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In an attempt to get through my TBR pile, I’ve been working on some long overdue reviews. I received Sky Jumpers through NetGalley last fall. I finally put some time aside to catch up with my reading, so here’s another fun middle grade story I enjoyed reading that I can cross off my list…
What would life be like if we had to start all over, without any of our current gadgets, power or technology?
Sky Jumpers is a futuristic story of 12-year-old Hope, living in post WWIII times, after the ‘green bombs’ destroyed life as we know it. The community of White Rock, which is surrounded by the deadly gas that destroys everything, focuses on inventing products and tools to use in everyday life. Unfortunately, Hope, is not a very good inventor. She has yet to invent a product that will hold up in the town’s annual invention event. Feeling she is a disappointment to her parents, she feels embarrassed and defeated. When the town gets overtaken by bandits, Hope and her friends take on a dangerous adventure to seek help from outside their community, on the other side of the deadly gases. Will Hope be able to get help in time to save her town, or, will this be the end of White Rock?
Sky Jumpers is a super fun-filled adventure story. The characters are well developed and easy for pre-teens to relate to. Hope is a likable character, and it’s easy to feel her disappointment with her invention disaster. Although I enjoyed the story, there were a couple things that bothered me. First, I didn’t ike the fact that the kids disobeyed their parents orders not to go near the bombs breath (deadly gas). Knowing it was dangerous and deadly, they went behind their parents backs and made a game of going through it. I felt that it was saying it’s ok to dis-respect your parents as long as you don’t get hurt. Also, there’s an incident that happens to Hope’s father that I think some more sensitive kids will find bothersome, only because I know my daughter would’ve enjoyed this book, but would’ve let that image stick in her head for awhile.
Overall, Sky Jumpers is a unique story, with interesting characters, intense drama and a thrilling adventure that can be enjoyed by teens as well as adults.
*Disclosure* I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions are my own.
Peggy Eddleman writes adventure books for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, SKY JUMPERS releases from Random House Children’s Books on September 24, 2013, with the second in the series following a year later. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her husband and their three kids, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.
She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc. You can find her online at peggyeddleman.com
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Today’s guest post is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. I know I can. I held off purchasing my first Kindle for long time after they came out, but now, I don’t go anywhere without it.
Please welcome author Jo Sparkes today, who is on tour with Pump Up Your Book with her fantasy novel, The Agben School.
Defrosting the eBook
My husband, the tech fanatic, bought himself a kindle. I thought it looked very cold and unfeeling. How could you possibly get much emotion from that?
Truth is, I’m somewhat frugal. Okay, cheap. And those things cost a wad of cash.
Of course, I’d had that sort of reaction to technology before. When smart phones came along, I swore not to allow one near me. A phone was for calls, I scoffed. Why would anyone need all that other stuff when you have a computer on your desk? So much money! But my husband ignored me, as usual, and bought the phones. It wasn’t long until I found myself snapping cute photos of Oscar, our dog, and texting them to appreciative friends.
I couldn’t quite see, however, how an eBook display thingy could brighten the world.
So the husband bought me one in time for our vacation. You see, one of the pleasures of time off is the chance to catch up on my reading. This necessitates carrying an extra large suitcase to hold all the paperbacks – and that meant airline fees. So, reluctantly, I finally accepted the gizmo.
And was hard-pressed not to let the husband see how much I liked it. For at the mere touch of a button, all the books I wished to bring were there, awaiting my command. If my eyes were tired from a long day, or a little fuzzy from my contacts, I could change the font side with impunity.
Most appealing to my frugal soul was discovering a mass of inexpensive eBooks, some even free. The price of paperbacks seemed ever rising, and to suddenly find this cache of cheap entertainment was the cherry on the techie sundae.
“So you agree – these are good things?” my husband nudged me on the plane.
“Still too cold,” I mumbled back. So he bought me a warm leather cover.
“I still draw the line at google glasses,” I told him. After all, we wives must have the last word.
A well-known Century City Producer once said that Jo Sparkes “…writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read.” Her body of work includes scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients. She won the 2012 Kay Snow award for her screenplay, Frank Retrieval.
She’s written numerous articles for internet sites. As a member of the Pro Football Writer’s Association, she was a contributing writer for the Arizona Sports Fans Network, where she was known for her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play for the Cardinals.
She served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and wrote “Feedback How to Give It How to Get It” for writers, actors, and other artists.
Her latest book is the fantasy, The Agben School.
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Today, I have guest author Samantha Garman here with her latest novel, Secrets of a Heart. Samantha will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader, enter using the Rafflecopter form found at the end of the post. For more chances to win, you can follow the tour here.
Samantha Garman currently lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. She loves Scotch, a great conversation with anyone willing to speak their mind and flannel pajamas. While yearning for a backyard and a dog, she’s decided to stay busy working on her next book, Dandelion Dreams.
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Secrets of a Heart did not want to be written. It was painful, labored and there were many times I considered giving up. There’s a mystery in the story line, and the plot holes were so big, I needed a bigger shovel. I also had issues with editors. As an indie author, it’s hard to find an editor that will help make your book stronger instead of just taking your money and adding or deleting a few commas. I didn’t yet know about Stephen King’s rule about cutting 10% of your draft. I sent the editors a manuscript over 100,000 words, realizing I hadn’t done that. But it’s a learning process.
My first book, The Defiant Lady, was my first historical romance novel and that one was a straightforward historical romance. Secrets of a Heart is different. There are pirates, mystery, action, adventure. I was writing about stuff way out of my league, but I’m glad it was such a challenge. It made me realize that writing in a confined box I thought I’d be more commercial or mainstream is no way to go. I had planned to write three more books that tells the other Canton sisters’ stories, and maybe one day I’ll revisit the historical romance genre, but for now, I’m onto other things. I’ve written one contemporary romance, and already I’ve jumped into another genre. That’s the blessing of being an indie author—I don’t have a contract that demands I write nothing but historical romance. I get to choose what I want to write. I don’t want to be pigeon holed and hopefully my readers will take a chance and follow me into new, exciting places.
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Today author Heather Cobham joins me on the blog with a guest post on How She Stays Inspired To Write. Heather is on tour with Chick-Lit Plus, for her novel, Hungry Mother Creek.
There’s also a tour-wide giveaway going on for an Amazon gift card, so be sure to check that out at the end of the post.
Heather Cobham grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Oriental with her husband and yellow lab. Heather has always loved to write and has written poetry and short stories since she was a child. Seven years ago she consciously created more time and space to write a novel and the publication of Hungry Mother Creek is a dream come true. Heather is a licensed clinical social worker and works as a counselor in a private practice in New Bern, N.C. She writes on Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekends and is currently working on the sequel to Hungry Mother Creek. Heather fights writer’s block by running, paddle boarding and kayaking.
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How I Stay Inspired to Write
It took six years from the inspiration for Hungry Mother Creek to its publication. During that time I changed jobs twice and moved from Wake County North Carolina, in the middle of the state with a population of 970,000, to Pamlico County North Carolina, on the coast with a population of 13,000. Of course in addition to these big transitions, I also had the normal challenges of daily life, balancing a full time job with my roles as wife, daughter, sister and friend.
What kept me inspired to continue writing and what motivates me now to write the sequel to Hungry Mother Creek?
What inspires you? Are there people, places, activities that prompt you to try something new, follow a dream, or push yourself outside your comfort zone? Please share your sources of inspiration in the comments.
Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases a copy of Hungry Mother Creek by August 4 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus.com will receive 10 bonus entries! Visit the tour page here.