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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

That Time I Joined The Circus Blog Tour: Interview and Swag Giveaway

I'm happy to have the That Time I Joined The Circus Blog Tour stopping by today with my interview with J.J. Howard! You can also win a swag pack from me below! Be sure to check out the full tour schedule.

by J.J. Howard
Purchase: Amazon / B&N 

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake--and facing a terrible tragedy--Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi's mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn't there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus's fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.
But then Lexi's ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it's Lexi's own future that's thrown into question.
With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

What three words best describe THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS?
I’m sticking with circus, journey, and snark. But I’d really like to add “with a really great soundtrack” to that list.

Give us your best one sentence pitch to convince readers (especially reluctant readers) to give THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS a try?
Imagine that in one day your entire life fell apart. And then less than three days later you found yourself a thousand miles away from home, cleaning up after an elephant. That’s what happens to Lexi—and her life just keeps on getting interesting even after the elephant!

Grab a copy of THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS and answer the following:

Favorite chapter? 
Chapter 22: “Happy Freaking Holidays”

Favorite page? 
97  in the ARC...I love the (super long) chapter title, love the song epigraph, and I love Nick, who shows up on page 97 ;)

Favorite character? 
This is so hard! I’ll go with Jamie, because he just sort of showed up and became this really funny character who even I didn’t expect.

Flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentence teaser:
There are a lot of reasons why everyone in the known universe has a boyfriend except for me. I can list the top five on command, just in case anyone’s ever interested...

On your blog you created a playlist for THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS with some really awesome songs...was music a huge influence when writing this book? Is there one song in particular that would be the book's theme song?
I absolutely cannot write without music. I make a playlist for every project, and I add to it as I keep writing.
The book’s theme song: awesome question! I make movie trailers in my head all the time—so of course I’ve made one for CIRCUS. The song came out after I was finished writing, but I think “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers would be perfect.
Your character Lexi runs away to the circus (and who hasn't wanted to do that?!)...if you joined the circus, what job would you want? What's your favorite circus act?
I am a person of limited abilities. I can write, correct your grammar, cook, and do arts and crafts. I think that list would make me either the person who designs the posters and publicity and stuff, or the cook.  

Lexi works as a fortune teller in the circus...let's say you seek Lexi for fortune telling advice: what do you ask her?
Will CIRCUS be an awesome movie someday? Although actually I can see it as a TV show. What could be better than a circus setting every week? You would never run out of stories.

I'm a huge T.V. Junkie so I gotta ask: what are some of your fave shows? Do you belong to any tv fandoms?
Follow me on Tumblr and you’ll see I have been known to fangirl! My all-time favorites are Buffy, Firefly, Roswell, and Veronica Mars. My current favorites are Doctor Who and The Vampire Diaries.

Fill in the blanks:
I'm really awesome at 
I'm really embarrassed to admit 
I like grammar.
My first literary crush (author or character) was:
a tie between Mr. Rochester and Heathcliff.
The last great book I read was:
 I just re-read Wide Sargasso Sea with my AP Lit class. If, like me, you love Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, probably don’t read it. But it’s a brilliant book.
The most played song on my iPOD is 
my current favorite song is “Headlights” by Morning Parade. But all-time most played would be a tie between my two favorites: “Hay Fever” by the Trashcan Sinatras and “True Faith” by New Order. Like Lexi, I like music a lot of people have never heard of ;)

If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?
I like vanilla more than chocolate—so it’s a yellow cupcake with confetti inside (festive for circus!). And then it’s got a buttercream frosting with a stripe of salted caramel (because Lexi is mostly sweet with a little sarcasm thrown in). I’ll call it the Circus Surprise.Now I sort of want a cupcake.

J.J. Howard
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J.J. Howard is wearing headphones right now, most likely. She grew up in York, Pennsylvania, obsessed with music, movies, television, and pop culture. You can call her if you ever need to phone a friend for trivia on any of the above topics, but don’t ask about sports, because she is hopeless at those (along with math). 
J.J. graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Tiffin University with an MH in Humanities. She has been some of her students’ favorite English teacher for a quite a few years (she even has a mug somewhere to prove it). THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS is her first young adult novel. 

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PuttPutt1198Eve said...

I would love to be the Ringmaster, in charge of the whole thing!

Christina Fiorelli said...

I would love to have two different jobs, a day gig when the circus isn't working and then a night gig for when all the people show up.

For a night performance-type job, I'd Definitely want to be a fortune teller because not only do you get to know everyone's secret hopes and wishes based on the questions they ask, you can also freak them out by being super creepy and cryptic if someone you don't like or someone who's been mean to a friend comes for advice!!

I'd also LOVE to be an animal caretaker!! Not in the show with them, but just their best friend:) Training them, and keeping them company, just spending most of my days with them, making sure they're happy and healthy and having an amazing life! I'd LOVE that, it would be perfect for me.

I'd take care of the animals during the day and my night gig would be fortune telling:)

LOVE this post!!

I've already bought That Time I Joined the Circus - it was one of my most-anticipated books:) I'd love the signed bookmarks and everything!!

Thank you:)

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

Lauren Goff said...

I would love to work with horses or animals in general! Maybe take care of them, or do some kind of performance with horses! :)

Unknown said...

i would love to be the tight rope walker. I am scared of heights but the thrill would be worth it. plus everyone worries about you and are so ecstatic when you make it across. you matter to everyone in the room for the couple of minutes it takes for you to do your act.

Nicole L. said...

I would like to sell the cotton candy...then I could sneak lots of bites...

Jax's Book Magic said...

I'm a people watcher, so I would probably like to sell tickets to see everyone who comes in.

Carina Olsen said...

Oh, I would love love love to win this gorgeous swag. <3 Thank you so much for sharing it :D Hmm. I would want to do anything that has to do with animals. <3 Maybe a lion tamer. I'm not sure ;p
Love, Carina

alicia marie said...

I would totally want to be one of the acrobats that does flips and things on the trapeze : )