Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop and Author Interview with Jay Province

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop
The Summer Set Book Cover
The Summer Set by Jay Province
In the summer of 1956 two teenagers rescue a drowning woman from the Susquehanna’s turbulent waters, and their predictable lives suddenly veer on a deadly detour. A tall foreboding man clutching a snake-headed staff and chain-smoking through a hole in his throat wants their names. Dark men in black cars are shadowing their movements.
Fourteen year-old catcher Peter 'Chumbucket' Miller and his best friend pitcher Mike DeSorcier begin the summer on a mission to capture the World Series championship of their youth baseball league. Spying on a league meeting from a sweltering attic perch they uncover a group of extra-dimensional beings infiltrating the league. During their breathless escape, the boys discover two things: they are in mountains of trouble and they need help. Assistance (and more trouble) arrives in the form of two daring and mystifying girls – the unusual Karen Croft and the beautiful Jo Munro. Together, the teens must solve the mystery of the Noqumiut before a fateful August lunar eclipse.
Bizarre and comical events trail the foursome’s investigation: Santa and his merry elf magically appear in June running for their lives from a town hall fire; a teen girl flies her Cessna from the scene of a refinery explosion; and a dead body is left as a present on a leather couch – carefully wrapped in a mink coat and holding a red gift bow.
Unlikely sources aid their efforts. These include an Eskimo shaman, a magic stone carving of a lively seal, a ferociously loyal dog, and an opponent from Roswell, New Mexico whose talents (and origins) may literally be out of this world.
The Summer Set is a humorous, intense, action-packed story about friends, enemies and the pursuit of winning it all. The novel is for all story lovers ages twelve and up.
Our Interview:
--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
In the summer of 1956, four teens solve the mystery of the evil Noqumiut, seek a baseball championship, and become entangled in romance.
--How did you get the idea for the story?
The story idea first came from puzzling over historical events and grew with dream promptings.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I am very fond of a first date/dinner scene halfway through ‘The Summer Set’. I think it would be fun to go out with Jo on that date.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I like a wide variety of books for different reasons. Some are good stories, some are very well written, and others are wildly imaginative. ‘Catcher in the Rye’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ have all those qualities. I read every day, but rarely cover-to-cover.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
The sequel to ‘The Summer Set: The Noqumiut’ is in progress. The working title is ‘The Summer Set: The Arrivalist’. The first novel took me eighteen months. I would estimate another year for ‘The Arrivalist’ I won’t rush any work to press. I will say that the second book’s setting is 2026, not 1956, and Karen and Mike are in for lots of trouble! 

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Laura Hillenbrand’s ‘Seabiscuit’. I worked on racetracks in my early twenties and would love to experience the 1930’s racetrack scene up close and personal for 24 hours!

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I like to go to McDonald’s for breakfast and mull over the structure of chapters and scenes. I write notes on a yellow legal pad before starting the actual work. I paint with oils and I remember listening to The Pretender’s ‘Brass in Pocket’ for almost 72 hours straight while I worked on a canvas. Listening to music and viewing great art are both important to my creative process.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
X-ray vision, of course!

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Travel and meet new people.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I hope they will read and enjoy ‘The Summer Set’. The novel is fast-paced, fun, exciting and well-crafted. I really look forward to comments and discussion. If they contact me, I will readily answer any questions they may have.

Lightning round: this or that? That
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? Hockey
Ebook or paper? Ebook
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

5 ebooks and 1 signed paperback, open internationally
ends 6/26
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  1. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  2. I like the time period it takes place in.

  3. I like to read this book. I love the sound of it.

  4. Hi, thank u so much for this giveaway and making it international.
    I'd love to read the books. It sounds great. The kind of story that I can't wait to read.

    Success for you :)

  5. Thanks, would love to read this book! :)

  6. i love reading YA story...thx u for the giveaway...i hope i win the signed paperback :)


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