My first guest is Stephanie Morrill. She's the host of a great website for teen writers called Go Teen Writers! and she's also the author of a super fun series called The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt. Tonight we'll be talking about Steph's books, and we'll also ask (and attempt to answer) the question: What's the big deal about purity?
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Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. She wants a fresh start where people don’t know about her partying past or her younger sister and her baby. A place where she won’t run in to her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But when her sister needs her, Skylar has to swallow her pride and come back home. Will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants for her?
Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it’s not so easy to change her friends. She’s trying hard to live a new life, but her old one is constantly staring her in the face. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can’t win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most?
Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the “in” crowd, but who’s no longer sure that’s where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.
I spent the first part of my childhood in California. Long enough to be influenced, to have roots there, but not long enough to really be “from” there. I did the bulk of my growing up in Kansas City. It’s where I went to high school, met my husband, and worked a few lousy jobs. Ben and I make our life here now, along with our two kids, McKenna and Connor, and dog, K.C. They’re the most interesting things about me. Without them I’m just a book junkie with a crazy thing for coffee, who would rather sit in front of my computer and write than go to a party. Which is why I make stuff up.
Following my chat with Stephanie, we'll be switching gears completely. We'll hear from Lisa Grace, the author of "the Christian's alternative to the Twilight series." The first in her series has been optioned for a movie. Join us to hear all about that process.
Fifteen-year-old Megan Laughlin has a gift; or what seems like a curse at times. She can see angels and demons. Megan knows her destiny is to protect her friends against dark angels who try to sway them into situations that can destroy their souls, their lives and their eternity. At school, she recognizes Judas an Uber popular boy, as a demon, hell-bent on destroying her and everyone she loves.
As Judas spreads horrible rumors and overdoses two of her classmates at a rave, Megan realizes the enormity of Judas' power. While classmates die, Megan, with the help of an angel, Johnny, and a team of friends will face the fight of their lives as they battle Judas. Megan thinks God hasn't given her any "special" powers, but she finds she has what she needs as she confronts Judas and his virtually unconquerable power. Books 2 and 3 in the series, also available.
Join me with Lisa Grace on Teen Talk Radio at 10:30pm EST, 1/19/12, to hear all about this awesome series and about going from eBook to movie! About Lisa:
I am married to my husband Todd and we have a wonderful seven-year- old daughter. I had a full- sized Virginian Opossum as a pet for four years until he passed away. They can be paper-trained. We currently have an albino Dwarf Netherlands Bunny as a pet and a turtle. I love hiking, fishing, boating, and watching nature. I volunteer at my church working with the teens. They will be my beta readers for Angel in the Ice, Book 3 release date set for November 1, 2011 . I use the BIC (butt in chair) method to write two thousand words a day. I love to talk to people who have read my book/books and return all emails personally. My mission is to reach unsaved teens with my young adult novels. For my adult readers, The 15th Star, out in late 2011, is an exciting fun read along the lines of National Treasure meets 1776.