Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday Ketchup



Because it's Monday and I'm already beat. :p (Also, because this is pretty much what I look like first thing in the morning, only I'm not smiling quite as much.)

First off, I'd like to express my thanks to all the fabulous hostesses for my blog tour the last two weeks, and for everyone that stopped by.

Thank you. :D

Next off, our first ever #mglitchat was a smashing success! Thanks to all who participated. You can check out the transcripts on the #mglitchat blog as well as what's coming up next and what #mglitchat is. This week, we'll be tackling defining age categories for your audience. #mglitchat is held every Thursday at 7pm EST.

There's also an awesome online book club being hosted by Ali Cross. Want to be a reading ninja? Come here to find the book of the month as well as being able to discuss the book on the forums.

I'm heading the kidlit division, so I'm taking a poll. How would you like the ninja reads discussions to be handled if this is something you're interested in? Would you like to do a twitter chat throughout the month as you're reading or stick to the forums? Is there a specific day or time you'd like to talk or would you like to talk throughout the month?

In other exciting news:

I'll be hosting Gene Perret next Monday. He has an incredible book coming out about writing, and I can't wait for you to meet him.

In the near future, I'll also be doing an interview with Shana Norris for her new book THE BOYFRIEND THIEF. I can't stress how much I enjoyed this book. Thanks to migraines in the past, reading books on the screen--any screen--makes my eyeballs want to reach down and strangle me. So I avoid reading anything that's not a print copy at all costs.

And then I started reading THE BOYFRIEND THIEF, and yeah. Read it in one sitting.  If this doesn't say that it's one of the most awesome YA contemp books I've EVER read, I don't know what would.

And a shout out to Medeia Sharif. Her book THE BESTEST RAMADAN EVER is available! I can't wait to read this one! Medeia is hosting a contest to celebrate her new release, and you can win a free copy with other awesome swag. Click here for details.

Also, now that the tour is over, I'll be updating the Compendium to Fairy Godmothering Terms more frequently as well as resuming Nerissa's weekly posts. You can find a compilation of the ones that are already done here. There isn't much now, but I will continue adding more content each and every week.

And, last but not least, Chapter Nine: In Which Nerissa Leaves Her Charge in the Care of Cats of Dubious Repute and Agrees to Find Their Master in Exchange for Their Looking After Breena, is now up. You can find the excerpt here, and the whole chapter here.

And, because I'm a wordsmith not a numbersmith, last of all, when I was going through my email to comment on your comments, I realized that a great many of the comments went back to the this-is-blogger-do-not-reply address. So, if I'm unable to email back, I'll do a better job at posting follow up comments on the blog itself. I hope you all know how much I appreciate you, because without you, there would be none of this. *waves arms expansively and expressively*

What about you?

Friday, July 22, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day Final

And so it begins . . . to come to an end . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our tenth and final stop on the trip will be at Elana Johnson's place where Myles waxes philosophic about the virtue of mistakes.



Elana Johnson is the author of POSSESSION. She is also one of the founding members for WriteOnCon.

And on a non-blog tour related note, #mglitchat was a blast. You'll find the transcripts for last night's chat on the MGlitchat blog. Thanks for all your support!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day 9

And so it begins . . . to come to an end . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our ninth stop on the trip will be at LT Elliot's place where you'll read about why we need more fairy godmothers in the world.



LT Elliot writes adult fantasy and is a contributor to Stolen Christmas and Angels Round About.

And on a non-blog tour related note, if you are interested in or write for the MG (middle grade) audience, #mglitchat is holding its first chat this Thursday (today!) at 9pm EST. You can find a calendar and a list of topics (as well as transcripts) on the MGlitchat blog. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day 8

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our eighth stop on the trip will be at PJ Hoover's place where you'll get to learn a little bit more about the book, the process, and the extras involved on my website.




PJ Hoover is the author of The Forgotten Worlds Trilogy (The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis) and Solstice. She is also part of The Texas Sweethearts (& Scoundrels) blog.

And on a non-blog tour related note, if you are interested in or write for the MG (middle grade) audience, #mglitchat is holding its first chat this Thursday at 9pm EST. You can find a calendar and a list of topics (as well as transcripts) on the MGlitchat blog. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BloG TOUR Day 7

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our seventh stop on the trip will be at Christy Farley's place where you'll get to learn a little bit more about the book, the process, and the extras involved on my website.




Christina Farley is a MG/YA writer and teacher. She blogs at her Chocolate for Inspiration blog as well as over at MiG Writers--both of which are full of awesome writing advice. :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day 6

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our sixth stop on the trip will be at Shana Norris's place where you'll get to meet the characters and see what's coming next (book-wise).




Shana Norris is the author of SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT, TROY HIGH, and THE BOYFRIEND THIEF (which I highly recommend!).

Friday, July 15, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day 5

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our fifth stop on the trip will be at Krispy's place where the fairy godmother Nerissa decisively puts the fairies back in fairy tales.




Krispy is one of the master minds over at A Nudge in the Right Direction. (Co-authoring with Alz.) If you want to see some gorgeous poetry and prose, this is the place.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BlOG TOUR Day 4

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our fourth stop on the trip will be at Susan Meyers's place. I'll be explaining a little bit about the inspiration behind THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA and how I met Nerissa, the fairy godmother in question. ;-)




Susan is the author of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEE and CALLIE AND THE STEPMOTHER.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BLOG TOUR Day 3

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our third stop on the trip will be at Marlene Dotterer's place. I have a character interview post in which the four main characters answer some very interesting questions. >:)



Marlene is the author of THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS: SHIPBUILDER.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA BLOG TOUR Day 2

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our second stop on the trip will be at Angie Lofthouse's place. I have a guest post up on why we speak in the language of fairy tales.


Angie's novel, DEFENDER OF THE COVENANT, will be published later this year.

Monday, July 11, 2011

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA Blog Tour Day 1

And so it begins . . .

I'll be doing mini-posts like this Mon-Fri (this week and next) to announce the stops. One lucky person who comments (at the blog tour posts, not here) will win a free ebook subscription. So, 10 stops, 10 winners. :)

Our first stop on the trip will be at Christine Fonseca's place. She interviewed me on the whys and wherefores of publishing my novel as a serial. Christine is heading her own publishing diversity tour this week, so be sure to check it out.


Christine is the author of EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS and 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Wizard of Dark Street


The Wizard of Dark Street
Shawn Thomas Odyssey
345 pages
MG fantasy
Available July 26, 2011
Review copy from publisher

From Egmont:

Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.

Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Streetwill have you guessing until the very end.

This was a very fun read for me. I loved the fact that Dark Street spun around during the day. I pictured it as sitting on something sort of like a giant cog. The gate at the entrance always led into Dark Street, but because it turned on a very specific time table, the gate didn't always lead out to the same place. I was also intrigued with the Pendulum House where she lived. It was called Pendulum House because there was a giant pendulum swinging through the sitting room--the pendulum kept Dark Street on track and spinning. 

Oona was a fun character to read. I really enjoyed her personality and the way she bantered with her enchanted raven, Deacon. Her reasons for not wanting to take on the mantle of the Wizard of Dark Street was very real and believable. And I like that it wasn't easy for her to overcome this reason. I also enjoyed the fact that she wanted to be a detective, and that she fought to have the chance to be what she wanted when she grew up.

I think the world building was very well done. There were a hundred small details that kept my sense of wonder whirling. From the tattoos some of the students wore to mark their rank to throwing letters in the fire working as mail delivery, it really felt like there was a real world existing beyond the story.

The mystery of what really happened to her uncle kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed all the misdirections and red herrings, and how it all tied together in the end without feeling contrived.

Samuligan was another really interesting character. I was intrigued by his past and the complexity of his character. What made this even more impressive was how little was actually said about him. I would love to learn more about the war between the fairies and everyone else that ended with the gate to fairyland being closed as permanently as possible. On the whole, the characters all felt very well fleshed out to me.

I really enjoyed this book now, and would have loved it as a child.