Wednesday, September 29, 2010

John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles + Two Products for Book

John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles

Review by: Lauren

Copy: Sent from the Author

Amazon Associates: Buy the book from the link and the site gets a small percentage.

Summary from Author's Site:

Pink-haired Hilda and endearing punk Benji, each seventeen, have an obsessive hobby - they haunt theplaces where Hollywood celebrities have died.

In rundown Echo Park, once the hub of the movie business, they find the squalid apartment where a second-rate silent movie star stabbed himself to death with nail scissors. Its current tenant is Hank, an old man with a mysterious past.

While Benji dives deeper into the cult of celebrity death, Hank and Hilda make an unlikely pair. Then Jake the screenwriter turns up. What's his story?


John Belushi is Dead is officially in my top favorite books. I find that many MTV Books have made there way there, so when you're finished reading this one...go and search out the others.

All of the characters in this book are interesting and different. You have Hilda who uses celebrity death and suicide to comfort herself over her parent's own death and then her best friend Benji that is losing himself amongst the darkness. Not to mention the elderly Hank who is hiding a big secret that will shake Hilda's soul and make her question the ideas of right and wrong. Finally, you get Jake. Is he Hilda and Hank's savior or is he just using them for something else? These are just the main characters too, as you get to know Benji's mom and Hilda's aunt and they also bring a layer of love and sadness to the overall story.

One of the things I adored about this book is the various tales about celebrities. John Belushi is a big name in the book, really coming into focus near the end of the book when Benji reaches his own breaking point. However, there are many others mentioned from Charles Mason to Marilyn Monroe. I personally find it all very fascinating and it makes me curious about other people's stories now. While reading this book I actually went to a drive in movie with my mom and I sat there telling her things I'd read in the book while we waited for the movie to start. It made her so interested she's actually getting ready to read the book next...just after she finishes what she's reading now.

Kathy Charles has come out with an outstanding debut, a read that sucks you in and makes you think. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next! She perfectly blends Hollywood legends and the gritty areas of L.A. with an amazing coming-of-age story that many can relate too in some way or another.

To Go Along With This...

One of the things I'm trying to do with some of my book reviews (to make them a bit more unique, and it's fun for me!) is to find products that I feel fit the book. Essentially, these are things you could buy and put with the book for a fun gift package for someone you know.

LA County Coroner's Skeletons in the Closest Shop
The above item is called the Glitter Body Key Chain which can be bought here for only $5.00. This shop is included because it's actually mentioned in the book. Over halfway through the book, Benji brings Hilda to the actual store as a surprise.

A Couple Quotes from the Book-

At the end of the corridor on the second floor was a converted office with a tiny sign that read SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET. We walked in and found a small room decked out in merchandise branded with the LA County Coroner name: baseball caps, T-shirts, bags, even mouse pads decorated with the outline of a dead body and plastic skulls for holding pencils. -Page 193

"It goes to a good cause," the woman said, sensing my uncertainty. "All the money goes to educating kids about drunk driving. We bring them in here on tours, make them look at the bodies of crash victims. It's very effective." - Pages 193-194

Celebriducks Site

This shop is a collection of rubber ducks designed in the shape of famous singers, actors, even animated characters! You're sure to find something you like. I included these products because you can even find a couple ducks of celebrities mentioned in the book such as Marilyn Monroe. Then of course you have James Dean, as seen in the photo above. John Belushi isn't on the site, but his partner in The Blues Brothers can be found here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Announcing... The Client List + Giveaways!

The Client List

This is my first The Client List post but it will definitely not be the last one. I keep saying it in random places, but in case you aren't aware...I run my own freelance publicity business titled Shooting Stars Promotion. You can find all the information, with a full list of clients here. So you see, this post is not about the Jennifer Love Hewitt film The Client List. Sorry if you're upset by that. However, it IS a place for me to continually update you on my clients and what is happening with them...especially when it involves giveaways!! Who can say no to that after all?

Linda Gerber

Linda is gearing up for October 14th when her paranormal YA novel TRANCE comes out. Definitely look into that one. However, I wanted to let you know about the fun September giveaway going on. You better hurry as it ends September 30th...but don't worry, lots of fun giveaways to come in October so definitely follow her blog.

Giveaway Prizes: Two $50 Amazon Cards, a Digital Photo KeyChain, and ARCs of Trance. Go and enter here!

Buy Trance for Cheap: If you order from the Book Depository, you can pre-order Trance for only $5.99 and FREE SHIPPING!! It doesn't get any better.

Denise Jaden

Losing Faith is out NOW and I suggest you pick up a copy. You can, however, follow Denise's blog for any future giveaways. She's always giving fun things away! 

Courtney Rene

Courtney's novel, Shadow Dancer, is also available now. You can get it in print or you can go super cheap and pick up an e-book copy for your digital reader. Shadow Dancer makes me think of Glimmerglass by Jenna Black, so I suggest looking into it...especially if you like that book. I'm actually looking for some bloggers to either do a review or host an interview with Courtney. I won't pick everyone, but if you are interested, please let me know. We really want to spread the word more about Shadow Dancer!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Jumpstart the World will be coming out on October 12th, the week of National Coming Out Day. As JTW deals with a F-to-M transgender male, we are hosting a week of fun auctions with all money going to GLSEN. You can help promote that by putting information and/or the below button on your own site.

We are also asking people to host a giveaway on their own, for any type of prize, when they post about the auctions and Jumpstart the World. This is in conjunction with Catherine's novel (and the movie) Pay it Forward. We want people that win to host their own giveaway, or even people that enter to host their own...but the giveaways should be finished by the auctions, so don't have them last that long!

Lee Bantle
Lee's novel, David Inside Out, has actually been available for awhile now. You must check it out if you haven't already. However, he has a fun giveaway going on for DIO over at La Femme Readers. Thanks so much, Eleni, for helping with this!

Giveaway: You can win a copy of David Inside Out and a Treasure Island storage box, which is the actual TI book hollowed out so you can hide things inside. Amazing, right? Be quick ends tonight!

These aren't all of my clients and I'm still adding more as time goes check out my site to find out all you need to know about who I represent and how you can get in touch with me to be added to The Client List.

~~ Lauren Becker

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fins Are Forever Cover

Hey guys, as part of The Splash Team (which is basically the street team for Forgive My Fins), today I have the honor of showing you the cover for Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs, which is the sequel to Forgive My Fins. I read and loved FMF earlier this year and now I am dying to read FAF. Anyways, here's the cover for Fins Are Forever!

Isn't it gorgeous!? I love it! The colors draw you in and they just pop!

Fins Are Forever will be released on June 28th, 2011. You can find out what it's about here. And here's a link to the widget.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shadow Hills ebook

Hey guys, I wanted to draw everyone's attention to the fact that the ebook version of Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus is now available. I read this book months ago and loved it!

Here's the summary:

His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

You can buy it at: Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Miss Lucy's Monograms Review + Gift Code Giveaway

Miss Lucy's Monograms

Zebra Tote and Hot Pink Bottom (Large) Review

Review by: Chris (aka Lauren's mom!) with help from Lauren.

Main Site:


It's fun to pick out your pattern. Monogram is in, so it's definitely cool that you can add that to your bag. I put my initials on the bag, but you can put your first name. There are a variety of colors for the thread and different types of styles for the monogram. The actual bag is very deep so you can use it for a variety of things including groceries, books, or even as a great over-night bag. It fits well on your shoulders so you don't have to worry about it sliding off. I think the straps might be wider, but in any case, it's definitely a good bag to carry around.

It has a little change purse inside which is great to carry a driver's license or other little items in. This would be awesome if you were using your bag to go to the gym or somewhere else you wouldn't want to carry your actual purse too.

Overall, I think this is a multi-versital bag and it comes in handy when carrying my medicine around places.


Prize: $30 Gift Code to the Site (U.S. Only) shipping is not included – merchandise only.

To Enter: Sign up for their newsletter here. Scroll down, it's on the left side in the column, and you'll give your first name and email address.

Ends: September 30th

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Disclaimer: We were sent a tote for review, but no other compensation was given. All opinions are own and not influenced by the company.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Warmly Yours' Under Desk Heater Review/Giveaway

Warmly Yours Review + Giveaway (Under Desk Heater)

Post By: Lauren

Review Written by: My mom and her friend Meri

Meri's Thoughts:

I had the PLEASURE of experimenting with the "Warmly Yours Under Desk Heater." This product is a carpet mat that is conveniently placed under my desk and plugged in to the nearest outlet. The mat is similar in size to that of a back seat floor mat in a car.

The mat heats up in less than 10 minutes. I can feel the heat through my shoes and up my pant legs. The mat is padded and comfortable. I have removed my shoes to allow my feet to feel the comfort of the carpet. I recommend this product to other Office-Freeze-Cats as myself!

My Mom Adds:

The mat blends into the decor very well and it is easily stored when you aren't using it.

Product Details-

Color: Merlot
Two Sizes: Small ($89.00) and Large ($139.00)
24/7 Technical Support for Life!


To Enter: Visit the site and let me know another product that you enjoy.

Open To: U.S. Only! Must be 13 years of age or older.

Prize: The same item I recieved!

Ends: September 30th!

Giveaway Note! If you are the winner, Warmly Yours would like to use your name and a small blurb about your thoughts on the product to post on their social media sites. Keep this in mind if you enter!

Giveaway Extras: Please leave a new, seperate comment for each thing you do. If something is worth more than one point, leave that many comments. (Ex. 2 points=2 comments)

+1 If you follow my blog!

+2 if you follow Let's Get Beyond Tolerance Blog. The official launch should be this month!

+4 if you bid on a Leave a Mark book. Right now it's The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff!

Disclaimer: I was sent an Under Desk Heater for review, but no other compensation was given. All opinions are our own.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Rose to the Fallen by April Bostic

A Rose to the Fallen by April Bostic
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Age Group: Adult
Formant: Paperback, 676 pgs.
Release Date: Out Now
My Copy: PDF, 676 pgs.
Source: Author
Review by: Alicia


Do soul mates really exist? Is there another person out there who was born just for you? And are they the only one who can answer your heart's call? Bridget Monahan is an elementary school teacher and she's about to find out the answers. Her heart is on the mend from many failed relationships, she's a skeptic when it comes to finding love, and the last thing she wants is to be set up on a blind date. However, she's introduced to the charming bad boy Tristan Hathaway. Bridget's first impression of Tristan is he reminds her of a beautiful fallen angel with a British accent that makes her knees weak. When they begin their passionate romance, Tristan is able to break her defenses that were guarding her heart for so long. Despite being opposites, she allows herself to fall deeper in love with him and starts to believe they are soul mates. Bridget unexpectedly becomes the student in this magical love affair and her biggest lesson is there's more to Tristan than she ever imagined.


Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely an adult book.

A Rose to the Fallen is considered a paranormal romance book, and while the romance was there, the paranormal really wasn’t. There were subtle hints of it, but nothing really happened until the end of the book. The lack of paranormal was very frustrating, but the romance made up for it.

Bridget and Tristan were incredibly interesting main characters. Their relationship was far from perfect as were they—which I appreciated. I absolutely loved reading about them, but there were times when they got on my nerves. Tristan, for instance, could be incredibly possessive, jealous and almost obsessive at times which I really didn’t like. Then there were times when Bridget was just plain stupid and I wanted to slap her. Other than that though, I enjoyed reading about them.

The story covers pretty much their entire relationship which I loved. I’m one of those people that wants to know just about everything about the characters. The ending was a shock for me, but the epilogue made everything better.

Overall, I loved reading this book. I was pretty much swept away when Bridget met Tristan, and that feeling lasted until the last page.

Cover comments: Definitely fits.

Overall: 4/5

Monday, September 13, 2010

BBAW: And We Should All Pay it Forward (GIVEAWAY)

This week is the ultra-awesome Book Blogger Appreciation Week and you can find lots of other fun giveaways here. I decided that in honor of BBAW and my own Pay it Forward event. I would love for some of you to also host a giveaway in honor of that too.


Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote "Pay it Forward" that became the movie. Yes, it was a book first. Her next novel Jumpstart the World comes out the same week as National Coming Out Day (and JTW deals with transgender issues). In honor of that, Oct. 11-15 (as the button says above) we will be holding some amazing auctions with all money going to the lgbt charity GLSEN. To promote it, please post the button above on your can grab the code in the upper right hand corner of this blog...or even hold a giveaway on your own spreading the word about the book, Jumpstart the World, and the auctions.

I also wanted to make sure you knew about the ongoing auctions from now until early December. You get a book MARKED UP by the author that wrote it...notes throughout that share secret, behind the scene information. Right now you can get the highly acclaimed The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It's BBAW...spread the word, bid, show your love of reading!

But enough about all of's time for the giveaway from me!

One of you (from U.S. or Canada) can enter to win a fun prize pack. If you'r a girl, I already have some fun items I wish to include...but if you're a guy, I'll figure something out.

What will definitely be included? A copy of Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde!!

This is my particular Pay it Forward/BBAW giveaway, so please link up your own, and remember it has to have the Pay it Forward button or mention the auctions with a link back to my blog or you can't link up here but can link up at the BBAW blog.

To Enter: What are your thoughts about Jumpstart the World, would you buy it/get it from the library, etc? Comment on the book somehow and you're entered. I'll have the summary posted below...

+1--Leave a NEW comment if you follow my blog. Thanks!

Have a Great Week...Lauren

Jumpstart the World Summary:

Elle is a loner. She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her.

Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door. He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He’s gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard.

But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down. Now she’ll have to search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world.

Tender, honest, and compassionate, Jumpstart the World is a stunning story to make you laugh, cry, and honor the power of love.

Back to School, Back to School... prove to dad that I'm not a fooooool -this quote courtesy of Billy Madison.

Want to prove to everyone that you aren't a fool? It's not just back to school needs, but we'll focus on that (and just switch things out for the holidays, fun, etc.) as you will!

The amazing site is called Plastic Jungle and you can find them at this link.

 You can buy, sell, and swap old gift cards with FREE SHIPPING every time. Now that's nice. The way it works to look through the various gift cards available and they have the amount that is ON the gift card and then the amount that the gift card COSTS to you. You get more by paying less!!

Need a new coat? Check out Burlington Coat Factory to see what you can save! You can even go shopping at Macy's. I saw a gift card with $50 on it and you only pay $44. 50. Look at that! It might not seem like a ton, but every little bit helps when it comes to back-to-school shopping and the upcoming holidays.

If you're like me you might be thinking BOOKS, and all of us book lovers know how expensive it can be to buy books...why not make it a bit easier on you by checking out these Barnes N Nobles cards?

What do you think? Is this a site you would enjoy checking out? Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming giveaway!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Leave a Mark-The 19th Wife One-of-a-Kind Edition

The next auction for Leave a Mark is live. This one book that I'm sure a lot of you would love to own MARKED UP. To learn more about what that means (it's one of a kind just so you know!!) then please go here and think about bidding.

Please think about spreading the word about the auctions in general. We have a lot more fun books to auction off soon and we'd love for more people to be aware and hopefully bid. The money goes to an amazing charity!!

Amazon Associates: If you want to the buy the book through this link, we get a small percentage. But I say bid first...then buy...because if you win the bid then you get an amazing special DIRECTOR'S CUT edition of this book.

Author Interview with Losing Faith's Denise Jaden

Interview with Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith (Out Now)

Questions by: Lauren

Amazon Associates: If you purchase the book from the link, the site gets a small percentage.

Follow the rest of the tour and win prizes:

1. If you could work with any other author (dead or alive) who would you pick and why?

Laurie Halse Anderson. While I don’t think I’d be much of an asset to her, I just love the way her brain works. I think she’s brilliant and I have the feeling that even being in the same room with her would open my mind to a whole new realm of possibilities.

2. If you could have written an already published book, what would it be and why?

I’m probably funny this way, but to be honest, I wouldn’t want to have written any books besides my own. My own books are very personal to me, and that’s what makes me love them the most. There are a vast number of extremely well-written, engaging, thought-provoking books out there, but none of them are…me. Besides that, I think a lot of future pressure comes with having a highly acclaimed book on the shelves, and while that’s fun to dream about, I’m not sure I’m actually ready for that.

3. If you could imagine the best possible scenario for Losing Faith or your writing career at large, what would happen?

I hope my book will be memorable and loved by at least a few people. It would be wonderful if it could reach an even larger audience through audiobook, foreign versions, and film. I found it more fun to “dream” when the whole process was far away. Now it can be scary—not wanting to get my hopes up, or unsure of the lasting effects and whether or not I’m ready for them.

4. If you could take a character from another book and add them to Losing Faith or a future work, who would you pick and what type of character would you make them?

I don’t know about book characters, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to add real-life celebrities into books. Unfortunately, you have to worry about legalities and how it reflects on them, so it doesn’t really work to say have Zac Efron show up and make a big scene at a high school football game or something. But it would be fun!

5. If you could simply wish on a shooting star, what would you most want?

I’d wish things for my son and for my family—long, happy lives; good, lasting relationships. As far as writing goes, I feel like I must have inadvertently wished upon a shooting star in my sleep, because I really could not ask for more. I’m very thankful for where I’m at and what I’ve achieved.

BTW: Don't forget to read the 9/11 Remembrance post below this one!

Friday, September 10, 2010

9/11 Remembrance-Leave Your Link

Tomorrow is September 11, 2001...the 9th anniversary of the attacks in the United States. We all know this of course. It was a horrible day and I'll always remember exactly where I was, even though I was just 11 at the time. I'm sure a lot of you are planning on writing your own post about this day and I definitely encourage you too...even if it's just something short and simple. It doesn't matter. However, I will ask you to include one thing...a link and information about the book American Widow by Alissa Torres.

It's a graphic novel (someone else did the art) but Alissa wrote the story about losing her husband on 9/11. I know there are a few books from wives that lost their husbands...but this one is in a different format and something I believe that more people would be interested in reading. Think about picking up a copy, asking about it at the library, or ordering it online this weekend. Remember 9/11 through books. Honor those who were lost by reading a personal story. You can learn more about Alissa at her site here. Two of the things that really strike me about her particular story is A. she was pregnant with their son and B. her husband died on his second day of work for Cantor Fitzgerald.

I have a Mr. Linky below...if you write about 9/11 and include information about Alissa and her book, please leave a link. I'd love to stop by and read it, and will definitely leave a comment to as many blogs as I can. Spread the word. Remember with me.


Mr. the box.

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Silas Winterbottom Review + Perfect Product for Book

The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom by Stephen M. Giles

Review by: Lauren

Copy From: Publisher (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

Amazon Associates: We get a small percent for the site if you buy the book from the link

Official Summary: And you thought your family was strange.

I am dying. . . I might get the chance to know you before death takes me...I would like you to be my guest at Sommerset. . .I have enclosed a check for $ 10,000. . . Should you accept my offer...

Uncle Silas has always been greedy, evil, insulting, and extremely rich! But a dying uncle with a vast fortune is definitely one worth getting to know. Even if it means spending 2 months on his secluded island home with a houseful of suspicious servants and a hungry pet crocodile.

But what is Uncle Silas really up to? Will Adele, Milo, and Isabella outlive Uncle Silas to inherit his money? And just who is that mysterious "guest" in his basement? Is it worth the money (or their lives) to stick around and find out?

Review: This is a Middle Grade novel that is just as fun for someone older. Silas is an evil old man that creeps around his giant mansion in a wheelchair, crocodile always by his side. From the cover illustration and details you recieve in the book, the look and often the way Silas talked reminded me of another S-named man...Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books.

This is obviously just the first book in the series but it interests you right away and leaves you dying to know what happens next. I love that it's not simply a set-up book with very little going actually get some death-defying moments for all the kids and Silas himself...but who makes it to the end? You have to read to find out!

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the language and way the author writes the story, as if a narrator telling the tale of a corrupt family. It has a sophisticated  feel. The author is actually from Australia and that is where the story is placed, so it definitely gives you that type of proper speaking you often associate with England and such...if you're like me that is.

I believe the only thing I could really "complain" about, if you will, is all the talk of flowers. It does mean something on a bigger level...but I feel there might have been too much detail paid attention to the types of flowers and all the gardens at Silas' house. It slowed things down a bit for me sometimes. Besides that though, it's a fairly quick read and lots of fun!

Silas Winterbottom gives you mystery, suspense, familial bonding and hate, humor of all sorts, crazy monsters, mad scientists, and more.

The book is out now.

A perfect product to go along with this book!

I love window shopping online and I've found many fun products. Sometimes I try and bring them to you via giveaways and the like...but I thought a fun new feature might be to find something to go along with a book I'm reviewing. That way if you want to buy the book (or maybe even have it) you can find something special to go with it. Put the book and the product together and you'll create a wonderful gift for someone.

For Silas Winterbottom's book, he puts his young nieces and nephew into some harrowing situations. If they had certain tools...getting out alive might be a bit easier for them. So my product choice would be-

Survival Kit in a Sardine Can from ThinkGEEK

* it's small and compact, so the kids could hide it easily on their person
* it includes lots of great tools one might need to escape from somewhere
*it's waterproof and can float in the water...and with a place surrounded by a moat, that's great!

Actual Can Includes (taken from site)

The kit includes one of each of the following items: non-aspirin pain reliever, adhesive bandage, alcohol prep pad, antibiotic ointment, book of matches, compass, chewing gum, sugar, salt, energy nugget, duct tape, fire starter cube, first aid instructions, fish hook & line, note paper, pencil, razor blade, safety pin, reflective signal surface, tea bag, waterproof bag, whistle, and wire clip.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Personally HUGE Giveaway + Pay it Forward for GLSEN

So you may have heard about the Monopoly giveaway. For the first time ever (or that I know of) all the fake money is becoming REAL. That's a little more than 20,000 dollars. People had to enter their more than 75 words of why they would like to win the money. Now it's voting time. For the next 20 days, people can register on the site and vote for the story they time each day, I believe.

The top 75 will be decided through votes and after that...well it comes down to one winner who gets all the money.

My story is about my mom who has a kidney disease. I'd love to donate money to a charity on behalf of her and others who are there is no cure. You can read my story at the following link and it's posted under ShootingStars. If the link doesn't work, let me know.

Now, I'm sure many of you would vote for me out of the goodness of your hearts...but I do want to give back a little bit. Let's say I actually WIN this money and can donate to charity and help my mom's medical bills a bit, etc. etc...then I'll give one of YOU a $100 gift certificate to wherever you want. This will come directly from me and not the money I win, as I really would be FLOORED if I happened to win.

However...I know that's a long shot, but just getting into the top 75 is a great shot and that's my first goal. So if I reach that point, you get a $15 gift card to the retailer of your choice (as long as I can purchase this online or near me.)

Each time you vote for me...leave one comment. If you get someone else to vote for me and they are NOT entering this giveaway, leave another comment for yourself. For example: You have a sibling enter as well.

Please spread the word. This would honestly mean a lot to me and my family. I know I had people vote for me in the past for something...I didn't win but I really appreciated everyone's help and I hope we can show Hasbro just how great bloggers are this time!!

The following link is in the right hand sidebar...there on top. Consider the voting part of your Pay it Forward deeds for the month of September.

If you want to do something else though, I'd love to have you on board. Post this button on your blog, put it in a post, or hold your OWN giveaway. If you do, remember...this is in honor of Catherine Ryan Hyde and her new book Jumpstart the World out this October. She also wrote Pay it Forward (hence the name). Auctions will be held to raise money for GLSEN, but to spread the word about that and further support Catherine, we want you all to host a giveaway of your own. Don't make it last too long, as we want the winner of your giveaway (or anyone else who wishes to help) to host their OWN giveaway...hence Pay it Forward...and so on and so forth. All giveaways for this should end by October 9 though as the auctions start a couple days later and we want people to be ready and able to start bidding and to perhaps even buy Jumpstart the World!!!

ETA: If you are going to host a giveaway for Pay it Forward or even just post about the event (and I'd love you if you did and you might get a chance to win something if you do) leave the link by clicking on the Mister Linky below.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Auctions, Giveaways, Seeking Help!

So I have some fun things in the works but I need a bit of help for a few.

1. I am promoting Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde. We are going to be having some auctions in October, with all money going the LGBT charity  GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, Straight...Education Network.

However, we're still looking for some people to donate something to be bidded on. If you have a company or know one that might wish to help, let me know or contact them and have them write me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

2. Leading up to that, I want to have some September giveaways. More details if you write me, but that's all you crazy bloggers out or not. So please let me know if you're possibly interested ASAP. I have a button being made for people to post, which should be given to me soon. Again write here: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

3. Christmas is already on my mind and instead of having an event in December when you don't have time to purchase from the shops being featured...I'm doing an October month of great ideas for Christmas gifts so keep an eye out and maybe find the perfect item for that special someone on your list!!! I hope to have a button made for this too...if you wish to volunteer, email me. Oh, and if you have someone on your list that you want a gift for but aren't sure what...leave details about them in the comments or email me and I'll try and find a company to feature that might hold what you need!

~ Lauren

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White & Interview

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 352 pgs.
Release Date: 8/31/10—OUT NOW
My Copy: ARC, 339 pgs.
Source: Publisher
Review by: Alicia


Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


Paranormalcy is a new and totally unique debut. I bleeping loved it!

The very first page sucked me, as did the entire book. Learning about Evie and her life and work at the IPCA was fascinating. Evie was very different, for many different reasons. I spent half the book trying to figure out what Evie was—she always says she is human, so if she is, why is she able to see through paranormals' glamours? When the truth came out, I was shocked. I loved reading about Evie. She tries so hard to be normal and live a normal life; I wanted her to have that.

Lend and Evie have an amazing romance. They are shy, sweet, innocent, cute and awkward. They were perfect for each other. Honestly, thinking about them together just gives me warm, happy feelings. They were a breath of a fresh air with their awkwardness—especially when a lot of books are more heated.

I have to say, I have mixed feelings about Reth. Reth is Evie’s ex-boyfriend, and a faerie. There were only a few times I liked him. For the most part, he kind of creeped me out.

Since there are two more books coming—which I am dying for—I was worried that Paranormalcy would end on a horrible cliffhanger, leaving me annoyed with the fact that I would have to wait a year. Luckily, there wasn’t. The ending definitely left you wanting more though.

Cover Comments: Love it! The girl is a pretty good match for Evie and she’s wearing a pink dress; perfect fit!

Overall: 5/5

Interview with Kiersten White:

1) If you could be any supernatural being, what would it be?

Faerie, but only so I could use the Faerie Paths to go anywhere in the world on a whim. The whole immortality and amorality thing I could do without.

2) Why does Evie love pink so much?

I think it stems from her desire to be absolutely normal and mainstream, and pink is (in her mind) the ultimate normal girl color.

3) What is your favorite part about being an author?

Writing! Which I seem to be doing less and less of these days... However, it's also been amazing getting notes from actual teenagers who have read and enjoyed my book.

4) What are you currently reading?

I just finished Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay. Both very good.

5) What are you working on now?

This interview. After which I'll probably answer another one. Bookwise, however, I just finished up a round of edits on Supernaturally, the sequel to Paranormalcy. This fall I hope to finish an Ultra Top Secret Project, and then the third Paranormalcy book, and then edits on a ghost story I wrote a while back and am still trying to get just right!


Sounds awesome! Thanks for the interview Kiersten!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Interview with Actor Joey Lawrence

Photo sent for Promotional Use only

Conference Call Interview with Joey Lawrence

Questions by: Lauren (I have only included my own. If you want the whole transcript, email me!)

Joey Lawrence can be seen on Melissa & Joey (co-starring Melissa Joan Hart) Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC Family. There have been a few weeks of episodes so far and I have to say that I'm a fan. I've practically grown up on the works of Melissa and Joey and love that they are back on television...especially as it's a comedy. They have wonderful chemistry and it's a great family show...if you're kids are teens. They do have teen humor and parents should note that. It's a great show in my opinion and I'm really enjoying it!

Now if you aren't sure what this show is basic terms: Melissa has inherited her niece and nephew, Joey lost a great job and is now her male nanny (or manny) and the two of them live together trying to raise these two teens when neither of them are parents!

On to the Interview!

L. Becker: I know in the past you’ve worked with your brothers in a lot of different projects. Is there any chance one of them would guest star in the future? Would you be interested in that?

J. Lawrence: Sure. I love those guys, man. I love those guys. They’re so talented. Yes. We’re already starting to throw around some ideas in interesting, cool ways to have Matt and Andy on the show in some regard. As a matter of fact, it’s a very good chance that Matt at some point will be on the show very shortly, and Andrew will as well, but I think the role for Matt will probably come up first. But it’s something that we’re working on, yes, because those guys are excellent and if there’s a role that makes sense, there’s nobody that I’d want to play it more than those guys. But we have really great writers who find new and unique ways to make these things that you expect and twist them on their head, and that’s this idea that we have for both Matt and Andy that will be on separately. But yes, definitely working on it.

L. Becker: I know you’re still involved with film other than TV and I was wondering if there’s any upcoming projects or things you’re working on that you could talk about?

J. Lawrence: We’ve got a new record coming out next year, which is going to be exciting. It’s the first time in a long time, but it’s so good and it’s taken a life of its own. I was able to work with Matthew Gerard on the whole thing, and I don’t know if you know who he is, but you can Google him. He’s just a prolific producer and has had 30 number one hit songs, and one that Kelly Clarkson did, Jesse McCartney, to the Hannah Montana, it’s just incredible what he’s been able to do to Miley Cyrus and all that stuff. We just started working and it’s turned into this amazing thing. I wrote the theme song for the show, so that will be on the record as well, as a remix version, which is great.

In terms of films, I’m always working on that. That’s just a process that I really wanted to take my time and not rush it. That’s why even as a teenager I passed on a lot of those movie roles because I wanted to do them later when I felt like as a man that I’d be able to do the roles that I wanted to do. We’re getting there.

I’m going to be doing a movie next year called Havana Heat, which is this big action Miami Vice thing, sort of in the line of The Expendables. Wesley Snipes is in it and we’re working with a bunch of great other guys. They’re closing their deals right now so I can’t really talk about them, but we’re going to put together sort of a dream team of amazing action guys and I’m going to play this cop that is sort of in the middle of it all. It’s about a drug lord that goes from the United States down to Cuba and me and my team follow him. It’s really exciting. It’s really cool. We’re going to start shooting that probably early next year, as soon as I’m done with hopefully the first full season of the show and before I start the second season.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Book Review: Fade to Black

Fade to Black: A Book of Over 1500 Movie Obituaries by Paul Donnelley

Review by: Lauren

Copy From: Publisher sent for review, but all opinions are mine.

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This is a fascinating book. The obituaries are essentially short biographies of various movie stars. It's much more interesting than it sounds get a look at what they've done in their life personally and professionally, some actors have quotes included, and of course they let you know just how and when they passed away.

Obviously, this is quite a big book so there is no way I could have read through the entire thing. That's not really what it's there for's a perfect item for any movie fan as it could go in their book collection or used as a coffee table book. I skimmed the book to find some various actors that I personally knew to read up a bit on them.

Some of those were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy!), Heath Ledger and Farrah Fawcett (shows how updated this new version is), Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore...I actually didn't remember how he passed away but I know it was quite sad as I was a huge Harry Potter fan) and even Cary Grant who was intriguing to read about. I saw his film Bringing Up, Baby for the first time last year so I wanted to learn more about the man behind the screen. He really is a good person to read about as he's lived an interesting life.

Those are, of course, just some of the many, many people that were included in the book. The very first person listed is actually singer Aaliyah who died in a plane crash. I actually remember that, having heard her music growing up. I particularly enjoyed "Try Again" if you remember that one.

My mom has even flipped through this book, highly enjoying it. I wasn't sure what she would think...I thought I might donate the book to a family member after the review but I can't now! She really loves it and thinks it's a wonderful collection. I don't really want to give it away either...I just like to share the things I like with others I think might like it too.  (wow, lot of likes) They have to buy it though! I'm curious to keep reading up on some other people I've heard of but don't know much about.

Who would you want to look up in this book (you never know...they might be included!)?