Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Episode 03: Elaine Fields Smith

Author Elaine Fields Smith, drawing on real-life experiences, vividly captures the joy and the pain of young adulthood...and how the friendships that helps us get through it can last a lifetime.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Banner Contest - Cast your vote!

Okay, to kick off the launch of YAPodcast I created an amazing giveaway! The participants were to create an aesthetically pleasing banner for the podcast and were encouraged to include the donating author's cover art! 

We have two gorgeous entries! (Click on the  images to see a larger view)

Entry #1

Entry #2

Okay, so I have to announce the winner on the July 30th podcast so I need you guys to cast your votes now.  You have until midnight (eastern time), July 28th! All you have to do is put a #1 or #2 in the comments below! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Episode 02, Amy Leigh Strickland

Amy Leigh Strickland was born Amy Leigh Albro on June 8, 1986 in a hospital in Nashua, NH. She was raised for eighteen years in Townsend, MA, participating in Drama Club, Girl Scouts, Art Club, Flight Student Literary Magazine, and the National Honors Society. Amy graduated as a Gold Award Girl Scout, as President of her school's chapter of the NHS, and received the Flag Award for citizenship.

After graduating High School, Amy enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design. Amy earned her BFA in Performing Arts at SCAD, and she starred in Sharon Ott's 2008 production of Oliver Twist as the title role. During this time, she also took advantage of her electives, studying writing, Shakespeare, and World Mythology. It was here that she met her future husband, Kyle Strickland.

In the summer of 2008, BFA in-hand, Amy returned to Townsend, MA to plan her wedding. She began writing her first novel while working retail and doing freelance web design work. On April 24, 2010, Amy married and became Amy Leigh Strickland. Days after returning from her honeymoon, Amy packed up and moved to Alabama.

Amy's first published novel, Olympia Heights: The Pantheon, was released in July of 2011. Its sequels, Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World and Olympia Heights: The Blood of Athens followed.

Olympia Heights Giveaway!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

YAPodcast Inferno Giveaway!

Would you like to win over 40 ebooks, a crocheted ereader cover, jewelry and swag? Of course, you do! 

As you can see my banner is a little generic. It needs some personality, don't you think?

Giveaway Instructions:

Create a snazzy banner for the blog and website (I'm still working on this) for YAPodcast. The theme of the banner is YA Books on Fire! Be creative! The authors, bloggers and artists who have contributed to the giveaway will vote on the best banner and the winner will receive the amazing prizes listed below. 

I'll also place their banner on the blog and website. Here's a little tip. Authors love to see their book covers plastered everywhere, especially banners. *wink*


Second Nature by Elizabeth Sharp
The Lake by AnnaLisa Grant
Mythology by Helen Boswell
Emerge and Love and Skate by Lila Felix
Academy of the Fallen by Daneile Lanzoratta
Dreamscape by Christie Rich
Beyond the Western Sun by Kristina Circelli
Dragonfly by Leigh Talber Moore
Deus by Nely Cab
First three books in the Hayle Coven novels by Patti Larson
Books 1 - 3 of the Imdalind Series by Rebecca Ethington
First two books in Arotas Trilogy by Amy Miles
The Gathering Darkness by Lisa Moran Collicutt
Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton
The Perfect Place by Elaine Fields Smith
Clicks by Amy Evans
Knotted Roots and Hidden Falls by Ruthi Knight
Barely Alive series (three ebooks) by Bonnie Paulson
Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer
Chasing Memories by Tia Silverthorne Bach
Enchantment, Taken and Finding Valor by Charlotte Abel
The Modified and The Childe by C.A. Kunz
First three ebooks in Gatekeeper’s Saga by Eva Pohler
Cornerstone and Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
Wingless and Displaced by Cydney Lawson
15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labushagne
Never Let You Fall by Michele Gano Miller
Soul Survivor by Michelle Files
Wildflower and Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones

Fun Stuff

A crocheted ereader cover donated by Paws and Print 
Peacock earrings and bookmarks by Eva Pohler
Clicks themed jewelry by Amy Evans

The deadline to enter the giveaway is Sunday, July 28th at 12 noon. Please email entrees to yapbooks@gmail.com
The winner will be announced on our July 30th podcast!

Friday, July 12, 2013

YAPodcast Schedule for July and August, 2013!

Elizabeth Sharp, author of the Forces of Nature series 
July 16th

Amy Leigh Strickland, author of the Olympia Heights series 
July 23rd

Elaine Fields Smith, author of Ridin' Around 
July 30th

M.R. Polish, author of Wolf Spell  
August 6th

Bonnie Paulson, author of the Barely Alive series
August 13th

Leigh Talbert Moore, author of the Dragonfly series  
August 20th

Eliza Tilton, author of The Broken Forest 
August 27th

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Coming Soon!

YAPodcast is dedicated to the promotion of YA books. This blog will highlight podcasts featured on YAP each week. 

I'm a YA author and I created YAP out of my love for everything YA. Podcasting is a new concept to me. Fortunately, my husband is a pro when it comes to this form of communication. Please bear with me as a learn the ropes. I'm still in the planning and research process but in the meantime I could use some input from the YA book-lover world. I need different types of information from a range of YA enthusiasts so please find your classification below and respond as requested.

YA Authors - I plan to feature a different YA author weekly on YAP. Eventually, I may feature more than one but until I get the swing of things we'll start with one at at time. Author interviews will be pre-recorded for podcasting using Skype or a landline phone. Following the podcast, I will run a giveaway on this blog for prizes donated by the featured author. The winner will be announced on the next podcast and it will be the author's responsibility to insure the recipient receives his/her prize/s. 

If you are interested in being featured on YAP please email me at yapbooks@gmail.com.

YA Readers - Who would you like to see featured on YAP and what would you like to know about them/their books? Tell me below in a comment!

I'm so excited about YAPodcast and hope you will be too! If you have any cool ideas or suggestions for podcasts please let me know!