Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (33)


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...
Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
By Lauren DeStefano
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

     Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surrounds that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

     The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine's twin brother - Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can't seem to elude Rhine's father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion... by any means necessary.

     In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano's harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthday Palooza Giveaway Winners!!!

After weeks and weeks of palooza-ing, and weeks and weeks of giveaway-entering, and weeks and weeks of waiting, I HAVE FINALLY CHOSEN THE WINNERS! Yay for homework procrastination! Don't worry. It'll get done... eventually.

So congrats to the following super-awesome people... (Not to say you aren't awesome if you didn't win... I still love you!) The ones in blue have replied to their notification email.

Happy Birthday to Me
Krystal Larson

ARC Prize Pack
Savanna Ucinski

Voice of the Undead
Rabiah

MG Prize Pack
Rebel

Wither (ARC)
Maria (pronounced Mariah)

The Book Depository $10
Hira Hasnain

Water Prize Pack
Sherry Strode

12.21.12
mommy_to_7

Succubus Blues
Alyssa

Adult Prize Pack
Sniffly Kitty

Born at Midnight
Mary DeBorde

Fins Book
Debora B

Swag, Swag, Swag!
Savanna Ucinski (that's twice!)

Firelight Swag
Savanna Ucinski (Someone's on a roll! I promise I'm not doing anything!)
Suz @ A Soul Unsung
Kaye M.


Redheart
Alli


Signed Swag Pack
Angie



Heavenly
Katie

Waterfall (ARC)
Grace Smith

Signed Waterfall Bookmarks
Sherry Strode (twice!)

Fins Book Set
Jessilyn (YA Book Haven)

E.J. Stevens Prize Pack
Ricki @Reading Challenged

The Key
Nikki

Half-Blood (ARC)
Ntzee Thao

Surprise YA ARC
Lieder Madchen

Now Is the Time for Running
Krysta Banco

Don't Die Dragonfly
Rebel (two times!)

Abandon (ARC)
Sarah E. Cruz

YA Prize Pack
Suz @ A Soul Unsung (another winner of two!!)



WHOO HOO. I will be emailing all of you! You will have THREE DAYS to reply to the email notification before another winner is chosen. All of the above named were chosen with the use of random.org.

Thank you again to all the prize donors of this event!!

P.S. Be sure to check your SPAM folders for the email!! (Not that I will ever spam you...)

Author Interview and Giveaway: T.P. Boje

Please give a warm welcome to T.P. Boje, author of The Eye of the Crystal Ball!
I am 34 years old, a mother of two girls and a bonus-mom of a boy and a girl as well. I am originally from Denmark, but moved to Florida two years ago. I started out writing mystery-novels and have written three that are published in Denmark, Norway and Germany. I have since written two books in English. The mystery novel “One, Two … He is coming for you” was the first one, the fantasy-novel “The Eye of the Crystal Ball” is the second. I am currently working on finishing the third one that will be out in August.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
I had a teacher in the fourth grade that really got me inspired. He loved to hear my stories. Ever since I was a small child. I have always told stories to whoever would listen. In school I remember sitting in class during recess and telling stories to my friends making them forget that they were about to go out and play. Then my teacher would often listen in as well. Later on he encouraged me to write them down and he would read them and comment on them. I kept writing short-stories in highschool and then I became a journalist. For many years I worked at a Danish TV-station, and it was then I came up with the idea for my first novel. A Danish truck-driver had been found dead in Poland and I was sent there to cover the investigation for the TV-station. Two years later that story became my first novel.

3LB: What elements influenced while writing The Eye of the Crystal Ball? Why did you choose to write about gypsies?
This story is inspired by stories my dad used to tell me. I have always had an interest in gypsies and loved the stories my dad would tell about their music, 
dancing and fluttering skirts. Actually he used to tell me that I was really a gypsy. That they had found me on the doorstep at our house with a note and that one day my real parents would come and get me. It was just for fun and I didn’t believe him (he also told my brother that they had bought him at the zoo – from the monkeycage) but some part of me wanted that to be my story. I wanted to be different than the regular middle-class girl that I was. I wanted to go to exotic places and dance like he told me they did. I wanted an adventure of my own.
3LB: What’s the hardest part of the novel to write?
The middle.
3LB: Describe The Eye of the Crystal Ball in 5 words or less.
An adventure with great imagination
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
I have mostly written mystery-novels before. But now I am into writing more fantasy. I have a new book that I hope to release in the end of august, that is part of a series. I will also write a sequel to The Eye of the Crystal Ball soon.
3LB: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers?
Read as much as you write. Inspiration comes from many places and especially when you read what someone else had written.
3LB: What are you reading now?
Jules Verne Amazing Journeys. A collection of five of his classics. I have read them a million times before, but I never get tired of them.
3LB: If you were a god or goddess, what domain would you rule over?
Mercy and love.
3LB: Biggest pet peeves?
When people make a lot of noises when they eat.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
  1. I am really into cars. I love watching Top Gear.
  2. I hate to wear socks and have almost always bare feet.
  3. I love to watch Seinfeld.
  4. I am a Christian.
  5. I haven’t read Harry Potter yet – yes I know I am alone in this world, and I would love them, I am sure, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. But I have seen most of the movies and loved them.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I really love writing and I hope that everyone will enjoy my stories. I often think about how I used to sit in front of my friends at school and I now know that is what being a writer is all about. Spellbinding your audience so they will forget everything else around them. 
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Thank you, T.P.! For more information about Ms. Boje and her books, visit:
Purchase The Eye of the Crystal Ball, available now!
When Sara was newborn her parents left her at the doorstep at Mr. and Mrs. Schneider’s house.


When Sara was ten she discovered she was telekinetic. She began to move stuff around when she got angry just by her will alone.


When Sara was twelve her real parents came for her and took her with them to live like the Gypsy that she was – or Romani as they like to call themselves. They told her she was going to fulfill a prophesy. That it was once said that out of the Romani people the greatest sorceress who had ever lived would be born.
When Sara was thirteen she had a baby brother and when she was fourteen he got very sick with a strange illness.
To save her baby-brother Sara sets off on a quest to find his cure – well knowing that it will cost her dearly.
Soon Sara finds herself going through the Singing Cave, crossing Wild Witches Valley, talking to a ten foot giant snail, rescuing the Beads of Souls from the Hell-hounds, escaping a spell in Vamila, the Forest of Vanity, visiting the king at the City of Lights before she finally reaches the Black Castle where she is told the Eye of the Crystal Ball can tell her how to cure her brother’s strange illness.


But nothing is free in this world - and as Sara soon will know - everything has a price.
T.P. also has a new book coming out soon called The Academy. Here is a short description of it from the author:

Meghan is 16 when she dies. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle. It is a school everybody has to go to before they are let into Heaven. One day she finds a mirror in the cellar of the school and goes through it. She ends up back on earth where she meets Jason and soon Meghan will have to choose between the two worlds. 


The Academy is a YA paranormal romance and the first book in T. P. Boje’s Afterlife series.

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