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December 1st, 2011

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

by Madeleine Rex

(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, twitter, goodreads, and facebook. Go to her website for some more links!

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.

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

EDIT: CLOSED!

November 27th, 2011

10 reasons why CJ should be on the top of your wishlist – Day 2 of the Week of CATCHING JORDAN

by Madeleine Rex

1. It teaches you about football. Or at least enough to make me feel excited that I was finally beginning to understand.

2. There are a lot of yummy foods. And a ton of a carbs. Just reading about the mounds of spaghetti Jordan would eat before a game made my stomach purr happily.

3. There’s a scene in which someone jumps into a lake. It brought back sweet childhood memories of The Parent Trap.

4. Jordan’s relationship with her father is fraught with tension, but is beautifully dealt with and will give all writers the urge to pick up their pens (also known as laptops) and write about some dysfunctional family.

5. There’s something to root for. Right from the beginning, you know what the stakes are and want the Jordan to come out on top. Catching Jordan keeps you on the edge of your seat from page one.

6. Really fun chapter titles. I love it when I’m reading late at night and promise myself that I’ll go to bed at the end of the chapter, only to find that the title of the next one is too exciting.

7. I’m not one to go on and on about the physical side of a romance. It’s just not my thing. However, there’s a description of a kiss – just one line – that might be the greatest ever. Prepare yourselves. It’s adorable.

8. Jordan is one of my favorite female protagonists. She’s believably smart and clever, and believably stupid. Her development is evident and something the reader will be excited for from the beginning. I know that I wanted Jordan to become the best she could be. She’s oozing potential. And she’s super funny.

9. Speaking of which, the book is hilarious. Seriously. The banter between characters, the chapter titles, Jordan’s thoughts, and her poems are all clever and call for intense snorting and giggling. I recommend reading this in the quiet of your bedroom. With the door closed. No need to let your family believe you need to be institutionalized.

10. HENRY. I’ll let you find out about this one on your own…

Set aside some cash – go without dinner tomorrow night if you have to – because Catching Jordan will be in stores this Thursday!

P.S. Don’t forget to ask Henry for some advice!

July 18th, 2011

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Catching Jordan

Author: Miranda Kenneally (!!! Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

Published: December 1st, 2011

Number of Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starting position… suddenly she’s hoping he’ll see her as more than just a teammate. [From Goodreads]

Blurb:

There are two fundamental things in this world that baffle teenage girls – love and football. A clever and gorgeously written novel about characters I’d love to see walking the halls of my own high school, Catching Jordan manages to teach the truth about both.

Review:

This book gets better every time I read it. It has a timelessness to it, and particularly to its characters, that I believe will never fail to enthrall me.

I’ll admit: Catching Jordan‘s first few paragraphs are a little scary. Blitzing? What on earth is blitzing? But it only takes a moment before Jordan’s voice seeps through the football jargon, and you’ll be infatuated. Jordan is an open, raw, no-nonsense sort of narrator, and she has such an entertaining, sarcastic, joking way of looking at the world. (Can you tell I love her? That sentence had six happy adjectives!) Even when she made some silly decisions, I knew that she would turn out just fine. She’s strong, tomboyish, but unarguably a girl. No matter how hard she might try to maintain a sort of manly, domineering force on her team, the reader knows she’s just as susceptible to mucky teenage-girl feelings as any other girl is. This fact ensures that non-sporty girls like myself will feel the crucial emotional connection with Jordan that we all look for in a protagonist.

Within the first five pages, the reader is made aware of what’s at stake for Jordan, and within the first chapter, a threat is targeted. At stake? The state championship and, potentially, a full-ride to her dream school, Alabama. The threat? Ty Green, gorgeous, alluring, quarterback extraordinaire. For once, Jordan feels vulnerable. Will he steal her heart? Or worst – her position?

And from there sprouts a fantastic story of friendship, love, mistakes, family, teammates, and, well, Jordan Woods. Despite her confidence on the field, the Jordan at the beginning of the book is uncomfortable in her own skin. She has a specific, flawed idea of who she’s supposed to be, but as a reader, it’s evident that the real her is boiling under the surface, ready to surge over.

One of my favorite things about Catching Jordan is the team, particularly JJ, Carter, and Henry. JJ’s an oddly lovable sort of fellow. If I saw him from a distance, I might roll my eyes, but he’s a fantastic friend. Carter seems to have a story of his very own, and I enjoyed keeping an eye on him. And Henry…

HENRY.

Henry is phenomenal! I absolutely adore him. His irresistible, silly, humor is just the sort that wins me over every time. The history between him and Jordan felt so real, so substantial. Miranda expertly wove their past into the book, enriching their relationship and their characters. A girl would do just about anything for a friend like him – like play football. Yes, maybe even that.

Family plays just as important a roll in Jordan’s development as her team does. In fact, Jordan’s relationship with her father is an extremely sensitive issue. Though the entire state acknowledges her talent and potential, her father stands alone in his disapproval. Having the great Donovan Woods, quarterback for the Tennessee Titans might appear to be an asset, but his lack of support for her drives Jordan crazy. In my opinion, Jordan’s future was hinged on the evolution of their relationship.

Another feature of the book I appreciated was the poetry embedded between chapters every now and again. I couldn’t write poetry like that to rescue my books from a raging fire! (Although that’s a pretty shabby compliment, considering how terrible my poetry is. They’re very lackluster, while Jordan’s are the opposite.) The poems are laced with Jordan’s witty, comical voice, but also tend to express some of the emotions and feelings she’s too self-conscious to reveal verbally. They round her character and allow the reader to take a peek into her deeper feelings.

Miranda Kenneally is an abundantly talented writer. Her style and voice are riveting, and her characters are extraordinary. (Think Sarah Dessen but… funnier.) Catching Jordan is her debut novel, and I can assure you that she has much more in store for YA readers.

I can’t wait for Catching Jordan to hit shelves and for all of you to have the opportunity to befriend the fantastic characters within it. In fact, go ahead and preorder now to avoid the horror that would be wasting a single moment!

P.S. This horrible review does not do the book justice. My creative juices are simply not flowing this morning. However, if you want a real taste of this book, you can check out an excerpt here.