Friday, August 28, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, MARCI LYN CURTIS


Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, releases September 8th, 2015, via Disney-Hyperion. 

Now, let's get to know this badass a little better.

What is your favorite word? Swank.

What is your least favorite word? Moist. Creepiest word in the history of ever.

What sound or noise do you love? Flip-flops. Seriously. They make the happiest, most carefree sound in existence.

What sound or noise do you hate? Any combination of words spoken through the froth of toothpaste. Because, ew: foamy spit.
  

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Anything that involves working with elephants.
 

What profession would you not like to do? Dental hygienist. (Are you beginning to sense a pattern here? Yes—yes—spit grosses me out.)

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Red. Or else, orange. Or maybe purple.
Or whatever color is code for “indecisive eater.”

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide? Slip N Slide. Sprinklers are for sissies. ;)

Favorite John Hughes Movie? Oh man. It’s sort of a tie between The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I think I’ll have to go Bueller.
Bueller…
Bueller…

Last song you listened to? Foo Fighters’ “Rope.”

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good? Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know? Your stories matter.
 

Yup. BAD.ASS!

Now, some details on this amazing debut that is up for grabs in the SPELLS, SPIRITS and SWOONS! prize pack:

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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met. Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.
  


Do yourself a favor and stalk this girl via her website, twitter or Facebook. And be sure to add her books to your Goodreads list.

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*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*
 

Monday, August 24, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, SARA B. LARSON



Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels IGNITE and the forthcoming ENDURE. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction. 

Now, let's get to know this badass...
What is your favorite word? 
 I hate picking favorites, I kind of suck at it. But the first word that popped into my head was incandescent. That’s a lovely, fun word, so let’s go with that. Unless we want to be sentimental and then I’ll go with “family.”

What is your least favorite word?
I’m not really sure I can use it in a public forum, so let’s just go with “moist.”
  
What sound or noise do you love?
I love a lot of sounds, but one that might be kind of unique to me is the dryer. I honestly love putting a load in right before bed and turning the dryer on. It’s such a soothing sound to go to sleep to.
What sound or noise do you hate?  I can’t handle the sound of napkins tearing. It’s like nails on a chalkboard.


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Hmmm, in fantasy-land I think it would be fun to trying acting again (Broadway musical like Phantom of the Opera or Wicked) or in a movie with Chris Hemsworth as the male lead (I mean, as long as we’re dreaming let’s dream big). But in reality, growing up, other than being an author, I always wanted to be a doctor and volunteer in Africa.

What profession would you not like to do?
Pretty much anything featured on “Dirty Jobs.”

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Red, unless we’re allowed to branch out to Orange Dreamsicles.

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
Slip N Slide!

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Remember how I suck at picking favorites? Oh man, I just don’t know how to pick only one! I mean, the Home Alone and Beethoven movies were pretty much on repeat in my house growing up…but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Sixteen Candles are probably my top faves.

Last song you listened to?
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
It might be clich├ęd, but I wish I had written Harry Potter. I just love those books SO much, I think they’re brilliant.
In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring-author need to know?
If you never, never give up, you will succeed.

Yup, BAD.ASS!

Now, here's a peek at DEFY that's included in the AGAINST THE ODDS prize pack:

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Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
 

Sara loves hanging out with readers, so be sure and track her down on her website, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook. And be sure to add her books to your Goodreads list!

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*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, BETHANY CRANDELL

Bethany Crandell lives in San Diego with her husband, two kids, and a chocolate Labrador with no regard for personal space. She is slightly obsessed with John Hughes and the wonderful collection of films he left behind, and is confident that prayer, and avocados, solve problems.

Let's get to know this badass.

What is your favorite word?
Ridiculous.

What is your least favorite word?
*shudders* 
the 'T' word used to identify a girl's boobs. 
Hint: It's not 'TATS', 'TETS', 'TOTS' or 'TUTS'.

What sound or noise do you love?
Pre-sunrise bird songs.
  
What sound or noise do you hate?
People chewing.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Singer. Your eardrums would beg to differ.
 
What profession would you not like to do?
Plumber. Or Accountant. Or any profession that requires specific/exact answers.

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Electric Blue. The double-ones that you can either split in half to share with a friend, or be a pig and eat for yourself. #teampig

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
SLIP N SLIDE!

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
SIXTEEN CANDLES. No wait, BREAKFAST CLUB. No...SIXTEEN CANDLES--WAIT! 
Ugh. Who thought of this question?! 

Last song you listened to?
BROTHER, NeedToBreathe

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
The Book Thief. The voice of that book is so powerful--blew me away.

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring-author need to know?
Write for yourself, not for an audience. 

Yup...BADASS!

Now, here's a quick peek at SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS which you can find in the SAND BETWEEN MY TOES prize pack:

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Cricket Montgomery was born with a golden spoon in her mouth (though Tiffany platinum would have been preferred) and the narcissistic notion that the world revolves around her. After a botched party attempt at the country-club lands her in hot water with her rarely-present father, it's bye-bye relaxing Hawaiian vacation, hello attitude-adjustment as a summer camp counselor.

As if being left for dead in Western Michigan with limited cell coverage isn't punishment enough, Cricket's horror increases when she realizes she's working at a camp for disabled teens. Thankfully there's one bright spot in handicapped hell; fellow counselor and Zac Efron lookalike Quinn, who Cricket falls head over heels for. Unfortunately for Cricket, Quinn is the one person who offers her the brutal truth about the kind of person she really is--and not even a platinum spoon can make 'self-centered, bitch' taste good.


As wheelchairs, lazy eyes, and slurred speech begin to threaten her sanity, Cricket finds herself relying on the unlikely friendships she makes with the campers, and the strange connection the camp's director seems to have to her forgotten past.


Bethany loves hanging out with readers, so please harass her here, on Twitter or Facebook, and add her to your Goodreads list, too.

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*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*


Sunday, August 16, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, LORI M. LEE


Lori M. Lee is the author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull. 

Now, let's get to know this badass a little better...

What is your favorite word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Just kidding. Kind of. I don’t actually have a favorite word. Even when I try, I’m just incapable of narrowing any aspect of myself into a single representational object/thing. Well, and I’m the most indecisive person in the wooooorld. I’m that person who takes two hours at the grocery store because I have to mull over whether I need almost every item in my cart. So to pick a favorite WORD? Amidst a million?! (And that’s just the English language.)

As you can see, I’m also gifted with turning one word answers into whole essays.

What is your least favorite word?
See above.

What sound or noise do you love?
Silence. At least when I’m writing. When I’m not writing, I love hearing my 2yo laugh.
  
What sound or noise do you hate?
Fireworks at midnight across the street from my house which results in debris littering my yard in the morning and an extremely unhappy Lori. That was perhaps too specific. Also: SpongeBob.
  
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Paleontologist because dinosaurs are freaking awesome. Or librarian because I think I’d rock at that.
 
What profession would you not like to do?
I probably should not be a professional football player. That wouldn’t be pretty.

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Rainbow.

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
Sprinklers. I walk on the wild side.

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
I think I’m supposed to say The Breakfast Club, but I’ve never actually made it through one entire viewing of the film (I’ve probably seen the whole thing, just in various chunks over the years). I’m not actually a huge fan of his films. Although I remember liking Home Alone as a kid.

Last song you listened to?
Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift.

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. That book. OMG THAT BOOK.

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring-author need to know?
Read, read, read, read, read, and read.


Okay, Lori came dangerously close to not being a badass with that John Hughes answer *coughs* but her favorite word question made up for it so...yeah, she's a badass.

Now, here's a peek at GATES OF THREAD AND STONE that you can find in the AGAINST THE ODDS prize pack:

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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Lori loves stalkers, so make sure you track her down on her website, Twitter, or Facebook, and be sure to add her books to your Goodreads list. 

Now, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!!


*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*