Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Post + Giveaway: Belle Whittington (Cicada)

Today I'm welcoming Belle Whittington, author of the YA novel Cicada, to join my blog with a guest post. You can read my review for her novel HERE. Thank you so much, Belle, for taking your time to write this.
Goodreads Summary of Cicada:
Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends--until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human...something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.




I have been daydreaming stories for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was when I was in the second grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Rambin, would have us lay our heads on our desks after lunch while she read us stories full of magic and imagination.

Most of my early writings were stories with a twist of science fiction…even my earliest poems. I remember sitting on the dam of a neighbor’s pond around the time I was eleven, writing a story about space travel. In fact, I still have that little handwritten story. It’s still bound in the same yellow notebook that I put it in way back in the sixth grade!

Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends. I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories. Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout. One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old. I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty. We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence. When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass. No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass. Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!

Nowadays, I work at a day job in higher education and spin my tales during those off hours that I’m not working on assignments for my English classes at University of Houston, where I’m earning my degree in hopes of teaching English at the college level one day.

You can find me online at these locations. I’d love for you to stop by!

Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr
Buy paperback (CreateSpace) | Buy paperback (Amazon)
Buy e-book (Smashwords) | Buy e-book (Amazon)

GIVEAWAY
Belle has also generously offered to give away one e-book copy of her novel Cicada to one lucky winner.

Rules for this giveaway:
  • This giveaway is international.
  • To enter, you have to be at least 13 years old. It is not necessary to follow my blog, but it is appreciated. By tweeting about this giveaway you can gain two extra entries.
  • This giveaway will end on December 9th, 2011 midnight EST. The winner will be notified via e-mail and has 48 hours to respond until a new winner will be picked.
  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. Comments are very welcome, but they're not counted as entries. Don't leave your e-mail address in the comment section.





8 comments:

  1. Ohh, that's cool to have real life events reflected in Cicada! Rolling hills, pastures...oh man, we don't have them here in Singapore, and I've always associated them with countryside paradise. Or the likes. They're always so picture perfect and all. What are crop circles for, by the way? Haha, I have never known its purpose or questioned it before...

    Anyway, all the best for your degree, Belle!

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  2. Ooh great post! Belle is wonderful!!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  4. Thank you so much for the international giveaway (I really do appreciate it) and the guest post!

    Karen,
    http://ireadtoescape.blogspot.com/

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  5. Awesomw! It's international :D, and you're fantastic!!!

    Best wishes,
    veronica

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  6. Many warm thanks to everyone for stopping by to read the post, enter the giveaway, and leave such lovely comments! :-)

    I do hope you will stop by any or all of my social networking sites and say hello sometime. :-)

    ~Belle

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