Friday, February 17, 2012

Interview: Denise Grover Swank

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Character Interview: Evan

If someone asked your best friend "Who is Evan?" what would they say?

Reece would probably smart off about how privileged I am because of my father and how I could get away with anything yet refuse to take advantage of my situation. But then he’d get serious and say that I’m one of the smartest people knows and that my world revolves around my love for a girl.

What is your favorite part of school?

Science, particularly physics. I take after my father, a world renowned scientist.

What are you true feelings about Julia?

I love her with every part of my being. Without her, my life is pointless.

Why should Julia trust you?

I understand why she has trouble trusting me. But she has to understand that I love her more than I love myself. I would do anything to protect her.

Where do you live?

I live in Springfield, Missouri. But things aren’t always the way they appear.

Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself to help us know you a little better?

I’m not that complicated. I know my place in the world and I know what belongs in it. Loving someone means being willing to risk everything to have a chance with them. The world is made up of tiny, miniscule atoms that combine to make something bigger. Something that couldn’t exist unless they were bound together by some invisible force. Life is a lot like physics when you think about it. When two people are bound by love, nothing can keep them apart.


Denise is a single mom who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri raising five of her six kids. (The oldest has gone off to live on his own.) She loves to embarrass her children whether it be spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen or making her teens’ friends think she’s funny/cool. *gasp* (Even if its in her own mind.) On rare occasions, she is known to post stories about her crazy life on her family blog There’s Always Room for One More.

She keeps her sanity by creating worlds to escape to and characters to hang out with.
Find Denise and her books
On the Other Side #1
November 11, 2011
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.



Cover Reveal: Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

**Available March 12, 2013**

Finn Finnegan
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN: 978-1-937053-32-1 
Release Date: March 12, 2013

Formats: Paper, e-book
Genres: Middle Grade/Young Adult, Fantasy

Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."