In any case, I hope the awesomeness I'm bringing to your screens today will make up for my radio silence. Today (or rather, yesterday) I am featuring the incredible Jenn Johannson, author of Insomnia, which is actually dropping into stores today! In case you haven't heard anything about this debut (read: just returned from your epic vacation to Mars), here's the info:
It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.
Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
Neat, right? And it also gives you a nice excuse as to why you're still devouring it past your bedtime: "IT'S INSOMNIA. IT'S MEANT TO BE READ AT NIGHT. UNDER THE COVERS. WITH BLOODSHOT EYES."
And if the blurb wasn't enough to convince you, let me just toss out a few names who read and adored this little monster: Elana Johnson. Carrie Harris. James Dashner.
To add on to the awesomeness descending on this blog, Jenn's found an awesome (and not at all made-up) commercial on the effects of insomnia. Pour your coffee, hold your eyes open and enjoy!
J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. Her debut, INSOMNIA, is releasing June 2013. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone.
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