Saturday, September 24, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway From Belle Whittington, author of Cicada

Today I am really excited to have a guest post from Belle Whittington, author of Cicada.
Miss Belle (I call her "Miss" because I find it next to impossible to not address any Southern lady named Belle as "Miss"!) and I have been emailing back and forth for a little while now and she seems like the sweetest lady. When I read the text of her post, I found what she wrote to be so charming! I'm sure you will, too.
Here is Miss Belle...

I have been daydreaming stories for as long as I can remember.  My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was when I was in the second grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Rambin, would have us lay our heads on our desks after lunch while she read us stories full of magic and imagination.
Most of my early writings were stories with a twist of science fiction…even my earliest poems.  I remember sitting on the dam of a neighbor’s pond around the time I was eleven, writing a story about space travel.  In fact, I still have that little handwritten story.  It’s still bound in the same yellow notebook that I put it in way back in the sixth grade!
Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends.  I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories.  Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout.  One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old.  I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty.  We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence.  When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass.  No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass.   Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!
Nowadays, I work at a day job in higher education and spin my tales during those off hours that I’m not working on assignments for my English classes at University of Houston, where I’m earning my degree in hopes of teaching English at the college level one day.

I’m currently writing the two sequels to Cicada.
You can find me online at these locations. I’d love for you to stop by!

Cicada Book Trailer

Oh my gosh! I loved that post. She is the most charming lady.

Miss Belle would like to give an e-copy of Cicada to one lucky reader.


Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends--until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human...something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.
(From GoodReads)

This giveaway will be easy-peasy. All you have to do is comment, leaving a name and email address. The giveaway is International. It will run from Saturday, Sept. 24- Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm.  If the winner would leave a review of Cicada once they've read the book, that would be super!
The winner is:


Congratulations! I hope you enjoy Cicada.


  1. Sounds like a great book! Ruthie/Jess Day @ bookgeeksrule AT gmail DOT com

  2. I love the book cover and I want to read this book ASAP!

  3. Sounds great! :)
    simcsa13 at gmail dot com

  4. hi i would love to read this book. i am posting anonymous cause google and i are not getting along. however i am a follower. thanks alot for the review sounds like a book that will take my bad days aways. jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

  5. Beautiful Cover!!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

  6. very pretty, sounds good. great post :)

  7. I plan on reading this book very soon. Looking forward to it! I won't enter the giveaway, since I already have a RC of Cicada, but I thought I'd say I enjoyed reading Belle's guest post...

  8. Thank you for the giveaway and introducing me to Belle Whittington.

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  9. Belle Babe,
    I loved the post. I posted my first two chapters to my blog and received a comment from a teacher in the Ukraine. Hope you get lots of wonderful posts.

  10. I'm so thrilled to note that Cicada is now available in paperback at CreateSpace and Amazon! :-)

  11. And many warm thanks for all the kind comments posted here about my little YA novel, Cicada. <3

  12. Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  13. Looks great! Hollie at Wallywestring(at)gmail(dot)com



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