In My Mailbox: 5/31/09

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter
THANK YOU KARIN (I owe you big)
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2009)
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now, they’re causing him all kinds of trouble.

Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he’ll change the future. Or, he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, for as long as he’s with her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late. . .

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own and a vampire princess Aden can’t resist. Two romances, both forbidden. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 15, 2009)
Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts to “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable. They know the dirt on everybody . . . and Cass loves dirt.
She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of all of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Timwants her help to contact his recently deceasedmother, but Cass is less than enthusiastic.
Kicking and screaming, Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life. And she’s more surprised than anyone when she realizes that maybe some living people aren’t so bad if she’d only give them a chance.

Never Slow Dance With a Zombie by E. Van Lowe
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (September 1, 2009)
Principal Taft's 3 Simple Rules for Surviving a Zombie Uprising:
Rule #1: While in the halls, walk slowly and wear a vacant expression on your face. Zombies won't attack other zombies.
Rule #2: Never travel alone. Move in packs. Follow the crowd. Zombies detest blatant displays of individuality.
Rule #3: If a zombie should attack, do not run. Instead, throw raw steak at to him. Zombies love raw meat. This display of kindness will go a long way.
On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later, they haven't accomplished a thing!
Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky Principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize that this is the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. All they have to do is stay alive....

That was in my mailbox this week and what is yours?

Wants some Zombie Lovin'?

Hey everybody, E. Van Lowe's website is finally up and open for business. Please drop by when you get a chance and check it out. Click here: E. Van Lowe

Also there's a subscriber contest going on right now where you can win a cool tee with the Zombie Love logo (on your left). All you have to do is subscribe. There will be contests all spring and summer long. And he will be giving away at least one free autographed ARC of Never Slow Dance With A Zombie some time in the future. So please check back to see what's going on.

SUBSCRIBE NOW HERE and Hurry, because the subcriber contest ends on Sunday May 31, 2009.

On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later they haven't accomplished a thing! Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize this could be the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. Now all they have to do is stay alive

Sneak a Peek Saturday: Vacations From Hell

Hi ya ya!! It's Saturday *does the happy snoopy dance* and ya know what that means. It's Sneak A Peek Saturday and today's peek is Vacations From Hell a novel collection featuring some of today's hottest authors, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray and many more.

You can browse thru the novel HERE

Vacations From Hell
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 26, 2009)

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?
in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .
From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home

Here are some other Hellish Collections. Give them a try, they are wicked good

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for also.

I love Vampire stories, it is one of my favorite paranormal genres. Yet, it has been played out in so many different ways....UNTIL I read about this upcoming novel The TEAR COLLECTOR by Patrick Jones. It sounds soo good. I am not sure if the cover is the offical one, but it is the one posted on the author's website located HERE

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2009)

Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire–one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Only Cass has grown tired of living this life and wants to live like a human, especially now that she's met someone worth fighting for.

Sounds good! and I want it now. I love all things Vampire and this different take on them is fresh, interesting and definitely has my attention. So, that is my WOW and what is yours?

Teaser Tuesday: Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
(1) Grab your current read
(2) Open to a random page
(3) Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
(5) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


page 254

"You want my soul?"

The devil laughed but shook his head. He touched the lock, and the apartment door swung open. He pointed up the stairs.

"I want you to kill your father," he said

This book is amazing and it's author has a great website that you can see HERE. He is attending BEA this year and I so wish that I could be there to meet him.

Author Tours: The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

It's time for another Author Tours round up and this time it is with The Real Real tour and the bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus of The Nanny Diaries that introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O'Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star. If you need some further convincing take a sneak peek of this novel HERE


May 26 B&N Skokie, IL
May 27 Anderson’s, Naperville, IL
May 28 B&N Lake Grove, NY
June 2 Changing Hands, Phoenix, AZ
June 3 Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA
June 4 Borders, Torrance, CA
June 5 B&N Huntington Beach, CA
June 6 B&N, El Cerrito, CA
June 7 Copperfields, Petaluma, CA
June 8 Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
June 24 Borders Columbus Circle, NYC


He He Helllllo!!! I have been most fortunate in getting an extra copy of PRADA & PREJUDICE by Mandy Hubbard. It is a really cute story and I am a sucker for a great pair of shoes. I know that someone will be very happy to read it and enjoy it as much as I have. So I am hosting a contest and it is really easy easy peasy?? Well just check it out.

Here are the rules:
1) +1 if you follow me or already follow me
2) +3 post the contest on your blog or side bar
3) +5 if you tell me your most outrageous shoe story every. It can be anything from...your most expensive splurge to keeping that ratty old pair of shoes since high school. I want to hear it all and the best story, not only gets the book but a bonus prize. The runners up gets some schwag I have acquired.
4) Contest ENDS June 5th midnight and it will be mailed out on June 6th


So in all fairness I will share with you my beloved damsel in distress shoe story. I was with a group of friend in Las Vegas and we were all awaiting our ride to come and pick us up. It was hot, 114 degrees hot and we had had to wait for a while and I was in my beloved plasic sandals (white with a kitten heel). As the van pulled up and I got excited and tried to do my happy snoopy dance. I realized that I was stuck. I could not for the life of me move my feet. It was as if I was glued to the floor....and I WAS. As I stared down at my shoes, they had actually begun to melt. I tried to lift my shoe and it appeared as if I had copious amounts of gum stretching from the bottom of my shoe.

I could not believe it...there I was in Vegas in one of the hottest days of my life and my new shoes were ruined. Luckily one of my friends carried me from the parking lot into the car because my shoes had to stay behind stuck to asphalt. I still mourn the loss of those shoes. It was the best $1.99 I ever spent.....may they rest in melted peace

In My Mailbox: 5/24/2009

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

The book fairie has been very good to me. I am beyond overjoyed at having purchased The Devil's Kiss on ebay, since it is only available in the UK now. I am also doing the snoopy happy dance over The Hollow.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 1, 2009) OUT IN THE UK IF YOU REALLY REALLY WANT IT NOW, AND YOU WILL :)

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy. Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: August 01, 2009
Age Range: 12

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 1, 2009)

New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1, 2009)

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is deadâ?¦and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. It only makes things worse that everyone now treats Abbey like either a freak show or a charity case. Thank goodness for Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 12, 2009)

The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (October 13, 2009)

It’s a fight to the death on live TV when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena
Lyn is a modern gladiator’s daughter, through and through, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to her family. Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter, Uber, kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet—which means she must marry him. To win her freedom, Lyn will enter the arena to face her father’s murderer in mortal combat. And she’ll do it even though she may be falling for him. For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Girl in the Arena is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a world that’s disturbingly easy to believe in.


Guesssssssss what??? This is my second copy and I am hosting a contest HERE for it.

That was my week. How was yours?

Sneak A Peak Saturday: BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel

Hi ya ya!! It's Saturday *does the happy snoopy dance* and ya know what that means. It's Sneak A Peek Saturday and today's peek is BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel. I adored EVERMORE and cannot wait for this next installment, and now the first chapter is available.

Read the first chapter of Blue Moon HERE

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 7, 2009)


Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.

In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must choose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

Oh man, I cannot wait for this bad boy to be in my hands :)

Friday Funny: TwiLite by Stephen Jenner

TwiLite, A Parody by Stephen Jenner
Publisher: Publishing, Incorporated
Pub. Date: April 2009

Love between a teenage girl and a vampire can be a beautiful thing. Then again, it can get a little ugly. Just ask Stella Crow. Stella is a clumsy but otherwise ordinary girl whose life takes a radical turn the moment she meets Edweird. Though perfect on the outside, Edweird Sullen is remarkably unrefined on the inside. He also happens to be a one hundred year old vampire, trapped in the body of a teenage boy, who has yet to finish high school. Nonetheless, Stella is unconditionally smitten with him. But not everything is rosy in this gloomiest of towns. Edweird's enemies have sworn to put a tragic end to their romance. Against all odds, the bond between Stella and Edweird is nearly strong enough for their love to survive. Most love stories between an impossibly handsome vampire and an ungainly young woman have a magical ending. This one - not so much.

SERIOUSLY!!!! Did someone just write this??? What do you think about it?

Want more info then come HERE even excerpts are available.

Review: If I Stay..... by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 2, 2009)


Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones. Move to New York City to pursue her true love — music — or stay with her boyfriend, family and friends

Then there is a horrible accident. And suddenly all of her choices are gone. Except for the one choice that truly matters.

My Review: YYYYY

It is a beautiful February morning as the snow begins to fall, and although it is not a blizzard it becomes enough to close the schools for the day. Mia's hip and post hippie parents decide to make it a family day and soon Mia, her parents and little brother pile into the car and head off onto a family adventure. Mia, a budding Cellist, is about to face some very important choices in her life, to stay with her family, friends and boyfriend in Oregon or travel to New York and fulfill her dream. But the day's adventure is not about future worries, today she is content with her family and their adventure while listening to Beethoven, when the car spins out of control on an icy road.....

Mia soon becomes an invisible bystander, a witness to the horrible events that are unfolding before her. From this perspective she knows that her Father and Mother are dead and younger brother, Teddy, is seriously injured. She sees her body cling to life in a nearby ICU, shuttled in and out of the operating room, all the while questioning..... is she already dead? In between these events of the present trauma she recalls the poignant moments of her life. The first time she saw the Cello and knew that it was meant for her to play, the birth of her younger brother Teddy and how he held her gaze when he came out of their mother's womb, her first kiss with her budding rock star boyfriend Adam, her infamous fight with her BFF kim and the countless moments with her beloved parents. Mia takes this all in as her memories intertwine with present events and then the unthinkable happens, adding to Mia's heartache and leaving her broken and forever changed. How can she go on....

Then she has to make the most important choice. Should she make the effort to will herself back or should she take the easy route and allow herself to die? In order to find that out, you will have to read it or wait for the movie that is set to come out in 2011.

I had to wait a couple of days to make this review, because I was so filled with emotion over this book. I laughed, I cried....this book stayed in my mind for days. Gayle Forman, wrote a compelling life afirming novel. The seem less interjection of Mia's memories intertwined with her traumatic situation were flawless. The story flowed so well with its moments of great humor, passion and insight, just like the notes played by a Cellist....humming through your soul and it leaving you breathless from the experience. If I Stay, is a heart achingly beautiful read and a true testament to the power of love, family and the choices that we make. I highly recommend reading it, but also recommend having tissues handy :)

If I Stay Video

Waiting on Wednesday: BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for also.

This week's choice is my gotta have, cannot wait, drooooling over....acting like Smeagal from precious, my pretty, me wants. BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead.


BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead
AUGUST 25, 2009 **TOO FAR AWAY**


The rest of the world had considered Dimitri dead. And to a certain extent, he was. But I hadn't been able to forget a conversation he and I had once had. We'd both agreed that we'd rather be dead—truly dead—than walk the world as Strigoi. It was time to honor our words.

Guardian Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?


Trailer Tuesday's: SWOON by Nina Malkin

It's Tuesday. So, ya know that it's Trailer Tuesday time. This week's selection is SWOON by Nina Malkin. Her website just came up and it is really cute go and check it out HERE

And now....SWOON by Nina Malkin


Swoon by Nina Malkin in stores TODAY

What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?


Twenty Boy Summer has escaped from its boxes before the official June1 release date and has already been spotted in the wild at a bookstorenear Buffalo, NY. Author Sarah Ockler is hosting a contest to tracksightings of TBS all over the country. Now through June 30, if you spot her book in a bookstore or library, you can enter to win a cool TBS Beach Prize Pack!

1.Take a picture or video of Twenty Boy Summer on the shelves in thestore, kiosk, or library

2.Email it with your first name, store/library name, and the city andstate where it was taken to sarah (dot) ockler (at) gmail (dot) comwith the subject "TBS Map Contest"

3.For an extra entry, take a picture or video of the book with YOU init, holding it or pointing at it or singing to it or doing some othercreative (but not illegal) thing :-)

Pics and videos will be posted at along with a Googlemap showing all of the places Twenty Boy Summer has been spotted inthe wild. The more times you find and document TBS in different storesand libraries, the more times you can enter!
The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Participants under age 13must have a parent/guardian enter for them. Sarah will randomly selecta winning entry from all of the entries on July 1 and will notify thewinner by email.

So what are you waiting for!! Good luck and happy book hunting!

Author Tours: Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong author of the Chloe Saunder's trilogy that includes The Summoning and The Awakening is going on tour. I am going to RWA in July and will have the opportunity to see her there. I hope that one of these dates are close to where you live so that you can meet her also.

Need details for any of these? Just email her assistant Alison, at

May 15-17 Keycon convention. Winnipeg, MB. Guest of Honor. Details to follow.
May 23. "How to Build Your Story" workshop. Guest Speaker. Toronto, ON. Details to follow.
May 26. 7 PM Teen Program Workshop: "Story Creation." Aylmer Public Library. Aylmer, ON.
May 30. 2 PM, Chapters Woodview Place, Burlington, ON. Reading, Q&A and signing
June 2. 7 PM, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL, with Kim Harrison and Melissa Marr.
June 3. 7 PM, Books and Co @ the Greene, Dayton, OH, with Kim Harrison and Melissa Marr.
June 4. 7 PM, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH, with Kim Harrison and Melissa Marr.
June 5. 7 PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR with Kim Harrison, Aprilynne Pike and Claudia Gray.
June 6. 2 PM, Borders, 16549 74th St, Redmond, WA with Kim Harrison, Aprilynne Pike and Claudia Gray.
June 21. 2 PM, McNally Robinson, 12 Marie Labatte Rd, Toronto, ON. Reading, Q&A & Signing.
July 15-18 RWA annual convention. Washington, DC. Details to follow, but there will be a mass "open to the public" signing.
July 19, 2 PM, Borders, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Bailey's Crossroads, VA, with Melissa Marr.
July 21, 7 PM, Libbie Place Barnes and Noble, 5501 West Broad Street, Richmond VA, with Melissa Marr.
July 22 Library of Congress, Washington, DC with Melissa Marr. Details to follow.
August 14, Teen Book Camp. London, ON. Workshop & open-to-public speech. Details to follow.
August 16, Kidspark. Reading/signing. Kitchener, ON. Details to come.
August 20, 7 PM. Central Library, Reading/Q&A. St Catharines, ON.
Sept 20, Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories, Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton, ON. Details to follow.

In My Mailbox: 5/16/09

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)
One thing that I noticed is that most of the books I aquired this week comes from bay area (SF) authors. Coolness!!

Ash by Malinda Lo
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (September 1, 2009)

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left alone to pay off his debts in the service of her own step mother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she begins to believe that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds positively amazing.

TMI by Sarah Quigley
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (April 16, 2009)

Friends call Becca the Overshare Queen, but her tendency for TMI never seemed like a problem to her until she blabs about her sweet band-geek boyfriend’s sloppy kisses—and gets dumped! Realizing it may be better to resist the temptation to overshare face-to-face, Becca decides to blog anonymously about everything instead. On her blog, Too Much Information, Becca unleashes her alter ego, Bella. Bella tells it like it is . . . though perhaps with a bit more drama. After all, no one’s going to read it, right???

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 12, 2009)

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: WestSide Books; 1st edition (April 23, 2009)

Shawna Stone, sixteen, can handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent. Scarred inside and out, she's survived with a tough, hardened attitude. Yet she's thrown when her mother abandons her in Vegas with only a bus ticket and the name and number of a stranger to call. Now this troubled, desperate teen finds herself on a Northern California horse ranch with Kay Stone, her steely, youngish, disillusioned grandmother,who overwhelms Shawna with rules and daily barn chores. Shawna will baffle Kay with her foul mouthed anger and shrugging indifference to everything--except the maltreated horse on the ranch next door. But it's worse than even Kay suspects: Shawna's driven to cut herself by that strange voice inside her head,which at times has been her only steady companion.Kay, brittle from the loss of her marriage and her only son, struggles to keep the ranch going with only Kenny, the broken down drifter she hired, to lean on. Wondering what secrets hide behind Shawna's barricade, Kay fears that unless she somehow helps this troubled girl, she could lose her last living family member. And Kay's own secret is the very one that's kept Shawna and her mother away for all these years. As this unlikely pair struggles to co-exist, will they overcome their inner suffering to build a bridge to each other, and together find the strength to transcend the past?
I had the pleasure of meeting C. Lee this week and once she read a bit from her debut novel I was hooked. I have a little snippet posted HERE.

That was my mailbox this week. What was in yours?

Lunch with SARAH DESSEN hosted by NYMBC

This event is hosted by NYMBC an awesome book club that has hosted some pretty amazing events in the San Francisco bay area. This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Debutant ball with authors C. Lee McKenzie, Sarah Quigley and Cheryl Renee Herbsman. I had alot of fun for the event included tiara's, necklaces, brownies, strawberries and sparkling cider!! WOOT. Jennifer and Shannon really know how to host an event and when I found out about this upcoming event I had to share. Unfortunately you have to be in the area at that time, but if you are near it is too good to pass up.


Time: Sunday, June 21, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Location: Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94102Phone: 415-776-1111

Not Your Mother's Book Club™ will be hosting a ticketed private lunch with one of our favorite authors ever, SARAH DESSEN who's visiting to talk about her new novel ALONG FOR THE RIDE.. Tickets are $5 with the purchase of ANY SARAH DESSEN book. This includes any of her backlist OR preorder/prepay of her new book ALONG FOR THE RIDE. THERE ARE ONLY 50 TICKETS SALE.

Because of the very limited number of tickets, we are only selling them at Books Inc. Opera Plaza. Customers can purchase in person or by phone, (415) 776-1111 Visit Not Your Mother's Book Club™ for more info!

Say it Again Saturday: Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

This unique and lovely meme was created by Karin over at Karin's Book Nook blog and here is a little synopsis of what it is all about.
"Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me. They make me want to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute. Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written. They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.

Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

"Something's wrong."

"It’s not a heart-grabbing noise like when somebody jiggles the doorknob to see if it’s locked. It’s not a bitter smell like the electrical short we had last month, when all the breakers popped. No. It’s something in the air, something like a ghost making its way through the room. And it can’t be Monster, not after last night."
Wow! just reading that again gives me goosebumps. I had the pleasure of meeting C. Lee last thursday night at the Debutante Ball held by Not Your Mother's Book Club at Book's Inc. All the debs talked about themselves and their novels but when C. Lee stood up and talked about her book I was mesmerized, transfixed... When she read the passage I just posted. I got goose bumps. I knew I had to have this book. I was not the only one, another deb author Malinda Lo of Ash, was also in the audience and she echoed my amazement over C. Lee's presence and her book.

At the moment her book is a bit difficult to come by....So, you can order it by clicking on the book cover picture. Or you can go to WestSide Books and order it HERE ...or even better you can contact your local book store and ask to have it stocked there, it's easy, just ask if they have it (make sure you write the name and book title down) and if they do have it then great. If they don't then ask them to order some copies :)