Thursday, July 21, 2011


Good morning to my lovely readers and book lovers! Today I have a special treat for lovers of Young Adult literature. Bookin' It Reviews is very proud to welcome and introduce debut author Brinda Berry and her debut novel, The Waiting Booth. She has generously offered a giveaway of The Waiting Booth and has proved more ways to win her book and other prizes. I have posted the rules above her awesome excerpt. 

* ACK! I forgot to mention that Ms. Berry is also giving 
the first five commenters romance trading cards! 

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.  

It's a fact of life that if you're an ordinary teenage girl, you wish to be extraordinary. If you're extraordinary or different, you just want to be like everybody else. Go figure!

Growing up in a small southern town in the US, I was the only Asian American girl in my class. As the genetic mixture of an American father and Korean mother, I have some physical traits of both parents.  Although the US is the great melting pot, no one in my class at school looked quite like me. As a matter of fact, I stuck out like a sore thumb. No amount of AquaNet hairspray could hold my coarse hair into the soft round curls I demanded.  Eye makeup couldn't make my eyes appear bigger and rounder.  I longed to blend in physically. After too many bad hair days to count, I learned to accept and embrace those characteristics.

In my young adult fantasy called The Waiting Booth, Mia Taylor is a seventeen-year-old who hides the way she's different from her friends and schoolmates. She's a synesthete who experiences very unique sensory perceptions. When a person has this neurological condition, one sensory perception automatically triggers another sense. For example, hearing music might trigger a visual perception of colors tied to the musical notes. Mia experiences multiple senses simultaneously and soon discovers that she senses things beyond scientific explanation.

I loved writing Mia's story because she is learning about herself –  the good and the bad. Life is always complicated for Mia, but a freaky discovery may lead to her missing brother.  It's unfortunate that the answers might lie in the hands of a guy she thinks is too hunky for words.

A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal...

Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High—find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia’s drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it’s no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia’s secrets, she begins to wonder if there’s more going on than she thought...and if she was wrong to trust him...

More links coming soon.

Ms. Berry is giving away a copy of  The Waiting Booth to one lucky commenter here on Bookin' It. 
TO ENTER: Leave a comment for the author on this guest post with a valid email and follow BIR with either GFC or NETWORKED BLOGS! ;-) 

But there's more... :-)

Want to have some fun with me? Follow me on my summer blog tour. I'm celebrating the upcoming release of The Waiting Booth with some prizes. Readers can win multiple prizes and enter at each blog stop.  I'll be adding some more tour dates and places soon!

Here are the rules: 
  • I'll be giving away an ebook at each tour stop. You may enter at each site by leaving a comment on my guest post. Unless noted by the blog/site owner, selection will be made within seven days of the day I visit.
  • The first five commenters at each stop will win a romance trading card. Aren't collecting them yet? They are absolutely cool.
  • If you like me on Facebook, tweet my site, or subscribe to my blog, I'll add your name in additional times for connecting with me (up to 3). You must let me know in the comments about your tweet, Facebook like, and/or blog subscription. 
  • There's a grand prize at the end of the blog tour, August 30th.  I'll put all the commenters from the stops in for selection of the winner for the grand prize. Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate to Amazon. 
  • Winners may be listed at the site I visit if the blog/site owner chooses. Winners of all prizes will be listed on this page!
“Hi, Mr. Taylor. Mia here?” Austin entered without waiting to be invited in.
My dad stepped aside and looked up at me expectantly as I was taking the last few steps. I hoped that Austin wouldn’t breathe a word about what was on the pictures. I sure didn’t want my dad to be paranoid about leaving me alone during the week while he worked out of town.
“Dad, Austin’s helping me with my science project. Come on up.”
My dad had always liked Austin. If he ever found out that Austin had hit on me, that would change in a heartbeat. For crying out loud, I even thought about Austin like he was a brother. That he’d tried to kiss me sent the ick factor into the stratosphere.
We bounded up the stairs as quickly as possible without alerting my dad to some urgency in the air. I closed the door behind Austin and proceeded to move my computer mouse to bring the screen back in view.
Austin looked at the picture as he sat at my desk chair. “And this was the one at the end of your driveway?”
“Yeah,” I answered, hoping he would tell me he knew the guy, and he wasn’t some ax murderer roaming my woods.
“Pretty good pic,” Austin muttered. He clicked to zoom in on the face. “Still…it’s hard to make him out.”
“Do you recognize him or not?”
“Nope. Can’t say I know him. It’s not like I know everybody. It’s a big school. And he might not even be a college student. I can barely tell anything about the second person.” Austin clicked the forward and back buttons in the photo software program. “Why are they only in one frame?”
“I guess they’re really fast. I have the timer set to take a picture every six seconds after motion activation.”
He nodded. “Let’s go down and take a gander. Maybe they dropped something. Or maybe we can figure out why they were down there.”
Austin led the way out of my room while I covertly studied him. If I tried to forget that he was like a brother to me, I could see that he was good-looking. He was a little on the lanky side, and that made him look younger to most people. His dark hair always hung into his eyes, which made him seem a little derelict. His new sword tattoo covered about two inches of his right forearm. I had tried to talk him out of it, but he had grinned and said that I’d want one exactly like it.
He looked back at me as I stood there and smiled a I just caught you checking me out grin. I wasn’t really looking at him like that, but I felt myself blush and quickly found something else to focus on as I followed him out the door.
Don't forget to enter the contest here on Bookin' It with the winner announced on Sunday and follow Ms. berry on her summer blog tour for more chance to win!


  1. Little did you know Brinda, that the girls of your youth envied your coarse straight hair and almond shaped eyes :)

  2. Hi Brinda! It's so cool to discover new YA authors! My friends and I love looking for debut authors and now we have your book to add to our must read list. Your blurb made me move your book to the top of our list and I know my girlfriends will thank me. And the cover is drop dead gorgeous to look at too! I love the colors. :-)

    Thanks for the chance to win! Good luck on your summer blog tour!!!!!

    Ally M.

    allymickenzie AT yahoo DOT com
    GFC : Book Monster Ally

  3. Ah thanks, Audrey! One can always count on a bestie to make everyday great. :)

    Ally- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I absolutely love the cover and feel so lucky. Hope you win some prizes! You definitely get a romance trading card as one of the first five commenters.

  4. Hi Brinda!
    I'm so intrigued, I wonder what are Mia's secrets, but even more I wonder about Regulus's! I'm always drawn to the mysterious one who appears to know more than he is revealing.

    GFC follower,

  5. Hi
    Book sounds very interesting, please enter me in the contest.

  6. Awesome excerpt! Sounds like it'll be a great series:)

    *GFC BIR Follower

  7. Na- I'm drawn to the mysterious guys as well!
    Daniela- You're entered! Best of luck.:)
    Yadkny- Thanks for stopping by Talina's and reading my post. Nice to meet you.

  8. BRINDA BERRY you are new to me. I kind of love that. It's like finding treasure.


  9. The Waiting Booth sounds kind of different for a YA, a combo paranormal/thriller. I'm kind of intrigued by the title and what a waiting booth might be (I think I know by the words, but what role does it play...).
    GFC Anne38

  10. Brinda. I'm so excited for you, and your debut novel. Why I remember (way back when) you and I were on the same critique loop. Wishing you lots of success, and many, many more books.
    Your friend.

  11. MaryBelle- what a charming way to look at my debut! You put a smile on my face with that one.
    Acm- I do think it's different from the norm...but different in a good way. Thanks for stopping by.
    Madison- Hey friend! Thank you so much for the well wishes and support.


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