Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last Day to Enter!

Last day to ENTER the Halloween Contest!!! So go ENTER now!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Have a young adult novel-or a YA novel idea-tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you're not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York's TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.

Regina Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author ofWriting Great Books for Young Adults. Brooks has been instrumental at establishing and building the careers of many YA writers, including three-time National Book Award Honoree and Michael Printz Honoree Marilyn Nelson, as well as Sundee Frazier-a Coretta Scott King Award winner, an Oprah Book Pick and an Al Roker book club selection. As an agent, she is known for her ability to turn raw talent into successful authors.

ADDITIONALLY: The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors atRandom House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooksand Penguin. All 20 will receive free autographed copies ofWriting Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writermagazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a reading and editorial letter from Regina Brooks and free 10-week writing course courtesy of the Gotham Writer's Workshop.

Please submit all entries via the contest website at http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/YAPitch.php. One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to theU.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until 11:59pm (ET),

NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMoIn honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)-an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days-this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

So apply now! http://bit.ly/1PYGaN

GREAT PRIZES
The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York's premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year's subscription to The Writer magazine!
The Top 20 Entrants will receive autographed copies ofWriting Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

JUDGING
YA literary agent Regina Brooks, along with editors at Sourcebooks, will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Dan Ehrenhaft, head Acquisitions Editor at Sourcebooks Fire; Alisha Niehaus, Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin); David Linker, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books; Michele Burke, Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House); and Evette Porter, Editor at Harlequin. These judges will whittle the top 20 down to four winners and a grand prize winner-all five will be provided commentary on their submissions.

For more information Paul SamuelsonPublicity Dept.Sourcebooks, Inc.630-536-0557 630-961-2168 (Fax)Twitter ID: @psamuelson01http://www.sourcebooks.com/

-M.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Remake's + Mini Challenge

So over at the lovely Princess Bookie, there are two fun contests, so I've decided to combine the two.

The first one is the "big box challenge" where you are given three options regarding new YA books and their covers, all three options result in the chance to win some A-mazing ARC's!

I choose option 1 which was to "Recreate One Of The Book Images in a post on your blog or include the link to your post. Be Creative. Have fun. Take A Picture, Make A Picture. Include yourself, include others, be creative."

I redid the cover of "Brightly Woven" which looks like the below:














The mini challenge was to name 8 or 5 of your favorite things, easy right? And for free books? Um Yes!

1.) Mi familia! (I consider my friends as family as well)
2.) Reading
3.) Writing
4.) Designing
5.) Water sports
6.) Skiing
7.) Camp
8.) Love

Alright so that's it!

Be sure to go and enter these fun challenges at princess bookie here

Good luck and have fun!

-M.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Contest!

Yay! Halloween! The perfect holiday for all of us paranormal lovers. Ghosts, goblins, zombies, vamps, and CANDY! What's not to love?

As fun and awesome as Halloween is, it can be even better! How? Well when there is a Halloween contest of course!


Check out these Halloween books up for the win!






Jade Green: a ghost story

At first glance the large brown house at the end of Stone Street seems so forbidding that Judith Sparrow wants to turn back. But turn back to where?
Recently orphaned, she has no alternative other than to be taken in by her stern uncle Geoffrey, who agreed to the arrangement with one peculiar provision: Judith could bring with her whatever belongings she liked except for anything green. The color green is strictly forbidden in his house.
Upon arrival at the house, Judith is determined to make the best of it and indeed is cheered by the warmth and charm of Mrs. Hastings, her uncle's housekeeper, if less so by her older cousin Charles, who seems to alternate between friendliness and a certain suspicious animosity. Even her uncle seems willing to open up to her at times.
But then strange, ghostly things begin to happen, and Judith finds her happiness in her new home, including a budding romance with Zeke, the miller's son, compromised by terrifying experiences she can share with no one, not to mention the ghastly stories she hears about the household's past.
And Judith must wonder if her one small transgression of the rule -- her having concealed in her trunk a small green picture frame given to her by her mother -- has somehow caused it all by bringing that past to life again.







Vampire Breath





Exploring his basement, Freddy and his friend Cara discover a mysterious bottle labeled ""Vampire Breath"" and accidentally break it open, unleashing a very thirsty Count Nightwing on the town.















Revelations: a blue bloods novel

Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City's wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.
Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question--is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire's secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.




+Some CANDY!


Open to U.S. only, sorry :( Even though it's a holiday there's still a hole in my wallet.


I'll be sure to make one of my other contests international though!


EXTRA ENTRIES


+5 For posting this somewhere, twitter, blog, sidebar etc.
+5 If you are a follower
+4 If you link this contest on your sidebar or post about it
+3 If you follow us on twitter (bookmac13)
+2 If you tell me your favorite part of Halloween
+1 for commenting on any of previous posts


DEADLINE: 10/31/09

Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
Bublisher: Egmont
For Review

Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope. As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing. With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.

-M.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blood Promise




Blood Promise
by Richelle Mead
# of pages: 512
age range: 14+
rating: 4.5/5
publisher: razorbill (august 25th 2009)

How far will Rose go to keep her promise?
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

I totally forgot to review this book, I'd read it awhile ago, while I was reading another book, and with school and everything else going on I blanked on reviewing it. (oops!) I actually went to the signing for this book, and it was actually the first YA book signing I'd ever been to. It was a long, but great experience, and I would love to do it again! Richelle (pretty name, right!?)is actually a very funny person and it was a pleasure meeting her.

To say I was anxious to read this book would be a major understatement. With the cliffhanger on the previous book, Shadow Kiss, I think it can be agreed among all of us VA fans that Blood Promise was instantly a "must read". Richelle did not disappoint. From the very first page I was sucked in, flipping page by page, up at all hours reading.

Rose, *spoiler alert for those who haven't read the first three books*, was in Russia on her search for Dimitri, the now Strigoi, and was without luck. As the book progressed I was introduced to Dimitri's family, a new Russian friend, and a "mobster"(term used loosely) who has a connection to Rose unbeknown to her.

With a dramatic climax and (another *groan*) cliffhanger ending, I was on the edge of my seat through the span of the book, eagerly waiting for more. By the end, those 500 pages didn't seem to be enough. This is a fabulous fourth installment to the series, and believe me when I tell you, I am dying (haha) to read the fifth, but not final, book; Spirit Bound.


If you liked this book or series, check out:
Blue Bloods (and following books): Melissa de la Cruz
Morganville Vampires: Rachel Caine
Evernight: Claudia Gray
Wiked Lovely: Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange: Melissa Marr.
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
Graceling: Kristin Cashore
Strange Angels: Lili St. Crow

Buy this book on Amazon now (only $9 HC!): here

Check out Richelle Mead here

look at this slightly different cover:









-M.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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In My Mailbox is hosted by Kirsti of the Stroy Siren, so a big thanks to her for starting this, or hosting this, whateves! Anyways, i'm hitting it up in NYC this lovely weekend, and my internet access is very limited. I'm crossing by fingers that I can make it through this post without loosing it.

Anyways, I haven't posted one of these in what, 2-3 weeks? Yeah, I think thats right. Back to the point, I've been trying to finish up some of my own books but that only lasted until I went to library...and then...well needless to say I got quite a few books these past couple weeks, enough that I'm not going to post any pictures or synopsis's because it would take too long. But, I will link them to amazon so you can go check out the books there.

***Read this Disclaimer Please***

Sorry, internet is going away fast and furious here, i'll post the links later!

In the Mail:

The Secret Society: Tom Dolby (Trade from Princess Bookie)

From the Library:

Fragile Eternity: Melissa Marr
The Amarath Enchantment: Julie Berry
And then Everything Unraveled: Jennifer Struman
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters: Ben Winters

From School:

Kissed by an Angel: Elizabeth Chandler

From the Strand (best book store in the whole world!):

Lips Touch: Laini Taylor (arc)
Karma for Beginners: Jessica Blank (arc)
Prophecy of the Sisters: Michelle Zink (arc w/ finished copy dust jacket)
It's not you it's me: Jerry Williams (arc)
The Almost Archer Sisters: Lisa Gabriele
The Splendor Falls: Rosemary Clement-Moore

total: $24! great deal!

Bought from the library:

Happiness Sold Separately:
The Host: Stephenie Meyer
Lock and Key: Sarah Dessen
Kristen: The Clique Summer Collection: Lisi Harrison
Chasing Harry Winston:
Shopaholic and Sister: Sofie Kinsella
Paper Towns: John Green
ttfn: Lauren Myracle
Found: Margaret Petterson Haddix
Revelations: Melissa de la Cruz

total at a bookstore: $173

What I paid: $5

Our library was having a $5 dollar fill a bag sale, where you pay 5 bucks, get a plastic shopping bag, and go crazy! I was very, very, very, excited!

TOTAL BOOKS: 23

So thats all for me this week, I don't even know how long it will take me to read all of these, I already am up to my ears in tbr's. So what's in your mailbox?

Comments, recommendations, concerns, thoughts? Let me know!

-M.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Silver Phoenix

Silver Phoenix
by Cindy Pon

# of pages: 352
Age range:14+
Rating: 3.5/5

No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger's subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.
But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn't only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined.
Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.
It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.


I had heard a lot about this book so I was admittitadly excited to read it, though I must say it was not entirely what I expected. For whatever reason, I found myself taking far to long to read the book, possibly because I've been so busy, or for other reasons. The book did not drag on, exactly it just was very long.

The beginning picked up quick, and Immediately I was aware of Ai Ling's power, but it wasn't very clear on whether Ai Ling understood it or not. The adventure soon continues and soon Every chapter readers are introduced to a new monster that Ai Ling and her friends must defeat.

There did not seem to be an exact climax of the book, readers find out Ai Ling's mission but I did not feel like that mission was the whole focus of the book. It came and went, and in the end I was left waiting for the huge scene to happen...only it didn't.

This brings me to the end of the novel, I didn't like it. Chen Yong was introduced as the possible romantic lead but I was never really clear on his feelings toward Ai Ling. I was expecting some dramatic ending but was not awarded with such, I still felt like there were some loose ends. Sequel perhaps? It's possible but honestly I don't know.

If you're reading this thinking I hated the book, that's not exactly true, I just didn't love it. The writing was admittedly good, and the plot was original, but It just wast really working for me.
But if you are a big fantasy buff this is definitely recommended. Anyways, if you liked this novel be sure to check out:

Graceling: Kristen Cashore
Ever: Gail Carson Levine
Legacy: Cayla Kluver
Poison Study: Maria V. Snyder
Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
Impossible: Nancy Werlin

If you liked this book be sure to buy it here

Check out author Cindy Pon here

-M.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thriller Thursday!


GUESS WHAT!? IT'S OCTOBER! Which means for you, a super awesome Halloween contest, and some super awesome book releases, annnnd, ghosts, ghouls, and zombie's galore. Paranormal lovers, this is the month for you!

So, I will be doing weekly memes with fun Halloween titles, so be on the lookout, and be sure to participate in our upcoming Spooktacular contest (name is subject to came).

HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL! Even if it's 30 days away!

-M.