Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Auction # 1: Quiet Please by Scott Douglas

The auctions have begun! This first one will be at my blog...so nothing at Chelsea's yet (don't worry...I'll let you know if there is!). The first book up for auction is Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas (and marked up by the author himself!)

Here is the book summary if you have not heard of this book before!

A few details about the auctions:

** HOW TO BID: Leave a comment with the amount you want to bid for. The Leave a Mark page on First Book is ONLY for the winner...if you bid the most, you donate through that site that amount and Chelsea or I will mail you the book!

**The first person who bids has to START at five dollars, so each book will sell for at least that much. If you want to bid above that, it has to go up in fifty cent increments, so people are going up by a penny or a dime.

Ex. Starts at five dollars, will go to five fifty, will go to six dollars, etc.

**We will give a loose finishing date for each book being auctioned, but it might change, so just keep checking the blog and make sure when it has ended or not. This will help us and you in the long run!

**If you are an author and want to mark up your book, please get in touch. We'd love to have you! If you don't have time or don't like to mark up books, feel free to get in touch about sending us any promo items to include with the books when people bid on them.

** ALL PROCEEDS will go to First Book, so keep that in mind!!
They have a page set up for us as well, where you will donate your money if you are the highest bidder. That is here: Leave a Mark site!

This Auction will end Friday, October 10. Again...that might be postponed.

Any questions? Let me know and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Auctions About To Begin!

Alright everyone...tomorrow is October 1 and that means the auctions for first book, called Leave a Mark, will be beginning. The first book is on my blog and you'll find out what that is, as well as some more details later tonight or tomorrow.

For the moment, I wanted to let you know about a few other books that have been marked up by their authors and will be auctioned later:

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

Us Ones in Between by Blair Mastbaum

ALSO, make not that Chelsea (The Page Flipper) has gone back to blogger instead of her website, so you can find her here again!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Review: The Elite + Songs!

Casey moves into her grandma's apartment in New York and finds herself suddenly thrown into a world of money. Meeting rich and beautiful Madison on her first day in town, along with her sidekicks Sophie and Phoebe, Casey hopes to one day fit in as well as they do...but how can a girl from Normal, Illinois ever compare to the New York elite?

I was a tad worried about reading The Elite, fearing it might be a superficial novel about fashion and name brands...and yes, that is mentioned a lot throughout, but this book is a lot more than that. The four girls and Drew all get their own time in the novel, to fully allow you to get inside their head and lives. Beyond their beautiful exterior, you see that these kids have more problems then just what to wear on a Friday night. They deal with relationships, family issues, feeling inadequate, and more.

I can't wait for In Too Deep, the sequel to The Elite.

Here are my two song picks for this novel:

Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani

Crawling in the Dark by Hoobastank

Music Monday: Jack's Mannequin

Jack's Mannequin's newest video for "The Resolution" has been released. What makes this one so unique is that Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight) wrote the treatment-storyline-for the video and even helped direct it.

I think it's a great song (Andrew has an amazing voice!) and I really like the concept of the video. I enjoyed the scene changes and water rising a lot.
To see what I'm talking about, watch the video below: What do you think?!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Welcome to Wonderland: Alice News!

Alice in Wonderland has begun filming, but sadly, the movie won't be released until 2010.
For more information...as well as some more pictures (where I got the one above as well!) just head over to Infdaily.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Songs of the Day: I Don't Care!

We haven't had any songs of the day in awhile, so here are two...with the same title: I Don't Care

Neither of these videos are official...they are fan-made with the lyrics included so you can listen and read at the same time!


Fall Out Boy

Film Friday: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has signed on for three new movies: Pirates of the Caribbean Four, Lone Ranger, and Alice in Wonderland. More details can be found here.

I'm quite excited that Johnny will be in the new Alice In Wonderland, and I'm also very happy about POTC 4. What are your thoughts? Any other Johnny fans out there?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Harry Potter is TEN years old! I've been reading Harry Potter for about ten years now, as well...and it's been one huge, crazy, FANTASTIC ride. I'm very sad the series are over, but it's been a blast and I loved them all (with the third and sixth as my favorites). The movies are always fun to see, and I'm one of those people that see them as separate things, so I don't mind the changes...I just enjoy watching books I love being played out on screen. I can't wait for the sixth one!

Now, enough of me blathering on about how much I LOVE Harry Potter....how about hearing what Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Kiera Knightly, and others think?

MTV Article Celebrating Harry Potter

Booking Through Thursday: Well, that was Different!

Booking Through Thursday

What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight… whatever? What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?

And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?

It was, I believe, the summer after my Sophomore year and I really wanted to read Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. I'd been hearing a lot about it because Panic! at the Disco wrote a song based on it (Time to Dance) and a friend of mine (from Panic's book club) was a HUGE Chuck fan already and she kind of helped talk me into reading it....I wanted too, like I said, but it sounded a bit graphic and I just wasn't sure...

I'm glad now that I did. It really was a great book, and highly different from other novels I'd read up to that point. After reading Invisible Monsters, I read a few more Chuck books such as Fight Club, Rant, and Survivor (with Survivor being my favorite thus far). I would say the only obsession it started was to read more books by Chuck and it can definitely be a rather gruesome, crazy novel at a lot of parts...but again, I did enjoy reading it and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It has a lot of brilliant quotes as well.

Here are a couple that I found by looking through the internet:

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known."

"When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?"

*Let it be noted, this is a mature adult novel and not suitable for everyone*

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Tara’s View on Books is giving away Isolation.

Bermuda Onion’s weblog is giving away the book The Book of Lies.

Fresh Ink is giving away Mister Sandman.

A Reader’s Respite is offering up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Literaralily is giving away Broad Street on their blog.

The Book of Lies is also being given away at Linus's Blanket.

Fresh Ink has another book being given away, At a Loss for Words.

carp(e)libris reviews is giving away a book called Silent Girl.

Kristi and Steph from The Story Siren and Reviewer X are giving away 3 ARC's of Paper Towns this week.

Dead Girl Walking is being given away on the author's myspace!

By George is being given away at Cheryl's Book Nook.

The Downtown Boutique is giving away an Amazon Gift Card.

A Striped Armchair is giving away The Anatomy of a Boyfriend.

Seven Dogs and a Baby is giving away Ballet Shoes.

Alvin and the Chipmunks giveaway at Seven Dogs and a Baby again!

Have Any Bookmarks or Promotional Items?

If you do, and you would like us to pass them out with the books people bid on, please let me know in the comment area or leave me an email.

Emails above.
If you comment, be sure to give me a way to contact you.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Interview: Stacy Deanne (Author)

Interview with author Stacy Deanne
Questions by: Lauren

1. What interested you the most about becoming a published author?

Well, simply I love writing. Writing is a part of me and what makes me happy. I wanted to share my stories and ideas with the world. I love the craft, but I am also a professional and believe that writing is to be treated as importantly as any other job, meaning you must put in the time. So, with the love I had for writing, I wanted to see my work in print and have my books out there for others to enjoy. I feel that if you write well enough, you should share your words with the world.

2. What has the feedback been thus far for your work?

I have to say very positive. I've never had anything bad said about my work (at least to me.) I have had some people who were negative towards me as a person. I experienced dealing with a lot of jealous people. I believe all authors do at some point in their careers. That bothered me until someone told me that if people aren't jealous of you then you're not doing anything of importance. It made me feel better once I realized that was true. Most of the people who were negative towards me were unpublished writers. They should see me as someone not to envy, but to see as leverage for them to continue towards their goal. I am not here to be their competition. I’m doing my own thing regardless and no one’s negativity will impact that whatsoever.

3. Your novel Melody came out this past June. Could you explain the book a bit for those that haven't heard of it?

Melody (Simon and Schuster) is a suspense, thriller and mystery rolled into one. It is also a two-part story focusing on two sisters. Melody is the main character and she is connected to both stories. Melody is convinced that her sister's new boyfriend is a menace and goes on a quest to learn more about him. She doesn’t realize that he is very dangerous and ends up getting more than she bargained for by getting into his business. Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist attacking the black women in Melody’s town, Albany, New York. Melody believes that her best friend is the rapist’s next target.

There’s a lot going on in this book, let me tell you. Melody deals with the subject matter of rape so it can get uncomfortable at times but so far everyone tells me they enjoyed it and that it’s very realistic and entertaining.

4. Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Kay Hooper and Linda Howard are my favorites. I love Kay for her suspense and I love Linda because I fell in love with her writing so much that I learned to put up with romance, LOL. I'm sorry but I am not a romance fan at all. I like romance in a story but I don't like a book that has only one plot, "boy meets girl" then that’s all. You gotta give me a little more to chew on. Linda combines mystery and suspense with her romance. I admire Linda for that. I simply love Kay because she knocks out some super suspense novels and thrillers.

5. Would you say your work is YA, Adult, or has a crossover appeal? Why?

My books are for adults (regular adult fiction, not to mean erotica) but I see that these days, saying that doesn’t matter. People of any age are gonna read your books whether they should or not if they want to bad enough. Teens read more adult books anyway these days so it’s like the content doesn’t matter to them. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with children who aren’t at least teens reading my books. Then again, kids these days see and watch everything so it doesn’t seem to matter who your book is for. As for crossover appeal my books do have a crossover appeal (where teens are concerned) but they do include subject matter and language not suitable for very young children.

It’s funny but this brings up something that just happened. I recently had a book signing at a Barnes and Noble here in Houston and I observed that a lot of teenagers wanted to read Melody. I actually felt awkward because they were the ones snatching it from the table and I was like, "How old are you?" They would look at me like I was crazy and say they had to read the book and then begged me to sign it. The good thing was that they’d bring their parents by the table and they were just as interested as well so they didn’t hesitate buying the books. I didn’t pay attention to it anymore because I figured if the parents said it was okay for their kids to read then, that was that.

6. Anything else you want to add?

Yes I’d like to add that I am working on many things and very excited to announce that I began a detective series focusing on the officers from the Melody book. I’ve already completed two installments. I am very excited about this series because I fell in love with the officers so much that I had to write more about them. I hope everyone who hasn’t had a chance will check out Melody. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Also, I am in the process of possible film deals for my books as well as a possible play adaptation for Melody. Please visit the sites below to learn more about me.

Stacy's Website
Stacy's Myspace

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Guest Blog: Nancy Werlin

I'm actually writing this post on Monday, Sept. 15, but it will be posted on Thursday, Sept. 18, which is the official publication date for my new book, IMPOSSIBLE (you can read more about the book here)(if link doesn't work: http://www.nancywerlin.com/impossible.htm.) When Lauren asked me to guest-blog for a day, I realized I wanted to do some thinking about what an "official publication date" means.

In some ways it's very simple: it's just the day on which the book is available in bookstores. (Except of course, some bookstores might have put it out a few days early; some a few days late; and some bookstores might choose not to carry it.) But essentially, the book is now "public." And that's exciting.

But there are no balloons and parties and phone calls and book signings and things of that sort on publication day, unless I do something myself to make that happen. For my first book, I threw a party. But this time, I'm not really planning anything. IMPOSSIBLE is my seventh book, so even though I love this book possibly more than any other book I've written, the glory and excitement of newness and publication date isn't the same as it once was. I feel a quiet glow now, instead of enormous, incredulous joy.

In addition,, Thursday, Sept. 18 is a regular working day for me, so at 7 a.m., I will be at my desk at the software company at which I work part-time. I'll have already arranged for flowers and chocolates to be delivered to my editor and publisher -- those are the things I always like to do to mark the day. And that evening, my fiance and I will celebrate; a nice dinner and a toast to the book. But that will really be all.

One thing I now realize about publication day is something I'd never even thought about, back in the days before I published my first book. Publication day is the day I say good-bye to my book. It's perhaps a little like seeing your child off to college; you are no longer much needed; your child is nearly an adult and is on her own. There's sadness in that along with the happiness.

So: fare ye well, IMPOSSIBLE. I hope your love story of Lucy and Zach, your terror story of the Elfin Knight, your song of "Scarborough Fair," your tale of the love of parents and friends, and of the ways in which we humans can support and take care of each other even when we're in great peril, will make friends out there in the world. I hope you earn a permanent place on bookshelves in warm, loving homes, and in the hearts of the readers who need you. But you must do this on your own. I can do nothing more.

For me, there are the memories of the years we spent together, with me thinking about you, and then working so hard for so long to create you, only to let you go now, forever.

God speed, IMPOSSIBLE.

BBAW Giveaway-The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters

In honor of Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, I decided that it would only be appropriate if I gave something away as well.

Prize: An ARC of the novel The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters by Lorraine López

To enter: There are a few ways to get some entries.

1 Entry: Comment on this post

1 Entry: Comment on our Charity Project: Leave a Mark post!

1 Entry: Leave a comment on the first post that states some of the books being given away for Leave a Mark.

1 Entry: Comment on the Guest Blog by Nancy Werlin

That's it! You have four chances to enter!

DEADLINE: September 30, 2008

Some of the Books for the Auction!

Alright, we know this is a bit late...but here are a selection of the book that have been marked up by their authors and will be available for you to buy. If you don't understand what we are talking about...please click the link to your right about our Charity Project, and more details can be found there. Also, I wanted you to know that these books range from MG-to YA-Adult, so hopefully everyone will find something that interests them.

Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab

The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau

Samantha Hansen has Rocks in her Head by Nancy Viau

Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend--and to Living Life Like a Rock Star by Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas

The Meaning of Life by Joanna Nadin

Finally, the First Book website has made a page for our project, Leave a Mark. If you buy a book during the auctions, this is the page you will go to to donate the money.


Monday, September 15, 2008

lauren has no power! (But now I do!)

due to some crazy wind knocking out her colleges power supply, lauren will be temporarily MIA, but fret not, as soon as its fixed shell be right back on here, blogging away.

**Thanks Keaton! I texted her this morning to let her know that the power was STILL out (went off about 1 p.m. yesterday) but it just came back on a few minutes ago, and I'm hoping it will STAY ON this time. lol
So, I should have a few new things posted later on today, once I'm finished checking some stuff...just wanted to inform you all that I was back on.
Apparently, this was the biggest wind storm this area has ever had....craziness!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thursday Threads: Retrograndma

Interview with Retrograndma
By: Lauren
Links: retrograndma.blogspot.com
retrograndma etsy shop

This is the first installment of Thursday Threads (clothing lines, crafts, etc.) I'm very sorry for the delay, but I hope you enjoy the interview with Retrograndma who makes really amazing purses, record holders, and the like out of records and old books. As for me, I'm dying to have one of her book purses!

1. Have you always been a fan of making your own accessories?

When my kids were young I sewed just about everything they wore. Then I got into many other crafts along the way. My life is just not complete without creating something unique.

2. How did you come up with the idea to make purses, as well as other things, out of records and books? Do you have any future plans in mind?

I'm from the record era! My husband has 100's of albums and loves to still listen to them. I started off with making a record bowl that I saw on the internet and then it just went from there. I've seen alot of album cover purses made on the internet and they just didn't appeal to me the way they were made. My mind was busy for months trying to create my own pattern for a light but durable purse and finally one day I got it!

3. If you could use any record/book to make a purse out of, that you haven't already, what would it be and why?

I'm from the Beatle era and would love to get ahold of more of those albums to create purses. I've made and sold alot of book purses - I never get tired of making them as each one is unique and I can't wait to finish it to see the final product. Nancy Drew Book purses have been the most popular for me.

4. What is the average price of your items? How can people go about purchasing something?

Prices of my record purses start at 39.99. Of course the "hard to find" covers are higher. Book purses range from 35.99 - 49.99. I have done several custom orders if you have a "favourite" book or record that you'd like one made out of.
If you're not into purses I also came up with an idea to create record containers that can hold whatever fancies you! And also record earring holders!
My future plans are to retire in 2 years and then I can craft all day long at home!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Win-It-Wednesday + Update!

We have a review up for the book Dear Everybody, as well as an interview with the author. Please read that and comment. I'd be very appreciative and I'm sure Michael would as well!

Also, the first, basic information for the Charity Project Chelsea (the page flipper) and I are working on has been posted here. What are your thoughts? Do you think you'll participate if you find something you are interested in? Would you be willing to help spread the word? It's for a great charity, so please read that and post your thoughts!!!

To win The Girl Who Stopped Winning, check out Bermudaonion’s weblog

Reading with Monie is giving away The Longest Trip Home.

Cheryl Rainfield is giving away The Hunger Games.

You can win After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival on Cheryl’s Book Nook.

Diary of an Eccentric is giving away The Choice and The Almost Moon here!

Peeking Between the Pages is giving away the book Broken.

A Patchwork of Books is giving away Masterpiece.

Bookroomreviews is giving away the book Tantalize!

Interview with Dakota Cassidy and a chance to win some books!

In honor of the awesome Book Blogger Appreciation week, Planet Books is giving away The Art of Racing in the

She Reads and Reads is giving away five different books to different winners on her blog for BBAW.

In Search of Giants is having a fun giveaway on their site!
My two picks were Gone by Michael Grant and You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn. Two books that look wonderful!

Bookish Ruth is giving away the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Book Blog Readers: Contest for You!

If you are a blog reader and do NOT have your own blog, you can enter this contest to win some awesome books. All you have to do is reply to ONE question and you're entered!

This contest is a part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

Go and enter!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Different Tastes: Sx-Fo

Interview by: Lauren


If you didn't see last Monday's edition of this, let me explain. We mostly focus on alternative/pop/rock when it comes to music, but we also want to do what we can for those that come to us or who were recommended to us. Because of that, I decided to have some Different Tastes pieces that will you give a chance to check out music more on the Hip Hop/Rap side, if that's what you enjoy.

1. You've been through a lot in your life thus far. How has that affected your music?

We'll honestly everything that has happened in my like good and bad has affected my music and I tremendously. I like to look at everything in my life as a stepping stone and a test from God. Anybody that know me personally can tell you the passion and love I have for God. And if you don't even know me and have the opportunity to really listen to my music you can feel the presence of god himself in them. I'm not trying to be a phenomenon or anything of that sort. All I want is for the world to feel my life. My music is my life. I've been thru a lot at a young age like being homeless at 19years of age, and having a child on the way with no source of income. All in while catching rides to visit my ill mom at the time in the hospital. I was literally at rock bottom. And I promised myself I would never allow myself to get into that position for as long as I live. That made me grow up early. Not because I wanted to. Because I didn't have a choice. So when you get a chance to listen to my music you will step into my life and feel my pain and understand me a little more as a man and a true artist.

2. Do you hope that people get any kind of message out of your music?

I hope people as well as artist get a message from my music as well as me as a young man. Some people feel like they have to go with the fad to fit in and never get a real chance to display to the world what's on their mind in that time period. Music is about feelings. Whether its a happy, sad, or angry emotion its still a human feeling. Music is suppose to make you feel good, Inspire you, or relate to you and your life. So if I can do one of those to every person who listens to my music then I'll feel like I gave a great inspirational message. And my job will be successful.

3. What do you feel makes your music different from others?

Yes, when I hear a homie from the hood come up to me and pull me to the side and tells me " Man, I can relate to that still in luv with you song, Its reminds me of my ex." Then I know I make a difference. The world doesn't need someone to tell them what needs to be done in there lives. We only need someone to relate to and inspire us to want to be better. And that's what I feel like I bring to music and to the world.

4. What are your future plans?

I plan to make a major impact is this world. I don't know what it will be but I know that God will show me the way and It will come to past. I just know I'm here for a special reason. And the world will hear what I have to say. So to be continued.

5. Anything else you want to add?.

Strait Jacket is coming soon!! And if buy my album it will be well worth your money. The album will take you on a ride. So fasten your seat belts because I'm coming.

Charity Project: The Page Flipper and I

If you have been on Chelsea's site, this may look familiar...I figured I'd copy and paste most of what she said about it (with some of my own information) since she stated everything very well!

There's going to be a fantasticfabulousamazing event running on both mine and Chelsea's blogs from October-December, and we're hard at work organizing everything. We're going to be holding a charity event called Leave a Mark, auctioning off "marked up" copies of author's books. Tons of authors are participating, writing notes and post-its all throughout copies of their books.

They'll be auctioned off on both of our blogs throughout these months, and believe me, you WON'T want to miss it.

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds are going to First Book, a charity that provides low-income families with books. The winners of the auctions will donate directly to the First Book website, sending us a confirmation email before we ship off their book.

So. Save your money. There are a ton of well-known authors and celebrities participating. (If you're an author or someone else who has their own fans wanting to participate, we've still got some spots open, so feel free to email Chelsea or I -- thepageflipper@yahoo.com or lauren51990@aol.com)

Look out for more details.

I also wanted to throw a shoutout to author Alyson Noel for spreading the word on her blog!

If you are already helping with this, thanks so much! We really do appreciate it. As for the readers of our blogs, keep checking back, save your money, and spread the word!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday Songs Selection

We had a contest not that long ago where to be entered, you had to listen to a band and post your thoughts (whether you liked them or not). Well, that same band has THREE new songs up and I'd love it if you could take the time and check them out, especially if you haven't listened to them yet.

The Remorse Code

If you like it and have Myspace, add them! Tell them we sent you over!
If you like them and don't have Myspace, keep checking back anyway....and posting your thoughts here is nice as well!
If you don't like them, it's quite alright. Different tastes, right?!

Okay, enough about that....go and listen!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Winner-The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second

Gwendolyn won the marked up copy of The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second.
She has a week to get back to me or I'll pick a new winner!

The book is out now. Please go and pick up a copy. I highly enjoyed it. :-)

Thanks everyone!

Dear Everybody Review + Interview

Dear Everybody
By: Michael Kimball
Review and Interview by: Lauren

Dear Everybody is the life of weatherman Jonathon who commits suicide. Starting from his death and going back, his brother Robert helps tell you Jonathon's story for himself and the readers. Robert collects various diary entries of his mother's, letters that Jonathon wrote to a wide variety of poeple, interviews with people who knew Jonathon such as his parents, and more to tell this story of a life who tried so hard...yet couldn't make it.

I'm a big fan of stories told in this type of manner, and I think it was very effective. The story allows you to see inside the mind of Jonathon and those that knew him, yet never truly gives you the reason behind his death for when it comes to suicide, it's hard to ever get the real answer. Dear Everybody is a quick read, yet very interesting and true to life. This book tells the tale of infidelity, mental illness, and the fact that life is often hard to manage.

Now, author Michael Kimball was kind enough to answer a few questions about Dear Everybody, as well as a new project that deals with your life...on a postcard!

When you first started writing this, how did it begin? Is the first letter you wrote in the book?

[Dear Everybody was just one letter in the beginning and that first letter was just a flash in my mind, a man who was apologizing to a woman. The man and the woman were supposed to meet up, go out, and hadn’t. The man is wondering if maybe his whole life came out wrong because of that missed date. I eventually cut that letter, in one of the revisions a couple of years later, but it gave me the voice of Jonathon and a rush of a few hundred more letters followed.

Why did you decide to have the brother be the narrator of the story?

[At first, the novel was just a few hundred letters from Jonathon mostly apologizing to everybody he has ever known. But during one of the revisions I added the last will and testament, then the eulogy, and the novel started to open up in a new way after that. I added the mother’s diary entries, the psychological reports, weather reports, yearbook quotes, class notes, to-do lists, the mixtape. At that point, I knew that I needed some kind of frame for all the various elements and documents that made up Dear Everybody. That’s when Jonathon’s brother, Robert, went from being just a character to also being a narrator. I wrote Robert’s introduction and that added another layer to the novel. The reader learns about Jonathon right along with Robert.]

Do you have any particular messages you hope readers' get from the book?

[I don’t have any particular message for readers. I never set out with that in mind. But I’m always trying to write about things that matter—the difficulty of growing up, how wonderful and comforting love and happiness can be, the loneliness of being human, the different ways people attempt to manage death and the terrible grief that follows it.]

You are currently working on a project that involves writing someone's life story on a postcard. Can you give us more details?

[The project started on a lark at an arts festival -- Postcard Life Stories -- where I asked people a few questions and then wrote their life stories on postcards. I was astounded by what people told me, the secrets and the difficulties, the pain and wonder and hope that they revealed. People told me about being in jail, about having too many boyfriends, about suicide attempts, about computer hacking, about communicating with the dead, about communicating with aliens, about terrible things they have done. The life story project tapped into something I hadn’t expected. I was struck by how earnest and forthcoming most people were, how eager they were to share their life stories, how grateful they were for their postcard. I love writing the postcard life stories for people and I have learned that everybody, in one way or another, including you, is amazing.]

Michael's Website!


Friday, September 5, 2008

I'm a Slacker, I know...

Alright, this is a bit late...supposed to be posted on Wednesdays, but oh well! Better late then never right? And again, I know I updated you all yesterday...but the winner for the marked up book will be announced tomorrow as well as a book review or two, including an interview for the one that WILL FOR SURE go up. Sorry for the wait! I was going to do more for today, but I got home late and I'm super tired...so hopefully this good for now.

Abby the librarian is celebrating and you can win a book.

Stephanie's Written Word is giving away the book Queen of the Road.

Michele-Only one "L" is giving away Shoot the Moon.

Meg Waite Clayton is having a giveaway on her blog!

Enna Isilee is having a big party for her birthday, with giveaways involved as well (of course!). You can check that all out on her blog.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Yes, Yes, I know I've been slacking this week on posts. Nothing will be up for Thursday, but I do need to get some questions out to people in the next day or so that will be posted on some future Thursdays so keep a look out!

Also, I know I missed Win-It-Wednesday. I still need to figure out the winner for the Charlie book...and I will! And I'll also post links to other people's contests...I have a few. Just haven't had the time to do much this week and I apologize. More will be coming tomorrow and Saturday. I should have a review/interview up tomorrow as well (so sorry! This one is quite late!) and I'll have another book review up soon too.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Huge Giveaway: Winner

Adam is the winner of the Huge Giveaway. Thanks to him and everyone else who went and bought I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert. I just sent off an email to him, so we'll wait and see if I get a reply in a timely fashion.

If you haven't gotten IWBYJR yet, then go and get it! It's an amazing debut. :)

Different Tastes: Joe Friday

Joe Friday
Interview by: Lauren

Joe's Myspace

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know when we post about music it usually falls under the pop/rock/alternative categories in some way. In the past, we have posted some stuff about rap/hip hop artists and simply titled it Different Tastes because we want to help out anyone who asks for our help as best as we can. Today's (or Monday's) Different Tastes artist is Joe Friday. Enjoy! A few more of these to come throughout September!

1. How did you first get into music? Were there any particular artists that you looked up too?

At first, I got into music because a lot of my friends were doing it, and I was always inspired by Jay-Z and the whole Rockafella phenomenon. At first I was more into wanting to be like the Damon Dash type guy, run the business and be the CEO, but so many of my friends had starting rapping, and it was such a fad, that around my senior year in high school, I had started secretly writing songs in my notebook in class. Then I linked up with one of my other friends in high school, my first producer, J.B. He was also kind of quiet and we were talking about it one day and I went to his house and made my first recording. I let my other friends hear it, and the rest is history, the movement kept evolving from there.

2. If you had to describe your sound to someone, who would you say it's most like?

Well, I would have to say my sound is, to me, non-geographical, but if I had to lean anywhere, more of an east coast style, but just the diversity and my natural southern region, some of my music comes off more southern with an east coast swag. My respect for all regions in terms of east coast, southern, west coast and even D.C. (go go music), makes me well diverse in any style, and I aspire to be good at all of them, because I fully understand every one of them. I would have to say my greatest strength is my diversity and being able to fully understand any market or region that I'm trying to put my music out to. Naturally, because my favorite rapper is Jay-Z, alot of people make those comparisons. However, my unique quality and style makes me sound like Joe Friday, The King.

3. You started your own label Streetrunnaz Ent. What made you decide to begin this project?

Again, I always aspired to be more of a CEO type figure and the more I became evolved as an artist, the more I realized that something was missing, and that void was the CEO thing. So, the idea of the whole Streetrunnaz thing was pitched by a Florida rapper, Lawless, and he had pitched to one of my closest friends and co-rappers, Young Dirt. He pitched as more of a group effort at first, and we kind of went off of it as a group for a while, because Dirty went into the Army and Lawless went off where ever he went and the name stuck with us, with the people I was rapping with, and I told them we were starting this project, and the name was stamped on almost all of the music we were making and putting out to the public, and we got such a buzz that when new artists came into our camp, they started branding the name too, to make it official. So, I did that.

4. What is your idea of success in the music business?

Different people have their own perception of what success is. So, just off the start, this is only my opinion, I think it depends on what you're in it for. Different people are definitely in it for different reasons. My personal idea of success is being able to be known by the masses, being fully understood about the music I'm making and have a following because of that. Also, in terms of financing, being able to put myself in a position to provide for not only myself, but my family and other families. So, success, for me would be that people understand my music and gravitate to it and being able to provide for my family and other families because of the job opportunities I will be able to offer.

5. Anything you want to add?

I'd like to thank God first and foremost for the talent I've been blessed with and all the other blessings that have directly come from that talent, and I'd like to thank my big brother, Young Dirt, my dad, Robert Broadnax, cause I just love him for every sacrifice he's ever made for me, the entire FMG staff, including, Uncle Jim, Kevin Coleman, Liynaa'a, Darius Cobb, J.B., CVP Productions (my DC connect), Lic Music, Brandon Canty, Blaze One, Deb Miceli, all my family from West End and Reidsville, North Carolina, and, of course, my fans.

Music Monday-Jesse McCartney

Sorry this is a day late. I meant to add this yesterday, but just got a little busy and decided I would simply post it today.

Today's Music Monday is about the Leona Lewis song "Bleeding Love". I'm sure most people have heard it by now...and if you're like me...you've heard it way too many times! I do like the song though, and when I found out about this, I thought it was highly interesting.

The song "Bleeding Love" was actually written by Jesse McCartney.

To learn more about the song you can head on over here.

Now that you know who actually wrote the song...what do you think about hearing HIM sing it?