June 15, 2006

B4B Finalists (Followed by Repugnant Prancings)

That Buffy-Lovin' Groove Thang we like to call Our Special! Guest! Blogger! Angel!
has come through with b4b finalists in a month that was jam-packed with entries. Trala.

Remember, the winner will receive the adoration of the masses™, a link from my site, the right to be a Special! Guest! Blogger! and, last but MOST, autographed copes of BOTH of Shanna Swendson's MAGICAL novels, Enchanted, Inc and the sequel, Once Upon Stilettos.


Here's Angel:

Hi Joshilyn! There were THIRTY entries; I guess there was something magical about this topic ;)
Here are my top 7—I’m just glad the tropical storm didn’t come too close and hamper my judging duties. This was so incredibly difficult to narrow down!

Sandra Taylor
Daddy Tales
Cheeky Lotus
Her Green Figs
Cynical Optimism
Embroider the Silence
In Full Bloom

THANKS, ANGEL. I see some returning finalists on this list, as well as a blog that is sneakily trying to weasel its way into being one of my daily reads...this is going to be tough for Shanna.

I am going to quietly under the B4B foo-fa-rol whisper two of the other good newses I got because some of y'all asked in comments, and if I act as SMUG as a cat with a buttered canary feather still stuck to his lips, then blame Diane and Angel and DebR and Martha and Dara and Dee and Liz. I will try to sprinkle the last one in unobtrusively over the next week..

AOL's Book Maven, Bethanne Patrick, is currently touring the country giving her recommended summer reads, INCLUDING BETWEEN, GEORGIA (!!!) to television stations all across the nation. She read gods in Alabama right when it came out and really liked it and did an interview with me and stuff, so I was SO hoping she woudl like Between, too...here is what she said:

Between, Georgia'
By Joshilyn Jackson
Jackson's 2005 'gods in Alabama' (the small "g" is on purpose) seemed like another sunny-side-up Southern-fried novel -- only it wasn't. Same here -- eccentric and family-bound characters are where Jackson's similarities with others ends. Here, the story of the conflicted yet determined Nonny Frett will charm and disturb in equal measures.

I love that part about "charm and disturb in equal measures." I feel like she GETS me. *grin* If you want to see Bethanne's OTHER recs, you can go here or just sit down now and start channel surfing until you find her on her TV tour . And you should because CLEARLY she has EXQUISITE taste in novels. *cough*

ALSO, as desi and Susan pointed out in Comments, I was on Atlanta and Company, Co-hosted by Ryan Cameron and HOLLY! FIRFER! who lights up my mornings on Dave FM with this funny guy named Barnes that I secretly think has a sexy voice and did I say the quiet part out loud again? I don't really like SONGS, (you know, I am dead inside, etc etc) but Dave is my default kid-free radio station as they play mostly songs I know all the words to, and I like words. ANYWAY. Holly Firfer's book club read gods in Alabama, and she was all SPONTANEOUSLY talking about it on her TV show, LIKE THREE TIMES she brought up my book, saying how some months she didn't finish her book club's selections but how with gods in Alabama, she couldn't put it down. Can we pause here? I have to step away from the computer and do a speck of unendurable preening...


Ahem. I'm back. ANYWAY. A friend who works there heard her talking about my book and gave me both a heads up and the producer's phone number, SO, I boldly called the producer and said, "HEY! Holly Firfer was JUST talking about how she liked my book and PS did you know I am local and coming out in paperback in a MONTH and then I have a NEW book in July and I would LOVE to come on if you want to have me." The producer, Mary, was SO NICE! And BOOKED ME!

IF YOU MUST, you can see the interview here, but I hope you don't go watch it because I am SPOOKY. If you DO go watch it, just keep your eyes on Holly, who is certified adorable. I think I will go watch it myself though, because NOTHING stops my unendurable preening like being reminded that I look like a googly-eyed insane monster on television. Seriously. Every time I see me on TV, I want to spoon feed me liquid lithium or maybe dart me and tag my ear and release me to the island Where the Wild Things Are.

Posted by joshilyn at June 15, 2006 1:51 PM

Not googly-eyed or monstrous at all! Articulate and adorable, those are the adjectives I'd use. AND if I didn't know you I'd buy the book based on the interview. So. Yay you! ;)

Posted by: Amy-Go at June 15, 2006 2:56 PM

I second Amy-Go! The interview as terrific, and you sold me on your new book (they nearly blow the town to pieces? Cool!). But I have to say it is disconcerting to hear your voice talking outside my head after reading your blog daily for so long. And then to have your voice accompanied by a whole body that moves! But it was fun to see you, and your preening is well-deserved.

Posted by: Mel at June 15, 2006 3:11 PM

You are ADORABLE! Thanks for posting that link to your interview! I am hoping today I will get to start reading your book...yesterday turned into a different adventure.

Posted by: tori at June 15, 2006 3:12 PM

First of all, congrats to the B4B finalists. I see some of my favorites on there as well as some new-to-me folks. Looking forward to seeing who Shanna chooses!

And yay, Joss, for the good newses! Cool!!

I tried watching the interview, but the video portion didn't seem to want to work corectly for me. Even when I tried to play it through a second time I kept getting a series of stills instead of smooth video, but at least the sound worked so I was able to listen to it. Mostly a good interview, although I briefly wondered if you wanted to slap HF for the "where do you get your ideas?" question. :-)

Posted by: DebR at June 15, 2006 4:33 PM

I'm so excited! I got notification from Chapters.ca that Between, Georgia SHIPPED TODAY!

I'd already ordered it SIGNED from the Alabama Booksmith... completely forgetting that as a crazed and devoted and slightly neurotic fan... I had pre-ordered it the instant it went up on Chapters.ca

Now I have TWO!

Funny... I did the EXACT same thing with gods.

Posted by: Heather Cook at June 15, 2006 5:01 PM

Yay! I made Finalist!

Congrats Joshilyn on all your good news too!

Posted by: Sandra Tayler at June 15, 2006 5:27 PM

Angel - Thanks for the finalist vote! :)

Joss - I LOVED the interview and laughed my hind parts off when she asked where you got your ideas. They just can't help asking it, can they? I've always wanted to look someone straight in the eye and say, "Well, as a matter of fact... you." Heh.

Posted by: dragonfly at June 15, 2006 5:43 PM

Joshilyn -
I'm a newbie to your site and am thrilled to be in the finals of B4B! This is the first writing contest I've ever entered, though I've always wanted to! What a thrill to see my lil' ole blog listed there - thanks for putting this together. Watched your interview and loved it! I'm always secretly intimidated by authors, thinking they must just think in prose and iambic pentameter or something and that they are never "real" people who do dishes, and laundry, and bite their fingernails and such. You came across so real in your interview and I know it must be hard to watch yourself, but I did not see a google-eyed monster at all! I saw a lovely gal who loves a great story and would be fun to chat with at the local coffe shop if she lived in my home town! I'll be adding your books to my summer reading pile. :)

Posted by: KimG at June 15, 2006 6:55 PM

Great interview, Joshilyn! You are SO not spooky. You are the quintessential Southern-girl-next-door. Contrary to others, I thought it amusing that Holly asked where you get your stories. That has to be (from what I hear from published writer) THE most often asked question ever. Of course, after the first hundred times, I suppose it could get old. Still. YAY, YOU!

Oh. And HF? YUM!!

Posted by: David at June 15, 2006 7:18 PM

Dude, you are only spooky as in spooky-gorgeous and spooky-witty... And I love the idea of God getting a three-fer...

Posted by: Cornelia Read at June 15, 2006 8:40 PM

Ahhh! Superstar!!

You looked totally cute and held your own so well!

Also, yay for the finalists! Especially moi. May I preen beside you?

Posted by: Lena at June 15, 2006 10:00 PM

Hey! I know her!

I think that was a very nice interview! Not spooky or googly eyed at all!

And really, not to sound all stalker-y but after reading you every day, seeing you on a TV interview was like seeing the next door neighbor talking to Matt Lauer or something. Very exciting!

I'm with Mel. I was looking forward to getting around to reading it before. Now I feel like I must have it on 7/3! Good pimping!

Posted by: Em at June 15, 2006 11:17 PM

Thanks for the nod! I can't believe I am actually a finalist! There were so many good ones!

Joshilyn, thanks for putting out the interview. It was so neat to hear you speak. Now I can put a voice to your words. You were terrific and have every right to preen!

Posted by: Kim at June 15, 2006 11:20 PM

What a wonderful interview! I know everyone commented on the "where did you get your ideas" question, but I was wicked impressed with you wanting to be an "actor" instead of an "actress". As a former theatre person myself, I've always thought that an actor was a person commited to the craft of acting, whereas an "actress" was...less reputable. You don't hear "doctress" or "nurseress" or "teacheress", so why be an "actress"? But that's just me. I'm odd in many other ways as well, come to think about it...but I love both your books, so that's a point in my favor, I hope! We can't wait to start selling "Between"!

Posted by: Fran at June 15, 2006 11:53 PM

Oh my goodness, could you be more adorable???? I can't imagine anyone meeting you and not being charmed immediately :)

Congratulations on the much-deserved publicity!

Posted by: Angel at June 16, 2006 12:08 AM

yay, have influence over best-selling author!

your good news is GREAT, and none of us are slotty :)

Loved the interview- think I want to be Holly Firfer btw- you came across as warm and funny and interesting. I liked it when she said 'boy or girl?', you said 'girl' and she said congratulations...could just hear you saying 'yeah, I like her...' LOL :)

Posted by: diane at June 16, 2006 7:21 AM

I am DEAD OF LOVE!!!!!!! Oh my LORD how cute you are...How bizarre that over this past year that I have been fawning over and adoring you that I've never heard or seen you except in pictures. I think I was afraid you would not live up to the imagine in my head...lol.

But you are beyond precious!!!! Your voice is lovely and you are articulate and fun and I just want to pour you a big salty rimmed margarita and sit on a beach chair with toes in the sand and talk about boys with you!


Posted by: Angela at June 16, 2006 9:10 AM

Spooky, my patootie! You are just too adorable for words. GREAT interview, and if possible, it made me look forward even more to reading Between.

Posted by: Aimee at June 16, 2006 10:25 AM

I couldn't get the video to work either, but I'm sure you were adorable, engaging, and articulate. In fact, you're so all of those things in my imagination that maybe I shouldn't really watch the i/v, because we don't want the "real" you to ruin my "imaginary" you.

Kidding, kidding, girl!

Congrats on all the happening buzz. I can't wait to get my hands on Between (doesn't that sound a bit naughty?).

Posted by: Edgy Mama at June 16, 2006 10:27 AM

Chiming in along with everyone else on the not spooky, adorable! chorus. I loved when you said you like a "big scoop of plot;" it sounded just like...you!

Posted by: elswhere at June 16, 2006 9:16 PM