Thursday, August 23, 2012

Erasing Time book launch and Trailer

Hey Reading Aficionados,
My new release, Erasing Time comes out August 28th!
 You can buy it any of your finer bookstores. (If your local one doesn't carry it, tell them they won't qualify as a finer bookstore until they order it, which they should do immediately.) If you're in the Phoenix area, I would love to see you at the book launch on:

Tues, Aug 28th, 7:00 PM at Changing Hands Bookstore

I'll talk about vital and important topics such as:

The future (Will the government want to kill you?  Ha! Do you really doubt it?)
Secret symbols in store logos: (Seriously, they're in a bunch. I'll show you some.)
And Rank (You can be one of the cool, early adopters.)

Also get a glitter tattoo so you can fit in with the High Rankers of 2447.

Time travel is optional.

Here's the book trailer:

Dramatic twists and turns to the very end ensure readers’ attention and the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel--Kirkus

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Erasing Time giveaway and book trailer

Okay, first off--I forgot that I still have a couple of signed Shannon Hale books to give away. (Thank you intrepid reader Alyssa for reminding me, as I am going on so little sleep that it is amazing I remember anything.) But those books will have to wait because I promised you yesterday the Erasing Time giveaway and a trailer that goes poof! (Well, not literally.)  Soo, I'll give away Austinland and Goose Girl after my book launch--which is next Tuesday, the 28th at Changing Hands in Tempe AZ. 7:00 pm.

I'll talk about cool dystopian stuff like how the government will want to kill you and secret signs in logos. You can also get a cool glitter tattoo.  I'm contemplating on whether or not to dye my hair blue--as that is going to be a popular hair color four hundred years from now.  Time travel is optional. Hope you can make it!

Awesome, huh?

For a chance to win a copy of Erasing Time leave a comment telling me what part of the book trailer you like best.

Following will get you another chance, tweeting about the book launch will give you a third chance.

Hope to see you at the book launch!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hey fellow YABL (young adult book lovers) it's time for me to clear my closet of some of my stash of books. Yep, keeping copies of 19 book titles has made several rooms in my house look like an episode of hoarders.  Soooo in celebration of Erasing Time's August 28th release date, I'll be giving away one (well, two really) of my other book titles every day for the next two weeks or so. And for the most part, I'll do it on both of my blogs. (You can double your chances by leaving a comment at:

This is the third time I've done a book a day giveaway which means I'm pretty certain two things will happen.

1) At some point I will forget to pick winners for the day. I will feel horrible about this oversight, and yet will still be unable to go back and change time to remedy the situation. (Although Erasing Time is a time travel book, so maybe it will be different this time . . .)  So some days won't have a winner posted and some day's I'll post two winners and an apology.

2) I will lose track of which winners have sent me their address and which haven't--so be sure to check and see if you won something because I most likely won't hunt you down.

I used to put up a schedule of what books I would giveaway on each day.  This time I'm not going to do that. It will just be whatever book I feel like giving away that day (My Fair Godmother; My Unfair Godmother; All's Fair in Love, War and High School; My Double Life; Slayers; Fame, Glory and Other Things On My To Do List; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend; It's a Mall World After All; Revenge of the Cheerleaders: Life, Love, and Other Things On My To Do List; Erasing Time and I also have a signed Shannon Hale Austinland and a signed Angela Morris Taken by Storm that I will throw into the mix at some point. (Is it a sign of hoarding if you buy two copies of books you like? Not if you give them away on your blog, right?)

We'll start with um . . . How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend

Leaving a comment will get you an entry, being a follower will get you another entry, tweeting or blogging about the giveaway, Erasing Time's book launch, or how much you love me will get you another entry--and don't worry peeps reading this on Goodreads. I count your comments into the mix too. Then I'll do the math and ask to pick a winner.

Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse's apparent defection triggers Giovanna's rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she's turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the ex-boyfriend she dreams of winning back.

In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.

Good luck

Monday, August 6, 2012

Zombie picture by Jeremy Keith

One of the fun things about writing a novel is all of the research you get to do.  Okay, it's not all fun. For example, you don't how long I spent on the internet trying to find out what a flash grenade would do to night vision goggles. Apparently this is the one piece of information the internet doesn't know. I had to call Litton, the makers of night vision goggles three times trying to get someone to tell me.

No dice.

The receptionist didn't know, and the engineers didn't return my phone calls. Finally I called a Navy Seal. He called back. End of the story--I had to cut flash grenades from the scene.

But a lot of research is more fun.  I needed to find a mall in the DC area for some characters to meet at.  My husband suggested the Springfield Mall because it was a hot spot back when he grew up in the area.  We looked at the reviews for the mall to see if it had theaters.

And I was soo glad we did.  Apparently the Springfield Mall is now "Old, decrepit, decaying, and abandoned." (And that was from a five star review)  Here are six other actual reviews of the mall that made me laugh outloud:

1) Springfield Mall is like a shopping experience, magic show, and workout all rolled into one. You show up looking to buy something, go into a store, and when you come out the store next to it magically closed while you were shopping. This mall is dropping stores like audition week of American Idol.

To top all of that, all the stores worth shopping are at opposite ends of the mall. So you have to journey through the boarded up ghost town like it's post apocalypse VA.

Go to this mall at your own risk! If you see something in a store BUY IT, if you leave it until you come back the WHOLE store may be gone.

2) This mall gets two stars for Dairy Queen.

Negative two stars for only having 20 stores out of 200 storefronts

Extra one star for being the best location for some sort of zombie movie.

3) I remember back in the day this mall was a respectable location . . . However, over the years it just got worse and worse until I couldn't stand going there anymore and look at all the empty halls and dead interior; it makes me depressed since some of my best memories were going there as a kid.

P.S. Don't park in the Parking Garage for the love of God

(That does make me wonder what goes on in the parking garage . . .)

4) Just happy to be alive and well after having to meet someone at this mall from Craigslist...I know...suspicious right?...I was buying something off of him!....noooo not THAT!...a cell phone..sheesh!
The guy was super cute...I Facebooked him and darn "info" he was...married...or I would have totally taken my chances at this empty mall....sheesh people I a just kidding!...but yeah, close this darn place! it gives you the jibby jibbeesss!

5) Hands down the greatest mall to ever grace this earth.  OK I know its more drywall than store now but there are too many good memories in this place to not give it 5 stars.   
I have seen people "making love" in the back hallways, a fight between two fellows, one wielding mace and the other a screwdriver.  You have to pay for that kind of entertainment these days.   

Too much hate and not enough love for this mall, I hope it never gets torn down.

6) Ahhh, the mall that time forgot.  They will put up drywall in front of a storefront faster than anything I've ever seen.  I truly believe that magic drywall elves come out at night to board up where stores used to be.  I picture them singing some sort of song while they do it too...

But I digress...

Mall Positives:
- Not at all crowded
- Decent parking options
- Target is well stocked
- JCPenney has a decent selection
- Kiosk coffee place (Cuppy's) on first floor has good coffee

Mall Negatives:
- Over half the spaces are not used
- Odd Macy's there
- Oddly placed foodcourt
- A bit frightened of the drywall elves

Needless to say, I sent my characters to a different mall instead.  But if I ever write a story about the Zombie Apocalypse or a tribe of drywall elves, I've got the perfect setting. . .