31 October 2011

Dinner with The Merry Sisters of Fate

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 October 2011 at 1:40 PM | | 1 Comment so far
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A year ago, had you told me I’d be sitting at a restaurant having dinner with Tessa Gratton (Blood Magic, Random House 2011), Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, The Scorpio Races - Scholastic) and Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacement 2010, The Space Between 2011 - Razorbill) I would have told you you were full of crap.

You see, Me, My Shelf and I was barely and idea in my head this time last year. I had just started to get back into rabid reading and was attending my very first author event, oddly enough with the 3 Merry Sisters of Fate themselves. Tessa, Maggie and Brenna were my first author meet and greets, my first autographed books and also helped me start to understand the dynamics of writing a novel and the importance of a good critique partner(s).

Color me shocked, when not only did my blog take off in a huge way, but when I auditioned to become a YA Rebel to find out Tessa was pulling for me to win! Thus began a great little friendship with her through e-mail and tweets. Tessa let me in on a secret she would be returning to my area and after many goofy notes on my inability to use the proper wine glass, we decided to talk writing over drinks when she got here.

After a few weeks of organizing things, she said she would be brining her pals Maggie and Brenna along for our meet up and I thought, since Tessa found my book clubs name so entertaining (We’re the Book Fluffers for those who don’t know…I’m not explaining….sort it out yourself.) I would invite my club members too and have a big dinner.

It was a fun, fantastic time of book talk, inappropriate comments, acting like 15 year old boys and an overuse of the phrase “That’s what she said”. I feel like I have come so far in such a short time, to go from simply reviewing books to having sit downs with the authors I love. I am very lucky to have the friends I do!

Thanks ladies for taking time out of your busy schedules for me and my pals. It was a great night!

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Halloween {Book Review + Giveaway} Bloody Little Secrets

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Bloody Little Secrets
Author: Karly Kirkpatrick
Pages: 274
Format: eBook
Release Date: May 26th 2011
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17-year-old Vicky Hernandez has a big problem. She's dead. Or not quite. After discovering she's been turned into a vampire, she tries to settle into a quiet suburb of Chicago and return to a normal life.
If only she could stop wanting to bite her boyfriend. Not to mention she is dying to find out who turned her, and why. She doesn't have to wait long before they come to her

Happy Halloween! And what better way to celebrate then with a review of a vampire book! I know what you’re thinking….another vampire book….really? Well take a deep breath and don’t judge it so fast – it’s not like the typical vampire books I’ve read.

Bloody Little Secrets combines so many different things it’s really on it’s own level as far as the mythology with in it. For instance, Vicky has that super mind control thing by simply looking into a persons eyes. At times it felt a little “Jedi Mind Trick” but cool none the less. You get a little Bram Stoker, a little “every day vampire lore” and even some poking of fun at a certain sparkly vampire novel, which I giggled at and loved.
The story was well laid out but at times it felt a little predictable, not in exact detail but in a generalized way…die…come back….kidnapped…..get away. That kind of thing. But it was entertaining and kept my attention and will leave you wondering in which direction it will head in the next book – should there be one….I don’t really know come to think of it but it certainly sets it up to be one if Karly Kirkpatrick so wanted.

Wrapping up I’m giving this novel a 3 Bird rating, it was a good story, with great potential for being a series!
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30 October 2011

{Book Review} BeautifullyBroken

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 October 2011 at 10:17 PM | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far
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Author: Sherry Soule
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Published: June 30, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Thirteenth daughter. Heritage witch. Demon slayer.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms. Yet she is determined to discover the connection between them before it’s too late.
Finally, Shiloh's met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list. And Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
It sucks to have a destiny, especially since Shiloh would rather spend her summer being a normal girl who worries about clothes and boys, not the supernatural. But she’s never been
normal and the stranger things become the more her own magical senses awaken.
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, she will begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
First, we would like to thank Sherry for providing us with this excellent book to read and review!
My take: So you get this cooky synopsis about there being supernatural powers, ghosts/demons, and a guy who’s a real hotty.  Fair enough to assume this makes for a decent book right?  Well, I went ahead and said “sure, sounds pretty interesting.
I was definitely spot on in saying it would be interesting.  Shiloh is kind of this, unaware girl who knows there’s something a little bit different and off about her, but isn’t really sure what it is.  She takes a job at an old house with this guy Evans – who’s actually the hotty’s uncle! Her best friend is the one that pushed her to apply.
What we don’t really understand straight off is why she was granted the job – but later, find out that all other potential applicants feared working in the house because it’s supposedly haunted.  So what happens when Shiloh takes the job?  Learning about her past and her present was a lot to handle – what kid wouldn’t be like “are you kidding me” when they’re told they’re a heritage witch?
All in all, it’s a great read that’s full of mystery and wonder. To really get a glimmer into the book, I’ll leave you with a couple of paragraphs of one of my favorite parts – which doesn’t give away the story…but makes you fall into a love/hate relationship with Trent.
He laughed uneasily. “What? I’m not unflappable."
“Excellent. Then start flapping.” I leaned forward and raised my eyebrows.
Trent sighed and closed his eyes. “It’s hard to explain. Sometimes, I want to forgive him, except…” He opened his eyes and they were full of pain. “I really don’t wanna talk about this.” He clenched his hands. “We should go. Uncle Tony is gonna start to wonder where you are.” He stood, throwing cash on the table.
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29 October 2011

{Guest Post} Angela Kulig

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | 2 Comments so far

We here at Me, My Shelf and I are proud to bring you quite the interesting guest post from Angela Kulig, author of Skeleton Lake (Book 1). So what happened when we were asked to be a part of the Skeleton Lake tour?  Take a look and find out!

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Hell at the Valentine's Dance

By the time I was in high school I had already sworn off dances. When the 8th grade had rolled around, I had already snapped off a heel five minutes after walking in the door, lit my dress on fire, and spent a night crying in the gym, the girls bathroom, the alcove behind the stage, and three different deserted hallways. It seems like I must have had a miserable childhood, likely because I went looking for the sort of story book experience I found in my favorite young adult books. You go to the dance--you look hot--you dance--the boyfriend brings you punch.

Only I never had a date, because the guy who sat behind me in math class couldn’t hold a candle to any of my favorite fictional characters; and kids don’t dance at dances. Heck, they had outlawed punch for fear someone would put something in it. Like ice, I mean we could choke.

But the thing about my bad luck was, it was so completely outrageous it sounded like fiction. There is no story in the Happily Ever After, there is no drama or tension in swaying in circles. The story in this case, is the before or after, or in the ceiling falling down on top of you. In the case of Skeleton Lake, the rush to leave and a near miss leave more than a lasting impression on the entire cast. The whole thing seemed like a total drag; the parentals approved the music, they guarded punch bowl. It wasn’t until they bowed out early that they realized they had just left the dance from hell.

Often the devil is in the details, sometimes masked under the pretense of a normal teenage dance there is something far more sinister lurking. Or at least that’s the way that I will always write it. Going to the dance--looking hot--dancing with above mentioned boyfriend is a bit bland for the kids today. They are smart enough, or jaded enough, to know that sort of happily never after is unlikely, and entirely unmemorable even if achieved.

When I lit my dress on fire (no, I did not make that up) my mother had to cut the sleeves off of my brand new burgundy velvet dress. I’m twenty eight now, but I still remember the way the fraying ends felt on my fingers, and the severe self consciousness at someone else noticing. Now ask me how many boys I remember dancing with? There were a few, but I only remember one and that was Nick McLaughlin; and I only remember him becauseYoung goth couple outdoors I wanted to punch him in the face. Oddly Nick inspired my first book series.

And with that I make my point. When you read about teenagers you want to occasionally see them doing normal teenage things, but if you want to be remembered, you bring the roof down--or you leave a body in the bathroom.

We’d like to thank Angela for coming to our blog today and sharing her interesting story as to who inspired her first book series.

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28 October 2011

{Book Review} The Scorpio Races

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 October 2011 at 11:14 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 401
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating : 5 Birds

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen

 

We have a guest Blogger today, my Sister in Law Debbie! She’s the horse expert here and I thought it would be a lot of fun for her to review this novel by one of her favorite authors, about one of her favorite topics!

Be sure to check out our giveaway for The Scorpio Races Book + Leather Bracelet which ends on November 7th

The Scorpio Races is a beautiful story about a girl named Puck who lives on a pretty isolated island called Thisby that seems to be somewhere in England? Or maybe Ireland? She is a horse lover as most of the people on the island seem to be. The Island relies on the tourists that come very year in November for the Scorpio Races which is where the Capaill Uisce horses race on the beach.... seems simple but no theres a lot more to it. The Capaill Uisce are water horses or more accurately demon like man eating horses that get washed up with the tide and if not properly watched or caught, cause havoc to the island by killing livestock and a few people here and there. These horses need to be properly and carefully trained and dealt with and there are few answers to exactly what some of the methods used are actually for... leaves a lot to the imagination which I personally find fascinating but at times annoying as I wanted to know the reasoning behind such actions. Of course there is a boy as with most YA fiction and the love story plays out very well. Sean is a mysterious, sort of moody, quiet horse trainer with an amazing ability to calm and control the dangerous Capaill Uisce He is held in high regard on Thisby for this reason and is called upon as soon as trouble arises with one of the water horses. He works for the Malvern's who own the main yard on the island. I presume, and this again is where there are gaps and lack of information, the yard is mainly a racehorse yard but also houses the best of the Capaill Uisce. There is a son Mutt or Matthew Malvern who hates Sean for what I gathered is the fact Sean is valuable to his father who employs him. Puck is a spirited red head with courage and determination and an “I don't give a damn” attitude towards the men of the island who do not want her in the races. It's refreshing to have a main character that is not a weak, girlie, pushover as you find in a lot of YA fiction. She falls for Sean of course and as I was, is taken by his love towards Corr his Capaill Uisce stallion.

There are more flavorful characters that appear throughout the book including an American who comes to the Island looking for a horse to invest in and ends up befriending Sean. This relationship is a bit weird as I wondered why he cared so much about the goings on of a young horse trainer. There are quite a few gaps which again I think makes the reader fill them in for themselves which is not a bad thing. A few I questioned a little more like how come Puck has never met Sean before when the island is so small? Why don't they go to school? What time era does this all take place in?

The race itself happens pretty quickly and I hoped for more detail as that is what is all lead up to. I did have tears at the end and was surprised by some of the things that happened which was great as it's good to be stumped instead of predicting the correct outcome all the time!

All in all I did love this book and give it 4 stars. Maggie's descriptive writing is beautiful and she has the knack of making the reader 'feel' like they are standing on the cliff looking out towards the moody, dark ocean. At times I could taste the salt and feel the harsh, cold wind whipping at my face. Weather you are a horse lover or not I think this is a story to be enjoyed but I must say that being a horse lover definitely adds towards keeping your interest and understanding. The love story between Puck and Sean is full of little heart stopping moments when he says and does things that weaken her knees. One of my favorites is when Puck says to Sean “I will not be your weakness Sean Kendrick” to which Sean replies very softly “It's late for that Puck” Ahhhh that made me shiver with the memory of teenage love!!!

When I read the authors note at the back I discovered that Maggie did indeed travel to England and presumably to the white cliffs of dover as that is what she describes so well. Being English myself and spending many weekends 'playing' in the frigid sea and hiding out in the little caves of the magnificent cliffs probably made me enjoy this book more than someone that had no clue of that kind of a setting. She accurately describes it and I wouldn't be surprised if she did in fact at one time enjoy a gallop along the beach with the sea lapping at her horses legs.

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{MMSAI Tours} A Touch Morbid - CLOSED

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 9:47 AM | 9 Comments so far
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TOUR CLOSED
A Touch Mortal
Book 2 in the Touch Mortal series
Author: Leah Clifford
Release Day: February 28th 2012
The sequel to the riveting A Touch Mortal is a haunting and sext novel about love, loyalty, angels and betrayal. An Astonishing vision of the dark spaces between life and death.. – from the back cover of the ARC
What’s an Book Tour?
I have a great book, and I’m lending it to you! Simple as that. Read on for more info!
Please start HERE if you would like to participate. You will need to scroll to bottom of the linked page for information, rules and the form needed to participate in our Book Tours.
You need only to read this info and fill out this form once (if you’ve previously filled out the form for another tour, no need to do it again).
If you would like to be considered for the   
A Touch Morbid Book Tour, please leave a comment below with:
1) Your Name 2) Your Email 3) The State you live in
TOUR CLOSED

1. Kate @ Ex Libris (TX)
2. Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous (TX) 
3. Rachel @ Papercuts (MS)
4. Caitlin @ Basia's Bookshelf (TN)
5. Lauren @ Lauren Get's Literal (FL)
6. Taneesha @ Diary of a Book Addict (MA)
7. Lisa @ Turning Pages (WA)
8. Jen @ Fictitious Delicious (MN)

{Book Review + Giveaway} Always a Witch

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Always A Witch (Witch #2)
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Pages: 288
Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour
Rating: 4 1/2 Birds

The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights.

Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.

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As you may remember, we had the great pleasure of having Carolyn MacCullough on our blog a bit ago.  You can check that out HERE.  Thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene – we now bring you a review for Always a Witch.  Don’t forget to check out everyone else that’s on this great tour!

My take: Oh. My. Goodness!  Now, though I didn’t give it AS high of a rating as Once a Witch, Always a Witch was definitely fantastic in it’s own right.  Following on with the next step in Tamsin’s life was like following a harrowing tale that no teenager should ever have to endure.

The way Carolyn plays out the growing relationship between Tamsin and Gabriel is cute, but not overly so.  And the better part of it, is that the relationship grows even in the alternate era they’ve traveled back to.

Tamsin is such a strong-minded character, and at times I’ll admit I wished I could reach into the book and smack her for not just listening to people.  I think though, that her strong-mindedness gave her more depth.  She followed intuition, even if it looked like it was going to get her in trouble.  And then with Gabriel just popping in, it gave more to her just going after things.

I liked the addition of different family members from the Knights.  Each one held onto different parts of my mind and made me keep thinking back to them at different moments throughout the story. 

Everything about this book was captivating to me.  Even the little things that some people might not notice.  The actions people took, the way things were sometimes worded, it all just fell into place and ended the story on a good note.  It’s definitely worth your time to read it!

We’re giving away the first book in this series: Once a Witch. To enter, simply leave a comment below and I will draw out of a hat who won! No really, I will! Contest ends Nov. 7th.

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27 October 2011

How to Stay Friends Forever

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 October 2011 at 12:05 AM | | | 1 Comment so far

MMSAI is pleased to announce we are once again working with Fox Entertainment to bring you a news and reviews about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – which is about life long friendship and how to maintain it.

As most of my friends live across the country and some even across ponds, I adored this piece about How To Stay Friends Forever!

Check it out and be sure to watch our blog for a review on the DVD, coming out in November based on the novel by Lisa See.

 

How to Stay Friends Forever

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Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on Nov. 1

Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun) are brought together in a Laotong friendship—a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort. Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. As sworn sisters, however, the women continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of nushu, hiding their stories and messages within the folds of delicate silk fans.

Lily and Snow Flower had an intense friendship that lasted a lifetime. Nushu helped them communicate and remain close, even in distance. Everyone has that old friend they have known for a long time, yet find it hard to keep in touch. Both get busy with their separate lives and don't take the time to catch up with one another. In honor of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN coming to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 1, we've created a guide for keeping in touch with your besties, through whatever life may put between you. Here we share tips such as writing letters, Skyping and sending each other gifts in the mail.

Write Letters

There’s nothing like a handwritten letter to let someone know that you care and are thinking about them. Make a point of writing to your long-distance friend at least once a month, and giving them updates on what’s going on in your life, and asking what’s new in their life. If you’re so inclined, you can include photos or other small tokens of your friendship with your letters. This simple, heartfelt update will go a long way in making your friendship last.

26 October 2011

{Giveaway} Water For Elephants DVD + Book Bundle!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 October 2011 at 1:22 PM | | | 5 Comments so far
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Win a novel/DVD bundle of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, out on Blu-ray and DVD November 1
Based on Sara Gruen’s epic novel about forbidden love, and directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Francis Lawrence (Constantine), WATER FOR ELEPHANTS stars Robert Pattinson as Jacob, a man devastated by the sudden death of his parents at the height of The Depression. When Jacob abandons his veterinary studies and stows away on a train carrying circus performers, his life is changed forever. Hired as a veterinarian to care for the circus’ animals, Jacob is temporarily filled with the promise of an exciting life that comes with a traveling circus troupe. 

However, as he falls in love with the star of the show, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), they become prey to the circus’s owner, Marlena’s abusive husband August (Christoph Waltz). With their love on the line, the circus begins to crumble from within, and Jacob and Marlena come to a crossroads that will forever change their destiny. 

For your chance to win a prize bundle including Sara Gruen’s novel and a copy of the WATER FOR ELEPHANTS DVD,

Simply answer the following question in the RAFFELCOPTER FORM provided below
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{Book Review + Blog Tour} Past Perfect

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Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Pages: 322
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eGalley
Rating: 3.5 – 4 Birds

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

We are stop 15 on the PAST PERFECT Blog Tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene, click their name to see the other stops for this book!

So, you all saw my YA Rebels vlog on Procrastination, right? Well this book almost fell victim to my procrastinating ways and here’s why. When you download an eGally you only have 90 days to read it, then like magic *POOF* it disappears from your device and computer. I downloaded the book way too early apparently, and when I went to read it saw I only had 1 day left to complete it before *POOF*. I had to read like a maniac in one day, which normally isn’t an issue for me but I was read out after doing 2 books in 2 days as it was. Luckily this was fun read and adding it to my busy day was well worth it!

Enough about me, you’re here for the book review. Past Perfect is, like I said a fun read. In fact I want to compare it to a cookbook – you know the one that celebrity’s wife made that helps you sneak veggies into everyday food so your kids don’t know they are eating it. Well this book does this, no…not with food – with history. I’m having fun reading the book, all the while learning so much about our nations history and the wars fought here on our soil.

Now wait, don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t history class so don’t dismiss the idea of reading Past Perfect because you might learn something. It all plays a role in the book because Chelsea works at a Colonial Reenactment Village. Across the street is the Civil War Reenactment Village. They don’t get along as I’m sure you can understand. Pick a war and stick to it :0)

She’s tossed upside down and every which way from Tuesday when not only does she get talked into working there for yet another summer because her BFF wants them to have a job they share this year and she’s dying to get all gussied up and show off her acting chops. But then her ex-boyfriend also gets a job there. Who wants to see the guy who broke their heart every day? Complications ensue as the Civil War Village continues their war with them, trying to prove they are the best Village in the area and Chelsea finds herself falling for a boy from their side of the time period. This will not be tolerated. Think the Capulet's and Montague’s from Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. 

It’s a fresh clean read and while I did feel it was a bit heavy on the historical background at a point or two, I can honestly say I enjoyed this novel. It is definitely something new, or at least the setting is which gives it a fast paced fun spin for Realistic Fiction. Oh. and it’s name PAST Perfect, suits it so entirely. I had a “Oh I get it now” moment when I put together why it was given that name. The character's are strong and well rounded, no one falls into the cracks like they can when you have a dozen or more main players. You really can see and feel the time and effort that went into researching this book and love that was given to developing each character.

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{Giveaway + Book Release} The Scorpio Races

It’s no secret that Maggie Stiefvater’s newest novel, The Scorpio Races came out this month. It’s also no surprise that it’s the talk of the book community, and people every where are more than excited to get their hands on it!
Well Me, My Shelf and I along with Big Honcho Media want to get you one step closer to owning this book – and a little something extra too!

One Lucky Winner from Me, My Shelf and I will win:

A Copy of The Scorpio Races AND a Custom Leather TSR Bracelet
 
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Amazing, right? Be sure to stop in below to enter!

A few things you can do while you waiting for me to pull a winner for the prize pack:
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25 October 2011

{Movie Review} Water For Elephants

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 October 2011 at 10:02 AM | | 2 Comments so far

 

Here at MMSAI we are taking a step into the movie review biz as well. And thanks to the wonderful folks at Fox Home Entertainment we got to kick off this new adventure with an amazing early screening copy of  Water For Elephants Staring Resese Withersppon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz. (click banner below to view imdb page for the movie)

DVD Releases NOVEMEBER 1st!

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Now, one  of the most frequent things I have heard when this movie is mentioned is this: “I loved the book so much, I am terrified the movie will ruin it” I was actually worried about this as well, but it was short lived once I started to watch it.

Water For Elephants is masterfully created and really pulls you in to the life of the circus in 1931. No detail over looked, no cost spared, to bring you the most realistic adaptation of the amazing novel by Sara Gruen.

Now, let’s just face this little issue here quick and move on, because I know you  - my frequent readers, what you are thinking. Robert Pattinson is in this – that’s why I liked it. My Dear Lovelies, just because I favor the Twilight movies, does not mean that I will enjoy everything one of it’s cast members is in. And above and beyond that, I read Water For Elephants back in 2006 when it came out, LONG before it was a twinkle of an idea for a movie, and long before Mr. Pattinson was chosen to play Jacob Jankowski. *smiles*

I fell in love with this book from the jump, and anyone who loved the book – will no doubt love the movie more.

Now, we have a little helpful “Study Guide” if you will that I followed along with while watching to compare this movie to it’s book. Isn’t this every fans dream – compare the book to the movie *squee*

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Click it to see it full sized and save it for yourself!

Now I’m going to cover a few of these great questions listed here, I won’t do them all but I have some favorites!

What elements of the 1930’sdid you enjoy in the book and film? The style and fashion?

My favorite bits were really the same between the book and the move, both had this undeniable way of really pulling you into the world of the Benzini Brothers Circus. Raising of the tent, the atmosphere in general of a fully working circus.

But, the clothing, yes was a big one for me. Especially Marlena’s outfits both for pleasure and work.  Truly beautiful!

Discuss Sara Gruen’s choice to tell the story from Jacob’s point of view vs. Marlena’s. How did she do portraying Jacob and what did Robert Pattinson add to the character.

I have the awful habit when reading a book to never once consider what the story may have been like if told from another POV. The thought of Water For Elephant’s being told from Marlena’s point of view is an interesting concept, but I don'' t think it would have provided the same mystery and depth as it did being told from Jacob’s. Marlena’s life is pretty much all laid out for you, she works, fawns over her abusive and mean husband, trains and has dinner dressed like a princess.

Jacob however brings the heart ache of loss. Excitement of trying something new, fear of the unknown, love burning deep down he can’t express and the need to work with the animals.

Pattinson did a great job, in my opinion. I pay very close attention to what and how I felt the character in the book was to what is coming off on the screen, in every book to movie I watch – even when I’m not reviewing, and I never once recall feeling like anything was lost between the pages to the screen. You can tell Pattinson did his homework, he puts in the effort to learn as much about Jacob as he can, and really becomes him for the movie. I’m grateful to all the actors for this, nothing is worse than an amazing book being less than that when it’s on the screen. Thankfully the magic flows smoothly from the page to the screen in Water For Elephants.

What Scene from the book do you feel translated best onto the screen?

For me it was near the end, the stampede in the big top. In the book, there seemed to be so much going on that it made it a little hard for me to lay it all out in my mind. I completely knew what was happening, but I couldn't “see” it clearly, if you know what I mean. When it came to this part of the movie I was, mouth agape, eyes wide – just remembering. And being grateful to see this amazing climax laid out before me finally. For all the confusion and action happening all at one time I think that they really made it  amazing for the movie.

Now, there is a question about the quotes on the study guide. I want to touch on a quote, but it’s not one of those.

You see, there’s a line that has always stuck with me through out the book. If you recall at the beginning the old Jacob is standing watching them tear down the tents. He tells someone near him he used to work for the circus and he replies “What, did you carry the water for elephants” (or something similar, excuse my misquote)

The line, in some fashion is still in the movie but not at a point where I would have expected it. I do so wish they could have gotten it in to the beginning like it falls in the novel. It didn’t ruin anything for me, but it was one of those things I was watching carefully for when I put the movie in.

 

Wrapping up – it’s great movie, and a fantastic book and one time I can 543246.1020.Ahonestly say a movie didn’t ruin a book. It very truly only enhances it! If you still haven’t decided if you want to try the movie out, still scared that you may not love it as much as I am saying you will – check in tomorrow when I will be giving away a DVD/Book Bundle to one of my lucky readers from Think Jam, who’s putting on this great little tour of sorts for WFE!

Also – do me a favor….have you read the book AND seen the movie when it was in theater? Well choose one of the questions from the study guide above and tell me your answer in the comments below! I want to hear what YOU thought about the book and the movie!!!

 

Thank you Fox Home Entertainment and Think Jam for allowing us here at MMSAI this opportunity!

 

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{Tens List} With Catherine Ryan Hyde

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

Today we’ve got a fun Tens List from Catherine Ryan Hyde as part of The {Teen} Book Scene blog tour. And She tells us the first 10 things she would buy if she won a hundred million dollars. Everyones dream? Right!?

We’ll here’s her answer!

10 Items you would buy right away if you won 100 Million dollars

1) Some kind of time-share on a private jet. Not that I ever want to be one of those super-rich folks who own their own jet. But just some nice plan for getting time on one when I needed it. Because then I would never have to fly on a commercial airline again! (I can feel the relief just typing that.)

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2) The equivalent of a round-trip ticket on said jet to all just about all over the world. I want to go to Nepal and Tibet and China and Scotland and Wales and Iceland and Norway. I just really hate flying on commercial airlines. And I’d hire great guides and translators in those countries, so I could hike the Annapurna circuit and the Great Wall of China with someone who could help me figure out what I’m doing. And I’d tip really well!

3) A piece of land. Someplace I could drive to in a couple of hours. But much more remote. Even off-the-grid remote would be nice, with solar panels instead of electric lines and a well instead of piped-in water. But the most important thing is that it would be zoned for horses. I’d really like to have a horse again. But not if I had to board him. Only if he could live on a place I actually owned. Oh, and it should have some kind of small guest house, so someone who needed a free place to live could tend the horses when I’m not around.

4) A four-wheel drive vehicle for getting down really gnarly dirt roads to really remote trailheads.

5) The rest of my house. I mean, I own my house. As far as that goes. But it would be really nice to buy the mortgage back from the bank. What an amazing feeling that would be, to own the roof over your head free and clear. No payments.

6) An outrageously expensive assortment of leather boots and bags. I have kind of aBrown distressed boots and bag thing for them. If I’m walking along and I see a really amazing leather bag in a store window, I tend to stop in my tracks—without meaning to—and say “oooh.” Out loud. But I can’t afford to really indulge that craving. But in your imaginary scenario I would.

7) An assistant, to do all the little errandy things I don’t like to do, but somebody has to do them. (Although I had an assistant for a time, during the Pay It Forward days, and it was more trouble than it was worth. So I might be wrong about this.)

8) A really high-tech GPS and a PLB (personal locator beacon) so I could be much more experimental about plunging into the wilderness on my own route-finding skills. Right now it seems more economical to stay on well-marked trails and look where I’m going. (Which is maybe not such a bad thing.)ar123000353846214

9) A private Yoga teacher to come to my house every day and guide my Yoga sessions. I’d make a lot more progress.

10) Now, granted that leaves me quite a lot of change. Because, given that I’m working with 100 million, my needs are pretty basic. I’m really not terribly material, and though I’d love to hike and travel more, I’m not so big on toys and “things.” So the rest I would pay forward. Maybe start a foundation to give grants to struggling writers. Since hardly anybody does anymore. And that would probably be the best feeling I could “buy” anyway.

 

Catherine, thanks so much for stopping in, and feel free to buy us some stuff to, should you ever win that jackpot ;0)

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24 October 2011

{Guest Post} Mary O’Connell

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

Today we welcome author of The Sharp Time, Mary O’Connell to our blog.  We are kicking off this The {Teen} Book Scene tour with a This or That list from this wonderful author, and hope you’ll join us later when we share a review of the book!  Special thank you to Mary O’Connell for being a part of our blog today!

We asked Mary to pick her preferences from a list we gave that contained about ten different this-or-that questions. If she wanted, she could explain why she picked some of the answers too!

MaryOConnellActs of Revenge -or- Acts of Courage

Acts of Courage. The main character in The Sharp Time, Sandinista, is tempted to indulge in a desperate act of revenge, but she also chooses to help someone in need, which is the most courageous thing any of us can do.

Banshees -or- Zombies

I will say…Banshees!

Greek Mythology -or- Norse Mythology

Greek Mythology. But, really, they are both pretty spectacular.

Pop Punk (like Green Day) -or- Celtic Punk (like Flogging Molly)

I’ve worshipped the Pogues forever, so I’ll have to go with Celtic Punk.

e-Books -or- Physical copies

I love bookstores: physical copies, hands down.

Sunrise -or- Sunset

Sunset, as I’m not a morning person.

Social Networking Sites -or- Old school calling/hanging out to socialize

Old school all the way! Though I do spend too much time on Facebook…

Bagels -or- Donuts

I will say Bagels, for sentimental reasons. I met my husband in New York City and he once took me for a warm salt bagel and hot chocolate on a misty winter morning: The best breakfast I’ve ever had.

Magazines - or- Newspapers

Newspapers. When I was growing up, we had the newspaper delivered in the morning and the evening: The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times.

Self fulfillment -or- Self discovery

Self Discovery. Why not keep learning?

Half empty -or- Half full

Half full! Well, I do try…

Taking small steps -or- Leaping in full force

Definitely leaping in full force. Though sometimes taking small steps is a wiser course…

Such fun questions! Thanks!

Thanks again to The {Teen} Book Scene for including us on this tour, and Mary O’Connell for having some fun with this post! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

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23 October 2011

{Book Review} Thin Air

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Thin Air
Author: Lynn Seresin
Format: ARC
Pages: 437
Publisher:
Published: August 2, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), and she’s actually almost a thousand years old. In fact, the only “ordinary” thing about Alice is that she’s in love.
Alice was a sylphid—a winged air spirit—when she spotted Daniel Field camping in the Adirondacks and lost her heart to the handsome NYU student. Intangible to the human senses, her only hope of winning his heart resides in becoming mortal, even though transmutation is forbidden by Paralda, ruler of the air. Risking punishment, however, seems a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness.
Tracking down Daniel in New York City ends up being surprisingly easy. Getting noticed by him for all the right reasons is another story, especially when the human world keeps tossing challenges in Alice’s path. Just when she’s mastered zippers and buttons, she catches herself dropping a sugar packet into her coffee and mistaking a photo of John Lennon for one of Daniel’s relatives.
Her eccentricities raise the occasional eyebrow with Daniel and his friends, but her quirky charm, sweetness, and sincerity win out. Before long, she lands a job, begins a relationship with Daniel, and starts settling into her new life—until her past comes after her.

Welcome to part two of our blog on Thin Air!  This was not a part of the Magic Attic Tour, but I figured it went well, plus, stick around to see what part two of the giveaway is!

Wind, fire, earth and water – as spirits?  Well that was enough reason for me to say yes when we were asked to take on the challenge of this book.

Though the beginning was a bit slow moving, and very much the background of our dear Alice, also known as Aeris in the spirit world, when it took off into her learning how to become human, it really took off.  I not only got to see her challenges of basic human needs and functions, but the struggles that so many face now.  It was nice being able to get a sense of not knowing how to handle all things at all times from the point of view of Alice.

There are so many characters intertwined in Alice’s life – and it made me wonder later on what happened to those of her air life of the past.  The ones in her present though are fantastic, and I’d like to know more about certain characters – like Wren.  She’s a very intuitive character, plus Lynn introduces us to someone who’s blind – which I feel isn’t often portrayed in writing now.

The way Alice has to handle herself so delicately and carefully throughout the book is in a way enchanting.  Knowing she has to hide her true self and be cautious around all the humans now surrounding her life…it was sometimes frustrating as the reader, but also great to be able to see her hold so much self restraint.

Honestly all in all, I really loved the book.  The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because in certain areas, I felt things could have been left out and it could have been a little more direct and to the point – so that was my only real problem with the book.  Otherwise, it was fantastic!  And yes, there is a titling of realistic fiction in there because a LOT of what happened, could be completely real.

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Don’t forget, you can enter to win an eCopy of the book HERE.  But get this, not only can you use that link to try and win an eCopy, but a physical copy of the book AND a tarot reading from the author!  Lynn has so graciously allowed us to give away a tarot reading as a prize to go alone with her book!  This giveaway will end on Halloween, so it fits in perfectly right?

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22 October 2011

{Guest Post + Giveaway} Lynn Seresin

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 October 2011 at 12:31 AM | | | | 2 Comments so far
Welcome to part one of our feature on Thin Air which features a guest post from the lovely author, Lynn Seresin!  We were asked to participate in a tour for the book by The Magic Attic.  Fortunately we got to ask Lynn one question that she couldn’t answer with a simple yes or no.  So what did we ask?
What would you do with one million dollars?

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I’ve been asked to answer a question many of us have probably asked ourselves: What would I do if a check for one million dollars (tax-free) landed in my lap? Of course, it’s hard to avoid the knee-jerk reactions—“I’d buy an island,” or “I’ve always wanted a castle in England.” I mean, who doesn’t want their own tropical paradise or a house you can get lost in? But if you really stop and think about it, would you really splurge on some private real estate in the middle of the ocean or a pile of old rock?

If I had a million dollars to spend, I’d be tempted to indulge my love of jewelry and clothes just a little—and I’d probably go ahead and do it (I mean, how often do you get your hands on that kind of money?). Being the mother of two teenagers, I’d also put some aside for college and definitely earmark part of the fortune for my kids’ future. After all, they might want to start a business or put a down payment on a house up the road. But even after all that, I’m  pretty sure I’d still have a sizable amount of money left over. What to do…what to do…

At the risk of sounding blatantly altruistic, I’d want to donate money to a good cause. Now, there are tons of wonderful organizations out there devoted to curing diseases, assisting the homeless, and aiding the poor—all worthy and in need of support. But a recent tragic event—the suicide of a 14-year-old boy—brought home the painful fact that many kids are literally being bullied to death. That boy was Jamie Rodemeyer. This beautiful, sensitive young man was mercilessly taunted for questioning his sexuality (no one’s business but his) and for having girls as friends (not a crime, last I checked). I watched his “It Gets Better” video with tears in my eyes as he tried to reach out to other kids like himself, even as he was overwhelmed by his own pain. This must be stopped, and the aim of the Trevor Project is to do just that, by providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth 24/7. I can’t think of a more worthwhile cause than protecting today’s gay, transgendered, and questioning youth from the effects of prejudice, ignorance, and cruelty. No part of my million dollars can force people to accept one another the way the characters in my book, THIN AIR, embrace—even celebrate—their mutual differences. I know that’s too much to ask in the real world. But supporting the Trevor Project and other organizations devoted to making the world a better place for all of us, regardless of our orientation, is a step in the right direction.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?

We’d like to thank Lynn and the great folks over at The Magic Attic for giving us this post – and for allowing us the opportunity to read Thin Air.  So with that million dollars, would you be tempted to buy a bunch of books?  Well here’s an opportunity to have ONE crossed off the list from purchase! 


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21 October 2011

{Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY} Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 October 2011 at 12:04 AM | | | | | | 8 Comments so far
Welcome to the official Dark Eden blog tour!
Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate the publication of Dark Eden, available everywhere November 1st, this month author Patrick Carman will be visiting blogs to share spooky guest posts and sneak peeks from his brand new book and app.
 
When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn't right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it's too late?

My first thought, the moment I finished this book was: Movie, Please! The idea’s, concepts and story line with in Dark Eden is too wonderful to not be set up on the big screen! While there isn’t any movie in the works (that I know of!) we do get some amazing, fun and creepy extras along with Dark Eden the novel.
For instance, the series is enhanced by a downloadable app that enriches the elements of the traditional narrative through innovative story artifacts including still images, audio recordings, videos, scans, and text entries.
Find the iPhone and Android apps
 
Also, HarperCollins has made a FEAR TEST, that we are proud to present – take the test find out what your deepest fears are and don’t forget to follow the rules!!!! I took it and it scared the pants off me. I had to stop a few times in fact before I could get all the way through!


Take it! And tell me what YOUR results were in the contest form (NOT COMMENTS!) Want to know what I’m scared of – besides the Fear Test itself creeeepie! – The Dark. That was my result. And it was cool to see Rainsford, the person who runs Dark Eden, at the end.
The book is amazing, it get 5 Birds from me – I can’t think of a thing that I didn’t like. And to prove it to you, I’m giving away some swag…..The Dark Eden ARC, T-shirt (size M, men’s type fit), a lanyard and book mark – because TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY and I want to give YOU gifts!!!!


You can catch my review later this week, for a full run down of Dark Eden and what I thought!

Take the Fear Test, then enter this awesome contest!!! Only one thing is required to enter, follow us here at MMSAI!note: one of the ways to earn 4 extra entries is to take the test and tell me your fear in the form…so do it! 

20 October 2011

{Novella Review} Love’s Long Shadow

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 October 2011 at 11:36 AM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!
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Love’s Long Shadow
Author: Ciara Knight
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Published: October 3rd, 2011
Format: eBook – Novella
Pages: 45
Rating: 2 Birds

Sammy Lorre was cast from Heaven for conduct unbecoming an angel. Living in a demon infested small town with no memory of her previous life, she faces never-ending purgatory until Boon saunters into her life with a promise of angelic love. But is he an angel from Heaven or a minion from the underworld preying on her human emotions? To discover his true identity, she must risk eternal damnation and her heart.

Okay, so Love's Long Shadow! Very quick read and fantastic writing style. That's about it really. It's very difficult to point out what's good about this book. I would almost definitely read more from Author as she has great potential but something definitely went wrong with this Novella. So I'm going to break it into three points.
  1. Length – It needed to be longer. I felt as if a 350 book had been crammed into 45 pages and so to fit everything in I had a slew of information to keep up with and I couldn't connect with the characters at all. I would have liked to have seen Sammy and Boon's relationship develop more and I had no picture of where Sammy was living at all. I wanted to know what her bedroom looked like and what she does with her day but instead I got short, quick snippets, as if she doesn't exist unless Boon's scene is up.
  1. Characters – The length didn't help and the stereotyping made it worse. If you're into insta-love, great but I prefer Anna and the French Kiss style relationships so I suppose I really didn't 'get' their relationship at all. Boon is a stereotypical Daniel (Fallen) and Sammy is a stereotypical Luce (also Fallen), except weaker.
  1. I've Read That Before – Speaking of Fallen parts of this story seemed rather similar, which didn't impress me at all. I want something new and fresh, insta-love and scenes I've read 20 times before don't equal stars I'm afraid.
If you love books like Fallen and Twilight, then great, grab this and have a good read! If you're a bit pickier like me, definitely keep an eye on this Author as I believe they will be getting better and better at their craft...
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18 October 2011

{Top Ten Tuesday} 22

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | 5 Comments so far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.
Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS WHOSE TITLES OR COVERS MADE ME BUY IT

Now I know we’re never supposed to judge a book by EITHER of those standards – but sometimes you just can’t help but be intrigued by whatever it is that draws you to the book immediately!  Here’s my list.

1) Jinx Meg Cabot (the name got me, plus the fact that it was Meg Cabot)
2) Divergent Veronica Roth (cover)
3) Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick (both)
4) The Lonely Hearts Club – Elizabeth Eulberg (title)
5) Rival – Sara Bennett Wealer (cover, still love it)
6) Hearts at Stake – Alyxandra Harvey (both actually)
7) The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han (definitely the title)
8) Goth Girl Rising – Barry Lyga (both)
9) The Accident – Ismall Kadare (cover)
10) Betwixt – Tara Bray Smith (title)

What’s your TTT this week?
Be sure to link us so we can check it out!

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17 October 2011

{OnTour} Becca Fitzpatrick

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | 2 Comments so far

Today we’re exploring the author behind the series that led me to loving books about angels – that author is Becca Fitzpatrick.  I had the amazing opportunity to come see her on October 14, at Anderson’s Bookshop while she was on her Silence tour.

silenceBecca came in extremely nervous (and even claimed to be shaking while in front of us all), but explained a bit to us about the series in general.

If you haven’t read the series, it starts off with Hush, Hush where we meet Patch and Nora.  Patch is a fallen angel and Nora is Nephilim.

How’d she come to write these books?

In college she didn’t envision herself being a writer, but a spy!  She even applied to the CIA. TWICE.  Her husband enrolled her (thinking it would be funny) in a writing class when she was 24.  In her 4 years at college though, she’d only taken one writing class where her teacher threatened to fail her.  Her husband thought it would be humorous to put her in the class!.  She told the teacher on the first day of class “I will come every week for this 8 week writing class but I will not write anything.  Even if I do write something, I will not share it with anyone.”  She was challenged to write a scene on humiliation – so she did it.  She was in her 10th grade biology class and was not paying attention (as per usual) and was called on with the question “what are the characteristics you’d like in a mate”.  She was absolutely humiliated and sat next to the cute boy in her class.  So hence, she starts writing about the experience which later led to her enjoying writing.  She didn’t realize you had to have an entire story written before you actually sent it off.  She received her first rejection letter very promptly after sending her first edit off.  Five years later she’d received just shy of 100 rejection letters but found her current agent in 2008.  Her agent saw something promising and asked her to rewrite. 

She commonly gets questions about the covers as well.  So how are covers chosen?

Generally, 99% of authors have no clue what the covers will look like, but she was fortunate when her publisher asked for input on all three covers.  Drew, who modeled as Patch, was asked to come in wearing nothing but a pair of skinny black jeans.  He spent two hours in makeup getting wing scars painted on his back…and spent 6 hours doing backflips and stuntwork on a trampoline.  He said this workout was so intense that he did not workout the rest of the week.  After they’d finished, they sent Becca four of the best shots and asked her to chose!  The photo Becca chose is actually upside down from the original on the cover of Hush, Hush!

The last common question she gets is where does she get inspiration?

When she was writing the books, she’d go back and read the journals she kept when she was in middle school and high school.  Things she’d had happen to her back then started becoming her writing.  One thing that did come of it – she moved to a place in Idaho after growing up in Nebraska.  Apparently in Idaho you had to come up with a creative way to ask people to a dance.  Her friend had a guy that asked her by filling the tub with water and fish with a saying “Out of all the fish in the sea, you’re the one for me, will you go to the dance with me?”  So her friends told her she needed to ask this popular guy Beau – their thought was to ask by getting a hot dog, putting mustard, ketchup and relish on it and a little sign that said “Beau, don’t be a wiener, go to the dance with me.”  She wasn’t going to, but later decided to.  They went to a friends house and did all the preparations but on chickening out, she wrote down her friends name-Emily.  So Beau told Barbie (his mom) that he knew Emily already had a date to the dance…and she found out who the mystery person was.  Barbie made him go to the dance with Becca and he didn’t say a word to her the entire night.  That ended in how Nora ended up going to Scott’s house with the hot dog (we’re all afraid of how Scott will hurt Nora) and that’s why she used the same line.  For aspiring writers, keep a journal – you never know what will happen to you.  You might think it’s boring but it may be the biggest thing that helps.

Audience questions:

Are the playlists important to scenes in the book?

She can’t write while listening to music because she tends to type the lyrics, but she does plot while she’s running in the morning with her iPod.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned in being a writer?

If she were ever to write a series again she’d know from the start how many books there would be, how it will end, and what would happen throughout.  There are things she wishes she could go back and change in the first book while now writing the fourth book.  If she did it again, she would know.

Where did the titles come from?

Believe it or not, they all came from the dictionary.  Titles are really hard.  She was browsing through the dictionary and stumbled upon Hush which means to conceal – so she emailed one of her best author friends and told her she was going to title it “Hush” but the author friend told her Hush was such a tiny little word and said Hush, Hush. *Note – Many authors don’t get to actually pick their titles either!

When you’re writing and you’re stressed, how do you overcome it?

It can be a lot of things that come in with stress, but generally it’s the deadlines.  You usually get about 9 months to write the book.  She goes running, anything to get away from the computer and clear her head.  Going to the park with her kids, or going to shower.  You can sing in the shower and sound good!

Why Angels?

When she started writing, she had no clue Patch would be a fallen angel.  She knew he’d be the ultimate bad boy – like the one you know is guarded but you want to know everything about.  She wanted him to be upstanding – but what caused him to fall from grace?  It made sense then that he was a fallen angel.

Did you have to alter the way Silence ended now that there’s going to be a fourth book?

She knew there would be a fourth book when she finished writing Silence in May but she couldn’t tell anyone at that point that there would be.  She didn’t have to change the ending but she had to keep this big fat secret.

What about her books being made into movies?

She’s kind of worried about it being optioned unless it gets picked up and things go almost exactly how the book goes.

And that is it for our lovely author!  You can all just call me “Wings Girl”.  By the way – here’s a photo from the night!

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