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January 6th, 2012

And we have a winner!

by Madeleine Rex

I’m very pleased to announce the winners of my Catching Jordan giveaway!

1. Susan Dennard

2. Erica Chapman

3. Alyssa

Congratulations, you guys! Email me via the “Contact Me” button to the left and leave me your address, and I’ll get things to you as soon as I can (Miranda has to sign them first)!

I hope you all enjoy Catching Jordan when you get a chance to read it. It’s a very sweet, very fun book that is sure to make you smile.

And one of the things crucial to making you smile is Sam Henry. I’m extending (yet again) my “Ask Henry” feature. I’m surprised that there are so few questions. Everyone: Go read the book! And then, ask away!

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Check out the cover of Miranda’s next book (which I am in the process of reading), Stealing Parker!

Simply because it is bound to be awesome, I made this so enormous you couldn’t miss it if you tried.

December 29th, 2011

A Very New Year (Urgent News! Please Read!)

by Madeleine Rex

I am so sincerely sorry. I really am. School this year has has forced me to give up plenty of the things I love to do – reading, writing, and blogging being only three of them. Last week, after considering what’s been going on lately, I told my dad that I thought it might be a good idea to quit the blog (while in tears). Not necessarily because I want to. In fact, not at all because I want to, but because a majority of the time, it just sits here, rotting and making me feel guilty.

He was pretty dang adamant when he said no.

The next morning, the first thing he told me after “Good morning” was that he had an idea. He proposed that I fix the crappy mess that is the last giveaway I attempted, and then take a new direction toward blogging.

It’s evident that I don’t have the time (or sanity) required to keep up with this blog as I’d like to. Not only do I not review books much anymore, but I hardly ever read them (yes, I said it). My dad came up with an alternative.

I’m opening up Wordbird to anyone who’s willing to lend it (and me) a hand. It would pretty much be a guest post opportunity for anything book related: reviews, posts on reading or writing, announcements about movie adaptations, anything. The goal would be a three guest posts a month, plus one that I would write on my own. If you’d like to write a guest post, click the “Help Needed” page above.

I know this is a lot to ask, but the horror of giving up Wordbird is only equaled by feeling guilty about it for the next six months. I need help.

I’ll admit I’m really worried this won’t get any response. If anyone’s still reading this, you are fantastically loyal readers and friends. Thank you.

And you definitely deserve a decent giveaway! I’m reopening the giveaway of Miranda’s Catching Jordan until January 6th, and am also going to direct you to the Ask Henry post, which will now be open for questions until January 6th as well. Please, whether you are willing to submit something to Wordbird or not, please take advantage of these great opportunities to spend time with Miranda’s characters!

Again, I want to say that I’m sorry. I hate that I’ve had to give up some of the most wonderful things in my life, but I’m hoping that the sacrifices I’m making now will make my future even better. Thank you so much for sticking with me, and I will heartily appreciate any help you can give to my blog.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to share books with you guys. Have a great New Year!

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!