Monday, October 31, 2011

Keeping an Open Mind

Happy Halloween!!! In honor of one of my favorite days of the year (I'll keep you guessing on the others), I am reviewing Susan Kaye Quinn's book, OPEN MINDS, which debuts tomorrow. Why this book on All Hallows Eve? Let me ask you - which is scarier? Someone with the ability to not only read minds, but control them? Or This guy? 
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Yeah, okay he's creepy, but I could take him. Or at least run away. In fact, he's the one I chose to interview about the book! And believe me he was difficult to get on Halloween. I had to promise lots of brai- uh, never mind, let's just leave it at he was tough to book.

Me: What did you think of the book OPEN MINDS?

Zombie: GWAAAAMAAWEEEEEEEGOOOOO. *thumbs up or at least some appendage pointing skyward*

Me: Very, um, descriptive. So did you feel it was an authentic teen voice with a good story arc and pacing?

Zombie: *lunges*

Me: *ducks behind furniture* Sorry! Sorry! I forgot - no big words. Was book good?

Zombie: MWAAAEEEEEEWWWWAAAAAA *Another thumbs up*

Me: Agreed. 

I thought Susan did a great job keeping the excitement coming while delivering on an authentic teen voice. This book was unique and that may be the best praise I can give because that is tough to find. She didn't pull any punches as we talked about the other day. Now if you'll excuse me, my guest is looking hungry. *gulp*

Susan Kaye Quinn is giving away an Open Books/Open Minds t-shirt, mug, and some fun wristbands to celebrate the Virtual Launch Party of Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)! (Check out the prizes here.)

Three ways to enter (you can have multiple entries):
1)      Leave a comment here or at the Virtual Launch Party post
2)      Tweet (with tag #keepingOPENMINDS)
Example: When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. #keepingOPENMINDS @susankayequinn #SF #YA avail NOW
Example: Celebrate the launch of OPEN MINDS by @susankayequinn #keepingOPENMINDS #SciFi #paranormal #YA avail NOW

3)     Facebook (tag @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn)
Example: Celebrate the launch of paranormal/SF novel OPEN MINDS by @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn for a chance to win Open Books/Open Minds prizes!

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn is available in e-book (Amazon US (also UKFrance and Germany)Barnes & NobleSmashwordsand print(AmazonCreatespace, also autographed copies available from the author).


  1. Okay, that other picture you put up? Totally scary! I'm going to have nightmares. :)

  2. Yay for Susan!!! And good for you for eluding the creepy guy :) I'm looking forward to Susan's launch day tomorrow!

  3. I hope Mr. Zombie goes hungry for a while! (Thank you for whatever you bribed him with for interviewing!! And for the praise for Open Minds!) :)

  4. I read the book and thought it was great. :D

    Love the review, Lisa. And I'm with Laura. Just watch out for my revenge due to the nightmares I'll be getting tonight (which will have nothing to do with all the candy I'll eat). ;)

  5. Wow, this sounds awesome! I love the concept of mindjacking. Good luck, Susan!

  6. I can't wait to get my hands on Susan's book! She's written the most fantastic post for me in support of this book. I love how the book came to fruition.

    Creative review, Lisa.

  7. Yay for Susan! And Lisa, I'm so glad you survived your interview with that creepy guy.

  8. Ha! Great way to review, and it looks like you kept your brains, Lisa! Congrats to Susan on the launch!

  9. Hahaha! What a fun & clever book review! My review of Susan's awesome novel will post tomorrow. I'm ready to party and celebrate the release of Open Minds! Woo hoo!

  10. Can't wait to join in the love fest for OPEN MINDS tomorrow. Only you Lisa would infuse a zombie into this equation!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lisa. It's always good to hear from you!

  12. Ha...Thoroughly entertaining post! Glad I came up on your blog, Lyn. I look forward to staying in the loop.

  13. I LOVE that guy! How do I get in touch with his booking agent?

  14. That is one freaky looking zombie! I don't even want to know where you found him. *shudders* But he seems to have good taste in books because I loved Open Minds!

  15. Congrats to Susan on her release. :) I have her book on my wish list. It looks awesome.

    I love the zombie interview.

  16. Another outstanding interview. Why are you not working for Oprah? Montel's got nothing on you!

    I'll put this on the to read list. Mind control...hmmm...some reason I feel I should buy this book soon.

  17. Okay, am I the only one with a dirty mind here? Did know one else jump to other conclusions on "or at least some appendage pointing skyward"?? Do zombies even have those? Could that be the source of a whole new genre--zombie erotica?

    Great interview, Lisa. (Delete me if you must! :-)

  18. You score major points for interviewing that guy, who is creepier than any zombie I've run into lately. Yikes. Well, I'm glad you got through the interview in one piece, because I enjoyed reading about Open Minds.

  19. Had to pop in to see what was up on the paranormal side of things. As usual you stirred the old minds, er, make that OPEN MINDS. Another congrats to Susan. Thanks for hosting her here!

  20. It sounds wonderful... and you're right! Unique is very hard to find! :)