Thursday, July 29, 2010

Win Forge by LHA + Discuss Degrassi

I should have another book review up in a day or so, but for now, I want to make sure you check out the following links.

Denise Jaden is giving away an ARC of Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. I know a lot of people are DYING to get their hands on this one, so you do not want to miss out. If you DO enter though, tell her either Lauren or Shooting Stars Mag sent you...I'm not entering, so no you're not helping me win or anything!! So please be sure and post that and more than anything, ENTER!

Next, thanks for all the comments and enthusiasm about the Let's Get Beyond Tolerance blog. We all really appreciate it. While we're getting ready for the big launch, you should still keep an eye on the blog for some information or discussion posts. Right now there is one about the first ever transgender character on Degrassi. Whether you watch/know the show or not, be sure to share your thoughts!

Thanks for following along! Remember, I appreciate any and all comments/feedback, so feel free to get in touch!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

$60 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Last month, I made a post about an upcoming CSN giveaway. That wasn't the main post...this is, so be sure to enter here if you already commented on that first post.

Prize: $60 gift code for CSN Stores

Open To: U.S. only...must be 13 years of age or older.

Ends: July 31 (it's a quick one)

To Enter: I have a new blog, which I started with two amazing authors. There is a post up from one of them about the reason behind the name as well as why he co-founded the site. Please leave a comment there and you're entered in this giveaway!


+1 if you commented on this post (leave a NEW comment here or it won't count)

+1 if you follow this blog (leave a NEW comment here or it won't count)

 Thanks to CSN for donating this gift code. I was not compensated in any other way...though I've done reviews for them in the past. They have many options from bookcases to kitchen supplies and on and on.


In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

The past 2 weeks again, but in vlog form this week! Also, sorry for the crappy lighting, and you may need to turn the volume up, I spoke kind of softly because I am tired.

Swoon by Nina Malkin ((won from her blog))
One Day by David Nicholls ((via shelf-awareness))

Trade with Cindy:
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Trade with Lena:
Rich and Mad by William Nicholson

Trade with Erica:
Frenemies by Megan Crane

From Zoe:
Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4) by Ally Carter
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater ((2 copies))

For Review:
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare ((plus journal, poster and letter))

From Not Your Mothers Book Club ((half are from me and the other half my mom)):
Little Vampire Women by Lynn Messina
Torment by Lauren Kate
Taurus Eyes by Bonnie Hearn Hill
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White ((not shown))
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison
and some bookmarks, notebooks and samplers.

What did you guys get?


Friday, July 23, 2010

Willie Garson Interview + White Collar Giveaway

USA Network kicks off your Tuesday evening with the best looking night on television! Watch the return of White Collar at 9pm. One of the fall season’s most critically acclaimed dramas, stars Matt Bomer , Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason. Visit the official White Collar website for games, photos and weekly prizes. Visit USA Network’s Character Arcade to play games, challenge friends and for more chances to win prizes!

(All photos were sent for promo, I do not own)


Gift Bag includes:

–Modern Gentleman’s Guide

–White Collar Hat

–White Collar T-Shirt

–White Collar Season 1 DVD

To Enter-
- Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada

- Prize courtesy of USA Network. Prize pack value: $112
-Mandatory Entry: If, in some alternate universe, you were a criminal sent to jail...why would you be there?
Ends: Saturday, August 7th.
Extra Entries:
+1 if you follow this blog (leave a NEW comment or it won't count)
+1 if you leave a comment on this post and then tell me here (leave a NEW comment or it won't count)

Now that you have all the details for the giveaway, please read the following questions I was given the chance to ask Willie Garson (Mozzie on White Collar). I hope you enjoy!

Lauren: I was wondering if your son ever watched the show and what he thinks about it all.

Willie: My son watches the show every week with me. He often explains it to me, what’s going on. He loves it. A lot of his friends watch it, too, at school. Yes, it's great. He was very upset when I was the sick dog. That was not a good episode for Nathan.

Lauren: My other question, since you’ve been in the business for so long, I’m sure you’ve met many of your different fans, but do you have a crazy story or something where you’re like, “I can’t believe this just happened”?

Willie: Things happen all the time. So, that’s a hard thing. There’s nothing ever that’s really crazy when it comes to someone who likes what we do. It’s a great … that affects what you do. I have to say, certainly, from my other show, we got a lot of— You’ll be walking down the street. You see someone coming towards you. Certainly after 9/11, you could see it coming. You see a woman coming towards you, or a guy coming, mostly women, towards you, saying, “Every Sunday night, we watch Sex and the City, and I lost my husband in the towers.” You can see it, 50 feet away. You know the look on their face that they‘re coming up and what they’re going to say to you. That was very silver in terms of— It’s nice that what we do can have meaning other than just filling the time between dinner and bedtime. So, that’s really important to me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Mom Reviews: Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont

Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont

Review by: Chris

Copy From: Author

Official Summary:

FOR ADOPTION: Adorable, energetic Jack Russell free to a loving home. Previous owner could no longer meet his needs, which include lots of exercise and attention. But those willing to give him these will be rewarded with unswerving loyalty and love…

Noelle Ryan works as a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter, helping pets find the perfect homes. If only it were as easy to find the same thing for herself. After discovering that she can’t have children—and watching her marriage fall apart after a shocking revelation by her husband—Noelle feels as forlorn and abandoned as the strays she rescues.

She can’t seem to get over her ex, Jay. Unfortunately, all Jay wants from her is a whopper of a favor: serving as a caretaker for his elderly mother, who still blames Noelle for the breakup. While Jay heads off to Atlanta to live the life of a bachelor, Noelle is left with only her Great Dane, Zeke, to comfort her. But when a carefree musician named Jasper gives her a second chance at life—and at love—Noelle comes to realize that home is truly where the heart is.


Enjoyed the book, and it was a fast read. I didn't want to put it down. I felt it was very realistic. The book doesn't have to do with just the adoption of pets. It brings it to your attention though. I think it was about how home is where you make it and with whom you make it. Zeke is Noelle's constant throughout.

I was invested in the characters, especially Noelle and Margaret. Noelle for her constant strength for all the situations she was put in. As for Margaret, I was waiting to see her soft side; to show her courage and vulnerability to be happy with herself and the people around her. It was a journey I enjoyed.

We all want to be wanted and loved, whether it be a great pet or a partner.

**Eve Marie Mont was kind enough to send my mom a copy as I thought she might like it. As you can see from above, she did! She even read the whole book in ONE day which is a huge deal for her, as she likes to read but it's not very fast all the time. I only know of one other book she read all in one day, so that's amazing.

Amazon Associates is just a good way to get the cover/link for you, but if you buy through it, I will get a small percentage! Thanks.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Buy A Book and Win a Prize: HUGE Giveaway!

Buy a Book, Get a Prize

You may have seen them around, but this is probably the last one that I will host. At least for awhile. So let's make it a great one. This time around though...if you pre-order Trance by Linda Gerber YOU WIN! At least until the contest ends or the prizes are all don't delay. You don't want to miss the prizes you most want! Thanks to everyone for helping out with donating and spread the word about this even if you didn't. It's supportive and awesome and we'd all love you.

So rules (U.S. Only I'm Afraid)

1. Pre-Order Trance by Linda Gerber, out this October.

2. Send your "receipt" to the following email address: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

3. Along with your proof of pre-order, you must send me what you want off the prize list below.

--You will find this on many blogs, but THIS post is the Master Prize List. The prizes will start disappearing, so make sure you check here to see what is left. If you ask for something and it happens to be gone already, I will let you know and you can get another prize.

4. This giveaway will end on August 31 or once all the prizes are gone.

5. Okay, it's not a rule...but it would be great if you would check out the various blogs who made this all possible and follow the ones you like best!

Don't wait long. This is a fun, new YA paranormal novel from an author you already know and should love, so if you're going to buy it anyway...why not now when you could get a two-for-one deal, huh? And the book is super cheap as well. No hardcover, annoying costs here!

Trance Summary: It begins with a subtle vibration, a tingling.

There is time to take only one breath.

The trance begins.

When it is through, Ashlyn is certain of two things:

Someone she knows is about to die.

And she is powerless to stop it.

Master Prize List and Who Donated It

1. Eleni: finished copy of The Alpha Bet by Stephanie Hale and 5 Secret Society tattoos by Tom Dolby-This prize has been picked, but check out the blog!

2. Tina: Hourglass by Claudia Gray-This prize has been picked, please check out her blog!!

3. James: Prize Pack 1- Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, Triple Shot Bettys in Love by Jody Gehrman, Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag-This has been picked, but please check out the blog and support!

4. James: Prize Pack 2- Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman, Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray, You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay-This prize has been taken, but please check out James' blog!

5. Lauren: ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare -This prize has been taken!

6. Sammi: 2 packs of soft lips (2 tubes in each)

7. Jessica: $10 gift card to Barnes N Noble -This has been picked, but please check out the blog!

8. Kelsey: Swag Pack-This has been taken but definitely check out her blog!

9. Jane: $25 gift card to Amazon-This prize has been taken but don't forget to check out her blog!

10. Candace: Package of swag from various authors

11. Brent: ARC of Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin-This has been picked, but check out the blog anyway!!

12. Kit: ARC of The Gift By: James Patterson- This has been picked. Check out Kit's Blog...obviously people want the books she likes too!

13. Kit: signed copy of Raised By Wolves By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes-This prize has been taken, but check out the blog!

14. Jessica: Paperback copy of Linger (from The Book Depository) Taken, but please check out her blog!

15. Jessica: The Body Finder signed bookmark & 2 The Body Finder stickers

16. Jessica: Forgive my Fins bookmark & Forgive my Fins tattoo

17. Alicia: signed hardcover of Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison

Amazon Associates: Pre-Order from the link above, and I get a small percentage. It's just easier to get a link/cover up for you don't have to use this link!

Monday, July 19, 2010

LGBT Entertainment Blog: Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my other LGBT post...I wanted to let you know (in its own shiny, official post) that I did set up an entertainment blog with authors Lee Bantle and Catherine Ryan Hyde. It's called Let's Get Beyond Tolerance...courtesy of Lee Bantle. You can find more information and what's to come over there. Please follow and spread the word. We'd love to build up more followers NOW so we can bring you even more exciting posts LATER!
If you have any comments, ideas, or things you MUST read about, leave a comment over there on the first post and I promise we will look into it for you and do what we can.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

(Interview) Revenge of the Bridesmaids' Raven-Symone

The photo was sent for promotional use only. I do not own.

Interview with: Raven Symone

By: Lauren

Revenge of the Bridesmaids, July 18 at 8/7c on ABC Family

Last week, I was given the lovely lovely (not sarcasm) opportunity to interview Raven Symone who I've pretty much grown up watching. She was on The Cosby Show and, for my generation at least, probably most known as Raven on That's So Raven! Now she can be seen in the ABC Family Original Move "Revenge of the Bridesmaids" starring Joanna Garcia (in the photo above as well) who everyone keeps saying is from Priveleged...and yeah, she was, but come on! REBA, anyone?! That's how I know her, as the loveably clueless teenage mom Cheyenne...married to the also loveably, freakishly clueless (yet hilarious) Van. Moving on though...RAVEN! I got to ask her a couple questions which you can see bolded and first, since this is my site, but then I added a few other sites questions below that I thought you might be interested in reading as well. Oh, and for some reason my last name was said to be Beckhoff, so I fixed that, because thank goodness!! it's not my last name.

Lauren Becker: I think it’s great that you’re going to be in a new movie again, but since you’ve done TV shows in the past, I was wondering if you ever had a chance to do another one in the future or what type of show would you want to do? I know you like comedy, but have you ever imagined what type of show that you would love to be a part of?

Raven-Symoné: I guess I would say two shows that I would love to do, a female version of The Odd Couple – old school show and another version of That Girl. Those would be two dream shows and hopefully, well I shouldn’t say hopefully, right now I have a couple of scripts that I’m going out with to pitch to see if I will get another show and it’s looking pretty good, so we’ll see what happens.

L. Becker: Since you’ve been in the business for so long I’m sure you’ve met a lot of different types of fans that you’ve had. What’s one of your craziest fan moments or encounters?

Raven-Symoné: Someone asked to marry me like randomly. That was kind of interesting especially because my dad was standing right there. I was like, I don’t know him, Dad. I don’t know who this is. I have wonderful supporters, none of them have ever like tried to kill me, or anything crazy so that’s good. I’m okay.

F. Germaine from MediaBlvd Magazine: What attracted you to your role in Revenge of the Bridesmaids?

Raven-Symoné: Well the main thing that attracted me to her is her age, and the way she portrays herself. She’s a published author and she’s very down-to-earth, very smart with her quips. She is the type of person who says things that most people would be afraid to say. She’s just real. That’s kind of who I am when I close my door and I’m no longer “Raven-Symoné.” I’m just at my house chillin. It was fun to play that kind of character rather than some chipper, bubbly teenager. It was good.

F. Germaine: Name one of your more memorable experiences working on Revenge of the Bridesmaids.

Raven-Symoné: A memorable experience would have to be probably getting dirty. In one of the very ends of the movie, JoAnna [Garcia], myself, and Chryssie [Whitehead], we all got to roll around in mud. It’s so funny because we realized how “bougie” we all were. JoAnna and I were like, “This is real mud!” We’re used to fake dirt, here in Hollywood. They were like, “No this is real mud. We’re in Louisiana.” I was like, “Oh, my goodness.”

We were in these dresses rolling around in mud and it was in my wig at the time, I was just like, “Oh my God, what’s going on.” JoAnna was like, “My hair, my facial!” I was like we need to obviously get back to real life because we’re asking for fake dirt. We’ve been in the industry for too long.

S. Fulghum from What is it about comedy that appeals to you more than other genres?

Raven-Symoné: That I get to act as stupid as I want to and people laugh. That’s interesting to me, and that I don’t have to be Miss Prissy-Prissy all the time because I am acting crazy. I admire every other genre and maybe one day I will tackle them. I have dabbled here and there, but I think being underneath people like Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Mark Curry, that I enjoy comedy.

So many people now-a-days we’re all stressed, we’re, Oh my goodness is this happening, natural disasters here, this is painful, my life is this. I just want for somebody to watch what I do and just forget about the problems for that 30 minutes or an hour, or two hours and smile you know? Just smile for a second, it’s so much nicer than crying about stuff.

K. Martinez from I don't know actually...(not that's NOT the name): You’d be considered as part of young Hollywood, how have you been able to avoid any of the negative aspects of press, and I’m sure it’s all over the place so how have you been able to stray away from all that?

Raven-Symoné: Stay in my house. Don’t do anything crazy outside of it. If I see a camera I drive to the police station. That’s how. My family is so involved with my life and my mom calls me if somebody else does something. She’s like “Don’t you dare do this!” I’m like “What are you talking about? I’m not even like in the same city as that person.” “Don’t you do it!” I’m like, “I didn’t do anything, Mom.” She’s one of those, so I don’t think I’ll ever do anything crazy that people will know about. It’s all in the privacy of my own house.

My Mailbox Holds a Book I Bought + New Awesome Site!

I don't usually do IMM posts because 1. I don't get a lot of review books in the mail and 2. If I do, I don't know when I'll get a shot to read/review I feel like I shouldn't post about them just yet and get your hopes up for a quick review or something and 3. I'm a bit lazy, quite honestly...with an awful memory. Whoops! I know Alicia does a lot of these though, so who knows? She might post one later on. We shall see. By the way, yes, this is Lauren. Very good.

In My Mailbox comes courtesy of Kristi!

However, I did buy The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson recently and though I'm sure it'll take me forever to read (the books I buy get put to the bottom of my list often) I'm really excited. It looks like an interesting premise, so I have strong hopes.

Oh, and yes, I'm an Amazon Associate. Buy the book from this link, I get a small percentage. Honestly, it's just a great way for me to post the book cover WITH a link for all you out there who want to look it over. :-) I'm so thoughtful, huh? haha Kidding kidding. Again, it's a lazy thing.

Anywho, I'll probably make a big official post about this but for now...follow this blog:

I set it up with authors Lee Bantle and Catherine Ryan Hyde. You like LGBT Lit? Yeah, I thought so...go follow. It's an entertainment blog, so it won't JUST be books either. There will be an official launch, but for now, you want to stay on top of things and follow. And spread the word. I'll love you for life if you tweet this, facebook it, or even dare I say, blog about it? That would be rad. So thank you.

Have a great Sunday and enjoy your mailbox full of awesomeness!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ask the Author: The Treasure Hunters Club!

First off I would like to thank Lauren for allowing me to talk with all of you. This is my first blog so it is quite exciting for me.

My name is Sean McCartney and I’m currently on a blog tour to promote my new young adult action adventure novel entitled THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS. It’s being released on July 6th, 2010 from Mountainland Publishing.

The story is about Tommy Reed and his treasure hunting friends Shannon McDougal, Jackson Miller and Chris Henderson. One day Tommy receives a rather ordinary looking medallion from his very famous treasure-hunting uncle “Diamond” Jack Reed and finds himself the object of an evil treasure collector named Manuel de la Ernesto. Now Tommy and his friends must find the secret behind the medallion before Manuel can get to them and the medallion.

When I set out to write The Treasure Hunters Club: Secrets of the Magical Medallions I wanted to pull together all the things from books and movies that I liked. The mystery of the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown, the adventure of Percy Jackson, a little magic from Harry Potter and the action and history of the movies Indiana Jones and national treasure.

Though this is the first book in the Treasure Hunters Club series, with your help to make it a success, the next books will follow. I have planned six treasure hunting books as they follow the club through the 8th grade and into high school. Of course, as they get older their treasure hunts get more dangerous and more exciting.

I have been asked why I created a series around treasure hunting. The truth is I believe treasure hunting is something everyone can do. You don’t need super powers just a desire to do research and find where to look. Also treasure hunting touches on the sidebars of history, the stuff not in the textbooks. That is usually the most interesting and provides a solid building block for the series.

My goal has always been to be published and have a series that kids can enjoy and have a lot of fun reading. I was lucky to find a publisher who believes in the series as much as I do. What I was surprised to find out was how much the publishing world has changed since I started this journey toward “being published.” The emergence of ebooks has shaken the publishing world like never before and I believe we have only scratched the surface of what this new technology can do to help promote reading.

In the meantime, I hope you take a moment to check out my website learn more about the series and read some short stories about the characters.

Thank you again for this opportunity and allowing me to be here and I hope you enjoy the book and the series.



Lauren Says: Thanks to Sean for stopping by. If you have any comments or questions about the book/post/Sean, please leave them and you may just get a reply from him. No Delay, Post Today!
Amazon Associates: Buy the book from the above link, and I get a small percentage to help run the site!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Win Love in the Present Tense- Signed!

If you embed the above video in your own blog for a few months, you can get a signed copy of this book from the author. That's right...spread the word and you could get Love in the Present Tense signed by Catherine Ryan Hyde. You know you want too so definitely check out her post for more details, plus just why she likes this video and the man who made it so much.

Link: Check It Out!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm A Fan of LGBT Lit...What About You?!

I'm a really big fan of LGBT I want to know: What books should I be reading? What books are coming out this year or next that I should know about? I'm afraid sometimes they come out and just fly right past me, and that's not cool!

One of the links on the side is one book that I found last year and really enjoy. I would definitely's a fast, interesting read. In fact, there is even a GREAT interview out right now with the author...from a lady who will hopefully have an LGBT book of her own out in the future. Don't Miss It! Leave a comment over there, because I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Plus, I'm thinking of making an LGBT Entertainment Blog for Young Adults. I'm pretty sure it's going to happen, but I'd love to know your thoughts...what should be included, would you follow along, etc. etc.

Also, don't forget to keep an eye on Kristi's blog The Story Siren for her LGBT week this coming August. You'll even get a shot to win David Inside Out and Catherine Ryan Hyde's upcoming transgender novel Jumpstart the World. I included that book as well so you can check it out and maybe think about pre-ordering if you want too. I have a fun plan for this book this October so keep your eyes peeled!

Now...discuss. I left you with plenty to check out (definitely read/comment on Lee's interview because I will love you for life if you do) and think about, so now I want to know your thoughts/ideas!

Amazon Associates: If you buy a book from the above links, I will eventually get a small percentage. If you do, thanks for supporting...though you don't have to buy them from these links, just buy them!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

The past 2 weeks of books. Pictures again because I don't feel like vlogging. :)

For Review:

The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, #1) by Inara Scott
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway ((a very welcome surprise!))
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill
You by Charles Benoit
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood with The Duchess Of Northumberland
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White ((eeeeeee!))
Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1) by Kersten Hamilton
Infinite Days- Rebecca Maizel ((2nd copy. not pictured. given to sarah))

From Random Buzzers:

The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C. K. Kelly Martin


So Many Boys by Suzanne Young ((already reading and loving! took too long to find though!))

I got excellent books this week, what did you get?


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Book Review/Giveaway: Boys Lie - How Not To Get Played

Boys Lie: How Not To Get Played by Belisa Vranich, Psy. D. and Holly Eagleson

Review by: Lauren

Copy from: TLC Book Tours...find the other tour stops there!

Author Site:

Product Description:

Everyone else is doing it. It’s lies like this one that often get young women, particularly ages 10 to 20, to put aside their own nagging thoughts about what is right—and wrong—and make choices they might regret long-term. Boys Lie is a collection of the most common untruths proliferated by boys and an assessment of the exaggerations and misinformation behind them.

Written by an expert with years of clinical experience with thousands of teens, Boys Lie is the first sexual and social health book of its kind. Based on a large national survey, this timely guide sets the record straight on what guys lie about, arming girls with straightforward advice that is understandable, concise, and totally relatable. And while the title may seem anti-boy, it’s more like pro-girl, helping to foster healthier relationships between the sexes.

Boys Lie unearths:

•The top lies boys tell including ‘I won’t show anyone these pictures’ and ‘I won’t tell anyone’

•How technology such as texting and social networking are changing the game, making girls more vulnerable to their male peers and the public at large

•Case studies, true stories, and quizzes that shed light on pertinent issues in a teen-friendly way.

•How to cultivate a healthy skepticism in young girls that will empower them to say ‘no’


I actually saw this book when I was at BEA, but I didn't grab a copy as I knew I would be reviewing it for the TLC Book Tour. I'm very happy I did as well. This is a great book for teens, though I'd say 16 and up unless you know they are planning to be sexually active younger than that. It has a wonderful guide of lies that boys often tell girls to get what they want and even other ways they might say it, as not every guy is quite the same. I've never experienced any of these but it's nice to see what could be said and to know in your head right away "not right, think about it" especially for girls that are impulsive and are a bit naive about guys and relationships.

I love that the authors behind this both know a lot about what they are talking about and write it in a manner that girls can relate too. They have a sharp wit that keeps you interested while you are learning valuable information. Each chapter even has a couple Q and A's from teens that relate to that topic. It's great to get more of a real perspective on what these authors want you to learn by seeing other teen's thoughts and questions.

This is definitely something that would be very helpful for a lot of girls out there. It's not all about sex...they even talk about being safe with drugs and alchol and what to do if you are in an abusive relationship of any well as how to tell if you are since some girls don't realize or don't think it's a big deal. It is, and they let you know that.

As a younger girl, I definitely believe this would be something I'd love my future girls to read at some point (especially if they wanted a way to learn without having to ask me all the questions). It's not a replacement of real conversation, but not all girls can get there or they might need a stepping stone to get there. It's worth checking it, if you are a teen girl or have some of your own. It's great that you can focus on the sections you want to know the most about or need to focus the most on and keep it on hand for future questions.

It's great this was published as I think it's a great reference for girls, and even older ladies who might need to get a refresher course on just how guys might manipulate you, whether they realize it or not.

To Enter: What Lie Do You Think Guys Use Too Much?

Prize: One Copy of Boys Lie

Open To: U.S. and Canada Only

Ends: July 16th

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JEIJ: Party Box Design Site!

Just Eat It July: Party Box Design

By: Lauren

Party Box Design is a great shop to visit if you are holding any type of party. You can get party confetti, invitations, and even cupcake toppers. Their cupcakes in particular look amazing...which is the main reason they are featured in Just Eat It July. However, you have to be a local customer as they aren't shipping them out yet. Again, even if you aren't a local customer you can get everything you need for a fun party.

On their blog, they tell you just exactly how to make a fun cupcake DIY Party Favor, so be sure to check that out. It would be an adorable addition to any baby shower, for example.

Hoping to bake your own cupcakes? I'm sure you'll make a great impression if you try their recipe for buttercream icing. I know I'm very curious to see how it tastes. I just might need to break out the supplies to start on it! But honestly, isn't it nice they are willing to share what they do? How kind of them!

So there you have it...if you're looking to make some fun cupcakes or even host a party, you want to check out Party Box Design. They might just have what you need!

Photo: The above photo is from Party Box Design's Blog. I do not own it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Books for Trade (1)

Hi everyone, I've noticed lately that I've been getting some duplicate ARCs and books, and I have some books that I either read and didn't like, or received and never read. So instead of holding contests for them, I've decided that I want to trade them. I have more books, but here's the list for now. All books are in great condition and have never been read.

Here are the books up for grabs:

Hearts At Stake- Alyxandra Harvey (paperback)
Perfect Chemistry- Simone Elkeles (paperback)
Nightshade- Andrea Cremer (ARC)
Grace- Elizabeth Scott (ARC) TAKEN
Fixing Delilah Hannaford- Sarah Ockler (ARC) TAKEN
Girls Acting Catty- Leslie Margolis (ARC)

My wish list:

Torment- Lauren Kate
Anna and the French Kiss- Stephanie Perkins
Dead Beautiful- Yvonne Woon
Pegasus by Robin McKinley
Mini-Shopaholic- Sophie Kinsella
Extraordinary- Nancy Werlin
Three-Quarters Dead- Richard Peck
Crossing Over- Anna Kendall
Nevermore- Kelly Creagh
Her and Me and You- Lauren Strasnick
Girl, Stolen- April Henry
Jane- April Lindner
Please Ignore Vera Dietz- AS King
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares- Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Deadly Little Games- Laurie Faria Stolarz
Rich and Mad- William Nicholson

Some of you might be thinking, but I don't have any of these, well that is perfectly fine. There are books that are already out (and even more that are coming out) that I want, so just tell me what you've got and I might want it. And I'll take YA and Adult books.

Interested in any of these? Email me at Put "Books for trade" in the title. Make sure you include which book(s) you want and what you are willing to trade. Let's keep this U.S. for now.

And a quick note, NO you are not paying for any of these books! The only thing you pay for is shipping the book to me and that is it.


P.S.- if these books don't get traded, I'll put them up for a contest....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

How To Succeed at Aging Book Review + Two Amazing Giveaways!

How to Succeed at Aging (Without Really Dying) by Lyla Blake Ward

Review by: Lauren

Book From: Amazon Encore

Status: Out Now!

Amazon Summary: Lyla Blake Ward’s How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying is a wry, witty, and wise collection of essays about living in a world of bubble packs you can’t open, electronics you can’t turn on, polls you’re not deemed worthy of taking, and expiration dates you can only hope don’t apply to you. Most of all, it’s about the difficulties of staying on the planet when it’s spinning out of control.

While taking a humorous look at health, grandparenthood, computers, and social issues, How to Succeed… answers such pressing questions as: What brand of yogurt guarantees you will live to 110? Can older people really shop online, or is the "submit order" button visible only to users under 30? And how many pixels does it take to win your grandchild’s affection?

As we get older, we can whine or complain about our losses--memory, muscles, and mobility--or we can roll with the paunches. This book rolls.

Review: For anyone that has been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I'm many years away from being a senior citizen. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying this collection of essays. Each one is fairly short...perfect for some light, humorous reading here and there, expecially if these stories relate to you much more than they did myself.

Again, though, these were interesting takes on what it's like to be an older person in today's world. You don't want to feel like you're being left behind but in so many ways, people are pushing you to the side and making life a little more difficult. That's not to say that these stories are down or depressing or even "woe is me." Ward does a great job at adding bits of humor throughout the stories and the often used sarcasm gave plenty of memorable moments.

One of the chapters I really enjoyed was about all the new technology gadgets that are out there. She remembers the days when her grandchildren wanted items she actually understood and could easily afford. I found myself nodding along to a lot of this, because even though I might only be just out of my teens, I often feel lost about what the new gadets are and what they do...and the price? I'd never ask someone for these type of things! It's crazy. I mean, the only ipods I have I got for free. One was smaller and I won in a writing contest and the other was a friends who moved on to bigger and better things.

If you do have a grandparent or older parent in your life that wouldn't mind poking fun at themselves and the world around them, this would be a perfect gift. It's relatively a fast read and would most likely be much more enjoyable for those older than me. However, if you are know you could enjoy it too. It's fun and cute and I absolutely love the title! (If you don't know, it's a play off of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)

Amazon Associates: If you buy the book above, I will get a small percentage. Thanks for supporting the blog if you do!

No, I do not own the above picture!

And Now...Instead of making a whole new post, I wanted to share some contests that my clients are holding. If you enter from here, tell them Shooting Stars sent ya! I'm not entering so you aren't secretly helping me would just make me smile and show I helped them out if you did! :)

Linda Gerber: You might know about the site Free Book Friday. Well, before that, Linda was doing the same thing with Freebie Friday. It's not always a constant (life does get in the way) but she gives away some fun books so you might want to follow and be privy to all the new giveaways right when they happen. Right now, I believe you can win an ARC of her upcoming paranormal novel TRANCE. Enter Here!

Denise Jaden:  Every friday, Denise has a giveaway and this week she is allowing you to pick from her bookshelf once again. Are you dying to get your hands on a copy of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer? Halo? Guardian of the Gate? Another shot to win TRANCE? Go and enter to find out the rest of your options. Remember, tell her Shooting Stars sent you if you enter and follow the blog so you won't miss more fun contests for the latest ARCs and more! Enter Here!