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HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Late Bloomer Online and Giveaway

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Happy Halloween, everyone! Whew. Spent all morning cleaning the house, and all afternoon and evening getting it dirty. Well, okay, not that, but my best friend and her family came over, so it was Tax Deduction Madness, followed by trick-or-treating. Loving Husband and my best friend’s husband took all the boys around the neighborhood, while my BF and I sat drinking wine. Well, no. Playing cards, actually, and fielding all the trick-or-treaters.

Cool point of the evening? A trick-or-treater came by…with a Vlad Tod bag! I had to give him some smiley-fangy-face temporary tattoos. 🙂

Today is the last day of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s visit is with Late Bloomer Online. Which movie gets a hat-tip in my interview? Read it to find out! And then head over to the Crossroads Tour main page, answer all the questions, and submit your answers for a chance to win Really Cool Things!

A huge thanks to Judith Graves for organizing the Crossroads Tour, to all the terrific bloggers who hosted us, all the other YA paranormal authors for participating, to Shannon Delany for first telling me about the tour, and to all readers who commented and participated. You guys all rock!

And look – another HUNGER review:

Catcher Gone Awry

Finally, Jami at YA Addict is giving away a copy of HUNGER! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Jani!

HUNGER on the HuffPo Sanity Bus

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I couldn’t make it to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, alas. But two of my friends went, via one of the HuffPo Sanity busses…and look at the reading material they brought:

Brian Cortijo and Jennifer Fischer on a HuffPo Sanity bus

Jen and Brian, you guys ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wish I could have been there. I hope you had a terrific time!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour and signing today

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Before anything else, a moment for me to squee: I received six RAGE advance reading copies yesterday. **SQUEE!!!!!!**


Okay, back to blogging…

Today’s Crossroads Tour stop at Just Your Typical Book Blog is a little different — it’s not an interview, but rather a guest post in which I answer Amber’s question, “If I were sucked into one of my books, which book would it be, and what kind of reaction or hopes would I have.” The post is called “Let’s Talk About Death,” and in it, I get into how influenced I’ve been by books and comic books when it came to the character of Death — including Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett. Thanks so much, Amber!

After you read the post, head on over to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. One day to go!

And hey, another HUNGER review, over at Teen Book Review Blog.

Finally, I’m signing copies of HUNGER today at The Little Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, in Albany NY, from 2 – 3 pm. If you’re local, I hope to see you there! I can show you a shiny RAGE ARC. 🙂

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Electrifying Reviews

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy Friday! Today I’m visiting Alex at Electrifying Reviews. He asks me bluntly if the other books in the Riders’ Quartet end the same way that HUNGER did — and I actually give an answer! Come on by, and then go to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. Getting close to the big Halloween finale!

More HUNGER reviews…

Candace’s Book Blog

A Backwards Story

Book Chic Club

And if you’re in the Albany NY area, I’m signing copies of HUNGER at The Little Book House tomorrow, Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 2pm – 3pm.

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Updates

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Yow. Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days. Just had to step away and deal with Real Life Things. Go figure!

So the Crossroads Tour has been steadily working toward its Halloween finale.

Here’s where I’ve visited since I last blogged:

First, The Book Swarm, where Mary asks me awesome questions. She also reviewed HUNGER, huzzah! And she links to my two-part Death interview at The Book Smugglers. I’m definitely <3ing Mary! 🙂

(Also on Book Swarm is a FABULOUS review of EIGHTH GRADE BITES, written by the lovely and talented Heather Brewer. Rah, Book Swarm!)

Next was Kid Lit Frenzy! Aly asked me terrific questions about the paranormal and horror influences. Whee! And she **also** linked to the Book Smugglers interview! Thanks, Aly! I <3 you too!

And today, I’m visiting Narratively Speaking. Thank you, Lynsey!

Okay, so by now you know the drill – visit the main Crossroads Tour page, get the questions, read the blog posts, and collect all 16 answers by the end of the tour, on Halloween. There will be prizes!!!


And look: more HUNGER reviews!

Book Hooked Blog

Novel Reaction

Writer Musings – As Tabitha says in her review, HUNGER focuses on eating disorders, and far less on the Horseman of the Apocalypse aspect. But for those who are (sorry) hungry for more about the Horsemen, each book reveals a little more. The final book in the quartet, BREATH, is Death’s book…and because he’s the original Pale Rider, he’s got a lot to share. 🙂

Once again, thank you to everyone who has been reviewing HUNGER!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Liyanaland

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Today’s Crossroads Blog Tour stop is at Liyanaland, where I talk about the importance of worldbuilding. (Which some HUNGER readers might think is ironic, because we don’t see a lot of the Riders’ world in the book. But trust me, the world is there. And we’ll see more of it in upcoming books. Promise.)

And here’s another review of HUNGER, from Good Books And Good Wine. Enjoy!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour, days 8 and 9

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Sorry about the lack of update yesterday; too many things going on IRL, including still getting over being sick. 😛 So, from yesterday…

Crossroads Blog Tour, day 8: Wolfy Chicks. Among other things, I talk about the best writing advice I’ve ever received.

Crossroads Blog Tour, day 9: The Here, The Now, The Books. My interview isn’t live as of yet, but have patience. It will be. 🙂

That’s it for now. I’m off to take the Precious Little Tax Deductions to religious school — family program morning, so no writing for me — and then back home for lunch. This afternoon, I hope to finally get some writing in…both on LOSS and on a shiny new project. Rah!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour – Supernatural Snark

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Welcome to Day 7 of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s stop is at Supernatural Snark. By now, you should know the drill. 🙂

Just a quick post today! Happy Friday!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Confessions of a Bookaholic

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Welcome to Day 6 of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s stop is at Confessions of a Bookaholic. Stop by, then go to the main Crossroads Tour page for today’s question.

And look: More HUNGER reviews:

Phoebe North

Manga Maniac Cafe

And Oh My Books, which gives HUNGER five stars. 🙂

Plus…School Library Journal has given HUNGER a starred review! Here’s what will appear in the November 2010 issue:

*KESSLER, Jackie Morse. Hunger. 180p. Houghton/Graphia. 2010. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-547-34124-8. LC number unavailable.
Gr 8 Up–Suicidal, anorexic Lisabeth thinks she is hallucinating when Death (who looks a lot like a certain dead grunge rock star) rings her doorbell, hands her a set of scales, and informs her that she is now one of the four riders of the Apocalypse–Famine, specifically. When ignoring the scales and the giant war horse grazing in the front yard doesn’t work, Lisabeth takes up the mantle of Famine and rides out to areas marked by the excess of gluttony and decimated by starvation. It’s not long before she learns how to spread hunger and discord, and maybe even how to balance the scales in the areas of the worst suffering. She meets fellow riders–War, who encourages her destructive tendencies, and Pestilence, who councils her to find balance because, “Well, if everyone dies, I’d be out a job, wouldn’t I?” At the heart of this slim novel is a teen struggling with serious food issues, and the storytelling is both realistic and compassionate. If the metaphor of an anorexic as Famine is obvious, the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones. This book has an excellent hook and is short enough to recommend to reluctant readers.–Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

Again, I want to thank everyone who’s been reading and reviewing HUNGER and spreading the word about the book. You all rock!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour – Simple Love of Reading

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Day 5 of the Crossroads Blog Tour brings me to A Simple Love of Reading! In this interview, you find out more about inspirations behind the main character, what made me first fall in love with reading, which paranormal authors I’m currently addicted to, plus much more! Be sure to also stop by the Crossroads main page for today’s question.

And look – more interviews…and HUNGER giveaways!

First, over at Book Lovers Inc., Susi has interviewed me about…well, lots of things, including my YA stuff and adult novels. And I’m answering questions in the comments! And Susi is giving away a copy of HUNGER! (She rocks!)

And over at Fragments of Life, Precious interviewed me and got me to talk about my weakness for chocolate (and Matt Damon)…and she’s giving away four signed small posters of the HUNGER cover! (She also rocks!)