SOLSTICE Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway!

Solstice Tour BannerWelcome to my stop on the Solstice Blog Tour, hosted by Mod Podge Blog Tours! I’m thrilled to be part of the tour, and to welcome author P. J. Hoover to the blog to give us a Setting Spotlight. Plus, at the end of this post you’ll find not one, but TWO different giveaways! P.J. is giving away—are you ready for this?—25 copies of Solstice! And in addition to that amazing giveaway, she has her own special Red Zone Giveaway on her blog, and it’s huge! So you have lots of chances to win. But first,  P. J. has stopped by to tell us about her Botanical Haven (with lovely photos included).  I’m part of Team Dystopia (go team!), so without further ado, here’s P. J.!

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Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today is a Setting Spotlight from Solstice! Setting spotlights are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Up today is the Botanical Haven from Team Dystopia!




Three Things About The Botanical Haven:

1) It’s made of glass

Think giant greenhouse. So the walls and the ceiling . . . all glass. And yes, even though it is a greenhouse, it’s not like Piper and her mom are baking while walking around inside. The glass provides just the right amount of cover to keep the plants healthy and growing while still creating a place where Piper and her mom live.

Glass Ceiling
Glass ceiling. And thankfully, the glass is shatter-proof.

2) Piper and her mom live there

Yes, I realize I just said this, but I want to point out that it’s not like they sleep in hammocks hanging from the trees (although, come to think of it, that would be pretty awesome and restful, but anyway . . . ). They have an apartment upstairs.

I imagine a walkway like this leading to their apartment.
I imagine a walkway like this leading to their apartment.
From balconies, Piper and her mom have a great view.
From balconies, Piper and her mom have a great view.

3) Based on a real-life place

I adore sneaking real-life references into stories, and the Botanical Haven is a perfect example. It’s based on the Congressional Botanical Gardens in Washington DC. If you’ve never visited them, they are totally worth the trip. Enjoy the pictures in this post, though they don’t even come close to showing how awesome it is.

Trees reach the ceiling, high above.
Trees reach the ceiling, high above.
Vines twist along the stairways and railings.
Vines twist along the stairways and railings.

Are you ready to go visit? Or to transform your house? Me, too!

Thank you for the Solstice support!



About Solstice:

Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.



Tricia Hoover/headshots/whiteP. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children’s, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, you can find her: * Website * Twitter * Goodreads * Facebook *

And now for the giveaways:

1) Enter to win one of 25 copies of Solstice! Simply click the Rafflecopter button to enter:

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2) Go to P. J.’s website and enter to win one of SIX fantastic prize packs! Simply click the Red Zone button below to enter:

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Follow the rest of the Solstice Blog Tour and learn all kinds of cool stuff about the world of Solstice:

Team Myth
18th Character Spotlight: Shayne @ JessaBella Reads
19th Solstice Depicted @ In Bed With Books
20th Solstice: The Publishing Journey Guest Blog @ Water Color Moods
21st Setting Spotlight: Elysian Fields @ Books Beside My Bed
22nd Solstice Excerpt @ Through the Looking Glass
23rd Character Spotlight: Melina @ Evie Bookish
24th Author Interview @ Cuts of Paper
25th Author Writing Process Guest Blog @ Best Books Ever
26th 5 Inspirations @ Ruby Reads
27th Setting Spotlight: Asphodel Meadows @ A Dream Within A Dream
28th 5 Favorite Myths @ Book Swoon
29th Character Spotlight: Tanni @ Leanna
30th Playlist @ Unofficial Book Addiction
Team Dystopia
18th Character Spotlight: Piper @ Swoony Boys Podcast
19th Solstice Depicted @ Girls in the Stacks
20th Cover Changes Guest Blog @ Gobs & Gobs of Books
21st Setting Spotlight: Botanical Haven @ Books, Bones & Buffy
22nd Excerpt @ ReadingTeen
23rd Character Spotlight: Chloe @ Paperback Princess
24th Author T-Shirt Addiction Guest Blog @ Addicted Reader
25th The Character of Names @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
26th 5 Inspirations @ Readergirls
27th Setting Spotlight: The Drag @ The Bookish Daydreamer
28th 5 Favorite Dystopians @ Frellathon
29th Character Spotlight: Reese @ YA Midnight Reads
30th Playlist @ Reviewing Shelf
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Posted June 21, 2013 by Tammy in Blog Tours, Guest Post / 9 Comments


9 responses to “SOLSTICE Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway!

  1. amel armeliana

    Team myth!! This book sounds really good and the cover is awesome!

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  2. […] Solstice by P. J. Hoover. Now available (Tor Teen). I recently participated in a guest post blog tour for Solstice, and the author/publisher was nice enough to send everyone on the tour a finished hard cover of the book. Not sure when I’m going to fit this in, but I will as soon as I can. It looks great! You can also enter to win one of 25 finished copies yourself! The giveaway is going on for another week or so, in addition to a gigantic giveaway on P. J.’s blog! Click here for more information on how to enter both giveaways. […]