Friday, May 14, 2010

Julie Anne Peters, Joelle Anthony, Bryan Davis Shout Out (EED)

I do have a small announcement. I have reached another 50 followers and I will be adding 5 more books later tonight. Which I will be announcing later. MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE!

Today is Shout-Out Day. This means I will be giving a shout out to the Authors who have participated in the Birthday Phenomenon. They have all gone above and beyond to make this event happen. So what better way to thank them, then stopping by their sites!

I was born in Jamestown, New York, during the Peloponnesian Wars. I don't know when the Peloponnesian Wars were. Ancient history to me is like, last weekend. Actual birthdate: January 16, 1952. My family moved to Colorado when I was five years old, so I consider myself a "near native." My growing up years were spent in the 'burbs of Denver, where I frequently tormented my older brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan. Our home was a virtual landing zone for stray animals, friends, and relatives. You never knew who (or what) who'd you find in the bathroom. It was noisy, but fun.
I was always the perfect daughter (cough). That's what I wanted my parents to believe. My parents were divorced when I was in high school, a trauma from which I’m still trying to recover. Our Bohemian mother loaded the caravan and moved us all to the city, where I finished school at Denver’s North High. Valkyries rule.School was something I did well. My first college degree was a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in French. Colorado Women's College offered an exchange program to Geneva, Switzerland, which I jumped at, and after a year abroad I now know what not to order in a French restaurant. Steak tartare. I believe steak tartare contributed to my subsequent all-veggie, all-the-time ideology.I taught fifth grade for one year before the principal and I mutually agreed that teaching was not the profession for me. She was convinced of this sooner than I was. Okay, I got fired. How to overcome failure was the hardest lesson I've ever learned. I'm not sure I have, or ever will, or even want to. But I had become accustomed to eating regularly, so I figured I'd better find a new career. Returning to the one place where success was under my control (school), I earned a B.S. degree in Computer and Management Science. They don't call it a B.S. for nothing.During the next ten years I worked as a research analyst, computer programmer, and systems engineer until the entire left half of my brain turned to cheese. I also picked up a Masters Degree in Business and Computer Science, which only confirmed my suspicion that IS was not the career for me. You can only waste so much of your life geeking out about 4GL and artificial intelligence. There's a reason they call it artificial.To deal with the devastating possibility that I might have actually failed at my SECOND career choice, I began to write. What came out of me were stories and books for young people. They took me back to the time in my life when the decisions I made, the paths I chose, determined the kind of person I would become.I still live in Colorado, in the 'burbs. My partner Sherri and I met in college, and we’ve been together ever since. Our home sits on a hill with a breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks along the Continental Divide. There's a skulk of foxes (that's what my Thesaurus calls them) who've laid claim to our neighborhood, along with the occasional coyote on the prowl for good garbage digs.
My neighbors think I'm slumming because I stay home all day. But they can't see all the places I go to in my mind. Amazing, exciting, happy, sad, horrible, wonderful places. Yeah, okay, these may be psychotic episodes brought on by lack of human contact, but I like to think my brain is a breeding ground for stories. Something is always festering in there. So, readers, sit tight; you're in for a rocky ride. I promise you one thing—it'll be noisy, but fun.

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead hardback (signed)
Anti harm pin
beautiful crochet bookmark

(taken from her site)Joelle AnthonyJoëlle started out life in Portland, Oregon as a talker, then a reader, eventually a writer, and by her teen years, the sirens of the stage were calling her name. With a BA in theatre, and absolutely no other marketable skills (not even waitressing), she got some headshots made, and called herself an actress. Believe it or not, some people fell for it, and if you look really closely, and don’t blink, you can see her in movies likeWhat The Bleep Do We Know? and The Temp.
The desire to write remained strong though and in between acting gigs, she began to scribble down her first novel for teens (which permanently resides in a drawer). Writing seemed to be her real calling and after many years of practice, and lots and lots of reading, she signed on with agent Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. In the fall of 2008, he sold her first novel, a young adult book calledRestoring Harmony, to Stacey Barney at Putnam (May 2010). In 2009, Putnam bought her second novel, The Right & the Real.
She currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony, and two cats, Miss Sophie & Miss Marley. As for the future, their only plan is to avoid real jobs, write and play guitar in front of the wood stove, and live happily ever after.

Bryan Davis - authorJoelle Anthony
Restoring Harmony:
Restoring Harmony ARC
3 postcards
3 magnets
3 business cards
3 post-its

(taken from his site)Bryan DavisBryan Davis is the author of theDragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series, contemporary/fantasy books for young adults. The first book,Raising Dragons, was released in July of 2004, followed by The Candlestone, Circles of Seven, and Tears of a Dragon. Eye of the Oracle launched the Oracles of Fire series and hit number one on the CBA Young Adult best-seller list in January of 2007. Book number two, Enoch's Ghost, came out in July and will be followed by Last of the Nephilim in the spring of 2008.
Bryan is the author of several other works including The Image of a Father (AMG) and Spit and Polish for Husbands(AMG), and four books in the Arch Books series: The Story of Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation, The Day Jesus Died, The Story of the Empty Tomb (over 100,000 sold), and Jacob’s Dream. Bryan lives in Western Tennessee with his wife, Susie, and their children. Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.
Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.
Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). In high school, he was valedictorian of his class and won various academic awards. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and voted Most Likely to Succeed.
He continues to expand his writing education by teaching at relevant writing conferences and conventions. Although he is now a full time writer, Bryan was a computer professional for over 20 years.

Upcoming Project: Starlighter - Book 1 in Dragons of Starlight by Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis is sponsoring
3 Starlighter paperback (signed)
15 Starlighter bookmarks (signed)

To gain extra entries in the Birthday Phenomenon visit each Author and leave a comment about what you enjoyed about their site.

(thats right you can get up to 3 additional entries today!)
You gain an entry for each authors site you visit and tell me about what you liked. You choose how many you want to visit!!!

Links to the Authors sites

Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here


Erika said...

i loved the color scheme of joelle's website. it felt so peaceful to look at. i also really liked her trailer/music section.

i liked bryan's sidebar. i like detective-themed things, so the magnifying glass really caught my eye.

julie anne's website had a nice front page. i found the movie ticket really cute! i also loved reading readers' letters and her interviews.

Juju at Tales of said...

I met Mr. Davis recently. He is WAY cool!

Juju at Tales of said...

Cleverly: Yuppers. He did a panel with the Janice Hardy. They were great. I loved hearing him talk about how he started out. I can't wait to try his book.

bookaholic said...

I loved the serenity of Joelle Anthony' site. And the person walking alone in the midst of the think jungle-that header is so beautiful!

I liked the FAQ section of Julie Anne Peters' blog...tells so much about her!

I liked Bryan's magnifying glass sidebar...nice detective,mysterious kinda look. And loved his family photo too!

Andrea said...

Julie's website had a cute front page. The 'admit one' to enter was very clever! And I think it's great that she designed it herself.

I love the header image for Joelle's site. I saw it used in the trailer a few days ago, and loved it there as well. Linking to the music was also great.

Bryan's page was very clean and crisp. The color scheme was good and the amount of little extras (graphics, wallpapers, etc) he has on there for his fans is fantastic.

Evgenia said...

I liked Letters from readers of Julie Ann' site

I loved nonfiction articles from Joelle Anthony's website. They are interesting!

I liked Extras and Downloads of Bryan Davis website. I downloaded wallpapers for my PC.

Jojomama said...

Very cool. There is something so very awesome and encouraging about seeing other writers do what they do. (=

luiloth said...

Julie Anne Peters – I liked the “Story Behind the Story”, and learning about her motivation to write a particular book.

Joëlle Anthony - I loved her article, "Red Hair Is Not as Uncommon as You Think". (Located under the Non-fiction section) Dare I say, listing (sorry) a countdown of 25 things that show up repeatedly in young adult fiction. It made me laugh.

Bryan Davis - his webpage is easy to navigate and I liked the Pronunciation Guide for the Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire books.

EVA SB said...

I love the 'music from the book' on Joelle's site.

I like that Bryan has the first chapters of his books available to sample from his site.

I love Julie Anne's splash screen and her letters page. said...

I love the trailer for RESTORING HARMONY on Joëlle's sight. Great music!

I think it's awesome that Julie's site has a "Letters from Readers Page." You don't see that all the time!

elizabeth said...

Bryan's background is really cool. I like the blue and the font used for his name is awesome.

Joelle's website is great! I like the picture used at the top of her website. I also like her Bio page. It was fun to read more about her.

Julie's website is fun! I liked how you have to click the admit one ticket to enter her website. I also liked her use of colors on her website. All of the link are so colorful!

Emmagan said...

Bryan's sidebar on the left i love very clever.

Emmagan said...

Joelle website i love how she as the Trailer/Music section and the colors are simple

Emmagan said...

Julie Anne i loved the color tabs, the information she had on her site, the front page was cute too.

Tina said...

In the Brien Davis's site what I like the most is his bio, I enjoy his family photos, they're lovely.
The site of Joëlle Anthony it's simple but clear. I like a lot the video she's posted in her website.
Finally, In the Julie Anne's one I sincerely love the section of the letters from readers, I think it's very cute to potst them!

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Joelle: The colors are great!

Julie: Her front page was creative!

Brien: His family photos

linz said...

+1 Julie Anne Peters
I really like the old pictures. They are so cool. I love looking through my parents' old yearbooks so I enjoyed seeing hers as well.

+1 Joelle Anthony
The music/trailer link is nice. It's easy to navagate and the music is really good. It shows insight into the book.

+1 Bryan Davis
The individual book sites are very helpful. They are all separated and easy to access.


Elizabeth Morgan said...

I love the Blue and Creme of the front page on Bryan Davis website.

I love the Cool colors on Joelle's website.

I love that Julie's website is bright colorful.

Precious said...

Bryan Davis: I love the appearance schedule map! Really useful.

I like the look and colors of Joelle's site. It doesn't hurt the eyes.

I like the fun look of Julie's site!

ChickLitGirl said...

On Bryan Davis' site, I liked the cover of his book, Starlighter. Its so cool, the girl with red hair and that weird creature. The book seems interesting!
On Joelle's site, I really liked his blog- and I really wanna read Restoring Harmony!
Haha, Julie's site is seriously creative. I love that little ticket we have to click to get in, [very clever!] I like how shes posted letters from readers on her site. They make me excited to read her book, By The Time you read this Ill be dead!

Brianna Bruce said...

Here's what I thought when I saw these websites:

1. I loved the funky font that Julie Anne Peters used! It reminds me of that food and wine festival that they have at Epcot, because they use lettering like that to advertise it.

2. When I saw Joelle Anthony's banner, it was instantly enchanting. I loved the mysterious beauty of the black and white woods scene.

3. Bryan Davis's website had a sort of quirky, Sherlock Holmes-esque flair, especially because of the magnifying glass.

+3 Thank you so much!

Giada M said...

Bryan Davis' site has a lovely homepage with the beautiful cover of Starlighter. And I like the blog!

I like the Trailer/Music section in Joelle Anthony's site.

Julie Anne Peters' site has the interesting section *Letters from Readers*.

Giada M.

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Kailia Sage said...

Bryan Davis- I loved his sidebar and the detective feel!

Joelle Anthony--I love the banner with the lone person walking in the woods. Loved her trailer/music section!

Julie Anne Peters--I love her FAQs! I learned a lot about her!

Readerly Person said...

Bryan - the magnifying glass, no question. Too bad it doesn't move, though.

Joelle - I like that she included the track list and lets you play them! Yay!

Julie - I've read like four of her books and never realized they were by the same person! But that's not really about her site... I loved her matter-of-fact-ness in the FAQ section. She sounds nice!

- Rebecca