Friday, October 01, 2010

Party with Lisa McMann

Kicking off the TRANCE countdown party is author extraordinaire, Lisa McMann.

Lisa is the award-winning author of the NYT bestselling WAKE series. She was born and raised in Michigan, but moved to the Phoenix area with her husband and children in 2004. I've had the pleasure of meeting Lisa on several occasions, and I can tell you, she is as genuine and funny in person as she appears online. She was kind enough to read an early version of TRANCE and give me a quote for the front cover. How cool is that?

Lisa' next book, CRYER'S CROSS, hits the shelves in February. Watch for it! Here's the official blurb:

The small town of Cryer's Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain.

When a second student goes missing - someone close to Kendall’s heart - the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school - messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there - Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions.

Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross - and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

Lisa's reading and reaction:

Your compound value number are twelve and twenty-two.

Twelve is a higher octave of the number three. It is considered to be the ancient number of completion and is an indicator of great understanding and creative capacity. Twelve can also foreshadow one being sacrificed for the plans or intrigues of others.

Lisa: Okay, so how cool is this? All this time I thought I was clueless but it turns out I have great understanding. I can dig it. But the best part: I totally want to be sacrificed for the plans or intrigues of others! And I'm totally writing that book.

Twenty-two is a master number. It is a powerful number and often known as the Master Builder. Twenty-two’s are idealists and visionaries with the ability to manifest dreams into reality through vision and faith. It can also be a warning number, however, indicating a good person, a dreamer of dreams, who can become stuck in a fool's paradise.

Lisa: You've GOT to be making this up. All this dream talk is pretty dead on, no? "Manifest dreams into reality through vision and faith?" Right on. "Dreamer of dreams?" If I'm in a fool's paradise, don't tell me! Cuz it's awesome here.

Your name number is three. The number three indicates someone who is artistic, social, friendly, but in some cases, wasteful. Threes tend to be creative, sensitive, ambitious and intuitive.

All of the above. Including wasteful.

Fun times, Gerb!

Thanks for partying, Lisa!

You can read more about Lisa at her website,

Today's party prize: An advanced readers copy of WAKE UNTO ME by Lisa Cache.