Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cover talk with Jennifer Bosworth

Today I'm talking to Jennifer Bosworth author of STRUCK. I first started following Jenn on twitter when the writing group The Apocalypsies published a twitter list of all the writers. Last Thursday Jenn posted the cover for STRUCK which I absolutely loved and asked if she would be interested in talking about her cover.



Jennifer Bosworth was born with no idea who she was or how she got here, and had little choice but to make things up as she went along. At a young age, she learned to read and write, and decided that’s what she would do for the rest of her life. Many years later, Jenn and her husband moved to California, and she fell in love with the strange, eclectic, trying, and often wonderful city of Los Angeles. Then she wrote a book about what would happen if her beloved city were destroyed. That book is STRUCK, slated for release May 8, 2012 from FSG/MacMillan. Let’s hope the world is still around by then.


What was your first reaction to the cover?
Whoa. That was my reaction. I knew my publisher was going to give me a great cover, but I was still completely blown away. What struck me first (I’m never going to tire of that pun) was that the cover was a perfect representation of the actual content and tone of the book. I was amazed at how well the designer captured the whole world of STRUCK with a single image.

Did you see any other version?
I did see one other version, but it’s almost exactly the same as this one. My agent and I felt that the title font used on the first version of the cover was too sci-fi, so the designer changed it. Although STRUCK has some sci-fi elements, it isn’t strictly a sci-fi novel, so we felt the original title font didn’t represent the book accurately.

Normally authors don’t have input in cover designs. Were you included in the decisions of what the cover would look like?
To a certain extent. My husband has a design background and had done a couple of different mock covers for me that influenced the final design.I was also given the opportunity to weigh in on the model who was used for the cover.

STRUCK looks a little like a movie poster has there been any movie buzz yet and do you feel this will draw readers in?
There has been movie buzz, and I have to say, STRUCK would make an excellent movie. I have a background in screenwriting, and that came into play when I was writing STRUCK. It’s a very cinematic book, which is probably why the cover ended up seeming cinematic as well.

As far as the cinematic quality of the cover, I think it will draw readers in because it looks a bit different from a lot of the other covers that are out there right now. One of the most important things a cover can do for you is make you stand out.

The cover and your website front page have a similar look. Were they designed by the same person?
My husband designed the website front page (and will hopefully soon design the rest of the site for me!). Right now we’re working on the book trailer, which is going to be pretty groundbreaking. I can promise you that.


Do you feel they captured how Mia looks to you?
Oh, yes. You can’t see her face too well, but she’s all Mia Price in a conceptual sense. She’s fierce and a little sexy and, most of all, she longs to feed her addiction to lightning, and I think you get a sense of yearning from her posture and the way her face is turned up to greet the storm.

About the Book:

From Goodreads:

When Los Angeles is devastated by a catastrophic earthquake, seventeen-year-old human lightning rod, Mia Price, finds herself at the center of a power struggle between two fanatical doomsday cults, one that wants to save the world, and one that wants to destroy it... and she will be the deciding factor in which cult succeeds at their aim.


Is this a standalone book?
When STRUCK sold to FSG it was a standalone, but while I was working on revisions for my editor I wove in a few threads that could lead to a sequel. There’s plenty of story left to tell about the Struckiverse. Currently I’m working on a novel that has crossover elements with STRUCK. I wish I could tell you more about that one, because I’m so excited about it, but that will have to wait just a little longer . . .

Do we know who the bad guy is from the start or will we be guessing on who really wants what is best for Mia?
With some characters, like the blind prophet of the Followers of the Light, you’ll definitely know from the get go. With others . . . you won’t know until it’s too late.


In the Goodreads description Mia is called a lighting addict. Can you tell us more about that? Does she enjoy it or is it more that lightning can’t leave her alone?
Both. The lightning seeks Mia out, but she never feels more alive than when she’s struck. I did a lot of research on lightning, and it’s actually true that certain people attract it, and the more often they’re struck, the more likely they are to be struck again. It’s has to do with an energy exchange. In truth, lightning doesn’t strike an object unless that object “reaches out” with its energy to connect with lightning. This is how I came up with the concept of Mia’s character.

But, like any addiction, Mia’s longing for lightning comes at a price. Sometimes the lightning turns her hair to ash. Sometimes it stops her heart. And every time she’s struck, the lightning scars––actually called Lichtenberg figures––grow across her skin. This is a real phenomenon that sometimes happens to people who are struck by lightning. The figures actually look like red lightning on the skin. I like to incorporate as much natural phenomena as possible in the construction of my fantasy worlds.

I want to thank Jenn for taking time to talk about STRUCK. With such an amazing cover and description I will get this the moment it comes out. Remember STRUCK will be available May 8th 2012 so add it to your to-read list.

You can find Jennifer online at:
http://twitter.com/#!/JennBosworth
http://www.jenniferbosworthauthor.com (coming soon)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Bosworth/198817690150452
http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt!

Hello Readers,


A week from today Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs will be available in stores everyone. I read this one and I can tell you that I loved it! You have three sisters separated at birth with monster fighting powers. Can we say Charmed meets Buffy! To celebrate Tera Lynn is having a scavenger hunt for the TITLE OF BOOK 2. So here is your letter and to find out who are the other blogs participating visit http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com but wait there are prizes!




Tera Lynn is giving away amazing giveaways on her blog prizes for the hunt, which include five signed copies of Sweet Venom and a grand prize $50 bookstore gift card, and the hunt is open internationally. For more details visit http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com.

Monday, August 22, 2011

All kinds of book fun!

It has been a book-filled month! I know what you are thinking well this is a book blog so shouldn’t all months be book months. Why yes but I wanted to share some details with you. As some of you might know I work for Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston and I have been spending more time there than I normally do. Earlier this month they sent me to Chicago for a class pertaining to the website and while I was there I went to visit Cloud Gate “the bean” at Millennium Park which of course made me think of Divergent.



Blue Willow Bookshop also hosted an event for Richard Paul Evans who wrote Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 which has a huge following by middle grade boys. While I was there for the event, I picked up Michael Vey, OyMG by Amy Dominy which I have read a while ago and loved, and Torn by Erica O'Rourke who I have chatted with on twitter and not only is the cover gorgeous but the synopsis sounds amazing! I’m really looking forward to the following events for the end of this month at Blue Willow Bookshop: Tom Angleberger, Jennifer Close and Courtney Sullivan.





Friday I did something I thought I would never do. Yes I purchased an e-reader (sigh) I’m such a diehard fan for the real book but some publishers are going e-galley or electronic advance readers copy so if I want to review books before they are published I have to read them as an e-book. When ever I read books on my computer it really hurts my eyes and I get easily distracted so I just wait until the book comes out. Well Friday I went to Borders and there it was the Kobo for 59 dollars. I knew that someday I would give in and get an ereader but I couldn’t justify spending money on one until I saw it at practically 50 dollars and if I really wanted to buy an ebook which I don’t see happening I could get it from Blue Willow Bookshop.



Saturday I met up with book bloggers Christen and Sarah for lunch at La Madeleine and then we went to local indie bookshop Murder by the Book for the Rosemary Clement-Moore event. Rosemary is promoting Texas Gothic and has written The Splendor Falls and the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil Series.





More pictures here: Rosemary Clement-Moore Photos

After the event Christen mentioned cupcakes so we hoped over to my favorite cupcake place in Houston Celebrity Cupcakes for yummy treats. I had the coconut cupcake and a mini chocolate. Then I don’t know who mentioned Borders so we headed there. I had already shopped but since they were in the area it felt like the thing to do. I mean, those poor YA books that would soon be homeless if no one bought them and took them to a book loving home! I just couldn't bare the thought of that happening. Here are pictures of cupcakes, more cupcakes and Sarah and Christen with their books! I only picked up 3 clearance books for future giveaways.







Saturday, August 20, 2011

Firelight and Vanish Winner



The Winner of Firelight and Vanish is:

Danielle (With a Book)

The winner has been contacted and replied with a mailing address! Thanks to all who entered and check back soon for a new giveaway!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

One Day Book and Movie Trailer


This is one of those instances where I will say I am guilty of judging a book by the cover. I will admit that I have seen One Day by David Nicholls all the time but the cover never really wowed me enough to want to pick it up. Don't get me wrong I will read a book with a bad cover and have read bad books with amazing covers. I'm just really surprised because even when I saw the movie trailer for One Day I thought it looked like a good movie but again I had no idea it was a book. Then last night at Blue Willow I saw that they had bookmarks of the movie and I said to Val (GirlBoss) I love that movie poster and she is the one that told me it was a book and pointed it out. So tell me have you read this book? Do you love it? Do you think the trailer does the book justice? I told her to let me know when they get the movie tie in cover and I will pick it up. Has this happen to you? Did you go see a movie and didn't know it was a book? I think for me I don't read as much fiction as I use to and I don't watch many movies but I do want to see One Day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Simone Elkeles is by far one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. When I first read Perfect Chemistry it reminded me of my high school years and Alex Fuentes was similar to the guys I grew up around. Simone continued to charm us with younger brother Carlos in Rules of Attraction while keeping Alex in the story. Then in Chain Reaction we met the youngest Fuentes brother Luis who was always supposed to be the good one. I loved that the story returned back to Chicago where everything started and that we got to see Luis go through his own struggles while keeping the family very much in the picture. Before the move Luis was happy in Colorado and instead of being a gang banger like Alex or a ladies man like Carlos the youngest got his thrills from being an adrenaline junkie. Don’t get me wrong the girls loved him because he is a Fuentes after all but he had a ten year plan that involved finishing school, going to college, and being an astronaut.

At fifteen Nikki Cruz got involved with a guy who broke her heart and dropped her for a gang. Nikki carries that pain with her every day as a reminder of what dating will do to her. While in Chicago Luis falls for Nikki even if she radiates emotionally unavailable from miles away. Only Luis’s plans get derailed when the gang wants him to take the spot that his father and Alex left. Luis knows that the gang life will kill his future plans but when they threaten everyone he loves he proves that he will do anything for family.

I only wish that Luis had trusted in his brothers instead of going at it alone but I understand that he felt he was doing what was best. I also love that when Alex and Carlos find out that Luis is in trouble they don’t lecture him but stand by him and fight for him. The bond and love that the Fuentes family has for one another is so indescribably powerful that you wish you were part of the Fuentes family. The bright side is that this was an amazing story that I couldn’t put down and about characters I loved! The only downside is that the Fuentes Brother’s stories have been told, but I look forward to reading anything that Simone Elkeles writes, be it with the future generations of Fuentes or new characters all together.

For more on Simone visit: http://www.simoneelkeles.net/

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Firelight and Vanish Giveaway


I am very excited to giveaway a signed copy of Firelight and an ARC of Vanish by Sophie Jordan. These were both 5 Star Books for me and I'm excited that someone will get Vanish a few weeks early.

Giveaway Rules:

* US/Canada Only
* Winner will be drawn 8/20/11
* Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to reply
* Must be at least 13 years of age and have parent's permission.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan


Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: September 6th, 2011


As many of you know I took a 41 hour trip to Chicago um yes that is right, 41 hours, I wish I could've stayed longer. I had a class to attend for Blue Willow and I had a dilemma, what book should I pack? I mean I was only going for a day so it had to be something that held my attention and with Sophie’s book signing come up I knew that Vanish was the book to take.

Vanish is the sequel to Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I am always afraid of the second book in a series not living up to the first. The first book makes you fall in love, the second book typically takes it away and the third book usually makes everything right again. If you read YA series this is what we have come to expect. We usually have a main character who finds a guy in book one and they fall in love and then in book two something happens and they separate but I always hold out hope that the main character is determined enough and will find her way back to that love. I’m hoping I haven’t lost you and that you are nodding your head yes. Sounds right doesn’t it? Well for the first time in my history of YA book reading (that come to mind) I found myself completely and udderly shocked. I was having feelings not for the guy that Jacinda, the main character, falls for, but instead for the guy she was sure she didn’t want. (This has happened only one other time that I can think of) So the further I read on I kept thinking, Jacinda you judge to hastily maybe you belong with Cassian. A little voice then would say "No Will saved her in the first book, she gave her heart to him. It’s WILL!" It has to be Will, but as I turned page after page I kept seeing Cassian in a new light and I started to see that he wasn’t the problem it was that Jacinda had all these preconceived notions in her head about what she thought Cassian wanted and how he saw her but she had it all wrong! See Jacinda wanted to think Cassian didn’t want her because her sister was so in love with him and she was so dead set against doing what the pride wanted that she never really opened her mind to a possibility with him.

I know it sounds like I’m Team Cassian right? Well I bottom line is I don’t know! In Firelight I LOVED WILL!!! I was "Will 'til the end!" but then Sophie made me see Cassian in a whole new light and now I feel like in order for Jacinda to be with one the other has to sacrifice himself or accidentally fall off a cliff or Will has to say you know it’s too much and walk away. I just don’t know and you know who is to blame for all my confusion???? Sophie Jordan!!!!

You will still see a lot of the hunters, pride, and Jacinda’s family and how they all deal with everything Jacinda does. Also if anyone liked Zander then you will love Cassian’s cousin Corbin. Just saying! Vanish covers a lot, but as you can see, my main focus is on the love interests, but there is so much more and so many sub plots with questions that will need to be answered in the third and final book. I promise you I will hound Sophie every time I see her, which is often since we both live in the same city and go to the same book events. She seriously left me in shock and needing answers right away! If you read Firelight you won’t want to miss this and if you haven’t then come back tomorrow because I’m giving away a signed copy of Firelight and an ARC of Vanish!

Also if you want to preorder a personalized copy of Vanished call Blue Willow Bookshop by September 7th!

For more on Sophie Jordan:
http://www.sophiejordan.net/
http://twitter.com/#!/soverysophie

Friday, August 5, 2011

August Reading List

So here is my schedule of what I plan to read this month. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

Currently Reading:



To Read:


Finished Reading:


Happy reading!