From the very first page I was literally "sucked" into this book. It was truly fantastic. What I loved the most was the humor. Mina had such a witty voice that I found myself laughing with every turn of the page. I also really enjoyed the format of the book. It was written through Mina's journal entries. I felt like we really got to know Mina without a third party intervening. Her voice was that of a genuine teenager that I was really able to relate to, except for the fact that I'm not considering being a vampire! Kimberly Pauley kept poking fun at common vampire myths which made the book even funnier. If I hadn't known that this was Kimberly Pauley's debut novel I would have never known. She obviously has a great talent that I am hoping she continues with. Maybe there will be more stories about Mina, or maybe she'll try something new. All I know is that I will be grabbing and devouring all of her future novels. This was seriously one of the best books I've read this year and I urge you all to run out and buy it when it releases in September.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sucks to be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe) by Kimberly Pauley
Saturday, June 28, 2008
A Few Announcements!!
My first interview was posted last Saturday at the lovely Beth Kephart's blog (I know it's a little late, but I've been at camp!!). Click here to read it.
Then there was my lovely interview with the class of 2k8. Click here to read it. Also if you comment by tomorow evening you'll be entered to win a copy of N. A. Nelson's fabulous upcoming release, Bringing the Boy Home. To read my review click here.
Friday, June 27, 2008
And Another Awesome Author Visit: Christine Fletcher
A little background on Christine. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with a multitude of animal companions, and a human one too! Not only is she an author, but a vet too. She even likes to give herself some credit for inventing veterinary science! Of course she's a big reader too, always has been always will be.
For more info visit her website.
Now without further ado I am pleased to present you with our fabulous interview!!!
1. How did the story of Ten Cents a Dance come about?
One of my mother’s aunts was a taxi dancer. When Aunt Sofia was fifteen, she got kicked out of the house. To survive, she supported herself by taxi dancing. Later, she became the mistress of a prominent mob boss. Talk about a black sheep! After I heard Aunt Sofia’s story, I got curious about taxi dancing and started doing some research. I learned that it was considered really disreputable, and that many girls -- especially the ones still living at home -- kept their job secret from their familes. In essence, they lived double lives. I began to wonder: How would a young woman manage this? Why might she have to? And how long could she possibly get away with it? Before I knew it, I was working on a novel.
3. Do you prefer to write about events in the past, present, or future? Why?
For Tallulah Falls, I knew the main characters names from the beginning. But Ten Cents a Dance took a lot more work. Names go through fads, just like clothes. Something like Amber or Stephanie would be way too modern for the 1940s, while Fannie or Ida would be too old. Also, the name had to suit my main character. Fortunately, there are records of popular baby names going back decades. My absolute favorite is the Baby Name Wizard ( http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager). That thing is addictive, I can play with it for hours! (See, I wasn’t lying about the geek part). As soon as I saw the name Ruby, I knew it was perfect. It’s colorful and sparkly and strong, just like Ruby herself.
Strangely, I didn’t set out to be a YA author. I wrote my first novel, Tallulah Falls, for adults. I thought maybe it was good enough to publish, and fortunately, a wonderful agent, Dorian Karchmar, agreed. We got a lot of interest from editors, but the novel kept getting rejected; the editors said that adults won’t read books with teenage characters. So Dorian suggested we try the young adult market instead. I told her I didn’t see myself as a “kid’s author.” My agent, bless her, she’s so patient. She said, “Go to the bookstore and look at YA and see what you think.” So I bought an armful of YA books and read them all and I loved them. Dorian started submitting Tallulah Falls to children’s publishers, and within a couple of weeks, we had two offers. Now, I can’t imagine writing anything but YA. I love the books, and I adore the readers. They’re enthusiastic, and at the same time they’re so honest. They just come out and tell you what they loved and what they didn’t, and I really enjoy that.
The next novel is also set during World War II. But unlike Ruby, this girl starts off with everything…and loses it all. She figures out a plan to get her life back, and the boy she loves too. But whether or not it’ll work…well, we’ll see.
You’ve asked such great questions! I can only think of one: “What advice would you give someone who’s interested in being a writer?”Read. Read, read, read, and then read some more. While you’re reading, start writing. Reading gives you a feel for the rhythms of language, how dialogue works, etc. But you’ll only really learn by writing. Writing is a craft. No matter how good you think you are, always believe you can do a little better. It’s the only way to improve.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Plenty of Paper's Hiatus Tour: Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help—her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair.
If you’ve read the first and are skeptic about the second, I encourage you to go pick it up now. It will not disappoint.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
What I was expecting was a good book. Historical fiction is right up my alley and I'm not too familiar with this particular time period, except for the whole war, but that's not too prominent in this particular book. What I got was a great novel filled with a strong heroine and a fascinating plot. It's been a long time since I read a book where I was immediately drawn to the strength of a character. Ruby was strong willed and determined to help her family what ever it took. At some times I felt she was a little stubborn, but still came to respect her. I also thought that the spectator characters were really developed. I especially enjoyed Yvonne, who was Ruby's biggest instigator at Starlight. She was so funny and she reminded me a lot of my younger sister, always stirring the pot! I also loved how Christine Fletcher wrote about a time that isn't as well known. Yes we all probably know all about World War 2, but do we really know what was happening to the normal people in
Friday, June 20, 2008
And Another Awesome Author Visit: Claudia Gray
1. What inspired you to write about vampires as opposed to other sorts of creatures?
I plan to write about other sorts of creatures too! Vampires simply wound up being first in line.
2. In the book Bianca does not like Dracula, do you share the same dislike, or is it one of your favorites?
I enjoy Dracula -- I wouldn't call it a favorite, but I do like it. I can see why Bianca's doesn't, though; it can be fairly slow going in parts.
3. How does it feel being a publicized author? Do you think you'll have the same feeling when your next book comes out?
Mostly it feels fabulous. I love hearing from readers who have enjoyed the book, and it was a real thrill to see it on bookstore shelves for the first time. But I wasn't prepared for how much time it would take. Next time I'll be ready.
4. When did the idea of Evernight come to you?
The rough idea of the story took form during late 2005 and very early 2006. At that time, I only had the plot of the first book. I would say that I had the rough form of the four-book arc planned by the end of 2006 (although some details change all the time).
5. Now I know that there are going to be four Evernight books, but can you tell us a little bit about what's going to happen in them? Are you working on any other books that don't have to do with Evernight?
I can't tell you too much! However, I can promise that Lucas will return to beautifully complicate Bianca's life all over again, and that Bianca will become much more curious about all the aspects of the vampire world that she's taken for granted before. Balthazar, Vic and Raquel will have major parts to play in future books, as will Mrs. Bethany. We'll learn a lot more about Black Cross, too, as well as other supernatural creatures in this world.
I'm currently working some other YA paranormal ideas and researching a thriller I hope to write for older readers.
6. What's the best part about being a writer? The worst?
The best part is the writing itself -- I love figuring out who the characters are, what happens to them, where we go next. I honestly don't know that there is a "worst," because so far, the process has been very rewarding.
7. Do you write full time? If not, what do you do?
Not full-time yet! By day, I do in-house communications for a large law firm. This means I write their newsletters. My office is in Times Square, which is about as much glamour as I can claim.
8. Where is your ideal writing location?
At home, in the coziest chair in the house, with some soft music playing.
9. Do you see a lot of yourself in any of the characters? If so, which one?
I see some of myself in virtually all the characters. I think that's fairly important, really -- to identify with everyone, at least a little bit. (Maybe not Erich, though.)
10. What's one quirky thing about yourself that you think readers would find interesting?
I have a tryout for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in a couple weeks. Wish me luck!
11. Are there any questions you wish I'd asked?
"Would you like this completely legitimate check for a million dollars?"
The answer would've been yes, by the way. No need to worry about my game-show audition then!
The winner of last weeks copy of La Petite Four was.....
Please email me your address so I can send the book your way!! Thanks everyone for entering, I loved reading your responses.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Evernight by Claudia Gray
OMG!! This is seriously one of the best books I have ever read!! I LOVED it. I was sucked in from the beginning and literally couldn’t put the book down. I mean I fell asleep before I stopped reading, it was that good! I really enjoyed Bianca’s character. I felt like I was able to connect with her a lot, especially because she felt so torn up about leaving the town she had known her whole life. I definitely know how it feels to leave a bunch of great friends and go somewhere where you know no one. Now the absolute greatest thing about this book is the amazing plot twist. The story was moving along just fine and then BANG the whole story changes into something even more spectacular. While there were a few hints as to what was coming, I really never expected it. You may be wondering why I’m not telling you anything about this and really it’s simple, I think it would definitely put a damper on the book. I definitely recommend that you all
go no RUN to the nearest bookstore and snatch up your copy before they are all gone - you will not be disappointed. As I’m sure you can imagine I am desperately anticipating the release of the next book in the series, Stargazer, which comes out at the end of the year. This book has seriously opened my eyes to a whole new area of YA books that I am so excited to dive into!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson
Luka is determined to pass his soche seche tente; he has been preparing for it his entire life. It’s so important that his family is depending on him in order for them to have a real future. His mother has even made it her life’s purpose to help train him, neglecting and using her other children in order to prepare him for this perilous test. They both hope that nothing has been overlooked and are convinced that Luka will do just fine.
Almost thirteen years later Sara and Tirio head back to the Amazon where Sara found Tirio. As the trip draws nearer Tirio starts feeling more and more connections to the Takunami tribe. His senses are more alert and he just can’t wait to get back to his homeland. Before he even steps foot in the country Tirio has decided he will find his way back to his tribe. Will Tirio make it back to the Takunami? Will Luka pass his soche seche tente? In a weird way fate brings these two together in an unimaginable way.
I think this was definitely the most unique and original coming-of-age story I have ever read! I really liked this book. The characters were well created and I loved the story. While this is classified as a middle grade novel, I think it is definitely a suitable read for young adults too. There is nothing that is really kiddish and the story is really good. There were a few surprises that really caught me off guard, which made the book that much better. This would definitely be a good book for reluctant readers as well as avid readers as it is progresses quickly and is full of adventure. I would also like to point out that N.A. Nelson is a fabulous member of The Class of 2k8. This group of authors seems to be putting out some of the best books this year. All in all this was a great book. I really give props to the author for her creativity in this book, as she did a great job encompassing some amazing culture and a great sense of nature!!Bringing the Boy Home hits shelves near you July 1st, so hurry out and grab a copy!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
And Another Awesome Author Visit: Regina Scott
Without further ado, please read the second half of this thrilling story!! Enjoy:)
A Mini La Petite Four Story
by Regina Scott
Just when Lady Emily was about to question her friend further about the
mysteriously missing brooch, she heard a noise behind her.
“Perhaps I can help,” said a warm male voice.
Emily whirled, pulse pounding. James Cropper stood in the doorway of
Priscilla’s sunny bedchamber. His russet hair was for once combed in place,
his brown jacket and breeches looked as if they had been recently pressed,
and his cravat was tied in an elegant knot. But what truly drew her eyes
was the smile curving his mouth. It was positively wicked. The questions
dried in Emily’s throat.
Her three friends seemed similarly affected, for no one said anything for
five full ticks of the enameled clock on the mantel. Then Daphne picked up
her saffron skirts and hurried to greet him.
“Oh, Mr. Cropper, thank you for coming!” She led him into the room. “See,
Emily? I told you we called for the best.”
Emily’s face heated. Jamie was also good at solving mysteries. She could
see why Priscilla might request his services. But her friends could have
given Emily a few moments first, if only to tidy her hair!
Priscilla and Ariadne quickly explained the situation to him, and Jamie
listened, gaze wandering about the little room as if taking in every detail.
Emily noticed that Priscilla left out the part about the brooch being paste
and her fears about Debtor’s Prison if it weren’t found. In fact, Priscilla
seemed to have recovered her usual good spirits. Her lovely face was
animated, her smile so charming dimples danced on either side of her mouth.
Jamie may have come to rescue Priscilla, but Emily had a feeling he was
going to be the one who needed rescuing in a moment.
He caught Emily’s gaze on him and winked. Emily’s face heated once more.
When Priscilla and Ariadne finished their tale, Emily thought Jamie would
likely jump into action, but he merely nodded. “I’d wager Lady Emily has a
thought or two about the matter.”
Her? He was turning it back to her? Her friends looked just as surprised.
Jamie’s handsome face was expectant. Emily raised her head. “I do, as a
matter of fact. We’ve checked the floor, so it doesn’t seem to have fallen.
Miss Tate has already looked over her garments, and it doesn’t appear to be
“I knew it!” Ariadne declared, honey-colored curls bouncing with her
insistence. “It’s been stolen!”
Daphne nodded sagely, her darker curls moving with similar energy. “And it’
s obviously the work of a master thief. He knew to take the brooch because
. . .”
“It’s the best piece,” Priscilla put in hurriedly with a look to Daphne.
“Who knows what else he might take!” She lay a hand on Jamie’s arm and
gazed up at him, green eyes liquid. “Oh, please, Mr. Cropper. You must
Emily wanted to reach out, grab Jamie’s arm, and pull him safely to her
side. But perhaps it was best merely to send him to safety. “I don’t think
we need trouble Mr. Cropper, Priscilla. Surely we can handle this.”
“It’s no trouble,” Jamie said with a smile to Emily.
That’s what every boy said when the golden-haired Priscilla started
flirting. Clearly more drastic steps were necessary. Emily took a step
toward them. As if Priscilla saw the fire in her eyes, she dropped her hold
on Jamie’s arm.
“I was hoping you might work with Mr. Cropper, Emily,” Priscilla pleaded.
“You understand me so well. With your artist’s eye, you see things I miss.”
Emily narrowed her eyes. “And what will you be doing?”
Priscilla’s hand drifted back to her brow. “Oh, I must lie down for a
Ariadne stepped to her side, switching her reticule to the other hand so she
could put an arm about Priscilla’s waist. “This whole incident has sorely
tried her, poor dear. I’ll just stay to keep her company.” She gazed
pointedly at her sister.
“Oh.” Daphne hurried to their sides. “I’d better stay as well in case you
need anything.” She waved a hand at Emily and Jamie. “You too run along
and have a good . . .”
“Investigation,” Ariadne finished. “Have a very successful investigation.
It should take you all over London: the dark alleys, the hidden byways.
Very likely it will take some time.”
“Days,” Daphne said with a nod.
Jamie’s gaze met Emily’s, and she could see the future in those smoky eyes.
“Perhaps weeks,” he said, smile curving up.
Weeks? Wandering all over London with the handsome Jamie at her side?
Without a chaperone? Unthinkable!
Emily eyed Daphne. “Surely Lord Snedley would protest.”
Daphne paled at the mention of the famous master of etiquette. “Well, Lord
Snedley has occasionally been wrong.”
“Don’t say that in public!” Ariadne demanded, turning to her sister so
quickly that her reticule thumped Daphne on the hip. Daphne grimaced.
And in that moment Emily knew exactly what had happened. She knew where the
brooch had gone and why. And she knew what she must do now.
She turned to Jamie. “I believe we have a great deal to discuss, Mr.
Cropper. Will you meet me tomorrow at three in Hyde Park, on the bridge
over the Serpentine?”
He gazed down at her, smile as soft as the touch of a feather. “Your
servant, Lady Emily. Until later.”
Emily felt so warm she could have melted right into the Oriental carpet.
He bowed over her hand, holding it in his strong grip for longer than was
proper, then turned to go. Emily knew everyone in the room could hear her
But as soon as he was out the door, she turned to her wide-eyed friends.
“That,” she said, “was entirely too easy.”
Priscilla tossed her golden curls. “I have no idea what you’re talking
Emily strode to their sides. “I think you do. Why is your reticule so
Ariadne clutched the embroidered cloth bag to her chest. “My reticule?
Why, because of my journal, of course.”
“Really,” Emily said. She pointed to the round bulge near the bottom. “And
has your journal taken to wearing jewelry?”
Ariadne slumped, dropping the bag to the length of its cord.
“I told you we should have hidden it,” Daphne said.
“Yes, well, I wasn’t taking any chances,” Priscilla said. “It is my best
piece.” She held out her hand, palm up, and Ariadne fished out the brooch
and handed it to her.
“Are you furious with us?” Ariadne asked Emily sheepishly.
Emily glared at the three of them. Priscilla was once more biting her lip,
Daphne was shifting her weight from side to side so that her saffron skirts
swung like a bell, and Ariadne was loosening and tightening the cord on her
reticule as if even her fingers heated in embarrassment.
Emily broke into a grin. “How could I be angry? I know why you did it and
what was at stake. Priscilla risked her brooch, Ariadne her reputation for
knowing what’s what, and Daphne her right to be the adventurous one just so
I might have an excuse to spend a few moments with Mr. Cropper. Could
anyone ever have such dear friends?”
Ariadne and Daphne blushed at her praise. Priscilla simply shook her head.
“Yet you spoiled it. Now you have no reason to meet Mr. Cropper.”
Emily’s grin widened. “Why not? Mr. Cropper doesn’t know the brooch is
Priscilla smiled. “I’ve taught you well.”
Emily laughed. “Well enough. I’ll tell him tomorrow, after we’ve had a
nice walk in the park.”
Ariadne nodded. “Fair enough. Now, on to more important matters.” She
leaned in and beckoned them all closer. “It will take a master thief to
steal Mr. Cropper’s heart. Whatever will you wear?”
(Note: Regina Scott’s charming editor would like all readers to know that
this original story is copyright 2008 to Regina Scott, uncopyedited, and
unproofed. Hope you enjoyed it!)
Now for all of those who read on till the end I have an extra special treat for you!! I happened to come upon an extra ARC of La Petite Four, and would love to give it away. All you have to do is comment and tell me what time period you wish you could live in and why. The only condition is that you have to live in either the U.S. or Canada. All Entries must be in by Wednesday June 18th at 12. pm E.S.T. The winner will be announced on Thursday.
Now here's the book trailer for La Petite Four. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
La Petite Four by Regina Scott
It's hard to express the way I felt about this book in one word, but I'll try. This book is AMAZING! Actually, the book is more than amazing, it’s fantastic, superior, radiant, and any other synonym you can think of! – now can you tell how much I loved this book?! I am always up for a historical fiction and this book certainly lived up and surpassed every expectation I had of it. I mean it contained mystery, suspense and love. What more could a girl ask for? Regina Scott created a great story where the characters were three dimensional and you felt like you were walking the cobbled streets of nineteenth century
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Phoebe, a Goth girl, has never really fit in. She has a grand total of two friends but that’s all she needs. When Phoebe finds herself drawn to Tommy Williams, a differently biotic boy, no one can believe it, especially her friends. Her best friend Margie thinks she’s crazy, but Margie’s feelings for differently biotic people are way deeper than the stereotypical feelings most people have, they are much more complicated. And then there’s Adam - Phoebe’s childhood best friend and next-door neighbor, who doesn’t want Phoebe getting hurt and he may just have “more than friends” feelings for her.
When the opportunity for a work study with the Hunter Group presents itself to the students at Oakvale High that involves the differently biotic kids Phoebe is one of the first to raise her hand. She is able to convince both Margie and Adam to join her along with Tommy and a few other differently biotic kids to join the work study group. Here they will try and shed some light on the mystery of the differently biotic kids that still marvels scientists and also build unlikely friendships. These work study members better watch their back though as there is one kid who has such a passionate hate for differently biotic kids that he won’t stop at anything to get rid of them. With no laws protecting the differently biotic this can only end it tragedy, but will the other students at Oakvale High let it happen?
I have to say that at first I was a little hesitant about reading this book. I haven’t ever read a book that has to do with zombies or vampires or anything like that. This was a GREAT introduction into these kinds of books. It was a gripping, poignant, and extremely well written story. While the main premise is zombies and how they aren’t treated fairly in society, there are a lot of underlying messages especially about prejudice. I loved how the author was able to talk about such a controversial subject in such a creative way. The characters in this book were absolutely breathtaking, alive and dead alike. The author did such an excellent job making them into three-dimensional people that I felt were sitting beside me and telling me one heck of a bedtime story. This was just an all out great book that has become a new favorite of mine. The ending certainly lined up for a sequel, and hopefully the author will continue this fantastic story.
Friday, June 6, 2008
And Another Awesome Author Visit: Teri Brown
Teri joins us today to talk about the generosity of writers. This is a really interesting post, so go ahead read on!!
When people ask me about how I became a writer, I immediately think of other writers.
Sure, I’d checked out the books at the library, but as much as I love books, human support was the key that unlocked my creative door.
I think I got online in 1998. The Internet was a fabulous new world and my keyboard was its entryway. Since I homeschooled my children, I gravitated toward homeschoolers and then, slowly toward writer’s groups. Then I won a short story contest and it gave me the confidence I needed to stretch my wings. I wrote my first YA novel in 1999 then put away fiction for more lucrative writing and began studying to become a freelance writer. By the year 2002 I had written and published two nonfiction books and a slew of nonfiction articles. Every step of the way there were other writers willing to take the time to share their knowledge and critique my work.
By 2003, my nonfiction career was steady and I started thinking more and more about fiction. When I heard about Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) I was intrigued. I signed up and wrote a horrible, horrible chicklit book. When a writer who read my blog asked me to join her critique group, I was delighted. I think my first chapter shocked them— I’m sure they figured that because I was a professional freelancer, my writing would be much better. How was I supposed to know that a different genre meant a different style and different voice! But they taught me so much and I grew and I grew. I have been a member of many different writing groups and have always been surprised by their warm generosity. Very seldom have I run into the kind of jealousy and backbiting that occurs in other professions. Not that it doesn’t happen, it does…. But I am always, always surprised by it.
When one writer’s husband accidentally shot himself, the writing community came together to give her emotional and financial support. When another writer returned from a national writing convention to find that her home had burnt to the ground, the writing community was beyond generous in their support. When one author came down with cancer and could not promote her debut book, other writer’s did it for her. I could go on and on.
I’m not saying that I wouldn’t be a writer if it weren’t for other writers— I have always been a writer. But without the help and support of other writers, I doubt I would be a published author, celebrating the release of my debut novel, Read My Lips.
Also here's the book trailer. If you want to post it just wait until it's finished and copy paste the the share link to your blog!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Undone by Brooke Taylor
Now it’s the girls sophomore year in high school and their friendship has grown even more. When Serena’s favorite teacher, Doc, assigns the class the task to create a list of five things they would never do- a way to tempt fate, Serena doesn’t take it seriously at all since she doesn’t trust fate. Serena and Kori continue on with their lives leaving the list forgotten until tragedy strikes Kori. Serena is devastated and one of the only things she has left is Kori’s list. In a way to commemorate Kori, Serena decides to take Kori’s list and do everything on it. While the list puzzles Serena she knows that she can’t leave anything undone. While she tries to finish Kori’s last wishes, Serena ends up learning more about herself than she ever would have been able to if life had just stayed the same.
This is another amazing book from a debut Class of 2k8 author. Undone was completely spell binding. While I am nothing like Kori or Serena I felt so connected to them and wished they were my friends. The loyalty they had for each other was so real that it made me think how lucky they were to be friends, and how lucky I am to have friends. I also really liked the writer’s style. To me it was a tad different which made the whole book a refreshing read. Now the story itself was also mesmerizing. It totally grabbed me in and wouldn’t release its grasp until the very last page. The story took twists and turns that I never suspected in the least. I think that half the time I was reading my mouth was hanging open in shock of what had just happened. My only complaint is the book ended! I seriously didn’t want this book to end, it was just that good. I seriously cannot wait for more from Brooke Taylor, as I expect they will be just as amazing. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It’s a bright light that just can’t be put out, that reminds us all of how valuable friendship is and how much we should treasure it.
The Winner and A Meme
Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.
I was tagged by TONS of people, so if I forget your name I am completely sorry. This is who I know has tagged me: Dominique, Words Speak Volumes, The Book Muncher, Bending Bookshelf, Heather, and Mrs. Magoo Reads
- Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?
2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?
My first favorite author (that I can remember!!) was Georgia Byng. Why? Well she created the amazing Molly Moon series. I found this book tucked into the shelves when I had just turned eleven. I had a gift card to the bookstore and thought well why not get this book as it sounds pretty good and hey I’m buying it with a gift card!! Wow, did I ever fall in love with that book!! I think I have seriously read it five or six times along with all of the books that follow in the series. I definitely still consider Ms. Georgia Byng to be one of my favorite authors.
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
I think the most recent addition to my list would have to be a tie between Daphne Grab and Elizabeth Scott. I was introduced to both of them a couple of months ago and seriously fell in love with their writing. They seem to both capture emotion really well and just seriously pulled me into their stories!!
4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?
Hmm…well after the millions of names that just popped into my head I’m just going to name a bunch that I thought of: Daphne Grab, Elizabeth Scott, Melissa Walker, Beth Kephart, Libba Bray, J.K. Rowling (of course!!), Sarah Dessen, Georgia Byng, Meg Cabot, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Regina Scott, Jennifer Banash, Brooke Taylor, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson and Shannon Hale.Since almost everyone has been tagged for this I'm at a loss for who to tag. If you haven't been tagged yet and you want to participate consider this your tag!!
Please contact me within 72 hours with your address or else I will have to pick a new winner.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Francey by Martin Dubow (and a contest!!)
In regard to Mr. Dubow's future works. Mr. Dubow was kind enough to tell me about his latest which will be titled Joan of New York. To read more about about Joan of Arc click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. It definitely sounds very interesting.
J..a..w..d..r..o..p!! This was such an amazing book. While it is a quick read it encompasses all of the necessary elements that readers crave. It was an incredible mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. I found it unbelievably hard to put the book down as it gripped me from the very first sentence. The characters were extremely vivid and I could feel their emotions dripping off the page. Not only were the characters great, but the story was completely original and captivating. I particularly enjoyed how the author was able to completely transfer you to another world with his writing and his words just floated along the page. The author’s style was truly fantastic. I highly recommend this book to all. It was a tender love story, a captivating mystery, and an unforgettable tale. I definitely can’t wait to read more of Martin Dubow’s future works.
Now for all you commenters. Mr. Dubow has graciously given me one copy of Francey to give away. All you have to do is comment. It can be about anything, tell me how you liked the book, if you think it sounds good, so on and so on. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday June 4. The contest is only open to U.S. residents.