Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.
Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.
But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!
Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.
But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
My Life Undecided is quick and fun read. I loved Brooklyn from the beginning. She wasn't exactly sure who she was in the beginning. I liked seeing her slowly discover who she was and what she really wanted. She was a very genuine girl that was very headstrong and yet caring about others. I also loved that it showed her blog. There are two guys in My Life Undecided that are love interests. Hunter is very charming and gorgeous southern guy. He is very dreamy, but he is not my favorite guy. Brian is smart, funny, and sweet. He was very down to earth and I completely adored him. Mrs. Moody was a lot like Brooklyn and I think that it helped her realize what could happen if she didn't change soon. Shanye is a total bitch and I wanted to stab her several times. I hated that she tried to control everything and used people.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Author: Stacey Jay
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: September 13, 2011
"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
It sounds like a really unique premise and I love this cover.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
She’s writing about him. He’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines.
For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions—it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.
The contest ends on August 5th and US only. Fill out the form below to enter.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Author: Michelle Zink
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Michelle Zink masterfully weaves history with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Books. My raison d’etre!
2. TV or Movies?
Movies. I don’t watch TV. Not even Mad Men.
3. Black or White?
4. Paris or London?
London. As a person of Scottish descent I’m expected to dislike the English, but there’s way too much smoking in Paris.
5. Zombies or Unicorns?
6. Outside or Inside?
Outside. In the yard, on the tennis court, walking on Stacy Boulevard, or at the beach. I think I’ll even sleep outside a few times this summer.
7. Past or Future?
8. Writing or Reading?
9. Cake or Pie?
Definitely cake. Unless it’s my sister Diane’s pumpkin pie with sugared pecans, I rarely choose pie, because I find crust to be a big waste of calories.
10. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee – first thing in the morning. Then switching to tea in the afternoon.
11. Nonfiction or Fiction?
Nonfiction. I need to improve my knowledge of history. I have a great handle on psychology and human nature but I don’t really know what’s gone on in the world. I think biographies are the way to start addressing that.
12. Classic or New?
13. Chocolate or Vanilla?
14. Coke or Pepsi?
15. Comedy or Drama?
Drama, although I think they’re inseparable. Even the most horrific story has some funny elements – that’s the human condition.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Everyone has weird thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. But one day, she has a vision of murdering him that's so gruesome, she can't get it out of her mind. In fact, Dani's convinced that she really will kill Alex. She confesses the thoughts to keep him safe, setting off a media frenzy that makes "Dani Death" the target of an extremist vigilante group.
Through the help of an uncoventional psychiatrist, Dani begins to heal her broken mind. But will it be too late? The people of her community want justice . . . and Dani's learning that some thoughts are better left unsaid.
The Babysitter Murders is unlike any book that I have read. It focused on a part of psychology that I didn't know about much before reading this book. I found that to be fascinating and very unique. Dani was a strong character, who is unsure who she is and what she wants. She also has these thoughts that she would do anything to be without them. I also liked how it showed that people overlook when someone is asking for help at times. The plot of The Babysitter Murders was exciting and kept me guessing on what would happen next. The story had many layers of complexity within the plot and subplot that made me want to learn more about the characters. Young's debut was thrilling, unique, and one of a kind. I can't wait for her next book. I recommend this to someone that wants an exciting and unique book unlike anything that I have read in YA fiction.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Friday, July 15, 2011
I’ve always thought that the inspiring storytellers were the people who could craft magic. Whether you do that literally as J.K. Rowling has done with Harry Potter or you do it like Suzanne Collins did with The Hunger Games, an inspiring storyteller should be able to wow you, to make you excited for more. There are people out there who aren’t your stereotypical novelist but are equally important storytellers such as Stan Lee and Frank Miller, but the most important storyteller out there, to me, is none other than Walt Disney.
Walt Disney had an eye for telling stories that every animator wants to achieve. Hayao Miyazaki, Howard Ashman, and John Lasseter are but a few of the people who have striven to bring out the very best and who I feel emulate (or in Howard Ashman’s case emulated) everything that Walt Disney was.
There wasn’t one project that Disney had worked on that didn’t get his mark of approval. If something wasn’t working, they would put it back and work on it at a later date such as with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. He made sure to cut out scenes that slowed down the story, no matter how much he loved it. Disney was able to create a sense of awe with his movies that kept audiences enraptured and part of that was because his characters were real. He saw the importance of music in films and used it — probably most masterfully in Bambi — to establish mood.
I propose that every fiction writer sit down and analyze a Disney film. What about that film do you love? Take note of the characters. How can you make your characters more Disney-like? And I don’t mean squeaky clean either. After all, the Wicked Stepmother wanted Snow White’s heart brought to her in a box, Pinocchio smoked a cigar, and Tinkerbell was an envious, slightly homicidal pixie before turning a 180 in the new Tinkerbell movies.
Trying to make your story more Disney-like can be a fun exercise that can help breathe new life into your work and who knows? Perhaps one day you’ll be an inspiring storyteller like Walt himself.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Author: Robin Mellom
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
And then ditched her.
Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together — stain by stain on her thrift-store dress — exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car...
But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.
Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights.
This book sounds really cute and I love the cover when I saw it in May, even if it isn't final yet.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar's Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional as blinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom's midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa's the only one who notices—or cares. Her dad is steeped in the nightly news—and denial—and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.
Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom's mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom's next fall off the wagon threatens to drag her down, too?
Sunday, July 10, 2011
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Here is a playlist for Paradise. I hope you enjoy it.
Sometimes, stories come to me initially as a character, a title, maybe a first line. PARADISE came through music. I knew I wanted to write a story about small town teens in a country rock band, and I stayed open to all the character possibilities – waiting on that special spark that tends to ignite my writing. One night at a restaurant/blues bar, I saw a guy totally shred a Springsteen song – not with a guitar or some other sexy musical instrument, but with a red, three-row button accordion. He was hot. The song was hot. The place went crazazay. And that was the spark that led to PARADISE.
So many songs – old and new – spoke to me while writing PARADISE. Here are a few from my official PARADISE playlist:
Runnin’ Down A Dream by Tom Pett PARADISE is just that: A story about chasing dreams, feeling unstoppable.
Use Somebody by Kings of LeonThe play on words. The idea of needing someone. The guitars. The drums. This song reminded me so much of Paisley and Paradise.
Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp “Two Amercian kids growing up in the heartland.” I had written Paisley’s parents as Jack and Diane – never thinking of the song. One day, I was driving and the Mellencamp song came on the radio. I was blown away. It was perfect for them. “Two American kids doing the best they can.”
Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen“I know your momma she don’t like me ‘cause I play in a Rock n Roll Band” says it all.
Carry On by Pat Green Written by Texas music legend Radney Foster, “Carry On” captures the feeling of needing to get away, “grab the wheel with your own two hands.” It’s also a barn party anthem for most Texas teens, so it works with the characters and setting. Check out the barn party scene in the novel!
Fifteen by Taylor Swift When I first heard this song, it reminded me of a scene when Paisley’s sister Lacey is cautioning her about taking things too far and too fast with Paradise. This particular scene is one of my favorites from the novel – personal and honest, as only two sisters can be.
I have a signed copy of The Sweetheart of Prosper County. Have a US address and comment with your favorite song by July 15th to enter to win.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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Friday, July 1, 2011
Books from Library: 0
Books for Review: 9
Books borrowed: 0
My Favorite: Lola! OMG, it wa perfect for the sequel to Anna!
My Least Favorite: None this month.
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