Thursday, March 25, 2010

Radiant Shadows News


With April 20th right around the corner Harper has released the Radiant Shadows book trailer! Radiant Shadows is the fourth Wicked Lovely book by Melissa Marr. If you have not read these books I highly recommend them. I was lucky enough to read an advance readers copy and all I can say is amazing! Melissa will be on tour starting in April and will also be participating in the Smart Chick Tour in the fall. Wicked Lovely is also being made into a movie and Melissa tweets that she read the screenplay and loved it. Also below you'll see a widget you can click on to take a look inside Wicked Lovely and read the first few pages of the book.




My Radiant Shadows Review


For more information on the Wicked Lovely Series:
http://www.melissa-marr.com
http://harperteen.com/contests/wickedlovely

View the first 80 pages of Radiant Shadows here:

Browse Inside this book
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book Review: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Impossible Impossible by Nancy Werlin



The cover is gorgeous and others have describe it as thrilling, romantic, fairy tale, enticing, and plenty of appeal. If you want to read a story that will shock you, well this is it. It’s like using the example of a horrible car wreck: you just can’t look away. In this case, instead of a wreck it was a rape and that's just the first fifty pages. I'll admit, I couldn’t put the book down and walk away. I can’t say that there wasn’t a love story or a happy ending of sorts whether that's a good or a bad thing I’m not sure. Even attempting to write this review is hard. Will this book stand out in my mind? Yes. Is it a story I would read again? No.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This is a library-loving blog challenge!

For every commenter on this post between now and March 27th 2010, I will donate $1.00 to my local library: Aldine Public Library, up to an amount of $50.00.

How easy could it be? You comment, I cough up the money, the library gets a gift! If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do.

Note that my pledge is “per commenter”—so if a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once! But you can do more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, tweet about it, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money.

If you’re moved to make a flat-fee donation to your library, or to start your own challenge, you are quite welcome, and please leave that information in the comments.

For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving a comment!) visit the writerjenn blog at http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/

Bonus: So you don’t walk away without something if you tweet about this and post the link with your comment I will enter you in drawing and you win a book of your choice from the list below. I have randomly picked a few books off my shelf:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Make sure to leave your contact info if you want to be entered in the giveaway!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Keys to the Repository Cover Revealed

Release June 29, 2010

Melissa revealed this cover on her blog a few days ago and I missed it!  Oh that's right I was sick and Edward insist I stay human.

Here is some info on Keys from Melissa's personal blog:
 
KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY, a Blue Bloods short story collection, which includes character profiles, a dictionary of terms, and lots of fun stuff, like maps as well as sneak peeks at BB5: Misguided Angel and the new BB spinoff, Wolf Pact.

Source: Melissa's Shopping Diaries

I am also really excited that Wednesday March 24th EW's Shelf Life will be revealing the cover to Misguided Angels, the next in the Blue Blood Series which comes out October 5th 2010.  This on top of the movie news released earlier this month that Au Pair, one of Melissa's earlier series, has been given the green light to start filming.  To say this is a very busy year for Melissa de la Cruz is an understatement.  I just hope that if she tours she makes a stop in Houston.

For more information visit Melissa's website at http://www.melissa-delacruz.com

The Awakening Review

The Awakening (Ghost Huntress, Book 1) The Awakening by Marley Gibson / Kate Harmon


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Over the weekend I finished reading The Awakening (Ghost Huntress, Book 1) by Marley Gibson. This is the first book I've read by this author and I found it hard to read. I really wanted to like it! I picked up the book at Half Price Books, on one of my many trips, after reading a few pages and thought it was cute. As I started to read more of the book it started to feel predictable and you can pretty much figure out the plot of the story. I would say this would be a good recommendation for a younger audience, but the main character uses a lot of curse words. The story is about Kendall, a girl who moves from Chicago to the small town of Radisson, Georgia. When she arrives in Radisson, she has no friends and then she finds out she can talk to ghosts. At first she hears a voice from her white noise sleep machine, then she starts to just know random facts about people, and eventually she starts seeing spirits. Soon after arriving in Radisson she befriends Celia, the wallflower whose family is rich; Taylor, the once popular girl who dropped off the social scene; and Becca, the debutant turned goth girl. They all come together to form a ghost hunting group in order to help lost souls. Of course there is the cute boy who happens to be Taylor’s twin and Kendall ends up falling for him, but not before making a mess of things. In addition I wasn’t crazy about the IM speak, or that Taylor used random French expressions. I didn’t hate the book I just wasn’t crazy about it and I would probably give book two a chance.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Contest Winner -Shelltweets-

Thank you to all who entered and who visit my blog!  I am really excited to announce Shelltweets wins the first edition autographed copy of I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.



As many of you know I'm kind of an excel geek so I took the names and added the entries into a column.  Add a rand function to jumble them.  Then ran this really cool formula [=INDEX($A:$A,RANDBETWEEN(1,COUNTA($A:$A)),1)] and tada I got the winner!  Now you see why I say excel geek.

Shell email me your snail mail and I will send you the book!  There will be another contest next month so check back often!



Author Appreciation Week - Stephenie Meyer


Fact or Fiction: Only moms and teens read Young Adult books. Fiction! Also, why should it matter what your age is? Why can't an adult enjoy a book about teens the way we do romance, mystery or nonfiction?


I actually had no idea that a Young Adult Genre existed before Stephenie Meyer. I remember finishing a really hard semester in college two years ago and feeling exhausted. A friend said "well you like to read why not try Twilight?" and I gave her a look that said really a teen vampire book? I never caught onto Anne Rice so I wasn't sure it would work for me, but she insisted that I give it a try and so I did. For the first fifty pages I wasn’t sure, but then next thing you know I was hooked. I fell in love with Edward and got so wrapped up in the story that I finished all four books in a two week period. I even reread all four books twice to make sure I got all the details.

I loved that people everywhere were so passionate about the books regardless of age. I had never really experienced anything like that before. I soon found twitter and found a whole community of Twilight fans who shared the same passion. Some had devoted podcast such as TwilightNewborns.com who share their point on The Twilight Saga. I found great people who I chat, text, tweet, talk on the phone with regularly, and even met a fellow Twilight fan all thanks to the Twilight Saga.  These are great people who have similar interests and have become great friends.
Stephenie opened my eyes to a whole new genre of books, which I quickly jumped into, after reading The Twilight Saga I read Mortal Instruments, Tithe, Blue Bloods, House of Night, Wicked Lovely, Vampire Academy and many other series. I thought it was great that there are so many people who are passionate about books and not just the Young Adult Genre. I went from reading one book a month to one book a week and somewhere along the way people started to notice how much I was reading and wanted to know what I would recommend so I started this blog. Now the twilight excitement is starting back up with the release of the New Moon DVD today and Eclipse opens June 30, 2010 in theaters across the U.S. My one wish would be that one day Stephenie finishes Midnight Sun.

For more information on Stephenie Meyer:
http://www.stepheniemeyer.com
http://www.twilightthemovie.com

I would like to say thanks to Heidi R. Kling, who had the great idea for Author Appreciation Week!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Author Appriciation Week - Joy Fielding


Many people are amazed when they see how much I read and I would love to tell you about the author who started it all. One day I was wandering the rows of Half Price Books and Joy Fielding’s book, The First Time, jumped out at me. Joy Fielding is a adult fiction author who wrote The First Time, which is a story about Mattie, a woman who has a perfect husband and a great teenage daughter, then she finds out her husband is unfaithful, her daughter take the separation hard and starts having sex, and to make things worse Mattie finds out she is sick. This was the first book that really made me cry and get emotionally involved in the story. After reading The First Time, I bought every book she wrote and have very rarely been disappointed. Joy’s novels are touching, sad, suspenseful and beautiful! She writes adult fiction and has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for several of her books. Many of her novels have also been turned into movies for Lifetime, such as The Other Woman, Don’t Cry Now, and See Jane Run. Thanks to Joy I found my love of books!

A few of Joy's Book Covers:


Here is a blog post I did on her latest book

Joy Fielding’s Info:
http://www.joyfielding.com
http://twitter.com/joyfielding

Backlist of Joy’s Books:
*for books I have read
Still Life*
Charley's Web*
Heartstopper*
Mad River*
Puppet*
Lost*
Whispers and Lies*
Grand Avenue*
The First Time*
Missing Pieces*
Don't Cry Now*
Tell Me No Secrets*
See Jane Run*
Good Intentions
The Deep End
Life Penalty
The Other Women
Kiss Mommy Goodbye


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Author Appriciation Week - Nicholas Sparks


     When I think about romantic love stories I think of one man and that man is Nicholas Sparks. From The Notebook, True Believer, At First Site, A Bend in the Road, The Rescue, Dear John, and many more which have all lead to his latest masterpiece The Last Song, all of his books have left a lasting impression on us all. His books live on the New York Best Sellers List as well as becoming box office hits.
     His novel that would start his string of box office hits was Message in a Bottle and went on to include other hits such as A Walk to Remember, which was a story insipired by his sister that he lost to cancer, The Notebook a love story that captivated the MTV generation, Nights in Rodanthe, the novel that was inspired by his in laws true love story and in 2010 we had the movie that would command the number 1 spot with movie goers, Dear John, a book we all fell in love with.
     The latest of Sparks books to make it to the big screen is The Last Song and one of my favorite books! This book made me cry, laugh, hug my loved ones, and give thanks for where I work. This was book was also a first for Nicholas because he wrote the screenplay before the novel and it was written for Miley Cyrus. Don't hold that against him if you are not a Miley fan. I think that if she plays Ronnie right she will win over a new audience. In The Last Song, Ronnie is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father in a small beach town in North Carolina. There Nicholas Sparks works his magic to help mend the bonds between father and daughter and it's where Ronnie finds her first love.  

The Last Song is also really special to me because a great twitter friend Sassette stood in line for hours to get me an autographed copy. This is something I can never thank her enough for!

I look forward to many more novels and movies from the great Nicholas Sparks!



My Blogs about Nicholas Sparks:
Dear John Movie Trailer
The Last Song Book Review

Nicholas Sparks:
http://nicholassparks.com
http://twitter.com/SparksNicholas
http://touchstone.movies.go.com/thelastsong

Backlist:
Books I have Read*

The Last Song*
The Lucky Ones*
Dear John*
The Choice*
At First Site*
True Believer*
Theree Weeks With My Brother*
The Guardian*
The Wedding
Nights In Rodanthe*
A Bend In The Road*
The Rescue*
A Walk To Remember
Message In a Bottle
The Notebook*
Wokini

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Author Appreciation Week - Maggie Stiefvater


When I think of author appreciation a few names come to mind, but first I would like to talk about Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie wrote three of my favorite books Lament, Ballad, and Shiver. Shiver has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 30 weeks and counting. Maggie’s writing really stands out because she makes you use all of your senses when you reading her novels. I felt as if I could see, smell, feel, and hear even the smallest details in her books. Aside from being a great author she also paints, draws, writes music, and plays many musical instruments. Maggie is an artist in every sense of the word. Not only is she incredibly talented but very nice to her fans and makes it a point to reply to all comments on her blog, emails, and even tweets. I see nothing but greatness from this author and I look forward to her future works. Linger, book two in the Shiver trilogy, will be released July 20, 2010 and is already receiving great reviews. Forever, the third book will also be released in 2011. Whenever someone asks what they should read next my first thought is always one of Maggie’s books. I swear you will not be disappointed! If you are wondering how to pronounce her last name its "Steve-Otter." Like the name, "Steve," and the little furry animal otter. LOL I love that its one of her frequently asked questions. Another bit of exciting news is that the film rights to Shiver have been picked up by Unique Features who are associated with Warner Brothers. Unique Features is also the company who picked up the Mortal Instruments movie rights and has hired screenwriter Nick Pustay for the Shiver movie project.


Maggie's portrait of Sam and Grace:



My reviews of Maggie’s Books:
Lament
Ballad
Shiver

Maggie’s Info:
http://maggiestiefvater.com
http://twitter.com/mstiefvater
http://www.merryfates.com


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Lonely Hearts Club Review

The Lonely Hearts Club The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another great #TAA book! I found The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, to be funny, witty, and a great read. What girl hasn't dated a jacka$$ and wanted to swear off men? Eulberg made having a broken heart seem like a good experience rather than a tragedy. Penny, the main character, gets her heart broken by her first boyfriend and starts The Lonely Hearts Club. She swears off dating and boys until she is out of high school. At first all her friends think she has lost it but slowly they come around. I love the embarrassing parents because I swear they have the funniest lines. I am sure some day our kids will say the same about Twilight fans (if they're not saying it already!). In the end The Lonely Hearts Club evolves into a group of girls who support each other. If you have a loser ex, or know of someone who does I recommend this book. It's a really fun read!


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Torment by Lauren Kate - Cover Released

Thank Goodness for Goodreads! 


I am so excited that Goodreads released the cover to Torment by Lauren Kate.  Torment is the follow up to Fallen, one of my few five star reviews.  Look at how beautiful this cover is!  Lauren is a fellow Texan and New York Times Best Selling Author.  I can't wait until September 2, 2010 which is only a day after my birthday.  In the mean time I recommend picking up Fallen.

Percy Jackson Book

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I thought this was a good book. I like the the story over all but some of the plots were a little predictable. I like how Percy breaks the rules and does things his own way. I want to see where Anabell's character goes. Also will Grover go on his quest? I am looking forward to the next book and the movie.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

How to get an autographed book

Are you a book lover?  I would say that I am but if you don't believe me look at my bookshelf.  If the answer is yes then you not only want the latest book, but you also want it autographed. Well when you live in a big city, like I do, or if you have a popular author who makes a tour stop in your city then you don't really have a problem getting your book signed. For the rest of my readers here is an alternative. I have put together a list of authors who provide information on how to buy an autographed copy or can send you a book plate. A book plate is a sticker they mail you with their autograph you can put inside your book. Some authors have agreements with bookstores to provide autographed copies. The sites I have seen do not charge extra for an autograph. If you know of any others send me the link and I can add it to my list. All information is research I have done on my own on authors websites.

Autographed Book:
Richelle Mead works with University Bookstore
Maggie Stiefvater works with Fountain Bookstore, Inc.
Melissa Marr works with Fountain Bookstore, Inc.
Fountain Books also offers an additional list of autograph
Cassandra Clare works with Books of Wonder
Carrie Ryan partners with Park Road Books 
Jeri Smith-Ready works with Constellation Books
Lili Saintcrow works with Cover to Cover
Heather Brewer works with Main Street Books
Laura Kreitzer

Bookplates:
Melissa de la Cruz - (see snail mail section)
Cynthia Leitich Smith - (towards the bottom of the page)
Kelley Armstrong
Melissa Marr - search for bookplates is halfway down the page

Also check the authors websites, booktour.com, and your local bookstores to find events in your area.  That way you get to meet your favorite authors!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Breaking News: Smart Chicks Kick It Tour Info



Melissa Marr just posted the dates for the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour and who will be at each stop.  I have to remind myself to breath and to stop jumping up and down so I can type this post.  So can you believe the Houston Area not only gets one but two stops!  Seriously I am dying to be at this event!  I have already sent an email to my favorite book store Blue Willow Bookshop to congratulate them on getting this!  So here is the information from Melissa's website:

SMART CHICKS WITH DATES:

September 13th—Tour launches at Book People in Austin, Texas w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Rachel Caine , & Cassandra Clare 7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE BOOKSTORE

September 14thB&N The Woodlands in Houston, TX w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Rachel Vincent. 7:00 pm B&N, THE WOODLANDS 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380

September 15thBlue Willow in Houston, TX w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Cassandra Clare 7:00 pm Remote location details to come Off site event hosted by: BLUE WILLOW

September 16th—Lemuria Jackson, MS w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Sarah Rees Brennan 6:00 pm LEMURIA BOOKS 202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 North Jackson, MS 39206

September 17th—Poisoned Pen Phoenix, AZ w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberly Derting, and Becca Fitzpatrick 7:00 pm Hosted by POISONED PEN at the Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium (holds 300 people)

September 18th—Keplers SF, CA w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa de la Cruz,, Becca Fitzpatrick, & Rachel Vincent KEPLERS (Remote location details to come )

*chicks naps on the 19th*

September 20th—Vroman’s w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, & Mary Pearson 6:00 pm VROMANS BOOKSTORE

September 21st —Mysterious Galaxy w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Pearson, Rachel Caine, & Carrie Ryan Time & Remote location: Encinitas County Library, 540 Cornish Drive,Encinitas, CA 92024

September 22nd —Anderson’s Chicago w w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Barnes, & Carrie Ryan 7:00 pm ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOPS 123 West Jefferson Avenue Naperville, IL 60567-3832

September 23rd —Dayton OH w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, & Kami Garcia 7:00 pm “BOOKS & CO: AT THE GREENE”

September 24th —Cincinnati w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jessica Verday, Jeri Smith-Ready, & Margaret Stohl 7:00 pm Joseph Beth

September 25th —Toronto w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl 2:00 pm CHAPTERS BRAMPTON 52 Quarry Edge Drive, Brampton, ON

I could not be happier to be sharing a tour with these seriously kickass chicks. I hope some of you all will come out & see us. . .

PLEASE do note that these are not straight signings. The chicks will chat, Q&A, & sign. At a few spots, we will be off site

Source of Information: http://melissa-writing.livejournal.com/397705.html?view=5213577#t5213577

You can also get more information about Smart Chicks Kick It on:
http://twitter.com/smartchickstour
http://www.smartchickskickit.com

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - New Book


I have heard a lot of buzz about this book.  Some of the people I follow are reading it and when I was at Borders one of the employees stopped me to say how great the book was.  So I gave into peer pressure and bought it. Look how pretty the cover is how could I say no? Also I rationalized it with a Borders 30% off coupon. I’ll let you know how it goes but in the mean time here is a little about the book. Have you read this book? Do you have it on your to read list? Let me know with a comment :)

Synopsis
Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.
Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.
One inside, one outside
But both imprisoned.
Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world's end.
Imagine the unimaginable.
Imagine Incarceron.



About the author
Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work. Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers' Prize. She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990. Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children's Book of the Year. The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008.

Author Website: http://www.catherine-fisher.com

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Anastasia's Secret Book Review

Anastasia's Secret Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Anastasia’s Secret is a tragically beautiful story that everyone must read. Susanne Dunlap takes the historical figure Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanova and tells her story from age twelve to seventeen. The story begins when Anastasia befriends Sasha, a young soldier who would not be considered suitable by her family. Sasha does not shelter Anastasia but instead speaks honestly to her and even shows her what life outside the palace walls is like. With war, revolutions, and the fall of the monarchy we see the toll all these things take on the royal family. We experience the imprisonment of the Romanova's and how the family was mistreated. No matter where life took Sasha and Anastasia they always seem to cross paths. Even within the darkness Anastasia found a love that kept her faith alive. In the end she has to choose between a chance at a new life or to stay with her family. I loved this book from beginning to end and could not put it down for a second.

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For more information on Susanne Dunlap visit: http://www.susannedunlap.com
This book was recommended by the wonderful people at Bloomsbury Children's Books and Walker Books for Young Readers

Friday, March 5, 2010

Heist Society Book Review

Heist Society Heist Society by Ally Carter


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Heist Society is about a girl named Cat whose family business is a little different. The family business lets her travel the world, always surrounds her with the finest things money can and can’t buy, but the downside is that staying in the family business might get her thrown in jail or worse. So Cat decides to walk away from it all and enrolls in school. Just as Cat is getting settled into her new life someone pulls a stunt that gets her kicked out of school. In walks Hale, a handsome guy from her past. Oh Hale, you can steal my heart any day! Cat finds out that while she was away someone pulled a heist, stealing five priceless paintings from a mobster, and Cat knows that only the best could have done. Bad news is all signs point to her dad. Cat has to find out the truth and set things right before it costs her father his life. Oh and all this has to be done in two weeks! This is one of the best books I have read so far this year. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Reading List

 March 2010

So here is my schedule of what I plan to read this month.  Feel free to join me and then we can discuss.  Also I am always up for taking recommendations.  If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods.  Happy reading!

Heist Society Heist Society by Ally Carter

Anastasia's Secret Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap 

The Lonely 
Hearts Club The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
(This is for #TAA Book Club) 

The Awakening The Awakening (Ghost Huntress, Book 1) by Marley Gibson / Kate Harmon  

Impossible (Paperback) by Nancy Werlin Impossible by Nancy Werlin







Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer currently reading


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Contest win an autographed book!

I feel really lucky to have met Ally Carter and want to share that with all my readers. I swear I feel like only about 5 people visit my blog but let’s have a contest anyways! The winner will get a first edition autographed copy of I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.


Contest ends March 19th

To enter leave a comment and tell me which author you would love to meet (dead or alive) and what book you would want to have signed by them?

Don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Extra entries (left as separate comments):
+1 if you tweet/facebook/myspace about this contest and post the link here
+1 if you follow me
+2 if you followed me before this contest


Come March19th I will draw a winner!

US entries only (So I can use media mail)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heist Society comes to Houston


I had the pleasure of going to see Ally Carter, author of Heist Society and The Gallagher Girls Series, at Blue Willow Bookshop. She was in Houston to promote her new book Heist Society and let me say she was very entertaining. I really enjoy going to book signings because you get to see what the author is like in person.


Ally grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and went on to graduate from OSU with an economics degree. One of my favorite questions was: How did you become a writer? Ally explained that as a kid she loved the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Hinton is also from Oklahoma and wrote The Outsiders as a young girl, so Ally figured that's what girls from Oklahoma did and in the back of her mind she always thought she would write. She believes that the key to being a good writer is to read a lot and write a lot.


Ally made a fun comment that "Only crazy people and writers talk to imaginary characters all day long." She also finds writing to be great because she can get paid to tell stories and wear pajamas all day long. Ally's trick to meeting deadlines by using a computer without internet and believes that showers must be earned. She discussed that writing her books can range from six months to nine months, but her longest one was Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy which took 18 months.

Ally writes her books as if it were a movie so when she writes, she uses the storyboard method to help her plan out the scenes. Storyboarding is when you lay out each scene in the story, Ally described having large post it notes on her wall showing each scene as it would happen in the book.  I found this interesting because when I'm reading a book I have to picture it as a movie.  Her first series Gallagher Girls was inspired by a scene in Alias, the tv show, and is very popular w/the younger teen crowd. Ally thought it would be a great idea if there were an academy for girls who were training to be spies. She did extensive research on spies and espionage to keep her books as factual as possible.

Heist Society was inspired from a line in a book “I was a cat burglar in my own house…” it inspired her to write a book about a girl named Cat who was a cat burglar. I find it great how the smallest detail can inspire her books. Ally did say that she is hard at work on the second book for Heist Society, but isn't sure on how many books will be in the series.  In addition the film rights have been options by The WB and within a week a screen writer and producer were hired. Hopefully the movie will make it to screen. 

Ally also mention how she loves young adult books and would even like to write a book about farming. As a girl who grew up on a farm in Oklahoma she feels like no one has been able to write a book that revolves around farm life and gotten right.  The last book she read was Hunger Games which she really liked. All I can say is YAY!! Another author she mentioned and really likes is Janet Evanovich.
I found Ally to be really sweet, funny, and always smiling. I am currently reading Heist Society which is really great and hard to put down. Fun fact: Heist Society just about sold out the night of the event. If she is ever in your area you should really go out and see her and pick up her new book!


For more on Ally Carter visit:
http://www.allycarter.com