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1. Play Senet with the Boy King!

Summer's here! Don't let your kids sit around the house doing nothing! Instead, how about letting them...

Learn to play the ancient
Egyptian board game,
SENET,
with none other than King Tut himself!

I had so much fun creating my Scratch game ESCAPE FROM KING TUT'S TOMB in Scratch to go along with TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, I decided to create a game to go along with the upcoming sequel.



Introducing the Scratch game PLAY SENET WITH KING TUT, the companion game for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

If you have no clue how to play Senet, don't worry. I didn't know how to play either before I coded this game. Sure, there are rules on my website, but I'd suggest just playing the game in easy mode to learn. It's the easiest way.



Note: The game is in Beta release, so please let me know if you find any bugs. 

Second Note: King Tut is really good at this game, and he wins a lot. Good luck winning!

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2. TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD has a cover!!!

I'm crazy excited to share this amazing cover for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD which is coming February 28, 2017!



Pre-order Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World from


# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765390820
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-0765390844

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3. Paperback Release Day for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Happy Tuesday!

In case you've been holding out for the paperback of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, your wait is over! I'm so pleased to announce that the paperback is now released!

You can find out all about the book, including buy links, on my website!



Buy Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life from










# ISBN-13 (paperback): 978-0765383723
# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765334688
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1466814752

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4. Happy Book News!

I'm so excited to announce that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is getting a sequel!

Here's the scoop from Publishers Marketplace:

P. J. Hoover's sequel to TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, in which the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut skips out of middle school to find his guardian, but as luck would have it, he has wound up in an age-old mess of godly proportions, to Susan Chang at Starscape, for publication in Winter 2017, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Whoo hoo and long live the (immortal) Boy King!






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5. Win a Classroom Set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Aside from being a super fun read that kids (and adults) are loving, did you know that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is great for use in the classroom? Well, it is! In fact, there is a ton of great curriculum to go along with the book sure to please kids and educators alike.





Here is your chance to win an entire hardcover classroom set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!



p.s. did I mention that TUT is on several state lists including the Texas Lone Star List, the Spirit of Texas list, and the Tristate Books of Note List? It's also a Mackin Compendium title. You can read more about TUT here.

It's easy to enter to win. I promise you. And there are ways you can get multiple entries.


HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A HARDCOVER CLASSROOM SET OF TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE:

1) Inquire with me about school visits. I love to do school visits, and I would love to visit your school. So send me an email and let's get the dialogue going! (You can read more about my author visits here.)

2) Snap a fun #readtut picture! This one is easy. This one is fun. What's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT? Where's the craziest place you can be? Take a picture, put it out on social media with the hashtag #readtut, and tag me if you can so I can see what you've come up with! In addition, each person you can get to do this will get you another entry. So get your students on board, your parents on board, your principal on board!
(If you don't have social media, email me the picture(s), and give me permission to post it!)

3) Create a TUT book trailer! For each student who creates (and shares if possible) a book trailer, you'll get three entries. Send me an email to let me know where I can check out these awesome trailers!

4) Book talk TUT to your students! This includes showing them my website, the book trailer, and overall getting them pumped about the book. Send me an email to let me know. I'd love to hear their reactions! Also, after I hear from you, I'm happy to send along some signed postcards for your class. Just let me know how many you need and where to send them.

5) Your choice! Come up with some creative way to share TUT with the world and you totally get another entry! Just let me know what it is. And you can totally do more than one of these!


Fill out the google form below. Then, for any of the entries that you email me, make sure they also have your school name and your name so I know they are connected.

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Thank you for the awesome, continued support and #readtut!

* Open to US only
* Open to 4th grade and up
* Up to 30 books are available for the set
* Open until October 31st, 2015


#readtut on a nut!
Thanks to librarians Kay Hawkins, Morgan LeFevre, and Patty Voga for the fun picture!


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6. #READTUT

TUTWhat's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT?

* Take a picture of yourself doing it (keep it clean!!! be safe!!!)

* Post it, and use the hashtag #readtut

* Tag me @pj_hoover





lifting weights
#readtut while pumping iron

Raggidy Ann
Raggidy Ann likes to #readtut

trampoline
#readtut while bouncing on a trampoline


Let your dog #readtut


biking
#readtut while riding a bike

reading
#readtut while chilling out

hanging
#readtut while hanging from a bridge


grooming
#readtut while grooming dogs

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7. 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!

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8. 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. :)




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9. 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!


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10. 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!

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11. 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





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12. 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


 

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13. 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




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14. YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2015 - GOLD TEAM!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) and the MG novel TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), and I'm crazy excited to host this stop for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

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

Hi! Thanks for visiting!

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 EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but there are also a bunch of other colored teams for a chance to win a different sets of 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.

*** SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE ***

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my secret number. Collect the secret numbers of all the authors on the gold 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 April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

 *** SCAVENGER HUNT POST ***

Today, I am hosting HOLLY BODGER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, Holly!

HOLLY'S BIO:
Holly Bodger has a BA in English literature and has spent her entire career in publishing. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist in the Young Adult category. She lives in Ottawa, Canada. 


You can find out a ton more about Holly 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



ABOUT 5 to 1:
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, Koyanagar–a country severed from India–now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, and women are an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of wedding their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. But after fighting so hard for freedom against the old ways of gender selection, these women have become just as deluded as their male predecessors. Sudasa Singh doesn’t want to be a wife and Kiran, a boy competing to be her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Kiran’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, each thwarts the other until they slowly realize that they might want the same thing. This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to feel both characters’ pain and grasps at hope.


The exclusive content is awesome! 
It's an exclusive look at Kiran's first chapter, available for 72 hours only ! Follow the link to read, and Enjoy! :)

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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books! To enter, you need to know that my secret number is 13. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the gold 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!

 

In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a copy of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014) 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 TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE:

You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive. 

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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!





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15. Start the New Year with the Crazy Maze Challenge

Happy New Year!

How steady is your hand? Find out in my new SCRATCH game. It's a 10-level maze challenge. Use the mouse to touch the red dot in the middle of the maze without touching the maze itself!



SCRATCH cat

Read more about SCRATCH and getting kids programming on the SCRATCH website.
If you are a SCRATCH user and you want to follow me on SCRATCH, my userid is triciajh.






Visit the game on SCRATCH here. And while you're there, please play my other games, too :)

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16. TUT Makes the 2015 Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List!



I am so happy to announce that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE has made the 2015 Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading Program. Thank you, Texas librarians!!! I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful list and program :)

For more information about the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, you can check out the website.



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17. CASTLE OF HORROR Podcast!


I had a blast last night being interviewed on a podcast hosted by my friend and fellow author, Jason Henderson, author of the Alex Van Helsing books. You can find my segment here along with info about his fabulous (and kinda scary) podcast, CASTLE OF HORROR (not to be confused with my video game CASTLE OF DOOM! :) ).





Thanks, Jason, for interviewing me! It was a ton of fun!



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18. THE EMERALD TABLET Video Game on SCRATCH

After all the fun I had programming the game for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, I decided to do it again, this time for the first book in The Forgotten Worlds trilogy, THE EMERALD TABLET.

Find the three keys! Save the world!

To win this game, you'll need quick fingers, a steady hand, and logical thoughts. I know you can do it! Good luck!



SCRATCH cat

Read more about SCRATCH and getting kids programming on the SCRATCH website.
If you are a SCRATCH user and you want to follow me on SCRATCH, my userid is triciajh.


Things you can do with the THE EMERALD TABLET video game:
* Play the game!
* Change the game! Remix the game on the SCRATCH website.
* Make your own! Write your own video game using SCRATCH based on THE EMERALD TABLET.
* Write your own video game using SCRATCH based on *any* book you love.
* Spread the love! Tell your friends, parents, librarians, and teachers about it.

So I give you my third official SCRATCH game:

QUEST FOR THE HIDDEN KEYS!





Play the game. See if you can find the three keys and save the world. And please tell your friends to play, too :)



If you like this game, please play



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19. YAY for TUT and BOOKLIST!



Happy Monday!

I'm thrilled to share a wonderful review for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014) from Booklist!

"Family jealousy and a thirst for revenge drive Hoover’s historical fantasy featuring Tutankhamen, king of Egypt, trapped forever as a 14-year-old ... Hoover’s fun interpretations of Egyptian gods and goddesses, frenetic pace, and appropriately modern snark propel this highly entertaining adventure."

Thank you so much, Booklist!


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20. CASTLE OF DOOM! Video Game on SCRATCH

So I wrote this massive Pascal program back in college for my Artificial Intelligence class, but things happen over time. Floppy disks go bad. Computers don't have floppy disk drives anymore. And what about DOS? No one can type

A:\>CASTLE

No one even knows what an A prompt is!

I always loved the CASTLE OF DOOM! game. I had visions of buying an external floppy drive and finding a way to make it work, but then it occurred to me.


SCRATCH cat

I could recode it on SCRATCH! I could make the graphics prettier. I could make the randomization better. And CODING IS FUN!

So I give you my second official SCRATCH game:

CASTLE OF DOOM!




(If you missed the first game, ESCAPE FROM KING TUT'S TOMB, click here.)

Play the game. See if you can escape from the castle with all the cool loot. And please tell your friends to play, too :)




You can read more about the game (and find maps of the castle) here.

You can visit the game on SCRATCH here.


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21. Please Come See Me at the Texas Book Festival!

If you're around and about Austin this weekend, please consider stopping by the Texas Book Festival! Held at the Texas State Capital, the festival is a great event for families and book lovers!

I'll be on a panel on Saturday along with authors Michael Fry and S. S. Taylor, moderated by Tim Crow, and we'd love to see you there!

WHAT: "ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE" Author Panel
WHEN: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 2:30-3:30
WHERE: Texas State Capital Room E2.026

Book signing will follow immediately in the Author Signing tent.

Can't wait to see you there!



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22. Look for me at the McAllen Book Festival!

Please come see me this Saturday at the McAllen Book Festival in McAllen, Texas!


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23. TUT makes the 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading list!

Tut: The Story of My
Immortal Life
makes the 2015
Lone Star Reading List!
     

I am thrilled that Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life has been named to the 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List!

Thank you, Texas Librarians, for all your support!
 

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24. Hungarian Cover for THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD

Happy Tuesday!

I had to share the Hungarian cover for THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD! It's like the artist pulled the exact image I had directly from my mind and created it. Just like the Hungarian cover for THE EMERALD TABLET, I think it is a total win!


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25. Holiday Book Signing this Saturday!

Hey Austinites! Happy Thanksgiving!

If you happen to be out and about in the Austin area this weekend, I have a book signing, and I'd love to see you all there!

Also,

BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00-4:00
WHERE: Arboretum Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX

Thank you!



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