Saturday, August 13, 2011
Twins...Aliens...And Finicky Library Books!
These are the things that author P.H.C. Marchesi writes about! Sound like your cup of lilac tea? You can win a SIGNED copy of her book, "Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes", just by leaving your comments for her on this post! (Details following the interview).
LC: Anytime pets are around things can get interesting in a hurry. Okay...just for fun...what is your favorite movie of all time, and why?
PM: I don’t know that I have one favorite…as a child, ET and Star Wars were my favorite movies, and I was completely hooked on sci-fi shows such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers. Later, I really enjoyed the series Babylon 5 and Star Trek:Voyager.
LC: I admit it, I'm a little bit of a Trekkie myself. While we're on the subject of movies, if a big-shot Hollywood producer offered to turn your book into a motion picture, who would you want to play the lead roles?
PM: Hmm. I hesitate here because I’ve always found that novels encourage the imagination (we all imagine differently), whereas film limits it by showing us images based on someone else’s interpretation (the director’s, for example). Once someone is cast as a character, everyone who then reads (or re-reads) the book usually imagines that particular actor as the character. So I prefer not to mention actors’ names…I want audiences to create their own mental pictures of what the characters in Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes look like – at least for now!
LC: Excellent. Alright, last, but not least, here's your opportunity to SELL IT! Tell us why we should read your book. (Your new nickname is "The Persuader", buah ha, ha!)
PM: You should read it because (in no particular order):
it’s action-packed and you won’t want to put it down
it has a different premise and interesting characters
it promotes friendship, teamwork, and courage
it will take you to Miriax, a world you will never forget
it has a boy and girl as co-heroes, and a story where they are equally important
it can be enjoyed by young adults and adults
In case you’re still not sure, here are some Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes reviews:
"I do not read a large amount of science fiction, but Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes may change that for me. The characters are realistic and engaging. The setting is magical – I want to take a trip to Miriax. The story drew me in and kept me guessing until the last page. I hope there is more to come for Shelby, Shauna, Jit, Vanessa, Marian and Lendox because I very much want to see them all again." The Book Addict
"Not only did I love this book, I couldn't put this book down. P.H.C. Marchesi has created a whole other universe, a place where you can get lost in forever." The Book Blog Experience
"Marchesi combines magical genius and some science and take us on a ride with these young characters. Young adults and adults will love the story alike. A great read to devour this summer."The Pen & Muse Book Reviews
"[. . .] this is a really fun read that has adventure, humor and a few hidden messages about the power of positivity that are worth considering. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I suspect that the intended audience (MG) will enjoy it even more!" A Reader's Ramblings
"I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and fantasy. . .It was very entertaining and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it." 13-year-old Ben Weldon, Reader Views Kids
I hope you will be encouraged to pick up a copy today!
Who would want to have tea with mushrooms, when it’s a hundred degrees and humid out? As Shelby and Shauna Kitt find out, quite a few people. These are, of course, people from Miriax, a planet in a different dimension where nothing and no one is anything like what the thirteen-year-old brother-and-sister twins expect. On Miriax, lilac tea is served with explosive mushrooms, agitex leaves cure motion sickness, stick insects patrol the jungle, and library books carefully choose their readers, refusing to leave the shelf for anyone else. And, if you’re not careful, the walls spit on you.
Shelby and Shauna's lives change drastically when planet Miriax recruits them to seal a dimensional hole that allows Klodians - nasty aliens - to travel to Earth. In order to succeed in their mission, Shelby and Shauna discover skills they never thought they possessed, make friends they never expected to have, and face enemies they never imagined existed.
Okay everyone, as promised, here's the scoop on the giveaway. Just show your support and leave your comments for P.H.C. Marchesi. Sometime around August 28th she'll pick one lucky commenter to receive a signed copy of "Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes"! Entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on August 27th. Only one comment per person will be entered to win, but you are certainly welcome to comment a multitude of times! Just be sure to leave your email address or other contact info so we can notify you if you're the winner!
P.H.C. Marchesi has a Ph.D. degree in English and teaches British literature to undergraduates (she loves her job). As a child, she lived in many different countries, and experienced many different cultures. She studied at an International School and had friends from all over the world. In many ways, these experiences shaped her writing and the fantasy world she created in Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes. She is currently working on the sequel, and has many adventures in store for the Kitt twins.
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