Monday, October 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY Stealing Parker + Guest Post!

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, I am able to be apart of the HOME RUN BLOG TOUR and host a giveaway for STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally! But first, I have a guest post from the author herself. Take it away, Miranda!

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Peanut Gallery:  Where does Miranda get her inspiration?  Find out as Miranda speaks about her idea origins. As a bonus, Miranda shares the best advice that she ever got about being a writer.

Geez, this is a pretty hard question. I get my inspiration from all over the place. From conversations I have with friends and people at work. From inside jokes with my husband. I read lots of books, and see how my favorite authors write plot arcs and characterization, and then I set out to do that too, but with my own edge. I often look through my junior and high school yearbooks to remind myself of how I felt when I was younger. I also like to read my old diaries. One time I got a book idea from a true fact under a Snapple lid. Another time I got a book idea because somebody had broken into my car!

I got the idea for the “Jerry Rice fake baby home ec” project in Catching Jordan because I remembered this time I was out on the football field in junior high, and a football player was pushing another player around in a stroller.

The best advice I ever got as a writer?
- An editor told me my strongest skill as an author is writing groups of teens goofing off and talking about nothing, so now I try to have my characters bantering while doing lots of wild and wacky things while trying to move the plot forward. And I have a great time doing it! I try to write silly scenes that I hope people will enjoy reading.

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Thanks so much for that awesome post, Miranda! And now, I'm hosting a giveaway!

This is for one copy of STEALING PARKER. And this contest is open INTERNATIONALLY! Anywhere in the world is eligible to enter this giveaway!



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    1. Also I really don't like sports very much, but if I HAD to watch one I would pick soccer probably. Or the Olympics if that counts ;)

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    2. Awesome! I love the Olympics too. Thanks for entering, Amanda! Good luck! :D

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    1. So cool! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck! :D

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for entering, and good luck! :D

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  5. I used too play a sport haha tennis!

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  6. I love Basketball and Baseball :) Thanks for the giveaway.....

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  7. I played softball from junior high through high school and during the summer on my villages 12 in. fast pitch softball team. I LOVE softball. The book sounds really good! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Brad.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for entering the giveaway, Sue. Good luck! :D

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  8. My favorite sport is gymnastics but I love watching football during football season. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

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    1. Ooh, those are really cool sports! Thanks for entering, and good luck! :D

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  9. I love playing tennis but I also LOVE watching football! Thank you for the giveaway, Brad!

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    1. Love those sports too! Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck! :D

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  10. I don't like playing sports, however, I do enjoy watching football games with friends and family:P

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  11. Do you like sports? If so, which is your favorite? I'm not a big fan of watching them, but every now and again I do love playing badminton, soccer, and whatever. I also love books or films that have sports in it. :D

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    2. Thank you for this chance!! and thanks!! I'll need it. xP

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  12. Do you like sports? If so, which is your favorite?
    Does dancing count? is so then dancing, if not then swimming.

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    1. Ooh, great choices! I love to swim. Thanks for entering, and good luck! :D

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  13. I like gymnastics a lot. Also I watch soccer sometimes on Tv, since it's pretty popular here in germany;)
    Btw. Thanks Brad for doing this giveaway. You're like the only guy i watch for reviews and you're doing a great job! :))

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. Soccer is an awesome sport! Thanks for entering, and good luck! :D

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  14. hey :) great giveaway. I like figure skating and handball.

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  16. I really love swimming but lately at school they have made us start lacrosse and I'm beginning to love that!

    I can not wait to read Stealing Parker because I enjoyed Catching Jordan so much!!
    - Sam :D

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    1. Swimming is awesome. And lacrosse looks like a cool sport too! Thanks for entering, and good luck! :D

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  17. My favorite sport to play is softball but my favorite to watch is college football!

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  18. Well I don't like very much do sports, but sometimes I like play volleyball.

    Thanks for the international giveaway :D

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  19. i love basketball, football and running, but sadly the kind of football/soccer that i play in my country is that we are not allowed to hold the ball,run , throw it to team mates and touchdown!! unlike catching jordan, we have to use our foot to kick the ball and score by kicking the ball to the goalpost, (which make me really confuse i mean why have the same name for a sport when the way of playing is different in other countries, that's just confusing~ ) I'm blabbering now~ So i'm going to stop xD
    Thanks for holding this giveaway! Read catching Jordan and really enjoyed it, hope this next book won't disappoint! (:

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  20. I don't play or watch any sports but I would like how to play Volleyball :)

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  21. My favorite sport would have to be bowling, and yes that is a sport! lol

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I read every comment and truly appreciate them. I would love to hear your thoughts! If you leave a comment, I'll be sure to leave a comment back on your blog ASAP! -Brad