Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Creative Writing Group SKYPED with Kimberly Pauley this week and thought the interview was wonderful. The kids were aged 10-18. They came away with so much knowledge and a new appreciation for writing and publishing. Kimberly really connected with the group, even the ones that are usually hard to get interested. Her books flew off the shelf after the SKYPE and one of the mom’s who is reading Cat Girl’s Day Off along with her daughter came to apologize for missing the interview. She is enjoying the book as well as her daughter and was disappointed to have missed the SKYPE. Again, thanks so much Kimberly, it was a wonderful interview!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vote for Your Favorite Entry

Creative Writing Contest 2012 Be sure to come in and read the entries. Your Vote Counts!! Voting Ends May 31st

Crossed by Ally Condie

Ally Condie’s highly anticipated second installment in the Matched series, Crossed, jumps right in where Matched left off. It answers many of the questions from posed in Matched, and presents many new ones for the reader to ponder Crossed is more about character development and growth as far as Ky and Cassia and also the introduction and development of a few new characters, than about what is going on in their dystopian society.. Secrets continue to appear and cause problems in relationships. The first book in the trilogy ended with Ky and Cassia being sent to the Outer Provinces, Ky for work and Cassia to search for Ky. Trust is a constant theme in these books and Cassia is constantly torn with the introduction of new characters at the work camp. Ky, not only has to face his trust of others, but has to questions the trust in himself. Conflicts abound as Ky has to choose between her search for the Rising and her search for Ky. The book ends by pointing to a new conflict, is the Rising all that they hoped for? Crossed, unlike its predecessor, is an enjoyable romance mingled with adventure. There is more emotional questioning and self-searching than in the first book, but it is interesting and fast paced. The end of the book leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Rating: 2 out of 5 Reading Next: Truancy City Arc by Fukami

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New ARC--Giveaway if you read and review it!!

Check out the new ARC from Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Book title is MESSY as in sometimes life gets Messy. Read it, write a review and get a prize. This will be published June, 2012. Review: Sometimes life gets messy. After a rocky start in Spoiled, Brooke Berlin and her newly discovered half sister, Molly Dix, have settled into something like sisterly love, but the drama is far from over. Now that Brooke's caught a taste of fame and her movie star father's attention, she wants to launch a blog that will position her as the ultimate Hollywood insider.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book Heads to Disney Source: Deadline April 27, 2012 Walt Disney Pictures has secured the rights to Neil Gaiman's 2008 Newberry Medal winner The Graveyard Book, Deadline is reporting. Coincidentally, the news arrives just moments after a report that Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is up for a new adaptation at Warner Bros. That 1894 text was the inspiration for Gaiman's tale of a young boy raised in a graveyard, officially described as follows: Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other. Gaiman's work has previously been brought to the screen with Matthew Vaughn's Stardust in 2007 and Henry Selick's Coraline in 2008. Gaiman's bestseller American Gods is, meanwhile, in development as an HBO series with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone producing. The Graveyard Book was previously targeted for the screen with Neil Jordan writing and directing. Though there's no confirmation as of yet, Jordan is very likely no longer attached to the project. Dotti Enderle