Apr 7, 2014

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


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

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…

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…

Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
April 8th, 2014 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Listen - Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Apr 1, 2014

#yalove Lit Chat - Books to Movies, Thursday, April 3rd, 7pm CST

Update: here are the archived tweets from our chat in case you couldn't join us!

This Thursday I am co-hosting the #yalove twitter chat with Dayna Mellberg and our topic is Book to Movies, something we all have an opinion about! Participating is super easy and we're okay if you just eavesdrop too. Search for us using #yalove on Twitter and jump in anytime just be sure to use the hashtag so we can respond or RT. Find us at @jenbigheart and @dayreads. Here's what we hope to cover in just 30 minutes:

Best overall book to movie
Book you'd love to see a movie
The book is optioned, where is the darn movie?
Best character brought to real life
The character missed the most (cut out or cut short from movie)
Best movie ending that is notably different from the book
Upcoming movies in production we hope they pull off

Mar 24, 2014

Giveaway: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

 Magic is power, and power is magic…

Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.

Mar 23, 2014

Events: YA Events Coming to Texas

Super fun events to put on your radar! We post weekly events at Literary Lonestars and for a full list of events here is our calendar, bookmark it! Not living in Texas? 1. Work that out. 2. If an author is coming to see us, they maybe coming close to you. Check their website for full tour info. Now, get out there and support literacy! 
Sara Larson author of DEFY will be at The Book Spot in Austin, Monday March 24th! Facebook event HERE.

Mar 18, 2014

Texas Library Association Conference & Meetup - 2014 #TXLA14

It's that time of year! In THREE weeks, the largest state-wide library conference will start. This year, we are San Antonio bound - think river walk, think shenanigans! I'll be presenting on Tuesday - PR on a Budget, and Thursday - Be Prepared: Best Practices for Scout Projects in the Library  I'll also be moderating the Women of YA panel bright and early on Friday after the YART business meeting. Join me and Ava Dellaira, Rachel DeWoskin,  Laini Taylor, Robin Wasserman, and a secret guest!

This post will fill you in on everything you need to know to attend TLA like a pro and info about a meetup that you don't want to miss. If you have any questions, ask below and I'll try to help!

Mar 17, 2014

Bucket List: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Texas author Julie Murphy debuts her book SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY on March 18th and many of us jumped on the chance to share our bucket lists. Being that I have a milestone birthday this year, I had been thinking about this a lot. My list is crazy extensive so I'm picking five. 5 things to do before I'm 40! (did I just say that outloud?)

1. Organize an Author Booze Book Cruise:

Music artists do it, why can't we? I'd pick 25-30 authors, borrow a giant boat, ask BookPeople to send a few boxes of books, and thousands of my closest friends and I would head to some exotic beach. I mean seriously...this should be on everyone's bucket list!