Monday, July 22, 2013

Vlog Post with NYT Best Selling Author D.J. MacHale

Book Nerd Vlog Post

D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: PENDRAGON – JOURNAL OF AN ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. attended New York University where he received a BFA in film production.
His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials. He also taught photography and film production.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, he produced all 91 episodes over 8 years. D.J. also wrote and directed the movieTOWER OF TERROR for ABC’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY which starred Kirsten Dunst and Steve Guttenberg. The Showtime series CHRIS CROSS was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. co-created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series FLIGHT 29 DOWN. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on FLIGHT 29 DOWN earned him the Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Children’s Script” and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable writing credits include the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL titled SEASONAL DIFFERENCES; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series GHOSTWRITER; and the HBO series ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. has co-written the book THE TALE OF THE NIGHTLY NEIGHBORS, based on his own teleplay and penned the poetic adaptation of the classic Norwegian folk tale EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. His most current work is the spooky MORPHEUS ROAD trilogy; and a whimsical picture book THE MONSTER PRINCESS.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household are two elderly goldfish and a Kitten, Kaboodle.

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Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late.

#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.

Sylo is the first of a trilogy by New York Times Best-Selling Author D.J. MacHale that takes readers into Pemberwick Island and the mysterious invasion of a secretive military branch. Always passive and taking the easy route, fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce will have to go out of his comfort zone to uncover the truth why Sylo, a mysterious branch of the U.S. Military, has quarantined the island. Along with his best friend Quinn and Tori (the girl he’s too shy to ask out), the three will realize that they will not only engage in a rescue effort for just their island, but for the whole world.

Compelled by a plot full of action and mystery, the characters are the true driving force in this amazing page turner. MacHale has delivered a cast of characters that do not follow suit to the usual YA protagonists. They don’t even feel like characters from a book, but more like people you may know as they come out of the pages as close to humanly possible. Mistakes will be made and some will be costly. When things feel real, it just makes the reading experience that much more exciting and intriguing.

Sylo is the perfect playground for author D.J. MacHale. From experience, he has mastered the art of surprise. There are many events and circumstances that created the perfect opportunity for D.J. to creep up on his readers. He methodically builds up the suspense and at the right time, he drops a surprise so shocking that it will have readers turning back pages just to line up the plot to confirm the revelation that just occurred. The perfect execution of his twists and turns is a gem in the story and is a feat that is absent in many of the books of today. Sylo has certainly started on the right path and it’s looking to be heading in a direction that many readers will be excited to add to their list of great books.

You can purchase SYLO at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you D.J. for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a Copy of SYLO by D.J. MacHale.
1 Winner will receive a Surprise ART Poster and Bookmark by James Vallesteros.
5 Winners will receive a Surprise ART Bookmark by James Vallesteros.
Must be 13+ to Enter 
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