Why I respect P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice – and a giveaway!

I’m impressed with P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice. Scroll down to see how you can win a copy!

Not because she works hard as a writer/author (because we all do). Not because she pioneered self publishing her YA with the help of her agent. Not because I loved Solstice (which I did). Not because the prose was refined, polished, and tight (which it was). Not because her story brought mythology and dystopia together in a clever way. Not because the main character, Piper, made bad choices and then had to deal with the consequences. Not because of the incredibly well conceived world building.

But because, even though she was a published author with books out, even though she pals around with published authors – she embraced the indie community. She has promoted other self published authors on her blog. She didn’t try to make herself out as being above other indie writers.

My respect for P.J. shot through the roof. #iknowcliche

And that’s what my short series on self promotion was all about. In order to promote your own books on your blog, without guilting your readers, you need to promote others.

So, I’m here to give a shout out to P.J. Hoover and her book, Solstice.

Book description:

Where Mythology and Dystopia meet…

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known.

website: http://www.pjhoover.com

The SOLSTICE book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkWezTGdTkg&feature=player_embedded

The SOLSTICE page: http://www.pjhoover.com/books_teens.php

The SOLSTICE facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solstice-by-P-J-Hoover/157463554314172

The SOLSTICE goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11298100-solstice

Blog Post with tour details: http://pjhoover.blogspot.com/2011/06/solstice-goes-on-tour.html

Free sample: http://sony-ebook-downloads.com/sample/57682/solstice

SOLSTICE is available as a $2.99 ebook (paperbacks should be available in the next week or two) from:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Solstice-ebook/dp/B004ZF804E/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304621416&sr=1-5&tag=wwwpjhooverco-20

Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Solstice/PJ-Hoover/e/2940012467874

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/57682

What are you waiting for? Hit the retweet button or @laurapauling and leave a comment on this post! A winner will be chosen at random and P.J Hoover will send you an e-copy of Solstice! Please leave your email address. Contest will end on Monday, August 8th!

Read any good indie books lately?

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31 Responses to Why I respect P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice – and a giveaway!

  1. Jessica Bell August 3, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Wow. This really is inspiring. I don’t know P.J. but I have to say that I’m really proud of her for embracing the indie community. It must be easy to think “you’re better than others” if you have an agent. So wonderful to hear about authors like this. Thanks, Laura. I’m not into YA, but I’m intrigued. I’ll tweet this too. Email: jessica.carmen.bell@gmail.com. Thanks, ladies!

  2. Creepy Query Girl August 3, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    wow, thanks for introducing us to PJ Hoover and Solstice! Sounds like a really great read and there’s so much awesome info up there! Count me tweeted.

  3. Jen Daiker August 3, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I love how you showcased her. This was beautiful!!!! When I first started out blogging I would ask big time authors to stop by for a visit along with regular blog authors. I just really enjoy embracing the community. Learning how everyone got their start. I find it fascinating and they find it helpful to showcase their book. I find it honorable to share about such amazing people. Like I’m the lucky one!

    Brilliant post! P.J. is fabulous and this made her even more fabulous!

  4. Susan Sipal August 3, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Solstice but hadn’t yet read what the book was about. So, thanks for posting this, Laura. It sounds great!

    Unfortunately, this summer of intense heat makes me feel like we’re already living PJ’s vision. 🙁

  5. Matthew MacNish August 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    PJ is awesome. I’ve known her for a while, but still haven’t gotten around to reading Solstice (I know).

    mattmrush at gmail dot com

  6. Ansha Kotyk August 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Wonderful post. Off to tweet!

    • Laura August 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

      I have many books I want to read my authors I love and bloggers I know. sometimes, it just takes time to get there! But here’s your chance to have Solstice in queue to read!

  7. Stina Lindenblatt August 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I love this short series, Laura. 😀

    I’ve started to include guest posts by authors on my blog. I have two scheduled for next week. (Yay, I don’t have to write any posts this weekend!). I like the idea of helping spread the word about their book(s), and at the same time, the author gives back to the writing community with some writerly tips of their own. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. 😀

  8. Vera Soroka August 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I read the first two chapters on line and loved it. I would love to read the rest! I also loved the way she embraced self publishing.

  9. Marcia August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Sure, I’ll go for it. 🙂 I downloaded the sample on my phone and would love to win the rest!

    marcia at marciahoehne dot com

  10. PJ Hoover August 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Laura, thank you so much for this wonderful post. I love it! You’ve been so supportive, and that really means the world to me! 🙂

  11. Elle Strauss August 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Sounds like a great book! I will RT!

  12. Sherrie Petersen August 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    I really enjoyed this book, too. And I totally agree — helping promote others is WAY classier than hyping yourself all the time.

  13. Angelina C. Hansen August 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I will hold out for the paperback copy because I’m kind of like that ^+^
    See you soon!

  14. Adva August 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    wonderful post, retweeted 🙂

  15. Kelly Polark August 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I loved PJ Hoover’s trilogy, and I know I’ll enjoy this YA. Congrats to her on embracing traditional publishing and e-pubbing.
    GREAT post!

  16. Dean K Miller August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Sounds like a book to put on the must read list. So awesome to see people being human and helping others. No one is bigger than the next. Walking along side is better than walking in front.

    Thanks for the introduction.

  17. Samantha Vérant August 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow! I’m really proud of PJ for embracing self publishing. Her book sounds fantastic, and I’ll pray for it’s success.

  18. Karen Strong August 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    This is a great premise. And if you liked the book, then I know it’s good.

    This is what I’m talking about. Word of mouth. And promotion that is more of a “sharing a good book” experience.

  19. Lydia K August 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m going to have to put this on my TBR list. It looks great, with matching hi-quality writing.

  20. Lisa Green August 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    So cool! Sounds like a neat book.

  21. PJ Hoover August 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you, everyone, for all the awesome thoughts! I really appreciate them 🙂

  22. Leslie Rose August 4, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I can’t get enough of books that touch on mythology. Thanks for celebrating Solstice.

  23. Margo Berendsen August 4, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    At 2.99, I’m sure to buy it anyway… very intriguing mix: dystopia and mythology! Definitely a good hook there.

    I wonder if that’s why to a certain extent Bransford’s self-promotion turned some people off. He’s promoted his former clients, but never anyone else.

  24. Carolina Valdez Miller August 4, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    PJ is a class act. So excited for her newest book and for her!

  25. Leigh Moore August 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    fun stuff! And Hoover sounds like a cool person to know. You’re absolutely right that if self-publishing is going to work, it’s got to be tight and polished, AND we’ve got to help each other get the word out~

    Good luck to both of you! <3

    • Laura August 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

      We’ve got to help each other out regardless of how it’s published! 🙂 And P.J. definitely hit the market right with the combo of dystopian and mythology. Very wise decision on her part. May we all make the right choices.

  26. Lynda R Young August 5, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    This book sounds great. I love the dystopian mythology mix. And I totally agree that the best way to promote ourselves is to promote others.

  27. Karen Lange August 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    My reading has slowed a bit; have been buried in projects and family stuff. But things are settling down a bit, so hoping to take some time to read this weekend, actually.

    Happy weekend! 🙂

  28. linda August 6, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Solstice sounds awesome! Count me in. 🙂

  29. Susan Kaye Quinn August 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Awesome! And I just finished a good indie book that I’m going to be recommending in a couple weeks (and I’m hosting another indie author tomorrow on my blog). Now I need to add Solstice to my list!

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