Thursday, June 30, 2011

Freedom Giveaway Hop

This giveaway hop is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Simply Stacie. Over 200 blogs have signed up to participate. We are each offering a book-related giveaway and are all linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another.  The hop runs from Friday, July 1st to Thursday, July 7th.

I am offering...
  • A SIGNED copy of Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  • Personal Demons Team Luc temporary tattoo
  • Raised by Wolves temporary tattoo
  • Along a Long Road sticker
  • Emotimarks from Upstart Promotions
  • Angel Burn bookmark
  • SIGNED Shattered Souls bookmark
  • Mette Ivie Harrison bookmark
  • Melissa de la Cruz bookmark
  • Tiger's Curse bookmark
  • Ashes bookmark
  • Gifted bookmarks
  • Tantalize promo card
  • Chain Reaction promo card
  • Jekel Loves Hyde postcard
  • thisisteen promo card
Notice how this is "ALA Prize Pack #2?" ALA Prize Pack #1 is at my ALA Recap and Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth!

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Review: Scorpia Rising

Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider #9)Scorpia Rising

Series: Alex Rider, #9
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Reading Level and Genre(s): MG Adventure, Thriller
Features: Espionage
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
Source: Purchased
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In his time as a British spy, Alex Rider has taken on countless enemies. While he's never come away unscathed, he's always completed his missions. But there is one enemy that just won't stay down, there terrorist organization that murdered his parents and forever changed Alex's life: Scorpia.
     Back and more powerful than ever, Scorpia has its sights sets on the turbulent Middle East, and Alex must risk his life in one of the most volatile regions in the world. His mission? Put Scorpia out of business.
     Permanently.
     But this may be the one mission Alex won't be coming home from. You've been hoping this day would never come, but you won't be able to tear yourself away from the final chapter in this international #1 bestselling series.
This series has always been one of my favorites. It's different from what I usually read. That is: fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, the like. But sometimes I enjoy middle grade books more because they're just more fun, more adventurous. I began reading this series in seventh grade, and I'm disappointed to see that this is the end.

Alex Rider is supposed to be history. He's not supposed to enter MI6, ever again. But Scorpia's back. And this time, they're cooking up a plan to lure MI6 and bring the entire country of England to humiliation and devastation. And it involves the sacrifice of Alex Rider. Before he can help it, he's once again thrown into a "harmless" mission. (That is bull, Alan Blunt.) Alex has obviously grown up. He seemed to used to enjoy his other adventures at least a little bit. He felt like the superhero. But now he's sick of it. He wants to live the life of a typical schoolboy. Not only is Alex more mature, but I think the book itself is for slightly more mature readers. There is the use of one swearword (censored out) and it's much darker. There's more psychological thrill in it and some scary, cruel villains.

There's many, many plot twists thrown into this story. Some that shouldn't even have surprised me, and yet, I couldn't help letting my jaw drop. Cunning, Mr. Horowitz. I really hate it when the authors put in a really big clue about suspicious behavior or something that's obviously going to be harmful to the protagonist, and they forget about it or ignore it. It makes me want to scream at the book and warn them before they get themselves killed. I also hate it when there are scenes where the hero is searching through the bad guy's office. I. Hate. Those. You have no idea how nervous those scenes make me. Are they going to be caught? Are they going to find anything? Are they going to be killed? Ahhhh.

There are scenes that had my eyes glued to the page and my heart pounding. The suspense, the action... it wouldn't let me stop reading. And I wanted to. I need sleep. Badly. But I couldn't stop. Alex didn't fail to impress me with his quick thinking and awesome moves, but his lack of emotion and character made him so different. He usually faced his opponents with snarky comments. And while there were a couple in this one, he seemed much more defeated.

The ending finished off well, and I think Alex was finally put where he wanted to be. As a reader, I was disappointed. I wanted more adventures, but it has to end somewhere. The ending made me sad, and almost teary. To think of everything that poor Alex had gone through. It even made me a little angry. Darn British intelligence. 

One more thing: Smithers is amazing. He just makes me laugh. When I picture him, I see a bouncy, jolly, fat man carrying a little suitcase in one hand and a slice of cake in the other. And he has a total WHOA moment in the end. He never fails to impress me. I want to see more of his gadgets.

This is one series you should pick up if you love action and adventure. This series is definitely not lacking in either. It's fast-paced, and an easy, enjoyable read. Fans of James Bond and the twisted world of crime and espionage, meet Alex Rider. I loved it through and through, and I can't wait to read more from Horowitz.

Favorite/Teaser Quotes/Excerpts:
"What exactly am I meant to do?" Alex asked. His face brightened. "And what gadgets have you got for me, Mr. Smithers? I'm sure you've got an exploding camel or something."


And yet, as Alex sat down, it occurred to him that the house told him very little about the man himself. It could have belonged to anyone. What did he actually know about Smithers, now that he thought about it? Was he married? Was he gay? Where did he live when he was in England? What did he do in his spare time, apart from cooking himself Victoria sponges?


He searched out another button on the remote control. Outside, the fountains stopped, and even as the last drops of water splashed down, they released a cloud of yellow smoke instead. The gunmen began to stagger across the lawn, covering their eyes and coughing. "Tear gas!" Smithers explained. "Shame this isn't England or I could have had them with my exploding gnomes."


"You want gold? I make you good price."
"Please-come in, my friend. No need to buy!"
"You English? Jolly good chap!"


(Yes, every single one of those involved Smithers! I couldn't help myself!)

Disclaimers: Per the FTC regulations, please note that iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does receive books for review for free by publishers or authors. For every book reviewed – whether sent by publisher, author or books purchased, it will be graded with a clean and open mind. A free book received will not influence any opinion of the contents of the book.
Spoilers may or may not have been present in this review. While iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does review honestly, reviews are not specifically checked for spoilers. Attempts at avoiding spoilers are made, but not all are removed or fixed. This disclaimer is a general statement placed on all reviews as a warning to those who read them.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Angelfire

Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)Angelfire

Series: Angelfire, #1
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA PNR, UF
Features: Angels and demons
Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
Source: Purchased at book tour
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This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action. 
     When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul. 
     A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once. 
     While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember. 
Every single scene in this book was like this: BAM! When they say this book is filled with "blistering action," they weren't kidding. I swear, there's a reaper and a fight scene in every single chapter. Which I was fine with. I mean, I love action. There was one itsy, bitsy little issue. Ellie can't fight. No offense, girl. But every single time a bad guy shows up, she instantly loses both her swords like two seconds later and it's up to Will to stop the reaper from closing his jaws around her. Every. Single. Time. I know she's weak, and confused, and everything. After all, if I found out I was a reincarnation of some mighty warrior and was fated to be fighting and dying and coming back and fighting some more then yeah, I'd be a little wobbly in the knees. But she seems to have absolutely no skill unless she has one of those occasional I-AM-THE-PRELIATOR-FEAR-MY-POWERS moments and totally kicks the reaper's butt. Despite the many times she seems to beat Will while sparring, she always blanks in a real life situation. (Is this just my imagination?)


Breathe in, breathe out. I'm done ranting about Ellie's fighting skills. Or lack thereof. I mean, I liked her. Mostly. She was super funny, and probably has the potential to do some serious reaper damage. But she seemed a little weak and also, I didn't like the "normal human girl" side of her. Partying? Really? And she seems to spend a load of money. That didn't seem real to me. I mean, Kate, her BFFL, seems (extremely conveniently) unfazed by her best friend's constant absence. "Nope, nothing wrong. My friend just disappears in the middle of a party and comes back bloodied up and torn. No problem there." I did like Kate, though. She was a devoted friend (maybe a little clueless or just unworried), and probably somebody I could really like in real life. Ellie's dad is a completely different story. He is a total jerk. I predict that there is this huge reason why he is being the said jerk. Maybe he's being possessed. I don't know. But I really don't think his behavior is natural.


Okay, okay. I promise, I'm done ranting about our protag. It's time for my favorite and very swoon-worthy character. Oh, Will. *swoons* He's usually hidden under a I'm-your-guardian-and-therefore-you-are-my-responsibility-and-nothing-more shell, but sometimes, sometimes, his emotions poke out. And O.M.G. Every time that happens, my heart just breaks. Shatters. Into a million little pieces. He's so beautiful. (Picture a thousand little hearts floating around my head like those anime characters. With a lot of glitter.) His complete devotion to Ellie... my heart's breaking again.


The ending was... weird and sad. First off, I have a couple of unanswered questions. Namely surrounding Cadan. He's a confusing kid. Also, there's a little name/real identity thing that kind of makes me LOL because it's just plain weird. And then, there's the relationship issue. *sob* I want Ellie and Will together. Please. I want him to be happy. *sobs some more* I hate it when authors leave us hanging with things like these! Gaahhhhh.


Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Hilarious narration, good writing style, and of course, the perfect male hero. Fans of The Mortal Instruments or any angel-related novel would enjoy this one. It's fast-paced, action and romance filled, and also has some dark moments. Great debut from Courtney Allison Moulton. I absolutely cannot wait for Wings of the Wicked and more.

Favorite/Teaser Quotes/Excerpts:
"How was your day, Ellie Bean?" my mom asked, like she did every single time.
"I didn't die," I answered, as usual.
"Well, that's good news" was always her reply.


Will held up his hand. "I've changed my mind. I'll take a root bear float."
She flashed a quick smile and fluttered away.
"A root bear float?" I asked. "What are you, five?"
"They're my favorite."
"A root bear float?" I repeated. "You're six hundred years old and a root beer float is your favorite food?"
He shrugged. "You wanted me to be normal and order something, so I did."
"That is still weird."
"They're delicious."


"Please understand that no matter what I am or what has happened in the past, I am yours. I am devoted to you above all else, including my own life."
Disclaimers: Per the FTC regulations, please note that iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does receive books for review for free by publishers or authors. For every book reviewed – whether sent by publisher, author or books purchased, it will be graded with a clean and open mind. A free book received will not influence any opinion of the contents of the book.
Spoilers may or may not have been present in this review. While iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does review honestly, reviews are not specifically checked for spoilers. Attempts at avoiding spoilers are made, but not all are removed or fixed. This disclaimer is a general statement placed on all reviews as a warning to those who read them.

Waiting on Wednesday (24)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at 
Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...
Pure (Covenant, #2)
Pure (Covenant, #2)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: April 2, 2012
Alex lives--and loves--recklessly, until a single decision leads to a heartbreaking revelation. As a mysterious threat closes in and she confronts a Council that wants to see her in servitude, Alex must face a choice between love that is fated... and love that is forbidden.
What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: Fins Are Forever (ARC)

Fins Are Forever (Fins, #2)Fins Are Forever

Series: Fins, #2
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Fantasy
Features: Mermaids
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Source: Publisher for review
*Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.
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On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
     Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
     The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
     Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.
Once again Tera Lynn Childs has spun a flippin' fantastic story with her hilarious writing. This sequel to Forgive My Fins is a little more dramatic than the previous, with more romances and a lot more pressure on Lily to make the right decision. Her life seems to be falling apart as she struggles to keep her cousin out of trouble while studying for her SATs, which will probably determine her future on Earth.


Lily has grown a lot, and I'm glad to see that. She was still as funny as before, but she's learned to think things through. However, she's sometimes slow to make decisions, and that indecision aggravated me a bit. Just like the previous book, she's swimming around the issue  without really meeting it. 


Dosinia, Lily's cousin actually kind of amused me. She didn't make me want to tear my hair out like Lily probably did, but that might've been because Lily's snarky comments about her cousin kind of toned that down. Her cousin, though, does have some jaw dropping moments. Her actions are unbelievable, really. I can't say much else without giving the plot away.


While I do feel that Quince and Lily are perfect for each, I was sad that Quince wasn't present in the book as much. In the first book he obviously showed his love to Lily, but in this one, he just acted like the typical we're-together-now-so-I'm-safe boyfriend not the Lily-Sanderson-I-love-you-that's-why-I-kissed-you-and-I'll-do-anything-for-you boyfriend. I suppose if I read this book right after the first I would still be in love with Quince and everything, but time has passed and that feeling faded before I read this book, so I was just disappointed with Quince this time around. 


This is another wonderful story from Tera Lynn Childs that combines humor, romance, and the seemingly fate of the entire human world all into one. It's a light, fun read that's perfect for the beach or any summery day. Fans of fantasy or contemporary alike will enjoy it.

First Line/First Paragraph/Beginning Excerpt:

At the moment I am sole heir to the throne of Thalassinia, one of the most prosperous underwater kingdoms in the world. I am a princess without equal in most of the seven seas, or any other body of water, for that matter. Raised to all the duties that my title requires and prepared to be my kingdom's future queen, I am respected, revered, and really, really loved by (most of) the people.
     A mermaid and a princess, all wrapped into one. Talk about every little human girl's dream.
     But come my eighteenth birthday in eighteen days-not that I'm counting-I'll be just a girl. Well, still a mer girl, true, but an average mer girl just the same.

Disclaimers: Per the FTC regulations, please note that iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does receive books for review for free by publishers or authors. For every book reviewed – whether sent by publisher, author or books purchased, it will be graded with a clean and open mind. A free book received will not influence any opinion of the contents of the book.
Spoilers may or may not have been present in this review. While iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does review honestly, reviews are not specifically checked for spoilers. Attempts at avoiding spoilers are made, but not all are removed or fixed. This disclaimer is a general statement placed on all reviews as a warning to those who read them.

Happy Book Birthday To...

Tera Lynn Childs and Fins book #2, Fins Are Forever! Be sure to check out my review later today!
Fins Are Forever (Fins, #2)On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
     Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?     The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
     Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.

Teaser Tuesday (25)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
I don't want tea or strawberries. I don't want Gabriel to be my attendant right now. I want him to sit here with me and be my friend. I want to know he won't be punished for it later. I want us both to be free.
     Maybe if I ever work out a plan to escape, I can bring him with me. I think he would like the harbor.
~From Wither by Lauren DeStefano (ARC)

Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your two 'teasers' in a comment here (if you don't have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Winner of A Season of Transformation

The winner of an eBook of A Season of Transformation by Jayne Fordham is...
A Season Of Transformation
Rabiah!!

Congrats to the winner! :)
***The winner was chosen by random.org and has been notified. They will have 72 hours to reply. 

In My Mailbox (19): ALA Recap and Giveaway

In My Mailbox is a meme designed by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie to promote blogger interaction and put new books on the radar.

Yay!! My first vlog! And I'm back from ALA, my first ever convention!! (Actually, second. But the first was a music one, so that doesn't count in this case...) Watch the video for giveaway information and fill out the form linked below! ;)

Thanks to...
Shana at A Book Vacation
Josephine Angelini
The After Dark Tour Team
Tor Publishing
David C. Cook Publishing
Amy Plum
Everybody at ALA!!

Authors Mentioned...
Cassandra Clare
Lisa Desrochers
Pam Munoz Ryan
Colleen Houck
Brenna Yovanoff
Jay Asher
Mette Ivie Harrison
Jackson Pearce
Julie Kagawa
Ellen Hopkins
Orson Scott Card
Alexandra Adornetto
Beth Fantaskey
Felix J. Palma
Anne Heltzel
K.J. Wignall
Tricia Rayburn
Paul Griffin
Allen Zadoff
Cinda Williams Chima
Beth Kephart
Joe Schreiber
Kersten Hamilton
Stephanie Perkins
Maggie Stiefvater
Anna Sheehan
Karsten Knight
Michelle Hodkin
Loretta Ellsworth
Wendy Delsol
Rick Riordan


What did you get in your mailbox this week? Leave a comment and let me know! :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pre-ALA 2011 Post

It is HERE! The American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition officially begins today, Friday 24th! At the time this will be posted, I will still be in Baton Rouge. But never fear, I will be showing up at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at 9:00 AM sharp! Maybe. Maybe a little earlier... Anyways, I am soooo excited! My first big bookish event! *Sighs contentedly* There are so many people that I want to meet, and I wish I could be there all four days to meet everybody! But alas, I can only go one day. 


I'm hoping to meet some bloggers! I'm a little shy-I know, I know, you're probably going "WHAT? YOU'RE THE LOUDEST BLOGGER EVER." but in real life, all that goes down the drain. So if you recognize me, please don't hesitate to come up and say hi! You would make my life. This is what I look like:
I'll be carrying a blue and purple plaid backpack. And I THINK I'm planning to wear my blue and pink plaid shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch. If you can get close enough to read the logo that is, LOL. Or I might wear my blue and white striped tee... anyways. Enough about my "fashion." Here are some of the authors that I can't wait to meet:
  • Alex Flinn
  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Franny Billingsley
  • Brenna Yovanoff
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Lisa Desrochers
  • Colleen Houck
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Jackson Pearce
The fact that Cassie Clare's going to be there made my life. If I manage to snag an ARC of Clockwork Prince, I can die happy.

And some publisher booths I will definitely be visiting:
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Random House Children's
  • Penguin Young Readers
  • Scholastic
  • Simon and Schuster
So, uh, yeah! I think the most nervous part for me now is deciding when's the right time to pass out business cards. I mean, how do you do that? And when? *confused* I don't want to fangirl too much, and I don't want to seem too uninterested, either. I'm probably also making the mistake of bringing too many books to get signed because I'll probably be bringing a  boatload home. Good thing I'm used to carrying large loads. I might end up looking like this, though. 
So... if you want to be my walking buddy, email me and I'll give you my number!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Josephine Angelini

Please give a warm welcome to the wonderful Josephine Angelini, debut author of the internationally bestselling Starcrossed!
Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband... and she can still drive a tractor.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
There have been tons of people who encouraged me to write, from schoolteachers to next-door neighbors, all the way to my husband, but I guess I would have to say that my sister Mary Francis was the first person who really inspired me to write.  On my tenth birthday she gave me a journal, it was called “A Writer’s Journal” and it had lots of wise messages written at the top of every page.  She told me to write in it every day—and funny enough I did. 
     I kept a journal for years, even though it never dawned on me that I was a writer.  I just thought the journal was to keep me sane and help me grow as a person.  It took me years, but I finally figured out what Mary Francis was trying to tell me.  Better late than never, right?
3LB: Do you share personality characteristics with any of your characters? Did you put part of yourself in them as you they were being created on paper and ink?
All of my characters have a little bit of me in them—even the boys and the bad guys.  I also borrow from people around me.  I use funny phrases or interesting tics from friends, family, people I used to wait on when I was a bartender… you name it.  I think that if a character isn’t based in real life he or she won’t feel real to the reader.
3LB: What were your first thoughts when you saw the gorgeous cover for Starcrossed?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  A book can live or die by its cover in a lot of ways.  I got so fortunate.  Harper Collins pulled out all the stops with this one. 
3LB: Was there any scene or part in Starcrossed that was difficult to write? If so, how did you get through writing it?
It’s not that any scene was particularly hard to write, but a few were difficult to re-write, and I still wish I could have another crack at them.  But I guess writers always feel this way.  They’d love to be able to tinker with a story forever, but then it would never get published!
3LB: What plans do you have for the future?
I still owe Harper Collins a third book!  I’m a few chapters into it now, but I still have a long way to go.
3LB: If your characters had a Twitter, what would they be Tweeting?
Well, Hector would be trying to pick up girls.  And succeeding, I bet.  Matt would be asking techie problems ab
out his computer, and Claire would be yammering away about the difference between regular lattes and soy.  She’s a soy girl. 
3LB: If you were a god or goddess, what domain would you rule over?
Haha!  Funny you should ask that.  I’d create my own domain and rule it with an iron fist!  (You’ll see what I mean in book 3)
3LB: Biggest pet peeves?
When my husband tells me to hurry up, it’s time to go, and then spends the next ten minutes making sure every appliance is shut off, every curtain is closed, all the doors are locked, the garbage is taken out, the cats are all visible and not locked in a closet somewhere, the mail has been picked up… shall I continue?  There is nothing more annoying than “hurry up and wait” and it happens to me every time my husband and I leave the apartment.  Dios mio!
3LB: This or that…?
Chocolate or vanilla? If it’s ice cream it’s got to be coffee with toffee pieces. If it’s frosting it’s got to be vanilla. If it’s a candy bar it’s got to be chocolate with caramel. 
Tea or coffee? Coffee. And lots of it. 
Fair hair or dark hair (on a boy)?  Dark. I love a TDH. (Tall, Dark, and Handsome) 
Winter or summer? Both. All. I like seasons in general. Unfortunately I live in LA, and it’s never quite anything here, which is a bummer. 
Flight or foresight? Flight. If I knew the future I’d probably go bananas, because with my luck I’d be like Cassandra—doomed to always know the future, but never to be believed.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.

  1. I’m the youngest of eight kids and I have six sisters.  
  2. I can make Spock’s V-sign that means, “live long and prosper” with my fingers.  
  3. I can juggle.  
  4. I can tie a knot with in a cherry stem with my tongue in less than ten seconds.  
  5. I snore (allegedly).
3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Nope.  I think the cherry stem thing was my last “bullet in the chamber”.  :)
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