Friday, October 12, 2012

Cover Reveal for "Dark Nebula"-Yes, Please!!

If you're like me and love everything that is the literary world of young adult, you are not going to want to miss out on W.J. May's Chronicles of Kerrigan series. The first book in the series, Rae of Hope, left me rooting for Rae and biting my nails until the release of the sequel, Dark Nebula. I can't believe Dark Nebula is almost here!!! December 15th, 2012 can't get here fast enough! But until then, enjoy the cover reveal of Dark Nebula. And make sure to check back in November for the book trailer reveal.

Dark Nebula Book Description:

Nothing is as it seems anymore.

Leery from the horrifying incident at the end of her first year at Guilder Boarding School, Rae Kerrigan is determined to learn more about her new tattoo. Her expectations are high, an easy senior year and a happy reunion with Devon— the boy she’s not supposed to date. All hopes of happiness fade into shattered dreams the moment she steps back on campus.

Lies and secrets are everywhere, and a betrayal cuts Rae deeply. Among her conflicts and enemies, it appears as if her father is reaching out from beyond the grave to ruin her life. With no one to trust, Rae doesn’t know where or who to turn to for help.

Has her destiny been written? Or will she become the one thing she hates the most-- her father’s prodigy.

BIO of W.J. MAY:
Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines. With a crazy-happy childhood, she has always had a vivid imagination and way too much energy. The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister -- taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.
At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.
But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occasion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the traveling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favorite past time.
Life continued with her husband (a distance runner from Liverpool, UK, who she met at KSU) and then their first, then second and finally third child. Their house became full of more imagination and stories. Wanita and her husband run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain
After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.
Her first book, Rae of Hope - from the Chronicles of Kerrigan, published by Mitchell Morris Publishing debuted Oct 2011. Dark Nebula is available December 15th, 2012.
She is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.
Twitter: @wanitajump
Book Trailers:

For those who have yet to dive into Rae of Hope, it will be free on Amazon on October 15th. FREE!! This was such a fun read, one of those books that you sneak in your bag just in case you happen to get an extra five minutes to escape back into its pages. Here is the link: 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It's a Small World with the Internet

I am always so amazed at how the Internet can make such a big world seem so small.

This week I happen to be chatting in my Children's Authors and Illustrators group on Facebook. Halfway through the chat, the illustrator, Lisa Wallace, and I both realized that she illustrated one of my son's favorite sticker books. I explained to her how that sticker book has saved us many times at restaurants, outings and trips. She seemed genuinely excited to find out how much George enjoys his sticker book.

Years ago-and not that many, really-I would have never just stumbled upon an illustrator. I would have had to mail a letter to her to show our appreciation of her work. And we may have heard back, probably weeks later.

With Skype, authors and illustrators can visit book clubs, libraries, schools, and more without really having to go anywhere. I do enjoy an in-person visit, especially writing for excited children, but it's beyond nice to have the option.

Who knows who I will stumble upon next week...

Below is George with his sticker book (the picture I sent to Lisa Wallace), and a link to her sticker page on Facebook.