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I Want One! And I’m Going to Give You Guys One!

July 13, 2010

So, I came across this amazing ring from Chris Mueller Jewelry the other day and HAVE to share it with you.

Look familiar?

😀

Anyway,when I say to share it with you, I mean it literally. Sometime in August, I’ll be giving away one of these babies to celebrate the release month of Guardian of the Gate. Stay tuned!

And in the meantime, Check out Chris’ store at Chris Mueller Jewelry. Chris is so talented. There are some INCREDIBLE pieces there!!

Mysterious Bad Boys, Adventurous Girls, and Being an Outcast

July 12, 2010

This week's Anonymous Teen Reader is JelicACrze! She's an avid reader 
and is just as interesting as out other teen readers. Get to know her!

Interview Code Name (you choose!); 
JelicACrzE

Current country of residence;
US

Male or female?
 Female

Age; 16

ABOUT THE BOOKS

How many books, on average, do you read a month?
8-9

Favorite kind of book and why;
Young Adult Fantasy, because it’s nice to get away from all the stress at school
and get lost in a world, where the characters have epic adventures and end up
falling for the mysterious bad boys or the adventurous girls every guy desires.

Name the single most important factor in your decision to purchase a book;
Whether any of my favorite authors have recommended it/blogged about it
(Goodreads.com)

What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book?
I know I’ve read a good book when I begin to dread the fact that I’m so close to
the end of the book but at the same time, I can’t wait to finish it so that I
find out how the story ends. If it leaves me wanting more from the author then
it was definitly amazing.

How important is a friend’s recommendation in your decision to purchase a book?
Actually, out of my group of friends I happen to be the only one who reads a
variety of books. I’m usually the one to recommend books but if I were my
friends, their opinion would matter because I’d probably end up passing it on to
my other friends.

Thing you’d like to see more or less of in the YA genre;
I would like to see more emphasis on the conflict between the main characters
who fall for each other but with passionate make ups and reconciliations.

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a book?
When authors foreshadow early on in the book that the two lovers that are meant
to be will not end up together and end up with another usually the "best
friend".

Paperback or hardcover?
Paperback, they’re lighter to carry since I always happen to have 2 or 3 books
on me almost all the time.

Series or stand-alone?
Series :]

ALL ABOUT YOU

What music do you most often listen to?
Indie rock 

Name your favorite band;
Top 3: Temper Trap/Phoenix/MGMT

Best movie of all time?
Usually the most recent one watched: Get Him to the Greek

Without naming names, tell us a little about your group of friends;
They are involved in many school clubs/ASB. They are the funniest, dorkiest, and
sometimes most embarrassing group of teenagers but very intellectual and
outspoken.

What’s your biggest concern about the world right now and/or the people in it?
Ignorance and discrimination against people considered to be “different”.  
people have lost their moral values and are indifferent towards things that
actually matter and alcohol/drug abuse among teens.

Someone gives you a million dollars, no strings attached. What do you do with
it?
Help my mother pay off her medical bills and help pay for my sisters education
into college she deserves to go to. Buying a larger house so that all my family
can live comfortably. And of course, books books books!

You can live for one year in any place in the world. Where do you go and why?
Any place where being outdoors surrounded by forests or jungles. I love
uninhabited areas that where ever you look there are trees, lakes, mountains, or
just plains. I would prefer some place in South America rather than metropolitan
cities like New York or Paris. The cities are a beauty but I’m just not into
that type.

Have you ever “Hidden” someone on your Facebook feed? If so, why?
Yes, my friends happen to be impulsive stalkers so if they were to see some
recent activity with a guy they didn’t know on my page, they would be all over
that in a heartbeat. I need some sort of privacy :p

Do you get along with your family? Either way,tell us why.
Most of the time I do. It’s only my mom but I have siblings, all girls in their
teen years so we have many similar interests but many times it can get chaotic
with so many girls, especially teenagers! I sometimes wonder how my mom puts up
with us (;

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most of my friends are outgoing and very friendly and people get the impression
I’m also like them but really, I am a very quite person and I prefer to spend my
time alone in silence. I’m not shy because I do love meeting new people and
making new friends.

Name your biggest secret fear.
I’m afraid I’ll end up spending too much time on my own reading or drawing and
end up shutting off my friends and then ending up alone.

Name something you like about yourself.
I like that I’m my own person. I usually march to my own beat and I am
constantly doing things and saying things my friends wouldn’t. I love being an
outcast sometimes.

What one thing would you like to know about other teens?
Do they truly believe that he/she will ever find the type of love is always
reading about?


Eat, Pray, Love

July 10, 2010

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve passed this book up a million times in the bookstore. I blame the cover, which makes it look kind of like a nutrition or diet book.

Or am I just crazy?!

Anyway, they’re making it into a movie, and when I saw the trailer, I decided to read it because it looks NOTHING like what I expected. It’s on my reading list while I’m on vacation over the next two weeks, so I thought I’d post the trailer. I’ll let you know how the book is when I get back!

Friday Poll – The Twilight (Film) Saga

July 9, 2010

This week’s Friday Poll involves Eclipse, the newest installment in the Twilight Saga films.

I always find it interesting to hear people talk about the Twilight movies. Opinions seem to swing, sometimes without reason, between devout passion and outright hatred.

I’ve seen all three movies, and while I’ll keep my opinions to myself to avoid polluting the Friday Poll, I’ll say what I’ve always said about Stephenie’s work; there is NO WAY (if you’re going to be fair) you can avoid acknowledging her contribution to the YA marketplace. Love them or not, the Twilight books changed the face of the YA marketplace and intimately connected with millions of people the world over. They also opened the door for many, many writers of paranormal/supernatural YA like myself.

And for that, I say, “Huzzah!”, Stephenie!

😀

As for the movie, I leave that to you guys! Weigh in with the Friday Poll!

Thursday Night Write – Ice Cream, Anyone?

July 8, 2010

Sorry for the late Thursday Night Write post. We’re leaving for vacation (our first in two years) Saturday and I’m running around like crazy trying to get everything done!

Before I get to the prompt at left, I want to update you on a few things;

I’m scheduling posts to appear while I’m gone, so you can count on my regular features – the Anonymous Teen Reader of the Week, Thursday Night Write, and the Friday Poll – to appear as normal. I’ll throw in a few surprises for you, too, just to keep you guessing!

😀

In the meantime, there’s still a contest going on at The Story Siren for a Prophecy paperback and some very cool swag, so head on over before it’s too late! Also, I’ll be throwing in a signed copy of Guardian of the Gate since I now have my finished copies. And who doesn’t like a free signed hardcover?!

By Pen or by Sword is also holding a contest for a signed Prophecy of the Sisters paperback plus a signed copy of The Hollow, by Jessica Verday. Jess and I will launch our Ghosts & Graves Tour in the Northeast in October, and I’m super excited to announce the details.

Lastly, you can still get a signed, Limited Edition bookplate for your Prophecy paperback. All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me where you got your paperback. This way we can share the love with our favorite booksellers (though you can also enter if you got the paperback as a gift! Just let me know in the comments). I gave out different bookplates for the hardcover, and these were designed especially for the paperback version of Prophecy and for Guardian of the Gate. As long as the bookplates hold out, I’ll be offering them in the first ten days after Guardian’s release, too.

As for TNW, same rules apply! Just use the prompt above (it’s Summer! I couldn’t resist!) to write something – anything! Give yourself no more than 30 minutes and write whatever comes to mind, posting no more than 500 words of it for comment when you’re finished. Don’t forget to comment at least one other entry if you participate.

I’ll miss you guys while I’m gone but am going to take advantage of the time to spend some quality time with Kenneth, Rebekah, Andrew, and Caroline. I’m also looking forward to a TON of reading and some work on my next-next book series.

*hugs*

FM Static, Girl, Interrupted, and the Power of Family

July 5, 2010

This week’s Anonymous Teen Reader is Sage! She’s one of the most interesting teens I’ve ever known. And I do mean EVER. I know you’re going to love her as much as I do.

But before I get to that I need to give you a run-down of contests being held across the blogosphere for Prophecy of the Sisters and Guardian of the Gate swag.

The Story Siren just started her giveaway today. The swag includes a custom-designed Sonia necklace plus lots of other goodies including a signed Prophecy paperback. By Pen or By Sword is holding a contest for a signed hardcover of Guardian of the Gate AND a signed cover of The Hollow by Jessica Verday in honor of our upcoming Ghost and Graves Tour in October.

Lastly, you can still get a free, Limited Edition bookplate for your Prophecy paperback (I already gave some other ones out for the hardcover) through July 13th!

What are you waiting for?!

Oh, right. Our Anonymous Teen Reader!

Here she is!!!

Z

JUST THE FACTS

Interview Code Name (you choose!); Sage.

Current country of residence; United States

Male or female? Female

Age; Sixteen

Z

ABOUT THE BOOKS

How many books, on average, do you read a month? Anywhere between two and four at least.

Favorite kind of book and why; Books in verse and about suicide and drugs.

Name the single most important factor in your decision to purchase a book; Author

What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book? When I get lost in it and it feels more like I am watching a movie than reading a book. (oh, me, TOO!)

How important is a friend’s recommendation in your decision to purchase a book? Depends on the friend, but normally quite important.

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a book? Grammatical errors.

Paperback or hardcover? Paperback.

Series or stand-alone? Series, though they can get dragged on for longer than needed on occasions.

Z

ALL ABOUT YOU

What music do you most often listen to? Alternative rock and Christian rock.

Name your favorite band; FM Static and Motion City Soundtrack.

Best movie of all time? Girl, Interrupted or Wrist Cutters: A Love Story.

Without naming names, tell us a little about your group of friends; They can get on my nerves occasionally but I know they are there for me. They aren’t the most intelligent of people all the time but I can actually hold intellectual conversations with them.

What’s your biggest concern about the world right now and/or the people in it? People not taking responsibility for their actions and too many people these days are ignorant. Ignorance is not bliss it is the root of disaster. (So true)

Someone gives you a million dollars, no strings attached. What do you do with it? Give it to my family for bills.

You can live for one year in any place in the world. Where do you go and why? Maine, it’s gorgeous.

Have you ever “Hidden” someone on your Facebook feed? If so, why? Nope, never found it necessary.

Do you get along with your family? Either way,tell us why. Yes, Very much so. I am very close with my parents and the rest of family just amuses me and always has me laughing.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I don’t know how to dive and am terrified to learn.

Name your biggest secret fear. Losing touch with my nieces.

Name something you like about yourself. Work ethics on things, like never missing school, devoting my-self to things.

What one thing would you like to know about other teens? Why they don’t like school, because I can’t understand how someone doesn’t like it.

I’m Starting to Feel Distant Again…

July 4, 2010

I know I’ve posted this before, but it really suits my mood tonight, so I’m posting it again.

This is just an incredible song.