Tuesday, June 30, 2009
And if anyone reading this could tell me in 160 characters or less (or whatever the tweet count is; I'm a newbie so I don't remember) why you like or dislike tweets, I would be every so happy.
Til next time...
(and check out the 2k9 post link!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Til next time...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Answer a few exciting questions, link up to Lounge Lizard and you're in the running! Plus you'll get to find out about other contests/giveaways for other YA books, which is an added amazing bonus!
There's a time limit, so get thee to Mr. Linky right away and let me know that you did! (or keep it to yourself, but it would be fun to know!)
Til next time... when there will be more Dreaming Anastasia news!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
If you are not a Sarah Dessen fan, well, you should be! Just Listen is my favorite, followed by The Truth About Forever, but honestly, I love everything she's written. Her characters speak to me in ways that no one else's do and I think it's because I'm by nature a perfectionist who has trouble with change but still courts it because I know it's good for me or simply because the fates shove me toward it. I live in Texas, nowhere near where I grew up and where "my people" are, and so I've had to cobble together new family with friends and neighbors. I know what it is to have my world change in an instant, and not always in a good way. And Sarah Dessen's fiction speaks to these things. Characters whose lives are disrupted; who are forced to reckon with the hard truths of their situations, who find love in unexpected places and people. Who have to be pushed out of their comfort zone into something they never expected to love. Not all of what happens results in perfect happily ever afters. But every word, every description feels real, authentic.
If you ever read this post, Sarah Dessen, it was your writergirl live journal that I stumbled upon a couple of years ago when I was still an unpublished author with huge dreams and a messy life. I still make sure I read your Friday Five. I can only wish that someday I can master the craft as you have! I read about your love of those deviled eggs and basketball, and just today about your tangerine purse and trip to BEA and I'm encouraged. Of the many writers who've inspired me, whose way with sentences has awed me, you have always been top of my list. One of the things I try to do as I move from debut author to author - hopefully - of that second and third book - is to find the truth in the human story, the truth as I see it. Dreaming Anastasia is in part about imperfect people who make mistakes and then have to deal with the aftermath, as I guess we all do.
So here's to summer and here's to Along for the Ride. I can hardly wait!
Til next time...
Sunday, June 7, 2009
But back to the summer reading. Mostly this summer I need to finish my WIP and develop some workshops I can do for school visits and the like and plot out some signings and other things because like it or not Dreaming Anastasia will hit those shelves on September 1st and I better get ready. More on my travels later this week in another post. I'm plotting and planning some great events and I'm excited to share. DA and I even got a nice mention in Publisher's Weekly post BEA article, although they called me Joe not Joy. But whoever I am, Dreaming Anastasia still got a mention which was honestly so exciting it took my breath clean away.
Summer Reading! Stick to the point!
Here's what's on my current list.
- Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
- the ARC i just won at the SCBWI Houston meeting of Megan Frazer's Secrets of Truth and Beauty
- Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith, which is her sequel to Tantalize and which I've had since TLA but just haven't had the time to read even though I've been dying to!
- the debut Wings by Aprilynne Pike. Bought it when I went to the fabulous Blue Willow Book Shop in Houston to bring them my own ARC and say hello
- Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb. I met Margot very briefly at TLA and in those brief seconds I knew that whatever she wrote it would be both funny and poignant and standing in Blue Willow flipping through Cures, I was delighted to find that I was not mistaken. (I'm usually pretty good about reading people although on occasion I'm decidely awful but even then I'm always better at people than I am at trends. I was the one, btw, who said with absolute assurance that no one would ever want a Tickle Me Elmo or a beanie baby...)
- Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
- Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
- My Big Nose and Other Disasters by Sydney Salter
- Initiation by Susan Fine
- Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Those last five, in the spirit of full disclosure, are some the books by fellow 2k9ers that are out now and that I have not yet read. I love all our books, but the YA's are obviously my thing and I'm very much looking forward.
Beyond that, I plan on indulging my taste for romance with some Nora Roberts and this new wedding series she's doing. Yes, I've watched the Lifetime movies, too. The books are way better.
What's on your summer reading list? Please let me know!
Til next time...