Today we are spreading some bookish love to not only one author, but two. Of course I couldn’t resist our very own Moriah! You guys, having a book blog is great, however it takes a lot of work. Having a great time sharing all of our book news and reviews with our readers and doing it with her makes it even better. I’m so glad she joined a little over a year ago and during that time has found time not only for school, but blogging and writing as well! If you missed last months post about Panned, here is your chance to check it out.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that I fell in love with reading. Beginning at the age of four, when a set of Bob books was placed in my hands, reading became a part of who I am. Wherever I go I have a book with me just in case there is a reading opportunity. I think that every book should be given the opportunity to be read and it is a wonderful thing to find a priceless gem on the bookshelf in a book store. The types of books that I read is not limited, but I am partial to Young Adult Fiction. I am a student working towards a Liberal Arts degree in English. Literature is not only a hobby but a love, and I enjoy reading books and writing reviews on the wonderful words that grace the pages.
You know we can’t say enough about Chris Ledbetter’s book Drawn. I’ve featured him on the blog a lot and he is a big time supporter of book blogs! When meeting him personally at a book signing in North Carolina, he wanted to make sure that a reader was given the opportunity to have a chance at a signed copy of Drawn. So I have it, right now. I’m staring at the beautiful cover and pages waiting to be able to mail this beauty out!
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art. After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request. To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book. If he fails… they both die.
About Chris Ledbetter
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.
He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
Everyone is a winner today, because you can read Panned by Moriah Chavis through Swoon Reads for free. Just click on the picture above to download. In addition, for a chance at Chris Ledbetter’s signed copy of Drawn be sure to enter the giveaway below. What a treat!