Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BLOG TOUR: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes: Interview + GIVEAWAY


So, I bet you can't guess what I have in store for you today. Well... if you didn't already glance upward, it's an interview with Stephanie Keyes! Aghhh! Crazy, right? 

Here's a little about her newly-released book.

Overview:
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

Now for the interview! Eeep!

Interview: My Journey Through the Underworld : Kellen St. James
1. When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you? 
People never seem to notice me. They just see me as the guy who’s hanging out with Gabe, you know?

2. What are your strengths? 
Mmmh. I’m honest and loyal. If you’re my friend, I’ve got your back.

3. This mysterious beautiful girl that takes you for craziest ride of your life, tell us a bit about her? You wouldn't happen to be romantically interested in her would you? ;) 
Calienta? She’s incredible. She’s kind and caring one minute and ready to pulvarize you the next. Yes, I’d say I’m romatically interested in her, since I’ve proposed [laughs]. In fact, I have to be getting back to our wedding, soon.

4. So, I hear you're pretty intelligent, Kellen. Often you've been underestimated, and seen as "ordinary." How does it feel to know you are capable of so much more, even though no one else seems to realize?
I’m not sure. I just did what I had to do, you know?

5. What are you most afraid of? 
Losing Calienta.

6. Any pros and cons of being a key part in the prophecy? 
There are no pros when your life and the life of others is at stake.

7. What is one thing you would do differently if you could? 
What’s the point of having any regrests? Everything that’s happened is out of my control, because there is no way I’m traveling through time again.

8. Anything else you'd like to say to our readers. 
If you see a hole in the ground, don’t climb in it.

For more information on Kellen and Calienta, check out The Star Child below for some information!

About the Book
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. 
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?



About the Author:

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master's in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie

One more treat before you leave ... THE GIVEAWAY. (:
The paperback copy and poster is only available to people residing in the US/UK.
But the 3 e-copies are for you lovely international readers!

Giveaway:



Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell

Author: Mary O'Connell
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Pages: 228
Read in: 2 days

Overview:
Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.

Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.

Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance. 

The Sugar and Spice: 

Sandinista is a defiant, searching, sarcastic, dark, and open-minded spirit. She’s a spec that’s seizes to exist, yet her irrelevance makes her the most important aspect of “The Sharp Time.”

“The Sharp Time,” begins with Sandinista’s job “interview” for her favorite vintage clothing store, if you can even call it that. She’s shooed away from the store, and asked to write about why she deserves the job. Any other person I know, might’ve come back the next day, or the day after with a neatly written paragraph or two. But, never fear, Sandinista’s here! She storms up a quick paragraph, and marches back up to the store owner. Nevertheless, she’s hired. Not for exquisite taste - no, but for her name! Lucky, lucky. Though she pretty much looks like the epitome of confidence, and put-togetherness, Sandinista has a few monsters under the bed.

She and her mom were involved in a car crash, resulting from a Cutlass that had jumped the curb. She survived, but her mother didn’t. Her father killed himself a month after, leaving her alone in her house, and the world. She gets by each day doing just that, getting by. Until, one unlikely Monday - everything changes. A crazy teacher wakes her up to her sad, miserable, reality, and every word that was uttered haunts her for the rest of week. Guilty thoughts, and repressed memories lead her to an old, vintage clothing store, where she gets a job, and makes a friend that has some monsters of his own.

Throughout the novel, Sandinista struggles with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Her thoughts, life, concerns, and mind tend to wander quite a bit. There’s no doubt that Sandinista, isn’t like any other troubled eighteen-year-old girl. What ends up making her special, are her unique perspectives, and train-of-thoughts. At first I was a bit confused, and irritated about how all-over-the-place her thoughts were, but as I began to read on, I realized that what was just an irrelevant thought, had a link to something bigger, with much more meaning.

I, without a doubt, judged this book by its cover. But, how can you not?! The cover says SO much, with SO little. I really enjoyed “The Sharp Time,” I was a bit aggravated by the lack of kick-ass action, and a love interest, however, that was all made up for with Sandinista’s extraordinarily, well-developed character. My advice? When you clear up a bit of that never-ending, TBR-list, read “The Sharp Time.”