Jul 7, 2014

Vacation

I'm on VACATION! Yes, I think I deserve it too! See you in August. *wink

Jun 11, 2014

Happy 5th Blogiversary to Me!

Today I am celebrating 5 YEARS of doing stuff here! Way back in 2009 I started this blog as a requirement for library school. I had to keep track of search strategies and reviews for classes. After I graduated I decided to keep it up and lo and behold here I am 5 years later! 

I usually have a super fun giveaway, but this year I'm going minimalist, as in I got nothing for you. (even borrowed that image from elainfogel) Over the past few months I've moved, bought four prom dresses for a picky teenager, turned 20 (+20), had a Bob the Builder birthday party (as seen on Insta), and hosted a giant graduation party for the picky teenager. All while working for full-time and wearing my Texas Teen Book Festival and Young Adult Round Table hats. So, sorry kids...maybe next year, but you can find me on Twitter where I chat about books and margaritas. A lot. 

Oh, and I got this wicked awesome tattoo! IMEANSERIOUSLYIAMINLOVE

May 12, 2014

Event: John Green and the Cast of The Fault In Our Stars

I can't tell you how much of a lucky duck I am! Last Friday my youngest (pictured below) and I made the three hour trip up to Dallas to be one of a thousand people to see the cast of The Fault In Our Stars (Ansel Elgot, Nat Wolff, and Shailene Woodley) and the author John Green. I was fortunate enough to score VIP tickets that meant I did not have to wait in line. #thankdog THE LINE WAS INSANE and I can't tell you how happy I was not to wait in the Texas sun! The crowd cheered every time a news crew came by and they had the most amazing posters and signs. It was such a site!




May 6, 2014

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae & Ten Italian Things I Love


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18042393-wish-you-were-italian
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
May 6th, 2014 from Bloomsbury

Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

Events: YA and Kidlit Events Coming to Texas

May is full of amazing events right here in Texas! We post weekly events at Literary Lonestars and for a full list of events here is our calendar, bookmark it! Here is just a sampling of the awesome coming our way!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1420012288254281/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Dark Days Tour is coming and Texas is the first stop! Tuesday, May 6th at Irving Public Library.

May 4, 2014

Announcement: Texas Teen Book Festival 2014

The news is out! James Dashner of The Maze Runner fame is headlining the Texas Teen Book Festival! Join us October 18th, 2014 at St. Edward's University. This was a super hard secret to keep. We first met Dashner in 2010 right when The Maze Runner came out. He was a dynamic speaker and had instant fans. We can't wait to share more author lineup information and have another exciting addition this week. Stay tuned to TTBF on Facebook and Twitter, and of course the website for more information. Here is the full press release:

Young Adult genre rock star author James Dashner, creator of the wildly popular Maze Runner series, will be the headliner of the Texas Teen Book Festival Oct. 18 at St. Edward’s University.

Dashner’s latest novel is The Eye of Minds, a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. He is also the author of the 13th Reality series.

“We couldn't be more excited to announce James Dashner as our headlining author,” says Heather Schubert, librarian and founder, along with BookPeople, of what was originally called the Austin Teen Book Festival. “And we are so excited about The Maze Runner movie release in September. This year's festival is going to be the most interactive and wild yet, and we have an amazing list of all-star YA authors to prove it!” Schubert says.

Apr 7, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Shattered (Scorched #2) by Mari Mancusi


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18509604-shattered

Shattered (Scorched #2) by Mari Mancusi
September 1st, 2014 from Sourcebooks

TRINITY
In only a few short months, her world has changed forever. She’s on the run with Emmy, the last living dragon, and their bond is tested at every turn as their enemies grow ever closer…


CONNOR
He’s betrayed his mission to destroy the dragon, and now he must protect Trinity and Emmy with everything he has. But he isn’t sure he’s strong enough to save them both…