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Thursday, January 29, 2009

When I asked about tv and so many of you suggested One Tree Hill, I decided to give it a try. I'd seen the first season on dvd back before season three started and liked it, but the start of season three didn't do much for me. However! Based on what you said, I decided to try it again, and season three really picked up (the last seven episodes, in particular) and now I'm into season five (LOVE that they skipped the college years) Is season six something I can just start watching now, or am I better off waiting until I comes out on dvd?

Anyway, since you've all pointed me in the direction of tv I've been missing and my husband and I are trying Netflix (I know! We're practically in the 21st century now!)-- what movies should I be watching?

Since it's already Thursday, let's say you let me know what movies I should put in my queue by Monday, the 2nd, at midnight EST and then I'll pick four people at random and each of those four people will get a book.

I'm giving away:
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faraia Stolarz
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Sleepless by Terri Clark

One last thing--just a couple of links to share:

Agent Kristin Nelson saw teens discuss their favorite books of the year at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting

Justine Larbalestier talks about what to do when you're drained -- it's a great post because it says something that I think we all need to hear--that yes, it really is okay to take time off, no matter what your job is.

Tess Gerritsen on why you don't need to worry about someone stealing your ideas

Editorial Ass looks at Jane Austen's publishing career--yes, she got rejections too!

YPulse has an interesting article on teens and Twitter

WOW! (Or, librarians, I LOVE you!)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I've just found out that Living Dead Girl is listed as one of YALSA's 2009 Best Books for Young Adults AND is also a 2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

WOW!!!

And if that alone wasn't enough to make my head spin--which it is!---I realized Stealing Heaven is on the 2009 Best Books for Young Adults list as well.

DOUBLE WOW! (And okay, I already knew that librarians ROCKED, but this? Such an amazing honor!)

me, jewelry, and Something, Maybe

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Here's the thing--I don't wear much jewelry. In fact, I wear exactly three pieces, all rings. My wedding ring, a ring my husband gave me for our fifth anniversary, and another he gave me for my tenth.

I have, at one time or another, lost ALL of them. I lost my thumb ring (fifth anniversary) about two years ago, and so we got a replacement. Which I then lost. Again. We got another one. Which I lost. (Thank goodness all of my rings are silver, or we'd be broke!)

Anyway, after THREE rings, I got a thumb ring that I (so far!) have managed not to lose.

Then, last year, I lost my tenth anniversary ring. It's not replaceable--the jeweler who made it went out of business, and I admit, I cried. And then I tore the house apart looking for it, and my husband looked everywhere after I couldn't find it (and was crying again).

Neither of us could find it, and I spent three days in a complete funk.

And then I found it in the refrigerator, inside a foil-wrapped package of leftovers. (No, I have no idea how it got there. I mean, I have an idea, but of all the places to be! Who loses rings in their fridge?)

Anyway, after that, I swore to myself "No more lost rings!"

You know what that means, right?

Of course you do. This Saturday, I lost my wedding ring. I did the whole tear the house apart thing. I even went through the trash! But nothing. Luckily, I was able to order a replacement, and I did.

And then I found it yesterday.

In the guest bathroom sink. How it got there--since it's not like I hang out in the guest bathroom--is anyone's guess.

But now I have all my rings and rather than vow not to lose them again, I'm going to settle for trying to misplace them in places that aren't inside leftovers or sinks I don't use (but apparently must have at some point!)

In other, non-ring loss news, Publishers Weekly printed an absolutely lovely review of Something, Maybe. I won't quote the whole thing here, but part of it goes: "The unusual family dynamics allow the author to explore familiar themes from a fresh angle. This is a satisfying, romantic coming-of-age story."

WHOOO!

One more thing: Don't forget there's still time left to enter the Simon Pulse Spring Fling Contest for your chance to win a bunch of autographed books, a phone call from an author, a box of Simon Pulse books, and more!

Something, Maybe excerpt!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just wanted to let you know that there's now an excerpt up from Something, Maybe--and to read it, just click here

Robin Wasserman wonders about writers reading their own work -- I can't do this (I've never read any of my books), so it was really nice to know I'm not alone. Plus Robin is very eloquent on the subject!

Agent Jennifer Jackson wants to know what kind of novels you'd like to see in stores--as well as which kinds you'd rather not. As you can expect, loads of comments on this one!

Also! Congrats to last week's contest winners: Hannah, Jessica, Amelia, and Sara

10,000 years and other links

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Loads of stuff to share today:

Justine Larbalestier continues her January discussion of writing, tackling incorporating backstory and how you know when you're done with something

Diana Peterfreund talks about writing a synopsis, and links to Kathy Carmichael's extensive series of articles and worksheets about it. Kathy also has information on endings, dialogue, point of view--loads of stuff!

Interesting article about book covers

Nathan Brandsford talks about how hard it can be to find success in publishing --it's a very honest blog entry, and got loads of comments. He's followed that up by asking "But what's the hardest past about being a writer?"

Tess Gerritsen has a blunt--but true--tip for would-be authors: Don't be arrogant

Jennifer Lynn Barnes does a rough calculation of how much time people have spent reading and viewing the Twilight series-- "As in, a single person could have sat around doing nothing but reading the Twilight Saga from 8,000 B.C. until now, and that would be on par with the amount of time that has been invested by readers and viewers in this series. And really? The number is probably really a lot bigger than that.

So, what are the odds of your book being made into a movie?

Finally, Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, and Perfect You are all up for consideration in the Children's Choice Book Awards, so if you're a teen and you're so inclined, you can cast a vote for any of those--or any other young adult novel from 2008!

video. (!) and free books!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



So, after seeing that, I'm guessing you know what this week's contest is about! I've shared mine, so you share yours, and you could win a free book! I'll take comments through midnight this Friday, January 16th, and then I'll pick four people at random and each of those four people will win a book. You can only enter once, but you can enter if you live overseas, or if you've won something from me before.

This week I'm giving away: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

And! Congrats to last week's winners: Erin, Kaity, Alia, and Liv

new year, free books!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Justine Larbalestier is talking about writing for the entire month of January, and so far she's covered coming up with ideas, being stuck and/or sticking with what you're working on , and even answers a few questions about getting an agent and query letters -- "My biggest piece of advice is not about agents or editors. It’s to keep writing."

And I've got some books to give away. I know you're shocked. (heh.)

Leave me a comment telling me what TV show I should be watching RIGHT NOW by this Friday, January 9th, and then I'll pick four people at random and each of those four people will win a book. You can only enter once, but you can enter regardless of where you live (I will ship books overseas) or if you've won something from me before.

The books I'm giving away are: Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Diary of a Chav by Grace Dent, Need by Carrie Jones, and I Know It's Over by C. K. Kelly Martin.

links!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Loads of links to share today:

Allison Winn Scotch wonders "So How Do You Know If You Suck?"

Nathan Bransford muses about the ever-shrinking divide between "young adult" and "adult" novels -- This made me think about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was published as a both a young adult and adult novel in the United Kingdom, but as an adult title in the United States (and sold very well indeed!)

Agent Janet Reid looks back at publishing in 2008--how's it's changed, and how it hasn't

Seven Deadly Publishing Sins -- or, as the intro says, "These seven no-nos will put your career on ice faster than you can say “remainder.”"

Sarah Ryan answers questions about being an author--and risks

Michelle Rowan shares ten things she's learned since her first book was published

Ally Carter has some straightforward, sensible--and blunt--advice for those who want to write

I'm pleased to say that Living Dead Girl was named a Cynsational Book of 2008 and made the BCCB 2008 Blue Ribbon List--WHOO!

Also! Don't forget to enter the Simon Pulse Spring Fling Contest!

One last thing: congrats to Jenn, who won the copy of Dooley Takes The Fall and Brick!

Announcing the Simon Pulse Spring Fling Contest!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Simon Pulse Spring Fling Contest!



Just in case you can't see the image, here's the contest info:

Pulse Spring Fling Contest!

Grand prize: One signed copy each of Far From You, Fade, and Something, Maybe along with a phone call from your choice of one of the three featured authors

Second prize: A box full of Pulse books

Third prize: Your choice of a signed copy of any one of the featured author's backlist titles


To enter, simply send an email to pulsespringfling@gmail.com with the words Pulse Spring Fling! in the subject line and answer the question, "Who is your favorite fictional couple?" in the body of the email.

One entry per person, US residents only. Contest begins January 1, 2009 and ends February 14, 2009. Winners will be announced Monday, March 2nd, with prizes delivered mid-March.