Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blog Tour: Life After Genius




Blog Tour for the novel Life After Genius, which has officially been released today.
Sadly, I have not had time recently to read all of this book and am therefore not prepared to give a full review. I wish I was, but alas, I'm a little bit behind.
However, I can say that it's reading really fast so far and I'm very much enjoying it. It also starts at one point and goes back to explain things after that...leaving me with lots of questions that I can't wait to find the answer too.
I'd definitely give this book a glance over at the moment and try it out if it looks good...and I'll be sure to post my review as soon as I'm finished as well.

Now...since this is my first Blog Tour that I've been a part of (and hopefully not the last) I have to do something, right? Right! You know what that means then? ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!I told you there would be more, didn't I? Okay...enough with the questions.
Follow my blog to keep updated on more giveaways in the future and for now, enter this one and the others that are going on!


How to enter: Leave a comment.
Another entry: Post about this somewhere and give me the link. Email three people and include me on the email.
Deadline: This contest will end November 30, so you have awhile!



To read other's opinions on this book and to perhaps enter another contest to win your own copy, go here to find the full list of participants in this tour:

Blog Tour Information!

About a Boy: Book vs. Movie

About a boy Pictures, Images and Photos


About A Boy
The Book Vs. The Movie


In honor of It Started With a Book Week....I will talk about About A Boy by Nick Hornby, with a film starring Hugh Grant.

I saw the movie for the first time in about 7th or 8th grade. I highly enjoyed it, though my family wasn't too into it....meaning I haven't seen it in quite awhile. However, around my freshmen or sophomore year in high school, I finally read the book. You see...I didn't know it was a book for awhile until I read another book by Nick Hornby, the author. I think this is the case for a lot of books/movies. You might read a book or know of it and fail to realize it has a movie...but more often, we go and see films that we never figure out are books, at least not for awhile.

I'm usually happy when I find out a movie is a book, mainly if I liked the movie of course, because it means I get the broader story. Movies are great, but books are better. That's my opinion at least.

When it comes to About a Boy, I really did love the movie, as I said above, and I still do....but again, the book is better. A lot of the movie was changed and for one thing, the book has more of the relationship between Marcus and Ellie, which I really enjoyed. If you're a fan of Kurt Cobain, you'll probably relate too or understand a lot of the emotions near the end.

Finally, I leave you (well, before the movie's trailer) with a little fact of information for all you Harry Potter lovers. Ellie, from About a Boy, is played by Natalia Tena...who plays Tonks in the Harry Potter films.

Ellie
Natalia Tena  Ellie Pictures, Images and Photos

Tonks
Tonks looking tough Pictures, Images and Photos

Movie Trailer

Guest Blog: Catherine Ryan Hyde on Pay it Forward

Pay It Forward Pictures, Images and Photos


Guest Blog by: Catherine Ryan Hyde
About: The differences between Pay it Forward the movie and Pay it Forward the book, which she wrote, in honor of It Started With a Book Week!


My thoughts on Pay It Forward the book and Pay It Forward the movie are simple: I thought the book was better. Some might point out that I'm hardly an objective bystander. But I'm prepared to make a case for books.

First of all, the movie was two hours long. The unabridged audio of the book was six hours. So right off the bat it helps to think of a movie as being about one-third of its source material. Sort of a Reader's Digest condensed book, but for non-readers.

Secondly, there's a tendency on the part of Hollywood to make decisions based on the bottom line rather than artistic integrity. I really don't say this to run the industry down. After all, they are a business. And job one in business is to recover your investment, if not turn a profit. That I get. But I think it gets thornier when it's somebody else's fifty million dollars on the line. The tendency to second-guess yourself must be crushing. So decision-making often gets a bit suspect.

Third, unless an author has a terribly intrusive editor, a book is one person's creative vision. A movie is almost the textbook definition of too many cooks in the kitchen.

That said, many people ask me what I would do if Hollywood wanted another of my books. That's easy. I would give (and have given) it to them. For all the problems of PIF the movie (over-wrought emotion, racial casting disasters, an ending that truly dropped the ball, etc.) I know I got lucky when it was adapted. It's because of the movie that I hit the bestseller list. And enjoyed more than twenty foreign rights sales. And sold more than a half-million more copies than I would have without it. There's a reason why subsequent book covers say, "By the bestselling author of Pay It Forward." Authors need name recognition and movies provide it.

So I try to take all the above points with a grain of salt.

Electric God, another of my books, has been optioned since 2000. It was optioned by a director who really loved the book and promised to handle it with care. So imagine my disappointment when I read the screenplay. It may change dramatically. In fact, he promised me some input. But it still reminds me that the problems with Pay It Forward are probably not the exception. They are probably the rule. We also just did up a deal on Chasing Windmills, and I know the writer who will adapt. And there's interest in Love in the Present Tense, and from a movie producer who agrees that a multi-racial Leonard is essential. Does that mean I'll be happy with the result of these adaptations? Who knows. Maybe not. I'll pretend I will be until I learn otherwise. The bottom line is that these are high-class problems for a writer, and I'm grateful for the chance to have them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It Started With a Book Week!

Okay, I've never made a Youtube video in my life, but my sister and I figured how to record ourselves on our computer and thought we'd try it out...so yes, this is us being our complete dork selves trying to explain what this week is all about. I say next week in the video, b/c we made this last week, but it's THIS WEEK.

It's the week called It Started With a Book. More to come later, and enter the You Do Not Talk About Fight Club contest in honor of the week.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Contest: You Do Not Talk About Fight Club



CONTEST ALL WEEK LONG!

You have a chance to win the book You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection. Three copies are being given away, so that means three people will win.

One Entry: Comment here with a way to contact you (email preferably)

Extra Entry: Post about this contest on your blog, myspace, or email it to three people and include me on the email (lauren51990 at aol dot com).

This contest will end on Halloween. Friday, October 31. You have one week!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Weekend of Quotes + Follow This Blog!

Shoot for the moon Pictures, Images and Photos


Weekend of Quotes: A New Meme

Okay, if you know my blog then you probably have realized the only meme I really ever do is the Booking Through Thursday on and that's not even every week. Well, I was thinking that it would be cool to try my own...so here it is and feel free to join! Let me know in the comments if you post yours!

Idea: Sometime over the weekend, write a post of some good/funny/thoughtful quotes you have heard/found during the past week. They can be from TV, a Movie, a Song, in a Book, from a Play, or even something someone Said to You. Also, you can explain the quotes (if it's something someone said to you or whatever...) but you don't have too!

The quote doesn't necessarily have to be something from that week either, if you just want to write a favorite quote or something. Some weeks I'll try and give a prompt as well!

Make sense?


"Are you a nerd?"-my math professor to me.
"Uh...sure"-me

"My strength is probably my humility, and my weakness is that I might be a little too awesome"-Barack Obama during the "White House Roast"



For next week, include some kind of Halloween quote!


**The picture/quote at the top is simply one of my most favorite quotes.



FOLLOW THIS BLOG: If you have your own blog on Blogger, please follow mine....link is on the right hand sidebar, down a little bit. I try and update reguraly and this will keep you more easily updated....also, I have two contests going on now and more to come so you might like to be in the know a lot sooner!

Auction Over!

The auction of Cherry Bomb is over and Lenore bidded the most with $21! Thanks so much Lenore and everyone else who bidded!

Go here to donate the money and email me the confirmation email you recieve (lauren51990 at aol dot com) and I will send Cherry Bomb to you at the end of this month!



The next auction will be on Chelsea's blog. It should be up tomorrow, so keep an eye out. I'll be sure to post a link in the sidebar here as well though! I won't spill the beans on what the next book is but it's a good one, so make sure you check it out.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Review: Eyes of Crow



Eyes of Crow
By: Jeri Smith-Ready
Review by: Lauren

Where Rhia is from, and the towns that surround it, the people are bound to a spirit who they must serve during their lifetime. From a young age, the leaders in the town believe Rhia's spirit to be Crow, who handles the aspect of death. For a long time, however, Rhia trys to push it away and refuses to go for her Bestowing. After a family death, Rhia realizes she should never have waited and goes off to recieve her gift. While training in the next town, she finds the meaning of love and death, and how to live life without letting the anguish overcome you.

Eyes of Crow is the first novel in the Aspect of Crow trilogy. For a rather long novel, it moves pretty swiftly. This is a novel that catches your attention and rarely refuses to let go. A unique novel with very universal themes. I would definitely recommend this to all who are interested and I can't wait to read the next two in the series as soon as I can.

I thank Jeri for being kind enough to send me copies. Thank you very much!
Jeri's Myspace

Also, if Jeri Smith-Ready rings a bell and you aren't sure why...she also wrote the vampire novel Wicked Game, which I LOVED.

Win-It-Wednesday (Really LATE!)

Book Dads are looking for positive father books. Win an Amazon Gift Card. My choice would be Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard.

Hey Lady, Whatcha Reading'? is giving away The Likeness.

J Kayes book blog is giving away Schooled.

Book Chatter and Other Stuff is giving away Tethered.

Fairie Week over at Brooke Taylor's blog, so don't forget!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Love in the Pages

Booking Through Thursday

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”


It's kind of funny that this is the prompt for this week because I was just talking about Romeo and Juliet and how they are the epitome of love in so many books, songs, movies, etc. and it's kind of crazy if you think about it! They were like....what? 14 years old? Yeah, it was the time period....but the two of them end up KILLING themselves in the end because they are so "in love" and their families are against each other. It's just kind of amusing to me that they are seen as the perfect couple in a way.

Anyway, my actual favorite literary couple? I honestly don't know! This is kind of a hard question. When it comes to YA fiction, I love Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter just because we all knew it was coming and it was like "FINALLY!" when it actually happened. Those two were just meant to be.

Let's see...what else? I love the book and movie for A Walk to Remember so I'd have to say Landon and Jamie were such a sweet couple. Jamie helps change Landon in a lot of ways and he gives a lot back to Jamie as well. They are just lovely.

So...what about you? Who are your favorite couples from books? And if you posted this on your own blog, let me know!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Review: Dead is the New Black

Dead Is the New Black Pictures, Images and Photos

Dead is the New Black
By: Marlene Perez
Marlene's Website


Daisy isn't like her family. Her mom and sisters, Poppy and Rose, all have psychic powers. The only other "norm" in the family was her dad, but he disappeared and Daisy is starting to believe the rumors about him. Daisy is used to weird though, growing up in the strange town of Nightshade. All of a sudden however, her ex-friend Samantha is dressing like she's dead and cheerleaders are starting to get deathly sick. Though she might be just a "norm", can Daisy and her friend Ryan really stop this phenomenon? And who else can they even trust?

Ankh Pictures, Images and Photos

Dead is the New Black is a short novel packed with mystery, romance, and the paranormal. I expected something a bit different from the novel when I first began, but that soon changed as I continued...and for the better! This is definitely the start to a fun new series that might surprise a few people who think they know what it's all about. The only complaint I had was that things could be slightly predictable. However, I highly enjoyed this novel and I can't wait for the rest.

Dementor Pictures, Images and Photos

-Also reviewed for Teens Read Too
-You have to read the book to understand the extra pictures in this review!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shop for Free: Two New Books!

yay Pictures, Images and Photos

I just added two new books that you can win in the Shop for Free giveaway. Link on the right sidebar (the grab bag). Click that and find out all the details. Come on and join in! You just might win!

The books added:

When Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (hardback)
King Dork by Frank Portman (hardback)


P.S. If you want extra entries for this contest, feel free to post about it on a blog or myspace and post the link! You can also email it to 3 people and include me on the email (lauren51990 at aol dot com) and that works too! You will get THREE extra entries if you spread the word!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Auction 3: Cherry Bomb



Our second auction was on The Page Flipper's blog for I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. It has since ended at $11.50. Very good! Think you can do better? The next auction for First Book is for 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

Taken from Amazon, here is the book's summary:

Not for the faint of heart, Cherry Bomb is an A-to-Z reference for everything awesome a girl needs to know, including the obvious (style, beauty, dating, and sex tips) and the not-so-obvious (instructions for preparing absinthe, how to hit on a celebrity). It's a girl's guide with a difference: one that shows readers how to identify, go after, and get whatever they want in life -- be it a hot guy, a great job, a mind-blowing orgasm, or a sexy new look -- all while marching to her own (rock) beat.
Bona fide rock chick Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's tips are smart, funny, edgy, and will empower women to veer away from the pack, work every situation to their advantage, and look cool while doing it. She's also recruited a rocking list of contributors who offer advice on all things cool, including:

Betsey Johnson on personal style
A step-by-step guide to performing a striptease by Dita Von Teese
Tips on getting inked by Kat Von D.
Fashion inspiration from Anna Sui
Lisa Loeb on how to be the perfect hostess
Life lessons from Tori Amos
A drum lesson from Samantha Maloney of Peaches
Dating advice from Terri Nunn of Berlin
The perfect guide for the female who prefers black nail polish to French manicures, who would only be caught in pearls if they were paired with a cool black tank top, and who prefers Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier to any Klein (Calvin or Anne), Coach, or Kate Spade, Cherry Bomb will have readers taking chances and daring to be different.




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!


Carrie is super nice and included a few other things inside the book. Here is her filling you in on what that is:

In addition to marking it up,I signed something nice on the inside, I had my rock star husband Chris Vrenna sign his section in it (he plays in Marilyn Manson’s band) , and I included the CD single of Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl in the section Katy wrote. I included a discount coupon for “American Idol” makeup artist Mezhgan’s makeup line in the section she wrote. And, I included a coupon for a bath products company that donated stuff to my gift bags for the book party.


Auction Ends: Saturday October 25...next week!

Alice and Sherlock!




Alright, I'm a day late for Film Friday, but I still have some news about upcoming movies that I want to let you know about! More information on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, as well as the newest remake of Sherlock Holmes. I'm quite excited for both! Whose with me?

First off, we have the latest casting editions to Alice. Anne Hathaway will be the White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter is going to start as the Red Queen ("Off with their heads!" More about this can be found here!

Next, we have Sherlock Holmes which will be directed by Guy Ritchie. Holmes himself is being played by Robert Downey Jr., while his sidekick Dr. Watson is being played by Jude Law.
Click for more information about the cast!

Cinema Blend has posted a few pictures of Robert Downey Jr. on the set, dressed in his costume!

Zimbio is where I found the picture above, and they have some more behind-the-scene looks on Downey Jr. and Law.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Review: The Society of S



The Society of S
By: Susan Hubbard
Review: Lauren


Ariella is a young girl, growing up alongside a highly smart yet standoffish, father. As she begins to learn more about the life outside her home, she realizes that there is a lot of danger that nobody ever told her about. As she gains a friend, they realize that her father might not be quite who he seems to be...and are vampires even real? Ariella begins to find the answers to some questions, but must go on a search to find the mother she never knew to gather them all.

The Society of S is an amazing novel that I would highly recommend. It's more then just a paranormal tale and is not to be taken as light reading. Susan Hubbard wrote an engaging, intellectual tale that is sure to please many who are looking for a thought-provoking read.






-I'm so sorry this took forever for me to review! I've been trying to keep updating with things, but the reviews have been lacking because of school and having to write for other places besides my blog.
I should have a couple more reviews in the near future (one I already finished and the other I am close to finishing) but after that, there might be a slight pause in them...but I'll keep posting about other things...even books!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Win: The Dracula Dossier




If you scroll down a bit, you see that author James Reese gave us a quick look on The Dracula Dossier. If you are like me and now want to read this book...please enter this contest for a signed copy!

Open to: Anyone (some contests soon might be limited to US and Canada, but this one IS OPEN to International people as well.)

Deadline: October 31 (In honor of Halloween)

How to enter: Post a Comment. Extra entry? Blog about this and post a link!


Any comments to win this DO NOT go towards the Shop for Free contest (link on sidebar...check it out.) It only counts toward this contest!

Win-It-Wednesday

J.Kaye's Book Blog is giving away Falling Under.

Booking Mama has The Lost Diary of Don Juan up for grabs.

cindysloveofbooks is giving away Dead Boys.

Brooke Taylor is giving away all things ghost-related this week.

The Hidden Side of a Leaf has a box of spooky books to give away.

Diary of an Eccentric is giving away Black Flies.

Brooke Taylor again, is giving away stuff all month and she just added the Zombie giveaway!

Secret Halloween Giveaway at Pumpkin Patch.

Literarily is giving away The Lost Diary of Don Juan.

The Hachette Spooky Books are over at Blood of the Muse and they are also giving away the anthology First Blood.

Bookroom Reviews is also giving away the spooky books from Hatchette.

Fresh Ink Books is giving away Matrimony.

The Page Flipper is giving away a prize pack for the month of October.

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The Book Vault is giving away Top 8.

The Book Muncher is giving away Moonstone.

As Usual, I Need More Shelves is celebrating her 100th post with a giveaway!

Reading Keeps you Sane is having a Halloween/Birthday Contest!

Ruthies Book Reviews has an interview with author Jeaniene Frost and a chance to win ONE of her two books.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview: Hayden Thorne




Interview with author Hayden Thorne
By: Lauren
Her Website!

1. Your novels are often set in 19th century England instead of today's time. Why exactly did you decide this? Do you think you'll ever write a story in modern time?

Much of my inspiration comes from literary classics. When I "discovered" them as a high school freshman, I fell hopelessly in love, and I never really recovered. The language, the costumes, the traditions, the conventions - everything worked together to affect me deeply enough to stir my imagination in all sorts of ways, and it spilled over to storytelling. Ignore the fact that Victor Hugo's novels broke my heart in a gazillion different ways and left me traumatized for days afterwards.

I must also add that the allure of a "fairy tale"-like image of, say, the Regency is very strong, and that's very evident in a lot of historical romances for adults (and young readers). Since I've chosen to write about gay teens, though, this "fairy tale" glamour is something I need to limit and to bring down to more realistic levels.

Gay teens endure so much discrimination and fear, and what I try to do is provide them with an alternative mirror through which they can view these issues and, hopefully, learn from them. Contemporary realistic fiction that's set in high school is effective in connecting with gay teens, but I think that genre fiction - historical, fantasy, sci-fi, horror - can be equally effective in reaching out to them. Historical fiction also provides a great opportunity for young gay readers to see how things were in the past for teenagers like them. What were the prejudices? How were they expressed? What were the consequences of indiscreet behavior in school or in public places? What were the expectations for boys and girls when they came of age? How would they cope with the pressure to conform, given 19th century values?

That said, I'm certainly not averse to writing contemporary fiction, but when I do, there's always a mixture of fantasy elements in the stories. I've just completed the third and final installment of my superhero trilogy, Masks, and that series is set in modern times though a lot of historical themes (or things from the recent past, at the very least) are also worked into the setting. That's done both for effect and to make a point about the attitudes and the mindset of the people of Vintage City.

2. Your latest novel is Icarus in Flight. Can you explain what this book is about? Where did the inspiration come from?

Icarus in Flight is a Victorian romance and coming-of-age story. It follows the relationship between James Ellsworth, a wealthy heir, and Daniel Courtney, an orphaned boy, from their late childhood as schoolfriends to their early adulthood. The book's central conflict involves not just the developing romance between the two boys but also the pressure that comes with wealth and privilege and the pressure of family and marriage. It's very much a parlor drama for gay teens, which means a pretty subdued story that highlights relationships and character growth.

My inspiration for this book comes from the classics, and it also comes from gay historical novels written by contemporary authors. With regard to the latter, I always end up wondering, "Hmm - what if we're looking at gay teenagers in a Victorian setting instead? What would they do?" Alternatively, when I see books such as The Luxe, Bewitching Season, or La Petite Four, I also ask, "What about gay kids in period costume?"

Well, why not?

3. Do you ever hope readers' come away with a certain message when reading your work?

I do, yes. Escapism is great, and that's a large part of why I write what I write. At the same time, I'd like to show gay teens that they do have stories to tell beyond contemporary high school fiction - that they can be just as vulnerable and strong, flawed and admirable, in any place and time (while looking absolutely smashing in waistcoats and cravats).

4. Have you ever made a playlist for any of your novels? If you had to pick one song that went along with the themes in any of your novels, what would it be?

I've never made a playlist, but I listen to music whenever I write. I've pretty much associated Icarus in Flight with Chopin's waltzes, so I guess those can be considered a playlist of sorts. Banshee is very rustic in theme, and the songs that most closely capture the folksy, gothic feel of the book is Seth Lakeman's "Lady of the Sea" and "Kitty Jay." As for Masks: Rise of Heroes, it would be Air's "Sexy Boy," whose lyrics quite nicely fit the theme of perfection at a price versus ordinariness. Of course, superheroes can also be pretty hot.

5. What are your thoughts on book bloggers and other online promotion? Do you think it helps?

I think they're fantastic tools for promotion, and word-of-mouth advertising has always been the most effective method of reaching a larger audience. Book bloggers enjoy a wide, complex network, and it's really easy to touch bases with the right people nowadays. Small presses, especially, benefit from online reviews, guest blogging, and online interviews, given their limited resources when it comes to marketing their titles. I've been able to sell my books strictly through online promotional efforts, in fact, and I hope to continue establishing a good relationship with book bloggers for my future releases. Going from Point A to Point B in terms of creating an audience might be slower compared to traditional advertising routes, but the results are just as enduring.

6. What are you currently working on, if anything? If you could write with another author, who would it be?

I'm currently working on a new novel - another historical, and it takes place in 19th century Germany this time. Minstrel is a bit of a departure for me since it focuses on the effects of young same-sex romance on the family, more specifically the fathers of two boys who die together. The tragedy is really a small part of the plot; what I'm focusing on is the aftermath - the struggle for understanding and closure, for hope and redemption. It's also a kind of a Christmas folktale, in a manner of speaking, even though there aren't any fantasy elements in it. I guess it's the effect of the Christmas setting plus the romantic subplot involving a boy who's starting to question his identity.

If I were to write with another author, I'd like it to be Philip Reeve. I'm a huge fan of his Larklight series, and I'd love to be able to mesh a fun, fast-paced, surreal Victorian sci-fi plot with young gay characters.

7. Anything else you want to add?

I'm now craving for tea.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Promotion: The Dracula Dossier




The Dracula Dossier
By:James Reese
His Website
Browse Inside The Dracular Dossier Before You Buy!
We should be having a contest to win a copy of this book very soon, so keep a lookout if you are interested!

Hello to you readers of Shooting Stars Mag, and thanks to Lauren for the invitation to tell you all a bit about my new novel, THE DRACULA DOSSIER. It may be just the sort of book you’re looking for as Halloween approaches…

THE DRACULA DOSSIER imagines a dramatic clash between Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker, one that would later inspire Stoker to write the classic horror novel, Dracula.

Stalled in his writing career and overwhelmed by his charismatic, successful boss -- the renowned actor, Sir Henry Irving -- Bram Stoker returns to London in the summer of 1888 determined to turn his life around.
Late one night, Stoker decides to take a stroll through the streets of Whitechapel, an impoverished district known for its many “bang-tails,” or prostitutes, as well as the citizenry crowding its dark alleys. There, amid the shadows, he spies a familiar figure: a man very much resembling a quack American “doctor” of his acquaintance. But before Stoker can be certain, the man disappears.
Little does the writer know that just a few steps away, the crime spree of the century has begun. When Stoker finds himself under suspicion, he enlists some of his illustrious friends -- including Walt Whitman, Lady Jane Wilde (mother of Oscar), and the famed novelist Thomas Henry Hall Caine -- in clearing his name. Stoker and friends must prove that the elusive American, Francis Tumblety, is the same man terrorizing London as Jack the Ripper. Or, failing that, they must somehow stop Tumblety themselves.

"The Dracula Dossier is as powerful in its imagination as it is in its dedication to historical detail and social reflection. But what's more is that it’s a damn good thriller. James Reese creates a world here that had me mesmerized from chapter one. With Bram Stoker and Jack the Ripper along for the ride, you can't go wrong with this book."
—Michael Connelly

"It's marvelous to have one so eloquent exploring and transcending the gothic genre."
—Anne Rice

Saturday, October 11, 2008

First Auction is Over!

The very first auction has ended and the highest bid was $22.50...from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Thank you for bidding everyone and congrats to Alea for getting the marked up copy.

Go here to donate your money. Once you have, you SHOULD get a confirmation email...send that to me: Lauren51990 at aol dot com so I know you have donated the money and around the end of October/beginning of November, I will mail your book out.


More auctions to come! The next one will be on Chelsea's blog...I'll let you know when it's up so you can bid if you wish too!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Claudia Gray and Sexy Male Actors!

evernight Pictures, Images and Photosdiego luna Pictures, Images and Photos

Besides running my own online zine (which is what this blog is for!) I also help out with some other things...one of those would be Teen Scene Magazine and I'd liked to share a couple things I wrote/helped with that are now up.

If you are commenting for the contest (Shop for Free) please comment over on their site/blogs, but leave a comment here as well letting me know you did so! Make sense?

Claudia Gray Evernight Review and Interview. I helped with the interview questions!

My article for the Top Five Sexiest Male Actors! Ladies?!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Giveaway: Shop for Free!

shopping.... Pictures, Images and Photos

That's right! You can shop for free! (Open to EVERYONE!)

It stars today October 9 and going until November 15 2008. This is tentative...if it changes, I will let you all know.

The idea is this:

Comment on every single post from Thursday Threads: Rockin Bones and on through the end of this (right now, Dec. 15) and each comment will be a point.

At the end, I'll count how many posts I had and come up with how much each item will be worth (a certain book might be five points, something smaller might be two points, etc.)

There will only be about 2 or 3 winners (again, if this changes, I'll let you know) based on all comments. If you win, I'll let you know how many points you accumulated and you can "buy" as many items as you like in the list as long as you have enough points.

I hope this all makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions.



Again...any questions? Let me know! This is all tentative and can be changed; I just want to see how it goes! Hope you enjoy! Spread the word.



Alright, the points for each item won't go up until the end, because it all depends on how many posts I have by the end date. I don't know that at the moment.
ALSO: More will most likely be added as time goes on, so please keep checking this post to see if there is anything new.
For now...here is the list of things you can "buy"-


BOOKS

After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher (hardback)

My Life: The Musical by Maryrose Wood (paperback, old ARC)

My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure by Shawn Decker (paperback)

How the Other Half Hamptons by Jasmin Rosenbert (paperback)

Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Anonymous (paperback)

Breaking Up is Hard To Do by Various Authors (paperback, old ARC)

When Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Hardback)

King Dork by Frank Portman (Hardback)


MUSIC

My Chemical Romance Black Parade album (still in wrapping!)


MISCELLANEOUS

Buttons

I Read; Therefore I Am (white)
Frankly My Dear, I'd Rather Be Reading (green)

Booking Through Thursday Meme

What was the last book you bought?

The last book someone bought FOR me was High School Confidential by Jeremy Iversen. I'm trying to think of the last one I bought myself, but I'm not sure...

Name a book you have read MORE than once

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I love it. Read it...three times so far, I think.)
Of Mice and Men (read it twice)
More then this, but there are two!

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

I don't think so. I mean, I'm sure I learn a lot through all the books I've read, but I can't think of any ONE that made me see life in a new way.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

I get a lot of ideas from bloggers book reviews. If I'm in the store, the title or cover usually makes me pick up a book for the first time though.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I love memoirs, and things of that nature...but I suppose Fiction more.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

For me? Probaly a gripping plot that keeps me reading. Beautiful writing is great when you find it though!

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Oh gosh, I don't know! Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower just because I always empathized with a lot of his thoughts.
Umm...Miles from Looking for Alaska because I would have loved to have him as a friend.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

To be read next? Dead is the New Black, In Your Room, Life After Genius...

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

I'm almost finished with Eyes of Crow, but the last one I DID finish...I think it was The Elite by Jennifer Banash...almost a week ago, I think?


Have you ever given up on a book half way in?


Yeah, I have. I never finished this one called The Toy Seller or something...and others too, I'm sure.

Thursday Threads: Rockin' Bones


Rockin' Bones
Interview by: Lauren

Picture above from their website!
Rockin' Bones Website

Robert and Kendra, the owners of Rockin' Bones, were kind enough to give us a background look on their company. Please read. Leave your thoughts. They have some wonderful clothes!

1. How did Rockin Bones transition from a zine to a clothing/video company?

ROBERT: We have a really complicated background so I'll try to just explain the broad strokes ha ha. It's kind of why we do not have a legitimate bio on the web site. Rockin' Bones Entertainment came to exist from the merge of 2 companies: Rockin' Bones Video/Rockinbones.net (which I started in 2002) and Peek-A-Boo Couture (which my wife Kendra started in 2003). As far as the written zine element, we used to do interviews, CD reviews, film reviews, concert features, and what not 2002-2004 at Rockinbones.net.

2. What kind of video production do you all do? Who have you worked with thus far?

ROBERT: Right now, we pretty much just do publicity interviews, concert videos, and some low budget promotional videos for our favorite bands and bands that publicists refer us to. I did contract work (commercials, music videos, documentaries, etc) for years and that wasn't too much fun after a while. Today, it is more of a cross-promotional project for Rockin' Bones and a hobby of mine too. It's funny how doing it for free with artists you prefer is actually more enjoyable than being paid by (for the most part) artists you're not too into. You can view the videos at our site and we also compile them onto limited edition DVDs that we give free to our clothing customers from time to time. Rockin' Bones has worked with over 100 bands including Ministry, Horrorpops, Reverend Horton Heat, Lords Of Acid, TSOL, and The Fixx.

3. Your wife, Kendra, and you are the designers for the company. What's the process like for each item?

KENDRA: Recently, we have been designing based upon what would look best with our models because we have a new pool of models that are really in sync with our vision. So, we kind of do things backwards: we first look at the model and then design the clothing.

ROBERT: As far as major roles, Kendra designs the cut of the outfits and I am in charge of designing/implementing screen prints. After we have our ideas for cut and imagery, we work together to discuss which colors/fabrics will look best and merge our ideas to form a new garment style.

4. For those wishing to purchase something, what system do you use for the size measurement? (ex. a large size would range from what numbers?)

KENDRA: Our sizes are Juniors department for women and standard US mens t shirt sizes for the mens tees. We have a size chart with measurements in inches listed in each item details page for the customer's convenience. We also customize sizes by request in case someone does not fit into the chart perfectly. We also have an in to cm conversion tool on our conversions page to make shopping easier for international customers.

5. Do you find inspiration for your clothing in anything specific?

ROBERT: I get a lot of my screen print ideas from 80s stuff: old punk/new wave/metal flyers, horror/b-movie films, and advertisements. When I have any sort of input for the cut, it's something that I catch from wardrobe of old movies or album covers.

KENDRA: Usually, I get my ideas when I'm shopping for myself. I'll need new clothes and I can't find what I'm looking for anywhere so I just have to make myself something. For example, I could never find athletic clothes that were cute.They're always plain and generic looking so I thought of introducing hot pants covered in prints. I really just wanted some for myself when I'm working out so I thought I might as well make a profit too since I have to make some for my wardrobe anyways. That's basically how it goes with most of our styles that I design.I want something for myself to wear so I design it and then add it as a style. That's why our new designs often come in random spurts.if I need new clothes I'll be more inclined to come up with new ideas ;)

6. What are you listening to these days that you would recommend?


ROBERT: We run the company our of a home office. When we're not playing movies in the background, we play a lot of music. Our work playlist for today had this stuff on it: Cheap Trick, Dead Bolt, The Cramps, Alice Cooper's "Love It To Death," Jim Carroll Band, The Plugz, The Rave-Ups, The Texreys, Thunderchiefs, The Mansfields, The Hormonas, The Urgencies, The Cult, The Damned, Spiders From Mars era Bowie, Twisted Sister, Gary Numan, Hanoi Rocks, Rikk Agnew, Kiss, Lords Of The New Church, Magazine, Ministry's pop era, Modern Lovers, Marshall Crenshaw, MC5, New Order, Oingo Boingo, Johnny Thunders, Poison's "Look What The Cat Dragged In," Ratt's "Out Of The Cellar," Public Image Limited, The Real Kids, Roky Erickson, The Sonics, Thin Lizzy, UK Subs, David Lee Roth era Van Halen, The Ventures, XTC


7. Anything you'd like to add?


Thanks to everyone for their support!

Winner!

Congratulations Pictures, Images and Photos


The winner of The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters is Teabird!
I just sent you an email, so please get back to me ASAP!

Thanks for entering everyone. I hope you will continue to read the blog and comment. Keep a lookout for more contests in the very near future. :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Win-It-Wednesday

The Full Mommy is giving away a Flip Ultra Camcorder.
The Graveyard Book is being given away at The Novel World.
In Too Deep, the sequel to The Elite, by Jennifer Banash will be out in January 2009. Enjoy the widget! Post it around!



Brook Taylor's Halloween Party!

Dead Boys is being given away at Bermuda Onion's Weblog.

The Literate Housewife is giving away The Witch's Trinity.

Bookfoolery and Babble is giving one lucky winner the shot of winning one out of for different books (your choice!)

Walking Through Walls is being given away at carp(e) libris reviews!

Fresh Ink Books is giving away Keep the Faith: A Memoir.

Linus's Blanket is giving away Dead Boys as well and An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

Devourer of Books is having a HUGE giveaway for her 100th post!

Book Adorer is giving away a copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me in honor of her 6 month anniversary of blogging!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist-Movie Review



Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (the movie!)
Out: Now
Review by: Lauren

Norah is in love with Nick, but she doesn't know it...all she has are the mix tapes he sends his ex-girlfriend Triss, who Norah hates.
Nick is totally in love with Triss, but his friends want him to move on.
In one night...Norah kisses Nick, Nick's friends stick the two together, and Triss decides she can't let Norah get Nick, who she never really loved.
One night in New York City. What could go wrong...what could go right?

I have yet to read the book this movie was based on, though I have been meaning too and I swear I will. However, the film was fabolous. I think Michael Cera was great and I loved the crazy chemistry him and Kat Dennings have in the film. Norah's friend, Caroline, who is played by Ari Graynor did a great job and added a lot of the movie's humor (lets just say...no more gum!)

I definitely would recommend, though be aware that this isn't a film to take your younger siblings or smaller children too!


Now, in honor of my seeing Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist on October 4, 2008...I decided to share ALL the songs on a playlist that I personally made on October 4, 2006.

Enjoy!

Black Roses Red-Alana Grace
Hold on to Me- Inept
If Words Could Kill-Close to Home
Guernica-Brand New
Freakish-Saves the Day
Pain-3 Days Grace
Please Tell Me-Close to Home
Deeper-The Summer Obsession
Everytime we Touch-Cascada
Bottom of the Bottle-Smile Empty Soul
Do you Remember?-The Summer Obsession
Stronger-Trust Company
Soco Amaretto Lime-Brand New
I Miss You Love-Silverchair
Self-Conclusion-The Spill Canvas

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thursday: My Dolls Australia



My Dolls Australia
Interview by: Lauren
My Dolls Website

It's our second week of Thursday Threads! Looking for a fun, original gift to give a friend or family member for their birthday, christmas, a wedding, or other celebration? Why not have a picture of theirs sculpted into a doll? My Dolls Australia does just that! And no...you don't have to live in Australia to be able to buy this.


1.How did the idea for My Dolls first come about? Was the first models of actual people or celebrities?

The figure culture has been around for years. What people usually did before is like that they make one model of a celebrity or a figure and get it manufactured. As the cost to make a model is quite high, the only way that business can make money from this is selling thousands of copies of their original work. My Dolls’ idea is a challenge to the industry. We believe that every one should have own figure
customized like a star! All sculptures are designed to be unique and as individualized as possible, which make them perfect gifts for some one special or memorable moment in your life. In the beginning, we did make several mydolls for celebrities to give our clients a better idea of what mydolls’s team can do for them.


2. Do you sell celebrity dolls or simply ones based on photos sent to you?

We do not sell celebrity dolls, but we create mydolls for celebrities if ordered by clients. By just using photos as references, Mydolls’ professional designers and sculptors are able to customize sculptures that look just like anyone!

3. When people order, they can add a scene to their doll for an extra charge. What are some examples of scenes that people have asked for?

They can add cars, pets, plants and even structure as scenes to their mydolls.

4. There are a wide variety of dolls, especially for certain celebrations. Is there a particular type that is fairly popular?


Mydolls for birthday and wedding are quite popular at the moment. As Xmas is just at the corner, people start order mydolls as Xmas gift for their family and best mates.

5. What is the ordering process like for those who don't live in Australia? Are the prices the same or is there an addition for international orders?

For people do not live in Australia, they can also order mydolls from mydolls.com.au. The order process and price are exactly same. In the future, we will have mydolls website for different counties and region to provide better shopping experience for people around the world.



** Picture taken from their website!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Win-It-Wednesday!

Halloween contest over at Books, Books, and More Books!
Any Given Doomsday is being given away at Lori’s Reading Corner.


Book giveaways for An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination:
S. Krishna’s Books
Literarily
Library Queue
The Book Nest
A Bookworm’s World
Bermuda Onion’s Weblog


Kelly Parra is celebrating her new book release with a party at Secret Fates blogspot.
Here is the promo video:


Happy Birthday Harry!
Mom Dot is celebrating, so read on to enter!
Coming to stores on September 23rd. This beautiful collectible edition has been produced in celebration of the 10th anniversary of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE. It features the following:
• New Jacket artwork by Mary GrandPre
• Additional four-color frontispiece artwork from Mary GrandPre
• Two pages of special content from J.K. Rowling
• Full cloth case with gold stamping
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
The wickedly funny debut novel from master storyteller J.K. Rowling tells the story of Harry Potter who, having endured 11 miserable years with his hideous aunt and uncle, is invited on his 11th birthday to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he learns of his distinguished wizard pedigree—and his frightening destiny. “Wonderful…Funny, moving and impressive” The New York Times Book Review
If you head on over to Scholastic, you will get your Harry Potter fill with information about JK Rowling’s NEW book, Wizard Challenges and Games, and lots of links about the Harry Potter books.
Scholastic has offered us some AMAZING prizes for FIVE winners:
One (1) Grand Prize (retail value $195)
•Complete Box Set Books #1 - #7
•Copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
•Collectible Harry Potter Gold Pin

Four (4) Runners Up (Retail Value $30 a piece)
•Copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
•Collectible Harry Potter Gold Pin

Fresh Ink is giving away Men and Cartoons.
Amberkatze’s Book Blog is giving away two books by author Rachel Caine.

Win Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman. If you found out about this contest through here, please let her know when you enter and you get two extra entries!

Bookish Ruth is giving away the novel Tethered.

The Front Porch Prophet is being given away at Carp(e) libris reviews.

Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? is giving away 11 political books.

Fresh Ink is giving away The Memory Keeper's Daughter.