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Saturday, December 24, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX + Merry Christmas Eve!!

First, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hunakkah. This year flew by and I am happy to say I am looking forward to what's in store for us all in the coming year.

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me, especially during my lack of blogging posts. Since I haven't done an 'In My Mailbox' post for a few weeks, these are the books I received during that time.

I wish you all a happy holiday!!

Credit goes to: Kristi from The Story Siren for 'In My Mailbox' / Inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie

For Review:
-Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano + Tarot Cards
-Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
-The Language of Impossible Dreams by Sarah Ockler
-Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
-Don't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala
-Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10) by Sarah Shepard

-Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2) by Beth Fantaskey
-Croak (Croak, #1) by Gina Damic
-Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse, #3) by Jackie Morse Kessler
-Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez

Many Thanks To: Simon & Schuster, Phoebe Kitanidis, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Michelle Zink and Big Honcho Media.

I'd love to hear what you got, so leave a comment!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tantalizing Future YA Releases: It's back!

Tantalizing Future YA Releases is a weekly feature where I showcase upcoming YA covers. All titles are linked to GoodReads for summary details. Also, please note that covers may not be final. If changes occur I will replace the covers with the new versions.

  • Embrace (The Violet Eden Chaptersm #1) by Jessica Shirvington (Sourcebooks Fire, 3/6/12)
  • The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, 4/24/12)
  • Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 5/1/12)
  • Slated (Slated, #1) by Teri Terry (Orchard Books, 5/3/12)
  • The Girl Is Trouble (Girl is Murder, #2) by Kathryn Miller Haines (Roaring Brook Press, 7/3/12)
  • Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror, #3) by M.J. Putney (St. Martin's Griffin, 7/3/12)
  • Spark (Sky Chasers, #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin's Griffin, 7/17/12)
  • Drain You by M. Beth Bloom (HarperTeen, 7/24/12)
  • Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard (Razorbill, 8/30/12)
  • Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9/11/12)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Where the beep have I been?

Hello my lovely followers! As you can see my poor blog has been suffering for a few weeks now. Life grabbed all of my free time and blogging unfortunately took a back seat.

Lately though, I've been contemplating if I'd consider blogging fun anymore. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, I do love all of you and my blog. It's been hard work and I'm very proud of my accomplishment thus far.

But, I am bored. Is it my layout? Maybe, I've had it for two years. I wonder if a new look will re-kindle my blogging obsession. Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should do to get over this funk that I've been in?

I received an e-mail today from one of my loyal readers, Amanda from The Vintage Bookworm (go follow her, super cute blog!) and she actually reached out to see if I am okay. Once I read her e-mail, it hit me that I not only am letting my blog down, but my readers as well. Thank you Amanda so much for taking the time out to e-mail me. I appreciated all her words and it made me remember how much I love communicating with other readers.

So, my goal, especially for the New Year is to spruce this book baby up! It needs a makeover and I definitely will take the time out to make this happen. Does anyone know anybody who creates fun, girlie layouts? I have an idea of what I want, I'm just not sure how to proceed with it.

Thank you everyone for sticking by me even through this silent state on my blog. In the coming week or so, changes will occur so stay tuned!!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Guest Post: Emlyn Chand (Author of Farsighted)



From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has written two-and-a-half novels, leads a classics book group with over three hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity, where she contributes her business and marketing savvy as well as her writing and web design talents. The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. She now reads an average of one book per week. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. Her first novel, Farsighted, will be available in October 2011.

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1) Emlyn, what inspired you to write Farsighted?

EC: Everything started with a single image—my face in these tacky oversized sunglasses reflecting out at me from the car’s side mirror. I was daydreaming while my husband drove us across Michigan for my sister’s wedding. Something about my image really struck me in an almost horrific way. I felt the glasses made me look blind but found it so weird that there was still a clear image within them; it seemed so contradictory. At the time, my book club was reading The Odyssey, which features the blind Theban prophet, Tieresias. I started thinking about what it would be like to have non-visual visions of the future and began forming a modern Tieresias in my mind. Lo and behold, Alex Kosmitoras was born. I didn’t want him to be alone in his psychic subculture, so I found other characters with other powers to keep him company. Thank God for my poor fashion sense. :)

2) If you could go back and rename your title, what would you choose?

EC: I wouldn’t. I spent a lot of time pondering over the title and think Farsighted captures its content perfectly. It’s a book that, among other things, is about the ways we see the world around us. Take Alex’s blindness, his psychic powers, his misunderstandings, and we have “farsighted.”

3) Who was the easiest and hardest character to come up with?

EC: The easiest character to write was Shapri Teak; she came to me fully formed and is also my favorite. The daughter of the local palmist, Shapri is in denial about her own psychic powers. Not only is she the most fun of all my characters, but she’s also the kind of the person I wish I could have been like when I was younger. She’s strong, always true to herself, and won’t let anyone disrespect her. Sure, she has fears, but we all do. Shapri is the kind of girl I would love to be friends with. You know she’ll always go to bat for you when you’re too tired to step up to the plate.

The most difficult character to write was Shapri’s mother, Miss Teak, the local palmist and a mentor to the main character Alex although he’s never really quite sure if he can trust her. She was a challenge, because I completed decided to revamp her character midway through to add a layer to the story and get out of cliché territory.

4) Are you currently working on any other projects?

EC: Farsighted is a 5-book series. Each book will be told from a different character’s point-of-view, so in book #2, we’ll actually be able to see what Grandon looks like! Next up is Open Heart. I hope to have that ready by the middle of next year.

5) Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

EC: I like to work, haha. No, seriously. I run my own company, and I love my job. Work is relaxing. When I’ve worked too hard and have to call it quits for the day, I like reading on my Kindle, taking bubble baths, and watching Glee. I also have 5 birds, a dog, and a husband.


Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all. Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

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