New Author Blog Hop & Giveaways – Shannen Crane Camp & L.M. Long

Of Thoughts and Words and Oh! For the Love of Books are hosting a New Author Blog Hop. Currently there are 45 sites signed up to participate, most are hosting a giveaway in conjunction with the event.

To see all the participating sites CLICK HERE.


I’m featuring 2 new authors as part of the event, Shannen Crane Camp and L.M. Long.  


Each giveaway is being done on a  separate form so be sure to read to the end of the post.


Shannen Crane Camp


I was fortunate to get my hands on a very early review copy of Shannen Crane Camp’s upcoming release The Break-Up Artist.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and my review can be found HERE.

Shannen Crane Camp


Bio:

Shannen Crane Camp was born and raised in Southern California where she developed a love of reading and writing, completing her first (very) short story in the fifth grade. She continued to write throughout junior high and high school before finally deciding that enough was enough; it was time to be an author. She moved to Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University where she attained a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and a very well received proposal from her fellow California resident Josh Camp. The two are now happily married and living in Provo. 

http://breakupartistbook.com/


Interview:
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Right now I’m about two seconds (not literally) away from sending in a YA LDS fiction novel called “June”. I’m halfway through the sequel to it so that story is taking up all of my time right now. I do have a YA fantasy book I finished years ago that needs some hardcore editing and a handful of other half finished books I’ve neglected.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Definitely “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld. They have hoverboards, amazing medicine, and all sorts of awesome technology. Plus the fact that your teeth and bones are made of the same stuff they make airplanes out of is awesome. No more broken bones ever!

What is your dream cast for your book?
I have so many people picked out for “June” but “The Breakup Artist” is a little more difficult. I think Dianna Agron for Amelia, Zac Efron for David, my friend Nate Martin for… well… Nate since he’s who I modeled him after, and Kay Panabaker for Karen.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
For “The Breakup Artist” I think the words of “A little less sixteen candles…” by Fall Out Boy are perfect 🙂 So probably either that or “Grace Kelly” by MIKA.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A troll… seriously. That’s what I said when my fourth grade teacher asked. One of the ones with the hot pink hair and the jewels in their belly buttons. It’s amazing I didn’t end up as an adult with hot pink hair and a belly button ring. I also wanted to be an actress and an author. At least I got one of the three right?

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Emily Browning… but not for any profound reason. It would be totally gratuitous. I just think she’s the most gorgeous person ever. Not that I think I’m the most gorgeous person ever but that’s the beauty of a movie right?

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Scott Westerfeld, Maureen Johnson, Patrick Suskind, Celia Rees, and Shannon Hale

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I wrote Amelia determined to make her the exact opposite of me and then every person who read “The Breakup Artist” said, ‘I love how you made the main character just like you’. Oh well. I tired at least.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”. I just love Sherlock in any form, especially the new movies and BBC TV show.

How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t gotten many book reviews yet since it isn’t out until December 8th. I’d like to say I’d be really strong and brush it off but honestly? I’d probably cry and eat a lot of ice cream 🙂

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
“Uglies”. Hands down. So brilliant!

Favorite music?
I’m not sure what the category is but my 4 favorite bands are ‘Panic! At the Disco’, ‘The Elected’, ‘Lights’, and ‘Owl City’.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
I would make all sorts of plans for the great things I would accomplish and then I would just end up writing for a few hours, watching a movie, and playing some WoW. I’m not the most productive person when left to my own devices.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Scott Westerfeld or Shannon Hale. We could just say our book was written by the Shann(oe)ns!

TV or Movies?
Movies. Unless the TV is ‘Pushing Daisies’ because then I’d definitely pick TV.

Print or Ebook?
OK. I know I’m sort of alone on this but I CANNOT read from a screen. When authors send me their books I print them out and put them in a binder. It’s a weird thing but I have to have a physical copy of what I’m reading.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Is that even a question? Harry Potter all the way!

Favorite quote from a movie?
“They must have spent tens of dollars on this movie.” –Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

The Breakup Artist

Breaking up with someone is a major pain—-unless you can hire someone else to do it for you! And Amelia demands top dollar for her professional break-up services. Everything’s business as usual until David, one of the boys she’s been hired to dump, throws her for a loop. Now she must decide if David’s intentions are genuine, or if there’s something sinister behind his flirting.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Breakup Artist
Open to US & Canada
Ends 11/30/11

WINNER: Kathryn from CleanTeenFiction

L.M. Long

Several months ago I received an awesome package in the mail.  A copy of Founder along with some amazing “goodies”.  Due to my long review list I just started reading Founder last night so my review won’t be up for a couple more days, but so far I’m intrigued by what I’ve read and can’t wait to get back to the story tonight.

I’m thrilled to feature author  L.M. Long on my site with a guest post as part of the New Author Blog Hop.

Author L.M. Long

Mother of three girls and indie author of the book Founder. My perfect afternoon would involve a plate full of Pecan Sandies, a big glass of milk, and my dog-eared copy of Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been scribbling thoughts on paper my entire life, formerly to preserve my memories, now to preserve my sanity.

http://lmlong.net

Guest Post:

I’ve always thought of genealogy as something done by little old ladies two steps away from a nursing home. Hunched over in old libraries rooting through hundreds of tiny index cards printed with names and street addresses. Big white albums bursting with forgotten photographs and illegible writing.

In a way I think I’m right, but the fact can’t be ignored that my mother is not a little old lady- and she certainly isn’t ready for a nursing home. She spends most of her days typing into a keyboard searching through sites like ancestry.com and family search. She flips through cards in modern libraries and hikes in dusty graveyards, searching to shape her history.

The true story of Founder begins with my Mother. It begins with the discovery of the real Aunt Marian. Barely alive, in her nineties, and crazy. Not the laughing kind of crazy either. The racist who tried to form a colony of super-humans in the Amazon Jungle kind of crazy. Oh? You don’t have that kind of crazy in your family? Well let me enlighten you. I didn’t think I did either.

Until we unearthed her rags.

Marian’s 15 minutes of fame.

TMZ of the 1940’s.

This.

Can’t you just imagine the man (because they were always men) sketching this caricature. “More crazy!” I hear his editor say, in a haze of cigarette smoke. “Monkeys! We need monkeys! They have monkeys down there don’t they? You can’t really swing from the vines? Well, our readers won’t know that. Real life “Jane of the Jungle”- I love it- put it in.”

There are also her journals we unearthed. The ramblings of someone misguided and more then a little ridiculous. She was barely an adult and looking for something bigger then herself to be a part of. Trapped on a farm and desperately wanting to escape her life for something else.

I wonder how many of us haven’t longed for something similar? To escape our life and be part of something bigger.

Marian thought she was going to make a difference in the world. Choosing to breed superhumans in the Amazon sounds crazy to us, but to her, it was the chance to “save mankind from themselves.” She would be the modern day Eve of the Amazon. The world would eventually destroy itself, and the colony she would create could rise triumphant from it’s ashes.

It’s no wonder the newspapers connected her with Hitler and other influential fascists. Their ideas are eerily similar.

We look at the atrocities of World War Two as something in the long ago past. Hitler began, because of an idea and a whole lot of people desperate and searching for something to be a part of.

Walking by an elementary school last month, I happened upon a huge crowd of teenagers. They were crowded in a semicircle, phones out and recording something. It only took a moment to realize there were two girls fighting in the middle of this circle, before I whipped out my own phone and called the police. While I was with the operator I looked at the faces nearest me. They were enraptured, caught up in this terrible act of violence. Hands filled with hair, flailing limbs, a nose that looked broken. No one stopped them. No one intervened. No one called for help. Some even shouted words of encouragement. The girl next to me realized what I was doing, and I expected her to shout to her comrades. But she didn’t. Instead she walked away from all of us. Did I shame her in that look? Did she have a moment of clarity about what she was watching? Was it fear that held her back from breaking the fight up? I would like to think so, but instead I think she was fleeing from any trouble she might get into. Suddenly another kid realized I was there too. That there was an adult calling for help in their midst. He did shout, and they subsequently fled.

We look at the atrocities of World War two as being something in the long ago past. We see Marian as someone removed from us in the crazy department. How far apart are we really?

You ask any one of those teenagers if they thought what they were doing was wrong. I guarantee they would say no.

Acceptance, desperation, ideology.

My mother pulls these stories from our past and I see them in our future. I see them in our present.

Do not coast along on the sidelines and hope the world will shape itself. Do not stand by while other’s rip each other apart. You must do something. You must have your own voice. It is by our own inaction that Wars are begun. If Marian’s story has taught me anything, it is that we do not have to be a part of something bigger then ourselves. We have to be the best of ourselves.

Founder

They’ve been waiting for decades.
Hidden deep in the Amazon.
Financed by thousands.
A colony called Founder.
And one girl is about to unravel it all.

Founder is loosely based on a true event and is suitable for ages 14 and up.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Founder plus some “goodies”
Open Internationally
Ends 11/30/11

WINNER: Carcel Mihail-Claudiu