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In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea.

My mailbox has always been quite empty except for this week and last week. Last week I received 2 bookmarks from Saundra (thanks!) and I LOVE them. Hope the winners who won the bookmarks loved theirs too. And please ignore the site on the letter! ๐Ÿ˜› It’s the wrong URL. The URL should have been READTHISBOOK.WORDPRESS.COM. Anyway, I got the bookmarks within a week and it made my day.

Today I returned home after a exhausting day and found a package. I really think I have sixth sense, I had a very strong feeling that something was in my mailbox and voila! Thanks Elizabeth Scott for the signed bookplate and a copy of Evermore by Alyson Noel.

I don’t think In My Mailbox will be a regular feature because I can’t guarantee when I get books and when I don’t. But of course it totally brightens my day to see a book in my mailbox. All it takes is one book.

Pictures coming soon

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Interview with Melissa Walker part two

Today I present Melissa Walker! ๐Ÿ˜€

1. What was your high school experience like?
I liked high school by the time I was a junior. Everyone had matured a little by then, and I had a great group of friends.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever did while in high school?
Nothing too crazy. One time we rearranged the letters on a Burger King marquee… um… but what we arranged them to say isn’t fit to print.

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
English–shock. I loved reading.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?

I mainly read the required books, and of those I adored THE GREAT GATSBY, A SEPARATE PEACE, and A LIGHT IN AUGUST. Outside of school, I read some Judy Blume and a ton of Sassy magazines… does that count?

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
I wanted to be a magazine writer… for Sassy. But it folded before I got into the job world… Sigh.

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?
I had a part-time job at the movie theater (like Violet) always. Well, since the day I turned 16 anyway.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
At my house–it was really close to the school so it was an easy place to get a snack.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I don’t remember! I do remember there was a $2 meal at Wendy’s we could get with some school discount card we had–it involved lots of fries.

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?

No! Thank goodness. My heart goes out to anyone who has.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
I did. I was a total traditionalist in high school–I HAD to go to the prom both junior and senior years. I’m a sucker for that classic “high school” stuff.

If you want to win a signed copy of Violet On The Runway by Melissa Walker, then comment on this post. Iโ€™ll use a random number generator to draw the winner. When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

Great interview Kate!
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Anyone in the world can enter!

If you missed out the earlier interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Part two: high school experience
Stephanie Hale
(only 5 comments! :()
Tera Lynn Childs

Interview with Stephanie Hale part two


Whee! This interview is so interesting! Check back tomorrow or something, I have a mini contest for you guys. Something about birthday wishes for *cough* Steph *cough* and a *cough* ARC!

1. What was your high school experience like?
High school was a blast. I went to a really small school with about 350 people and everyone got along really well.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
Probably the time I drove six hours to see a guy only to miss him by five minutes!

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
I enjoyed my psychology class and band.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?
I was so busy in high school that I didn’t read much besides magazines.

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
When I was in high school everyone wanted to work at the movie theatre. That was where everyone would go on the weekends and I was so jealous of the people that got paid to see everyone. Plus, they always knew who was going on a date!

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?

I worked at a hardware store the entire time I was in high school. It was a total blast.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
I usually had to go straight from school to work. Sometimes my friends would come visit me at work.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I have no idea why I remember this but I ate barbeque potato chips and chocolate milk almost every single day!

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?
Ew, no way.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
I loved all the dances, unfortunately I usually ended up hating my dates though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to win Spring Breakup by Stephanie Hale, then comment on this post. I’m debating between using the random number gen or putting everything in a bag and drawing out the winners. Big possiblity of me choosing the latter!

Let’s add some fun for commentors! Comment and tell me what you like the most about high school! Friends, dances, anything! When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

In high school, I liked the school the most. It was so big and blah blah….
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be comment #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Sorry, only US residents allowed to enter for this book. International people can enter Oh. My. Gods and VOTR. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you missed out part one interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Edit: I bumped up this post because a lot of people missed it!

Contest extended!

Right now, my 3 book contest has been extended!

The final date is April 10 which is two Fridays from now. Why? Because I have a LOT of homework to do, and two projects due and the authors are busy as well. I am so stressed that I want to pull my hair out. I’m not kidding. x___x I left a lot of my assignments till last minute. So now I’m cramming. Great.

Interview with Tera Lynn Childs part two

Melissa Walker was busy this few days signing books for her fans and getting autographs for me. xD So her interview will be later. Today we have Tera Lynn Childs author of OH. MY. GODS.! Sorry for the slight delay.

1. What was your high school experience like?
My high school life was extraordinarily boring. I was a good girl. I went to school, was on the tennis and swim teams, did my homework, got good grades, hung out with nice kids, blah blah blah. My parents had it so easy.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
My freshman Honors American History teacher was a football coach. Throughout the year he returned our papers really fast and it was pretty obvious that he didn’t read them. He didn’t have time. So, about halfway through my final paper for his class I wrote, “Hey Mr. Pittman, are you really reading these reports?” When he returned the papers a few days later (with my big red “A” at the top) I asked him, “Did you answer my question?” He had no idea what I was talking about. I heard that the following year someone did the same thing and he failed them. I’m still proud of my little freshman rebellion.

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
I was a total science girl. I took two years of chemistry, two years of biology, earth science, and physics. Although, if I had to pick a more specific favorite, it would be biology. I had grand plans of becoming a marine biologist or an environmental biologist.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?
I didn’t read much in high school–between homework and sports and worrying about boys, I guess I just didn’t have the time. But I know that I read a bunch of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Sun).

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
There were so many! I was going to be: a biologist (marine or environmental), a geologist, a geneticist, an intellectual property lawyer, an architect, a movie star, a teacher, a housewife, and tons more. It’s funny that I wound up becoming a writer, the one thing that I never once imagined as my career.

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?
Occasionally I worked for my family. Either helping my dad with a furnace or air conditioning installation or working in the family horse barn (yep, you guessed it–I shoveled out the stalls). My parents weren’t too keen on me getting a real part-time job, since they wanted me to focus on my school work and my sports.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
After school I usually had practice (tennis in the fall, swimming in the spring, and sometimes basketball). If we hung out after practice, then it was usually at someone’s house. Like I said above, I was pretty boring in high school.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I almost always got the school lunch, and my favorite was the spiral pasta with cheese sauce. (I’m a total cheese addict, by the way.) My favorite brown bag lunch was melba toast and cheese because by the time lunch rolled around the cheese made the crispy melba toast go soft.

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?
Haha, no, never did that. There were days when I didn’t feel like eating lunch, though, and I would spend lunch period in the library either researching or (more likely) daydreaming.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
Honestly, my senior prom is the only dance I attended. It was fun–mostly because I went with a friend and not a boyfriend–but dances in general weren’t my thing.

If you want to win a signed copy of Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs, then comment on this post. I’ll use a random number generator to draw the winner. When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

Great interview Kate!
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Anyone in the world can enter!

If you missed out the earlier interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Part two: high school experience
Stephanie Hale (lots of people don’t know about this one)

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover cover!


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Oh my god! It’s amazing! So beautifuuulll! ๐Ÿ˜€ Okay now I seriously want to read this series. But you guys have to convince me! Convince me why I should read Gallagher Girls series and feel proud when I tell you I bought the books. ;D

Do you prefer the old covers or the new covers. I had a hard time finding the new covers. Sorry about the size. :/

I am debating whether to buy the new shiny covers or the old style ones. Let me know what you think! And I’m totally enjoying reading Ally Carter’s blog and I heard they bought movie rights (is that what’s it called?) for the book! I am thinking of Get Smart meets Totally Spies/Kim Possible!

If there’re too many questions for you to swallow here they are:
1) Convince me why I should read the series
2) Old covers or new covers?
3) Would it be weird if I bought the new covers and then buy the old style for Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover?

Give your birthday wishes to Stephanie, get a ARC

If you are Stephanie Hale, stop reading here! DONโ€™T READ THIS POST. SCROLL DOWN AND READ ANYTHING ELSE EXCEPT THIS AND THE SURPRISE ENTRY!!
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