Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bookanistas: THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder

I'm thrilled to be reviewing another verse novel--especially one with a layer of music!  Before jumping in, I did want to mention that I'll be opining on writing, dancing and bad boys at Novel Novice, in case you haven't had enough of my blog tour ;)

Plot without spoilers…An exceedingly complex family situation has turned Amber’s life into a mess of confusion. In an attempt to sort things out, she decides to run away to the beach—for just one day. But instead of peace, she finds Cade, whose life may be as full of heartache as her own.

Of literary interest…The Day Before is a novel in verse, a form dear to my heart. Beyond this, though, Lisa Schroeder intersperses letters from various past times that give the “day before” greater meaning. I also love the way the novel feels as evanescent, as fleeting, as the time that slips away from Amber and Cade as the story progresses.

Finally, just gotta say…As one verse/chapter title notes, there’s a very big “reveal” toward the end of the novel and I so don’t want to give it away. What I will say is that this novel is full of surprises and texture. I particularly enjoyed the way Cade’s band and its lyrics meshed into the story. And, oh, that romantic night at the beach…!

What are the other Bookanista's rockin' on today?
Elana Johnson REVEALS something awesome!
LiLa Roecker announces a winner - plus Past Midnight series giveaway
Christine Fonseca reveals books she cannot wait to read
Beth Revis interviews My Very UnFairytale Life author Anna Staniszewski
Shannon Whitney Messenger interviews Skyship Academy-Pearl Wars author Nick James & agent Jennifer Rofe – with giveaway
Jessi Kirby twirls for Audition
Shana Silver burns for Circle of Fire
Carrie Harris devours Deadly

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tonight! Meet some great Western Washington Writers!

Wednesday 26 October - 7 PM
Sunset Hill Community Association
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle (Ballard)

Helen Landalf * Pam Withers * Laurie Isop * Bonny Becker * Jim Whiting * Carole Lexa Schaefer * Margaret Read MacDonald * Jesse Joshua Watson * Wendy Wahman * Holly Cupala * Heather Davis * Lois V. Harris * Kevan Atteberry * Louise Spiegler...and me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Saturday!

I'll be signing with Gretchen McNeil and Allen Zadoff at the B&N in sunny Manhattan Beach, CA.  We're featuring LIVE TEEN ACTORS (yep, they'll all be breathing) performing scenes from our novels!  C'mon out.  Or, if you live, say, a zillion miles away you can catch up with me online at Books Devoured.

And, if you feel like winning stuff...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bookanistas: VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez

It's been wild times here since Audition pubbed this past Thursday. I've been bopping round the blogosphere, including this stop at The Well-Read Wife.  And today, I'm signing books at Mrs. Nelson's in LaVerne, CA. BUT FIRST, I want to encourage you to read this gorgeous debut novel.  The review below does not do it justice but (sorry for the bad pun), it is a virtuosic work of contemporary YA.

Plot without spoilers...Carmen is a celebrated violin prodigy with a recording contract and a place at Juilliard waiting for her in the fall. Then, weeks before the most important competition of her life, she meets a boy who might change everything.

Of literary interest...Like a complex symphony, Jessica Martinez has created a novel with many layers.  It is at once coming-of-age-story, romance, and even has a bit of music insider intrigue. At its core, though, is the story of her wonderful main character: the anguished, lovely, wanting-to-grow-up Carmen.

Finally, just gotta say...The author lays bare the quest for artistic mastery and the vulnerability of a girl experiencing her first romance in a novel that is once achingly raw and poignantly elegant.

What are the rest of the Bookanistas rhapsodizing over today?
LiLa Roecker hosts The White Assassin blog tour stop – with giveaway

Christine Fonseca celebrates How to Save a Life
Jessi Kirby twirls for Audition
Shana Silver shivers for Shatter Me
Veronica Rossi is ensnared by Girl of Fire and Thorns
Shelli Johannes-Wells delves into Ditched

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Enter the Stages on Pages Book Tour Giveaway

You can win a signed book PLUS a 30-minute Skype visit with an SoP author--use it to discuss your own manuscript-in-progress, work out an author interview, or just get some insights into the writer life and publication process--your choice!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Pub Day to VIRTUOSITY

Jessica Martinez's debut novel is a symphony in words, so GO READ SOME MUSIC !

And for you blog-tour junkies, I'm answering 5 tough questions over at The Well-Read Wife!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kicking off the Stages on Pages Book Tour!

I am SO EXCITED to be joining Gretchen McNeil, Allen Zadoff & Elise Allen for the first leg of the Stages on Pages Book Tour featuring a dozen authors who write about the arts.
Check out our trailer--debuting today!

Friday, October 14, 2011

My favorite page

So, a week or so ago, a box came in the mail.  Here's what's was inside:

It was a pretty wild feeling but one thing hasn't changed since the day I wrote it: my favorite page.  It's not the opening, Sara's moment of realization, or even the end.  It's this:

I'm a bad photographer, but it says
"In loving memory of Kevin James Kehoe, Sr.
and Charlotte Elizabeth Eck."
During the time I was writing AUDITION, my family lost two very special members--far too soon.  They were very much in my mind and heart as I worked on the novel.  And when the happy time came to write the dedication page for the book, I didn't hesitate.

Writing novels is, in its way, the author's grasp at immortality. I won't deny it, there's something strangely satisfying about leaving some kind of tangible proof that I was here on this planet--that I had stories to tell. Still, better than this is sealing in ink the fact that others, who will not have the opportunity to do it for themselves, were here and were loved and mattered so much. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So, it's my pub date...

I've heard all kinds of stories from fellow debut authors about how the day is an odd one--both thrilling and depressing. I was super-afraid of this day for a long time.  Then, my lovely publisher decided to send me off to the Pacific NW Booksellers Association Convention on this very day.  A place to go with copies of my book to sign and other authors to hang out with? Kind of ideal.  And then, when I get home, I'll have a glass of wine with the hubs, take a deep breath, and catch up on bad television. 

Oh, what am I talking about? I'll get home, drive my youngest to a birthday party, make deviled eggs for the opening night party of two of my other sons' production of Oliver, attend said production, then go home and start cleaning because my parents are coming to visit.

Probably should squeeze in some writing, too :)

And, don't miss all the Bookanista goodness this week:

Elana Johnson offers a preview of upcoming awesome!
LiLa Roecker dances for Audition
Christine Fonseca is wowed by Witch Eyes
Beth Revis features a guest post by Darkfall author Janice Hardy
Carolina Valdez Miller steps up to Audition – with giveaway
Shana Silver contemplates The Future of Us
Carrie Harris is dazzled by Don’t Stop Now
Corrine Jackson celebrates the success of Epic Fail
Shelli Johannes-Wells is psyched for some swell book launches!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

T-minus one day till Audition pubs

I'm actually kind of mellowing out at this point.  I mean, it's pretty much out of my hands now.  That said, I'm looking forward to my signing at PNBA tomorrow night, getting psyched for the October 18th launch part at B&N Woodinville, and putting together outfits for the LA leg of the Stages on Pages book tour.  And I'm doing some super-random Tweeting and Facebooking.

If you're wondering where I'm popping up in the cyberverse this week (and aren't totally sick of me yet), here's the hop-along list:

OCTOBER 10 G Reads
OCTOBER 11 The Book Scout
OCTOBER 12 Author Spotlight at YA Contemps
OCTOBER 13 More than Just a Book & Confessions of a Bookaholic
OCTOBER 14 The Story Siren

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vlogging & Video Insanity

Okay, ever since my chat with the amazing Sara from Novel Novice, I've gotten kind of into vlogging and video stuff.  I made the trailer for the Stages on Pages book tour, an instructional video on writing kissing scenes, and a bunch of vlogs for my blog tour.

Now, I'm in the process of making my second "instructional video."  I started it ages ago but have been so busy I didn't quite finish.  Get ready, though. 'Cause it's kinda ridiculous :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011


A weekend of book-tastic fun in Portland, Oregon (description here).
Will be partying tonight in my cute, new, grey velvet trousers.
Full report (with pictures if I get my act together) next week!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Inspired Friday

Over at Princess Bookie today chatting about INSPIRATION!

And check out Cindy's awesome CONTEST CRAZE!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bookanista Thursday

Well, I just didn't make it.  I'm reading a WONDERFUL book right now that I'd love to share with you but I just didn't get to the end. Crazy week.  All the same, do hop along to catch the bookie goodness at some of the other Bookanista blogs or hop by The Book Cellar where I'll be talkin' AUDITION with Erica!

Elana Johnson is obsessed with Possess

Christine Fonseca twirls for Audition

Shannon Whitney Messenger is wowed by The White Assassin – with giveaway

Shelli Johannes-Wells applauds The Pledge

Beth Revis interviews The Girl of Fire & Thorns author Rae Carson

Carolina Valdez Miller delves into The Future of Us – with signed book giveaway

Shana Silver shouts out about Shut Out

Sarah Frances Hardy fancies You Will Be My Friend

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October for Arts!!!

The Page Turners Blog is featuring novels
about the performing arts all month in this cool feature:

They're featuring Audition this week and more great arts books later this month.
And, lest we have no midweek fun, check out this New York Times article dishing about writers' dining delights. What's your favorite by-the-keyboard treat?
Here's mine:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chandeliers and Challenges, Elevator Pitches and French Kisses

I wish I could tell you that this beautiful chandelier was purchased with money from a book deal but, alas, it was a 19th anniversary present for my husband.  I WAY LOVE art glass and can't wait for this pretty to go into my front hall.

I'll ramble now from chandeliers to another awesome CH word: CHALLENGE.  As a metaphor, a plot element, and a lens through which to analyze YA fiction, I'm exploring the term at today's Audition blog tour stop at the ever-awesome YA BLISS.  The post also involves ELEVATOR PITCHES and FRENCH KISSES (see, I'm very rhymey after a glass of wine and a night with only 3 hours of sleep!).  Now, aren't you curious?  And, make sure you check out Sabrina's awesome YA HISTORICAL FICTION CHALLENGE, too!

Monday, October 3, 2011

On Blog Tours, Ruby Red Beverages & Burning Stuff

I'm so excited to be blog touring over at Good Books & Good Wine today and not just because there's a wine glass in her banner that just might be filled with nice Quilceda Creek cabernet!  Audition will also be featured this week at the Page Turners Blog where there's a whole lotta dancin' going on!

And, lest you think all this blog tour celebrity is making me other-than-I-am, herewith a picture of stuff I burned while answering blog tour questions this past weekend.  Questions, anyone?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A lovely blurb from Novel Novice & WIN!!!

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe is a sexy, poignant, and beautifully written coming of age story that will enchant readers of all backgrounds

As you know, the blog tour kicks off today.
Go HERE for a list of stops.
And go HERE to enter to win signed books, posters, and all kinds of fun writing and ballerina swag.

My first Audition blog tour vlog is up at Eve's Fan Garden today. Hope on over and say hi!