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Beyond … Of Nightmares: The Poet Anderson Universe

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As we wrap-up our week-long feature spotlighting Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young, we wanted to give you a little taste of what else is available in the Poet Anderson TransMedia universe:

Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker Animated Short Film

This award-winning animated short film also features original music from Angels & airwaves. The novel … Of Nightmares is a prequel of sorts to the film. Here’s a preview:

Poet Anderson Graphic Novel Series

There are currently three graphic novels available in the Poet Anderson universe:

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… Of Nightmares Original EP

Featuring four original songs by Angels & Airwaves, the EP doubles as a soundtrack to the … Of Nightmares novel. Here’s one of the songs on the album:

Discover more online at To The Stars Media.


Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares: Exclusive Flash Questions with Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young

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Today, we have an exclusive round of flash questions with the authors of Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares, Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young. Thanks for stopping by, guys!

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016Take-out food of choice?

Tom: Bean, rice and cheese burrito from Sombrero’s

Suzanne: Pizza, obviously.

Flying car or hoverboard?

Tom: Hoverboard

Suzanne: Flying car.

Snack or drink you must have when writing/creating?

Tom: 3 pump iced vanilla latte

Suzanne: Diet Pepsi and spicy snack mix.

tom delongeFavorite Disney movie?

Tom: Wall-e

Suzanne: Original Cinderella

The beach or the mountains?

Tom: Beach

Suzanne: Mountains

Song that can always get you dancing?

Tom: Anything by the Descendants

Suzanne: “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend

suzanne young bwFavorite Halloween candy?

Tom: sour patch kids

Suzanne: Still candy corn

French fries or tater tots?

Tom: Carne Asada French fries

Suzanne: Tater tots! Especially Totchos—tater tot nachos.

Favorite villain?

Tom: Darth Vader

Suzanne: He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Favorite piece of clothing?

Tom: G-star jacket

Suzanne: Changing Hands Bookstore T-shirt

Private concert: who’s playing? (Alive or dead.)

Tom: Fugazi

Suzanne: Hm… Probably Eddie Vedder

Thanks again to Tom and Suzanne for taking the time to answer our flash questions today!

Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares: Q&A with Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young

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Want to know more about what inspired the world of Poet Anderson, and the collaboration between Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young? Today, we have a Q&A provided by To The Stars Media to help shed some light on the book Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares and the bigger project it’s a part of!

tom delongeWhat inspired the storyline of Poet Anderson and is there a character that you most identify with?

Tom: I saw a fascinating documentary about the study of nightmares at Stanford University. It talked about nightmares preparing human beings for real world events. It instantly made me think of my already existing character Poet Anderson, a post-punk and introverted kid from a rainy downtown Seattle. He’s a lucid dreamer, somebody that can see a better world, even if there is a myriad of conflict. Yes, a character that I see a lot of myself in. From the days of when I had much longer bangs. Ha.

Lucid dreaming plays a key part in the storyline, have you ever experience a lucid dream? What attracted you to the role that dreams play in our lives?

Tom: There are two main reasons that attracted me to dreams. I have had lucid dreams in the past where I can’t get these pictures out of my head to this day; wondering what they meant, and what the hell they were. I am also a daydreamer by trade, and I spend every waking hour thinking about how to improve my future, my environment, and my experience.

suzanne young bwSuzanne, what is your take on Lucid Dreaming?

Suzanne: I wish I could lucid dream. I read up on the act itself, and there are some who don’t believe it’s possible and others who think it’s a learned skill. I’d like to believe that a true lucid dreamer can modify and change his/her dream, but then again, if we all had the skill, how many of us would wake up again? It’s almost like virtual reality. But in the case of POET ANDERSON, it’s an actual reality.

Tom, the novel is part of what you call a Poet Anderson TransMedia experience. Can you explain what other media assets you have created that help tell the story and how … Of Nightmares fits into it?

Tom: I believe the future of art is the convergence of film, music, and publishing. This will create new ways for people’s imaginations to be immersed into new worlds and new ways of thinking. This is called TransMedia, a cohesive mix of various mediums of art working together leading to a much grander experience for the audience.

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016How does the novel fit in to the Poet Anderson TransMedia universe?

Suzanne: The novel tells the origin story, introducing a young adult version of Poet Anderson. We know he’s going to be a serious bad-ass, but right now, he’s Jonas Anderson and he just wants his brother and he to live their lives. Then a Night Terror and a bunch of Dream Walkers show up and throw his life into total upheaval. He grows from here, but this was a great place for him to start.

Program, TheSuzanne, some of your other novels have heavy emotional themes. Does that carry into Poet Anderson at all?

Suzanne: Most of my books are about loss and grief, and I think one of the more interesting aspects of this book, in addition to the world Tom created, is the relationship between Jonas and Alan Anderson. That sense of belonging to no one can be a driving force. Some of us have to create our own families. So I think in that aspect, fans of The Program series will connect to the emotions that Poet Anderson will stir up.

Tom, have you always wanted to write a novel? How was the experience for you?

Tom: When I was younger I could never find the desire to read. I cheated over and over and never read one book in school. Out of all of the books they had given us, in all of my years of school, I never read one of them. As Blink-182 got popular, I started to realize what really made me excited about art was the way people felt when they came together, quite an epiphany for me. I became fascinated by the world of film, books, and music coming together. Hitting somebody with a 360° bat of art on the head. Angels and Airwaves was the genesis of that. Now, whenever I have any time at all, I find myself reading anything I can get my hands on, and trying to learn something of value.

Tune in tomorrow when we have an EXCLUSIVE rapid fire question round with both Tom & Suzanne … it’s super fun!

Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young: Release Day Celebration & Contest

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Today we continue our week-long feature on Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young with a release day celebration!


Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young is now available in stores everywhere!

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.

Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

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Sneak Peeks:

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About the Authors:

tom delongeTom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. For the full experience of Tom’s work, visit

Facebook | Twitter @TomDeLonge | Instagram @TomDeLonge

suzanne young bwSuzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY.

Blog | Twitter @suzanne_young | Instagram @authorsuzanneyoung


Prizing is provided by the publisher, hosts are not responsible.

Must be 13 or older and have parental permission if under 17. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited by law.

Be sure to check out our own contest HERE for more chances to win great prizes!

Don’t miss Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young signing copies of Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares in these select cities:

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares Release Week Contest

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Today, we are excited to kick-off a week-long feature for Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares, a fantastical new book from best-selling author Suzanne Young and musician/filmmaker Tom DeLonge (you know him from Blink 182, and more recently from Angels & Airwaves).

The book comes out tomorrow, and Suzanne and Tom will be making select appearances to sign copies of Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares in these cities:

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Learn more here.

To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a signed limited edition of the book, plus a CD and poster!

To enter, tell us in the comments below about your most memorable dream (or nightmare) — then fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to complete your entry and earn more chances to win.

Contest ends at midnight (PT) on Monday, October 12th. U.S. only.

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016Here’s more about Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares:

Jonas Anderson and his older brother Alan are Lucid Dreamers. But after a car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: An Interview with Author Michelle Cuevas & Imaginary Friend Jacques Papier

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Today we have a very special Q&A … between author Michelle Cuevas and Jacques Papier, the imaginary friend whose “memoir” she told in Confessions of an Imaginary Friend, in stores now.

confessions of an imaginary friendINTERVIEWER: I’m here today with Jacques Papier: memoirist imaginary friend, and hero of the new novel Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. Jacques, welcome!

JACQUES PAPIER: I’m so happy to be here. I mean… I’m not actually HERE here, since I’m imaginary, but you know, in the theoretical way I’m happy to be “here.”

Wait, sorry… what was the question?

INTERVIEWER: We’re also joined by Michelle Cuevas, the author who wrote Jacques’ tale into book form. Michelle, could you tell us a bit about what drew you to Jacques’ story?

MICHELLE CUEVAS: Hi, thanks for having us! Well, I suppose I’ve always been drawn to books like The Velveteen Rabbit, songs like “Puff The Magic Dragon,” movies like Toy Story. I’ve always been interested in work that explores what it means to be “real.”

INTERVIEWER: And Jacques, what inspired you to tell your tale?

author: Michelle Cuevas; photographer: Carlyle Massey

author: Michelle Cuevas; photographer: Carlyle Massey

JP: I guess I just wanted there to be a story out there for everyone who has ever felt like I did; everyone who has felt unseen and invisible at some point in their lives. Some people probably feel like that right now. And I wanted them to know that they’re not alone.

Also, I’d like to meet Oprah.

INTERVIEWER: Speaking of backstory, Michelle, a little birdy told me that you had some imaginary friends of your own as a child?

MC: Jacques! I told you not to tell anyone!

JP: I’m sorry. But those names…

MC: Okay, okay, fine. I did. And their names were… Poodie and LaLa.

JP: I told you the names were ridiculous!!

MC: It’s true. One was a dragon and one looked like an old rag doll. I used to throw these very elaborate tea parties all the time. I was like the Jay Gatsby of tea parties, and they would always be there.

INTERVIEWER: Jacques, if you had one piece of advice for our readers, what would it be?

JP: You’re only as invisible as you feel, imaginary or not.

Oh, and don’t ever tell anyone the names of the imaginary friends you had as a kid. You’ll never live it down.

INTERVIEWER: Michelle, if you had a piece of advice for aspiring writers out there, imaginary or not, what would it be?

MC: I would say find the story that it feels impossible for you NOT to tell. I think the best experience is when a book gives you a feeling of coming back home as you’re writing it, which this story did for me.

INTERVIEWER: Thank you, Jacques and Michelle, for joining us!

MC & JP: Thanks so much for having us!

Michelle Cuevas and Jacque Papier’s new novel, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier is now available from Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler: Mermaid Monday Exclusive Quote Graphics & Contest

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Today, we’re excited to be hosting a stop on “Mermaid Monday” –– celebrating the upcoming release on June 2nd of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. It’s all leading up to the reveal of the first two chapters of the book later today!

For our post, we have a fantastic contest — AND some exclusive quote graphics I created with some lovely passages from the book. Much of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids takes place on the Oregon coast — and as most of you know, I live in the Portland, Oregon area — so visiting the Oregon coast is not only easy, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

So I used some of my own photos from recent trips to the Oregon coast as the backgrounds for all three of our quote graphics. Feel free to share these on various social media websites, using the hashtag #MermaidMonday:

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summer of chasing mermaidsHere’s more about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids:

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

under the sea earringsThanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster, we are giving away a finished copy of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and a set of “Under the Sea” post earrings from Urban Outfitters (pictured, right).

Earn entries by sharing one or more of the above quote graphics on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MermaidMonday. Submit your links & complete your entry by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE.

You must share AT LEAST one graphic on either Twitter OR Instagram. But the more you share, the more chances you have to win!

Contest is open to the U.S. only. Runs through midnight (PT) on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Be sure to check out the other posts from Mermaid Monday throughout the day for more content, contests & a preview of the first two chapters of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids:


Enter to win Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras (Open Int’l!)

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All week, we’ve been featuring the new YA novel Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras — and today, we’ve got your chance to win. And as a bonus … this contest is open INTERNATIONALLY!

Yes, we are giving away one finished print copy of Strays (U.S. only) and one e-book version of Strays in the format of your choice (open Internationally).

To enter, tell us in the comments below about an animal that you’ve shared a special bond with — then fill out the Rafflecopter form here to make it official, and earn extra entries.

Contest is open through midnight (PT) on Friday, May 29th.

straysHere’s more about Strays:

Sometimes, life becomes unleashed.

Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper, but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.

When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.

In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.

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Exclusive Q&A with Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras

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Today, I’m pleased to bring you our exclusive Q&A with Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras. Enjoy!

jennifer_caloyeras_high2You write about dogs regularly, but tell us what inspired the story behind STRAYS?

I have been the dog columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger for the past ten years. Many years ago, I wrote a column about an organization in Santa Monica called K9 connection that matches teens in continuation high school with homeless dogs. Through the program, the teens train and bond with the dogs. As I was writing this column, I thought, this would be a great idea for a young adult novel!

STRAYS really highlights the unique bond that can form between people and animals. Tell us about any such bonds in your life.

My home is full of animals! We have our beloved twelve year old rescue mutt named Reba and our new rescue puppy, Dingo. We also have two guinea pigs, Gunther and Cleo and a host of fish and a turtle. All of our animals are family, but none more than our dogs. We love taking them hiking and on walks around the neighborhood. Dogs are such amazing and intuitive creatures and can really sense if you’re having a bad day. I think until you’ve had a bond with an animal, you can’t imagine how special it is.

straysThere are so many great messages in STRAYS — what do you hope readers take away from it the most?

I think the idea that reaching out and helping others, whether it be a person or an animal, is the key to happiness and community. While Iris is “forced” into this animal program, it is she that ends up being on the receiving end of so much growth and love.

You’re a columnist, short story writer, and novelist. What are some of the challenges of writing in these different mediums? What never changes, regardless of what you’re writing?

I love working in different genres. I’ve also written screenplays, plays and I’m working on my first middle grade chapter novel. I think I like serving the story in whatever medium is best to tell my story. I know I’d get restless working in the same genre again and again. What never changes is the importance of what is at the heart of a story.


Favorite villain?


Pen or pencil?


Favorite piece of clothing?


Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

“Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink (and Nate Ruess from F.U.N.) I can’t stop singing it but I need to find someone to sing Nate Ruess’s part.

Most recent vacation?

I had a great girls weekend to San Diego a few weeks ago.

5 things that are always in your purse?

Sunglasses, sunscreen (this is L.A. after all), Chapstick, dog treats, and a book (right now it’s May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes.)

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Exclusive Classroom Material: Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras

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When Jennifer Caloyeras first reached out to me about the possibility of reviewing her new book Strays on Novel Novice, I was intrigued – of course – by the premise of the book. But what really stood out to me was, when I perused her website, I noticed she had already put together classroom materials for the novel. (You can download discussion questions HERE!)

straysAnd if there’s anything you know about Novel Novice, we LOVE incorporating YA novels into the classroom. So when Jennifer & I started plotting this week’s features, she generously offered to put together some additional classroom materials exclusively for us. Of course I said yes! So, without further ado …

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Today, I’ll be sharing a writing prompt that will hopefully get you thinking more deeply about our connection to the animal world. You can start by writing a first-hand account of your experience below. Perhaps later, you can fill it in with made up details or even write about it in the third person.

PROMPT: Write about a memorable interaction with an animal. (off the top of my head I can think of a bird’s nest filled with eggs that I claimed and the mother bird came back looking for her babies. Or the time I saw a rattlesnake on a hike and instead of being afraid I was in awe of its beauty) Describe the animal using all five senses. How did this interaction make you feel? What did you learn from the experience? The more details you can add the better! Why not throw a metaphor or simile in there. What do you think the animal was thinking? In what ways were you similar to that animal? In what ways were you different?

Animal Outreach:
Do some research in your community and see if there are any programs similar to Ruff Rehabilitation in my novel, Strays. What are the options for participating with animals in your community? How can you get involved? What do you think you can gain by these sorts of experiences? Why is it important to help animals?