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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

ALA 2013 Here I Come!

I am so excited to be heading to ALA in Chicago!
People who like to talk about books.
It's all good :)

2013 ALA Annual Conference

I'll be signing SOLSTICE at the Tor booth on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 2:30-3:30. Please come by and see me!

Catch you on the flip side...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Solstice Links and Round Up

Happy Summer! I hope you all kicked off the official start of summer in style!

I had a blast this past Sunday at the Woodlands, TX Barnes & Noble participating in a YA Paranormal/Texas panel with authors Joy Preble (THE SWEET DEAD LIFE, Soho Teen, June 2013) and Mary Lindsey (ASHES ON THE WAVES, Penguin, June 2013).

These gals are a hoot and Barnes & Noble CRMs Bryan Young and Natalie Collins were wonderful hosts. And the crowd turnout was beautiful! Thank you all for coming.

From L to R: Joy Preble, Me, Mary Lindsey, Bryan Young, and Natalie Collins

Our panel! Mary, Joy, and Me with beautiful displays of our books behind us!

Lunch beforehand with the wonderful Houston blogger and writer community! Thank you to Maria Cari Soto for organizing! I was honored!


SOLSTICE Blog Tour Update!

Thanks so much for following along on the SOLSTICE Blog Tour! Don't forget that Tor Teen is offering up 25 copies of SOLSTICE as part of the tour. You can find the Rafflecopter entry form at the bottom of any of the blog tour posts!

New posts in the blog tour include:

An inside look at The Botanical Haven.
Any guesses as to what real life place it was based on?

My favorite, creepiest myth excerpt from SOLSTICE!

Crazy global warming woes in my favorite dystopian excerpt from SOLSTICE!

Meet Melina and find out who she was based on!

Meet Chloe, Piper's best friend!

Myths and Realities of the Writing World!


And in other places you can catch me...

What my last book taught me Wednesday!
I talk about a few of the fun things I learned while writing SOLSTICE!

The awesome Book Marketing Buzz Blog interviewed me about SOLSTICE!


That's it! Thank you again, and I appreciate your support!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy SOLSTICE Release Party!

The true summer solstice seemed the perfect day for a book release party, so we decided to host a party at the house, on the actual summer solstice. It was the perfect excuse to get the kitchen remodel finished at last, get the house in order, and have a party!

I'll recap in pictures, but I want to offer a huge thank you for the amazing group of friends who came to help me celebrate the release of SOLSTICE. I am awed by your friendship and support, and I cannot thank you enough! You guys are the best in the world and I am so fortunate to have each and every one of you in my life!

And now on to the pics!

I happened to have a fun Greek column (plant stand) that Danny Woodfill from The Book Spot turned into the perfect SOLSTICE display stand!
And SOLSTICE was written up in the Sunday Austin American Statesman, so I laminated the article and hung it on the wall above.


So this was our first party where we hired a bartender, and it was THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD! Above is Bartender James, all set up and ready for the people.

Along with Bartender James was his wife, Melody, who was like a superwoman. She manned the wine, took drink orders, filled food trays, and cleaned up. Seriously loved this woman!

Cupcakes were care of Cupprimo here in Austin! They made up three special kinds, two featuring pomegranate, and one that was chocolate with cutout covers of SOLSTICE on top!

And here is the full dessert table. I forgot to take a picture of the snacks and sandwiches, but we had tons and tons of food. I always tend to overestimate this kind of thing.
Also, thank you to Jessica Lee Anderson for the GAPS/GLUTEN-FREE treats!
And with pitchers full of candy, you can never go wrong :)

Danny built a Greek temple of copies of SOLSTICE! 
A huge thank you to Danny and Julie at The Book Spot for coming out and selling books at the event!

OMG thank you to everyone who brought flowers and wine! You guys are amazing, and I love having the flowers to look at. They make me smile :)

 While decorating for the party, I found the perfect thing for my art guy to hold!

I forgot to take any more pics at the event, but here are a few I snagged off Facebook and Twitter.

Me with Ariane Felix who drove up from San Antonio for the event!

And me with Jessica Lee Anderson!

L to R: Gene Brenek, Tim Crow, and Greg Leitich Smith
Thanks to Cynthia Leitich Smith for the pictures!

L to R: Mari Mancusi, Madeline Smoot, and Jo Whittemore

E. Kristin Anderson and Stephanie Pellegrin

Cynthia Leitich Smith and Shana Burg

And the finished kitchen! I am so happy it finally all came together! A party is a good motivator.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Houston Woodlands Barnes & Noble Sunday

Hey, Houston peeps!

In case you're looking for the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon, I will be at The Woodlands Barnes & Noble on Sunday at 2:00 for a great YA Panel with authors Joy Preble and Mary Lindsey!

We would love to see you there! I have cupcakes...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Celebrating a SOLSTICE Book Release!

Thank you all for such a wonderful SOLSTICE Release week!

So what did I do to celebrate the release? Let's see....

First, I went with my pal, Jessica Lee Anderson, to Mehndi Time get Mehndi done.

This is me waiting for it to dry.
And no, it is not permanent. It lasts 10-15 days.

Next, I headed to Cupprimo (best cupcakes in Austin) and got this delicious cupcake. I took a bite before remembering to take a picture.

Italian Creme! Delicious!

Next, it was a tasty lunch. Sadly they were out of Soylent Green.

Chisholm Trail Icehouse! Great food. Great atmosphere!

Okay, then it was time to seek out my book around Austin and sign some copies!

The Book Spot had this beautiful poster displayed up front!

And Danny at The Book Spot made this Greek temple out of copies of SOLSTICE!

 BookPeople had SOLSTICE prominently displayed along with some rock star books!

And here, of course, is the necessary picture of me actually signing books at BookPeople!

Then it was off to Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum where I found SOLSTICE nicely displayed on the shelf!

 And yes, I also had to get a picture of me signing copies at Barnes & Noble :)


In case you want a chance to win SOLSTICE, here are a couple places you can check that have giveaways going on, including my blog tour which is giving away 25 copies of SOLSTICE! The odds are great!

Joy Preble is offering up a signed copied of SOLSTICE!

My blog tour has 25 copies to give away. Scan to the bottom and look for the Rafflecoptor!


I have a few interviews to mention, too!

Manga Maniac Cafe Interview

The Enchanted Inkpot Interview

What 3 things do you need to survive a dystopian adventure? And my favorite cupcake!

My teen pic today on Dear Teen Me cracks me up every time I see it!


And as for Blog Tour Posts, here's what we have so far!

Find out all about Shayne!

Find out all about Piper!

Myth Depicted, featuring my puppy!

Dystopia Depicted, featuring Pok-E-Jo's BBQ!

The scoop behind the SOLSTICE cover!


That's it for now! Thank you all, and I hope the Summer Solstice is good to you!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Solstice Tour Dates!

Happy Solstice! And thank you for all the Solstice support!

So I have lots of great signings and events coming up in the next few months. I can't wait! And if I'm coming to a city near you, I would love to see you! Seriously. It would make my day!

Q: Should you go to an author's book signing?

A: Yes! I am grateful for every single person who comes. There is nothing quite so awesome as seeing a happy face and talking books with people who love them.

Yes, I want to see you!

Anyway, here's what's going on with me and Solstice as far as in person visits for the next few months. And please check my schedule page on my website for any new events that may arise.


June 23, 2013, 2:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with authors Joy Preble and Mary Lindsey, The Woodlands Barnes & Noble, Houston, TX

June 28 - July 2, 2013 - ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
    Saturday, June 29, 2:30-3:30 pm - SOLSTICE Signing

July 13, 2013, 3:30-5:00 pm - "Love & Legend" YA Author Panel, SOLSTICE Signing, with Diana Peterfreund, April Lindner, and Bennett Madison, Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

July 14, 2013, 4:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, Tysons Corner Barnes & Noble, McLean, VA

July 25, 2013, 5:30-6:45 pm - Teen Summer Reading Program Author Visit, Jackson Country Memorial Library, Edna, TX

July 26, 2013, 6:30 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with Joy Preble, Mary Lindsey, and Martha Wells, Murder by the Book, Houston, TX

July 27, 2013, 2:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM

August 31, 2013, 11:00 - Cedar Park Library Teen Book Club, Austin, TX

September 7, 2013, 2:00 pm - SOLSTICE Release Party with author Mari Mancusi (SCORCHED, Sourcebooks), BookPeople, Austin, TX

September 14, 2013, 2:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with author Mari Mancusi, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

September 21, 2013, 2:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with author Mari Mancusi, The Twig Book shop, San Antonio, TX

September 28, 2013 - Austin Teen Book Festival, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

October 29, 2013 - NASA Young Adult Book Club, Houston, TX

November 2, 2013 - Houston BOOKRAVE, Zotz Education Center, Houston, TX

November 9, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with author Cynthia Leitich Smith, Barnes & Noble, Round Rock, TX

November 19, 2013 - Region 12 Library Jubilee, Waco, TX

November 22-24, 2013 - Austin Comic Con, Writing Ninjas of Texas Booth


See you around I hope!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy SOLSTICE Release Day! It's a Giveaway of Epic Proportions!

It's finally here! SOLSTICE, my debut young adult novel, releases today! Woot! Woot!

So yes, I am totally going to the bookstore to look for it on the shelves. And I am going to celebrate big!

I am so thankful to all the people who have made this day possible. SOLSTICE is a book I love, and I could not have done it without you all!

In honor of the release of SOLSTICE...


Why 42?
Because it's the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything, so it only seems right.

42 Books!
Twinkies and Girl Scout Cookies!
6 Winners!

I divided the books into 6 groups of 7 books a piece. That means there are six chances to win!

Each group has:
  • 7 books, including 2 books by one author
  • 1 Tasty Treat
  • 1 Swag collection featuring postcards and 6 SOLSTICE character trading cards
  • 2 Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels buttons: 1 sweetheart and 1 scoundrel


1 Box of 10 Twinkies*
1 Awesome Swag Set
Original paperback of SOLSTICE back before it was edited by Tor
Signed hardcover of INVISIBILITY by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer (yes, signed by both authors)
ARC of RAGS & BONES by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
ARC of TEMPEST by Julie Cross
Hardcover of VORTEX by Julie Cross
Signed Paperback of THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith
ARC of EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton


1 box of 10 Twinkies*
1 Awesome Swag Set
Signed ARC of SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi
ARC of SHARDS & ASHES by Melissa Marr, Kelly Armstrong, Veronica Roth, and Kami Garcia
ARC of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
ARC of TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire
ARC of UNRAVEL ME by Tahrerah Mafi
Signed Hardcover of DOOMED by Tracy Deebs
ARC of BREATHE by Sarah Crossan


1 Box of Girl Scout Thanks a Lot cookies
1 Awesome Swag Set
ARC of SHADOWS by Robin McKinley
ARC of SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman
Paperback of REALITY ALI by Christine Marcniniak
Paperback of RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe
Paperback of DEAR TEEN ME edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
Paperback of BUT I LOVE HIM by Amanda Grace
Paperback of IN TOO DEEP by Amanda Grace


1 Box of Girl Scout Thanks a Lot cookies
1 Awesome Swag Set
ARC of SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins
Signed Paperback of THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
ARC of THE ELITE by Kiera Cass
Paperback of CALLI by Jessica Lee Anderson
Signed Paperback of SWEET VENOM Tera Lynn Childs
ARC of HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock


1 Box of Girl Scout Thanks a Lot cookies
1 Awesome Swag Set
ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Linsdey
ARC of BURN BRIGHT (DARK STAR) by Bethany Frenette
ARC of SHADOWLANDS by Kate Brian
ARC of HEREAFTER by Kate Brian
Signed Paperback of FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
Signed Paperback of THE FARM by Emily McKay
ARC of IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum


1 Box of Girl Scout Thanks a Lot cookies
1 Awesome Swag Set
ARC of FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
ARC of CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
ARC of GILT by Katherine Longshore
Paperback of ONYX by Jennifer Armentrout
ARC of GODDESS by Josephine Angelini

*Okay, so the Twinkies are past their expiration date! If you win this set and prefer Girl Scout Cookies, please let me know!


It's easy to win! Two things to note...

1) This giveaway is open until 12:01 am on July 3, 2013
2) Book prizes are US only.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Monday, June 17, 2013

My Article in the Tor Newsletter

In case you don't subscribe to the Tor newsletter (which you totally should! They have the best articles.), I have an article in today's edition.  

It's all about why we should let kids read dystopian novels.

And thank you!


It's almost here! In honor of the release of Solstice , I have an amazing blog tour planned! Huge Thank You to Mod Podge Blog Tours and Tor Teen for coordinating this fantastic line up. And a huge thank you to all the book bloggers taking part in the tour. You guys are the best in the world, and I really appreciate you!

Since Solstice is heavy in both mythology and dystopia, the tour is split down the middle. Half the posts will focus on the mythology aspects of the story, and half on dystopia. Bloggers will be either on Team Myth or Team Dystopia! How fun is that :)

Each day there will be two posts, one for Team Myth and one for Team Dystopia. And here are the tour details!

I'd love for you to join me on this super-fun tour! There are all sorts of cool posts, like my favorite myths and the path to publication for Solstice.

And before I forget, thank you for all your Solstice support!

Would you be Team Myth or Team Dystopia? :)


by P.J. Hoover
Summer 2013
June 18th-30th

Team Myth:

18th Character Spotlight: Shayne @ JessaBella Reads
19th Solstice Depicted @ In Bed With Books
20th Solstice: The Publishing Journey Guest Blog @ Water Color Moods
21st Setting Spotlight: Elysian Fields @ Books Beside My Bed
22nd Solstice Excerpt @ Through the Looking Glass
23rd Character Spotlight: Melina @ Evie Bookish
24th Author Interview @ Cuts of Paper
25th Author Writing Process Guest Blog @ Best Books Ever
26th 5 Inspirations @ Ruby Reads
27th Setting Spotlight: Asphodel Meadows @ A Dream Within A Dream
28th 5 Favorite Myths @ Book Swoon
29th Character Spotlight: Tanni @ Leanna
30th Playlist @ Unofficial Book Addiction

Team Dystopia:

18th Character Spotlight: Piper @ Swoony Boys Podcast
19th Solstice Depicted @ Girls in the Stacks
20th Cover Changes Guest Blog @ Gobs & Gobs of Books
21st Setting Spotlight: Botanical Haven @ Books, Bones & Buffy
22nd Excerpt @ ReadingTeen
23rd Character Spotlight: Chloe @ Paperback Princess
24th Author T-Shirt Addiction Guest Blog @ Addicted Reader
25th The Character of Names @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
26th 5 Inspirations @ Readergirls
27th Setting Spotlight: The Drag @ The Bookish Daydreamer
28th 5 Favorite Dystopians @ Frellathon
29th Character Spotlight: Reese @ YA Midnight Reads
30th Playlist @ Reviewing Shelf


Myth or Dystopia?