Thursday, October 30, 2008
Angela is always happy to see Tricia and I, and I am genuinely happy to see her in turn. Her book recommendations are fantastically spot on and she is marvelously witty and warm. Did I also mention that she is generous beyond measure? Last night while picking up my contest prize, an ARC of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (she got me a brand new copy, never read) MUAH!!. Angela went around looking for more ARC's to give to my friend Tricia so that she would not feel left out. By the time we left Tricia had 4 ARC's and a big happy grin on her face. It made up for the fact that we were very late for the book event, not even having to wait in line for an hour to see John Green put a damper on our mood.
So far this book is AMAZING!!! I love it. Unfortunately the book is not due for release until March 2009, but you can read an excerpt and put it on your TBR pile. Many of my favorite authors (Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld) have fantastic blurbs about this book and it makes me all that more excited to be reading it. I will have a review to soon follow. :)
I would not have known about this book if not for Angela, so I am sending her some blog love and putting a shout out to the Teen Blog that she particpates in for Keplers. Please visit your independent book stores and participate in any event that you can, it makes a difference and it is very important to them. Because once these independents are gone....they are gone for good and that is a true shame.
Thank you Angela, for expanding my reading library, it is always much appreciated.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday October 29, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Come find out what all the buzz is about!
As a recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska John Green has established himself as a premier author who writes intelligent literature for teens.
Paper Towns is no exception to his excellent literary style which combines laugh-out-loud humor with poignant life observations. After the quirky and compelling love of his life disappears abruptly, Quentin embarks on a detective-style mission to find her by following a set of clues that was left only for him. Sound intriguing? With John Green at the helm it can only get better.
UPDATE: Musical guest, Abby Simons will be performing with John Green! Abby can be found online at http://www.youtube.com/user/songsfromahatEvery Sunday, Abby writes a song based on a song title she picks from a hat.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If you love PUSHING DAISIES then please take 5 minutes out of your day to visit a message board, forum, community, Facebook, etc - any site that allows you to promote tonight’s episode of PUSHING DAISIES. Reach out to your favorite TV bloggers and ask them to promote tonight’s episode. Tell others of your passion for the show and challenge them to just give it a chance. If you need banners or artwork, just ask and I’ll give them to you.
Please feel free to use the comments to share your ideas for promoting the show with other ThePieMaker.com readers.
We need action people!! Let’s save the show!!
Episode Summary: David Arquette Guest Stars as Randy Mann, Debra Mooney as Emerson’s Mom, Calista Cod “Frescorts” - When the most popular escort at a rent-a-friend agency turns up dead, the team investigates who killed him, including likely suspect Randy Mann (guest star David Arquette), the guy’s antisocial, taxidermy-loving roommate. Meanwhile, Emerson’s famed private investigator mom, Calista Cod (guest star Debra Mooney), pays an unexpected visit, on “Pushing Daisies,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Yet, I will try this time and see how things go. I am doing this because I think that this book is amazing and even though it has been weeks since I finished it...I am still thinking about it. Because of that fact I think that it merits some words of praise on my behalf. So here goes.
I believe that this book should have a disclaimer: "Warning: This book is not for the weak of heart."
The premise for this book is based on a dystopian society set in the lands that were once the United States. The author cleverly avoids the questions of how and why things have changed, and one does not ponder this fact because this story engages you from the very first page. It pulls you in and makes you gasp for breath, it makes you cry and it really makes you think. How far would you really go to survive?
16-year-old Katniss lives in District 12 of Panem and volunteers to represent her district in place of her younger sister, in the Hunger Games, a televised reality show where two representatives from the 12 districts, ages 12-18, fight to the death. These games were the surrender terms that were set by capitol when the districts were defeated after waging a war on them. BRUTAL!
For being targeted at a YA audience, this book is surprisingly brutal, but in a good way. There is violence, murder, betrayal, and everything else inherent in a gladiatorial fight to the death. That said, "The Hunger Games" was absolutely riveting. Collins does not pull any punches in saving beloved characters from horror and pain, and she also occasionally pulls the rug out from under your feet. Plus, there is a twisting romance that pulls your heart in different directions. In true series preparation the ending ends on a cliffhanger, making me yearn for book number two, and you know this will lead to something big for Katniss does something that would never go unpunished in her world. There will definitely be repercussions...
This book is just amazing, plain and simple. Read it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here is a tasty summary of tonight's episode: “Bad Habits”- Chuck, Emerson and Ned go undercover as a Catholic nun and priests and pass themselves off as investigators from the Vatican to help Olive prove that her best pal at the nunnery (Mo Collins as Sister Larue) didn’t kill herself, but was actually murdered, on “Pushing Daisies,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
If you can't watch it "live" then please record it and watch it later. You will not be disappointed.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
My dear friend Terri has written a book that I have had the pleasure of reading a few chapters over the past year, and it has left me salivating for more. She has an amazing talent for creating a world of characters that you cannot help but want to keep reading about. Once you begin on Tessa's story you are sucked in and then you meet Darien and then you are enraptured.
In preparation for her book release and also to have a save haven for those that like to have fun she has created a website THE KEEP. It has been so much fun there, it is like we have our family of KEEPERS and I adore them all. I admit that I have been amiss lately due to personal issues, but I plan on being back on full time and with my friends, promoting our Mistress of the Keep.
Here is a description to wet your appetite:
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I met Christine on the JR Ward boards almost 2 years ago and we became instant friends. We realized that we had many things in common (YEAH!! TEAM JACOB) and our love of books both adult and young adult. I had the pleasure of meeting her and her beautiful family last year and my only regret is that we do not live closer to each other. She is amazingly sweet and brilliantly funny, months may go by between calls and yet I can give her a call it is like we just talked the day before.
I had never looked at blog before and then Christine posted a link to her blog one day and a whole new world opened up to me. I found this whole blogging world fascinating and I have to thank and credit her for getting me started on my own blog. I am glad that she likes it and hope that others enjoy it also. It is my spin on things in life, sometimes silly and a bit Twilight/Henry Cavill/Book obsessed...but those are the things that make me happy :)
The rules for this award are that you need to:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!
These are my nominations:
1) The Movie Maven My friend Melanie who has a great love and passion for movies. If I ever want to know anything that is in the media, then this is the place I automatically go to. She has amazing movie reviews and is always on top of what is going on with films and such. I also love her own videos that she makes, she is just so talented. I can't even post a mini movie that I have on my phone.
2) Confessions of a Geek Another dear and long lost sister friend has made it back into my life via a blog. We both shared a crazy experience years ago and from that moment on we were like two peas in a pod. She is soo very funny and when we talk, I am always left in tears from crying so darn much. I wish that she lived closer for we are two sisters from another mister. I am glad to have reconnected with her and visiting her blog and seeing how she looks at life always puts a smile on my face.
3)The Art of Nothing An amazing blog from a good friend that is visually beautiful while posting some key notes of introspective thoughts. When she travels she has this amazing food diary that leaves my mouth watering...YUM!! Then her various pictures of her travels always leave me yearning to go to those beautiful places myself. She has been my travel partner on a view trips and we always have so much fun together. I miss her and her blog is a way for me to keep in touch. MUAH!!
4)The Book Bind This blog belongs to my favorite independent book store in the whole bay area of California. They have an amazing Young Adult staff that are so very sweet and helpful. I have been to several author events , beginning with the beloved Melissa Marr and the most recent being Neil Gaiman. This particular blog is for Teen readers, but I find that as of late that is what I enjoy reading the most. They have amazing book suggestions and reviews and their author interviews are very well done. Here is shout out to Angela for being such a sweetheart and every time I see her she seems genuinely happy to see me.
5)Ornamental Narrative Jewelry by Nina Bagley. If you looking for something truly unique and breathtaking images of life and art then, this is the place for you. I am such a lurker, for I am in such awe of her sumptuous works of art. Another friend of mine had her posted on her blog and one day I went to go and check it out and I have been a fan ever since. She makes me appreciate the beauty that comes with everyday life, the budding fragrant roses, the peaceful blue sky, the rain on my face...all things that are almost painful in their beauty. Please go to her site and look around, you will not be disappointed.
6)The happily ever after from my friend Christine. I am not sure if your supposed to nominate the one that nominated you, but her blog is one of my favorite ones. It would not be right for me to not mention her. I enjoy going to her blog to read about her book reviews, recommendations and daily adventures. We have alot in common in regards to books and I am glad that I have someone to chat about my books with. Muah!!
Ohh..i got to get back to work..but more is to come
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
If you go onto his website you can get the entire book on video, now how awesome is that? His voice is so soothing and he does all the voices. I highly recommend watching it.
These are some of the pictures I took that night, unfortunately I did not take many pictures because it was too dark and no flash could be used.
1. Comment on this blog and ask for a letter.
2. I will give you one.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters whose name begins with that letter, and post their names and your comments on that character on your blog.
Christine assigned me the letter 'H.'
1. Harry Potter, the boy who changed the way that society looks at Young Adult literature. In 2000 the great demand for this series of books caused the New York Times to create a separate best seller list just for children's literature. Adults and children alike adored these books and the release of the last few novels incited record breaking sales, midnight release parties, look-a-like contests and...oh my!...people to enjoy reading a brilliant story.
While I went thru my cancer ordeal I had time on my hands and one day went to the book store and picked up the first 3 books in the series. My life was instantly changed, I no longer was in a world that dealt with Dr. appointments, chemo and pain, for it became transformed into an world of adventure filled with wizards, headless nick and you-know-who. My heart will always have a soft spot for Harry, for he gave something back to me, something that I lost when i grew up. The ability to dream of adventures, of far way places...that I could do anything and be anyone while in the grips of an amazing book. Thank you, Harry Potter. MUAH!!!
2. Han Solo(Harrison Ford), I adored him. He was one of my first major crushes when I was younger. He dressed totally sexy cool and he had hairy sidekick, Chewbacca. He was an important member of the rebel alliance in the "Star Wars" trilogy. He helps luke rescue Leia...and falls in love with her. They acted like that could not stand each other, but we all knew the truth. At one point he is frozen in Carbonite but not before Leia confesses her love for Han who replies with "I know." I so wished that I was Princess Leia, not for the cool gold bikini she gets to wear with those cinnamon roll braids, but because she had Han Solo.
3. Hubbell Gardner, in The Way We Were. I loved his character for he was beauty and ugliness all wrapped up in the same package. I still cry every time I see it. A romantic love story, spanning over many years, deals with two people that were polar opposites, star crossed lovers as one would say. Hubbell(Robert Redford)a beautiful and laid back, talented writer and Katie(Barbra Streisand)a homely, akward yet passionate socialist. His beauty and talent are what draws Katie to him, but he squanders it, basically happy at taking the easy way out of life, never having the drive and passion that Katie had. These differences bring them together and eventually tear them apart. At the end of the movie the meet again and he realizes that he was the best when he was with her. No one would ever believe in him or see as much promise in him as she once did. All that Hubbell and Katie can ever share is a poignant memory of the way they were......Memories, like the corners of my mind, misty water colored memoriesssss....of the way we were.
4. Hal Larson aka Shallow Hal(Jack Black), this character was one of my favs. Yes, he was a major dick. He picked women apart for every single little thing, he was horrible...he was shallow. He meets Tony Robbins while stuck in an elevator and his life changes for...well the better. He now can see people for what they truly are and not for the packaged body that they are in. Yes, he does snap out of his rose colored glasses but he is not the same guy as he used to be. He realizes that beauty is not for what the person looks like, but for who they truly are.
5. Hiro Nakamura(Maki Oki) of Heroes. He is cheerfully optimistic and can travel in time. He believes that what one does can affect the future, and tries to amend things buy going forward or back in time. He is by far my favorite character on Heroes and I look forward to all of his efforts. His child like manner and believe in all things either being good or bad are endearing, but can be his downfall if he does not accept that there is alot of gray when it comes to human nature.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Season 2 video opener....Ahhhh....I cannot wait