Friday, July 31, 2009
Here is also a trailer for After, which I have read and love.
BTW, I reached past two hundred followers. That is crazy and sort of stressful in a way. So, Thanks!
Peace out, Sarah.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
She has written The Otherworlds series, The Darkest Power Series, and Nadia Stafford Series.
1. Before writing for Teens, you were a bestselling author for Adults. What did writing for the young adult readers appeal to you?
It was a couple of things. I had an idea inspired by my second adult novel, Stolen, but it was about supernaturals just coming into their powers, which in my world happens at puberty. So it wouldn't work for an adult series. That idea was in the back of my mind as I was getting email from readers I considered a little too young to be reading my other books! So I decided to give my YA idea a try.
2. All of the main characters in Darkest Powers series have some sort of "power". What "power" would you like the most?
I would love to be a werewolf and experience life in a different form? The secondary characteristics would be cool, too, but those "extras" also make it hard for werewolves to blend, so in a more practical sense, I'd go with spell-casters. Their powers take work to learn, but overall they have fewer drawbacks.
3. What books can we expect from you in the future?
The next two Otherworld books are Savannah's. She's 21 and finally able to get into trouble without the others to protect her. For the YA, I’m working on the first of the second trilogy, which is set in the same world as the first, but with new characters and a new Edison Group experiment.
4. You have 13 books out, 2 coming in the next year, and a lot of short stories. Where do you get the inspiration for so many books?
Questions like that were so much easier to answer when I first started writing, because I knew exactly where ideas and inspiration came from! Now, with all those books out, I’m influenced by so many sources that it’s a fluid and invisible process. Everything goes into the creative pot and if I sit back and think "where did I get that ingredient from?" I honestly have no idea.
5. What does writing in a series appeal to you?
Writing in a series gives me the chance to develop characters and fantasy worlds beyond what I can do in one book. With each new one, I’m able to try something a little different and tap further into what I’ve already created.
6. What is a normal writing day for you?
A typical writing day starts at about 5:30. I work until I get my kids up, then send them off on the bus at 7:30. I usually write all morning and into the early afternoon, then spend the rest of the afternoon doing business stuff. I stop at 4 when the kids return, then try to get in another hour or two in the evening. On weekends I get caught up on snail mail, email, interviews etc. In summer, like now, it’s more of a mishmash, taking time when I can get it and trying to stay on schedule while enjoying having the kids around.
7. What do you do other then writing, reading, and being an author?
My other hobbies would include cooking, learning, hiking and spending time with my family.
8. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Just a thank you for the interview!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Author: Holly Nicole Hoxter
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Now Lainey's five-year-old brother is an orphan, and her estranged older sister is moving back home to be his guardian. Meanwhile, Lainey's boyfriend is thinking about having a family of their own, and her best friends are always asking the wrong sorts of questions and giving advice Lainey doesn't want to hear. As she tries to pull away from everything familiar, Lainey meets an intriguing new guy who, through a series of Slurpees, burgers, and snowballs, helps her to make peace with a parent she never understood.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sorry for not posting In My Mailbox today. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Also Does anyone wish it was winter already? I like the cold. It is 99, here in the shade.
Peace out, Sarah.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Christina Harner spent years studying the complexities of culture for her B.A. A lover of all things fantasy and creating imaginary beings and stories in her head, she is thrilled to finally blend her passions for anthropology, nature and the unknown realm of fairies together in her debut book. She wrote the Behind Every Illusion, while living in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and two children. You can learn more about the book at http://www.behindeveryillusion.com/.
Overall: 87/100 or B
Tatiana Lewis is starting college with her brother Isaac this fall. She will be near her older sister, Bethany too. And her Aunt Ruth will always be around. Right after her eighteen birthday, she has abilities and they have to be kept a secret. She has no clue what would happen if anyone found out. Issac finds out about her abilities and tries to encourage Tatiana to let them manifest. Tatiana decides to continue life as normal as possible. She goes to college and instantly becomes friends with Winter. She is also an outsider and shares Tatiana's love of nature. Still Tatiana isn't able to tell her about her abilities. After tragedy happens, Tatiana accept herself and finds a purpose.
This book was pretty good. I liked how Tatiana wasn't sure of herself and shy. I could relate to her. Isaac was interesting, too. I loved his interest in Mythology. Bethany was awesome too. I really liked Adam, he was so... amazing. The plot was a bit slow, but at the end, I couldn't stop reading it. The message of protecting the environment was a little redundant, but well presented. Behind Every Illusion is very original. I am not sure what to call the creature that Tatiana is. Harner is a great writer too. I would recommend it to anyone that likes faeries or pixies.
I don't have the Interview at this time, but as soon as I do it will be posted here.
Friday, July 24, 2009
1. You have said in a few interviews, that you wouldn’t like to write a sequel to a currently published book. Would you ever consider writing a series for any future books?
For those of you who read this--what would *you* like to know?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired…and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.
This books looks really cute. Like a fun little read. The cover is cute. I am excited for this book.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Overall: 88/100 or B
Abe Stein has been elected as the first gay Jewish President of the United States of America. It was a victory by only the state of Kansas. Duncan Weiss and his boyfriend Jimmy are more then excited. They have been volunteering at the local Stein headquarters, since the election. The morning after the election, questions arise about the handling of the ballots in Kansas from the opposition.
Stein ask his supporters to come to Kansas, so that his opponents can see the faces of the people that they are going to deceive. Duncan is not sure, if he should go or if he should stay. The thought of staying drives a wedge between him and Jimmy. Duncan must choose between staying home and playing it safe or stand up for what he believes in.
Duncan is a relatable character. The plot was interested, but I love political aspect. Wide Awake is a thought provoking book, about ideals in our world. In Wide Awake, their are stores for donating to charities and the whole world has medical care. Even though this book is fiction it could happen. Levithan's message is one of hope.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here is Lisa's Faerie child. She was really cute. She also handed out Lisa's Backstage Pass bracelets, which are awesome.
She also talked about her time as a stage manager.
Here is Caitlin Kittredge with the I love Khy sign too. She is the tenner author of
The Witch's Alphabet. So, overall, I had a lot of fun. There were a few authors there. Also the University Bookstore talked about upcoming signings and I am excited.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Anyways, I am going to try to get the Lisa Mantchev event posted later today. It depends on how I feel and such. Also any bloggers/authors in the Seattle area, leave a comment. I am planning something sekrit.
Thanks for your time and sorry for this mini-rant.
Peace Out, Sarah.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
To enter, you must answer this question:
What would you if you were a werewolf for the whole winter?
New and Current followers get +5.
If you were of the original 150, you get another +5.
If you link to this contest, you get +3. (Once per social network.)
If you are referred or refer someone. +1
This contest ends August 7th and is open to anyone.
Good Luck, Sarah.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Author: Dia Reeves
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: Spring 2010
Sixteen-year-old Hanna Järvinen is an unusual girl with a head full of hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet full of frilly, violet dresses. Everything a girl needs--except love. But that's what mothers are for, and Hanna is sure she can reconcile with hers, even though she was abandoned as a baby.
Unfortunately, her mother lives in Portero, an odd East Texas town with doors that lead out of the world, flesh-eating creatures, and parasitical spirits--not an ideal environment for winning a mother's love.
Hanna, however, refuses to let a few monsters interfere with her plans. If she has to flirt a little, lie a little, kill a little, or even bleed a little, she'll do it. Hanna can live with monsters and mayhem, but she would rather die than live without love.
Bleed Violet sound amazing. Like Paranormal with mystery. Dia is a tenner. I can't wait for this book. I love the cover. It is so pretty.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sprout Bradford has a secret. It’s not what you think—he’ll tell you he’s gay. He’ll tell you about his dad’s drinking and his mother’s death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds he’s had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Seventeen-year-old Amelia Warner is always on the outside. Moving from boarding school to boarding school with her brother and their father, the untenured professor, doesn't help. Amelia lives inches from the sons and daughters of the elite, forever looking in on the beautiful people. A natural-born charmer who doesn't lie so much as rework the truth to her advantage, Amelia is well-versed in the art of faking a high-society identity to get limited access to the luxe life, but she's never figured out how to truly belong. Then she meets Courtney Moore, the Upper East Side heiress who needs a friend as badly as Amelia wants to be that friend, and suddenly a world of opportunity opens up for her. Parties, shopping, her own wing in the Moore mansion—it's all hers for the taking, as long as she can keep her real life a secret, especially from the new acquaintance who's been asking way too many questions. Can Amelia stay one step ahead of the doubters to secure her place in the beautiful world?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I am not feeling so great, after seeing Transformers 2 and Star Trek last night, which both are amazing. I was out till 3 AM and woke up at 7. So I am showing the book trailer of Candor by Pam Bachorz. I'll do my In My Mailbox video tomorrow. Hope everyone is well.
Peace out Sarah.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Overall: 88/100 or B
Ever is just getting used to be an Immortal. She is learning new abilities for the dark and magical world that Damen has introduced her to. It seems that as Ever's power grow that Damen is growing weaker. When he is stricken with a mysterous illness that threatens to destory his memories, idenity, and life.
Ever travels to Summerland, to find a cure for what has happened to Damen. In Summerland, Ever uncovers his past, but the ancient text also reveals the workings of time. The approaching blue moon is Ever's only chance for time travel. Ever has the choice of staying in the present and saving Damen or turning back the clock and saving her family.
Ever was more likable to me in this book. I think the fact that she wasn't swooning over Damen as much. I liked seeing Damen's flaws, it made him more understandable. Roman was crazy, but he was also very smart. I liked his character even though he isn't the good guy. The plot wasn't as fast paced as Evermore, but Blue Moon was still impossible to put down. The emotions are everywhere. Ever's story feels like someone that you know is telling you. For example, giving her two impossible choices that either way, she'll lose. Noël is an amazing writer, with a lot of details and realistic characters. The Immortal series is a must read for anyone that loves a supernatural story. I highly suggest checking this book soon.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Overall: 90/100 or A
Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. Kyra is not allowed to read anything but the bible, watch Television, go to the movies, or go on a date. Despite these strict rules, she secretly visits the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels or the meeting with Joshua in the middle of the night. This is the boy that she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. Though her dreams are crushed, when the Prophet decreed that she must marry her sixty year old uncle at only the age of thirteen years old. He already has six other wives. Kyra must decide between a life of violence in the community or a life without her family.
The Chosen One is a one of a kind book. It is gripping, while dealing with a topic that was in the news, recently. From what I know, the polygamous sects were well portrayed. Force Marriages, Striping a man of his wives and children if he didn't follow the leader, and much more is a common feature. Kyra is strong with a lot of heart and independent. It is impossible to forget her story. Her love for her family is touching and authentic. The Chosen One is also a page turner. Williams also made it, very beautifully written. I really hope that you read this.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Author: Jen Nadol
Release Date: Early 2010
Sixteen year-old Cassie Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back. The one time she pointed it out taught her not to do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today. Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her? Most importantly, if you know today is someone's last, should you tell?
I love the cover of this book, and I swear I have been seeing it around a lot. It sounds amazing. I love supernatural books. Plus Jen Nadol is a tenner, which makes her instantly awesome. I want to read this book so much.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Overall: 91/100 or A
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Same Difference by Sioban Vivian
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
Summer Girls by Hailey Abbott
(I kind of did this really quickly, because of sparklers.)
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Sarah I dare you to accept this challenge.
1. Do everything Beth tells/asks you to do. For three days. (I had it at two but Khy protested) After you do it, I would like to talk to Beth and confirm you completed all three days.(You don't have to do it if what she asks is illegal/causes physical pain)
2. Re-read the Twilight series and reading all the companion books. You must post reviews of all.
3. Write a 1000 word blog post on how much who love and adore all the Jonas Brothers. Even the Bonas Jonas!
4. Make a video of you acting like the Book Fairy. Costumes are heavily encouraged!
5. Write a love letter to David Tennant. You must post it on the blog.
6. Read all of David Levithan's books and post reviews.
7. Watch 5 episodes of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. You must blog about the episodes you watched and your opinion on them.
8. Dailybooth every day for a month.
9. Make a Youtube video every week, not counting the one you make for Seven Book Babes.
10. Watch the Jonas Brothers live concert tour video AND the Hannah Montana live concert tour video. You must write and post reviews on each.
These must be completed by July 4, 2010
If you complete this challenge, I will write a long post about my love for all things Boy Band/Robert Pattinson/Taylor Lautner/Aaron Carter.
If you fail this challenge you must record yourself lip-singing a Katy Perry song. And post the video on your blog!If you choose to accept this challenge you must blog about your acceptance and log in with Mr Linky on the correct Acceptance Post here.
Blog about your thoughts after completing each item. When you've completed the challenge check in with Mr Linky on the correct Completed Challenge Post on the I Dare You to Accept This Challenge Blog!
1. What is Reapers about?
This is the query letter I sent out to agents. Right now I'm in the process of doing a rewrite, so the title will be changing but other than that it's pretty much the same.
Death isn't what Eden expected. Where the hell is her release? Her quiet ending? Not that Eden remembers the details of her final hours, but one thing is for sure--being trapped between life and death was definitely not part of the plan. Now, there's no way of telling what will happen when Eden's fingertips graze human skin. The power that builds inside her, Touch, strips away morals and logic. Some people only feel a high; others are overcome by their darkest thoughts. But Eden has no time to worry about her effect on mere mortals. She’s got her own drama. Somehow, word’s gotten around that her Touch can kill her own kind. The last thing Eden needs is the rumor to spread. Especially since it's true.Eden's gift can be used to save souls – or steal them. Her devil-may-care attitude isn't getting her as far as it used to. Because the devil does care – and The Fallen are closing in. Realizing her potential, their leader, Luke, starts turning on the charm. Luckily, Eden knows the tricks The Fallen can use, and the dangers of giving in to them. Hell, she'd been in love with Az once, and he'd been one of them too. But when Luke starts hinting that Az might have played a part in her death, his “lies” start making an awful lot of sense.Now Az has returned. Working with the Upstairs, he’s determined to beat Luke and win back more than just Eden's loyalty. She may already be dead, but Eden will be damned, literally, before she lets him off the hook that easily.
2. What is the hardest part of getting published?
Edits. Writing the book is only the beginning. There are usually two edits I do myself before I send it out to my critique partners. Then I edit after I get it back from them. If you land an agent, he/she will most likely want some tweaks. Edits suck, but in the end they're worth it because they make the book better.
3. Where do you find your inspiration for writing?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the teachers I've had over the years. I really believe that a good teacher can make all the difference.
4. What is a normal writing day for you?
For me, I have two kinds of writing days. If I'm working my day job, a usual shift runs from 2pm til 10pm, which means I settle down for writing time at about 11pm. Usually I try to work until at least 2am. Sometimes later. If it's a day off, I try to spend half the day writing. Of course though, all this time isn't spent writing. Sometimes I use a day for research. When I'm starting a new project, I'll spend a few days looking for music. I use a "soundtrack" when I'm writing to keep my head in the story. When I really get into a story though, I tend to go full throttle, which means I do little else but write. Everyone's different though.
5. What odd jobs on the road to getting published?
Honestly, writing is the oddest job I've had on the road to getting published! Think about it. The hours are crazy. You work alone, most times late at night or early in the morning, and you don't get paid. But for the stranger of my "normal" jobs? I've worked as a flight attendant, an extreme cave tour guide and when I was younger I sold corn at a roadside stand. Right now, my book is in submission and hasn't sold, so I'm working at a grocery store.
6. If you could be in any time era, which one would you choose?
I love this question! I'm gonna have to go with the Wild West. People back then had to be tough, and they are just fascinating to me. All that land was up for grabs and you could pretty much just claim it, build a cabin and start a new life. I'm sure I'm romanticising it JUST a bit - I mean, sure, cute cowboys and all but they couldn't have smelled very good - but it seemed like every day was an adventure.
7. Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'd just like to add a Thank You to you, Sarah, for the interview. For more information, you can go to http://www.leahclifford.com/
Khy, I dare you to accept this challenge. I dare you to complete ALL of them.
1. Read Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar and write a review fangirling it.
2. Watch the whole 1st season of Doctor Who.
3. Watch the whole 1st season of Sex in the City
4. Write a blog about your sekrit love of Jace Wayland.
5. Read three of Sarra Manning's Books (Let's Get Lost, Pretty Things, and Guitar Girl... I checked on Goodreads and you haven't read them. They are a must.)
6. Watch Rent.
7. Watch West Side Story.
8. Watch Across the Universe
9. Don't listen to Musical soundtracks for a week.
10. Listen to Lady Gaga for at least 10 hours in a row.
All challenges must be completed by July 3, 2010
If you fail these challenges, you must write a blog on how Unicorns are lovely and superior to Zombies and Bunnies.
If you succeed in these challenges, I will vlog everyday for 2 weeks on subjects chosen by you, but must be accepted by Beth.
If you choose to accept this dare you must follow these rules:
Blog about your acceptance and log in with Mr Linky on the correct Acceptance Post here.
Blog about your thoughts after completing each item. When you've completed the challenge check in with Mr Linky on the correct Completed Challenge Post on the I Dare You to Accept This Challenge Blog!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
121. DupliKate by Cherry Cheva
122. Paisley Hanover Acts out by Cameron Tuttle
123. Secret Society by Tom Dolby
124. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
125. Spourt by Dale Peck
126. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
127. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
128. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
129. Once was Lost by Sara Zarr
130. Geektastic: Stories form the Nerd Herd
131. Beautiful World by Anastasia Hollings
132. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlanie Harris
133. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
134. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
135. Love is the Higher by David Levithan
136. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
137. Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles
Reviews posted from these books: 1 of these books, a few are planned to be posted later.
Books from Library: 3 books
Books for Review: 6 books
Books borrowed: 2 book
My Favorite: Along for the Ride... it is Sarah Dessen!
My Least Favorite: Beautiful World... the characters were... and also the plot were blah.
Update:100+ Reading Challenge: 137 read.
V.C. Andrews: Read Good Trash movement: 3 read. 8 to go
Debut Authors '09: 29 read
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Author: Emily Horner
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: 2010
When aspiring Broadway songwriter Julia dies in a sudden car accident, she leaves behind her magnum opus, a musical about ninjas titled "Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad." Her friends band together to produce it -- except for Julia's best friend Cassie. She's too confused about her feelings for Julia, and she doesn't fit in with the theater nerds. It just gets worse when Heather, Cassie's arch-enemy from middle school, gets cast as the ninja princess. Cassie can't deal; she packs her belongings, and Julia's ashes, onto her Bianchi touring bicycle and sets off across the country. The story cuts back and forth between her bicycle trip with her dead best friend and her reluctant participation in "Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad," where she discovers that Heather might not be who she always thought.
There are Ninjas! Musicals! Roadtrip! The title is so awesome, too. It is also a Tenner book! I am so excited for this.