Saturday, February 28, 2009
Please welcome Storyheart, author of Across the Pond. One lucky commentor will win a copy of the book as well as some wonderful English goodies! You have until March 6th to enter. Good luck!
You write under the name Storyheart-where did you come up with that pen name?
It’s quite a long story. I have been chatting online for around 15 years, going back to the days of the old html chat rooms before you had pretty faces and everything was either in html code or abbreviated letter lol, rofl, *L* etc..
About ten years ago I met my now wife online, she was chatting under the name of “tenderheart” so as I wrote stories I changed my name to “storyheart” to fit with her… think Care Bears *grin*
From then on I used that name to write me romance stories, stories that came from the heart, the name of my first book was actually called “Stories from the heart” The book was actually terrible full of mistakes the company that was meant to do the editing actually used the wrong version of the final draft when they published it. Still it was a learning curve. I have basically re-written all those stories plus created plenty of knew ones since that time, so perhaps one day I’ll re-produce that book. One final snippet… When my wife and I first met we were both still technically married going through divorces, and of course we were also 3000 miles a part from each other. I wanted to purchase her something special for our first Christmas as “an item” so purchased our first domain where the stories and everything else first came into fruition. The domain I gave her for that first Christmas is still one we use. It is “4tenderheart.com” purchased for my wife Tenderheart on our first Christmas.
-You met your wife while you were in England and she was in America. What was the hardest part of traveling "Across the Pond" for you?
Not counting the phones bills and the differences in time zones the hardest part was we were both starting to go through our own divorces at the time. Then it was a case of getting over to the US and getting a Visa. I was lucky and after much heart ache and searching I managed to get a job through my own company. It was not a transfer so I could not bring much over. I started in the US with three cases, and t cardboard boxes if my life and that was it. Everything else, every part of my history, my life, family, friends and everything had ever known was left in England.
I took a lot to leave everything you have even known to move to a new country to be with a woman whom you have hardly met.
Where did you come up with the idea for Across the Pond? Were there any inspirations that helped the story form?
They say write about what you know, and obviously I know all about the issues in moving across the pond to the US. People state, that I have not lost my English accent (As you can hear on my radio interviews http://www.across-t-pond.com/review2.html)I tell them I refuse to, I will always be English. Words sayings still happen at work meetings that I have to explain to people. It adds to the humor of work.One thing people ask and don’t realize, how much it takes now to get a green card, I can’t get one any more just as I am married to an American with two American children.The duel Visa which I could get, is not really what you think, I would still have to give up my allegiance to the Queen, something I would never do, SO green card it is. So writing about what I know is what led me to Across the Pond. I wanted a romance book with humor as well as something that adults would enjoy.
I love doing radio and TV interviews and the accent really helps there.(grin)
What can you tell us about the sequel?
I have started the next book, it is called “Across the Pond and Back Again” and carries on from where Across the Pond finishes. I have taken note of many comments and helpful advice that has been offered re ways I can improve and will try and add a new person or two who have a little more of a jagged edge to their character as well as bringing some of the old characters back into the new book. Some of the readers have also been generous enough to allow me to use them as a sounding board (and of course they will get credits) so I will not lose the rhythm and voice in this new book.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Listen and learn. There are so many other writers and groups on the internet that are only too willing to help you as you some to grips with your book. It does not matter if it’s not a literary mast piece, if it’s not a prize winner but if people like it. Enjoy the read and let you know this is the case then you have done ll you can. Above all no matter what be proud of your book. It is something you have created a unique numbered document with your name on it. The just enjoy the ride that your books takes you along.
-If you could live inside any book, which would you choose?
Now that is the first time I have been asked that question…hmmm interesting question. I love sea faring books and the Sharpe series but those times for tuff so I’m no so sure about living in one of those. Of course there are ones like “the hundred most beautiful woman of all time” that might have its advantages *grin*. Seriously though, to live in one book would be something. I think it would have to be fun, have to have romance and have to include adventure. Hay sounds like my Across the Pond “lol” well that or a Brad Pitt novel something where the hero gets the woman, and everybody lives happily ever after.
. -If readers were to travel to England, what's the one thing they must do?
You never know all of England it is seeped in history and so many different things. Within a ten mile radiance of where I used to live for 7 castles. Remains from bonze and Iron Age, through Roman times to the English civil war are around every corner. Each road tells a story, every village has things for you to discover.\
However to most people a visit to England means London.
When there us the underground (Subway) there is a card now called the Oyster that means you can travel anywhere for on payment. Use one of the tourist busses that take you round pointing thing out, you can always visit them later. A lot of people do this but only see part of London. I would also advice going on the river tour. Much the same, but you are seeing things from the river Thames. These two trips will let you see so much of London. If you can also take a trip on the London Eye, it is like a giant Ferris wheel that let’s you see London from the air. England is one of the most beautiful places in the world with so much to see and learn. I’d advise it to anybody (does it sound like I miss it terribly, but I have an family here now so here I will stay).
Thank you so much for allowing me this interview
You can find out more about me and my book at http://across-t-pond.com/. Follow my travels at http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/ or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Update: Carrie Ryan is also giving away a copy of the book, but hurry, her contest ends tonight!
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
About the Book: Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, so I'll probably be laughing and crying while reading this one, but it looks so good and Janette Rallison is awesome! Release Date: 3/5/09
The Kings Rose by Alissa M. Libby
About the Book: Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king’s eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life—and her heart—threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn—sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The cover alone is enough for me to want to read this one! Plus, I finally watched The Other Boleyn Girl, so my interest is piqued. Release Date: 3/19/09
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
About the Book: In Mary's world, there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This one has a great book trailer, so if you haven't seen it, go to Carrie Ryan's site right now and watch it! And with reviews calling it "sexy and scary" and "...entry in the zombie canon stands out for how well she integrates romance with flesh-eating" how could pass this one up? Plus, there's been some great buzz around the blogging world, so I'm eager to get my hands on this one! Release Date: 3/10/09
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Also in case you missed Cynthea Liu's Great Call of China release party, the after party is still going strong over on Cynthea's site, with a chance to win "the great haul of China!"
I'm loving this online release party trend! Anyone else like author's who have online release parties? Have you attended any before?
Monday, February 23, 2009
So when Kyna’s adopted parents announce they’ve rented a lake house for the summer in hopes that Kyna will take more water steps, tasks to get her closer to the water, she is less than pleased. How can she stay in a house surrounded by a body of water? She’d much rather spend time taking photos on dry land.
Kyna’s summer starts to look a little brighter when she befriends Tylo. Tylo claims to have seen silkies in the lake and wants Kyna to help him find the truth with her camera. Kyna isn’t thrilled about getting close to the water, but she doesn’t want to lose her new friend. Can she finally push herself to the biggest water step of all?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: As someone who really hates swimming and the thought of going underwater, I could relate to Kyna. When I first picked up this book, I was thinking ok, another book about a girl over something she fears-which wasn't a terrible thing, but not something I thought would really thrill me. But Water Steps is more than a story about a girl trying to overcome her fear. There are fairy tales woven into Kyna’s story. A. Lafaye writes a beautiful tale of risks and growth and adds Irish folklore into the mix.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 9/25/08
About the Book: Fred is a teen boy from England who is faced with the choice of spending time with his grandmother or heading to America while his parents are on vacation. He chooses to travel Across the Pond to stay with friends of his parents and their daughter Brittney. Brit and Fred quickly share an attraction and a romance between the two begins.
Brit and her friends have a secret about Steve Harris, a bully from school, and Fred decides to take it upon himself to put Steve in his place and become Brit's "English Knight."
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Across the Pond reminded me of an old fashioned story. Even though it's marketed as a YA romance, it's really something any age could pick up and enjoy.
My favorite part of this was the project that Fred had to work on while in America. Fred was keeping track of all the language differences he came across between American words and British words, which sometimes left him embarrassed. Plus, I learned a lot and wish I could take a trip to England!
Some things were a little too perfect about Fred's visit to America, but overall this is a sweet, quick read. There's plenty of humor and mishaps to keep the story moving along. The ending leaves open some opportunity for a sequel, so I'm sure this isn't the last we've seen of "Brit and her Brit."
I will be featuring an interview with the author of Across the Pond on February 28th!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Release Date: 9/22/09
About the Book (From GoodReads): A dark comedy about a 16 year old boy named Cameron who has mad cow disease and a 16 year dwarf named Gonzo who he met in the hospital. Gonzo is a video gamer who thinks that everything is trying to kill him. Cameron has visitation from a punkish angel named Dulcie who has a propensity for spray-painting her wings. They are all on a mission to get to Disneyworld.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I might get yelled at by a lot of people, but I wasn't in love with A Great and Terrible Beauty. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. I'm interested in seeing what Libba Bray does with a contemporary setting.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
Release Date: 3/1/09
About the Book (From Amazon): Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.
He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I've heard some buzz about this one and read some great reviews, so I really can't wait to read this one. Plus, I'm interested in see how Marcelo compares to other austic book characters.
It should be working again this week (hopefully) so reviews and other posts might be a little sparse. And if you think about, send happy thoughts to my laptop!:)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Since I can't seem to keep up with my audiobooks, so Audiobook Friday is going to be a monthly feature I think.
Also, don't forget that if you want to win a copy of Evermore, leave a comment on my Most Anticipated YA of 2009 post for a chance to win-winner will be announced Valentine's Day!
And of course, the I LOVE BOOKS Contest is going until Feb. 28th, so keep those comments coming!:)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Release Date: 5/26/09
About the Book: Well, I couldn't find much about the book, except this short blurb from the author's website: "You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Genre: Horror/Scary Story
Release Date: 2/10/2009
About the Book: Something mysterious is happening in Skeleton Creek. Friends Ryan and Sarah are close to finding out, but ever since the accident, they are forbidden to see each other. Ryan is isolated at home, writing everything down in his journal. Sarah is taking videos of what she finds and sending them to Ryan. Together they're about to find something very haunting...
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, I love the format of this book. It's told through Ryan's journal entries mixed in with videos from Sarah, which readers can access online with the passwords given in the book. The mystery itself is plenty scary and will give readers a good fright.
I've been booktalking this to my middle schoolers and they get so excited when I say they get to watch videos along with reading. I have a group of students that are eager to get their hands on this one, so I'm sure it will be a hit with younger readers. This is a great pick for tweens, but older readers who enjoy scary stories will enjoy it too.
I hope Patrick Carman writes more about Ryan and Sarah! (Actually he needs to-I can't be left hanging!)
Monday, February 9, 2009
I'll even make this a contest too, since I love finding out new books, so one random commenter will win a copy of EVERMORE by Alsyon Noel, since that was one of my top 2009 picks this year. (And, how cool is this, but my TeensReadToo.com review is listed on the back on the book!!) Winner will be posted on Valentine's Day. (And yes, these comments count toward the I LOVE BOOKS Contest too!)
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Romantic Comedy Manga
Release Date: Series Ongoing
About the Series: Risa is the tallest girl in class and Otani is the shortest guy. Everyone thinks it's hilarious to pair them up together, but they hate it. When they need each other's help to hopefully win over some crushes, they decide to forget the fighting and work together. This starts an unlikely friendship between the mismatched duo. Everyone around them thinks Risa and Otani are a perfect pair, but when will they finally see that?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: When I started working with teens a little over a year ago, one of the first things I knew I had to do was start reading manga. Since I'm usually drawn to romance and fun, I of course ended up picking up romancey and fun manga! This series continually cracks me up and I love the friendship (and hopefully relationship) of Risa and Otani. Every volume I've read adds more to the story and I've never thought the story got stale. Even if you're not a fan of manga, this is one series worth checking out. Also, if you get a chance, Netflix the live action movie. It does a great job bringing the manga to life!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Release Date: 9/2/2008
About the Book: Trinity is a dream walker. She can see into people's dreams and knows their secrets. She even helped find Rafe Stevens, who murdered Trinity's friend Kiri. But now the murder trial is over and Rafe's got everyone convinced he's unstable, so he gets locked up in a mental hospital. It's there Rafe learns to dream walk too and this time he's after Trinity. She needs to stay awake to stay alive.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: When I first saw a picture of this cover, I had now idea it was a suspense story, I thought it was another cute romance. So when I actually saw the book trailer, I was surprised. The book looked so good I had to give it a try, even though scary stories aren't my favorite. (Plus, there was a promise of romance, so I knew it had to have something I'd like!)
I ended up loving it! It was a quick read that kept me up-(in a good way wanting to read more, not in an 'I'm so scared' kind of way) and it was full of suspense! Plus, there's a great romance between Trinity and Dan, who just so happens to be the son of the lawyer that got Rafe off on insanity. It was just a perfect blend for a scaredy cat like me.
There's a lot about Trinity's dream walking gift that I'd like to know, so I hope Terri Clark writes more about Trinity. Plus, Terri Clark is a teen librarian-yay-and who better to write for teens than someone who works with them all day? (I especially loved that she had Dan and Trinity head to the library to do research!) I thought this was a good debut and I'd recommend it readers wanting some mystery and suspense with their romance.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Release Date: August 28, 2008
About the Book: Mina's parents are vampires, only she's not supposed to know that. It's not like she'd say anything. Plus, they're really pretty normal and all those stories you hear about vampires are so untrue. But now the vampire council (yep, there's a council) wants Mina to decide if she's going to become a vampire or not. She even has to take classes and learn about vampire culture. How's a girl supposed to deal with vampires and high school?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With all the vampire books out there, I found Sucks to Be Me to be such a refreshing change of pace! Mina is a normal girl with normal issues and even though her parents are vampires, they're just like any parent. There was a lot of humor, which I also enjoyed and I loved how author Kimberly Pauley took every vampire myth and turned it around. Because of the normal high school student vibe in the book, I would recommend this to readers who might typically shy away from paranormal or vampire stories. I was excited to read on the author's website that she's working on a sequel!
Since January ended up fizzling out and I didn't get to do my grand prize contest, I'm moving it into February and making it even bigger and better! February is the month of love, and I love books, especially books about love. So I'm celebrating with an I love books contest.
Contest Details: Contest runs Feb. 5th-Feb. 28. Winner will be picked March 1st.
What's Included: A prize pack of books, which I'll be adding to throughout the month and a $20 gift card to Amazon.com!
Open To: Sorry, U.S. Residents only
How to Enter: There's lots of ways to enter!
+1 entry for commenting on this post with your favorite romance book (for any age)
+2 entries for every comment you leave on my blog between now and Feb. 28
+3 entries for becoming a follower (or already following)
+4 entries for spreading the word via blogs, e-mail, twitter, anything
just send me a link to where/how you spread the word to
greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment with info
I'll be adding books to the prize pack throughout the month, but for now the prize pack includes:
Hot Mess Summer In the City by Julie Kraut & Shallon Lester (ARC Copy)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
1. The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas (my review)
2. The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (my review)
3. Durinda's Dangers by Lauren Baratz Logsted with Greg and Jackie Logsted (my TeensReadToo.com Review)
4. The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (my review)-watch for an author interview coming soon!!
5. Sleepless by Terri Clark (my review)
6. Sucks to Be Me: The All True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire, Maybe by Kimberly Pauley (my review)
7. Lyddie by Kathrine Patterson-this one I had to read for class, so I'm not sure if I'll be posting a review, since it is an older title, but I just might. Plus, it still counts, cause I read it in January!:)
So I got seven YA/Tween books read, plus school stuff read, so I'm feeling pretty good. February brings less traveling-yay-which means more reading time, so we'll see if I get more than seven in this short month! What did you read in January?
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy and it comes out September 8, 2009. I can not wait until September!!! I'm especially excited because I've gotten my co-workers and even my fiance addicted and it's so much fun to talk about with them. I won't post any summaries, because I don't wait to spoil anything for those who haven't read Hunger Games. If you haven't read it, you need to get out and read it!
My other Want It Wednesday isn't a book, but a movie that I'm really hoping and wishing gets made, but from this article, it looks like my wish just might be granted! I got into Veronica Mars after the show was over and all on DVD, but I was addicted and it was one show that every episode left me wanting more-and several times gasping because the twists and mysterys were just so good! A Veronica Mars movie would be one of the greatest things ever. I had to add it my Want It Wednesday list because I always love sharing good news!:)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: 2/3/2009
About the Book: Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson dreams of going to cooking school. She plans menus and tries recipes and hopes to be like Betty Crocker. But the year Groovy turns eleven is the year everything changes. Her daddy is suddenly taken away to jail, her best friend’s long-lost mother makes a return, and the trusty faithful swallows that migrate through her town appear early. Growing up is hard and families can be difficult - and Groovy is learning to expect the unexpected.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Way back in September, I attended a conference given by the children's division of ALA. HarperCollins was nice enough to pass out a handful of Arc's to all us book hungry librarians and The Year the Swallows Came Early was one of them. I stuffed the books in my new "I Can Read" bag (also from the conference-gotta love free stuff!) and carried them home on the plane, only to not really look at the books for awhile. A couple of weeks ago I picked this one up to review for TeensReadToo.com and fell in love.
Reading The Year The Swallows Came Early was such a delightful treat! The chapters were short and moved quickly and was such an engaging read. Groovy is a strong and lovable character whose growth throughout the story felt real. I felt like I was learning and growing along with Groovy as things were uncovered around her. Author Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s writing is like poetry and her story pulled me in. Even though there was a lot packed into the story, the pacing was perfect and each chapter added a wonderful new layer to Groovy’s story.
Even though it's a tween book, I would recommend this one to all readers. I love when I'm surprised by a book and Kathryn Fitzmaurice is definitely an author to watch! This is a wonderful pick for readers looking for something unexpected.