Friday, May 31, 2013

9 out of 10 Rating for Culture Shock!!! Review


Hello All,

I thought I would share this review with you from Forever Book Lover. If you're on the fence about giving Culture Shock a try, just take a second and read this 9 out of 10 excellent review. Thank you for stopping by.

Click to read the review: http://foreverbooklover.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/book-review-culture-shock/



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
 
Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease Homies,
J

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Giveaways: Total of 16 Prizes

Hello All,

Because I love you all sooooo much, I'm going to remind you that there are two giveaways ending tonight at midnight!!!

Giveaway #1: 5 paperbacks of Culture Shock is for goodreads.com members only.
Giveaway #2: 10 ebooks of Culture Shock for anyone to enter.



If you're a gooreads.com member, you can enter this one for 5 paperback copies of Culture Shock!!!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

Culture Shock

by Jeanette Pekala

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win





FOR ANYONE TO ENTER!!!!
If you're not a goodreads member, you can enter this giveaway of 10 ebooks of Culture Shock!!!!
Click the Link.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I wish everyone can win, but there will only be 16 winners this time around. Good luck to you all!!!

Happy Reading,

Big Giveaway!!!

 
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Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway If you would like to be a sponsor of the upcoming May Kindle Giveaway you can sign up here: http://www.iamareader.com/2013/05/summer-kindle-fire-sponsor-sign-ups.html Copyright © 2013 I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Huh? What's an Interjection? Ah-ha, that's it!

Huh? What's an Interjection?


An interjection is generally a word or a short phrase that is not grammatically connected to a sentence. Many interjections stand alone as a sentence.

Interjections are extremely important to realistic dialogue. Think about how often you use them in your everyday speech. Hmm, I don't know, like always. Yup! That's right...always. To create believable characters you need to include interjections. I used many interjections in Culture Shock, my debut series, but could never figure out how to correctly spell them. So here I included a list of interjections and the way to spell them correctly for writers or curious readers.

Ah-ha
blah
darn
eh
eek
geesh
geez
gosh
ha
ha-ha
Hmm
Huh
humph
Oh
Oh dear
Oh my gosh
oops
ow
phew
Seriously
shh
uh
uh-huh
uh-oh
ugh
um
Well
wow
Yeah
Yes
yikes
yippee
yuck
yup



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


***Giveaway of Culture Shock: Ends May 31, 2013,
5 Paperback Copies



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

Culture Shock

by Jeanette Pekala

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Happy Reading,

J

Monday, May 27, 2013

Check out this awesome review of Culture Shock

I love seeing reviews or that others enjoyed reading Culture Shock. Check out this awesome honest review.
http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/book-review-culture-shock-by-jeanette-pekala/

Friday, May 24, 2013

Best Books to Read this Memorial Day Weekend


Best Books to Read this Memorial Day Weekend



I've compiled a list of what I think would be some great kick-off to summer reads. These are easy and carefree or really get lost in type of books. Whatever tickles your fancy as a beach companion this weekend...or an escape from the tradition family barbeque. Find a tree to lean against, get comfortable and settle in to a good book.


Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin




 






The Other Typist, Suzanne Rindell






Fallen Too Far, Abbi Glines




The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro

 
 
The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han
 

The Edge of Never, J.A,Redmerski


 
The Other Typist is the one I'll be grabbing this weekend, since I've read most of the others. I hear The Other Typist is like Hitchcock meets Gatsby with the unbelieveable reviews it has received.
 

Another Summer Read to Consider...

 
 

 
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
 
Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease Y'all,
 
J

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author Spotlight: Melodie Ramone

Author Spotlight: Melodie Ramone



I've had the pleasure recently of meeting Melodie through social networking channels. She's an extraordinary person. She's charming, sweet and funny. She is also the author of After Forever Ends. I'm currently reading it, so please check back at a later date to read the review. It's an easy and very enjoyable read so far. The characters are amazing and so relatable. I find it refreshing. The full review will be available soon.


Orphaned by her mother and brushed off by her dad, fifteen year old Silvia Cotton had lived a lonely life. That is until 1985 when her father moved the family from the Highlands of Scotland to the Midlands of Wales. It is there she was enrolled in Bennington, a private boarding school, met the charming and rebellious Dickinson twins, Oliver and Alexander, and her regrettable life was changed forever. Locked into a fierce friendship with Alexander and lost to a whirlwind romance with Oliver, Silvia found herself torn away from everything she thought she knew. Married too soon, she moved with Oliver to a rustic cabin deep in a Welsh wood and embarked upon a life she'd never planned for, surviving on hope she never knew existed and faith she never knew she had. She made her way through university and onto a career, only to surrender her ambition to raising her children and living a life that was strikingly "normal". But what is normal? Certainly not what ensued in the wood. True love, faeries, friendship, loves lost and gained. Old magic, fate, doubt, strength and courage, Silvia's story could belong to anyone, but it is her own. Simple yet extraordinary, told in retrospect with wit and candor, Silvia recalls a life of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. As she unravels the tangled web of her days, she reveals the secrets that exist in an ancient wood, how hearts given freely can become the stuff of magic, and how true happiness was never any further than her own back garden.




Melodie Ramone is a wife, mother, fosterer of unwanted pets, speaker, novelist and Certified Kitchen Witch. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up culinary magic, she can usually be found knitting, reading anything she can get her hands on, delving into Particle Physics or writing her stories. Although Melodie's roots lie in Scotland and Wales, she resides in the United States.











Where you can find Melodie:

Twitter:  @melodie_ramone
 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6540025.Melodie_Ramone
 Website:  www.melodieramone.com
 Authordb: http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1568-melodie-ramone

Where you can find After Forever Ends:

 Available at all Amazon locations.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/After-Forever-Ends-ebook/dp/B009ODTG86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368723016&sr=8-1&keywords=after+forever+ends

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Forever-Ends-ebook/dp/B009ODTG86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368723065&sr=8-1&keywords=after+forever+ends

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/After-Forever-Ends-ebook/dp/B009ODTG86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368723088&sr=8-1&keywords=after+forever+ends

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/after-forever-ends-melodie-ramone/1113673042?ean=2940015893823

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/300414

~*~*~*~

Happy Reading,

J

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Giveaway Bonanza : Enter all 3!!!!!!

I'm a Giver...


I have currently 3 giveaways rocking the web right now. You may enter all three. 2 are for ebooks and 1 is for paperbacks.

Below are the links:

1. Sun Mountains Reviews:

10 ebooks:

http://sunmountainreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/celebrate-with-smr-2-months-200-followers-giveaway-of-culture-shock/

(Scroll Down and click on blue "a rafflecopter giveaway")

2. I Heart Reading

1 ebook:

http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tour/book-tours-starter-day-party-culture-shock/

(at bottom of page)

3. Goodreads

5 Paperbacks:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

Culture Shock

by Jeanette Pekala

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, May 20, 2013

Updated Blog Tour Schedule: STARTS TODAY!!!

Blog Tour : May 20 - June 3


Please stop by one of these blogs in the next week to say hi and read the articles. There will be guest posts, reviews, interviews, and general info about Culture Shock and myself. Thank you for your support.

May 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
May 22nd: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily
May 24th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog
May 25th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings
May 26th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading
May 28th: Guest Post @ Brenda McCreight’s Blog
May 30th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers
May 31st: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover
May 31st: Guest Post @ Writers and Authors
June 1st: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
June 3rd: Book Review and Excerpt @ Books, Books and More Books
 
 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Author Interview: Jeanette Pekala

Author Interview: Jeanette Pekala


Melodie Ramone, author of After Forever Ends asked me some interview questions for her blog. Please check them out and share if you like. You can find it by clicking on the link below. Thanks!

http://revenge-of-the-ginger.blogspot.com/2013/05/jeanette-pekala-is-author-of-culture.html

Also, don't forget to enter the goodreads.com giveaway of Culture Shock.

You can also stop by on one of the ten stops for this week's blog tour and enter the giveaways at each stop.

Here's the tour schedule:



May 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
May 22nd: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily
May 24th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog
May 25th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings
May 26th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading
May 28th: Guest Post @ Brenda McCreight’s Blog
May 30th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers
May 31st: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover
June 1st: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
June 3rd: Book Review and Excerpt @ Books, Books and More Books




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upcoming Blog Tour for Culture Shock: Sign-up Now to Host

 

Upcoming Blog Tour for Culture Shock: Sign-up Now to Host


Here is the link to Enchanted Book Promotions Page if you're interested in being a tour host: http://www.enchantedbookpromotions.com/scheduling-book-tour-for-culture-shock/

Scheduling a book tour for YA Paranormal “Culture Shock”. The tour runs from May 20th to June 3rd.
We’re looking to schedule reviews, author interviews, book excerpt posts, guest blog posts and giveaways. We have .pdf copies for reviewers. Giveaways are for eBook copies of the book.
 
Culture Shock
Book Description:
 
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...
 
 Contact Me:
***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
 
Buy Links for Culture Shock:
 
Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4205224
 

 
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Copyediting vs. Proofreading

Copyediting vs. Proofreading

What's the difference?

Which should an author hire for their pre-published works?



Many people confuse these two distinct editorial skills, but it’s important to recognize how they differ, and why.

I do copyediting and proofreading at work (my day job). Here's an example of each:

Copyediting: I'm given a rough article for a newsletter that I must revise and make more reader friendly. I also need to reformat it and scan for any typos. I have to research and find any gaps in logic, etc.

Proofreading: I'm given a finished document, completely ready for publication. I won't be recreating it or revising it. I will be checking for typos, inconsistencies, page numbers, formatting.

Think:
Revision----> Copyediting
Correction--->Proofreading

More Detail:

The copy editor’s task is to finesse a writer’s prose so that it observes all the conventions of good writing. A writer may be skilled at explaining a procedure or verbally depicting a scene, but the copy editor is the one who makes sure the manuscript’s syntax is smooth, that the writing adheres to the conventions of grammar, and that wording is proper and precise and punctuation is appropriate and correctly placed.
The copy editor may also do or suggest some reorganizing, recommend changes to chapter titles and subheadings, and call out lapses in logic or sequential slip-ups.

The proofreader, by contrast, is assigned to check a reproduction of what the finished product will look like. And the task is not revision, but correction — making sure that no typographical errors remain from the manuscript or were introduced in the production stage. Proofreaders are also expected to check page numbers or recurring copy at the top or bottom of a page that identifies a section in a periodical or a chapter or book title. They make sure the font and type size and weight for one text element matches another element of that class. They double-check that photo captions match the content of the photographs or that when text refers to a table, a chart, or a figure, the graphic element consists of what the text says it does — and they proof that element, too.
Proofreaders may also catch grammatical errors or inconsistency of style, and they are often given some leeway to change or at least call out egregious errors, but they’re generally constrained by not being permitted to revise the text in any way that adds or subtracts the number of lines on a page, because doing so may adversely affect the graphic design.


In summary, copyediting is a more qualitative skill and proofreading is more quantitative, though there’s quite a bit of overlap, and someone who does well at one often succeeds at the other as well. Proofreading usually pays less and is a pathway to copyediting, but many editors (myself included) do both.

If you're still undecided on whether to hire a copyeditor or proofreader to comb through your novel, here is the real swaying factor....waitforit.....the cost.

I know that I couldn't afford an actual copyeditor when I was producing my first novel. I had a few people beta read it and had a very grammatically-inclined friend go through it with a fine tooth comb. This is, of course, after I read it 28 times. I believe the cheapest editor I could find wanted about $4k to do my book, due to its size--140k words. For a first time author, that wasn't an option for me. But to achieve the most polished product, you need to go with a copyeditor because nothing is more annoying than a few too many typos while you're trying to read.

Anything to add? Comment? Question? Please Share.

Happy Reading,

J

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Character Arc - What's the dealio?

Character Arc - What's the dealio?




Being an avid reader and a self taught writer, I've noticed a typical framework that most books/authors used in order to create conflict and develop personal growth within their characters based on the decisions a character makes or obstacles a character must overcome. I've discovered there is an actual term for it--Character Arc.

While writing Culture Shock I always fretted over making my characters believable/relatable. Creating 3D characters over flat 2D characters is an author's ultimate challenge.

Here are some tips to create believable conflict, personal development, and relatable characters using Character Arc.

Define Character Arc:

Character Arc—the rocky path of personal growth and development a character undergoes in a story, usually unwillingly, during which the character wrestles with and eventually overcomes some or all of a serious emotional fear, limitation, block or wound.

In a character's development he or she might overcome:
o lack of courage or inner doubts (Lack of confidence is what happens with the main character, Macy Holmes, in Culture Shock.)
o lack of ethics
o learning to love
o guilt
o trauma from the past
o errors in thinking, etc.

Weaknesses, imperfections, quirks and vices make a character more real & appealing. They humanize a character. The audience can identify with them. Flaws and imperfections give a character somewhere to go and progress toward in the story. The development of a character is only interesting if they overcome something.

How to create 3D characters instead of 2D characters:

When a character has jumping changes, you will create a two-dimensional characters. For example, a character is faced with a hurdle and they immediately jump over it without thinking it throughout or the repercussions, etc. To create a three-dimensional characters you need to show the step-by-step process of how the character approaches that hurdle and how they decide to jumping over it. They may trip and fall and or hit another hurdle after the first but these scenarios are developing the characters growth.

Framework for creating Character Arc:

Personal growth doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and practice, a few slip-ups along the way. We're not perfect, we're human. A character in the book you're writing should not just see a problem, realize a solution, and solve all within a paragraph. There should be inner turmoil, weighing pros and cons, taking steps within the framework of personal growth that will lead him/her to their conclusion/solution. It's not always the right solution either. As I've mentioned before, we are human and your characters should be as human as possible to relate to readers. We make mistakes and so should your characters.

Here are the five steps to create character arc within your plot:

1. The character’s internal shortcomings cause external problems. If some facet of his/her personality isn’t causing problems in his/her life, it’s probably not something he/she needs to change. The only things about which he/she needs to experience growth are the things that cause problems for him/her. So first of all, just to set the stage for your main character arc, you need to show the character failing at something because of his shortcomings.

2.The character experiences failure but doesn’t understand why. This is all about how the character reacts to his failures in step one. It’s important to show the reaction, because not understanding why the failures are occurring sets the emotional conditions for growth. Not understanding why is bound to cause some negative emotions: anger, frustration, resentment, etc. These are what fuel a character’s growth; when he gets fed up with failing, he’ll do something to prevent it. (Note, the character may not understand why he’s failing for a couple of different reasons. One, he may not be aware that the problem he/she has even exists. He/She may exist in a state of complete ignorance about the problem, and when confronted with it, his/her emotional reactions will include “gosh, I didn’t even know that was a thing, let alone a problem!” Two, he/she may recognize the existence of the problem, but is in denial that he/she has the problem. This latter is usually easier to defend in a novel.)

3.The character still fails, but understands why. This is the natural next step after getting past denial. Like they say, admitting you have a problem is the first step in fixing it. Okay, we’re calling it step three, but you get the idea. The character is still blindsided by failures, but after they happen, can understand why. The character can reflect on the situation, and understand how his/her personal shortcoming led to the failure. Hindsight is 20/20.

4.The character sees failures coming, but still can’t avoid them. Next, the character gains enough experience that the failures don’t blindside him/her anymore. Now, he/she can see them coming but is still powerless to stop them. This is your alcoholic who knows he drinks too much, but can’t stop himself. Or your abusive spouse who knows his rage issues stem from how his father treated him, but can’t stop himself from using his fists to express his own displeasure. The character understands the dynamics of the situation, but hasn’t yet figured out how to act differently to produce a different result.
***Don’t shortchange stage four! There is enormous dramatic potential in this stage, because at heart it is a profoundly sad and distressing time for the character. This maps very closely to the depression stage of the five stages of grief, because just like in that situation, the character feels powerless against larger forces which seem to be controlling him. This stage can get ugly, and you shouldn’t be afraid to let it.

5.The character succeeds. Finally, after seeing enough failures coming, the character realizes how to act differently and thus can intervene with himself to make different choices. That’s emotional growth. That’s the culmination of the character arc. If you’re clever, you’ll time this moment to coincide with your plot’s climax, when the stakes are at their highest point. A chain of failures leading up to success at a critical moment can be a win-win-win: Believable, incredibly dramatic, and satisfying to read all at once. But only if you’ve supported it with a fully developed arc.

Now that we are experts on Character Arc, get to writing. You don't have to follow the framework step by step, but try to keep it as a guideline. Depending on how your plot goes, you end up starting your book on Step 2 or 3. Culture Shock started on Step 2 but reflects back to Step 1 to show how the main character got to Step 2. Be creative and just remember that a single failure does not teach us everything we need to know to become an expert.



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

I have a goodreads.com giveaway going on right now. Don't forget to enter to win. Giving away 5 paperback copies of Culture Shock!!!!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

Culture Shock

by Jeanette Pekala

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Happy Reading,

J XOXO

Monday, May 6, 2013

Book Tour : May 20- June 3


Enchanted Book Promotions will be hosting a book tour for Culture Shock starting May 20 and running two weeks to June 3. If you're interested, here's the information.

 
We’re scheduling a book tour for YA Paranormal “Culture Shock”. The tour runs from May 20th to June 3rd.
 
We’re looking to schedule reviews, author interviews, book excerpt posts, guest blog posts and giveaways. We have .pdf copies for reviewers. Giveaways are for eBook copies of the book.
Please let me know if you’d like to participate and what type of tour stop you’d like to host.
 
 
 
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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

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fun Facts About Culture Shock's Author

Fun Facts About Jeanette Pekala



Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Food: Italian

Things I Love: Spending time with my family, writing, reading, and traveling

Things I Hate: Bad drivers, Liver and Onions, and Physics

Favorite Books: Gone With the Wind, Vampire Academy

Favorite Movie: Dodgeball

Random Questions:

1)If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I love where I live currently in north central Florida. The combination of scenery, weather, and people makes it ideal for me, but I would love living in Italy. I visited once and fell in love.

2)If you became a billionaire over night, what would be the first thing you would buy?

 
First, would be a full tank of gas to get me to Tallahassee to pick up my check. Secondly, I would buy plane tickets. My family and I would disappear for a while and travel.

3)Do you have a garden?

Ignoring the fact that I have the blackest thumb amongst the entire human race, I am still determined to make something grow and actually live past a sprout. Currently, I have green beans (they make it to a vine of about eight inches and then wither and die), eggplant (still waiting on those to flower...fingers crossed), and tomatoes (planted two months ago and they are only a quarter of an inch high).

4)Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?

Yes, when I was one. I came in second. My mother pacifies me by saying that they were looking for the typical blond Florida girl. Darn my brunette-tism. Turns out the blond that won happened to be a friend of mine in high school. It explained why she had baby pictures of me in her house. Creepy...defined.

5)Do you sing in the shower?

Unfortunately, yes. I do believe I'm the next American Idol when I have the wonderful acoustics of my tiled shower. I'm sure my neighbors disagree.


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  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
 
***There is also a giveaway on goodreads.com right now of 5 paperback copies of Culture Shock.
***Next week, an ebook copies giveaway will occur. Be ready!!!