Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Jonathan Friesen: 2008 Reclaim the Name Contest

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings." - Attributed - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Get out your megaphone -I've got the inside scoop on a contest that is going to leave you wishing you were a kid again -
2008 Reclaim the Name Writing Contest For Teens & Young Adults
Debut young adult author Jonathan Friesen is hosting a once in a lifetime opportunity on his website for young authors across the globe. The prizes available through this promotion are top-notch for any youth looking to get their foot in the door in this business at an early age.
I don't believe I have yet had a chance to introduce the contest's host, Jonathan Friesen, yet to our blog readers, and I'm honored to be in a position to do so now. Jonathan's debut novel JERK, CALIFORNIA will be hitting stores this fall. The novel center's around a teenage boy dealing with Tourette's syndrome and the life-changing road trip he takes to California in search of a truth and answers to questions which will inevitably shake him to the core of his being.
The book is Amazing (and yes, that is amazing with a capital A!). I received an advanced galley last week and Jonathan's writing has kept me captivated. The prose is beautiful and the plot is fast paced and enriching. Even more insightful and intriquing are the glimpses into the Tourette's syndrome (TS). Jonathan himself has TS and his personal experiences offer not only an intimate knowledge to the disease, but also an unparalleled authentic voice to the books hero.
Head over to Amazon where you can preorder your copy of Jerk, California today!
Be sure to check out Jonathan's website and blog for more information about the title including excerpts, character interviews and of course, THE CONTEST (did i mention that the prizes are top-notch?!) !!!!
We look forward to sharing in a bright future with Jonathan and can't wait to see his star take off.


Blogger Liane Gentry Skye said...

Myself and my children have been looking forward to this book since I first read the announcement about it on PW. What a generous effort by an accomplished and creative man!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 2:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Robena Grant said...

I volunteered at a Special Ed High School in Los Angeles for many years. We had several students with Tourette's Syndrome and Asperger's Syndrome, ADD and ADHD and most were highly gifted students. The talent these kids had was amazing. My daughter is a math teacher there, I'm sure we'll both be buying Jonathan Freisen's book. Thanks so much for the information.

Friday, April 25, 2008 at 8:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

What a marvelous opportunity for gifted young writers. Jonathan ROCKS for hosting this contest and I applaud him for writing JERK, CALIFORNIA and showing us how it is to live with a disability. We should all understand the difficulties and processes a person undergoes while dealing with a challenge. Jonathan has a great voice for showing readers the way.

Hugs, Nancy

Monday, April 28, 2008 at 12:30:00 PM EDT  

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