10 Questions with William Ritter and a special ‘Jackaby’ Giveaway!

will ritterWe had so much fun hosting William Ritter at Liberty Bay Books earlier this month to debut his third ‘Jackaby‘ book, Ghostly Echoes! If you have not gotten your hands on this fabulous series, you are missing out. The very quirky Jackaby is a detective (similar to Sherlock Holmes) who has always been a little odd and a lot extraordinary. When Abigail Rook leaves London and heads to America, she’s not sure where she will land but then finds employment with this curious man. These books are mysterious, magical, humorous and a lot of fun to read.

Enter now to win an autographed copy of Jackaby! Signed by William Ritter!

Ghostly Echoes is officially released today – so to celebrate we got Will to answer a few quirky questions.

  1. What is the last thing you binged on Netflix? Steven Universe and Jessica Jones.
  2. Which is your favorite Pokémon and are you playing PokemonGo? Yes, I am! I mean, not right this minute, but yes I am playing PokémonGo. I like Oddish…he’s my favorite because he’s adorable. However, Gloom – his evolution – is ugly, so I tend to keep Oddishes around even though they’re low level.
  3. Do you believe in Sasquatch? YES! I spent most of my childhood looking out the car window for Sasquatch with my cousin whenever we went anywhere.
  4. Where do you think Sasquatch lives? Well, having filmed a riveting documentary with my cousin when were about eight years old, I am obviously an expert on the subject. Granted, we had to use a stuffed gorilla toy as a special effects stand-in for Bigfoot himself, but the research was solid. I think Sasquatch lives always JUST a little further into the woods. (Except of course for the brief period when he lived with the Hendersons in the eighties).
  5. Given the chance to see a unicorn or Sasquatch which would you pick? As much as I would love to see a unicorn, I’ve got more history with Sasquatch.
  6. If you could have anyone play your Jackaby characters in a movie, who would you choose? Anton Yelchin would have been my ideal Jackaby – he would have been perfect. Often, I’m casting characters in my head circa the 1920’s-30’s. Ingrid Bergman, for instance is kind of my Jenny Cavanaugh, but neither of those people are with us anymore so that kind of complicates things. For Abigail, Lily James from the new Cinderella movie and Downton Abbey is marvelous – in Downton Abbey in particular, she’s English and she’s proper, but she’s got that sass and independence. Emma Watson, of course, would be amazing as well – she’s just an amazing human being.
  7. Team Harry & Ginny or Team Ron & Hermione? I’d go Harry/Ginny just because I think it’s a  better pairing. I love Ron and I love Hermione and some of the things in the new book have made me more comfortable with their relationship. But, I think in a lot of ways Hermione would be frustrated by that relationship and Ron might almost be stifled by it. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of ways in which people who might be a little more stuffy wind up coming out of their shells with someone who’s a little more cheeky and silly – and vice versa – but I definitely “shipped” Harry & Ginny more during the story.
  8. What is the last book you read? I’m currently going through the Harry Potter series with my boys, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the last book I personally finished. I’m also really taking my time and going through the last few Terry Pratchett books that I haven’t read yet because I love his books and I’m really sad there won’t be more.
  9. If you could be any character from fiction, who would you be? I’d go with a Terry Pratchett character and say Sam Vimes (from the Discworld Series). He’s not perfect and that’s made clear from the beginning, but he tries and he cares and he puts together a really diverse crew. In Thud, in particular, he’s a father in that book and it’s really important for him to get home and read “That Is Not My Cow” to his son at the same time every night. So in one scene, he’s stuck underground fighting a war with a bunch of monsters and he’s not there for his son so he begins reciting “That Is Not My Cow” – which he knows by heart from reading it a thousand times. So he’s doing things like throwing an axe and yelling, “Is that my cow? No! That is not my cow, that is a hippopotamus!” And it’s just the most ridiculous and heartwarming scene I’ve ever read.
  10. What would be the name of your debut album? No Cash Value.
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Before The Fall by Noah Hawley on Libro.fm

I just finished listening to this incredible book on my Libro.fm app. Before the Fall is a story that revolves around one, tragic accident – the crash of a private, passenger jet off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. On board were two very wealthy men, their wives, two small children, a bodyguard, a washed-up painter and the three-person flight crew.

As the story of the aftermath of the crash unfolds, the author takes you through the lives of each of the passengers and the twists of fate leading up to the crash that have put each of them on the plane that day. No one is safe in the investigation that follows – secrets are uncovered and the only adult survivor of the crash finds their name dragged through the mud in the search for answers.

This is such a multi-faceted and page-turning mystery, I could not stop listening!

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Have you heard of Libro.fm yet? It’s my new favorite way to listen to audio books! While I’m working, driving or out on a run  I love listening to books  and this app is perfect. Created by a Seattle-based company (with an office in Poulsbo, even!) this is a great way to support a local business, a local bookstore and get fabulous reads at the same time. Sign up using the link above and your account will be linked to Liberty Bay Books!

Enter the code LBB20 at checkout and receive 20% off of your first order! They’re also offering a free chapter of Boys in the Boat for your listening pleasure! Go take a listen!

Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Monday night we headed into the city for a dinner with Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of the brand new (out yesterday) YA book Juniors As you can probably gather from the title, Juniors is about juniors in high school on the island of Oahu. Kaui perfectly captures life at that age with the backdrop of a beautiful island that is one of my favorites. From awkward run-ins with the opposite sex, making and losing friends, and dealing with parents Juniors so realistically brings to life Lea Lane and her world on Oahu.

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You may recognize Kaui’s name from her bestselling book The Descendants which was later turned in to a fabulous film starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. In Juniors, Lea’s mother is an actress and is shooting scenes on Oahu which makes her someone that people flock to so that maybe some of her stardust will rub off on them. Kaui told me that she created Lea’s mother’s character a bit based on her experience while The Descendants was being filmed. As everyone knows, people tend to come out of the woodwork when success comes your way…sometimes that’s a good thing and relationships form with people you wouldn’t normally have interacted with, but often it’s a negative thing as these people didn’t care to interact with you when you weren’t in the limelight and are now only trying to get something from you.

It was so fun to hear about Kaui’s time on set while the movie was being filmed (and learning that Clooney goes in for the top-of-the-head kiss for shorties like myself and Kaui). Our group of Seattle-area booksellers is so much fun, we always have a great time at these author dinners, but we had a blast with Kaui who was absolutely delightful Thank you to Colleen and Penguin Random House for a wonderful evening.

Head to your local independent bookstore and pick up Juniors today!

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The Day the Crayons Came Home…featuring Esteban, The Magnificent

It is no secret that my favorite children’s book is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. I read four stories to this group of hooligans every Tuesday and it is pretty rare for a book to get such huge laughs from start to finish.  So today was an extra special Tuesday for the kiddos to be the first to hear the BRAND NEW companion book The Day the Crayons Came Home!
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I read them The Day the Crayons Quit to give them a refresher on the story since it had been a while and they laughed as hard as they did hearing it the first time. Those sassy crayons have amazing comedic timing. When it was time to read the new book, The Day the Crayons Came Home the kiddos cheered when Green Crayon herself came out to listen to the story (Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending the fun costume!!) The very first page got a laugh from the kids. These books are seriously hilarious, no joke…you need them in your life. Their favorite part of course was Pea Green crayon deciding to change his name to Esteban the Magnificent.
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As our own personal way to celebrate the release of our new favorite book, we are taking donations of new boxes of crayons that will go to Fishline for needy kids in our area! Bring in a box of crayons to Liberty Bay Books and receive a discount on The Day the Crayons Came Home!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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I LOVE Sarah Dessen books, and her newest book Saint Anything is one of her best. Is there anything better to read on a sunny day than one of Sarah’s books?! They are the perfect beach read. Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked booksellers questions about the upcoming summer and how it was shaping up for bookstores across the country and I, of course, gushed about Saint Anything. Check out the entire article here! BUT the exciting part (no offence to Publishers Weekly…haha) was when I tweeted the link to the article and Sarah promptly replied that I made her day…and then replied a second time thanking me and Pub Weekly for the mention! Total nerdy fan girl moment…it happens. (Thanks Sarah!) Also, I dare you to read Saint Anything and not be totally craving pizza, french fries and dum dums by the time you get to the end.

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