Monday, July 29, 2013

{Blog Tour} Sylo by DJ MacHale


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for SYLO by DJ MacHale, hosted by Book Nerd Tours!


The Sylo Chronicles #1
Pages: 407
Publisher: Razorbill

Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late.

#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.

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Top Ten List - Your favorite guy characters from your books, including random facts about them.

Again, in no particular order except as they come to me:

1) Bobby Pendragon – He’s the kind of guy I wished I was when I was that age. But he does have my sense of humor.

2) Saint Dane – A spectacularly clever, multi-dimensional villain.

3) Damon of Epirus – I love the fact that a villain’s principal motivation can be an inferiority complex.

4) Vo Spader – It was fun writing such a fun-loving character…with a temper. Though it got tough writing his voice in later books because the story became so intense. It was tricky having a guy bouncing around happily chirping “Hobey ho!” while Halla crumbled.

5) Mr. Feit – Another multi-dimensional bad guy. I love that he can be a laid-back surfer dude…while harboring dangerous secrets and agendas.

6) Tucker Pierce – He was very much like me at that age…confidant in his mediocrity.

7) Kent Berringer – a guy I love to hate. He is so much like guys I knew growing up…entitled, handsome, wealthy, clueless.

8) Marshal Seaver – also very much like me at that age, and now. He is wildly enthusiastic about things that nobody else cares about.

9) Cooper Foley – He’s a little bit dangerous and doesn’t care what anybody thinks about him. It’s freeing to write about a guy like that.

10) Press Tilton – I loved him so much I brought him into another book series. Who knows? He may turn up again somewhere else some time.


D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: PENDRAGON – JOURNAL OF AN ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. attended New York University where he received a BFA in film production.
His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials. He also taught photography and film production.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, he produced all 91 episodes over 8 years. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie TOWER OF TERROR for ABC’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY which starred Kirsten Dunst and Steve Guttenberg. The Showtime series CHRIS CROSS was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. co-created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series FLIGHT 29 DOWN. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on FLIGHT 29 DOWN earned him the Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Children’s Script” and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable writing credits include the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL titled SEASONAL DIFFERENCES; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series GHOSTWRITER; and the HBO series ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. has co-written the book THE TALE OF THE NIGHTLY NEIGHBORS, based on his own teleplay and penned the poetic adaptation of the classic Norwegian folk tale EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. His most current work is the spooky MORPHEUS ROAD trilogy; and a whimsical picture book THE MONSTER PRINCESS.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household are two elderly goldfish and a Kitten, Kaboodle.




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