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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. Meet my Protagonist!

Thank you to my wonderful Class of 2k8 friend, Barrie Summy, for tagging me in this really fun blog tour! Please visit Barrie's blog and meet the main character, Raine Watson, of her newest book, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. (Delacorte, May 12, 2015).

Today we get an awesome introduction to the main character of my newest book, TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014). Yes, the Boy King himself.

Here is King Tut!


Look for me at events and ask if I have any of these
awesome custom created prints (by Ben Bender at Bender Comics) on hand!


1) What is the name of your character?

King Tut. Tutankhamen. The Boy King. Ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt.


2) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Totally a real person from history! I've loved King Tut since I saw his exhibit in 1976. Of course in my story, he is fourteen forever, so there's definitely some fiction going on.


3) When and where is the story set?

There are a couple chapters set in Ancient Egypt, and then just like (ancient Egyptian) magic, the rest of the story takes place in Modern Day Washington, D.C.


4) What should we know about him/her?

He's witty and sarcastic and much like every other fourteen year old you know, except (in case you didn't get this from the title) immortal. :)


5) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Everything is great in King Tut's immortal life until his crazy Uncle Horemheb shows up. Turns out Uncle Horemheb is the one who's been locked in the tomb for 3000 years, so he's a bit upset about that and is totally out for revenge.


6) What is the personal goal of the character?

Uncle Horemheb killed Tut's entire family, so Tut wants his own revenge! It's a crazy fun adventure around Washington, D.C. with lots of Egyptian mythology thrown in.

***

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

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. 

***

Thank you for reading, and thank you, Barrie, for sharing the blog tour with me!

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9. YA Scavenger Hunt and SOLSTICE and TUT Giveaway!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) and the brand new 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 second copy of SOLSTICE along with 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE 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 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 October 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 TONYA KUPER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, Tonya!

TONYA'S BIO:
Tonya Kuper lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and two witty boys. She's an unapologetic Star Wars fan, a music freak, and is crazy about Sherlock. ANOMALY is her debut novel.

You can find out a ton more about Tonya 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 Anomaly:
After a freaky day, Josie, a scifi dork intellectual, learns a popular quantum physics theory is in fact real and she's at the center of it. Reid, a smart-ass hottie, is her trainer, educating her on their secret race and teaching her how to manipulate reality with her body and thoughts. To simplify it, it's similar to the Matrix meets Divergent in contemporary high school. 


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

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     I walked a few feet to the yoga studio, Josie followed and stood in the doorway. She looked totally drained. “Really?”
     “Yup.” I sat and patted the floor next to me, which earned me an eye roll.
     She plopped down, not making eye contact. “Where’s Hannah?” I whispered.
     Still not looking at me, she carefully placed her towel in its exact place, and checked her phone. “She texted. Not gonna make it tonight.”
     “Mmmm. Lucky you then.” I pointed to the sign on the door. “It’s partner night.”
     Josie’s face swung to mine, her eyebrows arched high. I gave her my best “in your face” smile.
     “Well, I don’t have water.” She was looking for excuses.
     “Yeah, you do.” I tipped my head to the floor between us, to the bottle of water that wasn’t there just a moment before. Her head shook as she bit away a smile.
     The class started with slow stretching, working our way up to sun salutations. It was hard for me to concentrate. I watched Josie lower herself to the floor with control and strength, hover just above the mat then thrust her hips forward into upward dog, pushing her back into a beautiful arch.
     Holy hell.
     The instructor turned the music down with the remote control and said, “Find your partner for the night, the one who will help you identify if we are engaging your core.” She switched the music to a contemporary song with a heavy beat, far from our usual flute and steel drums yoga tunes.
     Josie, still avoiding my gaze, got into Warrior I position, her front knee bent and arms reaching for the ceiling. The yoga teacher instructed us to first check the position as a whole before moving onto the abs. Partners, all women, stood behind the other placing their hands on the others hip bones, making sure they pointed forward. Moving behind Josie, I straddled her extended leg, watching her back expand and contract as she breathed. Easing closer, I slid my hands around to the front of her hips. Josie dragged in a rugged breath as I leaned into her. I closed my eyes for a moment, trying to stop the dizziness initiated by her gardenia perfume and surge of energy rushing through my veins. The very essence and proximity of her gave me a natural high. Opening my eyes, I was surprised to find Josie’s irises locked on mine, almost daring me.
     The instructor weaved through the yogi pairs. “Let’s check to make sure those ribs aren’t popping out. We want the abdominals fully engaged, not letting the torso arch or break.” She illustrated on a student and expected us to the do same to our partners.
     Josie focused on the front of the room as my right hand skimmed over her tank, just under her chest. My fingers drifted over her ribs to her stomach, my lips close to her ear. “You’re connected,” I whispered.
     Her intense gaze hung on mine in the mirror as my hand hesitated over her navel, my chest pushed against her back. For a moment, my heart and breath stopped. Time seemed to slow and the world around slipped away. It was in her eyes – questions and confusion, but also a longing.
     “Switch,” the instructor yelled.
     Josie’s body flinched under me and her cheeks darkened, a sliver of a smile playing on her lips. She cleared her throat and turned her head toward my face so my nose, lips, and chin brushed her cheek. Then she stepped out of her stance, away from me.
     Facing me, she smiled. “You’re turn, pretty boy.”
     I settled into the position. Josie’s warm hands swept over my shoulders and pulled down. I was not prepared for her hands to be anywhere besides my stomach. “Relax,” she whispered behind me. “Pull down your latissimi dorsi muscles, it’ll create more space between your shoulders and ears.” Two fingers skated down my lats on each side, making my spine straighten more and the air in my lungs rush out in surprise.
     Her hands wrapped around my hips, her fingers searching for the edge of the hip bones. Once she literally held my hips in her hands, she twisted them to the front of the room in one quick, rough motion. My blood was sure to boil and cook me from the inside out.
     Her hot hand shot over my ribs, her fingers spread wide then crept down my shirt to my lower abs. She popped up to her tip toes and whispered, “Your ribs aren’t popping. It feels engaged. Do you feel the connection?”
     Keeping my body directed to the mirror in front of us, I watched her. “You have no. I. Dea.” I turned my head over my shoulder and she was right there, our noses almost touching. I could feel her chest expanding faster against my back as her lips parted ever so slightly. Her always serious, calculating face waivered for a second, like when it was her turn. I wasn’t sure what I’d caught a glimpse of, but I liked it.
     The rest of class continued, Josie avoiding more contact at all costs. I now had a new goal in addition to everything else: Make whatever flashed across Josie’s face appear more often.


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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Tonya Kuper, 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!


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DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!

 

In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a second copy of SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) along with 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 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.


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. 

***

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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10. NECROPOLIS Paperback and eBook Now Available!

As if the release of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is not exciting enough, I am thrilled that both the ebook and the paperback of THE NECROPOLIS (Forgotten Worlds Book 3) are now available with an awesome new cover that matches the rest of the covers in the paperback series!



The Forgotten Worlds Book 3: The Necropolis

The situation in Lemuria is rapidly deteriorating. In fact teleportation between the hidden continent and the outside world has become so dangerous, all agents and their families have been recalled. Although Benjamin is psyched to be living in Lemuria full time, he knows he needs to find his last brother soon. However, between classes, a murderous half-brother, and complications with his friend Heidi, Benjamin can barely focus. Besides, there’s only one place left they haven’t searched—the hidden continent of Atlantis.

***

You can check out the entire series on my website along with fun extras, a book trailer, and information on where to buy the books!

   

Thank you so much, and happy Monday!

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11. Happy Release Day, TUT!

Happy Release Day to
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life!
     

Hi! P. J. Hoover here, and I am thrilled that after 7-1/2 long years, the book of my heart is finally being released! In some ways it feels like just yesterday that I started writing Tut, but when I look at how much time has gone by, I can't believe it. 7-1/2 years! That is a crazy long time!

Just so you know, I adore my re-imagining of the boy king, and I am thrilled to share him with you all. Tut is immortal, fourteen, and has an infectiously fun attitude. His humor and his need to do the right thing pulled me in from the first words I wrote.

Please consider sharing 
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life with those in your life who love adventure, humor, and mythology. It's a great choice for those who love Harry Potter and The Lightning Thief or fantasy of any kind.

Thank you all so much for your support! It means everything!

 

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.


For more information about me or any of my books, please visit my website

For information on school visits or speaking engagements, please visit my author visits and schedule pages.




Buy Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life!   

 
Tut is now available anywhere books are sold. If you'd like to buy a copy of  Tut, I would be eternally (or immortally?) grateful! I hope you'll love Tut as much as I do!



  

  
If you are interested in purchasing a signed/personalized copy of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Lifeplease click here for more information.

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


FUN EXTRAS for Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life!   

I've had an absolute blast coming up with some amazing extras to go along with Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life! What kind of extras you might ask? Well, let me take a minute and tell you about them!


 
First, there's the King Tut MINECRAFT world! Yes, readers can visit the world of King Tut, from his tomb back in Egypt to his townhouse in Washington, D.C.. They can conquer the MINECRAFT scavenger hunt and unlock clues as to what Tut's future may have in store. Please check it out on my MINECRAFT page!

 

Next, there is the "Escape from King Tut's Tomb" video game to go along with the book! For those who don't know, I used to be an electrical engineer before I started writing books, so I programmed a video game using SCRATCH (a great platform developed by MIT to help kids learn to program). The game has 10 levels, codes to decipher, puzzles to decode, and patterns to recognize. You can find the game and more about SCRATCH on my video game page!





Finally, there is the Tut PICK YOUR OWN QUEST Adventure! Readers can travel through Egypt, playing the role of King Tut, Pharaoh of Egypt. They make choices that determine not only their own fate, but the fate of Egypt itself. I used to adore those Choose Your Own Adventure books back in the day, and I wanted to create something as fun for TUT. Try your hand at saving Egypt on my PICK YOUR OWN QUEST page!

 

 
You can watch the book trailer for
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life below!


 


 
 
Thank you all so much for all your support! 

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12. Texas Book Festival!

Happy Friday!

I've been keeping quiet on this, but I'm so happy to finally be able to announce that I will be a participating author is this year's Texas Book Festival down at the Capital here in Austin!

Panels and schedule have yet to be announced, but once I know, I'll post it on my schedule page. If you've never been to the festival, it is a great (and totally family friendly) experience you don't want to miss!

Yay, Texas!




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13. Custom Art for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Happy Thursday! Hope you all are getting as excited for the release of TUT as I am! And on that topic...

I adore my custom art for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014) created by Ben Bender of Bender Comics!



The attitude is perfect and just what I imagined for the immortal boy king!


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14. TUT VIDEO GAME (on SCRATCH!)

You like playing video games? I like playing video games.
You like computer programming? I love computer programming.

Oh, and I love books, so I decided to write a video game for my newest book, TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014)! And because I have kids of my own and see how much they love to learn about computer programming, I used the platform SCRATCH to write the game.



SCRATCH cat

In case you've never heard of SCRATCH, it is an amazing platform used in a lot of schools to teach computer programming. Kids from all over the world use SCRATCH to write games and share them with others.

Please visit the SCRATCH website for more information.

If you are a SCRATCH user and you want to follow me on SCRATCH, my userid is triciajh.

Things you can do with the TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE 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 TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE.
* 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.



You can read more about the game here.

You can visit the game on SCRATCH here.

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15. YAY for TUT and School Library Journal!


It's already been such a wonderful week, but this fantastic School Library Journal (SLJ) review for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014), thrills me.

"...a fast-moving adventure with surprising twists...Fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series will surely enjoy this title. A fine purchase for libraries where historically based adventures are in demand."

Thank you, SLJ!

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16. TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE Book Trailer!

Happy Friday!

To celebrate the approach of school starting back up and the upcoming release of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014), I'm happy to show off the book trailer! It's a little non-traditional and basically brings in a bunch of stuff I've been working on :)

Enjoy!


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17. The Writing Ninjas of Texas at San Antonio Comic Con

I'll be in San Antonio this weekend for Comic Con with the Writing Ninjas of Texas, dressed in full costume, and I'd love to see you there! Joining me will be authors Madeline Smoot and Mari Mancusi.

Look for us in Booth 409!


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18. Thank you, Publishers Weekly!!!

I love Mondays (yes, maybe I am the only one). It's hard to make them any better, but starting the week with a fantastic review for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE by Publishers Weekly does the trick!

"The entertaining premise and fast pace keep this adventure on track, while the way Hoover reimagines the Egyptian pantheon ... is pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s work." — Publishers Weekly

Thank you, Publishers Weekly!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week :)







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19. 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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20. Librarian and Educator TUT ARC Giveaway!

Hi! P. J. Hoover here, and in anticipation of the upcoming release of my newest MG novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014), I'm excited to offer up for giveaway five ARCs

This giveaway is open to librarians and teachers. 

To enter, please email me at the address below and mention that you would like to be entered!  


 
The giveaway will run through May 5th.    

 

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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21. Featuring Joy Preble and THE A-WORD

Hey Peeps! I wanted to share with you news about the latest book released today by on of my favorite people, writing pal Joy Preble. Joy is the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series as well as THE SWEET DEAD LIFE which came out last year. Today, the sequel to THE SWEET DEAD LIFE is out!

THE A-WORD by Joy Preble (Soho Press, May 13, 2014)



About THE A-WORD:

Jenna Samuels and her guardian angel brother battle heavenly head-honchos and earthbound bullies in this Texas-set hilarious follow up to The Sweet Dead Life. 

It's been almost a year since Jenna Samuel’s stoner brother, Casey, bit the dust and returned as her guardian angel. A year since Casey and his “angel boss,” Amber Velasco, saved Jenna’s life and helped her foil the bad guys—more or less. A year in which Jenna has solved the true mystery of the universe: how to get one Ryan Sloboda to ask her out.

Jenna’s feeling mighty cheery about life and love. But Casey, whose doomed relationship with Lanie Phelps (who has no idea her boyfriend is, well, dead) isn’t doing much to distract him, has his own big question: Why is he still hanging around?

Bo Shivers, a heavenly head honcho Jenna and Casey didn't even know existed, might have the answer.  Bo knows something big is coming. Something that might just change everything for Jenna Samuels, who once again finds herself up to her non-winged shoulders in heavenly secrets of global proportions—just as she’s finally found the perfect Homecoming Dance dress.

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Praise for THE A-WORD: A SWEET DEAD LIFE NOVEL

“Light, snarky, and heartfelt... The A-Word rolls along cheerfully through Halloween pranks, high school football, investigative reporting, angel-powered action, and a very realistic amount of aimless driving around.”
—School Library Journal

“Sassy, smart-mouthed, cowboy-boot fan Jenna Samuels is back once again, fighting evildoers with the aid of her angelic cohorts..... has many of the elements that made its predecessor, [The Sweet Dead Life], so much fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The earthbound angels are as authentic as the down-to-earth people in The A-Word, but where the book really spreads its wings is in the interaction between the two. Resourceful teens and heavenly beings team up to get to the roots of a very modern mystery, and the big questions of the universe share space with first dates and football games. The result: a smart, original (and slightly celestial) mystery with a distinctly Texan flavor.”
Michael Northrop, author of Trappedand Surrounded by Sharks

"Joy Preble gives it all! Humor, wit, emotion, and romance! Fabulous fun!"
—New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan

“Romance, sassy humor, and a pain-in-the-rear brother … Who knew having a guardian angel could be so hard and so much fun to read?”
New York Times Bestselling Author C.C. Hunter


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22. A Shout Out for the Writing Barn

I just want to do a quick shout out to The Writing Barn, one of the most awesome locations for a class, retreat, or party right here in south Austin. My pal Bethany Hegedus is the owner of The Writing Barn, and I've been there for classes, parties (with goats and a rockabilly band), and just to hang out. In case you are ever looking for something like the barn, here are the official details!

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The Writing Barn is a retreat, workshop, and event space located in Austin, Texas. 



Writing Barn Presents events are designed to offer thoughtful programming to engage writers of all levels to continue to study craft, provide a safe space for experimentation, read and analyze current books, and to come away from the intensives with revision ideas, and tips and tools to take works-in-progress to the next level.



The 2014 WB Presents events are:

Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus  coming up in August.


The Complete Picture Book Workshop: Tips to Help You Write, Revise, & Sell with top-picture book agent Erin Murphy and best-selling authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick in September.



Along with special events, where writers of all levels are welcome to apply, we also offer Advanced Writer Weekend Workshops.

The goal of this AWWW series is for dedicated and productive writers (agented/published/or on-the-verge) to spend time with their peers, attending lectures and workshop to enhance skills and to re-energize their commitment to their craft as their career develops and changes.
Faculty lectures are on par with MFA programs.
We welcome attendees from around the country, and have lodging options for those traveling from outside Austin.

The 2014 AWWW series includes:

Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop, Writing Outside the Box with author/agent Ammi-Joan Paquette and author K.A. Holt in October.

The Art of the Sale: with best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobohan Vivian in December.

The Book House, our new lodging will have bedrooms: Pulitzer and Booker on the top floor. These rooms will have two double beds. The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz rooms will be on the ground floor, with two single beds per room. Each room has its own private bath.  Complete with a galley kitchen and a living room, the Book House has it all. There is even a wrap-around porch with plenty of outlets for writing outside.  The Book House opens in August!



Private & Group Retreats

With the addition of The Book House, The Writing Barn  7.5 acre grounds will sleep 18. The Writing Barn 3-4, The Book House 10, and The Cabin 3-4. Each building may be rented independently or as a whole. If traveling from out of town, consider a week long retreat, as we offer discounts for longer stays.  Peak season is winter through spring. Low season: the holidays and summer months.

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Please visit The Writing Barn site for more information!


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23. Thank you, Kirkus!


There is not much better than starting the weekend out with a **sweet** review from Kirkus for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

"...the tension between Tut and creepy Horemheb is a well-placed and -paced plot driver. 
 A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating."Kirkus

Thank you, Kirkus!

Yay, and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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24. Featuring Stacy Nyikos and "Toby"

Today I'm so happy to feature friend and fellow author Stacy Nyikos with her latest picture book, TOBY!

For anyone who's been fascinated with the amazing journey that cute little sea turtles have to take when they hatch to make it to the ocean, TOBY is perfect. I admit that while reading the book, it found a special place in my heart. We watched the sea turtles be released into the ocean a couple years back at Padre Island National Seashore, and I couldn't help but think of those darling little turtles as I read TOBY. It's fun. It's cute. What more could you want?

TOBY by Stacy Nyikos (Stonehorse Publishing, June 30, 2014)



About TOBY:

Birds and crabs and crocs - oh my! - stand between Toby and his new ocean home. Can he outslip, outslide, out double-flip and dive them? Join this plucky little sea turtle on his adventures from egg to ocean.


About Stacy Nyikos:

In a quiet little office/at a comfy little desk/Stacy Nyikos chews on pencils/and scribbles silliness…when she’s not plucking splinters from her teeth, that is. Stacy holds an MFA in Writing (silliness) for Children from Vermont College. She spends her days chasing—or being chased—by stories. Toby is her latest catch. He sees it the other way around—catching her in the form of two very curious but courageous rescue sea turtle’s she met during a behind the scenes tour of her local aquarium. Either way, a lot of pencils got crunched writing his story.

TOBY releases on June 30, 2014!
For other stops on the Toby blog tour please check http://www.stacyanyikos.com/blog.html.

Source of book: From author at request


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25. See you in Vegas!

I'm off this weekend to the American Library Association annual conference, this year held in Las Vegas! I've never been to Vegas before, so color me double excited.

In case you'll happen to be there, I would love to see you! My schedule is:

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

AAP Children’s Author Speed Dating 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112

Pre-BFYA Feedback Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
 Las Vegas Convention Center Room N113

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Hotel | Ballroom C

Signing The Emerald Tablet #477
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Signing Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life at booth #532
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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Happy ALA!





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