Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Author: Shannon Greenland Guest and Giveaway!

For the first time in eBook format, brought to you by JKS Communications...

Model Spy (The Specialists #1)
Shannon Greenland

Genre: Contemporary young adult
Page Count: 205
Release Date: 10 May 2007
Speak (Penguin)

Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system. But a few hours later, her whole life changes. She is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn't your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn't overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she's sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!

How Much of My Real Life is in My Books

When I decided to be a writer, everyone told me, “Write about what you know.” That’s a great idea, but after a while, things kind of get tapped out. Plus, what fun is it to write about something from my real life? I read to get lost in the wonderful world of a story. I write for the same reason.

But let’s back track a little bit. Most of my readers know I got my start in romantic suspense. My first novel takes place on a Florida island that I happened to live on at the time I wrote the novel. For my second, I drew on my experiences with Up With People to create a story that takes place on a rock tour. In my third, my heroine is a spelunker, which I happen to be as well. So when I look at those first three novels, I really did write about what I knew.

Fast forward to my teen series The Specialists and it is in no way connected to my real life, but there are bits and pieces of the characters I totally relate to. And there are scenes that are, in tiny ways, connected to me.

When I was creating my spy cast: GiGi, Wirenut, Beaker, Parrot, Mystic, and Bruiser, I thought about all the students I’ve taught over the years. I thought about their personalities, their ups, their downs. I took the looks from this student, the laughter from that one, the sarcasm from this one, the sweetness of that one... and used them to create a dynamic cast of teen spies.

About the Author

Shannon Greenland dreaded reading and writing as a kid. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author. Her 5-book series for young adults, The Specialists, as well as her other novels, received such honors as National Booksellers Best, Daphne du Maurier and Romantic Times recognition, National Readers Choice, CAPA nominee, Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion and the Popular Paperback award from the American Library Association.

Penguin launched Greenland’s latest novel The Summer My Life Began in May 2012, and brings her entire spy series to electronic format this winter.

When not writing, Shannon’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, spelunking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing... she’s done it all.

Originally from Tennessee, the world traveler divides her time between Florida and Virginia where she mentors, tutors, and teaches math and gives authors talks at area schools.


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