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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DEBUT FEATURE: Cole Gibsen on Books and Memory + A Giveaway :)

A big welcome to
Cole Gibsen
whose debut novel
releases March 8, 2012
from Flux

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)

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.
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
*3 Winners
*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 :)


  1. I think past lives is a cool concept. Thanks for the giveaway! epicbooknerd(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. What a great post and concept. And seriously how cute is the coffee sleeve?

  3. Reincarnation is really intriguing...and mind boggling. A hard concept to wrap your brain around.

  4. I think reincarnation is very possible. Just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean it has never happened. I think anything is possible. Tore923@aol.com

  5. I find the idea of reincarnation fascinatingand I do beleive its possible .

  6. I have always believed in reincarnation and I love reading books about it.

  7. Hey there! I'm not entering in this giveaway, but I thought I'd mention I'm having a giveaway of John Green's The Fault in our Stars (and it's signed, too!) on my blog. Please come by, if you get a chance!

  8. Such cute prizes in the giveaway! Your book looks very interesting, Cole. I've added it to my TBR list.
    I don't necessarily believe in the idea of past lives, but at times I'll meet someone and feel as if I already know them somehow.

  9. As I've gotten older I've started hoping that I had past lives. That would mean that I will continue in the future! I just wish we were aware of all of them. That would be very interesting!
    Mary Ann

  10. I think that our present personality could be a result of our past lives.I didn't belive in past live before but now I think reincarnation is possible.

    Thank you for the giveaway! I can't wait to read Katana.

  11. That coffee sleeve is ridiculously awesome. If I win it, my past-life selves will be jealous.

  12. I'd love to be reincarnated. Especially if I could remember all my past lives!

  13. I love stories about past lives. Think the concept is fascinating. Love, love the hair clips. Thanks for the giveaway.


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