be totally wrong!


PJHOOVER: Finish this sentence, and tell us why. Writing is a lot like…

LAINI: Writing is a lot like … um … dieting. No, really! It takes a lot of will and discipline and stubbornness, and it really affects your emotional well-being. A good writing day and I’m on top of the world, filled with confidence, pride, calm, happiness. A bad writing day and I’m anxious, grumpy, self-scathing, good-for-nothing. It’s the same with dieting. In both cases, at the end of the day, my self-worth is up or down depending on how I did!


PJHOOVER: What has been your favorite experience as an author thus far?

LAINI: It’s very hard to say! My earliest awesome moment was at a writing festival, when an 11-year-old boy swooned at my feet! He was a fan of my Dreamdark books, and literally fell into a swoon, on the ground, upon meeting me. That was pretty great. After that, I’d have to say that the parties that my publishers themed on Daughter of Smoke & Bone were pretty much beyond my wildest dreams. Little Brown’s was in New Orleans, and included “smoke” and “bone” cocktails, props like skulls, a fortune teller. My UK publisher hired this amazing costume firm, Prangsta, to kit out a historic nightclub in Piccadilly—and I got to dress up like a chimaera!


PJHOOVER: Please share your favorite inspirational thought!

LAINI: For writers:
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity." - Louis Pasteur
I have a lot more on writing, and a whole column of favorite writing-related quotes here: http://notforrobots.blogspot.com/

PJHOOVER: Thank you so much for being here!

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About DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Ar student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?


Monday, November 05, 2012

Cover Reveal and Review: PIECES by Michelle Davidson Argyle

There is nothing quite like getting a sneak peak at a book I'm super-excited to read, and now, not only do I get to tell you guys all about the book, I get to help with the cover reveal, too!

PIECES (THE BREAKAWAY #2) by Michelle Davidson Argyle (Rhemalda Publishing, February 14, 2013)



Here are Five Things I Have to Say About PIECES:

1) First off, yes, this book is a sequel. But that said, it will also completely satisfy people looking for a standalone read. THE BREAKAWAY ended in a conclusive manner with just enough open to leave us wanting more, and PIECES picks up with us getting a glimpse into the past but jumping full speed into the future.

2) PIECES kind of fits into this whole new genre people are hyping, "New Adult." Our main character, Naomi, is a few years older than in THE BREAKAWAY. She's in college, yet she's not far her teenaged years at all and has the same emotions seen in young adult novels. With this in mind, PIECES should appeal to those who read young adult and those who like novels aimed at more the adult crowd, too.

3) Talk about a page turner! Once I started reading PIECES, I couldn't stop. I had to find out what was going to happen, who Naomi was going to chose, and what choices she was going to make.

4) And when it comes to choices, Naomi gets in way over her head and has some big choices to make—choices that will impact the rest of her life. Michelle does a great job letting us see into Naomi's head and live her struggles along with her.

5) PIECES is highly recommended for fans of realistic fiction, young adult or adult, those who have read THE BREAKAWAY or not. I dare you not to love it!

Source of book: From author






About PIECES:

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Cover Reveal: RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe

I'm so happy to be helping fellow Austinite Lindsey Scheibe with the cover reveal for her debut young adult novel! In case you guys don't know Lindsey, she's a fantastic, giving person, and I couldn't be happier for her!

So without waiting any longer, here is her gorgeous cover!!!!!

*****

RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe (Flux, May 8, 2013)



About the book:

One summer...

Endless possibilities.

17-year-old Grace is fully aware her best friend Ford has a crush on her, but she refuses to acknowledge it. Surfing with him is the only time she forgets about her abusive father, stifling mother, and the pressure to be impossibly perfect. She's not willing to risk their lifelong friendship to find out if it could be something more.

No matter how tempting it may be.

All Grace wants is to graduate, get out of the house, and make the UC San Diego surf team. The problem? She's never had the guts to sign up for a competition, the only way she'll ever get noticed by the UC scouts. Until that is, Ford does it for her.

Now she has one summer to train. One summer to prove she's good enough-- to the scouts, to her parents, and most of all, to herself. As the training grows more intense, the violence at home escalates, and the romance reaches a point of no return.

Grace is about to gain everything she's ever wanted... or lose the only things that have ever mattered.







Bio:
Lindsey Scheibe lives life on the edge. She's tried her hand at surfing, bouldering, and most terrifying of all... publishing. Lindsey's YA novel, RIPTIDE, sold to flux books and debuts in May of 2013. These days, you can find her hanging out with her family, where she's traded her hiking boots for family dinners and theatrical bedtime stories.

http://authorlindseyscheibe.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @LindseyScheibe

Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Yummy But Brainy Writing Contest

Okay, there's a contest the publisher of my middle grade SFF trilogy, The Forgotten Worlds, is putting on and it's kind of epic. Yes, that's an understatement. It's majorly epic!

Here are the basic details, but click on their link to get all the information!

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Starting October 15, CBAY Books will be accepting Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery (and any combination of the aforementioned) entries into the Yummy But Brainy Writing Contest. There will be two categories that you can enter: Middle Grade Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. Here’s how it will work:

Phase One:
From October 15 to November 15, is the query letter phase.  Entrants should send a query of their projects. More information on exactly how to do that is listed below.

Phase Two:
After the month of queries ends, we’ll select up to ten middle-grade and ten young adult submissions to advance to the next phase.  On December 1, we’ll notify the semi-finalists and ask them to send us their completed manuscripts.

Phase Three:
On January 15 CBAY will announce six finalists (three middle-grade, three young adult) who will receive a free line by line critique of their manuscripts along with a detailed editorial letter from our contest staff by January 30.

Phase Four:
The six finalists then have two months to revise like mad!  On March 31, final revisions must be returned to CBAY Books who will post their first fifty pages online on April 15, to be voted on by our readers and fans.  This online election will run for two weeks, closing on May 1.

Phase Five:
On May 2, the two grand prize winners (one middle grade, one young adult) will be announced.  Ebook versions of their books will go on sale ASAP, followed by paperback publication of their works about six months later. The Winner for each will be announced on June 1.

But what do you win? Why should you enter?
  • The Winner for each category will win a publishing contract with CBAY Books!
  • The finalists in each category will be considered for publishing contracts as well. Even if they ultimately are not offered one, they will have a publishable manuscript to shop elsewhere.

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To enter the contest, head over and check it out! And good luck!