Archive | May, 2012

Joanne Levy Talks About SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE!

25 May

Hey everyone! I’m finally getting things in order after the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes! And this week, helping to get us all back into the groove of things with an all new guest post, is Joanne Levy , author of the absolutely adorable SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Here’s a little more about her debut:  

After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she hears dead people. Among them, there’s her over-opinionated bubby Dora; a comically prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a seance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one fear: talking to and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with her big crush, Andrew Finkel.

Ooh! Spooky. If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good ghost in my story. And now for Joanne, and a little more about her favorite female characters!

Hi Ellie! Thanks so much for having me here at your blog today. I love the sound of ZIP (and that cover is lovely) and can’t wait to get myself a copy in September!

Now, down to business. When people ask me about my favorite female characters, my mind immediately goes to Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. Not only is she Canadian (like me) and does she have red hair (like me) but she’s also adopted (like me) and gets herself into a lot of scrapes and funny situations, because she’s an independent thinker who sometimes doesn’t think things through (this is not like me AT ALL—I never make stupid impulsive decisions EVER!) which makes her a flawed but amazing character that everyone (not just Canadian adopted redheads) can relate to. If you or your readers are interested, I wrote a post at The Debutante Ball about my great love for Anne, and how she is so relatable, but here I’m going to talk about how she influenced my writing.

First things first: Anne didn’t take any crap from anyone. Not from Gilbert Blythe (who really only teased her because she caught his eye) and not from the world at large. In a time when girls only wore dresses, basic education wasn’t always guaranteed and higher education for women was rare, Anne thrived and was always looking to better herself. She never would have settled, just because she was a girl. If anything, she worked even harder to prove herself to be as good (or, as the case often was, better) than anyone else, girl or boy.

Anne never let typical gender roles stop her from anything. Ever. Now, this isn’t a post about feminism, but the way things were when Anne lived, meant a lot of what she did would have been frowned upon because of how people viewed the roles of women. But the way Anne fearlessly lived her life and never let anything (except maybe herself) get in her way, has always been an inspiration to me. I don’t see myself as a girl, per se, but as a person who navigates her way through life using her brain and the tools she was given—and this is how I write my characters.

When I look at my main character, Lilah, from SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, I see she is a strong, capable girl; she wantsto be a drummer in a band and helps out some ghosts when they come to her for assistance with their unfinished business and even saves the eighth-grade fashion show from being a total disaster. Sure, she makes mistakes sometimes, but that’s how life is, especially when you’re twelve and are learning who you are and how you fit in your own skin. But Lilah always stands up for herself and uses her brain to solve her problems. And even if she fails, she tries again and never lets anyone tell her she can’t do something, because she knows better.

That’s how Anne Shirley lived her life, how I try to live mine, and that’s how I want my characters to as well.

Learn more about JOANNE, and SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, here!


And the winner is….

11 May

First of all, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! This contest was such a success, and I just can’t thank you all enough for stopping by my little blog and helping me promote ZIP. I had a blast this last week and I hope that you all did, too.

And now, without further ado, the winner of a bright, shiny ZIP ARC is















Desiree Thompson!

I already have your email Desiree, so I’ll shoot you a message and grab your address. And thanks, again, to everyone who entered. You can find ZIP in stores on 9/27/2012 or you can pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound or your favorite local bookstore.

Regular middle grade author interviews will resume on Monday! I hope to see a bunch of you new followers there.

YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!

1 May

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, gift certificates, swag, and more! If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules.

Now grab your scooter and lets get racing!

Zip, by Ellie Rollins

When Lyssa’s mother died, so did the magic – that special something that always made the sunflowers grow taller and the strawberry jelly taste sweeter. Now that her mother is gone, Lyssa struggles to get used to a life of the Ordinary with her kind but clueless stepfather in Kirkland, Washington. But secretly, she longs for change.

Then one day change does come, when the most peculiar occurrence brings Lyssa alarming news about her childhood home. Fiercely determined, Lyssa climbs onto her scooter, Zip, and sets off cross-country to save her home.

On her odyssey, Lyssa meets some decidely unusual people, from rowdy cowgirls to a chorus line of singing mermaids. With new friends by her side and the winds of change at her back, Lyssa discovers adventure at every turn – and uncovers her mother’s magic, little by little, all along the way.

Whew! Questions? Comments? Concerns? 

Make sure you have all of that information stored away for later because there’s a quiz ahead. Remember, you have to complete all five quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.

Don’t zip off just yet! There’s a BONUS CONTEST HERE!

And, guys, it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address below, and you could win an ARC of ZIP! Bonus entries if you:

***Put the code letter(s) in your comment to tell me what you did!

  • Tell me your favorite form of wheeled transportation. Are any of you super surprised that mine’s a scooter? But not a Lyssa scooter – more like a Vespa scooter. For example:

Uhm…obsessed. Just totally obsessed.

Thanks for stopping by! Ready to move on?

Click HERE to go to the next stop on the race!