A big welcome to
whose debut novel
releases March 8, 2012
Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline had given her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of 15th-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings.
While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.
Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her. (from Goodreads)
It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.
When Cole Gibsen isn't writing books for young adults, she can be found rocking out with her band, sewing crazy costumes for the fun of it, picking off her nail polish, or drinking milk straight from the jug -- provided no one is looking. (from Cole's website)
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Today Cole is here to share her thoughts on Books and Memories...
What book makes you think of...your childhood?
Definitely THE BLACK STALLION because I was OBSESSED with horses. Still am…it’s a disease.
What book makes you think of...your happiest memory?
Again, I’d have to bring up any book in the BLACK STALLION series. I read them all when I was in grade school and just learning how to ride horses. The days I spent at the barn were hands down some of the best days of my life.
What book makes you think of...your scariest memory?
Okay, so there’s this YA book called TRAPPED by Arthur Roth that I read in junior high. It’s about this guy who drives off a cliff and is trapped inside his car. Several years back I was in a horrible car accident so bad, I could get my car door open. I ended up having to get thirty staples in my head.
What book makes you think of...your road to publication?
Noah Lukeman’s THE FIRST FIVE PAGES. In my opinion, it’s one of the best books on writing out there.
What book makes you think of...high school?
Any book by Dean Koontz. In high school I was obsessed with him and horror was all I read. I’m happy to say that my tastes have since expanded.
Thank you so much for sharing Cole!
To celebrate Cole's debut she hand made some of the coolest book prizes I have ever seen!
Senshi "warrior" bracelet and shuriken hair clips
ninja coffee sleeve (doesn't he look great on my coffee?)
My pictures really don't do these justice - they are awesome! And after you read Katana, they are even more awesome :)
There will be 3 (three) winners!
2 people will get a ninja coffee sleeve and a silicon Senshi "warrior" kanji bracelet
1 person will get two felt ninja shuriken hair clips and a silicon Senshi "warrior" kanji bracelet
*Open to US residents 18 and older
*Ends March 21, 2012 at 11:59pm EST
*Fill out the form below to enter
*Bonus entry -- leave a comment with your thoughts on past lives
If you are a 2012 debut author and would like to be featured at Red House Books, please fill out the form on my Debut Author page or send me an email :)