Friday, March 15, 2013

Guest Post with Patrick Carman

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Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His birthday is February 27th, 1966. He spent a decade living in Portland, where he worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

Patrick Carman writes books for young adults and children for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Little Brown Books For Young Readers. His bestselling books and series includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot’s Park, 39 Clues, Floors, Trackers, Thirteen Days to Midnight, Dark Eden, Pulse, 3:15, and Skeleton Creek. Mr. Carman’s books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages.

Mr. Carman spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball, golfing badly, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with his wife and two daughters.


Telekinesis is one of those words that bothers me. Who comes up with this stuff? They should give writers and teens and artists the opportunity to name some of these things before setting them in concrete. I’m telling you, it was a teenager or a nerd or both who came up with ZOMBIES. Had to be! If we’d left ‘the walking dead’ to a scientific minded professor of psychology we’d have gotten something lame like Telekinesis. I’m sure of it.

I’d love it if someone could come up with a better word for people who can move things with their minds. Like ZINGLERS or MOVABLERS…okay those are bad, and this is obviously harder than I thought. VAMPIRE is so great. It’s got sizzle. Someone call the vampire zombie word person!

On a related topic, when I was a teenager I never wished I was a zombie or a vampire. Maybe a zombie vampire hunter, but not a blood sucking dead guy. But I thought a lot about being able to move things with my mind. Like I’d lie in bed at midnight and think about the cookies on the kitchen counter. I imagined them floating down the hall towards my room, because the power of my will to have them was bigger than Godzilla. I also thought about picking up my school and moving it across town. With my mind! These were the kinds of things that would impress the girl I wanted to ask out. And I really wanted to impress her.

If you ever thought about this kind of stuff (or still do) and also wonder what the world might look like in 2051, the story of Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore might interest you. Faith and Dylan can move things with their minds. They’ve got the PULSE (aka telekinesis!). They’re also attempting the hardest movement of all –getting someone else’s heart to inch its way towards your own.

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.
Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

Praise for PULSE

“The successful mix of suspense and romance combines with unexpected twists to keep readers engrossed from the start and begging for more.” Kirkus Reviews

“[An] impressive take on the postapocalyptic novel.” 
Publishers Weekly

“Compelling and original, with pulse-pounding action and a poignant love story.” 
Pittacus Lore, #1 NY Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four

“Impressive! Fascinating and thought-provoking.” 
James Dashner, NY Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy

“Engrossing and suspense-filled.” 
School Library Journal

The first book in the Pulse Trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, takes readers into the year 2051 where people have the power to move objects with their minds. While the perks of living in the United States allows for better living, teenager Faith Daniels continues to live on the outside. This uncontrolled area encompasses most of the United States’ prior land and provides its own type of perk. When Faith and Dylan Gilmore discover they have a “pulse”, otherwise telekinetic abilities, they use it against a powerful group with the same powers that have nothing but malicious intent. Although they possess this great talent, they find it difficult to control. In order for the world to be saved, Dylan and Faith must harness their powers together.

This teen fantasy is full of action and takes you to places that are rarely explored. Author Patrick manages to create a unique futuristic story while providing realistic relationships and high-impact action sequences. The writing style makes the story addictive and will have readers fully drawn throughout. Faith’s discovery of her “pulse” and the way she handles it is told in beautiful storytelling format. Readers are able to absorb all of her thoughts and emotions through the book’s descriptive texts. The twists and turns presented will have readers on the edge of their seats. The ending provided a boiling point that concluded with a cliffhanger. Pulse is a smart and exciting way to introduce the series. Patrick manages to grab you from the start and maintains to keep a tight grip throughout. It encompasses all the elements that make a great book: brilliant writing, fresh idea, remarkable characters, and the ability to simply blow your mind.
You can purchase Pulse at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you PATRICK CARMAN for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Signed copy of Pulse by Patrick Carman.


  1. Thanks for the donation and giveaway

  2. sounds like an interesting book. I would love to read it!

  3. I've been looking forward to this book release for months! So excited - congrats, Patrick, and nice post JBN!

  4. Thank you so much for this donation Patrick! I am excited to get started on this book as I loved what you wrote for the 39 Clues!

  5. Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

  6. Thanks for the awesome donation. What a wonderful giveaway!

  7. I heard Patrick talk about this book last summer at ALA, and it sounded SO good. Would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  8. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  9. Thanks! This sounds like a good read!

  10. Thank you for donation and for the giveaway!

  11. Such a cool guest post! I never actually thought of telekinesis as a lame science-ish name, but the Pulse certainly does sound much cooler, like zombie or vampire. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway as well, to both Jean and Patrick!