Win a Signed Copy of Leverage!

I am pleased to announce that Leverage is coming out in paperback this September 27th, 2012.  Win a signed copy here!  Just go to my “Contact Joshua” Page and send me an email with “Win a Copy” in the message block.  A winner will be announced on October 1st.  Good Luck!

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Leverage Paperback Design (Coming September 2012)

Leverage Paperback Design (Coming September 2012)

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Come on NBC! Give the Dudes a Break!

Okay, allow me to pile onto the “NBC Olympic Coverage Sucks” bandwagon because they really do suck.  I was just getting revved up to rant when my friend, Kurt Gorrell, said it all way better than I could on his Facebook page.

Congrats to Kohei Uchimura, Danell Leyva and all of the other gymnasts who competed in the men’s all around tonight!! Congrats to John Orozco for your first Olympics!! You’ll be back in 4 years better than ever!!! We in NYC support you!!!! Congrats to NBC in SUCKING big time in your coverage of not only the gymnastics but the games in general!!!! Can you concentrate on anything but the negative??? So the men’s gymnastics team didn’t do so well, so WHAT!!!! Show more than just three events, support their efforts and support the other countries in what is probably one of the most difficult sports in the world!!! And for not showing John Orozco’s 8th place finish in the all around which is an amazing achievement for a 19 year old who came up from juniors two years ago!! Also can you ease up on the stupid humanitarian stories!! I get choked up even when someone from another country gets a medal because it’s the Olympics and everyone has worked so hard to get there regardless of what ailments they, or their family members, have! That time could be spent covering actual events that we don’t always get to see!! Does everything have to be a reality show these days??? Okay I’m stepping off of my soap box.

Kurt Gorrell

Amen, Kurt, amen.

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Vote for Leverage!!!

I just found out Leverage has been nominated for the NPR’s “Best YA Books” list and NPR is asking readers to vote for their favorite YA books on the list. Readers can vote for their top 10 favorite books on the list. I would love it if fans of Leverage supported my book by voting for it as one of their top 10 favorites and then shared the NPR site link with their friends and asked them to vote as well. Thanks, again, for all your support!

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157072526/best-ever-teen-novels-vote-for-your-favorites

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Most Uplifting Two Minutes You’ll Spend Today!

Man, if this video and song don’t get you up and rocking and LOVING life for about two minutes, you need to go back to bed and wake up for real!  Thank you director Tom Tagholm and thank you Public Enemy for giving me goosebumps!

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Joe’s Gotta Go!!! Joe Gone and Went!!!

[Update:  Joe Gone and Went!!!!  On Sunday, 7/22/12, Penn State University went and removed the bronze statue of Joe Paterno.  Good Riddance!  Original story below:]

Penn State University’s Former Head Football Coach, Jo Paterno, forever tainted his legacy when he chose to let a predatory child rapist go unpunished and unreported even though “Jo Pa” had the means and power to stop the man.  Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky (photo below…eeewww!)  continued to prey upon boys, sexually assaulting, molesting and raping them for over a decade while Joe Paterno helped arrange for his early retirement rather than seek out criminal punishment of the man.

In light of these new revelations about Joe Paterno, provided by the FBI Freeh report on July 7th, 2012, the bronze statue celebrating the “heroic” Joe Paterno is an affront not only to Jerry Sandusky’s victims that were pushed aside in an attempt to cover up their abuse, but an affront to concerned and thoughtful people everywhere.  That the statue remains standing at an institution of higher education—an institution whose main goal should be the well-being, nurturing and enlightenment of future generations—is the epitome of hypocrisy.

The statute still stands and for everyday it remains, Penn State is reminding us where they, too, stand as an institution of higher learning, planting their flag and showing their own priorities in relation to money, power and ignoring injustice.

I call on the President, Board and Trustees of Penn State to tear down that statue.

Joe’s Gotta Go!!!

Joe’s Gotta Go!

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Game of Thrones + Puberty = Bathroom Breaks!!!

I’m currently reading and enjoying George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.  I’m not sure if this makes my appreciation for Adam Samberg’s Saturday Night Live video sketch explaining why there is so much sex and nudity in the HBO version of the book even more hilarious!  Either way, I’m pretty sure that lots of TV producers are still thirteen years old in their heads when they make some of their “executive” decisions.

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