Feb 19 – Mar 5, 2014
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Wed 2/19 – The Book Monsters – review & giveaway
Thu 2/20 – I Am a Reader – interview & international giveaway
Fri 2/21 – Unleashing Readers – guest post & giveaway
Mon 2/24 – Bookalicious – review & international giveaway
Tue 2/25 – Kid Lit Frenzy – guest post & giveaway
Wed 2/26 – Sharpreads – review & giveaway
Thu 2/27 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf – guest post & giveaway
Fri 2/28 – The Windy Pages – review, interview & giveaway
Mon 3/3 – Teenage Reader – review & giveaway
Tue 3/4 – Read Now Sleep Later – review & international giveaway
Wed 3/5 – The Brain Lair – review & giveaway
Luke Riley is lost. His mother’s recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again. The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke’s mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother’s death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke’s spirits. He would rather have a different breed-a petite Papillon-but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.
When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean’s daughter, Megan, and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound. But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?
Maria V. Snyder writes adult and young adult fantasy novels and short stories. Formerly an environmental meteorologist, she earned a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University; she is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Storm Watcher is her first middle grade novel.
1. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
A: I’d choose to have the power to heal others with a touch. So many of my friends and family have suffered from pain and health problems that I’ve seen firsthand how it effects their quality of life.
2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A: Moose Tracks – love those little peanut butter cups. J
3. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Cheerios with strawberries and bananas – yum!
4. Night owl, or early bird?
A: Night owl. I write from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. every night. It’s my most creative time of the day and no one bothers me. Everyone else is asleep and the phone doesn’t ring. I love the nighttime.
5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
A: Action, adventure, and romance together with strong female protagonists that won’t give up ever.
6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
A: I’m working on a new set of three Study books. The first one is tentatively scheduled to come out in January 2015, with the second 9 months later and the third 9 months after the second. I finished the first draft of book one this past January and I’m working the second right now. I’m not sure what I’ll write after those three. I’ve a bunch of ideas, but I never know what my editor will approve.
7. What inspired you to want to become a writer?
A: Boredom. I was bored at work and started jotting down story ideas to look busy. I wrote a few science fiction short stories and then sparked on the idea for my first novel, Poison Study. Writing was way more enjoyable than working in a cubicle dealing with lawyers and environmental regulations and the unending office politics. I’m thrilled I was able to make a career of it.
8. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A: Saving the life of a beautiful young teenager. She emailed me that she’d been very depressed and considering suicide when she read Poison Study. She was inspired over how the main protagonist, Yelena kept moving forward despite her struggles, problems, setbacks, and betrayals. Yelena never gave up hope in the book and she persisted to the bitter end. Her actions gave that young lady the courage to keep living. No matter how many awards I win or how many weeks my books stay on the bestseller lists, it won’t touch how rewarding it was to learn my book had such an impact on her life.
9. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
A: When I was young, I loved Frederick and Swimmy by Leo Lionni. As I grew up, I enjoyed Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries and then Dick Francis’ mystery books.
10. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
A: Persistence. Write every day and read extensively in the genre you’re writing in. Don’t give up. Keep submitting stories for publication or if you do self-publish, keep promoting to build a reader base. Learn all you can about publishing and writing, there are sharks out there, hunting for suckers.
11. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A: I wanted to be a meteorologist and chase tornados (this was before the showStorm Chasers on the Discovery channel). Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good a predicting the weather so I went into environmental meteorology.
12. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
A: I do have a little in common with all my characters, however I feel closest to Opal from my Glass Series of books. She started out not very confident in her abilities and it took her a while to learn that her power had value. She eventually gained confidence from her experiences – it didn’t happen overnight. I was the same way – I enjoyed dancing, acting, painting, and music when I was in high school, but didn’t have enough confidence to pursue any of those subjects for a career. Only later did I figure out how to earn a living on my creativity.
A: To tell a story using horoscopes. It actually turned out pretty good and was published in Black Gate Magazine.
A: Badly. I lose my confidence for a few days and have a hard time writing. All I can think about is the remarks and suddenly I’m convinced my writing is a bad as the reviewer said. I try to avoid all bad reviews, but when I do see one, I concentrate on all my readers who have emailed me. They love my stories and are eagerly waiting for more. I’m writing for THEM, not some reviewer. When I remember that, then I can write again.
A: I wouldn’t celebrate the sale of the book since I’d heard too many horror stories, so I waited until the book was a real thing in my hand. Then I had a humongous book launch party. I invited everyone I knew – everyone! And they all came. It was a blast. I figured I may only have one book and I might as well have a killer party.16. What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
A: Deadliest Catch. Don’t know why I find it so fascinating!17. Print or Ebook?
A: Print. I love the smell of a new book and the feel of it in my hands.
A: From My Big Fat Greek Wedding: “Let me tell you something, Toula. The man is the head [of the family], but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.” Maria Portokalos. Love it!