Monday, June 30, 2008

HUGE Giveaway!

You'll be hearing this a lot, but it needs to be repeated anyway...Stephanie Kuehnert's debut I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone comes out next week on July 8. We want you to pre-order the book now or go and get it when it's officially released. To help motivate you to do this...we enlisted the help of fellow book reviewers to give away an awesome prize!

What you must do:
Get the book and either copy the receipt or take a picture with the book. Send that to me at: Lauren51990@aol.com and that's all you must do to enter!

Deadline:
This contest will end on July 30, with the winner being announced early August, so don't waste any time in getting this book!

Now...the prize:
A WHOLE BUNCH of gift cards, that will be for various bookstores and Itunes, since the book is very music-oriented.

These are the current Book Reviewers, including us, who will be giving away a $10 gift card to the winner. Click on each name to check out their blog!


And Another Book Read: Tasha (Barnes N Noble)



Shooting Stars Mag: Lauren



Reading Mania (Elaina Reads): Elaina



The Compulsive Reader



Bookloverreviews:Chelsie



The Story Siren: Kristi



B is for Books: Breanna



Teen Troves: Mollie and Ariel (Amazon)



From the Corner of Megan's Mind: Megan



Presenting Lenore: Lenore



Writer's Block Reviews: Holly



In Bed With Books: Livinia



Reader Rabbit



If you're counting, that's 1 book sites giving away a $10 card...that means the winner will get 130 bucks in gift cards just by buying ONE book and showing us that you did! Not bad, right?

MORE might be added as well in the next few days, so keep checking back to this post to see if the amount goes up...we're waiting to hear back from a couple more people!

Also, as you can see...some of the bloggers have already stated where their gift cared will go!

If you have any questions, please ask! This should be announced on all the other blogs as well. Start ordering!!!

-Lauren

Song of the Day: Tegan and Sara

In honor of Stephanie Kuehnert's debut I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone that features a rockin' chick named Emily Black...the song of the day features TWO rockin' chicks known as Tegan and Sara.

This is "The Con" by Tegan and Sara

Guest Blog: Melissa Walker



Hair Bands and Stadium Shows… My First Concert
By Melissa Walker, Author of Violet in Private


My older brother Johnny took me to my first big stadium concert when I was 11 years old. It was Poison's Open Up and Say Ahhh… tour, and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was my ballad of choice when I thought about how sad I was that Scott Dzierlenga didn't notice me in class. This was 6th grade—1989—and Brett Michaels was perhaps the hottest hair band member ever. Obviously, this was also pre-"Rock of Love." Oh, Brett, what happened?

Anyway, here's what I remember about the show: 1. The girls in front of me were screaming so loudly that I couldn't hear the songs that well, 2. A total of four—four—pairs of panties ended up on stage, 3. My brother bought me a black t-shirt with neon-green lettering that is still in my drawer (it makes a great nightshirt).

It was a mixed experience. I learned that I like smaller venues when I want to see a band I love, but I also learned that stadium rock can really, well, ROCK. And did I listen to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" while writing the Violet books? Does Brett Michaels still have a crazy head of hair? Heck, yeah!


Thanks Melissa for including a blog/giveaway for our Stephanie Kuehnert week!Comment until THIS Saturday, Midnight EST time, to be entered for a chance to win Violet by Design by Melissa Walker. If you don't want to be entered, simply say so in your comment!

Stephanie Kuehnert Week!

That's right...right here on Shooting Stars Mag blog, we are having a week dedicated to debut author Stephanie Kuehnert. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is being released on July 8, 2008 which is next week...so mark that down and be ready to get your own copy...or go and pre-order it now! I hear Amazon is already shipping off copies.

So, you might be wondering: "Why are they doing this?" "Don't authors usually have their own stuff going on?"

Well, we love Stephanie. Simple as that. She's an awesome person and deserves to have a party! Yes, I'm sure she'll have stuff going on herself, but that's not the point...WE wanted to do something. So keep checking back for OUR review of IWBYJR, links to other book reviewers reviews, Musical Guest Blogs from other authors, giveaways, and even a HUGE giveaway!

We also wanted to make this a surprise...so you didn't know about it until now...but neither did Stephanie, so here you go!

Love you Stephanie and Congrats on your debut!

-Shooting Stars

Stephanie's Myspace: Add Her!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Book Review: The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg

The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg
By: Geoff Herbach
Review by: Lauren
Copy from: The Page Flipper (which, sadly, is no longer...)


T. Rimberg is ready to commit suicide. He was married. Had two kids. Cheated on wife. Divorced. What else can he do with his life...?
Until a package comes in the mail containing a lot of money from the father who left when he was still a kid. It's an inheritance...but all the notes are dated for the future. So is he dead? Alive? And where to go from here?
With Cranberry, a kid kicked out of his house, T. heads off to Europe. He keeps his intention to kill himself, but finds that having a purpose in your life often changes plans.

This book was told mostly through letters and journal entries, giving a unique take on an already unique story. T. Rimberg writes everyone from his brother to his dad to Aunt Jemima. Spread out between the letters is a conversation being held between T. and a priest who seems to believe T. created a miracle. The book, however, only gives you T.'s responses and nothing else.

The Miracle Letters had interested me for awhile and I was definitely excited to read the book, but I was quite surprised by all the historical elements in the novel, but it was a welcome surprise. Herbach writes about families being connected from far away and that life is never exactly what it seems to be at any given moment.

I recommend for older teens and adults.

Video: St. Jude

A lot of you might have seen our post about wishes...but in case you haven't, I want to provide the link to where you can read more.


St. Jude Project: Help Us!


Answer ONE question and help us help St. Jude's.
If you don't know St. Jude or want to see some of the children they help, please watch the video.
Submit something. Anything.
Sincere, funny, crazy, thought-provoking...it doesn't matter. Just help.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Song of the Day: This is Ivy League

This is Ivy League
www.myspace.com/thisisivyleague

I'm really loving this music and I definitely recommend. The song below is called "London Bridges" and reminds me a lot of The Beatles. Check it out and leave us some comments...what do YOU think?
Don't forget to read the rest of the posts we recently added!


Monday, June 23, 2008

TV Talk: Psych

Alright, one of my favorite TV shows is called Psych. It's on USA, Friday nights at 10. New episodes start July, 18 I believe...and I must say, I'm super excited.
If you don't know the show, you HAVE to check it out. It's about a guy named Sean who is very good at picking up little details and remembering things, but he lets the police think he's actually a pyschic. So, him and his friend Gus find themself in a crazy search each week to help the police, using Sean's abilities. Not only does this show feature the mystery, murder, and suspense as say...any other kind of show dealing with police...it's also FLATOUT hilarious! I absolutely love this show.

Do you know it? If you don't, definitely check it out! For now though...check out this clip that I LOVE:

Song of the Day: Smile Empty Soul

Song of the Day for Today is "Silhouettes" by Smile Empty Soul. I really love the lyrics to this song. I think there are some great messages in it. Please watch the video/listen to the song and let me know what YOU think.

Survey: Please Fill Out

Alright, there isn't an incentive to do this, but I hope a lot of you will fill it out anyway...or fill out as many as you feel like. Please send answer in a Message or to: Lauren51990 at aol dot com
Thanks!


1. How often do you read the blog?

2. Do you leave comments? If not, why not?

3. Will you try and leave more comments in the future?

4. What do you like the most about the blog? The least?

5. Is there anything you want more of? (goes with the above question a bit...)

6. Do you ever check out the books/bands that we mention? Why or why not?

7. How often would you like posts?

8. What are your favorite books/authors? Genres of books?

9. Favorite bands/musicians?

10. Favorite TV shows/movies?

11. Other favorites you want to hear more about?

12. Things you would like to see featured that hasn't already!

13. Any other comments?


Thanks so much if you answer all of these or only some.
If you are a band or an author or someone else who wants promotion...read our Promo blog on Myspace.

St. Jude Project: Open to everyone! Blog on Myspace. Please submit something. Please spread the word. We really want to do this and need ALL the help we can get. We only have a little over 20 entries so far....so come on and enter!!!

Thanks so much, again.
-Lauren (and Keaton)
Shooting Stars Mag
www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com
www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Temptress Four Contest: NOT HERE!

Review from Amazon:

Four best friends, one graduation cruise, a week of partying.

Eight days of strife and storms . . .

It's supposed to be the best eight days of their lives.

Bonds will be broken...

But when a fortune-teller predicts trouble the night before their trip,

One of you will not come home...

Fiona, Killian, Alma, and Yoli are left on edge, wondering what it could all mean.

Gaby Triana gets right to the heart of that thrilling, nerve-wracking, exhilarating, terrifying, amazing time that comes right after graduation, when the big question is: Where do we go from here?



Want a chance to win this book? Then go here and find out how:


Gaby Triana Myspace!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Review: The Debutante

The Debutante
By: Kathryn Williams
Review by: Lauren


Annie McRae is not what you would ever call a girly-girl. Therefore, when her parents make her move from her home in Connecticut to Beaufort, Alabama, where her grandmother is insistent on making her a debutante, Annie isn’t quite what you would call pleased. Moving might seem like a complete nightmare at first, but as time goes on, Annie realizes it might not be all that she expected…in a good way. She gets away from a cheating boyfriend and meets a completely new boy named Robert who is cute and a southern gentlemen; she leaves behind untrustworthy friends, and meets some that are always willing to help. Becoming a debutante might not have been on Annie’s to-do list before dying, but she finds that when she just pays attention to her more then herself, she can become a new person entirely.

I really enjoyed The Debutante more then I thought I would. Like Annie, I’m not that girly and usually don’t gravitate towards those books, but don’t let the cover, or the title, throw you off from this book. Annie is sarcastic and fun, but more important, you can relate to her, which is great in novels. I thought the writing was great and the characters were realistic…now if only I could find my own Robert.

For fans of The Princess Diaries for sure! I think we have another Mia on our hands with this one!

Interview: Book Club

Book Club

Book Club Myspace

Interview by: Lauren


Singer/Songwriter, Craig Almquist, gave us a look inside the band behind Book Club, even answering some book-related questions. So whether you like new music or love to read, how can you go wrong with a band named Book Club?!


1. How exactly did the band Book Club come about? Where did the name come from?

Well we had been compiling a bunch of names and that was the one that I thought was the simplest and easiest to remember. We also had like 7 members at the time so I liked the idea of the "club" and the unity that goes along with it. Now I feel like its a little to "cute" maybe, but its whatever, its a solid name I suppose. Ha.

2. You are currently recording an E.P. Will all the songs on your Myspace be included? When is the due date?

Well our producer is going to be Hungary for the summer so the EP will be a bit delayed but we are planning on having it done by fall. But it should be like 8-9 songs hopefully with the ones from our myspace (ourspace).

BUT, my friends and I are making a little EP our selves this summer in a basement using one microphone. The songs are gonna a lot more low key (like the song mixtape on ourspace) and it'll be like 6-7 songs, and will be most likely be called "Rough Giraffes".


3. Do you have any long-term plans for the band?

Currently, me and my band mates are in school and I think I speak on their behalf when I say, we would much rather be playing music full time rather then being students full time. Our plan is to make music a full time thing, we're just trying to get all our ducks in a row if you know what I mean.

But man, I don't want to be in a class room or cubicle ever.


4. If you could play a show with any musical act, alive or dead, who would it be?

Oh shoot, I mean like it would awesome to play with the beatles or beach boys obviously but in a realistic sense, I would like to play with Pavement. Someday when we're marginally famous it'll happen ha.

5. Along with the question above, if you could create music with any musical act, alive or dead, who would it be?

Well I mean again in a fantasy world, john lennon, paul mccartney, or brian wilson or even Paul Simon. All of those would be my dreams.

But in a real world theres this guy from California who goes under the name Why? and I think it would be incredible to make a song with him. He blows my mind when it comes to modern day song writing.




Book-Related Questions


1. Have you ever actually been in a book club?

Um, I went to one in High School, but that was just because I missed lunch and I heard they had snacks.

2. If you were, what book(s) would you want to read?

I would want to read In Cold Blood just because I saw the movie Capote and it seems like a real cool read. Really, I only seem to read non-fiction, its weird.

3. If you had to write and record the soundtrack to any book, what would it be and why?

I'd say 95% of the books I read are non fiction but I could see myself making a sound track for Perks of being a wallflower, strictly because me and the main character dig the same kind of music. I feel like maybe thats a stereotypical book to choose because everyone and their sister has read it, but really its about growing up and friendships and feeling young, which is something very cool.

4. If you could pick any fictional character(s) to join the band, who would you pick and why?

Phineas from A Separate Peace. He struck as someone who'd be creative and like good music.




**If you read this, please leave us a comment here! If you like what you heard, add the band's myspace and tell them we sent you! Spread the word about them and us!**
www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Back Talk Winner

Sorry for the delay, but here is the Back Talk Winner!

Thread: Shooting Stars Compilation

Winner: Lenore!

So, please message or email us your info and we'll try and get your book out soon. Thanks so much for entering and keep reading the blog/commenting back!!!!

P.S. I think all the prizes that have NOT gone out should be leaving this week...we have to make room for whats to come! KEEP CHECKING BACK!

www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine
shootingstarsmag@aol.com

Saturday, June 14, 2008

St. Jude Medical Center Project

Hello:

You may or may not have heard from us in the recent past, but we are writing again to fully explain this idea. I’m from an online blog called Shooting Stars and we are working on a project. You see, I had hoped that if we were able to use a site and make a book and if people bought it, we’d make some money off of it…so we could give about half the proceeds away. I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t sure if that was how it would work, but I’ve decided that it should and if not, I’ll try and find a way!

Basically, we want as many people to answer this question:

“If you could wish on a shooting star, what would you wish for and why?”

We’ll include all the answers into a little book and allow people to purchase them using a self-publishing site. If we make any money off of it, we hope to donate at least half the proceeds to St. Jude’s Medical Center, a place I’ve been keen about for awhile.

So, you simply need to answer the above question, include your full name, and credit (student, singer, musician, author, etc.) if you have one!

Please spread the word. We want submissions from anyone and everyone!
Send ALL answers to Myspace via message (www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine) or email us here:
shootingstarsmag@aol.com


Thank you for your time and we appreciate the help!
Kind Regards,
Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com


P.S. If you are an author, please feel free to write a wish for a character...just include their name and the book they are from.

Book Review: Breaking up is hard to do

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
By: Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins, and Lynda Sandoval
Review by: Lauren


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do is a collection of four short stories all about the angered, pained, and revenge-seeking broken-hearted. First up is Burnham’s story about Toby, who is always trying to please everyone else, but when he puts his foot down with his girlfriend, things don’t quite work out. Terri Clark’s Dee thinks she scored the social lottery when her goth self hooks up with a major jock, but when the two get into a car accident, Dee starts hearing people’s thoughts and realize her boyfriend is one great actor!

Next we have Ellen Hopkins, who gives us a short story a la poetry, like her previous work, about a girl named Lisa who feels that she’s just plain, but what happens when she scores her first real boyfriend? Last, Sandoval delivers us a great story of Mia, who falls in love with straight girl Paige. Except, all summer long…Paige was in love with her too, right? When things blow up in a very public way, how will Mia face her peers, let alone Paige?

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do took me awhile to finish, but it wasn’t because it was a bad book. I actually enjoyed the stories immensely, and felt that even though you knew going in that they would all experience a break up, they still left much to be surprised by.

I was also happy by the authors they chose to contribute, giving each story their own unique twist. Burnham focused on the only guy, Clark dealt with the unreal, Hopkins wrote in a unique way, and Sandoval dealt with the only same-sex couple.

The book was an impressive collection of breaking up stories that will perhaps have you agreeing in sadness, but in the end, cheering with victory!

Extra Contest Entry!

No matter what thread I pick (meaning you get at least ONE entry already even if you didn't comment on that thread) you can get an extry entry by doing the following:

-If you have a blog, then add me on your blog roll.
-If you have a myspace, put me in your top friends.
-OR, you can simply add my site to your favorites list


This is just to hopefully allow more people see the blog and even let YOU remember to check back for new stuff. We like hearing from people, what can I say?

More to come today...Song of the Day, Book Review...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Shooting Stars Compilation: FREE MUSIC!

We posted about this awhile back, but it's nice to post every now and then to remind people...especially any and all new readers we have (IF we have any! LOL)
Basically, we got 7 different bands to allow us to put up one of their songs so people can listen and download...for FREE. So here are the links to all the songs, as well as our Album Covers (made by Annie) and a list of all the band's myspace links...so add them and tell them we sent you if you have Myspace! If not, download the songs anyway and post what you think here!


First 4 Songs!



Last 3 Songs!

More "Other" Contests

Win a Book!


Presenting Lenore




HUGE contest at The Story Siren


The Story Siren Contest Post

Song of the Day: Katy Perry

The first song of the day for Friday the 13th is "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. If you liked Charlotte Sometimes, you might like Katy as well. It's a very catchy song, though not everyone will like....


Book Review: 100 Girls


100 Girls
Words by: Adam Gallardo
Pictures by: Todd Demong
3 Stars
Review by: Lauren


Written in the form of a comic book, 100 Girls was a very quick read. Sylvia was adopted and even skipped a couple grades. But those are not the main reasons Sylvia is different from her fellow classmates: she’s super strong and could beat up someone twice her size!

The story starts out with Sylvia having strange dreams of girls in tubes calling out to her. Later that day, she’s suspended for getting into a fight and she overhears her parents speculating about her strange behavior. Feeling like they no longer want her, Sylvia sneaks out and comes about a strange person…herself.

The book goes back and forth between various perspectives, including Sylvia and her new cohorts as well as a group of people that seem to know much more about Sylvia and her new found powers then Sylvia does.

100 Girls, as I said, was a very quick read. I’m not a big comic reader, so reading a book set up in this way was definitely interesting, allowing the story to be seen a lot more then heard. For awhile, I was pretty confused, as was Sylvia, so it wasn’t something I worried about too much. I just continued to read. As the book goes on, you slowly start to unravel this mystery and become more intrigued with Sylvia. As of now, I’d say it’s a satisfactory read and I’m highly interested in what happens next.

**Also reviewed for teensreadtoo.com

Friday the 13th: Contest!

Alright, we did a contest for this awhile back for Mark it Up May and the winner hasn't gotten back to us...SO...I figured why not do a whole different contest today, Friday the 13th.

The book: Back Talk by Alexandra Richards
Marked up? Yes, it is! (The Last One...as of now.)

PAST WINNERS: No, your books have not gone out yet, but I hope to have everything out this coming week. I'm sorry for the delay. It just hasn't been easy to get things mailed out here recently.

SOO...for this contest, what do you have to do?
I want you to read the things that are posted from Pluto Revolts Interview and ON and comment! Basically, once the contest is over, I will pick a random post and pick one winner from that bunch, so you don't know..so read and post on as much as you can!

Contest Ends: THIS coming Monday at Midnight EST.

-More will be posted tonight. Book review will go up for one.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Contest Links

Check out the two following links for some Book Giveaways. Deadline is THIS Sunday!


Interviews with Authors



Kendall Authors

Monday, June 9, 2008

Song of the Day-The City Drive

These guys are seriously one of my favorite bands. I love them a ton and I love this song (the lyrics really are good if you want an inspiring song or just something fun to listen too!) so watch the video for The City Drive's "Defeated" and let me know what you think!
Add the band too if you like what you hear...tell them we told you abou them! :0)


The City Drive Myspace



Pluto Revolts-Interview

Benjamin James of Pluto Revolts

Pluto Revolts Myspace

Interview by: Lauren


Benajmin James started this Cincinatti, Ohio based project after leaving his old band Bottom Line. His new music is a blend of Alternative and Electronica and is sure to please his hard earned fans and even win him quite a few new ones!
If you like what you hear, check out Plutorevolts.com to download the E.P. Suffer No Delusions for FREE!



1. You used to be in the band Bottom Line. What has the fan's reception been about you starting a new project?


Honestly, on a large scale, I don't really know. There's a few reasons for that I guess and one of them is that Bottom Line hasn't performed a live concert in over a year and a half. So since I've started performing in April as Pluto Revolts, it's hard to gauge how people are responding two the bands back-to-back. All I know is that the reception has been more positive than I could've imagined in such a short time for Pluto Revolts and hopefully some of that is fans of my writing for Bottom Line that have followed me here.

2. What do you most hope to accomplish with Pluto Revolts?

I want to tour the world and support myself enough to buy a house and write music 24/7. Simple and selfish, but it's my dream!

3. Do you have a certain process when writing the music and lyrics?

Sometimes I feel like songwriting is magic. I mean sometimes I'm playing guitar for days trying to make sense of an idea and sometimes the music and words pour out in a few minutes all at once, without so much as a guitar or piano anywhere nearby. But lyrics are always last and the most time-consuming for me, and they tend to be about my own life. It's definitely cathartic. I don't keep a journal or anything, so looking back on songs I've written years and years ago, allows me to peek at what I used to believe or what was going on in my life that inspired me at the time.

4. You gave away your E.P. for free on your website. Why did you decide to do this?

There's a few reasons, the first of which being that it was cheap! Pluto Revolts isn't signed to a record label, so I've funded everything myself, and just chosen to circumvent the start-up cost of actually printing CD's for now. Especially when I know fans will most likely import it, burn it, or download it as mp3s anyway. Second, it was way faster to give it to my fans directly, because I didn't want to wait on the right label to pique interest, or the right tour, or marketing plan to line up before the music could be heard. I spent several years on a major label that shelved my songs and prevented me from sharing my music with fans for way too long. This way, I knew as soon as I was done putting the finishing touches on the recordings for the EP, I put it up for download myself and just let the fans have at it. And if they get it from our site, there's a bigger chance they'll choose donate to the band via Paypal if they end up liking it, as opposed to just downloading it "illegally" and never being presented with that opportunity for us to actually see some return on the recording costs.


5. Are there any current plans for a full-length?

I have enough material, that's for sure! I had a TON of material I didn't know how to incorporate into the first EP and I've been constantly writing since we wrapped up recording in January, so there's plenty to choose from. I've just started adding additional (permanent!) musicians for the live shows in support of the first EP, so that might help shape the sound of the next record as well. At least our fans should expect there to be a 2nd EP out by early 2009, if all goes according to plan!

6. Do you feel that being in Bottom Line has made starting Pluto Revolts harder or easier?

Way easier! Working with professional labels, producers and managers and touring with really great bands when I was in Bottom Line has given me all the experience necessary to build a stronger band from the ground up.

7. Does the name Pluto Revolts mean anything specific?

I loved the idea of applying astrological characteristics to a band name. Honestly, I was trying to come up with album names for the unreleased Bottom Line record a few years back and my girlfriend blurted it out. When it came time to name my new project, I couldn't ignore it, something about it has been attractive enough to remain in my "idea pile" for this long and when I got to thinking about it, Pluto in astrology represents rebellion, death and rebirth - what more could you ask for to describe the existence of this band!

8. When people go out to see you perform live, what can they expect out of your show?

The live sound is more accurate to the recordings than any of the songs I've ever performed before. We've taken a lot of the elements of the recordings and incorporated them into the live setting, so people are actually getting a really full sound. As more members are added, I think the excitement level on stage will really improve, because for the first few shows I was planted at the mic singing and playing guitar for 20 minutes straight! But I'll get my "stage legs" back soon! When people see the show, they shouldn't expect to see the Ben then knew from Bottom Line, because this band is all about quality of sound, not how high you can jump or how many times you can spin around without puking.

Update: Please Read

Alright, so I have to get my wisdom teeth out tomorrow...not cool at all...so that means I might not be able to get on again for the next two to three days. I hope it's not too long, but I definitely won't be on tomorrow. Basically, I'm just letting everyone know that I might be gone for a bit and I will be back on as soon as possible.
ALSO: Since I will be away for a couple days or so, I'm going to try and post some stuff later on tonight to hold you over. If you read it, please leave a comment! I'd love to come back on to some comments from people!!

Thanks a ton. I appreciate it.
-Lauren

P.S. Looking for Promotion? Read the thread here or go here:

www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine

Sunday, June 8, 2008

BANDS/AUTHORS: Promotion?!

Promotion: Bands and Authors (But will promote other things as well, just get in touch!)
We can be found:


Myspace Page


shootingstarsmag@aol.com


Okay, so if you are an author, you are probably used to seeing things like these since I got the idea from fellow reviewers. The idea, however, is to show some ways that we’ll help promote you…and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to do it for my blog as well, especially since we DO NOT JUST PROMOTE BOOKS! 

Bands first then:

INTERVIEWS

That’s right! We do interviews. Keaton has done a couple in person, but I think it mainly depends on her if she would want too. You can always ask though. As for me, I do interviews via Myspace messages, Email, or even over AIM so it’s more of a back n forth interview. As of NOW, I don’t do in person or on the phone interviews. Hopefully things will change in the future, but this is the easiest thing for me and I would think Keaton as well.


REVIEWS

We can and will review things. Our reviews often differ when it comes to music, not just who likes what, but how we decide to review things and what we focus on. But we’re pretty willing to at least TRY and listen to your music and come up with SOMETHING to say, whether good or not so good.

TYPES: If you have an E.P. or album and want to send one of us a copy to review it, just message us via Myspace or email us here: shootingstarsmag@aol.com and send us a link to your music. We’ll pass it around to each other and see if someone is interested in checking out your music. If so, we’ll give you a place to send it.

If you DO NOT have recorded music beyond your Myspace page, that’s fine! Just get in contact with us and we can try and write something based on just the Myspace songs. We’ll do our best to promote!

CONTESTS

We started our online magazine to promote music and added more things as we went along. So FAR (as this is being written) we have not had a music related contest, but would LOVE TOO. If you have a C.D/E.P., t-shirt or other merch, or anything else to give away, let us know! If you already have an idea for a contest and just want to promote through our site, that’s fine! Just get in touch. 


LIVE SHOWS

Now this is a bit harder because I definitely don’t see as many concerts as Keaton and I’m sure she ends up seeing certain ones, but if you want a live review…let us know dates and whatnot and if one of us can make it to see you live, then we’ll try! Can’t make any promises though.


ANYTHING ELSE

Okay, so…I just basically covered the basics. If you have any other ideas or ways you’d like to be promoted (including Guest Blogs where you talk about your band or any other topic) please let us know! We’d love to help.





AUTHORS

Now, for the authors…this is NOT just a YA Book Review Blog. We will read and review YA, Adult, and we’ll take any genre. Right now, though, we’d like it if your book was NOT self-published, just to narrow down on some things.


REVIEWS

Again, we would love to receive copies of your novel to read and review. We can’t promise a review by a certain point, since I (Lauren) am the main book reviewer at the moment and sometimes life gets hectic…but your book will MOST LIKELY be reviewed at some point. If it’s imperative or you’d really LOVE too have it reviewed by a certain time, let us know and we will try our best. 


INTERVIEWS

We do interviews. Right now we do them via Myspace, Email, or AIM. No in-person or over the phone…but that might change in the future. Just let us know if you are interested in an interview and we’d love to set that up.

GUEST BLOGS

Many reviewer blogs have these and I honestly enjoy reading them. It’s an author’s chance to talk about their book, being an author, etc. etc. and having a different audience, perhaps, be able to get to know them and learn about their work. If interested, again, please just let us know and give us a book site or Myspace so we can check you out!


CONTESTS

I love doing contests and I know they often attract a lot of people, so if you have a book coming out and want to promote it more or just feel like holding a contest, please get in touch and we’ll work something out.

Mark it Up: Some authors might know this idea, but we’ve had a lot of marked up books given away recently…and would love to have authors give more away, whether on our blog or on their own blog/Myspace. The idea is to have the author take their book and write comments about the book and the writing of the book inside the margins….who is your favorite character? Was someone originally going to be named something else? Do you have a favorite line? Favorite section? Etc. etc.


AUTHOR TO AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

Okay, I have never done this before but I liked the idea because I’ve seen musicians interview musicians, etc. and I’ve seen a ton of authors interview other authors on their own blogs…so why not try something here every now and then? So if you are an author and would like to interview another author, please let us know and we’ll try and contact the other author as best as we can to see if they would be interested. Once the interview was done, we’d post it on our blog and the two authors involved can post it wherever they wish as well.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Song of the Day-Charlotte Sometimes

I just started listening to this song a couple days ago and I honestly can't get it out of my head! It just kind of sticks with you.


"How I Could Just Kill a Man"-Charlotte Sometimes
See video here:


Charlotte Sometimes

It's a Party!




Sorry it's cut off a bit!
But definitely check it out!

Song of the Day: Fall Out Boy

Alright, here is the next song of the day...I tend to find myself putting these up at night, but I guess it really doesn't matter. You can see it as TODAY's song of the day or tomorrow's, just LISTEN AND COMMENT!!!

Today it is Fall Out Boy's version of "Beat It"
I love this video. I think the band did an awesome job covering the song as well.
It was also pretty sweet to see Donald Faison in the video (or you know, Turk from Scrubs!)

Watch the video/hear the song:



Any suggestions of things I should listen too? If I like it, it might be a song of thee day!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Song of the Day: TV/TV

The next Song of the Day is the band TV/TV with their song "Get it Get it"

Listen to the song via this video:


Review: Reap the Whirlwind

Reap the Whirlwind
By: Josh Aterovis

Review by: Lauren
www.myspace.com/joshaterovis
www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine


Reap the Whirlwind is a spin-off from Aterovis’ last book, Bleeding Hearts, focusing mainly on Asher’s cousin, Will Keegan. The book first deals with Will coming to grips with his sexuality, taking his confusion and anger over the situation to the extreme. His best friend Joey takes the revelation almost as bad, pushing Will away and turning to partying and drinking. Though upset by the recent events, Will begins to settle down and begin his life anew. He gets used to his new roommate, Aidan, begins painting for and working at a gallery, and even meets some new friends. But at a party one night, trying to reconcile his broken relationship with Joey, he finds his life turned upside down. Joey is found dead in the pool, which is written off as an accident since Joey was drunk, and Will becomes friends with an ex of Joey’s named Caitlin who is pregnant with Joey’s child. Will and his newfound friends don’t believe it was all an accident and begin their own quest to find Joey’s killer before he strikes again.

Reap the Whirlwind was just as good as the first book, Bleeding Hearts, and it was great to get to meet new characters, while still welcoming back some of the old. Will’s sexuality is a big theme throughout the book, with his struggle and eventual acceptance. I thought it was written very well and showed the various aspects of every relationship, whether good or bad. Once Joey is found dead, the book picks up its second storyline of mystery and suspense. The group of friends begin their investigation, dealing with new information and roadblocks in a very realistic way. I felt the story flowed nicely and kept you interested in more way than one. The end of the novel had me shaking my head in disbelief and wishing there was more to read!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Winner!!!

And the winner of The Death of Jayson Porter is Hillary!

Please message or email me your information and I will try and get that out in a week or so.


shootingstarsmag@aol.com
www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine


Thanks for all the enthusiasm about Mark it Up May. Spread the mark it up idea to other authors...and authors: Feel free to use the idea! It's fun, I promise!


Thanks

Monday, June 2, 2008

Song of the Day: Regina Spektor

Alright, here is my song for the day. Obviously, there probably won't be a song everyday, but I'll try to keep this up including some kind of link as well.

First Song of the Day though is "The Call" by Regina Spektor which you might have heard in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Now listen to the song:



What do you think?

Other Contests

Not my contests...but check it out anyway!

Hopes' Bookshelf Contest


Click it and enter



Author Keri Mikulski is giving away TWO books


Go Here!


Win a copy of How NOT to be Popular.
Deadline: Friday, June 6.


Reviewer X



The Book Vault Contest for The Elite


www.the-book-vault.blogspot.com


ANOTHER chance to win The Elite at The Book Adorer's blog.


Go Here!


Comment on the book reviews and each one gives you a comment! Go here to find out more:

http://www.bookluver-carol.blogspot.com/

From the Corner of Megan's Mind Mystery Prize


Check it out!

Book Trailers

I love Book Trailers, which if you don't know are kind of like movie trailers...but made to promote new books. Cool, right?

Anyway, here is a book trailer for Read My Lips by Teri Brown. It looks FANTASTIC!


Sunday, June 1, 2008

New Project: Need Help!

We have a new project in the works and we need YOUR help. That means everyone. No matter who you are!

What must you do? Answer the following question:


If you could wish on a real shooting star, what would you wish for?


Please post your answer in a message or email to us with your name, a myspace/blog/website link, and what to credit you as...

What does "credit" mean?

If you are an author, put Author and your book title, one of your book titles.
If you are in a musician, put Musician and the name of your band or act.
If you are a book reviewer, put Book Reviewer or YA Book Reviewer, and include your blog name.
If you don't have a credit, you can leave that blank or put Student or something similar...
If you have another credit, please put it! We want to know everything!!!!!


Thank you for the help. Spread the word.
Tell authors, tell bands/singers, tell anyone you know!
We want anyone involved in the entertaiment world (with books, music, movies, or something else) and we want everyone else as well!!!

Again, thanks for the help.

www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine
shootingstarsmag@aol.com


-Post below if you answered/plan to answer/have a question!

New Author-Drew Ferguson

Hey Hey!

Okay, so there is a new author out there...whose first book is not YET out...but that's good, right? You can learn more about him and become a fan before everyone else. :)

Anyway, as the title says, his name is Drew Ferguson and you can check him out on Myspace and on his website:


www.myspace.com/fergusondrew
www.drewferguson.com

Add him. Check out the site. Does the book look interesting? If so, be sure to get the book when it comes out or go and pre-order it.
Already know the author? What's your opinion?



Book Trailer for the Book:



Check it out!

New Book Website-The Page Flipper

The Page Flipper has her very own WEBSITE instead of just a blog. I think that's pretty awesome and I hope she has a TON of success with it. I love her blog and she's pretty much amazing when it comes to anything book-related, so check her out if you love books...just don't abandon me...I try I try! www.thepageflipper.com www.thepageflipper.blogspot.com

My crappy attempt at promoting...

Tantalize Winner

And the winner of Tantalize is ERIN!

Erin: message or email me your information and I'll get your prize out ASAP.

www.myspace.com/shootingstarsmagazine
shootingstarsmag@aol.com


-To the past Marked up winners...if the author needs to send your book, please be patient! If I am sending it, it should be going out this week. Sorry for the wait! :)

Thanks for all the enthusiasm. Spread the Mark It Up idea to any author you talk too!


-Lauren

GLBT-??

Okay, everything has been a bit crazy in the past month with school ending, etc. etc. so we didn't get to post about all the stuff we wanted to include for GLBT month-turned monthS.
So, that doesn't mean the things won't be posted, it'll just be randomly posted sometime, hopefully, in June...so just keep a lookout (it may or may not say glbt, since the months are over...)!!!

Thanks for all the comments. We love to hear back on things, so keep posting! :)


-Lauren