Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Upcoming Tour Dates and Giveaways for MAY 2013

Upcoming Tour Dates and Giveaways for MAY 2013


Click here: http://adventuresoflifeandliterature.blogspot.com/p/tour-dates.html

The Benefits of Goodreads.com as an Author


The Benefits of Goodreads.com as an Author


 
Goodreads.com is the largest website in the world for readers and book recommendations. I believe the last time I checked it had 13 million members worldwide. I joined Goodreads as a reader about 2 years ago, strictly for book recommendations and to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read, but Goodreads is so much more.

As an author, it offers the Goodreads Author Program which has a profile of you and your titles, allows you to write a blog, and do giveaways of paperback copies of your book. I just completed my first giveaway. Before the giveaway went live, I only had 6 people add my book to their to-be-read list (half of them were family). After the giveaway, now I have 415 people who’ve added my book to their to-be-read list (complete strangers who liked my synopsis/cover so much that they want to read the book).

800 avid readers entered to win the 10 paperback copies entered. I did mine worldwide. It will cost me more in shipping, but in the end, it will spread my name and novel around the world. I will be putting a note in each shipment asking if they could so kindly leave a review on any site about Culture Shock and I’ll be sending 2 bookmarks per shipment as well. One for the winner to keep and one for a friend of theirs that may like to read Culture Shock.

The Goodreads Author Program is completely free! I’ve been 100% happy with it. I’ve been able to connect with readers in the thousands of groups they have, specifically in my genre. I’ve also been able to connect with bloggers to do author spotlights or reviews on their blog of the book. Lastly, I’ve been able to connect with other authors. I’m surprised by the generosity of other authors to help spread the word. They have done extraordinary favors for me and in return I do for them.

Goodreads is an exceptional community connecting readers to books and readers to authors. I’m glad to be a Goodreads Author and fully promote it to other authors to join in as well. It’s paying off for me. I can’t wait to do another giveaway and spread the word of Culture Shock a little more.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Interview Questions

Interview Questions


Hey y'all I need your help. I was asked to do a video interview where I answer questions about the book I created, Culture Shock or about myself. Could you please take the time to comment below or post to Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, etc.

You can also email me at jdpekala@gmail.com to ask questions. Pretty much anything is acceptable. Anything goes. Try to keep it PG-ish since there will be young viewers, but not too much that wouldn't be any fun now would it?

I'll be creating the video (trust me...it will be a comedy) using your interview questions and will air it on my blog, website, social networks, etc.

(Rubbing hands together deviantly) This should be fun...Whahahahahaha!


CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...
 
Culture Shock...When dreams become nightmares and nightmares become reality...
***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.
Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/
Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala
Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor
Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala
 

 Love, Peace and Chicken Gease,

J XOXO

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Feature and Follow


 

Blog Hop

 

Feature and Follow


If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

If it were daytime, I'd choose Richelle Mead. I love every.single.one of her books. I'd love to have coffee (because I know she's a coffee junkie like me) with her and pick her brain about how she writes and comes up with the awesome scenes in her novels.

If it was say, a Friday night....I'd want to hang out with Tara Sivec. Her writing is truly hilarious and literally in the gutter (like mine) most of the time. I'd like to hang out with her friends as well that have inspired her characters in her books. It would be epic.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Stay-At-Home Mom As Writer / Author

Stay-At-Home Mom As Writer / Author




It all started after having my second child. Instead of paying someone else $200/week to babysit my children while I worked full time, we decided I stay home with them. It was the best decision we've ever made. Yes, we had to live on a tight budget, but no, I don't regret having to sacrifice the luxuries we once enjoyed.

New luxuries were afforded once I was home with my children. We spent tons of quality time together and I was able to teach them important life lessons. I still worked an accountant job from home doing small contract jobs here and there for clients, but other than that I was mommy and wife.

Months after I decided to stay home full-time and work from home, my hubby got deployed for a second time to Iraq (he's on his third tour now, but in Afghanistan). I instantly lost my live-in babysitter for when I had to meet clients.

Lacking a true support system at the time with family far away and friends busy with work and family, it was just me and the kids. With daddy overseas, we found our days spent mostly at home, playing in our backyard, going to mommy group playdates, and playing at the park. It was a blast. The time I spent with my children when they were teeny is irreplaceable.

There were lulls in my day. Naptime, snack time for kids, early bedtimes, etc...Me being a night owl and sick of the same old stuff on TV, I decided to read. Reading brought out my inner artist and my true nature to create beauty. Late at night I found myself putting down my latest book, overtaken by inspiration to jot something down. Dialog between characters, a quick poem, song lyrics. I even dusted off the old keyboard (my house being too small for a piano) and started rattling away on the old ivories.

It filled my free time with personal happiness which made me a happier mommy. I loved my family time and I loved my "me" time as well. I found my outlet for my insane imagination through writing. So I decided to start writing a novel. The first two were total crap. The third one is what I call my debut novel, Culture Shock. It's got it all. Mystery, romance, supernatural, and humor all wrapped up into a 676 page package.

Now I am working full-time for a nonprofit, kids are in school, and hubby is deployed again. I still find time to write whenever I can. I busted out 7 chapters this weekend for Shock Wave (Culture Shock #2) in between soccer games and visiting out-of-town family.

My creativity has soared as of late by connecting with a friend that's just as artsy-fartsy as I am. She and I prattle on into the wee hours about anything and everything. She's a fabulous photographer (she's my cover designer - Bonnie Estell Photography), a kick ass singer, mommy of four, and a wonderful friend.  

 Even though normal life takes most of my time, I still find time to write just about every other day. During daylight hours I am still that supermom I like to think I am, but in the night, I am an author, an artist.


***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/

Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala

Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor

Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...
 

Monday, April 15, 2013

YA Books Set in New York City, Novels in New York City Setting

 

YA Books Set in New York City



I'm super excited because my hubby is coming come from Afghanistan in oh...56 days (who's counting?). To celebrate his homecoming, we are getting away from home. Hey, we're both Sagittarius, we love to travel. My country boy hubby decided we should take a trip to NYC, one of the settings of my novel, Culture Shock. Not because of the book, but just to satisfy our adventurous natures.

In honor of our future vacay and the city that never sleeps, I've decided to make up a list of YA books that take place in New York City.

Culture Shock, Jeanette Pekala












City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments), Cassandra Clare




Blue Bloods, Melissa De La Cruz











Darker Still, Leanna Renee Hieber









Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger









The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

 
 
Other Books Set in New York City:
 
Gossip Girl, Cicely Von Ziegesar
Bunheads, Sophie Flack
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Rick Riordan
and (I know it's not YA, but I love this book) Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
 

***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.
Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/
Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala
Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor
Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala
 
 




 
 
 
 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Craziest Book Titles

Top Ten Craziest Book Titles


1. The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, Mark Larson
*Holy Mullet!


2. Zen of Farting, Carl Japikse
*I think I'll cut some cheese to grate over my bean dip to enjoy this book. It's good for the heart.

3. How to Pee Standing Up: Tips for Hip Chicks, Anna Skinner
*Does this technique really require a book?

4. Wallbanger, Alice Clayton
*I actually read this one and I loved it. The humor was spot on hilarious.

5. 101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators, Lori Katz and Barbara Meyer
*Way to be resourceful. Yhew!

6. Be Bold With Bananas, Crescent Books
* I ain't even touchin' that one.

7. Raising Smart Kids FOR DUMMIES, Marlene Targ Brill
*The perfect baby shower gift.

8. On Bullsh*t, Harry G. Franfurt
*With the amount of BS in this world, I bet this book is over 1,000 pages.

9. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
*I knew it! I knew those chocolate bunnies would come back for revenge. They keep making them bigger and bigger. The apocalypse is upon us in the form of leftover Easter candy!!!

10. Knitting With Dog Hair, Kendall Crolius
*There are no words.


Honorable Mentions:

11. A Brief History of Everything
*Oxymoron, anyone?

12. Goblin Proofing One's Chicken Coop, Reginald Bakeley
*This is a serious problem. I'm so glad there's a book that addresses this issue. I just can't seem to keep the goblins out.


13. The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas, Morgan Hastings
*Stocking Stuffers!!!

14. Living With Crazy Buttocks, Kaz Cooke
*I live everyday with a crazy buttocks!

If you liked this kind of off-the-wall humor, you'll love Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala. Now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...


***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/

Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala

Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor

Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Culture Shock: Book Tour Info - April 10 - 12

Culture Shock: Book Tour Info  - April 10 - 12




CBL Book Tours has been kind enough to run a virtual book tour for me.  If you'd like to sign-up, go to http://www.cblbooktours.com/ and become a tour host to get involved. Or you can visit the blogs participating.

I'm very excited for this tour. I hope to bring this book enjoyment for many hours for YA paranormal lovers. I say hours because it's nearly 700 pages. It's a whopper, but what reader doesn't love a good long book. I know I never want them to end when it's a story that keeps you interested. I'm told from early reviewers that it's a real page-turner.


Want to read an excerpt? Click on the word "EXCERPT" below.


***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/

Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala

Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor

Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Giveaway: 10 FREE eBook Copies of CULTURE SHOCK

FREE eBook Copies of CULTURE SHOCK by Jeanette Pekala


I'm feeling generous people! Take advantage while you can. Get the new paranormal YA series, Book #1, Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala.

Giving away 10 eCopies. The giveaway ends next week on April 11th so don't waste any time. Sign up today in the giveaway widget below. Thanks for visiting the site. Don't forget to read an excerpt at the bottom of this post.

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease,

JP
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***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/

Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala

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Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Back by Popular Demand

Buy Links for CULTURE SHOCK



Back by popular demand, the buy links for purchasing the ebook or paperback editions of Culture Shock, Paranormal YA Novel by Jeanette Pekala.



eBook editions:

Kindle ($3.99):

Nook ($3.99):

Paperback editions:

Paperback Edition  - Google Checkout, click the "Buy" button on the sidebar of this blog ($13.99)
(Autographed upon request).
Paperback Edition  - Createspace ($15.99):
Amazon.com ($15.99):
http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Shock-1/dp/0989158411/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1364912587&sr=8-1&keywords=Jeanette+Pekala






***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

Learn more about me on my website: http://jeanettepekala.com/

Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest: @JeanettePekala

Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanettePekalaAuthor

Be my friend on goodreads.com: Jeanette Pekala