Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Post with J.J. Bonds

As if high school isn’t miserable enough, try being uprooted and dropped fangs first into an uptight prep school where everyone knows your name and they’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of your past.

When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.

But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.

As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.M

Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.

About J.J.

Hmm… About me? I was born and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which the locals like to think of as the new center of the universe, but this is probably only true if you have a day job in the grocery business like I do. (A girl's gotta pay the bills, right?) By day I’m a grocery buyer for a large NE grocery retailer. Seriously-- I get paid to buy bread and snack cakes. It’s a fun job, but I eat way too many cupcakes! By night, I’m an aspiring author. As it turns out, my passion for young adult literature far exceeds my passion for the grocery business. (Imagine that?)

I love to read. Everything. I wish I could say that I’ve always loved reading, but that just wouldn’t be true. As a small child, my mom had to bribe me to read (and learn my multiplication tables), but by the time I reached middle school I was unquestionably moving into the realm of shameless bookaholic. I was always reading and was tearing through the works of RL Stine, Christopher Pike and LJ Smith faster than they were being published. I was winning the quarterly 7th grade reading contests regularly (which amazingly did not help my popularity level), but did inspire me to write my first book. It was about sea turtles and while it was a lovely book, it didn’t exactly capture the attention of publishers worldwide. I continued writing throughout high school and pursued Journalism in college, but after interning at a local newspaper I realized I was in the wrong field and promptly switched my major to business. (I’m nothing if not practical).

Although I had a ten year bout of temporary insanity in my professional life, my love of literature never faded and I continued to outline stories I wanted to write while sitting in my MBA classes at night. When my father was diagnosed with cancer, it was the push I needed to reevaluate my life choices and take a risk in actually writing one of the books I’d spent so many hours fantasizing about. Writing Crossroads was both therapeutic and fulfilling. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

In addition to reading and writing, I have a few other guilty pleasures: wine, chocolate, alternative music, scary movies (especially the really bad ones!), Chinese food, (yeah, right), all things zombie, baking, Tosh.0 and sleeping late.

I have a pretty awesome husband who lets me be the boss (he cooks too!), two crazy dogs (a Cock-a-Poo named Sabot and a mutt named Norm) and a closet that is positively overflowing with shoes. Oh, and my favorite possession? It’s a toss-up between my laptop and my Kindle. Please don’t make me choose!

Here the details for the giveaway:

1. Comment to win!
2. One random comment will be selected to win a digital copy of JJ Bonds book Crossroads
3. All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover
4. Collect Clues along the tour for a chance to win
5. Comment at each tour stop for extra chances to win
6. Tweet and use #crossroadsbooktour for extra chances to win along with random drawings to win digital copies of the book
6. Collect clues to find the final entry to win the Kindle Fire
7. Winners will be selected January 31st

Don't forget to visit the other tour stops for more chances to win the Kindle Fire! Here is the list of tour stops:

Jan. 2: The Guardian of the Crossroads
Jan. 3:
Jan. 4: Picked by Poison
Jan. 5: Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf
Jan. 6: Under the Covers
Jan. 9: Rants~N~Scribbles
Jan. 10: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Jan. 11: The Book Nympho
Jan. 12: Books with Bite
Jan. 13: My Life With Books
Jan. 14: Reads With Wreckless Abandon
Jan. 15: Books And Beyond
Jan. 16: Book Crook Liza
Jan. 17: We Fancy Books
Jan. 18: Rondo of Possible World
Jan. 19: Literary Exploration
Jan. 20: Bending The Spine


  1. Hi J.J. Aside from books, I also love scary movies especially when they are based on true events. I find older ones scary :)


  2. The blurb sounds exciting. I love to be able to read it. Thank you for the giveaway! DeAnna S. sacredmoon1(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Mmmmm, I don't suppose you could throw a few virtual snack cakes my way?


  4. Can't wait to read it and I sure could use a Kindle!

  5. Sea Turtles I bet it was a great story. Publishers are so picky :)


  6. the review on this one sounds good, putting this in my TBR pile

    count me in for the giveaway. cause i really wish to win a kindle..

  7. JJ, book sounds more and more intriguing, and yes, I know, I am going backwards on the posts LOL! This is what happens when I spend a day away from the pc, I miss stuff :-D You work for a Nebraska store? Hmmm, interesting... green eyes red hair at gmail dot com

  8. JJ- it sounds like you have a fun day job but I'm glad you got the push to follow your dream and write (though I'm sorry it took your dad's cancer to finally push you). Crossroads sounds like a very interesting book and something I would enjoy reading!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  9. Sounds very interesting. I love the PN YA books and have added it to my TBR list. I also love my Kindle and would love to win the Kindle Fire.

  10. I sometimes love to lose myself in YA paranormal series books-will have to check this out. I follow your blog as csmaxwell.
    I do have a question, what kind of clues are we supposed to be looking for? And when will they be posted? Or are they haphazardly posted on different sites during the tour? Just curious :)

  11. Carlisle, PA? I spent several years in DuBois, PA...But my hubby had to get out of the frozen tundra. We moved South. Congrats on the debut! The blurb and the trailer look great.

  12. Great giveaway!! Love the book it looks so very cool!! and woooo Kindle fire!!

  13. Kali Skittles

  14. What a cute post! Never think of a grocery buyer when it comes to doing the grocery shopping. ;) But I guess those items have to get into the store someway, huh? Love Tosh.0 too!! :)

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  15. Nice meeting you J.J. My mom and I think Cock-A-Poo's are so adorable; I want a black one to name Midnight :)

    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

  16. Thank you for participating in this fun tour. I really want to read The Crossroads. Thank you J.J. for sharing a bit of your journey :)
    tweeted =!/ZDz59001/status/159848437544783872

  17. I am loving this tour! Not only did I find a great new book to read, but I also found a bunch of great new blogs to follow! Thanks so much!

  18. Where did you find a guy to let you be the boss, lol. Good luck with the tour the book sounds awesome
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  19. Ooh, I am so going to have to get this once I finish all the blog stops and sign ups. Thanks!

    anya dot sandoval at yahoo dot com

  20. Need to get a copy of this for sure! :-)

  21. Sounds so good! Thanks for shairng and for the giveaway!