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Archive for March 1, 2010

It’s March!

It’s MARCH! Do you know what that means? It means my humble blog is now one-year-old! I will be having a two week long celebration and of course, a huge giveaway at the end of it!

Here are some (more to be added) books to expect for the giveaway:
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
The Dating Game by Natalie Standiford
Alphas by Lisi Harrison
Ex-mas by Kate Brian
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Winners can choose from the list. There will be runner ups getting swag packs which come in an assortment of wonderful bookmarks!

Over the next two weeks, the blog will be filled with interviews and guest blogs from the following amazing authors: Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, Kristin Walker, Sarah Rees Brennan, Malinda Lo etc etc! You don’t want to miss out the fun!

Leave a comment below telling me which ARCs/books you would like to win! I cannot guarantee that I can get the ARCs but I will try my best. (I haven’t been able to get Linger myself so if you request for Linger, the chances of getting it is slim to none. 😛 )

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Showing some Hex Hall love!

Tomorrow, March 2nd, a really awesome book (note: there are also many other awesome books) will be debuting. It’s none other than Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins!

I simply adore the cover! How many times have I mentioned that on my blog? Right, I gushed about it back in December.

Right now, Rachel is holding a very cool contest and you can win t-shirt, a book, and money to buy MORE BOOKS! How super is that? Head over to her blog to enter!

P.S. Prince Caspian if you are reading this, please propose to Rachel, she’s insanely gorgeous (have you seen those silky hair?!), I’m sure her family won’t mind. 😉

Josh Berk talks about finding inspiration in unusual places

Howdy readers! Today we have the author Josh Berk here to do a guest blog. Welcome Josh!

Kate asked me to do a guest post and I’m happy to do it! The topic that came to mind was: finding inspiration in unusual places. Because my book is out this month and I get asked about inspiration quite a bit! In fact, with the possible exception of “why don’t you look anything like your author photo?” the question authors are most often asked by readers is “where do you get your ideas?” (The answer to that first question, by the way, is “Photoshop.”)

In my case, the idea for THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN came from a few places.
Part of it came from a dream I had about a kid reading lips on a school bus. Part of it came from watching TV (specifically, MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.”) And the rest of it I filled in with details from my life and my imagination. It’s pretty great because I have somehow earned myself a life-time pass to refer to sleeping and watching TV as “research.”

But inspiration can come from anywhere. My next book came directly out of a (tiny) news article I came across and expanded upon. Ideas can come from our own lives, other people’s lives, our dreams, or other works of art. The key is to be alert enough to grab them when you see them and calm enough to let the seed grow into something grander. As my author-friend Christy Raedeke says, “Good ideas come when you make space for them.”

Even if you’re just sleeping or watching TV.

Thanks for having me, Kate!

Josh Berk is the author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin about Will Halpin, a boy who is overweight, deaf, and a little cranky. In his first year at mainstream high school, Will begrudgingly solves a murder and uncovers a secret truth about his family history. In stores now!

Josh has written about everything from fine art to punk rock for little ‘zines and big newspapers. The child of two librarians, he got a degree in Political Science from Drew University before realizing he hated politics and inevitably entering the family business. He holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is well-known as a children’s librarian in Allentown, PA. He is also known in the city as an arts journalist, humorist, and guitarist (mostly in bands known for things other than fine guitar-playing). He currently lives in a cornfield just outside of Allentown, PA with his wife Kelly, son Elliot, and two Boston Terriers.

Taken from AuthorsNow.com