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Stacy Juba: “Sink or Swim”


Stacy Juba is the author of the mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim (Mainly Murder Press), as well as the patriotic children’s picture book The Flag Keeper and the children’s e-book Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise. Her young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn will be released by Mainly Murder Press in January 2012. Her young adult hockey novels Face-Off and Offsides will be released in 2011 and 2012. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit.

Hello Stacy, could you describe yourself in five words?

Creative, imaginative, analytical, determined, sensitive.

What can you tell us about “Sink or Swim”?

Sink or Swim is a cross between a cozy mystery and a romantic suspense novel, about Cassidy Novak, a personal trainer who attracts a stalker after appearing on a reality show set aboard a Tall Ship. Most of the book takes place back in Cassidy’s hometown, after the reality show has ended. The book has been endorsed by former contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother, but you don’t need to be a reality show fan to enjoy the story.

Who’s your favourite author?

I admire J.K. Rowling because of the depths of her imagination and her ability to produce book after book in the Harry Potter series under such public scrutiny and deadline pressure. 

Do you have tips for budding writers?

I would recommend connecting with other writers through an in-person local critique group, on-line writers communities, or professional writing organizations, and finding critique partners to exchange manuscripts with so that you can get feedback on your own work and hone your editing skills by critiquing the work of other writers. Be willing to rewrite and revise when necessary. A first draft is rarely publishable. Go through your manuscript focusing on aspects such as dialogue, description, pacing, conflict, internal thought, and plot. You need to make sure each of these aspects is strong before looking at the manuscript as a whole.  

What are you working on now?

I’m preparing for the release of my young adult/adult paranormal crossover novel Dark Before Dawn scheduled to come out from Mainly Murder Press in January 2012. I’m also updating and revising my out-of print young adult hockey novel Face-Off and its unpublished sequel Offsides, preparing to release an e-book edition of each and a double edition paperback with both books in one volume, with the first e-book debuting in Fall 2011.

Where can we find you online?

My web site is http://stacyjuba.com/blog/ and my blog is http://stacyjuba.com/blog/blog/ .

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Shannon Mawhiney: “The Death of Torberta Turchin”


“The Death of Torberta Turchin” is on my “to read” list. It really sounds like my kind of novel. Shannon Mawhiney tells us a little more about her and her novel.

Hi Shannon, could you please describe yourself in five words?

No, I don’t think so.

What can you tell us about “The Death of Torberta Turchin”?

The Death of Torberta Turchin is a YA paranormal novel that I hope also appeals to adults.  It’s about a 14-year-old girl, Torberta (or Torby), who communicates with the dead.  She can’t see them; she can only hear them.  Because of this, her relatives sent her to a boarding school for mentally ill children, after her parents died in a car crash when she was five.  Ever since then, her best friend has been a man named Charlie, a ghost who died in the 1930s.  Charlie does his best to guide and protect her, acting as an invisible big brother.  But he can’t do much for her if he can’t figure out who’s trying to kill her.

Who’s your favourite author?

Lois Lowry.  The Giver was (and still is) my absolute favorite book.  Her ability to engage both children and adults is something I’d like to be able to do in my own writing.

Do you have tips for budding writers?

If you’re not sure what to write or feel like you’re blocked, write anything you can think of.  Write in a journal, join a role-playing game writing group online, write out your dreams every morning, go to the food court in the mall and describe what you see.

What are you working on now?

Marketing Torberta Turchin, but also plotting out the next book in the series.  And my garden!

Where can we find you online?

Practically everywhere. 

Blog: http://mawhiney.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/torberta

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Book trailer for Body Swap


I’ve created a new book trailer for my latest young adult novel, Body Swap. I thank Danosongs again for the music.

Here it is:

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Body Swap giveaway ending soon


There’s a Body Swap giveaway on goodreads.com at the moment. Details below if you are interested.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Body Swap: The world's first text message adventure romance with... by Jerome Parisse

Body Swap

by Jerome Parisse

Giveaway ends December 15, 2010.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Body Swap


My latest young adult novel is out. It’s called Body Swap. It’s available as eBook and in paperback format.

Here’s a blurb about the story:

The world’s first text message adventure romance with the other side!

William is thirteen and has recently moved to a town called Fulton with his parents. His sister Estelle died accidentally a year ago, and his mother is in deep grief. In his new hometown, William meets Pat, a boy who loves big words and is in need of company. Out of the blue, William receives a text message from the mobile phone of an unknown sender called Stephanie asking for help. The two boys are at first astonished, then dubious, when in a flurry of text messages Stephanie tells them she is in a coma at a nearby hospital. She says she is floating outside her body and needs their help to get back into it.

Initially incredulous, William and Pat become intrigued and decide to check whether Stephanie is telling the truth. They manage to trace the hospital and gain admission into the Intensive Care Unit, where sure enough they find Stephanie in coma. At their wits’ end about how to do as Stephanie asks the two friends call on a female psychic called Doris to help them get Stephanie back into her body. A disastrous mix up occurs, however, and William ends up trapped in Stephanie’s body and shut out of his own.

In Stephanie’s body, William experiences difficult and sometimes comedic situations. He learns about things girls have to live with, from unwelcome approaches, to bras and high heels. The situation becomes even more desperate when Pat falls in love with Stephanie!

William and Pat elaborate a scheme for getting William and Stephanie back into their respective bodies, but timing is crucial and time is running out. The boys confront awesome challenges and meet with an unexpected enemy, and discover at the same time the secret behind Estelle’s death.

The official website: http://www.jeromeparisse.com/bodyswap.htm

Buy it in paperback format on Amazon or as eBook on Amazon or Smashwords

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