Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Tour - That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard

As part of the blog tour for her book That Time I Joined the Circus, I have the pleasure of having author J.J. Howard here for a circus-themed guest post. Keep reading to find out J.J.'s top five favorite circus attraction and to find out more about the book.

5. Elephants (and monkeys)

I get a little bored at the zoo, not gonna lie. I'm not infinitely fascinated by the endless variety of creatures on earth or anything. There are some animals I am almost completely indifferent to: snakes, for example (unless one is hiding in my pool or upsetting my dog). But there's just something about elephants. Also monkeys. Those are awesome too. The ones who come take coins from you are too cute to exist.

4. Rides

By rides, I mean the tame ones. I want my vertebrae to stay where my neurosurgeon carefully placed them, thank you ;) I love the carousel, the Ferris wheel, and my favorite (like Lexi in CIRCUS) is the swings. I adore swings, and have since I was little, so automated ones are like a dream come true!

3. Flying trapeze

When playing "pick your superpower" I always pick flying. And these people come pretty close. It's an amazing art form that tees talented people make look so easy. I have trouble carrying both the trash and the recyclables to the curb at the same time without mishap, so I'm in awe of people who are so athletic and graceful.

2. Freaky stuff

When we were in like eleventh grade, my friend Becky Blessing and I read this book called Geek Love, which was about a carny family, and we mostly loved it because it reminded us of the cheesy, wonderfully terrible midway attractions that would come to the York Fair (the big fair held every September in my hometown). There's just something cool about paying two dollars to see a "real" "live" mermaid. 

1. Fried dough, etc.

Sadly, I think with my stomach. I am sort of like that cartoon cat Garfield. Or a reverse Gremlin--if you don't feed me, bad things happen. So if I could only do ONE thing at the circus, it's a distinct possibility that I might stand outside the tent and enjoy some French fries or a delicious funnel cake. Otherwise, I might get hungry. And no one would like me when I'm hungry.

Be sure to keep up with the tour by visiting Through the Looking Glass!

About the book:
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 questions.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzling fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

About the author:
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. J.J. would love to hear from her readers and is always ready to trade playlists: jj@jjhowardbooks.com
You can find JJ…
On her blog: Word Circus
On Twitter: @JJhowardbooks
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