30 September 2010

Follow Friday (7)


Hey gang!  So it's been a while, hasn't it?  Fridays are usually chaotic for me and I haven't been feeling well (been out of school for three days now!) so I decided to put this up now instead of tomorrow. :)

For new followers - 
I usually go through the motions and list what reviews I've done since my last Follow Friday, but do you really wanna see that?  If you do, feel free to check out my "List of Reviews/Interviews" or "2010-2011 Reading" pages, which will give you a plethora of reviews. :)

General - 
I've got a whole lot going on for me blog-wise.  I've received my FIRST signed book this week--plus my first swag a week ago.  I've also participated in my first ever book tour (Slayed by Amanda Marrone).  Oooohhh....annnddd....

I'VE GOT AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA CREMER!

Are you jealous yet?!  Ms. Cremer was totally awesome and decided to answer some of my questions.  I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading her debut novel, "Nightshade" but I can't wait to!  It's on my to-buy list for October. :)  I plan to swoop into Borders on the 19th and steal away "Crescendo" by Becca Fitzpatrick AND "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer.  Whoo!  Can't wait! XD

So you're probably wondering about this so-called interview...

You can stop by on October 5th and see for yourself. :)

New address - 
Hey, ya'll.  Just so you are all aware--you can now reach my site via www.theauthoress.com!  Try it!  Go ahead, try it!  You'll see it directs right to this here blog. ^_^  Woot, woot!  Cool beans, right?!

Th-th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

If you're from Follow Friday, please leave a link to your blog so I can stop by! :D

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret - he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.

A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?

29 September 2010

Slayed by Amanda Marrone

The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn’t involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk. But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne’s world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family. What's a teen vampire slayer to do?

Received via:  ARC Book Tour - Good Golly Miss Holly

Giveaway: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This contest is now closed.
"Shiver"
by Maggie Stiefvater

Alright, ladies and gents, it's time to giveaway one of my favorite books of all time!  

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the cold. 
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat. 
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver. 
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
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Contest Requirements:
  • Must be 13 or older
  • Available wherever BookDepository.com ships
  • You may only enter once
  • You must fill out the form to enter
  • Commenting would be nice, though. :)
Contest ends OCTOBER 14th!
Fill out this form to enter.


For all you SHIVER fans out there, if you didn't already know, the cover for FOREVER has been revealed!!
Whoo!  Isn't that just a BEAST!?
(Thanks to Maggie @ Juniper Breeze--shameless name dropping--for informing the media--aka, me)

27 September 2010

Guest Post: Jenn @ No Rest For The Wicked


No Rest For The Wicked
Today, I have the awesome Jenn from "No Rest for the Wicked"--isn't that a fabulous name?!  She's written a great post on memorable scenes/books and why they made such an impact on her.

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As with so many others, books have had a tremendous impact over the course of my life. I like to re-read books and there are a handful of books out there that have had such an influence on me that I re-read them every so often throughout the years. To me, it’s like revisiting old friends. I had a pretty lonely childhood, so for many years books were my best companions. Almost all of my closest relationships have at least one book that unites us. I can usually get a sense of how much I will like someone based on their reading choices, particularly their favorite book. Some people find that strange, but being that books are so entwined with my everyday existence references to them often slip out unintentionally; it helps when people “get” you and understand the references.

The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery probably has had the most significant influence on my adolescence and has consistently stayed with me through the years. I could identify with Anne a lot more than the female protagonists in Sweet Valley High, Cheerleaders, or other popular YA fiction of the 1980’s. Like me, Anne often felt more at home in the world of literature than she was in her own skin. This made her seem eccentric to those around her that didn’t know her well, which is why her relationship with “kindred spirit” Diana was a particularly touching one. Anne was someone who mischief courted despite her intentions otherwise. She chose education over love and family commitment over her ambition, which was vastly different from her literary contemporaries.

Decades after Anne Shirley entered my life there are still references to the books that come back to me on a regular basis. I drank currant wine at a local vineyard recently and laughed thinking of the adventures in Anne of Green Gables where Anne gets Diana drunk accidentally on Marilla’s currant wine. No one else around me understood the humor in currant wine, which made me think of my own kindred spirit far away in Seattle who would have instantly understood the reference. In fact, her knowing instantly (without being told) why anyone would want Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” read at their funeral was how I knew this gal in my philosophy class was much more than just a school friend. That was probably the greatest gift LM Montgomery gave me, as well as a way for Anne Shirley to stay even more present in my adult life.

For those unaware of the reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnlJKaz5fyc .

~Jenn

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26 September 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


"My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

In My Mailbox (13)

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So I've had a MONUMENTAL week!!  But I can't explain it all here!  Watch the video!


Bought:
  • The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
Won:
  • Flora Segunda - Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • Assorted swag (YAY!)
  • Book ends, book light, bookmarks from CSN
Reviews to come:

  • Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
  • The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
Opportunities:
I still need guest posters for next month, so email me if you're interested!

Have a great week everyone!  Remember to leave a link to your IMM/blog/site!


23 September 2010

"Water Shaper" Cover Re-Make

The lovely Kirthi over at Pages is hosting her very first re-create a cover contest and I thought I'd enter. :)  (I've been doing these a lot it seems lately!)

Here's the original cover:

And here's my entry:

You can enter HERE!!  Contestants will be chosen via rounds and voting.

Have a great week everybody!!

20 September 2010

Guest Post: Julie @ Citraberry Book Reviews

click here to go to Citraberry Book Reivews
I have the awesome pleasure to have Julie here from Citraberry Book Reviews. :)  She's hear to tell us about what qualities make up a perfect book for her.

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Awesome characters are a quality that makes an excellent book! It’s hard to say what I look for exactly in a character because it’s kinda like judging people. Good, well defined characters (both main and secondary) with flaws of some sort are a must for every book. Perfect characters with flawless skin and tons of friends can be very annoying. Audrey from Audrey, Wait! (by Robin Benway) is one of my favorite characters, along with Katniss from The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) (and if you are the one person who hasn’t read this series, go buy it now and read it).

A page turner, for sure is a good quality! Something that makes me not want to put down can go a long way, from cover to cover. I – and probably everybody else – dislike it very much when there’s a part in a book that just drags, and the characters sit there and do nothing, making the whole dragging thing a whole lot worse.

Some people say plots don’t matter, because characters are what make a story good. I totally agree, but I also disagree. An epic plot is, to me, a quality that makes an excellent book. If you had two books, one with a plot of characters going on a dark and dangerous quest, and the other one with a plot of frolicking unicorns in a meadow, which would you pick?

But I do agree with this: if there are majorly awesome characters, they do rule out the plot. If that makes any sense to you. Thanks so much for having me!

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I totally agree with Julie on this one.  Great characters, in my mind, can be overshadowed by a poorly developed plot.  Well said, Julie!! ^_^  It was great having you. :)

19 September 2010

"Anna and the French Kiss" Cover Re-Make

I saw this around the blogosphere and thought I'd enter.  :)

You can enter here.

The original cover:

My entry:
I'm horrible at contemporary covers.  I'm much better, I think, at abstract covers that you get in urban fantasy.  (Note: While the red, white and blue are generally known for the American colors, they are also the French colors.)

Have a good week, everybody! ^_^

In My Mailbox (12)

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I wouldn't have gotten a book at all this week if I hadn't gone stir crazy being in the house, but besides a Borders trip, I got another surprise. :)

(No video this week, sorry.)

[from Goodreads]

Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But she is also extraordinarily beautiful. And news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal pawn in her desire for power. Even though Nefertiti is taken from her beloved family and forced into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger, her spirit and mind will not rest. She continues to challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.

Esther Friesner offers readers another fresh new look at an iconic figure—blending historical fiction and mythology in a thrilling concoction.

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Also, this week I received my very first book for review!  Ms. Christine Pietrowiak sent me a copy of her series of novellas--Assumptions.
What would you do if you were sixteen and had the power of God?
Haunted by the unexpected loss of his mother, William Emerson prays relentlessly for her return, spending his afternoons wandering the hushed paths of an old Chicago cemetery wondering what it's like to be dead. 
Jordyn Quig just moved to town. Her father’s famous name showed up at school weeks before she did. Instantly the most popular girl at Eastview College Prep, she wishes she were nobody special. 
Each hardly knows the other exists until the disappearance of an ancient and divine text unites them as unlikely partners in a search that leads them to the brink of self-destruction and the crossroads of redemption and revenge.
I cannot say how thrilled I was to get this!!  This is my first ever review/ARC and having read the first few chapters, I know I got super lucky to look forward to an awesome story and also!  Ms. Pietrowiak was really fun to talk to.  She did me the favor of informing me how to pronounce her last name.  (It's Polish.)  You pronounce it Puh-tro-vee-ack--"tro" like "roe".  Infinite thanks to Ms. Pietrowiak for contacting me. :)

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  • Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
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18 September 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.  Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person.  What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them.  She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: Jem, who fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, who caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.

As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

16 September 2010

Interview w/ Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway







Today, I have the tremendous pleasure to unveil to you all my interview with the fantastic writer and yet another author of the Cool Cucumber category--Ms. Maria V. Snyder, author of the Study series ("Poison Study," "Magic Study," "Fire Study"), the Glass series ("Storm Glass," "Sea Glass," "Spy Glass" [in stores now]) and the Inside Out series ("Inside Out," "Outside In" [coming soon]).  I must thank her publicly for putting up with my ridiculous rants. :)  She handled it well.  Now, for the interview!  (Make sure to read all of it...there's a surprise at the bottom.)

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If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the remaining time?

Travel with my family.  I love to travel and spend time with my husband and children so I’d combine the two.  And I’d write a book about our adventures so they would have it so they could remember and hopefully laugh over all our misadventures.  Plus I’d plan my funeral.  I want a party with a comedian doing a roast of me.

Are there any “gotta have this/gotta have that” while writing?

When I’m writing,  I gotta have a drink – either hot tea, iced tea, lemonade, or water.  I also need music on so the room isn’t so quiet!

Why do you write?

I’ve always been very creative and have an overactive imagination.  Writing is a good use for all that creativity.  Plus people fascinate me.  I enjoy putting my characters in difficult situations and seeing how they’ll do. 

Is there intelligent life in outer space?

The universe is so huge – there has to be other intelligent species somewhere.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I graduated from college and was working my first real job—twenty plus years ago :)  However, I didn’t get serious about it until my son was born 15 years ago.  When he was a baby and I was home being Mom, I needed something to keep my mind active and engaged, so writing became my sanity!

A food taster, a master assassin, the power twins…where did they come from?  When did they all start?

The food taster started when I read a how to book about writing fantasy.  The chapter on characters made me think about someone near the center of power, but not the main leader. The reason I came up with a food taster, is my husband tastes chocolate as part of his job so he’s always talking about flavors, textures and smells of chocolate.  The others just came as I wrote the story.  I’m not much for planning and outlining a book, I get an idea and an end point in mind and just write.

What’s the most difficult part about writing, for you?

The first draft!  Since I only have a vague idea of plot and characters, writing the first draft can be torture and is a very slow process.  Once it’s done, I can do the fun part—revisions. 

Do you have any advice for other young adult writers?  (Either those who write the YA genre, or writers who are young adults themselves.)

My first bit of advice to all writers is Persistence. I’d been writing for ten years and submitting for eight before I sold anything. Learn the craft of writing as well as the business of writing and attend writer’s conferences and classes if you can. Consider that time an apprenticeship. Be wary of predators, if someone is asking you for money proceed with the utmost caution. Get feedback on your stories from fellow writers before submitting. Joining a critique group is very helpful. I also find that if I let a story sit on my desk for a few weeks I can pick out all the problems, typos and inconsistencies easier. And I agree whole heartily with Stephen King’s advice in his book, On Writing. He wrote, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” And don’t give up! Ever!

For young adults writing – I’d say you don’t need to be older to start sending your stories out.  There are a number of magazines that are looking for stories and articles written by teens.

I’ve an article about finding publishers on my website.  It includes info on how young writers can find places to publish their stuff.  Here’s the link: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/advice/findingP.php

“Poison Study,” “Storm Glass,” “Outside In,” etc. are very appropriate titles.  Was “Poison Study” always titled as such?  Do these titles keep throughout the writing process?

I had a hard time coming up with Poison Study at first.  I knew I wanted Poison in the title, but wasn’t sure about the rest.  I thought of Poison Education,  Poison Test,  and Educating Yelena, but none really grabbed me until I thought of Poison Study.  Usually the publishers will change a title, because it’s very important to have an engaging title.  Mine didn’t and Magic Study was a natural title for the second book.  My editor wanted to title Storm GlassGlass Study, but since I had a new main character I thought that would be confusing to my readers and they might be disappointed that Yelena was no longer telling the story.  She like Storm Glass so that was good :)  Inside Out was originally Inside, but my critique group at Seton Hill thought it was too plain, so they started brainstorming and the real Tricky came up with Inside Out.

When I write a book now, I don’t title it until I have the final title, which is usually  by the time I’m half way through a book.

What type of research did you do, if any?

I do quite a bit of research.  I prefer to do it hands on if possible, but if I can’t, I’ll use the Internet or books.  My research for the Study books ranged from learning how to taste food the scientific way for Poison Study to learning how to ride a horse for Magic Study. I also took a couple of courses and learned how to work with molten glass and do glass blowing for Fire Study and the Glass books. For my latest book, Spy Glass, I took a tour of a men’s maximum security prison.

Over the years, I’ve learned karate, fencing, and all about swords in my research.  I’m interested in a wide variety of subjects and, as a writer, I have permission to go and explore them.  I wouldn’t call myself an expert in any one of them, but I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous :)

What’s something about you that would surprise others?
That I’ve travel extensively and have gone to a few exotic locations like, China, Malaysia, and Dubai.  I’ve sailed through the Panama Canal and swam with dolphins and sting rays.

Who are some fellow authors that you would like to meet?

I would like to meet Suzanne Collins, Scott Westerfeld and J.K. Rowling.  As I was thinking of this list, I realized I have met a bunch of writers I admire all ready—one of the perks of being an author :)

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This contest is now closed.
Giveaway!
Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Maria V. Snyder's latest release: "Spy Glass"!

Contest Requirements:
  • Must be 13 or older.
  • Must fill out the following form.
  • US and Canada only.
  • You may only enter once.
  • You must leave a comment for your entry to count.  (Seriously, just saying thank you, or cool interview is fine, but I really want to know what you thought.  Don't just skip right to the giveaway part.  Show some appreciation. [You don't have to leave your email address.  You enter your email address in the form.])
Contest ends October 14th
Enter here!

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Maria V. Snyder earned an MA in Popular Fiction Writing from Seton Hill University. Her freelance articles appear in magazines and newspapers, and she enjoys teaching fiction writing classes at the local college.

You can find more info at Ms. Snyder's website here.

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14 September 2010

BBAW - Interview with Heather @ Capricious Reader

Interview w/
BBAW Event


Whoa. Did I read that right? FIVE YEARS? That’s how long you’ve been blogging? That’s crazy! So since you’re obviously the expert here, what kind of advice would you give to newbie--*cough*--I mean, new bloggers?

Yeah, it is crazy, isn’t it? Five years! I still don’t know where the time has gone. My main advice is to have fun and be yourself. Because at the end of the day, you are the one you have to please. It’s not like we’re getting paid for this, right? 

You’ve got a crazy eclectic taste for books. What advice would you have for readers who are reluctant to branch out of a specific genre? (Like me, who frowns in trepidation whenever I catch sight of an “oldie” book.) 


Just jump in there and try something! Ask friends what they like, ask your teachers (believe me, they know what’s good and want to tell you!), ask a trusted book blogger! Another thing I like to look at is writers who inspired my favorite writers. They are usually way more well read than I am! 

So back to the five year deal. How has your blog changed over the years? 


Well, at first, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing! I think I merrily went along for about 4 or 5 months, being perfectly ridiculous, but then, oh then? I discovered BOOK BLOGS. And the rest was history. As the years have passed, I hope I have become a better writer. I know I’ve read a heck of a lot of great books and that is definitely all thanks to book blogging. 


Do you reread books? If you do, which one have you reread the most? 


Yes! I am a firm believer in the power of rereading. I have reread, without a doubt, The Princess Bride by William Goldman the most. I first read it when I was about 13 year old. And I have probably read it at least 20 more times in the *gasp* 19 years since. God, I feel old. 


Are you a library or bookstore type of person? Would you buy a book that you haven’t read yet? 


Both, but mainly library. I mean, it’s a free book, right? And yes, I have bought a book I haven’t read way too many times to admit to. 


So many books, so little time! How do you determine which book to pick up next? Bonus points if they yell at you from across the room with their tiny voices. 


Of course they yell at me from across the room! I’ve even had them jump off my desk to get my attention. Seriously! I was packing books for my beach vacation when ROOM by Emma Donoghue leaped off my desk and landing in my bag! How could I tell it no after that? 


Is there a book that you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet? 


There were several I could have said, but I’ve managed to read a few of them this year! The Color Purple, Agatha Christie, even The Handmaid’s Tale! And Atwood scared the ever living hate outta me! The only one left, really, is Steinbeck. I tried, but I *sigh* just don’t get it. 


Do you blog/read at a specific time of day? 


As a mother to two young children, it is whenever I can find a minute! 


Tell us about your reviewing process. 


I’m not so sure I have a process. I usually just write whatever comes to me. I guess I have a slight formula in that I try to write my own summary (I only use the publisher’s when the book defies description) and then write my feelings about it. But sometimes, if I’m like really excited about a book, I will gush and scare myself into shutting up. But gosh, it’s fun when that happens! 


Alright, for closers, how many books would you say you read in a year? 


I used to aim for 52 books a year. You know, 1 book a week? But then last year, I surprised myself by reading 121 books! I’m pushing 86 right now, so I’m hoping to get there again this year. 

Now wasn't that a fantastic interview?  Admit it, you laughed.  Cause Heather is just that good. :)  This was so much fun even though Heather and I did this totally at the last minute.  This chica is one cool cucumber. ^_^  I mean, seriously, 86?  What is there not to admire?!  Oh, and the fact that she's from NORTH CAROLINA!  Which is where I myself am stationed.  Does BBAW does this on purpose?  Cause that totally rocks if they do. :)

You can rock out with the BBAW events by visiting the BBAW website.

12 September 2010

Guest Post: Smash @ Smash Attack Reads

Smash Attack Reads - CLICKETH!
I got the ever so awesome Ash of Smash Attack Reads to do a guest post for me!  Giving in to my insanity in exchange for a cookie, she sent me a totally awesome list of her ideal main characters.  Lets see what she has to say!!

11 September 2010

Patriot Day - Honoring 9/11

I didn't lose anyone in the 9-11 attack, for which I am grateful, but I do remember the day it happened.  I was in the first grade when my dad pulled me out of school and told me that the twin towers had been hit.  I had no idea what the twin towers even were.  All I knew was that my dad was on edge--scared, even--and slightly panicked that my mom was still downtown.  I remember sitting on the couch when I got home and watching the news, watching the planes hit those huge buildings.

That's about all I remember of 9-11, except also that it was sunny down here in Charlotte--ironically, a beautifully warm, sunny day.

This is just my small offer to the world.  It's not something I think about often or honor on a regular basis.  But I want to change that.  Since we don't have any flags here in my house, I leave this post...

God bless America.

10 September 2010

Follow Friday (6)


So it's been FOREVER since I've done a Follow Friday.  I know I'm being Miss Tarty to the Party by doing it so late in the day but oh well. :)  To all of you stopping by, THANKS!

So now for some updates...

Giveaways-

Recent Reviews- (since I've done my last Follow Friday)
  • Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
  • The Alchemyst - Michael Scott
General Update-
I've got a bunch of GUEST POSTS coming up and I'm already planning topics for October.  I've got three empty spots for next month, so if you're in the mood for writing a guest post, send me an email. :)

NEXT WEEK:
  • No In My Mailbox planned for this upcoming Sunday. :(
  • Monday - Guest Post from Ash @ Smash Attack Reads
  • Tuesday - BBAW Interview w/ Heather @ Capricious Reader
  • Thursday - Interview + giveaway w/ Maria V. Snyder
  • Friday - Review of Clockwork Angel (tentative--possibly sooner)
Link up!
If you're stopping by and you aren't a follower, make sure to leave a link to your blog (if you have one) so I can stop by and say hi! :)

09 September 2010

Emerald Talisman Cover Remake

The lovely Miss Eleni over at La Femme Readers is playing host to The Emerald Talisman book tour.  Remake the cover of The Emerald Talisman, submit it, and get the chance to win books ONE and TWO of the Talisman series by Brenda Pandos.  Oh, and that's not all!  In addition to the first two books, you'll get a shout out in the acknowledgements of the third book!  (HOLY FAINTING SPELL, BATMAN!)

I figured I'd give this a shot because I've been wanting to read these books for a while now. :)  So I'm entering my goofy self.

Here is the original cover:
And here's my entry:
I keep double checking the text.  I have dyslexia, so you see the need to do so. ;)

If you'd like to enter, click here!  Better get cracking, cause the last day to enter is September 14th--next Tuesday!  The lovely Miss Brenda Pandos will be hand picking the winner based on the entries. :)

You can see more on The Emerald Talisman here. (link takes you to Goodreads)

[edit--added]

I know that it isn't in the contest to do both covers, but I was on a roll, so I went ahead and did the cover for The Sapphire Talisman. :)

Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder



An undercover mission leads to danger, an adventure and an impossible choice.  After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers.  She can no longer create glass magic.  More, she's immune to the effects of magic.  Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world.  Until spying through the glass becomes her new power.  Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic.  And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood--and that finding it might let her regain her powers.  Or know it could be they are lost forever.

08 September 2010

Giveaway: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

This contest is now closed.
And here we have the second of five giveaways this month!  You can enter to win "Other" by Karen Kincy here.  Also, check out my Upcoming Events post for September to see some other awesome things coming this month!
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction… 
When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort. 
The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.
 Contest Requirements:
  • Must be 13 or older
  • Must fill out the following form
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Contest Ends October 14th
Enter here!
(stop by tomorrow [9/9] for my review of SPY GLASS by Maria V. Snyder)

05 September 2010

Guest Post: Sam @ Read, Sam Read!


Leading us off in the four guests posts planned for this month, we have the uberawesome SAM from Read, Sam Read!  The topic?  What was your favorite book as a child, and why?
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04 September 2010

In My Mailbox (11)

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So, Monday was the best day of my life.  Yesterday was the worst.  So this morning, I was pretty out of it when I filmed this IMM clip.  You can tell because I said that I had school Monday--which I don't.  And, and my enthusiasm was gone. >.<

Most Recent Reviews:
Reviews to Come:
  • Spy Glass - Maria V. Snyder
  • Halo - Alexandra Adornetto
Bought:
  • Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
  • Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
  • Halo - Alexandra Adornetto
  • Spy Glass - Maria V. Snyder
  • Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
  • Devastation - Gloria Skurzynski
Won:
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Currently Reading:
  • Spy Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Sorry for talking so fast.  I was SO excited! ^_^
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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal.  Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still.  Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies.  She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths.  Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.


So much for normal.

01 September 2010

Giveaway: Other by Karen Kincy

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That's right, folks!  I'm hosting my first giveaway!  There will be five giveaways this month.  (FIVE!!)  You can find out about happy goings on this month by checking out my "Upcoming Events - September" post.
Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves. 
When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.
Contest Requirements:
  • Must be 13 or over
  • Must fill out the following form
  • US residents only
  • You may only fill out the form once
Contest ends OCTOBER 14th
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