Nov 26, 2012

Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words

Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words
17 year old blogs about living with leukemia and accepting death

Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like battling a life-threatening illness—and to share her experience with the world. During the 15 months Regine was sick and to her death she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she doesn’t have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her.

Regine’s Book (Zest Books, October 2012) is Regine’s story as it was written on her blog and is supplemented with a selection of photos as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. The book deals with all the facets of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between.

Nov 6, 2012

Lies That Bind by Lisa & Laura Roecker: Top Ten Stupid Mistakes Villains Make (+Giveaway)

I am thrilled to have Lisa and Laura Roecker on the blog today sharing the Top Ten Stupid Mistakes Villains Make! I was, and still am, a fan of The Liar Society that came out in May of 2011! Read my review HERE and be sure to get started on the series. Also, the Roecker's were kind enough to donate copies of their book for our Austin Children's Shelter book collection last year - lovely gals! 

Top Ten Stupid Mistakes Villains Make: Kate dissects and lists the mindless mistakes that Pemberly Brown’s secret societies make while attempting to sneak around the campus.

10. Leave doors/windows/cars/lockers OPEN. Villains are busy people. Or perhaps they were raised in a barn. Either way, if the door’s open, I’m going in. Don’t mind if I do…

9. Loud talkers. Villains missed the day of preschool when the teachers reviewed inside voices. Plus, voices carry in those tunnels. I don’t even have to put my ear to the hatch!

8. Lose their cool around girls. I’m not proud of it, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and sometimes that means showing a little skin. I’ve gotten entire secret maps of Pemberly Brown by merely 
unbuttoning one button.

Nov 3, 2012

Giveaway: Elegy For Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Elegy For Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
October 30th, 2012 from Harper Perennial 

With ELEGY FOR EDDIE (Harper Perennial; October 30, 2012; Trade Paperback; $15.99), New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear once again takes readers on a journey to England during the rapidly changing period between the World Wars – a period currently in the spotlight, given the recent success of the Downton Abbey TV series.  In Winspear’s eagerly awaited new novel, the trailblazing female private investigator Maisie Dobbs solves a crime that crosses shifting class boundaries.  

Nov 2, 2012

Cover Reveal: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe
May 8th, 2013 from Flux

One summer...
Endless possibilities.

17-year-old Grace is fully aware her best friend Ford has a crush on her, but she refuses to acknowledge it. Surfing with him is the only time she forgets about her abusive father, stifling mother, and the pressure to be impossibly perfect. She's not willing to risk their lifelong friendship to find out if it could be something more.

No matter how tempting it may be.

All Grace wants is to graduate, get out of the house, and make the UC San Diego surf team. The problem? She's never had the guts to sign up for a competition, the only way she'll ever get noticed by the UC scouts. Until that is, Ford does it for her.