Calamity Jack Launch Party

10 Jan, 2010 by in Nathan Hale, Rapunzel's Revenge, Shannon Hale 2 comments

From Goodreads…”Jack thinks of himself as a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, a trickster …maybe even a thief? But, of course, he’s not out for himself he’s trying to take the burden off his hardworking mum’s shoulders. She’d understand, right? He hopes she might even be proud. Then, one day, Jack chooses a target a little more …’giant’ than the usual, and as one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk, his troubles really begin. But with help from Rapunzel and other eccentric friends, Jack just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of the people who live there …whilst catapulting them and the reader into another fantastical adventure”

Let me start by saying that Shannon Hale is one of my very favorite authors. I have read all of her Books of Bayern series except for the newest one “Forest Born”, as well as Austenland and The Princess Academy. So when I hear that the King’s English was hosting a release party for her newest book I HAD to go! We learned a lot of interesting things about what a caper is, how comics go from beginning to end, and how it is to work with more than one author. Shannon and her husband even danced an interpretive dance to a song by “deep Forest” to show us what it means to collaborate. Some very exciting announcements were made about future Austenland projects, which I’m not sure we are allowed to share…but SQUEE!…. is all I can say.
Read more about Shannon’s launch week on her website http://www.squeetus.com/stage/main.html
and check out Nathan Hale’s REALLY cool website!

Shannon standing on Dean’s back…later she used him as a horse

Shannon and Dean at the signing table

Dean autographing our book

Shannon and Dewan “capering about” taught us what a true caper is!

Nathan Hale’s work for Calamity Jack…
the middle image almost became the cover for the book


Rapunzel artwork by Nathan Hale


The authors talking about the process of publishing their newest graphic novel

Trailer of Rapunzel’s Revenge, the first in the series

Fallen Archangel Chasing Brooklyn Contest

09 Jan, 2010 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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CHASING BROOKLYN CONTEST

Enter this awesome contest from Fallen Archangel http://www.fallenarchangel.com/home/featuredfiction.html

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster, we have 5 copies of this book to give away to US & Canadian Residents. (We have read it and it’s really GOOD!) Here’s how to enter….

Grab the Chasing Booklyn button ——>>
(the html code is below the button)

Place it on your Blog, Facebook, MySpace, or anywhere else you can think of 🙂 Post a link to each place you have posted it, in the contest thread in our forum. You will receive one entry for each place you post it.

Contest runs through Sunday, January 10!

Bright Blue Miracle

08 Jan, 2010 by in Shadow Mountain, YA fiction Leave a comment

“Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she’s ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she’s definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy!

Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions or bind them firmly together (which, let’s face it, would take a miracle).

Bright Blue Miracle is a new young adult novel that has everything a girl wants: a hero (more specifically, a really cute boy), a villain (who happens to be a stepsister), comedy, despair, pedicures, ice cream, love, hate, tennis, revenge, and, of course, a couple of surprises that might send you for some tissues.”

This was a fun-loving realistic look at how it would feel to combine families and share a room with what seems to be a “perfect” step-sister. Blending two households with teenagers is never an easy task! But Gamma makes it easier with her pedicures and hook ups. It’s a great book for teens with lessons of sharing your guy friends with their girlfriends. Jeremy handles things as every girl wishes he would and you’ll find your heart strings tugged. I give it a three out of five stars.

We Have Buttons

07 Jan, 2010 by in giveaway, the seven rays Leave a comment

Hip Hip Hooray! Special thanks to Jean at Fallen Archangel for all of her hard work. She just rocks… Check out our two angel buttons on the sidebar and feel free to grab them. They will link to Heather’s Etsy shop with YA jewelry, photography, our music CD and journals.

snowy medium

Now we just need a button with code for our Fire and Ice logo with the words written on it and small enough to fit on the side bar.

We absolutely love the ones already posted on the sidebars at Mundie Moms http://www.mundiemoms.blogspot.com/ and Past Times Geneaology
http://pasttimesgenealogy.blogspot.com/Thank you!!!

If anyone out there could write us the codes for these and send them on we will be forever grateful!

Here is the photobucket account some photos uploaded, but we are always up for new design ideas! http://s669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/zahngardner/Blog%20Buttons/

So, we are giving away a free copy of Jessica Bendger’s new book “The Seven Rays” to anyone who would like to make us new buttons with code. Comment below to win.

And if you add one of our buttons to your site, let us know…we will send you something special in the mail 😉

Caster Girls BC Ridley Contest

07 Jan, 2010 by in margaret stohl Leave a comment


Caster Girls is giving away some great Ridley swag from the book “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia dn Margaret Stohl.

You can win: a 5×7 Ridley Print from VLC Photo, BC bracelets and dog tag, Pink Hair clips, Ridley’s candy, and Ridley’s shoes signed by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!

Click here to enter http://castergirls.com/ridley-kicks-a-contest/

Contest ends February 1st.
Open to USA only.

Frozen Fire Giveaway

06 Jan, 2010 by in free stuff, giveaway, tim bowler 10 comments

Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
The title grabbed us…
From Booklist

Winner of the Southern Schools Book Award 2009

Read what others have to say about the book here:http://www.timbowler.co.uk/frozenfire.html
“In this atmospheric, British supernatural thriller, a stranger comes to town. Fifteen-year-old Dusty first hears his voice on the telephone, and she is startled by his words—last said to her in similar language by her long-missing older brother, Josh. As snow falls on the remote English countryside where Dusty lives, she searches for the mysterious boy, and the closer she comes to him (and he to her), the more danger surrounds her. Bowler’s writing chills, both in the way the author heightens the tension, chapter by terrifying chapter, and through his descriptions of the relentless snow beating down, brightening and frightening—the frozen fire of the title. Sometimes the descriptions burden the story, because readers will be anxious to get back to the compelling interplay between Dusty and the boy. Both spectral and powerful, the boy sends messages (by phone, in person, even through the snow) that propel Dusty forward, always hoping the boy will lead her to Josh. The tension doesn’t wane until the last possible moment.”

I am going to give away a hardback copy of Fozen Fire for our lovely blog followers. All you need to enter is tell me the name of your favorite Children’s book ever in the comments below. Additional entries as follows:
+3 for old blog followers
+2 for new blog followers
+2 for Facebook fans of Fire and Ice
+2 for new twitter followers @fireicephotos
+2 for entering our other two contests below
+2 for tweeting our blog site (post the link)
Contest ends January 20th, 2010 and winner will be randomly selected. Open to US and Canada only this time (but check out our Facebook Follower and Twilight contests still going on the blog)

Waiting on Wednesday "Shadow Hills"

06 Jan, 2010 by in paranormal YA fiction, shadow hills 2 comments

“Shadow Hills” by Anastasia Hopcus

to be published July 13th 2010 by Egmont USA

details Hardcover, 400 pages

isbn 1606840835

Synopsis from Goodreads: ” Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

Visit Anastasia’s website at http://anastasiahopcus.livejournal.com/

Or follow her on twitter @anastasiahopcus Here she is wearing one of our Patch black wing necklaces inspired by the book “Hush, Hush”- Becca Fitzpatrick http://twitpic.com/wufnr Anastasia found our blog and was the winner of our first Twilight giveaway. Ever since then we have been huge fans! We can’t wait until July and the release of “Shadow Hills.”

Click here for a chance to win the first chapter of Shadow Hills plus Brightly Woven at her blog

http://anastasiahopcus.blogspot.com/2010/01/brightly-woven-contest-as-promised.html#comment-form