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Blog: Inkygirl: Daily Diversions For Writers (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I've decided that the girl's name is Keiko. Haven't come up with a name for the baby yet, though.Add a Comment
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Blog: My Inner Muse (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
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After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she's married to rich playboy Blake Worthington—the guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.
Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens---she finds herself falling in love with Blake.
Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts?
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Here's what I'm giving it:
Amanda's and Blake's past played a huge role in their present interactions and also brought new meaning to the "put your past behind you" adage. The contrast between their families was well done and made me grateful for the family I do have.
What I didn't like was how long Amanda held on to her grudge/stubbornness. Granted, I do know/have known people who are "stubborn as a mule" before, but I think it was just a little bit overdone and got to be very irritating.
The other thing was how Amanda was in denial or reality even after getting a good slap of it. That also annoyed me.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, especially for those who are looking for "clean" romances.
Blog: The Write Words (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Check out the recent post by guest blogger Sangeeta Mehta on publishing expert Jane Friedman's blog. Mehta, a former acquiring editor of children's books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster who runs her own editorial services company, interviewed agents Kate McKean and Kevan Lyon for answers to key questions on self-publishing children's books.
What do you think about the pros and cons of self-publishing? Please share your experiences.
Blog: travel and sing (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: Reading Teen (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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by andye I Was HereBy Gayle FormanHardcover: 288 pagesPublisher: Viking Juvenile (January 27, 2015)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren’t anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—Add a Comment
Blog: Shannon Whitney Messenger (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Wow, I can't believe we're already to Black Friday weekend--seriously where has the year gone??????
But deadline panicking aside (MEEP!), it's also time for my annual Black Swagday Giveaway!!!
Since this is the time of year where everyone has gifts on their minds--and I personally feel that signed books are THE BEST gifts anyone can give--I have a nice handy way for you guys to make your gifts even more special.
If you buy any of my books (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Let the Sky Fall, and/or Let the Storm Break) this weekend--which just so happens to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year, between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday--and fill out the form at the end of this post, I will send you the corresponding swag pack below.
And in case you can't tell, that's:
- a signed (and personalized) bookplate
- 4 Team Stickers
- 1 5x7 character art print (featuring the awesome illustrations by Courtney Godbey)
(*whispers* if you buy more than one KEEPER book, I *might* throw in some other goodies as well... #justsayin')
And if you buy either of the SKY FALL books, I'll send you the corresponding swag you see in this pic (for each book purchased):
All of this swag is exclusive--only available here--and hand signed by me!
**Please note** This giveaway ONLY applies to books purchased between 11/26/14-12/1/14, and does NOT include books previously purchased. Of course I super-appreciate if you've bought my books before now, but I've also done previous giveaways for many of those purchases that you would've had a chance to take part of (sorry if you missed them). So this is only for new purchases, and if you are desperate for the swag you could always buy a book to give as a gift (what better gift could there be, really? Plus then you can get your friends/family/teachers hooked on the books so you have someone to talk about them with) and keep the swag for yourself--I won't tell! :)
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Blog: Becky's Book Reviews (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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You, Me, and a Cup of Tea
Name: 2015 Birthday Month Reading Challenge (sign up here)
Dates: January - December 2015
# of Books: 12
Note to self: remember to leave links to reviews on her linkies post.
Ideas for each month:
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Wilkie Collins
- Charles Dickens
- Victor Hugo
- Mo Willems
- Dr. Seuss
- Lois Lowry
- Margaret Oliphant
- Anthony Trollope
- Beverly Cleary
- Charlotte Bronte
- Ngaio Marsh
- Jerome K. Jerome
- Pat Frank (Alas, Babylon)
- Arthur Conan Doyle
- Dorothy Sayers
- Thomas Hardy
- Josephine Tey
- Erle Stanley Gardner
- Candice F. Ransom
- Joan Bauer
- Georgette Heyer
- Orson Scott Card
- E. Nesbit
- Kenneth Oppel
- Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
- P.L. Travers
- Diana Wynne Jones
- Elizabeth Gaskell
- Agatha Christie
- Roald Dahl
- Gail Carson Levine
- Julie Andrews Edwards
- Karen Cushman
- Lois Lensky
- Shel Silverstein
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
- Katherine Paterson
- C.S. Lewis
- Neil Gaiman
- Astrid Lindgren
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Mark Twain
- George Eliot
- L.M. Montgomery
- Louisa May Alcott
- Neal Shusterman
- Carol Ryrie Brink
- Rudyard Kipling
- Mercer Mayer
- Rex Stout
- George MacDonald
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Blog: prime time rhyme (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Name: Hard Core Rereading Challenge (sign up here)
Dates: January - December 2015 (books started before January do not count)
# of Books: Level 5; 50+ Rereading Coma
Note to self: check back to see about review linkies. MUST, MUST, MUST add links to reviews to the linkies.
What I (Actually) Reread
What I Plan On Rereading:
Georgette Heyer Novels I Want To Reread in 2015:
- Devil's Cub
- These Old Shades
- Civil Contract
- Sprig Muslin
- Black Sheep
- Cousin Kate
- Convenient Marriage
- False Colors
- Talisman Ring
- Wives and Daughters
- North and South
- Lady Anna
- He Knew He Was Right
- Belton Estate
- Our Mutual Friend
- Bleak House
- Oliver Twist
- Woman in White
- Man and Wife
- Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
- The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
- Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
- The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
- Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers
- Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
- The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
- Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
- Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers
- Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
- London by Edward Rutherfurd
- Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
- Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
- Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
- Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Babylon 5: To Dream in the City of Sorrow by Kathryn M. Drennan
- Babylon 5: The Shadow Within by Jeanne Cavelos
- Bablyon 5: In the Beginning by Peter David
- Babylon 5: Legions of Fire: The Long Night of Centauri Prime by Peter David
- Babylon 5: Legions of Fire: Armies of Light and Dark by Peter David
- Babylon 5: Legions of Fire: Out of the Darkness by Peter David
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
- The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
- The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
- The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
- Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
- A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- Welcome to the Grand View, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
- You're the Best, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
- Love From Your Friend, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
- 1937 -- And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
- 1938 -- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
- 1939 -- The King's Stilts
- 1940 -- Horton Hatches An Egg
- 1947 -- McElligot's Pool
- 1948 -- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
- 1949 -- Bartholomew and the OObleck
- 1950 -- If I Ran The Zoo
- 1953 -- Scrambled Eggs Super
- 1954 -- Horton Hears a Who
- 1955 -- On Beyond a Zebra
- 1956 -- If I Ran the Circus
- 1957 -- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- 1957 -- The Cat in the Hat
- 1958 -- The Cat In the Hat Comes Back
- 1958 -- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
- 1959 -- Happy Birthday to You
- 1960 -- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- 1960 -- Green Eggs and Ham
- 1961 -- The Sneetches and Other Stories
- 1961 -- Ten Apples Up On Top (Theo LeSieg)
- 1962 -- Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
- 1963 -- Dr. Seuss's ABC
- 1963 -- Hop On Pop
- 1965 -- Fox in Socks
- 1965 -- I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Theo LeSieg)
- 1965 -- I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew
- 1968 -- The Foot Book
- 1969 -- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today and Other Stories
- 1970 -- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
- 1971 -- The Lorax
- 1972 -- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now
- 1972 -- In A People House (Theo LeSieg)
- 1973 -- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are
- 1974 -- There's A Wocket in My Pocket
- 1974 -- Great Day for Up
- 1974 -- Wacky Wednesday (Theo LeSieg)
- 1975 -- Oh, The Thinks YOu Can Think!
- 1975 -- Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo (Rosetta Stone)
- 1975 -- Would You Rather Be A Bull Frog (Theo LeSieg)
- 1976 -- Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him (Theo LeSieg)
- 1977 -- Please Try to Remember the first of Octember (Theo LeSieg)
- 1978 -- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
- 1979 -- Oh Say Can You Say
- 1980 -- Maybe You Should Fly A Jet (Theo LeSieg)
- 1981 -- The Tooth Book (Theo LeSieg)
- 1982 -- Hunches in Bunches
- 1984 -- The Butter Battle Book
- 1986 -- You're Only Old Once
- 1987 -- I Am Not Going To Get UP Today
- 1990 -- Oh, The Places You'll Go
- 1995 -- Daisy-Head Mayzie
- 1996 -- My Many Colored Days
- 1998 -- Hooray for Diffendoofer Day
- 2011 -- The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
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In The Los Angeles Times Frank Shyong describes how To Survive in the U.S., Chinese Bookstores Evolve Way Beyond Books.
Internet competition has forced bookstores across the nation to close, but in the San Gabriel Valley, they've evolved. Chinese bookstores ship packages, repair laptops, supply lottery tickets. One bookstore became a classroom, another a convenience store.Sadly:
As for books, they mostly gather dust.Add a Comment
Blog: Cartoon Brew (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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A 40-minute video roundtable with six feature film directors and producers contending for an Oscar this year.Add a Comment
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Diego De Silva's I hadn't understood.
The second in De Silva's series is about to come out -- My Mother-in-Law Drinks; see the Europa editions publicity page, or pre-order your cppy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- but I figured I should get to this one first.
Blog: Here in the Bonny Glen (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Faded: the sunflowers. They’re drooping in sad-Charlie-Brown fashion all along the side wall. They amuse me.
In bloom: yellow daisies, masses of them. Pink geraniums, always. Orange zinnias, still going strong. Sweet alyssum and snapdragons, recently added. (The summer alyssum crop, grown from seed, carpeted a corner of the yard all summer, then went brown and weedy. We missed them and put in a few nursery plants to tide us over until the next batch of seeds comes up.) Bougainvillea, small but promising. Lavender, keeping the bees busy. Basil, because I forgot to pinch it off.
In fruit: Tomatoes! Hurrah! I moved them to the front yard this year and voila, they are producing abundantly.
But overshadowing all of these by a mile: the renegade pumpkins. Last year (Halloween 2013) we had one jack-o-lantern and two smaller uncarved pumpkins. These got left alone when we tossed the melting jack-o-lantern. (That’s what carved pumpkins do in Southern California. They dissolve on the stoop.)
The two little pumpkins became a quiet science experiment during the course of the year. One was partly under a bush and retained its integrity for months. The other, in full sun, decomposed rapidly. All of us enjoyed comparing their progress during our comings and goings from driveway to front door.
By July, the shaded pumpkin had joined its mate in the circle of life: its skin crisped and cracked like old, brittle paper. Seeds spilled out everywhere. Did I pay them any mind? I did not.
In August, we noticed sprouts. Not only at the site of the departed pumpkins, but also along the side wall near the sidewalk.
By October, we had vines. Big sprawling vines with huge leaves, trailing all across the lawn and beyond. We had to keep kicking them off the sidewalk back onto the grass lest they trip up passersby.
And now, two days before the final pumpkin holiday of the year, we have (at last count) a crop of six young pumpkins of modest size in various shades of green and yellow. Not orange. No, not quite orange yet.
I figure they’ll be ripe in time for Christmas.Add a Comment
Hoping to emulate the success of the African Writers Series -- see, for example, my review of James Currey's history of The African Writers Series and the Launch of African Literature, Africa Writes Back -- the Association of Nigerian Authors.has launched a Nigerian Writers Series, now announcing the first ten titles (from fifty total and thirty-eight 'valid' submissions) that will be published by a variety of Nigerian publishers.
See also Henry Akubuiro in The Sun on the New dawn for Nigerian writers this might facilitate.
Sounds like a good idea, in any case, and I hope to eventually see some of these titles.
Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.This is, honestly, another addition to the list of short motivational books that people publish and promote around graduation time in order to make some money. You can find the full text online or even watch Saunders deliver the actual speech, but I am a total sucker for gift books, especially when I can get them from the library. I'm also a sucker for Saunders, so of course this immediately went on my holds list as soon as it was available.
I loved the message and the idea of finding ways to be kind to everyone in every situation. It's a good, very short read, and I'd recommend finding a copy to look through. It's not going to take you more than half an hour tops and it's full of great thoughts and brilliant writing. As far as spending $14 to own a copy - I'd stick to picking it up at the library, unless you're enough of a Saunders fan that you just have to own everything he prints (which is totally acceptable).
You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.This one may be pushing it as far as being considered short form, but I need to fit it in somewhere and I think this is the closest I've got. It IS a very short, very easy to read book. I think I read it in just one sitting over the course of an hour or two, if that long. It's set up as a series of very short (half a page to three page) essays answering questions that Naoki and his family are commonly asked about autism.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
For a book that was written using an alphabet grid, this is amazingly well done. The translation is also flawless. I understand that some reviewers see this as a sign that the book isn't really written by Naoki, but I refuse to accept that autism means someone can't have a well-developed interior mind and life. It's beautiful and enlightening and you need to read it.
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prominent writers of her generation, and she is fearless when exploring the most disturbing corners of human nature. In Evil Eye, Oates offers four chilling tales of love gone horribly wrong, showing the lengths people will go to find love, keep it, and sometimes end it.It's hard to come up with much to say about this one that isn't covered by "four novellas of love gone wrong." There's a reason Joyce Carol Oates is known for her short fiction - most of the time it's amazing. This is a great example of a collection that I found riveting and disturbing in all the best ways. If you're a fan of the darker side of things, Gillian Flynn style, this is a good collection to pick up.
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As Theodoros Grigoriadis reports at his weblog, they've announced this year's winners of the Greek Athens Prize for Literature, with Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena winning the best translated category (dominated by translations from the English; see the shortlist, which included titles by Coetzee, McEwan, Banville, and Hollinghurst) and Tηλέμαχος Κώτσιας' Kώδικας Τιμής taking the Greek novel prize (see also the Ψυχογιός publicity page).Add a Comment
Happy Thanksgiving from the Royal Dinosaur Family!
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Good News! The day is finally here. My book tour begins today. Please complete a raffle through BK book tour and win a chance to get a free e-book of Ignition: AN Educator's Journey. Good luck everyone!
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The second Irish VFX + Animation Summit will take place this weekend in Dublin, Ireland.Add a Comment
Last week I got to visit a school in my neighborhood to talk about my book, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya. The kids had excellent questions about parrots and muffins and writing. One boy wisely chose to email me. He knew that his question would spoil part of the story for others. And so, if you haven't read the book ...... please be advised.
SPOILER ALERT! (I've always wanted to say that.)
With his permission, I'm going to share his emails to me and my answer.
My name is Johnny and I'm nine years old.
I loved your book! I really loved the adventure Zeno was on and how he had to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. I also liked when Alya climbed the six steps. There was so much tension and excitement.
I was hoping Zeno and Bunny would stay friends. I know sometimes characters die in books, so I was just wondering why you chose him to die?
I'm glad that you loved my book. But I'm really grateful that you asked me such an important question. I had to think a lot about why I chose to let Bunny die.
First, I wondered did any of the characters really have to die? I think the answer to that is yes. If a book is realistic, then the events that the author describes should have real consequences. I think that Zeno's dangerous journey over the ocean is more exciting because you knew that bad things really might happen. Without real risks and real dangers, his accomplishment wouldn't mean as much.
Hawks do kill pigeons. They don't do it to be cruel. They do it because they need food. I think you can accept that the hawk would attack a bird. But you want to know why did that bird have to be Bunny?
I could have let the hawk attack a different pigeon. But Zeno is so selfish, he wouldn't have helped anyone except Bunny. All of Zeno's adventures teach him important lessons. First he learns that a friend needs to fight for a friend. But he won't really learn how important that friendship is until he loses Bunny. Zeno has to learn the hard way.
If Zeno hadn't learn those lessons, he wouldn't have been there to help Alya when she needed it. That would have been sad too.
Like you, I hoped that Zeno and Bunny would stay friends. I do know that Zeno remembers everything that Bunny taught him. And, in that way, Bunny lives on.
Thank you again for asking me such a great question.
Thank you for writing back to me. What you said made a lot of sense because Bunny was such a good friend and Zeno cared for Bunny and when Bunny died, it changed Zeno and made the story better. It was sad, but I realize why it had to happen.
I can't wait to read your other books.
I am grateful to Johnny for letting me share his thoughts on my blog. I'm lucky to have a reader who is willing to journey with my characters, over the Atlantic Ocean or up the six steps to a Brooklyn brownstone. And willing to think about why those journeys are important.
I'm humbled to be reminded that my characters matter to my readers. Writing novels for kids is a privilege––and a responsibility. Sometimes bad things have to happen to good characters––but there better be a very, very, very good reason.
(Thank you, Eliza Wheeler, for your amazing drawing of Zeno and Alya.) Add a Comment
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“Sisters and Brothers,” my post in honor of the UN commemoration of the international day to end violence against women is up at Luna Station Quarterly.Add a Comment
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