Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UXORIAL, U-X-O-R-I-A-L, UXORIAL [Our Terms]

uxorial • \uk-SOR-ee-ul\ • adjective
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a wife

Example Sentence:
“He watered the plants, cleared aspen leaves and debris from the rock garden, and cut the lawn … without any uxorial prompting.” (Rois M. Beal, The Washington Post, July 19, 2007)

Did you know?
With help from "-ial," "-ious," and "-icide," the Latin word "uxor," meaning "wife," has given us the English words "uxorial," "uxorious" (meaning "excessively fond of or submissive to a wife"), and "uxoricide" ("murder of a wife by her husband" or "a wife murderer"). Do we have equivalent "husband" words? Well, sort of. "Maritus" means "husband" in Latin, so "marital" can mean "of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage" (although "maritus" also means "married," and the "of or relating to marriage or the married state" sense of "marital" is far more common). And while "mariticide" is "spouse killing," it can also be specifically "husband-killing."

I've learned about my uxorial role through both watching my mother, and other women I respect.

Your turn! Use uxorial in a sentence in the comments section.

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CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick Preorder [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Hey guys! This is the last giveaway in our MONSTER Birthday Party. It's been a really fun month, and I hope that you have had fun entering our giveaways. Thanks for helping us celebrate one year of I Heart Monster!  Over the next two weeks, I'll be inserting fun little challenges and extras for the giveaways into the everyday posts here at I Heart Monster. Keep your eyes out for these, where you'll get to email me for extra entries.

Today's giveaway is one you guys voted for. When I asked you which preorder you wanted to win, CRESCENDO won hands down. 37.7% of you voted for this book. Fun part? When we voted, it wasn't even available for preorder yet. But guess what? It is now.

The cover has yet to be released, so I don't have a picture for you. BUT, this is the sequel to HUSH, HUSH, (which you can also enter to win a signed copy of in this month of giveaways) so you can probably get a little idea from the teaser I posted. As soon as the cover is revealed (on 4.10), I'll replace it on this post.

CRESCENDO is scheduled to release 11.16.10.

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

100,000 Books For Soldiers [Take Action]

Dog-Eared Pages, a used bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona, is donating 100,000 books to deployed US soldiers in the Middle East!  Only catch?  They need names and addresses of soldiers so that they can send them to soldiers who want them.  They're asking for our help, America.  The bookstore received feedback from local servicepeople that there were not enough books to read while they were off-duty, and that books were a sort of hot commodity.  According to the store's website, here's what we can do:
Send an e-mail to all of your friends, letting them know that we need the address of any person serving in the Middle East and ask them to send the message on to their friends. We need this message to go viral; it will take 3,847 names @ 26 paperbacks per box to reach our 100,000 book goal. If you use Facebook or Twitter please post the message there also. If we all work together we can really make a difference for our soldiers. In your message, you can use this link for more information and instructions.   http://Tinyurl.com/Soldiers-Books

To get a box of books shipped here's all you need to do:

Send the name and address and your relationship (friend or relative) along with what he/she likes to read to: info@Dogearedpagesusedbooks.com We are sending a personalized letter in each box we pack stating who gave us their name (i.e. Greetings from Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in Phoenix, AZ Your mother gave us your name and address and asked us to send this box of books to you and your friends serving with you. etc) 

We are sending out the boxes as donations for postage is received, our friends and neighbors here in Phoenix are contributing every day.  Please, if you can, go to the Home Page scroll down to the bottom and make a donation for postage, it costs only 50 cents to get a book into the hands of our brave young men and women serving in the Middle East.

You'll note the yellow ribbon on our blog's title graphic.  That's a "We Support Our Troops" ribbon.  No matter the politics behind the conflict, we support our men and women who fight and appreciate them and the sacrifices they give.  To help you guys out, I've copied the email I sent to my friends and family this morning into the text area below.  Feel free to copy it and send it to your own email lists.  Let's help both Dog-Eared Pages and our troops by making this viral!

My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay (@Stacey_Jay) [Book Inspection]



Plot Sketch: Karen Vera is a cheerleader.  She rocks at the top of the pyramid, and everyone wants to be her.  Well, at least they did until she fell from the top of said pyramid and cracked her head open and her brains fell out.  She died.  They had a funeral, but Karen was still around.  She's a zombie.  Not the kind of zombie that got themselves dead and then got reanimated via black magic, those are the lower class Deprogrammed.  Nope, she's Death Challenged, which is pretty much the bourgeoisie of zombiedom.  Now she's attending a brand new school just for zombies, away from her parents and toddler triplet siblings, and trying to learn the ways of zombie life.  She's eating brains, making friends, and learning how to care for her undead skin.  She's clashing with her goth-ish roommate, Clarice, and crushing on the OMG steamy lunch-line guy, Gavin.  Everything is very "new girl in school," until, someone turns up with their brain missing.  Zombies without brains are dead.  Karen, with the help of some friends, sets out on a course to find out who the brain snatcher is and solve the mystery before it's too late for the brainless deprogrammed girl to be reanimated, again.

Verdict: This fast-paced high school zombie story is delightful.  The plot is twisty and doesn't dawdle.  It's engaging and intriguing.  The writing is clever and concise, but also addresses important themes such as self-esteem, trust, and interaction with authority figures.  There is very minimal strong language, I think it's one instance, and it's addressed as strong language in the book.  The characters are appropriately developed for a novel of this length, and Jay does a good job of developing them through their thoughts and actions as the plot moves along rather than spending time describing the character and what they might do in any given situation as we often find in young adult literature.  Her ability to do this is what allows the story to move so quickly.  I mean, don't miss a paragraph because if you do, you'll be lost.  No skimming or skipping ahead either.  She'll catch you if you do and you'll have to rewind yourself.  I think she did a great job with the imagery and world building and she accomplished it in the same manner as she did the character development, as the story progressed. I never once wondered what someone looked like or where the characters were as that information was provided to me at precisely the right moment again and again.  Jay's creativity and mastery of her craft are evident in this work, and if you love a book that moves along, or love zombies, or just love to laugh, you'll love this.  I also want to note for those of you who do not love zombies that you are reading a review by someone who frequently has zombie nightmares.  This will not give you nightmares, promise.  It'll make you laugh, squee, and giggle, but it will not haunt you.  I hope to read more about Karen Vera.  Pick it up and see for yourself!

The Kirkus review compared this story to Harry Potter in a negative light... the Muggle-born vs. Wizard-born was paralleled to the Deprogrammed vs. Death Challenged in this work.  I want to go on record as saying that I see no similarity to Harry Potter in My So-Called Death unless you totally stretch it and say that every book set in a school with a mystery is Harry Potter.  If My So-Called Death is derivative of Harry Potter, than Harry Potter is derivative of the Civil Rights Movement of the American 50s and 60s.  Lame comparison, Kirkus.

The Gauntlet:

Location: DEAD High (Death Challenged Education for Adolescents and the Deprogrammed)
Main Character: Karen Vera.  Now, I couldn't really relate to Karen because I have always hated cheerleaders (in all capacities, and I refuse to apologize for it), but Karen is a great character.  I'm pretty sure I wouldn't ever be friends with her, but I don't think I'd hate on her either if we were in the same school.  She's developed well, and has good motivations for her actions.
Favorite Character: I think it's Karen.  Even if I wouldn't be her BFF like Trish was.
Time to Finish: It took me about a month.  I know.  It's really a three-hour book.  But this three-hour book ended up being more like Gilligan's three-hour tour for me.  Life happened, and every time I picked up the book it seemed like I got pulled away.  I thought about it.  I wanted to read it, but I got stranded on a tropical uncharted island in life and it seemed like I just couldn't get rescued in time to read the book.
Got Stuck On: Nothing in the book.  It flowed and moved along excellently.
Would Change: Not a thing.
Favorite Line: In the first six pages of reading, I found six potential favorite lines.  That's how great this book is.  It's super cheeky, so incredibly hard to choose.  Here are a few of my favs:
"In fact, it was a boy trying to look up said skirt that ruined my life." pg. 3
"Good thing I have a good self-esteem.  Otherwise, the whole "mutant" diagnosis could have done some major emotional damage." pg. 5
"Unholy crap on a moist cracker." pg. 196 (meant as a swear)
"We were like Romeo and Juliet if Romeo had been a cannibal and Juliet hadn't died after taking that poison... or plunging a knife through her heart or however she offed herself in the end." pg. 224
Good for Monster? He might listen to an audiobook of this, but I can't see him sitting down and reading it.
People Who Will Like This: cheerleaders, swimmers, people sick of straight-laced horror, satire lovers, zombies,
People Who Won't Like This: zombie purists, people who don't think outside the box, people who love epic fantasy,
Chapters: 18.  There are little quotes and zombie poems, and excerpts from the school handbook at the beginning of each chapter.  It's great.  They are a foreshadowing agent, and are really utilized well.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Flux
Publish Date:  March 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0738715433

Author's Websitehttp://www.staceyjay.com/

Acquire It:
Amazon
Book Depository
Changing Hands

Notes:
Read an excerpt.
Follow Stacey on Twitter.
Check out Stacey's blog.
Find her on Facebook.

KISS OF DEATH by Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

If someone asked me which giveaway would be my favorite this month, my answer would hands down be this one.  This is a signed ARC of KISS OF DEATH by Rachel Caine.  It's the 8th book in the oh so totally awesome Morganville Vampires series, featuring my favorite character, Claire Danvers.  One of you lucky devils is going to win this and I can't lie.  I'm totally and completely jealous.  Check that, beyond jealous.  Green with envy.

If you haven't read Rachel's Morganville series yet, you need to.  It's about a college town controlled by vampires.  It's got at least one hot guy, and a YA MC who kicks serious butt.  By far my favorite vampire series.

Anyway, to enter, just fill out the form below, open worldwide until 4/15.  Also check out our other giveaways... we've only got one more after this until our birthday party is over, but they're all open until 4/15!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Quick Reminder: Dinner Party Contest Deadline

Hey guys... Just wanted to remind you that the deadline for our Virtual Dinner Party Contest for extra entries into the giveaways (up to 20  entries if you're in the top 3 is Wednesday at 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time.  So far?  ONE entry.  So, unless someone else enters, this entry is guaranteed to win!   Check out the contest and email me your entries!

Update:  You can use whatever date and place and time you want.  My venue was from the book I used, but yours doesn't necessarily have to be!

Upcycle An Old Book Into A Groovy Journal [Crafts]

I am sorta crafty, sometimes.  But I like to find crafts that have something to do with recycling/upcycling stuff I have that might not be super useful into stuff that is incredibly useful.  This one might be helpful to those of you who are both readers and writers, and I am considering trying it out for myself.  If I ever do get around to trying it, I'll be sure to take pictures and do a post about it, but all of my older falling apart books are in a storage locker in Wyoming at the moment, like 1000 miles away, so I don't have any to try it out with.

Photo from Craftzine.

If you're interested in how to make one of these super spiffy journals out of a book of your own, head over to Craftzine, where they have super detailed instructions with awesome pictures.  I tend to think that you could also make a journal like this with anything that would provide a sturdy front and back for the journal.  Think of all of the possibilities!  Funky cardboards, plastic containers, handmade paper, and oh my goodness, I'm getting too creative for my own good.  But in all seriousness, this is really a tutorial on how to hand-bind your own books, and how cool is that? Have any of you guys ever tried to make anything similar to this before?

The party's almost over, but since you read this post, send me an email and get five extra entries into the giveaway of your choice, but send it before the giveaways close on 4/15!

I'm Going to San Diego...

... and I want to know if there are any of you guys that have any suggestions for bookish things that I should do while I'm there?  I'm going to visit family for a few days, and I'm driving myself, so I will have a car.   I'd like to visit Mysterious Galaxy while I'm there, but am totally open to other suggestions and ideas too, leave me some in the comments section, pretty please.
Also, since I'm going to be in the car for approximately 13 hours for the round trip, I am needing to select a couple of audiobooks for the ride.  Wanna help me out by voting for the one you'd most like me to review?

Awww, thanks, I knew you'd help!  If you did, email me, and I'll give you an extra five entries into the giveaway of your choice.  Thanks man.  Appreciate it.

VAMPIRE THREE PACK [Giveaways] [Monster Birthday Party]

Today I have a vampire three-pack to give to you guys...

We have a) The Illustrated DRACULA by Bram Stoker, b) VAMPIRE KISSES, The Beginning (the first three books) by Ellen Schreiber, and c) VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead (the first book).  The giveaway is for all three books to one person.   However, if you do not want one of the books, just check it off on the form below, and we'll give it to a runner-up.  I hate entering multi-book contests where I want one of the books, but not all of the books, and most of the time I don't even end up entering them because I feel guilty about only wanting one book.  So, if you're like me, don't worry.  Just mark off the ones you don't want below and we'll make sure that someone who wants them gets them!


Our birthday partay is winding down, but you still have until April 15th to enter all of the giveaways we're holding to celebrate.  So head over and make sure you didn't miss one that you wanted to enter.  Not sure about whether or not you entered?  Not to worry, I dedup, so enter away so that you know that you entered to win that one you want!  I promise I won't roll my eyes and groan if there are two entries, I know how busy life gets and I want you guys to win the ones you want!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White

You guys all saw the unveiling of this cover recently, right?  Isn't it impossibly gorgeous and eye-catching?  I think so.  That's why we're giving away a preorder today.  


Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.
Normal is so overrated.

Enter to win a PREORDER by filling in your information into the form below.  Open worlwide.  Ends 4/15.

Oh, and check back on Thursday for our Debut Interview with Kiersten!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

AS YOU WISH, RAMPANT, IMMORTAL, & COMEDY GIRL (& Maybe More) [Saturday Steals]


On the fateful day that I went prom dress shopping with a 17 year old, I stumbled on a few great deals that I couldn't wait to share with you guys.  Hold your horses, we'll get to the book steals, I promise.  I'm just itching to share these with you though, 'cause I actually went shopping, in a store.  Anyway, I went to Tilly's in the mall and we also went to Claire's.  I got a steal at both stores.  First at Claire's I found this really fun hairbobber for $2.75 (5.49-2.75 = $2.74 savings or 50% off).   Second, at Tilly's I found this super fun bird necklace for $2.50 (6.99-2.50 = $4.49 savings or 64% off).  Steals?  I think so, but you tell me.

Okay, okay, now here are my book steals for the week:

COMEDY GIRL by Ellen Schreiber (she's the author of Vampire Kisses) from Amazon, hardcover $1.41 (15.99-1.41 = 14.58 savings or 91% off).  Yeah, you read that right, one dollar and forty-one cents.  Total steal. (Though it looks like it's gone up to $6.40) Description:


Trixie Shapiro may be one of the shyest students at Mason High, but she's also the funniest. When her best friend, Jazzy, signs her up to perform stand-up at Senior Talent Night, Trixie's terrified she'll absolutely choke. And as if a seemingly disastrous debut isn't enough, Trixie's drama teacher encourages her to try again this time at the local comedy club, Chaplin's. To her surprise, Trixie's confidence begins to swell, and a surefire comedy act is born. Trixie finds herself on a fast track, winning contests and earning a job as the opening comic at the comedy club. It's a dream come true. Then Trixie lands a boyfriend her longtime crush, hipster Gavin Baldwin. Now caught between the increasing demands of two worlds, Trixie faces a difficult choice between a romantic, inviting path and a risky shot at comedic stardom. Ellen Schreiber narrates an inspiring and entertaining story of a shy teen who, struggling to find her voice, discovers a shining place in the spotlight.
My next steal was an AS YOU WISH by Jackson Pearce hardcover, which has been on my wishlist since before it came out. Amazon has the hardcover in their bargain section for  $6.80 (16.99-6.80 = $10.19 savings or 60% off)(We're giving away a preorder for Jackson Pearce's newest book, SISTERS RED, just a quick FYI) Description:
   Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
   Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Then, I found another hardcover on my to-acquire for the Read Your Name Challenge, RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund, again with the Amazon Bargain Books section at $7.20 (17.99-7.20 = $10.79 savings or 60% off). Description:
   Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .
   Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
   Or not.
   Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
   However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems.       Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
And finally, a book that I've seen both good and bad reviews about, but one that I've nonetheless wanted to read, IMMORTAL by Gillian Shields, same Amazon Bargain Books section, hardcover: $6.80 (16.99-6.80 = $10.19 savings or 60% off). Here's the book blurb:
   Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.
   Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.
I feel like I had a pretty dang good week deals wise!  And I did get my copy of DINGO from last week's steal on my doorstep this week, so I was excited about that, even if I found out via comments that it might not have been the best choice as my first attempt at reading Charles de Lint.  I totally appreciate your feedback on that guys, thank you!  So, what do you think about this week's deals? And, are you guys participating in Saturday Steals at Archives of our Lives or what?  Head over to see what steals other people got this week, then write your own post and show off your own.  I mean, I know I want to see, so if I want to see, chances are your readers do too!

THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Another book picked by you for me to give away... THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa.


MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY— ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater [Audiobook Inspection] (@mstiefvater)

Size: 153MB (Audible.com Download)
Length: 10 hours, 43 minutes
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrator: David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia

Plot Sketch: After being attacked by wolves and being drug into the forest, Grace is saved by the wolf with the strange yellow eyes. Grace and her wolf continue to watch each other every winter, Grace from her house or back yard, and the wolf from the edge of the trees. They continue watching each other for several years until another kid is attacked by the wolves and killed, throwing the people of the town into a panic and a desperate hunt to eradicate the wolves that Grace loves so much.

Plot Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though it wasn't my typical type of book, I still enjoy a good love story. Shiver is an emotional rollercoaster ranging from happy to sad to finding what you thought you could never have and possibly losing it forever. A lot of guys would probably not like the book, but I did.

Narration Verdict: There were two narrators. Jenna Lamia was fantastic. She did an amazing job of conveying the emotions of the story, the character, and she was easily understood. David LeDoux did an okay job. There were times when he wasn't able to express the emotion quite as well as Lamia did, but he was still easy to understand and read the part fairly well. I enjoyed the audiobook well enough that I wished that I had read the book, which is rare.

Inspection by Monster.

Christopher Moore Signing [Book Signing Alert]

Hopefully I'm not too late to tell you guys about this signing... Christopher Moore will be at both The Poisoned Pen and Changing Hands tomorrow.
Christopher will be signing Bite Me, the third book in his San Francisco Vampires Trilogy.

The Poisoned Pen, 2PM. Twenty lucky fans will walk away with BITE ME TEE SHIRTS so do not miss attending a riotous afternoon with Christopher Moore.

Changing Hands, 7PM.  CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like an autographed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you.

My schedule does not allow me to attend tomorrow, but I still thought you local Phoenix people might wanna know.  Are you going?  Leave us a note in the comments section and let us know how it went!!  Are you planning to go in your city?  Let us know!  It's still pretty early on Chris's tour, so here are the upcoming dates/places/info, just in case you're interested:
Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 PM
TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday, March 30 at 12:30 PM
BORDERS
150 N State Street,t
Chicago, IL 60601
Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM
ANDERSON’S NAPERVILLE
123 W. Jefferson Avenue,
Naperville, IL 60540
Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY
2559 N. Downer Avenue,
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
THURBER HOUSE
The Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Ave,
Columbus, OH.
Friday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
279 Harvard Street,
Brookline, MA 02446
Saturday, April 3 at 6:00 PM
BORDERS
10 Columbus Circle,
New York, NY 10019
Monday, April 5 at 6:30 PM
CHESTER COUNTY BOOKS
975 Paoli Pike,
West Chester, PA 19380
Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
BORDERS
5871 Crossroads Center Way,
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041
Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 PM
POLITICS & PROSE
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, April 9 at 7:00 PM
VROMAN’S
695 East Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101
Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 PM
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY BOOKS
7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Suite 302,
San Diego, CA 92111
Sunday, April 11th 3 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Wednesday, April 14
Book Passage at 7:00 PM
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Thursday, April 15
Copperfield’s at 7:00 PM
140 Kentucky St. Petaluma 95404
Friday, April 16
Kepler’s at 7:30 PM
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Join Me For Earth Hour [Take Action] [Environment]

If you've been reading IHM for a while, you'll know that I'm a bit on the eco-conscious side.  I'm by no means an extremist, but I try to be as conscious as I can about the planet.  As a reader, I am always looking for ways to show my planet I care that I can relate back to my reading.  I'm sensing that Earth Hour can be a great way to acheive that correlation between my planet and my books.  Here's a little about Earth Hour:
   Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
   In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
   Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!


Tomorrow, Saturday, March 27th, will be the fourth year of Earth Hour.  I participated last year, but only participated by turning out all of my lights for an hour.  This year, I want to participate by turning out my lights and flipping on my rechargeable battery-powered booklight and reading for that hour and I'm inviting you to join me.  You can read by candlelight, moonlight, whatever light you want as long as it's not drawing an electrical current during the time period of 8:30-9:30 local time. Sign the linky with a link to your blog to let us know you'll be switching off your lights and switching on the reading for Earth Hour, because we all heart our planet.

Beastly by Alex Flinn [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

I inspected BEASTLY last year, and found that there were several differing opinions in the blogosphere around the time I read it. I, personally, loved the story, and loved the book. A lot of my fellow bloggers found shortcomings with the storyline, and I respect their opinions, but I thought I'd do a giveaway of a new paperback copy so that you guys could have the chance to figure out for yourselves whether or not you like it before the movie comes out in July. Yeah, that's right, the movie. In fact, here's a featurette of the movie just below, that seems to be pretty close to the jist of the book, or at least my recollection thereof. You can also read an excerpt on Alex Flinn's website.



So, if you want to win a copy of this book, enter your info below.  I usually try to read the book before I see the movie, so if you haven't read it, here's your chance!  Don't forget to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and tell them to tell us you sent them... you'll get referral points for it if they tell us you sent them! Be sure to check out our other giveaways we've been having this month... you're not gonna wanna miss them!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Maria Semple of THIS ONE IS MINE [Debut Interview]

Hometown: Seattle
Astrological Sign: Cusp between Taurus and Gemini
Favorite Author:  Jane Austen
Favorite Vacation Spot: Aspen, Colorado
Favorite Animal: My dead dog Chester.  I got him from the pound when he was 14.  I didn't really think it through, I guess.  We had him for two short years, and seven years later, think of him every day.
Favorite Movie:  Dare I say... Gone With the Wind
Favorite Musical Artist or Group:  Stephen Sondheim
Favorite Painter:  Peter Doig
Place You Desperately Want To Travel: India
Place Most Likely To Inspire: Antarctica!  Went there over Christmas.  Can't wait to find my way back to the White Continent.
A Little About Your Book In Your Own Words:  I wanted to write a book about marriage that was impossible to put down.  That's all I really cared about it.  When I was writing it, I was sleep-deprived from having a baby.  Every day as I sat down to write, I kept asking myself, What would have to happen here so, if I was reading this book in bed, I wouldn't want to turn out the light.   That should be the tag line for my book... THIS ONE IS MINE:  It's better than sleep!

Maria's debut, THIS ONE IS MINE, came out yesterday and is available to purchase through Amazon, Book Depository, and Changing Hands.  

HOT AND IRRESISTIBLE by Diane Castell [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Any contemporary romance lovers among us? Enter to win a signed copy of Dianne Castell's HOT AND IRRESISTIBLE.
In a city of history, mystery, and more than a few ghosts, four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other are about to get close - and closer still - to four sexy bachelors with some very alluring secrets...Bebe Fitzpatrick's hard upbringing taught her how to take care of herself, how to tell true friends from false, and how to be a good cop. She can also sweet-talk a man like she means it...until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who's gunning for Savannah's favorite shady entrepreneur...As far as Donovan McCabe is concerned, the main obstacle to his investigation is the one thing he can't help wanting in his way. Bebe's smart, sassy, and utterly oblivious to her own appeal. Add the fact that a Boston cop trying to arrest one of Savannah's best-loved citizens is about as popular as the reincarnation of General Grant. What Donovan needs is a better game plan. What he's about to get is southern "hospitality" that'll make his toes curl...

Sound good? Make sure to check out all 24 other giveaways still open to help us celebrate our birthday!!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

COPACETIC, C-O-P-A-C-E-T-I-C, COPACETIC [Our Terms]

copacetic • \koh-puh-SET-ik\ • adjective
: very satisfactory

Example Sentence:
Although Julie and Emma were barely on speaking terms last week, they now say that they have patched things up and everything is copacetic.

Did you know?
Theories about the origin of "copacetic" abound. The tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson believed he had coined the word as a boy in Richmond, Virginia. When patrons of his shoeshine stand would ask, "How’s everything this morning?" he would reply, "Oh jes’ copacetic, boss; jes’ copacetic." But the word was current in Southern Black English perhaps as early as 1880, so it seems unlikely that Robinson (born in 1878) could have invented the term. Another explanation is that the word is from the Hebrew phrase "kol be sedher," meaning "everything is in order." Possibly it was coined by Harlem blacks working in Jewish businesses. The word’s popularity among Southern blacks, however, points to its originating in one of the Southern cities in which Jewish communities thrived, such as Atlanta.  [Source]

My brother's grades weren't stellar, but mine were copacetic. 
Try it out for yourself in the comments section!

Wanna know how I learned the word?  Local H.  See for yourself:

LOCKED INSIDE by Nancy Werlin [Giveaways] [Monster Birthday Party]

Today, I'm offering up a hardcover reprint of LOCKED INSIDE by Nancy Werlin.  The book came out originally in 2003.  I have only heard good things about this, so I purchased 2 copies.  One for me (which I had planned on reading by now, but FAIL, this Birthday Party has taken more time than I thought it would!) and ONE FOR YOU!

Here's a description:
Marnie is tremendously wealthy, and tremendously alone. The sixteen-year-old daughter of a superstar who died years ago, Marnie refused to take part in her oppressive boarding-school community. Nor does she have any interest in returning to Manhattan to live with her guardian, a well-meaning but stiff man named Max. She would rather burrow away in the dark, comforting world of her favorite Internet adventure game. Especially now that she has started chatting online with one of the other players, an intriguing rogue who calls himself the Elf.

But closing herself off from everyone around her doesn't mean that she's safe, as Marnie soon discovers. Kidnapped, locked inside an empty basement cell, Marnie is forced to confront painful truths about herself and her famous mother as she desperately tries to escape her jailer. Oh, how little her cyber-adventure game has prepared her for this real-life dungeon! And how she longs for just one more battle of wits with her mischievous Elf!

Sound good?  Yeah, I thought so too.  You can also read an excerpt here.  Open worldwide.  Ends 4/15.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crown of Vengence by Stephen Zimmer [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: On a seemingly regular night in the city of Lexington, Logan, Janus, Erika, Lee, and several others find themselves engulfed in a fog thicker than any of them have ever seen before. When the fog clears, they find themselves in broad daylight in a strange new world where they do not recognize anything around them. With no idea where they are, or how they got there, they must all try to survive and solve the mystery of where they are and why they are there. Some of them find themselves in the land of the Saxans, while the rest find themselves in the land of the Onan. They all find that their lives will be affected by the great war that will be fought as The Unifier strives for total dominance as he tries to acquire Saxan and Onan obedience so that he can bring forth his master's work.

Verdict: I enjoyed the book. Zimmer manages to tell an original tale, keeping classic fantasy elements combined with a cast of regular people in a strange, vividly described new world. A good part of the book is devoted to character development because there are so many characters, but it does not detract from the story. The plot can be a little hard to follow at first due to its multiple story lines, but it becomes easier as the stories merge. My biggest complaint with the book were the multiple editing errors which took my attention away from the story at hand and focused it on these mistakes. These were concentrated in the first third of the book, with a few in the remaining two thirds. The writing style could have been improved if these errors were caught, but I enjoyed the style. I mean, it was fairly typical for the fantasy genre, but I wouldn't change anything about the style. I would caution that it's not the type of book that you can read for a little while and then set aside for a week. If you do that, you'll be entirely lost. I definitely will read the next book in the series, and I want to set aside time to read it straight through.

The Gauntlet:

Location: Ave, a fictional world
Main Character: There are eleven + main characters.
Favorite Character: Earthlings: Logan Aveans: Ayenwatha Can you tell it was hard to pick one? I liked Logan because of the way he handled and analyzed situations. I liked Ayenwatha because of his bravery and intelligence.
Time to Finish: Three weeks.
Got Stuck On: The editing errors. There were a couple of parts that I had to reread just to make them make sense. The storyline switches were difficult to follow, as I mentioned above, because I was picking the book up like I cautioned you not to.
Would Change: Fix the editing errors.
Favorite Line: "In the final account of one's life, the measure of oneself, and what one took a stand for, was all that truly mattered anyway." --page 303.
Good for I Heart Monster? Ph. Not a chance. Too descriptive for her concise soul.
People Who Will Like This: people who enjoy epic fantasy, people who enjoy fantasy RPG video games (but still read),
People Who Won't Like This: people who are so engrossed in this world that they can't even begin to imagine another, people who don't like strange animals, I Heart Monster, people who don't like people who are different from themselves
Chapters: they're not numbered, and I'm not counting them for you, sorry. Each chapter starts with the character its focused on. JANUS, THE UNIFIER, etc.
Paperback: 612 pages
Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC
Pulbish Date: November 1, 2009
ISBN-10: 0982565615
Author's Website: http://www.stephenzimmer.com/

Acquire It:

Amazon
Book Depository
Changing Hands

Inspection by Monster.










I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Dane [Storybuilders]

Storybuilders is a feature I love here at IHM, but one that has seen super-low reader participation of late.  I want to keep up the stories, but we need you to add your line if we're going to have any content.

The basic concept?  You add a sentence or two after the sentence before you in the comments section, and we write a story together in wiki fashion.  You can post multiple times, but be sure to let someone else add something in between your posts.

Here's the start for today's story:

Dane looked at me and said, "Whoa!  You really did it.  I mean..."

Now hop to it!  Build the story the way you want it to be built! (but try to keep it PG, okay?)
Oh, and if you participate in today's Storybuilders, email me for an extra two entries into a giveaway of your choice.  This episode of Storybuilders will end 4/15 along with most of the giveaways.  Let's have some fun!

LENORE: WEDGIES by Roman Dirge [Giveaways] [Monster Birthday Party]

I'm not sure how many of you caught my inspection of Lenore: Noogies last year, but Lenore is my absolute favorite Graphic Novel character.  I'm not sure anyone could ever surpass her.  I've probably got a pretty sick and twisted sense of humor, but you know what?  So does Roman Dirge.  In fact, his is probably more sick and more twisted than mine, which is probably why I love his work so much.

I'm not naive enough to think that everyone is going to love Lenore.  But if you have ever laughed at a morbid joke, you're probably going to like her, or you know someone who will.  I haven't stopped sharing Lenore with my friends and family ever since the nice people at Titan sent me a copy for review.  In fact, I spend so much time raving about Lenore that she regularly comes up in conversation and my Secret Ornament Elf bought me a Lenore ornament for Christmas last year.

As a super awesome fateful event, I'm being allowed to give away three (!!) copies of Lenore's next installment, Lenore: WEDGIES.  To give you a little flavor of what she's like, here's a video version of my favorite spread:



Also, did you know that today is DAY 23 of 31 days of Giveaways celebrating one year of I Heart Monster?  Kinda fun, right?  Click here to see the other giveaways that are all open until at least 4/15/10, and most are open worldwide!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

THE BODY FINDER [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Guys. You remember last week when I took a Twitter poll and asked you what you wanted to win? THE BODY FINDER won that poll. So, I bring you a giveaway for THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a copy of THE BODY FINDER, a signed THE BODY FINDER poster, bookmark, and sticker.

Hey, did you guys see the Debut Interview I did with Kimberly?  If not, you should definitely check it out.  These interviews are designed to let you get to know the authors a little, so I hope you enjoy it!

Are you excited yet??  I know I am!




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Sunday, March 21, 2010

THEY SAY IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! [Giveaways] [Monster Birthday Party]

Happy, happy birthday to us!!!!!  Today's the day, and to celebrate, we're having a huge swaggerific giveaway!  I don't have a flat space big enough to lay it all out for a picture, so I'm just going to list it for you guys! (sorry!)

(1) person will receive:
  • a $10 book depo giftcard/certificate (or Amazon if you prefer)
  • a $10 Starbucks giftcard
  • a book of their choice by an author on the list below
  • a signed sleep mask from Lisa McMann
  • a signed bookplate from Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata and a bracelet
  • a THE BODY FINDER totebag
  • a bottle of THE DARK DIVINE nail polish
  • a BEAUTIFUL CREATURES signed bookplate and dogtags and bracelet
  • and more signed swag from totally awesome authors who sent me totally awesome stuff because they're so incredibly awesome themselves. Are you sensing the theme of this giveaway (read: awesome).
(1) more person will receive a book of their choice by any of the authors below.

(10) more people will receive an assortment of awesome swag, both signed and unsigned from the awesome authors listed below! These authors were kind enough to provide either books that you've been entering to win, or swag, which you're now entering to win to help us celebrate our birthday, and you know what? We're super appreciative. Thanks guys. We heart you!

That's TWELVE winners in this giveaway. TWELVE! Are you stoked yet? Ends 4/15. Open Worldwide.
The author list:
Julia Hoban   Sydney Salter   Jillian Cantor   Storyheart
Cindy Pon   Lauren Kate   Michelle Zink   Rachel Caine
Lindsey Leavitt   Kimberly Derting   Tera Lynn Childs   Jessica Verday
Lisa Mantchev   Becca Fitzpatrick   Amy Brecount White   Anne Osterlund
Sarah Ockler   Rhonda Stapleton   Bree Despain   Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Authors That Broadened My Horizons [Author Appreciation Week] #aa (@cindypon @carolbooks)


Author Appreciation Week is hosted by Heidi R. Kling.

Today I'm writing a little bit about YA authors whose work has opened my mind, broadened my horizons, and culturally enriched my life.  There are undoubtedly a lot more writers and works out there that have achieved this for me, but these are the ones that stand out most prominently in my mind.

Cindy Pon probably didn't expect to see herself on this list.  But, she's on here in the first position, because when I thought of this topic, I thought immediately of her.  I was uber-reluctant to read SILVER PHOENIX because it was a completely foreign culture, and in a genre that is typically iffy for me (fantasy).  BUT, I loved it.  Adored it really.  Took it with me everywhere I could because I wanted to know what happened next.  I was a girl that was wholly unfamiliar with everything that had to do with Chinese culture.  I'll admit to being in a local Chinese grocery a handful of times, but that was only to buy chopsticks.  I felt uncomfortable in the setting, and didn't really feel like I understood the paradigm that was before me.  It was completely foreign, and thus, a little scary.  After SILVER PHOENIX, I still don't feel at home in Lee Lee's, but you know what?  I've gone four times this last year.  Four times just to see what I could discover.  This work prodded me to do some research on Chinese culture, and their history, research I wouldn't have done if I hadn't read SP.  So, Cindy, thanks for helping me broaden my horizons and add a layer of depth to my cultural knowledge.

Carol Lynch Williams wrote about polygamous cults in THE CHOSEN ONE. Since I live in a state that has an entire city filled with practicing polygamists, I thought I had a handle on the issue.  I didn't.  Before reading TCO, I could never understand what kept girls from running away, could never understand the psychology behind their choices.  I won't spoil the book for you if you haven't read it yet, but not only was this one a tear-jerker for me (which in itself is a rarity), it was an eye opener, and I felt impelled to do more research and learn more because of it.

Julia Hoban wrote about another practice I never understood in WILLOW.  For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why in the world someone would voluntarily mutilate their body like that by cutting themselves.  I read about Willow and her journey of heartbreak and healing, and then I got it.  I totally understood.  It was like there was this sudden clarity and I felt like I had an understanding.  I could empathize.  Last October, at Disneyland, I saw a woman with scars on her arms from cutting.  The scars were old, and she had a young child.  She was wearing a tank top and was obviously unashamed of the scars and she seemed to be genuinely happy.  Before I read W, I would have probably not even known what they were from.  After I read W, I silently congratulated her for overcoming whatever terror it was that haunted her, and did it with a smile on my face.

These three novels, all read within the last year, all did things to help me grow as a person.  I really appreciate these authors for giving me this opportunity to grow!  (Oh, and if you want... win a signed copy the UK version of WILLOW, SCARRED  and/or a signed copy of SILVER PHOENIX as part of our MONSTER birthday party!)

DINGO [Saturday Steals] [Announcements]

I'm going to try this out, and invite you guys to participate too.  I do a lot of shopping for books throughout the week.  I do a lot of shopping, period, but I love to shop online for deals on books.  With the amount of literature I usually consume on a weekly basis, and the lack of a decent library in my city, I am relegated to purchasing the books I want to read.  Yes, yes, I do have shelves and shelves of unread books, but I still feel the need to search out books I want to read and get them for less than sticker price.  Before you jump me for not supporting publishers and indie bookstores by shopping and paying full price, let me explain to you that the nearest bookstore is ten miles away (Borders), the nearest Indie is thirty miles away (Changing Hands).  I do most of my shopping online, to save both my pocketbook, and the planet.

Anyway, Camille over at Archives of our Lives, who wrote a beautimous guest post for us called I'd Rather Burn In Hell Than Freeze There, has started a new meme called Saturday Steals.  Here's how she describes it:
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good deal, and I don’t know many people who don’t try to get them at least once a week. So as you go about your lives this week, keep a mental note of any particularly good deals you run across, and then, if you’re so inclined, write a post about it. You can post it on your own blog at any time throughout the week, but then on Saturday (Friday night, really), you can come to the designated post on my blog and enter the link to the Saturday Steal post you submitted. That way, all my readers will be able to see what awesome deal you scored, and you, in turn, will be inspired by seeing all the other deals that other people got. We’ll all be one big happy deal-getting e-family.  So, what constitutes a Saturday Steal? Easy: anything you bought throughout the week that was worth (emotionally, spiritually, or fiscally) more than you actually paid for it.
This meme has the potential to reach across a very wide variety of blog genres which I think is super fun, so I'm planning to participate weekly, just so I can pass on some of the great deals that I've found and am excited about.  Hey, maybe you'll want to buy the same book I did?  Who knows.

This week, my steal is DINGO [Puffin (March 13, 2008)] by Charles de Lint.  I just ordered it from Amazon for $4.80.  Since seeing Charles on the YA Fantasy For Everyone panel at the Tucson Festival of Books last Saturday, I've been trying to figure out which one of his books to read as my first.  I am not really a fantasy fic girl, so I had to be careful which one I picked, but I definitely wanted to test him out because I felt he was very well-spoken, and I could tell he was very intelligent too.  When I stumbled on DINGO in the Amazon Bargain Books section, I immediately added it to my cart.  Here's the description:
High school senior Miguel’s life is turned upside down when he meets new girl Lainey, whose family has just moved from Australia. With her tumbled red-gold hair, her instant understanding of who he is, and her unusual dog—a real Australian dingo—she’s unforgettable. And, as he quickly learns, she is on the run from an ancient bargain made by her ancestors. There’s no question that Miguel will do whatever he can to help her—but what price will each of them have to pay? Dingo is quintessential Charles de Lint, set close to his beloved, invented city of Newford—a mixture of darkness and hope, humor and mystery, and the friendship within love.
Sounds good, right?  I can't wait to read it. *fingers crossed it comes to my door on Tuesday*  This is worth more than I paid for it fiscally, and more emotionally as well, since it's fulfilling this desire I have to read a work of Charles' and it's less than half price!  So, hey, why don't you do your own Saturday Steals post and link up over at Camille's blog so we can all see what a great deal you got this week?!?

ABBEY'S HOLLOW PERFUME SAMPLE PACKS [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Today is a pretty cool giveaway... it's for a sample pack of Abbey's Hollow perfumes.  The perfumes are named after and inspired by characters from Jessica Verday's THE HOLLOW.  I purchased a sample pack for myself last year when they first came out, and I really love the Kristen.  There are also scents in Abbey and Caspian.

Three of you lucky devils are going to win your very own sample packs and you'll be able to smell these characters for yourselves!  Here's a little about each scent to get you excited:
Abbey: Clove, blood orange, honey, and red apples dance among a base of sandalwood and incense. Intoxicating. Lovely. Layered. Just like our heroine. 
Caspian: Pumpkin pie, fall leaves, vanilla, and bonfire smoke make up this mysterious and luscious blend. Careful, too much will only leave you wanting more.
Kristen: Grapefruit, ginger, vanilla, and myrrh swirl together to create a sweetheart of a scent. What else could be a better fit for a best friend?
Those of you who have read the book will remember that Abbey has aspirations of opening her own perfume store in Sleepy Hollow.  Well, she hasn't quite made the jump to brick and mortar yet, but she's definitely live on Jessica's site, so make sure you visit Abbey's Hollow to see what she's been up to!  If you haven't read THE HOLLOW yet, you should.  THE HAUNTED, its sequel, comes out August 31!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Jane Austen Society of North America [You're The Expert]

So, I want to share a funny story I heard while I was at the Tucson Festival of Books with you guys. Mark McLemore, the moderator for the YA Fantasy for Everyone Panel, started off by telling us a story about his cab driver that morning. When he called his cabbie, he told him where he was going and what his role was in the festival. He asked the driver, who was from Nigeria, if they read much literature where he went to school. The driver responded yes, but it was mostly British literature. When Mark asked him what his favorite book was, he responded with Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. That just goes to show us that great books can span cultures, span generations, and span continents, instilling a love for literature in their paths.

While I was at the Festival, I saw a booth for the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, or JANSA. The group meets once a month, and has members ranging from people who have just discovered Austen to Austen experts. When I inquired about what they were about, they asked me if I liked Jane Austen. Do I like Jane Austen? I asked them if anyone ever answers no? I mean, what woman in her right mind doesn't fantasize about Mr. Darcy or Col. Brandon now and again? Their events look pretty intriguing, and I'm considering joining up, even though I'd have to drive 2 hours to the meetings.

So, I'm wondering, are any of you guys members of any of the regional chapters? Have you been in the past? Would you join if there was a local chapter? Tell me! What do you think?

Jane Austen [Author Appreciation Week] #aa

Author Appreciation Week is hosted by Heidi R. Kling.

No one said the authors this week had to be alive, did they?  Jane Austen is the archetypal young adult novelist.  She wrote works that leave both women and men of all shapes and sizes uplifted and wanting more.  We've all been asked what one book we'd take with us if we could only take one book on a deserted island, right?  Mine's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.  Hey, it's bound together in one book, alright?  Though not all of her works are appropriate for me all of the time, I can usually find one of them to read through or at least skim to help me rein in whatever emotions I'm feeling.  If I'm down, I read (or sometimes watch) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  If I'm feeling uninspired, I'll leaf through PERSUASION.  If I'm in need of a laugh, I turn to EMMA.  You see the pattern.  These are tried and true, and I've honestly never met a person who doesn't adore Jane's work.  **If you're out there, please, please leave a comment, I'm not sure the elusive Jane-hating unicorns actually exist!**

I'm curious, which of Jane's works has had the most impact on you?  Tell me and you get an extra two entries into any giveaway of your choice that you've entered that have posted thusfar.   Just add the giveaway in parentheses after your answer.  Ex. Pride & Prejudice (Hush, Hush).

FIRST IN A SERIES SIX PACK [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Today we have a huge giveaway for you guys.  Are you ready?
BEAUTIFUL AMERICANS by Lucy Silag (HC), BLUE BLOODS by Melissa de la Cruz (PB), THE FAERIE PATH by Frewin Jones (PB), THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong (PB), THE LUXE by Anna Godberson (PB), and GHOSTGIRL by Tonya Hurley (HC), all of which are the first of their respective series.

Have some of these? Chances are you might. But guess what? Mark off the ones you've already got/don't want, and if you win, we'll give the ones you don't want to a runner up!

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