Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Hey guys and gals. Sorry I didn't post this sooner, but I'm at Book Expo America this week and decided to hold off on Author Insight until I get home. It's been a world wind week of literary madness, so regularly scheduled programming will resume next week. See you then! (If I make it off the BEA floor alive....Eek!)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Walker Children's
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy: Fountain Bookstore / Amazon
Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.
I've been wondering for a while when mermaids would start to gain some clout in the world of paranormal YA, and the time has finally come! Honestly, what little girl hasn't wished she was a mermaid? I know I have, so when I heard about Tempest Rising reading it became a must.
Admittedly, I had concerns that it would be a mermaid book about a mermaid's inability to resist the call of the sea. Tracy Deebs takes the story in a completely different direction where Tempest's choice ultimately remains important, but it's relationships that drive her. Despite all the changes she is undergoing, her primary concern is her father and brothers. I was blown away by that because so often teen characters let their own wants drive them and only think of the consequences as applied to them, no one else matters. That is simply not the case in this book.
The only stumbling block I ran across while reading Tempest Rising was a somewhat convoluted timeline making it hard to seam up the two sides of the story - land and sea. Underwater scenes, while striking in their rich description, seemed to lack an element of time. Perhaps this was purposeful because mermaids are unconcerned with human conventions, time possibly being one of them, but I feel like a firmer timeline would have brought clarity to the story.
A unique voice and the direct storytelling, this book keeps a quick pace that is often absent from fantasy or even paranormal novels. I was was hooked on the start. The letter from Tempest's mother intrigued me, begging me to read more, and a brief flashback to childhood and a chilling encounter with a sea witch pulled me even deeper into the story.
Action was an unexpected treat that this book brought to the table. It has the girl, the makings of a love triangle, and a family with one paranormally estranged parent, so at a glance you'd think that its par for the course with paranormal. (Vampires and werewolves aside, of course.) Sea witches, fight scenes, and bloodshed bridge the action of a fantasy with the mood of a great paranormal, setting it apart from others.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I'm thrilled to be one of several blogs unveiling the cover of Brenda Pandos latest book, The Onyx Talisman, coming November 16 from Obsidian Mountain Publishing. It's possibly my favorite cover in this series.
If you haven't read the first two books in this series, The Emerald Talisman and The Sapphire Talisman, definitely pick them up! You can snag the Kindle version of the first book for 99 cents here for a limited time.
But I digress. You want to see the cover don't you? Well, all right... II'll even share a little bit of info about the book.
After they returned home, there was a huge showdown between Phil, Nicholas, Scarlett, Alora, Katie and Julia. Alora almost got what she wanted—Julia’s vampire warding talisman—but Preston, Nicholas’ father, and Harry came to the rescue. They escorted Nicholas and Alora back to Beverly Hills, pledging to return Nicholas free from his blood-lust. But all Julia’s received in the past four months is a letter stating Nicholas missed her along with some song lyrics and promise of a quick return. That was a month ago.
Now Julia awaits Nicholas’ return with the Fab Five Coven: Phil and Katie—the sober vampires, Scarlett—the half-vamp/shape-shifter, and Tyler and Julia—the inducted humans. She’s stuck in Scotts Valley with Phil as her self-appointed chaperon and no way to return to Los Angeles to check on Nicholas. Only Scarlett and Julia know her fate ultimately involves the demise of all vampires, possibly including the ones she loves. When the time comes, will she even have a choice?
Want to know more? Check out Brenda’s blog at: http://brendapandos.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Publisher's Weekly tells all about bookstore/blogger partnerships...TWEET.
Author Julie Kagawa shared a Summer's Crossing teaser... TWEET.
Harlequin Teen told you where you can submit your questions for Gena Showalter... TWEET. (Submit by 5/22.)
Harper Teen showed you where to enter for a chance to win Variant by Robison Wells... TWEET. (Ends 5/18.)
Penguin Teen showed off the cover for Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer... TWEET.
Author Julie Kagawa finally reveals what she's been working on... TWEET.
Penguin Teen showed you where you can learn more about the 13 Reasons Why Project and Jay Asher's new book... TWEET.
Simon Teen told you when and where you can see the cover for Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Prince at BEA and what to do if you won't be there ... TWEET.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
There were a ton of entries in this contest! I was so happy to see so much interest in these books. I'm only sorry that I don't have more copies to give away. But only one person can win signed copies of Jennifer Murgia's books...
Congratulations! I will mail your winnings out as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone ho entered, and stay tuned for more giveaways.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Metro - Use it. A 7-day pass is only $28 and it's worth every penny. It gains you access to all the subway lines and the buses. It's the most efficient way to travel around the city. And if you aren't sure what line your stop is on or whether you need to go uptown or downtown, don't be afraid to ask. Ask a booth worker or one of the many cops you can find in the stations.
Pack comfortable shoes - This will differ for everyone, but pack the best all-day walking shoes you've got. If they don't match your outfit, who cares! You will be walking a convention center that is a NYC block wide non-stop for three full days. By 5p.m. on Day 3 your feet will be bigger than an overdue pregnant ladies if you don't heed this advice.
Checking In - Take the time to get to the Javits Center early on the first day of exhibits or even the afternoon before. Getting your BEA badge early will save you time. That means you can hit the floor faster.
Business Cards - If you're attending BEA, presumably you are there to make or solidify contacts with people in the industry and to learn a little bit about the inner workings of the publishing industry. Business cards with basic info on them are perfect for quickly handing off info to someone while waiting in a signing line or chatting with someone at a booth. Some of the publishers last year had "fishbowl" giveaways and cards were handy for that as well.
Networking - Don't be afraid to talk to people. Yes, BEA is fast paced but you can get off a few sentences and a business card exchange without taking up too much time. Don't just go up to a booth and ask for a book. Introduce yourself, mention you're a blogger (if you are) and drop a card with them. The same goes for autographing lines. Speak to the author and give them a card. It can't hurt.
Food & Drink - When it comes to eating, the Javits is an expensive place. A bottle of water you'd normally pay $1.69 for is $3.50 there and food is no better. Carry a water bottle you can refill with you on the floor. It will save you tons of cash. Also pack a few snacks in your bag. They may save you life when you forget to eat lunch amidst the BEA chaos.
Schedules & Time Management - Build off of the schedule BEA has made available and set priorities. Use an excel spreadsheet, color coding, or whatever you need to, but map out the signings and panels you want to attend and rank them. If you have three things to do in one hour, designate one that you can skip if you are short on time. It will help you make quick decisions on the spot.
Easy carrying - Not carrying your books at all is the easiest way to take the strain off your back. There is a baggage area where you can check a rolling suitcase, and stop by occasionally throughout the day to drop of your books. If security is your concern, someone stays at the baggage area at all times. I've heard there were instances of books going missing from that area two years ago, but I don't know if someone watched over the bags then. I didn't hear any horror stories from last year. While you'll get plenty of tote bags at BEA, the best advice I can give you is to bring a bookbag or messenger bag to hold your personal belongings, books and all the totes you accumulate. It'll take the stress off individual arms.
Shipping - There is a shipping area at BEA run by FedEx (I believe), but depending on how much you are shipping it can get pricey. Your other option is to hang on to your books and walk the few blocks from the Javits Center to the post office so you can ship your BEA bounty via priority or media mail and save yourself some cash.
Armchair BEA - For those of you who can't attend BEA this year, you can live vicariously through those who are going. Sign up as a participant for Armchair BEA and get updates on all things BEA.
I think that's it for now...
I'm not affiliated with BEA in anyway. I did attend last year and am happy to answer questions if anyone has any. Just leave it in the comments. Otherwise, I'll see you all at BEA!