Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Watersong Reveal #2

The first week of Under the Seapalooza has gone by, and there's been a lot going on. There are too many giveaways to list in one post, so check it out the Under the Seapalooza tab. 

Also, it's only ONE week until Wake comes out! It's crazy how fast/slow time is going by. I cannot wait for it to hit shelves, though!

The book trailer for Wake is set to premiere on August 1st. Until then, stills are being revealed over at my Facebook. There's been six so far, and in case you missed them, I've posted the first three: here, and now I'm posting the next three.

Still #4

Still #5

Still #6
 Also, just for fun, I'm posting a picture of the newest, most adorable member of my family.

Meet Sophie! 

Sophie is a birthday present from my mom, because I was talking about getting another cat. She's a rescue from the Mower County Humane Society, where they have many other adorable cats and kittens who need homes. Sopie's been with us for two days, but she's adjusting pretty well to living without her brothers and sisters. My dog likes her, but my other two cats are cautiously getting used to her.

Sophie meeting Elroy

Monday, July 30, 2012

Stacey Wallace Benefiel Meets a Japanese Dock

When Amanda asked me if I'd like to write a guest post for Under-the-Sea-palooza, I thought it was serendipity, as I'd just returned from my annual family vacation on the Oregon coast.

Normally, I wouldn't think about posting my vacation pictures on someone else's blog, but this year at the beach was particularly interesting. The Oregon coast is, tsunami-wise, lined up with the north-east coast of Japan. When the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred in northern Japan in March 2011, people all along the west coast of the U.S. were evacuated. Fortunately, we never saw more than slightly higher waves.

Until now.

Several months ahead of when scientists predicted, debris from Japan is washing up on our beaches. The largest of which is a dock.
Agate beach saw 10,000 more visitors than normal the first weekend after the dock appeared
The dock was able to float across the Pacific Ocean
The dock was able to float across the Pacific Ocean due to its Styrofoam core
The barnacles were tested for radiation and then blow torched from the dock before the public was allowed to get near it.
The barnacles were tested for radiation and then blow torched from the dock before the public was allowed to get near it
Our visit to see the dock was surreal. First off, the walk out to it is about a half mile across small sand dunes. Secondly, the beach was more packed than I'd ever seen it and no one was playing in the waves - everyone was just making their way to THE DOCK. It felt like an alien craft had landed and we were all being drawn to the ship.

Once there, the group mentality continued.

1. Walk around it.
2. Touch it.
3. Get your photo taken with it. (Ours is going to be our Christmas card this year.)
4. Marvel at the power of the ocean and how something so gigantic floated so far.
5. Feel awkward about being excited about a dock when so many people lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami.
6. Realize you're standing in front of a piece of history.

Thanks to my husband, Rob Benefiel, for letting me use his photos. The ones I took all sucked

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my photos and hearing about one of the stranger things I did on my summer vacation.

Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice series, The Toilet Business - a collection of essays, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her poet husband and their two young children. For more info on Stacey and her books, please visit her website: http://staceywallacebenefiel.com

Friday, July 27, 2012

Meet Gemma Fisher

I'm going to do a "meet a character from Watersong" post. It's just a quick questionnaire that introduces the characters, as well as a pictures of actors that resemble how I imagined them.

This week, it's Gemma Fisher, one of the leads in Watersong.

Alexis Dzeina would play "Gemma" in my dream cast

Gemma is also on the cover of Wake
  1. Real name: Gemma Anne Fisher
  2. Birthday: April 11th
  3. Age: 16
  4. Zodiac: Aries
  5. Boy or Girl: Girl
  6. High School: I'm going to be a Junior at Capri High School
  7. College: None yet
  8. Job: None
  9. Hair Color: Brown with golden highlights
  10. Eye Color: Light brown
  11. Height:5'3"
  12. Piercing/Tattoos: Just my ears are pierced. I had my cartilage pierced when I was 14, but it got infected. No tattoos yet ;)
  13. Boyfriend/Girlfriend: None right now, but I do have a crush on someone...
  14. Best friend: Either Madison from the swim team, or my sister Harper
  15. Last person you talked to: Coach Levi
  16. Last person you texted: Harper
  17. Last person you watched a movie with:My dad. We watched a SyFy movie together.
  18. Last song you listened to: Cobra Starship - "You Make Me Feel"
  19. Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  20. Favorite Bands: Rihanna
  21. Favorite Books: Matilda by Roald Dahl
  22. Favorite Food: Peanut butter 
  23. Favorite Beverage: Water
  24. Favorite Possession: My car
  25. Favorite Place:The bay, at night.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Show & Tell Thursday - Bookmarks

While planning for Under the Seapalooza, I was trying to come up with some fun ideas for things to and asked for input. Nikki Jefford (author of Entangled and the awesome guest post & giveaway, which you should check out: here) came up with the idea for weekly "Show & Tell" memes.

Here's how it works:

Unlike ongoing meme’s, this one is temporary - every Thursday throughout the month of Under the Seapalooza. Each week, I'll show off my favorite something (this week it's bookmarks), then you show off your favorite thing and enter to win a prize.

This is the schedule for Show & Tell Thursdays:
July 25th - Bookmarks
August 2nd - eReader Skins
August 9th - Journals
August 16th - Book Trailers

While I do read a lot on eReaders now, I also enjoy reading the old fashioned paperbacks, too. Lots of times I end up using Post-It notes as bookmarks because that's what I have handy.

I do love Post-It notes. I don't actually know why this Post-It is in the book. I've finished reading it, but it was sitting on my shelf with a bookmark stuck in it.
 But I'll use anything that fits comfortably between two pages. Even trading cards.
This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trading card marks my favorite section in Knightfall.
I'll even use stickers. Assuming they have protective backing still on, so they don't get stuck and ruin the pages to the book.
Blink 182 sticker marking a spot in the UK ARC of Wake. Full disclosure: I actually do use stickers as a bookmarks, but I wasn't in this case. I just wanted a reason to show off the pretty UK cover.

So what about you? What do you use? Share your bookmark collection and WIN more. Do you have a fancy bookmark? A scrap of paper?

If you're like me and use any random thing you find, then you're in luck. Because I'm giving away some pretty fantastic bookmarks. One lucky winner will win this bundle:

10 Luscious Handmade Bookmarks

1 Fantastic Mermaid Bookmark
Plus a bookmark from Nikki Jefford, and one from me (which I don't currently have pictures of). All Show & Tell Giveaways will run until the end of Under Seapalooza (August 25th). It's open to the US & Canada only, sorry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks again to Nikki Jefford for coming up with such a fun idea!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Watersong Reveals

It's only the third day in Under the Seapalooza, and there are already a number of giveaways going on. Make sure you check them out: here.

The book trailer for Wake is set to premiere on August 1st. Until then, stills are being revealed over at my Facebook. There's been three so far, and in case you missed them, I've posted them here.

Still #1

Still #2

Still #3

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Island Life Vlog and Tub Party Giveaway from Nikki Jefford

Today's Under the Seapalooza guestpost comes from author Nikki Jefford, and it comes with a vlog and an awesome giveaway!

Like Gemma in Wake, I live by the ocean in a small town called Friday Harbor located on San Juan Island. Thanks to the Washington State Ferry system, four of the San Juan Islands are accessible by passenger ferry, which brings a flood of tourists to the islands during the summer months.

Fun Facts:
  • There isn’t a single traffic light on the island
  • Fast food chains & big box stores are not allowed in the San Juans
  • Canada (Vancouver Island) is within viewing distance
  • Forks, WA (as in Twilight) lies only 70 miles west of the San Juans yet averages over 100 inches more rain per year
  • The movie Practical Magic was filmed here rather than New England because we have nicer weather
But enough talk. How about I show you around?

Tub Party Giveaway: Book & a Bath

By day I work at a 20 acre organic lavender farm. All of the products are produced on site by a team of lovely women. I am giving away three of our most popular bath products: Lavender Tub Tea, Bath Salts and (my favorite!) Bubble Bath. Even if you’re nowhere near a large body of water, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a relaxing soak.

And, for those of you who enjoy reading in the tub, I’m throwing in a signed paperback copy of Entangled.

Rafflecopter Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Nikki Jefford is the author of the Spellbound Trilogy. She lives with a Frenchman named Sebastien and a Westie named Cosmo in Friday Harbor, WA and loves lake swimming.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Under the Seapalooza Kickoff + Giveaway!

It's officially here! Under the Seapalooza has begun, and I'm starting it off with a giveaway!

Signed ARCs of Wake to five different winners ! The giveaway is running from July 23rd until August 3rd, and you can enter through the little Rafflecopter box below ;) I forgot to mention, this particular giveaway is open internationally. It does end on August 3rd at midnight.

In case you don't want what Wake is all about, here's the description and the cover:

Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone's attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it's her sister, Gemma, they've chosen to be part of their group.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.  

Coming August 7, 2012.  

Here's some other fun things going on today:

-an interview at Flying on Silver Wings where readers asked the questions
-a review & a giveaway of Wake at Insightful Minds
-the first still from the Wake book trailer is up at Facebook

This week, I'm going to have some stills from the incredible book trailer for Wake - one a day until the trailer premieres on August 1st. I'm also going to post some other sneak peaks and teasers about the book. Plus, other people are stopping by with giveaways.

Tomorrow, Nikki Jefford, the author of Entangled, has a vlog and a giveaway. On Thursday, I've got a special meme-themed giveaway, that Nikki came up with, and it's going to be lots of fun.

So stick around over the next couple weeks.;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Things to Look Forward to in the Near Future

So much stuff coming up. I'll be honest and say it's pretty hard for me to focus on anything other than The Dark Knight Rises premiere in just over 24 hours, but I'm working on it.

This is the life-size cardboard cutout of Bane (Tom Hardy) from The Dark Knight Rises that currently resides in my music room.

Here's some of the fun stuff. I've got up the current list for Under the Seapalooza blog tour dates. I will be adding more links and giveaways as time goes on, because I know I'm forgetting stuff. But there's the current dates.

If you don't know, Under the Seapalooza is a blog tour to celebrate the release of Wake (coming out August 7th), with lots of guest posts, giveaways, sneak peaks, and all sorts of fun stuff. More details are to come, but Under the Seapalooza starts Monday, so check it out!

In addition to the blog tour, I'll also be doing a physical book tour going to 11 cities across the US doing signings and a couple Q&As, and even several panels at LeakyCon in Chicago. For more information on the tour, click: here or check the Events tab at the top of the blog.

So, tomorrow, starting at 6 pm, I'm going to see all three movies the Dark Knight trilogy in IMAX, ending with the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises at midnight. Then I'm going to The Dark Knight Rises again in IMAX at 8:00 pm on Friday, resulting in me seeing the film twice in a 24-hour-period, and dragging poor Eric along with me. I don't know if I've ever been more excited for anything in my entire life.

I'll probably be blogging about my viewing experience this weekend, but I'll keep at as spoiler free as possible. Because that's how I roll.

Also, starting next week, I'll be releasing some pretty awesome stills from the Wake book trailer, leading up to the premiere on July 31st.

So, that's all for now. Keep an eye out for giveaways and other fun stuff on the blogosphere, and I hope to see many of you at the book tour in August.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Behind the Scenes

Last week, my publisher some fun behind-the-scenes pics of the shoot for the cover of Wake. You can check them all out: here.

But here's a few choice shots:

I think these two are Gemma and Alex.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I am a lame person. Here's what I did tonight. I bought a ringtone for my phone that sounds like a kitten meowing. I played it many times because it confused my cats a whole bunch. Squeak is currently sitting next to me, meowing because she can't figure where the kitten is, even though I stopped playing the ringtone like 15 minutes ago.

Squeak is the little tabby, and Nikki is the big fluffy one. My dog Elroy (the big gray butt) is also confused by the noise, but much less bothered than the cats.