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1. TLA 2014! San Antonio, here I come!

I adore everything about Texas, and this week I'm heading to San Antonio, land of the Alamo, for the 2014 Texas Library Association annual conference. Books! People who love to talk about books! Good times!

In case you'll be there, I would love to see you. My schedule for the next few days is below.

Wednesday, April 9th
  • 10:15-11:00 - Book signing - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books booth)     
  • 11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books Booth)
  • 3:00-4:00 - Book signing - Booth 2243 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

Thursday, April 10th
  • 9:30-10:00 - TT4L Teen Event
  • 10:45-11:15 - 
    TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE ARC signing - Tor/Macmillan Booth 1448
  • 12:00-2:00 -YART Texas Tea Event

Hope to see you there!

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2. YA SCAVENGER HUNT & SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), 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 second copy of SOLSTICE 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 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 different set 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 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 April 6th, 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 APRIL TUCHOLKE on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, April!

APRIL'S BIO:
April Genevieve Tucholke digs coffee, redheaded heroes, attics, and discussing poison at the breakfast table. She is the author of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and the sequel BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN. She lives in Oregon at the edge of a forest.

You can find out a ton more about April on her website!

And if her book sounds like something right up your alley (which of course it does), you can buy it here!

*** 
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


ABOUT Between the Spark and the Burn:
Last summer the Redding brothers—crooked-smiling liar River; laughing, hot- tempered Neely; and mad, knife-wielding Brodie—descended on Violet White’s seaside town, bringing chaos. Then Brodie and River disappeared. So when Vi catches a late-night radio show whispering of eerie events in a distant mountain village, she seizes on it—this could be River or Brodie. Vi and Neely’s search takes them to frenzied mountain towns, cursed islands, and an empty, snow-muffled hotel. They find a girl who’s seen the devil, a sea captain’s daughter, and a sweet, red-haired forest boy who meets death halfway. All the while, Vi’s feelings for Neely grow sharper, the stakes higher, and the truth harder to pin down. If only Violet knew that while she’s been hunting the Redding boys . . . someone’s been hunting her. 


The exclusive content here is awesome! 
IT'S AN EXCERPT FROM Between the Spark and the Burn
You can't ask for anything better than that! Enjoy :)

***

We parked the car next to the small, steepled, red-roofed church at the end of the main road. We got out. Stood still. Took the town in.

The first thing I noticed was the quiet. The deep, deep, middle-of-the-forest quiet. After the quiet, I noticed the lack of Christmas decorations. No lights on trees, no greenery around door frames, no cheery red tinsel hung between streetlights. All the towns we’d passed recently had put up their own slightly shabby holiday trimmings, making the streets seem more cheerful and sweet than usual. But not Inn’s End.

And then I noticed the birds.

Black-feathered corpses. Everywhere. Piled up on steps, kicked into snow piles, dangling by their necks from lampposts and signs. There were eight nailed to the door of the dark, abandoned-looking Youngman’s Inn, and five hanging by their feet from the iron church gate.

The four of us walked down the center of the road. Still and silent. I saw lights in windows, but there was no one in the street. Not a soul.

The sun was just a sliver on the horizon now, like a small prayer said without much hope. The orange-pink light reflected off the snow and turned the world a strange, ominous color that put dark thoughts in my head.

“What was it that Wide-Eyed Theo said?” Neely asked, quiet.

“The devil-boy commands a flock of ravens,” Luke said, voice low.

I shivered, a sick, hard shiver, like the ones you get when you have the flu.

My wrists started hurting, sharp and cold at first, and then hot and full of sting. I tore my mittens off and turned my hands over, but all I saw was the same pink scars, looking like they always did.

“I don’t like it here,” Luke said. His words fogged up in the cold air. His eyes were wide open, his arms straight down at his sides. “Vi, I have a bad feeling about this town. This—” He nodded his chin at the dead birds, their feathers ruffling in the chill wind. “I don’t like it, sister. We should leave. Now.”

Sunshine turned around in a circle, saying nothing. So far she and Luke had flirted and kissed and been in love and acting like this trip was all good fun.

But now I saw it in her eyes. Fear. True and blue and as deep as winter is cold.

A door opened. One of the white houses at the far end of the street. It opened and then slammed closed again. The attached cluster of dead, black feathers swung back with it and hit the wood with a thud.

A girl stood on the steps.
***

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, April Tucholke, and more! To enter, you need to know that my secret number is 13. Add up all the secret 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!


***


DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING
SOLSTICE!


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

***

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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3. Spring Forward with The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Please take a moment and hop over to the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels blog to find out all our recent news!


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4. BOOKS TO LOVE: TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND by David M. Simon

So I had a great time reading this one. TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND follows the adventures of Josh and Patty Anne as they are (you guessed it) trapped in a strange world called Lunch Lady Land. Their adventures are very reminiscent of THE WIZARD OF OZ, with meeting new friends (and adversaries) and finding themselves deep in trouble. In addition, the world around them is edible which made me incredibly hungry as I read.
This book will have huge appeal to the younger crowd, probably 2nd grade and up, both boys and girls alike. Totally worth checking out for those younger readers in your life. I enjoyed the adventure from start to finish!

TRAPPED IN LUNCH LADY LAND by David M. Simon (Cbay Books, May 7th, 2014)




About the book:

Josh and Patty Anne aren't exactly the best of friends (ok, they detest each other), but after they both end up trapped somewhere beneath their school in a land made up of school cafeteria food, they quickly learn they have to work together if they want to survive. With the help of some unusual friends they meet along the way, the two must brave countless dangers unlike anything in the normal world. If they can survive the skybeater, the canisaurs and the tater-tot throwing ladle monsters, Josh and Patty Anne might just make it home alive.

Trapped in Lunch Lady Land was the very first Middle Grade Winner in the Yummy but Brainy Writing Contest presented by CBAY Books.


Source of book: From publisher by request

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5. IN WHICH TUT HAS A BOOK COVER!

Happy Monday!

I'm so excited to share with you guys the beautiful new cover for my middle grade fantasy novel,

TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014)



I've been waiting ages for this book (seriously, it's been seven years) to get published, and getting a cover for it makes it so much more real. I cannot wait for it to come out!!! There is so much to love about this cover. From the Book of the Dead tucked under the boy king's arm to Horus the cat (who only has one eye) to the Shabtis who guard and protect Tut during his misadventures around Washington, D.C. But I especially love the Starscape logo on the spine and the interior of the book, done up cartouche-style.




What is the book about?
Well, here's the official stuff from the back of the book.

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.

Can you pre-order the book?
Of course you can! It's up pretty much everywhere, but here are some of the main buying sites for your convenience in case you do happen to want to pre-order (which, if you do, thank you so much!)






Thank you all for your support and for sharing the incredible world of books, reading, and writing with me!

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6. World Building Austin SCBWI Style

Hey Austin Peeps!

If you find yourself craving something to do this Saturday morning at 10:00 am, I'd love to see you at BookPeople for the Austin SCBWI monthly meeting where I will be presenting on the wonderful topic of WORLD BUILDING! I promise to have lots of great information. And giveaways! Seriously, you could win something. Oh, and did I mention the numerous Star Trek references?

So please come see me!


WHEN: Saturday, March 8th, 10:00 am
WHERE: BookPeople, Austin, Texas
WHAT: Austin SCBWI Monthly meeting - World Building


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7. BOOKS TO LOVE: BROKEN WORLDS by Anitha Robinson

I picked up this book and read it nearly in one sitting which was such a welcome relief to my recent reading history. BROKEN WORLDS has that gripping quality that makes you have to turn the pages. To have to find out what happens next. The story and characters pull you in and don't let you go. And though the book is technically a science fiction story, at its heart, it is a story about abuse recovery. I'd recommend BROKEN WORLDS for those fans who enjoyed the TITHE series by Holly Black or the WICKED LOVELY series by Melissa Marr. Because of the abuse recovery theme, I'd save this one for the 9th grade and up crowd.


BROKEN WORLDS by Anitha Robinson (Cbay Books, June 10, 2014)



About the book:

When a brutal attack leaves her barely conscious, Kalli thinks that the young man carrying her away is an angel sent to ferry her to Heaven. After all of the abuse and months of homelessness, Kalli welcomes the relief that Heaven would bring. Handsome Ellis, though, turns out to be just as mortal as she is. A kind stranger, Ellis saves her life by taking her to a local clinic to be healed. Once better, Kalli finds herself staying with her unusual rescuer while being monitored constantly by his mysterious family. It s not an ideal situation, but it beats the streets. Now that she s safe and warm and appears to have found someone who cares for her, Kalli assumes the worst is behind her. She couldn t be more wrong. Broken Worlds was the very first Young Adult Winner in the Yummy but Brainy Writing Contest presented by CBAY Books.

Source of book: From publisher by request

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8. BOOKS TO LOVE: ICE DOGS BY Terry Lynn Johnson

I'll be the first to admit that this book is totally not the genre I normally read. I'm all about the sci-fi and fantasy, but Terry Lynn Johnson is my online friend, and I could not resist picking this book up the very day it came in the mail!

What did I think?

I adored it! From the fun interaction between the main characters to the struggle for live and death in the harsh winter of Alaska, I couldn't put ICE DOGS down. I was immersed in the world of dog-sledding and I didn't want to leave. Well written, well-edited, and beautifully put together, ICE DOGS is a wonderful, edge-of-your-seat action adventure story perfect for middle grade and young adult audiences, boys and girls alike. Highly recommended!

ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson (HMH Books for Young Readers, February 4, 2014)


About the book:
Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival, and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her.

Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure. 


Source of book: Provided by publisher

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9. Happy Winter from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Please take a moment and hop over to the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels blog to find out all our recent news!


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10. Mythology Books to Love

If you're crazy about mythology like I am, then I can't recommend enough this amazing series by George O'Conner! I'm thinking you should buy them all right now :)

Not only did I whip through the six currently published books (I think/hope more are coming), but so did my 3rd grader daughter and my 7th grade son. We all agree they're the best!



 ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS

ATHENA: GREY-EYED GODDESS

HERA: THE GODDESS AND HER GLORY

HADES: LORD OF THE DEAD

POSEIDON: EARTH SHAKER

APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE


Source of books: Purchased

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11. Things to Share!

Happy Monday!

In the realm of things to share, first, I have to point out this very awesome SOLSTICE fan book trailer!



Love it!

And second, in things to share, I'm super excited to announce that all four of my currently published books are now available in audiobook! Yes, I have an official author page on Audible with four items inside!

(Check them out here!)


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12. THE EMERALD TABLET Audiobook!

My very first audiobook! Now you can buy THE EMERALD TABLET in audio format. I admit, I did listen to the first chapter and loved it (yes, I got a huge, silly grin on my face)! I wish I could read aloud that well :) And my daughter was super excited. She thinks I am now officially a rock star!


You can find it on Audible here!

(and the rest of the trilogy along with SOLSTICE are coming soon!)

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13. THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD in Paperback!

Happy New Year! It's been kind of quiet around here, but hopefully I'll be around a bit more in the future :)

Anyway, just in time for the new year, I'm happy to announce that THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD (Book 2 of my Forgotten Worlds trilogy) paperback is now available!




You can find it through all your favorite book-buying places!

INDIEBOUND
AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE

About THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD:

At the end of summer school, Benjamin was given one task—find his missing brothers. Should be easy right? But Benjamin can't locate a trace of them anywhere. Then he finds a mysterious file written in ancient Lemurian with his name on it, which wouldn't be so weird except the file happens to be several thousand years old. Who would have known about Benjamin that long ago? And then Benjamin and his friends begin to wonder, have they been looking not in the wrong place, but in the wrong time?

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14. Happy Holidays!

I'll be back after the new year!!!


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15. Happy Thanksgiving

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

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16. Holiday Shopping and Book Signings!

If you guys are anything like me, then you're determined to be on the ball this year when it comes to holiday shopping. Yes, I already have a few presents taken care of (thank you, Comic Con)!

In the event you're looking for gifts for kids and teens or anyone who loves to read, remember that...
(wait for it)

Signed books make GREAT holiday gifts!

I'll be signing books twice this Saturday, November 30, 2013.

12:00-1:00 at The Book Spot in Round Rock, TX

2:00-4:00 at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX

         

Please come see me! These are my last book signings for the year!

*****

And if you want more ideas for holiday gifts for teens, check out the Round Rock Holiday Gift Guide!
Okay, yes, it does actually feature SOLSTICE as a choice, but there are other awesome suggestions, too!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

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17. THE EMERALD TABLET ebook is Free!

Happy Monday!

In celebration of the ebook release of book 2 in my Forgotten Worlds trilogy, book 1, THE EMERALD TABLET, ebook is free for the week! 

The series is perfect for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans. Get it while it lasts!

Free THE EMERALD TABLET

DOWNLOAD THE EMERALD TABLET FREE FROM AMAZON

DOWNLOAD THE EMERALD TABLET FREE FROM BARNES & NOBLE




And then continue the story with book 2, THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD!

THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD EBOOK ON AMAZON

THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD EBOOK ON BARNES & NOBLE



ABOUT THE BOOKS:

THE EMERALD TABLET:
Benjamin and his best friend Andy are different from normal. They love being able to read each other's minds and use telekinesis to play tricks on other kids. In fact, they are getting all set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin's mirror starts talking. Suddenly, Benjamin's looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace which can only be reached by a teleporter inside the ugly picture in his hallway.
And that's the most normal thing he does all summer.


THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD:
At the end of summer school, Benjamin was given one task—find his missing brothers. Should be easy right? But Benjamin can't locate a trace of them anywhere. Then he finds a mysterious file written in ancient Lemurian with his name on it, which wouldn't be so weird except the file happens to be several thousand years old. Who would have known about Benjamin that long ago? And then Benjamin and his friends begin to wonder, have they been looking not in the wrong place, but in the wrong time? 

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18. The Writing Ninjas Attack Austin Comic Con!



On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 22-24, 2013, the Writing Ninjas will be performing a stealthy but deadly assault on the Austin Comic Con.  We will be at booths #428/430 where we will be signing copies of our books.


Our postcards!



Come by our booth for candy, free books, and the chance to get your favorite Writing Ninja books signed.

THE AUTHORS!
OUR FEATURED BOOKS!

Solstice Border Crossing The Sweet Dead Life The Veil Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! Scorched Dear Teen Me


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19. Houston, here I come!

So Mari Mancusi and I had so much fun this past weekend at our joint book signing that we're doing it again this weekend!
(And again the weekend after that, but I'll talk about that next week).

Houstonites, we would love to see you this Saturday here...



What:  P.J. Hoover and Mari Mancusi will discuss and sign their new novels for young adults, SOLSTICE and SCORCHED.

When:  Saturday, September 14, 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77079


We would love to see you there! And thank you all for the support!






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20. 10 Things: A Week in Review

So I've been buried with edits for my KING TUT story (title still TBD, coming Fall 2014 from Starscape/Tor), but I'm taking a quick break to recap some of my highlights from the last week!

1) Texas Book Festival!
I had a blast on the GIRL POWER(S) panel this year at Texas Book Festival! Such a great crowd. I always love seeing the turnout for the festival. So many families come out to spend the day, sharing in the love of reading!

L to R: E. E. Charlton-Trujillo, Me, Stephanie Kipp McLain, and fellow panelists Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kami Garcia, and Jessica Khoury. 
Not pictured: moderator Sean Petrie


Me with Cynthia before the panel. 

Note: Cynthia and I will be signing this weekend, 
Saturday,November 9th at 2:00pm at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble


2) School Visit/Book Fair
I spoke to 4th-8th grade students this past Friday at Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston. Great faculty, parents, and students!

With librarians and Caldecott Honor illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2nd from left) at the Book Fair kickoff Greek spaghetti dinner!


I had to snap a picture of the ghost cake at the book fair dinner :)


 3) Fun Football
I ran into fellow Austin author Donna Bowman Bratton at my son's football game. Our teams played each other.

Our awesome sons!


4) What I'm reading right now!



5) A random study in what keys I use most on my keyboard :)



6) I learned Rainbow Loom!




7) Both my kids have hypodontia (yes, look it up).
As a result, my daughter got two baby teeth removed this week. She looks like a vampire that has been defanged.


8) What does the Fox Say?
I snagged my daughter's new t-shirt before she could wear it. Such a catchy song...


 9) Houston BookRave!!!!
This was such a fun event! I got to hang out with a bunch of fellow authors and readers all day, talk about books, and sign books!

With author Mary Gray (The Dollhouse Asylum)

 10) Upcoming signings!
I adore this display at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble! It makes me feel so loved. Thank you!!!!


I case you are dying to catch me out and about somewhere, my events for the remainder of the year are below. Please come see me!

November 5, 2013 - Region 2 Library Conference, Corpus Christi, 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

November 30, 2013, 12:00-1:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, The Book Spot, Round Rock, TX

November 30, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, Arboretum Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX



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21. SOLSTICE HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Though mythology is filled with gods and goddesses, it’s also filled with monsters. To celebrate Halloween, I want to share with you my favorite monsters from mythology.

1) CHIMERA



A three-headed monster, part lion, goat, and snake. The Chimera breathes fire, and watch out if you ever spot one. It’s a sign of bad things to come. It’s also come to be used to refer to something very imaginative or implausible.



2) CERBERUS



Sibling of the Chimera, Cerberus guards the gates to the Underworld. Yes, he has a big part in Solstice, and yes, he has three heads. I tend to think that Cerberus, though fierce, is also much like any domesticated dog at home. I’m sure he loves tummy rubs, doggie treats, and playing fetch.



3) GORGONS



I’ve often thought how hard it would be to not look someone in the eye. But thinking becomes reality when gorgons are concerned. There are no retakes. One look, and you’re turned into stone. Terrible and dreadful, their images are often used for protection. In fact, maybe I’ll add one to my collection of Halloween gravestones.



4) FURIES



There is such a nice balance in threes. Maybe that’s why we see it so often in Greek mythology. Of course there’s nothing nice about what the Furies will do to you if you’re sentenced to eternal torture in the Underworld. These three gals are the goddesses of pain. And they will never relent.



5) SIRENS



In keeping with the power of threes (see, three headed monsters, three gorgons, three furies), Sirens round out my favorite monsters from Greek mythology. I adore the image of Odysseus strapped to his ship, listening to their music, wanting to join them at the cost of his own life. And here I thought Stairway to Heaven was a powerful song.

So those are mine! What are your favorite monsters from Greek mythology (or any mythology for that matter)?

Happy Halloween!

*all photos from Wikimedia Commons


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22. Texas Book Festival 2013

For those out and about in the Austin, Texas area, this weekend is the Texas Book Festival! Located down at the Capital, the Texas Book Festival has something for everyone!


If you're interested in young adult books or books about girls with special powers, I'll be on a panel on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 1:30-2:30 pm.

In addition to me, the panel will be made up of Jessica Khoury (author of ORIGIN), Cynthia Leitich Smith (author of FERAL NIGHTS), and Kami Garcia (author of UNBREAKABLE) and will be moderated by local Austin author Sean Peitrie.

   

     P. J.  Hoover at the 2013  Texas Book Festival

WHEN: October 26th, 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm
WHERE: Capital Extension Room E2.014
WHAT: Texas Book Festival Young Adult Literature Panel on GIRL POWER(S)

             
Please come by and see us!

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23. YA SCAVENGER HUNT & SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), 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 second copy of SOLSTICE 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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM--but there is also a blue team and a gold team for a chance to win two other 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 red 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 October 6th, 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 a writer, a reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. She grew up in the woods of Vermont, and recently graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close To You series from HarperTeen.

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

THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE (HarperTeen, July 2, 2013)




About THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE:

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are ""recruits"" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family.

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...



The exclusive content here is awesome! 
IT'S THE FIRST CHAPTER OF BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES! 
You can't ask for anything better than that! Enjoy :)

CHAPTER 1


The dress is laid out on the bed, so dark red it looks black in the muted light of the hotel room. I run my hand down the fabric and it parts like water, the silk gliding across my skin, the deep color swallowing the paleness of my fingertips.
I take off the robe I’ve been wearing and lay it over the back of an overstuffed chair. Though the room is empty, I cover my nakedness with my hands, keeping my body angled toward the door. I am waiting for the knock, waiting for it to open at any moment.
I pick up the dress and quickly pull it over my head. It molds itself to my body, sweeping against the low heels of my sandals. It is a simple column, with a cut that reminds me of old Hollywood movies, where the women had smoky voices and everyone talked too fast.
The knock still doesn’t come. I turn on another light next to the bed and the thick fringe from the lampshade sweeps across my hand. This one has a tinted bulb, which turns the room a garish pink, making the shadows deeper and staining the white floral wallpaper with slashes of red.
There is a mirror across from the bed, framed in gold and silver, ornate twists and circles that make me dizzy when I catch them from the corner of my eye. I stare at my reflection, barely recognizing the face that looks back at me. My old bangs grew out months ago, and my red hair falls in heavy waves around my shoulders. My cheekbones were always high, but now they are even more pronounced, making hollow grooves above my jawline. I dab a light gloss over my lips, ignoring the flatness in my eyes and the new muscles that curve along my arms and shoulders.
I’m not supposed to wear a lot of makeup, they said. No one in this time period does, and blending in is the most important part of being in an era that’s not your own. I take care to only use a small swipe of mascara, a touch of blush, and though I run an ivory comb through my hair, I leave it down, skimming where the edge of the silk hits my lower back.
I step away and examine my reflection, still detached, as though it is a stranger’s face and body that I am somehow controlling. The color should look wrong against my skin, but the red brings out the lighter strands in my hair and the sheath hugs my frame, making me seem curvier than I am these days.
It has been nine months since I faced General Walker in that bare gray cell, hidden so many feet below the ground. He told me I could walk away from my old life, join the Montauk Project and start traveling through time as part of a secret government organization, or I could die. It wasn’t much of a choice, and so here I am, standing in this lavish hotel room, waiting for my contact on my first mission.
I have not met the rest of the team yet. I don’t even know who they are, and the anticipation is crawling over me, like an itch I can’t quite reach in the middle of my back. I pick at the fabric of the dress, pinching the silk between my fingers and then smoothing the wrinkles out again. I’m surprised at how nervous I am; I thought they had stripped all my feelings from me, that those endless months of training—not speaking to anyone but my commanding officers, not seeing my family or friends—had made me numb in a way that was permanent, in a way that would make me unable to feel anything ever again.
But there it is inside of me, curled in a ball, tucked low in the pit of my stomach—fear. Tonight I have to kill a man, and I don’t know if I can.
The knock on the door is so loud it makes me jerk, and the comb falls from my hand to bounce against the glossy tiled floor. I take a deep breath, pushing my shoulders back, lifting my chin. I am a skilled recruit for the Project, just like whoever is standing on the other side of that door. They don’t have to know that this is my first mission. They don’t have to know that I’m afraid.
I cross the room quickly, the silk whipping around my legs. The wooden door is cool to the touch, and I lay my cheek against it, listening. “Who is it?” I call out.
The voice that answers is muffled. It sounds deep, but I can’t quite tell through the thickness of the door. “It’s Michael. Let me in. The fund-raiser is starting soon and the champagne will get warm.”
It’s my contact. He’s using the code, even mentioning his alias. I slide back the old-fashioned lock and swing the door open.
There is a phrase I am supposed to say back so that he’ll know who I am. “Darling, the champagne is on ice, don’t—”
But the final words die in my throat.
Standing in front of me, dressed in a slim black tuxedo, is the boy who left me crumbled on the cold floor of a cell after betraying me to General Walker and telling me he never loved me. Wes.
The boy who broke my heart.


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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 secret number is 6. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the red 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
SOLSTICE!


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







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24. Austin Teen Book Fest

Yes, this weekend is FINALLY the Austin Teen Book Fest. I am so excited! I've been looking forward to this event since last year and can't wait. If you've never been, it's completely worth taking the day off and checking out.

You can find me on this panel, presenting at 1:25 and 3:15:



And you can see the list of ALL 42 AUTHORS here:


See you on Saturday!







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25. For the San Antonio Crowd!



This weekend, I'll be at The Twig in San Antonio, TX signing books with Mari Mancusi. We would be so happy if you came to see us!

What:  P.J. Hoover and Mari Mancusi will discuss and sign their new novels for young adults, SOLSTICE and SCORCHED.

When:  Saturday, September 21, 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Twig Book Shop 

306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106
at the Historic Pearl Brewery in the Can Plant Building

San Antonio, TX 78215


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