AUTHORS, BLOGGERS, READERS MEET AT THE VIRTUAL CROSSROADS
Oct 21, 2010: Young readers will have unprecedented access to some of today’s hottest authors of paranormal fiction this October during a seven-day virtual creep-a-thon.
Fifteen paranormal authors are slated to take part in the second annual Crossroads Blog Tour (October 22-29), joining forces with bloggers, librarians and youth to share a love of reading and all things that go bump in the night.
Judith Graves, an Alberta-based YA Author, (SKINNED series, Leap Books) has summoned some big names for the tour, including Shannon Delaney (13 to Life series, St. Martin’s Griffin), Joy Preble (Dreaming Anastasia, Sourcebooks), Angie Frazier (The Eternal Sea, Scholastic), Carrie Harris (Bad Taste in Boys, Delacorte Books for Young Readers), Linda Joy Singleton (Dead Girl Walking, Flux) and Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers series, Harlequin Teen).
Participating bloggers will give away ghoulish amounts of SWAG donated by the authors, as well as inscribed copies of books by touring artists and a chance to win a Skype author visit from bestselling author Rachel Vincent.
“It’s all about the most bang for your buck, and with Crossroads, it’s all bang,” says Graves. “There’s nothing NOT to like about this tour.”
Participating authors couldn’t agree more. Jackie Morse Kessler (Hunger, Graphia) says the tour promotes literacy, inspires young writers, and affords readers an opportunity to learn about new-to-them authors.
“Touring bloggers ask terrific questions and we get a chance to get our books in front of prospective new audiences. And I don’t even have to put on make-up,” she says. “Many of us are very nice. We hardly ever bite.”
Except for on the page, of course.
How the tour works:
Bridge Social Media: Where you want to go
From October 22-29 readers will be invited to hunt for answers to a new paranormal trivia question each day. The answers are hidden within a different blog post daily, encouraging readers to visit each blog, each day of the tour. Bloggers will be giving away a bevy of tricks and treats donated by Crossroads Tour authors. At the end of the tour, on October 31st compiled answers are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and a grand prize winner is randomly selected from those with correct and complete entries.
For the full list of participating authors, bloggers and giveaways, check out The Crossroads event page: http://judithgraves.com/events/the-crossroads-tour/crossroads-2011/
Follow the tour (get extra clues) on Twitter: @TheCrossroadsBT
For more information:
Dawn Ius/Judith Graves
Bridge Social Media