23 October 2013

Welcome to the Crossroads!
The Crossroads Blog Tour for 2013!

This year we have 23 authors that I'll be featuring over 7 days and each day you'll have a chance to enter to win! There's also a scavenger/trivia hunt going on, so be sure to check out The Crossroads Tour Post HERE to see what questions will be asked, what blog you'll be able to find the answer on and enter to win!

So, we've made it to the FORTH day in the week long event and I have another set of amazing authors and their characters, FOUR authors to be exact who are dropping by. Take a look, and don't forget to enter to win the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below!

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan, 384 Pages (June 18th, 2013)
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Synopsis: Piper's world is dying.

Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.

Welcome P.J.! It's great having you and your characters visiting today to talk about Halloween. I appreciate you passing along my questions to them, so a HUGE thank you for that.

What are your plans for Halloween?

Piper: I plan to decorate the Underworld. Maybe try to make it a bit scarier, especially at the entrance. People should be scared when they come here. They should be scared about how they’re going to get judged.

Can you tell me a bit about the last scary movie you watched? (Were you alone? What snacks you had? What movie you watched? Did it scare you, etc.)

Piper: It was some scary movie about how global warming was killing the earth. And the cities were building domes overhead to keep the heat out. And terrorists were fighting the government. It was horrible. (And it happens to be my real life. Yikes!)

About the Author:

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek.

Find P.J. Online:

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Title: Fangtabulous (Vamped #4)
Author: Lucienne Diver
Publisher: Flux, 288 Pages (January 8th, 2013)
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Synopsis: Can a fanged fashionista take out a deadly Salem spirit?

Being on the lam from the Feds and the vampire council with no money is not as glamorous as it sounds, especially when I, Gina Covello, fashion queen of the undead, am forced to abandon my wardrobe. Salem, Massachusetts, seems like a great place to hide our supernatural gang. But who knew the city would be crawling with ghosts? The nasty spirit of George Corwin, infamous sheriff from the witch trial days, is on a killing spree. It's up to us to take down the breath-stealing phantom-without blowing our cover.

Hi Lucienne! It's great having you back on the blog for another year of Crossroads! Thanks for taking the time to ask some of your characters a couple questions that fit in perfectly with this time of year.

 Would you ever want to spend the night in a haunted location? If so, why?

Gina Covello (from the Vamped series): Been there, done that in Fangtabulous.  If the ghost is murderous, clinically insane, bent on possessing my boyfriend or all of the above, I’m gonna have to say hell to the no.

Tori Karacis (from the Latter-Day Olympians series): Bring it on.  So far I’ve fought down gods, goddesses, titans and other terrors.  Ghost, hah!  Full on poltergeists and you might have me shaking in my boots.

3 or more of your characters – please discuss various candies and why they love it.

Does it have to be candies?  Sweets I’ve got.

Gina: Mochachino for the win! Cocoa and caffeine, can’t beat it.  Unfortunately, my all-liquid diet is now limited to blood, so to get my fix, I have to stalk the occasional Starbucks.

Bobby Delvecchio (Gina’s above mentioned boyfriend): Gummy bears.  I don’t know what the heck flavor they are, but the light yellow are the best.  Pina colada?  Pineapple?  Whatever, there’s a definite order to eating gummy bears, starting with the green and moving on through orange, dark yellow, red and finally, my favorite.  I like to save the best for last.

Tori: Oh, sorry, my mouth was full!  Chocolate croissants.  Hands down.

About the Author:

Lucienne Diver is a long-time book addict, literary agent, writer, mom and sun-worshipper. She's the author of the Vamped series of young adult novels following the humorous adventures of Gina Covello, fashionista of the damned. The fourth book in the series, FANGTABULOUS, comes out in January! (Following the first three, VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC.)

Her new Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series began with BAD BLOOD and continues with CRAZY IN THE BLOOD (digital August 2012, print July 2013) from Samhain.

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Title: Demon Derby
Author: Carrie Harris
Publisher: Random House, 304 Pages (July 8th, 2014)
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Synopsis: Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers...

Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.

So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not even human.

Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning...

Hey Carrie! Here we are again for another Crossroads blog tour and I'm thrilled to have you stop by again and chat with your characters for a couple of questions.

Answers from Sally Slick of Sally Slick and the Steel Syndicate

What are your plans for Halloween?

We’re having a Harvest dance, and I’m in charge of the apple bobbing basin! But I think apple bobbing is way too easy, don’t you? So I’ve invented the Apple Sucker, which will stir the water and suck the apples down to the bottom of the basin. As long as nobody drowns, it’ll be a lot of fun.

You don’t think anybody will drown, do you? I’d get grounded for sure.

Can you tell me a bit about the last scary movie you watched? (Were you alone? What snacks you had? What movie you watched? Did it scare you, etc.)

I don’t know what a movie is—we don’t have those in 1914. But I did read an Amazing Stories about an evil Egyptian pharaoh who kidnapped Lana Powers, and Dirk Knifely had to go and save her. That pharaoh chap gave me the willies!

Answers from Casey Kent of Demon Derby

What are your plans for Halloween?

We’ve got an All Hallow’s Eve Derby Match—the Apocalypsies against the Tilt-a-Girls. We’re going to stomp their derby butts, and then Michael and I are dressing up as angels and going trick-or-treating. He’s never done it since he’s not really human and all. So I predict I’ll be on a total sugar high for about the next month. Which is awesome.

Can you tell me a bit about the last scary movie you watched? (Were you alone? What snacks you had? What movie you watched? Did it scare you, etc.)

My sister made me watch one of those romance movies; does that count? Because it was HORRIFYING. All the kissy faces and the angsting made me want to smack my head against the wall. I don’t really watch horror movies any more, though. They’re either really bad, or they give me demon flashbacks. Once you’ve seen the real thing, you don’t really feel like watching it for fun, you know?

About the Author:

Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work at a lab where they were delivered daily via FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book. Now she lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.

Find Carrie Online:

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Title: The Case of the Invisible Witch
Author: Patrice Lyle
Publisher: Leap Books, LLC 194 Pages (October 2nd, 2013)
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Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Tulip Bonnaire, Witch PI, runs Spells & Spies out of her dorm room at Poison Ivy Charm School, a school for polite witches and warlocks. She only has 72 hours to figure out her latest case, or her classmate Missy will never be seen again. The mean triplets who call themselves the Belles have cast an invisibility spell on Missy. If Tulip can't crack the case, Missy will remain invisible forever.

Hi Patrice! Welcome to the blog! It's always fun chatting with new authors and characters and during the Crossroads tour is always a blast so thanks for taking the time to ask your characters a few questions for today's post.

Would you ever want to spend the night in a haunted location? If so, why?

Yes, Tulip would love to! Tulip and her best warlock friend, Dexter, love to ghost hunt so spending the night in a haunted location would be a dream come true! They could use all his cool spy scopes and ghost cameras to capture some live footage. Their only unsolved case (to date) is why the witches of Poison Ivy coven all died together. On the same day. While drinking coffee in the attic.

3 or more of your characters – please discuss various candies and why they love it.

(Note: Morgan and Sienna are from Lethally Blonde, and Tulip is from The Case of the Invisible Witch.)

Morgan: Chocolate covered honey nuggets are the best candy ever.

Tulip: Really? I think Witches Kisses rock glittery, witch wands.

Sienna: Sorry, but you’re both wrong. Otis Skullmeister cookies are the best.

Tulip: Um, aren’t we talking about candy?

Morgan: I guess I should drop the chocolate covered honey nuggets and vote for my mom’s cookies. I would have voted for her if the question hadn’t specifically asked about candy.

Tulip: Your mom’s the Otis Skullmeister cookie master?

Morgan: Yeah, she loves baking.

Sienna: Cool, huh?

Tulip: Way cool. Think you could score me a batch of oatmeal toffee chocolate chunk, Morgan? I’d love to give my associates at Spells & Spies a new treat after we solve our next case.

About this Author:

Patrice Lyle writes in a variety of genres that include holistic medical suspense, teen paranormal romance, and tween paranormal mystery. Her lifelong interest in natural health began when she was a nanny in Europe where she bought a homeopathic remedy for a sore throat at a drug store in England. She later earned a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and became a Certified Traditional Naturopath. Her other passion is creative writing, and she has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. For further details, please visit her website at www.patricebooks.com.

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  1. It's hard to pick just one - here are my top three favorites: Jennifer Estep, Jeaniene Frost, Jenn Bennett.

  2. I'm a huge fan of Ilona Andrews, Jenn Bennett, Leigh Evans and Kresley Cole and so many others. I just finished Taking in the Dead by Annie Walls to celebrate Halloween and it was a great read. If you like zombie books I'd definitely recommend. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.


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