Sunday, May 1, 2011

Guest Post + Giveaway: Tracy Deebs and Tempest Rising

Today I'd like to extend a warm Supernatural Snark welcome to Tracy Deebs, author of the upcoming young adult novel Tempest Rising (releases May 10th). She was nice enough to take a little time to give us a few fun facts about herself so we can get to know her better, and be sure to follow her book tour through Teen Book Scene to read all the author interviews, character interviews and reviews!

Hi, everyone. First off, I want to thank Jenny for having me here today—I really appreciate it, and the chance to talk a little bit about Tempest Rising, my debut YA novel. Now, to be completely honest, I get a little antsy when someone asks me to write a bio of myself, because I never have a clue what to include (and what to leave out). But I’ll give it my best shot.

I love lipstick, books and fancy earrings (though not necessarily in that order).

I love to travel, but absolutely refuse to set foot in a tent.

I love dancing, reading poetry (the Beats are my favorite), swimming and trying new recipes.

I’m addicted to chocolate, pickles and strawberry-banana smoothies (though not at the same time).

I love thunderstorms, unexpected downpours, and walking in the rain, but hate the feel of wet clothes against my skin when the storm is over.

When I was young, I watched the Hans Christian Anderson version of The Little Mermaid at least once a day for three years. And though my mermaid obsession eventually gave way to a love of all things Wonder Woman, my interest in mermaids never went completely away (obviously).

My favorite book of all time is Ayn Rand’s Anthem, while my least favorite book of all time is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

My favorite book that I’ve read in the last year is Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.

One summer, I went to every major amusement park in America. Another summer, I ran away with band.

Two of my closest friends and I wrote a book called The International Kissing Club, about four girls who travel internationally and start a Facebook page to keep track of the points they get from kissing boys. It comes out in January 2012.

I’ve climbed the Pyramids in Egypt, walked on the banks of the Red Sea, kissed a boy in front of the Eiffel Tower, gotten soaked at Cleopatra’s favorite bathing spot and surfed Diamondhead Bay in Hawaii. I’ve also skydived over New Mexico and stood at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls.

Despite my love of the water, I have a deep-seated fear of sharks. A serious, awful, unbelievable terror of sharks.

I came up with the idea for Tempest Rising when my agent asked me “So, how do you feel about mermaids …”

I set Tempest Rising on the beaches I used to hang out at, swim in and surf when I was her age.

At seventeen, there was nothing quite like a midnight ride out to La Jolla and a long walk on the beach.

To this day, my favorite thing to do is to curl up with a cup of tea and a book as I listen to the rain hit against the window.

And last but not least, I’m part of the Chills and Thrills Teen Book Tour, which will be visiting all the major cities in Texas in the next month. Check out our website to see the other authors on the tour:

So, tell me one cool thing about you and be entered to win a copy of Tempest Rising.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing all those fun tidbits Tracy! I have to say I too am addicted to chocolate, refuse to set foot in a tent, and harbor a spectacular fear of sharks. Clearly, we both rock ;-) To be entered in the giveaway please just leave a comment answering Tracy's prompt and include an email address so I can contact you if you win. This contest is open to US residents only and will run through midnight EST on May 8th. Good luck everyone!

TEMPEST RISING (from Goodreads):

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.


  1. This was fun to read! I really enjoyed Tempest Rising ^-^

  2. I enjoyed the interview. One cool thing about me, I can sew something anything just by looking at it. I can make my own patterns and it usually comes out good.

  3. This sounds like a fun book. Great cover too. I also love to travel. And my idea of roughing it is staying in a motel instead of a hotel :-)

  4. Great guest post! :) I used to love The Little Mermaid too. Though The Grapes of Wrath is not my least favorite, I did not like it as much as so many people seem to.
    Tempest Rising seems to be an interesting read!

    (This is not an entry)

  5. Nice post :)
    I share you fear of sharks, and it's really silly since we got none here

  6. I collect beach glass for three reasons: 1. My husband will look for it with me, 2.It has no value other than being hauntingly lovely, 3.It's good exercise.
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

  7. This book sounds amazing! And the cover? Kinda gorgeous! ;)

  8. I'm terrified of deep water, and things in the water. And terrified of heights. Everything else is manageable!

    Your story sounds intriguing, and I can live vicariously through your character since I would choose to keep my feet squarely planted in the sand.

  9. Okay, I will admit it. I have avoided reading about this book because I wasn't sure about the cover. I know, don't judge. Sorry. But Wow this looks really good. So I def want the book.

    Hmm, something cool about me - well I admit when I'm wrong does that count? How about I teach middle school and pass my love of reading on to my students (no I don't teach English - it's math)

    Okay. Enough.

    valerie at stuckinbooks dot com or

  10. You mean I have to pick ONE awesome thing about myself that makes me cool? Hmph... Well, there are just so many! How am I to choose? ;)

    Okay, okay... uuuum, I'm addicted to fudge poptarts. Like- really. I'm seeking help, there is even a hot-line! 1-800-pop-tart.

    No good? I'm an obsessive compulsive crafter! I can't help it! I LOVE crafts! The girls and I made flamingos last week from foam paper and LOTS of pink feathers! They're AWESOME! ;)


  11. Cool thing about me: Last year I quit my job and travelled the world with my mom for three months. Best three months of my life.

    Love the book cover!
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Hmm something cool about me? I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do when I was 12. That is totally random, but I always thought it was pretty cool because it was hard work!

    Anyway I am super excited to read the book, it sounds awesome & of course the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!


  13. Great post and give away!!

    About me... I honestly cannot stand to eat mac and cheese unless I have ketchup on it.


    jennimerritt.writing (at) gmail (dot com

  14. One cool thing about me??? hmmm...lets see....I have 8 piercings. :D

    This was fun to read. and thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Can't wait to read this one.
    One cool thing about me is I love to rescue animals.
    kr_moreau at doglover dot com

  16. What a sexy cover~ Uhm, one cool thing about me, I've had 9 years of piano experience! :D


  17. Wow you've done so many great things, most of which I can only dream of. I have done the tent thing though - once - and you're dead right to adamantly refuse! Mud and spiders, and not necessarily in that order! Urgh!

  18. Love the cover!! One cool thing about me? Uhhh...I've had 7 surgeries in my lifetime and I'm only 23.

    Something a little on the brighter side is that I want to be a writer more than anything else! I've been dreaming of it since I was 13 and am working on querying an agent now.


  19. That such a beautiful cover :)
    One cool thing, Im a comic book collector and have been since I was a baby and my dad owned a comic store. I have over 6000 combined with my dad. Im only 24 so I have mnay years to go.

  20. Fun guest post :P Enjoyed reading it.
    And the book looks really interesting. To bad it`s not international :(
    But will probably check it out one day, anyways :)

  21. Cool thing lets see...I'm addicted to what I call NerdCons (conventions about gaming, comics, anime, tech, books, etc) and hope to one day start my very own con.

    Jex @ Everything and Nothing

  22. Hmmmm! One cool thing about me? Well I love to read!

  23. Great cover and the story sounds really interesting. A cool thing about me? Love to crochet!

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. Awesome story. It sounds really good.
    Fact: (Also storm-related) I was in the eye of the storm for the first and last time ever last year.

  25. A cool thing about me? Well I'm really good at putting together furniture from a box. :)


  26. Hmmm, well I'm addicted to tattoos (14 and counting), I love to read (duh), I love zombies, and I am a really good partner in Resident Evil 5 ;) Oh and I speak German (born there).

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  27. Sounds like my kind of read!

  28. one cool thing about me is I love photography. Not the family sitting and smiling but the action shots. The sisters running, jumping, shoving each other off the bench. The impromptu photographer. I carry a camera along all the time and take random pics then edit them at home.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  29. i bore 3 amazing daughters, and grandaughter
    and im good at packing items in something.

  30. OHMIGOSH. I love the cover! It's so pretty. :) One cool thing about me? Uh... I was born in Germany, I'm a Canadian citizen, my ethnicity is Chinese-American, but my race is 100% Chinese. Oh, and my name is Italian. :)

  31. Not sure if it's "cool" more different then "cool", I was in the Navy for a short time, was medically discharged.

  32. i cool thing...i love to paint...need music to fall a sleep(weird but oh well)

  33. Tracy wrote:
    I’ve climbed the Pyramids in Egypt, walked on the banks of the Red Sea, kissed a boy in front of the Eiffel Tower, gotten soaked at Cleopatra’s favorite bathing spot and surfed Diamondhead Bay in Hawaii. I’ve also skydived over New Mexico and stood at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls.

    My comment: I love to travel! I have actually been on the spots you mentioned except Hawaii and Niagara Falls. but I'm sure I will rech these places too sooner or later! I love exploring the world and also the world of books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    inga from

  34. A cool thing about me...hmm. Well animals tend to trust and like me very easily (even if they are aggressive towards others); repeatedly, I've been followed home by strays.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. Hmm one cool thing about myself, well I'm pretty good with kids. They really seem to like me and when I was in regular school everyone's little brothers and sisters used to love me and come to me instead of their siblings for things.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


  36. I adore thunderstorms as well. The gloomier the weather the better :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  37. Cool thing about me: I've swam with dolphins, had a giraffe lick my neck, fed a baby tiger and helped a rhino 'finger' paint!

  38. hmm a cool thing about me? Well, I used to be a ballroom dancer ;)

  39. Great post! One cool thing about me...there isn't much. :) I guess the coolest thing about me is that I'm a direct descendant from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. That's all I got!


  40. Looks like a great book! I think the cool thing about me is that I've been to 6 different schools. But I just discovered I hate moving. Who knew.
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  41. One cool thing about me? I have AA width feet. It does make finding shoes a pain though.

    lhoffpauir at gmail

  42. The book looks like a good read. The thing about me is I love to read and bead. Well I guess thats two things
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

  43. Awesome interview! One cool thing about me is that one of my favorite books is the same as Tracy's, Ayn Rand's Anthem! I absolutely loved that book (:
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sophiayunjin at gmail dot com

  44. Ask anyone the coolest thing about me is that when u meet me u think I'm a snob but talk to me and you r flabbergasted lol I have a huge sense of humour and love to surprise people. I love Heavy Metal music and tattoos but I look like someone's teacher lol I'm also an amateur makeup artist :D

  45. Ooh this book is already on my TBR. Between the blurb, the pretty cover, and mermaids, how could it not be on my TBR? :P

    Hm, something cool about myself? I know how to fix cars. I'm not sure if that's cool, but it's pretty useful :)

    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  46. Great interview, I really enjoyed it. One cool thing about me, even though I'm no spring chicken, I still love riding roller coasters. I live in Orlando, so I have lots to choose from.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  47. I totally agree with Tracy about the rain thing. I love thunderstorms and being in the rain but not the biggest fan of being in soaking wet clothes. lol.

    Okay one cool thing about me is I make lingerie for books, aka, book thongs. :P Also make earrings though I just recently started with those.

    Great guest post and thanks for the giveaway!


  48. Tents are highly over-rated anyway. If you find yourself with no other choice, I recommend a air mattress. Ugh... ground is HARD!

    One cool thing about me? Well, it snowed a bit today and it's COLD and so am I. Not what you ment? Hm... I love big dogs and I have a 100 lbs Doberman who is a big sweetie. How's that. ;)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  49. thanks!

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

    follower! i want to win b/c she has a book signing soon here and i don't have a copy!!

  50. Great post and giveaway!

    One cool thing about me? I'm originally from Sweden. I don't miss the long cold winters at all! :)

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. I also love to travel. I can't sleep during thunderstorms. The thunder freaks me out.

    rummanaha at hotmail dot com

  52. Wow Tracy's travelled to a lot of places.

  53. Hmm, a cool thing about me...I have sung in international concerts in a language I don't speak. I spent a month in Europe when I was 13. I am writing a book.

    I love the bio. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway, your book looks great. (I was also obssessed with The Little Mermaid for a little while as a small child.)


  54. Hmmmmm one cool thing about me? I would rather face off against a shark than a spider any day ;)

    Fabulous guest post feature, Jenny! :)

    iswimforoceans at gmail dot com

  55. Wow - you've done a lot of very cool things!! Sounds like a great read :)

  56. i would say what is cool about is i always take humor in everything, i make smart remarks (acute smartass illness), and if you are hanging out with me or at my house, you have to eat. have to!!! =D

    TValeros18 [at] gmail [dot] com
    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

  57. As a lover of Tessa Adams/Tracy Wolff's books I can't wait to read this.
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
    Being a reader is the coolest thing about me


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  58. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing! One cool thing is my ability to walk though a clothing/shoe store once and know all the good things and deals in there.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  59. I love amusement parks but must find new friends lol. No one ever goes on the rides with me and I'm like the loner sitting by herself on the roller coaster.

    The International Kissing Club sounds like it's going to be a hilarious read.

    Oh, I live in Canada (duh!) so won't be entering but am leaving a comment because you are awesome Jenny :D

  60. Awesome giveaway, I have wanted this book since I saw it on Goodreads a while back! I love dark chocolate and it's the only kind of chocolate that I eat, anything else is not worth the calories :-)

  61. Thanks for hosting. Great interview. I collect dragons. I am an old follower - please enter me.

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  63. Oh I want to read this so bad! I want to get into the mermaid genre! Um, something cool about me - I have 1 adopted daughter and 1 biologically born, and they are both cute as buttons!

  64. I can write a poem within 5 mins. What do you think? Cool enough?
    Enter me please!


  65. Something cool...still thinking...hmmmmmm...*light bulb*...never mind that was a lame one...thinking...Gah, I'm so not cool...I can speed read. Lame, I know, but it's all I got. LMAO

    amcelfresh (at)

    Thanks for the chance!! Tracy you RAWK Tempest Rising was soooooo good! Can't wait to buy my own copy!

  66. I'm fascinated with lighthouses and collect postcards of them.

    GFC follow as seriousreader

    seriousreader at live dot com

  67. Aren't you an awesome contradiction?! I love to smell rain, but yeah, not a fan of getting wet. I'd melt.

    Thanks for the link to the tour. I think I might be able to make it one of the stops! Looking forward to it now. :)

    *not entering*

  68. 1 thing??? How about 25???

    1... There is one thing in the world that could change my mood in the matter of seconds. That is music!

    2... With that said, I can say that I saw all my favorite bands in concert at least four times each.

    3... At the time being I have six or seven tattoos, depends on how you look at it. But when I am done I want two full sleeves and a back piece. Plus one on my calf.

    4... I like to dye my hair many unnatural colors, it shows my individuality as a person. Red and Orange looks the best mixed with my black hair.

    5... By the time I am 45, I want to own my own restaurant. Probably start off with a franchise and build up to my own.

    6... Since I was seven years old I have had a nickname. My very close friends still call me that name, and they are the only ones I will let me call me it.

    7... I still play video games, and love it. I own every system ever made except for the Wii, which will be soon.

    8... With that said, I used to be a die hard Sony fan, but with this generation consoles I made the transition to the Xbox 360. Better games and a better online experience.

    9... Also my favorite genre of game is RPGs and 1st person Shooters.

    10... Lately the only thing that can make me happy is music... not that I am a very depressed person, but when a person that you love so much, leaves your life... it puts a hole into you.

    11... Was called a manwhore by many people. That might be true when I am single, but when I am taken I am very much committed to that person.

    12... My New Years Resolution is to get back to my roots and expand my horizons.

    13... There is nothing better than being in a mosh pit... The Adrenaline pumping while listening to some good music.

    14... There is nothing better than seeing a cute girl in a school girl outfit.

    15... I wish that my friends and I could spend more time together.

    16... When life finally seems to be going my way. I think I do something to make it all crash down on me again.

    17.... I have mellowed out so much since high school, it seems like I am totally shy. That is till you get to know me. But no more streaking, no more obnoxious me.

    18... I am perhaps one of the biggest fans of the paranormal shoes, that you will ever meet. Love my Buffy/Angel, True Blood, Supernatural, Heroes, Fringe

    19... I have met and hung out with all the cast of Buffy and Angel numerous times. As well as at least a dozen bands.

    20... I can say that I was in love three in my life, and it was because of me that they didn't last. But that all lead me to my wife.

    21... I wonder if it is possible to be just friends with some people.

    22... I am very proud to be a part of my family. I couldn't say that while I was younger, but they have grown very near and dear to me. My sister might have done many things wrong in her life, but seeing her grow up and become the mother to my nephew is a great experience to behold.

    23... I am slowly picking up all the mess I have created over the last few months and trying to get my life back together.

    24... I wish that money didn't matter anymore. And I am sick of people judging others by how much they make.

    25... My ultimate goal in life is to see my first born grandchild walk down and get their diploma.

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  70. Wonderful Post!! Jenny you always have great content! BTW I love the new look!

    Hmm let's see, one cool thing about me...

    I have a hidden talent for drawing. The thing is, I can only draw things that are in front of me---portraits mostly. I cannot pull images from my imagination and render them on paper well. It just doesn't work for me for some reason. Weird, right?

    preternaturalprimer (at) hotmail (dot) com

  71. I've ridden an elephant in Thailand. It was the only one with tusks for us tourists to enjoy and we fed a baby elephant bananas, it had these baby hairs on it's head that were about 5 inches long lol baby fuzz.


  72. One cool thing about me is I love to read and I am always looking for good books to read. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  73. Let's see...I come from a family of eleven, six girls, five brother, all from the same parents (I'm number 7). I love, LOVE the lake, but not really the ocean as I'm afraid of MOST marine life. Not just sharks, also whales, dolphins, etc... I think the only thing I like is sea turtles, LOL! I do love the beach however, so I frequent San Diego/Carlsbad/La Jolla often.

    (ps - I don't mind a tent, especially one on the beach of a lake. Love early morning wake boarding!)

    Enter me:


    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  74. One cool thing: I'm a vegetarian of 20 years?!

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  75. The cover for this book is so pretty. One cool thing: I'm named after a cosmetics company.


  76. Ok, one cool (or interesting?) thing about me...I have auburn hair and in the back it has one big gray streak that has been there since I can remember. It is my lucky hair stripe. I am like Rogue from x-men, but backwards. haha.

    Great post and thanks for sharing!


  77. Not entering as I'm international, but I so enjoyed reading this guest post and felt just the tiniest bit of jealousy when I read that Tracy's been to Egypt, kissed a boy in front of the Eiffel Tower and walked on the banks of the Red Sea. I so want to do that and more. :)

    Oh and just for the fun of it... One cool thing about me?

    I have 8 penpals who I regularly write long, colourful, handwritten letters to and collect and send out post cards and trinkets from my country to my friends. :)

    Sigh. It's my way of being able to travel while I'm still saving money for that real trip. :)

  78. One cool thing about me... I have a 4.0 gpa! Go me!

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

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  80. Hmmmm! One cool thing about me? Well I love to read

  81. One cool thing about me is that I love owls almost as much as I love reading!

    infertilenanny (at) gmail (dot) com

  82. I really enjoyed reading this interview. Tracy has obviously lived a really rounded life... I enjoyed reading about going to Egypt and the Eiffel Tower to just name a few! And I also have a serious fear of Sharks (also Gators) I know that sounds crazy but when I was little and lived in Florida my dad used to tell me not to go in the water because the sharks and gators would get me, as I became an adult and told him I had a FEAR of that water, even if it was A POOL he would laugh and say it was the only way he could get me to stay away from the water. So now at 28 years old I wont swim in any lake/ocean/pool where I can't SEE whats below me... Also if its nighttime and I can't see I might last like 5 minutes in the water and then I scramble out really quickly lol ;)

    Email is swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  83. I have been waiting for this book to release for a long time I have always loved mermaids. I guess one cool thing about me is that I can swim almost 50 meters underwater in one breath.
    Thanks for the great giveaway

  84. Uhm... A Coll thing about me? Ahm... Be sarcastic is a cool thing? XDDDD

  85. Great interview! One cool thing about me is, that I have a "way" with cats.

  86. cool thing about me? ummmm.... dude, i am just too cool for words!

    Only messing, :) i guess my answer would be that I'm an aspiring world traveler and I've already been to 10 countries. I still have a lot of places to visit before I die :)haha!

  87. Amen to loving travel but not tents! *high five*
    (not an entry)

  88. Fun interview! I love to travel but can only stay in a hotel room that is low enough to the ground that I can jump if there is a fire! It drives my family nuts!!!

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  89. okay one cool thing about me. I believe I am very psychic and it runs in the family. I once read tarot cards for people but my predicts started coming so close it freaked me out and I don't really read any more but sometimes I yearn to know things.

    100% true

  90. I am super excited for this book! I love the cover!! Great interview Jenny :) You always ask such great questions. And thanks so much for the giveaway!!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  91. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.
    One cool thing about me?
    I can make/decorate cakes. With fondant and everything, like the kind you see on t.v.

  92. I am the most untalented person in the world!!! The only thing I am good at is my job and it is pretty boring to most people. I am a Property Manager of a class AA highrise commercial building in north dallas. So basically I make sure it looks good and keep the tenants happy as well as all the behind the scenes paperwork!

    Other than that I love to read and watch football! I can't do anything to save my life!


  93. I'm a nurse and I'm taking extra courses so I can practice in the UK, maybe I'll finally be able to get there.


  94. One cool thing about me is that I am a knitting and crochet genius! (Okay, maybe not genius, but it's cool that I think I am!!)