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Holiday Roundtable Part 4

To wrap up our holiday roundtable, we put on our speculative hats and asked, “What silly gift would you like to receive, if only such a thing existed?”

I’m a huge pet lover, so in the book I’m writing now and another YA being submitted, there are tiny companion pets for my heroines. In my science fiction YA (FAR AWAY NEAR) Mari is befriended by a tiny flying creature like a hummingbird called a Candle Fly, which can communicate with her telepathically. In my WIP, a dystopian, my heroine befriends a hand-sized almost magical lizard-like creature she calls Pet. So put a Candle Fly and Pet on my wish list, while I’m telepathically chatting with them, my cats will spin circles trying to chase them. (g).—Linda Joy Singleton, who writes about magical things I wish existed as well as futuristic worlds I hope never exist.

The three things any Galaxy Games player needs: a language implant, to speak and understand any language in the universe; a personal integrity field, to keep the bad germs out and the good germs in; and a quantum entanglement engine for instant transportation anywhere across the Stepping Stone network.—Greg R. Fishbone, author the Galaxy Games series that should have you covered for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 holiday seasons.

I would LOVE a gadget that detects my soon-to-be-favorite books so I know which ones to pick up at the store. Parker Peevyhouse

I wish my stocking could contain an elf that would regularly clean up my laptop, both inside and out: inside by deleting old emails and files I don’t need to keep, and outside by hoovering the dog hair, crumbs, and fingerprints off my long-suffering keyboard and screen.—Joni Sensel, author of THE FARWALKER’S QUEST and other middle-grade and YA fantasies.

Wow, I love all those ideas. Can I have another elf who will do the housecleaning? I’d also like a ghost encounter. I make up stories about them for my Haunted series, but I’ve never seen one myself. That hardly seems fair.—Chris Eboch, author of the middle grade Haunted series about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show

That was fun! Readers, how about you? What’s your Ultimate Fantasy holiday gift?

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Holiday Roundtable Part 3

We continue with our discussion of holiday gift-giving, by your friends at The Spectacle.

What books are you giving as gifts this year, and in what format? Why?

I already have BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld in audio for my dad. I recently found out there’s a 4th BARTIMUS book, which I’m getting for my son. My Mom and I have already gifted ourselves with more books in the charming MISS JULIA adult series by Ann B Ross. And if any relatives want my SEER or DEAD GIRL books, I’m happy to gift them.—Linda Joy Singleton, who writes about magical things I wish existed as well as futuristic worlds I hope never exist.

I’m sure to give some books—I always do—and I even have some bookstore credits to use, but I have not remotely started to think about holiday shopping yet and probably won’t for a few weeks, at least. I do, however, have a stack of new or only slightly-read books that are destined for our local kids’ literacy program as part of a book drive our SCBWI region participates in every December.—Joni Sensel, author of THE FARWALKER’S QUEST and other middle-grade and YA fantasies.

My family always gives books for Christmas. This year I’ll be handing out one of my favorites: CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell. I’m also going to be on the lookout for fantasy adventures for my nephew, who is still hoping for more Percy Jackson books (and I think he would love Greg’s GALAXY GAMES, but that’s not out yet!)—Parker Peevyhouse

I haven’t planned that far ahead, but I enjoy going to a bookstore and browsing. Sometimes you find great stuff on the discount tables toward the front of the store—cool atlases, oddball cookbooks, or goofy humor. I’ll see something I never knew existed and think, “That would be perfect for….” Our SCBWI region is having a book signing and book drive as part of our holiday party this Saturday (Page One bookstore in Albuquerque, 7to 9 PM), so maybe I’ll browse the books on hand for the niece and nephews. I’m also donating a stack of books to the holiday book drive for at-risk kids. You never know when a good book will make a difference in someone’s life.—Chris Eboch, author of the middle grade Haunted series about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show

The New England Mobile Book Fair is a great independent bookstore near me that’s literally the size of a warehouse. They’re the only store I’ve ever seen where books are shelved by publisher, so it’s great for researching the kind of books each house prefers. Plus they have room after room of bargain books. For anyone on my list who likes to be overwhelmed by books, I’m getting a gift certificate. If they’re out of the area, they’ll just have to drive up.
For specific titles, check out the “Friends With Books” section on my website. This season I like “A Crack in the Sky” by Mark Peter Hughes, “Bamboo People” by Mitali Perkins, “Yummy” by G. Neri, and “Bats at the Ballgame” by Brian Lies.—Greg R. Fishbone, author the Galaxy Games series that should have you covered for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 holiday seasons.

Readers, tell us about the books you’ll be giving this year (unless the recipients are also readers of The Spectacle and you want to keep a secret!).

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Holiday Roundtable Part 2

We continue with our discussion of holiday giftgiving, by your friends at The Spectacle.

Who would be the perfect recipient for a book or series of yours?

An outdoorsy tween or young teen who will feel cooped up in winter’s rough weather and would like to at least read about the magic of wandering through nature would probably like my Farwalker books.—Joni Sensel, author of THE FARWALKER’S QUEST and other middle-grade and YA fantasies.

My Haunted series should appeal to young readers who want action and adventure—maybe even those reluctant reader boys who’d rather get a videogame. Halloween may be the big time for ghosts, but a good spooky scare is fun all year round. Or if someone has read The Ghost on the Stairs, I hope they’ll want the next two books in the series, The Riverboat Phantom and The Knight in the Shadows.—Chris Eboch, author of the middle grade Haunted series about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show

Most of my fan mail for THE SEER 6-book series is coming from girls between age 12-15 who love the fast-paced, romance and mystery. My DEAD GIRL WALKING trilogy gets a slightly older audience as this crosses over nicely for adults with the fantasy of finding out what it’s like to live in someone else’s body.—Linda Joy Singleton, who writes about magical things I wish existed as well as futuristic worlds I hope never exist.

This year, THE PENGUINS OF DOOM would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone with ginormous stockings intended for flat rectangular feet. It’s a humor story and you’d sure need a sense of humor if your feet were the size and shape of hardcover books! Also there are funny pictures to look at and penguins, penguins, penguins!—Greg R. Fishbone, author the Galaxy Games series that should have you covered for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 holiday seasons.

Authors in our audience — tell us about your books, and who would be the perfect recipient.

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