Monday, May 16, 2011

Debut of the Month - All About The Pull of Gravity + Giveaway

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Debut - The Pull of Gravity ( Goodreads )
Author – Gae Polisner
Genre – Contemporary/Literary
Release Date – 10th of May 2011

Avaliable - The Book Depository / The Nile
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized, first-edition copy of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

Will they find what they set out for, or merely discover the crappy truth about best-laid plans?

The Insiders Scoop ( Author's Secrets)

Since I’ve already shared some stupid personal facts, thought I’d share some stupid book facts. Maybe they’re less stupid. That’d be cool. ;)

1) Germination: The first spark of an idea for the story in The Pull of Gravity came years ago when I read an article about an obese guy who had set out to walk from California to New York in an effort to lose weight. I was like, “that’s cool, but dude, what about your family?” Nick became the fictional son whose dad was taking off on a similar (though shorter) quest, to be told from Nick’s perspective. Of course, the story *totally* morphed from there. But, the original working title of the book on my computer was Fat Man Walking.

2) Cool coincidence? The name of the Scoot’s father who Nick & Jaycee search for is Guy, a pretty unusual name, right? When I was researching rare, first editions of Of Mice and Men for the book – which had to have the exact conditions in mine to make it as valuable including be inscribed by John Steinbeck – I found one in a rare books store in England on line. The inscription on the inside from Steinbeck? To a man named Guy.

3) Admiring Nod: One of the important things that happens in the story when Nick and Jaycee reach the hotel in Rochester is a direct homage to a book called Don’t Take Teddy by Babbis Friis-Baastad, the first novel I read cover to cover and could not put down when I was eight years old.

4) Wink & a Nod: The “scary” scene on the bus on the way home from Rochester is an inside joke to my first agent who made a suggestion I wouldn’t follow.

5) What’s in a Name? I don’t know how most my characters’ names come to me, but I do know why I picked Nick’s last name to be Gardner. If you read the book and are curious, you can email me, and see if you can guess why.


This month we're doing it a little differently, Gae and I discussed it and instead of giving away a copy of The Pull of Gravity, we've decided to giveaway 15 minute Skype visit for winning reader who has read TPoG; 30 minute Skype visit for book club who has read TPoG. Gae is also giving away a totally awesome SWAG pack for US bloggers ONLY. Who doesn't love chatting with authors? Plus, how good does The Pull of Gravity sound????

Rule of Entry -

- Open Internationally ( Skype) US ONLY ( SWAG Pack)
- MUST leave a comment on this post or Gae's first post
- Must fill out this THIS FORM
- Must be over 13 to enter
- Extra Entries are not required
- Ends June 5th 2011

Badass Bookie xx


  1. awww the cover looks interesting and id really love to read the book :/

  2. I've wanted to read this one since I first saw it!!

  3. This definitely sounds like a great book!

  4. I've been curious about this novel. Thanks!

  5. Added this to my to -read list on goodreads recently. I love the sound of it plus I love John Steinbeck! :)

  6. Wow I really want to have this book. I hope it's already available here in the Philippines. Plus the cover is so nice.

    Anyway I have installed a text link of your blog leading to your blog of course. If you have time you might want to check it out.

  7. Just recently came upon this book for the first time, it looks like a great read. I've added it to my wish list, and hopefully I can get my hands on a copy soon :)

  8. thanks guys. Badass Bookie site is fun, fun, fun! Still pining over the dress though...

    Hope those who read TPoG like it! Thanks for all the enthusiasm.



  9. Nice cover - sounds like a good read - thanks for sharing and for hosting.

  10. This looks really good, great guest post!

  11. thx for the giveaway :) the book looks great and the cover is amazing :D
    gfc: cinimiksa

  12. Lol Fat Man Walking? Aha thats funny(:
    Sounds like a awesome book, great interview:D


  13. I would love to read this book, the characters sound funny and cool! Krystal Larson