Friday Five Guest Nova Ren Suma

One of my favourite people is Nova Ren Suma and she very kindly answered five quick questions for me for the Friday Five post. If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar! Nova Ren Suma is the author of four novels, including the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Walls Around Us, which is an Edgar Award finalist and was named the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015 and a Best Book…

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School Library Journal review of R&R

ANTHONY, Joëlle. The Right & the Real. 282p. CIP. Putnam. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25525-0. LC 2011013312. Gr 9 Up–Seventeen-year-old Jamie’s infatuation with Josh, the hot teenage son of a disciple of the Right & the Real Church of Christ, causes her life to spin out of control. Because of him, Jamie ignores her misgivings about the church and begins attending regularly. She even talks her dad into coming along to services. By the time…

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Special Thanks to all the bloggers!

Special thanks to you all! Eileen Cook – www.eileencook.com Denise Jaden – http://www.denisejaden.com/Blog.html Alyson Beecher – http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/2011/03/chalk-bringing-book-to-life.html Kim Harris – http://kimharristhacker.com/ Wanda Collins Johnson – http://wandacollinsjohnson.com/ Cheryl Tradewell – Facebook Sarah Tradewell – Facebook Book Club Chic – http://bookchicclub.blogspot.ca/ Bill Cameron – http://www.bill-cameron.com/the-right-and-the-real/ Shari Green – http://www.sharigreen.com/ Mandy – http://headdeskforwriters.blogspot.ca/ Lindsay Cummings – Giselle – http://www.xpressoreads.com/ Hannah Lorraine – http://inthebestworlds.blogspot.ca/ Lenore Appelhans – http://presentinglenore.blogspot.ca/ Jen Bigheart – http://www.jenbigheart.com/ Soumi Roy – http://www.thoughtsandroses.blogspot.ca/ The Compulsive Reader – http://www.thecompulsivereader.com/ Mimi Cross – http://mimicross.wordpress.com/ Nicole Berthelot – Facebook Kristina Riggle – http://redroom.com/member/kristina-riggle/blog Holly Cupala – http://www.hollycupala.com/search/label/blog…

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Links to nice people!

Here are some links to people who are already talking about RH. Thanks, y’all! I really appreciate it. Restoring Harmony – blog mentions Sharon Loves Books and Cats http://sharonlovesbooksandcats.blogspot.com/2009/08/books-that-i-would-go-zombie-for.html Devourer of Books http://www.devourerofbooks.com/2009/09/tss-some-serious-book-coveting/ The  Debutante Ball Reading challenge info (this doesn’t have anything to do with us, it’s two bloggers who are putting it together): http://www.devourerofbooks.com/2009/09/upcoming-challenge-the-debutante-ball/ Interview with Suzanne Selfors where she mentions me and my book. http://www.mrsmagooreads.com/2009/09/saturdays-scribe-suzanne-selfors.html Steph Su reads http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-28.html (loads of comments!)…

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Blurb by Suzanne Selfors

Restoring Harmony is a sweeping adventure about a determined girl fighting to bring her family together in a broken world. Armed with only a fiddle and a keen sense of the land, Molly is the best kind of heroine–smart, feisty and courageous. Anthony writes with tenderness and imbues her story with hope. This is a coming-of-age journey at its best. Anthony is a welcome new voice in teen lit. – Suzanne Selfors, Author of SAVING…

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Short Publicity Blurb – Restoring Harmony

The year is 2041, and for Molly McClure, her life is pretty much the same as it’s always been. She was only six when the Collapse of ’31 happened, ending life as the world’s population knew it. When she is forced to leave the comfort of her home and small island in British Columbia to travel down to Oregon, Molly discovers how hard the Collapse has been on the rest of the world. What starts…

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Talk to me!

Some of the best advice I’ve seen on keeping a blog is, “Make it easy for people to comment.” It sounds simple, but it appears to me that bloggers are so worried about dreaded spam that they want me to jump through hoops just to comment. I won’t do it. And I don’t think I’m the only one. I hate spam too. I do. Really. I don’t need a larger er…ummm…well, you know. And my…

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My Grandpa

My grandpa did all the things you’re not supposed to do. Ate bad food, drank more than was good for him, smoked two packs a day. When I was seventeen he paid the price.   No. He didn’t die. He had a stroke.   Sometimes I see it as a blessing. He was a man I could never get close to. Suddenly his towering figure hunched a little, he began to garden and do dishes.…

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Middle of the Night Ramblings

I was standing out in one of our fields with four other people. I wouldn’t call them friends, but that didn’t seem weird at the time because nothing was normal. For one thing, our field was sort of electric green, kind of like those postcards you see of the English countryside. Usually, ours are more golden brown. Especially in September. We weren’t really doing anything, at least, not that I can remember, when suddenly out…

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Comments and emails received regarding barcode placement

As a librarian, I have our library services company put the barcodes on the back cover.  If you’re looking at the back of the book like it’s an envelope, the barcode is placed basically where you’d put a postage stamp.  I don’t like to put them “in” the book, as it’s too much wear and tear on paper to scan them there.  If you want statistical info, contact someone like mackin.com or follett.com –they are large…

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Medium Bio

Joëlle Anthony is a writer and sometimes-actress who currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony, and cat, Marley. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the American Library Association’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. Her latest release, The Right & the Real also made ALA’s Best YA Fiction list…

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How to Find the Right Agent by Joelle Anthony

How to Find the Right Agent You don’t want just any agent; you want the one that’s right for you. By Joëlle Anthony When looking for an agent most writers ask the wrong question: “Where do I find the agents?” But you don’t want just any agent; you want the one that’s right for you. Assuming your manuscript is one hundred percent finished, you’ve got a synopsis ready, and your hook is a real grabber,…

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A sidebar about Canadian Elections

As you know, I am an American who lives in Canada. My absentee ballot went off weeks ago and I don’t think they actually count them unless they need to, but I’m not sure about that. I love Canada, but I generally try very hard not to compare the two countries (at least not publicly). However, we had an election here recently, so as a new Canadian, I thought I should learn how their government…

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Gratitude

  My husband and his favourite mode of transportation. My cat, Grinder…last Thanksgiving he was lost here on the island…for three weeks. Sophie, enjoying the great outdoors…it took her six months before she would go outside…and she’d been a feral cat who used to be afraid to be inside. Some of our many new friends (with Victor). More of our new friends… And if you haven’t seen enough, please visit Victor’s Daily Photo Blogof our…

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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

In 1917 a brave friendship between a white farm boy and an African American city girl sends ripples through a small town in rural Alabama. My editor sent me an ARC of this book, and I cannot say enough good things about it, but I’ll try! First off, I just love the really short chapters. They’re kind of like vignettes and yet, you just know they’re all building into something really big. And of course,…

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The nearly complete archives

Here are the archives of nearly all my posts. I left out the ones that were irrelevant from early on, but for the most part, everything is here. They are from most recent back to the beginning. Enjoy! Well, duh! A look at cutting myself some slack Front Page News – my resurrected acting career My wedding cake story Sometimes Quitting is good – quitting blogs Does Plotting While I Walk Count As Writing? Lucky…

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Molly? Is that you????

I know of writers who find photos and use them for inspiration while creating characters. I’ve also heard of people coming across a photo of a person and thinking, “Yeah…that’s how I imagined my MC looking” and clipping it. And I even know a writer who met a reader who looked exactly like the model on the cover of her book (but wasn’t). But the other day, I had the strangest experience! My friend, Chelsea,…

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Music and Writing – Part Two

As I mentioned yesterday in the post below this one, my husband just did a really fun music gig and a lot of it is on youtube. We have a friend visiting from the South and she sang a few songs with my husband. One of the songs they did was written by Victor’s friend, David Olney. David’s publicist just sent out his newsletter and included this link to Victor and Chelsea Nye singing his…

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Music and writing

I read a lot of writers’ blogs and many of them create playlists for their characters and listen to them while they write. I cannot listen to music while I’m working, but music is a huge part of all my writing. Before I met my husband, I owned seventeen CDs and three of them were his (yes, I was a fan who met her rockstar and married him!). In other words, I didn’t really listen…

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Need To Read Archives

The Essays & Lists: Need To Read – The beginning Candy – an essay about reading Fave Fifteen of 2007 Driven to Insanity – an essay about coincidence The Question of Age The book reviews start here: SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr CASSIE WAS HERE by Caroline Hickey Dustin Grubbs – Take Two by John J. Bonk Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl Teen, Inc. by Stefan Petrucha SHUG, TELEGRAPH DAYS & THE YEAR MY SISTER GOT…

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A surreal conversation

I had the oddest conversation last night around the kitchen table. I have written two books that go together (not a series, just the two of them). I am hoping that after my agent sells my first book, they will eventually be published books #2 & #3. I am revising the first of these two now (I actually wrote the second one first, and then realized the back story in my head would make a…

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