Today I’m participating in the awesome blog tour for SOLSTICE by PJ Hoover, hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf. The tour is broken up into two different teams: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Each day a member from both teams posts a fun excerpt, character spotlight, setting spotlight, etc. Best part? There’s an awesome giveaway for all you folks at home!
So what team am I on, you ask?
Of course, right?! 🙂 Now, on to PJ Hoover who is here today to spotlight one of the dystopian settings: The Drag!
Setting Spotlight: The Drag
Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice(Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today is a Setting Spotlight from Solstice! Setting spotlights are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Up today is The Drag from Team Dystopia!
Setting: THE DRAG
Team: TEAM DYSTOPIA
Three Things About The Drag:
Totally the place to come for permanent ink. Like if you’ve ever thought about getting a tattoo, pay a visit to the Drag and check out all the awesome body art around. And because it’s like a million degrees out (or maybe only one hundred and fifteen), people are wearing pretty skimpy clothes.
The Drag exists in Austin
right now. It’s this amazing street down near the University of Texas
), and it’s filled with college kids and eclectic shops and a lot of very bizarre people and things. The Drag totally defines the saying, “Keep Austin Weird.”
3) All things are not as they seem
Once the uniqueness and weirdness of the Drag is out in the open, everything is not as it seems. Girls that appear to be protesting global warming may actually be creatures out of mythology. Tattoos may take on a life of their own. Just so you know. Consider yourself warned.
Writing about the Drag made me want to go visit many a time. There is something so Austinabout the place. Seriously.
Thank you for reading! And I hope you’re enjoying learning more about Solstice!
June 18, 2013Publisher:
“Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.”
P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology
by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice
(Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut
(Tor Children’s, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover
, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com
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