Saturday, October 02, 2010

Party with Sydney Salter

Sydney Salter joins the party!

I met Sydney just over a year ago when we did a couple of signings together in Utah with Wendy Toliver and Aprilynne Pike. I love her sense of humor. Sydney loves reading, writing, traveling, cooking - but not cleaning the kitchen - and chocolate. She's the author of MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, JUNGLE CROSSING, and SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Here's the lowdown on SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK:

You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. Now she’s just trying to survive her summer job at Wild Waves western-themed water park (under the supervision of ex #3 Sawyer Holmes) and focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in for the summer –think of all the great advice she’ll get.

But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up at Wild Waves, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman? And why, despite her best intentions, does Polly keep letting boys get in the way of her relationship with her best friend Jane?

No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for what happens when Jane convinces her to go on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself. After all, true happiness doesn’t come from a boy. It comes from within. Well, maybe it a little bit comes from a boy . . .

And now, her reading:

Your compound number values are nineteen, ten, and eighteen.

Ten is a number of honor, of faith and of self-confidence. Ten is a fortunate number that indicates that one’s plans are likely to be carried out – however, it is symbolized by the wheel of fortune, which can signal a rise and fall in success.

SS: I do tend to carry out my plans—I am a stubborn, butt-in-chair writer. I don’t always feel confident, but I tend to fight through those negative thoughts, so I guess that’s faith. Rising and falling success? Yes, I’ve experienced that too. And from now on I’m going to blame the number ten for my rollercoaster publishing ride!

Eighteen is an ambiguous number. It can be a warning of materialism striving to destroy the spiritual side of nature, but it can also indicate counsel and the promise of being led in the right direction if one listens to the guidance they are given.

SS: Did you talk to my mother? I’ve been pretty independent since my toddler years—or so my family claims. But I am learning how to listen and learn, especially as a writer. I treasure the advice my agent and editor give me regarding my stories. As for materialism—do books count? I don’t have many clothes, shoes, or jewelry, but books… I guess I’ve killed a lot of trees.

Nineteen is symbolized as "the Sun." It indicates power and clarity, happiness, success, esteem and honor. People influenced by this number tend to have good friends and dislike pretense. Their lives are generally comfortable and lucky.

SS: I do not like pretense! Ugh. I try really hard to be myself and spend time with other authentic people. So I guess I am lucky because I have a lovely family and equally lovely friends—and those folks do make me feel happy and successful (no matter what my Amazon ranking says!).

Your name number vibration is one.

The number one indicates someone who is creative, independent, original, individual. Ones are good self-starters and natural leaders. Ones show interest in the arts, such as singing, acting, writing, painting, and love to curl up with a good book.

SS: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes. My goal is to become an interesting, slightly eccentric, old lady. Nothing interests me more than the arts—I love museums, theater, concerts, and writing, of course. And I can’t remember the last time I went a day without reading.

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Today's daily giveaway is a signed copy of SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK.