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December 1st, 2011

Interview with Miranda and a Giveaway! – The Release Day of CATCHING JORDAN!
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by Madeleine Rex

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(The book cover is linked to the amazon page, but guess what? They’ve only got three in stock! That should tell you how enjoyable this book is. Go ahead and order anyway because they have more coming.)

And without further ado, Miranda has been kind enough to answer a handful of interview questions…

ME: From paragraph one, football is an important part of the book. Did you grow up involved in football (even as, goodness forbid, a cheerleader?) or were you searching “blitz” on Google when you decided to write the book?

MIRANDA: Growing up, I played some football on the playground with the boys, and in junior high and high school, I loved going to games.

ME: Did you finish any books before writing Catching Jordan? If so, were they genres beside Young Adult, or have you always known YA was the world for you?

MIRANDA: I finished one book called OUT OF A BLUE MOON. It’s a tween-YA, and it’s about a 15-year-old guy who grew up on the moon. I love the book and would love to do something with it one day but it needs a total rewrite. YA is definitely the world for me!

ME: Now that your first book has debuted and you have another two on the way (plus an anthology!), you’re career as an author has officially begun. You can cross this dream off your list, so what’s next? The NYT bestsellers list?

MIRANDA: I would love a TV series or a movie!

ME: Where do you see Jordan in ten years? Is she playing professional football and kickin’ butt, or kickin’ butt in some other way?

MIRANDA: At 27, I see Jordan being a football coach for a high school or middle school, or working for a college or NFL team in some capacity. She’s definitely still kicking butt. I’d say she’s married. *winks*

ME: Jordan’s relationship with her father is tense (to say the least). Was their relationship difficult to craft? Did you pull from personal experience, or other peoples’ experiences that you’d heard or read about?

MIRANDA: No – I made it all up, and yes, it was difficult to craft. It was the story line I had to edit and edit and edit and edit… It took a long time. I just tried to put myself in her dad’s shoes and then in her shoes and went from there.

ME: What was the most difficult step of the novel-writing or publishing process? Those dreaded copy-edits, or something that happened much earlier?

MIRANDA: Every step of the way is difficult, but I’d say the toughest part is the waiting. Waiting to hear if you have an agent, waiting to hear about submissions, waiting to hear from publishers, waiting to hear what bookstores are carrying your books. It never ends. But you grow a tough skin and deal with it. If you want to write badly enough, learning how to wait is key.

Thanks so much to Miranda! She’s really a splendid person, folks. Don’t pass up the opportunity to check out her website

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The Giveaway!

In honor of the release, I’m giving away three prizes!

1. A signed and personalized finished copy of Catching Jordan, 2 bookmarks, and two Catching Jordan Young Adult Romance Trading Cards

2. A football signed by the author and 2 Catching Jordan bookmarks

3. 5 Catching Jordan bookmarks and 3 Catching Jordan Young Adult Romance Trading Cards

To enter: Post a tweet about Catching Jordan and include @MadeleineRex and/or post a comment below and let me know what your favorite football team is. The giveaway ends December 10th.

You can also receive an extra entry by asking Henry, Jordan’s best friend, a question by December 5th. To do so, click here

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Happy Catching Jordan Day! And congratulations, once again, to our dear Miranda!

EDIT: CLOSED!

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August 17th, 2011

Provo is Bleepin’ Awesome
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by Madeleine Rex

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I know I’ve been about as attentive to my blog as I am to my brother’s Military Channel shows, and for that I apologize. I was in Utah visiting family for the first time in years, so there was a profuse amount of talking. And eating. We Rexes are better eaters than talkers, but we’re best when we combine the two.

Anyway, it just so happened that I was visiting the precise week that Kiersten White was! She had a signing at the Provo City Library (which is just so phenomenal it’s mind-boggling. If I end up going to college in Utah, I’ll spend more time in that library than my dorm room). I was fortunate enough to get a last-minute ticket to her signing on Tuesday the 2nd.

My mind’s still reeling. I just met Kiersten White! And she’s so fantabulistical (yes, she’s so awesome that a new word was in order), guys. Really.

Her little rants were hilarious, and she managed to be just as funny while answering questions thoughtfully. I was impressed by how many questions were related to publishing and writing. I’d never been to a signing that seemed so dense with writers. It was wonderful to be in the same room with dozens of people who, like me, live, breath, and devour books!

Kiersten and I have corresponded before, and I’d let her know I was coming. Still, it was wonderful to introduce myself at the actual signing table and know she knew me. How exciting is that?! She was super sweet and bubbly and signed my and my cousin’s books with cute personal messages. I was oozing happiness the rest of the day, and my family laughed at me when I got back to my grandma’s.

I encourage you all to grasp any chance you have to meet Kiersten. As I said: she’s fantabulistical!

But if you don’t have a chance, I have good news for you!

While Kierten was setting up the signing table, the library gave away five paperback copies of Paranormalcy (they had handed out raffle tickets at the door). And… I got one! And because I already have two copies of Paranormalcy, I thought I’d give it away.

Even better news? It’s signed. It says To a Wordbird, followed by Kiersten’s signature.

To enter this giveaway, post a comment here by September 10th and include explain why you are a wordbird!

(Sorry, but this giveaway is NOT International. Another time, I promise!)

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July 7th, 2011

It’s Another Bleepin’ Giveaway!
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by Madeleine Rex

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a slyph! Welcome back to the world of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series! The second book, Supernaturally, is to be released on July 26th, but I thought I’d give a lucky one of you a chance to read it early!

This giveaway is open to citizens of the US and Canada only. Sorry, international readers! I promise a giveaway for you soon!

The giveaway is open from July 7th (today) through July 14th. I will choose a winner with the aid of random.org and email them immediately. If they fail to reply to the email with their mailing address within 24 hours, I will email a new winner.

To enter, fill out this form

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P.S. Don’t worry – you can expect more celebration of Supernaturally‘s release in the next two months!

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