Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First Anniversary Jamboree!

Welcome to Day Two of the Mavens' First Anniversary Jamboree! Thanks so much for hanging out with us the past year. We've enjoyed sharing successes, frustrations, and milestones. Here's to another year!

We've asked our favorite authors to answer some burning questions and every day this week we're giving you the inside scoop. Be sure to read the bonus question and answer Monday through Thursday for the chance to win fabulous prizes. And please, share your own answers...if you dare!

If banished to a desert island, what one book would you take along?

Alesia Holliday

How to Build a Raft and Escape Desert Islands

Debra Dixon

Check out Debra's YA story in the WITCH HIGH anthology coming in October. Debra's Belle Books has great summer titles available and is excited about the launch of Belle Bridge Books.

The omnibus edition of THE BLACK JEWELS trilogy by Anne Bishop

Tanya Michaels, author of A DAD FOR HER TWINS, a "State of Parenthood" book from Harlequin American Romance, in stores Sept 08! (Tanya's also a speaker at RWA this year!)

Just one?! Probably Crazy for You or Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. They make me laugh no matter how many times I've read them. But there are lots of other great books that I would try to sneak along with me!

Jennifer Haymore

Oooh, that’s a hard one. Probably the thickest complete encyclopedia out there, so I could use it to help me survive. But if the island was well stocked, I’d probably take Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Julie Leto

Well, I've always actually wanted to read the Bible from cover to cover, so maybe that would be my incentive. If not, the Complete Works of Shakespeare. There's always something new to discover there, too.

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

Oh, tough one. Maybe Atlas Shrugged, because the inspirational message of the power of hard work would spur me to find a way off the island. Plus it would take a good month or two to really read it, and not skim the seventeen page orations at the end.

The Norton Anthology of World Literature. (I stole mine from my senior high school English class because I couldn't bear to part with it.)

The Children by Edith Wharton. I could read that book over and over and over again. Which obviously I would have to if that were the only book I could take along...

Virginia Henley

The Magnificent Century by Thomas B. Costain and The Walsingham Woman by Jan Westcott.

Today's Prize Questions are (today we have two questions, and two winners!):

In your comment, correctly guess the authors and you'll be entered in a drawing for a cool prize! (In the event no one gets all answers correct, the person with the most will win. In the event of a tie, we'll draw.)

Which author has traveled the farthest - all the way to the Orkneys, north of Scotland?

Virginia Henley
Anna Campbell
Julie Leto
Tanya Michaels
Angie Fox

Which three authors have been to the Philippines?
Tessa Dare
Teri Brown
Alesia Holliday
Amie Stuart
Jennifer Haymore
Karen Lingefelt


Vicki said...

Ooh, I'm so not sure on this one, but here goes:

Anna Campbell - Scotland
Karen Lingefelt - Philippines

I'm loving this week of questions and answers.

Carrie Ryan said...

I never know what to answer for this question -- it would have to be something REALLY long. Maybe the complete works of Shakespeare. Or something more useful-- how to survive on a desert island...

Erica Ridley said...

Furthest I've traveled? Uhhh... I'm maptarded, so I'm not sure whether Costa Rica, Hungary, or Morocco is further (farther?) from Tampa. Hmm.

As for the desert island, I would bring... a kindle!!! Muahahahaha!!! (Er... I hope the desert island has wifi so I can download new books...)

Tessa Dare said...

Congrats on the anniversary, Mavens! I won't enter the contest -that would be cheating. But I'm so honored to have been included! You guys have a great blog going here, and you should be so proud of your year.

See you in SF!

Elyssa Papa said...

Happy Anniversary, Mavens!!!

Here are my guesses:

Anna Campbell---Scotland

Tessa Dare, Alesia Holliday, Jennifer Haymore---Phillipines

The one book I would bring would be Survival Guide for Dummies. Because seriously, I would be dead in a few days if I don't know how to fish, get water, etc.

Farthest place I've traveled to is London, England.

Jackie Barbosa said...

Like Erica, I'm sort of map-challenged, so I don't think I'm smart enough to figure out which is farthest overall...but I've traveled west as far as Greece and east as far as Thailand. They don't quite meet in the middle, which means one must be further than the other, but I'm too lazy to figure out which.

Desert island book...I'm going with the Iliad and the Odyssey in Greek. Given my Greek is over 20 years old, it'll take up a lot of my time trying to remember all of that stuff so I can actually read them :).

Bill Clark said...

That pesky desert island! Hey, if it has wifi, as Erica suggests, I'll just bring my MacBook (it counts as a book, right?) and surf the internet, do my email, write a blog, read the Collected Works of the Manuscript Mavens, along with those of Shakespeare, Chaucer, etc., etc.

Then I'd write a book about my experiences on the desert island and email it off to a publisher and tell my agent to use the proceeds to charter a large, well-provisioned yacht to come and pick me up and take me home after circumnavigating the globe two or three times to be sure I hit all the exotic ports of call that might qualify me to win a prize on this blog. =)

Darcy Burke said...

I don't think I can pick just one book to bring. I like Tessa's idea of an anthology (I remember that one too!), but the survival guide would probably be key for me. Oh, who am I kidding? I'd be dead from some exotic insect bite in about five minutes.

Furthest I've been is Inverness, Scotland. Beautiful place. Nearly unintelligible accents. Loved it.

lacey kaye said...

My (terrible) guesses:

Q#1: Virginia Henley

Q#2: Tessa Dare, Karen Lingefelt, Alesia Holliday

kimmyl said...

Anna Campbell - Scotland
Alesia Holliday, Tessa Dare, Amie Stuart- Phillippines

Amie Stuart said...

Happy Anniversary mavens!!!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Mavens, what a fun game! My vote goes for the raft-building book! ;-)

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