Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Today's Special -- Jennifer Estep
We're pleased to have one of our frequent guest authors, Jennifer Estep dishing with us today. Jennifer writes the popular and addictive urban fantasy Elemental Assassin series---one of my favorites. *g* She is now writing a new series---a young adult urban fantasy series, the Mythos Academy. The first book, Touch of Frost was released July 26th. Check out my review here. Please welcome Jennifer back to The Romance Dish!
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to thank Gannon and the rest of the folks at The Romance Dish for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, everyone!
So today, Gannon asked me to talk a little bit about some of the books that I loved when I was younger since I just released my first young adult book. Touch of Frost, the first book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, came out on July 26, so this is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
One of my favorite memories is going to the library every Saturday with my mom to pick out books to read for the week. I read a ton of books when I was a kid, but I had my favorites, the ones that I checked out time and time again. Here are some of the books and series that I read over and over:
-Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume: I always enjoyed reading this book about two friends who struggle to stay friends but eventually find their way back to each other, despite everything that’s going on in their lives.
-The Baby-sitters Club books: I can’t even tell you how many times I read and reread these books when I was younger. I always enjoyed hanging out with Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey, and reading about all the ups and downs that the girls had.
-The Encyclopedia Brown series: I loved these books with their quirky, clever logic puzzles and mysteries. Try as I might, I could never figure out the answer before Encyclopedia did.
-The Nancy Drew books: I read tons of Nancy Drew books when I was younger, everything from the old classics to the more modern, updated versions. I always enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery in these books too, although I never guessed who the bad guy was before Nancy did.
-The Sweet Valley High series: Oh, Elizabeth and Jessica. I spent many hours reading about you and your friends at Sweet Valley High, and I always thought it would be fun to go to your school. I’ve also got the new SVH book in my TBR pile to read.
-The Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary: I enjoyed these books about smart, sassy Ramona and all the adventures that she had.
-Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien: I loved this book about a group of clever rats who band together to help a mouse and her family.
-Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: This is a touching, heartwarming, and ultimately bittersweet story about a boy and the love that he has for his two dogs. The ending makes me cry every single time – even now.
What about you guys? What are some of your favorite childhood reads? What are some of your favorite YA books today?
**Jennifer is giving away a copy of Touch of Frost to one lucky commenter. U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Jennifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author who writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
Touch of Frost, the first book, came out on July 26. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is available now as a 99-cent download. Kiss of Frost, the second book, will hit shelves on Nov. 29.
Jennifer also writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tangled Threads. Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book, will be released on Sept. 27. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for free short stories, excerpts, and more.