Let’s meet this week’s spotlighted author… Dale Ibitz
Dale Ibitz was born in Oxford, Connecticut, grew up in the state of Washington, and then re-located back to Connecticut as an adult. Always a lover of books, she spent much of her childhood reading, visiting the library (her best friend’s mother was a librarian…how convenient), and writing. She majored in English at Central Connecticut State University, and while Dale holds a full-time day job where she’s immersed in the dry life of writing contracts, she’s been writing young adult fantasy and mid-grade contemporary for seventeen years (on the side, of course).
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?
- Chocolate, and lots of it. Maybe like a magical chocolate fountain that never runs out. A girl’s got to eat.
- The entire Lords of the Underworld series (because a girl’s got to keep warm at night 🙂
- A match, for just about everything else.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
5:00 a.m. Up and at ‘em!.
Get ready for work, get the kids ready for school. Sneak in a bit of chocolate, because really, who wants to start their day without it?
6:30 a.m. Rush out the door to catch the bus to work.
On the bus I write on my netbook. Or, if the battery is dead, read on my Nook. Or, if my Nook is dead, stare out the window and hate myself for not charging my batteries.
7:45 a.m. Arrive at work.
Work, work, work all the live-long day. Sneak in bits of chocolate to keep me going throughout the day, because really, who can survive without it?
5:00 – or 5:30 p.m. (timing depends on how miserable my day is) Catch the bus home. See comment for 6:30 a.m. on how I spend the bus ride.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Arrive home.
Cook, chauffeur, clean, read.
10:00 p.m. Asleep before my head hits the pillow.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
To be invisible. I always thought it would be kind of glamorous to be a spy; I would totally rock at being a spy if I could vanish on a whim.
One food you would never eat?
Snails. Ew and ick and everything in between.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Haley is a girl that most teens can relate to (a little lost, a little confused, and a little shy), not to mention the little bit of evil, little bit of romance, little bit of mystery, and little bit of action in the entire Last Moon Rising Series.
Strong Blood (Last Moon Rising # 2)
The war between nature’s gods continues to rage on Eyidora and Haley, descendant of the Air Eyid, struggles with her own battles. She’s mired in a battle with Ian, the Fire Eyid descendant, over the lost Eyid stones. She needs the stones to stop the war, and he needs the stones to destroy Eyidora. She knows where the Land Eyid stone is hidden, and she races to Tamoor to find it before Ian does.
Haley still doesn’t trust Tuggin, the stone-faced Eyidoran assigned to protect her. As a Menta witch, he’s adept at lying, mind-control, and killing. Even though Haley is starting to believe that Tuggin may be serving more than one master, she continues to battle her feelings for him, never sure which duty he feels most inclined to serve.
But Haley’s biggest battle of all comes when she meets Luke and Telsa, twins with undeniable strength. Haley invites them to join her on her mission to find the Land Eyid stone. Has she put her trust in someone who may be just as dark and dangerous as Ian, the descendant of Fire himself?
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