Showing posts from April, 2012

Drive-by Blogging

1. I wish I could promise to be a good Monday blogger for the next few weeks, but I can't. 2. It's not that entertaining stuff isn't happening on a daily basis! 3. Why just yesterday, I witnessed a friend of mine lean down and PINCH A SPIDER between his BARE FINGERS to kill it rather than do what the rest of us do and grab 32384923 pieces of tissue to avoid even a hint of crunch... 4. I gagged out loud. 5. And I believe I'm probably traumatized for life. 6. Yesterday is also the day when I headed toward my mouth with a spoonful of ice cream and somehow slung it directly into my cleavage instead. 7. Followed immediately by another spoonful of ice cream to the crotch. 8. So, it's not like there aren't ample blogging topics to amuse and delight you. 9. The problem is my brain. You see, THIS is my brain most of the time. 10. Well, if you add in a giant dash of peculiar ... 11. But right now, I'm on deadline for Defiance's sequel. And

Interview With Jessica Spotswood

I met Jessica through the Apocalypsies (a group of debut authors whose books all hit the shelves in 2012), and as soon as I saw her book cover, I knew I had to read it. Because seriously--that's one of the prettiest covers ever. And once I read it, I knew I had to have her on the blog to give all of you a chance to get acquainted with this book too. It's atmospheric, romantic, and suspenseful. What more could you want? Here's a peek at BORN WICKED: Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word...especially after she finds her mother'

Trailer Tuesday: Shadow and Bone

Today's book trailer is for the upcoming SHADOW AND BONE which hits the shelves June 5th. I am super intrigued by this one! What do you think?


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Author Mad Libs: Sarvenaz Tash

Today's Author Mad Libs guest is Sarvenaz Tash, author of the upcoming THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST which hits the shelves April 24th. (My kids can't wait to read this one!) I sent Sarvenaz a parts of speech list. She sent back words. This is the result. Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good _mapmaker_. Intrepid, _stinky_, and full of a well-honed sense of _snowflake_, she decides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her _Doritos_, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the  _El Nino_ right behind her home. This task is complicated, however, by a series of  _smarmy_ events—a chance encounter with a mysterious old  _Great and Powerful Oz_ has her  _canoodling_ for a legendary blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a  _hairy_ gang of brilliant _zippers_. And when she stumbles upon none other than the ghost of Meriwether Lewis himself, Goldenrod knows this will be anything but an ordinary  _forest_ . . . or an ordinary que

Movie Friday: The Dark Shadows

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Johnny Depp. I'm also a huge fan of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton working together. So, when I saw this trailer, I was instantly smitten. What do you think?

Author Mad Libs: Tom Ryan

Today's Mad Libs guest is Tom Ryan, author of the recently released WAY TO GO. I sent Tom a parts of speech list. He sent back words. This is the result. Kierce has a  _gorilla_ for everything, not to mention his  _festering_ future planned out. Jay has  _blue_ grades, no _jet skis_, and could care less. As for Danny, he’s stuck somewhere in the  _pepper-grinder_ and can’t stop stressing out about it. His dad keeps  _bouncing_ him about his post-high school plans, his  _feathers_ won’t stop bugging him about girls, and a run-in with the cops means he has to to get a summer _pomegranate_– about the last thing he had planned. Worst of all, the  _feather bed_ he’s been keeping for years is threatening to spill out into the _thumb_. Just when he’s beginning to wonder how he’ll  _shimmy_ through the summer, let alone survive another  _crayon_ in Deep Cove, Danny meets Lisa Walsh. Lisa is dynamic, _ominous_, and different from any  _rotary phone_ he’s ever known. S

Author Appreciation Blog Tour: MYRA MCENTIRE

Today, I'm delighted to take part in a new feature dreamed up by the brilliant and conniving owner of YABooksCentral , M.G. Buehrlen. She is running an Author Appreciation Blog Tour every month or so where she lines up bloggers and other authors to surprise one special author with an avalanche of love one Wednesday morning. This inaugural tour features Myra McEntire who, in addition to being one of my favorite authors (Seriously, folks. You thought HOURGLASS was good? Wait until you read TIMEPIECE. You will love it!) is also one of my closest friends. So close, in fact, that she visited me in the hospital two years ago when I had emergency gall bladder surgery and faithfully tweeted all the things I said while I was flying high on pain killers and then brought me spaghetti the next night when I got home. Proof of true friendship, yo. Here's proof of mine. My Top 5 Reasons Why I Want Myra McEntire On My Side In An Apocalypse 1. Research : Let me tell you something

Trailer Tuesday: INSURGENT

Like many others, I was totally captivated by Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. Now, the sequel INSURGENT hits the shelves May 1st, and I can't wait. Here's the trailer. What do you think?

Oh Yeah. We Went There.

Today, for your entertainment, I bring you a transcript of a chat I had last Thursday night with Jodi Meadows. I often tell her we should make some of our transcripts public, though we've both wondered if that might be social suicide. So ... throwing caution to the wind and acknowledging that my deadline is fast approaching and my creative brain cells are all focused on my manuscript and so this is as close to a personally written blog post as you're likely to see from me for a bit, I give you what happens when I ask Jodi a very innocent grammar question. C.J. Redwine : oh bugger me ... it's stupid question time! C.J. Redwine : is it "gentler" or "more gentle"? Jodi Meadows : gentler C.J. Redwine : that's what I typed C.J. Redwine : but now it all looks wrong Jodi Meadows : hee C.J. Redwine : gentle looks like the worst word every made Jodi Meadows : yes C.J. Redwine : it still isn't as bad as moist C.J. Redwine : ugh