Saturday, December 14, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Polly Holyoke (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

I now know where did debut author Polly Holyoke got her inspiration in writing her novel, The Neptune Project! Check it out below and learn 13 cool random facts!

Polly Holyoke

13 Random Facts

1. I was bitten by a rattlesnake while I was hiking in the desert in Utah.

2. I hate lima beans.

3. I’ve been swimming with domesticated dolphins in Florida and wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii.

4. I’ve climbed 48 out of the 54 highest peaks in Colorado. I’m proud of that fact because I’m scared of heights.

5. I think it’s easier to write an entire novel than to write one good poem. 

6. I blew out my knee and have someone else’s Achilles tendon in it (thank you, kind organ donor)!

7. I cry in movies, all the time.

8. I love teaching at our local historical society, and I often do it in period costume. I do a particularly fine Molly Brown impersonation.

9. I love to sing but am SO frustrated that I don’t have a bigger voice. 

(Sidenote: I know the feeling, trust me.)

10. My father and I used to build igloos together and then used them for winter camping.

11. I can read French well but speak it horribly.

12. My house is infested with pets. We currently have three dogs, two cats and two parakeets.

13. I’m a chronic book-aholic. There are stacks of books all over our house. At one point I was in four different book clubs. Now I’m too busy with Neptune stuff to read as much, and I’ve cut my book clubs back to two!


More about Polly!

I grew up in Colorado and love hiking, camping and skiing in the mountains. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont, and earned my teaching certificate from the University of Colorado. I taught middle school social studies for almost a decade before leaving teaching to concentrate on my writing career. I've always LOVED reading and wrote my first book, RUSTLERS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY, with my best friend when I was in fifth grade. This remarkable tale about two little girls outwitting horse thieves never was published, but it did get me hooked on writing stories.

My husband introduced me to scuba diving, and I've been fortunate enough to dive all over the world. Like my heroine, Nere, I am claustrophobic, though, so I don't dive in wrecks or lava tubes anymore.

Find her: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads * Pinterest

Check out Polly's debut novel!

The Neptune Project
(The Neptune Project #1)
by Polly Holyoke

Published May 21st 2013 by Disney/Hyperion Book

Blurb (Goodreads):
With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.

The Escapist

Head over to Oops! I Read A Book Again for debut author Chrissie Peria!

Yesterday: Margaux Froley (Escape Theory) and Jessica Verdi (My Life After Now)
Tomorrow: Lisa Voisin (The Watcher) and Liesl Shurtliff (Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

- copy of The Neptune Project
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