This-Or-That: T. L. Costa

    Today I'm glad to feature a this-or-that list with T.L. Costa, author of Playing Tyler. I love these lists, as they are a quick and easy way to learn a little bit about the person typing away behind the scenes of our favorite books. I hope you enjoy. For those of you participating in the 2013 Standalone Reading Challenge, Playing Tyler counts towards your reading goals.

1.) 18th Century or 20th Century?

2.) Warm or Cold?

3.) Ostrich or Emu?
Um, emu?

4.) Pencil or Pen?
Pen- I like my statements to be bold and in permanent ink!

5.) Pinkberry or 16 Handles?
Since I had to Google 16 Handles, I’m going to go with Pinkberry.

6.) "Real" Books or E-Books?
Oooh, I love them both! But if I had to choose, “real” books. They are easier to shove in front of my friends’ noses and insist that they stop everything and read them now.

7.) History Channel or Food Network?
History Channel. I am a total History nerd.

8.) Time Wasted or Time Spent?
Time Spent

9.) Fish Eye's View or Bird's Eye View?
Fish! I hate flying…

10.) Birthdays or Holidays?

11.) 18 or 28?

12.) Drama or Comedy?
Depends on my mood.

13.) Homemade or Store Bought?
Homemade, w/o question. I am a freak that way. I even can my own veggies.

14.) Dressed Up or Dressed Down?
Dressed up!

15.) Milk or Sugar?
Milk. (Especially good when mixed with sugar, like in ice cream or whipped cream or smoothies. Yum.)

About the Book

When is a game not a game?

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.

Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, thats probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.