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2012 Teen & YA Stage
Orange County Children’s Book Festival

9:45am Panel: "On The PRE End of Teen"
Moderator: Derek the Ghost - Scary School Series
Shelley Moore Thomas - The Seven Tales of Trinket
Benny Alano - Hand Puppet Horror
Russ & Nancy Rodrigue - Hidden Mickey

10:15am EJ Altbacker - Shark Wars Series

10:30am Greg van Eekhout - The Boy At The End Of The World

10:45am Gitty Daneshvari - Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever
This is a BRAND NEW Monster High Series, introducing 3 new characters!

11:00am Panel: "Suspense, Alternate Worlds and a Teen Wolf?"
Moderator: Nancy Holder - Teen Wolf Series
Lissa Price - Starters
Gretchen McNeil - Ten
Jessica Therrien - Oppression

11:30am Sarah Maas - Throne of Glass

11:45am Lisa Desrochers - Last Rites

Noon Panel: "School, Love & Honor!"
Moderator:  Jessi Kirby - In Honor
Jessica Brody - 52 Reasons To Hate My Father
Carol Tanzman - Circle of Silence
Janet Tashjian - For What It's Worth
Max Doty - Surviving High School

1:00pm Panel:  "Will Work For Books"
Local Teen & YA Book Review Bloggers
Moderator: Ishita The Reading Fish -
Zareen - Reach for the Stars...and the Books! -
Ashlyn - Teenage Reader -
Mary - BookHounds Young Adult -

1:30pm Jennifer Bosworth - Struck

1:45pm Andrew Smith - Passenger (Marbury Lens)

2:00pm Panel: eBooks - Keeping It Interactive!
Teen & YA Authors from Coliloquy Publishing
Moderator: Heidi R. Kling - Witches Brew
From - The Spellspinners of Melas County Series
Kira Snyder - Parish Mail
Jessica Ettling - Georgetown Academy

3:00pm A Very Steampunk High Tea & Book Signing
You are invited to a Tea Party with Steampunk Authors
Your hostess: Suzanne Lazear - Innocent Darkness
Nancy & Belle Holder - Furry Fantastic
Kailin Gow - Steampunk Scarlet series


FURday PhoDOGraphy


Don't forget to stop by FRIDAYS WITH FRED over at Mina Burrows blog


Giveaway BANNED BOOKS WEEK HOP Win your choice!

Welcome to the BANNED BOOKS WEEK Giveaway Hop! 

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There are over eighty blogs participating and each has their own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one.  This hop starts September 28th and and runs through October 6th,  midnight.


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Sorry, I am behind again -- I am on the second round of antibiotics!


What in God's Name by Simon Rich

Karen B.

Books to Movies


Web of Power  Fall into Romance 5 books!

THE WARRIOR by Margaret Mallory
BAREFOOT IN THE RAIN- by Roxanne St. Claire
AN HEIRESS AT HEART by Jennifer Delamere


Under the Sea $10 to the Book Depository!

Lisa -- she picked Underwater Love by MaryJanice Davidson - one of my favorites!

Sinners on Tour Set by Olivia Cunning

Amber  H.

Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn

Patricia N.

Clean by Alex Hughes

Holly B.

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Waiting On Wednesday Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice + Ashley Witter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Book Description

November 20, 2012 Interview With the Vampire
A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man...and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs...

About the Author
One of America's most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. She has written over 30 novels and one autobiography. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive. She lives and works in California.


  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316176362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316176361


GIVEAWAY Concilium by Michelle Pickett WIN $50 to Amazon #BookBlast

Concilium by Michelle Pickett

A tale of deadly creatures and forbidden romance...

Leslee hit a strange animal with her car. Now she’s marked for death.

It was a simple car accident – the animal didn’t even die – but it drew the attention of the Cruor Imbibo. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the secret society of Imbibo has devoured the dregs of civilization for centuries. Afraid Leslee will expose them, and put an end to their meal ticket, the Imbibo want her dead.

The Concilium is Leslee's only protection. Guardian of the ancient secret and the protector of humans, the Concilium fights to control the Imbibo and end their feeding frenzy. Miller works for the Concilium. Keeping Leslee alive is his next assignment.

Now Leslee is on the run, and the only thing between her flesh and the snapping jaws of the Imbibo is Miller. He and Leslee quickly form a bond, but will falling in love make Miller’s job more difficult? Because if he fails, Leslee will be next on the Imbibo menu.

The Cruor Imbibo are coming, and they're coming for Leslee.

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About Author Michelle Pickett:

Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child.  She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting.  Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010.  It was released July of 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing.  The sequel, Concilium: The Departure will also be published by MuseItUp Publishing with scheduled release date of November 2012.
Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.  Milayna, a young adult paranormal romance, will be released through Spencer Hill Press March 2014.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan.  She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her incredibly supportive husband, four wonderful children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks it's queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance.

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Love dogs?  Love books?  Love libraries? Hate Book-burning werewolves?

Once long ago the Shipsfeather Academy was a training ground for an ancient race of dog-shifters whose mission was to protect the world’s knowledge. A powerful curse sealed these librarians in the basement of their building and gave the control of the town to a pack of book-burning werewolves.
Librarian Liberty Cutter watches in horror as the town’s public library goes up in flames and plans to re-establish the library in the abandoned Shipsfeather Academy building. 

Chronus, the Old English Sheepdog headmaster of the academy and leader of the dog-shifters, knows he must make some changes to continue to keep his pack safe. But even if he could persuade Liberty to believe in a talking sheepdog, how far can she be trusted? And will she ever be able to care for him as a man. He has to try, because Liberty Cutter and her staff of zany librarians may hold the key to the dog-shifters’ freedom…and the future of the town.

Amber Polo  
A love of books drew Amber Polo into a career as a librarian. A greater love turned her into a writer. The Shapeshifters’ Library series is an urban fantasy filled with books, librarians and dogs, and a library everyone will love. Reviewers are calling it a “cozy” fantasy.

The mystical side of Sedona, AZ became the paranormal setting for her first novel Romancing Rebecca. One day a plane flew past her office window and she turned her pen to her own airpark backyard and Flying Free was the result. In addition to her two novels and short romantic fiction, she is proud of her self-produced , Relaxation One Breath at a Time a CD that uses her voice to teach relaxation to calm your body and mind and/or help you fall asleep.

Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer’s Highoffers hundreds of tips to help writers and readers relax. Sample her writing and see why Midwest Book Review called her work “quirky” and “profound” (is that profoundly quirky or quirkily profound?).

After living in seven states, she happily calls a small town in Arizona home.

To help writers and readers reduce stress, her Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writers’ High, offers suggestions and simple exercises. 


1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?

To cover up that I’m too old to remember, I’ll just say – never ask a librarian about books unless you have an hour or two to spare. 

2. What are you reading right now? 

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma, an historical fantasy, Andrea Thalasinos’ An Echo through the Snow (about Siberian Huskies), and Ceridwen Terrill’s Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs.

3. How does your garden grow? 

Usually I’m transplanting cactus and bleeding or fighting the desert. Either no rain or too much. But seeing mountain on all sides makes up for everything. I am also the Queen of Rosemary. It grows and when it grows too much, pruning gives me a splendid high. 

4. What is the last thing you Googled?

 “U.S. Wolf Refuge” to get their email address to tell them about the blog post I wrote about them.

5. What makes you cringe? 

Thinking of how many books I want to read.

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Review LULLABY by AMANDA HOCKING @MacKidsBooks @amanda_hocking

Book Description

November 27, 2012 Watersong Novels (Book 2)

Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers. 

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life.  Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world.  It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs.  Just as she's drifting far away from her old life,  Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed.  All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

About the Author
AMANDA HOCKING is the New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and a lifelong Minnesotan. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she became the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age. This is the second book in her new Watersong series with St. Martin's Press.



****spoilers if you haven't read Wake****

This book picks up right after the ending of Wake.  Gemma has gone with the other three sirens since their leader, Penn, has threatened harm to her family and friends.  The story centers much more around her older sister, Harper, and Harper's quest to find Gemma and bring her to safety.  This one alternates between Harper and Gemma's point of view.  Penn is probably the most evil mean girl I have ever read about and again this story continues with  the Slasher Movie goodness.  There were a lot of "don't do it" and "something bad is going to happen here" type shouts from me.  I read this quick and easy read in about 3 hours, so yes, it really kept my attention!

I am glad I got to know Harper a bit better and Hocking does a wonderful job filling out her character.  Like all second books in a series, this one is a bit more quiet and not so full of action until I was left hanging at the end of the book.  Of course, that is just to keep me reading the rest of the series.
Even Gemma becomes more authentic in this installment. The boys surrounding the girls, Alex and Daniel try their best to help Harper out getting Gemma back home.  They may have a few gifts of their own that might help Gemma but those are only alluded to towards the end of the book.  

I also loved Marcy, Harper's coworker at the library and her snarky comments. Not everything works like she thinks it should and that is part of Marcy's charm.  Now, if Harper can get over the fact that she can't be responsible for Gemma any more than this series will take off.  I did miss Nathalie, the girls' mother, not having that strong in this one. I hope she makes more of an appearance in the next.   I think I enjoyed this one more than the first since the writing seemed to flow a bit better and it was as cartoony as the first.  Parents there is some heavy petting, mentions of alcohol, although no drinking and some violence.  


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005656

Review UNRAVEL ME by TAHEREH MAFI @HarperTeen @TaherehMafi

Book Description

February 5, 2013

tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

About the Author
Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. Shatter Me and Unravel Me are the first two novels in a trilogy about Juliette.



****spoilers if you haven't read Shatter Me****

To avoid most of the spoilers, this is kind of a rambling review --just totally random thoughts about the book.

Sigh.  I didn't think a sequel could live up to a first book like Shatter Me, but this second effort by Tahereh Mafi was nearly as good.  The story balances dialogue with descriptive prose just perfectly.  Instead of feeling devastated while reading this one, I was filled with hope although I wanted to knock Juliette upside the head a few times or get her some Prozac.  This girl is seriously depressed and even though she has good reason for being down on herself, she really needs to get her life in order if she wants to save the world.  I realize that being held captive for about five years would do some serious damage but she really needs to snap out of it now that she is surrounded by acceptance.  Seriously, can't the Girls lay hands on her to fix this? They can fix physical ailments, so why not mental?  

Juliette is still building walls to keep people out, well, almost everyone except Adam.  She connects with him and he can touch her, but she is starting to notice that unlike Warner, Adam weakens around her.  The characters still remind me of the high school X-Men and everyone at Omega Point seems to have found a purpose except her.  The lines are drawn between The Reestablishment and of course war is imminent but with such a small group against a multitude, Juliette soon discovers that she is their secret weapon.  And that brings us back to Warner.

Without going into detail, she comes back into contact with Warner and discovers that he really has feelings for her, although they are not exactly what Juliette is looking for.  Yep, there ya go:  the dreaded love triangle.  There is something about Warner that I can't explain.  He seems just as damaged as Juliette.  Can he be rehabilitated or is he too far gone to have any good left in him?  At least Juliette is just as confused as I am about him.  Is Juliette really a weapon or is she a pawn?  Oh and dear Kenji?  Really?  I think everyone needs more Kenji in their lives, so  please Ms. Mafi, write a series just about him.  Can she get her life together by the time they need her?  Will she stop wallowing in self pity to realize that she is of worth and worthy of love?  Ok, these questions are answered by the end of the book, but I am still in doubt of her progress.  I need the last installment for conclusive facts.  


  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062085530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062085535



We walked down to the beach to watch Endeavour fly over.  I couldn't believe how many people were on the beach.  They closed down the right lane of Pacific Coast Highway so people could stop and watch.  Unfortunately, fog delayed the Shuttle and it didn't fly over the beach like it was supposed to. You can see a little white blob right between the white and blue car, right where the yellow sign is.  Schatze had a great time at the beach since everyone was petting her!


Review LOVE ANTHONY by LISA GENOVA @LisaGenova @GalleryBooks

Book Description

September 25, 2012

From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Aliceand Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.
Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

About the Author
Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Left Neglected and Still Alice. She graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide, speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent, and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s Disease. She has appeared onThe Dr. Oz ShowThe Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the documentary film, To Not Fade Away. She lives with her husband and three children in Cape Cod.


Beth has just discovered her husband has been having an affair.  She kicks him out and struggles to figure out what happened to her once promising life where she had planned to become a writer.  Instead, she has ended up on Nantucket Island raising her three girls and a dog.  While the girls are at school, Beth decides to follow her heart and start the book she always wanted to write.  While at the library, she finds a book that inspires her to finish one of her short stories about a child with autism.  One night, in despair, she rips up all the family photos that include her husband. The girls are upset, so Beth sets out to find a new photographer to replace the pictures. 
Olivia, has spent the last two years mourning the death of her son, Anthony, who died of a seizure.  Anthony was diagnosed with autism and she spends all of the family savings and goes into debt to find him help.  Her marriage is finished and she retreats to the vacation home they bought as an investment.   As a former editor of self help books, she fills her time with reading and develops her hobby of photography into a business that can support her. Beth and Olivia connect at a photo shoot and when Beth discovers that Olivia is an editor, she asks her to help her with the book she has written.  
The book turns out to be far more intimate and Olivia is overwhelmed that Beth has written her son's story from his point of view and in what seems his own words.  I have read Genova's previous books and enjoyed both of them, but I think that this is probably my favorite so far.  I learned so much about how autism can effect a family to the point of bankruptcy and can destroy the relationship of the family.  The characters are people you know, like the friend who finds her husband cheating, the family with a devastating illness and how much friends can help you recover.  Beth has an amazing support system that all rally around her.  Olivia seems to be so alone but she takes the time to find herself and recover.  This book will be an excellent choice for a book group.  Fans of Jodi Picoult should adore this one.
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439164681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439164686